Melissa Campanelli

Melissa Campanelli
Retail Rivals Offering Deals to Compete With Amazon Prime Day

Amazon.com is kicking off its fourth annual Prime Day today at 3 p.m. EST, with millions of products on sale exclusively for Prime members over the course of 36 hours. In anticipation of the sales event, some of Amazon's top rivals have announced their own online sales to steal some some market share from the online retail…

Kroger Introduces Own Apparel Brand

Grocery chain Kroger is developing its own apparel brand with some help from globally-renowned fashion designer Joe Mimran. The line, called Dip, will launch this fall in more than 300 Fred Meyer and Kroger Marketplace stores. Mimran, notable for launching Club Monaco, Joe Fresh and Pink Tartan, has designed a line that will include men’s, women’s, juniors, kids…

Macy's Warns of Data Breach

Macy's is warning online customers that it discovered a data breach that targeted profiles on macys.com and bloomingdales.com for almost two months, the Detroit Free Press reports. According to a letter mailed to Macy's customers this week, the retailer's cyber threat alert tools detected suspicious login activities on June 11, and that  this "suspicious activity" was being…

Report: Amazon Planning Holiday Toy Catalog

Amazon.com is planning to publish a holiday toy catalog in an effort win the toy business that has come up for grabs after the demise of Toys“R”Us, according to a report in Bloomberg. People familiar with the strategy told Bloomberg that the catalog will be mailed to millions of U.S. households and handed out at Whole Foods locations, the grocery…

Barnes & Noble Fires CEO for Violating Company Policies

Barnes & Noble has fired its CEO Demos Parneros for violating company policies. The company's statement didn't indicate exactly which policies were violated, however, it did note that Parneros’ termination "is not due to any disagreement with the company regarding its financial reporting, policies or practices or any potential fraud relating thereto." Parneros will not receive…

California's New Consumer Privacy Law Facing Backlash From Retailers

California’s new consumer privacy law is facing a backlash from businesses, including retailers, across the U.S. that contend the law will hurt their businesses, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 grants consumers more control over and insight into the spread of their personal information online, creating one…

Amazon to Help Individuals Build Their Own Delivery Companies

Amazon.com announced today the launch of a new offering designed to help individuals build their own companies that deliver Amazon packages. With the offering, Amazon will provide an active role in helping interested entrepreneurs start, set up and manage their own delivery businesses, even with little or no logistics experience. Amazon will offer the  couriers — who…

Total Retail Launches 2018 Salary Benchmark Report

I’m thrilled to announce that Total Retail has just released its 2018 Salary Benchmark Report, a comprehensive guide comprised of data that analyzes key statistics on retail executives’ salaries and other financial benefits, as well as their views on career growth potential. In addition to sharing the data, we identify trends to emerge from the…

Vintage Capital to Buy Rent-A-Center for $1.37 Billion

Rent-A-Center, a company that rents out furniture and electronics and also allows customers the ability to own the products through a lease program, said today that it will be acquired by an affiliate of buyout firm Vintage Capital Management in a deal valued at $1.37 billion, including debt. The affiliate, Vintage Rodeo Parent, will buy the company…

Report: Microsoft Working on Technology to Eliminate Cashiers, Checkout Lines in Stores

Microsoft is reportedly working on technology that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores, six people familiar with the matter told Reuters this week. More specifically, the software giant is developing a system that tracks what shoppers add to their carts. Reportedly, Microsoft has shown sample technology to several global retailers and has had talks…

Lands' End to Shutter More Sears Stores, Open Standalone Ones

Lands’ End is distancing itself from struggling Sears Holdings Co. by shuttering more of its in-store shops and instead opening more smaller standalone locations. Since the apparel company split from Sears in 2014, it has been phasing out its sites in the department store chain.It's planning to decrease its number of Sears shops to 132…

Top Women in Retail Share Their Leadership Tips

In the video below, a trio of this year's Top Women in Retail honorees — Carrie Ask, executive vice president and president, global retail, Levi Strauss & Co.; Paula Bennett, former CEO of J.Jill; and Shea Jensen, senior vice president, customer experience, Nordstrom — share their advice on leadership and the top trends in retail at the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit this past April in Miami. If you're a WIRLC member, you can check out all of this year's inspiring keynotes here.

J.C. Penney to Launch 650 Fanatics In-Store Shops

J.C. Penney announced last week that it has launched Fanatics shops inside 325 of its stores, with plans to introduce another 325 additional Fanatics destinations by the back-to-school season. Since 2014, sports apparel brand Fanatics has sold its merchandise online at jcpenney.com. Like the online store, the shops-in-shops will house Fanatics shops with local collegiate…

Target Intros New Private-Label Brands

Target has been ramping up its private label strategy over the past year, launching almost a dozen new brands ranging from home goods to apparel. This week, the company added two new brands to its list: HeyDay and Made By Design. HeyDay, launched last month, is Target's first exclusive electronics brand. The line, hitting stores…