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Sarah Dunn

Sleep tight

Casper is the original ‘bed in a box’ – it’s a direct-to-consumer ecommerce company selling foam mattresses which are hydraulically compressed into boxes. The US-based company has yet to be active in the New Zealand market, but a handful of its many global copycats are already shaking up what co-founder Jeff Chapin refers to as “Big Mattress”.

In with the new

Simon Pound was one of Vend's early employees and witnessed the madness of its rapid growth firsthand. He was there for more than four years, but recently became a partner at ventures startup Previously Unavailable. He's also managing director of his partner Ingrid Starnes's self-named fashion label. Sarah Dunn chats to him about his new role, the insights he has gleaned from hosting the Business is Boring podcast, changing consumer trends and the future of retail.

Future of shopping

For the last couple of years, the retail world has been tantalized by rumours of completely automated stores being developed, tested and trialled overseas. Now, these walk-in vending machines have become a credible reality with the launch of the first Amazon Go store in Seattle.

Future of retail

Coffee-pod retailer Nespresso has opened a new concept store in the Auckland suburb of Albany which aims for an immersive shopping experience. The boutique, which opened in December 2017, boasts an experiential design and virtual queuing system.