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Starbucks has launched unbranded stores before, but the new ‘stealth’ unbranded coffee outpost in the flagship Macy’s New York store represents the first Starbucks coffeehouse experience that has been tailored for the specific needs of the store’s shoppers.
Why it matters
It’s a bold move to throw away equity and bury a brand name. Starbucks, however, is using it as an attempt to evolve with consumers. As premium codes change, the things that made Starbucks famous may also make it less interesting. This is an extreme case, but as people increasingly seek novelty, the tried-and-true often needs to change. Short of tossing out all brand equity, what are other ways to push our brands to evolve with consumer taste and still stand for something? How might creating small customised experiences, even for a big brand, show consumers a deeper understanding of the way they live?
A Portuguese arts collective named Morada Vaga has created a set of swings that generate electricity. These were sponsored by a company that makes boxes and pallets and installed in Guimarães as part of the European Capital of Culture event.
In an online, 3D farmers market, customers will be able to browse stalls, interact with suppliers and buy real products. The virtual market offers central distribution and an integrated website for easy ordering. This means that you can get single items from independent producers, and benefit from an all-in-one delivery to your home or work.