Ashley Chiaradio

Ashley Chiaradio
Walmart Plans to Open 500 New Stores in China

Despite an economic downshift, Walmart plans to expand in China, CNN reported. The retailer announced it will be opening 500 new stores in China over the next five years to seven years, which would be more than double Walmart's current footprint in the country. Earlier this year, Walmart announced plans to invest more than a…

Zappos Launches Socially Conscious Brand Platform, Goods for Good

Zappos has created a new platform for customers who are looking for purpose-driven products, the shoe and clothing retailer announced in a press release Tuesday. The platform, Goods for Good, is a curated experience that features items from over 150 brands, all of which promote meaningful causes, and categorizes the products in five categories: recycled, organic, sustainably…

Sears Owner Gets $250M Lifeline; Plans to Close 96 More Stores

The parent company of Sears and Kmart, Transformco, has secured a $250 million lifeline and announced plans yesterday to close 96 more stores, CNBC reported. This will leave the business with 182 store locations. Owner Eddie Lambert, who bought Sears out of bankruptcy court for $5.2 billion earlier this year, is one of the lenders…

b8ta Launches Community-Driven Retail Concept in Los Angeles

b8ta, the experiential retailer and pioneer of retail as a service (RaaS), is launching a new community-driven fashion and lifestyle retail concept focused on discovery and meaningful engagement. The store, called Forum, is opening in Los Angeles on Nov. 15, and will connect the modern consumer with forward-thinking brands that prioritize quality, design and sustainability.…

Allbirds Plans to Open 20 Brick-and-Mortar Stores Next Year

The shoe company Allbirds is continuing its brick-and mortar expansion with plans to open 20 more stores in 2020, CNBC reported. Tim Brown, co-founder and co-CEO, made the announcement earlier this week. Allbirds, which sells environmentally sustainable wool sneakers, started online only, but began opening stores in the last few years. Allbirds currently has 15…

Amazon Expands In-Store Package Pickup Service

Amazon.com is expanding a program that turns physical retail stores into package pickup centers, GeekWire reported. The pickup service program, Counter, will be added to thousands of store locations at GNC, Health Mart and Stage Stores. Amazon launched the Counter program through a partnership with Rite-Aid in June. "This new network of pickup points gives…

Nike CEO Mark Parker is Stepping Down Next Year

Nike Chief Executive Mark Parker announced yesterday that he will be stepping down from the position in early January, according to the Los Angeles Times. Former eBay CEO John Donahoe will be taking over for Parker, starting on Jan. 13. While Donahoe will take over as CEO and president of Nike, Parker, who has been with…

Walmart Launches ‘InHome’ Grocery Delivery Program

Walmart has launched a new service that will deliver groceries and put them away in your fridge, CNBC reported. The service, called InHome grocery delivery, is a membership program that has an introductory price of $19.95 a month, but also requires customers to purchase a $49.95 smart door lock kit or smart garage door kit.…

How PUMA Has Integrated Technology Into its New York City Flagship Store

PUMA opened the doors to its first-ever North American flagship store recently, located on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With a focus on cutting-edge technology and innovative products, the store showcases an immersive PUMA brand space. The flagship store offers consumers a unique shopping experience through innovative sports engagement zones, a customization studio, and…

McKinsey Builds a ‘Store of the Future’ in Mall of America

Global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company launched a new pop-up store at the Mall of America last month, a large investment in its retail practice. The store, Modern Retail Collective, features products from Elevé Cosmetics, Kendra Scott, ThirdLove and type:A Deodorant. “The purpose of the store is to provide retailers a real, flexible environment — a learning…

Walgreens Partners With FedEx to Accept Online Returns

Walgreens and FedEx are partnering to make online returns more convenient, TechCrunch reported. Customers will be able to drop off their online returns at thousands of Walgreens locations nationwide and, if they need to, they'll be able to print their return shipping label in the store too. Through FedEx's Returns Technology platform, online vendors and retailers can…

How Aaron's Made Room for the Innovation Process

Most retailers know that innovation is key to surviving — and thriving — in the accelerating digital age, but what most retailers don’t understand is how to get there. This is what John Trainor, chief information officer and senior vice president, digital product at Aaron's, discussed during last week's Total Retail Tech event in Philadelphia. Trainor's keynote presentation,…

Walmart Will Test Programs to Cut Healthcare Costs for US Workers

Walmart announced today that it will be testing different healthcare pilot programs for its U.S. employees starting Jan. 1, according to CNBC. Healthcare is one of the largest expenses for the retailer after wages, so it's looking for ways to cut costs. A pilot program launched in Arkansas, Florida, and Texas will connect patients with…

What Omnichannel Means to Jeweler Charles & Colvard

Succeeding as an omnichannel retailer requires mastering a mix of people, process and technology that must all work seamlessly together. To win in this environment, retailers need to develop an omnichannel strategy, build high-performing teams, and make sure they have the right technologies in place. This was discussed during last week's 2019 Total Retail Tech event during the…

eBay CEO Devin Wenig Resigns, Cites Differences With Board

eBay CEO Devin Wenig parted ways with the company yesterday, according to Reuters. Wenig, who has been in the role for four years, cited differences with eBay's board of directors as the reason he decided to step down. Recently, the board was revamped and is looking to sell some of the company's assets, Reuters reported.…