A really interesting article from Babs Ryan for TechCrucnh, looking at how innovative retailers worldwide are pushing the boundaries to create unique experiences for customers. Well worth a read:
In retail, innovation is the name of the game. Increasingly, retailers are staying ahead through unique in-store experiences that inspire shoppers through social lifestyles.Take a look at STORY, a Manhattan retailer that continually changes everything in store, from products to fittings to events based upon different themes like “Love” or “Made in America.” They are described as a monthly magazine, meets art gallery, meets retailer concept. Taking the in-store experience to a whole new level, IKEA recently hosted a “one-night-only” sleepover for shoppers at its store near Sydney. Rooms that were advertised on Airbnb described in detail themes for individual suites, such as “reminiscent of a Swedish summer cottage.” And Burberry is bringing fun and engaging in-store experiences to the luxury retail scene with digital rainstorms and a digital runway nail bar.These and many other forward-thinking retailers are changing the way we think about how we tie digital to physical in-store, by morphing product and channel focused “customer experience” to “experiential,” blazing trails using community and entertainment as their primary differentiators.This is where retail is heading – toward a beautiful fusion of exciting invention and customer-focused retail concepts:
Read the full article: Trends That Will Revolutionize The Retail Industry | TechCrunch.