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.

4 Tips for Having Productive Meetings During a Crisis

A question on a lot of managers' minds right now as we learn to navigate the COVID-19 crisis is, "How can I productively meet with my teams?" Elise Keith, founder and CEO of Lucid Meetings, gave us four tips that can be used for all meetings, whether they take place virtually or in-person. These tips are relevant…

Retailers Continue to Give Back During the COVID-19 Crisis

Total Retail is continuing its daily coverage of how the retail sector is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. As retailers try to figure out how to navigate these uncertain times, it's beneficial to look at the ways others in our community are responding. Below are examples of how retailers are reacting during this time, including…

Ways Retail Businesses Are Responding to the Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis

Total Retail is continuing its daily coverage of how the retail sector is responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As retailers try to figure out how to navigate these uncertain times, it's helpful to look at the ways others in our community are responding. These are some ways retailers are reacting during this time or…

Tools, Resources and More to Help With the Retail Impact of COVID-19

The retail community is one of the sectors being hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. As retailers try to figure out how to navigate these uncertain times, it's helpful to look at the ways others in our community are responding. It's also a time to lend a hand. These are some ways retailers are giving back,…

Starbucks Will Offer ‘Catastrophe Pay’ to Baristas Affected by Coronavirus

Starbucks announced that it will provide "catastrophe pay" to baristas in the U.S who have been exposed to the coronavirus, CNBC reported. The coffee chain will pay employees for up to 14 days if they have tested positive for coronavirus, or are exposed to or in close contact with someone who has coronavirus. Starbucks employees…

Trunk Club Stores Are Closing, Being Folded Into Nordstrom Stores

Nordstrom is closing all six of its Trunk Club stores and folding the personalized clothing service into its department stores, Chicago Tribune reported. Nordstrom paid $350 million to buy Trunk Club, a Chicago-based startup, five years ago, with plans to grow the personal shopping business. Erik Nordstrom, CEO of Nordstrom, told the Chicago Tribune that by…

NRF Predicts 2020 Retail Sales Will Grow as Consumers Continue to Drive Economy

Despite uncertainty from the coronavirus, presidential election and lingering trade war, the National Retail Federation (NRF) forecasts that retail sales will increase between 3.5 percent and 4.1 percent to more than $3.9 trillion in 2020, it announced in a press release yesterday. Matthew Shay, NRF president and CEO, said in the press release that consumers continue…

Healthcare is Central to Walgreens New 2020 CSR Strategy

Last week, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) released its 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility report. It included highlights from WBA's sustainability programs and recognitions from 2019. The report was broken down into four parts: healthy communities, sustainable marketplace, healthy planet, and healthy and inclusive workplace. Total Retail spoke to Alain Turenne, vice president, corporate social responsibility, Walgreens, to…

Victoria’s Secret Plans to Go Private; Les Wexner to Step Down

Victoria’s Secret, the once powerful and successful lingerie brand, will go private, CNBC reported. The brand made a deal with private equity firm Sycamore Partners that shows how much its value has recently diminished. For $525 million, the firm will acquire a 55 percent share in Victoria’s Secret from its owner, L Brands, and L Brands…

3 Marketing Tips to Consider in 2020

Marketing is crucial for many reasons, but perhaps most importantly because it helps businesses and brands create and maintain relationships with their audiences. Creating an effective marketing strategy isn't an easy solution for companies’ problems, as it requires continuous testing and brainstorming that's always evolving in order to make a positive impact on a business. This…

Estee Lauder Suffers Large-Scale Data Breach

An ungated database containing more than 440 million records owned by beauty company Estée Lauder has been exposed online, Forbes reported. A security researcher, Jeremiah Fowler, found the database in late January that was internet-facing and had no password protection. Estée Lauder released a statement explaining that a limited number of non-consumer email addresses from…

J.C. Penney Revamps Women’s Clothing Brand to Help Boost Sales

J.C. Penney is relaunching one of its biggest in-house women’s apparel brands as part of its strategy to help boost sales and remain relevant, CNBC reported. The department stores's Ana brand has new products in stores and online, and the full assortment will be available by March. The brand will offer extended sizes and will have items…

Nordstrom Launches Recommerce Program Online and In-Store

Nordstrom is the latest traditional retailer to join the resale movement, the company announced in a press release. The upscale department store will be selling gently used merchandise in excellent condition online and at its New York flagship in an initiative called See You Tomorrow. The program begins Jan. 31. The press release announced that See…

Express to Close 100 Stores by 2022 as Part of Turnaround Plan

Fashion retailer Express announced plans to shutter approximately 100 of its stores by 2022 in an effort to save costs, CNBC reported. The plan would save the company $80 million in costs annually over the next three years. Express also announced that it will be restructuring its workforce, which will impact about 10 percent of the…

CVS Plans to Open 600 HealthHUB Stores in 2020

CVS Health is on track to meet its goal of rehabbing more than 1,000 of its stores, CNBC reported. At the end of 2018, CVS launched three of its HealthHUB concept stores in the Houston region, before expanding the program to 50 locations in four markets by the end of 2019. Hundreds more are scheduled to be…