Marie Albiges

Marie Albiges

Marie Albiges is a senior editor for NAPCO Media’s Retail & Travel Group, including Total Retail, Women in Retail, and Women Leading Travel & Hospitality. She is responsible for content development, management and production for the group. Marie is a former journalist, a travel aficionado, a French native and fitness enthusiast who lives in Philadelphia with her partner, stepdaughter and dog. 

Amazon Opens its First Physical High-Tech Apparel Store

Amazon.com opened its first brick-and-mortal apparel store on Wednesday, leveraging technology to set itself apart as it tries to grow its physical presence. Called Amazon Style, the new store, located in California, features machine learning technology to help customers find clothes and personalize recommendations as well as interactive dressing rooms. The store stocks men's and…

Nearly 30 Major US Retailers Pledge to Reduce Racial Bias

Twenty-eight leading U.S. retail brands from 17 companies have signed on to a charter committing to take concrete steps to reduce racially biased experiences and unfair treatment of shoppers in the retail sector. Retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Athleta, Crocs, H&M, J.Crew, LOFT, Old Navy, Michael Kors, Sephora, Ben & Jerry's, and…

Crocs to Donate 10,000 Pairs of Shoes to Healthcare Workers

Crocs, the casual footwear brand, is donating 10,000 pairs of its shoes to healthcare workers this week as part of National Nurses Week, the retailer recently announced. The company is also partnering with healthcare apparel brand FIGS to donate 10,000 scrubs. The donations will go to caregivers across the country. Qualified healthcare workers must sign up…

L.L. Bean Pausing Social Media Posts, Encouraging People to Spend Time Outside

L.L. Bean, the outdoor outfitter company, said this week it would not be posting on social media again until June 1, in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in May. The retailer said on Instagram that it was "taking a break from social media to focus on spending more time outside." It replaced all of…

Meta to Open First Physical Store

Meta, formerly Facebook, announced Tuesday that it would open its first physical store next month. The social media giant said in a blog post Monday that the store, which will be located in Burlingame, Calif., would be "a space to discover Meta Portal, Ray-Ban Stories, and Meta Quest 2 and try them out in person."…

Amazon to Conduct Racial Disparity Audit of Hourly US Employees

Following shareholder pressure around the company's hiring practices, Amazon.com has retained former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to conduct a racial equity study. Amazon said in a filing last week that the audit would "evaluate any disparate racial impacts" of its policies on its U.S. hourly employees. The company said the audit will be conducted by Lynch,…

lululemon to Launch Trade-in, Resale Program Nationwide

Following a successful pilot program, lululemon athletica is rolling out its "Like New" trade-in, resale program nationwide later this month, according to a company press release. The program helps extend the life of the product and "ensures each item gets its full use," the athleisure brand said Wednesday. Customers can trade in gently used lululemon…

Kroger, Nordstrom Executives Share Insights on Retail's Rapid Transformation

In a session last month at Shoptalk 2022 in Las Vegas, executives from Kroger and Nordstrom discussed the new technologies and business models their companies have embraced to succeed during retail's rapid transformation.  Ken Worzel, Nordstrom's chief operating officer, and Yael Cosset, The Kroger Co.'s senior vice president and chief information officer, agreed the past two years presented…

Wayfair, Kate Spade and Revlon CMOs on What's Changed in Marketing

Change has been the only constant in retail for three chief marketing officers who sat down with Sarah Engel, chief marketing officer and chief people officer at January Digital, during a session at Shoptalk earlier this week. Wayfair CMO Bob Sherwin, Revlon CMO Martine Williamson, and Kate Spade CMO Jenny Campbell said the changes have…

Adidas Opens Network for NCAA College Athletes to Become Paid Endorsers

More than 50,000 college student athletes will be eligible to become paid Adidas spokespeople after the sports brand announced a new "name, image and likeness" network for NCAA Division 1 schools. The announcement, made Wednesday, allows the 109 partner schools included in the network to profit off their name, image and likeness (NIL) across 23…

Starbucks' CEO Kevin Johnson Abruptly Retires; Howard Schultz Takes Over on Interim Basis

Howard Schultz, the former longtime CEO of Starbucks, is returning to lead the coffee company on an interim basis. Starbucks announced Wednesday that Kevin Johnson will retire in April after five years as president and CEO, and 13 years total at Starbucks. Johnson succeeded Schultz in 2017. The coffee giant said its board of directors has…

Congress Approves USPS Overhaul Legislation, Earning Applause From Retail Industry

A bill that aims to provide long sought-after financial stability for the United States Postal Service is heading to President Biden's desk after Congress passed it with bipartisan support Tuesday. The federal agency has been on the brink of insolvency for years, and received an additional blow beginning in 2020, when a series of operational…

Macy's Investing $5B for Social Responsibility, Increased Wages

Macy's announced Tuesday a $5 billion "transformation" commitment that includes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, diversifying its leadership, and using more sustainably-sourced raw materials and fibers. The spending, part of Macy's "Mission Every One" social justice platform, is broken down into three categories: people, communities and planet. Under the "people" pillar, Macy's…

Whole Foods Opens First 'Just Walk Out' Store in D.C., Allowing Customers to Skip Register

On Tuesday, Whole Foods opened its first store that allows customers to skip the register entirely. The store, located in Washington, D.C., uses Amazon.com's "Just Walk Out" technology. (Whole Foods is owned by Amazon.) Customers scan their Whole Foods app, credit card or Amazon app when they enter; sensors and cameras detect what items the customer…

Retail Sales Rebounded in January, Rising 3.8%

U.S. retail sales climbed to $649.8 billion in January, rising 3.8 percent over December 2021 and signaling encouragement and optimism for retailers in the new year. The U.S. Census Bureau's new sales numbers, released Wednesday, show that January spending was much higher than the end of 2021. From November to December, sales decreased by 2.5…