CMO Vision: Who or What Drives Your Marketing Strategy?
August 27, 2019 at 11:34 am

Who ultimately “owns” the marketing strategy of your brand or organization? Who is pulling the strings? I believe any marketing leader would ultimately like to respond to those questions with the answer, “I am.” Based on my own personal experience, that's not necessarily always the case. Merchants in Control I’ve worked for a number of large,…

2019 Top Women in Retail
August 8, 2019

Women in Retail Leadership Circle's 9th Annual List of the Leading Female Executives in Retail

Report: Walmart Shuffling Execs to Further Integrate Stores, Digital
July 22, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Walmart is making further organizational changes as it continues to integrate its store and digital operations and leadership, according to a July 19 memo obtained by CNBC that was sent by CEO Doug McMillon to the retailer’s employees. The biggest change announced is Walmart's move to bring the U.S. supply chain teams together, which will be led…

Grunt Style CEO Daniel Alarik on Leadership, Growth Challenges, and Retail Trends
July 9, 2019 at 12:34 pm

While attending the IRCE at RetailX conference in Chicago, Total Retail's Joe Keenan interviewed Daniel Alarik, founder and CEO of Grunt Style, a patriotic apparel brand. During the discussion, Alarik touches on his career shift from the military into retail, what influenced him to start Grunt Style, and why he values hiring military veterans. In addition, Alarik shares his…

Stores, Talent, Purpose: Inside EVEREVE's Growth Strategy
June 24, 2019 at 10:37 am

In episode 201 of Total Retail Talks, Executive Editor Joe Keenan speaks with Mike Tamte, co-CEO and co-founder of EVEREVE, a national women's fashion brand that works to inspire joy in its customers. Listen in as Tamte discusses the growth of EVEREVE, including investments in brick-and-mortar stores; hiring the right talent, particularly for its technology…

Engagement Matters: But What Exactly is Meant by Engagement?
June 19, 2019 at 10:38 am

We noticed in the January/February 2019 Harvard Business Review there was a short article about “the limits of empathy.” Since we've been writing extensively over the last year about the importance of self-awareness and empathy, this caught our attention. The gist of the “argument” is that the idea of taking someone else’s perspective doesn’t necessarily…

Leadership Lessons From Top Retail Executives
June 7, 2019 at 3:08 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss a recent report released by Total Retail, Lessons Learned: Stories From Top Retail Executives. The special report features interviews with retail leaders Vanessa LeFebrve, president, Lord & Taylor; Lori Twomey, senior vice president and chief merchant, Zulily; Jenny Fleiss, co-founder…

Long Unsung, Chief Merchants Are Critical in the Age of AI
May 30, 2019 at 9:34 am

These days there's no shortage of additions to the C-suite. Creative job titles abound, and roles that didn’t exist a decade ago like chief experience officer or chief digital officer are becoming more common. The choice to add these positions to the decision-making table reflects the core value of these functions. Companies are realizing that…

Bed Bath & Beyond's CEO Stepping Down
May 13, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Bed Bath & Beyond announced today that its CEO Steven Temares is stepping down, amid increasing pressure from activist investors pushing for changes at the company. Mary Winston, who was recently named to Bed Bath & Beyond's board, will serve as interim CEO until a replacement is found. The company said Temares is also resigning from Bed Bath…