Merchandising

Staples Connect Champions Small Businesses With Product Sourcing Project
January 18, 2021 at 1:10 pm

In episode 281 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Stacey Helbig, vice president of solution strategy, and Brian Coupland, senior vice president of merchandising at Staples. Listen in as Helbig and Coupland discuss the Staples Connect Breakthrough Project, the inspiration behind the initiative, and the criteria being used to evaluate new product ideas during the…

Can You Anticipate the Future of Selling?
January 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm

The future of selling requires retailers and brands to anticipate customer and channel demand shifts. The problem is companies admit they're not quite ready. According to a recent Forrester study of footwear and apparel brands and retailers, fewer than one-third of brands believe they're fully prepared to act on demand shifts in their market, and…

How AI Can Help Retailers Thrive in 2021 and Beyond
January 12, 2021 at 8:57 pm

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, retailers are poised to bring in a great deal of revenue through their e-commerce platforms. Not only can artificial intelligence (AI) effectively help keep e-commerce stores up-and-running during peak shopping seasons and thereafter, but it can also provide effective sales recommendations and timely automated customer support.  Use AI to Automate…

Retail’s Era of Agile Decision Making is Upon Us
December 16, 2020 at 9:38 pm

For the past few years, the on-demand nature of the modern customer has been pushing retailers into a new era of data-driven, iterative decision making. As with nearly every other facet of digital transformation, COVID-19 has accelerated the need for decision making at every level of retail — product development, factory, key account coordination, inventory…

Ulta to Open Hundreds of Shops Inside Target Stores
November 10, 2020 at 2:15 pm

Target and Ulta Beauty announced a deal Tuesday to open makeup and skincare shops inside of hundreds of Target stores across the country. Target CEO Brian Cornell said starting in the second half of next year, shoppers will find a smaller version of an Ulta store in more than 100 of Target’s stores and on…

Walmart Launches New Private Label Men’s and Women’s Clothing Brand
September 21, 2020 at 8:22 pm

Walmart today announced the launch of Free Assembly, a private label men’s and women’s clothing brand. The brand will debut this week online and in 250 stores, hoping to appeal to shoppers who want style and value. Free Assembly was built with an in-house fashion design team, "with decades of experience designing for modern American brands…

Amazon Launches High-End Luxury Shopping Experience
September 16, 2020 at 4:52 pm

Amazon.com is launching Luxury Stores, a shopping experience focused on high-end fashion and beauty brands, MarketWatch reported. Luxury Stores will be available in the Amazon app by invitation-only to U.S. Prime members, and will kick off with Oscar De La Renta, featuring the brand's pre-fall and fall/winter collections. In the upcoming weeks, other brands will also…

Zappos Adaptive Offers a Solution for Disabled Shoppers
September 14, 2020 at 5:01 pm

In episode 264 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Dana Zumbo, business development manager at Zappos Adaptive, a division of Zappos that carries a wide range of adaptive clothing and shoes with unique features to fit a variety of needs. Listen as Zumbo discusses why Zappos launched its Adaptive program, how the initiative was sparked…

How Retailers Can Get the Most From Their POS Data
September 7, 2020 at 8:45 pm

It’s been a tough year for the retail industry. Even before the devastating impact of a shutdown economy due to COVID-19, the whispers of an "apocalypse" were rampant with many retailers, and wholesalers in particular, feeling the effects of Amazon.com, direct-to-consumer (D-to-C) growth, and the shrinking mall on their bottom line. In the current environment,…