Leadership

Is it Dec. 26 Yet?

The holiday sprint has begun! As retailers (and let's face it, consumers), Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day can be somewhat of a blur. Christmas shopping; end-of-fourth-quarter meetings; first-quarter planning; company Christmas parties; holiday events at our kids’ schools; baking Christmas cookies; dealing with family members; holiday drinks with friends; etc. Whew! All of this activity…
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Managing Through Record 2019 USPS Rate Increases

Recently, the USPS proposed a record price increase. The proposed hike must first be approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. If approved, which is expected, the higher rates will go into effect on Jan. 27, 2019. This will be the biggest rate increase in USPS history. Here are some of the significant proposed 2019 USPS Shipping rate changes:
 

A Little WIRLC: On the Road Inspiration

Hello Inner Circle readers! Well, our first Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road event was a huge success (if we must say so ourselves!). The event, which took place at the Stewart Hotel in New York City, featured fabulous keynote speakers, panel discussions, pop-up shops, unique networking opportunities and, of course, fantastic swag.…
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It's Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road Season!

Hello Inner Circle readers! As you read this, we're hard at work setting up for our first Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road event in New York City. The event, taking place at the Stewart Hotel, will feature fabulous keynote speakers, panel discussions, pop-up shops, unique networking opportunities and, of course, swag bags. We…
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Game Changers: Jeanne Foley and Diana Ganz, Co-Founders, The Groomsman Suit

This interview is featured in Total Retail's fourth annual Game Changers report. Total Retail is a sister brand of Women in Retail Leadership Circle. The Game Changers report seeks to highlight the entrepreneurs and startup businesses that are disrupting the traditional retail industry, whether it be through digital innovation, unique product, enhancements to the supply…
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Women in Retail Leadership Circle Wants Your Feedback!

Hello Inner Circle readers! As I noted last week, Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) is launching a research initiative next year. To help us deliver the types of reports and information that are relevant to you and your career, we need your help! Our goal is to produce research reports that are valuable to the…
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How to Deal With Professional Heartbreak

I remember earlier in my career when I received a terrible review. It was in the middle of some department changes and product launches, and I was working so hard. As an "A" student my whole life, this was equivalent to getting a "C-." I was devastated, and it’s not the only time I and…
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The Leadership Styles of the Top Women in Retail 2018

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and our sister publication, Total Retail, are proud to present our eighth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This year's list features a who's who of top female executives in the retail industry. Below, a select group of honorees share their answers to the question, "How would…
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Women Rule at the NRF Big Show

Were any of you at the National Retail Federation's (NRF) Big Show in New York City this week? If you were, you may have noticed something a bit different than what you may have seen lately at other conferences and trade shows (ahem, CES) … lots of women speakers and keynote speakers! In fact, Monday…
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How Successful, Effective Feedback Improves Performance Results and Business

Great teams are the heart and soul of any organization, especially teams that learn and grow together. One game-changing opportunity for 2018 to nurture teams and better work relationships is the willingness to give timely and effective feedback to your colleagues. We probably all give subtle hints and even downright direct comments when needed. However,…
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