Caitlin Palmieri

Caitlin Palmieri
Home Depot Announces $1.2B Supply Chain Overhaul

This week, Home Depot announced plans to spend $1.2 billion over the next five years to speed up and improve its supply chain process. The Wall Street Journal reports the home improvement retailer is spending the majority of the budget on solutions to improve delivery of goods to homes and job sites as the rise of…

zulily Targets Millennials Via Merchandising Efforts

In episode 149 of Total Retail Talks, Kerry Gibson-Morris, vice president, merchandising, zulily, discusses the merchandising tactics the online retailer of apparel, home goods and other products uses to target specific customer segments, and millennials in particular. In addition to detailing zulily's strategy, Gibson-Morris shares her advice for other retailers looking to optimize their merchandising…

Howard Schultz to Step Down as Starbucks Executive Chairman

Howard Schultz, Starbucks executive chairman and former CEO credited with the brand's extreme growth, is stepping down from his position at the end of the month — with an eye toward a potential career in politics. The New York Times reports that while Mr. Schultz, 64, typically bats away speculation about his political ambitions with an…

Walmart Will Pay for its Workers to Earn College Degrees

Walmart announced this week it would pay for its workers to enroll in college courses, online or on campus, to earn degrees in business or supply chain management. The New York Times reports full- and part-time Walmart workers can use the tuition subsidy to take courses at the University of Florida; Brandman University in Irvine,…

Eddie Bauer, Pacific Sunwear Explore Merger Amid Retail Downturn

Eddie Bauer and Pacific Sunwear are exploring a merger to consolidate their store footprint and weather a prolonged downturn in the U.S. brick-and-mortar retail sector. The two apparel retailers have both previously filed for bankruptcy and are looking for ways to spur future growth. In a merger, the companies could whittle down their store counts…

Best Buy Launches a Tech Support Subscription Service

Best Buy is now offering a subscription service for a version of its Geek Squad tech support unit, betting that the growing complexity of smart homes and connected devices will create demand for offerings that go beyond the one-off repair job. The Verge reports the service, called Total Tech Support, offers subscribers 24/7 tech support…

Kroger Announces Deal With Ocado to Speed Up Grocery Delivery

Kroger announced a deal this week with British online grocer Ocado to help improve its grocery delivery services through the construction of robotically operated warehouses. A report by Reuters states the deal is Ocado's first in the United States and company’s fourth major agreement with retailers in six months. Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen called the…

What Retailers Need to Know About GDPR

In this week's episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), including the implications for retailers’ businesses, steps they can take to ensure compliance, and more. Make sure to check out this video, as the regulation goes into effect a week from today (May…

Amazon Cuts Whole Foods’ Prices for Prime Members

Starting today, Amazon.com and Whole Foods are making changes to its Prime loyalty program. The much-anticipated changes offer special discounts to Amazon Prime customers, including 10 percent off hundreds of sale items and rotating weekly specials. A report from Reuters states the new strategy will further expand on Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods by offering…

Godiva's Managing Director Talks Growth Strategy

In episode 145 of Total Retail Talks, Total Retail's Editor-in-Chief Melissa Campanelli interviews Sharon Leite, managing director, North America, Godiva Chocolatier. LIsten in as Leite discusses her career path, leadership style and what's next for Godiva, all recorded live at this year's Total Retail Roundtable in New York City.

Amazon Opens ‘Experience Centers’ to Display Home Products

Amazon.com has partnered with home builder Lennar to use its model homes as a showroom to demo and help sell its smart home devices, Amazon Dash buttons, and other consumer electronics services such as streaming Prime Content with Fire TV. TechCrunch reports the model homes will be fully connected as Alexa-enabled smart homes, with customers…

How Rainbow Shops is Using SMS to Grow its Audience

In this special edition of Total Retail Talks, David Cost, vice president of e-commerce and digital marketing at Rainbow Shops, shares how the women's apparel retailer has used SMS to grow its audience and generate customer loyalty. Cost was a speaker on Total Retail's recent webinar, The Roles of SMS and Email in an Omnichannel…

Burberry Sues Target Over Trademark Plaid

Burberry recently filed a lawsuit against Target claiming the discount store retailer copied its trademark plaid on apparel and accessories such as eyewear, luggage, scarves and other items. "Despite being aware of Burberry's exclusive trademark rights, Target nevertheless has repeatedly infringed these rights by selling a variety of products bearing close imitations and counterfeits of…

Chico’s Partnership With Amazon is Driving Results, CEO Says

Last month, Chico’s FAS, parent company of Chico’s, announced it would begin selling the brand's apparel and accessories on Amazon.com. In just over the week that Chico's products have been available on Amazon, the brand has seen a positive  ripple effect, including more foot traffic in its stores. "Customers may have been introduced [to the…

Rocksbox Founder and CEO Shares Her Top Leadership Tip

This video was originally published by Women in Retail Leadership Circle, sister brand of Total Retail.  In this video, filmed last month at the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami, Meaghan Rose, founder and CEO of Rocksbox, shares her inspiration for launching the jewelry subscription service, her thoughts on the top retail trends…