192 episodes

Welcome to Retail Unwrapped, a podcast from The Robin Report. Join Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan each week as they share insights and unpack issues at the core of retail and consumer products. The conversations are lively and the opinions are honest. New episodes every Friday.

Retail Unwrapped - from The Robin Report Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan

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Welcome to Retail Unwrapped, a podcast from The Robin Report. Join Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan each week as they share insights and unpack issues at the core of retail and consumer products. The conversations are lively and the opinions are honest. New episodes every Friday.

    Episode 192: VF, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch: Three Major Strategy Shifts, Only One Homerun!

    Episode 192: VF, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch: Three Major Strategy Shifts, Only One Homerun!

    What does it take to turn around an iconic brand that started with humble beginnings? Creating a new vision may not be the best road to take and reinvigorating a brand may not be enough. The traditional checklist is outdated: cutting costs to profitability and relying solely on operational efficiency to drive performance. While new leadership can create a new vision, who’s the right fit? Join Robin and Shelley as they deconstruct three iconic brands operating with bold new strategie...

    • 32 min
    Episode 191: Succession Planning in Retail…Pepsi Has It Right

    Episode 191: Succession Planning in Retail…Pepsi Has It Right

    There was a time in retail when the route to the C-suite was from the sales floor, and future leadership was carefully groomed at companies like Lord & Taylor, Abraham & Strauss, and Macy’s. With many companies downsizing and eliminating training programs, plus integrating more technology, future retail CEOs may come from unexpected places. Pepsi has become the poster child for launching retail CEOs: Brian Cornell of Target, Lauran Hobart of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Vive...

    • 31 min
    Episode 190: Nordstrom's The 123 year-old Startup

    Episode 190: Nordstrom's The 123 year-old Startup

    Nordstrom’s core mission is to make customers feel good and look their best. And the retailer is legendary for listening to the customer and delivering customer service that “is not defined by us based on our legacy practices. It’s defined by customers. The customer is still the best filter we have for every business decision we make," according to Pete Nordstrom. Two industry giants, Bob Spector, and Paco Underhill, join Robin and Shelley as they discuss how Nordstrom’s culture that is focus...

    • 29 min
    Episode 189: The Retail Industry Revolution

    Episode 189: The Retail Industry Revolution

    Top headlines in retail reinforce the seismic shifts in the industry, including vertical integration, aligned brand platforms, private branding, new department store models, and updated workplace policies. It has all turned retail operations on its side as leaders grapple with how to master so many changes happening all at once. Join Robin and Shelley as they discuss the hot topics in today’s retail environment, including what Walmart’s recent earning report means, what’s up with CEO Kev...

    • 33 min
    Episode 188: Why REI Is Committed To Developing Its Minority-Led Partners

    Episode 188: Why REI Is Committed To Developing Its Minority-Led Partners

    Special guests Susan Vison, VP and executive director of REI’s Path Ahead Ventures, and Ed Chang, co-founder of Varlo, join Robin and Shelley to discuss how big companies can help elevate and support underrepresented BIPOC brand owners.An estimated one percent of founders in the outdoor industry identifies as a person of color, despite over 30 percent of outdoor participants identifying as such. REI is addressing that gap with its Path Ahead Ventures launched in 2021 to focus on providing sup...

    • 30 min
    Episode 187: The Chairman and CEO of Sezzle Discusses Buy Now Pay Later.

    Episode 187: The Chairman and CEO of Sezzle Discusses Buy Now Pay Later.

    Special Guest: Charlie Youakim, Chairman and CEO, SezzleThe BNPL market has exploded over the past two years as consumers have ramped up this fintech alternative to credit cards. Competition is heating up; will only the strong survive?Special guest Charlie Youakim, Chairman and CEO of Sezzle, joins Robin and Shelley to talk about how this online payment platform increases purchasing power for consumers with interest-free installment plans.Listen in to learn why BNPL is in such a growth mode (...

    • 31 min

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