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THURSDAY / JUNE 2, 2016 / 8:15 AM

The Future of Consumerism

In this fascinating talk, Doug Stephens will tackle the future of consumerism. He’ll shed light on the key shifts in economics, demographics, technology, and media that are completely transforming the consumer landscape, and the very essence of how we buy. Who the consumer is, in addition to how, where, and even why they shop, is changing rapidly and forever. The way our stores look—and how we interact with them—are constantly in flux. Mobile technology, social commerce, location-based services, machine to machine connection, big data, and a deluge of developing technologies are all conspiring to forever change how we buy. How do we cope with all these transformations? Doug will share what smart brands are doing to re-imagine their businesses and capitalize on these historic changes.


Doug Stephens | Retail Prophet

The founder of Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens is one of the world’s foremost retail and consumer futurists. His research and insights have helped major organizations—such as Air Miles, Home Depot, Disney, and Intel—understand exactly how mega-trends in demographics, economics, technology, and media are forever altering consumer/brand relationships. And, what they need to do to adapt, evolve, and innovate. Drawing on his 20 years of experience, Doug analyzes media trends, financial climates, demographic shifts, emerging technologies, and everything in between to provide an unrivalled insight into consumer trends. Doug’s book, The Retail Revival, documents the rise of an incredible new era of consumerism leading to a complete redefinition of what retail is.