Check out my podcast on being a Radical in retail. I recently sat down with industry heavyweight Steve Sadove (former Chairman and CEO of Saks and former President of Worldwide Beauty Care and Nutritionals at Bristol-Myers Squibb) to discuss the current state and future of the retail industry. We discussed The Radical Awards, created to recognize the individuals who are transforming “old world” retailer models, brands and other consumer-facing businesses. We also explored what led Steve to his current consulting role and what’s catching his attention in fashion, along with the new experience of retail and how multi-branding has changed the way retailers are selling to consumers. In terms of Radicalism, we covered what the biggest difference is between a legacy retailer innovating and a startup trying to innovate — and whether it’s more radical be an innovator to force others to change or more radical to lead the charge of change. Listen to why diversification of radical activity is important and how a CEO can stay honest and keep moving with the consumer.
About Robin Lewis
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.
He co-authored the book: “The New Rules of Retail.” As a VP at Goldman Sachs, he launched a retail consulting practice. Prior to this, he was an EVP and Executive Editor at WWD, and a VP of Strategy and Business Development at the VF Corporation.
He is frequently requested by C-level management for advice, consultation and strategic presentations: among them are Kohl’s, Bloomingdale’s, JC Penney, Macy’s, Liz Claiborne, VF Corp., Charming Shoppes, Estee Lauder, Ralph Lauren, and Sara Lee, as well as financial firms such as Lion Capital, The Carlyle Group, Goldman Sachs and others. And he’s often quoted in all of the major print and broadcast media: Bloomberg/BusinessWeek; WSJ: Fortune; Forbes; CNBC; CBS; Fox Business; among others.