Dallas Innovates’ 10 Most Popular Stories in November

Rising to the top of the list is 7-Eleven's fifth Evolution Store in Lake Highlands. The location will serve as an experiential testing ground for patrons to try new shopping technology and products.

In November, stories on experiential retail, COVID-19 inventions and pivots, commercial real estate, and the future of work rose to the top of our list.

Here’s a roundup of the most-read stories on dallasinnovates.com.

[Photo: 7-Eleven]

1. Testing Ground: 7-Eleven Opens Dallas’ Second ‘Lab’ Store in Lake Highlands

7-Eleven’s fifth Evolution Store will serve as an experiential testing ground for patrons to try new concepts. Customers can expect the latest in shopping technology, new products, and larger-than-life murals inside and out.


[Photo: Texas A&M]

2. COVID Breakthrough: Dallas Startup, Texas A&M Announce 1‑Breath Screening Device With Almost Instant Results

Dallas-based Worlds Inc. says its new device that uses AI and high-tech sensors is comparing favorably to PCR tests, which can take up to five days to deliver results. Testing on Texas A&M students begins today with more testing to follow at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

A rollout is expected in early 2021.


[Photo: Chase Mardis]

3. Dallas-Fort Worth Leads the Nation in Apartment Demand for Q3 2020

The DFW multifamility market also led in the second quarter with modest gains due to government stay-at-home orders.


[Photo: Amazon]

4. Amazon Launches In-Garage Grocery Delivery, Expands Package Delivery in Dallas-Fort Worth

Amazon’s new contactless grocery delivery service is initially launching in only five cities, including Dallas. The service can be used in Richardson, Denton, Irving, and Grapevine, among other North Texas locations.

Prime members who are eligible can get a myQ smart garage door opener and also combine that with a Ring smart camera for peace of mind, Amazon says.


[Photo: Capital Factory]

5. Capital Factory Bids Farewell to its Dallas Office. But the Texas Startup Manifesto Goes Beyond Space, says VP Bryan Chambers

As Capital Factory puts it, “we aren’t going anywhere.”


[Photo: Common Desk]

6. Coworking Adapts to Survive and (Eventually) Thrive

Local coworking firms use different approaches to deal with COVID challenges.


[Photo: USAA]

7. USAA’s SafePilot App ‘Learns’ to Record Crash Data

USAA is making cell phones into accident detectives through SafePilot’s telematics-enabled auto claims. Integral in developing the claims is USAA’s design and information technology team in Plano.


Sunrider International will be the anchor tenant at Midlothian Business Park. The company is moving its manufacturing and R&D operations from Torrance, CA, to the industrial park. [Image: Conlon & Co.]

[Image: Conlon & Co.]

8. Chicago’s Conlon & Co. Acquires Big Stake in Midlothian Business Park

CNBC star Sean Conlon and former Mayor Richard Daley make their second major Dallas-Fort Worth investment in 30 days, leveraging booming IT and logistics sectors in the region.


[Photo: JLL]

9. Yes, the Office Market Has a Future. It’ll Just Look a Lot Different, Says JLL’s Brad Selner

We’re entering an era of “always-on transformation” and “always-on resiliency,” president of JLL’s South Central region says. Continuous reimaging is part of our next normal.


[Photo: Karen Almond]

10. Colliers’ Allen Gump: DFW Has Always Been a Major Trucking Hub. Now It’s Taking Logistics to Undreamed-Of Levels

From sophisticated delivery to huge build-to-suit deals to the future of autonomous trucking, logistics is the name of the game.

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