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The Retail Institute

Our Research

The Retail 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.

The Institute houses a range of related disciplines allowing innovation and collaboration to thrive. It is a hub for new thinking and understanding drawn together from a breadth of research experts and international networks to address the challenges associated with the changes in global retail and consumption.

Welcome from the Institute Director

As Director of Research at The Retail Institute, my role is ensuring that the work we deliver is grounded within academic research and everything we do is robust and innovative.

We have three main themes which underpin the cutting edge work we do:

Consumer of the Future

Taking a closer look at how the global consumer is changing.

Retail Business Growth

Researching the key factors for profitability and growth across the retail supply chain.

Product and Packaging Innovation

Supporting the needs of innovation throughout the product and packaging sectors.

Our Research Team

Meet our team of researchers and experts who work hard to produce innovative research for our vast range of clients.



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