Melissa Campanelli is Editor-in-Chief of Total Retail. She is an industry veteran, having covered all aspects of retail, tech, digital, e-commerce, and marketing over the past 20 years. Melissa is also the co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle.

If you're one to predict if the holidays will be successful by how many seasonal employees companies hire, than this year we're going to be seeing a lot of happy retailers. Several companies have announced that they’re ramping up their seasonal hiring for the holidays.


Christmas 2013 shaped up as the biggest challenge ever for everyone working anywhere within the retail supply chain and logistics world. The number of gifts bought from retailers — both online and in brick-and-mortar stores — will probably hit an all-time record. Yet, because of a quirk in the calendar this year, the holiday shopping season in the U.S. is as short as it possibly can be — 26 days, down nearly a week from 32 days last year.


For those of you who love to shop on Gilt.com — the New York City-based online retailer specializing in offering high-end designer apparel and accessories, home goods and more for up to 60 percent off retail every day — but always wanted to try on the dress or shoes of your dreams before buying, then your ship has come in. From June 28 through July 28, Gilt will open its first-ever designer pop-up outlet in Louisville.

Fan Outfitters, a Lexington-based chain of sports clothing stores that includes two Louisville locations, has been sold to an Indianapolis company for an undisclosed price. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Lids Sports Group, a subsidiary of...

A federal judge approved a $40 million class-action settlement Monday between Skechers USA Inc. and consumers who bought toning shoes after ads made unfounded claims that the footwear would help people lose weight and strengthen muscles. U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell in Louisville approved the deal, which covers more than 520,000 claims. About 1,000 people eligible for coverage by the settlement opted not to take part.

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