"In the age of Amazon, Sandy reminds us why retail is far from dead. There's much to learn from his experience“ -Robert Stephens, Founder Geek Squad
“Sandy possesses unique insights into all things retail, and shares them in a highly entertaining and engaging way” -Brent T Hutton, Past-President Brunswick Billiards
Sanford Stein is a retail guy. He has spent an illustrious five-decade long career as a veteran retail designer, trend forecaster, speaker, and author. Sandy’s deep understanding of retailing, the marketplace, demographic trending, and the fundamentals of a great customer experience give him a unique, 360-degree perspective on the seismic changes taking place in retailing.
Since his industry-defining book, Retail Schmetail, and the 2015 founding of the LinkedIn group RETAIL SPEAK, Sandy’s has become a trusted voice and valued industry interpreter. His incites have become a regular feature in Forbes.com, since becoming contributor in late 2018. To date Stein’s 90-plus articles have generated over 825,000 page reads, highlighting the events that have chronicled the transition from selling goods to staging experiences.
His analysis of the new world of unified commerce helps readers get past the headlines, separating shock from substance, often articulating what is next, and why.
Sandy has also become a go to source for other retail reporters and commentators nationally and internationally, including Retail Dive, Retail Rundown, and has been featured on Podcasts including Rethink Retail, Retail Retold, Inside Intercom, among others. Sandy was named one of Rethink Retail’s 2021Top 100 Retail Influencers and is a member of their Advisory Board.
Mr. Stein's diverse national and international audiences have included GlobalShop, Las Vegas; National Retail Federation Annual Convention & Expo, NY; National Retailers Association of Mexico, Mexico City;1st Latin-American Congress for Fashion Developers, Rio de Janeiro; Congress on Trends in Retail, Amsterdam; ABEMD n Brazilian Direct Marketing Association, Sao Paulo; Design Futures Council, Aspen; and many more.