Branding

Retailers Discuss Brand Marketing Strategies at eTail East
August 23, 2019 at 12:14 pm

In a panel discussion at eTail East in Boston this week, a panel of retail executives discussed how their companies are creating authentic brand experiences for their customers. John Lacy, co-CEO, Burton; Sherill Kaplan, head of marketing, Zipcar; Catherine Lewenberg, vice president, digital and omnichannel, CVS Health; and Joe Megibow, CEO, Purple, detailed how consistent…

The Story Behind L.L.Bean's Brand Revitalization
August 22, 2019 at 11:52 am

L.L.Bean is an iconic 100-plus year-old retail brand. With that comes inherent benefits, including strong brand awareness and consumer trust. However, that legacy also comes with its challenges. Namely, keeping a 107-year-old brand relevant is a dynamic challenge. Consumer behavior is shifting and brands must be able to keep up with those changes, whether it's…

Pearle Vision's Shift From Promotions to Quality Care Brand Messaging
July 8, 2019 at 11:07 am

In episode 203 of Total Retail Talks, Executive Editor Joe Keenan interviews Doug Zarkin, vice president and chief marketing officer at Pearle Vision, a leader in the optical retail category that provides exam and eyewear retail products. Listen in as they discuss Pearle Vision's pivot from being a promotional-driven business to one focused on touting…

Branding Lessons to Learn From Today's Top Retailers
June 28, 2019 at 11:16 am

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss a recent article that ran in Total Retail Report as well as on Total Retail’s website, titled 19 Branding Lessons From 5 Top Retailers. Author Katie Lundin, marketing and branding specialist at Crowdspring, takes a close look at the brand…

19 Branding Lessons From 5 Top Retailers
June 18, 2019 at 12:36 pm

The top five retailers in the U.S. recorded nearly $230 billion in revenue last year ($228.4 billion to be exact). They must be doing something right. Walmart, Amazon.com, Costco, Walgreens, and Home Depot have each built strong brand identities, and all benefit from powerful household recognition and brand equity. As I wrote previously: A brand is the sum…

The Common Misstep That Could Be Costing Retailers $10M Annually
June 14, 2019 at 10:10 am

The value of a strong brand is undisputed among consumer-facing businesses. The runaway success of high-growth businesses such as Away, Glossier or the recently acquired Harry’s clearly demonstrates the positive bottom line impact, but they're by no means unique. As a consequence, consumer-focused brands invest billions every year to win over and retain customers. Often informed…

Sears’ New Logo Gets Mixed Reviews
May 10, 2019 at 2:14 pm

Sears unveiled a new logo earlier this month on its social media channels, and it's generating mixed reviews from consumers. In addition to the logo, Sears debuted a new slogan as well: "making moments matter." The new slogan was featured in a video the company published on Facebook in late April. Sears said the new logo was…

The North Face to Close 113 Stores in U.S. and Canada on Earth Day
April 18, 2019 at 3:12 pm

The North Face said this week that it will close its global headquarters and its 113 stores in the U.S. and Canada on Earth Day, April 22. The action is part of a campaign to make Earth Day an officially recognized holiday. The VF Corp.-owned brand said closing its doors on Earth Day will provide its employees ample opportunity…

Retail Reflections: 3 Big Takeaways From SXSW 2019
March 26, 2019 at 11:28 am

Now that the dust has settled from the storm that is SXSW, I've had the chance to reflect on some of the key themes coming out of this year’s event. The retail industry in particular made waves with a higher profile presence than usual, with companies like Walmart, Patagonia, Away, lululemon, and Amazon.com just several…