Kristina Stidham

Kristina Stidham

Kristina Stidham is the digital content manager at Total Retail and sister brand Women in Retail Leadership Circle. She is passionate about digital media and handles social media, video, and podcast production for both brands, as well as contributing articles and attending events. Kristina holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Production from the Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication in Philadelphia.

A Sneak Peek at Total Retail's 50 Best Retail Tips of 2019 Report

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss Total Retail’s recently released report, 50 Best Retail Tips of 2019. To create this resource, Total Retail's team pored over every piece of content published on its website in 2019 to identify the 50 very best tips of the year.…

Starbucks Announces Ambitious Sustainability Pledge

Starbucks announced Tuesday an ambitious plan to cut its waste, water use and carbon emissions in half by 2030, reports The Seattle Times. The coffee giant's CEO and President Kevin Johnson revealed that the new sustainability initiatives would have five main goals: add more menu items that are “plant-based”; shift from single-use to reusable packaging; invest in new…

2020 NRF Big Show Recap: Highlights and Trends

In this week’s Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Kristina Stidham and Ashley Chiaradio discuss the top trends to emerge from the 2020 National Retail Federation Big Show in New York City. Here are three trends we heard frequently over the three-day event: the need for retailers to implement diversity and inclusion initiatives; an increased focus…

Amazon Lifts Ban on FedEx Ground Delivery for its Third-Party Sellers

Amazon.com has lifted its ban on FedEx Ground delivery for its third-party sellers, resuming service on Tuesday, reports CNBC. The e-commerce giant temporarily suspended FedEx's Ground delivery for Prime shipments last month, citing poor delivery performance, which caught many of its sellers off guard during the busy holiday season. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to CNBC that…

Northgate Market Adds Tech to the Grocery Shopping Experience

As the grocery market becomes more digital and customer expectations rise, grocers like Northgate Market need to implement new technology to stay competitive. In this interview conducted at the 2020 National Retail Federation Big Show in New York City this week, Total Retail's Joe Keenan speaks with Harrison Lewis, chief information and privacy officer at Northgate Market,…

TechStyle Fashion Group Wins Repeat Customers Through Membership

Laura Joukovski, president, global fashion brands at TechStyle Fashion Group, parent company of Fabletics, Savage X Fenty, JustFab, ShoeDazzle, and FabKids, detailed the company's approach to customer retention during an interview with Total Retail's Joe Keenan this week at the 2020 National Retail Federation Big Show. Joukovski discussed how TechStyle is working to evolve and stay…

Interactive Touchscreens In-Store Increase AOV for Perry Ellis International

Yesterday at the 2020 National Retail Federation Big Show in New York City, Total Retail's Joe Keenan sat down for an interview with Jennifer Williams, vice president, retail services at Perry Ellis International. Williams discusses Perry Ellis' Life Ready application, its initial rollout in wholesale partner Dillard's stores over the past year, and the brand's partnerships with…

2020 Social Media Forecast: TikTok, Social Commerce and More

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss the forecast for social media in 2020, with a specific focus on the trends that will have the biggest impact on retail businesses. Earlier this week, Total Retail published an article by Yuval Ben-Itzhak, CEO of AI-powered social media and digital…

Macy's to Close 29 Stores Following Holiday Sales Drop

Macy's announced Wednesday its plans to close 29 stores in the coming weeks, reports The Washington Post. The closures include 28 Macy's department stores and one Bloomingdale's location, following a reported 0.6 percent decline in same-store sales during the holiday season. That compares with the 1.1 percent growth recorded during November and December last year. Macy's…

Analyzing Kroger and Walgreens Retail Procurement Alliance

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Kristina Stidham and Ashley Chiaradio discuss how grocery store Kroger and drug store chain Walgreens are teaming up in an effort to cut supplier costs by buying merchandise together. The two companies are calling their partnership the Retail Procurement Alliance, and plan to identify an overlap in products…

6 Senior Execs Ousted by New Bed Bath & Beyond CEO

Bed Bath & Beyond announced the departure of six senior executives from the company on Tuesday, reports CNBC. The extensive change in leadership is the first major move by the retailer's new CEO, Mark Tritton, who is known for his successful run leading merchandising at Target. Tritton joined Bed Bath & Beyond in early November.…

Walmart Threatened With Lawsuit Over Offensive Holiday Sweater

A Colombian government agency is threatening to sue Walmart over a Christmas sweater depicting Santa Claus with what appeared to be three lines of cocaine, reports Business Insider. The now-removed sweater's product description tied the merchandise to Colombia, saying, "the best snow comes straight from South America" and "Santa really likes to savor the moment…

Key Strategies to Deliver Seamless Shopping Experiences This Holiday Season

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Ashley Chiaradio and Kristina Stidham discuss key strategies retailers need to implement now in order to provide the seamless shopping experiences consumers expect this holiday season. These tips are mentioned in a recent article titled, 10 Ways for Retailers to Survive Another Holiday Season, authored by…

Thanksgiving Weekend Draws Record Number of Shoppers, With 124M People Hitting Stores

A record 189.6 million U.S. consumers shopped from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, an increase of 14 percent over last year’s 165.8 million, reports the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The survey found that 124 million people shopped in stores while 142.2 million shopped on retailers’ websites; 75.7 million did both. Black Friday…