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Gen Z's financial freedom

Looking to the future: we’re breaking down gen Z’s emerging investment patterns as they compare to millennial’s more established conventions.
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IRL retail revival

Shopping online is convenient, and now a normal part of retail. But what can a physical store offer that ecommerce can't?
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Live commerce accelerates

Lights, camera, action! Which brands are leading the next generation of livestreamed shopping?
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Branding together

"Coopetition" is the new benchmark that brands are setting in a bid to save the world.
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Digital economies

Is the future of finance fully digital?
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Regenerative fashion

Is regenerative agriculture the new fashion fix?
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Carbonomics 2.0

Investment is flooding into the climate tech space, with solutions for carbon emissions drawing focus and funding.
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Brands vs. governments

Brands get political.
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Deglobalizing retail

A renewed focus on domestic production points to a localized future for retail.
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Fin-fluencers

Finance influencers—aka finfluencers—are making finance cool for younger generations.
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Virtual retail

What's happening with virtual retail? Stay up to date with a roundup of the latest virtual retail activations.
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Owning the delivery ecosystem

From food to vaccines, delivery services have graduated from nice-to-have to essential, driving a race to ownership.
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Escapist retail

Virtual wardrobes and whimsical renderings are transporting shoppers to utopic destinations for otherworldly escapes.
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Genderless retail

From store layouts to online shopping categories, the gender-free treatment is hitting mainstream retail.
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Retail e-volution

From vintage pieces to designer labels, consumers are moving online for the thrill of finding the perfect outfit.
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Suburban resurgence

The suburbs get a boost from pandemic weary masses.
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Renting luxury

With priorities shifting for consumers, luxury brands are tapping into the rental model to stay relevant.
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China fintech

China's tech platforms want to help users invest money, too, in addition to spending it.
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Slow retail

Retailers are making a comeback—one that emphasizes quality, longevity and taking things slowly.
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Retail concierges 2.0

Retailers are turning to digital channels to recapture an element of the personalized, in-store experience
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Gen Z career futures

The pandemic has thrown gen Z dreams and ambitions up in the air as economies shrink and the world becomes a more dangerous place.
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Philanthropic brands

Brands are changing business tactics to support the healthcare industry as COVID-19 cases escalate.
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Biodata services

High-end services are turning to genetic analysis to take hyper-personalization to new heights.
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Carbon credit

New services are yoking environmental ideals to spending habits, incentivizing consumers to act sustainably.
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Shopping by values

The next generation of retailers is paving the way for value-driven shopping.
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Anti-excess consumerism

Millennials and gen Zers are craving an antidote to excess consumer culture amidst product fatigue and environmental concerns.
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New brand narratives

Brands are looking beyond traditional channels and developing new formats to engage audiences.
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Sonic branding

Brands are increasingly spotlighting unique and bespoke sounds in their campaigns and activations.
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Think Sustainably

Cities are increasingly answering the call to combat climate change.
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New wave retail theatre

At the hands of one experimental company, retail is taking an even more immersive turn.
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Gestural packaging

Small, subtle, but oh-so-impactful—a gesture draws attention in packaging design.
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The New Social Media

In a mature social media landscape, a wave of new platforms is emerging to offer multidimensional engagement.
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Luxe Pack 2019: Packaging trends

Sustainable packaging draws the attention of big brands at Luxe Pack 2019, as they strive to appease the conscious consumer.
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East Tech West 2018: Key trends

Amid US-China trade tensions, tech companies and investors paint picture of an irreversibly globalized tech world.
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Vegetable galleries

Vegetables are being elevated to connoisseur, gourmet status by a string of new retail concepts and creative partnerships.
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Beauty tech

Cosmetics companies in China are optimizing the makeover for an open-minded, mobile-first generation.
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The destination drugstore

Drugstores, once utilitarian extensions of the doctor's office, are becoming selfcare destinations.
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Social media: the new retail

Social media is now encroaching on the commerce space, making shopping easier than ever.
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Adaptive fashion

Disability representation marks the latest step towards diversity and inclusion among mass-market brands.
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Organic: the new basic

Major brands are rendering natural and organic attributes the norm as these products are given more shelf space and bargain prices
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The social commerce shift

In China, luxury brands are embracing WeChat as it opens up multiple easily accessible entry points for connecting with shoppers.
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The personal touch

As concierge services move from luxury retail to the mass market, they are giving stores a much-needed human dimension.
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Muslim lifestyle brands rising

The observance of Ramadan brings a seasonal uptick in spending by British Muslims, who are growing in influence as consumers.
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2028 retail futures

The future of malls includes walkways powered by AI, retina-recognition purchasing and restrooms that offer health diagnosis.
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New trend report: The Future of Loyalty

Loyalty programs are undergoing something of a revolution.
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Luxe Pack 2018: Packaging trends

Sustainable packaging ditches raw aesthetics and gets a premium makeover during Luxe Pack New York.
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Reimagining luxury: The Flipside

What is luxury? In a world where everything from toilet paper to cat food can be labeled as such, the term is becoming meaningless
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The new convenience store

The 24-hour minimart shifts from junk-food destination to wellness haven.
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New trend report: The Future of Money

The Future of Money sheds light on the disruptive global changes ahead in payments, currency and banking.
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New trend report: Amazon everything

From our homes to our healthcare, Amazon is seeping into every aspect of consumer lives. What's next?
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Sustainable supermarkets

A supermarket in the Netherlands is joining the war against plastic with the world's first plastic-free aisle.
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Local pride

After years of rapid economic growth and westernization, Southeast Asia is seeing a surge of brands promoting local pride.
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Robo retail

The automated store of the future is heading closer to our doorsteps.
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Cryptocurrency’s corporate moment

Big brands move into tokenizing assets.
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Trend check: Best of our 2017 predictions

How did our predictions from last year fare? Highlights from culture, technology and travel.
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The Future 100: 2018

Our annual forecast of 100 trends to watch in the coming year.
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The Kickstarter store

In Kickstarter-mad Singapore, a retail chain sells only products created with help from the crowdfunding site.
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Luxury shave: Tokyo

Panasonic's pop-up store in Tokyo aims to lift the luxury quotient on personal care.
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Personalized retail

"Today, people want something that feels individual to them."
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London Design Festival

Brands and designers were on hand to showcase cutting-edge design thinking.
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New trend report: Transcendent Retail

The future of shopping in an immersive, mixed-reality era.
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Rebranding sexual health

No longer a taboo topic, sex-related brands are seeking to reinvent the retail experience.
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Merged millennial finances

Merged finance apps are the latest development as financial services try to catch up with millennials.
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The FordHub

Ford reinvents the showroom to sell "mobility," rather than cars.
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Augmented fashion

Streetwear brands are tapping the creative power of AR.
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The Brandless store

A new online store puts private labels in the spotlight.
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Six-second sales

YouTube's six-second bumper ads are changing the way we consume content.
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Income-inclusive e-commerce

New business models let retailers broaden their reach among lower-income consumers.
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Social-impact banking

Banks are launching sustainable finance strategies to tap into a growing millennial clientele.
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Facial security

Are consumers ready for facial recognition technology to enter the mainstream?
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Moj Mahdara, CEO, Beautycon

"It's insane to think that a beauty brand could ever represent themselves without representing a global footprint."
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IRL e-commerce

Bulletin is bringing online-only products to real-life concept stores.
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Luxe Pack New York 2017: Packaging trends

Trends in luxury packaging can indicate broader cultural shifts that brands should be attuned to.
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The blended boutique

Luxury online fashion platform and retailer Farfetch is rolling out its "Store of the Future."
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Milan Design Week 2017: Wellness design

Amid a busy Milan Design Week, designers took time out to address consumer wellbeing.
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New trend report: Speak Easy

A new report from the Innovation Group London shows brands how to thrive in a voice-activated world.
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SXSW 2017: The Wow Factory

Sony introduced festival-goers to a range of experiential technology at SXSW.
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New mental health

Mental health is moving out of the shadows—and brands are taking note.
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Millennial money media

Media adapts to a generation that is, in some ways, finding its financial footing.
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Study: Shopping with Alexa

Alexa users are buying low-risk shopping items and performing simple tasks on their devices.
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Vitamins get a makeover

New lifestyle branding for vitamin supplements reinvigorates a staid consumer category.
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Universal basic income

We may soon find out what people would do if their incomes were taken care of. What would this mean for companies?
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Mobile banking for the unbanked

Fintech is revolutionizing banking for consumers who have generally been overlooked by financial institutions.
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CES 2017: Key trends

Fifty years since the inception of CES, "consumer electronics" doesn't begin to describe the full scope of the event.
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CES 2017: The year of voice

Improvements in natural language processing have set the stage for a revolution in how we interact with tech.
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Trend Tracker: 2016 in luxury, beauty, retail

A look back at our top luxury, beauty and retail predictions for 2016.
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Neurodiverse retail

Retailers are exploring holiday shopping events that welcome consumers on the autism spectrum.
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The Glass Room

A new exhibit looks at consumer privacy in the age of big data.
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Blockchain unbound

The technology is being adopted beyond Bitcoin, from fashion to finance.
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The Future 100: Trends and Change in 2017

The Innovation Group has launched our annual forecast of consumer trends to watch in the coming year.
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One-touch authentication

NFC and blockchain technologies are allowing consumers to authenticate products.
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Brexterity

With the pound remaining weak, UK retailers are likely to pass import costs on to consumers.
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Tech for change

At this year's WIRED conference, technology entrepreneurs were dialed in to how they might tackle world issues.
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Augmented reality evolves

The success of Pokémon Go points toward a bright future for AR.
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The Innovation Group launches Women, Next

Our double-length report offers a road map for brands that want to connect with the future female consumer.
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Tactile payments

Scrip is a beautiful device that adds a human element to cashless payments.
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The Innovation Group launches Glass

A pop-up magazine with a new take on womanhood.
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The new fashion week

Designers at NYFW are retooling their fashion week offerings for the age of Instagram.
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Chatbot tourism

Chatbots are revolutionizing the travel industry and simplifying life for travelers.
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Southeast Asia’s m-commerce revolution

Top online retailers in Southeast Asia are prepping for the "mobile-only" consumer.
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Droid delivery

Self-driving delivery robots are hitting the streets of the UK, Germany and Switzerland.
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Shades of beauty

Beauty brands are diversifying their product lines, but consumers are challenging them to go further.
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Luxury's Brexit boon?

Brexit is said to be driving bargain-hunting luxury shoppers to Britain, but for how long?
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The New Nude

Retailers are updating their definition of 'nude' to include women of color.
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New trend report: Frontier(less) Retail

New trend report: Frontier(less) Retail
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2016’s most valuable brands

Today's most valuable brands disrupt before being disrupted.
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China’s new health-conscious retail

In China, rising incomes and food scandals have created a nation of health-conscious shoppers.
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Borderless buying

A US new trade rule has accelerated an ongoing trend of buying across borders.
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Samsung 837

In New York, Samsung has embarked on an ambitious reimagining of retail.
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Wellness retail

Selfridges is celebrating wellness with the launch of its latest space, the Body Studio.
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Conversational Commerce

Amazon, Uber and Sephora are reaching customers over natural-language platforms.
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SXSW 2016: Key trends

This year's South by Southwest threw the spotlight on government, gender equality and more.
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Study: Rental retail, shopper loyalty and more

Men are more interested in renting clothing, and consumers want to be rewarded for healthy lifestyles.
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CES 2016: Key trends

From streaming entertainment to the smart home, CES 2016 reflected an accelerating pace of innovation in tech.
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CES 2016: IoT and chill

Smart refrigerators from LG and Samsung demonstrated burgeoning trends at CES 2016.
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Regeneration Rising

Emerging Trends Unlock Opportunities for a Sustainable Future
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The Future 100: 2021

Trends Shaping Culture and Economies
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Generation Z

Building a Better Normal
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Back in the Game

Post-Pandemic Trends & Futures
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