Retail and Consumer Futurist, Founder of Retail Prophet
The founder of Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens is one of the world’s only retail industry futurists. His research and insights have helped big companies – such as Air Miles, Home Depot, and Disney – understand exactly how major trends in demographics, economics, technology and media are forever altering consumer/brand relationships and what they need to do to adapt and evolve.
Drawing on his 20 years of experience, Doug gives his audiences a clear view of what’s on the horizon. He analyzes media trends, financial climates, demographic shifts, emerging technologies and everything in between to provide unrivaled insight into consumer trends.
Doug’s thinking has influenced many of North America’s best-known retailers and brands including Hudson’s Bay Company, Loblaw and Benjamin Moore. Prior to founding Retail Prophet, Doug spent 20 years in retail holding senior international roles, including the leadership of one of New York City’s most iconic retail chains. His views are regularly quoted in Forbes, CNBC, Profit and Canadian Business. He is also a contributing blogger to Technorati’s business channel and sits on the board of the Location-Based Marketing Association.