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.

ModCloth is Sold Again, This Time to E-Commerce Company Nogin

Nogin, an outsourced e-commerce company that focuses on fashion and consumer products, announced in a press release that it has acquired ModCloth. The company purchased the digital-native retailer from Go Global for an undisclosed amount after Go Global previously acquired ModCloth from Walmart in January 2020. According to the press release, Nogin plans to refresh…

Tractor Supply is a Big Hit With Millennial Customers

Many millennials are leaving crowded cities for more suburban and rural lifestyles, and the trend is great for Tractor Supply's business, CNBC reported. Tractor Supply CEO Hal Lawton told CNBC on Monday that the farming supplies retailer has been gaining market share with its core customer, but also with new millennial customers as they settle…

Amazon is Launching Pay-by-Palm at Whole Foods Stores

Amazon.com is bringing its palm-scanning payment system to Whole Foods stores, CNBC reported. The service, Amazon One, will now be offered at a Whole Foods store in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, the first of many planned rollouts at other locations. Amazon One originally debuted in September, and is already available at a dozen Amazon physical…

Kohl's Names New Directors in Agreement With Activist Investors

Kohl's has come to an agreement with the group of activist investors who have been pushing to gain control of the company's board, CNBC reported. As part of the agreement, Kohl's named three new directors to its board. Two of the new directors — Margaret Jenkins and Thomas Kingsbury — were nominated by the activist…

Target to Invest $2B in Black-Owned Businesses by 2025

Target announced it will partner with more Black-owned companies, CNBC reported. The retail chain will also launch a program to identify and support rising minority entrepreneurs, and include products from more than 500 Black-owned brands on its shelves or website. All of these initiatives combined will leave Target spending more than $2 billion with Black-owned businesses…

Bed Bath & Beyond Hires Wayfair, Walmart Execs to Grow E-Commerce

Bed Bath & Beyond (BB&B) announced two new hires this week, CNBC reported. These executives will specifically be working on the brand's $3 billion e-commerce business. Jill Pavlovich, former head of exclusive brands and merchandising for Wayfair, has been hired as BB&B's senior vice president of digital commerce. Jake Griffith, previously a general manager for sports and fitness at…

Anthropologie Debuts Digital Catalog on Pinterest

Anthropologie has debuted a digital-only catalog on Pinterest to tap into the social media platform's more than 450 million active users, Morning Brew reported. This is the first digital-only catalog for the retailer. The catalog, called AnthroLiving, is a virtual lookbook of Anthropologie's spring collection, including household decor and furniture. The catalog allows Pinterest users…

Nordstrom Launches a Livestream Shopping Channel in the U.S.

Nordstrom announced it will debut its own Livestream Shopping channel as part of a broader strategy to dive into e-commerce livestreaming, CNBC reported. E-commerce livestreaming is already very popular in Asia, and brands are trying to replicate that trend here. Shoppable livestreams, similar to QVC, have been slower to take off in the U.S. According to…

Hudson's Bay Separating Saks' E-Commerce Site Into Independent Business

The owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, Hudson's Bay Company, announced it will separate the Saks' website into an independent business from its stores, CNBC reported. The decision to split the luxury department store's website comes after it raised $500 million. Venture capital firm Insight Partners put up the money to take a minority stake in Saks…

Nike Executive Resigns After Report Reveals Ties to Sneaker Resale Business

Nike announced Monday that its vice president and general manager of the North America division has resigned, CNBC reported. Ann Hebert has left the retailer abruptly after 25 years with the company. This announcement follows a report from last week that revealed Hebert's 19-year-old-son, Joe Hebert, had used a credit card in her name to buy…

NRF Forecasts Retail Sales to Grow Between 6.5% and 8.2% in 2021

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is anticipating that retail sales will grow between 6.5 percent and 8.2 percent in 2021, the trade group announced yesterday. This would bring the total sales to more than $4.33 trillion. “Despite the continuing health and economic challenges COVID-19 presents, we're very optimistic that healthy consumer fundamentals, pent-up demand, and widespread…

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…