In this week's podcast, Chris and Anne discuss why Walmart's in-fridge delivery announcement doesn't smell right, highlight why Bed Bath has more trouble ahead, take the "Leap" with Pea in the Pod, applaud DoorDash's new HR policy, and close with a look at Albertsons' new AI salad bar.

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Hello Omni Talks Fans! We got big news today on the sponsorship front!

Anne and I are pleased to announce that this year's Fast Five Podcast will be brought to you through the help and generous support of Microsoft, the A&M Consumer & Retail Group, Takeoff, and Sezzle.

We are thrilled to have each of them onboard as partners as we look to keep making the Omni Talk Fast Five the fastest, funniest, and most fervently insightful retail podcast out there.

In this week's Fast Five Podcast, Anne and I:

- Discuss why moldy cheese isn't the only thing that smells in Walmart's in-home fridge delivery plans. (Minute: 3:33)

- Talk about why Bed Bath & Beyond's rapidly declining registry business shouldn't be a surprise at all since it, too, is rooted in the same strategic flaw I recently wrote about in Forbes. (Minute: 9:14)

- Shine light on a cool new startup, Leap, that is helping Pea in the Pod reopen stores. (Minute: 13:19)

- Applaud DoorDash's decision to require every employee to complete one delivery per month and also examine if there are other retailers that could benefit from a similar approach. (Minute: 16:39)

- And close with a look at the real reason why Albertsons' new AI salad bars are cool, and it has nothing to do with AI. (Minute: 22:16)

There's all that, plus a salute to the folks in Superior, CO, Anne's favorite Topps trading card from the 1980s, and what I would do with $200,000 worth of stolen butter. 

Listen to This Week’s Fast Five Podcast

Be careful out there,

-- Chris, Anne, and the entire Omni Talk team

P.S. We continue to break attendance records for our LinkedIn Live events.

Our next event this coming Wednesday with Quorso CEO Julian Mills on how the retail industry can better support its District Managers in the field already has nearly 400 people registered to attend.

Want to join the party live and ask Julian questions, you can sign up here.

P.P.S. As you may have noticed, we are all in on pickup lockers.

Anne and I expect big growth and innovation within the space over the next few years. 

For a cool take on how pickup lockers can speedup retailers' response times in this new age of social commerce, check out the latest in our Ask An Expert Article Series from Parcel Pending by Quadient's very own Jordan Byrd by clicking on the main feature right below this sentence.

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