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8 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Walter Robb. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Walter Robb, often where they are interviewed.

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8 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Walter Robb. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Walter Robb, often where they are interviewed.

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Austin: Former Whole Foods Market Co-CEO Walter Robb

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From owning his own natural grocery store to helping run a worldwide chain that changed the way we think about and eat food, Walter Robb has been at the forefront of grocery innovation and sustainability for decades. These days, he's busy connecting entrepreneurs across the state. In this episode, Robb joins Austin Business Journal Managing Editor Will Anderson to reflect on the past, present and future of food.

Feb 28 2020 · 39mins
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SECRETS 137 Walter Robb With Stonewall Robb & Whole Foods Market, The Future Of Retail

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Before you can appreciate where you’re going, you need to know where you’ve already been. Natural has an inspirational history that continues to flourish. It has helped to explode growth and create potential solutions to some of our biggest challenges.

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Jul 30 2019 · 55mins

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Interview live from the main stage at RCC's #STORE2019 with Walter Robb, former Co-CEO of Whole Foods, and Michele Sexsmith, Senior Vice President of Environics Analytics talks state-of-the-art tools for retail store location selection

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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of July 1, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada.

In this episode…live from the main stage at RCC’s #STORE2019 conference my exclusive interview with Walter Robb, former co-CEO of Whole Foods. We chat about the nature of consumers on both sides of the border, the zen of Amazon then, now and in the future, the current state of grocery retail across North America and trends for the future.

Then a return visit from Michele Sexsmith Senior Vice President Retail, Retail Estate and Entertainment sectors with Environics Analytics talking about using modern data and sophisticated mobile-based analytics to help guide retailers in their site selection and understanding customer insights.

Next we’ll cover off Retail This Week including Ontario celebrating with a 50, can the Goose continue to soar, Amsterdam’s HEMA in Canada, Dollarama goes south (American), Canopy/Tweed/Tokyo Smoke CEO Bruce Linton outside and talking, SportCheck more inclusive, Man/Sask testing same day cannabis delivery, Ireland’s Primark celebrates 50 & 372, Robots rub off on the humans at Amazon warehouse, and Galen Weston gets serious on sustainability at the Consumer Goods Forum global summit.

But first, let’s listen in to my interview with live from the big stage at #STORE2019 with Walter Robb

Thanks to Walter for generously giving me the thumbs-up to put our interview on the podcast, Layla at CAA for helping me pull this episode together, and Michele for being my special guest. Now let’s hit the highlights from Retail This Week eNewsletter, biggest retail weekly in Canada and you can subscribe on www.retailcouncil.org for free.

That’s a wrap on this edition of The Voice of Retail, if you liked this podcast you can subscribe on iTunes or your
favourite podcast platform, and be sure and recommend to a friend or colleague in the retail industry. You can also ask your favourite home devices, Amazon Echo, Google home to play the most recent edition.

I’m Michael LeBlanc, Founder and President of M.E. LeBlanc and Company Inc. and you can learn more about me on www.meleblanc.co or of course on LinkedIn

Jul 05 2019 · 54mins
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Exclusive Interviews with Walter Robb, former Co-CEO Whole Foods and retail loyalty guru Rob Shields

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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of May 13th 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada and sponsored by Purolator, Canada's Shipping Company for courier and freight, learn more at www.purolator.com

In this episode an exclusive interview with Whole Foods former Co-CEO Walter Robb in advance of our discussion together on the main stage at STORE 2019 coming up May 29th in Toronto. We talk about his personal journey to retail leadership, perspectives on the growth and evolution of food trends and the origins and power of sustainability and organic.

Then, part two of my feature interview with Rob Shields, veteran retailer and retail loyalty visionary as we talk about the past, present and future in the retail loyalty space as Rob tells us that
“over time some things become true no matter when you ask it”. We talk about removing the friction of loyalty with his new venture Paymi.

Last but not least I’ll cover off the top retail news of the week including Home Hardware sticking to it’s strengths, the grocery battle for Victoria Day, Walmart crushes earning with the best Q1 comps in almost a decade, Whole Foods tests a new format, Canadian Tire talks global expansion via Helly Hansen, Chicos weighs buyout, Sobeys says Voila, and calling all drones in isle 5….

But first, let’s listen in to my interview with Walter Robb

Let’s jump into the second part of my conversation with retail and loyalty veteran Rob Shields - picking up where we left off last episode, Rob share insights with us from being one of the top retail CMOs in the country through to the creation of an open source loyalty program and beyond. Let’s listen in:

Thanks to Walter Rob & Rob Shields for being my guests in this episode, now let’s hit the highlights from Retail This Week eNewsletter, biggest retail weekly in Canada and you can subscribe on www.retailcouncil.org for free.

That’s a wrap on this edition of The Voice of Retail, if you liked this podcast you can subscribe on iTunes or your
favourite podcast platform, and be sure and recommend to a friend or colleague in the retail industry. You can also ask your favourite home devices, Amazon Echo, Google home to play the most recent edition.

I’m Michael LeBlanc, Founder and President of M.E. LeBlanc and company and you can learn more about me on www.meleblanc.co or of course on LinkedIn

If you are in Toronto attending STORE 2019 be sure and stop by the Purolator Podcast Studio and share your STORE 2019 insights for The Voice of Retail special conference editions.

Join me again next week for my interview for part one of my interview with Dr. Sylvain Charlebois Senior Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University and frequent commentator on the grocery sector in Canada and Karl Littler Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at RCC on key issues for retailers in Canada.

Until then, have a great week!

May 17 2019 · 38mins

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How Whole Foods' Walter Robb Thinks about Food Tech and the Future of Grocery

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There's perhaps no deal more representative of the changes taking place in the food system, and the meeting of technology and food, than Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods in 2017. 

Walter Robb, the former co-CEO of Whole Foods, was a key player through the transaction and for many years at Whole Foods before it.

A proponent of whole and natural foods, Walter is increasingly exposed to new food technologies through his work as executive-in-residence at agrifood tech investment firm S2G Ventures, TPG's the Rise Fund, and managing his own consultancy and personal portfolio through Stonewall Robb Advisors.

In this second edition of Future Food, I chat to Walter about his food preferences, his contrarian views of the plant-based meat trend, the role of big data in food, and how the Amazon deal came about -- did you know Whole Foods was looking for a digital partner?

We also talk about his vision for the future of food and hopes of providing fresh food to underserved communities. 

As an incredibly experienced food retailer with extensive knowledge and opinions on eating well, Robb's take on the future of food and the development of new technologies is unique. It's also essential listening for consumers thinking about new food tech trends, corporates wondering how to approach new innovation -- he offers some specific advice here -- and grocery-focused startups

May 01 2019 · 47mins
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The Future of Food is Better Than We Thought with Walter Robb

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We are in the middle of a food revolution. Right before our eyes, a new food system is growing from the ground up, and as consumers we have a large impact on what form it takes. The future of food is not as dark as you might have imagined.

My guest on this week’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy is Walter Robb, former CEO of Whole Foods Market, who has a long and varied entrepreneurial history ranging from natural food retailer to farmer to consultant. Walter is a mentor and advisor to the next generation of American food companies and he is dedicated to transforming our food system.


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Nov 14 2018 · 1hr 4mins
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Episode 7 - Walter Robb

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I first met Walter through mutual friends some 25 years ago when he was a Regional President for Whole Foods Market. After stints as COO and Co-President, Walter became Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market in 2010 a position from which he retired a short time ago. In addition to being a super well respected icon in the natural products industry Walter was and still is a beloved leader in the Whole Foods Community. Here’s an example of why. I remember sitting in on a keynote presentation he made to the top 800 leaders in one of Whole Foods’ 12 regions. He began by scanning the audience and calling out names of people he recognized and recounting an experience or an interaction with each person; maybe at a team build or a store opening or simply a store visit. Now, a lot of people have good memories but Walter is one of those folks that when he is with you he is absolutely with you. As the saying goes, he had the room at “hello.” And remember, this was just with one of 12 regions he regularly visited. He then proceeded to identify all the challenges this team and region was facing. It was specific and deliberate (and probably a little difficult to hear)…and then he deftly transitioned to enumerating all the skills, talent, & resources that were present in the room (and region) to meet and overcome those same challenges. When I think of leaders with a powerful human touch, I often think of Walter. 

An investor, mentor and advisor to the next generation of American food companies, former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market Walter Robb has a long and varied entrepreneurial history, ranging from natural food retailer to farmer to consultant. Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 and in 2010 was named co-CEO along with John Mackey, at which time he joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors. In 2017, Robb transitioned his leadership focus to his role as a passionate advocate for greater food access in underserved communities, serving as Chairman of the Board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation. Robb also serves on the Board of Directors for Union Square Hospitality Group, The Container Store, FoodMaven and HeatGenie.
Aug 17 2018 · 55mins
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A Conversation with Walter Robb, Co-CEO, Whole Foods

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