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FuturistU > Tactics > The 18 Megatrends > Module 5 / 7

The Cyclicality Megatrends

Instructor: Armida Ascano
Eco & Sustainability
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Explore cyclical trends in this module based on the Cyclicality Pattern of Opportunity. This pattern focuses on trends that repeat themselves, such as seasonal trends, generational trends, or even economical cycles.

The Megatrends within this module are Nostalgia, Youthfulness, and Naturality. These Megatrends all, in some shape or form, tap into the consumer desire for comfort and familiarity. Explore sustainability, generational redefinition, and more in this module.
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Workshop Questions:
1. What can you do to help consumers lead more "pure" lives?
2. What's a way you could help consumers connect with their past?
3. How can you help your adult consumer be more playful?
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Featured Insights

Waste-Free D2C
Ecommerce shops prioritize waste-reduction when shipping out goods
Trend - The explosion of ecommerce in recent years has negatively impacted global waste–in large part due to the throwaway packaging that's shipped around the world daily. To mitigate this concern, some small online retailers are prioritizing waste-free or reduced-waste packaging.
Workshop Question - In what ways could your brand reduce waste, or prioritize environmentally friendly consumption?
5.9
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Color-Blocked Retail
Retailers use vivid colors to give the impression of experiential design
Trend - Retail and pop-up spaces are using blocked, vivid colors in order to draw consumers into their locations. The strategic use of bright colors allows brands an affordable way to give off the impression of experiential retail designs, without having to create interactive experiences in order to engage visitors.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better employ color to draw customers in?
6.1
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

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?
7.7
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Shoppable Room
Brands are utilizing virtual home experiences as a medium for retail
Trend - Companies are launching virtual home shopping experiences to market products during the COVID-19 era. These gamified platforms are engaging with playful interactivity and comfort aesthetics that entertain consumers and also allow for the visualization of a product in one's space.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize an immersive retail experience for online environments.
7
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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?
4.9
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Virtual Cosmetic
Cosmetic brands are being more experimental with their virtual experiences
Trend - Distinct virtual experiences that are facilitated by cosmetic brands are on the rise as businesses look to balance customer and employee safety with their bottom line. Experiences include everything from virtual game pop-ups to virtual makeup studios.
Workshop Question - How could your brand balance safety and experience?
6.8
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Grocery Pop-Up
Pop-up grocery stores are offering people convenience and specialty items
Trend - Pop-up grocers are more common as people seek out experimental or specialty food items, and as people's need for convenient grocery options expands. These stores are in a variety of settings, including everything from hospitals to communities.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing convenience and experience simultaneously for its customers?
6.9
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Gravity Packaging
Brands are launching specialized packaging and devices to boost convenience
Trend - Brands—especially those in the beauty industry—are launching pouches and accessories for at-home use that are intended to hold products upside down, making it easier for consumers to use up the entirety of a bottle or tube. Through this design, companies are emphasizing convenience and waste reduction.
Workshop Question - How might your brand bring together convenience and sustainability?
6.9
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Sample Safety
Beauty packaging for in-store samples is adapting to alleviate COVID-19 concerns
Trend - Retail spaces are reimagining the shopping experience with reference to COVID-19 safety guidelines. In the beauty space, brands are launching innovative sampling solutions that will allow consumers to test out a product in a hygienic and safe manner.
Workshop Question - How might your brand adapt its strategy to answer concerns for safety and hygiene?
6
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Experiential Addition
Retail brands make the store a destination post-Pandemic
Trend - Still betting on the experience economy, brands are launching retail initiatives that are seemingly unrelated to their products or services. These are solely designed to provide such a high level of surprise and delight to override concern for visiting public spaces. These activations are created with COVID-19 safety and hygiene guidelines in mind, yet also draw over-the-top inspiration from adjacent industries.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize an experience that will fit into the COVID-19 climate.
6.7
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3d Shopping
3d virtual shopping platforms aim to elevate the purchase journey
Trend - 3d visuals on e-commerce platforms are increasingly popular as consumers seek out more immersive forms of virtual retail. These aesthetics have the benefit of showing customers the products in a more realistic and all-encompassing way.
Workshop Question - How is your brand enhancing its virtual shopping experience for customers?
7.6
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