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The Retail Institute

Leading the consumer experiences of the future in retail, food and packaging

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The Retail Institute, part of Leeds Business School at Leeds Beckett University, is one of the UK’s key academic research centres that leads consumer experiences of the future in retail, food & packaging.    

Our Areas of Research Expertise

  The Retail Institute is a research centre that applies academic knowledge to solve industry challenges in consumer engagement with products, packaging and retail services. Our work is underpinned by three core research themes, each of which is lead by a senior academic expert and a team of research fellows:

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Retail Business Globalisation Right Arrow
This research theme strives to look at what business models need to be adapted by global businesses to stay relevant and competitive in the market. 
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Product & Packaging Innovation Right Arrow
By taking the product or pack as the artefact, we aim to identify, develop and interpret new research-led ideas that can inspire new product development. 
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Consumer of the Future Right Arrow
In such dynamically changing times, it’s important for businesses to be informed and gather intelligence to help them alleviate risks and ensure future growth.

Our Work with Industry

The Retail Institute’s unique position within the University means that we are able work across many different academic disciplines and global networks. We recognise that various disciplines can be applied to a research problem and the university environment provides an extraordinary opportunity to access expertise from a range of academic fields. 

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Membership Right Arrow
Membership gives you access to our team of in-house and global experts - advice, guidance and support on your projects when you need it most.
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Consumer Insights & Innovation Methodologies Right Arrow
We offer our clients bespoke research solutions, providing them with a framework or actionable plan to help them drive growth or evidence for their business strategies. 
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Case Studies Right Arrow
Our case studies provide you with examples of our applied research work including consumer research, product development and market analysis.


Brian Lodge - Berry

Bruce Funnell - Nestle

Victoria Callaghan - BASF

A Selection of our Clients

We were inspired by the workshop delivered by the Retail Institute’s academic team. We appreciated their enthusiasm and their wealth of knowledge which gave us some really invaluable insights that will help us transform our business objectives and positively impact on the future generations of our products.

Lauren Newman - Nestlé Product Technology Centre