Articles on retail leadership and executives.

  1. Channel: Marketplace
American singer, songwriter and businesswoman Beyoncé’s new haircare brand, Cécred, has gone live on Shopify. After teasing her fans (aka the BeyHive) about the venture last May, Beyoncé recently took to social media to announce her first ever beauty brand. Captioning a post on Instagram with “hair is sacred”, an accompanying video interspersed archive footage […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Target has announced the launch of its new “dealworthy” private label that it says “features low prices on nearly 400 everyday no-frills basics, providing incredible value on apparel & accessories, essentials & beauty, electronics and home items — from laundry detergent and toothbrushes to undergarments, paper plates and more — without sacrificing quality for the […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The modern retail business owner knows these facts: their customers expect an experience that’s efficient, effortless, and caters to their preferred way of buying. As consumer shopping habits continue to evolve — expedited in part due to the global pandemic that forever changed how we buy — retail operators must remain at the forefront of […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s no surprise that AI is reshaping the way businesses operate even at this very second. But does that mean for you to also hop on the bandwagon and implement it just because your competitors are? Well, the answer could be a yes or a no, depending on the type of business operation you seek […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Beyond, Inc. — parent company of Bed Bath & Beyond and Overstock.com — has appointed new CEOs for both brands, and also named Camping World CEO and TV personality Marcus Lemonis as Executive Chairman of its board of directors. The appointments follow the abrupt departure of former Beyond CEO Jonathan Johnson in November 2023. Johnson […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Our guest this week is Beth Ann Kaminkow, Global CEO, VMLY&R who joins us to talk about the ever changing landscape of retail and consumer branding, customer engagement, and loyalty. In particular with dip into what defines high performance retail and the emerging world of “creative commerce.”  We also get a sneak preview of her […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
In episode 440 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Ariela Nerubay, chief marketing officer and digital transformation evangelist at Curacao, a department store chain and retail lender that services underserved U.S. communities on the West Coast. Listen in as Nerubay provides an overview of the company (0:50), discusses the services and products provided […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Xpeng, a electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, is gearing up for a significant expansion. The company’s CEO, He Xiaopeng, revealed plans to hire 4,000 new employees and invest heavily in artificial intelligence (AI) technology. In a letter addressed to the company’s staff, Xiaopeng highlighted the fierce competition in the EV industry, likening it to a potential […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
It’s the way of the world that giant corporations have the resources to crush their competition, especially when they attain a dominant position in the marketplace. The goliaths of Amazon.com and eBay did this to SMBs when they started offering FREE returns of online purchases. To be fair, the big companies probably didn’t foresee the […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Secretary of State for Business and Trade Kemi Badenoch has responded angrily to allegations about the government’s management of the Post Office and treatment of victims of the Horizon scandal. In an interview with the Sunday Times former Post Office chairman Harry Staunton said he… This story continues at Government vs ex-Post Office boss ‘compensation […]
  1. Data & Insights
Earlier this month: “Meta Platforms Inc. tripled its profit and posted sharply higher revenue in the final quarter of 2023, boosted by a rebound in digital advertising as well cost cutting and layoffs in what CEO Mark Zuckerberg called the “year of efficiency.”” Meta increased revenue by over 25 percent from year ago with nearly […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
With an eye on its goal of becoming the leading family footwear retailer in the U.S., Shoe Carnival has acquired the 53-year-old Rogan’s Shoes for $45 million in cash. The addition of Rogan’s 28 stores throughout the Midwest makes Shoe Carnival the market leader in Wisconsin and establishes a store base for the company in […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
Seeking to better serve the estimated one in four American adults with a disability, Starbucks will use its new Inclusive Spaces Framework for all newly opened and renovated company-owned stores in the U.S. The first store, in Washington, D.C., features optimized lighting and acoustics for better visual and audible communication and accessible equipment designs for […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
  Regular readers of this blog know that the restaurant industry is facing a labor crisis, as many operators struggle to find and retain qualified staff. Some may be tempted to hire experienced executives from other restaurants, hoping to benefit from their expertise and connections. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Target has introduced a new low-price owned brand called Dealworthy — featuring more than 400 products ranging in price from less than $1 to $10 — and revamped its 15-year-old everyday essentials brand Up&Up with new branding, product reformulations and additions to the assortment. Target’s owned brands are one of the most successful pieces of its […]
  1. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
Guess? has partnered with the global brand management firm WHP Global — which owns the Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us brands as well as a stake in Express — to acquire the New York-based fashion brand Rag & Bone. The deal is expected to close during Q1 of the Guess? 2025 fiscal year, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
FMI-The Food Industry Association is out with its new “Food Industry Contributions to Health and Well-Being 2024” report, noting that “as Americans’ interest in nutrition and healthy eating has increased in recent years, companies across the food industry have implemented numerous initiatives to support consumers’ health needs and priorities.” Some findings from the report: •  […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Claire’s evolution from retailer to lifestyle brand continues with the appointment of IMG as its global licensing partner to create a range of Claire’s-branded products. Under the multi-year agreement, IMG will bring to market complementary products that support Claire’s brand purpose of inspiring self-expression and individuality, in categories including apparel, fashion accessories and room décor […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In the U.S., ecommerce spending is estimated to reach $1.7 trillion by 2027 – representing over 20% of overall retail sales. Additionally, global ecommerce spending could surpass $7 trillion as early as 2025. With the sector continuing to experience accelerated growth, major retailers are looking for ways to maintain and build trust while dramatically improving […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
In mid-January, I had the pleasure of attending the NRF “Big Show” Conference in New York City. As always, it was great to meet new people, reconnect with prior colleagues, and finally meet some people in person — we have been on video calls way too often in the past three years! As expected, retailers […]
  1. Data & Insights
As the retail industry evolves, strategies for success have dramatically shifted. Gone are the days of static store layouts, now replaced by a dynamic, data-driven approach that requires ongoing iteration. For retailers to thrive in 2024, a refocusing of key performance indicators (KPIs) is essential. Central to this new approach is understanding and maximizing foot […]
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When Valentine’s Day approaches, the world’s craving for fresh roses reaches its peak. Swissport, a leader in the global logistics arena, orchestrates the movement of over 9,000 tons of these love tokens through its acclaimed Flower Corridor, spanning from the Kenyan highlands to Europe.
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Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The Sky Bridges Standalone walled gardens are transforming into an interconnected network of fortresses. It’s not that walled gardens are opening up, exactly, but individual platforms are now actively partnering to allow one-to-one user targeting and other use cases among themselves – but […]
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ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported solid results for its fourth quarter and 2023 fiscal year, with full-year sales and earnings per share in line with expectations. Fourth quarter net sales were €23.0 billion ($24.65 billion), up 1.9% at constant exchange rates and down 1.4% at actual exchange rates. Comparable sales, excluding gas, increased […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
  2. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
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  6. Corporate Strategy
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  14. Stores & Formats
The Wall Street Journal reports that “Walmart is shopping in the TV aisle to help grow its advertising business.  The retail giant is in talks to buy smart television-manufacturer Vizio for more than $2 billion, according to people familiar with the situation. The move would give Walmart more places where it can sell ads and pitch […]
  1. Data & Insights
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  9. Merchandising
We just launched the YipitData Consumer Spend Index (YCSI),  a measure of overall and category-level non-seasonally adjusted US retail sales as observed in a large transaction panel.  In January, YCSI showed consumer spending Y/Y growth (ex-gas stations) decelerated slightly from December. Y/Y growth in core retail sales was relatively stable over this period. YCSI saw […]