Beauty brands take off in travel retail, how merging data and design unlocks innovation, and why retailers are rethinking their packaging impact on the environment and supply chain. This and more in this week's edition of The Future Retail Newsletter.


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RETAIL // The complex link between retail and packaging
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RETAIL // The complex link between retail and packaging

Retailers are aware that the environmental impact of packaging is weighing on consumers' minds. But it's not just about getting rid of plastic.

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RETAIL // 6,000 Stores Have Closed This Year, More Than All of 2018
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RETAIL // 6,000 Stores Have Closed This Year, More Than All of 2018

Store closings in 2019 have already surpassed all of the US retail closures in 2018. This update comes on the heels of Fred’s announcing plans to shut 159 stores. Review which retailers are opening up shop, while others are closing doors.

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RETAIL // How beauty brands are tapping into the booming travel retail market
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RETAIL // How beauty brands are tapping into the booming travel retail market

Travel retail has emerged as a major retail sector for beauty, with multiple brands and conglomerates posting double-digit annual growth in the space.

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BRAND HIGHLIGHTS // Jack Daniels Turns Their Whiskey Bottle Into An AR Pop-Up Book
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BRAND HIGHLIGHTS // Jack Daniels Turns Their Whiskey Bottle Into An AR Pop-Up Book

The company has announced a new AR experience designed to give patrons a better look at the liquors historic rise to prominence, bringing the history of the 150-year old whiskey brand to life.

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TECH // Three reasons why AR is driving the next era of digital retail
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TECH // Three reasons why AR is driving the next era of digital retail

By some accounts, the third era of digital retail will be more digital, while feeling more human.

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TECH // An AI "Designer" Just Won Runner-Up in a Major Fashion Design Competition
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TECH // An AI "Designer" Just Won Runner-Up in a Major Fashion Design Competition

DeepBlue Technology's "DeepVogue" technology beat out many of its human counterparts before a panel of 50 judges at a major China fashion contest.

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STRATEGY // Achieving authenticity: Telling a story through experience
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STRATEGY // Achieving authenticity: Telling a story through experience

As brick-and-mortar retail becomes more targeted and specialized, we use the term “authenticity” to describe success. But what does it really mean?

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STRATEGY // Fusing data and design to supercharge innovation in products and processes
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STRATEGY // Fusing data and design to supercharge innovation in products and processes

While many organizations are investing in data and design capabilities, only those that tightly weave these disciplines together will unlock their full benefits.

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DESIGN // What is biophilic design, and can it really make you happier and healthier?
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DESIGN // What is biophilic design, and can it really make you happier and healthier?

The idea that people have an innate affinity for nature dates back to the 1980s, but designing spaces according to the principles of nature is reaching a peak now.

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DESIGN // This new fabric replaces polyester with banana plants
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DESIGN // This new fabric replaces polyester with banana plants

The abacá plant grows without needing lots of water or pesticides, helps stop erosion, and is now being used to replace fossil fuels in clothes.

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DESIGN // INAX exhibition at Milan design week explores Japanese water rituals
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DESIGN // INAX exhibition at Milan design week explores Japanese water rituals

Visitors first passed through a multimedia exhibition describing the Japanese population's cultural relationship with water through text, exhibits and video.

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TRENDS // How New Developments in Sustainability Could Disrupt the Sneaker Market Forever
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TRENDS // How New Developments in Sustainability Could Disrupt the Sneaker Market Forever

Everlane and Adidas have two new, sustainable launches that will change the way you buy—and dispose of—your sneakers.

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OUTFORM // HOW ARE WE DOING? TAKE OUR SURVEY

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OUTFORM // GET MORE INNOVATION NEWS
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OUTFORM // GET MORE INNOVATION NEWS

Check out previous editions of the Future Retail Newsletter for even more on tech, innovation, design, and retail.

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