In Oakland, a popup retail neighborhood for urban renewal

Similar in many ways to Renew Australia’s efforts to connect artists and community projects with vacant buildings to revive derelict areas, popuphood in Oakland, San Francisco is an urban initiative offering free retail space in unused buildings to local entrepreneurs, in yet another variation of the pop-up concept. READ MORE…

springwise:

In Oakland, a popup retail neighborhood for urban renewal

Similar in many ways to Renew Australia’s efforts to connect artists and community projects with vacant buildings to revive derelict areas, popuphood in Oakland, San Francisco is an urban initiative offering free retail space in unused buildings to local entrepreneurs, in yet another variation of the pop-up concept. READ MORE…

springwise:

Technology  Review: Follow the Smart Phones

A service launched last week by Skyhook Wireless will make it possible for other businesses to predict, with new accuracy, which local bars will be hot at 8 p.m. on Monday night, or how many people will walk past a particular billboard poster at noon on Friday.
via techspotlight:

Technology Review: Follow the Smart Phones

A service launched last week by Skyhook Wireless will make it possible for other businesses to predict, with new accuracy, which local bars will be hot at 8 p.m. on Monday night, or how many people will walk past a particular billboard poster at noon on Friday.

via techspotlight:

chrbutler:

Great idea!
I can’t fathom a better way to reduce waste created by plastic bags and other packaging than by eschewing the stuff altogether, which is precisely what London’s Unpackagedgrocery shop does.
Beginning life as a market stall in 2006, Unpackaged is a unique and brilliant concept that is so simple it hurts, especially considering the sheer amount of packaging waste that is ridiculously filling our planet’s landfill sites. Within the beautifully designed shop, organic whole foods, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, even refillable oils, vinegars and wines are all available to place straight into your own containers, that you will have brought along with you … if you haven’t then reusable bags are available.

chrbutler:

Great idea!

I can’t fathom a better way to reduce waste created by plastic bags and other packaging than by eschewing the stuff altogether, which is precisely what London’s Unpackagedgrocery shop does.
Beginning life as a market stall in 2006, Unpackaged is a unique and brilliant concept that is so simple it hurts, especially considering the sheer amount of packaging waste that is ridiculously filling our planet’s landfill sites. Within the beautifully designed shop, organic whole foods, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, even refillable oils, vinegars and wines are all available to place straight into your own containers, that you will have brought along with you … if you haven’t then reusable bags are available.
smarterplanet:

MicroSD Card Brings NFC to Phones for Credit Card Companies, Banks - RFID Journal
Since early this summer, two credit-card companies have been conducting in-house tests of an RFID module that plugs into a mobile phone’s microSD memory card slot, thereby turning a cell phone into a Near Field Communication (NFC) device that can make payments, act as a loyalty card and download information from RFID tags embedded in smart posters.

smarterplanet:

MicroSD Card Brings NFC to Phones for Credit Card Companies, Banks - RFID Journal

Since early this summer, two credit-card companies have been conducting in-house tests of an RFID module that plugs into a mobile phone’s microSD memory card slot, thereby turning a cell phone into a Near Field Communication (NFC) device that can make payments, act as a loyalty card and download information from RFID tags embedded in smart posters.

electricpower:

Azure  Dynamics gets FedEx order for 51 hybrid vans
Things are looking up for Azure Dynamics these days. After inking  a deal to help Ford with the development and production of the  Transit Connect BEV next year, the company has a new order for its  hybrid delivery vans. FedEx has signed up to take on another 51 of the  vans based on Ford’s E450 cutaway chassis. Once the new vans are  delivered by the end of this year, FedEx will have 325 hybrid and  electric vans in its fleet and its Bronx, New York facility will be the  first all-hybrid depot in the U.S. The Bronx depot will have 100 hybrid  delivery trucks in service. FedEx already has 25 Azure trucks in its  fleet and the new additions join another 92 trucks that were retrofitted  with hybrid systems earlier this year. Since introducing its first  hybrid in 2004, Fedex has accumulated four million miles on them. 
[Source: Fedex] (via Autoblog Green)

electricpower:

Azure Dynamics gets FedEx order for 51 hybrid vans

Things are looking up for Azure Dynamics these days. After inking a deal to help Ford with the development and production of the Transit Connect BEV next year, the company has a new order for its hybrid delivery vans. FedEx has signed up to take on another 51 of the vans based on Ford’s E450 cutaway chassis. Once the new vans are delivered by the end of this year, FedEx will have 325 hybrid and electric vans in its fleet and its Bronx, New York facility will be the first all-hybrid depot in the U.S. The Bronx depot will have 100 hybrid delivery trucks in service. FedEx already has 25 Azure trucks in its fleet and the new additions join another 92 trucks that were retrofitted with hybrid systems earlier this year. Since introducing its first hybrid in 2004, Fedex has accumulated four million miles on them.

[Source: Fedex] (via Autoblog Green)

Trucks, Technology & Twitter: the Atlanta Hybrid Truck Convoy and the Truck2020 TwitStop

smarterplanet:

On Tuesday, Oct. 27th, a convoy of dozens of hybrid trucks will be rolling through Atlanta on their way to the  Hybrid Truck 2009 National Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center.  As part of the conference, IBM will also be publishing its new study, Truck2020, which examines the critical role that next generation trucking will play in making cities, supply chains, retail businesses and many aspects of our planet smarter, greener and more innovative.

Speaking of next generations,  many kids ( and plenty of grownup kids) love trucks. To feed that passion and promote interest in this emerging high-tech industry, IBM’s Institute for Business Value, which produced the Truck2020 report, is organizing a multimedia collaboration via Twitter for spectators and convoy participants. We’re calling it a “TwitStop.” See details on how people in the Atlanta area can be part of this social media mashup.

Trucks, Technology & Twitter: the Atlanta Hybrid Truck Convoy and the Truck2020 TwitStop

Augmented Reality Virtual Marketplaces

To help spur the economy, I’d like to see Virtual Storefronts created for products or services via Augmented Reality (AR).  In this video demonstrating how AR was used to virtually paint an abandoned warehouse, you can see how simple it would be to create cyber representations of whole stores that people could shop in via AR enabled smart phones.  Each virtual kiosk could have geo-tagged videos demonstrating actual products that people could purchase by simply clicking their screen.  Picture Central Park in New York City or other public spaces that could be utilized in this way by startup companies unable to afford the rents that many urban locations charge.  Supply chain issues would be vastly minimized as products wouldn’t need to go to stores and them people’s homes.  Retail efficiencies would provide more profit to owners, etc. Trash/waste would also be non-existent.

-John C. Havens (VP, Social Media at Porter Novelli and author of Tactical Transparency).