Leadership

The Role of Luck in a Leader's Success, Part 1
July 9, 2018 at 10:54 am

In 2015, the Harvard Business Review ranked Lars Sorensen, CEO of Novo Nordisk, as the best-performing CEO in the world for that year. When most CEOs are asked what makes them and their companies successful, they usually point to a brilliant strategy with hard-nosed, diligent execution and great leadership. Not Mr. Sorensen. When asked what…

Digital Native Brand Marine Layer Embraces Brick-and-Mortar for Growth
July 9, 2018 at 10:53 am

In episode 153 of Total Retail Talks, Adam Lynch, co-founder and chief operating officer of Marine Layer, discusses the San Francisco-based apparel brand's growth from an online startup into an omnichannel retailer. Lynch details how Marine Layer is trying to differentiate itself in the crowded apparel space through unique and quality product, engaging in-store shopping…

An Analysis of Total Retail's 2018 Salary Benchmark Report
July 6, 2018 at 10:06 am

In this week's episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss key findings from the 2018 Salary Benchmark Report. This resource can be of help to both retail employees as well as employers as they look to negotiate fair and competitive compensation packages. Download the report today to empower yourself with…

Barnes & Noble Fires CEO for Violating Company Policies
July 5, 2018 at 10:26 am

Barnes & Noble has fired its CEO Demos Parneros for violating company policies. The company's statement didn't indicate exactly which policies were violated, however, it did note that Parneros’ termination "is not due to any disagreement with the company regarding its financial reporting, policies or practices or any potential fraud relating thereto." Parneros will not receive…

How Burrow is Disrupting the Traditional Retail Furniture Business
July 2, 2018 at 9:34 am

In episode 152 of Total Retail Talks, Stephen Kuhl, co-founder and CEO of Burrow, discusses the startup furniture brand's approach to disrupting the traditional retail furniture business. Kuhl addresses how Burrow is differentiating itself in the increasingly crowded online category, why he believes the future of the furniture industry is direct to consumer, his top…

New Survey Reveals Retail's Gender Wage Gap
June 26, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Total Retail recently released its 2018 Salary Benchmark Report, which offers retail employees and employers a comprehensive look into salary trends within the industry. A survey sent to Total Retail's audience yielded some interesting data regarding the salaries and financial benefits of today's retail executives, perhaps none more so than the difference in total compensation…

Top Women in Retail Share Their Leadership Tips
June 13, 2018 at 1:17 pm

In the video below, a trio of this year's Top Women in Retail honorees — Carrie Ask, executive vice president and president, global retail, Levi Strauss & Co.; Paula Bennett, former CEO of J.Jill; and Shea Jensen, senior vice president, customer experience, Nordstrom — share their advice on leadership and the top trends in retail at the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit this past April in Miami. If you're a WIRLC member, you can check out all of this year's inspiring keynotes here.

Howard Schultz to Step Down as Starbucks Executive Chairman
June 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm

Howard Schultz, Starbucks executive chairman and former CEO credited with the brand's extreme growth, is stepping down from his position at the end of the month — with an eye toward a potential career in politics. The New York Times reports that while Mr. Schultz, 64, typically bats away speculation about his political ambitions with an…

Sweet Experiences Drive Lolli and Pops’ Success
June 4, 2018 at 10:48 am

In episode 148 of Total Retail Talks, Total Retail's Editor-in-Chief Melissa Campanelli interviews Sid Gupta, founder, president and CEO of Lolli and Pops. Gupta discusses why Lolli and Pops is different from other candy shops, what experiential retail means to the brand, how it's using technology as a competitive advantage, among other topics.

Victoria's Secret CEO Jan Singer Shares Her Secrets to Leadership Success
May 30, 2018 at 10:41 am

In this video, Jan Singer, CEO of Victoria's Secret, shares her top leadership tips and more. Women in Retail Leadership Circle interviewed Singer at this year's Outstanding Mother Awards event in New York City, where she was being honored along with Chelsea Clinton, vice chair, Clinton Foundation; Artemis Patrick, chief merchandising officer, Sephora; and Jessica Simpson, singer/entertainer, and founder and CEO, Jessica Simpson Collection.