May 24, 2018
The December Edition

Retail is Dead; Long Live Retail!

What will the future of retail look like? Is physical retail going the way of the dodo, or will it simply involve us convening around Apple’s Town Halls or perusing Whole Foods for the latest ‘produce’ selection? While retail may be changing rapidly, companies who adopt effective digital strategies – including leveraging machine learning, data analytics and the platform economy – stand a stronger chance of surviving the upheavals in the industry. Here’s what’s happening in fashion and retail that's capturing our attention this month.

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In This Edition

Each edition explores a facet of the digital economy and investigates the forces transforming it.



  1. Kris Ferreira

    Kris Ferreira

    Kris is an assistant professor of business administration in the Technology and Operations Management Unit at Harvard Business School.

  2. Sunil Gupta

    Sunil Gupta

    Sunil is the Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration and Chair of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

  3. Katrina Lake

    Katrina Lake

    Katrina (MBA ’11) is passionate about helping women achieve everyday confidence. She founded Stitch Fix to help women everywhere discover and explore their style through a truly client-focused shopping experience.

  4. Jennifer Fleiss

    Jennifer Fleiss

    Jenny (MBA ’09) is a co-founder of Rent the Runway and is now the CEO (and co-founder) of Code Eight.

  5. Jennifer Hyman

    Jennifer Hyman

    Jennifer (MBA ’09) is CEO and co-founder of Rent the Runway, a fashion and technology/logistics company that offers clothing and accessory rentals from over 500 designer brands for women via on-demand rentals and subscription.

  6. Thales Teixeira

    Thales Teixeira

    Thales is Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Marketing unit at Harvard Business School.