How Brands Are Using 3D Printing at Retail

Posted Friday, January 09, 2015

PHOTO: 3D Printed Nutella [Business Insider]
PHOTO: 3D Printed Nutella [Business Insider]

3D Printing isn’t really “printing” at all.  It’s definitely not ink on paper. Think of it more like working with clay- adding layer upon layer to create a three dimensional (3D) object. All sorts of objects- using all sorts of materials. Even chocolate.

There are a lot of success stories of how the process is being used in the medical industry. But, 3D printing is on the rise in the retail industry too. More retailers and CPG (consumer packaged goods) brands are becoming aware of what possibilities 3D printing can bring to their markets. Through licensing agreements and partnerships, 3D printing companies are teaming up to bring more customization to shoppers. And we all know how important the customer experience is. recently shared their top predictions for 3D printing in 2015, which include more innovation to deliver better, less expensive solutions. They also predict the rise of 3D photo booths to generate your 3D headshot or “mini-me&rsquo

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Tags: 3D printing , Coca-Cola , Point of Purchase , Target

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The Evolution of Retail Environments

Posted Monday, October 28, 2013

The future is not what it used to be!

Retail has always played a vital part in the fabric of society. If you live and breathe Retail like we do- check out this interactive, historical timeline of the top 100 objects that have shaped the evolution of the retail environment from Caveman to Internet Shopper. The “History of Retail in 100 Objects”, developed by The Store WPP and Intel Corporation, is a fascinating read that identifies 100 objects, illustrates it, tells its story, and shares an overview of what its retail impact has been.

The 6 Ages of Retail Evolution
The collection of 100 objects was framed chronologically within five broad time periods, plus some ideas of what object (or technologies) might shape the future of retail. Here are some of the objects highlighted within the periods.

  1. Caveman/Shopper as Hunter Gatherer- humans are hard wired to shop! (well, seek out our needs and wants)
  2. Neolithic Shopper- 8,000 to 2,000 BC: abacus, stone tablet for writing

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Tags: 3D printing , big data , KDM Technology Solutions

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Stuller’s Create Bar Makes Designing Custom Jewelry Easy

Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Stuller Inc. recently announced it’s “Create Bar,” a turnkey custom design solution for independent retail jewelers. The Create Bar is an in-store interactive kiosk where the jeweler can meet with tech-savvy customers and help them create highly personalized jewelry.

Stuller Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of jewelry and jewelry-related products. The company, headquartered in LaFayette, Louisiana provides just-in-time delivery of more than 200,000 items to more than 40,000 jewelry professionals throughout the world. Stuller’s core product categories include: diamonds, gemstones, finished jewelry, mountings, findings, bridal jewelry, tools, supplies and digital solutions, including and CounterSketch Studio.

CounterSketch Studio is a 3D rendering tool that allows jewelers to use prototypes and Stuller’s huge inventory of digital models to begin the process of creating a custom jewelry design. As customers provide feedback, the system performs

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Tags: 3D printing , interactive marketing , KDM Retail , specialty retail

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