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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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Forrester VP & Principal Analyst Sucharita Kodali talks winner and losers, and CX guru Andrew Cherwenka dishes on best practices and pitfalls

11/1/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of October 28, 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 we check in with two highly respected retail industry analysts to take the pulse of online retail and retail experience. First a feature interview with Forrester VP and Principal Analyst Sucharita Kodali. One of the most respected analysts in the North American eCommerce space, we talk about the...

Duration:00:47:37

Exclusive interviews with Ron Johnson, CEO of Enjoy & the visionary behind Apple Retail and Ron Tite, marketing guru, author and comedian on his latest book "Think. Do. Say"

10/25/2019
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Welcome to the Voice of Retail for the week of October 21, 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 back-to-back exclusive interviews with retail and marketing visionaries. First an exclusive interview with Ron Johnson, veteran retailer credited with taking the vision of Steve Jobs and crafting Apple retail into the behemoth it is today, then taking over J.C. Penny and launching a bold...

Duration:00:49:40

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