Product Sourcing

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…

3 Hard-Earned Lessons on How to Launch a Product During a Pandemic
December 21, 2020 at 4:53 pm

Plenty of companies spent the first months of the pandemic scrambling to pivot operations, make working from home effortless for their people, and maintaining strong customer relationships. My company certainly did. However, we also focused our energies on a rather challenging project: bringing a new product to market. During normal times, taking a product from…

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…

Winning the Fight Against Counterfeiters in the COVID-19 Era
December 10, 2020 at 1:09 pm

With stay-at-home restrictions easing across the country, what does the future landscape of retail look like? What do consumers face when ordering products online? We do know with the global pandemic that e-commerce has skyrocketed. Unfortunately, with the shift to e-commerce, we've also seen massive amounts of counterfeit products as well as products that were…

How to Prepare Your Online Store for the Holiday Season During COVID-19
November 25, 2020 at 11:56 am

We’re already getting super hyped for the holiday season. From delicate snowfalls to generous gift-giving to spending time with family and loved ones, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. If you work in retail, however, the holiday season can mean something very different. Many boutique owners find themselves busier than ever…

How Retailers Can Keep Pace in a COVID-19 Economy
October 13, 2020 at 2:30 pm

Managing spend is a tall order for retailers today. As the workforce grows more geographically distributed, and as employees increasingly drive business spending from the bottom up, it's harder to track cash flow across multiple touchpoints — from sourcing and manufacturing to advertising and employee supplies. COVID-19 has intensified these issues, forcing retailers to make…

Sourcing and Inventory Management in the Post-COVID-19 Environment
August 5, 2020 at 10:35 am

The retail landscape of America is undergoing an undeniable transformation. COVID-19 has catapulted e-commerce center stage, with online marketplaces taking over for brick-and-mortar stores amid safety fears and lockdown restrictions. This has proven just how crucial it is to cultivate a robust digital presence, particularly as retailers are facing economic devastation, with 2.1 million job…

Shop Safe Act 2020: A New Tool for Brand Owners in the Fight Against Online Counterfeits?
July 28, 2020 at 11:00 am

On March 2, 2020, a bipartisan group of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-Commerce Act (the Shop Safe Act 2020) to help stem the growing concern over counterfeit products being offered for sale on online third-party marketplace e-commerce platforms. E-commerce has…

Ulta Beauty's Chief Merchant on Delivering Transparency With the Conscious Beauty Initiative
July 22, 2020 at 1:39 pm

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli interviews Monica Arnaudo, chief merchandising officer at Ulta Beauty, the largest U.S. cosmetics, fragrance, skincare and beauty gifts retailer. Listen in as Arnaudo discusses the launch of the Conscious Beauty initiative, and what the program means for Ulta and its customers.

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,…