Melissa Campanelli

Melissa Campanelli
Rebecca Minkoff Launches Program to Fund Retail Tech

Rebecca Minkoff will launch a program to fund retail technology companies with venture capital firm Quotidian Ventures to identify new tech talent — a move aimed at nurturing the kind of startups and tech enterprises that enabled Minkoff to create the Rebecca Minkoff connected flagship stores in early 2015. The announcement was made at the National…

Wal-Mart Overhauls E-Commerce Division to Compete With Amazon

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is overhauling its e-commerce team and elevating executives from its recently acquired Jet.com business in an effort to better match how customers are shopping today — not just at its stores but on its main website and Jet.com. The changes are meant to make Wal-Mart more “customer-centric,” said Jet founder Marc Lore,…

Lane Bryant, Justice Reorganize and Lay Off 60

Lane Bryant and Justice are laying off employees as part of a restructuring by the retailers’ parent company, Ascena Retail Group. About 30 employees will be laid off at each retailer, according to a statement that Ascena sent to employees. “While we’ve had to make some very difficult decisions that impact the people we care about,…

NRF Foundation Launches RISE Up, a New Job Training Program

The NRF Foundation announced yesterday at the retail trade association's annual Big Show event in New York City that it has brought together dozens of retailers and nonprofits to launch RISE Up (Retail Industry Skills & Education), a new training and credentialing initiative designed by the retail industry to help people acquire the skills they…

Neiman Marcus Reneges on IPO

Neiman Marcus has decided not to go forward with a plan filed in August 2015 for an initial public offering of stock. The Dallas-based luxury retailer pulled its registration statement Friday that it had filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company said in the latest filing that it "has determined that it is…

Sam's Club CEO Rosalind Brewer to Step Down

In what came as a surprise to many in the retail industry, Sam's Club CEO Rosalind Brewer announced that she's stepping down. Brewer became Sam's Club's top executive after being in charge of the warehouse division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for five years. Sam's Club announced the leadership change Friday in a filing with the U.S. Securities…

The Limited Closing All 250 Stores

It's official: Women's apparel chain The Limited on Sunday began closing all 250 of its stores across the United States and is cutting 4,000 jobs — the latest casualty of shopping's move online and the growth of fast-fashion chains. A message on The Limited's website said the retailer would continue to sell items online. However,…

Happy New Year and Welcome to Total Retail Executive!

New Year's marks new beginnings: new people to meet, new adventures to explore, and new memories to create. At Total Retail, this New Year means the launch of our new weekly e-newsletter, Total Retail Executive! We know you’re all busy C-suite retail executives, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to deliver a content-rich e-newsletter…

Does Education Level Affect Retail Executives’ Salaries?

It's time for our next installment of coverage from Total Retail's Salary Benchmark Report. This week we examine how a retail executive's level of education impacts his or her salary (see the chart below). As a reminder, the Salary Benchmark Report was produced after an online survey was sent to Total Retail’s audience over a two-week…

Talking Shop With Shoptalk's Sucharita Mulpuru

If you're anybody in the retail industry, you've for sure heard of Sucharita Mulpuru, chief retail strategist with Shoptalk, the retail and e-commerce mega conference that launched in 2016 and has become a major player in the space. Prior to her role at Shoptalk, Sucharita was a principal analyst on Forrester’s eBusiness team, where she…

Amazon Pilots Warn of Possible Late Holiday Deliveries

Union pilots who fly products for Amazon.com are taking concerns about pay, working conditions and staffing shortages directly to online shoppers with a digital marketing campaign that suggests the e-tailer may struggle to deliver holiday gifts on time. The union began running advertisements on Facebook and Google last week, targeting Amazon customers. If clicked on,…

Kroger Offers Voluntary Retirement Option for 2,000 Employees

Kroger said on Friday that it's offering a voluntary retirement option for many of its non-store employees in an effort to cut costs. Kroger said about 2,000 associates are eligible for the offer, but it doesn’t include store and district associates, senior officers and supermarket division presidents. Employees have until March to decide whether they’re…

Lands’ End Names New CEO

Lands’ End, Inc. announced today that fashion and luggage executive Jerome Griffith would be its next chief executive. Griffith was most recently the head of premium luggage maker Tumi Holdings Inc., until it was purchased by rival Samsonsite earlier this year. Griffith, who will join Lands’ End on March 6, was also named to the…

Nordstrom Lets Shoppers Digitally Send Presents

Nordstrom is letting shoppers digitally send each other presents this holiday season. The upscale retailer has partnered with gift card provider CashStar Inc. to let customers email specific items from the retailer’s website to people on their holiday lists. Recipients can accept the items that appear in their inboxes and have them shipped to their…

Consumers Can Now Shop Amazon From Apple TVs

Amazon.com has rolled out a new Apple TV application called “Amazon App: Browse, Search, and Shop," which enables Amazon Prime members to browse and search for products on Amazon’s site, and then buy them from the TV.  Consumers using the app can can view individual products, read their descriptions, get the product details and flip…