Melissa Campanelli

Melissa Campanelli
A Chat With Cindy DiPietrantonio, President of Alex and Ani, Part 2

This article originally appeared in Total Retail's sister publication, Inner Circle, the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's weekly e-newsletter. Here's part one of this two-part interview. We’re excited to share part two of our interview with Cindy DiPietrantonio, president of Alex and Ani, an omnichannel retailer of…

Cutting-Edge Retail Tech On Display at XRC Labs’ Demo Day

Have you ever heard of XRC Labs, the innovation accelerator for the retail and consumer goods industries? If not, you may want to get to know it. It's doing some pretty interesting things with retail technology. Each year, XRC Labs runs two 14-week programs designed for startups in the retail technology space. XRC Labs provides…

Amazon Testing One-Hour Delivery at London Fashion Week

Amazon.com has partnered with designer Nicola Formichetti to get her London Fashion Week styles to customers’ doorsteps within an hour. The partnership is the latest iteration of the “see now, buy now” strategy, which designers have been experimenting with over the last several seasons. The service is available only for Formichetti’s Nicopan line — unisex…

Aerosoles Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

AGI HoldCo, Inc., a multichannel women's footwear brand doing business as Aerosoles, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday with a plan to close 95 percent of its 78 stores and focus on its wholesale, e-commerce and international businesses. Aerosoles blamed its bankruptcy on declining mall traffic, significant industrywide price markdowns and a shift…

Destination XL Group Launches First Mobile App

Destination XL Group, Inc., the largest omnichannel specialty retailer of men's apparel in sizes XL and up, partnered with mobile commerce platform provider PredictSpring to launch its first mobile app last month. The announcement comes as retailers are increasingly looking…

A Chat With Cindy DiPietrantonio, President of Alex and Ani, Part 1

This article originally appeared in Total Retail's sister publication, Inner Circle, the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's weekly e-newsletter. You can see the original article here. We're excited to share part one of a two-part interview with Cindy DiPietrantonio, president of Alex and Ani, an omnichannel retailer of meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories to positively empower and…

Ascena Retail Group CEO: ‘It’s Time for the Empire to Strike Back’

It’s no secret that the retail landscape has changed recently. Thanks to the influence of Amazon.com and other retail disrupters, customer expectations today are at an all-time high, and this puts economic pressure on legacy retailers, which generally have very different business models and as such can’t always meet these expectations. So, what are legacy…

Amazon Opens Search for Location of Second Headquarters

Amazon.com said last week that it will spend more than $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees. Since that announcement, more than 20 cities have applied, according to an article in the The Business Journal. Cities have a little more than a month to apply, and they must…

Nordstrom Launches Retail Location With No Inventory

Nordstrom announced the launch of a retail concept and neighborhood hub where customers can shop and access services in a central location — and without merchandise typically found in the retailer's stores. Nordstrom Local, which will launch in West Hollywood, Calif. on Oct. 3., will have a 3,000 sq. ft. footprint, which is much smaller than an average…

Retailers Brace for Hurricane Irma, Potential $1.45B Sales Loss 

Hurricane Irma, the strongest storm in the Atlantic Ocean on record — which at the time of writing is forecast to be heading towards the coasts of Florida — is expected to cause retailers serious grief. Business weather intelligence provider Planalytics assessed Irma's potential economic impact and reported that lost retail sales could total $1.45 billion…

Vitamin World to File for Bankruptcy

Vitamin World Inc. plans to file for bankruptcy protection to restructure the business and renegotiate its store leases. The retailer of vitamins, nutritional supplements, and sports nutrition and beauty products will file next week for Chapter 11 reorganization to restructure its 334-store real estate portfolio and have the ability to renegotiate “problematic lease agreements” with…

Barnes & Noble's Chief Digital Officer Shares Leadership Philosophy

In episode 108 of Total Retail Talks, recorded at the Total Retail Talks Live! event in New York City, Fred Argir, vice president and chief digital officer at Barnes & Noble, talks about the bookseller's digital and omnichannel strategy, as well as his leadership philosophy.

The Global E-Commerce Leaders Forum is Coming to NYC Sept. 7

What are you doing on Sept. 7? If you’re in New York, why not attend the Global E-Commerce Leaders Forum (GELF), which every September brings online retailers and global brands together to discuss international e-commerce trends, global e-commerce strategy and tactical cross-border best practices. Attendees will spend the day discussing proven and emerging international e-commerce market…

A Q&A With Jeannine D’Addario, SVP, Chief Customer Officer, Guitar Center

Melissa Campanelli, Total Retail's editor-in-chief, recently interviewed Jeannine D'Addario, senior vice president, chief customer officer at Guitar Center. D'Addario joined Guitar Center earlier this month, and will oversee the retailer's strategic marketing, brand vision and customer brand experience. Melissa Campanelli: Tell…

Amazon Driving E-Commerce Sales for B-to-C, B-to-B Retailers

While Amazon.com may be a thorn in the sides of many B-to-B and B-to-C retailers, the reality is that a side effect of the growth and popularity of the online behemoth is that other retailers’ e-commerce sales are increasing as well. A rising tide lifts all boats, right? This a was a key finding from…