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A Recap of the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit
May 3, 2019 at 2:17 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Kristina Stidham and Joe Keenan recap the Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS), an annual event held by Total Retail’s sister brand, Women in Retail leadership Circle. The 2019 Summit took place this week in Miami, and over 350 women retail leaders attended. The three-day event featured…

Women in Retail Leadership Circle Releases its 2019 Top Women in Retail Issue
March 22, 2019 at 11:32 am

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Executive Editor Joe Keenan is joined by Total Retail Editor-in-Chief and Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli to discuss the recently released 2019 Top Women in Retail issue. The Top Women in Retail report recognizes 16 leading women executives in the retail industry. The honorees were chosen based…

Industry Insights From the NRF Foundation Gala Purple Carpet
February 12, 2019 at 2:07 pm

Dozens of retail and nominated startup executives walked the purple carpet at the 2019 NRF Foundation Gala in January. Total Retail spoke to some of the featured guests to find out which retail trends they're most closely following in 2019, as well as what their personal and/or professional goals are for the new year. Watch…

What Retailers Can Learn From Our 2018 Game Changers
October 5, 2018 at 9:10 am

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss Total Retail's 2018 Game Changers list, which highlights the entrepreneurs and startup businesses that are disrupting the retail industry. Six digital-native brands have been named this year's Game Changers, and this resource provides exclusive insights into the company founders’ business acumen…

An Analysis of Total Retail's 2018 Salary Benchmark Report
July 6, 2018 at 10:06 am

In this week's episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss key findings from the 2018 Salary Benchmark Report. This resource can be of help to both retail employees as well as employers as they look to negotiate fair and competitive compensation packages. Download the report today to empower yourself with…

Retailers Invest in Store Associates as Labor Market Tightens
June 8, 2018 at 12:05 pm

In this week's episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss retailers’ efforts to retain workers, particularly store associates, as the country's labor market tightens. Walmart's decision to offer a tuition subsidy to employees who enroll in college courses to earn degrees in business or supply chain management is the latest…

Marvin Ellison Manages Work/Life Balance by Planing Ahead
June 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm

Marvin Ellison, CEO and chairman of J.C. Penney, was honored at the Father of the Year Awards last week in New York City. In this video from the event, Ellison talks with Total Retail's Melissa Campanelli about what family time means to him and how he achieves work/life balance.

A Retail Exec's 'Happy and Humble' Hiring Strategy
April 5, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Miki Racine Berardelli is the CEO of KIDBOX, a kids' style box that gives back to the community. In this interview with Total Retail's Taylor Knight, Berardelli gives you an inside peak into her hiring strategy, including her recommendation to hire "happy and humble" employees.

TUMI's Chief Digital Officer Succeeds With a Fast-Moving Team
March 29, 2017 at 4:38 pm

Charlie Cole, chief digital officer at TUMI, leads his team to success by moving fast. In this video, Cole describes his leadership style and what advice he has for retail executives looking to keep fresh ideas rolling in.

Retail Right Now: January 27
January 27, 2017 at 8:42 am

In this week's episode of Retail Right Now, we recap President Trump's so-called border adjustment tax proposal — and the retailer that's lobbying against it; the FTC's rumored concerns with the Walgreens-Rite Aid merger; and Lowe's leadership changes. Also, be sure to check out our video and podcast coverage of the National Retail Federation's Big Show.

Retail Executives Predict the Biggest Industry Trend for 2017
January 25, 2017 at 9:01 am

At the NRF Foundation Gala in New York City last month, Total Retail spoke with executives from leading companies such as Nike, West Elm, Disney, Modell's, and Walker & Company to find out what they thought would be the biggest trend impacting the retail industry in 2017.

What Leadership, Mentorship Means to Top Retail Executives
January 20, 2017 at 4:47 pm

At the NRF Foundation Gala in New York City last week, Total Retail's Editor-in-Chief Melissa Campanelli interviewed some of today's top retail executives about leadership and mentorship. Here's what leaders from brands like Nike, BJ's Wholesale Club and Disney had to say.

Tech Talk: Know Your Prospects' Most Recent Online Searches
November 21, 2016 at 9:46 am

In this episode of Tech Talk, Thorin McGee speaks with Ron Jacobson, CEO and co-founder of Rockerbox, a customer acquisition and insights platform for the "modern marketer." Rockerbox allows marketers to see what people are searching for online 30 to 60 minutes prior in order to better target them. Additionally, Rockerbox was a finalist in the Hot Zone competition at the DMA &THEN event in October, receiving pilots from major companies.

Tech Talk: Email for Customer Acquisition
September 1, 2016 at 5:14 am

Email is a great marketing tool for customer acquisition. However, it’s easy for emails to get blocked by firewalls or marked as spam by recipients. So how can brands reach new customers through email? In this episode of Tech Talk, Tim Swigor, founder and CEO of Email Append LLC — an email data solutions provider — explains how his company allows brands to email potential customers without being seen as “spammers.”

Getting to the Bottom of MeUndies’ Success
June 15, 2016 at 2:05 pm

In this interview from the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition, Melissa Campanelli, editor-in-chief of Total Retail, chats with Bryan Lalezarian, CEO of e-commerce underwear startup MeUndies, about the history of the company and how it's been able to achieve 10x growth since launching four years ago.

College Mail That Makes the Grade
May 14, 2015 at 9:25 am

Direct mail from colleges to high school students doesn't have to be dull. Join Who's Mailing What!'s Paul Bobnak as he looks at how to stand out to students (and parents) deciding where to continue their education. To learn more about this mailing and others like it, log in to