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AuthorChris Walton

Chris Walton is an accomplished Senior Executive with nearly 20 years of success within the retail and retail technology industries. He is well-versed in merchandising, store operations, inventory management, product design, forecasting, e-commerce, pricing and promotions, and tech product development. Chris was most recently a Vice President with Target, where he led the retailer’s Store of the Future project and also ran the Target’s home furnishing division for e-commerce. He previously worked for GAP, Inc., as a Distribution Analyst and Manager. Chris holds a BA in Economics and History from Stanford University, and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He likes to dress as Darth Vader for Halloween, and his wife also frequently asks him to ask Alexa, "to turn off the music."

Fast Five: This Week Was a Total ClusterTruck | Podcast

Carter’s out on assignment so Chris, Anne, and Emma the Intern in this week’s Fast Five, sponsored by Trigo, talk Kroger’s new Delivery Kitchen, more coolness (literally) from the new Canada Goose store, Casper’s stacking the deck with its recent executive hires, Glossier’s dip into Nordstrom’s waters, and the impact Returnly’s Instant Gift Exchange will have on post-holiday returns.

Today’s Top Talk

Today’s Top Talk covers Hal Lawton’s resignation from Macy’s, Vinted raising $141M in funds, and Rent the Runway’s partnership with Marriott Hotels.

A Candid Debate with b8ta CEO and Co-Founder Vibhu Norby | Omni Talk Podcast

Chris Walton sits down one-on-one with b8ta CEO Vibhu Norby to discuss the history and business model of b8ta, “Retail-as-a-Service” theory and practice, and his company’s new partnership involving Toys R Us.

The conversation is frank, spirited, and left the Omni Talk team with even more unanswered questions about the long-term value of what we have seen so far from b8ta’s first footnotes on the chart of retail history.

The Women’s Retail Collective Podcast with Shipt CEO Kelly Caruso | Podcast

On this episode of the Women’s Retail Collective Podcast, Anne Mezzenga meets with Shipt CEO Kelly Caruso. Kelly gives Anne her full career story from her days as a McDonald’s fry cook in Fargo to her most recent role as CEO of Shipt. She tells how she plans to take Shipt from start-up to thriving last-mile delivery provider for one of the largest retailers in the country.

This podcast is done in partnership with the Network of Executive Women (NEW) To become a member of NEW, visit

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Today’s Top Talk

Today’s Top Talk covers Canada Goose’s new inventory-less store, the new additions to Casper’s leadership team, and cargo delivery bikes in NY to reduce gridlock.