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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

Special Retail West edition featuring Frank Monteleone SVP, HR at Rexall, Paul Roscoe VP Strategy for Atomic Reach AI and RCC's Mark Startup

10/22/2019
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Welcome to a very special Retail West 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 Atomic Reach. Atomic Reach offers Atomic AI, the world's leading Smart Content Platform. By optimizing product descriptions and marketing content to match shopper's reading and emotional preferences, the deliver sales conversion improvement and personalization at scale. Recorded live from...

Duration:00:53:53

Happy 1st "Cannaversary" to Canada with interviews live from Vancouver including Eleanor Lynch, SVP Kiaro, Adam Coates CCO Westleaf and RCC's Avery Bruenjes explains the government perspective

10/18/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of October 14, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada and sponsored by Atomic Reach. Atomic Reach offers Atomic AI, the world's leading Smart Content Platform. By optimizing product descriptions and marketing content to match shopper's reading and emotional preferences, the deliver sales conversion improvement and personalization at scale. In this week’s episode right on...

Duration:00:44:52

Special Global eCommerce Leaders Forum edition live from New York featuring Export Now CEO Frank Lavin, YuJin Yong from MZ Wallace handbags, veteran eCommerce retailer George Hanson and Paul Stein from Purolator

10/15/2019
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Welcome to a very special Global eCommerce Leaders 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 is sponsored by Purolator, Canada’s Shipping Company for courier and freight, learn more at www.purolator.com In this special edition episode I’m on the road, setting up the Purolator Podcasting Studio in the heart of the Big Apple at GELF where speakers delivered a mix of strategic...

Duration:00:45:25

Third generation butcher, bespoke grocer and entrepreneur Stephen Alexander, president of Cumbrae's grocery in Toronto, plus Philippe Cantin talks retail sustainability from Montreal

10/11/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of October 7, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada and brought to you by Atomic Reach. Atomic Reach offers Atomic AI, the world's leading Smart Content Platform. By optimizing product descriptions and marketing content to match shopper's reading and emotional preferences, we deliver sales conversion improvement and personalization at scale. In this week’s episode just...

Duration:00:43:30

Exclusive interview with CBC Dragon and veteran entrepreneur Vince Guzzo from Montreal, and RCC B.C. Director of Government Relations Greg Wilson in Vancouver

10/4/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of September 30, 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 an exclusive interview with Vince Guzzo, Montreal-based CBC Dragon, entrepreneur and philanthropist. In a fun and wide ranging interview we talk about the retail and consumer environment in Quebec, his experiences during the taping of his second season of Dragons Den, how the deals he’s seeing...

Duration:00:49:49

Author Jeremy Miller on his latest book "Brand New Name" & from GELF NYC via L.A Nisha Oza head of brand partnerships for Chinese Laundry

9/27/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of September 23rd, 2019 I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada. This episode is dedicated to John C. Williams a retail legend, advocate, friend and mentor to many who left us September 21, 2019. In this week’s episode an exclusive interview with keynote speaker and author Jeremy Miller on his new book “Brand New Name” - “A proven step-by-step process to create an unforgettable...

Duration:00:59:01

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