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The Future of Consumption

Retail Knowledge Bank

How will consumption develop? What will be important to the consumers of the future? Will sustainability continue to shape retail offerings? And how will consumer wellbeing be affected by retailers? And how will technological developments affect our ability to consume more sustainably and in ways that benefit our wellbeing?

The future of retail is closely related to the kinds of consumption that will take place in the future. And various research projects connected to the Centre focus on the future of consumption. Some focus on questions of sustainability and circularity in retailing, while others look at how technological developments will change our consumption patterns. The findings from these projects will help retailers address future consumption trends in positive and sustainable ways.

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1 minute on the future of consumption

The retail industry is constantly changing, driven by three major trends: technology, sustainability and consumer well-being. Listen to 1 minute about the future of consumption with researcher Carys Egan-Wyer.

Panel discussion on The Future of Consumption

In 2023, we published a book on The Future of Consumption, which discusses future trends in consumption, and the impact they will have on the ways we shop. In this video, retail and consumption experts discusse the main themes in the book. 

Future Consumption and Consumer Wellbeing

In this webinar, you will learn the about consumer wellbeing and its role in the future of consumption and retailing.

Future Consumption and Sustainability

In this webinar, researchers and retailers present and discuss the importance of sustainability in the future of consumption and retail.

The Future of Consumption

Our free, open access book on The Future of Consumption explores consumption trends and how they will change the ways we shop.

Circular Business

Trendy buzzword or consumption of the future? Watch researchers and industry experts discuss.

AI and Advanced Analytics

Leading international researchers and practitioners present new perspectives on AI and advanced analytics in this webinar hosted by the Centre in 2021.

Personalens roll i framtidens fysiska butik

In this (Swedish) video, researchers from the Centre for Retail Research discuss what will be the role of staff in the retail store of the future.