Welcome to Shop! On Air, the podcast series that explores topics important to today’s retail leaders. Listen as industry experts exchange ideas, solve common problems, and explore best practices on issues relative to your day-to-day business.

Members interested in learning more about the Shop! Podcast Program should contact Madeline Baumgartner, Director of Research & Education

Working with Supply Chain Partners to Mitigate the
Effect of Tariffs

Many in the retail industry are facing incredible economic pressure as a result of the recently imposed U.S. Tariffs and related responses around the world. Sean Miner of KPMG joins several Shop! members to discuss how retail industry manufacturers can reduce the impact of the tariffs and the resulting trade disruption. He’ll also help you to see through the current uncertainty to forecast where these trends are heading.


Host/Lead Speaker: Sean Miner, Associate | Trade & Customs,

Sean is with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice in the Washington DC / Tyson’s Corner office. Sean has strong knowledge of trade policy with significant experience analyzing global trade issues. Sean has helped clients assess the impact from the Section 301 tariffs and implement tariff mitigation strategies. Sean has also advised companies in import and export compliance. He has authored numerous publications on trade and investment policies, especially relating to US-China economic issues, free trade agreements, and the World Trade Organization during his five years in DC think tanks: the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) and the Atlantic Council.

Guest: Jerry Fox, President, Bish Creative Display

Jerry Fox began his career with Bish Creative in 1985 and became the President/CEO in 2000 leading the company to its current position as a global leader in creative in store merchandising with offices in Chicago, NYC, Miami, LA, China, and Paris. For over 60 years, Bish Creative Display has been the leader in design, development, creation and innovation of award winning merchandising programs; from temporary, semi-permanent and permanent displays to complete store within a store concepts.

Guest: Greg Carpenter, President, Specialty Lighting

Greg Carpenter is owner and President of Specialty Lighting.  Since acquiring the company from Philips Lighting in 2009, he has been largely responsible for developing long-term growth strategies and continually reviewing and enhancing the company’s product offerings.  A solutions provider first, Specialty offers power distribution, controls and other electronic products and services in addition to lighting.  Greg is a hands-on leader and enjoys working shoulder-to-shoulder with his staff each day.  He believes his success is the result of collaborating with his team of fun, intelligent, innovative & creative talent to achieve the complete satisfaction of each customer.  Leading by example, his attention to detail and quality remains consistent throughout the company’s design and manufacturing processes.  Greg is an active member of Shop! and currently serves on the Producer Council.

Guest: Andy Chalonec, Founder, Cost Caddies, Founder, retailPONY

Andy, a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, is a veteran expert in Digital, Marketing, Merchandising, and Procurement. He just spent close to 10 years at PepsiCo as an executive working on brands including Doritos, Gatorade, Quaker, Mountain Dew and of course Pepsi. Previous experience of his includes working at advertising and media agencies, CPGs, and an investment bank. Along with Jerry Fox of Bish Creative, we are inventors of Social Merchandising™.

Moderator: Matt Riley

Matt Riley, CAE, is the Senior Director of Events for Shop! A Certified Association Executive, Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining Shop!, he was a consultant based in London England, providing events and strategy guidance to both North American and European associations, and before that he spent six years working for the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).