Joe Keenan

Joe Keenan

Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.

How Bloomingdale’s is Using AI to Bring Humanity to Shopping

At a session during the eTail West show on Tuesday, James Kim, vice president of digital and technology at Bloomingdale's, shared how the retailer is incorporating artificial intelligence into its business to bring more humanity to a very human activity: shopping. Kim outlined Bloomingdale's innovative approach to integrating AI to enhance customer experiences and drive…

How Alibaba is Powering Sustainable Supply Chains for B2B Sellers

In episode 441 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Yikun Shao, head of supply chain, North America at Alibaba.com, a leading platform for global B2B e-commerce. Listen in as Shao discusses his professional background and current role at Alibaba.com (0:55), leveraging the organization's supply chain capabilities to empower small businesses (3:45), the adoption…

Walmart Easing Delivery Requirements for Suppliers

Walmart said this week that it's planning on easing its requirements for in-full and on-time shipments from suppliers. According to The Wall Street Journal, Walmart said that it wants its suppliers to deliver shipments on-time 90 percent of the time and in-full 95 percent of the time, down from the 98 percent threshold the company…

Curacao's CMO on Brand Expansion Through Community Empowerment

In episode 440 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Ariela Nerubay, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Curacao, a department store chain and retail lender that services underserved U.S. communities on the West Coast. Listen in as Nerubay provides an overview of the company (0:50), discusses the services and products provided…

Target is Reducing Self-Checkout Hours in Some Stores

Target has slashed the hours of operation for self-checkout lanes at some of its stores. Not all store locations have had self-checkout hours cut, but the retailer is considering store staffing levels and sales volumes in its decision. Workers told Business Insider that Target is trying to keep the percentage of overall store sales via…

American Freight Introduces New Store Concept Focused on Value

In episode 439 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Alissa Ahlman, chief merchandising officer, home segment at Franchise Group, Inc., a world-class franchising platform for a diverse collection of market-leading and emerging brands, including American Freight, a retail furniture chain. Listen in as Ahlman provides an overview of both companies (0:45), how the…

Neiman Marcus Ends Partnership With Farfetch

Neiman Marcus Group on Wednesday announced it has abandoned plans to use Farfetch’s e-commerce software to revamp the luxury department store’s online storefront and app. The luxury department store chain will also not join Farfetch’s marketplace. Neiman Marcus Group first entered an agreement with Farfetch in 2022, when the luxury e-tailer invested $200 million in…

New Balance Launches 'Reconsidered,' its New Resale Platform

New Balance has become the latest company to launch its own resale website, following the steps of more than 160 brands that have so far adopted resale. The sportswear and lifestyle brand will enable consumers to shop and sell pre-owned New Balance shoes via a dedicated website in the U.S, which is powered by Archive Resale,…

IT'SUGAR is Sweetening Customers' In-Store Experiences

In episode 438 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Jarett Levan, president and CEO of BBX Capital, a diversified holding company and parent of IT'SUGAR, the largest specialty candy retailer in the U.S. Listen in as Levan provides an overview of IT'SUGAR (1:00), discusses its brick-and-mortar locations (2:30), and how it's balancing its e-commerce…

Walmart Announces Plan to Add 150+ Large-Format Stores

Walmart plans to build or convert more than 150 large-format stores over the next five years, it announced on Wednesday. Some of the locations will be expanded from a smaller location into a Supercenter with a full range of groceries and merchandise, but the majority will be new stores, Josh Havens, a company spokesman, said.…

How iFIT Blends Product, Content and Technology for Personalized Fitness

In episode 437 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Kevin Duffy, CEO of iFIT, a global fitness and connected content company operating brands NordicTrack, ProForm, and Freemotion. Listen in as Duffy provides an overview of the fitness technology business (0:45), how iFIT creates engaging, personalized experiences for its members (2:15), identifies its key…

Chewy Invests in Pet Health Through Vet Clinics, Insurance Offering

In a keynote session during the final day of the NRF Big Show in New York City last week, Sumit Singh, CEO of pet brand Chewy, outlined the company's vision for the future, including the growing importance of pet healthcare to the business. Singh was interviewed by Phil Wahba, senior writer at Fortune. Here are…

An Inside Look at a.k.a. Brands' Growth Strategy

In episode 436 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Ciarán Long, interim CEO and chief financial officer of a.k.a. Brands, a brand accelerator of next-generation fashion brands, including Princess Polly, Culture Kings, Petal + Pup, and MNML. Listen in as Long gives an overview of the company (0:40), discusses the a.k.a. Brands' portfolio's…

Saks' Plan to Bring Luxury to Online Shoppers

In a presentation at the ICR Conference in Orlando, FL last week, Marc Metrick, CEO of Saks, a digital platform for luxury fashion in North America, discussed winning over digital-native consumers and the concept of accessible luxury, among other topics. Metrick is a self-described "lifer" at Saks, having spent more than half his life at…

How J.McLaughlin is Acting on its Biggest Opportunity: Customer Acquisition

In episode 435 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Mary Ellen Coyne, CEO, and Kevin McLaughlin, co-founder and creative director of J.McLaughlin, an American lifestyle brand. Listen in as Coyne and McLaughlin provide an overview of the J.McLaughlin brand (0:55), detail the origin of the company (1:55), and identify the customer behaviors they…