CBRE’s The Future of Retail 2030

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BRE’s Future of Retail 2030 report contextualizes retail in the economy of 2030. The authors envision an economy in 2030 that is hyperlocal, automated, bespoke, and artisanal. The authors articulate a retail economy where ownership is largely independent, and retail experiences utilize tech such as 3-D printing.

Highlighted characteristics of retail in 2030

  • 3-D printing’s on-demand impact on retail.
  • Storefronts will be virtual after hours.
  • Trust and transparency will become objective and measurable.
  • A dynamic shift will occur in how goods are produced.
    • There will be a return of on-shoring for a number of manufacturing processes.
  • Delivery will be when and where you want it –without you even realizing it.
  • There will be a Resurgence of Local Markets and Experiences.
  • The Sharing Economy will be Commonplace.
  • Flexible Lease Structures will be far more common.
  • The Focus of Gas Stations Globally will shift as they become important mini-logistics hubs.
  • Independent stores and food and beverage operators will be more prevalent.
  • Retail will be leisure.    
  • There is a growing trend towards having traditional retail, food, beverage, cinemas, bowling, ice skating, etc. all available within one environment.

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