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Who We Are

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Who are The Retail Institute?

The Retail Institute is a specialist research team within Leeds Beckett University offering over 20 years’ worth of knowledge in the consumer goods and retail packaging supply chain.

We started our journey as a Faraday Centre; a governmentally funded research unit appointed with a purpose of helping industry innovate through application of academic methodologies. Throughout the years, our expertise in consumer behaviour in relation to products and retail services has grown and we have developed a number of unique techniques that assist and inform the strategic activities of our industry partners. Consumer focused innovation remains at the core of what we do. 

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:

Retail Business Globalisation
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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. 
Product & Packaging Innovation
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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. 
Consumer of the Future
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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.
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