The fast-food chain Domino’s and the coffee shop chain Caribou will begin accepting payments in the "$PAC" cryptocurrency. This is made possible thanks to a cooperation with the Crypto Payment Network (CPN) and the PACcoin Network. The "PACcoin" payment system, which consists of a card reader and its own debit card, will be used. Retailers receive the euro or US dollar equivalent for each payment via a SEPA transfer. CPN is now working on a security standard that will allow its debit cards to be used anywhere where conventional cards are accepted.
The ticket platform SeatGeek has partnered with the taxi service Lyft to enable users to additionally book the taxi to their event. They can book the taxi directly via the "SeatGeek" smartphone app. Customers receive available discounts and the drop-off destination will automatically be the nearest entrance to the reserved seat. Users also receive a map of the stadium, displaying all the entrances as well as the food and drink stands. With this move, SeatGeek hopes to reduce waiting times and improve the overall fan experience.
The German start-up Fabrikado allows small companies to upload 3D models of objects for manufacture, which are then automatically produced. The service offers a variety of 3D-printing, cutting and machining processes. Users select a production type and enter the materials to be used, a desired delivery deadline and the required amount. Fabrikado then accesses available capacities and prices within its supplier network and instantly sends the customer the cheapest offer. The simplified ordering process aims to save manufacturers time and costs.
Madewell has launched a sustainable denim collection that uses shrimp shells in the dying process. The shells are taken as waste from the food industry, processed by the Italian company Candiani and sold as "Kitotex" for dying textiles. The chitosan in the shells helps to bind dyes to fabric and reduces the use of chemicals by 65% as well as the use of water by 75%. The dyed fabric is processed in a factory that recycles 100% of its water and turns manufacturing waste into bricks for affordable housing.