Walmart taps Judith McKenna to lead international unit

Come Feb. 1, Judith McKenna, now Walmart's COO of domestic operations, will take the helm of the retailer's international unit, according to a Bloomberg report. McKenna will succeed David Cheesewrigh, 55, who has held the job since 2013, according to...

Macy's to slash 5,000 jobs despite solid holiday sales

Despite a boost in holiday sales this past season Macy's expects to cut 5,000 jobs and close seven stores. The news, according to a USA Today report, comes after the retailer announced holiday sales, in stores at least one year...

Store closures will hit 12K in 2018

The start of the new year will bring a "rash" of bankruptcy filings and store closing announcements, according to a Business Insider report that cited data from Cushman & Wakefield. More than 12,000 stores will shutter their doors, about 3,000 more than in 2017. The bankruptcy list, according to BI, includes Sears, Stein Mart and Bon-Ton Stores.

Lowe's hires on ex Amazon leader as digital officer

Vikram Singh, a former Amazon ecommerce leader, is now Lowe's first chief digital officer. Singh will accelerate the home improvement retailer's "digital evolution," according to a ZDNet report, and focus on integrating Lowe's digital efforts with supply chain and marketing....

Symphony Retail Solutions taps Ryan Powell as VP

Ryan Powell is the new vice president of merchandising and category management for Symphony Retail Solutions and will be response for a range of areas, including product management, innovation and research and development. Powell most recently led the Global Category...

Former Macy's VP takes on creative role at GSP

Margaret Sotrop, a former vice president of home and storewide creative at Macy's, is now the executive creative director for GSP, a retail services provider. Sotrop has more than 25 years experience leading design, visual merchandising and photography teams.

Christmas songs not music to the ears of retail associates

The sound of Christmas piped into stores during the holiday season isn't proving to be a jolly experience for store associates. About 25 percent of retail staffers claim the holiday musical onslaught is actually damaging their emotional status, according to...

Retail jobs on decline after big weather events

The retail industry lost 18,000 jobs in October, according to the National Retail Federation, and while it's hard to pinpoint specific reasons, extreme weather events may have played a part. The figure does not include auto dealers, restaurants or gas...

Hudson's Bay chief resigns unexpectedly

Gerald Storch, CEO of Hudson's Bay Co., has resigned unexpectedly and the retailer is not offering up a reason for his leaving, according to a Reuters report. Storch will leave his post as of Nov. 1 and is reportedly returning to run his advisory firm, Storch Advisors.

Target has big plans for the big holiday season

Target is boosting the number of exclusive brands available for the holiday season and expanding ways consumers can shop while at the same time increasing staffing and associate training. Most of its 1,700 holiday gift products this season will be...

Amazon plans to hire on over 120K workers for holiday season

The human resources teams at Amazon are getting pretty busy as the etailer plans to hire for over 120,000 jobs this holiday season for its fulfillment, sortation centers and customer service sites. "We prepare year round for the holidays, and...

Amazon's Manhattan hub will house 2,000 employees

Amazon's impending Manhattan office will be home to 2,000 employees over the next three years, according to an AM New York report. The office, slated to open in 2018, is a 360,000,000-square foot spot at 5 Manhattan West, and Amazon has signed a 15-year lease, according to the report. It will be home for Amazon Advertising.

JPMorgan Chase hires Amazon customer experience leader

Marbue Brown, formerly Amazon.com's quality control and customer experience leader, is moving on to direct customer experience at JPMorgan Chase & Company. He will oversee digital sites, apps and call centers at Chase branch locations, according to a Reuters report....

Scott Lipesky takes on CFO role at Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch has hired a new chief financial officer, Scott Lipesky. Lipesky, who most recently served as CFO at American Signature Inc., will begin his new job as of October 2, according to a Market Watch report. Lipesky is...

Former Sam's Club CEO takes on COO title at Starbucks

Starbucks has appointed Rosalind Brewer as group president and chief operating officer, effective Oct. 2.

Amazon prepping fulfillment center in Ohio

Amazon is readying a 855,000-sqaure foot fulfillment center in Ohio, and the location is expected to create more than 2,000 full-time jobs. Employees will interact and engage with Amazon Robotics in the North Randall location. "Our ability to expand in...

Target hires new strategy, innovation leader

Minsok Pak is Target's new executive vice president, chief strategy and innovation officer. He'll be responsible for retail innovation with the goal of enhancing the guest experience, according to a press release. Pak will also direct business development, including mergers,...

Ex Target leader takes new role as H&R Block chief

Jeff Jones, an ex-Target marketing executive and a former senior leader at Uber, will take the helm of CEO at H&R Block come October. Jones told the Star Tribune that the tax preparation conglomerate, which boasts $3 billion in revenue...

Amazon reportedly prepping another New York City bookstore

Amazon is getting ready to open a 7,354-square-foot bookstore in Soho, New York. The news, from a The Real Deal report, has not been confirmed by Amazon or the building owner.

New Target hires aim to boost grocery business

Target is aiming to expand and strengthen its grocery business and has hired on two new leaders to make it happen. Former General Mills leader Liz Nordlie is taking on a new role of vice president of product design and development for food and beverage, according to a press release.

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