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BoF’s hit podcast series Retail Reborn returns for a second season to investigate the consumer of tomorrow, and how their changing lifestyles and expectations will drive evolution in the retail industry today. Podcast host and founder of Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens, is joined by 14 global authorities, including industry thought-leaders, fashion and retail executives, and academic experts, sharing their insight and analysis on the next-generation consumer. Presented by Brookfield Properties, guests will discuss generational expectations as shaped by the pandemic, climate crisis and economic downturns, as well as examining where, how and what next-gen consumers will buy.

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BoF’s hit podcast series Retail Reborn returns for a second season to investigate the consumer of tomorrow, and how their changing lifestyles and expectations will drive evolution in the retail industry today. Podcast host and founder of Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens, is joined by 14 global authorities, including industry thought-leaders, fashion and retail executives, and academic experts, sharing their insight and analysis on the next-generation consumer. Presented by Brookfield Properties, guests will discuss generational expectations as shaped by the pandemic, climate crisis and economic downturns, as well as examining where, how and what next-gen consumers will buy.

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    What Consumers Will Buy | Retail Reborn Season 2

    What Consumers Will Buy | Retail Reborn Season 2

    In the final episode, professor of psychology Sheldon Solomon, Depop’s head of sustainability Justine Porterie, The Fabricant’s head of content and strategy Michaela Larosse and Chloé's chief sustainability officer Aude Vergne join retail futurist Doug Stephens to explore how evolving consumer preferences are shaping purchasing decisions.

    In this final episode of Retail Reborn, we explore the future consumer’s preferences and needs, and how this is shaping their purchasing decisions, from the V-shaped recovery of the personal luxury goods industry in 2021 to the renewed verve in, and take on, the experiential economy as the world reopened post-global lockdowns.

    “It’s worthwhile to question the extent to which some of the changes we are witnessing are truly indicative of longer-term shifts in behaviour, or an almost primally motivated response to the profound medical threat of the pandemic, not to mention the social, political and economic unrest that it has unleashed,” says podcast host and retail futurist Doug Stephens.

    The conversation examines human behaviour and the effects the pandemic might have played in the mindsets of young consumers, before discussing evolving attitudes towards ownership, the rise of responsible goods and sustainability in a luxury fashion house and the resale market — an industry expected to nearly triple by 2025.

    Finally, we explore virtual technology’s presence in consumption preferences, from the evolution of sampling processes to the increased interest in digital products. Indeed, the metaverse is projected to provide a $50 billion revenue opportunity for luxury by 2030, according to Morgan Stanley, and the first Metaverse Virtual Fashion Week took place last month.
    To break down what consumers will buy, four global experts share their insights and expertise with host Doug Stephens.
    Listen to all episodes of Retail Reborn Season 2 on the BoF Podcast, to discover actionable insights into the opportunities and challenges the consumer of tomorrow will bring.
    Brookfield Properties is building marketplaces of the future that meet the needs of the modern shopper. Discover more.

    • 40 min
    How Consumers Will Buy | Retail Reborn Season 2

    How Consumers Will Buy | Retail Reborn Season 2

    Adjunct professor in global digital economy Winston Ma, design and blockchain expert Marjorie Hernandez de Vogelsteller, and fashion tech lawyer Gina Bibby join founder of Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens, to assess the evolving payment space and behaviour.
    This episode tackles how consumers will shop, deep diving into the transaction processes themselves and how methods of payment are changing, from biometric payment to the Replenishment Economy, as well as innovative paths-to-purchase and how brands and retailers are engaging with them, including the gamification of sales and products.
    In 2020, Epic Games reported over $1 billion in microtransaction sales from the mobile version of the Fortnite game alone, across in-game upgrades, costumes and player capabilities. Seeing the potential in this space, brands across the value spectrum have embraced the world of gaming, from Nikeland on Roblox to Balenciaga’s Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow to showcase the brand’s Autumn Winter 2021 collection.
    “Both gaming and livestreaming are part of a broader move toward [...] ambient retail — a state where retail is everywhere, woven into every social or entertainment experience. [It is] an evolution that may spell the end of the centralised and search-driven web shopping convention we’ve lived with for the past 30 years,” says podcast host and founder of Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens.
    The conversation also considers the evolution of currency, from crypto and blockchain to Bitcoin and Ethereum, detailing their distinct qualities, entrance into the mainstream payment space and popularity among next-gen consumers. Indeed, more than half of Millennial millionaires have at least 50 percent of their wealth in crypto, while nearly 60 percent of Gen-Z believe wealth is achievable through investments in cryptocurrency, according to Business Insider.
    To deep dive into how the next-gen consumer will buy products and experiences in the future, BoF gathers three global authorities to share insights with host Doug Stephens.
    Follow the series to ensure you never miss an episode and discover actionable insights into the opportunities and challenges the consumer of tomorrow will bring, and how retail’s transformation will impact your business.
    Brookfield Properties is building marketplaces of the future that meet the needs of the modern shopper. Discover more.

    • 38 min
    Which Consumers Will Buy | Retail Reborn Season 2

    Which Consumers Will Buy | Retail Reborn Season 2

    McKinsey’s head of retail practises in Central and South America Tracy Francis, luxury analyst Erwan Rambourg and Warby Parker’s SVP of retail Sandy Gilsenan join Doug Stephens, founder of Retail Prophet, to examine the global forces redefining consumer behaviour and circumstances, and the implications on retail habits.
    BoF assesses how the climate crisis and economic downturns are impacting consumer behaviour and retail practices, before addressing the new centres of wealth and income polarisation on a global scale. In the US, for example, more than 50 percent of American wealth in 2020 was held by Baby Boomers, or those born between 1946 and 1964, while Millennials held less than 10 percent, according to Harvard Business Review. In contrast, young consumers in China are powering an unprecedented level of spending as the first generation to come of age during China’s economic revolution — almost 80 percent of luxury spending in China today is by those under the age of 40.
    The conversation goes on to analyse younger consumers’ relationship with luxury, and the industry’s evolution in democratising access for such consumers, before considering the strategy behind one direct-to-consumer brand’s post-pandemic brick-and-mortar expansion plan, attuned to the next-gen consumer whose expectations far exceed those of previous generations.
    Follow the series to ensure you never miss an episode and discover actionable insights into the opportunities and challenges the consumer of tomorrow will bring, and how retail’s transformation will impact your business.
    Brookfield Properties is building marketplaces of the future that meet the needs of the modern shopper. Discover more.

    • 38 min
    Where Consumers Will Buy | Retail Reborn Season 2

    Where Consumers Will Buy | Retail Reborn Season 2

    Associate professor Thomas J. Campanella, ‘Godmother of the Metaverse’ Cathy Hackl and Stôur Group co-founders Sonny Gindi and Eden Melloul join Doug Stephens, founder of Retail Prophet, to discuss how physical and virtual consumer landscapes are evolving to meet next-gen consumer demands. 
    Presented by Brookfield Properties, BoF investigates the consumer of tomorrow — how new fundamentals will shape the lives and behaviours of the next-generation consumer, and the impact on the retail industry today.
    We begin by examining the redrawing of city life as new lifestyle patterns have propelled a seismic shift in the urban landscape. Globally, cities experienced a mass exodus of residents and commuters as the pandemic popularised remote living and working. 
    The episode goes on to discuss how retailers are exploring innovative methods and use-cases for physical retail to better engage consumers in-store, such as New York’s Allure Store and its focus on media as the store’s metric for success. 
    The conversation also illuminates the fast-emerging retail opportunities within the metaverse, discussing luxury fashion and beauty’s initial steps into this space, and the potential in leveraging the likes of NFTs, skins and blockchain technologies. Indeed, BoF and McKinsey & Co.’s State of Fashion Report 2022 cites estimates that the total addressable market for digital fashion is $31 billion.
    Follow the series to ensure you never miss an episode and discover actionable insights into the opportunities and challenges the consumer of tomorrow will bring, and how retail’s transformation will impact your business.
    Brookfield Properties is building marketplaces of the future that meet the needs of the modern shopper. Discover more.

    • 37 min
    Welcome to Retail Reborn Season 2

    Welcome to Retail Reborn Season 2

    Podcast host and founder of Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens, is joined by 14 global authorities and thought leaders, from fashion and retail executives to futurists and academics, in this second series of Retail Reborn. Guests will share insights on the changing consumer lifestyles and expectations shaping the retail ecosystem, discussing generational expectations as shaped by the pandemic, climate crisis and economic downturns, as well as examining where, how and what next-gen consumers will buy.
    Retail Reborn Season 2 launches on 28th March 2022. Subscribe now to never miss an episode.
    Sign up for BoF’s Daily Digest newsletter.
    For comments, questions, or speaker ideas, please e-mail: podcast@businessoffashion.com 
    For all sponsorship enquiries, it’s: advertising@businessoffashion.com

    • 3 min
    Introducing: Retail Reborn, Season 2

    Introducing: Retail Reborn, Season 2

    In this second season of Retail Reborn, podcast host and founder of Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens is joined by 14 global authorities and thought leaders, from fashion and retail executives to futurists and academics. Guests will share insights on the changing consumer lifestyles and expectations shaping the retail ecosystem, discussing generational expectations as shaped by the pandemic, climate crisis and economic downturns, as well as examining where, how and what next-gen consumers will buy. Retail Reborn Season 2 launches on 28th March. Follow now to never miss an episode.
    Sign up for BoF’s Daily Digest newsletter.
    For comments, questions, or speaker ideas, please e-mail: podcast@businessoffashion.com.
    For all sponsorship enquiries, it’s: advertising@businessoffashion.com

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