The definitive list of retail influencers worth following in 2016.
Analyst at Forrester Research with the retail beat.
Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor. Professional speaker on retail sales, training and marketing. Author, blogger, makeover specialist and Harrier hound lover.
Founder Retail Minded. Co-Founder Independent @RetailerConf. @Forbes Contributor.
IDC Retail Insights Research Vice President.
Technology-driven customer-centric retail is my passion.
Twittering Head of Global Retail Technology Practice at Planet Retail & Publisher of Retail Technology magazine.
Content Editor CNBC. Tweeting about the latest retail news.
Speaker, author of The Retail Revival and advisor on the future of retail and consumerism. Syndicated columnist for CBC Radio. Co-host of The Future In Store.
Managing Director of Conlumino where we analyse all sorts of things to do with retail and consumers. Font fanatic and campaigner against Comic Sans.
Editor-in-Chief, Retail TouchPoints.
#Retail & Measurement Consultant. Founder IMS Retail University. Owner IMS Results Count.
Tony C. D'Onofrio
Top 15 Retail Influencer / Top 25 Retail Website / Global Visionary Connector of Ideas & People for Profitable Business Growth / Views and content are my own.
Founder SW Retail Advisors, CNBC Analyst, polo player, int store hunter, perma jet-lag, voted Twitter top 50 retail influencer.
Francesca StaAna Nicasio
Writer, cheerleader for aspiring writers, wife, friend. Retail Expert and Content Strategist at Vend.
Head of Research at Kantar Retail — a global retail research and consulting firm.
The legendary Retail Guru and author of The Daily Retailer. Also cricket lover, racing tipster, bookworm, gardener, weather expert and avid newspaper reader!
Retail analyst / commentator / author. Tweeting about future retail trends and changing shopping habits.
Forward-thinking insights on retailing and CPG in a digital world. VP, Strategy Profitero. Previously VP, Advisory Retailnetgroup.
National Retail Writer for The Associated Press. Foodie & theater lover. Having fun with standup comedy. Manhattan.
Media Contributor, Speaker, Writer. Retail Expert, High Street Campaigner, Consumer Champion, Business Mentor. Entrepreneur, Investor, Non-Exec.
Retail Tech Guru; Top Wall Street Retail, Retail Tech, & Drugstore/PBM Analyst 17 yrs. Expertise: Emerging Retail Technolgies, Fashion, and Real Estate Trends.
Editor-in-Chief/Associate Publisher, RetailWire.
President, BSMinfo RetailMag. Author, Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer.
Business reporter specializing in retail and consumer trends.
Retail/Hospitality Technology Analyst, Orphan/Human Trafficking advocate.
Retail business journalist with 20 years' experience, available for freelance editorial projects. Editor of the popular retail news portal Retail Times.
Senior reporter / writer / photographer / video talent. Alum of @WSJ, @MarketWatch, @Business. I care about stories that matter and stories that touch a heart.
eCommerce and Multichannel Retail. Consultant, publisher, speaker, trainer, NED.
Diane J. Brisebois
President/CEO of RCC. Passionate about retail & this great industry. Unapologetic about promoting merchants & their role in our economic wellbeing!
Shelley E. Kohan
Vice President of Retail Consulting at RetailNext.
Knows most of the CIOs in retail. Assists technology companies in reaching key decision-makers.
Private Brand Strategy, Insights & News | Founder My Private Brand | VP of Retail Brands Theory House.
SVP Commerce & Content Practice, Razorfish.
Founder of Portas Agency, and Mary's Living & Giving charity shops, broadcaster, retail expert, author of Shop Girl & highstreet campaigner.
President and CEO at National Retail Federation.
Just the guy who's helped thousands of retailers sell more stuff through their staff. 25 years on stage and now online everywhere.
Content Strategist for G3 Communications; Retail TouchPoints; Content4Demand; Demand Gen Report; music junkie and fashion/beauty lover.
Managing Partner at RSR Research & Senior Partner of BEK Consulting.
Pop-up Retail Architect and author connecting the digital world w/ immersive brick-and-mortar. Founder of @lionesquegroup, advisor @FotoFwd #popupshop.
Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender
He's Kizer. She's Bender. Together, we're speakers, authors, consultants and all about retail. We teamed up in 1990. We're married... just not to each other!
Editor In Chief at Innovative Retail Technologies.
VP of Retail Strategy at IHL & blogger focused on understanding the tech retailers use & the vendors that make it. Orphan advocate with a focus on the Congo.
Editor and Publisher of Global Retail Brands magazine.
EIR + VP @500Startups + Co-founder of @Storefront, @SocialEarth. Alum: @AngelPad, @BestBuy, @NDSU, @AUTuni. MN to NZ to SF.
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How we created the 2016 retail influencers list.
Once again, we scoured the web to find the individuals who are sharing the best retail insights. We also invited existing influencers to nominate people they think are worthy of being on the list, and we looked at reader comments from our previous lists to ensure we didn’t miss anyone.
From there, we assessed each individual’s expertise and clout in the retail industry. We read their articles, listened to their commentaries, then looked at their experience, social following, and presence in retail events and publications. We used all the above factors to determine their place on our list.
What we mean by “retail influencers.”
Retail influencers are people who consistently share valuable content and commentary about the industry. They have a deep understanding of retailers and shoppers and have extensive industry experience.
Most importantly, influencers educate and inform retailers on trends, current events, and best practices, so merchants can run their businesses better.
How you can be part of the list.
Being relevant is a top factor when we’re determining who makes the list, so if you want to be part of Vend’s influencer roundup, you must be consistent in sharing retail-centric content.
We also look at social influence, so having an engaged following goes a long way. Finally, it doesn’t hurt to have a strong presence in retail publications as well as mainstream media.
Did we miss anyone?
Think someone is missing from this year’s list? Leave their names in the comments and we’ll consider them for next year’s roundup.
Many thanks to the following individuals for helping us create this list:
Paula Rosenblum - @paula_rosenblum
Phillip Russo - @philliprussopov
Bryan Gildenberg - @bryang_kr
Sucharita Mulpuru - @smulpuru
Melissa Gonzalez - @melsstyles
Kevin Graff - @graffretail
Tristan Pollock - @writerpollock
Joseph Skorupa - @joeskorupa
Nicole Leinbach Reyhle - @RetailMinded
Miya Knights - @mazzaknights