Startups

Volcanica Coffee's Founder and CEO on the Impact of Authentic Brand Storytelling
January 19, 2023 at 8:14 pm

Maurice Contreras is founder and CEO of Volcanica Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster that imports 150-plus exotic coffees from volcanic regions around the world. While at the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York City earlier this week, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan spoke with Contreras about the company and his career background, the online shopping…

Inside Bean Box’s Holiday Strategy and Partnership With Walmart
January 4, 2023 at 11:54 am

 Since 2014, Bean Box has helped consumers discover and develop a love for gourmet coffee, sourced from some of the world’s best specialty coffee roasters. Its products focus on discovery, curation, and the tasting experience, and while it has reached a wide audience through its direct-to-consumer (D-to-C) model, until late 2021, the brand hadn’t really…

Indie Retailers Take Note: End-of-Year Checklist
December 1, 2022 at 3:28 pm

The New Year is fast approaching, and for a retail business, that means it's time to start thinking about closing out the year and preparing for the next. While it's a great time to reflect and set goals, it's also a time of year that creates a lot of “to-dos” for retailers. The holiday season…

5 Keys to Growing From Side Hustle to Top National Retail Leader
November 16, 2022 at 4:54 pm

Wholesale is a hugely competitive space, with thousands of new and long-established brands constantly vying for partnership and prime placement with top national retailers such as Walmart, CVS and Target. I’m proud to say that the company I founded in 2014, pH-D Feminine Health, now offers products at all these retailers (and many more). However,…

The Startup Challenge | Total Retail Tech 2022
September 29, 2022 at 2:45 pm

This video features the Startup Challenge session from Total Retail Tech 2022 in Nashville. Startup presenters included Chris Silver, Co-Founder and CEO, BambuMeta; Ileana Del Risco, CEO, Modi; and Nicole Phillips, Co-Founder and CEO, Qatch. Judges included Vanathy Lakshmi, Vice President, Product and Experiences, JCPenney; Erica Fortune, Senior Vice President, E-Commerce, Big Lots; and Kaitlin Hutchinson,…

Collars & Co. Founder on TikTok's Marketing Power
January 10, 2022 at 5:26 pm

In episode 331 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Justin Baer, founder of Collars & Co., a direct-to-consumer (D-to-C) brand that’s flipping the switch on elevated dresswear with a comfortable twist. Listen in as Baer discusses his entrepreneurial background, the inspiration behind Collars & Co. shirts' unique design, and and rapid growth of…

The New Next Gen: Melisse Shaban, Founder and CEO, Virtue Labs
April 29, 2021 at 5:07 pm

Women in Retail Leadership Circle, sister brand of Total Retail, is excited to announce the release of its latest report, New Next Gen: Meet the Women Who Have Transitioned Their Careers for Successful Second Acts. This report spotlights entrepreneurial women who have reinvented themselves and their careers after the age of 40. Through in-depth interviews, you’ll…

The New Next Gen: Women Reinventing Their Careers in Retail
March 18, 2021 at 7:05 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Melissa Campanelli and Kristina Stidham discuss a new report produced by Total Retail's sister brand, Women in Retail Leadership Circle. The New Next Gen: The Women Who Have Transitioned Their Careers for a Successful Second Act, celebrates 21 women who have reinvented themselves and their careers after…

Why Saying ‘No’ Helps Build Great Customer Experiences
January 25, 2021 at 1:37 pm

In the early days of a startup, founders almost unanimously have one common goal: growth. There’s an innate hunger amongst us, a thirst to land that huge customer or to achieve that next big milestone.  For many of us, we’re driven by that pursuit. The most successful founders are generally those who reach their goal…

Lessons Learned After Years in E-Commerce
December 9, 2020 at 3:28 pm

When my wife and I started a small e-commerce business in our living room seven years ago, we could have never imagined that we would grow it into a $100 million online fashion retailer. This journey has been full of ups and downs, opportunities and missteps. I couldn’t be more grateful for what we’ve achieved…