Corporate Responsibility Programs

Ikea Pilots Furniture Buyback and Resale Program
August 30, 2021 at 5:23 pm

Ikea is piloting a furniture buyback and resale program in the United States as it aims to make the service a permanent fixture at its stores nationwide. The pilot program will be available at its store in the Philadelphia suburb of Conshohocken from Monday through Sept. 19. It will eventually roll out to additional markets. Loyalty…

The Importance of Diversifying Your Supplier Base
August 17, 2021 at 8:05 pm

Want to provide more value to customers? Retailers should consider, if they haven’t already, diversifying their supplier network, especially since today’s consumers increasingly purchase goods and services from ethically sourced local, small and minority-owned businesses. Working with a select group of familiar, reliable suppliers might be working well (why upset the apple cart?). However, expanding…

How Retailers Can Succeed and Help the World in the Age of Sustainability
April 27, 2021 at 6:41 pm

Various studies show there's an undoubtable uptrend around sustainable consumer products. What’s new is that increasing consumer demand is going beyond targeting only special interest categories, such as apparel or natural foods. Sustainable and responsible products are becoming the new norm. What happened? Retailers and brand managers can remember the circumstance as if it was…

How Grove Collaborative is Impacting the Sustainable Home Essentials Market
April 26, 2021 at 7:56 pm

In episode 295 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Stuart Landesberg, founder and CEO of Grove Collaborative, a leading sustainable CPG company and certified B Corp that creates innovative natural products and offers a curated selection of healthy home essentials. Listen in as Landesberg discusses the mission behind Grove Collaborative, his background that…

Walmart Says More Women, People of Color in Leadership Roles
April 26, 2021 at 7:42 pm

Walmart has increased the number of women and people of color in its officer roles in an effort to better reflect the country’s diversity among its top leadership. According to the retailer's annual diversity and inclusion report, which was published on Monday, Walmart’s representation of women and of people of color at the officer level…

lululemon Announces Launch of 'Recommerce' Program
April 20, 2021 at 6:25 pm

lululemon athletica on Tuesday announced its first-ever recommerce program and will pilot a trade-in program in California and Texas next month, with plans to expand to an online resale program in June, reports CNBC. According to a company press release, lululemon Like New is a recommerce model for guests to rethink, revive and rediscover lululemon…

Target to Invest $2B in Black-Owned Businesses by 2025
April 7, 2021 at 4:25 pm

Target announced it will partner with more Black-owned companies, CNBC reported. The retail chain will also launch a program to identify and support rising minority entrepreneurs, and include products from more than 500 Black-owned brands on its shelves or website. All of these initiatives combined will leave Target spending more than $2 billion with Black-owned businesses…

How Ulta Beauty is Driving Equity and Inclusivity Across its Business
April 5, 2021 at 7:17 pm

In episode 292 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Kecia Steelman, chief store operations officer at Ulta Beauty, the largest U.S. beauty retailer for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products and salon services. Steelman discusses her recently announced transition to the chief operating officer position at Ulta Beauty and the company's…

Target Helps Underserved Communities Gain Access to COVID-19 Vaccine
April 5, 2021 at 5:19 pm

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…

Black Employees Launch Collection Celebrating Black Excellence at Bombas
March 22, 2021 at 9:45 pm

In episode 290 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Kendra Stepp-Davis, senior content producer and co-chair of the Black Hive, and Randy Goldberg, co-founder and chief brand officer of Bombas, a comfort-focused sock and apparel brand with a mission to help those in need. Listen in as Stepp-Davis discusses the origin story behind the…