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Each week, we release a podcast covering the retail world--business developments, trends, and historical perspectives. Podcasts feature news summaries, interviews, and previews of industry goings-on.

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Each week, we release a podcast covering the retail world--business developments, trends, and historical perspectives. Podcasts feature news summaries, interviews, and previews of industry goings-on.

iTunes Ratings

58 Ratings
Average Ratings
47
3
4
3
1

New favorite retail recap

By bankerbetch - Mar 06 2019
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Well thought out and deep research that’s succinctly summarized.

Men’s warehouse

By getshon - Nov 08 2018
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Which episode discussed Men’s Wearhouse I can find it

iTunes Ratings

58 Ratings
Average Ratings
47
3
4
3
1

New favorite retail recap

By bankerbetch - Mar 06 2019
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Well thought out and deep research that’s succinctly summarized.

Men’s warehouse

By getshon - Nov 08 2018
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Which episode discussed Men’s Wearhouse I can find it
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The Retail Focus Podcast

Latest release on Mar 31, 2020

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Each week, we release a podcast covering the retail world--business developments, trends, and historical perspectives. Podcasts feature news summaries, interviews, and previews of industry goings-on.

Rank #1: Retail Focus 12/29/19 – Annual Top & Bottom 5 Retailer List; Taking Market Share from Closing Stores

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Although we cover some brief news from Amazon and Kroger, we spend the bulk of this episode ranking our top and bottom five retailers for calendar year 2019. Who makes the list for the first time, and who takes the number one spot? Our interview guest is Cardlytics CMO Dani Cushion, who joins us to talk the data behind taking market share from distressed or closing retailers.

Dec 31 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #2: Retail Focus 11/27/19 – TJX, Ross, and Burlington Initiatives; A.C. Moore Announces Closures

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As promised in our last show, it is an off-price extravaganza this week, with TJX, Ross, and Burlington all hosting earnings calls in the last seven days. We compare the retailers, specifically as it pertains to the all-important holiday inventory levels and deal flow. In closing, we briefly touch on A.C. Moore’s announced closures and Dick’s Sporting Goods relative recent success.

Nov 27 2019

42mins

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Rank #3: Retail Focus 10/7/19 – Study Suggests Declining Price Elasticity in Apparel; Costco Earnings

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We lead the show with an intriguing study from First Insight that suggests price elasticity may be declining across most apparel categories as well as home goods. After discussing the potential implications for retailers, we move on to Costco’s latest earnings call, and then to the NRF’s yearly holiday sales projections. As we conclude the show, we look at Kroger’s solution to a potential food desert after a store closure and a list of potential retail bankruptcies in the next 12 months.

Oct 09 2019

46mins

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Rank #4: Retail Focus 11/8/19 – Kroger’s Rebrand Efforts; Holiday Spend Data from Cardlytics

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As far as the news portion of the podcast is concerned, we touch on Kroger’s recent investor conference and their rebranding announcements, followed by Sally Beauty earnings and a study from UBS that made headlines regarding mall food courts. Our interview guest is Dani Cushion, CMO at Cardlytics, who joins us to discuss Cardlytics’ recent holiday data and break down potential opportunities for retailers on the marketing front.

Nov 10 2019

59mins

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Rank #5: Retail Focus 8/18/19 – Walmart Does It Again; JCPenney’s Resale Partnership

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After discussing another quarter in which Walmart provides a positive earnings surprise, we turn our attention to JCPenney’s announced partnership with thredUP, and why it may surpass critics’ expectations. From there, we talk point-of-sale—a new study from creditcards.com suggests customers are still using cash for small purchases at a high rate. We wrap up by looking at Amazon’s…interesting…video promotion.

Aug 20 2019

51mins

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Rank #6: Retail Focus 12/21/19 – Amazon’s Standoff with FedEx; Chewy’s Pleasant Surprise

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In a show that tilts towards e-commerce news, we begin with the news surrounding Amazon and FedEx, as Amazon makes it more difficult for third-party sellers to use the shipping platform for Prime sales. From there we head to Chewy’s earnings call, and positivity surrounding their steadily increasing margins and private label products. We close the show by discussing dynamics of digital returns and the pressures they are projected to place on warehouse space, and the wholesale leadership changes under Mark Tritton at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Dec 22 2019

59mins

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Rank #7: Retail Focus 12/9/19 – Aldi Delays AZ Plans; Kroger Earnings; Big Lots Shifts Focus (Again)

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We begin with sad news—that of Ollie’s CEO Mark Butler’s passing. From there, we discuss Aldi’s postponement of building in Arizona, Kroger’s latest earnings call, and retailers we both paid a visit to last week. Additionally, we conduct a deep dive on Big Lots, discussing how their “Store of the Future” layout and their movement away from essentials marks another pivot for the company. In closing, we look ahead to Conn’s earnings and how tariffs may affect Five Below’s runaway success.

Dec 11 2019

57mins

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Rank #8: Retail Focus 11/17/19 – Walmart & Grocery Outlet See Success; Tech & AI in Grocery

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It is earnings season, and as per our obligation, we start the show by covering Walmart’s earnings. After, we discuss Grocery Outlet’s promise as an expanding concept, JCPenney’s earnings, and Layton’s retail experiences in Detroit. Our interview guest is Sean Turner, Co-Founder & CTO of Swiftly, who joins us to discuss implementation of e-commerce and AI technologies in small- to mid-sized grocers.

Nov 18 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #9: Retail Focus 11/24/19 – Target, Home Depot, and Lowe’s Earnings; CBRE Food & Beverage Report

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We lead our show with Target, who once again impressed the retail world with a solid earnings call—we go beyond the numbers to discuss their initiatives on tap for the upcoming quarter and year. After, we discuss two very different calls from the home improvement sector in Home Depot and Lowe’s, and look ahead to our off-price show next week. Our interview guest is Meghann Martindale, the Global Head of Retail Research at CBRE, who joins us to discuss CBRE’s recent report detailing forecasts for food and beverage (and it’s interplay with retail real estate) as well as their Holiday Retail Trends report. As an aside, we would like to thank Feedspot, who included the Retail Focus Podcast as a top 25 retail podcast in their blog posted this week.

Nov 25 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #10: Retail Focus 11/2/19 – Carter’s Flexes Wholesale Muscles; ROIC Shows Neighborhood Retail Strength

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As earnings season gets under way, we go beyond the main earnings metrics for Carter’s to find that children’s clothing retail may be more robust than thought, especially given declining birth rates. From there, we take a look at Walgreens’ front-store sales and an earnings call from ROIC that suggests neighborhood shopping centers are popular as ever. We close by discussing Amazon’s latest grocery delivery efforts and Wayfair’s quest to stop hemorrhaging money.

Nov 04 2019

1hr 3mins

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Retail Focus 3/30/20 – Consumer Trends in the Age of COVID-19; Retail Layoffs & Furloughs

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As we fight to keep up with the now rapid-fire changes in the retail landscape, we start our show with retailers releasing information on what consumer purchase trends look like in the era of coronavirus. From there, we discuss the disappointing (but likely inevitable) news of retail furloughs and layoffs, what the CARES Act may mean for small retailers, and how consumer (and retail real estate) attitudes may change once all is said and done.

Mar 31 2020

43mins

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Retail Focus 3/22/20 – Writing for E-Commerce; Where Does Retail Go From Here?

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In this free-flowing episode, we scrap the rundown and discuss observations surrounding the drastically altered retail landscape, as well as retailers that stand to potentially improve their image post-coronavirus. Our interview guest is Karly Caylor, a performance content writer at VMLY&R, who discusses the research and approach necessary to effectively write for an e-commerce site.

Mar 24 2020

57mins

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Retail Focus 3/8/20 – Coronavirus & Retail; Dollar Tree’s Initiatives, the Importance of Q1 Customers

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We begin the show discussing the potential impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on retail, including our discussion with retail store managers and what we’ve heard on various earnings calls. From there, we discuss Costco’s latest earnings, Dollar Tree’s goals for 2020 surrounding different initiatives, and Kroger’s Q4 call. Our interview guest is Cardlytics CMO Dani Cushion, who discusses their data that suggests customers that come back to a retailer in Q1 could be the most important.

Mar 09 2020

1hr 17mins

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Retail Focus 3/1/20 – Home Depot Gears Up for Spring; the State of Gift Cards in Retail

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Home Depot leads the show, after they release not only earnings but some interesting merchandising initiatives for their outdoor product lines. We also discuss the new Amazon Go Grocery store and Lumber Liquidators’ year-end earnings report. Our interview guest is Alex Barseghian, author and former head of retail for Blackhawk Network, who joins us to discuss the current state of gift cards in retail and some developments to keep a watchful eye on over the next year-plus.

Mar 02 2020

1hr 9mins

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Retail Focus 2/23/20 – The Year That Was for Walmart; 360° Photography on E-Commerce Sites

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As Walmart closes out their fiscal year, we take a look back at some of the initiatives they started during the last 12 months, and look at their sales forecasts for the next 12 months. Additionally, we discuss Floor & Décor’s dramatic growth plans, and how SpartanNash’s numbers suggest strengths in independent grocery. Our interview guest is Jeff Hunt, founder and CEO of Snap36, the leading provider of 360° product photography on major e-commerce sites, who discusses the logistics and technology behind their operations. Our sponsor is Start From Zero; check them out at startfromzero.com/retail.

Feb 23 2020

1hr 7mins

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Retail Focus 2/16/20 – Positive Signs at Food Lion & CVS; The Creation of Anchor Shops

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We start with positive news from Ahold Delhaize (as Food Lion showcased solid comps) and CVS (as their front-store comps were up yet again). We also discuss the largest point-of-sale provider in the U.S. in NCR, Quiktrip’s expansion into Alabama, and the shuttering of Brandless. Our interview guests are Shlomo Chopp and Ryan Wolfe of ShopFulfill, who talk about the background behind Anchor Shops, a new brick-and-mortar retail concept and fulfillment mechanism developed to assist e-commerce pureplays and direct-to-consumer brands.

Feb 16 2020

1hr 3mins

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Retail Focus 2/9/20 – Boot Barn’s Continued Success; the Learning Curve for CBD & Retail

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We begin with a rare deep dive on the latest from Boot Barn, as they ride their loyal customers to continued sales growth but are endeavoring to draw new customers through exclusive clothing lines. From there, it is on to Natural Grocers, Earth Wise, and pleasant numbers from Simon that show retailers in their malls may be busier than previously thought. Our interview guest is Colby McKenzie, Principal at Enlighten Wellness (enlightenwellness.io), who discusses the retailer and consumer education surrounding the introduction of CBD and alternative wellness products to stores.

Feb 09 2020

1hr 12mins

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Retail Focus 2/2/20 – Tanger Outlets’ High Occupancy; the Experience Economy & Retail

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After following up on the newly announced Lucky’s Market bankruptcy, we dive into reasons behind Tanger Outlets’ industry-leading high occupancy rates and whether they will continue into 2020. We also discuss Amazon’s earnings call, Stein Mart potentially going private, and Kohl’s commitment to smaller footprints. Our interview guest is Andrew Park, VP of CX Strategy at InMoment (inmoment.com), who joins us to discuss dynamics of the experience economy as it pertains to retail and gives case studies on why retailers should broaden their understanding of the customer experience.

Feb 02 2020

1hr 1min

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Retail Focus 1/26/20 – Lucky’s Market Closures & Natural Foods Retail; Location-Based Retail Tech

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We lead off with sad news from the natural food retail space, as Lucky’s Market announced closures of over 75% of their store base this week. After discussing potential ramifications, we move on to New York City’s new cash requirements for retail and food outlets, and Mars Retail Group announcing an expansion of their M&M’s retail concept. Our interview guest is Marianne Slamich, Head of Marketing at Pointr, who discusses their progress in bringing location-based retail technologies to U.S. retailers.

Jan 27 2020

59mins

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Retail Focus 1/19/20 – Gap Calls Off Split; Place-Based Retail & the Future of Sampling

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 A few big news stories headline our show, including Walmart’s continued rollout of robotics for both the back and front of the store, and Gap calling off their planned split of Old Navy. We also discuss Amazon’s backtrack regarding FedEx Ground, and an investigation at Best Buy. Our interview guest is Marci Weisler, Chief Commercial Officer of Vengo Labs, who discusses bringing retail to non-traditional retail locations and the future of in-store sampling as a retail marketing tool.

Jan 20 2020

57mins

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Retail Focus 1/13/20 – Mark Tritton’s Restoration Project; Using Effective Design to Re-Think Retail

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We start the show with holiday sales updates, which came out en masse last week. We talk in some depth about Mark Tritton’s first earnings call as Bed Bath & Beyond CEO, and we look at a deal that could enable grocer Save A Lot some flexibility as they search for stability. Our interview guest is Michael Hurst of Starch Creative (whatsyourstarch.com), who discusses the new frontier of retail design, including changing in-store layouts to have a more open dialogue with customers.

Jan 14 2020

53mins

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Retail Focus 12/29/19 – Annual Top & Bottom 5 Retailer List; Taking Market Share from Closing Stores

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Although we cover some brief news from Amazon and Kroger, we spend the bulk of this episode ranking our top and bottom five retailers for calendar year 2019. Who makes the list for the first time, and who takes the number one spot? Our interview guest is Cardlytics CMO Dani Cushion, who joins us to talk the data behind taking market share from distressed or closing retailers.

Dec 31 2019

1hr 10mins

Play

Retail Focus 12/21/19 – Amazon’s Standoff with FedEx; Chewy’s Pleasant Surprise

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In a show that tilts towards e-commerce news, we begin with the news surrounding Amazon and FedEx, as Amazon makes it more difficult for third-party sellers to use the shipping platform for Prime sales. From there we head to Chewy’s earnings call, and positivity surrounding their steadily increasing margins and private label products. We close the show by discussing dynamics of digital returns and the pressures they are projected to place on warehouse space, and the wholesale leadership changes under Mark Tritton at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Dec 22 2019

59mins

Play

Retail Focus 12/14/19 – Casey’s Plans Further Expansion; Building a More Holistic View of Customers

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We start with a regional grocer in Ingles Markets this week, as they continue to display solid same-store sales trends. From there, we discuss Casey’s most recent earnings call and a new distribution center that will potentially allow them further expansion. We wrap up with Conn’s and their pivot in electronics and an acquisition of New Seasons Market. Our interview guest is Rob McGovern, the founder and CEO of PreciseTarget, who discusses the necessity of retailers building a more complete view of their customer base and how they can do so.

Dec 15 2019

1hr 3mins

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Retail Focus 12/9/19 – Aldi Delays AZ Plans; Kroger Earnings; Big Lots Shifts Focus (Again)

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We begin with sad news—that of Ollie’s CEO Mark Butler’s passing. From there, we discuss Aldi’s postponement of building in Arizona, Kroger’s latest earnings call, and retailers we both paid a visit to last week. Additionally, we conduct a deep dive on Big Lots, discussing how their “Store of the Future” layout and their movement away from essentials marks another pivot for the company. In closing, we look ahead to Conn’s earnings and how tariffs may affect Five Below’s runaway success.

Dec 11 2019

57mins

Play

Retail Focus 11/27/19 – TJX, Ross, and Burlington Initiatives; A.C. Moore Announces Closures

Podcast cover
Read more

As promised in our last show, it is an off-price extravaganza this week, with TJX, Ross, and Burlington all hosting earnings calls in the last seven days. We compare the retailers, specifically as it pertains to the all-important holiday inventory levels and deal flow. In closing, we briefly touch on A.C. Moore’s announced closures and Dick’s Sporting Goods relative recent success.

Nov 27 2019

42mins

Play

Retail Focus 11/24/19 – Target, Home Depot, and Lowe’s Earnings; CBRE Food & Beverage Report

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We lead our show with Target, who once again impressed the retail world with a solid earnings call—we go beyond the numbers to discuss their initiatives on tap for the upcoming quarter and year. After, we discuss two very different calls from the home improvement sector in Home Depot and Lowe’s, and look ahead to our off-price show next week. Our interview guest is Meghann Martindale, the Global Head of Retail Research at CBRE, who joins us to discuss CBRE’s recent report detailing forecasts for food and beverage (and it’s interplay with retail real estate) as well as their Holiday Retail Trends report. As an aside, we would like to thank Feedspot, who included the Retail Focus Podcast as a top 25 retail podcast in their blog posted this week.

Nov 25 2019

1hr 8mins

Play

Retail Focus 11/17/19 – Walmart & Grocery Outlet See Success; Tech & AI in Grocery

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It is earnings season, and as per our obligation, we start the show by covering Walmart’s earnings. After, we discuss Grocery Outlet’s promise as an expanding concept, JCPenney’s earnings, and Layton’s retail experiences in Detroit. Our interview guest is Sean Turner, Co-Founder & CTO of Swiftly, who joins us to discuss implementation of e-commerce and AI technologies in small- to mid-sized grocers.

Nov 18 2019

1hr 16mins

Play

Retail Focus 11/8/19 – Kroger’s Rebrand Efforts; Holiday Spend Data from Cardlytics

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Read more

As far as the news portion of the podcast is concerned, we touch on Kroger’s recent investor conference and their rebranding announcements, followed by Sally Beauty earnings and a study from UBS that made headlines regarding mall food courts. Our interview guest is Dani Cushion, CMO at Cardlytics, who joins us to discuss Cardlytics’ recent holiday data and break down potential opportunities for retailers on the marketing front.

Nov 10 2019

59mins

Play

Retail Focus 11/2/19 – Carter’s Flexes Wholesale Muscles; ROIC Shows Neighborhood Retail Strength

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As earnings season gets under way, we go beyond the main earnings metrics for Carter’s to find that children’s clothing retail may be more robust than thought, especially given declining birth rates. From there, we take a look at Walgreens’ front-store sales and an earnings call from ROIC that suggests neighborhood shopping centers are popular as ever. We close by discussing Amazon’s latest grocery delivery efforts and Wayfair’s quest to stop hemorrhaging money.

Nov 04 2019

1hr 3mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

58 Ratings
Average Ratings
47
3
4
3
1

New favorite retail recap

By bankerbetch - Mar 06 2019
Read more
Well thought out and deep research that’s succinctly summarized.

Men’s warehouse

By getshon - Nov 08 2018
Read more
Which episode discussed Men’s Wearhouse I can find it