Startups

Top Women in Retail Over the Years (Plus Female Founders)
April 9, 2019 at 2:09 pm

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), sister brand of Total Retail, recently released its ninth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This annual feature, a joint effort of Total Retail and WIRLC, shines a spotlight on the women leading some of the top retail organizations and brands in the industry today. Over the course of the…

FashionPass Sues Rent the Runway, Cites an ‘Anti-Competitive Scheme’
March 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm

FashionPass, an Los Angeles-based fashion rental business, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against fashion rental service leader Rent the Runway, reports Footwear News. The suit alleges Rent the Runway "embarked upon a wrongful, anti-competitive scheme and conspiracy to eliminate competition from FashionPass, rather than fairly competing against FashionPass in the marketplace," according to an email sent…

Why Industry Disruptor Dirty Lemon is Investing in Physical Retail
March 3, 2019 at 11:25 am

In episode 185 of Total Retail Talks, Executive Editor Joe Keenan interviews Zak Normandin, founder and CEO of Iris Nova, parent company of innovative beverage brand Dirty Lemon, which sells it products via a direct-to-consumer conversational commerce model. Normandin addresses retail and grocery/CPG industry disruption, the future of text messaging as a commerce channel, and…

What Sets D-to-C Brands Apart From Traditional Retail
February 20, 2019 at 9:09 am

Recently, it’s been impossible to walk down a city street, ride the subway or scroll through Instagram without coming across an ad for a popular new direct-to-consumer (D-to-C) brand. These industry disruptors are positioning themselves independently from the retail giants that once owned the space, and instead selling straight to the consumer. From toothbrushes and mattresses…

A Chat With Jeremy Parker, Founder of Swag.com
January 7, 2019 at 10:43 am

Jeremy Parker is the founder of Swag.com, a custom promotional products e-commerce retailer. He spoke with Avenue Code about the importance of passionate entrepreneurship and of focusing on consumers’ core needs. Anna Vander Wall: Swag.com customizes an impressive breadth of promotional products for Facebook, Google, Amazon.com, WeWork, Microsoft, Harry’s, Starbucks, Netflix, and more. How did…

Procter & Gamble Acquires Walker & Company
December 13, 2018 at 2:28 pm

Procter & Gamble, the consumer packaged goods company known for such household staples as Tide and Old Spice, will acquire Walker & Company Brands, the company that makes health and beauty products for people of color launched by entrepreneur Tristan Walker five years ago. Walker & Company Brands will operate as a separate and wholly-owned…

Game Changers: Scot and Jacq Tatelman, Co-Founders, STATE Bags
October 16, 2018 at 3:10 pm

This is an excerpt from an interview conducted with Scot and Jacq Tatelman, co-founders of STATE Bags, a New York-based startup that sells high-end bags and backpacks for men, women and children, while practicing a get one, give one model — for every STATE bag purchased, the company hand-delivers a backpack filled with school supplies and…

Retail Game Changers’ 2019 Industry Forecasts
October 9, 2018 at 10:29 am

The answers featured below come from Total Retail's fourth annual Game Changers issue, sponsored by Emarsys. The goal of this issue is to highlight the entrepreneurs and startup businesses that are disrupting the traditional retail industry, whether it be it through digital innovation, unique product, enhancements to the supply chain, or a multitude of other ways. We…

What Retailers Can Learn From Our 2018 Game Changers
October 5, 2018 at 9:10 am

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss Total Retail's 2018 Game Changers list, which highlights the entrepreneurs and startup businesses that are disrupting the retail industry. Six digital-native brands have been named this year's Game Changers, and this resource provides exclusive insights into the company founders’ business acumen…