Retail Stores

Making Every Moment Count With Customers
February 2, 2021 at 7:37 pm

The events of 2020 have forever altered the ways we live, work, eat and shop. As people come to rely on e-commerce for groceries, household essentials and medicine, there's a renewed pressure on retailers to deliver in lighting speed, enable easy returns, and provide a full product profile. This, coupled with the growing trends of…

Target to Spend $200M for More Bonuses to Employees
January 25, 2021 at 6:40 pm

Target said Monday it will spend $200 million on another round of employee bonuses and extend its coronavirus-related benefits after its strong holiday season. Indeed, Target has been one of the beneficiaries of pandemic trends, as shoppers consolidate trips, fill up bigger baskets and use curbside pickup. That pattern continued over the holidays, boosting the…

American Eagle Outfitters to Close Up to 250 Mall-Based Stores
January 21, 2021 at 6:53 pm

Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) outlined plans to close hundreds of stores in the coming years, while it looks to grow it lingerie and activewear brand Aerie to a $2 billion business. Chief Financial Officer Mike Mathias said during a virtual meeting with investors that AEO, which has about 880 stores, is looking to…

NRF: 2020 Holiday Retail Sales Grew 8.3%
January 18, 2021 at 12:49 pm

Holiday retail sales rose a stronger-than-expected 8.3 percent from 2019, or $789.4 billion, according to data released by the National Retail Federation on Friday. Consumers apparently embraced the gift-giving season as a way to cheer themselves up during the pandemic. The numbers include online and other non-stores sales, which were up 23.9 percent at $209 billion. The NRF had forecast that sales during…

Now More Than Ever, Retailers Need Data to Make Informed Retail Real Estate Decisions
January 13, 2021 at 5:23 pm

COVID-19 has all companies scrambling to make sense of what the future will look like for their businesses. For retailers, brick-and-mortar real estate is perhaps the most integral part, leaving many to question the best path forward should the country face an even more prolonged lockdown. Do you shutter certain stores? What's the right balance between…

Retail Partnerships Prime quip for Healthy Growth
December 21, 2020 at 7:06 pm

In episode 278 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Shane Pittson, vice president of growth and marketing at quip, the modern oral health company. Listen in as Pittson discusses the growth of the startup brand, his professional background and role at quip, and when and why the company expanded into wholesale and brick-and-mortar retail.…

Walgreens to Hire 25,000 to Help Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine
December 14, 2020 at 5:16 pm

Walgreens expects to get its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 21, and will start giving shots to nursing home residents and workers at nearly 35,000 long-term care facilities nationwide in the days leading up to Christmas. To administer the vaccine, Walgreens plans to hire 25,000 people across the U.S., including 9,000 pharmacists and other healthcare workers.…

Sally Beauty Supply Evolves it Store Experience for Pandemic, Holiday Shoppers
December 9, 2020 at 7:52 pm

Brick-and-mortar retailers have been especially challenged throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to provide safe and frictionless in-store experiences for shoppers. In this video, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews John Goss, senior vice president and president of Sally Beauty Supply, to find out what the retailer has done to create a safe, enjoyable in-store shopping experience for its customers…

Why Blue Nile is Growing its Store Count Amid a Pandemic
December 7, 2020 at 7:22 pm

In episode 276 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Sean Kell, CEO of Blue Nile, the largest e-commerce retailer of GIA-certified diamonds and fine jewelry. Listen in as Kell discusses his career journey leading up to his joining Blue Nile last year, the company's recently announced store expansion plan, and why now is…

francesca's Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
December 7, 2020 at 7:06 pm

Women’s boutique chain francesca's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, with plans to sell the business, including its brick-and-mortar stores. In a statement announcing the bankruptcy filing, francesa's said it was obtaining $25 million in financing from its existing lender, Tiger Finance, to facilitate the retail stores sales process, subject to court approval.…