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.

Brooks Brothers Filed for Bankruptcy and is Seeking a Buyer

Retail brand Brooks Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday and is searching for a buyer, CNBC reported. Brooks Brothers is one of the country's oldest retailers, having been founded in 1818, and is best known for its polos and prepster attire. Rent had become a burden for the iconic retailer, and the disruption…

Amazon to Pay $500M in Employee Bonuses

Amazon.com announced earlier this week that it will provide pandemic bonuses totaling more than $500 million to front-line workers, Progressive Grocer reported. These bonuses are to show appreciation for employees meeting boosts in demand from online shoppers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Only employees who worked for Amazon through the month of June are eligible. Full-time…

GNC is Closing Up to 1,200 Stores After Filing for Bankruptcy

The 85-year-old vitamin and dietary supplement company GNC has announced it's filing for bankruptcy and closing up to a quarter of its stores, CNN reported. The retailer has nearly $1 billion in debt, and is looking for a buyer. GNC has faced declining sales at its brick-and-mortar locations since before the coronavirus pandemic. However, CNN…

Paper Source's CEO on Marketing During COVID-19

During last month's Women in Retail and Total Retail Virtual Lounge, Winnie Park, CEO of Paper Source, touched on everything from how the retailer is weathering the current pandemic to how Park’s leadership style particularly resonates during these challenging times. In this video clip from the session, Park discusses how Paper Source’s marketing and messaging strategy has shifted since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Target Raises Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour Starting July 5

Target is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour beginning July 5, CNBC reported. The retailer will also be giving hourly employees a one-time bonus of $200. Target temporarily raised its wages by $2 an hour in March as the COVID-19 pandemic began, so this announcement makes the raise permanent. This raise will be for hourly…

How Retailers Are Using Card-Linking Technology for Customer Loyalty

Customer loyalty has been on the decline, with consumers having an abundance of options to choose from when making all sorts of retail purchases. If a retailer can’t meet a consumer's needs, whether it be related to price, product, experience, etc., he or she will often move on to a competitor that can. To help address…

Cross-Border Postal Rates Will Increase on July 1

Cross-border shipping rates will go up for many U.S. shippers on July 1. This change comes after countries began to self-declare postal rates based on the deal reached by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in September, Supply Chain Dive reported. Many postage sellers, consolidators and other cross-border service providers such as FedEx, UPS and Stamps.com, received new contracts from…

Retailers Are Increasing Store Security Amid Civil Unrest

U.S. retailers are increasing armed security guard patrols and transferring merchandise to more secure locations, The Los Angeles Times reported. Over the past week, shopping districts in cities all over the country have been targeted by groups of looters during protests against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while in police custody.…

Tuesday Morning Files for Bankruptcy, to Close 230 Stores

Discount retailer Tuesday Morning filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week and plans to shutter 230 of its stores due to the coronavirus pandemic, CNBC reported. Tuesday Morning said it plans to permanently close a third of its nearly 700 stores and exit Chapter 11 in the early fall with about 450 locations. During the…

Pier 1 Imports Plans to Shut Down Permanently After Not Finding a Buyer

Pier 1 Imports announced this week that it's seeking bankruptcy court approval to shut down its business permanently after it wasn't able to find a buyer, CNBC reported. The home goods retailer said in a press release that it has been trying to find a buyer for months which would continue operating the business, but…

How Consumer Behavior Post-COVID-19 Will Impact Retail Operations

During the Women in Retail and Total Retail Virtual Lounge, held on April 28, Chris Rowland, president and CEO of Pet Supplies Plus, participated in an interview that touched on a variety of topics, from changes to brand messaging during COVID-19 to some positive ways he thinks the current climate will reshape retail. In this video clip…

Key Findings From Adobe's April Digital Economy Index

This week, Adobe released its latest Adobe Digital Economic Index, and the data revealed some interesting findings about consumers' e-commerce behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Adobe's DEI, apparel saw the largest April price decrease in over five years. The average price growth for April has been -2.9 percent; this year that growth is…

Victoria's Secret Calls Off Deal With Sycamore Partners

L Brands, Victoria's Secret's parent company, announced that it has called off its deal with private equity firm Sycamore Partners, CNN reported. L Brands was planning to take the lingerie retailer private, and had reached a $525 million deal with Sycamore Partners three months ago. The deal would have split control of Victoria's Secret, with Sycamore…

Best Buy Plans to Reopen Some Stores by Appointment Only

Starting in May, Best Buy plans to gradually reopen its stores to customers with appointments, CNBC reported. Shoppers will be able to schedule a time to meet with a sales associate to discuss a potential purchase of an appliance, talk through technology needs, and more. Best Buy, which has 1,000 U.S. stores, will begin by offering this…

NRF Lobbies for Federal Pandemic Insurance Program

The National Retail Federation (NRF) called on Congress to pass legislation establishing a federal program that would help businesses obtain insurance coverage for pandemics, Yahoo News reported. The legislation is modeled on a program for terrorism insurance established after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The NRF, along with 16 other business organizations, sent a letter…