Retail & Consumer Futurist; Founder of Retail Prophet
Topic: What’s In-Store?
Doug Stephens is an expert in business strategy, and he brings his wealth of experience an in-depth knowledge to this keynote. What are the latest trends in the marketing industry? How are demographic and technological shifts affecting your customer base? What can your company do to stay ahead of the curve? To help your company excel in the ultra-competitive realm of retail, Stephens is constantly collecting data and case studies —in a variety of fields—to give you strategies that are broad in scope, yet focused in purpose.
Bio: Who is Doug Stephens?
Arguably the most influential retail futurist on the planet, Doug Stephens is required listening for retail companies—and for any company that orbits the retail world. In fully customized and thoroughly researched talks, Stephens shows you how to stay ahead of the changing mega-trends in demographics, economics, and technology that are resetting your industry.
The founder of Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens is one of the world’s only retail industry futurists. His research and insights have helped major organizations—such as Air Miles, Home Depot, and Disney—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 and evolve. Drawing on his 20 years of experience, Stephens analyzes media trends, financial climates, demographic shifts, emerging technologies and everything in between to provide an unrivalled insight into consumer trends.
Too often, companies make the mistake of reacting purely to what’s going on right now, instead of understanding what’s going to happen. Douglas Stephens gives his audiences a clear view of what’s on the horizon. Stephens’ thinking has influenced many of North America’s best-known retailers and brands including Wal-Mart and Benjamin Moore. Prior to founding Retail Prophet, Stephens spent 20 years in retail, holding senior international roles, including the leadership of one of New York City’s most ironic retail chains. He is a regular contributor to CTV’s App Central and his views are regularly quoted in Forbes, Profit, and Canadian Business. He is also a Contributing Blogger to Technorati’s business channel and sits on the board of the Location-Based Marketing Association.
Stephens’ new book (and his first), The Retail Revival, documents the rise of an incredible new era of consumerism leading to a complete redefinition of what retail is.