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The Research Institute is a research hub at Leeds Beckett University which galvanises a broad cross section of experts who are at the forefront of innovation in the retail sector.

Research Areas

Consumer of the Future
Consumer of the Future
Taking a closer look at how the global consumer is changing.
Retail Business Growth
Retail Business Growth
Researching the key factors for profitability and growth across the retail supply chain.
Product and Packaging Innovation
Product and Packaging Innovation
Supporting the needs of innovation throughout the product and packaging sectors.
Our Research Team
Our Research Team
Meet our team of researchers and experts who work hard to produce innovative research for our vast range of clients.

Published Research

Retail Institute - Published Research 2011 to 2016
 

Success Stories

Adding Customer Value in the Supply Chain
A global food manufacturer tasked the Retail Institute to understand why some of its products were not attractive to consumers in certain retail stores.
Providing Strategic Packaging Support
The Retail Institute was approached by a leading global consumer electronics manufacturer to work on a new packaging material for one of their products.
Funded Research and Development
A successful local SME wanted to evidence its product’s nutritional claims and develop a packaging solution that would meet their specific needs.
Creating the Perfect Sensory Experience
The Retail Institute was approached by a leading global consumer electronics manufacturer to work on a new packaging material for one of their products.
Delivering Strategic Packaging Development
The Retail Institute was challenged by a well-known food manufacturer to identify a new type of food packaging that would survive in extreme climates.
Impact Driven Workshop
A leading European packaging convertor wanted to strengthen its customer relationships by proposing cutting-edge innovations for food and drink packaging.

Since 2013, DS Smith and The Retail Institute’s relationship has gone from strength to strength. The Retail Institute has supported innovation at DS Smith through their understanding of the retail supply chain. Their expertise have helped DS Smith build business cases, search wider for materials using their vast networks and help to understand the implications of emerging technologies.

Mike Collins - DS Smith