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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."

Today’s Top Talk

Today’s Top Talk covers Amazon’s new pop-up formats, Meijer’s partnership with Hyer, and the strategy behind H-E-B’s supermarket commercials.

Fast Five Podcast | Google Unleashes New Tools for Apparel Shopping & A Monty Python Tribute

In this week’s Omni Talk Fast Five, sponsored by Trigo, Chris Walton, Carter Jensen, and Emma the intern discuss the top weekly headlines from the world of retail, while Anne Mezzenga is on vacation in sunny Florida. This week the gang talks Google’s new shopping features, Intel and Area 15, CVS expanding its health hubs, Walgreens getting even more hot and heavy with Kroger, and a controversial headline from H&M regarding high-tech recycling bins.

Today’s Top Talk

Today’s Top Talk covers Walgreens moving products into select Kroger locations, Google adding a “shop while you search” feature, and the acquisition of the Joseph Abboud trademarks to an acquisition firm.

Podcast | NRF 2020 Live Recap from the Javits Center, NYC

In their final NRF podcast, sponsored by LISNR, Anne and Chris take a look back at all the topics and the people who made NRF 2020 the frenetic event that it was. From Michelle Gass’s “Greatness Initiative” to John Furner putting “people first” and sustainability messages stealing the spotlight at nearly every stage, you’ll be up to speed and in the know after giving this recap a listen.

Women’s Retail Collective Podcast: Gap Inc. Sr. Director Customer Experience & Innovation Heidi Isern

In this episode of the Women’s Retail Collective Podcast, from NRF sponsored by LISNR, we meet Heidi Isern Sr. Director Customer Experience & Innovation for Gap, Inc. Heidi’s career has been quite a unique one. She’s traveled around the world interviewing women about their careers and led teams in design thinking for several retailers while at IDEO. You’ll also want to hear how she landed her current gig, creating a position for herself to lead the charge to perfect the customer experience for all Gap Inc. Brands.

Listen for her full story, live from the LISNR podcast booth at NRF 2020.

Spotlight Podcast: Walmart VP Monetization & Chief of Staff to CTO Anshu Bhardwaj

In our latest NRF Spotlight Podcast, sponsored by LISNR, Chris Walton sits down with Walmart VP Monetization & Chief of Staff to CTO, Anshu Bhardwaj, to discuss her career background, especially her previous work leading innovation at Sam’s Club and the Sam’s Club Now concept, and what it has been like for her to transition into her new role supporting Walmart’s CTO and monetization efforts. You definitely won’t want to miss Anshu’s favorite family social app either in “How Millennial Are You?”