Melissa Campanelli

Melissa Campanelli

Melissa Campanelli is Editor-in-Chief of Total Retail. She is an industry veteran, having covered all aspects of retail, tech, digital, e-commerce, and marketing over the past 20 years. Melissa is also the co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle.

Lee Delaney, President and CEO of BJ's Wholesale Club, Passes Away

Lee Delaney, president and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club, passed away unexpectedly last week, due to presumed natural causes, the company announced Friday. He was 49. Bob Eddy, executive vice president, chief administrative and financial officer, has been named interim CEO by the board of directors, effective immediately. Additionally, Christopher J. Baldwin, chairman of the…

Target Helps Underserved Communities Gain Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

Target announced today that it's contributing $1 million to local and national nonprofits offering access to free and discounted rides to coronavirus vaccination appointments through Lyft’s Universal Vaccine Access campaign. The campaign, which also features partnerships with JPMorgan Chase, Anthem Inc., and United Way, provides underserved communities access to rides to and from vaccination sites across the country. Target's…

Bed Bath & Beyond Launches Private-Label Brand, Nestwell

Bed Bath & Beyond launched the first of eight new private-label brands, marking the latest move by a national retail chain to sell its own branded products. The brand, Nestwell, offers a line of sheets, blankets, pillows, mattress toppers, duvets, bath rugs and bath towels. Merchandise in the collection is meant to be used every day, as…

Ulta Beauty's CEO Mary Dillon to Step Down in June

Ulta Beauty announced last week that CEO Mary Dillon, who led the retailer through a period of massive growth that more than doubled its network of stores, is stepping down in June. Dave Kimbell, now president, will take over as CEO as Ulta works to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Dillon will transition to the…

Charming Charlie to Open 14 New Locations This Spring

Women's apparel and fashion accessories retailer Charming Charlie announced last week that it plans to open 14 new locations between March and April, with a focus on Texas, California, New York, and the Midwest. The stores will include Charming Charlie's usual color-grouping merchandise model and offer product categories including apparel, handbags, fashion jewelry, gifts, beauty, shoes, scarves, tech, travel, and…

Walmart Drops $35 Minimum Order on its Express Delivery Service

Walmart is lifting the $35 minimum order required to use its Express Delivery service, which brings items to customers in less than two hours. Express Delivery allows customers to order items from Walmart’s food, consumables and general merchandise assortment such as produce, pantry staples, everyday essentials, toys and electronics, and is currently offered in 3,000 Walmart stores. Express orders are…

Kroger Customer Data Compromised by Vendor Hack

Kroger Co. said in a statement Friday that personal data, including Social Security numbers of some of its pharmacy and clinic customers, may have been stolen in the hack of a third-party vendor’s file-transfer service. The third-party vendor, Accellion, was used by Kroger as well as many other companies for secure third-party file transfers. Accellion notified Kroger that…

PVH's CIO Eileen Mahoney on COVID-19 Pivots, Women in Tech, Leadership, and More

We’re thrilled to feature a Q&A with Eileen Mahoney, the executive vice president and chief information officer of PVH, the parent company of leading fashion brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, and others, in the Inner Circle this week. Mahoney discusses how she helped PVH pivot during the  COVID-19 pandemic, the retail tech trends she’s watching closely, how she feels about being a woman in a male-dominated field, and how she’s working to get more women into retail technology leadership.

NRF: Retail Imports Expected to Hit Monthly Records in First Half of 2021

Following a record year, imports at the largest U.S. retail container ports are expected to set new monthly records from now into the summer as the nation’s economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, a maritime strategy and…

Kohl’s Partners With Eddie Bauer to Bolster Active Assortment

Kohl’s, seeking to sustain momentum in its burgeoning active and casualwear categories, announced that it will start carrying outwear and outdoor apparel from Eddie Bauer in 500 stores and online beginning this fall. Kohl’s said it will offer a wide array of women’s, men’s and kid's apparel from Eddie Bauer, the 100-year-old brand known for its outdoor-active orientation. Eddie Bauer…

QVC Debuts on YouTube TV

Quarate Retail Group's QVC last week made its debut on YouTube TV, a live TV streaming service with more than 3 million subscribers. YouTube TV is available across smart TVs, streaming media players, smartphone apps, tablets, computers, game consoles, and smart displays. QVC is currently the only livestream shopping channel on  YouTube TV, according to Quarte Retail. It now joins YouTube TV’s lineup of…

Target to Spend $200M for More Bonuses to Employees

Target said Monday it will spend $200 million on another round of employee bonuses and extend its coronavirus-related benefits after its strong holiday season. Indeed, Target has been one of the beneficiaries of pandemic trends, as shoppers consolidate trips, fill up bigger baskets and use curbside pickup. That pattern continued over the holidays, boosting the…

NRF: 2020 Holiday Retail Sales Grew 8.3%

Holiday retail sales rose a stronger-than-expected 8.3 percent from 2019, or $789.4 billion, according to data released by the National Retail Federation on Friday. Consumers apparently embraced the gift-giving season as a way to cheer themselves up during the pandemic. The numbers include online and other non-stores sales, which were up 23.9 percent at $209 billion. The NRF had forecast that sales during…

Amazon Shuts Down Amazon Pantry

Amazon.com has shuttered Amazon Pantry (originally known as Prime Pantry), its grocery and household essentials delivery service, according to Bloomberg.com. Launched in 2014, Amazon Pantry was one of the retailer’s first forays into selling food online. It featured a selection of shelf-stable food and snacks, as well as cleaning products, designed to get shoppers to…

J.C. Penney's Owners Launch Search for New CEO

J.C. Penney’s new owners, Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management, along with strategic partner Authentic Brands Group, announced they have launched a search for a CEO to replace Jill Soltau, who left the company on Dec. 31, 2020, less than a month after the company exited Chapter 11. It’s unclear whether Soltau, who has been…