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Join retail and consumer goods industry experts for these casual ”coffee shop” discussions where The Parker Avery Group team shares insights and realistic advice from past industry experiences and the firm’s many consulting projects. Our podcast features occasional guests from the firm’s roster of retail and CPG clients, along with partners and industry colleagues. Get to know the team’s unique culture and why we form long-term relationships with so many of our clients.

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Join retail and consumer goods industry experts for these casual ”coffee shop” discussions where The Parker Avery Group team shares insights and realistic advice from past industry experiences and the firm’s many consulting projects. Our podcast features occasional guests from the firm’s roster of retail and CPG clients, along with partners and industry colleagues. Get to know the team’s unique culture and why we form long-term relationships with so many of our clients.

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English

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Episodes

Expert Q&A | The New Role of Retail’s Chief Supply Chain Officer

11/29/2023
In this episode of Talk Retail to Me, Parker Avery’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Kaufman shares his insights about the changing role of the retail chief supply chain officer. Answering questions from a recent interview with media outlet, Modern Retail, Robert discusses how changes in consumer shopping behaviors, combined with global macroeconomic events and disturbances have added great complexity, challenges, and risks to the retail supply chain. These issues continue to prevent a reliable and consistent flow of goods for even the largest and most sophisticated retailers and have dramatically altered the chief supply chain officer’s role and impact on the company’s success. Robert outlines new characteristics the executive-level supply chain and operations roles must possess to be successful as he addresses questions such as: retail inventory planning Meet CEO Robert Kaufman: https://parkeravery.com/robert-kaufman/ Read the blog version: https://parkeravery.com/podcast-expert-qa-new-role-of-retails-chief-supply-chain-officer/ Read the article in Modern Retail: https://www.modernretail.co/operations/as-supply-chain-disruption-eases-apparel-brands-are-tapping-new-leaders-to-manage-operations/ Learn about Parker Avery’s supply chain consulting services: https://parkeravery.com/retail-consumer-goods-consulting/supply-chain-services/ Listen to more Talk Retail to Me podcasts: https://parkeravery.com/retail-podcast/ Meet The Parker Avery Group: https://parkeravery.com/about-us/

Duration:00:12:39

Expert Q&A | In-Store Omnichannel Fulfillment

10/3/2023
In this episode of Talk Retail to Me, Senior Director and omnichannel expert Rob Oglesby shares his insights into how big box retailers are handling the in-store fulfillment of omnichannel orders. Answering questions from a recent interview with media outlet Modern Retail, Rob outlines the implications, challenges, and risks, even as this capability becomes critical to many retailers’ success. Rob answers the following questions about in-store omnichannel fulfillment: Read Parker Avery's expert guide to omnichannel order management and fulfillment: https://parkeravery.com/omnichannel-order-management-and-fulfillment/ Meet Rob Oglesby: https://parkeravery.com/rob-oglesby/ Listen to more Talk Retail to Me podcasts: https://parkeravery.com/retail-podcast/ Learn more about The Parker Avery Group: https://parkeravery.com/about-us/

Duration:00:14:29

Transformation Happy Hour | Integrated Business Planning

8/15/2023
Hosted by retail demand planning experts, Sam Iosevich, Marty Anderson, and Steve Gordon, Parker Avery's recent Talk Retail to Me Transformation Happy Hour covered integrated business planning as a key strategic focus area for leading retailers and consumer brands. The trio outlined key enablers around technology, business process, and organization that help companies unleash collaboration and efficiencies with integrated business planning to help realize meaningful business improvements. During this interactive happy hour, Sam, Marty, and Steve introduced Parker Avery's retail and CPG planning maturity model and answered participants' most pressing questions regarding integrated business planning. Show resources: The Expert Guide to Integrated Business PlanningRetail and CPG Planning Maturity ModelIntegrated Business Planning ResourcesTransform Your Retail Enterprise with Advanced AnalyticsHow to Overcome the AI Hype and Drive Retail CollaborationUnified Demand Signal Drives Global Retailer’s Enterprise AgilityIntegrated Merchandise Planning Design and Roadmap To learn how Parker Avery helps clients achieve better planning capabilities, please visit our Enterprise Intelligence page or contact us to set up a time to discuss your specific needs.

Duration:00:38:39

Business Process Transformation Deep Dive

7/31/2023
This episode of Parker Avery's Talk Retail to Me podcast focuses on business process transformation. Featuring two of our retail leaders, Clay Parnell and Deanna Emsley, we take a deep dive into what it means to transform business processes. We cover what areas are focus points for our clients, how Parker Avery helps retailers and consumer brands prioritize and navigate these process transformations, and what success looks like. Moderated by Senior Director, Tricia Gustin, Clay and Deanna discussed the following questions For more information about Parker Avery's business transformation and retail consulting services, please visit: https://parkeravery.com/retail-consulting/https://parkeravery.com/retail-consumer-goods-consulting/business-transformation/

Duration:00:25:06

Transformation Happy Hour | Data Governance and Retail Master Data Management

7/6/2023
With technology moving at lightning speed, proper management of master data is critical to fully take advantage of new tech innovations. Yet, many retailers struggle with master data management and overall data governance. Hosted by master data experts and retail veterans, Deanna Emsley, Heidi Csencsits, and Rob Gentry, our June 29 Talk Retail to Me Transformation Happy Hour will dive deep into the most pressing master data challenges Parker Avery's clients and other retailers are facing. Our happy hour hosts provide a brief overview of master data challenges and the implications of not having a planful approach and governance in place. Most of the happy hour is spent answering questions and having an open dialog with participants. Show resources: Data governance scope and definitions infographicData governance and master data management resourcesProject Planning: Four Considerations for Data ReadinessMake No Mistake: Avoiding Data Governance IssuesMaster Data Consolidation Enables Core Merch TransformationItem Master Assessment and Implementation

Duration:00:45:15

Transformation Happy Hour | More On Transformational Leadership

6/1/2023
Back by popular demand! Due to so much interest in our earlier podcast discussion on Transformational Leadership, we hosted an online happy hour focused on the same topic so we could answer your questions in a live format. This fun, interactive event was hosted by Parker Avery OCM experts and retail veterans, Kathi Toll, Marty Anderson, and Carrie Habel who refocused the traditional paradigm of change management to a mindset that instills stronger elements of transformational leadership. Joining from three different states, three timezones, two airports, and one home office, Kathi, Carrie, and Marty discussed how retail leaders can assess and improve their ability to engage their teams to become ambassadors of meaningful transformative change. Materials and links discussed during the show: Change Management Resources (online)OCM and Transformational Leadership Resources (pdf)Change Management AssessmentThe Nordy Pod To learn how Parker Avery helps clients through transformations and navigate change, please see our change management services: https://parkeravery.com/change-management-services/

Duration:00:53:15

Retail Hierarchies Deep Dive

4/26/2023
In this episode of Talk Retail to Me, Parker Avery consultants and retail veterans Marty Anderson, Deanna Emsley, and Mike Johnson take a deep dive into the world of retail hierarchies. Senior Director of Marketing, Tricia Gustin, hosts the discussion, during which the experts discuss: To learn more about Parker Avery's retail consulting services and our areas of expertise, please visit: https://parkeravery.com/consulting-services/

Duration:00:37:44

Allocation and Replenishment Deep Dive

4/13/2023
In this episode of Talk Retail to Me, Parker Avery consultants take a deep dive into allocation and replenishment. Coming off the heels of Shoptalk 2023, where so many people are still reaching for the shiny tech, we are focused on ensuring the basics of retail are securely and optimally in place so those customer-facing innovations work well and deliver a great customer experience. Allocation and replenishment is one area with its share of innovations like integration to AI-driven demand forecasting, but also brings lots of opportunities to increase internal and external efficiencies and result in better inventory management and visibility. Senior Director of Marketing, Tricia Gustin, hosts Parker Avery retail experts Nia McDonald, Mike Johnson, and Dave Seeley. All are senior managers with Parker Avery and have been deep in client work focused on allocation and replenishment. To learn more about Parker Avery's retail consulting services and our areas of expertise, please visit: https://parkeravery.com/consulting-services/

Duration:00:31:33

Transformational Leadership

2/21/2023
Organizational change management and retail experts Kathi Toll and Carrie Habel discuss transformational leadership and why this competency is critically important. They outline how it differs from change management and specific tactics retailers and brands must take to evolve their organizations and people into transformational leaders. https://parkeravery.com/kathi-toll/ https://parkeravery.com/carrie-habel/ To learn more about The Parker Avery Group and our range of consulting services for retailers and CPG companies, please visit https://parkeravery.com. For the video version of this episode, visit: https://youtu.be/XibEpX3uuvc

Duration:00:36:38

Next-Generation Integrated Business Planning

11/16/2022
In this episode of our Talk Retail to Me podcast, we discuss integrated business planning (IBP) and how Parker Avery approaches this strategic capability that many retailers and consumer brands struggle to effectively grasp because of the traditionally highly siloed nature of planning. This episode features Sam Iosevich, Parker Avery’s Chief Analytics Officer, and Steve Gordon, our Chief Customer Officer. Both Sam and Steve have deep experience with aligning organizations’ planning processes around a unified demand signal. Also joining the conversation is retail veteran and Principal Marty Anderson, who lends an industry-backed perspective from his experience implementing integrated business planning at Belk. The trio of experts outlines changes and challenges companies experience as they attempt to migrate towards more collaborative IBP, and how Parker Avery’s Enterprise Demand Intelligence solution not only easily integrates into our clients’ existing planning systems, but provides data at levels and measurements appropriate to be used by each functional area. To learn more about Parker Avery's retail and demand planning experience, clients, and consulting services, please visit https://parkeravery.com Introduction music: On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

Duration:00:38:41

Product Development Deep Dive

11/1/2022
Tricia Gustin, Senior Director of Marketing for The Parker Avery Group is joined by Parker Avery’s CEO, Robert Kaufman, along with Senior Manager John Lawing. The trio takes a deep dive into the product development process and supporting PLM systems. Based on their decades of experience helping Parker Avery clients enhance this key functional area, they also highlight best practices and innovations that retailers and brands should be considering, as well as common pitfalls to avoid. Questions covered include: To learn more about Parker Avery's retail and product development experience, clients, and consulting services, please visit https://parkeravery.com Introduction music: On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

Duration:00:41:06

Mathematics Students Gain Retail Analytics Experience Through Parker Avery Partnership

9/27/2022
In this episode of Talk Retail to Me, Tricia Gustin is joined by Parker Avery's Chief Analytics Officer Sam Iosevich, along with Senior Analytics Consultant Scott Kirila and Professor Alex Iosevich from the University of Rochester mathematics department. This episode provides an insider’s view of the university’s STEM Tripods 2022 summer research program. The group discusses the "real world" retail industry experience the participating students received, Parker Avery's hands-on involvement, as well as how the program continues to expand. STEM for All is a month-long summer program during which participants from the university and other local colleges, as well as some high schools, work on intensive research projects outlined by billion-dollar, global companies. The Parker Avery Group’s analytics team has been deeply involved in these STEM programs for several years, and the team will continue its partnership with UR in future research programs. To learn more and get involved in this growing program, please use the following links: Parker Avery press release 2022 version of the STEM For All program: https://people.math.rochester.edu/faculty/iosevich/stemforall2022.html Ongoing undergraduate research program: https://people.math.rochester.edu/faculty/iosevich/Fall2021DataScienceUndergradResearch.html Research paper resulting from Tripods/StemForAll2022 (Alex and Scott are co-authors): https://arxiv.org/abs/2209.12079 Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts Introduction music: On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

Duration:00:28:30

Critical Retail Pricing Capabilities for Inflationary Times

8/24/2022
This episode of Talk Retail to Me features Principal Marty Anderson and Senior Manager Dmitry Magas, who are both retail pricing and advanced analytics experts. A few weeks ago, Maria Monteros from Modern Retail interviewed Marty and Dmitry for an article she wrote titled, “Not raising prices is the hot new inflation marketing tactic.” We invite you to sit in on their conversation, where the two experts discuss how different pricing strategies, along with deeply understanding price elasticities of your products, and the use of advanced analytics tools like Parker Avery's are capabilities that set retail leaders far ahead of their competition. Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts Introduction music: On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

Duration:00:23:35

Achieving Sustainability Maturity in the Retail Supply Chain

8/10/2022
This week, we welcome Mark Burstein who is the EVP, Industry & Market Development for Logility. Logility is a supply-chain-focused solution vendor that is accelerating the digital sustainable supply chain by helping retailers seize new opportunities, sense and respond to changing market dynamics, and more profitably manage their complex global businesses. Mark is also a Contributing Member of the Forbes Technology Council. Joining Mark is Parker Avery Partner Randi Nolan. The two industry experts recently attended the American Apparel and Footwear Association’s Traceability and Sustainability Conference held in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this episode, we discuss their key takeaways from the AAFA conference, as well as why retailers need to start now with a clear roadmap that includes sustainability in the supply chain. They also touch on where other retailers are in their sustainability efforts, as well as critical first steps retailers must take to achieve sustainable supply chain maturity. Learn more about Logility: https://www.logility.com/ Learn more about the AAFA: https://www.aafaglobal.org/ Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts Introduction music: On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

Duration:00:34:34

Retail Pricing and Promotions Deep Dive

7/11/2022
This week, Parker Avery Principal Marty Anderson along with Senior Managers Heidi Csencsits and Dmitry Magas discuss retail pricing and promotions. The three industry experts expand on their recent core merchandising conversation and take a deep dive into another key retail capability area. Along with host Tricia Gustin, the team covers: To learn more about Parker Avery's retail experience, clients, and services, please visit https://parkeravery.com Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts Introduction music: On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

Duration:00:55:38

Merchandise Financial Planning Deep Dive

6/8/2022
In this episode, The Parker Avery Group continues our focus on core retail functions and we cover merchandise financial planning (MFP). Senior Director of Marketing, Tricia Gustin is joined by Senior Managers LouAnn Villasor and Russ Smith, both of whom have deep experience in merchandise financial planning business processes and system implementation across a wide variety of retailers. In this discussion, we focus on MFP challenges, innovations, and key capabilities. To learn more about Parker Avery's retail experience, clients, and services, please visit https://parkeravery.com Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts Introduction music: On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

Duration:00:41:25

Welcome to The Parker Avery Group Steve Gordon

5/11/2022
This week, Parker Avery’s Chief Analytics Officer and Managing Partner, Sam Iosevich, and Senior Director of Marketing, Tricia Gustin, welcome Steve Gordon into the firm. Steve is an apparel, grocery, and CPG industry veteran with over three decades of experience as a retail industry insider, business development professional, and consultant. He joins The Parker Avery Group as the firm's Chief Customer Officer. Learn about Steve and Sam's long career history together and the key tenets they share about company culture, clients, and teams. https://parkeravery.com/industry-experience/the-parker-avery-group-expands-firms-executive-team/https://parkeravery.com/services/ Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts Introduction music: On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

Duration:00:32:38

Organizational Change Management and DEI Converge

5/5/2022
In this episode, guest Michelle Bogan joins our discussion. Michelle's firm, Equity at Work, provides consulting to companies focused on developing DEI strategies to align business objectives, employee experiences, and company values. Equity at Work also supports company leaders in driving the appropriate changes. This episode also features Kathi Toll and Carrie Habel, who both lead Parker Avery’s Organizational Change Management Academy and OCM projects for the firm's clients, as well as Tricia Gustin, the firm's marketing leader. The discussion focuses on: Michelle also provides her advice for companies embarking on or struggling with navigating diversity, equity, and inclusion. https://parkeravery.com/change-management-leadership/https://equity-at-work.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelleebogan/https://parkeravery.com/pag-team-kathi/https://parkeravery.com/pag-team-carrie/https://parkeravery.com/pag-team-tricia/ ----more----Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts Introduction music: On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

Duration:00:39:08

Core Merchandising Deep Dive

4/20/2022
In this episode of Talk Retail to Me, we kick off a series that will focus on specific business areas across retail and CPG. Over the next few months, we’re going to take a deep dive into all areas of merchandising, planning, supply chain, forecasting, omnichannel, and more. For each of these business areas, Parker Avery's team of experts gets into basics and details, covering questions like: This week we focus on core merchandising, featuring: Marty Anderson, PrincipalHeidi Csencsits, Senior ManagerTricia Gustin, Senior Director of Marketing To learn more about Parker Avery's retail and CPG experience and our array of consulting services, we invite you to visit: https://parkeravery.com/. Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts Introduction music: On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

Duration:01:05:54

Welcome to The Parker Avery Group Randi Nolan

3/29/2022
This week, Clay Parnell, Parker Avery’s President and Managing Partner, and Tricia Gustin, Senior Director of Marketing, welcome retail industry leader Randi Nolan into the firm. Randi has an extensive list of executive titles across global retail and apparel brands—and her accomplishments are widely recognized throughout the industry. The trio discusses Randi's extensive career in retail, as well as their perspectives on key focus areas for retailers as they navigate 2022 and beyond. To learn more about Parker Avery's team, we invite you to visit: https://parkeravery.com/pag-team/. Featured on the Best 60 Retail Podcasts Introduction music: On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay.

Duration:00:23:33