Ashley Chiaradio

Ashley Chiaradio

Ashley Chiaradio is the Senior Content Strategist at Total Retail. Ashley has been creating content for more than 7 years, and provides a unique insight in covering the retail industry having worked directly for retailers in the past. She’s passionate about profiling women leadership in the space.

Century 21 is Making a Comeback

Century 21 Stores announced it will officially relaunch in 2021 after going bankrupt last year. The owners of the company, the Gindi family, bought back the intellectual property of the brand following the September 2020 bankruptcy. According to the company press release, the first step of the brand's revival will be for Century 21 to…

Aldi to Add 100 New U.S. Stores, Expand Curbside Pickup

Aldi plans to open up about 100 new stores in the U.S. and expand its curbside pickup service, CNBC reported. The German supermarket chain hopes to add its curbside pickup service to 500 additional stores by the end of the year. The new store locations will be concentrated in Arizona, California, Florida and the Northeast. With the curbside…

Jeff Bezos is Stepping Down as Amazon CEO, Replacement Named

After 27 years of running the e-commerce giant, Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO of Amazon.com, CNBC reported. The entrepreneur is handing over the CEO role to Amazon's top cloud executive, Andy Jassy, while Bezos will transition to executive chairman of the company's board in this year's third quarter. Jassy has been with Amazon…

Walgreens Hires Starbucks COO Roz Brewer as New CEO

Drugstore chain Walgreens has hired a new CEO. Starbucks Chief Operating Officer Rosalind Brewer will replace Stefano Pessina as CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, CNBC reported. Starbucks announced Brewer's departure yesterday, explaining that she was leaving the coffee company at the end of February for a CEO position at an undisclosed corporation. This hire will make Brewer…

Customer Feedback Accelerated the Launch of Chewy's Virtual Vet Service

Online pet supplies retailer Chewy.com revealed customer feedback was a primary reason the company accelerated its plans to launch a virtual vet service, CNBC reported. CEO Sumit Singh explained during an keynote presentation at the NRF Big Show this week that even though the business was years away from rolling out the program, calls to Chewy's…

Starbucks is Investing $100M in Small Businesses and Black Communities

Starbucks is creating a new $100 million fund aimed at investing in community development projects and small businesses in areas populated by people of color, CNBC reported. The investment, titled Community Resilience Fund, is part of a broader initiative to increase Starbucks commitment to racial and social equality. The company endowed $1 million in neighborhood…

Amazon Eases Third-Party Seller Delivery Requirements

Amazon.com is easing third-party seller delivery requirements, CNBC reported. This is due to ongoing constraints on major shipping carriers as a result of the coronavirus. The e-commerce giant announced in August that starting in February 2021, members of Amazon's Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP) program would be required to make deliveries on Saturdays, and meet one- and…

A Review of Total Retail's Top Content in 2020

As 2020 winds down, Total Retail would like to take the opportunity to highlight some of the top content it produced this year. Our e-newsletter, Total Retail Report, will be on hiatus during the holidays, with the next issue hitting subscribers' inboxes on Tues., Jan. 5. Until then, here’s a list of our most popular content from the past…

Amazon Encourages Whole Foods Employees to Get Weekly Covid Tests

Amazon.com is encouraging front-line employees in California to get weekly COVID-19 tests, CNBC reported. This news comes at a time when the state is rolling out updated emergency workplace protections for the coronavirus. The e-commerce giant posted on an internal company website that this request was in accordance with California’s division of the Occupational Safety and Health…

Amazon Sellers Are Concerned About Limited Warehouse Space

Several Amazon.com sellers are concerned over a recent policy change, CNBC reported. The policy is meant to help the e-commerce giant save space in its warehouses as it faces a pandemic-fueled surge in online orders alongside the usual peak holiday shopping season. In August, Amazon announced it would be enforcing stricter quantity limits on shipments from…

Kohl's and Sephora Announce Long-Term Partnership

Earlier this week, Kohl’s and Sephora announced a long-term strategic partnership. This collaboration is to create a new era of elevated Beauty at Kohl's, which will connect Kohl's expansive customer reach and omnichannel convenience with Sephora's quality service, product selection and exceptional beauty experience. According to a Kohl's press release, the partnership will be called "Sephora…

Home Depot to Acquire HD Supply in $8B Deal

Home Depot announced on Monday that it plans to buy HD Supply for about $8 billion, Yahoo! Finance reported. This would set the home improvement chain up to regain control over the industrial materials wholesaler after selling it over 10 years ago to Bain Capital, Carlyle Group, and Clayton, Dubilier and Rice. Home Depot is…

European Union Files Antitrust Charges Against Amazon

This week, European Union regulators brought antitrust charges against Amazon.com, The New York Times reported. The EU claims that the e-commerce giant broke competition laws by wrongfully using its size and access to data against smaller sellers that rely on the company to reach consumers. Specifically, Amazon is accused of collecting nonpublic data from sellers…

Judge Dismissed a Coronavirus Safety Lawsuit Against Amazon

On Monday, a New York federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Amazon.com that accused the company of failing to stop the spread of the coronavirus through unsafe working conditions, CNBC reported. The judge deferred to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The complaint against the e-commerce giant was filed by four employees at Amazon's Staten Island,…

Amazon Employees Petitioned for Paid Time Off to Vote

Amazon.com workers are signing an internal petition asking the company to give them paid time off to vote in the United States election, CNBC reported. The petition requests Amazon provide its entire U.S. workforce with paid time off to vote on or before election day. According to CNBC, more than 4,000 Amazon employees have signed…