100 episodes

James Cook and his fellow retail researchers visit shopping destinations around the world, interview retail and real estate executives and discuss market research in a fast-paced and fun setting. James researches retail and real estate for JLL.

Where We Buy: Retail Real Estate with James Cook Where We Buy

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James Cook and his fellow retail researchers visit shopping destinations around the world, interview retail and real estate executives and discuss market research in a fast-paced and fun setting. James researches retail and real estate for JLL.

    Last Mile in the City - Where We Buy #181

    Last Mile in the City - Where We Buy #181

    How can retailers most efficiently get goods to consumers and retailers in dense cities? Leslie Lanne is a Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle, specializing in institutional Landlord and Tenant representation in the Northeast. She talks about changing delivery models in the urban core and building last-mile facilities. James Cook is the director of retail research in the Americas for JLL. 

    • 25 min
    A Social Media App with Influencers that Look Like You

    A Social Media App with Influencers that Look Like You

    Mys Tyler is a social media fashion app where the influencers you follow are selected to match your body measurements. The app includes shoppable posts. Buyers can make purchases already knowing how an item fits on a woman with similar measurements. Mys Tyler has created partnerships with global brands like Saks, ASOS and Banana Republic. CEO and founder Sarah Neill talks about the process of launching the app. She also explains how the app can be integrated with bricks-and-mortar shopping centers.

    • 33 min
    Pizza Hut's New Store Design & Global Growth Plans

    Pizza Hut's New Store Design & Global Growth Plans

    Stephen McDonald runs global development for Pizza Hut International. The brand's engine for global growth is its Fast Casual DelCo (FCD) store, which has already seen 1,000 openings since 2017. McDonald talks about the chain's global growth plans and the impact of the pandemic on its business.

    • 27 min
    Computer Vision in the Supermarket

    Computer Vision in the Supermarket

    David Gottlieb, Managing Director, Americas at Trax, explains how robots, shelf cameras, machine learning and the gig economy are impacting the supermarket. James Cook is the director of retail research in the Americas for JLL. 

    • 22 min
    Can you convert retail to industrial?

    Can you convert retail to industrial?

    Retailers are demanding more industrial real estate to store and ship online orders. Can we turn empty retail buildings into industrial ones to meet that demand? James joined a panel of experts to dig into the weeds. Kris Bjorson has spent 27 years working with industrial occupiers; Seth Geldzahler spent most of his career overseeing real estate for a major retailer and lawyer David Rabinowitz is a partner with Goulston & Storrs and works in retail and industrial development.

    • 36 min
    Bar Louie's  Virtual Brands Are Incubators for New Menu Items

    Bar Louie's  Virtual Brands Are Incubators for New Menu Items

    Bar Louie CEO, Tom Fricke joined the company to lead a turnaround strategy with no idea that the national chain of gastrobars would be exiting bankruptcy in the middle of a pandemic. But Fricke explains that there was a silver lining and in some ways the transformation plan was actually accelerated by the pandemic. SVP Food & Beverage, Steve Madonna explains the thinking that went into creating the menus of two new virtual delivery brands.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

KND009 ,

Awesome podcast for retail

There are not a lot of podcasts focused on the retail industry, James does a fantastic job of leading interesting and unique conversations. A must listen!

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established as a retailer, or just getting started carving out a profitable niche that’s ready to grow - this is a must-listen podcast for you! James does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of navigating an ever-changing retail landscape (while building a thriving organization) - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

JQPublique ,

The Charles Kuralt of Retail

James takes on retail space around the world and brings it home to us in a way that entertains while educating. His interests are infectious and the show doubles as a travelogue along with the main theme of relating current and innovative trends in retail. Here’s to the next 100 episodes!

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