RIS Parent EnsembleIQ Invests in Innovative Digital Retail Intelligence Experiences

Tech Transformation

Retail business intelligence channels are constantly in flux, moving from one topic to the next to keep up with the onslaught of news, leaving little room to extrapolate meaningful insights that can truly transform businesses. 

That’s why parent company EnsembleIQ has decided to invest in new mediums at RIS News, leveraging the innovative power of podcasting and video to deliver expertly crafted technology information that companies can implement to improve efficiencies across their own stacks. 

RIS News recently unveiled the first episode of its Tech Transformation series, co-produced with CGT, in both podcast and video formats. The series, published twice a month, bridges the retail and consumer goods technology communities, and will feature retail and brand executives, thought leaders, and analysts to deliver best practices that are having a real impact on individual companies and the industry at large. 

The video and podcast series also highlights the innovative technology strategies retailers and consumer goods companies are executing to meet the needs of their customers and consumers, and explores the trends shaping the industry. 

Tune in to the first episode, which features Cheryl Williams, chief information officer of Wakefern Food Corp, discussing the latest pandemic wave and its impact on grocery retailers; how Wakefern is using its 20/20 hindsight to adapt and pivot; some of the latest tech innovations Wakefern has planned; and insights into the future of checkout-free stores, consumer behavior and in-store robots. 

Listen to the First Episode of Tech Transformation Here:

“Constantly evolving consumer behaviors around the pandemic have necessitated accelerated use of technology in the retail industry,” said Albert Guffanti, vice president, Group Publisher, Consumer Goods Technology and Retail Information Systems. “We developed this engaging video and podcast series to explore the technology trends, strategies and innovation shaping our industry. These conversations with industry leaders will provide our audience with recommendations and best practices that will help them meet the needs of their customers and consumers now and in the future.”

More Innovative Insights


From Retail Leader: Retail Leader Trend Talk is another EnsembleIQ video and podcast series, bringing a fresh mix of perspectives and in-depth discussion of the latest trends that are driving innovation across all retail sectors. Every week, Retail Leader speaks with retail experts and thought leaders who share their firsthand experiences and insights on the trends shaping retail today. Retail Leader Trend Talk has featured Julie Roy of DSW, Harry Cunningham of Vera Bradley/goodMRKT, Marla Ryan of A Pea in A Pod, and many other retail leaders. Watch here or listen here.

From Progressive Grocer: This coming spring, EnsembleIQ’s Progressive Grocer will launch the Top Women in Grocery podcast and video series, an extension of the Top Women in Grocery (TWIG) awards program and event. Twice a month, the series will highlight industry trends and topics to help women drive business growth and professional development. The programs will feature successful women leaders in the retail, supplier, and service provider communities.

“We’re investing in creative, high-quality hybrid podcasting and video content to serve our retail, retail technology, and consumer goods audiences because trends in engagement show a hunger for new, innovative insights that are easy-to-access through mobile devices,” said Joe Territo, executive vice president of content, EnsembleIQ, in a statement. “By delivering timely and actionable business intelligence in engaging and convenient podcast and video formats, we’re serving the needs of busy retail executives.”

For sponsorship opportunities for EnsembleIQ podcasting and video experiences, contact Jason Ward, VP, digital at [email protected].

Watch the First Episode of Tech Transformation:


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