CEO of Retail by Mona, Brandon Singer, talks about NYC Retail and Restaurant Real Estate Scene
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by Christine Russo
2w ago
In this conversation between Christine Russo and Brandon Singer, CEO and founder of Retail by Mona, Singer discusses the inception of his company during the pandemic and its unique positioning in the real estate market, particularly in New York City. He highlights the resurgence of retail activity in the city, particularly among luxury brands, and delves into the trend of luxury brands purchasing their real estate rather than leasing, as a long-term investment strategy. The discussion also touches on the evolution of neighborhoods like Meatpacking District, driven by factors such as tourism, o ..read more
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Pano Anthos, Founder and Managing Director on Venture Capital
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by Christine Russo
3w ago
In this episode of "What Just Happened," Christine Russo interviews Pano Anthos, the Founder and Managing Director of XRC Ventures. Pano emphasizes the consumer-centric approach of their venture, highlighting their focus on startups at the intersection of consumer behavior and technological advancements. With a team of 12, they support around 140 startups across three funds, prioritizing innovations that directly impact consumers rather than enterprise-focused solutions. Pano discusses the current state of venture capital, noting the apprehension among VCs due to concerns about inflated valua ..read more
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Cara Smyth from Accenture on ESG, Repsonsible Retail and more
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by Christine Russo
3M ago
Christine Russo hosts Cara Smyth, Global Senior Managing Director ESG, Responsible Retail at Accenture, on "What Just Happened." The conversation delves into the evolving landscape of sustainability terminology, such as ESG, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability itself. Cara highlights the risk of drifting away from profitability and stresses the importance of chasing waste out of the system to enhance efficiency and profitability. They also discuss the challenges and opportunities for businesses, especially in the retail sector, to align with changing regulatory landscapes and e ..read more
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NY State Senator Jessica Scarcella-Spanton speaks about her Bill regarding Organized Retail Crime
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by Christine Russo
3M ago
In this podcast episode, Christine Russo welcomes New York State Senator Jessica Scarcella-Spanton, who has been voted the 2023 Staten Island Power 100. Senator Scarcella-Spanton's bill is aimed at making assaults on retail workers a Class D felony. This is for all retail workers; however, at the heart of it, is the small business. The Senator shares the inspiration behind the bill, recounting an incident during her campaign where a deli worker was assaulted during a robbery. She collaborated with a group called C.A.P.S. (Collective Action to Protect Our Stores) to address the increasing conce ..read more
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NY State Assemblyman John McDonald sits down to discuss Retail Organized Crime
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by Christine Russo
3M ago
In this interview with Assemblyman John McDonald on "What Just Happened," the focus is on his bill addressing organized retail crime in New York. The bill proposes the creation of a retail organized crime task force, acknowledging the widespread issue of organized retail theft, amounting to $100 billion nationally and $4.4 billion in New York alone. The task force, with a bipartisan composition, aims to bring together various stakeholders, including representatives from the governor's office, Retail Council, Retail and Wholesale Union, and law enforcement, to collaboratively address the proble ..read more
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Deep Dive with Coach's Giovanni Zaccariello
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by Christine Russo
3M ago
In this conversation between Christine Russo and Giovanni Zaccariello, Giovanni discusses the Coach's approach to physical experiences and emphasizes the importance of localization, adapting formats for different regions, and using modularity to design for longevity. Giovanni provides examples, such as the Tabby pop-ups and the Coach Play stores, where experimentation and testing of new ideas occur. Giovanni elaborates on the Coach Play stores' purpose as testing grounds for new concepts, emphasizing the importance of community engagement and localized experiences and highlights the success of ..read more
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How do Walmart and Meta help small business?
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by Christine Russo
4M ago
In this conversation between Christine Russo and Barbara Thau, Editorial Director at Co. by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Barbara discusses her publication's unique approach to journalism and their focus on small businesses. Co. by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is an independent publication, separate from the Chamber itself, and it emphasizes providing insights and support to small businesses. Barbara highlights their recent achievement of hosting the first America's top small business gala, with thousands of applicants, regional finalists, and one winner. She also mentions a panel discussion w ..read more
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What Just Happened: Simeon Siegel, BMO Capital Markets
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by Christine Russo
5M ago
In this conversation between Christine Russo and Simeon Siegel, they discuss various aspects of the retail industry, particularly its presence in the stock market. Siegel emphasizes the importance of agreement between retailers and consumers regarding service and value.Siegel also delves into the concept of gross margin as a measure of a brand's health and value, contrasting it with revenue. He discusses the challenges of publicly traded retail companies, which are heavily influenced by consumer spending, and highlights the need for a balance between short-term and long-term financial strateg ..read more
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What Just Happened: International Association of Department Stores
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by Christine Russo
5M ago
On What Just Happened Managing Director of International Association of Department Stores - IADS (International Association of Department Stores) Selvane Mohandas du Ménil and I discuss the history and transformation of department stores. He highlights how IADS started as a research-focused organization in the 20th century but adapted to modern challenges by transitioning from being a club to a more practical and relevant tool for its members. Salvane emphasizes the importance of collaboration among department stores globally, addressing common challenges, and staying ahead of industry trends ..read more
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What Just Happened: Fad, Trend or Strategy in Retail
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by Christine Russo
5M ago
Christine Russo hosts a podcast, "What Just Happened," discussing the distinctions between fads, trends, and strategies in retail, with guests Brandon Real and Michael Zakkor. A fad is seen as observational, something seemingly worth following due to its popularity. Trends are analytical, requiring consideration on their integration and potential impact on operations. Strategies are integrations that have tangible results and drive innovation in retailing practices. A significant focus is placed on how these concepts influence retail innovations, with discussions on the operationalization of t ..read more
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