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Adidas opens a runners club
The Tokyo Adidas store has re-invented itself to double as an urban runners club. The new space includes 16 shower cubicles, 248 lockers for rent, cutting-edge Adidas shoes and clothing available for borrowing. Expert staff are also available to offer tips and recommendations.
Why it matters
With convenience loving consumers enjoying instant access to an influx of supporting services (online and offline), brands are capturing their attention by helping them make the most of their daily lives instead of the old model of simply selling them a lifestyle idea. Becoming a center of gravity in their routines is also a great way to execute smart targeting and cross-selling strategies.
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Just nine traditional fashion shows took place during this season’s Stockholm Fashion Week, a fifth of the number that took place during the previous year. Instead, brands seem to be trying to find more innovative and cost-effective ways of promoting themselves – such as sending models out onto the streets or into cafés and exhibitions.
At Bloomingdale’s in New York City, passers-by can try sunglasses virtually right from the street. The store has set-up an LCD monitor in its shop window with an interactive display. Shoppers simply need to align their faces and eyes to circles on the screen to see what they would look like with certain pairs of eyewear.
If the shopper finds a pair of sunglasses they like, they simply click ‘print’ which sends a picture of themselves wearing the glasses to the ‘Sunglass Style Bar’. A salesperson will be waiting to help them try on - and hopefully sell - the real sunglasses.