The Chairman and CEO of Sezzle Discusses Buy Now Pay Later.
Retail Unwrapped - from The Robin Report
by Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan
4d ago
Special Guest: Charlie Youakim, Chairman and CEO, Sezzle The BNPL market has exploded over the past two years as consumers have ramped up this fintech alternative to credit cards. Competition is heating up; will only the strong survive? Special guest Charlie Youakim, Chairman and CEO of Sezzle, joins Robin and Shelley to talk about how this online payment platform increases purchasing power for consumers with interest-free installment plans. Listen in to learn why BNPL is in such a growth mode (Sezzle reports a 33 percent increase in Q1) and what’s happening in the payment solution market. The ..read more
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Walmart and Amazon Quit Healthcare
Retail Unwrapped - from The Robin Report
by Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan
1w ago
If Walmart, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase can’t figure out how to make healthcare work, then there is something seriously wrong with today’s U.S. retail healthcare model.  In 2018 Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase announced a joint venture into healthcare called Haven. Three years into the venture, they walked away. Now Walmart is closing its clinics and telehealth services because it’s just not a sustainable business model. Join Robin and Shelley as they reveal why retail healthcare isn’t panning out for the big brands. The complex system of reimbursements ..read more
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Avery Dennison on Frictionless Shopping
Retail Unwrapped - from The Robin Report
by Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan
2w ago
The evolution of frictionless shopping in self-checkout continues to meet customer expectations and enhance the in-store experience. What’s behind the technology?   Join Robin and Shelley to reveal the expanding role of RFID across retail industries and its broader use cases in supply chain, customer engagement areas, and combating theft and counterfeiting.  This is a critical conversation you won’t want to miss.  Special Guests:  Bill Toney, Vice President Global, Food Solutions, Avery Dennison Michael Butensky, Managing Director, Retail Strategy, North America Store Op ..read more
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Blue Skies Ahead: Weather Analytics and Retail
Retail Unwrapped - from The Robin Report
by Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan
3w ago
Weather analytics and retail are connected. The most basic connection is seasonal changes prompt seasonal sales. But there’s more to it.  Special guest Evan Gold, EVP of Global Partnerships & Alliances at Planalytics joins Robin and Shelley to talk weather’s impact on retail. Learn how climate change has added complexities into understanding and managing one of retail’s biggest disruptive forces… the weather.  Using analytics to better manage how today’s volatile weather patterns impact marketing, merchandise assortment and planning, supply chain, and operations can help retaile ..read more
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AI-Driven Results Your CFO Can Believe In, with Purva Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO, Lily.ai
Retail Unwrapped - from The Robin Report
by Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan
1M ago
The state of AI in retail today can be as confusing as it is exciting. But it is a board mandate for retail, without question. The opportunity to drive higher productivity and profitability is massive, yet it’s still a technology that needs to be driven by a purpose. The first and most critical question:  What are you trying to solve for?  Join Purva Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO of Lily, with Robin and Shelley as they deconstruct the common pitfalls of “tech vendor math” and reveal a new path forward for retailers and brands that focuses on the outcomes they want to achieve and how to ..read more
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Are We in for Luxe Boom or Bust?
Retail Unwrapped - from The Robin Report
by Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan
1M ago
Recent failures of Matches, FarFetch, and Net-a-Porter has left Mythersea as the last luxe multi-brand standing. High spenders prefer to buy directly from brand companies like LVMH, Christian Dior, Gucci, and Hermès. And these luxe majors would rather sell directly to consumers than wholesale to a multi-branded ecommerce website.  Join Robin and Shelley as they roll back the curtain on what’s going on with luxury ecomm.  What’s more, live streaming will be another nail in the coffin for these multi-brand ecomm sites along with the growing luxury resale market.  For more strateg ..read more
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Luxury or Exclusivity Extortion? Hermès Sales Tactics Go to Court
Retail Unwrapped - from The Robin Report
by Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan
1M ago
Consumers are speaking out. A class action lawsuit has been filed by two Hermès shoppers in Northern California who are fed up with sales tactics used by this luxury powerhouse.  They allege that the French luxury brand violates federal and California antitrust laws when selling its iconic status-symbol Birkin and Kelly handbags. They claim Hermès has illegally forced customers to spend thousands of dollars on other products to gain access to buying a Birkin bag.  Join Robin and Shelley with guests Michelle Mandelstein, an attorney and an adjunct instructor at Fashion Institute of ..read more
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Content Creators Are Cultural Leaders of the 21st Century
Retail Unwrapped - from The Robin Report
by Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan
1M ago
Don’t dismiss the power play of the growing community of content creators, recognized as the cultural leaders of the 21st century.  Proof? The creator economy market is expected to double to $480 billion by 2027.  Join Julian Greene, Head of Creator Partnerships at Flagship along with Robin and Shelley in a candid conversation about how social media has unlocked a flood of content creators and the monetization of creator commerce. They also dispel common myths surrounding the burgeoning creator community as an industry. Any brand that has not dived head-first into this new content c ..read more
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Four Female CEOs with Unique Retail Strategies
Retail Unwrapped - from The Robin Report
by Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan
1M ago
Here is a tale of four female CEOs with contrasting and compelling leadership styles.  Take Mary Dillon, who led 288% revenue growth at Ulta but is now grappling with the past two years of slower growth at Footlocker. Contrast that with Fran Horowitz, CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch, who has overseen 16% growth in 2023 and a remarkable 10% CAGR since 2019 since 2017.   Join Robin and Shelley as they delve into two leadership styles and strategic approaches to reveal how these two leaders envision success. Looking forward, Michelle Gass, CEO at Levi’s, and Artemis Patrick, CEO of Sepho ..read more
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The New Wave of Fashion eComm
Retail Unwrapped - from The Robin Report
by Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan
1M ago
Fashion ecomm has evolved from customers finding and visiting websites to seek out what they want, to search-enabled discovery, to today’s modern model of bringing fashion directly to you and replicating the excitement of impulse purchasing …online.  The art and science of the shopping experience have also been perfected with the help of influencers who are real and authentic.   Join special guest Tarek Müller, star entrepreneurial founder of ABOUTYOU along with Robin and Shelley in a lively conversation about how to propel the online fashion experience into a business building succ ..read more
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