Kantar's Retail Sound Bites

 

Hot topics. Newsworthy sound. Insightful discussion.

Providing a provocative view of global retail trends, category leadership, business issues, and other shopper and retail related news.

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FEB 21, 2024

Episode 54: Balancing act: GLP-1 breakthroughs and the impacts on CPG

In episode 54 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the rise of GLP-1 weight-loss drugs and the forecasted implications on the food and beverage industries with Leigh O’Donnell, head of shopper and category insights, and Patricia Gregory, global analytics lead, at Kantar.

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FEB 7, 2024

Episode 53: Ten principles for customer-centric in-store communication

In episode 53 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss ten principles for customer-centric in-store communication with Andy Murray, Founder & CEO of bigQuest Advisory, Inc.

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JAN 24, 2024

Episode 52: NRF 2024: Retail's Big Show key insights and innovation

In episode 52 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss innovations found at the National Retail Federation: The Big Show 2024 with Amar Singh, senior director at Kantar.

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JAN 10, 2024

Episode 51: Challenger brand disruption: Digital deep dive into QSRs with Cynthia Vega and Serene Wilson

In episode 51 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss challenger brand disruption, Kantar's Brand Glee research, and what was driving this growth in the Digital Age. 

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DEC 13, 2023

Episode 50: A look back at 2023 and our hottest topics

In episode 50 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, review the top 5 Retail Sound Bites episodes for 2023.

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NOV 30, 2023

Episode 49: A closer look at Latin American retail with David Marcotte and Willem Schol

In episode 49 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the current landscape and future forecasts of Latin American retail Willem Schol, Board of Director Member, Management Consultant and Founder and President of America...

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NOV 15, 2023

Episode 48: The GLP-1 Revolution: Retail Health Unveiled with Leslie Thomas and Cathy Watkins

In episode 48 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss GLP-1 medications and their influence on the retail landscape with nurse practitioners Leslie Thomas and Cathy Watkins who lead the Signature Image Medical Spa in Atlanta. 

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NOV 2, 2023

Episode 47: Examining Retail Media Networks with Andy Murray and Dr. Rodney Thomas

n episode 47 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the Sam Walton College of Business' new retail media networks research study and the reports findings with Andy Murray, CEO of bigQuest, and Dr. Rodney Thomas, Director of...

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NOV 1, 2023

Episode 46: Don't forget about Baby Boomers with Julia Wilkinson and Melissa Davies

In episode 46 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss Baby Boomers, snacking and breakfast occasions, loyalty, and more with Julia Wilkinson, Head of Insights, and Melissa Davies, Director, Consumer Insights, at Kellanova.

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OCT 18, 2023

Episode 45: Best-in-class customer marketing with Erin Hannon

In episode 45 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss best-in-class customer marketing and innovation in the beverage alcohol industry with Erin Hannon, Senior Director, Customer Marketing and Activation at the E&J Gallo Winery.

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OCT 5, 2023

Episode 44: DE&I for customer-focused brands with Kent Montgomery

In episode 44 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss DE&I initiatives and innovation with Kent Montgomery, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations & Multicultural Development at PepsiCo, North America.

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SEP 20, 2023

Episode 43: Digital capabilities with Vince Jones

In episode 43 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss expanding omnichannel capabilities, AI's impact to the digital shelf, DTC, and more with Vince Jones, SVP, General Manager and Head of Ecommerce at PepsiCo.

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SEP 6, 2023

Episode 42: Consumer-first focus with Cherie Leonard

In episode 42 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss consumer-first approach to brand management, sustainability, and more with Cherie Leonard, Director of Insights, North America at Colgate-Palmolive.

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AUG 23, 2023

Episode 41: The state of CPGs and retail with John Carroll

In episode 41 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the future of the CPG and retail industries with John Carroll, President of Acosta Group's Digital Commerce and Advanced Analytics.

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AUG 9, 2023

Episode 40: How to lead a successful challenger brand with Bruce Kramer

In episode 40 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss how to lead a successful challenger brand with Bruce Kramer, SVP, North American Consumer Division, Wahl Clipper.

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JUL 26, 2023

Episode 39: Retail's truth finder Field Agent with Rick West

In episode 39 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss shopper marketing and Field Agent, solutions let you audit stores, drive trial, generate reviews, and connect with shoppers, with CEO and co-founder Rick West.

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JUL 12, 2023

Episode 38: Amazon Prime Day 2023

In episode 38 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, take on Prime Day 2023 with guests Anna Brennan, senior analysts, Paida Mugudubi, global head of retailer insights, and Colombe Bommelaer, senior director of category insights at Kantar.

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JUN 28, 2023

Episode 37: Eastern European retail with Natasa Djurdjevic

In episode 37 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss recent retail trends and innovations in the Eastern European markets with Natasa Djurdjevic.

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MAY 31, 2023

Episode 36: Restaurant and snacking trends with Sunny Khamkar

In episode 36 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss recent trends in restaurants, snacking, and food service featuring Sunny Khamkar, Cofounder and CEO at Zaru. 

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MAY 31, 2023

Episode 35: Data science and retail media with Paul Winsor

In episode 35 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the power of data science and retail media for FMCGs with guest Paul Winsor, vice president at Snowflake.

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MAY 17, 2023

Episode 34: The digital shelf with Chris Perry and Oskar Kaszubski

In episode 34 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the future of the digital shelf with guests Chris Perry, chief learning officer, and Oskar Kaszubski, chief growth officer, of firstmovr.

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MAY 3, 2023

Episode 33: Learnings from NACDS 2023

In episode 33 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss learnings from the 2023 NACDS Conference, including health and wellness trends, partnerships with pharmacies, innovations from Walmart and Instacart, and much more.

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APR 21, 2023

Episode 32: Shopper research with Leigh O'Donnell

In episode 30 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the lately research in shopper insights.

This episode also features Doug Hermanson, Kantar's principal economist, to provide perspective into the macroeconomic world of...

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APR 5, 2023

Episode 31: Evolution of retail marketing with Andy Murray

In episode 31 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the evolution of retail marketing.

This episode also features Andy Murray, founder of bigQuest and founder and Executive Chairman of the customer-centric...

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Mar 22, 2023

Episode 30: Global disruption with J. Walker Smith

In episode 30 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss global retail growth trends.

This episode also features Doug Hermanson, Kantar's Principal Economist, to provide perspective into the macroeconomic world of today. Also, J. Walker Smith, Kantar’s brand and marketing thought leader, joins the conversation to discuss private label, cracking the code on loyalty, global growth trends, generative AI, and so much more.

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Mar 8, 2023

Episode 29: The state of food service with Jonathan Maze

In episode 29 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the latest innovations in food service.

This episode also features Jonathan Maze, Editor in Chief, Restaurant Business Magazine, to examine the current state of restaurant employment, QSRs, loyalty programs, and much more. 

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FEB 22, 2023

Episode 28: Digital marketing in retail with Mischa McInerney

In episode 28 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss digital marketing in retail.

This episode also features Doug Hermanson, Kantar's Principal Economist, to provide perspective into the macroeconomic world of today. Also, Mischa McInerney, Chief Marketing Officer, Digital Marketing Insitute uncovers key trends in digital marketing and impacts to e-commerce.

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FEB 08, 2023

Episode 27: The future of impulse with James Mills

In episode 27 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the future of impulse shopping.
This episode also features James Mills, Global Vice President Sales at Mars Wrigley; Dean of Sales College Mars Inc., who uncovers key trends happening in impulse and how brands and retailers can best apply impulse learnings to shopper marketing strategies.

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JAN 25, 2023

Episode 26: Digital twins with Rishi Vaish

In episode 26 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss Digital Twins.

This episode also features Rishi Vaish, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Vice President (VP) for IBM Sustainability Software to discuss modern uses of digital twin technology in retail.

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JAN 11, 2023

Episode 25: Health and wellness with Vinima Shekhar

In episode #25 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss ten commerce callouts for 2023.

This episode also features Vinima Shekhar, VP Merchandising, Wellness at Walmart to discuss recent customer wellness trends and initiatives at the retailer.

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DEC 14, 2022

Episode 24: Global commerce predictions with Malcolm Pinkerton

In episode #24 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss global commerce and predictions heading into 2023.

Also, get timely retail news on Hooters, Tesco online, getir, and more.

This episode also features Malcolm Pinkerton, Senior Director, Global Insights at Kantar to discuss EMEA and global retail predictions. 

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NOV 30, 2022

Episode 23: Global Restaurant Leadership Conference with Chris Keating

In episode #23 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss recent innovations and trends in the restaurant and retail industries.

Also, get timely retail news on 7-Eleven concept stores, Walmart automation, Starbucks Reserve, and more.

This episode also features Chris Keating, EVP, Winsight Media, to recap major findings from the 2022 Global Restaurant Leadership Conference in Dubai.

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NOV 16, 2022

Episode 22: Kantar PoweRanking 2022 with Patrick Fellin

In episode #22 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the latest edition of Kantar PoweRanking 2022.

Also, get timely retail news on Target store remodels, new Amazon delivery program, TikTok restaurant marketing, and more.

This episode also features Patrick Fellin, partner, go to market strategy at Kantar, to discuss key findings in Kantar’s industry standard report PoweRanking 2022.

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NOV 2, 2022

Episode 21: eCommerce execution with Francesca Hahn

In episode #21 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss eCommerce opportunities with DTC.

Also, get timely news and notes in retail on Disney+, Pinduoduo, and Aussie supermarket chain Drakes.

This episode also features Francesca Hahn, Vice President, U.S. eCommerce and Direct to Consumer for Mondelēz International, a global company leading the future of snacking.

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OCT 19, 2022

Episode 20: Conversational commerce with Blue Atwood

In episode #20 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the growth of conversation commerce.

Also, get timely news and notes in retail on McDonald's labor challenges, Nordstrom, and 'Best Before' labels.

This episode also features Blu Atwood, Co-founder and CEO of Textual, to discuss conversation commerce.

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OCT 5, 2022

Episode 19: Shopper marketing and media with April Carlisle

In episode #19 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the evolution of shopper marketing in the influence of retail media.

Also, get timely news and notes in retail on Tesco, new subscription programs, Deliveroo, and more.

This episode also features April Carlisle, EVP, Commerce at Spark Foundry to discuss shopper marketing in context with retail media.

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SEP 21, 2022

Episode 18: Retail media 101 with Cara Pratt

In episode #18 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the importance of and strategies behind retail media.

Also, get timely news and notes in retail on Starbucks investor day, Ocado, Patagonia, and more.

This episode also features Cara Pratt, senior vice president, Kroger Precision Marketing, to discuss all things retail media such as strategies and innovations in the space.

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SEP 7, 2022

Episode 17: Leadership principles and career navigation with Susan Gambardella

In episode #17 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the leadership principles and opportunities for individual and team growth.

Also, get timely news and notes in retail on Subway's subscription service, flexitarian eating in Asia, and more...

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AUG 24, 2022

Episode 16: The future of global commerce with Simon Miles

In episode #16 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the future of global commerce.  

Also, get timely news and notes in retail on Asda's new loyalty program, TikTok shopping ads, Us retail's steady rate, and more.

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AUG 10, 2022

Episode 15: The future of the digital shelf with Bazaarvoice

In Episode #14 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the power of Gen Z and social media powerhouse TikTok.  

Also, get timely news and notes in retail on the Nike Style, Domino's delivery woes, Target expanding delivery...

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Jul 27, 2022

Episode 14: How TikToK and Gen Z influence the world of commerce

In Episode #14 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the power of Gen Z and social media powerhouse TikTok.  

Also, get timely news and notes in retail on the Nike Style, Domino's delivery woes, Target expanding delivery...

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Jul 13, 2022

Episode 13: What to expect from Amazon Prime Day

In Episode #13 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss Amazon Prime Day.  

Also, get timely news and notes in retail on the BurgerFi-Gopuff delivery partnership, inventory hurdles, Walmart’s backing down from Prime Day, and...

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JUN 29, 2022

Episode 12: The evolution of assortment and VR with Kantar's Perfect Category

In Episode #12 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the rise of VR and cutting-edge assortment technology.

Also, get timely news and notes in retail, including Lowe's technology, McDonald's franchisee agreements, Canada's...

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JUN 15, 2022

Episode 11: The rise of healthy snacking occasions across retail and restaurants 

In Episode #11 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the rise and demand of healthy snacking occasions across retailers and restaurants.

Also, get timely news and notes in retail, including drive-thru expectations, Apple's...

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JUN 1, 2022

Episode 10: The top five things to know about the club channel

In Episode #10 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the hottest club channel trends. Also, get timely news and notes in retail, including eBay's new brick and mortar sneaker store, quick delivery layoffs, and more.

This...

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MAY 18, 2022

Episode 9: Kantar's new US retail forecast

In Episode #9 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss Kantar’s just-released US retail forecast.  

Also get timely news and notes in retail, including elevating online grocery, female CMOs, and Tesco meal deals.  

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MAY 4, 2022

Episode 8: Our top ten insights from NACDS 2022

Episode #8 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, Senior Retail Thought Leader, and Rachel Dalton, Head of Retail Insights, explore our top ten insights post NACDS 2022 Annual Conference. In this session, Barry and Rachel also cover timely news and notes in retail, including Panera’s new...

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APR 20, 2022

Episode 7: Post-COVID retail landscape

Episode #7 of Kantar’s Retail Sound Bites, hosted Barry Thomas, Senior Retail Thought Leader, and Rachel Dalton, Head of Retail Insights, explores the post-COVID retail landscape and effects on shopper dynamics. In this session, Barry and Rachel cover timely news and notes in retail, including rising restaurant...

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APR 6, 2022

Episode 6: Inflation's effect on value shoppers

Episode #6 of Kantar’s Retail Sound Bites, hosted Barry Thomas, Senior Retail Thought Leader, and Rachel Dalton, Head of Retail Insights, explore discount and value retailers. In this session, Barry and Rachel cover timely news and notes in retail, including Five-Below projections, B2E, Aldi's growth, and much...

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Mar 23, 2022

Episode 5: Category leadership

Episode #5 of Kantar’s Retail Sound Bites, hosted Barry Thomas, Senior Retail Thought Leader, and Rachel Dalton, Head of Retail Insights, explores category leadership among global retailers.

In this session, Barry and Rachel cover timely news and notes in retail, including Starbucks CEO retiring, Aldi and Lidl...

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MAR 9, 2022

Episode 4: Inflation impact on retail

Episode #4 of Kantar’s Retail Sound Bites, hosted Barry Thomas, Senior Retail Thought Leader, and Rachel Dalton, Head of Retail Insights, explores macro influences to world-wide retail.

In this session, Barry and Rachel cover timely news and notes in retail, including inflation's affect on grain, Kroger's...

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FEB 23, 2022

Episode 3: Global initiatives and innovations 

Episode #3 of Kantar’s Retail Sound Bites, hosted Barry Thomas, Senior Retail Thought Leader, and Rachel Dalton, Head of Retail Insights, explores macro influences to world-wide retail.

In this session, Barry and Rachel cover timely news and notes in retail, including YUM restaurants expansion, Recycle at Boots,...

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FEB 9, 2022

Episode 2: The evolution of last-mile delivery

In Episode #14 of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites, hosts Barry Thomas, senior retail thought leader, and Rachel Dalton, head of retail insights, discuss the power of Gen Z and social media powerhouse TikTok.  

Also, get timely news and notes in retail on the Nike Style, Domino's delivery woes, Target expanding delivery...

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JAN 26, 2022

Episode 1: The big 5, Kantar's macro themes for 2022

In the inaugural episode of Kantar's Retail Sound Bites re-launch, we welcome two new hosts to the stage. Barry Thomas, Senior Thought Leader, and Rachel Dalton, Head of Retail Insights.

In this episode Barry and Rachel cover timely news and notes in retail, spanning REEF meals on demand, boundless commerce,...

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Meet our hosts

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Barry Thomas
Senior Retail Thought Leader
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Rachel Dalton
Head of Retail Insights