Corporate Responsibility Programs

Lane Bryant Improves In-Store CX With Technology, Focus on D&I
March 30, 2020 at 1:05 pm

In episode 240 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Lexy Onofrio, vice president, brand marketing strategy and creative at Lane Bryant, a leading retailer of plus-sized clothing for women. Listen in as Onofrio discusses the brand's history and audience, as well as how Lane Bryant is improving its customers' in-store shopping experiences through…

How Consumer Product Brands Are Achieving Purpose by Aiding the Fight Against COVID-19
March 25, 2020 at 3:26 pm

In an effort to help French health authorities fight the spread of COVID-19, LVMH, the parent company of luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Guerlain, Dior and Givenchy, announced that it will repurpose three of its cosmetics factories in France to manufacture hand sanitizing gel. The company plans to produce as much as 12,000 tonnes a…

Facebook Announces $100M in Grants for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus
March 17, 2020 at 10:35 am

Facebook announced a $100 million program to help small businesses as governments throughout the country urge local gyms and restaurants to close their doors to slow the spread of COVID-19. In a blog post announcing the grants, Facebook said, “We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard…

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.…