Leadership

Top Retail Leadership Tips of 2017
November 15, 2017 at 10:06 pm

The leadership tips listed below appeared in Total Retail's annual 50 Best Tips feature, part of the Fall print issue. Download the full list of 50 tips here. "I lead by inspiring, empowering and stimulating others to push themselves to a place that may not have seemed possible. I’m passionate about maximizing individual strengths, coaching and mentoring."…

Skechers Names New CFO
November 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm

Skechers USA said Wednesday it has hired John Vandemore to be its chief financial officer, effective within the next few weeks. Vandemore, who recently served as CFO of Mattel Inc., will assume the role from David Weinberg, who assumed the CFO role in 2009 in addition to being chief operating officer since 2006. Vandemore will…

GameStop Names Interim CEO While Paul Raines Recovers From Illness
November 15, 2017 at 12:48 pm

GameStop has appointed an interim CEO, the company announced yesterday. CEO Paul Raines has had "a medical reoccurrence." The Dallas Morning News reports the board of the video game retailer appointed Daniel DeMatteo, GameStop's executive chairman, to be interim CEO. DeMatteo, one of GameStop's co-founders, will continue to serve as executive chairman and director, the…

A Chat With Tom Ebling, Former Demandware CEO
November 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm

I was excited to interview Tom Ebling last week, a true retail technology leader whose stint as CEO of Demandware from 2010-2016 included growing the software company into a $300 million public company that was acquired by Salesforce for $2.8 billion in 2016. Prior to Demandware, Ebling was the CEO of Lattice Engines, ProfitLogic and…

Hudson’s Bay Co. Appoints Milton Pappas CMO
November 8, 2017 at 5:16 pm

Milton Pappas has been named the new chief marketing officer of Hudson's Bay Co. (HBC), effective immediately. HomeWorld Business reports Pappas will lead HBC's marketing center of excellence, which is charged with executing the marketing strategies of the company's North American retail businesses (Hudson's Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, Saks OFF 5TH). HBC…

The ‘Retail Crisis’ is Only a Crisis to Those That Didn't Evolve
November 8, 2017 at 10:58 am

The world of retail was rocked last month when Toys"R"Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Many took it as a bad omen or the proverbial “last gasp” of a dying industry. Headlines of a “Retail Crisis” permeated the news cycle and analysts poured over the reasons why — with most of the blame directed…

Jim Sinegal, Co-Founder and Director, Costco Wholesale Corp.
November 3, 2017 at 12:11 pm

"If you're a manager, teaching is 90 percent of your job. There's only one reason you hire someone, and that's because you can’t do everything yourself. If you're not prepared to teach, you just don't get it. And if you hire well, and if you teach well, those people wind up doing the job better…

A Few Thoughts From Costco’s Jim Sinegal
November 1, 2017 at 2:31 pm

It’s not often that you get to hear from retail legends like Jim Sinegal, co-founder and director of Costco Wholesale Corp. That’s why I was so excited to attend his talk at SAP’s Retail Executive Forum, which was held in New York City earlier this month. And he didn't disappoint. Sinegal served as the CEO…

Retailer Digital Disruption: Why an Organizational Shift is Needed Now, Part 2
October 25, 2017 at 10:48 am

 Part one of this series, Retailer Digital Disruption: Why an Organizational Shift is Needed Now, was featured in Total Retail's Fall print issue. Below is part two. As difficult as it can be, traditional retailers must re-architect their organizations through the lens of their customer’s complete user experience, embracing a seamless cross-channel point of view…