Reports: J.Crew, J.C. Penney, Neiman Marcus Group May File for Chapter 11 by Mid-May
May 3, 2020 at 8:12 pm

Three high-profile, but struggling retailers — J.Crew Group, Neiman Marcus Group, and J.C. Penney Co. — may be preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by mid-May, according to several reports. Here are some details: J.Crew is working to secure $400 million to fund operations in bankruptcy. The privately held retailer was already struggling with a heavy debt load, but its…

COVID-19 Resources: Leadership, Data, Employment Info., and Fun Stuff
May 3, 2020 at 7:36 pm

Welcome to this week's Retail Resources blog post, a curated list of the best content and resources I've seen over the past week that I hope will help you navigate through the coronavirus pandemic. This week I offer information about leadership, interesting data, employment information, and fun stuff that will hopefully help improve your spirits!…

COVID-19 Resources: Legislative Updates, Leadership Strategies and Fun Stuff
April 26, 2020 at 6:58 pm

Welcome to this week's Retail Resources, a blog created to offer retailers the most relevant information and resources from the past week to help you lead during this challenging time. If there's anything you would like me to share in a future post, please let me know by dropping me a line at Legislative Updates…

Walmart to Hire 50,000 More Workers Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic
April 19, 2020 at 5:08 pm

Walmart is planning to hire an additional 50,000 associates to help deal with the sustained demand for its merchandise during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an April 17 blog post from Donna Morris, Walmart's executive vice president and chief people officer. In addition, Morris said Walmart has met its hiring goal of 150,000 employees during the crisis. In the post, Morris said…

COVID-19 Resources: Leadership, Job Information, Videoconferencing Tips and More
April 19, 2020 at 9:17 am

Welcome to this week's Retail Resources post, a blog updated each Monday to include the most relevant information and resources I've seen over the past week to help you lead — as well as stay sane — in this unprecedented time. If there's anything you would like me to share in a future post, please…

Michigan to Ban Retailers From Selling 'Nonessential' Items and Other COVID-19 News
April 13, 2020 at 9:54 am

Here are the latest stories to emerge as retailers and brands deal with the impact that the global spread of the coronavirus has had on their businesses. This daily update offers retail executives the chance to stay-up-to-date on all that's happening within the retail industry, particularly as they put into motion their own COVID-19 response…

How Cover FX is Communicating With Customers and Employees During COVID-19
April 3, 2020 at 3:53 pm

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) recently held five Virtual Lounge sessions on Facebook Live with industry experts to learn more about how organizations and leaders are evolving their communication strategies and business operations in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. During one of the sessions, WIRLC Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli chatted with WIRLC Board Member Emily Culp, CEO of Cover FX, about the makeup and skincare brand's communications strategy during the health crisis.

Managing a Career in the Era of Diversity and Work-Life Balance
February 11, 2020 at 1:49 pm

In previous articles we've discussed topics as diverse (but related) as the prevailing desire to stay relevant, working way beyond what traditionally was considered “retirement age,” and managing in a diverse and multigenerational workforce. While baby boomers seem to have the most trouble (or opportunities) adapting, there's another trend that must be reviewed in order…

Birchbox Cuts 25% of Workforce to Reduce Costs
February 10, 2020 at 2:41 pm

Beauty products subscription service Birchbox plans to lay off 25 percent of its workforce to reduce costs. At least 44 employees will be affected in New York, out of a total workforce of 94, according to a notice filed with the state labor department. As part of the costs reduction plan, Birchbox also plans to move some…

Forever 21 Enters Deal to Sell Retail Business for $81 Million
February 3, 2020 at 2:15 pm

Forever 21 has reached an $81 million deal to sell its retail business to a consortium made up of mall operators Simon Property Group and Brookfield Properties, and brand management firm Authentic Brands Group. In a bankruptcy court filing, the mall-based retailer said it's seeking approval to name the three as the lead "stalking-horse bidders" in an…