Kristina Stidham

Kristina Stidham

Kristina Stidham is an Associate Content Editor for Total Retail.

What Amazon's Decision to Accept Cash at its Go Stores Means

In this week's Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss Amazon.com's recent decision to accept cash payments at its Go store, and how this change could impact operations. The change was made following mounting criticism that the cashless stores discriminated against the poor. In our analysis, Amazon could see both positive…

Lessons in Supply Chain Transparency, CX, and Business Growth From The Bouqs Co.

Have you ever thought about where the flowers you purchased came from? This is one of the many questions that John Tabis, co-founder and CEO of The Bouqs Co., works every day to answer through his innovative online floral company. Bouqs is a direct-to-consumer brand that sells flowers from eco-friendly, sustainable farms, and sources stems…

Godiva to Open 2,000 Cafes Over Next 6 Years

Godiva has plans to open 2,000 cafe locations over the next six years, with the first opening in Manhattan Wednesday, reports AP News. The Belgium chocolate maker currently operates roughly 800 boutique stores in 105 countries selling its famed boxed chocolates, ice cream, and drip coffee. The new cafe locations will offer a complete menu…

The Tools and Technologies Optimizing Retail Supply Chains

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss a recently published article by Jon Slangerup of American Global Logistics titled “5 Technology Trends Poised to Transform Retail Supply Chains.” This topic is critical for retailers due to the increasing complexity of supply chains, growing consumer demand for faster deliveries, and…

How HelloFresh is Using Data to Create a More Efficient Supply Chain

I attended the 2019 Home Delivery World conference in Philadelphia last week. Over the course of two days, the retail logistics conference featured speakers from brands such as QVC, Giant, and Etsy, presenting on topics ranging from grocery and e-commerce, to parcel and heavy goods, to last-mile delivery and returns. A session in the Data…

How Brand Marketers Can Create Attention-Grabbing Email Subject Lines

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss Total Retail's new email marketing report, OPEN SESAME! Subject Lines That Work Like Magic. The report offers tips for brand marketers looking to create attention-grabbing subject lines. It also features a bonus page highlighting effective calls to action to include…

Walmart Partners With Google to Launch Voice-Activated Grocery Shopping

Walmart announced Tuesday a partnership with Google to bring voice-activated grocery shopping to customers using Google Assistant, reports CNBC. The feature will launch this month, and will be available on any device with Google Assistant, including Home Hub, Android phones, iPhones, watches, and more. Consumers will be able to add products to their Walmart grocery…

How Instagram's In-App Checkout Will Drive Social Commerce

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss Instagram's announcement that it will now offer in-app checkout for retailers’ and brands’ products. The feature is currently in beta, with just 20 retailers and brands testing the checkout process. Instagram checkout removes friction in the purchasing process, reducing the number of…

FashionPass Sues Rent the Runway, Cites an ‘Anti-Competitive Scheme’

FashionPass, an Los Angeles-based fashion rental business, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against fashion rental service leader Rent the Runway, reports Footwear News. The suit alleges Rent the Runway "embarked upon a wrongful, anti-competitive scheme and conspiracy to eliminate competition from FashionPass, rather than fairly competing against FashionPass in the marketplace," according to an email sent…

Women in Retail Leadership Circle Releases its 2019 Top Women in Retail Issue

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Executive Editor Joe Keenan is joined by Total Retail Editor-in-Chief and Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli to discuss the recently released 2019 Top Women in Retail issue. The Top Women in Retail report recognizes 16 leading women executives in the retail industry. The honorees were chosen based…

DSW Changes Name to Designer Brands, Plans to Increase Exclusive Product Line

DSW Inc. announced at an investor event yesterday that it's changing its name to Designer Brands and will increase its own exclusive product lines, reports MarketWatch. Designer Brands will operate DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company and Shoe Warehouse brands, and will produce items under the Camuto Group, which it purchased in November. The announcement…

Digital, Amazon Driving Evolution of Grocery Retail

In episode 187 of Total Retail Talks, Total Retail Executive Editor Joe Keenan is joined by Steve Pinder, managing director of Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy. Listen in as they discuss the increasing influence of digital in the grocery space; what Amazon.com buying Whole Foods has meant for traditional grocers; and what grocers should be…

Amazon Lifts Price Parity Provisions for Third-Party Merchants

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Joe Keenan discusses Amazon.com’s decision earlier this week to eliminate a rule that kept U.S.-based third-party merchants selling products on its marketplace from selling those same products in other channels, such as their own websites, for lower prices. Critics of Amazon cited the “price parity provisions” as a violation…

Sephora Ends Partnership With Social Influencer Amidst College Cheating Scandal

Sephora ended its partnership with social media influencer Olivia Jade amidst a massive college cheating scandal this week, reports CNBC. Olivia Jade, whose real name is Olivia Giannulli, is the 19-year-old daughter of “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli. Loughlin and Giannulli were accused Tuesday of paying $500,000 in bribes in a scheme…

A Recap of the Hot Topics at Shoptalk 2019

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Joe Keenan reports live from the Exhibit Hall floor of Shoptalk 2019 in Las Vegas. He discusses the variety of Total Retail's coverage of the event, including a Q&A with Erik Nordstrom, a video interview with Forrester's Brendan Witcher, podcast episodes with retailers Vineyard Vines and GREATS, insights from sessions…