Technology and Innovation Powering Levi Strauss Growth Strategy, Says CEO
Technology and Innovation Powering Levi Strauss Growth Strategy, Says CEO

Levi Strauss began trading on the New York Stock Exchange this morning under the ticker symbol ‘LEVI.’ By mid-afternoon, the stock was at $22.66, substantially higher than the price offered to institutional investors. It’s clear that investors believe that Levi’s can leverage technology and innovation to successfully compete online and in brick and mortar stores.

We're Trying to Build the Amazon Prime of Rental, Says Rent the Runway CEO
We’re Trying to Build the Amazon Prime of Rental, Says Rent the Runway CEO

“You will see the continuous expansion over the next year into many different categories,” says Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman. “Anything that you do not use every single day, we want to make it fiscally irresponsible for someone to not have a subscription to Rent the Runway. We’re trying to build the Amazon Prime of rental.”

5 Takeaways From SXSW 2019
5 Takeaways From SXSW 2019

SXSW Interactive has evolved over the past decade that I have been going. For starters, I’ve watched ridesharing services come, go, and come back again, but it doesn’t seem to help the traffic situation either way. This year there were scooters on top of everything, which come with their own set of issues.

Salesforce CEO: Every B2B and B2C Company Is Becoming a B2B2C Company
Salesforce CEO: Every B2B and B2C Company Is Becoming a B2B2C Company

Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff says that every company is becoming a B2B2C company. “Every B2B company and B2C company is becoming a B2B2C company,” says Benioff. “What company does not have to directly connect with the consumer? You could be a traditional industrial company who’s selling to B2B resellers and you have to be ready in this connected digital revolution to be able to connect directly to your consumer as well.”

Walmart is the Roman Empire of Retail
Walmart is the Roman Empire of Retail

Walmart is the Roman Empire of retail, says Burt Flickinger, Managing Director of SRG Insights. Walmart announced an impressive earnings and revenue beat that told the story investors want to hear. Walmart is winning the retail wars, especially against arch-rival Amazon.

Direct to Consumer is a Fundamental Platform Shift, Says Tim Armstrong
Direct to Consumer is a Fundamental Platform Shift, Says Tim Armstrong

Direct to Consumer, or DTC, is a fundamental platform shift, according to former AOL and Verizon digital properties CEO Tim Armstrong. “There have been a couple times in my career where there has been what is basically a fundamental platform shift,” noted Armstrong. “I felt like direct-to-consumer was something that was going to be a platform shift.”

Rakuten Super Logistics To Open 6 New Ecommerce Fulfillment Centers
Rakuten Super Logistics To Open 6 New Ecommerce Fulfillment Centers

The recent USPS shipping structure changes will increase retailers shipping costs, says Rakuten CEO Mike Manzione. What Rakuten does is help retailers offset by utilizing a network of order fulfillment centers, thereby controlling shipping costs while decreasing shipping times.

Retail Demise Due to Rise of the Internet and Inability to Keep Up
Retail Demise Due to Rise of the Internet and Inability to Keep Up

Retail executive Gerald Storch who was the former CEO of Toys “R” Us and Vice Chairman of Target explains why some retailers are failing while others are thriving. “The demise of many retail chains is due to the rise of the internet and the inability of some retailers to keep up.”

We Are Not Going Back to Old Retail
We Are Not Going Back to Old Retail

With the future of retail we have crossed over the demarcation line, says Walter Robb, the former co-CEO of Whole Foods. “We’re not going back to the old retail,” said Robb. “It’s just not going to happen. That’s the combination of digital and physical.

DTC Brands Doing Incredible Numbers on Shopify, Says COO
DTC Brands Doing Incredible Numbers on Shopify, Says COO

Direct to consumer brands are doing incredible numbers on Shopify, says Shopify COO Harley Finkelstein. He says that Kylie Jenner has generated almost a billion dollars in sales on the platform and many other influencers such as Kanye West, Drake, and most recently Tom Brady and also doing very well.