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Is the rise of online marketplaces like Amazon, Alibaba or eBay the death of traditional retail? How will companies adapt and overcome the challenges? Look inside the future of retail with trends, opportunities, and threats facing the industry with our Future of Retail free radar.

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By logging into the "Future of Retail" radar, you are joining an open community of future-minded professionals, who are interested in future foresight and strategic planning. Participate in discussions, study the trends, and give your opinions on the burning questions related to topics like sharing economies, using augmented reality to enhance the shopping experience or blockchain revolution. 

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Click the trend buttons to see its description, the background, and possible impacts. For each respective trend, You also get access to a news stream, which provides recent headlines related to the topic.

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Emerging Trends Will Impact the Future of Retail


The Future of Retail foresight radar consists of 51 phenomena (trends) that will likely make impacts on the future of retail in the next 5 to 15 years. 

The phenomena are divided into 5 big sectors that cover virtually all aspects of the retail industry. The comprehensive 360-view radar provides you a holistic view of the big picture.

Understand The Changes

Each dot on the radar represents a change phenomenon or a trend. Click to open a dot to read a brief explanation of the phenomenon, watch an introduction video, or follow the latest news updates.  

All phenomena dots are color-coded. The color is determined by the levels of impact:

  • Green dots: Strengthening
  • Blue dots: Weakening
  • Red dots: Wild Card

Make the future yours

By reviewing all the phenomena and connecting the dots, you will see the big picture of all the changes that are transforming the future of retail. The more time you spend on the radar, the stronger your understanding on future change becomes.

Also, you can share your own insights with others by leaving your comments on the left side of the Discussion page. Help each other understand the big picture and grow our community!

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