Melissa Campanelli

Melissa Campanelli
Neiman Marcus to Pay $1.6M in Data Breach Lawsuit

Neiman Marcus has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle a data breach class-action lawsuit in Illinois federal court. Court documents show the Dallas-based luxury retailer filed the settlement agreement last week, seeking approval from a federal judge in Chicago where the lawsuit was filed in March 2014. The settlement would cover damages to any…

Amazon Wins $1.5 Billion Tax Dispute With IRS

Amazon.com on Thursday won more than $1.5 billion in a tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over transactions involving a Luxembourg unit more than a decade ago. The IRS case involved "transfer pricing," which arises when different units of multinational companies transact with each other. Amazon argued that the IRS overestimated the value of "intangible"…

Gwyneth Paltrow Assumes CEO Position at Goop

Actress-turned-entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow has been named the CEO of her growing lifestyle brand Goop. In a meeting with a small group of employees last Monday in the firm’s Santa Monica office, Paltrow reportedly discussed her new position when it was printed on a mockup of a Goop newsletter, according to an article in The New Yorker…

Wal-Mart Granted Drone Patent

Wal-Mart was granted a patent this week for a system in which drones would shuttle products between different departments inside its stores. This scenario would free customers from having to walk across its stores to find what they want and from having to wait while employees return from far-away storerooms. Ultimately, Wal-Mart believes that drones “can…

HHGregg’s Deal With Proposed Buyer Falls Apart

HHGregg Inc. disclosed late Thursday that its proposed purchase by an anonymous buyer has fallen through and that it now is considering the sale of some or all the business to other possible suitors. The struggling company, which filed for Chapter 11 reorganization March 6, said at that time that it had reached an agreement to sell the business…

Honest Company Names New CEO

Honest Company has appointed Nick Vlahos, chief operating officer at Clorox, as CEO of the consumer products company co-founded by Jessica Alba. Vlahos, who has worked at Clorox for 22 years, also joins Honest Company's board of directors and will help steer the baby and personal care products company as it aims to expand distribution…

Higher Education Level Means Better Financial Benefits for Retail Professionals, Survey Shows

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been reporting on insights gleaned from our first ever Salary Benchmark Report. The report features salary data from Total Retail’s audience of retail executives representing organizations of all sizes and product verticals. This week, we feature a chart that shows how education levels impact financial benefits retail professionals…

Credit Union Sues Eddie Bauer for Failing to Prevent Data Breach

A credit union has sued Eddie Bauer, alleging that the clothing retailer failed to take adequate steps to protect against a hack that swiped the credit card information of customers last year. In its suit, Veridian Credit Union accused Eddie Bauer of deploying lax security standards, forcing Veridian and other financial institutions to bear costs…

Gander Mountain Files for Bankruptcy

Gander Mountain filed for bankruptcy Friday, and said it expects to attract a buyer as the company lowers its operating costs as part of its restructuring. The St. Paul, Minn.-based outdoor goods retailer also said it's closing 32 of its 162 stores in 26 states over the next several weeks. The company said it's in active discussions with several…

Wal-Mart Launching Endless Aisle Tests

Several Wal-Mart stores in Texas are testing touchscreens in the toy aisle that allow shoppers to browse inventory that's available to order beyond what the store currently has in stock. In addition, the screens can suggest items for shoppers, guiding them to best-selling products based on a description of who the toy is for. Customers can…

Total Retail's ‘Grab Your Wallet’ Survey

The Grab Your Wallet campaign, which encourages shoppers to boycott retailers that sell Trump-branded merchandise, is getting a lot of attention in the media right now. The campaign, which is often referred to as a movement, was started by digital marketing specialist Shannon Coulter, who became enraged by a video that emerged last October of President…

Virginia First State to Pass Law Allowing Robots for Delivery

Virginia is the first state to pass legislation allowing delivery robots to function on sidewalks and crosswalks across the state, according to Recode. Ron Villanueva and Bill DeSteph, the two Virginia lawmakers who sponsored the bill, worked with robotics company Starship Technologies, a ground delivery robotics company, to draft the legislation. Under the new law,…

Wet Seal's Intellectual Property Sells at Auction for $3M

Liquidator Gordon Brothers Group announced last week that it has won the auction­ for the intellectual property of the Wet Seal LLC with a bid of $3 million, besting the $1.5 million initial offer from Canadian retailer YM Inc., people familiar with the matter said. Wet Seal filed for bankruptcy last month with a plan…

Report: Hudson's Bay's Bid for Macy's Stumbles

Hudson's Bay Company, owner of Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue, has yet to line up the money to mount a serious takeover bid for Macy's, reports say. In February, the Canada-based company was reportedly in talks to acquire Macy's, the largest department store chain in the U.S. A much smaller company and more deeply…

Home Depot to Hire 80,000 Workers for Spring Season

The Home Depot announced today that it would add more than 80,000 temporary positions in stores and distribution centers around the nation for its spring selling season. This is roughly the same number of seasonal hires the company made last year. Jobs are available in customer service and sales, lot associates, freight and receiving, store…