In episode 225 of Total Retail Talks, Executive Editor Joe Keenan interviews Anthony Marino, president of thredUP, the world's largest online thrift store, from which consumers can buy and sell high-quality, secondhand women's and kid's clothes. Listen in as Marino discusses thredUP's mission and business model, its partnerships with traditional retailers J.C. Penney and Macy's, and the growth of resale as a retail category. He shares how thredUP creates a convenient and fresh way for shoppers to buy used clothing online, offering data on the younger generations driving the shift to sustainable retail. Marino discusses why thredUP's partnerships with J.C. Penney and Macy's will bring increased foot traffic to the retailers’ stores, as well as new customers to thredUP's online business. He shares other growth initiatives in the works at thredUP, how the brand differentiates itself from competitors in the resale market, and details the technology infrastructure that powers its complex resale processes.
Anthony Marino serves as president of thredUP, where he's responsible for the business performance of the thredUP marketplace. Before thredUP, Anthony spent seven years on the leadership team of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, leading its investment program and product innovation teams in North America. Anthony founded the Virgin Hotels Group and served as its CEO from 2009-2012. Prior to joining Virgin, Anthony was a principal at Venrock, the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family office, and held roles at Ericsson (formerly Telcordia Technologies/Bell Labs). Anthony earned an AB, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar national finalist, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.