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Retail Leader Trend Talk Podcast

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Trend Talk

Trend Talk is a new podcast from Retail Leader, bringing you a fresh mix of perspectives and in-depth discussion of the latest trends that are driving innovation across all retail sectors.

Every week, we speak with retail experts and thought leaders who share their firsthand experiences and insights on the trends shaping retail today.

We’re staying on top of the trends so you don’t have to. Tune in for our weekly episodes so you don’t miss a thing.

 

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Latest Episodes:

Episode 27

How Grove Collaborative is Breathing Sustainability into the CPG Industry

This week on Retail Leader Trend Talk, we chat with Danielle Jezienicki, director of sustainability for Grove Collaborative, about ongoing sustainability trends and challenges in the CPG industry.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 26

Why Net-Zero is the Next Big Buzz Word

This week on Retail Leader Trend Talk, we tackle sustainability with Scot Case, vice president of sustainability at the National Retail Federation. Tune into the interview as Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter and Case discuss sustainability trends in retail, how retailers are crafting a new sustainability language and why net-zero is about to be huge.

Listen to the episode here. 

Episode 25

Understanding the Unique World of Gen Z

Dive into the world of Gen Z in this episode of Trend Talk, with Hana Ben-Shabat, author of Gen Z 360: Preparing for the Inevitable Change in Culture, Work and Commerce.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 24

The Evolution of the Retail Associate

Tune into another Trend Talk with Regina Aiello, vice president of sales innovations and sales partnerships at Ben Bridge Jeweler, and Oscar Sachs, CEO of Salesfloor, about the evolving role of the retail associate.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 23

Misfits Market Expands Nationwide

We catch up with Kai Selterman, chief strategy officer at Misfits Market, to learn about the online grocery retailer's latest expansion to all the lower 48. Tune into the interview, where Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter and Selterman discuss pandemic grocery trends, supply chain challenges and more.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 22

Apple Rose Beauty’s Journey Into Retail

Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter catches up with Kristy Alexander, founder and chief big heart of Apple Rose Beauty, about the skincare brand's journey in retail.

Listen to the episode here. 

Episode 21

Gorjana’s Retail Expansion is Underway

Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter sits down with Jason Griffin Reidel, CEO of Gorjana, to learn about the jewelry brand's ongoing retail expansion.

Listen to the episode here. 

Episode 20

Breaking Down the Soul of Business with Rishad Tobaccowala

We caught up with Author, Speaker and Visionary Rishad Tobaccowala, who clued us in on the emerging trends and best practices for business leaders.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 19

How to Sell Apples (Yes! Apples) Online

We spoke with Yes! Apples, a consumer-first apple brand that recently opened up an e-commerce shop to bring New York apples directly to consumers. Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter sat down with Tenley Fitzgerald, vice president of marketing at Yes! Apples, to learn more about the rebrand and the nuances of marketing apples.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 18

A Pea in the Pod Returns to Brick-and-Mortar

Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter caught up with a maternity brand that returned to physical stores after going fully digital in 2019. A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity's Marla Ryan tells us about two new concept stores, 2022 goals and more.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 17

How DSW is Taking on Men's Shoes

With new partnerships and added product assortment, DSW's Chief Marketing Officer Julie Roy discusses why the retailer is making its move to capture male customers in an interview with Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter. 

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 16

Indochino Takes on 2022

Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter sits down with Drew Green, CEO and president of Indochino, about the custom suit retailer’s entry into women’s wear, reaching 100 retail locations and plans to capture a larger share of the booming wedding market in 2022.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 15

Looking Back at the Year in Resale with Chairish

This week on Retail Leader Trend Talk, Editor Amy Baxter sits down with Gregg Brockway, CEO and co-founder of resale marketplace Chairish to look back at the year in resale. Tune in to hear the two discuss the rising interest in resale, why millennials are so engaged in furniture resale and the role of the circular economy.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 14

The Evolution of Shoppable Media with Blue Chip

On this episode of Retail Leader Trend Talk, sponsored by Blue Chip, we discover the best brand opportunities in shoppable media. Editor Amy Baxter sits down with Erich Parker, vice president of integrated media at Blue Chip, to discuss the latest innovations, how brands can find the right platforms and what the future of shoppable media holds.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 13

The Role of Retail in the Cannabis World

As executive vice president of retail operations at Jushi Holdings, Brendon Lynch is leading retail strategy for the multi-state cannabis operator. We caught up with Lynch in this week's Trend Talk to discuss how his extensive retail background with major brands (Anthropologie, TOMS, David Yurman and more) has prepared him for the cannabis industry. Plus, Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter and Lynch get to the bottom of the role of retail in the industry and take a stab at defining the future.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 12

Curating Sustainability for Millennials

Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter sits down with Jaclyn Tracy, CEO and founder of Sistain, about how Sistain is curating sustainable brands for millennials and how consumers may be falling for greenwashing by the big retailers.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 11

The Top 2021 Holiday Digital Shopping Trends

The 2021 holiday season is well underway, and we’re breaking down some of the top digital shopping trends with Stacy DeBroff, CEO and founder of Influence Central. Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter dives in with DeBroff to discuss overarching trends for the season, how supply chain challenges are influencing shoppers and if retailers should be worried if consumers plan to spend less.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 10

Taking Care During the Pandemic

In this episode of Retail Leader Trend Talk, we dive into how retailers have taken care during the pandemic, from how the industry adapted to how workers were treated. Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter sits down with Deb Gabor, CEO of Sol Marketing, to discuss the best - and worst - examples.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 9

How Parachute Expanded into New Categories

In the latest episode of Retail Leader Trend Talk, Editor Amy Baxter caught up with Ariel Kaye, CEO and Founder of Parachute, about the brand's expansion into new categories and its latest foray into furniture. 

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 8

Changing Up the Beauty Retail Experience

Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter chats with with Amanda McAllister, creative director of ChangeUp, and Kana Panchmatia, co-founder and vice president of design of Revea, about Revea's unique retail store. As a precision skin care company, Revea launched a retail store that doesn't carry inventory.

Listen to the episode here. 

Episode 7

Zero Waste Retail and the Drive Toward Sustainability

Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter caught up with Ali O'Grady, CEO and founder of greeting card company Thoughtful Human, to talk about all things sustainability and zero waste retail. 

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 6

The Rise of In-App Shopping and Social Commerce

Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter sits down with Eric Dahan, CEO and co-founder of social commerce company Open Influence to discuss the rise of the social commerce market and in-app shopping.

Listen to the episode here. 

Episode 5

Back to School and Grocery Sector Data Trends

Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter sits down with Inna Kuznetsova, CEO of 1010data, to discuss data trends from the back-to-school shopping season and the latest changes in the grocery sector.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 4

The Future of Brick-and-Mortar Designs

Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter sits down with Melissa Gonzalez, CEO of The Lionesque Group and Principal at MG2, to dig into the future of brick and mortar. 

Listen to the episode here. 

Episode 3

Breaking Into Big Retailers with Montee Holland

Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter sits down with Montee Tayion Holland, President and CEO of Tayion Collection, to discuss how his men's suit brand has made its way into major retailers like Macy's and Men's Warehouse.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 2

Vera Bradley's New Store Concept Does Good

Retail Leader Editor Amy Baxter caught up with Harry Cunningham, vice president of retail brand experience at Vera Bradley, to discuss the iconic brand's latest store concept, goodMRKT.

Listen to the episode here.

Episode 1

Rethinking the Service Station

In the inaugural episode of the Retail Leader Trend Talk podcast, Editor Amy Baxter speaks with Tom Edington, creative director and head of experience at design agency YourStudio, about an innovative service station retail design in the U.K.

Listen to the episode here.