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retail | Dec 3rd, 2019

In Brands We Trust: Retail Prophet Doug Stephens Explains Why Companies Are the New Communities

For his latest article in The Business of Fashion, retail futurist Doug Stephens explains why brands have stepped up to fill the void of belonging and meaning left behind by America’s declining institutions.   Once a pillar of social civility and community, the government today has become so... Continue Reading →
retail | Sep 20th, 2019

Doug Stephens Joins the Voice of Retail to Discuss the Rapid-Fire Change in the Industry

Retail prophet Doug Stephens breaks down the challenges retailers face in today’s fast-paced, hyper-connected, digital world.   Businesses that grew to prominence in the industrial era may have whiplash at the sheer speed of change happening in today’s age of mobile phones and internet shopping.... Continue Reading →
retail | Sep 11th, 2019

Curious About the Future of Retail? Two of Lavin's Retail Experts Will Answer Your Questions.

The retail industry has undergone a massive, unprecedented transformation in the last few years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Retail Reinventionist Joe Jackman and Retail Futurist Doug Stephens join forces to answer your most burning questions about the industry and where it’s headed.... Continue Reading →
retail | Aug 30th, 2019

Where Are We Headed? Doug Stephens Discusses The Past, Present, and Future of Retail

Retail Futurist and bestselling author Doug Stephens joins Tiffani Bova—“Innovation Evangelist” at Salesforce—for an enlightening conversation about disruption, the retail experience, and how brick and mortar stores can be the most powerful media channel.  “For most of history the people that made... Continue Reading →
retail | Aug 12th, 2019

The End of Amazon: Retail Prophet Doug Stephens Imagines the Mega-Retailer’s Downfall

Like Wal-Mart before it, Amazon today feels untouchable: a monolithic empire selling us everything from groceries to electronics. Retail Expert Doug Stephens illustrates the parallels between these iconic companies, and explains how, when, and why the e-commerce giant ruling the world today will... Continue Reading →
retail | Sep 5th, 2018

The “Conspiracy of Success”: Retail Visionary Doug Stephens Predicts the End of Amazon

Doug Stephens is a retail visionary—author, podcaster and consultant to some of North America’s best-known retailers: Home Depot, Disney and Google, to name a few. His latest article “The End of Amazon,” is as provocative as the title indicates, and a truly fascinating read—for retailers and... Continue Reading →
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 →
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