Today’s Top Talk

  1. Toys R Us is partnering with Candytopia to create two experiential pop ups in Atlanta and Chicago. The locations are set to open in October and slated to house more than ten play rooms and installations.
  2. Madison Reed, the hair color start up, is planning on opening 500 franchise and 100 company owned stores in the next four years. The firm sells home hair-coloring kits online and its physical locations offer coloring services exclusively which, aim to provide them faster and more affordably than salons.
  3. Amazon is committing to reach a net zero carbon target set by the Paris Agreement by 2040, a full ten years earlier than the agreement’s stated goal. As part of that plan, the retailer is ordering 100,000 electric vans from manufacturer Rivian with plans to start delivering packages with the vehicles as early as 2021.

Source: Toys R Us, Candytopia partner for experiential pop-ups | Retail Dive

Source: Madison Reed, A Hair-Color Startup, Plots 600 New Stores In Four Years | Forbes

Source: Amazon buying 100,000 electric vans as part of new effort to combat climate change | Chain Store Age

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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