Strategy

Barbie Becomes More Realistic

Mattel made news this past week when it announced a new line of inclusive, diverse Barbie dolls. The toymaker finally relented to decades of criticism over the doll’s unrealistic (read: ultra thin, busty, thin-waisted and long-legged) and homogeneous looks. The new Barbies, dubbed the Fashionista line, feature four different body types, seven skin tones, 22…
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WIRLS Speaker Jules Pieri on Starting The Grommet

As I mentioned in my article last week, we're super excited about our upcoming Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS), taking place in Miami on April 20-22. We've put together a fabulous speaker lineup, including Jules Pieri, the co-founder and CEO of the product launch platform The Grommet. Jules has had a great career: she's worked…
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Birchbox Launches Athleisure-Inspired Brand

Subscription commerce beauty brand Birchbox has expanded its product line with the launch of ARROW, an in-house beauty line. This is the second in-house beauty line for Birchbox, joining LOC, or Love of Color. The newly launched ARROW focuses on easy-to-use products post-workout. Inspired by the burgeoning athleisure trend in retail, ARROW features makeup and…
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Deep Thoughts on Digital: It’s Not Just the Weekend

We're here — the final stretch of selling for Holiday 2015. Or are we? It's mid-December, and the temperature is a balmy 60 degrees here in New York City. While old man winter hides out (or takes a sabbatical), I’m content to have this moment to muse on the retail holiday season so far, and…
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What Tory Burch is Doing to Support Female Entrepreneurs

It’s nice when you hear stories of successful people remembering where they came from and giving back to help others who might be in a similar situation to when they got started. Today’s industry leaders were likely the beneficiaries of some good fortune on their way to the top (not to diminish their hard work),…
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Bow & Drape, Nordstrom Team Up for Personalized Same-Day Gifts in Pop-Up Shops

Ever have a relative, co-worker or bestie you can never seem to find the perfect gift for? Bow & Drape has found a way to solve your holiday bah-humbug blues. Last Thursday, Bow & Drape and Nordstrom kicked off their holiday season pop-up shops, offering shoppers the opportunity to customize products from sweatshirts, pillows, pouches…
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Kohl's Names Sona Chawla its New COO

This week, Kohl's announced that it's named Sona Chawla its first-ever chief operating officer, a new position at the company. Chawla will join Kohl's on Nov. 30, and her responsibilities will include oversight of all store operations, supply chain, and information and digital technology. “As our future vision for Kohl’s developed under our Greatness Agenda, the…
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Glassbreakers is Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Women in Retail

Have you heard of Glassbreakers, the peer mentorship community for women? If not, you should! (The founders of Glassbreakers, Eileen Carey and Lauren Mosenthal, spoke at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's Girl Talk West event in San Francisco last month.) In short, Glassbreakers is a safe, supportive and dynamic online network for professional women. The match-making…
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Sea Bags Named Maine’s 2015 Retailer of the Year

The Retail Association of Maine announced late last month that its board of directors had named Sea Bags its Retailer of the Year. Headquartered in Portland, Maine, Sea Bags designs, manufactures and sells bags and accessories from used sails. The retailer sells its bags via five company-owned brick-and-mortar stores, online at seabags.com, and through more…
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Why Salesforce is Investing Millions to Close the Gender Pay Gap

Equal pay for equal work seems like a pretty simplistic concept, but we all know that hasn’t been the case for far too many companies across a wide spectrum of verticals, including retail. It’s troubling that in 2015 we have to recognize companies that employ this standard. Stand up and take a bow for doing…
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