Joe Keenan

Joe Keenan

Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail.

Groupon Names Aaron Cooper as President of North America

Groupon announced last week that it has promoted Aaron Cooper to president of North America, giving him oversight of the company’s Local, Travel and Goods businesses in the United States and Canada. Cooper currently serves as senior vice president of North America Services, which includes Local and Travel, and will…

Duluth Trading Co. Hires New CFO

Duluth Holdings Inc., a lifestyle brand of men’s and women’s casual wear, workwear and accessories, announced on Monday that Dave Loretta has been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer. Loretta will succeed retiring CFO Mark DeOrio, and will assume the role of CFO effective immediately. Loretta joins Duluth Trading from Nordstrom Bank, where…

Stitch Fix COO Julie Bornstein Leaving the Company

Stitch Fix, the fast-growing online retailer and personal styling service, announced last week that Julie Bornstein, the company’s chief operating officer for the past two-plus years, is leaving the company. The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as Stitch Fix is rumored to be filing an…

J.C. Penney Taps Former Wal-Mart Exec as CFO

J.C. Penney has named a new chief financial officer two weeks after its previous executive’s departure. Jeffrey Davis takes J.C. Penney’s executive vice president and CFO role effective immediately, the company announced Monday. He replaces Andrew Drexler, who served in the role on an interim basis following former…

Congress Debates New Online Sales Tax Bill

Members of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday sparred over the implications of a bill that aims to take away states’ ability to collect online sales taxes. Republicans clashed within their own party and with Democrats in a hearing over whether or not H.R. 2887, the “No Regulation Without Representation” act, would help local economies or violate…

Lane Bryant Launches In-Store Styling Service

Lane Bryant has launched LaneStyle Studio, a free in-store personal styling service. The service is designed to create an elevated retail experience that will drive consumers in-store. Customers can make one-on-one appointments with in-store stylists who act like personal shoppers. The service will be available in over 40 Lane Bryant stores across the country. Lane Bryant operates…

Sephora Introducing New Store Concept, Beauty Upgrades

Sephora said it's planting its "smallest footprint" in the U.S. yet with the launch of freestanding makeup studios. The beauty retailer announced plans last week to roll out the new Sephora Studio concept across the U.S., with the first location opening in Boston this week. The studios will be about 2,000 square feet, less than half…

Michael Kors to Buy Jimmy Choo for $1.2B

Michael Kors Holdings said this morning that it has agreed to buy the shoe company Jimmy Choo for 896 million pounds, or about $1.2 billion, the latest push by an American high-end fashion house to find sources of growth in an increasingly competitive retail landscape. Michael Kors said it expected to open new Jimmy Choo retail…

An Inside View Into The Mine's Rebranding

In episode 102 of Total Retail Talks, recorded at the Total Retail Talks Live! event in Seattle, Molly Hartney, vice president of marketing and merchandising at The Mine, an online retailer of home furnishings (and a Lowe's company), discusses the company's recent rebranding from its previous name, ATGStores.com. Hartney addresses why a rebranding was necessary,…

Are Retailers Worried About Amazon's Push Into Brick-and-Mortar?

Long the undisputed leader in e-commerce, Amazon.com has turned its attention to the other piece of the retail puzzle: physical stores. In the last year-and-a-half, Amazon has opened seven bookstores across the country, with plans to open six more by the end of 2017. In addition, Amazon made a big splash last month with it…

Amidst Controversy, Signet Jewelers Names New CEO

Signet Jewelers, Ltd., the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, has named Virginia “Gina” C. Drosos as its new CEO, effective August 1. She will replace Mark Light, who served as CEO since October 2014. Light, who has been an executive at Signet for more than 35 years, is retiring due to “health reasons,” according to…

Amazon's Whole Foods Deal Sparks Antitrust Scrutiny

Amazon.com’s expansion plans, including its agreement to buy Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, are raising hackles in Washington — and Wall Street is taking notice. A U.S. lawmaker has called for hearings on the proposed deal to consider its ramifications for shoppers and workers. Hedge-fund manager Doug Kass has taken a short position on the fast-growing…

Customer Reviews Informing Carhartt's Merchandising Decisions

In episode 101 of Total Retail Talks, Anna Cole, director of e-commerce operations, user experience and merchandising at Carhartt, a workwear manufacturer and retailer, details how the company is leveraging customers’ ratings and reviews to make more informed business decisions, particularly around merchandising its website.

Amazon Prime Day Takeaways and Reaction

This past Tuesday was Amazon Prime Day, the online retailer’s third annual global shopping event exclusively for its Prime members. The day brought positives and negatives for Amazon, as it looked to further cement its position as the leading online retailer in the market. Let’s start with the positives: Amazon is reporting Prime Day was…

Rent-A-Center Mulls Acquisition Offer

Vintage Capital has offered to buy Rent-A-Center Inc for around $800 million, according to a letter seen by Reuters, in a move that would add another rent-to-own company to the private equity firm's portfolio. Rent-A-Center, based in Plano, Texas, rents out furniture and electronics and also allows customers the ability to own the products through a lease…