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Kohl's to Sell Fanatics’ Licensed Sports Gear Online
May 20, 2019 at 1:39 pm

Kohl’s announced that it has signed a long-term deal with Fanatics to sell the sports retailer's licensed gear exclusively on Kohls.com, starting this fall. Fanatics had already been a wholesale partner of Kohl’s. The new deal, however, will enable Kohl's online shoppers access to hundreds of thousands of items across team apparel, jerseys and additional merchandise for men,…

An Inside Look at the State of Retail Talent
May 17, 2019 at 11:11 am

According to the latest sales forecast from the National Retail Federation, retail sales are expected to increase between 3.8 percent and 4.4 percent this year. For retailers looking to snag a piece of the $3.8 trillion pie, hiring qualified retail talent who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the business will be key. In fact, according…

Why Retail Recruiting is So Different Than Other Industries
May 15, 2019 at 10:44 am

The talent recruitment process is unique to every industry. Retail is certainly one of the more interesting ones. Retail is a world defined by trends — both internal and external. Additionally, it's one of the largest industries on the face of the planet, with sales projected to top $26 trillion by the end of 2019.…

Bed Bath & Beyond's CEO Stepping Down
May 13, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Bed Bath & Beyond announced today that its CEO Steven Temares is stepping down, amid increasing pressure from activist investors pushing for changes at the company. Mary Winston, who was recently named to Bed Bath & Beyond's board, will serve as interim CEO until a replacement is found. The company said Temares is also resigning from Bed Bath…

Sears’ New Logo Gets Mixed Reviews
May 10, 2019 at 2:14 pm

Sears unveiled a new logo earlier this month on its social media channels, and it's generating mixed reviews from consumers. In addition to the logo, Sears debuted a new slogan as well: "making moments matter." The new slogan was featured in a video the company published on Facebook in late April. Sears said the new logo was…

Madison Reed CEO Amy Errett on Why Getting Fired Was the Greatest Gift of Her Life
May 8, 2019 at 11:54 am

The 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit kicked off last week with an energetic and powerful keynote presentation from Amy Errett, founder and CEO of Madison Reed, a hair color brand for women. In the opening keynote, titled "One Woman’s Journey to Disrupting a Multibillion Dollar Industry," Errett discussed how she was able — with determination, tenacity, passion and an innovative mind-set — to take on the multibillion dollar hair-dye industry and completely disrupt it.

Women Retail Leaders Share Career Challenges and Lessons Learned
April 23, 2019 at 2:35 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 innovative female minds leading some of the top retail organizations and brands in the industry today. As part of…

Bed Bath & Beyond Shuffles Board in Response to Shareholder Pressure
April 22, 2019 at 3:04 pm

Bed Bath & Beyond today announced that in response to shareholder feedback it will transform its current board of directors. The board will now comprise 10 directors (as opposed to 12), nine of whom are independent and six of whom are women. Five current independent directors will step down.The transformed board will reflect significant diversity across…

With Market Correction Looming, Retailers Evaluate Change
April 19, 2019 at 12:36 pm

As retailers negotiate bankruptcies, competitors creeping into their margins, changing consumer behavior, and the prospect of a widely anticipated economic downturn, the imperative for survival has never been more keenly felt. The majority of retailers are stuck in survival mode. Of the 300 retail executives who assessed their organization’s overall health in BDO’s 2019 Retail…

How the New Silo-Less Organization is Creating a CX Evolution
April 19, 2019 at 12:20 pm

The customer experience (CX) doesn’t start when the customer arrives. Internal processes, methods and data are the building blocks — and perhaps the limiters — on the quality of every customer experience. To deliver experiences that will win customers back time and time again, brands are digging deeper than polished scripts, perfected web pages and…

The North Face to Close 113 Stores in U.S. and Canada on Earth Day
April 18, 2019 at 3:12 pm

The North Face said this week that it will close its global headquarters and its 113 stores in the U.S. and Canada on Earth Day, April 22. The action is part of a campaign to make Earth Day an officially recognized holiday. The VF Corp.-owned brand said closing its doors on Earth Day will provide its employees ample opportunity…

Top Women in Retail Gather at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit
April 16, 2019 at 3:38 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, highlights the women leading some of the top retail organizations and brands in the industry today. In addition to this annual print issue, WIRLC…

Best Buy Names Corie Barry CEO
April 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Best Buy said on Monday that Corie Barry, the company’s chief financial and strategic transformation officer, will become its new CEO, effective June 11. Barry will be the first woman ever to serve in this role. In addition, she will join Best Buy's board of directors, which will expand to 13 directors. Hubert Joly, who is…

Jeff Bezos Challenges Rivals to Match Amazon’s $15 Minimum Wage
April 11, 2019 at 2:08 pm

Amazon.com's CEO Jeff Bezos called on other retailers to match Amazon’s benefits and $15 minimum wage in his annual letter to shareholders filed Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "Today I challenge our top retail competitors (you know who you are!) to match our employee benefits and our $15 minimum wage," Bezos wrote.…

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…

Signet Jewelers to Shutter 150 Stores
April 8, 2019 at 1:36 pm

Signet Jewelers Limited, the world's largest retailer of diamond jewelry, said last week that it's planning to close 150 underperforming stores during its current fiscal year and that by fiscal year's end it plans to reduce its store base by 13 percent over a three-year period, according to a company press release. Signet, which has 3,300 stores…

Target Raises its Minimum Wage to $13 an Hour
April 4, 2019 at 11:48 am

Target Corp will raise its U.S. minimum wage to $13 an hour in June, from $12 currently, increasing its payroll costs and putting new pressure on rival Walmart to attract retail workers in a tight labor market. Minneapolis-based Target employs over 300,000 workers and runs 1,845 stores in the United States. The company is investing…

2019 Top Women in Retail: A Q&A With Sharon Leite, CEO, The Vitamin Shoppe
April 2, 2019 at 9:27 am

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. As part of the special…

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…