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.

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…

Amazon Planning to Launch a Luxury Fashion Platform

Amazon.com is reportedly planning to launch a luxury fashion platform, according to Business Insider. This new platform will reportedly work similarly to a concession in a high-end specialty store, and unlike with Amazon's current marketplace, the upscale brands will have more control over what their online store will look like as well as what items…

Sears Sells DieHard Brand to Advance Auto Parts for $200M

Advance Auto Parts is acquiring Sears’ DieHard brand for $200 million in cash, CNBC reported. DieHard is known for its car batteries, and under a supply agreement, Transformco, Sears’ parent brand, will still have the right to sell some DieHard items in Sears stores. Transformco will also have an exclusive royalty-free perpetual license from Advance Auto…

Kroger and Walgreens to Buy Products Together to Cut Costs

Grocery store Kroger and drug store Walgreens are teaming up. In an effort to cut supplier costs, the two companies want to start buying merchandise together, CNBC reported. The chain retailers will call this partnership the Retail Procurement Alliance, and will have them identifying overlap in products that they both are receiving so they can…

Macy’s President is Stepping Down to Become CEO of Tractor Supply Company

Macy's announced today that its president, Hal Lawton, is resigning and joining Tractor Supply Company as its new CEO, CNBC reported. Lawton will be succeeding Greg Sandfort, effective Jan. 13, and will also be sitting on Tractor Supply's board of directors. Before joining Macy’s in 2017, Lawton was a senior vice president of North America…

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…