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FuturistU > Retail > Rewriting the Rules of Retail > Module 3 / 4

Consumer Centric Retail Through Curation

Instructor: Ady Floyd
Pop-Up Shops
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In this module, Ady explores two avenues of retail curation: products and experiences. Best described by Barry Schwartz's Paradox of Choice, this module will identify how brands like Nike are thriving when it comes to curating their product selection for consumers. Curating products is all about providing quality to your consumer, and not overwhelming them with choices. Ultimately, what successful retailers need to consider is how they can give consumers the very best product - not 10 good products.

On the other side of retail curation, brands also need to consider how they can curate an experience - both online and offline. Consumers today need more than just an Instagram-friendly wall to lure them into a retail store. Ady will help to identify what consumers are looking for when it comes to a shopping experience and how brands can truly deliver this.
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Workshop Question:
How can your brand create a curated experience that goes viral?
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Featured Insights

Theatrical Retail
Retailers take cues from the entertainment space
Trend - As the need for up-leveled in-store experiences continues to rise, retailers are looking outside their typical industries for inspiration. More specifically, retailers are looking to the immersive theatre space to inspire their brick-and-mortar strategies.
Workshop Question - How can you create a more theatrical purchasing experience for your consumers?
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Beyond-Insta Retail
Curious consumers seek enlightenment over Instagram-worthy pop-ups
Trend - Brands take on the role of teachers and mentors, catering to consumers who have a heightened desire to learn and extend their current knowledge. While maintaining Instagram-worthy interiors, retailers begin to incorporate new tools like in-store audiobooks, fact walls, and up-leveled workshops to enhance the consumer's path to purchase.
Workshop Question - How can you cater to the consumer desire for educational retail experiences that reach beyond social media?
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Localized Urbanite
Retailers shrink their urban footprint and adopt hyper-local cultural norms
Trend - Responding to today's tumultuous retail landscape, merchants serving urban areas across categories are opting for condensed stores with a hyper-local focus in design as well as a curated selection of products and services. This shift serves as a reflection of some consumers' heightened expectation that retailers will respond to their specific needs and preferences.
Workshop Question - How could your brand develop a highly curated retail experience for its customers?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Upcycled Retailer
Retail stores feature upcycled construction or decor pieces
Trend - As sustainability becomes increasingly important to consumers and businesses alike, retailers are using various upcycled materials in either the construction or interior designs of their stores.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better ensure it's prioritizing sustainability?
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Local Retail
Large retailers incorporate elements of local products or materials into their stores
Trend - In order to help support local economies, some multinational companies are selling locally sourced products, or building their stores with locally sourced materials. This shift comes as small businesses and economies struggle to catch up in a post-pandemic world.
Workshop Question - How could your brand help support its local economy?
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Phygital Retail
Brands merge physical and digital worlds in retail spaces
Trend - Though digital elements in retail spaces aren't new, brands are now designing "phygital" in-store experiences from the ground-up. These stores offer a blend of experiences--the interaction of in-person retail, the convenience of e-commerce, and the novelty that's associated with tech-forward retail experiences.
Workshop Question - What kind of customer-focused experiences can your brand create?
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Interactive Branding
Companies are making new products accessible with interactive experiences
Trend - Brands across various industries are finding new ways to introduce their products to consumers through interactive experiences and product workshops. These events make new products more accessible and less daunting to consumers as they provide product knowledge through hands-on learning.
Workshop Question - What resources can your company offer to increase brand and product knowledge?
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Restaurant Shops
Restaurant-store hybrids merge dining and retail industries
Trend - While it's not uncommon for retail stores to contain restaurants, the reverse--dining establishments that also operate as stores--are becoming more popular. These intimate spaces create more modern versions of the one-stop experiences that large retailers have made so popular.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize customers' in-store experiences?
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Eco Retailer
Brands offer eco-friendly in-store designs and solutions
Trend - To show their commitment to environmental issues, some brands are implementing eco-friendly designs and solutions in their stores. These include everything from plastic bans to using solar-powered energy.
Workshop Question - How is your brand lessening its environmental impact?
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Solar-Powered Retail
Solar energy is increasingly utilized by the retail and restaurant industries
Trend - Retail and dining establishments are moving brick-and-mortar spaces that are fully powered by solar energy. In doing so, companies are successful in minimizing harmful energy use, while simultaneously catering to the concerns of the eco consumer.
Workshop Question - How can your brand better cater to the eco consumer?
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One-to-One Retail
Stores serve one customer at a time to give safe, ultra-custom experiences
Trend - The retail industry has seen a lot of transformation in light of the pandemic. One recent development is the growth of storefronts or services dedicated to limiting the shopping experience to two people: the retail worker and the customer. This is being executed virtually as well as in person and has the benefits of both safety and full personalization.
Workshop Question - How will you satisfy the opposing consumer need for experience and safety in the new normal?
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