Product Sourcing

Social Responsibility is Good for Your Bottom Line
July 8, 2020 at 7:14 pm

During these chaotic times, it’s tempting to view corporate social responsibility (CSR) as an optional extra — nice to have, but hardly a top priority for brands that are struggling to meet surging demand, or which are in the process of pivoting into new markets. Even amid the chaos of a global pandemic and widespread protests,…

How Amazon Handmade Curates Local Artisan Goods
June 13, 2020 at 10:25 am

In episode 251 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Katie Harnetiaux, global head of Amazon Handmade, a shop on Amazon.com featuring handcrafted goods from local artisans. Listen in as Harnetiaux discusses why the Amazon Handmade shop was created as part of the business five years ago, its international expansion, and the types of…

Putting Counterfeiters Out of Business, Part 2
May 6, 2020 at 6:13 pm

Counterfeiting and pirating of commercial goods is a massive global challenge. As businesses face the threat of counterfeit items, a growing crop of solutions aim to help organizations protect the authenticity and legitimacy of their products. By combining innovations like tracking technology with a proactive approach to piracy, you can stay ahead of potential counterfeiters,…

Ten Thousand Villages Supports Artisan Suppliers During Uncertain Times
May 1, 2020 at 5:41 pm

In episode 245 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Paige McFarling, director of mission advancement at Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in more than 35 countries. Listen in as McFarling shares the brand's story and mission;…

Putting Counterfeiters Out of Business, Part 1
March 31, 2020 at 11:52 am

Counterfeiters aren’t just bad news for your business; they can also be downright dangerous for your customers’ well-being and safety. When it comes to the counterfeiting and pirating of commercial goods, the economic impact, legal implications, and health and safety risks are growing on a global scale. For example, Amazon.com has drawn continued criticism for…

3 Reasons Retailers Need to Digitize Supplier Strategy
March 11, 2020 at 8:26 am

In today’s fast-moving retail environment, it’s more critical than ever that companies invest in strengthening the foundations of their business. To succeed in this ever-evolving market, business leaders must bring products to market faster, attract new customers, and stand out against increasing competition. A tech-enabled approach to sourcing and supplier strategy is one fundamental way retailers can set themselves up to not…

The Knockoff Effect: The Hidden Environmental and Social Impact of Counterfeit Goods
February 5, 2020 at 11:32 am

Retailers, brands and online marketplaces have taken a tough stance against counterfeiters lately due to lost profits and damage to brand reputation, but the problems associated with fakes run so much deeper than monetary losses. Counterfeiting isn't a victimless crime. There are serious unintended and damaging effects counterfeiting leaves in its wake, including exploiting child…

What the DHS Crackdown on Counterfeit Goods Means for Online Retailers
January 31, 2020 at 12:30 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Ashley Chiaradio and Kristina Stidham discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement that it will begin cracking down on the sale of counterfeit products online from platforms like Amazon.com. Last Friday, the DHS released a report stating that law enforcement officials will immediately start to identify cases where…

DHS Cracks Down on Counterfeit Goods Sold on Amazon, Other Marketplaces
January 28, 2020 at 9:42 am

The Trump administration is cracking down on the sale of counterfeit products online from platforms like Amazon.com, according to a new report released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Law enforcement officials will immediately start to identify cases where counterfeit goods are being sold online, according to the report, and will “pursue civil fines and other…

Peruvian Connection's Commitment to Sustainability Engenders Customer Loyalty
December 23, 2019 at 12:52 pm

In episode 227 of Total Retail Talks, Executive Editor Joe Keenan interviews Annie Hurlbut, founder and CEO of Peruvian Connection, an internationally renowned brand for luxury Peruvian textiles and fibers. Listen in as Hurlbut discusses the company's 43-year history, how the brand sources fibers from artisans in Peru, and its commitment to environmental sustainability. Peruvian…