60 episodes

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.

The Retail Focus Podcas‪t‬ Retail Focus Podcast

    • Investing
    • 4.6 • 74 Ratings

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 2/21/21 – Innovation at Washington Prime Group; Walmart Sees Grocery Sales Bump

    Retail Focus 2/21/21 – Innovation at Washington Prime Group; Walmart Sees Grocery Sales Bump

    Our interview guest is Jennifer Moretti, Senior VP and Chief Activation Officer at Washington Prime Group, who joins us to discuss innovation and upscaling for the REIT’s various initiatives (including Tangible). In news, we look at Walmart’s earnings call, as grocery comps see a sequential uptick for Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club has their best quarter in terms of driving membership in six years. Finally, we look ahead to JoAnn’s proposed IPO.

    • 41 min
    Retail Focus 2/14/21 – The Pandemic’s Impact on Apparel Retail; Kimco’s Yearly Report

    Retail Focus 2/14/21 – The Pandemic’s Impact on Apparel Retail; Kimco’s Yearly Report

    Our interview guest is Alexa Driansky, the head of market and consumer insights for the retail practice at AlixPartners, who discusses how the pandemic has affected apparel retail from inventory to design. In news, we look at Kimco’s yearly report for 2020, which was released this week—the report suggests that rent may continue to increase at grocery-anchored centers in 2021 and provides other interesting insights. And, we look ahead to Aldi purportedly expanding their curbside services.

    • 41 min
    Retail Focus 2/7/21 – Changes in Hiring for Hourly Retail Positions; Dollar Tree Makes Two Announcements

    Retail Focus 2/7/21 – Changes in Hiring for Hourly Retail Positions; Dollar Tree Makes Two Announcements

    Our interview guest is Quincy Valencia, VP of Product Innovation for Hourly by AMS, who joins to discuss the state of retail hourly hiring. Topics include automation in the hiring process, increasing efficiency by routing candidates to ideal positions, and ensuring strong two-way communication throughout the journey. In news, we discuss two big announcements for Dollar Tree—one for each of their banners—and Uber’s acquisition agreement with Drizly.

    • 37 min
    Retail Focus 1/31/21 – The Current State of Natural & Organic Products, Tractor Supply Earnings

    Retail Focus 1/31/21 – The Current State of Natural & Organic Products, Tractor Supply Earnings

    Our interview guest is Diana Fryc, Partner and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer with Retail Voodoo and host of the Gooder podcast; she joins us to discuss brand and product development over the last several years in naturals and organics, how brands can diversify their customer base, and trends to look for in the near future. In news, Tractor Supply Company releases much-anticipated earnings that suggest people may be increasingly interested in products to make them for self-sufficient. We also discuss Hobby Lobby ending their 40% off coupon program.

    • 47 min
    Retail Focus 1/24/21 – 2021 Retail Industry Outlook; Addressing Technology in Retail in 2021

    Retail Focus 1/24/21 – 2021 Retail Industry Outlook; Addressing Technology in Retail in 2021

    We’re joined by two interview guests this week—first is Rod Sides, the vice chairman and leader of U.S. retail for Deloitte, who speaks to details surrounding their 2021 Retail Industry Outlook and insights from leading retail executives on the year ahead. Then, Shash Anand, VP of Product Strategy at SOTI, joins us to address what a positive technology experience looks like for the 2021 consumer and areas retailers need to be cognizant of as they scale up in-store tech. In our news segment, we discuss a yearly convenience store report and how ownership is shifting in that retail space.

    • 50 min
    Retail Focus 1/17/21 – Spirits Retail in 2021; Target & Nordstrom Provide Holiday Sales Numbers

    Retail Focus 1/17/21 – Spirits Retail in 2021; Target & Nordstrom Provide Holiday Sales Numbers

    Our interview guest is Mike Provance, the CEO of 3X3; Mike joins the show to discuss the state of beer, wine, and spirits retail in 2021, trends in the space, and how independent store operators managed to keep pace in 2020 with chain competition. In our news segment, we look at Target’s stellar holiday season sales and Nordstrom’s sales moving increasingly to digital. Finally, we discuss Petco’s IPO.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

f.r.a.n.k. ,

Always insightful

I have been listening to Trent and Leighton for years. A must listen. Well paced and produced. This pod is always in rotation.

AllenBedgood ,

Great!

I have a rotation of podcasts in my weekly lineup and this is one of them.

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re well established as a member of the retail industry, or just getting started building your career as an entrepreneur or service provider in the space - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Trent and Layton do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of the retail industry and how to stay on top of the forces shaping it. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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