Product Sourcing

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,…

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 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, 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…