Each week, we release a new podcast covering the world of retail, including business developments, trends, and historical perspectives. Podcasts feature news summaries, interviews, and previews of industry goings-on, intended for a wide variety of listeners.
Retail Focus 7/24/21 – Deloitte’s Back-To-School Shopping Projections; TSC's Loyalty Program Provides Boost
Our interview guest is Rod Sides, vice chairman of Deloitte LLP and their U.S. retail, wholesale, and distribution leader. He rejoins the podcast to discuss their yearly back-to-school and back-to-college surveys and how consumers are choosing where to spend and what to spend on. In news, in a follow-up from last week’s show, we touch on Tractor Supply Co.’s latest earnings, a proposed deal involving the Piggly Wiggly banner, and we look ahead to Ulta’s partnership with Target slated to launch in the coming days.
The Deloitte Back-to-School Survey may be accessed here: https://bit.ly/3eRYRba
The Deloitte Back-to-College Survey may be accessed here: https://bit.ly/3hZTIzJ
Retail Focus 7/18/21 – The Line Between Content Creation and Commerce; Mall Retailer Sees Sales Bump
Our interview guest is Erika Strum Silberstein, the President of Wine Enthusiast Commerce. She joins the show to discuss the line between content creation and commerce at Wine Enthusiast, as well as the dynamic behind selling premium goods in an ecommerce setting and their exploration into potential brick-and-mortar avenues. In news, we look at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory numbers, as their sales increase on a two-year stack, and look ahead to Tractor Supply’s earnings call.
Retail Focus 6/25/21 – Badcock Home Furniture’s Past, Present, & Future; Kroger Customers Trading Up
Our interview guest is Mitchell Stiles, Badcock Home Furniture’s VP of retail operations; he joins us to discuss the retailer’s history, their unique dealer model, how they navigated the pandemic, and what the future holds for Badcock. In news, we look at Kroger’s most recent earnings call, and leadership comments that when it comes to private label brands, their customer base is trading up. Additionally, we look ahead to 2021 fireworks retail sales and how they may differ from 2020.
Retail Focus 6/14/21 – Availability of Wholesale Space; RH Continues Search for Greater Margins
Our interview guest is Justin Smith, a senior vice president with Lee & Associates and the author of the recently released book “Industrial Intelligence: The Executive’s Guide for Making Informed Commercial Real Estate Decisions.” He discusses the current landscape of industrial real estate as it pertains to retail and the process retailers follow as they develop and onboard distribution and fulfillment centers to their pipeline. In news, we look at RH’s continued search for expanded margins in luxury and Home Depot making a move to further vertically integrate their supply chain.
Retail Focus 6/7/21 – Five Below Continues Rapid Growth Plans; Some Independent Grocers Keep 2020 Gains
We begin the show by discussing Five Below, a company who saw record first quarter sales, as they navigate triple-digit unit growth in 2021. From there, we turn our attention to SpartanNash’s first quarter earnings, and sales numbers that indicate strength from the independent grocers they supply. Finally, Layton looks ahead to continued developments surrounding a potential deal between Staples and Office Depot.
Retail Focus 5/31/21 – E-Commerce in Spirits Retail; Hibbett Sports Blows Away Sales Expectations
Our interview guest is Roi Kliper, CEO and co-founder of CityHive. Roi discusses how spirits retailers are increasingly turning to e-commerce where possible to gain a competitive edge, and how third-party services like Drizly may have hidden costs for retailers. In news, Hibbett Sports takes center stage as their brick-and-mortar stores saw triple-digit (!) comp increases, and we look ahead to how rising fright costs may impact the industry.
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