Vend’s Top 100 Retail Influencers for 2018
Vend's Top 100 Retail Influencers for 2018

Vend’s Top 100 Retail Influencers for 2018

VVend's Top 100 Retail Influencers for 2018 Vend's Top 100 Retail Influencers for 2018
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Welcome to the 2018 edition of Vend’s list of top retail influencers! This year, we’ve expanded the list to 100 influencers (instead of 50) to add more individuals outside of North America and to ensure that we include the most well-deserving folks in the retail industry.

Check them out below and if you think we missed anyone, let us know in the comments!

Matthew Shay

01 Matthew Shay

Matthew Shay

President and CEO at National Retail Federation

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01

Deborah Weinswig

02 Deborah Weinswig

Deborah Weinswig

Global Analyst Specializing in Retail Innovation | Technology | Retail Real Estate | Fashion

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02

Nicole Reyhle

03 Nicole Reyhle

Nicole Reyhle

Retail Minded Founder | Independent Retailer Co-Founder | Author of Retail 101 | Writer | Speaker

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03

Bob Phibbs

04 Bob Phibbs

Bob Phibbs

Retail Sales Expert, Speaker, Sales Trainer | Helping brands create exceptional customer experiences to move merchandise

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04

Doug Stephens

05 Doug Stephens

Doug Stephens

Founder & President, Retail Prophet

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05

Helen Dickinson

06 Helen Dickinson

Helen Dickinson

Chief Executive of the BRC

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06

Neil Saunders

07 Neil Saunders

Neil Saunders

Managing Director and Retail Analyst at GlobalData Retail (formerly Conlumino)

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07

Scott Galloway

08 Scott Galloway

Scott Galloway

Clinical Professor of Marketing, NYU Stern & Founder, L2

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08

Jeff Roster

09 Jeff Roster

Jeff Roster

VP of Retail Strategy at IHL Group

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09

Alan Hawkins

10 Alan Hawkins

Alan Hawkins

CEO, British Independent Retailers Association (bira)

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10

Andrew Busby

11 Andrew Busby

Andrew Busby

Founder & CEO at Retail Reflections

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11

Cathy Hotka

12 Cathy Hotka

Cathy Hotka

Connecting insiders in Retail. Board of Knowledge@Wharton and RetailROI; RetailWire Braintrust Panel

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12

Bryan Roberts

13 Bryan Roberts

Bryan Roberts

Global Insights Director at TCC Global

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13

Steve Dresser

14 Steve Dresser

Steve Dresser

Advisor to Retail Execs, Investors, Supplier and Agencies. Offers a unique insight into food retail markets worldwide.

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14

Sucharita Mulpurur

15 Sucharita Mulpuru

Sucharita Mulpuru

Retail Industry Analyst

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15

Graham Soult

16 Graham Soult

Graham Soult

Retail Consultant: helping businesses improve their stores, insight and digital marketing, on the high street and online

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16

Jason Goldberg

17 Jason Goldberg

Jason Goldberg

SVP Commerce & Content Practice, Razorfish

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17

Mary Portas

18 Mary Portas

Mary Portas

Chief Creative Officer at Portas

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18

Steve Dennis

19 Steve Dennis

Steve Dennis

Retail Growth Strategy & Innovation Consultant | Keynote Speaker | Author | Mentor | Social Impact Entrepreneur

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19

Greg Buzek

20 Greg Buzek

Greg Buzek

President at IHL Group and Donor Trustee of Retail Orphan Initiative

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20

Stacey Widlitz

21 Stacey Widlitz

Stacey Widlitz

Founder, SW Retail Advisors & CNBC Contributor

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21

George MacDonald

22 George MacDonald

George MacDonald

Deputy Editor at Retail Week

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22

Nick Bubb

23 Nick Bubb

Nick Bubb

Retail Consultant

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23

Nikki Baird

24 Nikki Baird

Nikki Baird

Managing Partner at Retail Systems Research

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24

Bryan Eisenberg

25 Bryan Eisenberg

Bryan Eisenberg

Keynote Speaker, & NY Times Best Selling Author

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25

Cate Trotter

26 Cate Trotter

Cate Trotter

Head of Trends at Insider Trends. I help large retailers innovate and create world-leading, profitable retail concepts.

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26

Bryan Gildenberg

27 Bryan Gildenberg

Bryan Gildenberg

Chief Knowledge Officer, Kantar Retail

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27

Natalie Berg

28 Natalie Berg

Natalie Berg

Retail Insights Director at Planet Retail

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28

Carol Spieckerman

29 Carol Spieckerman

Carol Spieckerman

Retail speaker & strategist to brands, agencies & solution providers

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29

Miya Knights

30 Miya Knights

Miya Knights

Head of Global Retail Technology practice at Planet Retail RNG

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30

Chris H. Petersen

31 Chris H. Petersen

Chris H. Petersen

Consultant | Keynote Speaker | Blogger Specializing in Retail, Omnichannel, & Measurement

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31

Paula Rosenblum

32 Paula Rosenblum

Paula Rosenblum

Managing Partner at RSR

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32

Clare Bailey

33 Clare Bailey

Clare Bailey

Regular media contributor. Unbiased, independent, expert commentary on retail, high street and consumer matters

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33

Paul Greenberg

34 Paul Greenberg

Paul Greenberg

Founder - NORA Network

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34

Brian Walker

35 Brian Walker

Brian Walker

CEO & Founder: Retail Doctor Group | Advisor | Consultant | Speaker | Author

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35

Maureen Hinton

36 Maureen Hinton

Maureen Hinton

Group Research Director - GlobalData Retail

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36

Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender

37 Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender

Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender

He's Kizer, she's Bender. We're consumer anthropologists, speakers, authors, influencers, consultants, and all about retail! Authors of #Retail Adventures blog.

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37

Joe Skorupa

38 Joe Skorupa

Joe Skorupa

Editorial Director RIS News

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38

Kevin Graff

39 Kevin Graff

Kevin Graff

President of Graff Retail TV

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39

Matt Bradley

40 Matt Bradley

Matt Bradley

Director - RBTE at Legend Exhibitions

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40

Andria Cheng

41 Andria Cheng

Andria Cheng

Business journalist/retail columnist distilling scoops of insight from a sea of commodity news and telling ahead-of-the-curve trend pieces.

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41

John Ryan

42 John Ryan

John Ryan

Stores Editor, Retail Week, European Ed, VMSD & Frame. Retail strategy & trends consultant

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42

Rob Gregory

43 Rob Gregory

Rob Gregory

Global Research Director at Planet Retail

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43

Ross Crombie

44 Ross Crombie

Ross Crombie

Coach and Mentor at Crombie Consulting

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44

Robin Lewis

45 Robin Lewis

Robin Lewis

CEO The Robin Report

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45

Caroline Baldwin

46 Caroline Baldwin

Caroline Baldwin

Editor at Essential Retail

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46

Ian Middleton

47 Ian Middleton

Ian Middleton

Managing Director at Argenteus Jewellery Ltd

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47

Daphne Howland

48 Daphne Howland

Daphne Howland

Reporter. Writer. Film Critic. Photographer.

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48

Susan Reda

49 Susan Reda

Susan Reda

Editor at STORES Media

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49

Leslie Hand

50 Leslie Hand

Leslie Hand

Vice President, IDC Retail Insights

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50

Debra Templar

51 Debra Templar

Debra Templar

Keynote Speaker, Retail Consultant, Business Coach, MC, Listener and Handholder

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51

Greg Girard

52 Greg Girard

Greg Girard

Program Director, World-Wide Omni-Channel Retail Analytics Strategies at IDC Retail Insights

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52

George Anderson

53 George Anderson

George Anderson

Editor-in-Chief/Associate Publisher at RetailWire.com

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53

Tony D'Onofrio

54 Tony D'Onofrio

Tony D'Onofrio

CCO, Top 20 Retail Influencer, Digital Futurist, Branding, Team Builder, Social Media Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker

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54

Shelley E. Kohan

55 Shelley E. Kohan

Shelley E. Kohan

A retail pundit. Chief Problem Solver, Strategic Partner, Speaker, Collaborator, Professor.

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55

Keith Anderson

56 Keith Anderson

Keith Anderson

Product strategist, analyst, advisor, speaker for retail, ecommerce, CPG, and tech

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56

Andrea Wasserman

57 Andrea Wasserman

Andrea Wasserman

Multichannel Retail GM, Marketer, and Merchant (Tech Focus)

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57

Kasey Lobaugh

58 Kasey Lobaugh

Kasey Lobaugh

Chief Innovation Officer for Retail & Wholesale Distribution, Principal and Owner at Deloitte

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58

Chris Brook-Carter

59 Chris Brook-Carter

Chris Brook-Carter

Managing director, Retail Week and World Retail Congress

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59

Fiona Briggs

60 Fiona Briggs

Fiona Briggs

Editor at Retail Times

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60

Jennifer Creevy

61 Jennifer Creevy

Jennifer Creevy

Content Director at Retail Week

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61

Brian E. Kilcourse

62 Brian E. Kilcourse

Brian E. Kilcourse

Managing Partner at RSR Research & Senior Partner of BEK Consulting

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62

Courtney Reagan

63 Courtney Reagan

Courtney Reagan

Retail Reporter at CNBC

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63

Melissa Gonzalez

64 Melissa Gonzalez

Melissa Gonzalez

Regular Contributor - #RetailwithMelissa at ABC News Radio KMET1490AM

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64

Richard Hyman

65 Richard Hyman

Richard Hyman

RAH Advisory Ltd - Retail thought leadership - former founder Verdict Research and Strategic Advisor to Deloitte

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65

Cathy Parker

66 Cathy Parker

Cathy Parker

Professor of Retailing and Chair of the Institute of Place Management

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66

Debbie Hauss

67 Debbie Hauss

Debbie Hauss

Editor-in-Chief at Retail TouchPoints. Retail Content Specialist. Retail Analyst. Thought Leadership

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67

Jason Del Rey

68 Jason Del Rey

Jason Del Rey

Senior Editor, Commerce at Recode

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68

Rebecca Thomson

69 Rebecca Thomson

Rebecca Thomson

Head of Commercial Content at Drapers

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69

Ellen Davis

70 Ellen Davis

Ellen Davis

SVP, Research and Strategic Initiatives at National Retail Federation and Executive Director, NRF Foundation

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70

Barbara Thau

71 Barbara Thau

Barbara Thau

Contributing writer, Forbes.com

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71

Jasmine Glasheen

72 Jasmine Glasheen

Jasmine Glasheen

Writer & Generational Marketer at Retail Minded

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72

Ian Jindal

73 Ian Jindal

Ian Jindal

Leadership and transformation in multichannel retail and ecommerce.

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73

Glynn Davis

74 Glynn Davis

Glynn Davis

Founder of Retailinsider.com

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74

Diane Wehrle

75 Diane Wehrle

Diane Wehrle

Marketing and Insights Director at Springboard Research Ltd

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75

Karl McKeever

76 Karl McKeever

Karl McKeever

Founder & Managing Director at Visual Thinking Ltd - Retail Transformation Specialist – Improving brand performance.

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76

Laura Heller

77 Laura Heller

Laura Heller

Journalist, Consultant, Retail

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77

Shelly Banjo

78 Shelly Banjo

Shelly Banjo

Columnist at Bloomberg

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78

Phil Wahba

79 Phil Wahba

Phil Wahba

Senior Writer at Fortune Magazine

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79

Krystina Gustafson

80 Krystina Gustafson

Krystina Gustafson

Content Director, Shoptalk

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80

Diane J. Brisebois

81 Diane J. Brisebois

Diane J. Brisebois

President & CEO at Retail Council of Canada

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81

Erin Harris

82 Erin Harris

Erin Harris

Editor In Chief at Retail Executive

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82

Sarah Halzack

83 Sarah Halzack

Sarah Halzack

Retail columnist at Bloomberg

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83

Anne D'Innocenzio

84 Anne D'Innocenzio

Anne D'Innocenzio

National Retail Writer at The Associated Press

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84

Sanford Stein

85 Sanford Stein

Sanford Stein

Founder and moderator of RETAIL SPEAK on LinkedIn

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85

Kevin Sterneckert

86 Kevin Sterneckert

Kevin Sterneckert

GVP Innovation Strategies and Solution Marketing at JDA Software

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86

Allison Enright

87 Allison Enright

Allison Enright

Editor, Internet Retailer Magazine

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87

Marina Strauss

88 Marina Strauss

Marina Strauss

Retailing Reporter at The Globe and Mail

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88

Ashley Armstrong

89 Ashley Armstrong

Ashley Armstrong

Retail Editor at Telegraph Media Group

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89

Ben Sillitoe

90 Ben Sillitoe

Ben Sillitoe

Freelance editor, journalist and copywriter

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90

Richard Hammond

91 Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond

Author - Smart Retail / Owner - Smart Circle Limited

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91

Sarah Nassauer

92 Sarah Nassauer

Sarah Nassauer

Retail Reporter at The Wall Street Journal

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92

Phillip Russo

93 Phillip Russo

Phillip Russo

Founder / Publisher / Editor

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93

Francesca Nicasio

94 Francesca Nicasio

Francesca Nicasio

Retail Expert and Content Strategist Focusing on Commerce and SMB

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94

Sarah Butler

95 Sarah Butler

Sarah Butler

Retail Correspondent at The Guardian and The Observer

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95

Matt Pillar

96 Matt Pillar

Matt Pillar

Chief Editor at Business Solutions' Channel Executive and Software Executive Magazines, President at MPC

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96

Khadeeja Safdar

97 Khadeeja Safdar

Khadeeja Safdar

Reporter at The Wall Street Journal

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97

Phil Smith

98 Phil Smith

Phil Smith

Retail Projects | Director | Academic

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98

Lindsey Rupp

99 Lindsey Rupp

Lindsey Rupp

Reporter: Specialty retail and department stores at Bloomberg

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99

Suzanne Kapner

100 Suzanne Kapner

Suzanne Kapner

Reporter at The Wall Street Journal

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How did we come up with this year’s list?

First, we identified the retail influencers. We used social influencer tools such as Buzzsumo, Klear, and Klout to identify notable analysts, consultants, and journalists in the retail industry. To make sure we didn’t miss anyone, we also asked members of the retail community to nominate deserving individuals.

Additionally, we looked at each nominee’s profile to determine how influential they are to the retail community. We read their articles, checked out their speaking engagements, and examined their presence in retail events and publications.

We then used all that information to determine their place on our list.

What we mean by “retail influencers.”

The influencers on this list are people that the industry turns to for advice and opinions. These are analysts, consultants, and journalists who are constantly sharing insightful content and commentary about retail, and they’re actively helping merchants build and run thriving retail businesses.

How can you be part of this list?

Being an active member of the retail community is important. If you’re consistently providing great content and you have a strong presence in retail gatherings and in the media, then we want you on this list. It also doesn’t hurt to have an engaged social following!

If you’d like to be included in next year’s list or if you’re looking to nominate another expert, please leave a comment below to let us know.

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