Brick & Data

Brick & Data
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:

59: Vibrating Cheese Grater
Jun 29, 2019 • 35 min
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 outage this upcoming July | Weird news…
58: Founders of Hari Mari, Lila and Jeremy Stuart
Mar 26, 2019 • 26 min
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? —- Send in a voice message:…
57: Indochino CEO, Drew Green
Mar 14, 2019 • 22 min
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%. —- Send in a voice message:…
56: Rohvi Founder and CEO, Sara Whiffen
Feb 4, 2019 • 31 min
As always at National Retail Federation’s yearly bonanza, we get to meet with some of the most interesting new technologists, thought leaders, and retail pros. This year was no different. Sara Whiffen from Rohvi took a little time out of her crazy…
55: IRL Co-Founder, Gen Liston
Nov 9, 2018 • 15 min
Like every show, José and Todd end up roaming the halls like a couple decently dressed zombies. With coffees. And bags. Anyway… This time we ran into a really interesting company that found a VERY underserved space for brands. IRL, meaning exactly…
54: KIDBOX CEO, Miki Berardelli
Sep 26, 2018 • 17 min
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 José and I to talk about just…
53: Casper the Friendly Store
Aug 27, 2018 • 32 min
Casper the friendly store | Old Brands & New Brands | Google’s Double Decker in Chicago | Weird News of the Week —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
52: Amazon Prime Day 2018 - What Downtime?
Jul 20, 2018 • 34 min
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 post-mortem of the only Black…
51: Retail Reporter & Editor, Barbara Thau
Jun 25, 2018 • 36 min
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, the tech that is cool but maybe not…
50: Rippling Ripple Effect
May 30, 2018 • 39 min
In this Golden Jubilee of an episode: Subscription disruptors disrupted | Luxury finally caves | Children’s Place wins the toy | Weird News of the Week —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:…
49: Bezos Bots
Apr 27, 2018 • 38 min
Amazon is your new stalker | Kidbox | Can Algorithms Dictate Taste? | Weird News of the Week —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
48: Putting the Fashion in Detroit - Retail Turnaround Specialist, Jeffry Aronsson
Apr 11, 2018 • 35 min
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. —- Send in a voice message:…
47: Here’s a Sticker for Your $50k
Mar 27, 2018 • 41 min
3 Things We Learned at Shoptalk | A Shoptalk session reaction | Wonder twin powers, activate! | Weird News of the Week —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
46: NRF Chief Economist, Jack Kleinhenz
Mar 7, 2018 • 27 min
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 expected holiday season, and what’s to come for 2018, with National Retail Federation’s Chief Economist Jack…
45: Discount Rehab
Feb 21, 2018 • 40 min
Where did those discounts go??? | Sit down, Microsoft. | Store No 8 Gobbles Up Another. | Weird News of the Week —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
44: FitLogic Founder & CEO, Cricket Lee
Feb 5, 2018 • 22 min
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 clothing and struggling to find clothes…
43: FINDMINE Co-founder & CEO, Michelle Bacharach
Jan 26, 2018 • 22 min
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 and why their “complete the look” tech…
42: Blank Label Founder & CEO, Fan Bi
Jan 15, 2018 • 29 min
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, to start the company. He’s a…
41: Bot or Not?
Jan 4, 2018 • 37 min
It’s a Game of Pac-Man for Amazon. | Bot or Not? | Do I Hear an Echo? | Weird News of the Week! —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
40: Sock Loafers
Dec 13, 2017 • 34 min
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 Donald Trump’s private real estate empire officially lost one of its most important tenants on Monday, when…
39: Mobile Wins Everything
Dec 4, 2017 • 33 min
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 Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Winners: Best Buy According to data from QSR International, Best Buy was…
38: Peripherii Co-Founders, Sonal Budhiraja and Priti Moudgill
Nov 20, 2017 • 30 min
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 Google Assistant to add amazing…
37: Ministry of Supply CEO and Co-Founder, Aman Advani
Nov 13, 2017 • 28 min
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 - literally weaving technology into the fabric we wear. Does the name ‘Ministry of Supply” sound slightly…
36: AR Goes BOOM
Nov 2, 2017 • 34 min
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 connecting the physical world with digital.…
35: A Tapestry Made of Leather
Oct 16, 2017 • 30 min
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 this). Amazon is flexing its supply chain muscles once again. —- Send in a voice message:…
34: Special - Part 2: Casey Sullivan from Barneys New York
Oct 9, 2017 • 22 min
Part 2/2 of our special welcomes guest Casey Sullivan from Barneys New York. Casey oversees startup and growth initiatives at Barneys. We talked about: Digital initiatives at Barneys How to please all customer segments at once, shopping…
33: Special - Part 1: Nicole Reyhle and Jasmine Glasheen from Retail Minded
Oct 1, 2017 • 23 min
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: Why independent retailers are important to the survival of retail. Do they experience the same challenges…
32: Revenge of the Malls
Sep 13, 2017 • 0 min
Malls are back - and far from dead. This holiday, people will care more about experience and convenience - we discuss why. Is Amazon’s 2nd full-fledged HQ coming to your city? —- Send in a voice message: Support…
31: Minted CEO and Founder Mariam Naficy
Sep 5, 2017 • 38 min
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, how technology is being used, and if there are plans to open stores. —- Send in a…
30: Amazon Flips the Tables on Whole Foods’ Prices
Aug 28, 2017 • 37 min
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 season, which is our favorite time of quarter, we pick on Dick’s Sporting Goods and Foot Locker. \
29: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em
Aug 8, 2017 • 44 min
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 “immune” to Amazon, how some retailers are changing their business model to embrace Amazon, and how AI and…
28: Doug Stephens - Retail futurist, book author, and Founder of Retail Prophet
Jul 12, 2017 • 43 min
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 and how they are redefining retail,…
27: Former CEO The Frye Company Paul Raffin - How Technology Helps Create Retail Experiences
Jun 28, 2017 • 47 min
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 to make their customers happy. Did you know we will be at in LA this September 25-27? We will be…
26: Retail Space - The Final Frontier
Jun 16, 2017 • 35 min
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 respond. We also travel to Shanghai (not…
25: 2 Walmarts = 1 Amazon
May 25, 2017 • 32 min
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 areas for retailers to focus on - we…
24: Retailers Have Lost Their Minds
May 9, 2017 • 32 min
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 judge your fashion. Like what you hear?…
23: Jeff Bezos and the Book of Secrets
May 1, 2017 • 34 min
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 Play, or Stitcher! —- Send in a voice…
22: The Sky is Falling
Apr 24, 2017 • 30 min
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. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:…
21: The Iconic Advantage. An Interview with Soon Yu, former Global VP Innovation VF Corp
Apr 10, 2017 • 47 min
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 Advantage - more info can be found…
20: Know it alls, Store No. 8, The fall of the mall rats
Mar 27, 2017 • 36 min
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 oversaturated. There’s a solution. —- Send in a voice message:…
19: Gen Z loves brick & mortar, High-end dept stores getting creative, TJX ‘home market’ stores
Mar 9, 2017 • 34 min
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 shoppers. TJX is continuing their…
18: WDA Brand Marketing CEO, Dr. William D’Arienzo
Feb 7, 2017 • 32 min
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 Strategies - Luxury and Mass Markets”.…
17: NRF BIG Show - What We Thought, Holiday Spending Up, Early Retail Wreckage
Jan 20, 2017 • 33 min
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. E-commerce seemed to do better than in-store. We explore why. It’s only a few weeks into 2017 and major brand…
16: December’s billion dollar days, Amazon dominates, Top 3 retail trends of 2016
Dec 27, 2016 • 48 min
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 retail tech trends of the year. —- Send…
15: Black Friday bonanza, GAP CEO embraces data, Starbucks passes the baton
Dec 6, 2016 • 30 min
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 embracing analytics now. Starbucks…
14: Black Friday doesn’t matter, Millennials want it NOW, Alibaba sets a record
Nov 21, 2016 • 29 min
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, we just used the word “doozy”. —-…
13: RetailNext Head of Marketing and Customer Experience, Bridget Johns
Nov 14, 2016 • 23 min
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 years across all types of retailers, and…
12: Shop on Instagram, an easier button, more bots!
Nov 7, 2016 • 31 min
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 Button with IBM Watson technology. Brands are jumping on the opportunity to build chatbots and various types…
11: Adidas and Under Armour play leapfrog, Amazon’s next conquest, why consumers buy
Oct 31, 2016 • 42 min
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 conquest seems to be clothing (fashion) and grocery. Which will they succeed with? We have our thoughts. Let’s…
10: Holiday sales predictions, rough time for department stores, augmented reality gets real
Oct 21, 2016 • 51 min
Everyone has an opinion about upcoming holiday retail sales - will they go up or down? Does the Election impact anything? Department stores are having a rough time this year. We talk about why this might be happening. VR has seen all the hype lately in…
09: Amazon Prime goldmine, Crate & Barrel’s tablets, a new frontier for search
Oct 14, 2016 • 35 min
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. —- Send in a voice message:…
08: Brand rebuilding isn’t easy, shipping costs gone wild, digitizing luxury brands
Oct 6, 2016 • 41 min
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 so what does this mean for consumers and retailers? Luxury brands are starting to adjust how they attract…
07: IoT coming to a retailer near you, Back to the Future is here, Nordstrom ruling by committee
Sep 23, 2016 • 34 min
Internet of Things devices are becoming useful for retailers, Nike has something in store for us on Cyber Monday, and Nordstrom grows three heads. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:…
06: 3D printing hype, Amazon pop-up stores, wearables for work
Sep 16, 2016 • 36 min
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 actually useful for work. —- Send in a voice message: Support this…
05: It’s Fashion Week!
Sep 10, 2016 • 23 min
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. —- Send in a voice message:…
04: Invasion of the LoweBots
Sep 2, 2016 • 29 min
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. —- Send in a voice message: Support this…
03: 524 sq feet
Aug 26, 2016 • 32 min
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. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:…
02: “Stores” is a Bad Word
Aug 16, 2016 • 30 min
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 memo. IKEA goes upscale! —- Send in a…
01: Harry’s Target
Aug 13, 2016 • 29 min
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 it may not help them after all, Target stocking Harry’s razors starting this month and why that’s perhaps…