Kristina Stidham

Kristina Stidham

Kristina Stidham is an Associate Content Editor for Total Retail.

How Retailers Should Respond to 2019 UPS Rate Increase

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan offers three actions retailers can take to better manage their shipping costs in light of the general rate increase announced this week by UPS. The tips come from an article written by Patti Hester of Platinum Circle Partners.

Old Navy Offers Free Rides With Lyft During the Holiday Rush

Old Navy has partnered with ride share service app Lyft to offer customers free rides to stores, reports Nasdaq. The Gap Inc. retail brand is making it easier for shoppers to buy online and pick up in-store by offering free round-trip rides to stores on Sat., Dec. 15 and Sat., Dec. 22. Old Navy hopes…

Sears Chairman Makes Bid to Buy 500 Stores, Save Brand

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss the bid from Sears Chairman and former CEO Eddie Lampert's company ESL Investments to purchase 500 of the retail chain's stores for $4.6 billion. This offer comes as a last-ditch effort to save the brand from potential liquidation, but may not…

Walmart to Acquire Art.com

Walmart announced Thursday that it plans to acquire online artwork retailer Art.com. According to Business Insider, Walmart will acquire the entire art company for an undisclosed price and will continue to operate it as a standalone site. Walmart will eventually add Art.com's product assortment to Walmart.com, Hayneedle.com, and Jet.com, two more of the retailer's acquired…

Trends to Emerge From the Cyber 5 Weekend

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss themes to emerge from the recent holiday shopping weekend (Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday), including the extension of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals into week-long events; the growth of mobile as a transaction channel; and the rise of buy…

Key Themes to Emerge From Groceryshop

Total Retail discusses findings from Groceryshop, predictions on the growth of online grocery sales, delivery strategies, and more.

Holiday Email Marketing Tips for Retailers

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss offer email marketing tips retailers can implement for the holiday season, outlined in articles on the topic by Bonnie Malone and Greg Zakowicz.

How Indochino Leverages its Online Presence to Drive In-Store Traffic

Michael Macintyre, vice president of e-commerce and omnichannel strategy at Indochino, delivered a keynote presentation at Total Retail Tech in September. In this clip from Macintyre's presentation, he discusses how the custom men's suit retailer is using digital marketing and an omnichannel strategy to drive customers to its brick-and-mortar stores. You can access Emmons’ entire…

Why Neiman Marcus is Investing in AR/VR, Personalization Technology

Scott Emmons, head of the digital innovation lab at Neiman Marcus, delivered a keynote presentation at Total Retail Tech in September. In this clip from Emmons’ presentation, he discusses the tech trends that the upscale department store is investing in, from augmented and virtual reality (e.g., makeup try-on tool available in-store) to personalization, which he…

States Introduce New Online Sales Tax Laws: What Retailers Should Know

On this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss the recent enactment of online sales tax laws by 10 more states (Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin), as well as what retailers should be thinking about and doing as online sales tax becomes…