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Conversation and Analysis on multichannel retail, ecommerce and digital brands - Ian Jindal, studio guests and the InternetRetailing and RetailX teams.

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Conversation and Analysis on multichannel retail, ecommerce and digital brands - Ian Jindal, studio guests and the InternetRetailing and RetailX teams.

    RetailCraft 15 - "Awesome ordinary people" - Tula Skincare, Showfields and Eton Shirts

    RetailCraft 15 - "Awesome ordinary people" - Tula Skincare, Showfields and Eton Shirts

    This bumper edition of the podcast is our 'Christmas present', bringing interviews from New York retailers from three different sectors, but each innovative.
    First of all we hear from Savannah Sachs. Avid followers of IR will remember that Savannah featured on the cover of our Magazine in March 2018 when she was with Birchbox, one of the early beauty-sector disruptors. Now we catch up with her as CEO of Tula - a skincare company that's bringing to life "clean" cosmetics, linked to the skin biome, and focused on efficacy. Savannah brings clarity to these trends and it's a fascinating insight to a business, with Savannah's lucid and engaging explanation.
     
    Then we head to meet Amir Zwickel, co-founder and Chief Property Officer of Showfields. This is a genuinely interesting and distinctive evolution of trends in pop-ups, department stores, experience places and location. We join Amir in the bustling "Lounge" on the top floor of their Soho store and get a fast-paced take on this evolved and distinctive business.
    Finally we visit Marianna Satanas, Global Digital Sales Director at Eton Shirts. We've wanted to chat with Marianna for a while to learn about her experiences at Mr Porter, DKNY and others, but in her current role we have a combination of direct-to-consumer and digital wholesale, in a century-old brand that operates globally.Candid, fun and energetic as always, Marianna gives us an excellent view of the brand's direction and journey.
    Thanks as always to our guests. Let us know suggestions for 2020 (including volunteering yourself!). We will be back in January at NRF's Big Show in NYC (where we are an official podcast partner of the event) and then in London again with the interviews from the Big Apple.
    Merry Christmas, and best wishes for 2020 from the whole team at InternetRetailing.
    Run time: 62 minutes.
    Information:
    Savannah Sachs: https://www.linkedin.com/in/savannahsachs/
    Amir Zwickel: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirzwickel/
    Marianna Satanas: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marianna-satanas/
    Ian Jindal: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ianjindal/ and www.twitter.com/ianjindal
    Savannah's cover interview in InternetRetailing Magazine: https://internetretailing.net/magazine/internetretailing-magazine--march-2018
    Recorded on location in New York, USA and at Spiritland Studios, London. Episode photo credit: Ian Jindal. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    RetailCraft 14 - “We’re never monotone” - Fortnum & Mason and Liberty London

    RetailCraft 14 - “We’re never monotone” - Fortnum & Mason and Liberty London

    Podcasts really shouldn’t be this much fun! The word “iconic” is for once apt, as we have a wide-ranging chat in the studio with these two UK-yet-global retailers, Fortnum & Mason, and Liberty London. With over 400 years of history being them we hear how focus, sticking to your DNA and having a real personality infuse both retailers.
    Zia Zareem-Slade (Customer Experience Director at Fortnum & Mason) and Eric Fergusson (Ecommerce Director at Liberty London) join Jamie Merrick and Ian Jindal in our London studio.
    We discuss their roles, what makes their businesses distinctive, “a celebration of the exceptional” and retail ‘as a movement’; from ‘joy-giving gifts’ to being ‘more relevant to more people more often’, via ‘how I got my job’. During this free-ranging conversation you’ll certainly agree that they are ‘never monotone’.
    We mention the insta feeds a couple of times in the podcast so do get a slice of the glamour at www.instagram.com/fortnums and www.instagram.com/libertylondon 
    Run time: 45 minutes.
    Information:
    Zia Zareem-Slade: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ziazareemslade/
    Eric Fergusson: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-fergusson-354a0b/
    Jamie Merrick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamiemerrick/
    Ian Jindal: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ianjindal/ and www.twitter.com/ianjindal
     
    Recorded on location in London, UK at Spiritland Studios. Episode photo credit: Ian Jindal. 

    • 44 min
    RetailCraft 13 - "Loyalty and desirability" - Harvey Nichols, Feelunique and The Watchshop

    RetailCraft 13 - "Loyalty and desirability" - Harvey Nichols, Feelunique and The Watchshop

    We're back to school in style as Gail Shuman (Group eCommerce Director at Harvey Nichols), Jennifer Roebuck (Chief Marketing Officer at Feelunique.com) and Robin Phillips (CEO at The Watch Shop) join Vera Hartmuth and Ian Jindal in our London studio. We discuss luxury experience to sustainability and transparency, via brand management and business models to thoughts on loyalty and desirability in this engaging free-ranging conversation.
    Run time: 55 minutes.
    Information:
    Gail Schuman: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gailshuman/
    Jennifer Roebuck: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jroe/
    Robin Phillips: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robin-phillips-rgp/
    Vera Hartmuth: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vera-hartmuth-7405962/
    Ian Jindal: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ianjindal/ and www.twitter.com/ianjindal
     
    Recorded on location in London, UK at Spiritland Studios. Episode photo credit: Ian Jindal. 

    • 55 min
    RetailCraft 12 - "Summer Bookclub" - Martin Newman, Natalie Berg, Miya Knights and Richard Hammond in the studio discussing their recent retail books

    RetailCraft 12 - "Summer Bookclub" - Martin Newman, Natalie Berg, Miya Knights and Richard Hammond in the studio discussing their recent retail books

    In the spirit of 'summer reading' and bookclubs, we asked our community on Linkedin what books they were reading on retail, and which authors would they like to hear us interview in the studio. As a result we're pleased that four of the most-suggested authors agreed to brave the oppressive humidity of a London 'summer' day to chat with us about their latest books, their experiences, motivations and ideas.
    "Authors" is probably not the best description since our group are retailers, entrepreneurs, technologists, analysts... who have happened to write books. 
    Our conversation covers customers, culture, Amazon, technology, university education and the process of writing. 
     
    Run time: 65 minutes.
    Information:
    Martin Newman: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martindnewman/ ("100 Practical Ways to Improve Customer Experience: Achieve End-to-End Customer Engagement in a Multi-Channel World" - https://amzn.to/31IyVp8 )
    Natalie Berg: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-berg-ba20931/ ("Amazon: How the World's Most Relentless Retailer will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce" - https://amzn.to/2TB1bHz ; and her previous book on Walmart, https://amzn.to/33wkEOl)
    Miya Knights: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miyaknights/ (co-author with Natalie of "Amazon", above, and of "Omnichannel Retail: How to build winning stores in a digital world", https://amzn.to/2N4Unkh )
    Richard Hammond: https://www.linkedin.com/in/uncrowdceo/ (author of "Smart Retail: Winning Ideas and Strategies from the Most Successful Retailers in the World (4th edition)" - https://amzn.to/2KLe5ih - and the newly-released "Friction/Reward: Be your customer's first choice" - https://amzn.to/2KNccS9
    Ian Jindal: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ianjindal/ and www.twitter.com/ianjindal
     
    Recorded on location in London, UK at Spiritland Studios. Episode photo credit: Ian Jindal. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    RetailCraft 11 - "Boots, Bags and Vintage" - Deckers Brands, Radley and Beyond Retro in the studio

    RetailCraft 11 - "Boots, Bags and Vintage" - Deckers Brands, Radley and Beyond Retro in the studio

    Back in the studio for this episode we're joined by three retailers covering feet, handbags and vintage.
    David Williams is the Senior Director of Direct to Consumer, EMEA and Japan for Deckers Brands and we hear about the multichannel business, skills and working in Japan. Deckers brands comprise Ugg, Teva and Hoka.
    Rhea Jeffery is the Head of eCommerce at Beyond Retro and we hear of the global scale of the business, their "Rag Pickers", sustainability, and the role of data is planning the myriad trends and supply chain challenges.
    Rachel Glynn is the head of ecommerce at Radley and we hear about the brand's journey from Camden Market stall in London to a global brand that blends luxury with playfulness. 
    Vera Hartmuth is Marketing Director at Salesforce and joins us as co-host for the first time! Welcome, Vera :)
     
    Run time: 50 minutes.
     
    Information:
    David Williams: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidwilliams-ecommerce-and-omnichannel-director/
    Rhea Jeffery: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rheajeffery/
    Rachel Glynn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachelglynn/
    Vera Hartmuth: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vera-hartmuth-7405962/
    Ian Jindal: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ianjindal/ and www.twitter.com/ianjindal
     
    Recorded on location in London, UK at Spiritland Studios. Episode photo credit: Ian Jindal. 

    • 50 min
    RetailCraft 10 - “Danish Jewels” - visiting Georg Jensen and Pandora in Copenhagen, with Ian Jindal

    RetailCraft 10 - “Danish Jewels” - visiting Georg Jensen and Pandora in Copenhagen, with Ian Jindal

    This month we’ve let Ian Jindal out of the studio, and he’s been on a road trip to Copenhagen. Ian was there to host a RetailCraft Dinner, where we bring together the people behind brands’ successes for an off-the-record evening of conversation. During the day, however, he visited two Danish-yet-global jewellery brands to see how they are delivering multichannel sales and experience.
    First stop was the Georg Jensen HQ where Ian met with Will Lockie, the global head of e-commerce. Will showed Ian around the silversmiths workshops. Photos of the visit are linked below.
    We then visited David Walmsley, recently appointed as chief digital and omnichannel director at Pandora.
    The craft and product focus within both of these businesses is exceptional, and we learn from both David and Will some of the challenges and approaches of running a global operation.
     
    Run time: 49 minutes.
     
    Information:
    Will Lockie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/willlockie/ 
    David Walmsley: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidwalmsley0/  
    Ian Jindal: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ianjindal/ and www.twitter.com/ianjindal
     
    Recorded on location in London, UK at Spiritland Studios, and in Copenhagen at the offices of Georg Jensen and Pandora. Episode photo credit: Ian Jindal. Photograph of Will Lockie and a bust of Georg Jensen in their foyer, along with silversmiths’ hammers.

    • 42 min

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