Startups

Casper Plans to Open Physical Stores
November 22, 2016 at 11:31 am

Online mattress brand Casper has plans to open a fleet of physical stores, according to help wanted ads placed on its website. The two-year-old company has plans to sell its foam mattresses — which are currently delivered tightly folded in a box and inflate on their own when opened — in other stores, and to even…

Game Changers: Jodie Fox, Shoes of Prey
September 6, 2016 at 9:18 am

The last of our game changers is Jodie Fox, co-founder and chief creative officer, Shoes of Prey, an on-demand customized women's shoes retailer. Below is our interview with Jodie, which appeared in the summer issue of Total Retail. (And here are interviews with our other game changers: Meaghan Rose, Rocksbox; Luke Sherwin, Casper; Chris Lindland, Betabrand; Kate…

Game Changers: Rakesh Tondon, Le Tote
August 31, 2016 at 5:58 pm

Rakesh Tondon is the co-founder and CEO of Le Tote, a women's apparel and accessories subscription service. He's also a retail industry game changer. Here's our interview with Rakesh, which appeared in the summer issue of Total Retail. (Here are interviews with our other game changers: Meaghan Rose, Rocksbox; Luke Sherwin, Casper; Chris Lindland, Betabrand; and Kate…

Game Changers: Kate Doerksen, DITTO
August 30, 2016 at 10:20 am

Our next retail industry game changer is Kate Doerksen, co-founder and CEO of DITTO, an online retailer of designer glasses and sunglasses that leverages virtual try-on technology to ensure customers get the perfect fitting pair of glasses. (Here’s profile one, Meaghan Rose, Rocksbox; profile two, Luke Sherwin, Casper; and profile three, Chris Lindland, Betabrand.) Total…

Game Changers: Chris Lindland, Betabrand
August 25, 2016 at 9:58 am

In our third Game Changers profile, I interview Chris Lindland, founder and CEO of Betabrand, an online apparel retailer and crowdfunding platform. (Here’s profile one, Meaghan Rose, Rocksbox, and profile two, Luke Sherwin, Casper.) Total Retail: Where did you get the inspiration to launch your company? Chris Lindland: From the maker movement and creative community…

Game Changers: Luke Sherwin, Casper
August 23, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Here’s the second of six profiles of retail industry game changers. Today’s interview is with Luke Sherwin, co-founder and chief creative officer of Casper, a mattress delivery company. (Here's profile one, Meaghan Rose, Rocksbox.) Total Retail: Where did you get the inspiration to launch your company? Luke Sherwin: In 2013, we observed people beginning to…

Young Entrepreneur Leads DESIAR Into Bright Future
August 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

In episode 49 of Total Retail Talks, I interview Jamal Robinson, founder and president of DESIAR. DESIAR is an online retailer of handcrafted wooden sunglasses that was founded in a college dorm room. Robinson talks about the brand's journey as well as his personal goals for growing the business.

Game Changers: Meaghan Rose, Rocksbox
August 18, 2016 at 11:04 am

Here's the first of six profiles of retail industry game changers. Today's interview is with Meaghan Rose, founder and CEO of Rocksbox, a premium jewelry subscription service. (This is Total Retail's second annual profile of entrepreneurs disrupting the retail industry. Here are last year's: Rachel Shechtman, STORY; Ryan Babenzien, Greats; MaryAnn Bekkedahl, Keep; Vishaal Melwani,…

The New Normal
August 15, 2016 at 7:37 pm

It’s a whole new retail game out there. Digital disrupters — i.e., companies and/or people with digital models that disrupt a profitable, even booming, industry such as retail — are the new normal. These companies generally make the same products and offer the same services as the companies they’re disrupting, but make them readily available…

Birchbox’s Investors Are Giving it a $15M Lifeline
August 3, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Birchbox has been thrown a lifeline. Re/code reports the beauty startup has raised a new $15 million round of financing from its current investors to help keep it afloat amid a major cash crunch. Luckily, Birchbox's investors — such as First Round Capital and Accel Partners — are continuing to back the company, while the brand…