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.

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…

Dollar General is Launching a New Store Called Popshelf

The Tennessee-based discount retailer Dollar General is launching a new store aimed at wealthier customers, called Popshelf, CNBC reported. Most items will cost $5 or less, and it will offer home decor, beauty items, cleaning supplies, party goods and more. Each Popshelf store will be about 9,000 square feet, and its merchandise will include some…

Bed Bath & Beyond is Partnering With Shipt and Instacart for Same-Day Delivery

Bed Bath & Beyond will begin offering same-day delivery service just in time for the holiday season, CNBC reported. This comes at a time when more consumers than ever are shopping online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The retailer will offer this service across 48 states in BB&B and Buy Buy Baby stores, however, shoppers…

Amazon Signals Prime Day Will Start on Oct. 13

Amazon.com has made signals over the past few weeks that Prime Day could kick off in the coming weeks, CNBC reported. The e-commerce giant confirmed in July that it would be postponing the two-day shopping event in the U.S. and said Prime Day would take place in the fourth quarter. It previously told third-party sellers to use the week of…

Amazon Launches High-End Luxury Shopping Experience

Amazon.com is launching Luxury Stores, a shopping experience focused on high-end fashion and beauty brands, MarketWatch reported. Luxury Stores will be available in the Amazon app by invitation-only to U.S. Prime members, and will kick off with Oscar De La Renta, featuring the brand's pre-fall and fall/winter collections. In the upcoming weeks, other brands will also…

Louis Vuitton Owner LVMH is Pulling Out of its Acquisition of Tiffany & Co.

Luxury goods giant LVMH is scrapping its $16.2 billion acquisition of Tiffany & Co., CNBC reported. The acquisition would have been the biggest deal ever in the luxury industry. The merger agreement was signed last November and had a closing deadline of no later than Nov. 20, 2020. However, Tiffany requested an extension until Dec. 31,…

Gap to Close More Than 200 Stores This Year

Gap and Banana Republic are closing 225 stores this year and may close even more locations in 2021, CNN reported. In March, Gap Inc. announced it would be closing 90 stores, but this announcement means that number has more than doubled post COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the store closures will be in malls. Over the years,…

Best Buy to Adjust Store Strategy to Adapt to E-Commerce Surge

The dramatic shift toward e-commerce has sparked experimentation at Best Buy stores and inspired a new strategy that will turn some of them into hubs for online fulfillment, CNBC reported. Corie Barry, Best Buy CEO, said the retailer will start testing a ship-from-store pilot program. Although all Best Buy stores ship online orders, this program…

Footwear Retailer Payless Returns to North American Market

Footwear retailer Payless has relaunched into the North American market after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and shuttering over 2,000 stores in early 2019. The discount shoe chain announced in a press release that with this relaunch it's unveiling an immersive e-commerce platform as well as new brick-and-mortar retail concept stores. In the release, Payless…

Kroger is Launching an E-Commerce Marketplace to Compete With Amazon

Kroger is launching an e-commerce marketplace to compete with giants like Amazon.com and Walmart, Fox Business reported. The largest grocery store chain in the U.S. is partnering with Mirakl, a French e-commerce company, to launch the online marketplace. It plans to offer thousands of products to consumers from third-party sellers. Kroger is adding on to…

COVID-19 Pandemic Presents Opportunities for CVS

CVS Health is focused on providing services that are in high demand as the pandemic puts health care top of mind, CNBC reported. The pharmacy chain has opened more than 1,800 drive-thru sites for COVID-19 testing, launched a new B-to-B testing program for colleges and corporations, and is preparing to administer flu shots this coming…

How Marketing Messages Have Changed During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Last week, CommerceNext hosted its Virtual Summit as a forum for information sharing as the retail industry starts to rebuild from the effects COVID-19 has had. Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of Women in Retail Leadership Circle as well as brand and content director, Total Retail, moderated a panel which discussed the impacts of recession on marketing and merchandising…