Kristina Stidham

Kristina Stidham

Kristina Stidham is an Associate Content Editor for Total Retail.

Amazon Aims for 50% of Shipments to Be Net Zero Carbon by 2030

Amazon.com announced Monday its goal to make 50 percent of all its shipments net zero carbon by 2030. This goal aids the company's efforts towards achieving project "Shipment Zero," which focuses on a long-term goal to make all of its shipments carbon neutral. Amazon has been taking more steps to reduce its overall carbon footprint, and has…

Will the Rebirth of the Toys"R"Us Brand Affect Toy Retail?

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Joe Keenan analyzes the quasi rebirth of iconic retailer Toys"R"Us under new parent company, Tru Kids Inc. What impact does this have on other toy retailers, as well as other companies that invested more heavily in the product category after the fall of Toys”R”Us, such as Target, Walmart, and…

Barneys New York to Launch Cannabis Store in California

Barneys New York is launching a cannabis shop in California called The High End, reports Forbes. The "cannabis lifestyle" store will open in March inside an existing Barneys Beverly Hills location. More cannabis stores are expected to appear in Barneys locations across California. The Beverly Hills store will feature an exclusive partnership with luxury cannabis…

Industry Insights From the NRF Foundation Gala Purple Carpet

Dozens of retail and nominated startup executives walked the purple carpet at the 2019 NRF Foundation Gala in January. Total Retail spoke to some of the featured guests to find out which retail trends they're most closely following in 2019, as well as what their personal and/or professional goals are for the new year. Watch…

The Retail Industry's Response to the State of the Union Address

In this week's Retail Right Now, Joe Keenan offers insight into the retail industry's response to President Trump's State of the Union Address this week. Both the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued press releases regarding the president’s comments on trade and a potential resolution with China. Unless a…

Apple Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts to Leave the Company

Apple announced Tuesday that retail chief Angela Ahrendts will leave the company in April, reports CNBC. Ahrendts has led Apple's retail and online stores as senior vice president of retail for five years, and is leaving “for new personal and professional pursuits,” according to the company. Apple executive Deirdre O'Brien will fill Ahrendt's role and expand her…

Best Retail Tips of 2018 to Drive Improved Performance This Year

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Joe Keenan shares a few of his favorite tips from Total Retail’s recently released report, 50 Best Retail Tips of 2018. This annual report highlights the best tips over the course of the past year, and provides a blueprint for how retailers and brands can leverage those insights to…

3 Trends That Will Impact Online Retailers in 2019

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Joe Keenan shares three of his favorite industry trends that will impact online retailers in 2019. You can find these tips and more in Total Retail's article Forecasting 2019: 10 Trends in Retail and E-Commerce by Alessandro Armillotta, CEO of e-commerce technology startup NeWants.

Target to Offer Shoppers More Mobile Payment Options

Target will soon accept Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and other mobile payment options in its stores, the company announced in a blog post Tuesday. The retailer is striving to offer more convenience and faster checkout experiences to customers. Target has offered mobile payment via its Target App since 2017, and the addition of…

How Orvis is Using Real-Time Data to Optimize Marketing and Sales

In an interview at this week's National Retail Federation Big Show in New York City, Kendall Vinson, senior director of information technology at Orvis, a fly-fishing and outdoor gear and apparel brand, discussed how the company has partnered with cloud computing company NetSuite to help it quickly onboard new business units, house customer and product data, and…

CRM Platform Helping Rituals to Grow its U.S. Business

In an interview at this week's National Retail Federation Big Show in New York City, Marjolein Westerbeek, president of Rituals, a Netherlands-based beauty retailer, spoke about the company's partnership with Salesforce and how cloud-based CRM software has helped the cosmetics brand to target and engage customers, particularly on social media, as part of its growth strategy in the…

Sears is Saved: Nearly $5B Deal Reached With Chairman Eddie Lampert

Sears Holdings reached a deal with its Chairman Eddie Lampert and his hedge fund ESL Investments early Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the situation, reports CNBC. The $5 billion agreement will leave roughly 400 stores open and keep the iconic retailer in business, saving close to 50,000 jobs. This comes after Sears rejected…