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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.

Location:

Mississauga, ON

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

6472009138


Episodes

Understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on retail with Frank Lavin live from Singapore, Supply Chain podcaster Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, and Logistics Specialist Audrey Ross

2/21/2020
Welcome to the The Voice of Retail, I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. This is a special edition podcast focussed on the coronavirus, COVID-19 and the outbreak of the novel coronavirus as a business risk. Beyond the human cost to people around the world, the disruptive potential to retailers in Canada is real. At this early stage for most it can best be described as a “known-unknowns”, but for some retailers they...

Duration:00:50:24

Joe Jackman backstage at the AGO in Toronto on his new book "The Reinventionist Mindset" and veteran eCommerce executive Rob Schmults interviewed on the streets of New York City during #NRF2020

2/14/2020
Welcome to the The Voice of Retail, I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. First up in this episode recorded live backstage in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario before the launch of his brand new book THE REINVENTIONIST MINDSET: LEARNING TO LOVE CHANGE, AND THE HUMAN HOW OF DOING IT BRILLIANTLY...

Duration:00:50:58

Laura Joukovski, TechStyle Fashion Group President talks working with celebrities like Kate Hudson and Rihanna, Canadian supermodel/influencer Coco Rocha, and Manolo Almagro from Q Division talks retail tech, all live from NRF in New York

2/7/2020
Welcome to the third in a series of special NRF Big Show episodes 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. First up in this episode recorded live backstage in New York City at the NRF Big Show TechStyle Fashion Group President, Global Fashion Brands Laura Joukovski is my guest. Reflecting on her work overseeing JustFab, ShoeDazzle & FabKids and working with celebrities like Kate Hudson and...

Duration:00:51:01

"The most interesting store in world", Showfield's CEO Tal Zvi Nathanel plus Forrester VP Sucharita Kodali on the future of retail Live from the NRF podcasting studio at the Big Show in New York

1/31/2020
Welcome to another in a series of special NRF Big Show episodes 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. First up in this episode recorded live from New York City at the NRF Big Show in the NRF podcasting studio I’m joined by Tal Zvi Nathanel, the CEO of “the most interesting store in the world” Showfields. We delve into his origin story beginning in Israel, moving to New York, opening what was...

Duration:00:51:01

Live from the NRF Big Show in New York, Giant Tiger President & COO Paul Wood plus retail strategist and author Steve Dennis talks remarkable retail

1/24/2020
Welcome to the first of a series of special NRF Big Show episodes 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. First up in this episode recorded live from New York City at the NRF Big Show in the NRF podcasting studio Giant Tiger President and COO Paul Wood joins me and we learn all about this fast growing Canadian retailer based in my hometown of Ottawa, how their business structure keeps them wired...

Duration:00:45:23

Recorded in front of a live audience Retail Insider's Craig Patterson talks Canadian Shopping Centre Report and Engagement Agents Sean Snyder talks effective mall marketing

1/17/2020
Welcome to The Voice of Retail, I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada and sponsored by Engagement Agents, Engagement Agents makes it easy for retailers to engage their shopping centers’ marketing channels, in order to promptly drive a Return on Engagement! First up in this episode recorded in front of a live audience from the main stage at RCC's Brick & Mortar forum, Retail Insider and author of the Canadian Shopping...

Duration:00:54:17

Canadian eCommerce leader Tanbir Grover interview part 2, and Andy Palalas, CRO for HighTide talks about the importance to merchants of Retail Cannabis 2.0

1/10/2020
Welcome to The Voice of Retail, I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada First up in this episode part two of my interview with Canadian eCommerce leader Tanbir Grover. We continue our conversation talking about digital marketing, the reality of ROAS & transcending metrics, team building and the strategy of understanding the essence of a minimal viable product - and breaks big career news. Next, from Tanbir 2.0 to...

Duration:00:44:57

Canadian eCommerce leader Tanbir Grover talks culture and insights plus veteran retail store operations and people leader April Sabral on how retailers can win in 2020

1/3/2020
Welcome to The Voice of Retail, I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada First up in this episode Tanbir Grover joins me for the first of a two part interview, reflecting on his twelve years at the forefront of digital retail and eCommerce in Canada, working for retail brands including Sears Canada, Hudson’s Bay and Lowe’s Canada. We talk corporate culture, the history of Canadian eCommerce and the state of online retail...

Duration:00:47:01

Live backstage at the Canadian Cannabis Awards with Darren Bondar and Mona Pinette from Spirit Leaf, Mimi Lam and Drummond Munro from Superette, and Kelly Green from Kelly's Green Lounge

12/27/2019
Welcome to The Voice of Retail, I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada and sponsored by Environics Analytics. Environics Analytics helps companies in Retail, CPG and the Cannabis industry turn data and analytics into insight, strategy and results. EA produces CannabisInsights – the market leading source of neighborhood level insights for the Cannabis industry. I thought this episode would be a great capstone to 2019,...

Duration:00:22:32

Retail strategist David Ian Gray talks Black Friday performance, Canadian farmer-advocate Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel, and Michel Sirios President of BlueStar Canada unpacks the retail technology ecosystem

12/20/2019
Welcome to The Voice of Retail, I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. First up in this episode I catch up with David Ian Gray, founder and strategist behind retail consultancy DIG 360; we touch base on his ongoing and recent research into consumer behaviour in partnership with Leger into Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Boxing Day - consumer shopping results. Next Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel, a farmer-advocate spokesperson...

Duration:01:01:26

Catie Riordan from Enterprise Ireland and a Irish Retail Tech Summit with Chris Parsons from Home Hardware, Scott Adel from Mckesson, Michelle Read-Kulig from Pizza Pizza and digital pioneer Shelly Nandkeolyar

12/18/2019
Welcome to a special Irish Retail Tech episode 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. Recorded live in Dublin and then Waterford Ireland, first up is an interview with Catie Riordan, Vice President of Consumer Retail & Retail Technology for Enterprise Ireland. We talk about her work in the U.S. , the connection to retail and their long-standing QVC partnership, the wonders of St. Patrick’s Day,...

Duration:01:07:13

Lisa Bigioni owner of Choom Cannabis Niagara, Claire Santamaria VP of retail phenomena Yorkdale and Angela Kapp from CBD marketplace TruPotency

12/13/2019
Welcome to The Voice of Retail, I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. First up recorded live in the Environics Analytics podcasting studio at RCC’s Retail Cannabis forum in Toronto I meet Lisa Bigioni, an Ontario retail cannabis lottery winner and co-owner of Choom Cannabis in Niagara. We talk about the experience around winning the lottery, the process of picking a partner and opening up a cannabis retail store under...

Duration:00:44:40

Matt & Nat CEO Manny Kohli, retail sales leader Kevin Graff helps us bring home the sales, and omNovos CEO Alan Zander puts on a retail data masterclass

12/6/2019
Welcome to The Voice of Retail, I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. First up recorded live at the Retail Council of Canada DTLQC conference in Montreal where he was on the main stage, we meet Manny Kohli, President and CEO of innovative retailer Matt & Nat. Recognized as the leader in cruelty free vegan fashion and lifestyle accessories worldwide, Matt & Nat is available in over 100 countries, through wholesale,...

Duration:00:51:25

The Black Friday episode featuring a lively panel debate on the merits of Black Friday-Cyber Monday with veteran retail reporter Marina Strauss, retail marketer Patrick Dickinson, and Ryerson Professor Mark Lee

11/29/2019
Welcome to a special Black Friday 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. Recorded early November in front of a live audience at The Ted Rogers School of Retail Managment at Ryerson University’s 12th annual retail week, I’m joined by an esteemed panel of retail experts and veterans to discuss a bit of retail history, the state of the retail nation and the competing narratives and industry...

Duration:00:48:10

Special RCC Retail Cannabis forum episode featuring High Tide CEO Raj Grover, Director of Retail for Superette Lauren Davie, and Michele Sexsmith, SVP Environics Analytics talking cannabis insights

11/25/2019
Welcome to a very special Retail Cannabis Forum 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, and sponsored by Environics Analytics. Environics Analytics helps companies in Retail, CPG and the Cannabis industry turn data and analytics into insight, strategy and results. EA produces CannabisInsights – the market leading source of neighborhood level insights for the Cannabis industry. This podcast...

Duration:00:55:58

Serial retail innovator and now CEO of iStore Joel Teitelbaum plus Charles de Brabant, Executive Director, Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill University

11/22/2019
Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of November 18, 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’m on the trade show floor of RCC’s DTLQC conference in Montreal talking with local key retailers and retail industry players based in Quebec. First of all serial retail innovator and now CEO of iStore Joel Teitelbaum is my guest. Joel shares the details behind his rich retail background and...

Duration:00:50:15

We're in the grocery aisle with Arlene Dickinson and Jana Sobey in the District Venture Kitchens, Professor Sylvain Charlebois, Lika Niasse of African Soul Food and RCC's Jason McLinton talks food regulation

11/15/2019
Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of November 11, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. In this weeks action packed episode the focus is on grocery section - from putting your money where your mouth is in terms of funding and supporting innovative, to standing up a specialty grocery store, to understanding the big picture trends and the ways and means of food regulation in our Nation’s capital. First...

Duration:00:53:52

Retail Flyer Forum special edition featuring veteran retail marketer Patrick Dickinson in conversation on the main stage and Jerry Kennelly CEO of Tweak recorded live from Dublin

11/12/2019
Welcome to a very special Retail Flyer Forum 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. Recorded live on the main stage at the Carlu in Toronto during RCC’s annual Retail Flyer forum, my one to one interview with the one and only Patrick Dickinson, retail consultant and veteran retail marketer most recently with Hudson’s Bay. We talk about how and why the retail flyer, in both paper and...

Duration:00:40:08

Exploring Cannabis 2.0 & CBD with Aaron Bouganim Managing Director of CannMart, Angela Kapp Co-CEO of TruPotency and cannabis wellness expert Krystal Laferriere

11/8/2019
Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of November 4, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada and sponsored by Environics Analytics. Environics Analytics helps companies in Retail, CPG and the Cannabis industry turn data and analytics into insight, strategy and results. EA produces CannabisInsights – the market leading source of neighborhood level insights for the Cannabis industry. This episode is intended for...

Duration:00:52:25

Managing the Black Friday eCommerce Peak with SCI President & CEO Chris Galindo and live panel discussion with retailers Franco Schiavone from Designer Brands and Stephanie Barrington at Well.ca

11/5/2019
Welcome to a special Black Friday-Cyber Monday planning for peak eCommerce 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. First up in this special edition we set the stage with an exclusive interview with a supply chain veteran on the front lines of delivering on the promise of Black Friday - SCI’s President & CEO Chris Galindo. Chris provides us with incredible insights into the logistics of...

Duration:00:50:33