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 5/2/21 – Specialty Retail & Multi-Component E-Commerce; Sherwin-Williams’ DIY Growth
Our interview guest is Tim Baynes, CEO and co-founder of Compatio. He joins us to discuss how retailers who specialize in multi-component products (like bike shops and outdoors retailers) can effectively leverage e-commerce to boost their reach while retaining the associate expertise element key to the in-store experience. In news, we look at Sherwin-Williams, whose first-quarter growth was fueled largely by a continued uptick of sales to DIY customers in their retail stores. And, we look ahead to a growing store-in-store program between Tractor Supply Co. and a popular workwear brand.
Retail Focus 4/25/21 – The Landscape of Retail Lighting; Digital Coupons and Organic Produce Increase Share
Our interview guest is Daniel Gold, founder of Future Energy Solutions, a leading provider of lighting-as-a-service for businesses nationwide. He joins us to discuss the current state of retail lighting, where it makes sense for retailers to seek energy efficiency, and why new models (such as lighting-as-a-service) may prove more cost-effective for retailers as it pertains to energy-efficient fixtures. In news, we cover data surrounding the increased use of digital coupons and a significant year-over-year increase in organic produce sales; we look ahead to Amazon’s announced palm-based payment technology for Whole Foods as well.
Retail Focus 4/18/21 – How Retail Customers are Paying in 2021; Kimco Seeks Expansion; Bed Bath & Beyond
Our interview guest is Jim Johnson, head of Worldpay Merchant Solutions at FIS, who joins us to discuss data in their Global Payments Report and the Generation Pay Report about how retail customers are paying for goods in 2021 and the associated impacts on retailers. In news, we discuss an announced deal between Kimco and Weingarten Realty Investors that could impact the grocery-anchored center space, and Bed Bath & Beyond earnings as they look to a robust Q1.
If you wish to download the FIS reports, please visit here: https://www.fisglobal.com/generationpay ; https://worldpay.globalpaymentsreport.com/en/
Retail Focus 4/11/21 – Consumer Anxiety Begins to Lift in U.S.; Meijer Releases Sales Trends
Our interview guest is Anthony Waelter, vice chairman at Deloitte LLP and Deloitte’s U.S. consumer industry leader, who joins us to discuss their most recent Global State of the Consumer Tracker data. Specifically, we talk with him about consumer anxiety levels (and risk tolerance) as well as why consumers might buy more—or less—online post-pandemic. In news, we get a rare update from Meijer regarding sales trends in the past year, and we note sad news by way of BJ’s Wholesale Club.
Retail Focus 4/5/21 – PGA TOUR Superstore CEO Dick Sullivan; JOANN Sees Another Sales Leap
Our interview guest is Dick Sullivan, President and CEO of PGA TOUR Superstore. He joins to discuss the last year for the company, what the accelerating popularity of golf may mean for the future, his experience as CMO at Home Depot during a time of unprecedented company growth, and how his experience in retail helped him in his leadership role with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. In news, we discuss another solid quarter of sales for JOANN (despite plummeting inventories) and why Walgreens may not see quite the financial benefit from COVID-19 vaccination traffic as speculated.
Retail Focus 3/28/21 – Alternative Wellness Product Education; H-E-B’s Northward Push; Casey’s Big Acquisition
We discuss two stories of regional importance, first with Casey’s, as they reach a deal to purchase 49 Circle K locations from Couche-Tard. From there, we discuss news of H-E-B announcing their first Dallas-area flagship stores and look ahead to Walgreens’ earnings next week. In our interview segment, we revisit a chat with Colby McKenzie, principal at Enlighten Wellness, who speaks to the process behind educating both retailers and consumers about alternative wellness and CBD products in retail stores.
I have been listening to Trent and Leighton for years. A must listen. Well paced and produced. This pod is always in rotation.
I have a rotation of podcasts in my weekly lineup and this is one of them.
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!