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As one of the world’s leading retail experts and speakers, Doug Stephens offers an ever-evolving array of cutting edge and compelling keynote topics, suitable for any business audience. Every keynote is crafted to be extremely entertaining, visually rich, enlightening and specifically relevant to each and every group.  Your audience will not forget this.

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The Future of the Retail Store

Are we witnessing the death of the retail store or its astonishing rebirth and the beginning of the true Golden Age of retailing?  It’s a topic of ongoing and passionate debate. One thing is certain, the store of the future will be vastly different. In this fascinating talk, Doug Stephens will show you the store of the future, from staffing and store design to technology and marketing – and how each will change dramatically in the months and years ahead.  You’ll gain the vital insights you need today, to design the store of tomorrow.

Doug is represented exclusively by The Lavin Agency.

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The Future of Consumerism

It’s the end of a very fat and lazy era of consumerism.  The uniquely favorable conditions that gave meteoric rise to mega-retailers like Walmart, Home Depot and Tesco are unraveling quickly, giving way to an entirely new and far more precarious consumer marketplace. Who the consumer is, in addition to how, where and even why they shop, is changing rapidly and forever.  For brands unwilling to meet these changes, this new consumer age will bring almost certain disaster. However, for savvy, courageous businesses both big and small, it offers unprecedented opportunities for growth and success.  This fast-paced and entertaining talk sheds 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.  You will gain insight into what smart brands are doing to re-imagine their businesses and capitalize on this historic shift.

If you’d like Doug to present to your organization, contact us.

 

The Road to Remarkable: 8 Things The World’s Most Innovative Companies Never Do

In a world where mediocre will no longer cut it, what are the common strengths that the world’s most dominant brands bring to market?  How exactly do the best retailers and manufacturers innovate to create uncontested market space and most importantly, what pitfalls do great innovators avoid that most others fall into? Referencing years of research, The Road to Remarkable examines the surprising links between the world’s most successful businesses and provides actionable ideas and steps to emulate their success. It’s an uplifting and mind-expanding peek into the realm of radical innovation and strategy.

 

5 Coming Crises In The Retail Market

If you’re a retailer, you may not be sleeping very well these days and that’s understandable.  Tectonic shifts in demographics, economics, technology and media all seem to be conspiring against traditional retail business models and paradigms.  Big brands are closing stores, malls are shuttering and consumer spending is increasingly going online, laying waste to power centers and main street merchants alike.  But while all of this is true, it is also a time of unique opportunity to reimagine, reinvent and reinvigorate one’s retail business.

In this riveting talk, Doug Stephens takes you through the short-list what he sees as being the category five hurricanes poised to hit the retail industry over the coming decade.  You’ll find out what’s driving these phenomena and what their potential impact will be to your business. Most importantly, you’ll learn how smart, forward-looking brands, CPG’s and retailers are already capitalizing on the opportunities these trends hold.

 

The End Of The Beginning Of Ecommerce

Global ecommerce, now in excess of 1.2 trillion dollars is growing at a double-digit pace.  The question on the minds of many in the retail market, especially brick and mortar retailers is when will ecommerce top out? When will we reach a point of maturity where online penetration can’t get much higher and operating costs can’t get much lower?  In other words, has the majority of the online shopping potential already been realized or is there more to come?

In this highly visual talk Doug takes you on a journey into the future to look at the systems, technologies and consumer behaviors that point to a new chapter in online shopping.  You’ll see, first-hand, the emerging trends that promise continued and exponential growth in ecommerce and a merging of our physical and digital consumer worlds.

If you’d like Doug to present to your organization, contact us.

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Big Data and The Retail Revolution

90% of the data that exists today was created within the last two years! And while the sheer volume and velocity of data is definitely astonishing, what’s even more compelling is our growing capacity to gather, analyze and make sense of it all. From social media streams, videos and reviews to weather, traffic and machine to machine communication, each day a virtual universe of data is being created. Smart brands are honing their understanding of that data and its potential impact on every aspect of their customer’s experience with their brand.  The Destination is You will provide a glimpse into the future of retail by examining this new and amazing data deluge and how pioneering brands around the world are turning it into a new world of opportunity.

 

The Segment of One:  The Future of Customized Manufacturing

300 years ago most goods were customized, bespoke and unique.  The industrial revolution created a sea of sameness and product parity.  In this fascinating talk Doug highlights the companies, technologies and social trends that are shifting the consumer economy from centuries of mass production to a future that will offer us efficient, one-off, customization.  From apparel to eye wear to household goods and furniture, the days of personalized production are back and it’s a shift that will revolutionize retailing as we know it.

 

The Shopping Center Of The Future

The days of the ten-year lease, static rosters of mall tenants and percentage-of-sales lease rates will soon be a distant memory. The entire concept of what a “shopping center” is, is evolving rapidly, and with it the demands on real estate developers and property management are changing too.  Pop-up, virtual, omni-channel, mobile, offline analytics and collective store spaces, along with changes in demographics are challenging age-old paradigms around what a mall is, where it’s located and how its success is measured.  In this talk, Doug Stephens paints a picture of the shopping center of tomorrow and shares the critical new perspective required to succeed in this radically different retail reality.

Doug Stephens is represented by the Lavin Agency

Each speaking topic can be presented as a workshop or webcast.  Fully customized, individually crafted keynotes are also available on request.