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.

Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.

Los Angeles-based Forever 21 Inc. has unveiled an additional 6,300-sq.-ft. of space at its Oxford Street store in London, according to The store now features 39,000 sq. ft. of space, allowing the retailer to display more products, including its accessories, lingerie and cosmetics lines. The retailer also has added a store in Manchester, northern England, to its U.K. portfolio. The 20,000-sq.-ft. store is located in the Trafford Centre mall, and is expected to become the retailer’s second largest in the United Kingdom in terms of volume. SAVE | EMAIL | PRINT | MOST POPULAR | RSS DDI's

After a seven-year run as head of The Vermont Country Store, Bill Shouldice will step down at the end of the year as president and CEO and turn the reins over to the Orton family. Shouldice announced his plans Thursday to resign as head of the family-owned catalog and retail store business that was founded by Vrest and Ellen Orton in 1946. “I was brought in … to really help the family to take the business to the next level,” Shouldice said during an interview Thursday. “That included building a management team, making strategic investments in the business and

Los Angeles-based American Apparel Inc. announced the opening of a new in-store shop within Selfridges department store in London. Situated at Manchester's Exchange Square, the new 156-sq.-ft. location is American Apparel's second in-store boutique in Manchester, and the company’s fifth in-store collaboration with Selfridges. The new Manchester shop will be the first location opened by American Apparel in 2012. Currently, American Apparel operates approximately 249 stores in 20 countries. SAVE | EMAIL | PRINT | MOST POPULAR | RSS DDI's RetailDesignDiva blog is dedicated to retail design issues, opinions and frustrations of the day.Read the Diva's recent rantings.

Los Angeles-based American Apparel Inc. opened two more in-store shops inside two locations of London-based department store Selfridges, as the clothing retailer continues its efforts to expand into new markets and open new distribution channels, according to The new locations in Manchester and Birmingham follow the 2010 opening of the American Apparel concession at the Selfridges department store in London. "We're continuing to build American Apparel as an international brand and expanding our partnership with Selfridges is the perfect way to do it," said Marsha Brady, a creative director for American Apparel. SAVE | EMAIL | PRINT |

Not sure where you are right now, but unless it's Alaska or Antartica, you're probably somewhere where the air is hot and humid. (I know I am, as I write this column from my home office in Brooklyn, N.Y. in early July.) That's why I thought I'd take a look at some cool (get it, cool) retail technology trends I've heard about recently.

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