The Latest News in Retail Innovation & Startup

Herschel

Bag Week: Herschel Heritage BackPack Plus

Chances are, you’ve seen someone wearing a Herschel backpack. They have signature leather elements including zipper pulls and straps, depending on the series, and they always bear the company’s old-timey logo in a small white patch somewhere you can reasonably expect it to get seen.

By: Darell Etherington. Source: TechCrunch

Blue Bottle Coffee

The Portable Blue Bottle

Fans of Blue Bottle Coffee know that picking up a cup at one of its cafes is not an in-and-out experience, but rather a test of patience — the brew seeps through a Japanese filter slower than a leaking faucet.

By: Bao Ong. Source: The New York Times

Google Express

Google Expands Same-Day Delivery to Chicago, Boston and D.C.

A year and a half after launching Google Shopping Express, the search giant is expanding its same-day delivery service into three new cities — Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C. — and adding alcohol to the menu in the Bay Area.

By: Todd Wasserman. Source: Mashable

Fashion Social

Fashioning a Memorable Retail Experience That People Will Share

For nearly 10 years, social media has been in the spotlight and, at the same time, a thorn in the side of many companies. Retailers in particular are constantly reminded of social media’s influence.

By: David Rekuc. Source: Entrepreneur

Amour Vert

FROM LAND MINES TO ECO CLOTHING: THE UNLIKELY STORY OF AMOUR VERT

Amour Vert, is a sustainable-clothing brand that they hope will revolutionize the way garments are produced. The company opened its first brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco in June and the line is now carried by retailers nationwide.

By: Rachel Heller Zaimont. Source: Fast Company

Cosmetics

How technology is transforming the cosmetics industry

The rise of online shopping has transformed the way we buy everything from groceries to clothes, but when it comes to cosmetics online shopping has hit the buffers.

By: Sophie Curtis. Source: The Telegraph

Amazon

Amazon to Open First Brick-and-Mortar Site

By: Greg Bensinger and Keiko Morris. Source: Wall Street Journal The New York City Location to Handle Same-Day-Delivery Inventory, Product Returns Amazon.com Inc. AMZN…

Totspot

Children’s Clothing Marketplace TotSpot Raises $1.8M

500 Startups graduate Totspot is announcing today that it has raised $1.8 million in seed funding to expand its mobile marketplace for parents to buy and sell children’s clothing.

By: Kyle Russell. Source: TechCrunch

Bark & Co

Bark & Co. Debuts Its First E-Commerce Site With Doggie Destination BarkShop

Bark & Co., the company behind a series of doggie-themed services, including subscription-based goodie boxes (BarkBox), vets-on-demand, a content site, and mobile apps has now rolled out its next doggie destination with the launch of e-commerce site BarkShop.

By: Sarah Perez. Source: TechCrunch

Rent the runway

Rent the Runway and Kate Spade Execs Talk Omnichannel Strategies

Jennifer Fleiss, cofounder and head of business development at Rent the Runway, and Amy McManus, vice president of e-commerce for North America at Kate Spade & Co., shared insights into their omnichannel business strategies in a roundtable discussion

By: Lisa Lockwood. Source: WWD

Everlane

HOW EVERLANE’S PETRA LANGEROVA IS MAKING IT IN FASHION

Petra Langerova is not afraid to take risks. In April 2013, the designer left a high-powered job at Gap to become the first head of design at Everlane, an upstart online-native retailer that specializes in contemporary basics.

By: Lauren Invik. Source: Fashionista

Teel Lidow

Clothing that goes from farm to fashion

By: Adrianne Pasquarelli. Source: Crain’s New York Business Teel Lidow’s Boerum Apparel is one of several fashion firms at the vanguard of sustainable sourcing…

Foodee

Foodee, making slow food accessible

From being stuck in meetings to a lack of food joints on the doorstep, refueling your body with good food can often be a tricky task at the office. That’s where Foodee comes in.

By: Michelle Phillips

Interior Design

The Future of Furniture: 6 Shops to Watch

Source: Apartment Therapy Since starting Apartment Therapy in 2004, we’ve seen a lot of change in the industry; things have sped up, manufacture is…