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Introduction: Welcome to the BBB National Program’s Podcast Better Series, where we will explore top of mind topics with business and industry leaders to understand the leading trends and innovations that continue to push the envelope in today’s marketplace.
James Lee: Thank you for joining us today on the Better Series Podcast. I’m James Lee.
For the past three episodes on this podcast, we’ve been exploring the retail sector in a series we call Retail Therapy. We learned how important retail is to the overall economy and how there is a transition underway being led by consumers, not designers or manufacturers. Our group of experts collectively agreed there is no retail apocalypse. Although if you’re among the tens of thousands of people whose jobs have been impacted by store closures, you might not see it that way.
Continue reading Today’s Retail – Episode Transcript
EDITORS NOTE: This is first of a multi-part series – Retail Therapy – that focuses on the past, present, and future of the retail sector. The series will conclude on October 2, 2019 with a live stream panel discussion.
Charles Dickens opened his classic A Tale of Two Cities with a description of society leading to the French Revolution: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
Continue reading A Tale of Two Retails – Apocalypse or Renaissance?
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a multi-part series – Retail Therapy – that focuses on the past, present, and future of the retail sector. The series will conclude on October 2, 2019 with a live stream panel discussion.
In the Star Trek television series, the starship Enterprise traveled the universe on a five-year mission to find new life and new civilizations, “boldly go where no one has gone before.” That’s an oddly accurate analogy to where the retail sector finds itself today.
Continue reading Boldly Going: A Look At The Future of The Retail Sector
EDITORS NOTE: This is the second in a multi-part series – Retail Therapy – that focuses on the past, present, and future of the retail sector. The series will conclude on October 2, 2019, with a live stream panel discussion.
The foundation of modern Western philosophy is based on French philosopher René Descartes’s “Cogito ergo sum” or “I think, therefore, I am.” Some 400 years later, US consumers created the basis for the modern economy, or to put it in terms Descartes would recognize: I shop, therefore I am.
Continue reading Cogito, Ergo Faucibus: I Think, Therefore I Shop
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Get ready to wrap up our Retail Therapy with our panel of dynamic subject matter experts. In previous episodes we learned how important retail is to the overall economy and that our guests all agreed that there is no Retail Apocalypse, only Retail Opportunity.
For our final episode, we’ve asked four distinguished experts to dig deeper and summarize Today’s Retail.