Melissa Campanelli

Melissa Campanelli
Amazon Prime Day on Track to Generate $5.8B in Sales

In just five years, Amazon.com’s annual Prime Day sales event has gone from a way for the online retail giant to promote its Prime membership program to a nationwide shopping holiday. Amazon began this year's 48-hour sale (up from lat year's 36 hours) at 12:00 a.m. PST this morning, and it will run until tomorrow…

Charming Charlie Files for Bankruptcy, to Close All of its Stores

Fashion accessory retailer Charming Charlie will close all of its stores after going bankrupt for the second time in less than two years. The company filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware with plans to close all of its 261 stores in 38 states, according to court documents via Bloomberg News. The chain expects the liquidation to take about…

A Q&A With Tamara Pattison, Chief Marketing and Information Officer, BevMo!

Tamara Pattison, chief marketing and information officer at BevMo!, a leading alcoholic specialty beverage retailer, recently spoke with Total Retail regarding the company's mobile app strategy as well as its focus on omnichannel. Here's the exclusive interview: Total Retail: Tell us about BevMo!…

Report: Amazon Penalizing Grocery Brands if Sales Result in Loss for Amazon on Prime Day

Amazon.com is charging “additional funding” to certain grocery brands during this year’s Prime Day if sales of their products result in a loss for Amazon, according to an email seen by CNBC, and reported on its website. Amazon said the change is intended to “fund the profitability gap” of such products, which Amazon purchases wholesale…

Rent the Runway Brings its Drop Boxes to Nordstrom

Clothing subscription company Rent the Runway has added drop boxes to four Nordstrom locations in Los Angeles. The deal, which CNBC announced on Thursday, is Rent the Runway’s second plan to expand its reach after agreeing last fall to put drop boxes in certain WeWork locations. The drop boxes will be at three of Nordstrom’s…

Amazon Launches Pickup Option, Counter

Amazon.com launched a new pickup option, Counter, in the U.S. today. Counter is a network of staffed package pickup points that enables customers to collect their Amazon packages from Counter locations at third-party retail outlets, department stores, and local neighborhood stores. Counter went live today in more than a hundred Rite Aid stores across the U.S. By…

Report: Toys"R"Us to Open New US Stores in 2019

Defunct children’s retail chain Toys"R"Us will open about a half dozen U.S. stores and an e-commerce site this holiday season, roughly a year after shuttering U.S. operations, according to a report in Bloomberg. Richard Barry, a former Toys"R"Us executive who is now CEO of new entity Tru Kids Inc., has been pitching his vision to reincarnate…

Lululemon Men's-Only Stores Quietly Close

Lululemon Athletica Inc. has quietly closed its men’s standalone stores in New York City and Toronto, even as it plans to more than double its men’s business in the next five years. The retailer found that guests respond better to Lululemon “as a dual-gender brand,” spokeswoman Erin Hankinson told Bloomberg News when asked about the locations. “We…

Glitch Preventing Target Customers From Making Purchases Has Been Fixed

Target said a systemwide outage that prevented customers from making purchases at its stores on Saturday has been fixed. The two-hour outage, which affected its cash registers, was caused by an internal technology problem, the retail chain said, without giving further details. “After an initial but thorough review, we can confirm that this was not…

Walmart Absorbing Jet.com Staff Into its Operations

Walmart announced Thursday that it's eliminating the president position at Jet.com and folding the e-commerce company's divisions into its own. The reorganization is part of an effort to merge the brands after Walmart bought Jet for $3.3 billion three years ago. Walmart current Jet President Simon Belsham will oversee the transition through August before his position is eliminated. Reportedly,…

HBC Board Mulls Shareholders' Take-Private Bid

Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) announced today that its board of directors has formed a committee of independent directors to review a proposal from a group of HBC shareholders who would like to take the company private at $9.45 per share. The shareholders, who collectively own 57 percent of the company, include HBC Governor and Executive…

Amazon Launches AI-Powered Shopping Feature in App

Amazon.com launched an artificial intelligence-powered shopping feature in its app called StyleSnap at the re: MARS 2019 conference in Las Vegas yesterday. The tool enables users to upload a photo or screenshot of a particular fashion look they admire from pictures on magazines, websites or social media posts, and then get similar product recommendations from Amazon's apparel…

Report: Walmart Appoints New Store No. 8 Head

Walmart has hired Scott Eckert to run its investment arm and startup incubator, Store No. 8, according to an internal memo from Marc Lore, the retailer's head of e-commerce on Monday, and obtained by Reuters. Eckert is a former executive of Bain Capital Ventures, where he evaluated potential new investments and advised CEOs about existing…

FTD Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Flower-delivery provider FTD Cos. filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, with plans to auction off its businesses while paying down debt. The company began restructuring and reviewing strategic alternatives last year. FTD warned in March that it could go out of business or shrink its operations this summer…

Sephora to Close All US Stores for Inclusion and Diversity Training on June 5

Sephora will be closing all of its stores in the U.S. for "inclusion workshops" on Wed., June 5. In a post on Sephora's Facebook page, the beauty retailer announced that on the morning of June 5, "every Sephora store, distribution center, and corporate office in the U.S. will close to host inclusion workshops for our…