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Top Retail Influencers to Follow in 2021

The retail industry is constantly evolving. As such, retailers and brands look to influencers to keep up with the technology, trends, and ever-changing consumer preferences that are transforming the retail industry in real-time.

To commemorate the visionaries making the greatest impact in this dynamic industry, RETHINK Retail compiled a list of the Top 100 Retail Influencers of 2021. 

The list features the brightest and most innovative academics, analysts, association leaders, experts, and members of the media who have contributed cutting-edge and forward-thinking thought leadership in the retail industry.

Among the honorees are Ricardo Belmar, a recognized marketing strategist and retail transformation expert; Mina Fader, managing director of the Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Sucharita Kodali, vice president and principal retail analyst at Forrester; and Bob Phibbs, chief executive officer of The Retail Doctor.

“I am honored to be included in the RETHINK Retail Top 100 Retail Influencers list for 2021,” said Ricardo Belmar.  “It’s especially gratifying to see so many names of people I’ve had the pleasure of working with throughout such a challenging, innovative, and transformational time in retail.”


<em>Retail Doctor Bob Phibbs shows off his Top 100 award<em>


Other Top 100 recipients include China Marketing Expert and Founder of ChoZan Ashley Dudarenok; Shannon Ryan, executive vice president of North America at Valtech; and Oliver Banks, an independent retail transformation consultant and host of the award-winning Retail Transformation Show.


“I am delighted and honored to be recognized as one of Rethink Retail’s Top 100 Retail Influencers,” Banks said. “It’s a real privilege to be standing alongside some legends of the retail industry, from all over the world.”


<em>Oliver Banks was all smiles as he accepted his Top 100 award<em>


“It is such an honor and privilege to be standing alongside legends of the retail industry from across the globe,” Dudarenok said. “Huge congrats to the other 99 retail experts!”



<em>Ashley Dudarenok happily accepted her award from Hong Kong<em>


RETHINK Retail would like to thank the guidance and suggestions of its Advisory Council members including Carol Spieckerman, Jason McNary, Paula Rosenblum, Ricardo Belmar, Sanford Stein, Tony D’Onofrio, and Veronika Sonsev.

Although our awardees come from various specialties and backgrounds, they share a common thread: they are THINKERS shaping the understanding of this industry and driving it forward— and we thank them for their contribution to this space.

Want to see who else made the list? See the 2021 Top 100 Retail Influencers full list and photos: https://rethink.industries/top-100-retail-influencers-2021/