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If you work in retail, you’ll know this is no ordinary nine-to-five job. There is always something to keep up with, whether at your own brand or within the industry at large.
Happily, there’s a new(ish) way to keep up with industry trends and market news. If you don’t want to bury your head in a book or scour the Internet, podcasts are big business nowadays. But with so many retail-related podcasts to choose from, finding a good listen can be time-consuming in itself.
To cut out the chatter, we’ve rounded up some of the top retail podcasts you should be listening to. Our top retail insider podcasts are all industry-wide to ensure they’re relevant to everyone. But, there are definitely innumerable topic-specific podcasts out there. Music store owners might be interested in the Music Retail Podcast, whereas homespun online retailers should check out Shopify Masters to learn all about this uniquely flexible ecommerce platform.
With a name that neatly sums up its content, the ModernRetail Podcast features an array of interviews with retail’s big-hitters. Company founders, presidents and general managers from brands like Kids Foot Locker, Bark, and Levi’s consider specific aspects of their brands’ growth (or growing pains). Each weekly podcast is a bite-sized 30-minute overview of specific industry aspects, without getting bogged down in too much detail or attempting to cover too many bases.
Retail Redeveloped is more free-ranging than other business retail podcasts on this list. New content is released ad hoc rather than on a fixed schedule, ranging from four minutes to one hour in length. Nonetheless, this is an intriguing listen, not least since presenter Adam Williams has a real estate background and focuses on failures as well as successes. Note there is a particular focus on COVID issues. Everything from the consequences of high-profile store closures to how data analysis suggests retail will bounce back post-pandemic.
As well as being an iTunes top-rated ecommerce podcast, The Jason & Scot Show is available on numerous other platforms including Spotify, Stitcher, and SoundCloud. Following the principle that two hosts are better than one, Publicis Communications’ Jason Goldberg squares off every two weeks against ChannelAdvisor founder Scot Wingo. Podcasts range from interviews with high-profile guests to market data analysis and reviews of industry events like GroceryShop 2021.
Steve Dennis has been named a top 5 retail influencer by multiple organizations. It’s no surprise then, that he co-hosts the Remarkable Retail podcast with Michael LeBlanc where they talk all about modern retail. The episodes are based on Steve’s unique “8 Essentials of Remarkable Retail” framework, and feature special guests from innovative brands such as CAMP and Indochino. It’s a lively and interactive journey you don’t want to miss.
The RETHINK Retail podcast is a bite-sized broadcast whose twice-weekly episodes typically last less than half an hour. There’s a specific focus on innovation and the industry’s future, examining news and trends to predict where retail might be headed. One recent episode featured an interview with Google’s President of Commerce, Payments and Next Billion Users. This neatly sums up the podcast’s desire to look ahead rather than backward.
Produced by the National Retail Federation and sponsored by PwC, there’s no disputing the credentials of the Retail Gets Real podcast. A new episode is uploaded every Tuesday, with high-profile executives, entrepreneurs, and influencers being interviewed alongside analyses of new policies, trends, and industry changes. As with other entries on our list, there’s a focus on emerging trends and the future shape of retail. That makes this an invaluable listen for retail execs wanting/needing/hoping to make effective future plans.
That’s right, NewStore’s very own podcast, Endless Aisle. Expertly hosted by Director of Marketing, Marcus LaRobardiere, our podcast packs insightful analysis alongside good fun. Each podcast stars industry leads, from REISS’s Emma Taylor to The Maze Group’s Jeremy Levine. It’s one of many resources we produce to give brands a holistic overview of industry developments. These episodes are essential listening for anyone who lives and breathes retail every day.
Want more insight into the world of retail? The NewStore blog is another rich repository of research-led analysis and insights into the latest trends. In the meantime: what podcasts about retail do you love? Add to the list!