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The Voice of Retail is a weekly podcast hosted by retail pioneer and veteran Michael LeBlanc who along with expert commentary + interviews takes us through a curated look at the top retail stories in Canadian, U.S. and International retail for the past week.

The Voice of Retail is a weekly podcast hosted by retail pioneer and veteran Michael LeBlanc who along with expert commentary + interviews takes us through a curated look at the top retail stories in Canadian, U.S. and International retail for the past week.
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Mississauga, ON

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The Voice of Retail is a weekly podcast hosted by retail pioneer and veteran Michael LeBlanc who along with expert commentary + interviews takes us through a curated look at the top retail stories in Canadian, U.S. and International retail for the past week.

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English

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Episodes

Indochino President & CEO Drew Green on managing spectacular growth, and Patrick Dickinson ex. from Hudsons's Bay on retail brand marketing

9/20/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of September 16, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. In this week’s episode I’m on the road, recording interviews from the Bahamas where I was a keynote speaker at Bluestar’s Vartech conference, and now recording live at the Global eCommerce Leaders Forum in New York in the Purolator podcasting studio. For this episode I reach out all the way out to Vancouver and...

Duration:00:38:20

Veteran retailer and VP at Retail Council of Canada Sonny Brar talks LP trends & Retail Secure, and Lift & Co's VP Data Sean Copeland takes us through their new retail cannabis 2.0 research

9/13/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of September 9, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. In this weeks episode I get up close and personal with the one and only Sonny Brar, a veteran retailer who now is Vice President of Member Relations and education at Retail Council of Canada. We focus on conversation on retail loss prevention - top trends, what Sonny is hearing around the table at the loss prevention...

Duration:00:46:14

MJBizCon International Cannabis conference edition featuring Cannabis NB GM Lara Wood, Inner Spirit Holdings/Spirit Leaf Cannabis President & CEO Darren Bondar, and Kay Tamillow, Director of research for Brightfield Group on the CBD market & consumer insi

9/10/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail special MJBizCon International Cannabis conference edition, I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. Held in Toronto in September 2019, the MJBizCon International brought together 2,500 Global Cannabis Executives To Learn, Grow & Connect. I took the opportunity to set up shop in their podcasting studio and interview three of the most interesting and influential participants starting off...

Duration:00:42:08

Digital rock star, global keynote speaker and agency pioneer Mitch Joel helps us Decode the Future, and Vice President Marketing/eCommerce for The Kersheh Group Johnny Russo talks culture, personalization and retail tech

9/6/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of September 2, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. He's been called the “rock star of digital media”, by Strategy Magazine and “the real deal” by Seth Godin…veteran podcaster, best selling author of two groundbreaking books and global keynote speaker Mitch Joel is my very special guest. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Mitch for almost two decades,...

Duration:00:56:57

Purolator President & CEO John Ferguson's ONE BILLION DOLLAR plan and Clearly CEO Arnaud Bussieres from Vancouver talks about this innovative retailer's vision for the future

8/30/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of August 26, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. He's leading the Canadian package delivery and eCommerce shipping industry with a ONE BILLION DOLLAR investment...hear all about capacity being created in Canada’s shipping infrastructure, the enhanced capabilities that deliver competitive advantage to their customers all from Purolator Inc. President & CEO John...

Duration:00:52:46

Head of Retail for Google Canada Eric Morris helps me search for retail innovation, and RCC Atlantic Director Jim Cormier from Halifax on what retailers need to know

8/16/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of August 12, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. My guest was Google employee No. 2 in Canada, one of the first 500 in the entire company - Eric Morris, Head of Retail for Google joins me for an exclusive live and interactive interview where we search for answers to the state of retail, how consumers are interacting online, and what’s next for retailers from the...

Duration:00:53:00

Forrester Vice President & Principal Analyst Rick Parrish on the new 2019 Canadian CX Index report, and CX guru Tara O'Doherty

8/9/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of August 5, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. The feature spotlight for this episode is CX, Customer Experience. We kick it off with an exclusive interview with Rick Parrish, Vice President and Principal Analyst from Forrester who joins me to discuss his latest Canadian CX Index report. This report, covering 161 brands across 14 industries including retail with...

Duration:00:57:32

Special Guest Co-Host Dave Rodgerson + round-table interview from the Purolator Podcasting Studio with Q Division's Manolo Almagro, Ben Gauthier and Stratacache's Michael Arnett

8/2/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of July 29, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, [and I’m Dave Rodgerson, guest host for this episode] and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. So it’s the hazy, crazy days of summer and what better time to invite friends and colleagues from the retail industry to join me on The Voice of Retail and share perspectives about the retail news of the week! [Well thanks Mike for the invite, looking forward to...

Duration:00:58:01

We put the farmer back into the Farm-to-Fork retail conversation with Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel from Saskatchewan, retailer Bob Ianson from Heritage Linens in Victoria and RCC's John Graham covers retail in the Prairie provinces.

7/26/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of July 22nd, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. In this episode we head to Western Canada for three different perspectives in and around the retail industry. First we put the farmer back in the “Farm to Fork” retail conversation with an exclusive interview featuring Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel, a farmer from Mossbank, Saskatchewan. We talk Ag-tech and how farmers can and...

Duration:00:56:07

Interviews with top retail advisors David Poirier, CEO The Poirier Group and Ted Salter, Partner, Advisory Practice, EY plus Canadian Retailer Editor-in-Chief Sean Tarry

7/19/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of July 15, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. In this episode I interview two of retails biggest thinkers and most strategic advisors for their thoughts on modern retail and what it takes to compete and win profitably. First up is David Poirier, Founder and CEO of The Poirier Group - we look back at a bit of retail history through our mutual lens as former Hudson’s...

Duration:00:56:10

Live & Interactive with MainStage keynote and Forbes contributing writer Steve Dennis together with Retail Strategist Carl Boutet, plus Retail Hall of Fame member John Torella

7/12/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of July 8, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. In this episode, the “thee amigos”; myself, #STORE2019 main-stage keynote speaker and Forbes contributing writer Steve Dennis and retail strategist Carl Boutet mix it up in the Purolator Podcasting Studio after the Excellence in Retail gala awards. We talk tech, north-south retail, the collapse of the middle, bifurcation,...

Duration:00:48:56

Interview live from the main stage at RCC's #STORE2019 with Walter Robb, former Co-CEO of Whole Foods, and Michele Sexsmith, Senior Vice President of Environics Analytics talks state-of-the-art tools for retail store location selection

7/5/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of July 1, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. In this episode…live from the main stage at RCC’s #STORE2019 conference my exclusive interview with Walter Robb, former co-CEO of Whole Foods. We chat about the nature of consumers on both sides of the border, the zen of Amazon then, now and in the future, the current state of grocery retail across North America and trends...

Duration:00:54:09

Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit special edition featuring Kristina Rogers, Global Consumer Industries Leader for EY, Caroline Papadatos, Global Loyalty Consulting Leader & Bryan Pearson, CEO LoyaltyOne

7/2/2019
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Welcome to The Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit special edition of the Voice of Retail I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. An elite organization that brings consumer goods retailers and manufacturers together globally, the Consumer Good Forum’s Global Summit is a CEO-led group that aligns the world’s retailers and consumer goods manufacturers together, alongside other key stakeholders, to secure consumer trust and...

Duration:00:57:27

The Globe & Mail's veteran retail reporter Marina Strauss's exit interview plus up close and personal with Carl Boutet, retail strategist and Board advisor on the state of the retail nation in Canada and around the world

6/27/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of June 24th, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. In this episode…If you are a retailer in Canada and the name on your call display commanded your attention - Marina Strauss joins me on her last day at the Globe & Mail as their veteran retail reporter as we turn the mic around with a look back at her rich career covering the retail beat, the state of retail in Canada,...

Duration:00:45:07

Feature Interviews with Arlene Dickinson, CEO of District Ventures Capital on taking innovative new products to retail, and Michele Sexsmith, SVP of Environics Analytics and helping CMOs understand the full power of digital & the marketing mix

6/21/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of June 18th, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. In this episode an exclusive interview with Arlene Dickinson, legendary entrepreneur, founding Dragon on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, veteran investor and CEO of District Ventures Capital ( https://www.districtventurescapital.com/) based in Calgary. After working together several years during my days at The Shopping Channel,...

Duration:00:53:58

Interviews with Kaileen Millard-Ruff, Vice President of Retail at Lee Valley Tools & Willy Kruh, Global Retail Lead for KPMG and Retail Council of Canada’s 2019 inductee into the Retail Hall of Fame

6/13/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of June 11th, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada and sponsored by Purolator, Canada's Shipping Company for courier and freight, learn more at www.purolator.com In this episode two exclusive feature interviews both recorded live in person at the Purolator Podcasting Studio at RCC’s #STORE2019. First, I chat with Kaileen Millard-Ruff, Vice President of Retail for...

Duration:00:41:58

The Economist Cannabis Summit special edition featuring retailer Robin Ellins from Toronto's Friendly Stranger, Abbey Epstein Director of "Weed the People" and James Tebrake from Statistics Canada

6/10/2019
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Welcome The Economist Cannabis Summit special edition of The Voice of Retail podcast, I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. This special episode contains content intended for listeners 19+. Held in Toronto June 5, The Economist Cannabis Summit brought together an international roster of speakers addressing the cannabis industry from several perspectives, and true to The Economist magazine brought insights and sometimes...

Duration:00:48:11

Retail Insider's Craig Patterson on the state of retail in Canada in 2019, and former Tesco CMO/Eagle Eye Solutions CEO Tim Mason on his new book "Omnichannel Retail"

6/7/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of June 3 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada and sponsored by Purolator, Canada's Shipping Company for courier and freight, learn more at www.purolator.com In this episode Craig Patterson from Retail Insider joins me again as we catch up on the year to date in retail in Canada including new international arrivals and a few departures, the tech scene on the show floor...

Duration:01:06:40

STORE2019 Special Edition No. 2 featuring Forbes contributor and main-stage keynote Steve Dennis, Cannabis NB General Manager Lara Wood and Purolator's Laurie Weston on the Mobile Quick Stop

6/4/2019
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Welcome to our second special STORE 2019 edition of The Voice of Retail podcast I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada, and sponsored by Purolator, Canada's Shipping Company for courier and freight, learn more at www.purolator.com Retail Council of Canada’s STORE conference is the biggest retail conference of the year in Canada and for 2019 In partnership with with my friends at Purolator we built the Purolator...

Duration:00:46:42

Feature interviews with Dr. Sylvain Charlebois talking Canada's new food guide and RCC's SVP Public Affairs Karl Littler on the new NAFTA, Sustainability and other key national issues for retailers

5/31/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of May 27th 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada and sponsored by Purolator, Canada's Shipping Company for courier and freight, learn more at www.purolator.com In this episode part two of my interview with Dr. Sylvain Charlebois Senior Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University as we discuss Canada’s new food guide, the rise of plant-based meat...

Duration:00:46:01