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Albertsons Buys Meal Kit Company Plated
September 22, 2017 at 11:30 am

On Wednesday, Albertsons announced that it had acquired meal kit service Plated. CNBC reports the move represents the first in what figure to be many for the 2,300-store grocer as it looks to fortify its business to compete with the Amazon.com/Whole Foods merged entity. "This transaction is the latest example of Albertsons meeting our customers…

Wal-Mart, Target Join Apple in Call for ‘Dreamer’ Legislation
September 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

On Wednesday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and PepsiCo Inc. joined a group of nearly 800 companies calling for U.S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation. Reuters reports the retailers and other companies are asking Congress to pass a permanent replacement for DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood…

Anyone Thinking About Tolerance and Empathy in the Workplace?
September 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm

It may seem to be something of a cliché, but it's nonetheless true: now that communication is driven by social media and technology, many feel they can “say” anything that's on their mind, no matter how politically incorrect (a popular expression these days) the message may be. This is an issue that really touches all…

Game Changers: Jen Rubio and Stephanie Korey, Co-Founders, Away
September 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm

This article originally appeared in the cover story of Total Retail’s Summer issue, Game Changers. Total Retail is the sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle. Total Retail: Where did you get the inspiration to launch your company? Jen Rubio: My old suitcase broke during a trip, and while looking for a replacement, I…

A Chat With Cindy DiPietrantonio, President of Alex and Ani, Part 2
September 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm

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…

Office Depot Names Jerri DeVard as EVP, Chief Marketing Officer
September 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Office Depot Inc. has named Jerri DeVard as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. DeVard will lead the strategy for furthering Office Depot’s brand positioning and oversee the integration of all marketing and communications initiatives. She will be responsible for driving the growth and implementation of strategic marketing activities that build brand equity and…

Dollar Tree Promotes Gary Philbin to CEO
September 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Dollar Tree announced that Gary Philbin was promoted to chief executive. Philbin joined Dollar Tree as senior vice president of stores in 2001, and was named chief operating officer six years later. He was appointed enterprise president earlier this year with responsibilities for both the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar chains of stores. Philbin succeeds…

Wal-Mart to Rely on Permanent Workers for Holiday Season Rush
September 20, 2017 at 9:52 am

Rather than hiring seasonal workers, Wal-Mart is offering its permanent employees the opportunity to work extra hours during the upcoming holiday season. "These extra hours will help staff traditional roles like cashier and stocker, and newly created technology-empowered positions such as personal shoppers and pickup associates," Judith McKenna, Wal-Mart's chief operating officer, said in a…

Walgreens Gets Regulatory Approval to Buy Rite Aid Stores
September 19, 2017 at 10:11 am

In its fourth attempt, Walgreens Boots Alliance clinched regulatory approval for a deal to buy Rite Aid Corp. stores after a last-minute reduction of the number of stores and price. The Deerfield, Ill.-based drugstore chain said Tuesday it secured clearance for a revised deal under which it will buy 1,932 Rite Aid stores for $4.38 billion.…

Toys"R"Us Files for Bankruptcy; Stores to Remain Open
September 19, 2017 at 9:52 am

Toys“R”Us, one of the world’s largest toy store chains, has filed for bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest casualty of the pressures facing brick-and-mortar retailers. The company made the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing late Monday night in federal court in Richmond, Va., acknowledging that it needed to revamp its long-term debt totaling more than $5 billion. Toys"R"Us said…

Aerosoles Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
September 18, 2017 at 3:22 pm

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…

Experiential Retail Chain, Pirch, Shuttering Most of its Stores
September 14, 2017 at 10:35 am

Pirch is planning to shutter most of its locations as it overhauls operations. The high-end appliance and kitchen chain has been praised for its innovative retail experiences, including in-store chefs and try-before-you-buy mentality. Despite just opening up its Austin, Texas location in early May, Pirch is shuttering the storefront. In addition to the Austin location, Bloomberg reports…

eTail East: Summertime and the Living Was Easy
September 14, 2017 at 9:08 am

A sunny, 85-degree day in August. For most people, that meant heading to the beach for one last summer getaway. For the retail world, it signaled another eTail conference in Boston. This year’s eTail East featured content that should help attending retailers make the most of the upcoming 2017 holiday shopping season. Throughout the conference,…

3 Steps to Avoid a Fashion Founder’s Fumble
September 13, 2017 at 4:53 pm

It’s clear that competition in the fashion and apparel business is as brutal as any. Every organization is faced with a changing retail environment, the impact of the internet, pressure on margins, and challenges of becoming efficient in every aspect of the business. It’s not surprising that these businesses are increasingly finding it necessary to…

Groupon Names Jennifer Carr-Smith as SVP, General Manager, North America
September 13, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Groupon announced that it has named Jennifer Carr-Smith as senior vice president, general manager of North America Local. In her new role, Carr-Smith will lead Groupon’s local business, including key areas such as health, beauty and wellness; things to do; food and drink; and sales operations. Carr-Smith most recently served as president of Peapod, and…

The Fresh Market Hires New CEO
September 13, 2017 at 2:25 pm

The Fresh Market, Inc. announced Monday the appointment of Larry Appel as the company’s president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Appel, who has nearly 30 years of experience in retail, legal and corporate strategy, was also elected to the company’s board of directors. He had been CEO of Skeeter Snacks LLC, a producer of natural and…

Wal-Mart Reshaping its Organizational Structure
September 13, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has announced a restructuring plan that will better help it keep up with the fast pace of change in the retail sector. The restructure includes changing the way individual stores report up through the company. Previously, there were six divisional groups, which are now being trimmed to four. In addition, 44 regional groups…

Jenna Lyons’ Replacement at J.Crew Has Resigned
September 13, 2017 at 2:15 pm

J.Crew this week announced that Somsack Sikhounmuong has resigned from the company as its chief design officer. Sikhounmuong, who joined J. Crew from Madewell in 2015, was promoted to replace Jenna Lyons back in April, who had been with the apparel retailer for 26 years. Now the position is open again. "His [Sikhounmuong's] current responsibilities,…

Target to Hire 100,000 Seasonal Workers
September 13, 2017 at 10:21 am

Target is planning to hire 100,000 workers for the upcoming holiday season, a 43 percent increase from last year, after keeping seasonal hiring flat for the last four years. Target also said it will hire 4,500 people for the season at its distribution and fulfillment centers, which supply products to its 1,816 stores as well…

Best Buy Pulls Product Line Over Ties to the Russian Government
September 12, 2017 at 11:55 am

Best Buy will no longer sell security software from Russian internet security company Kaspersky Lab after concerns that the company could be unduly influenced by the Russian government. This summer, the Moscow-based cybersecurity company has faced a series of allegations that it could be influenced by the Kremlin. Due to those concerns, Best Buy decided to stop…