It’s never good to fall into a routine. As a business owner you should always try and stay innovative so that you are able to keep up with the times. These innovations keep your business fresh and should help to engage your customers. Some of these store owners decided to get creative and come up with quite clever ideas to engage their customers.
Reusing Price Tags
This supermarket was tired of constantly changing their price tags. So they decided to get electric price meters so that they would be able to reuse them as well as reduce the amount of plastic waste.
Premade Kits For Donation
People that shopped in this supermarket were always buying food to feed the homeless. The supermarket decided to make kits of food so that people could donate food more easily.
Trying Something New
When you want to try something new, you often end up getting confused about what to choose. This supermarket has sorted that out for you and has mystery bags ready for you so that you can get something new every time you open it.
Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover
This book store has taken mystery to a whole new level. The books are covered in white paper with a short sentence briefly describing what the book is about written on the front. So now you can easily select a book without having to ‘judge it by its cover’.
Candy Store For The Carnivore
When was the last time that you saw a vending machine that didn’t sell candy? This store is doing just that, serving meats instead.
A Story For You
Do you ever get bored while your friends and family shop around the mall? Well this mall has something for you, serving a short story to occupy you while you wait.
Directory For Everyone
This supermarket has installed a store directory on the shopping carts for every key item that they have in their store. This allows the customers to find things on their own rather than look for an employee to help them.
Getting An Estimate?
There are many people who struggle with finances when they go out shopping. This shopping calculator gives you an estimate of the bill that you will have at the end of your shopping spree and will save you the embarrassment of putting things back when you reach the checkout.
A Time To Chill
This grocery store has a very chilled out and thoughtful idea for its customers. While they look around the store, they can enjoy a can of beer.
Need Help Or Not?
In this store, you can choose what kind of a shopper you are; whether you need help from the employees or if you can do your shopping on your own. If you choose the latter, the employees will not bother you and will let you shop in peace.
Hold My Beer
This was yet another thoughtful idea taken up by this supermarket. They have cup holders that allow you to take a glass of beer with you while you shop.
The owner of this store loves dogs and whenever one of the customers buys a normal sized mattress, he gives them a mini mattress for their dog for free.
We have all seen the good and bad looking produce in supermarkets and we often only go for the good ones since they are more aesthetic. This shop segregates the bad looking ones into a box labelled “The Misfits” and they sell them at a cheaper rate. If they don’t sell the produce, they donate it to charities or the homeless.
Snack While You Eat
Many people snack while they shop. But often they choose something unhealthy that they end up regretting. This store allows you to snack healthy while you shop.
Marking The Days
We often get confused about what bananas to buy and when they are ready to eat. This shop marks the bananas according to the time that they are ready.
Color Of The Mangoes
If you don’t know what colored mango is best for you, try suggesting this to your local produce department. This shop has labelled the different colored mangos according to their taste so that amateur buyers can get the right fruit.
Free Fruit For Kids
This is a great way to encourage your child to eat more fruit. Children are often attracted by free stuff and this is a great way to set them on a healthy track.
Maps With Directions
There are many supermarkets in the world that are not divided into aisles or sections. This makes it hard for the shoppers to navigate around the store. This supermarket has maps installed on the shopping carts to help you get to where you want.
This Walmart has GPS attached to its shopping carts. This must be quite a large Walmart!
This is yet another classic example of innovation that will engage more customers. This bread dispenser will help keep the bread fresh and also help to reduce waste.
Printing Both Sides
Unlike the receipts that you get from Costco, this store uses both sides of the receipt instead of just printing on one side. This helps to reduce unnecessary waste.
Cooling Your Drinks
Are you in a hurry or are you just planning on drinking your bottle as soon as you get out of the door? This shop has a free chilling service so you can choose the time that you want to chill your drink for.
The Broken Trolleys
There are many trolleys in supermarkets that have one or more broken wheels and often go in a direction thats different to where you want. This shop has tags that the customers can put on the trolleys so the store employees know that they need fixing.
The Reading Nook
This book store has a special corner that allows customers to get comfy and read. The entire section is made out of books and it has been designed quite beautifully.
Pick Your Own Mushrooms
This grocery store allows you to pick out the mushrooms that you want. They grow the mushrooms in the store and then display them loosely for you to handpick.
Check-Out Lines Waiting List
This local grocery store has color changing check-out lights that change depending on the number of waiting customers in line for each checkout.
The Indoor Beehive
This store had a large infestation of bees so they decided to build an indoor beehive and even get a beekeeper to relocate the bees.
This is the kind of thing that is important when choosing clothes to buy. These hooks will help make up your mind about the clothes that you want and the ones that you don’t.
Pricing With Fun
This is a great idea for areas which have fairly low temperatures. This store provides the exact discount in accordance with the temperature outside.
This toilet at a Dutch Supermarket lets you test the brands of toilet paper they sell before you buy. It’s quite an interesting way to push your product.
Choosing What Stays
“The supermarket at my university allows you to up/downvote new products and at 50 likes it is adapted into the shop,” writes the uploader of the picture.
Helping The Elderly
This is a very thoughtful idea. This store has magnifying glasses attached to the carts to help the elderly read the text on the products.
Search Before You Hunt
These smart shopping carts allow you to search the exact place where the product is located so that you don’t waste any time hunting for the things that you need.
One Place For The Rejects
This shop has got a special and convenient place where you can leave all the things that you don’t want after you placed them in your cart. This helps them to be returned back to their correct place and also saves you the time of having to find out where it originally came from.
When you are buying clothes for the cold season, you are never sure if the clothes that you buy will be able to survive the low temperatures. So, this shop has a winter simulator so that you can test the clothes before you buy them.
The shopping carts in this store have charging ports for you to charge your smartphone while you shop. It’s very convenient since you won’t have to worry about your phone running out of juice.
A Space For Dogs
There are many places that are adopting pet-friendly policies. This shop has carts that have a space where your dog can sit and ride around while you get all the things that you need.
Create Your Own Flavor
This is quite an ingenious way to keep customers happy. You can mix and match the various flavors and come up with your own flavor of peanut butter.
Mixed Frozen Veggies
Want an assorted selection of veggies for your frozen choices? This store has you covered since they allow you to pick out which veggies you want frozen.
Pre-made Cocktail Kits
Do you ever end up with leftovers when you are making cocktails at home? There is always one ingredient that you end up buying too much of. However, this store sells pre-made cocktail kits so that you can buy the exact amount of ingredients that you need.
Fort Inside An Inn
This man travels a lot for his business and he came across Hampton Inn where he could request for a fort to be built inside his room. There were rules for the fort and Hampton Inn was quite ingenious about keeping their customers happy.
Take Away Soap
This hotel knew that even if the soap was slightly used, they would have to replace it. Instead of wasting the soap bars, they simply asked their customers to take the soap home if they wanted to.
Commuting In China
Commuting in China can be pretty rough if you do not know the local language. The Grand Kingtown Hotel came up with a genius idea and provided this card that the non-Mandarin speaking people could give to the taxi drivers.
Connecting Laptop With Hotel TV
When we stay at a hotel, we often find it difficult to cast our laptop devices to the hotel room TV. This hotel made things a lot easier by providing the VGA as well as the HDMI input for the laptops.
Re-using Old And Stained Face Towels
It can be quite wasteful to throw away old and stained towels because you cannot give them to your guests in their present condition. So, this hotel decided to improvise and made rags out of the old towels which the guests could use.
Fifty Shades Of Grey In The Room
This hotel found the Fifty Shades of Grey book on the side table of one of their guests. They decided to paint a picture with the towels as to why the guest had the book.
The Rubber Duck
This hotel included a rubber duck in the toiletries package. The expression on the rubber duck makes you want to stay with it until it feels better.
Telling The Weather
Le Meridien in Kochi has an interesting way of telling the weather. They used a coconut hung to a tree and the state of the coconut could be used to tell the weather around it.
This hotel knows that weekends can be pretty rough for everyone and some people might need time to sleep in before they check out. This is why the hotel has breakfast open till 12 PM and check out till 6 PM.
The Indoor Vintage RV Park
This is Base Camp Hostel in Bonn, Germany and they have an indoor RV park that is full of vintage vehicles. The guests can spend time here and it is quite a brilliant idea.
Finding Sunglasses In The Room
The hotel maid found sunglasses in one of the guests’ rooms and decided to make the most of the situation. She created an elephant out of the towels and laid it on the bed.
The Genius Drape Design
This is quite a genius way of ensuring that there is no gap between the curtains for the light to sneak in from. It could be used to avoid the early mornings at home too.
Taking Fire Safety Seriously
When there is a fire, smoke often fills the hallways and it can get hard to walk through them. The easiest way to get through the halls is on your belly, crawling to safety. To ensure that the guests know the way, this hotel has evacuation plans at ground level on every floor.
No More Bibles In Hotel Rooms
This hotel is not forcing its guests to get religious and read about the workings of the Lord. Instead, they have copies of 1984 in every room so that people could read about a dystopian society and indulge in something a little more interesting.
When there was an eclipse that could be seen from North Carolina, this hotel decided to create some humor and placed these candies in every room.
You Just Gotta Pull Back
This was in the grounds of one of the hotels and it was quite hilarious. You don’t have to worry if your husband asks you to sit in it since the bench is actually bolted to the ground.
The Train Hotel
This hotel was built on the site where a train station once stood. The rooms inside were modified out of train cars and it had actual trains in it too.
Always Tip Generously
This was a result of a very generous tip to the Egyptian hotel service. When you are generous with the staff, they will treat you as if you are family.
The Hilarious Kids’ Menu
Children often have tantrums and are never sure about what they want to eat. This hotel has decoded the things that the children like and put them hilariously on their kids’ menu.
Read Up On Knowledge
This is yet another hotel which has swapped the Bible in every room for something else. This time around, it was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights so you know everything that is and is not in violation of the United Nations.
Avoiding Plastics Like A Boss
Instead of a plastic spoon, this hotel was using lemon grass. It is quite an interesting and genius way to avoid the use of plastic and work towards a greener Earth.
No More Lonely Nights In This Hotel
If you are travelling alone, it does not mean that you have to be alone at night. You can take a plant to your room and talk to it through the night. The plants are your friends and this is a really nice gesture.
Changing The Carpets Everyday
This hotel in Ukraine tells you what day it is everyday by swapping the carpet in the elevators. It can be quite handy if you often forget what day it is.
The Green Hotel
This hotel is doing its part in helping the Earth to recover some of its green cover. They have as many plants as possible growing on the vertical side of the building.
A Picture Of RDJ
This guest had asked the hotel management to hide a picture of Robert Downey Jr. in his room and had forgotten all about it until he stepped inside the shower.
Saving The White Towels
This hotel had a special black towel with which you could remove all your makeup since the white towels would get stained easily and the stains would not easily come off.
Tiny Children Bathroom
This is the Europa Park Hotel in Germany and they have a miniature bathroom for kids inside the actual bathroom. It can be quite a fun activity for the kids.
When You Forget Something At The Hotel
This guy had forgotten his jacket in the hotel and they mailed it to him. The kicker is that they also mailed a complementary pillow along with the jacket.
Catering To The Needs Of The Tourists
This hotel in Switzerland had outlets that could connect to all sorts of chargers from around the world. It is quite a nice thing to have since it lets you avoid the need to carry a travel adapter.
Do Not Disturb
These are quite creative Do Not Disturb signs that were used in this hotel. We just love the “Bacon Deliveries Only” and “Nope” signs.
Saving The Bees
Bee population has declined over the past few years and this hotel is doing its part by having a beehive on its roof. This is from a hotel in Central London.
Assuming Your Theft
Guests often take the toiletries provided in the room when they check out in order to get compensated for the high rentals at the hotels. This hotel has already assumed that you are going to steal their shampoo.
The Honorary Manager’s Door
The Honorary Manager of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs is actually a cat and they have a special door for the manager so that he can get in and out easily.
Free Voice And Data
While other hotels charge lavishly for the WiFi, this hotel is providing a complementary Android phone with free data and voice that the guests can use while they are in the hotel.
Using Seawater To Save Water
Instead of using freshwater like most other hotels and every other establishment, this hotel is using seawater for the toilet flushing so that they do not participate in the wasting of freshwater.
The Amazing Bookshelf
This is an amazing bookshelf. The spaces within the shelf says “Take a book, Leave a book” and it is quite a creative and impressive design.
The Llama At The Wedding
This couple were getting married in this hotel that also happened to have a llama convention going on inside it.
When you see art like this at your hotel, it breaks your heart to take out a towel and destroy the perfection of the creation.
This hotel has soap dispensers that shell out the soap as if it was spreading Parmesan Cheese. It is little things like this that make the hotels memorable.
Remember To Take A Break
This looks like the wall of a serial killer but it is in fact just a reminder on the walls of the bathroom of a hotel that you should take a break from work.
Hanging From A Fiber
This is yet another piece of towel art that will either make you laugh when you see it or scare you. It was made by the hotel maid.
White Noise Machine
The Hilton Hotel has cracked the formula for getting a good night’s sleep at a hotel without having to carry your white noise machine.
The Lending Locker
This hotel has a lending locker which contains almost all the things that you would otherwise have to carry with you while you stay at the hotel. This removes quite a lot of stress from carrying luggage.
Carpet And Lighting
The defining characteristic of this hotel was its hallways. They were covered with a carpet that had a pattern that combined with the lighting patterns to produce a trippy effect.
The Staff Has Your Back
The hotel staff often get quite a number of weird requests and this was by far one of the weirdest one that they had received.
This hotel had a pancake machine in every room. This is something that we all need in our homes so that we can have pancakes everyday.
Turning On The Shower Has Never Been Easier
This cutout in the glass has helped many guests staying at this hotel to get the water running in the shower without getting themselves wet.
This is quite a hilarious instruction panel at a hotel. The steps are numbered as well which makes for quite the hilarious pun.
Would you stay in a hotel if someone told you that the building was originally created to serve as a prison?
Instructions For Using Electricity
This hotel is providing instructions to use electricity the proper way, just in case you have never come across electricity before in your life. Read the footnote for a laugh.