The Robin Report provides insights and opinion on major topics in the retail apparel and related consumer product industries. It delivers provocative, unbiased analysis on retail, brands and consumer products, and covers industry-wide issues, trends and consumer behavior throughout the retail-related industries. The RR is delivered exclusively on TheRobinReport.com. Additionally, The RR produces executive briefings and industry events.
The Robin Report Platform
The Robin Report platform is a knowledge-based information and consulting platform driving strategic growth and vision at the intersection between new-world and legacy retail sectors and related consumer product industries.
The Robin Report
Provocative, outspoken, opinionated and unbiased, our daily content feed is the trusted source of knowledge, insight and analysis to provide retail and related industry leaders the context they need to help guide their businesses.
Our thought leadership forums identify key trends and analyze critical marketplace indicators, offering relevant idea-exchange and thought about trends and strategies in retailing and other consumer-facing businesses – plus introduce nextgen leaders shaping the future of retail.
The Radicals Awards
The Robin Report Retail Radicals Awards focuses on identifying the radical thinkers and doers exclusively in the legacy retail industry sectors. These radicals are driving the major transformations within their respective retail brands with challenges much larger and more complex than those of often-celebrated tech-driven startups. The Robin Report Index identifies quantitatively and qualitatively outperforming retailers and their innovators within five industry sectors.
Robin Lewis –Best-Selling Books
Robin Lewis is noted co-author with Michael Dart of Retail’s Seismic Shift: How to Shift Faster, Respond Better, and Win Customer Loyalty. This playbook identifies the major trends in our economy that will shape the future of retail and determine who wins. We are approaching the time in which distribution begins and ends with the consumer, mass markets give way to fragmented markets, and the necessity of entirely new business models is paramount. And now, with the emergence of the technology-empowered young consumer culture, retailers will be forced to transform their offerings.
Robin Lewis – Thought Leader Speaker
Robin Lewis is the founder and CEO of The Robin Report. He is an author, speaker, and consultant for the retail and consumer products industries. Book him now for your next meeting. He is frequently requested by C-level management for advice, consultation and strategic presentations: among them are Bloomingdale’s, JC Penney, Macy’s, VF Corp, Kohl’s, Charming Shoppes, Estee Lauder, Iconix, Footlocker, and Ralph Lauren, as well as financial firms such as The Carlyle Group, Goldman Sachs and others. He is the co-author of The New Rules of Retail, published by Palgrave-McMillan, and is often quoted in leading trade and consumer publications.
The Robin Report Advisory Board is comprised of the most influential and well-respected leaders and shapers of the retail industry, past and present.
Robin Report Team
CEO, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
Robin Lewis is the founder and CEO of The Robin Report. He is an author, speaker, and consultant for the retail and consumer products industries.
Previously, he was Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he developed and launched a global retail consulting practice. Prior to Goldman Sachs, as Vice President and Executive Editor of Women’s Wear Daily. Earlier in his career he held executive positions in strategic planning, business development, and brand and marketing management at DuPont, VF Corporation and Grey Advertising.
He is frequently requested by C-level management for advice, consultation and strategic presentations: among them are Bloomingdale’s, JC Penney, Macy’s, VF Corp, Kohl’s, Charming Shoppes, Estee Lauder, Iconix, Footlocker, and Ralph Lauren, as well as financial firms such as The Carlyle Group, Goldman Sachs and others.
He is the co-author of The New Rules of Retail, published by Palgrave-McMillan, and is often quoted in various trade and consumer publications such as Women’s Wear Daily, Time Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Brand Week, and Advertising Age, as well as appearing on CNBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News.
He served on the Board of Directors for the Fashion Group International, and on the Advisory Board of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and has served on the Board of Governors for the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parson’s School of Design. His also an adjunct Professor for FIT’s Global Fashion Management Program.
Deborah Patton is an innovator in strategic marketing and communications, including marketing planning, advertising, brand positioning, event production, creative services and communications. She also develops and produces unique executive meetings and thought leadership conferences on global trends and sustainability as well as top-level industry-specific awards shows and summits. She has had in-depth experience in the luxury, entertainment, media & marketing, teen, menswear, shelter, bridal, packaged goods, finance and pop culture markets. In addition to COO of The Robin Report, she is Founder and Executive Director of Applied Brilliance, LLC, a thought leadership advisory consortium that explores and presents emerging trends and cultural paradigm shifts.
SHELLEY E. KOHAN
CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
Retail expert Shelley E. Kohan is a highly accomplished and driven senior retail executive and consultant with more than 25 years of success in the retail industry. She has worked throughout the industry and across many functions including general management, marketing, operations, merchandising, buying, and human resources.
As a retail pundit, Shelley had been recognized as a top retail influencer four years in a row and a featured spokesperson across many publications and media including NBC Nightly News, Wall St. Journal, New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Reuters, The Washington Post, Fortune, Chain Store Age, The Robin Report, and Forbes.
In addition to CSO of The Robin Report, Shelley is CEO/Founder Shelmark Consulting, working with companies on strategic management, market growth and retail store operations. She is an associate professor for the Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York in the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology and an adjunct instructor at Syracuse University in the Whitman School of Management.
The Robin Report Advisory Board
Paul Charron – Former CEO, Liz Claiborne
Mark A. Cohen – Director of Retail Studies, Columbia’s Business School
Claudio Del Vecchio – CEO, Brooks Brothers
Jennifer Davis – Managing Director, Goldman Sacks
Jane Elfers – CEO, Children’s Place
Diane Ellis – President, Chico’s
Kathy Elsesser – Senior Partner, Global Retail, Goldman Sachs
John Fleming – Former CEO, e-commerce Uniqlo
Spencer Fung – Group CEO, Li + Fung
Raymond Gindi – CEO, Century 21 Department Stores
Michael Gould – Former CEO, Bloomingdale’s
Joe Gromek – Former CEO, Warnaco
Mindy Grossman – CEO, WeightWatchers
Ken Hicks – CEO, Academy Sports
Brendan Hoffman – CEO, Vince
Dick Johnson – CEO, Footlocker
Kim Kitchings – Senior VP Consumer Marketing, Cotton Incorporated
Matt Laukaitis – SVP and General Manager, SAP Consumer Industries
Hal Lawton – CEO Tractor Supply Co.
Noah Gellman, Co-Founder & CEO, The Lead
William Lauder – Executive Chairman, Estée Lauder
Terry Lundgren – Former CEO, Macy’s
Jay Margolis – Former CEO, Cache
Mindy Meads – Consultant, LP3 Holdings LLC
Carol Meyrowitz – Former CEO, TJX
Karen Murray – CEO, Sequential Brands
Allen Questrom – Former CEO, JCP, Federated, Neiman-Marcus, Barney’s
James Rhee – CEO, Ashley Stewart
Kevin Ryan Founder & Chairman, MongoDB
Matt Rubel – Former CEO, Collective Brands
Steve Sadove – Former CEO, Saks Inc.
Denise Seegal – CEO, NXT Brands
Nadia Shouraboura – CEO, Hointer
Stacey Shulman – Chief Innovation Officer, IOTG, Retail
Jeffrey Sears – Founder, The Modernist Group
Diane Sullivan – CEO, Caleres Inc.
Burt Tansky – Former CEO, Neiman-Marcus
Mike Ullman – Former CEO, JCPenney
Paco Underhill – CEO, Envirosell
Don Unser – President, NPD
Janice Wang – CEO, Alvanon
Eric Wiseman – Former CEO VF