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MasterCard smart mirror: A ‘virtual personal shopper’ set to take payments

MasterCard in the UK has unveiled a changing room that allows shoppers to pay for their items through a mirror. The company is promising 40% less time in the fitting room and speedier shopping “guaranteed”. WGSN Insider reports.

Bitcoin Pizza Day: How two pizzas chart the rise of the cryptocurrency

Today marks 'Bitcoin Pizza Day', eight years since programmer Laszlo Hanyecz used 10,000 bitcoins (then worth $30), to purchase two pizzas. With bitcoins current value, it would be an 82 million dollar order. WGSN's Alice Gividen reports

M&S

M&S to shut 100 stores by 2022, radical plan for “fewer, better” fashion doors

Marks & Spencer has announced it will close 100 stores over the next four years. That ends widespread speculation ahead of its much-anticipated 12-month trading statement tomorrow that is expected to reveal further declines in its Clothing & Home division.

Met Gala brand value: Just how much was that red carpet activity worth?

It can often be hard to work out just how much value a red carpet appearance adds to a brand. We know it’s important, …

Macy's

With Macy’s buying retail disruptor Story, experiential retail is still key

As traditional retailers continue to seek new ways to engage with consumers and do so by interacting with disruptor businesses, Macy’s announced on Wednesday that it has acquired the New York City concept store Story. WGSN reports.

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The meat-free consumer: Ethics, health and taste

Vegetarian diets are becoming increasingly appealing to consumers globally. Look at the stats around why people move to plant-based diets, the rise of meat free alternatives and a new flexitarian consumer.

influencer marketing

Influencer marketing, from Beckham to boohooMAN

Recent collaborations prove the longevity of influencer marketing as a viable means of reaching your ideal consumer. New examples include boohooMAN and Reebok X Victoria Beckham.

Gen Z

Gen Z spending: Streetwear, athleisure and eating out

What do teens want to buy and where are they buying it? We look at insight from recent studies that reveal more about Gen Z's priorities as consumers with fast-growing purchasing power. WGSN reports.

Wearable tech? It’s not all about gadgets says company making miracle shirt

Wearable tech: Get a first look at the Lotushirt, the 'smart' shirt.

bioplastics

A move to bioplastics: Electrolux’s eco-friendly fridge

In an era where we’re acutely conscious of the damage widespread use of plastics is doing to the planet, Electrolux has just unveiled the world’s first bioplastic concept fridge.

Pinterest

Home Depot X Pinterest: Blending shopping with inspiration

The Home Depot and Pinterest have partnered to dramatically expand Pinterest’s visual discovery feature 'Shop the Look'. WGSN reports

Glossier

Experiential retail: Glossier’s San Francisco cafe takeover

Glossier has opened 'Glossier at Rhea’s Cafe', a pop-up cafe in a month-long sales and marketing push in San Francisco that mixes both food and beauty products. WGSN reports