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2017 was a year of innovation and transformation in the retail industry, and behind every business headline is a story about people, too. When we launched the NRF podcast in May, we viewed it as a new way to tell the human story behind the world’s largest, most interesting industry. Six months and 34 episodes later, Retail Gets Real has become a weekly look at some of the industry’s most fascinating people — and a great listen for the daily commute.
In 2017 we talked with luminaries like Neiman Marcus CEO Karen Katz, BJ’s Wholesale Club CEO Chris Baldwin and Clinical Professor of Marketing at NYU’s Stern Business School Scott Galloway, but our guests have also included startup founders, small business owners and retail industry experts.
ICYMI, here’s a look at our top five most popular episodes from 2017:
- Ep. #23: Scott Galloway predicts the future of retail, where the educator discusses how retailers can adapt to Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google’s power positions in the retail industry.
- Ep. #30: Beautycounter’s foundation of empowerment, in which founder Gregg Renfrew reveals how she built an empire based on advocacy, education and safe products.
- Ep. #8: Bluemercury co-founder and COO Barry Beck shares his views on changes in the retail industry in The future of the retail store.
- Ep. #9: Susan Reda, editor of STORES Magazine, discusses how the STORES Top 100 Retailers stay on top.
- Ep. #3: NRF's VP of Research Development Mark Mathews talks about how retailers can get ready for Gen Z.
As an assistant producer, I’ve listened to every episode multiple times. Though it didn’t make the “most popular” list, my favorite is NRF’s SVP of Government Affairs David French on why everything you think you know about lobbyists is probably wrong. Listen to his enthusiastic description to learn about one of NRF’s core functions.
A special shout-out also goes to Retail Gets Real superfan Evan Gold, EVP of global services at Planalytics. His discussion on how retailers can prep for the weather had the most downloads on a single day when it was released on December 11.
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