39 episodes

Experts from The Parker Avery Group and occasional guest speakers cover trending retail and consumer goods topics as well as operational basics and how they should evolve to address the continual transformation of our industry. The objective of these 20-minute conversations is to give our audience realistic advice they can immediately employ to make their own operations more successful.

Talk Retail to Me The Parker Avery Group

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 5 Ratings

Experts from The Parker Avery Group and occasional guest speakers cover trending retail and consumer goods topics as well as operational basics and how they should evolve to address the continual transformation of our industry. The objective of these 20-minute conversations is to give our audience realistic advice they can immediately employ to make their own operations more successful.

    Merchandise Financial Planning Deep Dive

    Merchandise Financial Planning Deep Dive

    In this episode, The Parker Avery Group continues our focus on core retail functions and we cover merchandise financial planning (MFP). Senior Director of Marketing, Tricia Gustin is joined by Senior Managers LouAnn Villasor and Russ Smith, both of whom have deep experience in merchandise financial planning business processes and system implementation across a wide variety of retailers. In this discussion, we focus on MFP challenges, innovations, and key capabilities.  

    To learn more about Parker Avery's retail experience, clients, and services, please visit https://parkeravery.com 

    Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts

    Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

    • 41 min
    Welcome to The Parker Avery Group Steve Gordon

    Welcome to The Parker Avery Group Steve Gordon

    This week, Parker Avery’s Chief Analytics Officer and Managing Partner, Sam Iosevich, and Senior Director of Marketing, Tricia Gustin, welcome Steve Gordon into the firm. Steve is an apparel, grocery, and CPG industry veteran with over three decades of experience as a retail industry insider, business development professional, and consultant.  He joins The Parker Avery Group as the firm's Chief Customer Officer.  Learn about Steve and Sam's long career history together and the key tenets they share about company culture, clients, and teams.  

    Read Steve's press release: https://parkeravery.com/industry-experience/the-parker-avery-group-expands-firms-executive-team/ 
    Learn more about The Parker Avery Group's consulting and analytics services: https://parkeravery.com/services/ 

    Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts

    Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

    • 32 min
    Organizational Change Management and DEI Converge

    Organizational Change Management and DEI Converge

    In this episode, guest Michelle Bogan joins our discussion. Michelle's firm, Equity at Work, provides consulting to companies focused on developing DEI strategies to align business objectives, employee experiences, and company values. Equity at Work also supports company leaders in driving the appropriate changes.  This episode also features Kathi Toll and Carrie Habel, who both lead Parker Avery’s Organizational Change Management Academy and OCM projects for the firm's clients, as well as Tricia Gustin, the firm's marketing leader.  The discussion focuses on:

    Michelle's extensive retail background
    How and why she started her firm Equity at Work
    The parallels between omnichannel retail and DEI efforts
    How organizational change management can support DEI efforts

    Michelle also provides her advice for companies embarking on or struggling with navigating diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

    Learn more about Parker Avery's change management services: https://parkeravery.com/change-management-leadership/
    Learn more about Equity at Work: https://equity-at-work.com/
    Meet Michelle Bogan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelleebogan/
    Meet Kathi Toll: https://parkeravery.com/pag-team-kathi/
    Meet Carrie Habel: https://parkeravery.com/pag-team-carrie/
    Meet Tricia Gustin: https://parkeravery.com/pag-team-tricia/

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    Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

    • 39 min
    Core Merchandising Deep Dive

    Core Merchandising Deep Dive

    In this episode of Talk Retail to Me, we kick off a series that will focus on specific business areas across retail and CPG.  Over the next few months, we’re going to take a deep dive into all areas of merchandising, planning, supply chain, forecasting, omnichannel, and more.

    For each of these business areas, Parker Avery's team of experts gets into basics and details, covering questions like:

    What does this area encompass?
    What key capabilities are the most important?
    What retailers or consumer brand companies excel at it?
    What common mistakes or challenges do you see?
    What innovations can improve a company’s capabilities in this area?
    This week we focus on core merchandising, featuring: 

    Marty Anderson, Principal
    Heidi Csencsits, Senior Manager
    Tricia Gustin, Senior Director of Marketing (and host)

    To learn more about Parker Avery's retail and CPG experience and our array of consulting services, we invite you to visit: https://parkeravery.com/.

    Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts

    Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Welcome to The Parker Avery Group Randi Nolan

    Welcome to The Parker Avery Group Randi Nolan

    This week, Clay Parnell, Parker Avery’s President and Managing Partner, and Tricia Gustin, Senior Director of Marketing, welcome retail industry leader Randi Nolan into the firm. Randi has an extensive list of executive titles across global retail and apparel brands—and her accomplishments are widely recognized throughout the industry.  The trio discusses Randi's extensive career in retail, as well as their perspectives on key focus areas for retailers as they navigate 2022 and beyond. 

    To learn more about Parker Avery's team, we invite you to visit: https://parkeravery.com/pag-team/.

    Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts

    Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

    • 23 min
    Changing the Paradigm of Retail Inventory Management

    Changing the Paradigm of Retail Inventory Management

    This episode of Talk Retail to Me features Les McNeill, the Chief Technology Officer and founder of Impulselogic, Inc., along with Parker Avery store operations experts, Senior Director Rob Oglesby, and Tricia Gustin, Senior Director of Marketing. The trio of experts talks about the causes of in-store inventory management issues as well how changes to the overall store inventory paradigm and business processes, along with strategic use of new technologies, can help drive better results not just in stores, but throughout the supply chain and even upstream into merchandising and assortment planning decisions. 


    To support this paradigm change, Impulselogic provides advanced predictive analytics powered by artificial intelligence to create the optimal product flow through the store.  The system, along with business process alignment and execution consistency, helps to ensure product availability for both in-store and online customers, reduce waste, improve labor efficiency, and increase profits.  


    To learn more about Parker Avery's array of retail consulting services and expertise, we invite you to visit: https://parkeravery.com/services/.


    To learn more about Impulselogic, Inc., please visit: https://www.impulselogic.com/


    Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts


    Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay 

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

5 Ratings

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If you love all things retail, you’ll love this!

Do you like the behind-the-scene fodder about all aspects of retail and the CPG industry? Do you want to learn more about the industry in a fun and informal way? Then add this to your favorites — you will not be disappointed!

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Timely information

The content really reflects what’s going on in the retail environment today. Timely and informative, these are great to listen to.

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Great insights and authentic speakers

There’s no fluff here, just real retail knowledge and great insights from experts who have obviously been in the industry a while. Very easy to listen to—sometimes I wanted to jump into the conversation myself!

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