• 90. Interview with ChatGPT

    On this week's The Retail Perch, Gary, and Shekar welcome a fascinating, virtual guest, that knows a lot about...well everything. The three of them discuss marketing personalization in retail, the podcast, and the future of AI in the retail industry. 

    28m | May 15, 2023
  • 89. Interview with Chandan Mahajan of DotKonnekt

    In this episode, Shekar and Gary chat with Chandan Mahajan, one of the founders of DotKonnekt, a company that focuses on helping consumer brands scale their D2C channels organically. Chandan comes from a family of retailers and learned the ropes of retail in his earlier years from his father. The three discuss emotional engagement, a brand's relationships with its customers, and much more.

    35m | Mar 27, 2023
  • 88. Interview with Galen Walters of Stor.ai

    Don't miss this episode where Shekar and Gary welcome Galen Walters. Galen is the CEO of Stor.ai, a Relationshop Company, a platform that empowers retailers by combining ecommerce, data analytics, and omni-channel engagement capabilities to increase transactions, enhance loyalty and grow sales. Galen shares his history in the grocery industry from a boy working in grocery to a pioneer in shopper engagement and changing the retail technology industry. The three discuss the big shifts in the retail industry from a digital marketing perspective, the challenges those shifts may entail for retailers, and much more.

    38m | Mar 21, 2023
  • 87. Interview with Valentin Radu of Omniconvert

    In this episode of The Retail Perch, Gary and Shekar delve even deeper into the world of data and marketing with Valentin Radu, CEO of Omniconvert. Omniconvert focuses on Direct to Consumer businesses, and enriching their customer experiences. Valentin explains his journey in e-commerce, and how to retain customers. The three discuss the future for the company, the goals Omniconvert has and its involvement with the grocery retail industry.

    36m | Feb 27, 2023
  • 86. Interview with Sean Snyder of Engagement Agents

    In this episode of The Retail Perch, Gary and Shekar welcome Sean Snyder. Sean Snyder, a fellow retailer himself, is CEO of Engagement Agents. His company helps retailers optimize leases, drive traffic and sales, and prevent lost traffic and sales to competitors! Retailers can achieve up to 30% more traffic and sales by engaging the "hidden" marketing dollars within their leases with the help of Engagement Agents. Sean discusses his marketing background, his time working at Stitch It, his inspiration for Engagement Agents, and much more.

    30m | Feb 13, 2023
  • 85. Interview with Carol Leaman of Axonify

    In this episode of The Retail Perch, Gary returns to join Shekar in welcoming Carol Leaman. Carol is the CEO of Axonify Inc., a company that delivers fun training and communications to frontline employees. In this episode learn why companies like Kroger and Walmart have used Axonify to communicate with their frontline employees. The three discuss the effects the pandemic had on Axonify, digitization of employee training, retail workforce predictions and much more!

    32m | Feb 6, 2023
  • 84. Interview with Randy Mercer of 1WorldSync

    In today’s episode of The Retail Perch, Shekar hosts his first episode solo and his first guest of 2023, Randy Mercer of 1WorldSync. Randy is the VP of Global Product Management at 1WorldSync, a leading tool for data synchronization. This episode is all about standardizing data, AI, and product content. Randy discusses the history of 1WorldSync, packaging hierarchies, the challenges they have faced as a company, and much more.

    29m | Jan 30, 2023
  • 83. Interview with Sharat Potharaju of Beaconstac

    This week on The Retail Perch, Shekar and Gary welcome their first guest from India, Sharat Potharaju. Sharat is the Co-Founder & CEO of Beaconstac. Beaconstac generates QR codes, makes templated landing pages, and facilitates engagement with QR codes. Sharat explains his steps in problem-solving for Beaconstac and connecting the physical and digital world, the importance and future of QR codes in the retail industry, and so much more.

    37m | Dec 19, 2022
  • 82. Shekar and Gary's Predictions for 2023!

    In this special episode of The Retail Perch, Shekar and Gary discuss their top 10 predictions for 2023 surrounding supermarket retail. They both share five of their own predictions which include the growth of retail media networks , artificial intelligence, smart carts and much more!

    31m | Dec 13, 2022
  • 81. Interview with Andrew Forman of Givz

    This is the perfect episode to kick off the season of giving! Gary and Shekar welcome Andrew Forman, Founder & CEO of Givz, a platform that provides customers with an alternative option to traditional discounts that give back to others. Andrew discusses the origin story of Givz, and what inspired him to combine his passion for charity with e-commerce. He explains how donation incentives rather than discounts are helping retailers see a lift in sales and consumer engagement. 

    31m | Nov 14, 2022
  • 80. Interview with Andrew and Thomas Parkinson of Sifter Solutions

    In this episode of The Retail Perch, Shekar and Gary are excited to have brothers, Andrew and Thomas Parkinson, founders of Peapod, on The Retail Perch. Andrew and Thomas have more recently founded Sifter Solutions, which personalizes the shopping experience by matching complex diets with the right foods. They explain how their backgrounds led them to the retail industry, the future of e-commerce, future plans for Sifter Solutions, and how Peapod inspired Birdzi.

    37m | Oct 31, 2022
  • 79. Interview with Todd Michaud of HuLoop Automation

    This week Shekar and Gary are thrilled to welcome Todd Michaud to The Retail Perch. Todd is the CEO of HuLoop Automation, a company that works with retailers and brands to provide them with digital assistants and digital workers to help them augment what their people do. The three discuss the benefits HuLoop Automation brings to retailers, what the Kroger-Albertsons merger means to the industry, Instacart's recent valuation, and much more.

    31m | Oct 24, 2022
  • 78. Groceryshop Recap with Gary and Shekar

    In this special episode of The Retail Perch, Shekar and Gary share their thoughts on the recent Groceryshop event in Las Vegas. It is evident from their enthusiasm that in-person events are almost back to their pre-covid glory. They discuss Instacart’s acquisition of Rosie, computer vision platforms, electronic shelf tags, dynamic pricing, and much more!

    23m | Oct 10, 2022
  • 77. Interview with Shawn Tuckett of Webstop

    This week on The Retail Perch, Shekar, and Gary welcome Shawn Tuckett, CEO of Webstop, a company that helps retailers be more successful digitally. Shawn explains how Webstop levels the digital playing field for small to midsize retailers by providing powerful end-to-end solutions to create a complete digital grocery experience. The three discuss; Webstop's retail media network for small to midsized retailers, how digital strategies have changed over the last 10 years, the flexibility of digital promotion vs. the traditional ad cycle, why retailers should prioritize promotional pages on their websites, and so much more.

    40m | Sep 19, 2022
  • 76. Interview with Russ Hawkins of Agilence

    This week Gary and Shekar welcome Russ Hawkins, President, and CEO of Agilence. Agilence is a leader in loss prevention analytics, helping retailers, restaurants, and grocery retailers reduce preventable loss. Russ describes his journey from New England Telephone to Agilence and all the stops along the way. The three delve into the areas where businesses are using Agilence’s analytics platform to gather insights into revenue, revenue management, climate management, compliance, and cost and expense controls

    39m | Aug 29, 2022
  • 75. Interview with Kevin Sterneckert of DemandTec

    This week Gary and Shekar welcome Kevin Sterneckert, Chief Strategy Officer at DemandTec an Acoustic Company. Kevin brings extensive experience in grocery retail, retail technology analysis, and identifying the possibilities of AI, IoT, big data technologies of the future that are creating excellence in the supply chain. The three discuss the keys to successful deployment, reasons deployments fail, how physical shopping is changing, and much more. 

    43m | Aug 15, 2022
  • 74. Interview with Doug Madenberg of The Feedback Group

    In this episode, Gary and Shekar welcome back Doug Madenberg Chief Listening Officer and Executive Director at The Feedback Group. Doug is on to share the findings from The Feedback Group's recent national research on food price inflation and shoppers' perception of grocer's profitability. Doug shares the strategies customers are using to cope, the percentage of shoppers using these strategies, the call to action that retailers can't afford to ignore, and much more. The insights from this research are too valuable to miss, if you are a retailer, take the time to listen to this episode.

    40m | Aug 1, 2022
  • 73. Interview with Stephen Statler of Wiliot

    This week Gary and Shekar get the opportunity to geek out with Stephen Statler, SVP at Amazon-backed Wiliot a company that has designed IoT Pixels to track the location and temperature of produce from farms to stores. Stephen explains how their postage stamp-sized technology is allowing retailers to minimize waste and maximize freshness for customers. The three also delve into how these tiny computers are powered, the costs associated with them, their uses in grocery retail, and much more. 

    45m | Jul 25, 2022
  • 72. Interview with Arsen Avakian of Cooler Screens

    This week, Gary and Shekar have the pleasure of speaking Arsen Avakian CEO and Founder of Cooler Screens and Founder of Argo Tea. The focus of today's conversation is the sophisticated digital add platform known as Cooler Screens, but Arsen shares how building his challenger tea brand, Argo Tea, helped him to understand the consumer experience gap (CX Gap) between the information available online and the information deficit of brick and mortar shopping. Cooler Screens bridge that gap by using AI to deliver ingredient information, allergens, calories, etc. as well as vibrant images of the actual products within the case. 

    46m | Jul 18, 2022
  • 71. Interview with Jay Jordan of Strella Biotechnology

    Sustainability seems to be a buzzword in grocery retail these days. Many retailers have gone so far as to sign sustainability pacts. In this episode, Gary and Shekar speak with Jay Jordan, co-founder, and COO of Strella Biotech, a startup that provides actionable data to optimize the fresh supply chain. Strella Biotech focuses on upstream supply to make ripeness predictable and reduce food waste. Jay explains where the inspiration for Strell Biotech came from, how their ethylene sensing technology works to optimize inventory, the possibilities for this tech in retail, and much more. 

    39m | Jul 11, 2022
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