Brean Capital, LLC today announces the publication of CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY: Retail 2.0 – The Increasing Role of Technology, by its Consumer Technology analyst, Tom Forte, and in collaboration with Brean Capital Retail Analysts Eric Tracy & Liz Pierce, as well as China Internet Analyst Fawne Jiang and Computer Hardware and Advanced Industrial Tech analyst Ananda Baruah.

The report leverages Mr. Forte’s 15+ years of Consumer, Technology & Internet research experience as well as his recent conversations with more than 50 industry leaders and contacts, including public companies, private companies, and thought leaders sources across the retail and technology spectrum, on the topics that will have the greatest structural impact on the convergence of Technology & the Consumer.

These include mobile, social networking, electronic payments, logistics, and international expansion. Further, the reports explores Technology’s role in the context of additional key topics holding potential significant near-term and long-term implications such as legislation and artisanal merchandise.

Among key conclusions, Mr. Forte believes that the consumer and technology sectors are converging at an accelerating pace, traditional e-commerce companies (such as will open stores to maximize sales, and what started with food will spread to the broad consumer space as millennials become more influential and increasingly care about not only the ingredients in their food but the quality of the merchandise and how it was made. Further out, India is moving closer to becoming an e-commerce powerhouse.


Tom has over 15 years of buyside and sellside experience covering both the Consumer and Technology sectors with extensive Industry relationships in both public and private companies. Most recently, Tom spent 7 years at Telsey Advisory Group covering the Retail, then Internet sectors. Tom has done in -depth analysis on specific industry trends including Online Sales Tax, Free Shipping trends in E-commerce, the Local Ad market in E-commerce, Social Media in Retail, Mobile Monetization, and the future of Tom is an outspoken industry advocate and has served on dozens of expert panels and is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business and is often quoted in print media.