The Future of Retail

  • FoR the future.

    Retail is evolving. Online shopping is now a tailored experience unique to each individual, constructed from countless data sources monitoring a customer’s habits, experiences, and patterns. To remain relevant, traditional retail environments must now offer visitors something exclusive to our physical world. Successful retailers are shifting focus away from simple transactions, and instead using their spaces to create experiences. Whether this helps customers align with an aspirational lifestyle, satisfies a need for physical interaction, or simply promotes positive memories, an experiential approach is essential to retail’s evolution. With the Future of Retail, we will combine the strengths of both of these mediums. Using customer data, our store will physically transform and adapt to create the ideal personalized shopping experience.

  • FoR the adventure.

    While the principles of the Future of Retail will be universally applicable, we decided that the foundation of our first display should be the darling retail industry of our hometown of Boone, NC: outdoor gear. From activewear, to camping equipment, to pet accessories, the Future of Retail will introduce designs from a number of students at Appalachian State’s Department of Applied Design.

  • FoR you.

    Utilizing a growing body of scientific research, we will formulate a method by which a retail space can be rapidly adapted to a specific consumer. Our working prototype will make use of a simple survey, from which we can analyze basic data about demographic, mood, and identity. This information, which could eventually be replaced with such complex data networks as those created by Google, will allow us to transform the displays, lighting, and even the space itself in order to achieve the best possible shopping experience.

Donald Corey

Professor
Industrial Design

Michael Rall

Assistant Professor
Industrial Design

Anthony Wilson

Assistant Professor
Apparel Design & Merchandising

Hessam Ghamari

Assistant Professor
Interior Design

Jacob LeBlanc

Industrial Design

Gissela Teran

Interior Design

Matt Moosa

Apparel Design & Merchandising

Jason Palermo

Industrial Design

Bridget Fitzmaurice

Interior Design

Julia Wood

Apparel Design & Merchandising

Patrick Garnier

Industrial Design

Sandy Bernard

Interior Design

Emily Thompson

Apparel Design & Merchandising

Curtis Compton

Industrial Design

Mitchell Stadler

Industrial Design

Josh Clute

Industrial Design

Nick Aron

Industrial Design

Alex Hardison

Industrial Design

Ryan Vick

Industrial Design

Lindsay Everhart

Industrial Design

Tanner Schulz

Industrial Design

Michael Nelson

Industrial Design

Keegan Moran

Industrial Design

Rachel Stevens

Apparel Design & Merchandising

Angie Nardini

Apparel Design & Merchandising

Lauren Fall

Apparel Design & Merchandising