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American international toy, clothing and baby product retailer

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Killer Hangover
88. A Surfer in a Tub and a Talking Teddy in California

Killer Hangover

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 74:41


Welcome to episode 88 of Killer Hangover. Our Hangover this week comes from the California Surfer Cocktail ( thank you to our PATRONS!!) Bettina begins the episode with all the nitty gritty of "Betty" Short- The Black Dahlia! Who do you think did it? EMAIL us your thoughts!! We'd love to share them on a upcoming episode!! Beth ends the episode with the chilling hauntings ... in a Toys R Us?! Yup! Pretty Creepy! Cheers friends! EMAIL us your theories of the Black Dahlia... killerhangoverpodcast@gmail.com Thank you to our Patrons for buying us a drink this week! Buy us next weeks drink? www.patreon.com/killerhangoverpodcast Resources and photos of this episode can be found on our website: www.killerhangoverpodcast.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/killerhangoverpodcast/message

Podder Than Hell Podcast
Episode 229: Dylan's 2021 Birthday Albums

Podder Than Hell Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 144:29


This week, Dylan takes control by giving four albums to the gang for his birthday: Alice Cooper's "Constrictor", Bullet For My Valentine's "Fever", Ice Nine Kills' "Welcome to Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2", and Green Day's "Awesome as F**k." Will BB finally find an Alice Cooper album he likes? Can Steve say more good things about Green Day? How does Toys R Us factor into one of the albums? Tune in to find out!   Hosted by Steve Wright, Brian "BC" Chapman and Ryan "BB" Bannon Produced by Dylan Wright Music by Mark Sutorka Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2C0NdHZbwBaF8jhzXZ5wnK?si=d8c3901c8dec4c1d Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PTHpodcast 

Guides Gone Wild
Shut Those Tabs and Get the Heck Out of That Mall: Guides Gone Wild Does Black Friday/Small Biz Saturday/Giving Tuesday

Guides Gone Wild

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 4:07


GuidesGoneWild.com/GiftingGuidesGoneWild.com/GivingNuff said....Except....ok, for SEO purposes only....For today's episode, in honor of #WomenLedWednesday that's just gone by, and the onset of the holiday run-up madness, I did NOT stalk some new amazing woman on the internet for an interview, but instead, reached out to all of the amazing women I've already had the privilege to get to know here on Guides Gone Wild, and I asked THEM how we might be able to support their businesses and the causes they love this season and into the new year.The response I got was fantastic, so THAT's what I want to tell you about today - I've got two giant lists of amazingness compiled at GuidesGoneWild.com/Gifting and GuidesGoneWild.com/Giving. We are not making it hard for you, you now have the single link you need so you can perform a surgical strike and save your fingers from all that scrolling. What do you remember most from 10 or 20 or 40 years ago - the random thing from Toys R Us, or your first camping trip, your first rope swing, or your first time trying something new and hard that you accomplished? I'm guessing it wasn't the EZ Bake oven. Ok, maybe that's an unfair comparison, of course you remember your first EZ Bake, but you know what I'm getting at here.Anyway - please think twice about your holiday spending this year. As the sun sets on COVID Thanksgiving 2.0, with supply chain issues being talked about every day on the news, guess where I want my holiday focus to be? Small, local businesses! Bonus points if they're women-owned! I hope you're with me!Also - because I'll probably still be doing dishes from today on Tuesday, I've early dropped my Giving Tuesday link. Head over there to check out all of the causes that mean the most to the extraordinary people we talk to on the Guides Gone Wild podcast. Every little tiny bit counts, so I hope you'll join me in reconsidering where you direct my end-of-year donations.So that's it. I hope you've had a restful, fantastic day, I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend to come, and I look forward to bringing you another fantastic guest next week. But until then, stay the hell out of the malls. Please, please spend the weekend with the most important people in your life, getting a little wild.XO - Jen

Leading With Nice Interview Series
The Chief of Play with Aiden Hepburn

Leading With Nice Interview Series

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 19:58


Imagine, if you will, being a kid again and having Toys"R"Us — one of the world's leading retailers of toys — personally ask you to test out the hottest new video games, dolls, action figures, electronics and more. Sounds too good to be true, right? Thirteen-year-old Aiden Hepburn is living that dream. On today's episode, Aiden shares with us how he came to the role, his process for play and what the future holds for Toys"R"Us Canada's official Chief Play Officer (CPO). Follow Aiden's adventures on Instagram and YouTube.

Hyphenated with Joanna Hausmann and Jenny Lorenzo

Jenny and Joanna discuss their earliest jobs, including working at Toys R Us on Black Friday, handling clean-up duty on a cooking show, having arugula thrown at you, and being Kevin Feige's worst PA.

Women with Cool Jobs
Toy Industry Entrepreneur Teaches Newbies How to Get Into the Industry, with Azhelle Wade "The Toy Coach"

Women with Cool Jobs

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 60:36


With more than 10 years of corporate experience in the toy industry at companies like Toys R Us, Madame Alexander, and Party City, Azhelle Wade is now helping newbies get into the toy industry. During the pandemic, Azhelle left her VP role at a toy company and became an entrepreneur helping toy inventors and entrepreneurs through both her podcast “Making it In the Toy Industry”, consulting, and her online course “Toy Creators Academy.” Azhelle explains how her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology helped her get started in the industry. It was, however, her continuous desire to learn as much as possible about all the facets of the industry that led to her now being a thought leader in the field.Azhelle explains the three different paths you can take to be part of the toy industry and what each involves: corporate career, entrepreneurship, and inventor. She also shares how you can join this industry at every stage, whether you are just starting your career or whether you have had a lot of work experience.ResourcesThe Toy CoachFashion Institute of TechnologyOtis College of Art and DesignContact Info:Azhelle WadeMeet the Toy Coach@thetoycoach (Instagram)Julie Berman - Hostwww.womenwithcooljobs.com@womencooljobs (Instagram)

ESO Network – The ESO Network
Pop Culture Cosmos #272- Disney Plus Day Revisited, XBOX Series and PS5 One Year In, and Our Memories Of Being Toys R Us Kids!

ESO Network – The ESO Network

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 61:59


Gerald Glassford and an internet-hobbled Josh Pederson are back to wrap up Disney Plus Day with thoughts on the streaming service, its Marvel and Non-Marvel content, and what additional steps need to be taken for it to continue to gain viewers. Plus XBOX reaches two anniversaries with its 20th year in existence and the first … Pop Culture Cosmos #272- Disney Plus Day Revisited, XBOX Series and PS5 One Year In, and Our Memories Of Being Toys R Us Kids! Read More » The post Pop Culture Cosmos #272- Disney Plus Day Revisited, XBOX Series and PS5 One Year In, and Our Memories Of Being Toys R Us Kids! appeared first on The ESO Network.

Pop Culture Cosmos
Pop Culture Cosmos #272- Disney Plus Day Revisited, XBOX Series and PS5 One Year In, and Our Memories Of Being Toys R Us Kids!

Pop Culture Cosmos

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 61:59


Gerald Glassford and an internet-hobbled Josh Pederson are back to wrap up Disney Plus Day with thoughts on the streaming service, its Marvel and Non-Marvel content, and what additional steps need to be taken for it to continue to gain viewers. Plus XBOX reaches two anniversaries with its 20th year in existence and the first for the XBOX series and its rival the Playstation 5. How has the first year fared for both these console makers in this latest generation? Plus, GTA Trilogy: The Definitive Edition has its own technical issues (like Josh) coming out of the gate, how does this happen for a trio of games that originated over a decade ago. All this and we cover the musical Tick, Tick, Boom coming to Netflix, and our memories of the all-time toy retail leader, Toys R Us on our latest Pop Culture Cosmos! Gear up with your favorite Pop Culture Cosmos shirts and gifts in our TeePublic store at https://www.teepublic.com/user/pop-culture-cosmos Presented by ThriveFantasy, the leader for Daily Fantasy Sports for the NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA, and E-Sports Player Props! - Use promo code LFB when you sign up today and you will receive an instant deposit match up to $50 on your first deposit of $20 or more! - Download ThriveFantasy on the App Store or Play Store or by visiting their website www.thrivefantasy.com. Sign up and #PropUp today! Don't forget to Subscribe to our shows and leave us that 5-Star Review with your questions on Apple Podcasts or e-mail us at popculturecosmos@yahoo.com! And also brought to you by Pop Culture Cosmos, RobMcZob.com, Indie Pods United, Lakers Fast Break, Inside Sports Fantasy Football, the novel Congratulations, You Suck (available for purchase HERE), and Retro City Games!

Be Offended Radio
Be Offended - S2-E17

Be Offended Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 44:13


PART 1 - did our guest go to jail? - The Japanese Min! - Butt pillow - Britney Butt - Barney orgasms - blues clues news! - Canceled people - leaving without saying goodbye - PART 2 - Toys R Us - celebrity versions - The BEST children books ever made - Making connections to out-of-towners - More books... - Whales! - ------ Find our funny video content and more at www.BeOffendedRadio.com  ------- -- Go to www.SmoothMyBalls.com/BeOffendedRadio to get a 15% off your order! The best way to keep your balls neat and ready for fun! -- Find us on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon, Stitcher, Podbean, iHeart Radio, Audible, and many more locations that support podcasts! - Follow us on our social media for funny updates and video content - Twitter - Facebook - Instagram - YouTube - www.Facebook.com/BeOffendedRadio - www.Instagram.com/BeOffendedRadio - www.Twitter.com/BeOffendedRadio - www.youtube.com/channel/UCnoJAaXs9_tLpYXCH93bxIQ   ALL MUSIC Under Creative Commons License and Fair Use. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 & 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  

How Do Ya Figure?
Yuma and The Phantom Menace

How Do Ya Figure?

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 51:26


Yuma, intergalactic pro wrestling family man, toy maker and life long collector joins us this week to discuss the toys surrounding Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace. How it felt when Star Wars was back, Toys R Us' flooded with incredible characters for a movie we had not seen yet, and the excitement that was 1999.

The Computer Game Show
276: The Royal Wii

The Computer Game Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 129:50


Sony had a State of Play, Sega and Microsoft are teaming up, and Facebook's rebranding. Also: More Inscryption chat, Life is Strange DLC, Hot Wheels Unleashed, Makro, Toys “R” Us, could the queen could identify Mario?, broken games, and mopping up in time for Game of the Year. Games Discussed: Deathloop, Hot Wheels Unleashed, I Expect You To Die 2, Resident Evil 4 VR, Inscryption, Life is Strange: True Colours Wavelengths. SUPPORT Patreon TCGS Store   CONTACT tcgs.co Contact form Discord Twitter Instagram Facebook FOLLOW @davidturners @CaptainToss @matmurray @jcafarley   WATCH Twitch Youtube LISTEN Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Pocket Casts Overcast acast Stitcher CREDITS Music by Nick Parton Art by Dave Chong

Tcast
Flexing TARTLE's Adaptability to Modern Trends and Technology

Tcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 15:21


Have you ever felt like you were too caught up in the minute details of day-to-day living to realize the amount of change that occurred around you? Often, progress happens in increments and these shifts can be tracked in retrospect. However, being mindful of these new trends and circumstances can take some practice.  When it comes to data, information is evolving at an unprecedented pace; not just in terms of volume but in speed as well. The size, depth, and speed of all the knowledge we have at our hands can become overwhelming, especially when we have never been properly equipped to deal with our own data in the first place.  The TARTLE marketplace is an opportunity for individuals to adapt to this new reality and take control over their data. In a world where historically, corporations have gotten away with profiting off of our personal information, we are committed to helping the people on the ground get their voice back. It's a worldwide initiative that we have decided to undertake to aid in humanity's progress.   Keeping an Ear to the Ground: The Race for Innovation and Relevance - There is a constant pressure for companies to innovate. Plenty of old tech companies that played such an important role in our childhood eventually became obsolete due to their inability to keep up with the times—such as Kodak, Blockbusters, and Toys R Us. It's a tough lesson for any business: if you don't keep up, you will be left behind. One pertinent example is the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the healthcare industry. IoT has immense potential in helping health researchers and doctors keep entire populations healthy. This is because it captures large swathes of information in real time. TARTLE is committed to integrating these APIs into its marketplace, so that users have the opportunity to turn it into a fungible data packet and share it with causes that they support. On an individual level, we are also constantly reinventing ourselves on multiple levels. We try out new looks, styles, relationships, thought patterns, and beliefs. Human nature compels us to always adjust, to always be in the search of something that works. This challenge to be better is what makes life so exciting and meaningful. Regardless of whether we speak of individuals or businesses, resistance to change can be fatal. If the first step forward is hidden under a mountain of bureaucracy and red tape, then communication can become impossible. It is easy to find comfort in a routine, or in a process that's worked for as long as you can remember— but this is not an excuse to shut out the possibility for change.   Lending a Voice to the Oppressed - One big challenge in our progress of understanding countries in conflict is that gathering reliable sources of information on the ground can be incredibly difficult, if not impossible. Organizations have problems establishing the foundation needed to conduct their operations, while the people on the ground may not have the opportunity to think of reaching out when their top priority is survival. In any conflicted situation, connection can play a pivotal role in giving privileged actors the capacity to help the disenfranchised. TARTLE gives the oppressed individuals in these scenarios an opportunity to anonymously share data packets about their experiences.   Closing Thoughts: Learning to Bend, Not Break - TARTLE is on a constant mission to make sure that it is flexible enough to adapt to any trend or circumstance. The platform's first priority is the progress of humanity as a collective. Amidst constant growth and evolution, it is important that the marketplace is matched with the amount of people that interact with the system and the way in which they interact with it.  The marketplace is an avenue to create new tools and features out of a genuine need to solve a problem, instead of creating more bloatware or products for show. It opens conversations and discussions with individuals who are directly affected by all the serious issues we are facing today, compelling those in power to face some harsh truths about the world we live in—and the responsibility we have in changing it for the better. Your data is timeless. Now, it's time to find out what it's worth. www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

The FOX News Rundown
Are Democrats About To Lose Their Spending Bill, Virginia And The Suburbs?

The FOX News Rundown

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 30:04


The highly competitive face-off between former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin for the Virginia gubernatorial race continues and remains very close, as we approach Election Day next week. The outcome will have both statewide and national implications, including a possible outlook to next year's Midterms. The race could also impact President Biden's current agenda as Democrats continue to negotiate and try to get the votes necessary to pass the social spending bill and the bipartisan infrastructure bill.  Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Senior Advisor to the DNC Brad Woodhouse weigh in.   Countless products in high demand from U.S. consumers continue to be in short supply due to the pandemic creating a disruptive crisis within the global supply chain. Every aspect of the supply chain from factory production to freight shipping has faced major obstacles and as a result, everything from computer chips to toilet paper has been in short supply. Gerald Storch, CEO of Storch Advisors and former CEO of Hudson Bay Company and Toys "R" Us joins to break down how retailers can expect a major increase in sales over the holidays as consumers feel free of major pandemic concerns, why inflation has not yet scared Americans from buying products and how the labor shortages and bottlenecks are creating major issues.   Plus, commentary by FOX News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett.

From Washington – FOX News Radio
Are Democrats About To Lose Their Spending Bill, Virginia And The Suburbs?

From Washington – FOX News Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 30:04


The highly competitive face-off between former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin for the Virginia gubernatorial race continues and remains very close, as we approach Election Day next week. The outcome will have both statewide and national implications, including a possible outlook to next year's Midterms. The race could also impact President Biden's current agenda as Democrats continue to negotiate and try to get the votes necessary to pass the social spending bill and the bipartisan infrastructure bill.  Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Senior Advisor to the DNC Brad Woodhouse weigh in.   Countless products in high demand from U.S. consumers continue to be in short supply due to the pandemic creating a disruptive crisis within the global supply chain. Every aspect of the supply chain from factory production to freight shipping has faced major obstacles and as a result, everything from computer chips to toilet paper has been in short supply. Gerald Storch, CEO of Storch Advisors and former CEO of Hudson Bay Company and Toys "R" Us joins to break down how retailers can expect a major increase in sales over the holidays as consumers feel free of major pandemic concerns, why inflation has not yet scared Americans from buying products and how the labor shortages and bottlenecks are creating major issues.   Plus, commentary by FOX News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett.

Remarkable Retail
Kara Goldin, Founder & CEO of Hint, is Undaunted, and Our Very Special Guest

Remarkable Retail

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 38:34


This week's special guest is Kara Goldin, CEO and Founder of Hint,  the No.1 non-sweetened beverage company not owned by Coke, Pepsi or Dr.Pepper in America and the bestselling author of Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts & Doubters We learn about Kara's journey from tech executive to food entrepreneur, motivated by her desire to find healthier beverage options. It's a fascinating story of perseverance and pivots, starting with Kara and her husband boot-strapping their way into Whole Foods to triumphantly creating a whole new category and and evolving Hint into a powerful omni-channel brand with strong wholesale, direct-to-consumer distribution and, now, even a store! We also get Kara's perspective on striking the right balance between wholesale and going direct--lessons that all brands can benefit from.But first we open up the episode with our quick takes on recent retail news that caught our attention, including Camp's rather ironic move into a former Toys R Us space. We also learn that Amazon processed more in the value of product returns than Target sold the old fashioned way last year and that the soon to be world's biggest retailer has (as yet) undisclosed plans for a small space in a Texas mall. We wrap up by unpacking Adobe's holiday e-commerce forecast and try to make sense of Crocs continued remarkable success.Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., best known for its award-winning Hint® water, the leading unsweetened flavored water. She has been named one of InStyle's Badass 50, Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business, Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Fortune's Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink and EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Kara has successfully navigated the world of large companies and startups in many industries including media, tech and consumer products. In addition, she understands retail and direct to consumer well. She is an active speaker & writer and hosts the podcast The Kara Goldin Show where she interviews founders, entrepreneurs and other disruptors across various industries. Kara's first book, Undaunted, published by Harper Leadership, was released in October 2020. She lives in the Bay Area. Follow Kara on all social handles @KaraGoldinSteve Dennis is an advisor, keynote speaker and author on strategic growth and business innovation. You can learn more about Steve on his       website.    The expanded and revised edition of his bestselling book  Remarkable Retail: How To Win & Keep Customers in the Age of Disruption is now available at  Amazon or just about anywhere else books are sold. Steve regularly shares his insights in his role as a      Forbes senior contributor and on       Twitter and       LinkedIn. You can also check out his speaker "sizzle" reel      here.Michael LeBlanc  is the Founder & President of M.E. LeBlanc & Company Inc and a Senior Advisor to Retail Council of Canada as part of his advisory and consulting practice.   He brings 25+ years of brand/retail/marketing & eCommerce leadership experience, and has been on the front lines of retail industry change for his entire career.  Michael is the producer and host of a network of leading podcasts including Canada's top retail industry podcast,       The Voice of Retail, plus        Global E-Commerce Tech Talks  and       The Food Professor  with Dr. Sylvain Charlebois.  You can learn more about Michael       here  or on       LinkedIn.  

Hood Cast AF Action Figure Podcast

Continuing OcTOYober, the crew discuss their most wanted horror characters that they want made into figures and good ones that have already been made. Action figure news. Haunted toys and dolls! They riff on a clip of renowned psychic, Sylvia Brown, who visits a haunted Toys R Us in Sunnyvale Ca. NECA   Marvel   Legends    Hot Toys  McFarlane  Star Wars   Transformers   WWE   AEW   G.I.JOE  MOTU McFarlane Spawn Mezco Super7 Leave a review on HoodCastAF.com or iTunes! Listen and subscribe today. The bad boys of action figure podcasting! Follow us on Instagram! Please support us and pledge to the Church of Action Figure Collection. Visit Hoodcast.com and hit that donate button to help support the show! www.hoodcastaf.com Contact us!  Hoodcast@hotmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hoodcastaf/ twitter: https://www.twitter.com/hoodcastaf/ facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hoodcastaf/

Making It in The Toy Industry
#96: The California Law to Empower Gender Neutral Toys

Making It in The Toy Industry

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 28:22


On October 11th, toy social channels exploded with the news that California Law would force toy retailers to fill their shelves with gender neutral toys by 2024. While partially true, the law is much more nuanced than the poppy articles make it seem. In this episode of The Toy Coach Podcast, we dive into the new California Law and try our best to decipher what it truly means for toy retailers like Walmart, Target, and Toys R Us. Will this mean the end to the pink/blue divide still seen at many toy stores? If you've been wondering about the details of this California Law and want to sit in on a though piece around what it could mean for the future of toy design at retail, then pop your earbuds in, and tap play my friend. You're in for a treat.MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:For the links and resources mentioned in this episode, head over to the episode page at www.thetoycoach.com/96

The Jason & Scot Show - E-Commerce And Retail News
EP278 - Adobe Holiday E-Commerce Forecast with Taylor Schreiner

The Jason & Scot Show - E-Commerce And Retail News

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 45:18


EP278 - Adobe Holiday E-Commerce Forecast with Taylor Schreiner In Episode 277 we covered some of the early overall holiday sales forecasts, and the issues likely to impact this holiday season. In this episdoe we get the very first look at Adobe 2021 Holiday Shopping Forecast. This is a deep dive on digital shopping behaviors based on Adobe Analytics, which analyzes 1 trillion visits to retail sites and over 100 million SKUs. We break it all down with Taylor Schreiner, Director of Adobe Digital Insights. Episode 278 of the Jason & Scot show was recorded on Thursday. October 14th, 2021. http://jasonandscot.com Join your hosts Jason "Retailgeek" Goldberg, Chief Commerce Strategy Officer at Publicis, and Scot Wingo, CEO of GetSpiffy and Co-Founder of ChannelAdvisor as they discuss the latest news and trends in the world of e-commerce and digital shopper marketing. Transcript Jason: [0:24] Welcome to the Jason and Scot show this episode is being recorded on Thursday October 14 2021 I'm your host Jason retailgeek Goldberg and as usual I'm here with your co-hosts Scot Wingo. Scot: [0:38] Hey Jason and welcome back Jason Scott show listeners we are smack in the middle of October and for all of our retail listeners you know what that means it is go time for Holiday 21 way back in episode 277 last week we talked about the supply chain challenges I like to call that Supply pain and we shared the e-commerce retail forecast from Salesforce Deloitte and beIN but there was one notable missing forecast from that list and that's one of our favorites the Adobe forecast well in this episode we're going to fix that hole in the universe we're going to fill it and Adobe is releasing their holiday forecast here on the 20th which is when we'll be releasing this podcast and we are really excited to have with us today Taylor Schreiner he is the director of Adobe Digital insights and fun fact this is adobe's fifth time on the show Welcome Back Taylor. Taylor: [1:34] Thanks God do we get a free sandwich. Scot: [1:37] Sure if we were there together we would have a sandwich but we'll we'll do a virtual high five instead how about that. Jason: [1:44] Just to warn you Scott's character is like grilled into the sandwich so some people find that. Taylor: [1:49] Oh no I'll close my eyes this could thank you Scott thank you Jason it's great to be here we'd love talking to you guys and we love listening to you guys so it's a fun conversation to have. Jason: [2:03] We are thrilled to have you Taylor and I do want to Dive Right In to your methodology and then your data but before we do real briefly remind. Um the audience what your role is at at Adobe to sort of frame frame where your perspective is coming from. Taylor: [2:20] Sure so I run a group called Adobe Digital insights it's got mentioned and we are charged with, using aggregated and anonymized adopted in data to. Help the industry retail and other Industries as well understand the major trends that we see in the data that comes through Adobe analytics or adobe Commerce or any of the other. I could get it to Commerce and experience cloud services that we have. So so our job is to tell stories to make it take all that huge area did it and tell stories that help people understand their world. Jason: [2:59] That's awesome and so there's a bunch of different components of the the Adobe marketing cloud in the do Adobe Commerce Cloud but. Sort of Marque things Adobe analytics which a long time ago too many of us that are super old was Adobe was omniture, is a is a key component of the analytics suite and Magento is a key component of the marketing cloud and so you you get to see, an awful lot of, Commerce transactions across the web via those two products and the rest of the the Adobe stack and you get to use that anonymized data to sort of formulate this holiday forecasting this case is do I have that right. Taylor: [3:41] Absolutely and I really appreciate you calling me super old. Jason: [3:44] I didn't say you called it I'm not sure I said I. Taylor: [3:47] I remember I remember the under two days I do but yes. Jason: [3:50] I'm pretty sure there's like the URL for the analytics dashboard still says all mature. Taylor: [3:54] I think sometimes it does yeah now it's absolutely right face. Jason: [3:58] And then one important distinction some of the. Holiday forecast that Scott mentioned in the intro are actually overall retail forecast and one of the things that that is unique your forecast is slightly more focused you're focused on digital Commerce do I have that right. Taylor: [4:16] That's right we have we focused exclusively on digital Commerce and we're looking what makes us unique is that we are looking across, over a trillion interactions with retailers across thousands of retailers across over a hundred million skus with a boatload of AI behind that sort of categorizing and understanding it but you know the core of it I think for your listeners is weird. The where the group is actually looking at what people are buying in what quantity and what they're actually paying for it. It's ridiculous prices we're not doing surveys were actually looking at the the behaviors that we can observe a huge scale and using that to do both the reporting in this case are forecasting of the holiday season. Jason: [4:56] Yeah and that's super exciting to me because that I frequently rail against the value of stated preference surveys in our industry and and what we're talking about today is observed preferences lies actual data and consumer behavior that you're watching. Taylor: [5:11] Absolutely and it's gonna be fascinating. Jason: [5:13] Yeah so just two other minor precursors and we'll jump in because there is so much variability out there when you say holiday what date range are you talking about. Taylor: [5:22] Good point right now we're talking about the first of November till the end of the year although arguably make it into it you know some of the stuff is starting to creep into October 2 but when we talk about numbers were talking about November 1 to December 31. Jason: [5:34] Perfect we'll come back to that but yeah I think I think the the shoulders of that season are going to be more interesting than ever and then when you say, retail. Like approximately like what is in retail to you I could go US Department of Commerce restaurants and gas stations are in there like do you guys have a standard definition of retail just to kind of frame what we're talking about. Taylor: [5:56] We generally look at a thing where the transaction the Fulfillment are fully executed online we exclude from this things like travel which is a different industry or anything where it's simply a payment system online but you know any Commerce where you're doing your shopping, your your payment and your fulfillment online generally falls into into our space so not restaurants are delivery services but but the goods that you would normally associate with with retail shopping outside of that. Jason: [6:27] Awesome and so digital grocery than would be in there. Taylor: [6:29] Yes he's a digital grocery appliances apparel all that kind of thing. Jason: [6:34] Perfect okay well I think that's enough Preamble and we've done enough teasing what's what's the Top Line are we all going to get our bonuses this year or is it going to be bleak. Taylor: [6:43] It's your our data showing a good year or days showing a year where the story is really consumers want to shop consumers wanted to go buy online but it's going to be really different year for retailers and for consumers because of the supply pain that Scott was referring to earlier they're going to see a lot more out of stock they're going to see a lot, you know a lot higher prices frankly and that's I think it'll hold us back from having a incredible year. Now just keep in mind I'm talking about a 207 billion dollar, season which you know we don't have a great aggregate retail forecast that we based off right now but that's roughly $1 and for of all of all retailgeek. As far as we can see maybe a little more than that. And it's 10 percent up from last year which you know in the long run of historical growth rates is a little bit low but we're getting off of a 33% jump the year before so if you kind of look all the way back to 2019 we're still. Accelerated from where you would have expected us to be if you've been projecting from a prepaid nemec stance so it kind of depends on where you're looking at it from. But however you look at it it's going to be a big year. Jason: [7:58] Got it so in my mind I sort of think of it traditionally year of e-commerce growth for Holiday being kind of like pre-pandemic. We were kind of running in this like 10 to 15% a year sort of range, um and all of retail would be growing at like four percent a year so then last year the pandemic forces everyone online we have this monster year 33 percent and then this year you're looking for you're looking at 10% on top of last year's monster year. Taylor: [8:27] That's right that's right still going to grow it's still good grow significantly it's still good grow you know maybe as you stay at the kind of lower bound of what we used to see but it's a real real growth rate now they'll be some differences in what grows and how it grows you can get into that but it's going to be a good year. Jason: [8:44] And one of the thing that's always funny to me is I guarantee you when the the sort of superficial press get ahold of your forecast they're all going to write the story about how e-commerce has is slowing way down. Taylor: [8:58] Right yeah nobody wants to talk about two year growth rate or you know try and digest everything that's happened over over the course of the pandemic and fine and but I know, when you step back even a little bit e-commerce has transformed over the past 20 24 months I think the bigger story is people are shopping for their groceries people are shopping for their Furniture you know folks out here in Berkeley or buying compost online, the way that people engage with e-commerce has radically transformed over the course of the pandemic and that's here to stay and that's this the basis of that growth and that you know that's the part that really has accelerated over the course of cobit so if you want to look at a particular growth rate and say it's slowing down, fair enough, but I don't think for instance you know I want to make predictions in 223 but I don't think this 10 percent growth rate in 22 is telling you that 23 is going to be slow I think it's more of a balancing act between. 2020 and 2021. Jason: [9:58] And again like this still means e-commerce is almost certainly growing faster than brick and mortar. Filming the whole industry is still growing in a very disruptive year I do want to like maybe double-click on covid just for a second because this was the big open question when we were all living through, the first half of the pandemic was sure. Everybody's turning to e-commerce people don't want to go to the stores there's health and safety issues they're all they're all these open things so not surprising that it drove more people online a big question at that time was. Is this just an acceleration of a trend and this is going to be the new normal or will those people all be desperate to go back to the store and resume and back to the mall and kind of resume their pre-pandemic. Shopping behaviors and. My read of your data says no no we're locking in all those changes that happened last year and then we're we're growing at a pretty healthy clip from there is that a fair way to be thinking about it or am I wrong headed as got usually points out. Taylor: [11:02] No in this particular case you happen to be right the that's absolutely true if you look at the aggregate growth I think it tells exactly that story that it, it is we're banking all the gains that you got through covid and there were growing on top of that, I think another stat I think really tells the story is our buy online pick up curbside. Data which you know followed that trajectory you talked about Jason, getting up there as we got into the pandemic and retailers adjusted we have a we have a set of retailers we look at the median portion of their online purchase online orders that are fulfilled curbside and that ramped right up last year with all of its fulfillment challenges ranked right up right before Christmas you about 25% we thought that's a that's a high peak right we got into April of this year and it gone right back up to 25% people are still going and pick you up curbside that's a habit that they're in their shopping online and fulfilling next to the store and we expect that to hit a whole new record frankly as we go into this year so it's a it's a habit that people have gotten into and they're not letting go of. Jason: [12:10] Wow and if this is from memory but I want to say last year you guys said that well well e-commerce grew at 33% the dopest segments are the curbside pickup segment grew way faster than that it was like a hundred and ninety-five percent. Taylor: [12:25] Yeah I don't have enough time I have like it's something like that it was it was significant and this year's going to be. Going to be crazy and you know anecdotally you know there are a number of stores where I think hey I really like this I'm not going to set foot in number of those I'll shop with them but I'm against it putting them again for a while if I don't have to this is great for me. Jason: [12:47] Yeah you know it's maybe only partly analogous but I talked to a lot of Quick Serve restaurants. And you know they have the same thing right they sold they sold meals but it was all off Prem consumption and you know the restaurants that have the biggest intrinsic Advantage were ones with drug through. And I've talked to an awful lot of restaurant tours that are like if I could wave a magic wand and make my dining room go away and have a more robust drive through. I would do it because that's the customer that that appears to be the long-term customer preference. Taylor: [13:19] Yeah I think and I think a lot of retailers who have got good real estate or obviously having to rethink how much of this is a you know distribution center and how much of this is a shopping experience and you know it's gonna be different than it was two years ago for sure. Jason: [13:34] And then I guess the one other sort of observational thing I've noted is. Yeah so you know our store is going to get people to walk back in the store to pick up those digital orders are they going to continue to pick them up at curbside and you know one who knows but one clue. Um is pre-pandemic Walmart had these in storage lockers these robotic lockers this cool Tower and all their stores. Um and they d installed all of those towers and they're now doing a national remodel with a much more robust, curbside picking lot parking lot right so it seems very clear and Walmart's case that they're saying hey the. You know this isn't just a reaction of the pandemic this is a you know a permanent infrastructure change we're making two. To make to eliminate in-store pickup and make curbside pickup more. Taylor: [14:24] I think that's right I think that is likely the trend I think you know it there's a lot. A lot of the hassle of of shopping that you're removing with shopping online and pick you up at the store is, is that last not mile I mean the last you know a hundred feet hundred yards of going in there and getting in the inline or whatever if you can just sit with your app and check your email with some well so they put stuff in the trunk that's a lot of a lot of value add there so I would expect that to be continue to be the trend. Scot: [14:52] Bullets as I introduced I'm kind of keenly aware or following the supply chain stuff and I noticed in the front of your presentation one of the bullets is unprecedented out of stock levels if you guys can you share like you know what you think that's going to be and is there any way to put a number on that like you're numb your forecast would have been you know twice as big if it wasn't for this or you just guys are just flagging it as this adds risk to the holiday. Taylor: [15:21] It's a fair question something we think a lot about I mean it's really hard to characterize and we probably just need more more. Time with the with the day I met don't make time to think about it but time series data to really understand how out of stock. Alters people shopping behaviors whether they abandon or whether they take some to which they redirect themselves. I will tell you is that you're going into if you look at sort of 2019 isn't as the normal it was growing when people were getting more out of stock items more of stock hits over time maybe you know creeping up toward fifty or a hundred percent more even over the course of the year and the pandemic hits and people are five times more likely basically four and a half to five times more likely to get an out of stock message and that's today that's not necessarily going to Holiday where things could get more challenging. So that could go up where we see it often isn't most often is in apparel so again you know I think it's going to affect different categories differently out of socks in the Peril can be if you're looking for a particular stereo pair of sneakers or particular you know this is the 20th so what made you I was buying for my wife but something you know a vest or something right that is her birthday is on the 23rd so I want to tell her what's what I was shopping for, anyway the you know you might not get that. Scot: [16:46] Is your wife a listener. Taylor: [16:48] I really doubt it. But yeah you might get redirected to something else whereas in electronics for instance we see you know a lot of chips shortages but. But price is a bigger factor in some of that marketing and decision making and so you're able to see apparel prices creep up a little bit but a lot about a stock you see for instance Electronics prices creep up a lot from what we would have expected but that that has reduced the out-of-stock challenges that they faced. Scot: [17:24] So so it's hard to put a quantity quantify on at this point maybe you think after the holiday you guys will be able to. Taylor: [17:31] I think it'll be easy yeah I mean you know we have a clear estimate of what things might have looked like before I think after the holiday talk to us in January we can we will have a better sense of how this played out this holiday season one of the challenges that I think is out there is it's not clear yet how much out of stock consumers are really going to see this season, based on you know when retailers are running promotions how they're stocking us those promotions how they're managing their their portfolio of goods so. We'll have to see but it's something that yeah had Beyond in January we'll talk about. Scot: [18:09] Okay it's going to be more of a chess game because the retailer they have the only information about what they have and what they can expect and then matching that to the promotional calendar this year is going to be interesting and playing a little game of chicken with the consumer to because consumers should be reading about this a lot so it's going to be fascinating to watch watch how that plays out. Taylor: [18:29] Yeah I've been recommending to Consumers frankly to make two lists, say look you got one list of things where I know I want this for the holidays and you got to buy it early because you might worry about your your out-of-stock situation and then another set of goods were you think hey you know if this doesn't come through or if I don't get specifically the version of this that I want yeah if I don't get this TV but I get a different brand TV I'm okay and then those things you can really shop for on the big major sailed is but it's you know. It's going to be it's a lot of a lot of work for the retailers to figure out how this game is going to play out and frankly it's gonna be a lot of work for consumers to figure out how they're going to address it. Jason: [19:10] I guess one of the ways I think about this it's important to remember that out of stock does not automatically mean wah sales like a lot of times there's a. Customers first choice but the they'll make on the Fly substitutions are switches when they discover some things out of stock so we still capture that. That's a land it seems like all like you know all the people forecasting retail sales for this holiday are pretty robust numbers you're coming in with a pretty robust number, everyone saying we're not going to find, consumers first choice of goods so the sort of logical conclusion here is the consumers in a spending mood when I go to the store to get baby grow goo for Scott for Christmas and it's out. Um Scott's going to have to settle for some cool dune toy that I find. Taylor: [19:58] Hey didn't really cool the The Arc right and I think maybe the way to answer Scott's question directly is you know. In the face of this rapidly increasing out of stock, we're seeing at least you know up to the 5x of what we saw in 2018 we have still seen really impressive growth this year especially we're 2019 so so far whatever headwind it is is not. Super significant now I think you know the experiment that will be able to look at is if this starts to spike as we go into the holiday season if retailers have a hard time matching their inventory with with consumer demand then that might have a bigger impact in the they'll be saying we can look at more closely. Jason: [20:42] So you alluded to some of the categories and I have a feeling that. Um that both out of stocks and the impact of out of stocks could play out very differently in different categories right like if someone goes to the grocery store and we're out there out of your preferred brand of toilet paper. You're probably going to switch to another toilet paper but if there's a particular luxury fashion item or a particular toy that little Johnny is asking for for Christmas. Um you might be more inclined to hunt her harder for that product or defer that purchase and get it later or something like that right is does that make sense. Taylor: [21:16] Absolutely yeah and you know grocery out of stocks are not not at all infrequent with your particular Goods at a particular moment and then apparel is something I don't know about the rest of you but I've gotten. Pretty acclimated to the notion that I'm not necessarily going to be able to find the size and the color I'm looking for on the first try that it's quite quite possible I have to hunt around but you know there's a lot there a lot of style choices that go into that whereas I think you know if you're looking for a you know something specific as you say you know for particular. Particular toy your gift you might have to hunt them different retailers to go find it but you might be willing to do that exactly well. Jason: [21:58] So when you roll it out all that up are there any categories in your mind and end up being clear winners or losers for holiday. Taylor: [22:06] Well you know I think the it's it's a good question the the. [22:17] Clearly where we've seen growth is where we've seen the clearest growth in the holiday and in e-commerce in general has been in the things that are not holiday specifics of groceries apparel those kinds of things have really grown and we continue to see them grow so in some sense they are the Commerce winners because they've really absorbed the, I think what's going to be very successful early on are going to be these deals that get spread out around electronics and other gifts in an apparel we expect to see those went out very well I've got my eye though on non physical Goods things like downloadable games and things like that that happen the mic pop up toward the Christmas season is people who are looking to deliver something that is great experience especially for kids that isn't going to be constrained by shipping challenges and then. [23:18] I don't know where to put my bets this year because I've got my eye both on the demand that I see in a lot of things like gaming consoles that are looking great but also on you know there's a big question mark over over Supply challenges and how that will play out for them so I would be cautious in spread my bets but but electron you know the traditional gift areas are going to do really well and apparel seems to be continuing to take off very strongly in what we've seen so far. Jason: [23:48] So you the non-physical thing is super interesting ordinarily and holiday like as you get closer to the end of the year and you kind of hit shipping cut-offs and last year we talked about a lot about ship again I didn't, and you know bottleneck sit ups and FedEx and all of that you know retailers pivot to trying to sell. Intangible products pretty hard right and most notably gift cards so I imagine that with the the inventory situations this year that that's going to be more prominent than ever that you know if you can't find the, the toy you really want you know it might be an IOU you're getting, it holiday in the hopes of getting it in January or February but there is a new kind of intangible that kind of didn't exist last year and is having a little bit of moment and I have a feeling Scott's way more into it than I am but why. Does all do all of these out of stocks kind of play into the the the. In Ft kind of hate this year do you think that we could start to see some of them on the holiday wish list. Taylor: [24:52] I think I think in a few still have a ways to bleed into you know consumer experiences and consumer expectations that I see a lot of reading and not a lot of a lot of buying but if people can figure out how if retailers can figure out how to make. You're kind of cross that Chasm and figure out how to make it a real consumer experience and yeah I think there's a lot of opportunity there for that and you know and speaking of things that are not necessarily tangible and expire or unique you know we don't forecast travel into our into our data but we do look at travel and right now you know prices for. Plane tickets are about 13 percent less than they were on average in 2019 so you know depending on how. Vaccinations and mask mandates and travel restrictions all play out there may be a push if knock wood covid gets better for more experiential, experience driven options for people to give as gifts to. Scot: [25:49] One of the things that I've been really intrigued by and this is because some of the companies have gone public but this buy now pay later and I saw you called it out and I've seen a lot of the Wall Street analyst as a for my generation I look at it I'm kind of like, you know why don't I just put that on the credit card what's interesting is I've seen this whole generational thing where Millennials and gen Z years they're looking at it as they associate the credit around the item they don't like kind of having open credit and they want it to be around a specific item what what are you guys seeing as it relates to the be npl. Taylor: [26:25] We love new acronyms right be in PL no I have exactly the same experience you just got where I think exactly what you do this but we had two sources on this one is we looked at the actual data that we see flowing through our systems and we saw skyrocketing last year of buy now pay later Behavior we saw about 44 percent growth over the course of the year, weeks that slowed a little bit in percentage terms as we went through this year but you know as we get back into the holiday season I have every reason to expect that to re-accelerate, and you saw quite the distribution two of you know sources of this is some retailers got into this business a lot of financial institutions got certain play in this area so there's a lot more more options we saw those we saw the minimums for buy now pay later come down from those institutions and simultaneously we actually saw consumers spend more or put put bigger purchases on buy now pay later, and when we surveyed about it we, we saw what you were alluding to Scott this is a generational difference in the way that people manage and even think about what credit really is and was striking to me is that the top, category that folks told us that they were interested in using buy now pay later for was was clothing that they were making those kind of purchases and and Spring Meadow over time because they were, lumpy in their year and then they were spreading it out across their income without affecting their credit. [27:52] Electronics was obviously on that that set to you going to buy your television as televisions get bigger and more expensive or cheaper but bigger but what was the. [28:02] Third category that I thought was fascinating was groceries. And not again we dug under that that wasn't just people it wasn't generally people saying look I've got a week's worth of groceries and I spread the payments out over four weeks that's hard to make sense of but but more you know I'm throwing a party or having an event and I have a spike in my grocery budget no one at this I want to smooth it so it is a and then they were everyone was managing it sort of separately from this notion of having a lump of credit card debt they had a managed versus a purchase they had to think out and pay off those are two really different categories so it is it's a really different way of thinking about credit that's manifesting in buy now pay later and it seems to continue to be growing at a significant rate. Scot: [28:49] Yeah do you think. The pitch that a lot of these so that the two big companies are there's three there's a firm karna and after by and I'm sure there's more egg even like shopify's coming out with their own and what not, their pitch to retailers is it bumps up your cart size right do you think, is this going to be a factor this holiday in our is it going to bump up the ASP you think there are still too small to be a meaningful consideration. Taylor: [29:17] You know when we when you average across the enormous event that is the holiday season I don't think we're going to see average order value is our average basket, values go up significantly more noticeably are or more to the point me off trend of what we've seen in the past that said, you know I think. If these retailers are thinking about their customer base has more granularly and they're thinking well I've got a group of folks who I can actually juice where I can do sup there their basket sizes and their purchases by offering that I think that probably is true and, you know as with these kind of generational shifts it may make a difference in the longer term as you change consumer buying habits it may open up a door for that generation is incomes increase and time goes by so I think probably more of a long-term play when it comes to aggregate average order values but for specific audiences for specific customer bases I think it did make a difference. Jason: [30:18] Yeah it's going to be interesting you know there's a payment method that historically has been really popular holiday that you know. Rich people that listen to e-commerce podcast don't tend to think about but it's layaway. And I like one of the interesting Trends you know Walmart which does a very robust delay way business retired their layaway this year in favor of a buy now pay later service. Taylor: [30:44] Yeah I remember the I remember the Layla way shelves. Toys R Us when I was a kid and just sitting them seeing all these items sit there waiting for people to pay for them but if you can get the same effect. And both for the consumer on their credit and for the retailer in terms of getting paid then it's certainly more enticing for the customer to actually get the item rather than wait for it. Jason: [31:10] I know for sure I do like to sad things there was kind of a fun tradition because of away away some very kind people would often go into a retail store. And pay everyone's layaway. And it was kind of this like secret Santa thing and you know it would happen every year there would be lots of these cool stories so I worry we're going to miss out on that which you know probably isn't. Isn't hugely meaningful but it said to me but the other thing that worries me a little bit about holiday I do think like based on your growth forecast like this is going to be a bunch of consumers first experience with these buy now pay later services, and I would still say there's a lot of consumer confusion because like I look at the landscape of these services. And the spectrum is very broad there are you know some kind of thinly veiled payday loan operators that are you know charging like huge interest and late fees and all these things on one end and then there's there's some like. Really generous programs that are very popular in here that don't charge interest in don't have late fees and you know is sort of a. Very low cost and so it. I'm not sure consumers are going to be Savvy enough to differentiate all of those for this holiday I know Target in particular is offering two different buy now pay later options and. Consumers are going to have to learn how to shop for those vendors now. Taylor: [32:35] I think that's absolutely right Jason it's very hard you know it's sort of an unstructured product that can have a lot of different attributes and it's not like a credit card where you we serve reduced it to something like credit limit and interest rate right with some with some bells and whistles and it's also not, it's not even something that consumers know how to frame necessarily like I certainly didn't when I got into the space what is this what are these payments mean what is the penalty if I miss the payment you know what are my other options how are we going to communicate how you get paid what information do you need has if at my credit score it's a lot to think about and it's going to you know thinking has a lot of costs especially when consumers are shopping this quickly so you know I think we'll have a reckoning Reckoning but a moment to pause and. Reflect on how this all evolved we get to the holiday season it will see some things shake out I would imagine. Jason: [33:31] Next well let's pivot to something near and dear to my heart the we alluded to up top the shape of holiday so there's two. Parts of this that are super interesting to me, ordinarily when we talk about holiday we're laser focused on these five days at the end of November the turkey fiber that I think you guys caught the Cyber five. Taylor: [33:53] Yeah they're my wake up at 3 a.m. 5 so I have I hold them in a different regard but they are. You know the story that you know when we would talk to you guys before for the pandemic would always be you know hey this the the season is growing but these big days are growing faster retailers are concentrated you're competing and concentrating their deals on those days and we're seeing retail consumers follow suit and they're expecting those deals on those days that really flipped around last year we had a massive growth last year about 30 odd percent 33 percent for the season. [34:27] But the individual days were growing in the low 20s there are growing about 10% slower then the season as a whole and we expect that again this year we expect the season to grow at about 10% expect the big days to grow about five-ish percent. To be clear they're going to break records I mean we're going to have an 11 plus billion dollar a day on Cyber Monday we're gonna you know Black Friday is going to going to inch up close to 10 billion Thanksgiving is going to be you know over five it'll, level that we used to call Young used to be Black Friday of numbers it's going to be massive but both because, retailers are spreading out the deals for supply and fulfillment reasons and because consumers have really shifted what it mean what e-commerce means in other words they've established sort of water level of shopping for things that are not holiday and promotionally driven, those percentages are harder to move than they used to be so yeah it's going to be they're going to be big days they're gonna be huge that last hour before the end of Cyber Monday we're going to see $12,000,000 move through the system in a minute so, every minute so it's going to be big but it's going to be a different pattern especially the thing from the Retailer's perspective than we've seen in the past. Jason: [35:40] Interesting and do you have a feel for like how much it like I think you hit on the 2 reasons for it like one is the lot of large numbers there already huge. Huge numbers and and you know frankly in some cases quite you just can't squeeze more Goods through the. The funnels on those days and then the other one is changing consumer patterns and and just you know more General e-commerce consumption on every other day of the month and all those other things like it, I'm assuming it's a blend of both of those but but is is this year more prominent that people are going to be holiday shopping on other days or you think we've just. Taylor: [36:18] Yeah it's hard it's a hard call I think what's unusual about this year's really the retailer side I mean you could imagine a world where with fewer Supply constraints where retailers are more willing to put big sales on those big days and compete for eyeballs and four dollars so maybe a maybe there's a new normal where that changes but what I don't think is changing is that consumers are now permanently going to be in a state where Ecommerce is more and more available to them where you know be their home. Certainly their phone is is increasingly an easy place to go shopping and so all this concentration on these days is going to make less and less sense to them in terms of shopping behaviors if you go back out you know the origin of these days is really about sitting outside a big box and and can't be out and trying to get deals because you had to go in person but if you don't, if you if you if it's less and less the case that you actually have to go get things then it becomes easier and easier to spread out your purchases over time and if you're always shopping online you're not, you know just sort of the complete opposite of what you know going going to the office for Cyber Monday to go shopping which is what some of us used to do then you know you're much more open to these deals and opportunities that that retailers can offer you throughout the season so that part's not going away. Jason: [37:40] That's a great point so so then let's let's zoom out a little bit you guys are counting holiday is November 1 through December 31st a lot of retailers would, include January in there, holiday season again a lot of you know gift cards and returns and people you know come in with that return and they buy more stuff so January normally is a good month, and then this year the deals. Started in October right like Amazon Started Black Friday deals on October 4th time to get started on October 10th I think. Sort of boosted because of the supply chain concerns retailers are fighting really hard to start holiday shopping in October, and because all the stuff we really want is stuck on a boat off the coast of Long Beach we might not get it until January or February so with all of that supply chain squishiness. Like is there like what you know. Taylor: [38:39] What do we see. Jason: [38:40] Holiday in November and December but is it even a like the rate of growth is even bigger if you were to kind of you know redefine holiday as a October through February. Taylor: [38:51] Yeah I mean the way that shows up in our data is that we see a we so far I've seen a very strong October, we've seen very strong October in terms of overall e-commerce growth not not on par with you know the big holiday months but it's you know we're looking at you know roughly that ten percent year-over-year a little bit more for October so it's a good sign. [39:17] The what we're also seeing though is we're keeping a close eye on prices and as I said we're see we see. Data at the transaction level and it gives us a particularly unique view into into prices and we're going into your September are digital price index which is the of the basket of goods that we see purchased online through retail was up 3.3% over last year less than the CPI was up last month but still really significantly and for context up until the pandemic we had never seen digital inflation it always be always in prices going down on part about 5% order of about five percent so people are going into this season with higher prices there will be some discounts but we in October but I don't think they're going to make a dent in that inflation yet. And frankly from what we've seen historically over the other holidays of this year we expect to go in with higher prices for goods in general and we expect discounts to be, significant but a little bit shallower than they were at their last year their deepest point so consumers may be paying significantly more, this year on a Black Friday for a particular item than they were they would have been last year on that same date when you add all that up. Scot: [40:35] Nursing the so I know we're up against time so a little lightning around here it wouldn't be a Jason and Scot show if we didn't talk about Amazon any any tea leaves on Amazon. Taylor: [40:47] So we are we assiduously avoid commenting on particular retailers for a number of reasons but everybody's going to have a big year I would imagine this year. Scot: [40:56] My theory is if the supply chain matters Amazon Amazon Walmart and maybe Target are so dialed in on that but it was some a bit of an advantage and could hurt the small guy this year but we'll see how that plays out. Taylor: [41:11] What do you think the large versus small is a good good framing of that, you know bigger retailers in and out of stock in a world without of stocks have more options to to offer and complete a sale and then small retailers who may see their carts more likely to be abandoned I think that's a significant factor. Jason: [41:31] Okay so then the next lightning one is you talked a little bit about inflation you talked a little bit about like discounting not having to be quite as deep. How does that all washout in terms of profitability I do do retailers make more money on fewer sales this year or does do all these supply chain costs eat it up and, and it's you know thin margins. Taylor: [41:51] Yeah well so I think margin management is going to be a whole different game and retailers of already had to think a lot about that this year that you know the top line is going to be bigger per item so you're going to get more Revenue but I don't see that really being driven by some kind of margin maximization Behavior it seems to be largely driven by increasing increasing costs of goods and so you know I don't see a real Gap step open it up between increasing costs and and increasing Revenue to create a giant chunk of margin there. Scot: [42:28] How about anything on device Trends any news kind of done to be a bit of an old story that you know the smartphone is overtaking the desktop. Taylor: [42:37] There is a little bit of news it's kind of fascinating so we that's that's it if you looked at the share of Revenue that was doing through smartphones from 2014 till even into the pandemic you could have basically drawn a straight line I mean it was a it was a sort of, Early College regression experiment that we've been super easy for First Years to do that's changed a little bit smartphones are still gaining cheer don't get me wrong they're still growing faster than desktop in terms of the revenue is coming through them. Ever so slightly more slowly than than they used to and it may be an indicator that, in America at least we may be headed toward an equilibrium to looks more like a sort of 50/50 World between desktop and phones which is obviously really different than some other parts of the world where that it may be 80/20 or 90/10. [43:33] Right yeah I got two expense that so I can you know make it part of our part of our. Jason: [43:38] If we get our new app tops in time then we're all shopping on our laptops otherwise we're all shopping on our floor. Taylor: [43:42] Exactly. Jason: [43:45] But it wasn't a or we could talk all day I know you're in super high demand this this time of year and and you know quite frankly not in demand at all the rest of the year so I'm sure we'll talk again when. When you're less popular, but this was awesome we really appreciate your time as always if folks want to continue the conversation or have questions you can hit us up on, on the Twitter or the Facebook page, and as always if you got value out of this show we sure would appreciate it if you'd go on to iTunes and give us that five star Christmas review. Taylor: [44:19] That's what I'm going to do Jason. Scot: [44:21] Awesome we push it if that's aren't your gift to us and it's digital so we don't have to worry about Supply pain if I think in past years you guys have set up kind of a cool holiday news Hub is that something you're going to do this year and we're world where will we find them. Taylor: [44:37] It will be there I need to get you the URL we can put the URL in a link to this if you guys are watching this online I will make sure you guys have it before we got there but yes there will it'll be there. Scot: [44:47] All right we really appreciate the time. Taylor: [44:50] Right thank you guys I really appreciate Scott real patient appreciate Jason happy to do this anytime. Jason: [44:56] We appreciate you Taylor and until next time happy commercing!

Chatter that Matters
RETAIL MATTERS to Doug Putman

Chatter that Matters

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 38:52


While others run away from bricks and mortar retail, Doug Putman races in. What began as a single fruit stand in his teens, now bears billions of dollars in sales. Today Doug Putman owns HMV in Canada and the United Kingdom, Toys"R"Us and Babies R Us in Canada, FYE - For Your Entertainment in the USA, T. Kettle in Canada, Sunrise Records and he is only 37 years old. This is his incredible story and within, Doug offers so many lessons and my standing ovation for believing in retail and all `the energy and jobs it provides to the community and economy.  So how did Doug accomplish so much in under 20 years? 1)His first retail venture was owning a Fruit Stand, which he quickly scaled to five. Learn the lessons he learned about cash flow, perishable fruit, and why hiring friends isn't always the answer. 2)His next big move was dropping out of first-year University as this wasn't his path. Doug joined his family's small collectible business as a warehouse helper making minimum wage. 3)Doug moved into sales, honed his ability to evaluate risk and reward, and his family let him try ideas and fail. 4)One day, an opportunity came from his top customer, Sunrise Records, and an owner that was retiring. That opportunity changed his life. Doug went from being their supplier to becoming their owner. 5)Today, Doug Putman is proving that retail is viable in Canada, United Kingdom and the USA, if you execute according to the lessons he has learned, and willingly shares. Please share with entrepreneurs, small business owners, those who aspire to be in charge of their own destiny and all who love retail. To chat with Doug Putman: Linked In: linkedin.com/in/doug-putman HMV: https://www.hmv.com FYE:  https://www.fye.com Toys R Us Canada: https://www.toysrus.ca Sunrise Records: https://www.facebook.com/sunriserecords/ To chat with Tony Chapman. Web:    https://chatterthatmatters.ca Twitter – @TonyChapman – https://twitter.com/tonychapman Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonychapmanreactions/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chatterthatmatters/ Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcGvzmw9MFkUcGylrFA2xCQ RBC - https://www.rbc.com RBC Small Business Navigator:  https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/business/small-business-navigator/index.html RBC Upskill - https://www.rbc.com/dms/enterprise/futurelaunch/rbc-upskill.html RBC Business Banking - https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/business/index.html    

CEO Roundtable bridging Asia
S3E26 Derek Ting; The Future of Film (Agent Revelation)

CEO Roundtable bridging Asia

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 18:51


DEREK TING, CREATIVE DIRECTOR A writer, director, producer originally from New York, now based in Hong Kong, Derek strives to challenge himself in everything he does. He's written and produced several feature films: $upercapitalist shot in Hong Kong, New York, released internationally in 2012 with millions of views; Always, a romance drama shot in Hong Kong and Shanghai released globally this 2016, and has a 8.5 rating in China on qq with 300K+ views, and “Agent”, a science fiction thriller, shot in 2016, entirely in California that explores the origins of the Pyramids, Stone Henge, and the Great Wall as well as Alien conspiracies. Recently, he wrote and directed a science fiction short film, “Lucid”, about the possible future use of “virtual reality” as a way to reconstruct memories. He writes, and directs lifestyle branding videos , corporate and music videos, and has had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest stars and brands in entertainment, both in Asia, and North America. Random Art Workshop Media (RAW Media) is a cutting edge strategic global media company engaged in multiple aspects of content production, financing, distribution, and consulting services for movies, television, brands, corporates, in both traditional and new media. RAW Media efficiently leverages its professional hands on expertise, experience, and relationships in Asia and the US to develop and package formidable international works. Based in Hong Kong, RAW Media has produced and internationally distributed two feature films shot across the USA, Hong Kong, China. Our client list includes W Hotel, Bloomberg, Intercontinental Hotel, Pernod Ricard, CNN, Toys R Us, Pizza Hut, Earth Hour/WWF among others. http://www.randomartworkshop.com/about/   If you're interested in becoming a patron to support us to make more episodes and write interview articles @international media and newspapers, check out https://www.patreon.com/davidkim9712 Or donate & support us (one-off donation): https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/DAVID8282INHK Thank you for any support you're able to give, Because of incredible donors and sponsors like you, we can keep this platform to continue to contribute to global entrepreneur communities sharing the interesting stories of amazing entrepreneurs and investors around the world.

Adventure Media & Events Podcasts
Power Kid Podcast: Toys "R" Us Canada Owner Doug Putman Talks Toys, Retail, and Distribution

Adventure Media & Events Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 30:28


In this week's episode of the "Power Kid Podcast," host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design welcomes Doug Putman, the new owner of Toys "R" Us Canada and Babies "R" Us Canada. Putman's latest venture places the iconic retailer into a portfolio that includes Everest Toys, Sunrise Records, Alex Global Products, and FYE. On the show, Albritton asks Putman about his backstory and what drives him to purchase and grow iconic retail chains. Putman shares details on why he believes that brick-and-mortar retail has a bright future for many years to come and how companies can balance a kid-friendly experience with revamped store organization tactics that the toy industry can use to boost sales. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/adventuremedia/message

TransMissions Alt Mode: Comics and Media News and Reviews!
Might Makes Right (King Grimlock #2 Review)

TransMissions Alt Mode: Comics and Media News and Reviews!

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 41:48


We review IDW Publishing’s King Grimlock #2 in Comics, we talk about the shakeups at Transformers franchise movie studio Paramount, and then we talk about… Toys R Us? All this and much, much more on this episode of TransMissions Alt Mode! This episode was edited by Michael Ordway (@minervion).  Please check out his work in 3D modelling and animation and video and audio post-production at www.michaelordway.com!  Huge thanks to Michael for his hard work! Order our TransMissions Exclusive Cover Variant of IDW’s Transformers Till All Are One #1! Want some TransMissions swag? Check out our online shop, powered by TeePublic! Like what we’re doing and want to help make our podcast even better? If you already support us, thank you! Show Notes: Intro [00:26] Welcome guest host Epyk! Check out Epyk’s website epyksuicide.com! (NSFW) Merch! – http://transmissionspodcast.com/shop Check out TransMissions Artist KGirl’s TeePublic Store! Check out the uncut version of Empire… Continue reading The post Alt Mode 251 – Might Makes Right (King Grimlock #2 Review) appeared first on TransMissions Podcast Network.

TransMissions Podcast: Transformers News and Reviews! - All Shows Feed
Might Makes Right (King Grimlock #2 Review)

TransMissions Podcast: Transformers News and Reviews! - All Shows Feed

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 41:48


We review IDW Publishing’s King Grimlock #2 in Comics, we talk about the shakeups at Transformers franchise movie studio Paramount, and then we talk about… Toys R Us? All this and much, much more on this episode of TransMissions Alt Mode! This episode was edited by Michael Ordway (@minervion).  Please check out his work in 3D modelling and animation and video and audio post-production at www.michaelordway.com!  Huge thanks to Michael for his hard work! Order our TransMissions Exclusive Cover Variant of IDW’s Transformers Till All Are One #1! Want some TransMissions swag? Check out our online shop, powered by TeePublic! Like what we’re doing and want to help make our podcast even better? If you already support us, thank you! Show Notes: Intro [00:26] Welcome guest host Epyk! Check out Epyk’s website epyksuicide.com! (NSFW) Merch! – http://transmissionspodcast.com/shop Check out TransMissions Artist KGirl’s TeePublic Store! Check out the uncut version of Empire… Continue reading The post Alt Mode 251 – Might Makes Right (King Grimlock #2 Review) appeared first on TransMissions Podcast Network.

Video Game Newsroom Time Machine

Donkey Kong comes to Nintendo's rescue Software retailing is coming to a mall near you Computer Chronicles brings tech to TV These stories and many more on this episode of the Video Game Newsroom Time Machine This episode we will look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in August of 1981. As always, we'll mostly be using magazine cover dates, and those are of course always a bit behind the actual events. Peter is on vacation so we have the pleasure of Mads from the Retro Asylum to join us. http://retroasylum.com and https://playthroughpod.com/ Get us on your mobile device: Android: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly92aWRlb2dhbWVuZXdzcm9vbXRpbWVtYWNoaW5lLmxpYnN5bi5jb20vcnNz iOS: https://podcasts.apple.com/de/podcast/video-game-newsroom-time-machine And if you like what we are doing here at the podcast, don't forget to like us on your podcasting app of choice, YouTube, and/or support us on patreon! https://www.patreon.com/VGNRTM Send comments on twitter @videogamenewsr2 Or Instagram https://www.instagram.com/vgnrtm Or videogamenewsroomtimemachine@gmail.com Time Codes: 7 Minutes in Heaven: 09:38 Corrections: 19:11 Time Jump: 36:20 Links: 7 Minutes in Heaven: Video version - https://www.patreon.com/posts/56209208 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Wolfenstein https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berzerk_(video_game) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfenstein_3D Ed Zaron Interview - https://www.patreon.com/posts/30697517 Longplay with sound samples - https://youtu.be/8fgok9eHqO8 Champion of the Raj - 7 Minutes in Heaven - https://www.patreon.com/posts/54250971 Corrections: August 1981 Ep - https://www.patreon.com/posts/55291660 https://mario.fandom.com/de/wiki/Pauline https://www.gamingalexandria.com/wp/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PLATO_(computer_system) https://www.historyofinformation.com/detail.php?id=639 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atanasoff%E2%80%93Berry_computer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Pac-Man https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_VIC-20 https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/people/laine-nooney Ed Zaron Interview - https://www.patreon.com/posts/30697517 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epyx November 1978 Jump - https://videogamenewsroomtimemachine.libsyn.com/video-game-newsroom-time-machine-0 1971: UK computer industry on the fritz https://www.nytimes.com/1971/09/05/archives/british-computer-chief-calm-in-crisis-market-shrinking-imports.html?searchResultPosition=3 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Computers_Limited https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thatcherism#Economic_positions 1981: Frogger goes head-to-head with Donkey Kong Vending Times, Sept. 1981, pg. 68 https://www.mobygames.com/game/arcade/frogger https://www.mobygames.com/game/arcade/donkey-kong https://www.mobygames.com/game/gameboy-color/frogger Casual gamers may be outnumbering the hardcore Play Meter, Sept. 15, 1981, pg. 17 AMOA 1980 Special Ep - https://www.patreon.com/posts/42756585 https://www.mobygames.com/game/arcade/pac-man https://www.mobygames.com/game/arcade/asteroids_ https://www.mobygames.com/game/arcade/defender Marcos bans video games https://www.nytimes.com/1981/11/20/world/marcos-bans-video-games.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_games_in_the_Philippines#1981_ban_on_video_games UK's Century Electronics announces interchangeable arcade system Play Meter, Sept. 15, 1981, pg. 25 http://www.macros-arcade.com/cvs.htm https://www.gamesdatabase.org/game/arcade/dark-warrior https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/hunchback-series Jim Trucano Interview - https://www.patreon.com/posts/48912975 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcade_video_game#Technology Mattel Electronics becomes independent unit Toy & Hobby World Sept. 1981 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellivision Don Daglow Interview Part 1 - https://www.patreon.com/posts/38445119 Atari 2nd quarter revenue rises 86% Playthings Sept. 1981, pg. 13 Playthings Sept. 1981, pg. 22 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari Revenue records for Toys R Us, Coleco Toy & Hobby World Sept. 1981 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toys_%22R%22_Us https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coleco They Create Worlds - The Visions of Coleco Part 1 https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-hmuip-ef4480 Michael Katz Interview Part 1 - https://www.patreon.com/posts/35169258 Apple sales triple https://archive.org/details/eu_BYTE-1981-09_OCR/page/n357/mode/1up July 1979 Jump - https://www.patreon.com/posts/28794108 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_II https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_III https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VisiCalc Exidy exits the home computer market Replay Sept. 1981, pg. 20 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exidy_Sorcerer NY Times profiles pervasiveness of computer tech in Japan https://www.nytimes.com/1981/09/05/business/computer-technology-pervades-lif-e-in-japan.html The dedicated software retailer is born https://archive.org/details/eu_BYTE-1981-09_OCR/page/n357/mode/1up https://www.inc.com/magazine/19820101/9347.html https://www.upi.com/Archives/1981/04/14/Fascinating-gadget-lures-singer-from-operatic-career-to-business/1069356072400/ https://www.upi.com/Archives/1981/04/14/Fascinating-gadget-lures-singer-from-operatic-career-to-business/1069356072400/ https://www.nytimes.com/1982/02/21/business/they-want-to-sell-software-like-hamburgers.html http://www.bitsavers.org/magazines/Datamation/198105.pdf pg. 79 Ken Williams Interview - https://www.patreon.com/posts/42700706 Ed Zaron Interview - https://www.patreon.com/posts/30697517 Sesame Street is coming to the Apple ii https://archive.org/details/1981-09-compute-magazine/page/n147/mode/1up https://www.mobygames.com/game/ernies-quiz https://www.mobygames.com/game/mix-and-match https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sesame_Street June 1979 Jump - https://www.patreon.com/posts/27819027 Softporn ad appears in Softalk https://archive.org/details/softalkv2n01sep1981/page/68/mode/1up https://www.mobygames.com/game/softporn-adventure Softline magazine debuts https://archive.org/details/Softline_Magazine_Issue_1.1/page/n15/mode/2up https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Softalk https://archive.org/details/softline_magazine The Computer Chronicles premieres https://archive.org/details/bitsavers_computerFatte25a0701_4350842/mode/2up?q=silicon+gulch+gazette+1981 https://www.themoviedb.org/tv/9821-computer-chronicles https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stewart_Cheifet http://www.cheifet.com/ Computer Chronicles on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/ComputerChroniclesYT Computer Chronicles Amiga and Atari ST Episode - https://youtu.be/kX5N8lWpqLM Computer Chronicles Jack Tramiel - https://youtu.be/eaKukgUrxuA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Kildall Time magazine profiles The People's Court http://content.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,924829,00.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_People%27s_Court Rain Man - People's Court clip - https://youtu.be/Bp9AClR8qCY Recommended Links: The History of How We Play: https://thehistoryofhowweplay.wordpress.com/ Gaming Alexandria: https://www.gamingalexandria.com/wp/ They Create Worlds: https://tcwpodcast.podbean.com/ Digital Antiquarian: https://www.filfre.net/ The Arcade Blogger: https://arcadeblogger.com/ Retro Asylum: http://retroasylum.com/category/all-posts/ Retro Game Squad: http://retrogamesquad.libsyn.com/ Playthrough Podcast: https://playthroughpod.com/ Sound Effects by Ethan Johnson of History of How We Play and Enzo Maida.

AR Show with Jason McDowall
Kris Kolo (VRARA) on Mapping, Positioning, and Insights from the VR/AR Association

AR Show with Jason McDowall

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 53:26


Kris Kolo is the Global Executive Director of the VR/AR Association, an international organization designed to foster growth, knowledge, and connections between its members.Previously, Kris was an executive at Verizon and Toys R Us, applying AR technology to business needs. At Toys R Us, Kris was working on digital in-store initiatives and shopping solutions, piloting the AR solution from Metaio (acquired by Apple). At Verizon, Kris was responsible for Media, Entertainment, and Location-Based apps & platforms, where he collaborated with Wikitude to integrate AR into Verizon's GPS Navigation. He also launched the Verizon Developer Program. In addition, Kris was an Advisor to FlyBy Media, an AR tech startup, acquired by Apple.As an entrepreneur, Kris was the Co-Founder of Spime Inc, a Silicon Valley startup acquired by Trimble. He's also published the ground-breaking book, Local Positioning Systems, on geo spatial and location-based services, and holds graduate degrees from MIT.In this conversation, we chat about mapping and positioning in the early days of mobile, as well as the challenges and benefits of remapping the world for AR. Based on his insights from the Association, Kris describes what's working for VR & AR in healthcare and enterprise. He describes what he sees as a big challenge hindering adoption and the impact of Facebook's commitment to VR & AR on the rest of the market.You can find all of the show notes at thearshow.com.

Sales vs. Marketing
How to Overcome Saturation by Going Analog With David Wachs, CEO of Handwrytten

Sales vs. Marketing

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 53:36


➡️ Like The Show? Leave A Rating: https://ratethispodcast.com/successstory ➡️ About The Guest A serial entrepreneur, David Wachs's latest venture, Handwrytten, is bringing back the lost art of letter writing through scalable, robot-based solutions that write your notes in pen. Developed as a platform, Handwrytten lets you send notes from your CRM system, such as Salesforce, the web site, apps, or through custom integration. Used by major meal boxes, eCommerce giants, nonprofits and professionals, Handwrytten is changing the way brands and people connect. Prior to his current initiatives, David Wachs founded Cellit, a mobile marketing platform and mobile agency. Under David's leadership, Cellit became a leading player in the mobile marketing space and invented the concept of mobile customer relationship management (Mobile CRM). Cellit developed one of the most robust and widely-used mobile marketing platforms in the world, delivering millions of SMS and MMS messages to consumers on a daily basis. With a marquee client roster including Abercrombie and Fitch, Toys R Us, Sam's Club, Chicago Tribune, For Rent Media Solutions, Pizza Hut and more, Cellit was recognized as one of the top 500 fastest growing companies in America, as #262 on the Inc. 500 in 2010, delivered many award-winning mobile campaigns, and built one of the best teams in the mobile industry. Cellit was sold to HelloWord (f/k/a ePrize) in January of 2012. ➡️ Talking Points 00:00 - Intro 14:31 - The mindset of an entrepreneur when starting a new company. 19:52 - Inbound vs. Outbound & Sales vs. Marketing. 24:27 - How to automate your sales process. 32:06 - Advice for entrepreneurs. 38:50 - What is “an entrepreneurial mindset”? ➡️ Show Links https://twitter.com/DavidBWachs https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidwachs/ ➡️ Podcast & Newsletter Sponsors 1. Electric — All-In-One IT Support https://bit.ly/2XXsCBN — (Free Beat(s Solo3) Headphones) 2. LeadFuze — Lead / Contact Database bit.ly/2UWE7rz (Unlimited free lead database for cold emailing) 3. Flatfile — Data Onboarding Platform For Product Teams https://flatfile.com 4. Postie — Direct Mail For Digital Marketers https://postie.com/successstory (Free Demo) 5. Canva — Graphic Design Software https://canva.me/successstory (45 Days Free Pro) 6. Faherty Brand — Modern Clothing https://fahertybrand.com/ (20% Off Code: SuccessStory) 7. Quantum Metric — Customer Insights Software https://quantummetric.com/podoffer (Code: Success)

Remarkable Retail
A look behind the Magic Door with Ben Kaufman, CEO CAMP

Remarkable Retail

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 36:08


This episode we welcome Ben Kaufman, CEO and founder of Camp, the fast growing "family experience" company, which now features multiple locations in the New York area and Dallas, with more on the way (including the Los Angeles and Boston areas). We explore Camp's unique approach to the toy category--and retail more broadly--which includes a mix of play, product and programming. In addition to learning what's behind "the Magic Door", we chat about what "experiential" retail should mean and how to measure success in the blended digital and physical world.But first we open up the episode with our quick takes on recent retail news that caught out attention, including Amazon's rumored new "department store" format and what to conclude (if anything) from recent retail earnings releases. We also unpack Warby Parker's S-1 filing and--as a prelude to our interview--dig into recent toy industry news, including Toys R Us at Macy's and Disney's expansion with Target.Here is the prescient Forbes article Steve references in the episode.NOTE: We'll be back to weekly episodes after Labor Day.Also be sure to check out our new  YouTube channel. Steve Dennis is an advisor, keynote speaker and author on strategic growth and business innovation. You can learn more about Steve on his       website.    The expanded and revised edition of his bestselling book  Remarkable Retail: How To Win & Keep Customers in the Age of Disruption is now available at  Amazon or just about anywhere else books are sold. Steve regularly shares his insights in his role as a      Forbes senior contributor and on       Twitter and       LinkedIn. You can also check out his speaker "sizzle" reel      here.Michael LeBlanc  is the Founder & President of M.E. LeBlanc & Company Inc and a Senior Advisor to Retail Council of Canada as part of his advisory and consulting practice.   He brings 25+ years of brand/retail/marketing & eCommerce leadership experience, and has been on the front lines of retail industry change for his entire career.  Michael is the producer and host of a network of leading podcasts including Canada's top retail industry podcast,       The Voice of Retail, plus        Global E-Commerce Tech Talks  and       The Food Professor  with Dr. Sylvain Charlebois.  You can learn more about Michael       here  or on       LinkedIn. 

Sarcasm Speaks
Episode 280 - The Filibuster

Sarcasm Speaks

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 83:18


Bobby and Jared discuss the devastating results of Hurricane Henri, the hopeful opinions of a friend, sliding back into covid restrictions, Toys R Us coming back, weird rules on the golf course, Jared hits a filibuster while Bob lost internet, Tesla Bot, Mountain Dew Seltzer, the band that blew their minds, and old movies that couldn't be made now.   Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to the show to stay up to date on the latest releases! You can also find the video show on YouTube by clicking here.   Thank you to our sponsor Grill Your Ass Off! Go to www.grillyourassoff.com and use our promo code: SARCASMPOD for 15% of your entire order!   Make sure you sign up with MyBookie.com to get all of your bets in. Use our promo code: SARCASMPOD for a doubled up first deposit up to $1000 and get a freeplay!

Drumm & Drummer
93 - The Well to Hell, Broke Bobby, & Judging Books by Their Covers

Drumm & Drummer

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 62:04


Also featured: Long and rough weeks fruitfully coming to an end now! Finally watching The Circle! The start of a new school year! Toys R Us is making a comeback! NASA under fire by Amazon giant Jeff Bezos! OnlyFans shooting themselves in the foot by banning explicit content! Going to the new Sofi Stadium! and more! E-mail us your questions & any advice topics you want us to tackle on "The Boys' Room!" - Drummanddrummerpodcast@gmail.com Check us out at: Instagram - @drummpodcast Tiktok - @drummpodcast

Marketplace All-in-One
What’s Elon up to?

Marketplace All-in-One

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 20:01


He sells electric cars. He wants to go to Mars. Now he wants to sell … electricity? Yup, Elon Musk wants Tesla to get into the energy business in Texas. We'll discuss what it all means and how Tesla is making money these days. Plus, a bananas story about misinformation on the internet. And the hosts take a stand on the latest round of our favorite game, Half Full/Half Empty. Here’s everything we talked about today: “How Should the Fed Deal With Climate Change?” from The New York Times “Elon Musk wants to sell Texas Electricity” from Texas Monthly “Does Tesla actually want competitors to make electric cars?” from “Marketplace Morning Report” “Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of RFK assassination, released by California parole board” from The Washington Post “Texans are calling poison control in record numbers after ingesting horse and cow dewormer” from KSAT “Florida Judge Throws Out Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Order Prohibiting School Mask Mandates” from NPR “Academic credentials are a poor measure of talent. So why do businesses keep relying on them?” from Fortune “Delta Air Lines’ $200 charge to unvaccinated employees puts penalty power to the test” from “Marketplace Morning Report” “Back in name only: Toys R Us brand to reappear in more than 400 Macy’s stores” from “Marketplace” “TikTok hits the big time: The MLA Handbook has decided how to cite it in academic works” from Fast Company “Elon Musk warned of a ‘Terminator’-like AI apocalypse —now he’s building a Tesla robot” from CNBC Pumpkin Spice hard seltzer?  Our show needs your voice! Tell us what you think of the show or ask a question for our hosts to answer! Send a voice memo or give us a call at 508-82-SMART (508-827-6278).

Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly
What’s Elon up to?

Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 20:01


He sells electric cars. He wants to go to Mars. Now he wants to sell … electricity? Yup, Elon Musk wants Tesla to get into the energy business in Texas. We'll discuss what it all means and how Tesla is making money these days. Plus, a bananas story about misinformation on the internet. And the hosts take a stand on the latest round of our favorite game, Half Full/Half Empty. Here’s everything we talked about today: “How Should the Fed Deal With Climate Change?” from The New York Times “Elon Musk wants to sell Texas Electricity” from Texas Monthly “Does Tesla actually want competitors to make electric cars?” from “Marketplace Morning Report” “Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of RFK assassination, released by California parole board” from The Washington Post “Texans are calling poison control in record numbers after ingesting horse and cow dewormer” from KSAT “Florida Judge Throws Out Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Order Prohibiting School Mask Mandates” from NPR “Academic credentials are a poor measure of talent. So why do businesses keep relying on them?” from Fortune “Delta Air Lines’ $200 charge to unvaccinated employees puts penalty power to the test” from “Marketplace Morning Report” “Back in name only: Toys R Us brand to reappear in more than 400 Macy’s stores” from “Marketplace” “TikTok hits the big time: The MLA Handbook has decided how to cite it in academic works” from Fast Company “Elon Musk warned of a ‘Terminator’-like AI apocalypse —now he’s building a Tesla robot” from CNBC Pumpkin Spice hard seltzer?  Our show needs your voice! Tell us what you think of the show or ask a question for our hosts to answer! Send a voice memo or give us a call at 508-82-SMART (508-827-6278).

Behind the Numbers: eMarketer Podcast
The Weekly Listen: What Users See on Facebook, Measuring Attention and AI Advertising | Aug 27, 2021

Behind the Numbers: eMarketer Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 46:23


On today's episode, we discuss what users are viewing on Facebook, how to measure attention, whether Toys R Us can make a comeback, the scope of the ad frequency problem, how important AI is to advertising, how soon will work meetings move into virtual reality, how Nicole discovered a ground-breaking literary link that made national news, and more. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer director of reports editing Rahul Chadha and principal analysts at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin and Paul Verna. For sponsorship opportunities contact us:   advertising@insiderintelligence.com.   For more information visit:   https://www.insiderintelligence.com/contact/advertise/ Have questions or just want to say hi? Drop us a line at podcast@emarketer.com © 2021 Insider Intelligence

Dr. Howard Smith Oncall
Razor Hoverboard GLW Battery Packs Have Been Recalled

Dr. Howard Smith Oncall

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 1:07


  Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/8sJZdCr53WM   The CPSC and Razor are recalling the GLW lithium-ion battery packs used to power Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Self-Balancing Scooters and Hoverboards.  These battery packs are prone to overheating with resultant fires, explosions, and emission of toxic fumes.  About 237,300 of these battery packs have been sold by Walmart, Target, Toys R US, and other retail outlets as well as by walmart.com, Amazon.com, and other online retailers.  If you have these battery packs installed in your Razor products, immediately stop using them and contact Razor by phone at 1-866-467-2967 or online at razor.com to obtain a prepaid shipping carton for shipping the GLW battery pack back to Razor and to request a free replacement battery pack.    https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2021/Razor-USA-Recalls-GLW-Battery-Packs-Sold-with-Hovertrax-2-0-Self-Balancing-Hoverboards-Due-to-Fire-Hazard   #razor #batteries #lithiumion #hoverboards #fire #explosions #recall  

Omni Talk
Fast Five | Chris Returns To Rant About Amazon, Walmart, and Toys R Us

Omni Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 38:00


In the latest edition of the Omni Talk Fast Five, sponsored by the A&M Consumer & Retail Group and Takeoff, Chris Walton rejoins Anne Mezzenga on the show after a long medical absence to discuss: – Amazon's move into department stores. – The insanity that is Macy's new Toys R Us partnership. – All the sizzle without the steak in Walmart's new GoLocal delivery service concept. – The positive and potentially negative repercussions of Shipt's new preferred shopper innovation. – And why Warby Parker just may not be the city on the hill of omnichannel retailing that so many people have made them out to be for the past decade. To learn more about the A&M Consumer & Retail Group, visit: www.alvarezandmarsal.com/industries/retail/retail To learn more about Takeoff, visit: www.takeoff.com/

Don't Feed The Geeks
Toys R Us, Marvel NFTs & Card Shill Bidding | The Geek Beat

Don't Feed The Geeks

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 40:39


There's a new Eternals trailer and we are still excited about it! Toys R Us is back, nuff said! Hayden Christensen is set to appear at a few upcoming Reed Pop Conventions. The biggest trading card seller on eBay gets account pulled for possible shill bidding accusations. Topps cards takes a big loss in the card market too. Riri Williams confirmed to appear in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Captain America 4 also confirms Anthony Mackie as lead. Another new He-man cartoon set to premiere on Netflix. At certainly not least, Marvel makes a huge splash in the world of NFTs! Connect with us: You can also listen to our show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, or wherever you get podcasts. Please subscribe, rate us, and leave a review to let us know what you think! Do you have questions or follow up thoughts on anything we discussed? You can reach us at our Official Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or send us an email at dontfeedthegeeks@licomicguys.com Thanks for watching loyal Geek Freaks!! Website: https://licomicguys.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/licomicguys/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/licomicguys/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dontfeedthegeekspodcast/ To Contact Us for reviews and promotional appearances please email requests@licomicguys.com

Toys Reluctant Adult Podcast
CM Punk is Back! Toys R Us is Back!

Toys Reluctant Adult Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 74:23


Paul marks out for CM Punk's return to wrestling, but will he only be available in select Macy's stores? There's another He-Man on Netflix to hate. Super7 solicits more toys we'll maybe see one day. Hasbro's new NERF blaster mostly comes out at night... mostly. Hasbro squeezes another drop out of the Mighty Morphin' bovine and hey, remember those Batman Forever glass mugs from McDonalds? Instagram @TheReluctantAdultPodcast Twitter @Reluctant_Pod

Winning Retail
The Wild West of Retail with Sucharita Kodali, Retail Analyst at Forrester Research

Winning Retail

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 35:41


This episode features an interview with Sucharita Kodali, Retail Analyst at Forrester Research. With an expansive career that features stops at Saks Fifth Avenue, Toys R Us, and the Walt Disney Company, Sucharita is an expert on eCommerce and the technology developments that affect online shopping.On today's episode, Sucharita touches on everything from rogue distributors to the ESG movement to how retailers can avoid the boiling frog syndrome. --“The thing I think is really important about retail, CPGs, and brand manufacturers is that the world may be changing, but the technologies and cataclysmic changes to their worlds don't happen overnight.” -Sucharita Kodali--Show Notes(1:34) Taking a critical eye to retail assumptions(7:57) Separating the hype from the reality(10:51) How retailers can avoid the boiling frog syndrome(14:51) The rise of brand manufacturers(17:42) Brand independence in the era of rogue distributors(20:48) Getting unstuck from the 80s retail orthodoxy(25:11) Mindset changes, the ESG movement, and other disruptions(28:33) The long journey of digital transformation(31:37) Lightning round--SponsorThis podcast is presented by Dell Technologies and Intel. Together they help you realize digital transformation across retail by driving IT innovation to better engage with today's connected consumer. Learn more at DellTechnologies.com/retail and Intel.com/retail.--LinksConnect with Sucharita on LinkedInFollow Sucharita on TwitterConnect with Tony on LinkedInConnect with Tony on TwitterTony Saldanha - Transformant

KMJ's Afternoon Drive
Hour 4 - Rolling Stones, A Giant Tortoise, & Spider-Man

KMJ's Afternoon Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 38:53


Trending Topics at 5 o'clock. Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at 80. Despite being assumed to be vegetarian, a giant tortoise dines on a baby bird. Toys R Us teams with Macy's in an attempt to revamp its brand. The trailer Spider-Man: No Way Home has been released.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Talkin' Business and Facts
E-commerce News #15 | Toy R Us To Open 400 Shops With Macy's Partnership

Talkin' Business and Facts

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 4:16


Toys R Us has been a very nostalgic brand and a lot of our hearts were broken when it filed for bankruptcy. Seeing our favorite kid's toy store close down was hard on our young hearts at the time.But guess what? Toy R Us is partnering up with Macy's (again) to open 400 shop-in-shops in Macy's stores! What a time to be alive. This is going to be quite interesting.

Renegade Investors
Ep 198: TGT - Is Target a Good Stock to Buy? Also, Pfizer's (PFE)'s FDA Vaccine Approval and a $2.2bn Acquisition.

Renegade Investors

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 8:35


The Steve Harvey Morning Show
Molly Whopped, R. Kelly, Church Complaints, Window Shopping @ Toys R Us and more.

The Steve Harvey Morning Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 104:03


Good morning and welcome to the ride! Fool #2 justifies the actions of an old playa that got new teeth. We get a friendly reminder from The Jackson's about the importance of the vaccine. Fool #2 got something with this Last Week's News thang! The King of Pranks has a school story for us that is near and very dear to him. A white dude got molly whopped in Pittsburgh. Is it cruel to take a baby window shopping @ Toy's "R" Us or nah? Comedy Roulette contains the things a woman can say to man that cannot be topped. Today the show wraps up with a billion possibilities. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

FilmakerMike and The Boys!
Star Wars Anime, The Eternals, What if Toys R Us returned and we had an Only Fans?

FilmakerMike and The Boys!

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 152:11


We discuss the brand new Star Wars Visions trailer, Jester shares his thoughts on "The Bad Batch" Season One, The Eternals debut their final trailer and the 2nd episode of Marvel's What If? Featuring T'Challa as Star-Lord! Titans Season 3 drops on HBO Max and Superman & Lois wraps up Season One! Toys R Us strikes a deal to return with Macy's, Elon Musk introduces the Tesla Bot and What is Only Fans doing??? Check out our other episodes and leave us a voice message here! https://anchor.fm/FilmakerMike      Watch this episode on YouTube just search for "FilmakerMike"    Follow the show on instagram: @fmandtb    Follow the show on twitter: @FMandTBpodcast   Like us on facebook: FilmakerMike and The Boys Follow our individual instagram accounts: @FilmakerMike  @thesequesteredjester  @pinhead198  @oldmanjimi Follow our individual twitter accounts: @JediMike1128 @SequesteredJ @Pinhead198 @B1indHermit --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/filmakermike/support

The Mo'Kelly Show
Biden's Afghanistan failure, Covid-19 in Schools, Toys ‘R' Us & Cable TV

The Mo'Kelly Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 32:07


ICYMI: The Mo'Kelly Show Presents – Thoughts on Biden and the political fallout from Afghanistan, the Covid-19 surge in Southern California schools, the return of Toys ‘R' Us & Cable TV losing subscribers by the millions on KFI AM 640 – Live everywhere on the iHeartRadio app

SoFi Daily Podcast
Sofi Daily Podcast - 8/20/2021

SoFi Daily Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 4:06


US stocks were mixed Thursday. Plus, Goldman Sachs acquires NN Group unit, Macy's to sell Toys “R” Us products, and General Motors partners with AT&T.

Tim Conway Jr. on Demand
Hour 1 | Torrance LL In Little League World Series @ConwayShow

Tim Conway Jr. on Demand

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 39:28


High Tide South Coast Beaches/Toy R Us// Tesla Battery Starts House Fire //Little League World Series Torrance vs Ohio//

Group Chat
40 Hours to Freedom | Group Chat News

Group Chat

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 80:22


Today we've got Yonatan Farber, head of ITAC Security, on the pod to tell us about his private security and krav maga self-defense courses being offered in Los Angeles. Then we're discussing Larry David's grocery store argument with Alan Dershowitz,  the Falcons' decision to clip two unvaccinated players, Robinhood's stock dropping 8%, Macy's beating earnings and opening 400 Toys R Us's inside department stores, Winners, Losers, Content Recommendations, and more. Connect with Group Chat! Watch The Pod #1 Newsletter In The World For The Gram Tweet With Us Exclusive Facebook Content

IseeRobots Radio
Classic Episode Repost! The Toys R Us Report Ep.176: The 5 Mic Movie Hall Of Fame Inaugural Class (Belated)

IseeRobots Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 61:52


Due to some unseen complications on the homefront we weren't able to produce a new show this week. Hopefully we'll be back on track soon but if you guys knew the depth of my despair you'd be happy that I haven't jumped off the roof off yet.. (I'm kidding but only a little)  Anyhow, enjoy this blast from the past where we take a look at the 1st Ten flicks in the 5 Mic Movie Hall Of Fame... Let's see what I had to say about all this at the time... We have a super fun show ahead of us this week. We start off with me mopping up after last week's incident with the mini-sub. Iceberg and Emily are both there. It's a fun heartfelt moment in time..   From there we talk about a movie I saw called Ralph Breaks The Internet. It's the sequel to Wreck It Ralph. It was a lot of fun.   For the main event of the show we tackle something that we should have done a long time ago, The Inaugural Class Of The 5 Mic Movie Hall Of Fame. This week we go over 10 movies that should have been in from the jump. Next week we will do 10 more..    In the final segment we take some texts and have a great time listening to those. There is also some toy talk and stuff like that!   Make sure to hop on over to Support The Report and check out how you can get the ISR Supertape VHS Tape! While helping to support the show. Man, we need all the help that we can get.

Be Real Show
#342 - JB the Wizard gets REAL about Unlocking your Potential Each Day

Be Real Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 53:57


Do you have a nagging feeling that there's more? I help people shift their mindset, get "unstuck", get in alignment, speak with authenticity and authority, and be their "true selves". My clients and audiences call me "The Wizard" and the "Chiropractor for the soul" because identifying those tiny areas that are holding you back from fulfillment, answers and mastery in life and business is where I've spent my life focus so that we can all have complete freedom.  https://futurewiththewizard.com/ In case you want to understand just how I got to this point, here is the short story... My degree is Pre-Medical Exercise Physiology, I landed my first role immediately in a Hollywood film called, "Radio" with Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, and Alfre Woodard which I was featured and had an opportunity for my SAG card. I spent time with Cuba and Riley Smith and after that booked my first agent. I went on to land the lead in several theater productions and then to teaching acting in an agency. I knew I wanted to be a director so I connected with Fritz Kiersch (Director of the Children of the Corn) and Grey Frederickson (Producer of The Godfather Triology). I directed my first film which was nominated for Best Family Picture in a short film category and aired on Television. During this time I owned and operated my business of personal training as an Exercise Physiologist where I trained Miss America from 2007, Realtor celebrities and Bootcamps. I landed an international commercial where one of my highlights was being on a coupon! After that I was selected as a resident Actor in a theater company in which I received my Actor's Equity Card. I performed with Broadway actors, international film stars like Lou Diamond Phillips, who won a Tony Award, Jensen Ackles from CN's Supernatural, and performed in opera houses and small theaters with audiences from 40 to 2,000. In addition to teaching acting and performance at a University and the Theater at the time, I auditioned for roles such as Louie the Alligator in Disney's Princess and the Frog, Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, The Expendables, and many more. I landed a role on Prison Break in Season 3 as a character named Tico in a scene with Robert Wisdom, Robert Knepper, Wentworth Miller, and several others and that's when I received my SAG card eligibility. After all of that I began directing and producing Fortune 500 films for Transamerica and a Hollywood film called "The Ningyo" which was directed and worked on by the team from Transformers 3, Thor, and a few other films, which has been picked up by the production company that created the "John Wick" franchise. In addition to my work on Cartoon Network's "One Piece" for voiceovers, I also did motion capture in video games and went on to be a founder on a Video game, toy, app, card game called "The Lightseekers" which is available on Amazon, Toys R Us, and the app store. I also co-produced a video game that will be released on Sony Playstation and was written in TIME magazine called, "Pinstripe." I've taken all of the 20+ years of Entrepreneurship, Life, Acting, Directing, Performing, and Celebrity and turned that into what you see now. I coach individuals and groups on life, entrepreneurship, public speaking, presenting on social media, spirituality and alignment. Most importantly, the thing I've found that seems to be the most valuable, necessary, and missing ingredient to success is alignment and mindset. The delicate combination of all of these aspects is Futuring™. I motivate and inspire because after all of these years of difficulties, ups and downs, and struggles and successes, without mindset, finding my alignment, and tapping into my "Atomic Core," none of the successes would have been possible. You can always find tips, tricks, strategies, marketing angles, clever gadgets, and good copywriting, but to connect with someone who can help you discover your true self so that all of you will be unlocked is one of kind. If I'm the person you know that can help you do just that, then I'm honored and excited to begin working together. Let's begin together now. Be a #nowperson -JB "The Wizard"  

CX Chronicles Podcast
CXChronicles Podcast Episode 129 with Michael Scharff CEO & Co-Founder of Evolv AI

CX Chronicles Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 35:22


In episode #129 of The CXChronicles Podcast we welcomed Michael Scharff, CEO & Co-Founder of Evolv AI located in Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay area. Evolv AI is defining autonomous optimization for the digital era. Using breakthrough artificial intelligence, developed over the course of ten years, Evolv helps enterprise customers continuously optimize their digital KPIs and meet their goals and objectives. The company's flagship product is used today by recognized brands around the world to improve experiences across web and mobile.Michael has a 25+ year track record of building great businesses, driving high impact strategies, leading innovation & growth initiatives and fostering talent across multiple organizations including Best Buy, Toys R Us, Sears, Polk, Staples, & now Evolv. Episode #129 Highlight Reel:Corner-stone focus areas that you need to prioritize to build an incredible customer experienceHow AI & technology is changing the way enterprise companies manage CX/EXFostering an insatiable appetitive for your team to continue learningHow to optimize your company's tech stack & maximize your overall Tools ROIWhy great CX is driven by continuous optimization & personalization Huge thanks to Michael Scharff for coming on the CXCP and featuring his team's work and efforts in pushing the AI driven, digital experience space into the future.Click here to learn more about Michael ScharffClick here to learn more about Evolv AIIf you enjoy The CXChronicles Podcast, please stop by your favorite podcast player and leave us a review, this is the easiest way we can find new listeners, guests and future CX'ers!Watch  The CXChronicles Podcast On Youtube HereSupport the show (https://cxchronicles.com/)