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60-second Retail Podcast Series

At BDO we know it takes time to stay up to speed on the rapidly changing Retail & Consumer Products industry. That’s why we’re doing the leg work for you in our new BDO podcast, 60-second Retail. We’ll keep you in-the-know on events and trends impacting your bottom line in just a few short minutes, so you can spend your time where it counts most – running your business.

Hosted by Natalie Kotlyar, Retail and Consumer Products National Leader and Assurance Partner, each episode examines hot and trending topics effecting the ability to drive business forward. While the format varies throughout the series, with some episodes featuring guest speakers, after listening to 60-second Retail you’ll be armed with new information, strategies and tips on how to navigate your business through these trying times.

New episodes are posted every couple weeks, so make sure to check back soon for more!
 
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Episode 34: The Brexit Effect: Potential Tariff & Duty Pitfalls (Part 2)

In this episode, we continue our conversation with Damon Pike, Principal in the International Tax – Customs and International Trade - Services group at BDO USA, to have him weigh in on duties and tariffs, both of which have significant financial implications for retailers.  He also provides some advice on how to avoide potential tariffs, and what retailers should be keeping a close eye on.

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Episode 33: The Brexit Effect: A US/UK Free Trade Agreement (Part 1)

Brexit - one of retail’s more complicated subjects - has ramifications for retailers who operate internationally.  In this episode, our guest Damon Pike, Principal in the International Tax – Customs and International Trade - Services group at BDO USA, walks us through some of the more important impacts Brexit will have on the retail industry.

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Episode 32: VBA Assessment Series: Q4 Update & Analyst Projections for 2021

In this episode Anthony Alfonso, Principal & Leader of the Valuation & Business Analytics group at BDO USA, is back to give an update on how Retail faired in Q4, and to help us understand what analysts think is in store for Retail in the quarter to come with the assistance of BDO's proprietary VBA Assessment tool.

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Episode 31: Retail on Sale! M&A Expectations

While many retailers are struggling to pull through post pandemic, some are responding to the upheaval created by remimagining their structures - taking the opportunity to make strategic acquisitions at bargain prices.  In this episode we take a closer look at the mergers and acquisitions happening across the industry as a result of COVID-19's disruption, and the strategy retailers need to make them a success.

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Episode 30: Retail in the Red: 2H 2020 Update

In this episode, David Berliner, Partner & National Leader of Business Restructuring at BDO USA, takes us through his bi-annual “Retail in the Red” report reviewing how retailers faired in the second half of 2020 in terms of store closures and bankruptcies.

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Episode 29: Employee Retention Credits in Retail: An Overview & Eligibility

In this episode we are speaking with Brad Poris, Northeast Leader and Managing Director in the Business Incentives group at BDO USA, to understand a tax credit many retailers may be leaving on the table during a time when every dollar counts - the Employee Retention Credit. Listen up to find out what it is, who is eligible, and what the benefits are.

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Episode 28: Customers Choose BNPL Options

The number of retailers getting behind buy-now-pay-later payment options - known collectively as "AfterPay" - has drastically increased in the last few years. But why is this trend taking off? What value is there for retailers who implement this? And is this a must-do for your retail business?

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Episode 27: Digital Transformation Series: Technology’s Impact on Business Health & Evolving the E-commerce Approach

How can technology impact business health? And how should retailers evolve their approach to eCommerce? In this episode, we speak with Robert Brown, Managing Director & Client Executive, at BDO USA to get his thoughts on the need for more clarity around business health, and enabling better customer engagement through digital transformation.

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Episode 26: The 80/20 Rule - An Honest Assessment to Focus Retailers

In this episode, we are speaking with Val Laufenberg, Partner in Management Advisory Services, at BDO USA to discuss how an 80/20 strategy can be leveraged by retailers to remove complexity, create focus, improve profit margins & accelerate growth.

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Episode 25: 2021 Retail CFO Outlook: Responding to Demand Shifts

In this episode, we are speaking with Jennifer Valdivia, Assurance Partner and West Region Leader, at BDO USA to understand what were the top business risks identified in our 2021 CFO Outlook Survey, and how retailers are re-prioritizing these as a result of consumer demand shifts.

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Episode 24: 2021 Retail CFO Outlook: Digital with Discipline

Investing in technology and improving KPIS such as conversion rate and average order value are top priorities for retailers according to BDO's annual Retail CFO Outlook Survey. In this episode, we speak with Robert Brown, Managing Director & Client Executive, at BDO USA to identify some easy wins for retailers looking to make these investments, as well as, how technology can be better leveraged to improve these metrics

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Episode 23: 2021 Retail CFO Outlook: Cash Flow & Capital

In this episode, we are speaking with Jennifer Valdivia, Assurance Partner and West Region Leader, at BDO USA to discuss more findings coming out of BDO’s annual Retail CFO Outlook Survey – specifically how the pandemic has affected cash flow and how retailers are dealing with these effects.

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Episode 22: 2021 Retail CFO Outlook: A Few Surprises

In this episode, we are speaking with Jennifer Valdivia, Assurance Partner and West Region Leader, at BDO USA to discuss a few surprise findings coming out of this year's Retail CFO Outlook Survey. What are the biggest changes we found from last year's survey? And where do retailers see themselves just 12 months later?

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Episode 21: 2021 Retail CFO Outlook: Overall Survey Findings

Today’s reality looks different from anything retailers could have ever imagined, calling for significant shifts in their strategies and goals. What are these shifts? And how are retail CFOs responding? In this episode we take a look at some of the overall findings coming out of BDO's annual Retail CFO Outlook Survey.

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Episode 20: VBA Assessment Series: Retail's Financial Fallout from the Pandemic (Part 2)

In this episode we continue our conversation with Anthony Alfonso, Principal & Leader of the Valuation & Business Analytics group at BDO USA, to take a closer look at the financial fallout of the pandemic in terms of revenue, stock price and earnings.

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Episode 19: VBA Assessment Series: Online Retail's Forecast (Part 1)

What does the landscape retailers are operating in truly look like? Which retail sectors were impacted the most? And will there be others? In this episode we speak with Anthony Alfonso, Principal & Leader of the Valuation & Business Analytics group at BDO USA, to address these questions with the help of our  proprietary VBA assessment tool.

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Episode 18: Managing Excessive Returns After Year-end

As online shopping continues to grow, so do the number of items returned annually, especially during the holidays.  What can retailers do to keep customers satisfied throughout the return process?  And how can retailers effectively manage their year-end returns?

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Episode 17: Retail Predictions for 2021

While 2020 was a year of uncertainty - but what does 2021 have in store for retailers?  In this episode, we discuss 3 retail industry predictions for the year to come.

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Episode 16: Post-Election Check-in: A New Global Corporate Minimum? (Part 3)

With a proposal for a new alternative corporate minimum tax based on global book income on the table, how will this effect retailers?  In this episode John Marquardt, Midwest Regional Managing Partner and National Tax Leader for the Retail & Consumer Products industry group at BDO USA provides insight on what to expect.

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Episode 15: Post-Election Check-in: Corporate Rate Expectations (Part 2)

What impacts might results from a potential tax reform in 2021? And what will this mean for retailers? In this episode we speak with John Marquardt, Midwest Regional Managing Partner and National Tax Leader for the Retail & Consumer Products industry group at BDO USA to discuss what to expect post-election.

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Episode 14: Post-Election Check-in: New Administration, New Regulation (Part 1)

Retail sales will always be heavily impacted by political events. A new administration means new regulations, policies and approaches. What economic impact will the new administration's COVID response have on retailers?

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Episode 13: Lessons Learned from the Holiday Season

While no one hopes to have to embark on another COVID-stricken holiday season, retailers came away with several lessons to apply in the future. What were these key lessons? And which are here to stay post-pandemic?

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Episode 12: Path to Retail Recovery: Zero-Based Budgeting (Part 3)

In this episode, Ross Forman, Managing Director of the Corporate Real Estate Advisory Services group and Asif Hussain, Director of the Enterprise Operations in the Corporate Real Estate Advisory Services group at BDO USA, talk about zero-based budgeting - what it is and how it can help provide relief for struggling retailers.

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Episode 11: Path to Retail Recovery: Improving Operation Margins & Real Estate Monetization Opportunities (Part 2)

COVID-19 has drastically altered how retail businesses are run and heightened the need to make every dollar count. In this episode, Ross Forman, Managing Director of the Corporate Real Estate Advisory Services group and Asif Hussain, Director of the Enterprise Operations in the Corporate Real Estate Advisory Services group at BDO USA, discuss how to reduce overhead and improve operating margins, as well as, monetization opportunities for retailers with large, underperforming real estate portfolios.

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Episode 10: Path to Retail Recovery: Cost Reduction Strategies (Part 1)

In these trying times, retailers must implement processes that focus on controlling costs and expenditures across the business. In this episode, Ross Forman, Managing Director of the Corporate Real Estate Advisory Services group and Asif Hussain, Director of the Enterprise Operations in the Corporate Real Estate Advisory Services group at BDO USA, talk about some key cost reduction strategies to help retailers seize opportunities that set them up for long-term profitability and growth.

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Episode 9: Digital Transformation Series: Future State Scenarios Enabling Growth (Part 3)

Use of data and technology helps retailers reallocate resources, amplify digital presence, improve customer experiences and prepare operations for a reimagined future.  In this episode, we talk with Robert Brown, Managing Director & Client Executive at BDO USA, to get his take on future state scenarios and technologies that will enable new growth opportunities.

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Episode 8: Digital Transformation Series: The New Customer Experience & Improving Operations With Technology (Part 2)

Retailers must focus on digital transformation to evolve business models and increase operational efficiencies.  In this episode, we speak with Robert Brown, Managing Director & Client Executive at BDO USA, to lay out what "the new normal" means for the brick and mortar customer experiences, and how technology can help make immediate improvements to operations.

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Episode 7: Digital Transformation Series: Making Up Revenue Lost to COVID-19 Through Digital (Part 1)

The Amazon effect had retailers improving their digital presence pre-pandemic, but to stay competitive and survive  the drastic effects of the pandemic, digital must be a priority.  In this episode we talk with Robert Brown, Managing Director & Client Executive at BDO USA, to understand the key impacts COVID-19 has had on retail, along with a few short term ways  digital can help replace lost revenue.

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Episode 6: Retail in the Red: 2020 1H Store Closures (Part 2)

In this episode we continue the conversation with David Berliner, Partner & National Leader of Business Restructuring at BDO USA, taking a closer look at the trends around store closures, and get his take on whether there will be a second wave before the end of the year.

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Episode 5: Retail in the Red: 2020 1H Bankruptcy Filings (Part 1)

With COVID-19's intensification of existing pain points felt by brick-and-mortar retailers, the accelerated pace of bankruptcies going into the second half of the year has hit a record high.  In this episode, David Berliner, Partner & National Leader of Business Restructuring at BDO USA, discusses where the staggering number of bankruptcy filings is concentrated, the general outcomes for filing, and the outlook for the second half of 2020.

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Episode 4: Black Friday & Thanksgiving Predictions

Some of the largest shopping centers and Black Friday heavy hitters are planning to close their doors on Thanksgiving Day, and many Americans are planning to sit Black Friday out.  What can retailers do to mitigate what may end up being a lackluster Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day weekend?

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Episode 3: Holiday Season Buying Trends

With consumers desire for holiday shopping channels that are sanitary and contactless, what can retailers do to support people's new daily routines both online and in-store?  How might consumers choose to spend their dollars this year compared to previous trends given the stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions?

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Episode 2: When Does Holiday Shopping Really Start?

Amazon Prime Day shifting to October may make holiday shopping easier, but will it lead to a decrease in spending overall?  How does the vast majority of holiday shopping shifting to online impact consumer spending in Q4?

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Episode 1: Lessons Learned from Back to School

COVID has created a significant amount of uncertainty, and the widespread adoption of e-learning left consumer spending expectations up in the air this fall. What will consumers be buying and when?  Not only are spending amounts and categories big questions, but when will retailers feel the full effect of BTS shopping?  And is it over?

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