Corporate Responsibility Programs

2020 NRF Big Show Recap: Highlights and Trends
January 17, 2020 at 11:32 am

In this week’s Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Kristina Stidham and Ashley Chiaradio discuss the top trends to emerge from the 2020 National Retail Federation Big Show in New York City. Here are three trends we heard frequently over the three-day event: the need for retailers to implement diversity and inclusion initiatives; an increased focus…

Winning With Responsibility in the Holiday Season and Beyond
December 2, 2019 at 10:53 am

Consumers aren’t just looking for discounts this holiday season; they're also looking for retailers to design their products and their business around responsible initiatives. Such are the findings of Accenture’s 13th Annual Holiday Survey, which notes that half of consumers would rather sacrifice expediency than cause harm to the environment. These consumers would pick up…

Analyzing Shoptalk's Decision to Have an All-Women Speaker Lineup
November 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Kristina Stidham and Ashley Chiaradio discuss Shoptalk’s announcement that its 2020 conference will feature an all-women speaker lineup for both track sessions and main stage keynotes. This is a groundbreaking move that's the first of its kind for a retail event, as conferences traditionally struggle to…

Zappos Launches Socially Conscious Brand Platform, Goods for Good
November 14, 2019 at 1:36 pm

Zappos has created a new platform for customers who are looking for purpose-driven products, the shoe and clothing retailer announced in a press release Tuesday. The platform, Goods for Good, is a curated experience that features items from over 150 brands, all of which promote meaningful causes, and categorizes the products in five categories: recycled, organic, sustainably…

Best Buy Sets Up $2.5M Endowed Scholarship at the University of Minnesota
November 1, 2019 at 9:48 am

Best Buy has launched a $2.5 million endowed scholarship at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management to help fund four years of college for up to 10 students a year, starting next fall. It's one of the company's largest gifts in higher education. The scholarship is targeted to students who have gone through…

Snowboard Brand Burton Closing Stores, E-Commerce Site to Join Global Climate Strike
September 5, 2019 at 12:23 pm

Burton will be joining millions of students and workers across the world participating in the Global Climate Strike on Fri., Sept. 20, according to a press release sent to Total Retail. To support the marches that will take place, Burton will close all its offices and stores for 24 hours so employees worldwide can join nearby marches meant to…

Why Should CEOs Embrace Supply Chain Ethics? Because Everybody Benefits
September 4, 2019 at 11:22 am

When it comes to the apparel industry, there's a “gap” in how much water is used in their manufacturing processes and how much water could be saved. According to an article in Bloomberg, Gap Inc. CEO Art Peck is pushing for his company to reduce water waste and look for ways to reduce water usage.…

Zappos, Amazon Partner With Shaquille O'Neal for 'Shaq-to-School'
July 31, 2019 at 8:45 am

Zappos.com, the online shoe and clothing retailer, and its parent company, Amazon.com, are teaming up with legendary basketball player Shaquille O'Neal for a charitable back-to-school initiative, Shaq-to-School. This is the second consecutive year Zappos and Shaq have partnered on this initiative, but Amazon is new to the program. All three players will deliver school supplies for…

Wayfair Employees Stage Walkout Over Company's Sales to Border Camps
June 28, 2019 at 10:45 am

Hundreds of engineers, product managers, and visual artists employed at the online housewares giant Wayfair streamed out of their sleek offices and into Copley Square in Boston on Wednesday, gathering with hundreds more to protest the company’s sale of furniture to the operators of facilities that detain migrant children along the southern border. The protesters spread…

Nonprofit Online Marketplace eTruism Benefits Retailers, Charities, and Consumers
May 28, 2019 at 9:50 am

In episode 197 of Total Retail Talks, Executive Editor Joe Keenan interviews Charles Lee, founder and CEO of eTruism, a nonprofit online marketplace that converts excess inventories into cash that can be used to make a social impact. Listen in as they discuss eTruism's business model and how it benefits multiple parties in the supply…