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The Backroom with Retail Dive

What you read on Retail Dive is only part of the story. Our reporters and editors are constantly researching, reading and talking about the retail industry. Here’s a peek behind the curtain to what we are discussing in our newsroom. Welcome to the Backroom. Stay tuned for more episodes by following us on iTunes or on Stitcher.


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    The Backroom: Another disruptive holiday season

    Vaccines have changed the shopping landscape this year, as have supply chain bottlenecks. Retail Dive reporters look at how the season is playing out.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Nov. 25, 2021
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    The Backroom: Why is the idea of splitting off e-commerce so popular all of a sudden?

    Senior Reporters Daphne Howland and Ben Unglesbee discuss why Wall Street likes it, why others don't and how Sears' decline serves as a cautionary tale.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Oct. 28, 2021
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    The Backroom: What do changes at Stitch Fix say about e-commerce?

    Senior Reporters Ben Unglesbee and Daphne Howland talk about turmoil at the apparel e-retailer, DTC companies and online sales in general.

    By Retail Dive Team • Sept. 30, 2021
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    The Backroom: Delta's looming impact on retail

    On this episode, Daphne Howland and Ben Unglesbee discuss the implications of the new variant on the industry.

    By Retail Dive Team • Aug. 26, 2021
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    The Backroom: When Reebok was on top of the world

    Retail Dive's senior editor discusses the past and alternate histories of the brand that once topped even Nike.

    By July 29, 2021
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    The Backroom: In e-commerce, it's growth versus profits

    In 2020, digital operations saved retailers when consumers couldn't or wouldn't visit stores. But how sustainable is online retail in the long run?

    By June 24, 2021
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    The Backroom: A former Blockbuster insider chronicles its many blunders

    If you think Blockbuster is merely a story about technology, take a second look. Former franchisee Alan Payne discusses its long-deteriorating operations. 

    By May 27, 2021
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    The Backroom: Just how competitive are retail markets?

    A talk with author and antitrust expert Sally Hubbard about what shifts in competition policy and enforcement could mean for the retail industry writ large.

    By April 29, 2021
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    The Backroom: How a $15 minimum wage could impact retail

    At the federal level, the minimum wage hasn't changed since 2009 at $7.25 an hour. The team discusses what an increase could mean for the industry.

    By March 25, 2021
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    The Backroom: Amazon enters a new phase

    The team talks about how retailers have paved their own way, as Jeff Bezos prepares to hand over the CEO reins at the e-commerce giant.

    By Feb. 25, 2021
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    The Backroom: Family Video, GameStop and the precarious lives of media stores

    The team breaks down what went wrong for the last video chain as well as the fates of other retailers of cultural products.

    By Jan. 28, 2021
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    The Backroom: What the pandemic means for the future of retail

    A follow-up discussion with "retail prophet" Doug Stephens, who has been mulling the disease outbreak's implications for the industry.

    By Jan. 14, 2021
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    The Backroom: What Black Friday tells us about retail in 2021

    The shopping holiday was defined by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its trends and repercussions will likely follow the industry into the next year. 

    By Retail Dive Team • Dec. 17, 2020
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    The Backroom: J.C. Penney's slow ride through bankruptcy

    The department store's deal to sell itself to landlords Simon and Brookfield is in its final stages. But the retailer's struggles are far from over.

    By Retail Dive Team • Nov. 19, 2020
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    The Backroom: How retailers are navigating holiday 2020

    As the season kick-starts earlier than ever, the industry braces for a fourth quarter plagued by uncertainty.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Oct. 29, 2020
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    The Backroom: Walmart+ vs. Amazon Prime

    Why did the retail giant launch a membership service, and can it compete with Prime? Senior Reporters Daphne Howland and Ben Unglesbee break it down.

    By Sept. 24, 2020
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    The Backroom: When malls buy their tenants

    Mall owners are snapping up distressed retailers as years of operational pressures and a pandemic combine to take down anchors and their neighbors.

    By Retail Dive Team • Aug. 27, 2020
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    The Backroom: When retailers issue mask requirements

    Without federal face mask guidelines, retailers like Walmart, Target and Best Buy have had to introduce their own measures.

    By July 30, 2020
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    The Backroom: Tracking retail sales numbers in a pandemic

    In this episode, the team discusses how Retail Dive reports monthly sales numbers and what those figures signal about the industry's future.

    By June 25, 2020
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    The Backroom: How the coronavirus sped up retail bankruptcies

    On this episode of the podcast, senior reporters Daphne Howland and Ben Unglesbee discuss how the pandemic pushed distressed retailers to file.

    By May 28, 2020
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    The Backroom: Retail responds to the coronavirus

    On this episode, the team spoke with guest Jeff Wells of Grocery Dive, to discuss how the pandemic is changing all sectors of the industry.

    By April 30, 2020
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    The Backroom: Pier 1's road to bankruptcy

    Senior Reporter Ben Unglesbee and Associate Editor Caroline Jansen discuss what the company's future may look like.

    By Feb. 27, 2020
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    The Backroom: Trends to watch in 2020

    On this episode of the podcast, the team breaks down everything that happened at the NRF's Big Show in New York, and what to watch this year.

    By Jan. 23, 2020
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    The Backroom: 2019 in review

    From Party City's helium shortage to Patrick Byrne's abrupt departure from Overstock, the team discusses all of their favorite stories from the year.

    By Retail Dive Team • Dec. 19, 2019
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    The Backroom: The last Blockbuster

    On this episode of The Backroom with Retail Dive, Reporter Ben Unglesbee and Editor Cara Salpini discuss what the video store's demise means for retail.

    By Nov. 21, 2019