THE SHELVES, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’
The ways in which consumers shop are in a constant state of flux, and retailers are on a never-ending mission to respond to those shifting demands. Consumer attitudes toward recycling and, more generally, sustainability are driving forces behind some major changes being made in physical retail spaces. What we see on the shelves by 2035—and maybe more importantly, how we see shelves—is going to be quite different from what we see today.
ALL’S WAYFAIR IN DESIGN AND DIGITAL
In an effort to merge today's multilayered digital experience with the more traditional experience of in-store shopping, Wayfair has debuted a new digital design kiosk aptly named Digital Design Studio. First making an appearance at its AllModern store in Dedham, Massachusetts, the tech will allow users to move furniture around rooms (theoretically similar to the rooms in which final products will reside) and decide what works best. With the possibilities seemingly limitless, Wayfair intends to add features as the market demands.
SHOW AND TELL
The National Restaurant Association Show, this year held in Chicago, wrapped a week ago, but the trends it highlighted will be with us for a while. AI (of course) featured very heavily among attendees, with the controversial tech being utilized to do everything from determining what is recyclable to easing staffing shortages. Innovations in flavor were also on full display as manufacturers and restaurants alike respond to consumers’ ever-widening palates.