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Independent Thinking Podcast

103: A CES 2022 Recap with Lee McDonald

103: A CES 2022 Recap with Lee McDonald

Nationwide Marketing Group’s Vice President of Consumer Electronics Lee McDonald jumps on the Independent Thinking Podcast to recap the things he saw out in Las Vegas during CES 2022. Among the trends identified: new innovations in TV tech, some smart home updates, and more.

102: Howard’s Talks Growth Strategy, Evolving Retail Strategy

102: Howard’s Talks Growth Strategy, Evolving Retail Strategy

In a word, 2021 was busy for the team at Howard’s in Southern California. And 2022 looks to be more of the same as the retailer gets set to expand into more markets. We sat down with President and CEO John Riddle and Chief Customer Experience Officer Michelle Nein to talk about their growth strategy, which has included two recent acquisitions and the planned opening of several new experience centers throughout the region.

101: Vision Grills Details Their Game-Changing Technology

101: Vision Grills Details Their Game-Changing Technology

The ceramic Komodo-style grill space can be a rather intimidating one for consumers. New Nationwide vendor partner Vision Grills explains how their product — and the game-changing quick-change gas technology that it supports — is helping to retailers simplify the story for their customers.

100: Memorable Moments on the Independent Thinking Podcast

100: Memorable Moments on the Independent Thinking Podcast

This week marks a major milestone for our Independent Thinking Podcast — 100 episodes! It’s been an incredibly fast two years of publishing interviews, so we’re taking a second to pause and reflect on some of our favorite sound bites.

98: NetSuite Chats On Enterprise Resource Planning Platforms

98: NetSuite Chats On Enterprise Resource Planning Platforms

Chris Benner, vertical product manager for retail at Oracle NetSuite, provides an overview on the world of enterprise resource planning platforms. NetSuite, a Nationwide vendor partner, provides retailers with the tools they need to efficiently run their businesses and provide a seamless experience for their customers.

97: Are You Offering Alternative Payment Options?

97: Are You Offering Alternative Payment Options?

Consumers have myriad options available to them when it comes to paying for goods. Gone are the days of just cash and checks. To wrap our heads around all of the alternative payment options available today, we sat down with Nationwide’s VP of Business and Financial Services Chris Kirk.

96: Independent We Stand Checks In Ahead of Small Business Saturday

96: Independent We Stand Checks In Ahead of Small Business Saturday

Co-founder & Executive Director of Independent We Stand Bill Brunelle spends some time discussing the Shop Local movement ahead of Small Business Saturday. Bill also details ways to extend the excitement around supporting small businesses throughout the rest of the calendar.

95: CyberManor’s Approach to the Smart Home Was Decades Ahead of Its Time

95: CyberManor’s Approach to the Smart Home Was Decades Ahead of Its Time

Gordon van Zuiden got into the home integration industry thanks to his interest and expertise in building strong networks — much unlike his colleagues with heavy audio and video backgrounds. That fact has helped his firm, cyberManor, remain ahead of the smart home curve since its launch over two decades ago.

94: Why Investing in Company Culture Makes Perfect Business Sense

94: Why Investing in Company Culture Makes Perfect Business Sense

While spending time and dollars on corporate culture programs may not be top-of-mind for many independent retailers, there’s a very real business case to be made for making such an investment. We sit down with Nationwide Marketing Group’s Director of People Development and Learning Kris Kuester to talk about corporate culture, the role it’s played at Nationwide, and how independent retailers can begin to implement their own culture strategy.

93: Richard Glikes Talks Azione Unlimited and Nationwide Marketing Group Merger

93: Richard Glikes Talks Azione Unlimited and Nationwide Marketing Group Merger

Ten years ago, Richard Glikes founded Azione Unlimited with a vision of helping independent custom integrators and technology professionals thrive as entrepreneurs. His group’s recent merger with Nationwide creates an organization that, with more than 450 dealers, represents the most capable and results-driven whole home platform in the industry.

92: How Arizona Appliance & Home Pulled Off a Rebrand (and More) During COVID

92: How Arizona Appliance & Home Pulled Off a Rebrand (and More) During COVID

Two years into her role as Director of Sales and Marketing for Arizona Appliance & Home, Jessica Abrego has already accomplished a lot. The company saw its website get an upgrade, they’ve added all sorts of functionality to their online presence, and they happened to pull off a complete rebrand — all while navigating the challenges of a global pandemic.

91: How C&C Home Appliances’ Owner Worked Himself Into the Succession Plan

91: How C&C Home Appliances’ Owner Worked Himself Into the Succession Plan

Larry Wright was never supposed to own Lake Charles, LA-based C&C Home Appliances. But the store’s former owner, who watched Wright diligently and successfully learn every part of the business, saw things a little bit differently.

90: Furniture Industry Updates with Johnny Lamp

90: Furniture Industry Updates with Johnny Lamp

Nationwide Marketing Group Director of Furniture Johnny Lamp dives deep into the trends he’s watching in the furniture industry. We also preview High Point Market, shoot on the supply chain and more.

88: A Business Technology Review with TBI

88: A Business Technology Review with TBI

Since their program was introduced in early 2021, TBI has worked with a number of Nationwide Marketing Group members, saving them upwards of hundreds of dollars per month on their business technology solutions. We sat down with Channel Manager Kevin Heidy at PrimeTime to get the lowdown on what TBI brings to the table.

86: Catching Up with CEDIA at Their First In-Person PrimeTime

86: Catching Up with CEDIA at Their First In-Person PrimeTime

Robert Keeler, senior director of sales, sponsorships and partnerships for CEDIA, reflects on his first few days at PrimeTime in Nashville — the association’s first face-to-face opportunity with Nationwide members since the partnership with HTSN was announced earlier this year.

85: Looking at Laser TV Trends with Hisense

85: Looking at Laser TV Trends with Hisense

The push to get bigger screen sizes into consumers’ homes has been a big boon for the laser TV (and projector) market. And as more consumers looked to boost their at-home entertainment experience recently, that trend has only accelerated. We sat down with Ken Welty, director of laser TV for Hisense USA, to dive deeper into the space.

84: Helping Retailers Tackle Labor Challenges with Installation Nation

84: Helping Retailers Tackle Labor Challenges with Installation Nation

There’s been no shortage of talk about the ongoing labor challenges impacting nearly every industry. A new partnership with Installation Nation aims to help Nationwide’s retailers address their delivery and installation needs. We sat down with President and CEO Jacob Anderson to talk about the partnership and more.