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Any major and some boutique firms will provide consumer/retail research to their clients. These retail analysts study the industry in depth for trends and business fundamentals. They write extensive reports and build financial models to provide their thoughts on specific companies. Analysts meet with CEOs, CFOs and business development executives to learn about the companies' individual strategies. To keep up with industry trends, they read industry trade journals, attend conferences and visit various stores to see physical layout and product/service offerings. I know many Doctors who decided to enter the field of finance by becoming healthcare or biotech analysts.
Similar to the roles outlined by T. Sullivan, private equity/venture capital analyst positions allow you to research market trends and individual companies for potential investment within a wide variety of industries. Due diligence generally involves meeting with executive leadership teams (CEO/CFO), speaking with industry-leading professionals, building financial models and analyzing markets. These positions are great if you are intellectually curious and insist on being at the forefront of your industry!
You could take a look at corporate positions within established and younger retailers. For mature brands, I know that Express, Inc. is hiring. For start ups, take a look at Warby Parker, Alton Lane, or Bonobos. Check out their career websites.
Feel free to reach out to me regarding research prep and other help. Our fund has researched and invested in several publicly-traded retailers.