Vend Names Deborah Weinswig a “Top Retail Influencer for 2018”

FGRT’s Managing Director ranks No. 2 on list of 100 most influential analysts, consultants and journalists worldwide

NEW YORK (December 19, 2017) – The honors keep coming in for Deborah Weinswig, Managing Director of global think tank FGRT (formerly Fung Global Retail & Technology). The retail analyst and startup advisor has been named the No. 2 retail influencer for 2018 by Vend, the cloud-based point-of-sale and retail platform.
The list consists of 100 analysts, consultants and journalists that the retail industry turns to for advice and opinions, the company said.
Deborah Weinswig
“I am overwhelmed by the recognition of the efforts of all at FGRT,” Weinswig said. “This list includes so many friends and colleagues I greatly respect, and it is an honor to be named among them.”
Last week, LinkedIn, the global business-oriented social networking service, ranked Weinswig fifth among the top 10 analysts, academics, executives and observers able to “spark conversations in 2017.”
Vend identifies influencers using tools such as BuzzSumo, Klear and Klout, as well as by asking members of the retail community to nominate deserving individuals. The company then analyzes each nominee’s profile, articles and publications, and presence at industry events before compiling its list.
Weinswig is an award-winning global retail analyst and a specialist in retail innovation and technology. She joined FGRT, which has teams in New York, London and Hong Kong, in 2014 to provide insights into the disruptive technologies reshaping today’s global retail landscape. Previously head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary Team at Citi Research, Weinswig was consistently ranked among the top analysts in her field by multiple industry publications. An advocate for innovation, creativity and the implementation of efficient technologies in the retail sector, Weinswig has helped U.S. startups develop and implement retail technology systems and strategies that have been adopted by top-tier national retailers.
Vend’s full list of top retail influencers for 2018 can be found here. FGRT’s reports and analyses can be found at and Subscribe here to receive Deborah Weinswig’s daily news and analysis on retail, fashion and retail technology.
About FGRT
FGRT (formerly Fung Global Retail & Technology) is a think tank whose research team, based in New York, London and Hong Kong, follows emerging retail and tech trends, specializing in the ways retail and technology intersect, and in building collaborative communities.
The team, led by Deborah Weinswig, former top Wall Street and retail tech analyst and active startup advisor, publishes ongoing thematic and global market research on topics such as the Internet of Things, digital payments, omnichannel retail, luxury and fashion trends, and disruptive technologies. More information can be found at