Multipurpose doulas, college-inspired hotels, CBD strips.
–Casper has opened The Dreamery, $25 rentable nap rooms emphasizing the importance of sleep, describes Dezeen.
–Finding your Uber just got easier, says Condé Nast Traveler, with a new spotlight feature that lets users flash a specific color across their phone screen, making it easier for drivers to find them in a crowd.
–Doulas are beginning to replace the typical life coach as women hire them to get through birth, relationships, personal projects and more, reports Well + Good.
–The boutique chain Graduate Hotels encourages post-grad nostalgia through themed hotels for alumni in college towns, shares The New York Times.
–Bon Appétit explores CBD strips as an easy and more discreet way to get the relaxing effects of the compound during stressful moments.
–Goodwill has launched their own curated store in the Upper West Side, which sells trendier and more expensive pieces targeted towards younger thrift shoppers, explains Racked.
–A new app helps Alexa and other voice assistants understand sign language, making it more accessible to the deaf community, announces Fast Company.
–Petco has launched their own membership-based, cashierless store, writes Business Insider, where consumers have access to grooming, training, and veterinary care.
–China’s most downloaded app is the social media platform Tik Tok, whose 15-second video format is leading fashion and beauty brands to wonder how they can establish a presence. Via Business of Fashion.
–Best Buy has found a competitive edge over e-commerce retailers with its in-home consultants, who make house calls to help with repairs and installations. Bloomberg investigates.
–In an effort to be more sustainable, WeWork will no longer serve or pay for meals containing meat at employee events, reports CNN.
–The use of AI and robotics in the UK will create 7.2 million jobs, more than will be lost to automation, reports The Guardian.