Retail Gets Real show

Retail Gets Real

Summary: Retail impacts everyone, every day, everywhere. Join the National Retail Federation for authentic, insightful conversations with the industry's most interesting people. Hear retail executives, industry experts, entrepreneurs and influencers discuss trends, their career stories and the future of retail. Learn more at

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 #46 Tractor Supply creates a winning online experience | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:28

Tractor Supply Company (which does not sell tractors), celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, and SVP and CIO Rob Mills says that 70 percent of its customers today shop on a mobile device for gardening equipment, supplies for animals, hardware and apparel. In this episode, Mills discusses how the company extends the product expertise it’s known for to the digital world, creating an award-winning online customer experience.

 #45 Natural talent: How spreading wellness grew a business | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:49

The joy of life, as Kate Ross LeBlanc feels, is being well. As CEO and Co-Founder of Saje Natural Wellness, her mission is to care for a devoted community through her line of all-natural products. LeBlanc shares her passion and some Peppermint Halo with Retail Gets Real, and outlines why service is a core pillar of her phenomenally-successful business.

 #44 Entrepreneurship’s role in social change | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:04

Soles4Souls was established as a way to help those affected by catastrophic natural disasters. Since 2006, the non-profit social enterprise has distributed over 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and all 50 U.S. states. In this episode, CEO Buddy Teaster discusses how the organization serves communities in crisis, as well as entrepreneurs in developing countries.

 #43 Using data to shape the shopping journey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:09

With all the new advancements in retail technology, it’s important for retailers to know how it applies to their business. In this episode, Salesforce SVP of Retail Industry Shelley Bransten and PwC Partner Ian Kahn discuss how retailers can leverage data to seamlessly merge the omnichannel shopping experience.

 #42 Inside Walmart's next-gen tech incubator | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:56

Walmart’s Store No 8 incubates cutting-edge retail technology to help people save money and live better. Lori Flees, Walmart’s SVP of Next Generation Retail and Principal of Store No 8, makes sure that America’s second largest retail company is investing in the right retail technology.

 #41 Terry Lundgren looks back on a career in retail | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:10

With his tenure as Executive Chairman of Macy's Inc. coming to an end, Terry Lundgren sat down with NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay to discuss a decades-long career in retail and Lundgren’s rise to success. In this episode, Lundgren shares wisdom gained over the years as well as what he sees in retail’s future.

 #40 Tomorrow’s cool retail tech, today | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:10

As one of the curators behind the Innovation Lab at NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show, Seth Webb of Tusk Ventures has his finger on the pulse of retail’s newest and most game-changing technology. In this episode, learn about the latest technologies showcased at NRF 2018, and how they’re poised to transform the retail industry in the not-so-distant future.

 #39 Behind the curtain at Retail's Big Show | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:43

More than 37,000 retail industry professionals came to NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show this January to talk about retail trends and technology. So how does a 120-person team bring an entire industry together? SVP of Conferences Susan Newman and VP of Event Content and Education Angela Elder chat about how it all comes together and the event’s impact on the industry. NRF’s Ellen Davis co-hosts.

 #38 How “Mattress Mack” became a retail icon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:55

The owner of Gallery Furniture, Jim "Mack” McIngvale, became a Houston icon and hometown hero for his commitment to giving back, especially after he turned his stores into shelters for victims of Hurricane Harvey. McIngvale joins this episode from NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show to share why caring for the community is so important in retail. PwC's Steve Barr co-hosts.

 #37 How West Elm syncs the in-store and digital experiences | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:14

Luke Chatelain began his career as a molecular biologist and is now West Elm’s vice president of innovation. In this episode, he explains how his background prepared him to develop forward-thinking solutions for the furniture retailer.

 #36 How one high-tech McDonald’s is evolving an icon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:00

Carlos Mateos Jr. got his start working part-time at his father’s McDonald’s and now owns the restaurant where he first flipped burgers. In this episode, Mateos discusses his dynamic career with McDonald’s and how automation is changing the business.

 #35 HSN helps make entrepreneurial dreams come true | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:12

HSN gives entrepreneurs a platform to sell their products to a large television audience and the prospect of finding the next innovation energizes Dara Trujillo, VP of New Business Development. In this episode, Trujillo discusses how the company elevates entrepreneurs with business education, guidance and exposure, and chats about HSN's new American Dreams Academy program.

 #34 Retail industry predictions for 2018 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:32

STORES Magazine Editor Susan Reda believes that 2017 was one of the most transformative periods of retail we’ve seen in decades and predicts that 2018 will continue to be just as dynamic, with technology playing an increasingly important role for both physical and digital retailers. Listen to learn more about her retail industry predictions for 2018.

 #33 How job-ready candidates give retailers a head start | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:20

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership helps connect retailers with qualified talent. CEO Karin Norington-Reaves discusses how workforce development initiatives help job-seekers, retailers and the entire retail industry, and chats about the importance of initiatives like the NRF Foundation’s RISE Up program.

 #32 Let it snow! How retailers prep for the weather | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:23

As the largest external driver of consumer need, weather is more than just a conversation-starter for retailers. Evan Gold, EVP of global services at Planalytics, helps retailers account for weather when planning their business strategy for the coming year. The trick is to remove weather effects from historical data to arrive at a “weather-neutral baseline” from which to start making sound decisions. On this episode, learn how retailers can plan for a rainy day.


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