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.

Ikea has stopped plans by thousands of people to play hide-and-seek in its maze-like stores in the Netherlands. After a spirited round of the children's game attracted hundreds of people to a Belgian Ikea outlet last summer, the world's biggest furniture retailer has forbidden similar events in several of its Dutch stores, citing safety reasons. The organizers of the games, who got word out over Facebook, are now looking for alternative locations.

The pressure is on for apparel retailers, as two new competitors are planning their entry into the U.S. discount space. Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M said on Thursday it will bring two of its secondary retail brands, & Other Stories and COS, to the U.S. this year. Last week, General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani told CNBC the retailer was looking to bring these concepts to the U.S. The higher-priced COS brand will open two domestic locations, in

In the case of New York jewelry versus Swiss watches (Swatch), a Dutch arbitration court has ruled in favor of the Swiss, ordering Tiffany to pay nearly half a billion dollars in damages to Swatch, the companies announced Sunday afternoon. As a result of the punitive damages, Tiffany slashed its full-year fiscal 2013 outlook. The Netherlands Arbitration Institute ruled that Tiffany must pay Swatch $449 million as a result of a contractual dispute that arose as a result of a joint venture the two companies entered in 2007. 

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