Amazon is launching 'Build It', the latest project for its Day 1 Editions programme. Only when there is sufficient interest in a device or design will it be produced.
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Coca-Cola will trial a paper bottle for the first time this spring. The bottle got developed previously in collaboration with The Paper Bottle Company (Paboco).
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Start-up Finesse raised 4.5 million dollars for artificially designed clothing: algorithms create fashion by listening to young people on social media. Clothing trends are easier to predict than the stock market, it would seem.
H&Mbeyond, the Swedish fashion giant's innovation lab, and NeXR Technologies are working together to develop a virtual fitting room that will allow customers to try on perfectly fitted outfits quickly and easily.
Sustainable fashion does not just mean recycling fabric. It also means virtual wardrobes, improved algorithms and product identification. Vanessa Rothschild, head of sustainability, explains H&M Group's approach.
Unilever is investing millions in seaweed: the FMCG producer is developing cleaning agents with algae and wants to use them to create self-cleaning surfaces. The creator of products such as Cif and Dove believes it to be a promising market.
The current pandemic offers new opportunities for innovation: e-commerce is becoming more personal and social, while the shopping experience is becoming digital and contactless. Innovation can move fast, as the past year has proven.
As early as next year, Walmart will be using self-driving lorries for deliveries in two American states. The American hypermarket group strongly believes in the future of autonomous vehicles.
H&M Group is launching a new retail brand: Singular Society. The Swedish label has a particular business model: customers pay a membership fee, which entitles them to a number of purchases per month. The Netflix of clothing.
WhatsApp is adding a virtual shopping basket to the app. This feature allows users to buy multiple items at once from merchants who offer products through the app.
Monki revealed a capsule collection made using Green Machine technology. The machine can fully separate cotton from polyester blends and recycle them on a large scale.
Albert Heijn is no longer just a supermarket chain, but a "food technology company". As far as chief executive Marit van Egmond is concerned, digitisation can go even faster: goodbye tills and hello far-reaching personalisation.
Walmart is turning four of its hypermarkets into laboratories, which are investigating how to make better use of the retailer's physical stores for e-commerce. The chain is testing different technologies there.
Decathlon turns its Belgian webshop into a platform on which other brands and partners can sell their sporting products – from Adidas to local start-ups. The project will be rolled out to other countries as well.
The Bestseller group, known from brands as Only, Vila and more, is setting up a 'Fashion FWD Lab' to develop sustainable initiatives and materials. The company is working on leather from fruit waste and circular textiles.
With the opening of a new research centre, Nestlé reinforces its ambitions to innovate even faster with sustainable dairy products and plant-based alternatives.