Today’s Top Talk

  1. Target has announced the expansion of their Drive Up service to 1,250 stores which makes the service available in all 50 states. Dawn Block, Senior Vice President of Digital, stated, “It continues to be our fastest and top-rated same-day service, and we can’t wait for more guests to experience this added ease and convenience across the country.”
  2. Across three stores Walmart is testing an amenity for mothers, a Mamava a lactation suite, the first retailer to offer the service. Mamava has over 1,000 pods situated across airports, hospitals, sporting arenas, museums and other locations. Disclosure: Mamava is a Third Haus partner.
  3. Bloomberg has reported that Forever 21 is in talks with advisers and lenders to restructure its debt and may file for bankruptcy. The retailer operates about 800 stores around the globe and has more than $3B in annual sales.

Source: Target’s Top Same-Day Service Expands to More Stores Nationwide | Target Corporate

Source: Walmart testing privacy pods for breastfeeding moms | Talk Business & Politics

Source: Forever 21 is the latest retailer to consider bankruptcy | Vox

Chris Walton is an accomplished Senior Executive with nearly 20 years of success within the retail and retail technology industries. He is well-versed in merchandising, store operations, inventory management, product design, forecasting, e-commerce, pricing and promotions, and tech product development.

Chris was most recently a Vice President with Target, where he led the retailer’s Store of the Future project and also ran the Target’s home furnishing division for e-commerce. He previously worked for GAP, Inc., as a Distribution Analyst and Manager.

Chris holds a BA in Economics and History from Stanford University, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

He likes to dress as Darth Vader for Halloween, and his wife also frequently asks him to ask Alexa, "to turn off the music."

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