Merchandising

Target to Invest $2B in Black-Owned Businesses by 2025
April 7, 2021 at 4:25 pm

Target announced it will partner with more Black-owned companies, CNBC reported. The retail chain will also launch a program to identify and support rising minority entrepreneurs, and include products from more than 500 Black-owned brands on its shelves or website. All of these initiatives combined will leave Target spending more than $2 billion with Black-owned businesses…

Nike Ends Wholesale Partnerships With DSW, Urban Outfitters, Macy's
March 29, 2021 at 8:08 pm

Nike is reportedly cutting ties with six more key retailers, according to Williams Trading analyst Sam Poser. In August, Nike announced it was closing accounts at Fred Meyer, Zappos, Dillard’s, City Blue, VIM, EbLens, Belk, Bob’s Stores and Boscov’s. While those partners were not insignificant, today’s list includes DSW, Urban Outfitters, Macy's, Shoe Show, Dunham’s Sports, Olympia Sports,…

Why Personalization is the Linchpin for Retailer Success
March 24, 2021 at 12:44 pm

Coming out of an explosive year, retailers and brands alike are looking to be better prepared to capitalize on the rapidly changing nature of retail. With e-commerce experiencing unprecedented growth during the pandemic, online retailers are looking to automation to enhance their overburdened merchandising teams' capabilities, without massive investment. In 2020, we saw online sales…

Humans and Robots in Retail: It’s Not Us vs. Them
March 24, 2021 at 12:27 pm

Talk of automation in business has historically been linked with conversations of rising unemployment, and the great battle of humans vs. technology in the workplace. However, as retail leaders blend physical and digital channels, many are beginning to see automation as an asset instead of a foe. For example, digital merchandisers got into the field…

Black Employees Launch Collection Celebrating Black Excellence at Bombas
March 22, 2021 at 9:45 pm

In episode 290 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Kendra Stepp-Davis, senior content producer and co-chair of the Black Hive, and Randy Goldberg, co-founder and chief brand officer of Bombas, a comfort-focused sock and apparel brand with a mission to help those in need. Listen in as Stepp-Davis discusses the origin story behind the…

Bed Bath & Beyond Launches Private-Label Brand, Nestwell
March 22, 2021 at 9:28 pm

Bed Bath & Beyond launched the first of eight new private-label brands, marking the latest move by a national retail chain to sell its own branded products. The brand, Nestwell, offers a line of sheets, blankets, pillows, mattress toppers, duvets, bath rugs and bath towels. Merchandise in the collection is meant to be used every day, as…

Adidas, Peloton Partner on an Apparel Line
March 18, 2021 at 7:41 pm

Peloton and Adidas announced yesterday that they’re working together to create a new line of athletic apparel and lifestyle gear that come in inclusive sizes and unisex styles. The merchandise — which includes shorts, hoodies, tees, crewnecks, sports bras and jogger pants — sells for $30 to $85. Sizes go up to 2X, and unisex…

Goodfair Brings Vintage Resale Apparel to Nordstrom
March 8, 2021 at 4:47 pm

In episode 288 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Topper Luciani, founder and CEO of Goodfair, an online thrift store that sells used clothing in mystery bundle packs. Listen in as Luciani discusses Goodfair's business model, his career background in the used apparel and vintage space, and the company's new wholesale partnership with Nordstrom.…

Leveraging Interactive 3D/360-Degree Images to Gain a Competitive E-Commerce Advantage
March 2, 2021 at 3:33 pm

Due to COVID-19, market dynamics are shifting furiously to mobile shopping, challenging brands to evolve their marketing efforts to engage evolving consumers. Changing consumer behavior is also reflected in the shattering of brand loyalty; 36 percent of consumers have recently tried a new brand, while 25 percent have turned to private-label brands. We're witnessing the…

Kohl’s Partners With Eddie Bauer to Bolster Active Assortment
February 8, 2021 at 7:08 pm

Kohl’s, seeking to sustain momentum in its burgeoning active and casualwear categories, announced that it will start carrying outwear and outdoor apparel from Eddie Bauer in 500 stores and online beginning this fall. Kohl’s said it will offer a wide array of women’s, men’s and kid's apparel from Eddie Bauer, the 100-year-old brand known for its outdoor-active orientation. Eddie Bauer…