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

    • Business
    • 4.6 • 81 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 1/16/23 – Looking at Retail Ad Spend & Strategy; Albertsons Beats Estimates

    Retail Focus 1/16/23 – Looking at Retail Ad Spend & Strategy; Albertsons Beats Estimates

    Our interview guest is Richard Jones, Chief Revenue Officer at Wunderkind. He joins the show to discuss the advertising and marketing landscape for retailers in 2023—and how digital spending and marketing content may change or adjust based on consumer habits. In news, Albertsons posts better-than-expected sales numbers and sees a massive jump in loyalty members. Additionally, we look ahead to two retailers potentially on the verge of declaring bankruptcy in the near future.

    • 41 min
    Retail Focus 1/3/23 – Retail Trends in the Year Ahead; CBRE Issues Retail Real Estate Guidance

    Retail Focus 1/3/23 – Retail Trends in the Year Ahead; CBRE Issues Retail Real Estate Guidance

    Our interview guest is Katie Gilsenan, senior trends manager at GWI, who joins the show to discuss retail trends for 2023, consumer motivations in the new year, and which categories might see a lift in tight economic times. In news, CBRE issues guidance regarding retail real estate trends and how they may impact both retailers and their physical spaces, and we look at “dark” Amazon Fresh locations.

    • 44 min
    Retail Focus 12/26/22 – The 2023 Retail Consumer; Holiday Shopping Numbers Begin to Arrive

    Retail Focus 12/26/22 – The 2023 Retail Consumer; Holiday Shopping Numbers Begin to Arrive

    Our interview guest is Kristina Rogers, EY Global Consumer Leader. She joins the show to discuss EY’s 11th Future Consumer Index, and broadly, what the 2023 retail consumer will look like as far as decision-making, demand, and outlook on personal finances. In news, we get a look at early numbers from the 2022 holiday shopping season, and preview what could be a busy 2023 in shoe retail through the lens of DSW and Nike.

    • 41 min
    Retail Focus 12/12/22 – Product Descriptions & Reducing Returns; Chewy Sees Rise in Autoship Sales

    Retail Focus 12/12/22 – Product Descriptions & Reducing Returns; Chewy Sees Rise in Autoship Sales

    Our interview guest is Randy Mercer, VP of Global Products at 1WorldSync. He joins the show to discuss the process behind getting effective product content to retailers, and the role that good product descriptions play in reducing returns from digital channel sales. In news, we briefly touch on lululemon’s outstanding quarter before looking at Chewy’s autoship success and fulfillment center strides that have improved margins and shipping distances despite lower hard good sales.

    • 38 min
    Retail Focus 12/6/22 – Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Retail Real Estate; Dollar General Releases 2023 Plans

    Retail Focus 12/6/22 – Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Retail Real Estate; Dollar General Releases 2023 Plans

    Our interview guest is Jazmen Johnson, the VP of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at ICSC; she joins us to discuss the themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion in retail real estate and addresses the need to see value in diverse retail centers. In news, Dollar General releases their growth plans for 2023 and attracts a wider band of customers, and grocers look towards fresh bakery to stimulate impulse buys.

    • 39 min
    Retail Focus 11/28/22 – Inventory Visibility for Retailers Across Channels; Family Dollar Traffic Ticks Up

    Retail Focus 11/28/22 – Inventory Visibility for Retailers Across Channels; Family Dollar Traffic Ticks Up

    Our interview guest is Ann Ruckstuhl, senior vice president and chief marketing officer with Manhattan Associates. She joins the show to discuss Manhattan’s recent research surrounding inventory visibility, point of sale options, and the surprising number of retailers who are uncomfortable with their current inventory tracking. In news, we look at early Black Friday shopping numbers as well as Dollar Tree’s recent update which featured the first traffic increase for Family Dollar in over two years.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 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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