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retail | Nov 27th, 2017

“The Future of Retail Is Amazon—and It’s Not Even a Retailer.” Listen to Doug Stephens’ Excellent New Podcast.

Doug Stephens’ new podcast, Retail Prophet, kicked off this week with an analysis of Amazon: “Amazon is not a retailer at all. They’re a data, technology, logistics, service, innovation and media company that uses each of these competencies to weave a sticky web of conglomerate platforms.” This is... Continue Reading →
retail | Oct 31st, 2017

When Brands Run out of Growth, Joe Jackman Helps Them Rediscover Their Purpose. Here’s What He Did for Walgreens.

What did retail expert Joe Jackman do for Walgreens when it plateaued? He didn’t build more stores. He dug deep into the brand’s heritage—what was their purpose to begin with? How did it originate? What made it successful? It turns out, “[they weren’t] in the drugstore biz,” says Jackman. “[They]... Continue Reading →
retail | Jun 27th, 2017

Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition—What’s Next? Reactions from a Retail Futurist and a Cultural Theorist

Last week, Amazon announced their purchase of everyone’s favorite place to score samples: Whole Foods. Lavin’s Douglases, Rushkoff and Stephens, weighed in on the sale in Fast Company and WIRED, respectively, offering their distinctive takes on the Amazon empire and what it means for consumers.... Continue Reading →
retail | Apr 11th, 2017

Are You Ready for the Retail Revolution? Douglas Stephens’ New Book Reengineering Retail Maps the Future of Selling

Physical stores have vanished. Online giants rule the market. The very concept of the ‘store,’ and how consumers shop, has been totally reinvented. But with Douglas Stephens’ new book Reengineering Retail, we can see these vast changes for what they truly are—opportunities.  As one of the most... Continue Reading →
retail | Jan 11th, 2017

How Did Maureen Chiquet Lead Chanel Through a Decade of Disruption?

We don’t often think of empathy and collaboration as intrinsic to heading a thriving global business. But when Maureen Chiquet led Chanel through one of the most tumultuous eras in retail—and grew the company threefold, no less—it was this overlooked skillset that allowed them to evolve. Chiquet... Continue Reading →
retail | May 30th, 2016

New Videos: Adam Alter Breaks Down Consumer Choices

Adam Alter is fascinated by the decisions we make. Why do we buy certain products and ignore others? How do environmental cues—everything from the weather to colours to geography—shape our moods and interactions? In his New York Times bestseller Drunk Tank Pink, and in thought-provoking keynotes,... Continue Reading →
retail | Mar 20th, 2016

“The Store Is Becoming Media”: Douglas Stephens at the Dx3 Retail Conference

Earlier this month, sales speaker Douglas Stephens served as curator of Toronto’s Dx3 Retail Conference—a showcase of exciting software advancements for brick and mortar retailers looking to make in-store shopping more appealing. As online purchasing becomes easier, retailers and marketers have to... Continue Reading →
retail | Dec 13th, 2015

#AskASpeaker #6: Twitter Q&A with Douglas Stephens

On Thursday, December 10, we held our sixth #AskASpeaker Q&A on Twitter, and for this edition, we welcomed author and consumer futurist—and founder of Retail Prophet—Douglas Stephens. Stephens offers fully customizable, deeply researched keynotes for audiences who want to stay ahead of important... Continue Reading →
retail | Nov 24th, 2014

Black Friday Not a Deal for Companies, or Consumers: Retail Speaker Douglas Stephens

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, retailers are gearing up for the biggest shopping event of the season: Black Friday. Retail futurist Douglas Stephens is examining this relatively new trend, and how it has crept up across the U.S. border into Canada. "It's morphed into a real circus, to be... Continue Reading →
retail | Mar 27th, 2013

Revitalize The In-Store Experience To Combat Showrooming: Doug Stephens

While it's true that "showrooming" has become a hot-button issue in the retail world, retail speaker Doug Stephens says it doesn't necessarily mean the end of traditional stores as we know them. It just means that retailers have to be more inventive and give customers something unique to combat this... Continue Reading →
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