Lauren Thomas is a reporter for CNBC covering the retail industry and how it’s evolving. She frequently reports on names like Walmart and Target and how they’re battling with Amazon over e-commerce sales. She also is closely following the growth of digitally native brands like Warby Parker, Untuckit and Casper. And she writes on how store closures by Sears and others will impact U.S. malls. Thomas is from South Carolina and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016 with a degree in business journalism. She recently was named the No. 1 retail voice on LinkedIn in 2018.