The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has unveiled a toolkit designed to help retailers and manufacturers drive sustainable change in their organisations.

The year-long Retail Horizons programme, developed by RILA and Forum for the Future, and sponsored by Target and Unilever, has led to the development of a downloadable toolkit – unveiled at this week’s RILA Retail Sustainability Conference in Minneapolis.

Retail Horizons is designed to reflect the rapid changes going on in the world and their “profound implications” for the retail sector over the next 15 years.

The research covers questions such as the impact of technology on the retail industry, the effects of differing energy prices on supply chains, the implications of resource shortages and climate change, and the impact of geopolitical changes on global trade and supply chains.

The toolkit comprises 22 substantiated trends illustrating the need for change; four scenarios for the future of US retail with an illustrative timeline and sample metrics; and supporting materials for companies which wish to use the scenarios.