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The Backroom with Retail Dive
27 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
In e-commerce, it's growth versus profits
In 2020, digital operations probably saved a lot of retailers when consumers were unable or unwilling to visit stores. But how sustainable is online retail in the long run?
46 minutes | May 27, 2021
A former Blockbuster insider chronicles its many blunders
If you think Blockbuster is merely a story about technology, take a second look. Former franchisee Alan Payne discusses its long-deteriorating operations.
33 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Just how competitive are retail markets?
A talk with author and antitrust expert Sally Hubbard about what shifts in competition policy and enforcement could mean for the retail industry writ large.
18 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
How a $15 minimum wage could impact retail
At the federal level, the minimum wage has remained unchanged since 2009 at $7.25 an hour. The team discusses what an increase could mean for the industry.
28 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Amazon enters a new phase
The Retail Dive team talks about how retailers have paved their own way, as Jeff Bezos prepares to hand over the CEO reins at the e-commerce giant.
32 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Family Video, GameStop and the precarious lives of media stores
A look at what went wrong for the last video chain as well as the fates of other retailers of cultural products.
33 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
BONUS: What the pandemic means for the future of retail
A follow-up discussion with retail prophet Doug Stephens, who has been mulling the disease outbreak's implications for a forthcoming book.
23 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
What Black Friday tells us about retail in 2021
The shopping holiday was defined by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its defining trends and repercussions will likely follow the industry into the next year.
25 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
J.C. Penney's slow ride through bankruptcy
The department store's deal to sell itself to landlords Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management is in its final stages. But its struggles are far from over.
22 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
How retailers are navigating holiday 2020
As the season kickstarts earlier than ever, the industry braces for a fourth quarter plagued by uncertainty.
31 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
The Backroom: Walmart+ vs. Amazon Prime
Why did Walmart launch a membership service, and how can it compete with Amazon Prime? Senior Reporters Daphne Howland and Ben Unglesbee break it down.
23 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
The Backroom: Malls buy their tenants
Mall owners are snapping up distressed retailers as years of operational pressures and a pandemic combine to take down anchors and their neighbors.
22 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
The Backroom: When retailers issue mask requirements
Without federal face mask guidelines, retailers like Walmart, Target and Best Buy have had to introduce their own measures.
26 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
The Backroom: Tracking retail sales numbers in a pandemic
In this episode, the team talks about how Retail Dive reports monthly sales numbers from the Commerce Department and what those figures signal about the industry's future.
16 minutes | May 28, 2020
How the coronavirus sped up retail bankruptcies
On this episode of the podcast, senior reporters Daphne Howland and Ben Unglesbee discuss how the pandemic pushed distressed retailers to file.
27 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
The Backroom With Retail Dive: Retail responds to the coronavirus
On this episode of the podcast, the team spoke with special guest Jeff Wells of Grocery Dive, to discuss how the global pandemic is changing all sectors of the industry.
16 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
Pier 1's road to bankruptcy
Senior Reporter Ben Unglesbee and Associate Editor Caroline Jansen discuss what led to the retailer filing last week, and what its future may look like.
34 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
Trends to watch in 2020
On this episode of the podcast, the team breaks down everything that happened at the NRF's Big Show in New York, and what to keep an eye on in the year ahead.
14 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
2019 in review
On this episode of The Backroom with Retail Dive, the team discussed their favorite stories from the year.
19 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
The last Blockbuster
On this episode of The Backroom with Retail Dive, Reporter Ben Unglesbee and Editor Cara Salpini discuss what the video rental store's demise means for the retail industry.
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