LiveCast with Carlos Castelán

Getting Ready for the Holidays: Retail’s Response to COVID

Originally recorded on Thursday, October 22, 2020

As the world starts to re-open just in time for the Holidays, retailers continue to face new challenges. Customer demand for e-Commerce continues to accelerate, consumers are increasingly price-conscious, and supply chain issues remain given all the volatility as retailers move toward what is traditionally the busiest season of the year.

Join Carlos Castelán, Founder and Managing Director of the Navio Group, as he shares insights on changing consumer trends, the future of the retail experience, and what companies can do to be ready for a holiday quarter unlike any other. The Navio Group has worked with over a dozen Fortune 500 retailers and the team’s client work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and CNBC.

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Carlos Castelán

Carlos Castelán is the Founder & Managing Director of The Navio Group a consulting firm helping retailers accelerate transformations. The Navio Group has worked with over a dozen Fortune 500 retailers and the team’s client work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and CNBC. Carlos’ insights on the retail industry are regularly included in national publications.

Carlos has worked at Target Corporation and The Boston Consulting Group. He holds a B.A. and B.S. in International Studies and Economics from the University of St. Thomas and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He resides in Minneapolis, MN, and enjoys both playing and watching soccer as well as distance running in his spare time.

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Rob Biederman

Rob Biederman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Catalant Technologies, the market leader enabling companies to get from strategy to execution, faster.

Prior to founding Catalant, Biederman was a private equity investor at Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital, where he focused on the healthcare and high-tech industries. In these roles, he served as an advisor to and collaborator with both public and private management teams on topics including organic growth, competitive strategy, mergers and acquisitions, capital allocation, and financing strategy.
Biederman graduated from Princeton University and from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar.

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