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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 →
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 →
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