Corporate Innovation: The Newest Ideas in Retail

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In today's modern world, companies that don’t look to the future and innovate simply don't survive.

At A2D, we are driven by innovation and the desire to facilitate incredible experiences for our clients. That's why we created our Corporate Innovation Program. Combining international travel with a bespoke itinerary of carefully arranged meetings, presentations and tours, we connect our business clients with other leading organisations within their industry, for a program of unmatched learning and inspiration.

Of course, it wouldn't be A2D without our trademark attention to details. So, we also take care of all travel arrangements (transfers, flights and stays in the best hotels) and combine this with a program of social events that leave a lasting impression in our clients' minds.

To whet your appetite, in this edition we look at innovation within the retail sector, the newest products and services that are reshaping how we shop and the countries leading the charge.

Best wishes

Stig Egard
Founder & CEO
A2D Travel & Concierge

Retail innovation is all about change that provides tangible value to consumers. It provides that value because it offers something new or an improvement on something old in the field of technology, services, products or business systems.

It’s been projected that by 2020 total global retail sales will reach $28 trillion (that's just over €25 trillion). Unsurprisingly, companies across the board are working hard to capitalize on the growth of retail spending, making it an extremely competitive space.

In addition to start-up retailers developing disruptive formats, the more established brands are also reinventing their offerings.

Let's take a look at some of the newest retail products and services from around the world and the destinations producing them.



Emeryville, California
Oru Inlet Kayak is a kayak that folds like origami.
The Inlet is 10 feet long, weighs just 20 pounds and folds into a box that's roughly the size of a guitar case. Once out of the box, it can be assembled in about five minutes.


Los Angeles
Everywhere Travel Co offer DIY kits to build your own A-Frame Cabin from start to finish, including furnishings (if you so choose).
All the blueprints and material specifications needed to put it together are included in a cardboard box.


Compartés in Santa Monica are purveyors of premium gourmet chocolate gifts and masters of quirky flavours. New additions to their arsenal of chocolate bars include Avocado toast, Rosé and Vegan Kale.


Tippysake is a new monthly subscription service out of LA that delivers premium, straight-from-Japan sake directly to the customer's door.
It includes many unique sakes not found anywhere else and each one comes with a detailed tasting card.

Little Tokyo’s newly opened Donatsu make exquisite, hand-crafted vegan Japanese doughnuts. Tasting just as good as their non-vegan counterparts, the novelty of Donatsu's ingredients is what trumps the competition.


Le Gourmand on the Upper West Side specializes in offering gluten-free baked delights. Native New Yorkers & tourists are grateful founder Mounir Jabrane discovered his son was gluten intolerant and decided to enter the baking business.

New York
Founded by David Levine in 2014, Glampique sells fully furnished glamorous camping tents, delivered and set up anywhere in America for $20,000.


Two brilliant examples of global brands that are innovating to stay relevant in today's modern world: Levi's with its largest customization and tailor shop, and NIKEiD that lets shoppers completely customize their sneakers for a truly unique pair.



Iiuvo is an experimental fragrance brand set up in 2015 by Tomi Ahmed and Leo Gibbon, where every scent is inspired by a soundtrack. They launched the first instalment of their gender-neutral perfumes (Soigné, Gilot and Fonteyn) in 2017.


Chik’n - the fast food chicken restaurant from the team behind Chick n Sours comes to London’s Soho. CHIK'N aims to redefine fast-food fried chicken shops. Founded by Carl Clarke and David Wolanski they say “This is fast food not rushed food. This is future fast food.”



Hema is a Chinese supermarket hybrid that operates on cutting-edge innovations. It's an integrated retail store and fulfillment centre. Customers can use their mobile devices and scan the items they want to buy, as well as purchasing fresh produce that can be cooked and eaten in-store.

Let's Connect
A2D's Corporate Innovation Program has been designed to help companies like yours achieve its business goals, by connecting you to other leading businesses around the world.

During focused visits, you will meet with industry leaders and innovators to learn best practices, tour their offices and facilities, and understand their unique perspectives.
Every program is custom-developed for your organisation. Our goal is to ensure that your business education and growth goals are fully satisfied, while offering you and unrivaled travel and hospitality experience.

If you would like to learn more about the program and how it can benefit your company, please get in touch.