Brick & Data

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Brick & Data is a podcast dedicated to retail news, analytics, and tech with Todd Harris and José Chan. We’ll cover trending news of the week, interview some of the biggest players, surface game changer technologies, and explore how retailers are surviving and thriving. Support this podcast: https:/… read more

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EP 59: Vibrating Cheese Grater

June 29th, 2019


In the red corner, Target and Kroger. In the blue corner, Amazon. Ding ding!? | What's the point of a digital transformation and do we even need that jargon anymore? | Retailers are betting big on another Prime Day …

EP 58: Founders of Hari Mari, Lila and Jeremy Stuart

March 26th, 2019


Lila and Jeremy Stuart are the founders of Hari Mari. When shopping for flip-flops and discovering bland inventory, they found an idea — creating a new and improved flip-flop. You might call them flip-flop fanatics?


EP 57: Indochino CEO, Drew Green

March 14th, 2019


Drew Green is the CEO of Indochino - Drew has built one of the world's fastest growing apparel brands. Under his leadership since 2015, the company has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 48%.


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EP 56: Rohvi Founder and CEO, Sara Whiffen

February 4th, 2019


As always at National Retail Federation's yearly bonanza, we get to meet with some of the most interesting new technologists, thought leaders, and …

EP 55: IRL Co-Founder, Gen Liston

November 9th, 2018


Like every show, José and Todd end up roaming the halls like a couple decently dressed zombies. With coffees. And bags. Anyway…

EP 54: KIDBOX CEO, Miki Berardelli

September 26th, 2018


In this special 2018 episode we have someone we found really charismatic and interesting during her mainstage session with Guy Raz. Her name is Miki Berardelli, CEO of KIDBOX, and she sat down with …

EP 53: Casper the Friendly Store

August 27th, 2018


Casper the friendly store | Old Brands & New Brands | Google’s Double Decker in Chicago | Weird News of the Week


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EP 52: Amazon Prime Day 2018 - What Downtime?

July 20th, 2018


The hype is real. Even after hours of downtime, countless cute dogs served on broken pages, and frustrated shoppers; Amazon still rakes in $4B+ in revenues on Prime Day 2018. In this episode, we have a little fun in our …

EP 51: Retail Reporter & Editor, Barbara Thau

June 25th, 2018


José gets some time with retail and consumer trends business reporter Barbara Thau to talk about the one thing people really want with their in-store experience, the impact of out-of-stock situations on the bottom line, …

EP 50: Rippling Ripple Effect

May 30th, 2018


In this Golden Jubilee of an episode: Subscription disruptors disrupted | Luxury finally caves | Children's Place wins the toy | Weird News of the …

EP 49: Bezos Bots

April 27th, 2018


Amazon is your new stalker | Kidbox | Can Algorithms Dictate Taste? | Weird News of the Week


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EP 48: Putting the Fashion in Detroit - Retail Turnaround Specialist, Jeffry Aronsson

April 11th, 2018


When you think of Detroit, do you think of fashion? You may not, and that's ok - but not for long. Jeffry Aronsson, retail turnaround and transformation specialist, is hell bent on changing that.


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EP 47: Here's a Sticker for Your $50k

March 27th, 2018


3 Things We Learned at Shoptalk | A Shoptalk session reaction | Wonder twin powers, activate! | Weird News of the Week


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EP 46: NRF Chief Economist, Jack Kleinhenz

March 7th, 2018


Economist’s jobs are hard. There’s really no other way to put it. In this episode, we spend 20 minutes to take a look back at 2017, a better than …

EP 45: Discount Rehab

February 22nd, 2018


Where did those discounts go??? | Sit down, Microsoft. | Store No 8 Gobbles Up Another. | Weird News of the Week


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EP 44: FitLogic Founder & CEO, Cricket Lee

February 5th, 2018


It didn't fit, so she did something about it. Not just for her, but for all women. We got to spend a very interesting 20 minutes with Cricket Lee from FitLogic at NRF 2018.  ---- About Cricket Lee While shopping for …

EP 43: FINDMINE Co-founder & CEO, Michelle Bacharach

January 26th, 2018


José and Todd got a few minutes at NRF 2018 with Michelle Bacharach from FINDMINE. It's a little noise in the background because there were just a few thousand people in the area. Michelle tells us all about FINDMINE …

EP 42: Blank Label Founder & CEO, Fan Bi

January 15th, 2018


Great story behind this hot custom clothing company out of Boston! Fan Bi is the Founder and CEO of Blank Label, a custom men's clothing brand based in Boston. He dropped out of Babson in 2009, with one semester left, …

EP 41: Bot or Not?

January 4th, 2018


It's a Game of Pac-Man for Amazon. | Bot or Not? | Do I Hear an Echo? | Weird News of the Week!


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EP 40: Sock Loafers

December 13th, 2017


Nike moving out. Whole foods has some rotten apples. Honeymoon is over for Gap. Wait, what honeymoon?. Weird news of the week ---- Nike Moving Out …

EP 39: Mobile Wins Everything

December 5th, 2017


Who won Black Friday and Cyber Monday? The shifting state of fashion in 2018. Weirdest news of the week in retail (involves Unicorns). ---- Who won …

EP 38: Peripherii Co-Founders, Sonal Budhiraja and Priti Moudgill

November 20th, 2017


Have you heard of "hearables"? Well, now you have. We are joined by the co-founders of "hearable" startup, Peripherii. Their first product is a "smart earring" with built in virtual personal assistants like Siri and …

EP 37: Ministry of Supply CEO and Co-Founder, Aman Advani

November 13th, 2017


We are joined by Aman Advani - the CEO and Co-founder of Ministry of Supply. This episode truly represents the intersection of technology and fashion …

EP 36: AR Goes BOOM

November 2nd, 2017


Augmented Reality is about to explode in retail. Downsizing the store in ways we never expected. Automation is coming and it can't be stopped. ---- Augmented Reality is about to explode in retail AR is the key to …

EP 35: A Tapestry Made of Leather

October 16th, 2017


Coach is now Tapestry and people are losing their minds. Under Armour isn’t cool anymore (Todd loves UA, is marginally cool, and doesn't agree with …

EP 34: Special - Part 2: Casey Sullivan from Barneys New York

October 9th, 2017


Part 2/2 of our special welcomes guest Casey Sullivan from Barneys New York. Casey oversees startup and growth initiatives at Barneys. We …

EP 33: Special - Part 1: Nicole Reyhle and Jasmine Glasheen from Retail Minded

October 1st, 2017


In this Part 1 of our two part special we welcome the ladies from Retail Minded - Nicole Reyhle and Jasmine Glasheen. Things we talk about: …

EP 32: Revenge of the Malls

September 13th, 2017


Malls are back - and far from dead. This holiday, people will care more about experience and convenience - we discuss why. Is Amazon's 2nd …

EP 31: Minted CEO and Founder Mariam Naficy

September 5th, 2017


Mariam Naficy - Minted CEO, spends some time with us. She shared with us some what it took to start Minted, why Minted's business model is unique, …

EP 30: Amazon Flips the Tables on Whole Foods' Prices

August 28th, 2017


Episode 30 gets a healthy dose of Amazon (shocker) and their latest Whole Foods news along with the future of Amazon Prime. Since it's earnings …

EP 29: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

August 8th, 2017


In Episode 29 we realize it's our 1-year show anniversary and that we should do a giveaway! Who's in!?!? We also talk about what it takes to be …

EP 28: Doug Stephens - Retail futurist, book author, and Founder of Retail Prophet

July 12th, 2017


It's Episode 28 and we get 45 minutes with Doug Stephens - Retail futurist, book author, and Founder of Retail Prophet. We talk about Walmart's path to retail domination through acquisitions, Amazon Prime Day success …

EP 27: Former CEO The Frye Company Paul Raffin - How Technology Helps Create Retail Experiences

June 28th, 2017


In this episode, Paul Raffin joins José to talk about how technology is causing retailers to make changes to their businesses not only for growth but …

EP 26: Retail Space - The Final Frontier

June 16th, 2017


It's episode 26 and Todd & José talk about how being smarter about space will be an even more important activity for retailers as stores are closed and shrunk. The viability and need for data is questioned and we …

EP 25: 2 Walmarts = 1 Amazon

May 25th, 2017


Walmart is on a warpath to beat Amazon, but it's true... Amazon is now twice their market cap. We circle back on IoT to see how mainstream it's becoming. Retail analyst Kenny Yeo was on CNBC with three key tech focus …

EP 24: Retailers Have Lost Their Minds

May 9th, 2017


Between mud covered jeans and Amazon Dash for underwear, we are pretty confident that retailers are losing it. Coach is shrinking to grow (this was recorded right before the recent acquisition). Amazon Echo can now …

EP 23: Jeff Bezos and the Book of Secrets

May 1st, 2017


Wal-Mart is paying for store traffic, Bed Bath & Beyond has some work to do on omnichannel and store assortments, and Jeff Bezos shares his Amazon secrets. Like what you hear? Subscribe and review on iTunes, Google …

EP 22: The Sky is Falling

April 24th, 2017


There's a changing of the guards in retail and we are now seeing the effects. Fast Fashion is making some changes and Forever 21 is seeing RED.


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EP 21: The Iconic Advantage. An Interview with Soon Yu, former Global VP Innovation VF Corp

April 10th, 2017


In this episode, José interviews Soon Yu, former Global VP Innovation at VF Corp and book author. We learn about his background in retail building and innovating brands for 20 years. Soon's new book is called The Iconic …

EP 20: Know it alls, Store No. 8, The fall of the mall rats

March 27th, 2017


According to a new survey, 83% of shoppers think they are smarter than store associates. Wal-Mart is creating a start-up incubator. Malls are way …

EP 19: Gen Z loves brick & mortar, High-end dept stores getting creative, TJX 'home market' stores

March 9th, 2017


Generation Z seems to really love stores and we explore a bit why (especially compared to Millenials). High-end department stores are making some last ditch efforts to recover the steadily dropping number of in-store …

EP 18: WDA Brand Marketing CEO, Dr. William D'Arienzo

February 7th, 2017


Dr. William D’Arienzo is the founder and CEO of WDA Brand Marketing. We get a few minutes with him to talk luxury and fashion brands, retail problems in 2017, consumer expectations, and his new book "Brand Management …

EP 17: NRF BIG Show - What We Thought, Holiday Spending Up, Early Retail Wreckage

January 20th, 2017


We were at NRF 2017 and have some thoughts. Good thoughts and bad thoughts. And our feet hurt. Holiday spending is up and higher than predicted. …

EP 16: December's billion dollar days, Amazon dominates, Top 3 retail trends of 2016

December 27th, 2016


Mid November to mid December was huge for retail - we talk about why and what that means going into next year. Amazon once again dominates the year, but it's not about online. It's the end of 2016! We cover the top …

EP 15: Black Friday bonanza, GAP CEO embraces data, Starbucks passes the baton

December 6th, 2016


We recap Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) numbers and it was a close race. Maybe we weren't exactly right that Black Friday doesn't matter. GAP CEO talked in WSJ about the design driven early years and how the company is …

EP 14: Black Friday doesn't matter, Millennials want it NOW, Alibaba sets a record

November 21st, 2016


Black Friday really doesn't matter anymore and we explain our reason why. Millennials have shown they will pay extra for faster shipping and immediate gratification. Alibaba sets a doozy of a record on Singles Day. Yes, …

EP 13: RetailNext Head of Marketing and Customer Experience, Bridget Johns

November 14th, 2016


This episode is an interview with Bridget Johns, Head of Marketing and Customer Experience at RetailNext. We spoke with Bridget about how IoT is being used in Smart Stores, some of the changes we have seen over the …

EP 12: Shop on Instagram, an easier button, more bots!

November 7th, 2016


Instagram is working with a handful of retailers to bring back a version of the "buy button". Staples is releasing a smarter version of the Easy …

EP 11: Adidas and Under Armour play leapfrog, Amazon's next conquest, why consumers buy

October 31st, 2016


Adidas and Under Armour play leapfrog in an effort to hold onto the #2 position behind Nike. Adidas has awoken from its slumber. Amazon's next …

EP 10: Holiday sales predictions, rough time for department stores, augmented reality gets real

October 21st, 2016


Everyone has an opinion about upcoming holiday retail sales - will they go up or down? Does the Election impact anything? Department stores are …

EP 09: Amazon Prime goldmine, Crate & Barrel's tablets, a new frontier for search

October 14th, 2016


We dig into why Amazon Prime customers are worth a staggering amount of money to them, how Crate & Barrel is bringing online shopping habits to their stores, and why search is getting smarter and better thanks to AI.

EP 08: Brand rebuilding isn't easy, shipping costs gone wild, digitizing luxury brands

October 6th, 2016


Brands that have been around for a while inevitably need to reinvent themselves we explore how and why. Shipping costs are going up near the holidays …

EP 07: IoT coming to a retailer near you, Back to the Future is here, Nordstrom ruling by committee

September 24th, 2016


Internet of Things devices are becoming useful for retailers, Nike has something in store for us on Cyber Monday, and Nordstrom grows three heads.


EP 06: 3D printing hype, Amazon pop-up stores, wearables for work

September 16th, 2016


Retailers are getting into using 3D printing for all sorts of things, Amazon opening more and more pop-up stores in malls, and why wearables are …

EP 05: It's Fashion Week!

September 10th, 2016


There's a new app that brings crowdsourcing to grocery shopping, Google now helps you shop the look from your favorite fashion bloggers, and Tommy Hilfiger is sending styles from the runway straight to you.


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EP 04: Invasion of the LoweBots

September 2nd, 2016


J.Crew revealing growth plans and an unexpected relationship with Nordstrom, Walmart cutting accountants and putting them on store floors, and robots take over at Lowes.


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EP 03: 524 sq feet

August 27th, 2016


Retailers aren't texting very much, how Wayfair is testing VR, if Amazon is going to sell cars, and how store closings can save earnings reports.


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EP 02: "Stores" is a Bad Word

August 17th, 2016


It's episode 2 and we talk about what is possibly dragging down Gap and Banana Republic. Analytics are being used to keep grocery food from rotting and making us all sick. Apple bans the word "store" in a company-wide …

EP 01: Harry's Target

August 13th, 2016


In our first episode we talk about some of the expected shopper behavior during back to school shopping this year, Walmart eating up and why …

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