Social shopping app trains its retailers

The app-based e-commerce platform Depop offers users and sellers with brick-and-mortar stores in Los Angeles and New York places where they can shop, spend time and attend workshops to upgrade both their own and Depop's product portfolio. "Depop Spaces" feature a photo studio space where sellers can take clean pictures of their clothes and accessories. They also receive tips and advice from professionals on marketing and how to ship sold items. What's more, the "Depop Spaces" are ideal for exhibitions, events and community pop-ups.

 September 19, 2018

Paying for pizza with a cryptocard

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.

 September 19, 2018

Ordering a taxi with event ticket

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.

 September 19, 2018

Automated production

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.

 September 19, 2018

Sustainable dying process for denim

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.

 September 19, 2018

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