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Ulta Beauty's Chief Merchant on Delivering Transparency With the Conscious Beauty Initiative
July 22, 2020 at 1:39 pm

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli interviews Monica Arnaudo, chief merchandising officer at Ulta Beauty, the largest U.S. cosmetics, fragrance, skincare and beauty gifts retailer. Listen in as Arnaudo discusses the launch of the Conscious Beauty initiative, and what the program means for Ulta and its customers.

Jan Singer on Life and Leadership
July 13, 2016 at 1:04 pm

This episode of Women in Retail Talks features an interview with Jan Singer, the former CEO of Spanx and soon-to-be-CEO of Victoria’s Secret. (Women in Retail Leadership Circle is a sister publication of Total Retail.) Jan discusses a variety of issues around life and leadership, including how being a psychology major has helped in her…

Fitting Rooms: The Enemy of Apparel Retailers
June 10, 2016 at 12:59 pm

It’s the part of the clothes-shopping trip that most consumers like least: heading to the fitting room to try things on. And retailers have made little progress in improving that experience, even though a little effort could help them reap financial rewards, according to experts. “If you have a well-run fitting room, it drives an increasing…

Mossberg: 5 Things I Learned From Jeff Bezos at Code
June 10, 2016 at 9:21 am

Last week, I interviewed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on stage at our third annual Code Conference. It wasn’t my first such public conversation with Bezos — we had done an earlier interview in 2008 at the D conference, the predecessor to Code. Bezos joked that he appeared at our conferences "every eight years like clockwork." Back…

Target Charges Suppliers More to Help Offload Unsold Inventory
June 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Target  is asking many suppliers to take on up to an extra 3 percent to 5 percent of the cost of promotions and price cuts after slow sales so far this year. Retailers often use price discounts combined with promotions to sell slow-moving items and make room for newer products. Suppliers also have their own offers and…

Millennials Drive Spike in Online Shopping
June 9, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Online shopping makes up more than half of surveyed shoppers’ purchases, according to a new report from shipper UPS and researcher ComScore. The companies’ fifth annual survey of e-commerce shoppers — individuals who made at least two online purchases in a typical three-month period — found 51 percent of their purchases were made online (excluding grocery…

lululemon Sales Beat Estimates as New Items Draw Customers
June 9, 2016 at 11:52 am

lululemon posted first-quarter sales that topped analysts’ estimates, helped by new products like an expanded selection of women’s tops. Sales rose 17 percent to $495.5 million in the quarter ended May 1, the Vancouver-based company said in a statement Wednesday. Analysts projected $487.6 million, on average. The results signal that lululemon’s new merchandise is gaining traction. The yogawear retailer…

Under Armour Launches Mobile Shopping App, UA Shop
June 8, 2016 at 11:49 am

Under Armour launched the brand's first mobile shopping app, tying UA Shop into the sports apparel maker's digital fitness applications. The shopping app will integrate data from the Under Armour Connected Fitness platform, a collection of Under Armour-owned apps and websites that track exercise, sleep, diet and other activities.

Amazon Investing $3 Billion in India
June 8, 2016 at 11:43 am

As Indians increasingly move to e-commerce to do their shopping, Amazon.com is giving domestic companies a big reason to worry. Company CEO Jeff Bezos on Tuesday announced that his company will be investing an additional $3 billion in India. This takes Amazon's total investment in the country to $5 billion. India's e-commerce space continues to grow, and…

Sephora Enables Shoppable Snapchats
June 8, 2016 at 11:34 am

Sephora is continuing its efforts to tap into new ways of monetizing millennial-friendly mobile platforms, enabling its Snapchat followers to purchase products featured in live stories by taking a screenshot and downloading the ShopStyle application. The beauty giant, which announced the news on Snapchat last week, invited followers to shop a slew of popular cosmetics featured…