Leadership

5 Keys to Growing From Side Hustle to Top National Retail Leader
November 16, 2022 at 4:54 pm

Wholesale is a hugely competitive space, with thousands of new and long-established brands constantly vying for partnership and prime placement with top national retailers such as Walmart, CVS and Target. I’m proud to say that the company I founded in 2014, pH-D Feminine Health, now offers products at all these retailers (and many more). However,…

'Less Tolerance for Talk Without Action': What Retailers Are Getting Right About DEI
October 27, 2022 at 3:22 pm

Numerous studies have shown that racial and ethnic minorities, as well as women, are still woefully underrepresented in technology roles. However, the retail tech industry doesn't just have a diversity issue; there's an inclusivity issue as well. At a session focused on diversifying your tech workforce during last month's Total Retail Tech event in Nashville,…

Tim Simmons, Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Sam's Club | Total Retail Tech 2022
September 30, 2022 at 12:06 pm

This video features an interview with Tim Simmons, senior vice president and chief product officer of Sam's Club, and moderator Kathy Kimple, executive director of OSF Digital, at Total Retail Tech 2022 in Nashville. Sam’s Club, the membership warehouse club division of Walmart Inc., is well-known for being a retail innovator that’s constantly experimenting with…

Chandra Holt, CEO and President, Conn's HomePlus | Total Retail Tech 2022
September 30, 2022 at 12:06 pm

This video features an interview with Chandra Holt, CEO and president of Conn's HomePlus, and moderator Laura Wheeler, managing director at Ankura, at Total Retail Tech 2022 in Nashville. Named CEO and president of Conn’s HomePlus in August 2021, Chandra Holt has been hard at work the past year transforming the regional furniture and appliances retailer into a…

Asha Saxena, CEO and Founder, Women Leaders in Data and AI | Total Retail Tech 2022
September 30, 2022 at 11:54 am

This video features a keynote, The AI Factor: How Retailers Can Extract Value From Data, delivered by Asha Saxena, CEO and founder of Women Leaders in Data and AI, at Total Retail Tech 2022 in Nashville. There has been an acceleration of digitalization resulting in more data than ever. Organizations are thinking about how they can…

JC Curleigh, President and CEO, Gibson Brands | Total Retail Tech 2022
September 29, 2022 at 2:49 pm

This video features a keynote, How JC Curleigh Brought Gibson Brands Back to Life, delivered by JC Curleigh, president and CEO of Gibson Brands, at Total Retail Tech 2022 in Nashville. James “JC” Curleigh had no idea what was about to happen after making a call to Gibson — one of his favorite brands — in the fall…

Panel: Diversifying Your Tech Workforce Starts With Inclusive Hiring and Retention Practices | Total Retail Tech 2022
September 29, 2022 at 2:33 pm

This video features a panel discussing diversity in the retail tech workforce from Total Retail Tech 2022 in Nashville. Speakers include Sneha Narahalli, Vice President, Head of Product (Digital, Data and MarTech), Sephora; Manju Thomas, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Stitch Fix; Aaron Limonthas, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Shipt; and moderator Ayana Parsons, Senior…

JC Curleigh's Mission for Turning Around Gibson Brands
September 29, 2022 at 2:01 pm

This video features a clip from a keynote presentation delivered by JC Curleigh, president and CEO of Gibson Brands, at Total Retail Tech in Nashville earlier this month. Curleigh tells the story of how he became CEO of Gibson Brands and helped lead the iconic music retailer out of bankruptcy, tapping into the brand's history and innovating…

REI to Give Employees Paid Time Off to Vote This Election Day
September 27, 2022 at 10:08 pm

REI is encouraging its employees to exercise their right to vote this November by delaying the opening of its stores by two hours on Election Day, reports Footwear News. On Nov. 8, every employee will receive paid time off as part of the outdoor retailer's Your Vote Can’t Wait campaign. REI has also created an election resource hub…

3 Ways to Upskill Talent and Enable Retail Success Now
September 26, 2022 at 12:51 pm

Retailers navigating hybrid work environments and rapid shifts in the way people shop in the wake of the pandemic now find themselves facing a potential economic slowdown and increasingly volatile swings in consumer demand. However, the path to retail success doesn’t rest solely on creating the perfect post-COVID plan or developing a long-range strategy for…