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.

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…

Sycamore Partners Plans to Buy J.C. Penney for $1.75B

Sycamore Partners, the private equity firm that recently backed out of a deal to buy Victoria’s Secret, has a good chance of winning an auction to buy the department store chain J.C. Penney out of bankruptcy, MarketWatch reported. The New York-based firm bid $1.75 billion for the department store chain. If it wins the auction,…

Discount Grocer Aldi Plans to Open More Than 70 U.S. Stores in 2020

Aldi, a discount grocer, announced that it will open more than 70 new stores in the United States by the end of the year, CNBC reported. The expansion plan will bring Aldi to the Phoenix area for the first time, and will add more stores to states, including California, Kansas, Texas, and New York. In…

How the COVID-19 Coin Shortage is Affecting Retailers

Some brick-and-mortar retailers are obligating customers to allow cashiers to keep their change as the U.S. experiences a coin shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PYMNTS reported. Recently, grocery chain Kroger has been temporarily refusing to give coins out as change to customers. In these instances, customers have three options: round up their bills to…

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…