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The postman always brings rice

It started with books. Then came films. And games. And toys and toiletries and clothes and pretty-much-everything-you-can-think-of-except-groceries. Until now. In Seattle and LA, at least. Yes, online giants Amazon have taken a second bite at the cherry by launching their grocery service in Los Angeles. (Hats tipped towards Em.)
 

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Everything must go

Like the bar stool you’re sat on? It’s yours. How about that stuffed rooster? Or the grand piano? Or the barman’s jeans? Pawn & Co is a new bar on Melbourne’s Chapel Street, where everything – and we mean everything – is for sale. (Nice one, Lyndal.)

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Everything for U

Toaster – check. Kettle – check. Bed, sofa, lampshade, desk, linen, pictures, cushions, chairs, glasses, cutlery – check. Spotting the trend for freshers heading off to university with more than just the bare necessities, Target has launched a back-to-college marketing campaign called ‘Everything for U’.

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Tweety box

Remember the agony of shopping for shoes with your mum? Having your feet measured, being made to pace up and down, and always having to choose the sensible lace-ups?

In an effort to make shoe shops more fun for children, Görtz has introduced a series of shoelace packaging called ‘Shoelace Birds’. Each of the five brightly coloured, tropical birds has the shoelaces placed in their beak like a worm – much more interesting than your standard lace-round-cardboard structure.

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Virtual furniture

Will that Rörholt go with the Karlstad? What would that Tusenköna look like with the Nordli? And is there room for Billy behind the door?

In a move that could change furniture shopping forever, IKEA’s new catalogue app uses augmented reality to let you see exactly what their furniture would look in your house. You can also view items in 3D, giving you a much clearer idea of what they’re like.

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McMinimal

Greasy brown paper bags. Plastic trays with flimsy paper liners. Cardboard cups with striped straws. McDonald’s has never had the most glamorous packaging – until now.

In Japan, the fast-food chain has just introduced Quarter Pounder Jewelry Burgers, featuring unexpectedly posh additions like truffle sauce, chorizo and pineapple. And to match the luxury inside, they’ve given the packaging a classy, minimal look.

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Charged with caffeine

Phone down, power up. Starbucks has just announced that some of its coffee shops in Silicon Valley will let customers charge their phone using wireless charging technology.

To boost your battery while you sip your Venti Latte, all you have to do is rest your phone on a Duracell Powermat. No wires, no plugs, no frantic hunt for a socket.

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It’s a wrap

Swedish convenience store chain Pressbyrån has introduced new packaging for their sandwiches and wraps featuring a pared-down aesthetic and a 70s-influenced colour scheme.

Keeping things nice and simple, all sandwiches now come in paper holders, while wraps are enclosed in wholesome brown paper.

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Habitat bring and buy

Habitat stores might have all-but disappeared in the UK, but the brand has been given a new lease of life in France. In the middle of the famous St Ouen flea market in Paris, the furniture retailer has just opened a new concept space.

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Healthy Corner Store

Going to the corner shop for sweets is a special treat for most children. But in Philadelphia, the poorest and most obese city in the US, researchers found that half the kids in low-income neighbourhoods shop at corner stores twice a day.

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