The best Retail Ramble podcasts of 2018

Make sure you don't miss a single episode of the Retail Ramble podcast. Essential Retail picks its top 12 from 2018.

Essential Retail sits down with One Stop to discuss its use of merchandising and supply chain technology to improve the convenience offering for customers. Hear Essential Retail editor, Caroline Baldwin, chat with Mervin Nugent, senior display and space manager from One Stop, and Ian Duncan-Lewis, MD of UK & Ireland for Relex Solutions, as the three discuss changing shopper habits in convenience retail and how One Stop uses technology to stay ahead in this increasingly competitive area of retail.

Essential Retail chats to Alexandra Simion, head of marketing at Brand Alley, to learn how the flash fashion sale e-tailer is using artificial intelligence to personalise its email marketing campaigns. After partnering with Emarsys its click through email open rates have significantly increased because the retailer is able to better segment its customers and provide them with the brands they are interested in.

Essential Retail sits down with Dima Karamshuk, senior data scientist at Skyscanner, and Nikita Johnson, founder of Re•Work, to talk about machine learning and the world of data science. Listen to Skyscanner explain how it uses machine learning to integrate different flights from different carriers ahead of Karamshuk’s presentation at Re•Work’s Data Learning Summit later this week.

This week’s episode of the Retail Ramble podcast comes to you from Shoptalk 2018 in Las Vegas. Essential Retail’s editor, Caroline Baldwin, was out in the Nevada desert this week bringing you the latest retail technology news. She took a break from wrestling the 8,500 attendees for the best seat in the conference to chat with Wayfair about its use of augmented reality. Here, listen to the head of next-gen experiences at the online furniture retailer, Shrenik Sadalgi, explain how the Wayfair mobile shopping app can turn virtually every home into a furniture showroom.

Essential Retail editor, Caroline Baldwin, sits down with Dave Abbott, head of in-store technology at The Dune Group, to chat about how the retailer goes about deploying new technologies into its stores

Listen to Essential Retail editor, Caroline Baldwin, chat to Martijn van der Zee, digital director of Rituals, to learn how the retailer its taking its top-notch in-store customer experience online. Baldwin and van der Zee are joined by Jamie Merrick, director of industry strategy and insights at Salesforce, and the three discuss how to ensure the online shopping experience can excite customers and lead to loyalty.

Essential Retail sits down with Richard Orme, CTO of Photobox Group, to chat about using artificial intelligence to help consumers create their perfect personalised gifts. 

Editor of Essential Retail, Caroline Baldwin, sits down with Bloom & Wild's CEO, Aron Gelbard, to learn a little bit more about the business which started out as a subscription service back in 2013. Now the e-florist is expanding into Europe and we hear more about its technology journey.

Essential Retail sits down with Kingfisher’s head of energy and renewables, Jeremy Parsons, to discuss how retailers can become more sustainable and the company's ambitions to become net positive business by 2050.  

Essential Retail catches up with John Vary, futurologist at John Lewis Partnership, at the retailer’s latest JLab Pitch Day. Vary shares what he looks for in a start-up and how smaller businesses can help retailers become more agile and innovative.

Essential Retail speaks to Lorenz Gan, CIO at New Era which produces the iconic New York Yankies fitted baseball cap. Catching up at SAP’s Customer Experience Live event in Barcelona, editor, Caroline Baldwin, chats to Gan about what it is like to be a CIO in 2018.

Journalists, Glynn Davis of Retail Insider, Matthew Valentine of Retail Design World and freelancer and founder of Essential Retail, Ben Sillitoe, join our regular host, Caroline Baldwin, for the third installment of the Omnishambles edition of the Retail Ramble.

This week the recording comes from the Kings Arms in London's Waterloo, where we kick off with the biggest buzzphrase in the industry at the moment: "The death of the high street". Please get in touch with Essential Retail @EssRetail and our editor @cl_baldwin on Twitter to share your irritating buzzwords. 

Essential Retail travels to Matalan HQ in Knowsley to meet eCommerce director, Paul Hornby, and UX research manager Laura Keenan. The two join our editor, Caroline Baldwin, on this episode of the Retail Ramble podcast to discuss why the retailer has decided to open a UX Lab.