Retail Stores

3 Ways Local Retailers Can Win This Holiday Season
November 14, 2019 at 11:03 am

If you’re in the retail business, ‘tis the season to be jolly. Very jolly, indeed. Economists are predicting that total retail sales will eclipse $1.1 trillion this holiday season, an increase of nearly 5 percent compared to 2018. This is the continuation of an upward year-over-year trend. Online retailers are singing an even sweeter tune,…

Amazon to Open its Own Grocery Store in 2020
November 12, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Amazon.com has begun hiring for a new grocery store that’s slated to open next year in a neighborhood of Los Angeles. The store is located in Woodland Hills, according to a job posting on Amazon’s website. It’s the first location of what's expected to be a new chain of grocery stores launched by Amazon. The new store isn’t…

8 Proven Ways to Boost Store Efficiency on Black Friday
November 6, 2019 at 2:46 pm

The serious Black Friday players have been preparing for months. They've reviewed their operation and identified all the things they could do better in 2019. It’s big business, and for many retailers their holiday performance informs their whole year profits. Let’s assume you’re not one of the businesses with Black Friday meticulously planned. What can…

Barneys’ New York Flagship Store to Remain Open for at Least a Year Following Bankruptcy Sale
November 5, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Barneys New York Inc’s flagship Madison Avenue outlet in Manhattan will remain open for at least another year, albeit in a slimmed-down form, while the buyer of the luxury retailer negotiates with the store’s landlord. A bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Barneys brands and other intellectual property to Authentic Brands, a firm that acquires and…

Allbirds Plans to Open 20 Brick-and-Mortar Stores Next Year
October 31, 2019 at 12:38 pm

The shoe company Allbirds is continuing its brick-and mortar expansion with plans to open 20 more stores in 2020, CNBC reported. Tim Brown, co-founder and co-CEO, made the announcement earlier this week. Allbirds, which sells environmentally sustainable wool sneakers, started online only, but began opening stores in the last few years. Allbirds currently has 15…

How Americana Brand Schott NYC Drives Sales With Local Social Advertising
October 28, 2019 at 1:43 pm

In episode 219 of Total Retail Talks, Executive Editor Joe Keenan interviews Jason Schott, chief operating officer of Schott NYC, a manufacturer and retailer of premium outdoor clothing, including leather jackets, motorcycle apparel, and other clothing and accessories. Listen in as Schott discusses the brand's use of local social advertising to support its brick-and-mortar stores…

Is Retail Making a Digital Comeback?
October 28, 2019 at 1:02 pm

In 2018, specialty retail was under assault. This year, it’s taking up arms. Specialty retailers have improved fulfillment speed dramatically. Consider, a fifth of brands now offer free two-day shipping, and the number of brands offering next-day shipping has doubled. Recognizing that mobile accounts for 55 percent of online traffic, on average, in this sector,…

What the Re-Emergence of Toys"R"Us Means for the Toy Category
October 25, 2019 at 12:48 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss the rebirth of Toys"R"Us, including the news earlier this month that its e-commerce website will be powered by Target. For the toy category, the re-emergence of Toys"R"Us, both online and offline, brings another competitor with a strong, iconic brand name…

How PUMA Has Integrated Technology Into its New York City Flagship Store
October 17, 2019 at 11:19 am

PUMA opened the doors to its first-ever North American flagship store recently, located on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With a focus on cutting-edge technology and innovative products, the store showcases an immersive PUMA brand space. The flagship store offers consumers a unique shopping experience through innovative sports engagement zones, a customization studio, and…

McKinsey Builds a ‘Store of the Future’ in Mall of America
October 16, 2019 at 11:30 am

Global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company launched a new pop-up store at the Mall of America last month, a large investment in its retail practice. The store, Modern Retail Collective, features products from Elevé Cosmetics, Kendra Scott, ThirdLove and type:A Deodorant. “The purpose of the store is to provide retailers a real, flexible environment — a learning…