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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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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