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#013: Get rid of all the bells and whistles. The Birth of the Sony Walkman

The staff, the critics, and retailers all said it would fail.  It lacked all the things people wanted but gave them one thing they had …

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#012: How to marry brick and mortar with online retailing. The Canada Goose way.

Canada Goose is the second fastest growing luxury brand in the world.  They have created an amazing store experience that at the same time makes …

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#011: Retailers Beware!

This is a departure.  In this episode Stephen Semple shares trends that he is seeing that is being embraced by retailers.  Trends that are dangerously …

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#010: Who is JD Power? Is he a real person? Find out.

In this episode you will learn about JD Power.  Started over a kitchen table on April Fools and sold later for $400M USD this is …

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#009: Armed with Scissors and an Idea a Billionaire is Born. The Spanx Story.

Sara Blakely was getting ready for a party when she realized she didn’t have the right undergarment to provide a smooth look. She cut off the …

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#008: What delivering newspapers taught me about pizza – The story of Dominos.

Dominos was started in 1960 and grew to be the largest independent restaurant business on the planet.  Started by an orphan who was swindled out …

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