Personal Development

Leveraging AI for Smoother Career Transitions and Growth
April 11, 2024 at 11:59 am

The world of work is evolving rapidly, with the average professional changing careers around five to seven times over their lifetime. Whether driven by personal aspirations, industry shifts, or economic forces, career transitions can be daunting. However, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has opened up new avenues for individuals to navigate these changes more…

5 Tips to Increase and Display Your Emotional Intelligence
March 13, 2024 at 3:58 pm

Emotional intelligence (EQ) refers to recognizing, understanding and managing our emotions and those of others. It enables individuals to regulate their feelings constructively, allowing them to adapt to different environments and handle stress more effectively. Retail environments are often high pressure and fast paced, demanding adaptability and resilience from professionals at all levels. EQ plays…

Retail's Future … It’s All About the Talent, But More About the Talent Planning
May 10, 2023 at 5:33 pm

It's intriguing to read articles that focus on the current challenges of retail businesses and the “imminent death” of the industry. The same is true of articles that focus on the challenges around developing talent pipelines and finding the retail talent of the future. It's particularly interesting to read articles with lengthy citations from senior…

It's Our 200th Episode! Here's What's Happening at Total Retail in 2022
April 7, 2022 at 7:15 pm

In this video, Total Retail's Kristina Stidham and Marie Albiges celebrate the 200th episode of Retail Right Now! For nearly four years running, this weekly video series has brought Total Retail's audience the latest news, top industry trends, and more to keep viewers up-to-date with what’s happening in retail right now. To celebrate, we’re going…

How to Build a Workforce Education Program That Attracts and Keeps Employees
October 28, 2021 at 6:15 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Melissa Campanelli and Kristina Stidham discuss an article recently published by Total Retail, “Using Workforce Education to Attract and Keep Retail Employees in Today’s Labor Crisis,” authored by Sean Flynn, chief customer officer of InStride. The workforce challenges for employers in the retail space are real…

Retailers Gather in Person Again at retailX
July 15, 2021 at 6:21 pm

Back from a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, retailX will be taking place Aug. 24-25 in Chicago. The two-day conference will feature a mix of content and unique networking opportunities, and has confirmed attendees from some of the industry's leading companies, including Target, Ulta, Under Armour, Lowe's, Macy's, among many others. Whether guiding…

Walmart's New App Designed to Empower Store Associates
June 7, 2021 at 6:28 pm

Walmart has launched Me@Walmart, an app for U.S. store associates designed to simplify daily tasks as well as empower them to easily serve customers and plan for life outside of work. The app's features include scheduling, enabling associates to easily view their shifts up to two weeks in advance; a mobile clock-in feature; push-to-talk, which enables…

Top Execs, Career Coaches, Networking: Women in Retail Leadership Days
March 4, 2021 at 7:26 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss 2021 Women in Retail Leadership Days, an upcoming virtual event hosted by Total Retail’s sister brand, Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC). This month-long virtual experience is one of a kind, designed specifically for women leaders at top retailers and…

Could 2021 Be the Year You Finally Become Your Own Boss?
January 15, 2021 at 12:03 pm

Perhaps you always dreamed of starting your own business, but the notion failed to evolve beyond dream status because you didn’t have the money or the nerve you felt you needed to pull it off. Maybe — as was the case with many people — 2020 proved disastrous to your career aspirations when the company…

Ron Thurston on Why Retail is More Than a Job, it's a Career
January 13, 2021 at 5:59 pm

In this clip from the December 2020 Women in Retail and Total Retail Virtual Exchange, Ron Thurston, vice president, stores at INTERMIX and author of "RETAIL PRIDE," shares with moderator Rachel Williamson, chief strategic retail advisor of Running Great Stores, LLC, what advice he gives to people considering a career in retail. Thurston notes that retail is…