Corporate Responsibility Programs

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…

Cutting Edge: 3 Trends Retailers Need to Embrace to Stay Competitive
April 9, 2019 at 10:47 am

If we learned anything from past retail trends, it’s that the store is still the most important part of the retail experience. Interest in the brick-and-mortar store is everywhere. Target’s CEO has said that the company's stores are its single biggest competitive advantage. Retailers must continue to keep their focus on the store by ensuring…

Olivela Melds Social Consciousness and Retail to Grow Brand
December 13, 2018 at 4:04 pm

In episode 176 of Total Retail Talks, Kelly Murphy, director of marketing and causes at Olivela, a luxury philanthropic retail site that donates a portion of each purchase to charitable causes, offers insights into the brand's socially conscious business model and growth strategy. Murphy addresses Olivela's mission to make shopping for women's fashion a charitable…

A Commitment to Conscious Consumerism Spurs Thrive Market's Growth
November 1, 2018 at 4:22 pm

It’s estimated that by 2025, online grocery could make up 25 percent of grocery sales — a tremendous jump from its current position of 2 percent of sales. This week, CPG brands and grocery retailers from across the country joined at the first annual Groceryshop conference, held in Las Vegas, to discuss the businesses, issues…

Patagonia Endorses Pair of Political Candidates
October 26, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Patagonia is taking a political stand. The outdoor goods and apparel store threw its weight behind two Democratic candidates: Jacky Rosen, who is running for Senate in Nevada, and Senator Jon Tester who is running for re-election in Montana. It's the first time Patagonia has made political endorsements. In a statement on Friday, the company…

How Small Retailers Can Make the Most of Peak Holiday Season
October 24, 2018 at 9:05 am

According to the National Retail Federation, holiday sales increased 5.5 percent across all channels in 2017 — the highest rate in more than a decade — and retail spending shows no signs of slowing down. It’s safe to say it’s never too early to start preparing for the peak rush of customers during the holiday…

Commitment to Social Responsibility Makes Indigenous More Than Just a Fashion Brand
July 30, 2018 at 10:09 am

In episode 156 of Total Retail Talks, Matt Reynolds, co-founder and president of Indigenous, a retailer of organic, fair trade and sustainable fashion, discusses the brand's commitment to being socially responsible, steps it has taken to be more environmentally conscious, and the business benefits associated with this approach.

Social Good is Core to Leesa Sleep's Growth, Future
June 8, 2018 at 2:58 pm

In an interview this week at the Internet Retailer Conference + Exhibition in Chicago, Nick Stafford, chief operating officer, Leesa Sleep, discusses the role social responsibility has had in the online retailer's growth as well as its impact on future success.

The North Face to Open 2 Women-Specific Stores
April 4, 2018 at 9:33 am

As part of a global brand campaign committed to featuring more women and girls in its marketing, messaging and advertising, The North Face announced that it would be opening two women-specific stores in 2018. The first, located in Edina, MN, will focus on the brand’s running and training apparel. The second women’s store will be located…