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Why Bright Cellars' CEO Joe Megibow Pivoted to 'Off the Shelf' Technology
November 16, 2023 at 3:54 pm

Joe Megibow is CEO of Bright Cellars, an online wine subscription company that uses data to pair people with wine they'll love. Megibow recently spoke at Total Retail Tech in Denver, delivering a keynote on why he opted for an "off the shelf" technology solution to quickly re-platform the business. In this video interview from the…

SuitShop Co-Founder Diana Ganz on Using Tech to Power Rapid Growth
November 9, 2023 at 8:01 pm

Diana Ganz is co-founder of SuitShop, a destination for affordable, size- and gender-inclusive, and yours-to-keep suiting. Ganz recently spoke on a panel discussing emerging technology trends at Total Retail Tech in Denver. In this video interview from the event, she provides a overview of the SuitShop business, identifies what she attributes the growth of the business to, and…

JCPenney Connects People, Processes and Technology for Transformation
October 19, 2023 at 2:54 pm

Vanathy Lakshmi is vice president of product and experiences at JCPenney, leading the iconic American brand through a major transformation. Lakshmi recently spoke at Total Retail Tech in Denver, delivering a keynote on strategies for better managing people, processes and technology. In this video interview from the event, she shares more about her role at JCPenney, how…

Dara Meath, Chief Technology Officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop | Total Retail Tech 2023
October 13, 2023 at 5:22 pm

This video features a keynote from Dara Meath, chief technology officer at Build-A-Bear Workshop, titled "Transforming Your Tech Organization in 90 Days or Less" from Total Retail Tech 2023 in Denver. Technology expert and current chief technology officer at Build-A-Bear Network, Dara Meath will share her real-world experiences from leading and transforming technology teams. She will detail the…

Joe Megibow, CEO, Bright Cellars | Total Retail Tech 2023
October 13, 2023 at 3:44 pm

This video features a keynote from Joe Megibow, CEO of Bright Cellars, titled "Why This CEO Opted for an 'Off the Shelf' Technology Solution" from Total Retail Tech 2023 in Denver. When Bright Cellars was launched over six years ago, there were few “off-the-shelf” solutions available for a subscription business. Over time, Bright Cellars built an entirely proprietary…

Vanathy Lakshmi, Vice President, Product and Experiences, JCPenney | Total Retail Tech 2023
October 13, 2023 at 3:03 pm

This video features a keynote from Vanathy Lakshmi, vice president of product and experiences at JCPenney, titled "A Strategy for Winning With People, Process and Technology" from Total Retail Tech 2023 in Denver. Transformation involves having a clear strategy, understanding your customers, and evolving the ways of working within to actually change not just the technology, but also…

The Startup Challenge | Total Retail Tech 2023
October 11, 2023 at 2:36 pm

This video features the startup challenge session from Total Retail Tech 2023 in Denver. Startup presenters include Chelsie Hall, CEO, ViralMoment and Madisen Dewey, head of product marketing, TYB (Try Your Best). Judges include Jessica Coogan, vice president of digital commerce, James Avery Artisan Jewelry; and Jeff Haddox, chief digital officer, RuffleButts; Alexandra Mason, vice president, portfolio…

Panel: Ingraining Belonging and Inclusivity Into Future Talent Investment and Growth | Total Retail Tech 2023
October 11, 2023 at 1:39 pm

This video features a panel discussing DEI from Total Retail Tech 2023 in Denver. Speakers include Richard Armour, chief digital officer, At Home; Roz Johnson, senior vice president, chief people officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop; Danielle LaFleur, president, Bandier; and moderator Monica Williams, chief consulting officer, The Equity Project. Studies have proven that more diverse teams and organizations perform…

How Jim Gilbert Grew His DTC Brand 100% YoY for 4 Consecutive Years
June 29, 2023 at 5:10 pm

Jim Gilbert is co-founder and chief marketing officer of direct-to-consumer (DTC) brand Premo Natural Products. In this video interview, Gilbert discusses why, after years of marketing consulting work, he decided it was time to build his own e-commerce company with its flagship product, Premo Guard Bed Bug & Mite Sprays. He shares how Premo has grown over 100 percent year-over-year…

Key Highlights and Trends From Shoptalk 2023
March 30, 2023 at 9:28 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Marie Albiges and Joe Keenan discuss the key themes and trends being discussed during the Shoptalk 2023 conference in Las Vegas this week. They also touch upon highlights from sessions held at the Women in Retail Pavilion, hosted by Women in Retail Leadership Circle, sister brand of Total Retail.

Why Total Retail Tech is a Must-Attend Event in 2023
March 23, 2023 at 6:13 pm

Simply put, Total Retail Tech brings the right people together for the right conversations. By matching like-minded retail executives, Total Retail Tech enables honest and open discussions about technology and other business challenges. Furthermore, instead of learning about technologies you don’t need or can’t implement, Total Retail Tech matches the right retailers with the right technology…

Volcanica Coffee's Founder and CEO on the Impact of Authentic Brand Storytelling
January 19, 2023 at 8:14 pm

Maurice Contreras is founder and CEO of Volcanica Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster that imports 150-plus exotic coffees from volcanic regions around the world. While at the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York City earlier this week, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan spoke with Contreras about the company and his career background, the online shopping…

'Less Tolerance for Talk Without Action': What Retailers Are Getting Right About DEI
October 27, 2022 at 3:22 pm

Numerous studies have shown that racial and ethnic minorities, as well as women, are still woefully underrepresented in technology roles. However, the retail tech industry doesn't just have a diversity issue; there's an inclusivity issue as well. At a session focused on diversifying your tech workforce during last month's Total Retail Tech event in Nashville,…

Tim Simmons, Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Sam's Club | Total Retail Tech 2022
September 30, 2022 at 12:06 pm

This video features an interview with Tim Simmons, senior vice president and chief product officer of Sam's Club, and moderator Kathy Kimple, executive director of OSF Digital, at Total Retail Tech 2022 in Nashville. Sam’s Club, the membership warehouse club division of Walmart Inc., is well-known for being a retail innovator that’s constantly experimenting with…

Chandra Holt, CEO and President, Conn's HomePlus | Total Retail Tech 2022
September 30, 2022 at 12:06 pm

This video features an interview with Chandra Holt, CEO and president of Conn's HomePlus, and moderator Laura Wheeler, managing director at Ankura, at Total Retail Tech 2022 in Nashville. Named CEO and president of Conn’s HomePlus in August 2021, Chandra Holt has been hard at work the past year transforming the regional furniture and appliances retailer into a…

Asha Saxena, CEO and Founder, Women Leaders in Data and AI | Total Retail Tech 2022
September 30, 2022 at 11:54 am

This video features a keynote, The AI Factor: How Retailers Can Extract Value From Data, delivered by Asha Saxena, CEO and founder of Women Leaders in Data and AI, at Total Retail Tech 2022 in Nashville. There has been an acceleration of digitalization resulting in more data than ever. Organizations are thinking about how they can…

JC Curleigh, President and CEO, Gibson Brands | Total Retail Tech 2022
September 29, 2022 at 2:49 pm

This video features a keynote, How JC Curleigh Brought Gibson Brands Back to Life, delivered by JC Curleigh, president and CEO of Gibson Brands, at Total Retail Tech 2022 in Nashville. James “JC” Curleigh had no idea what was about to happen after making a call to Gibson — one of his favorite brands — in the fall…

The Startup Challenge | Total Retail Tech 2022
September 29, 2022 at 2:45 pm

This video features the Startup Challenge session from Total Retail Tech 2022 in Nashville. Startup presenters included Chris Silver, Co-Founder and CEO, BambuMeta; Ileana Del Risco, CEO, Modi; and Nicole Phillips, Co-Founder and CEO, Qatch. Judges included Vanathy Lakshmi, Vice President, Product and Experiences, JCPenney; Erica Fortune, Senior Vice President, E-Commerce, Big Lots; and Kaitlin Hutchinson,…

Panel: Diversifying Your Tech Workforce Starts With Inclusive Hiring and Retention Practices | Total Retail Tech 2022
September 29, 2022 at 2:33 pm

This video features a panel discussing diversity in the retail tech workforce from Total Retail Tech 2022 in Nashville. Speakers include Sneha Narahalli, Vice President, Head of Product (Digital, Data and MarTech), Sephora; Manju Thomas, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Stitch Fix; Aaron Limonthas, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Shipt; and moderator Ayana Parsons, Senior…