Today’s Top Talk

  1. b8ta announced this week it would furlough its entire retail workforce and cut its corporate staff in an attempt to weather the storm brought on by coronavirus. President and Founder Philip Raub has also stepped down. Coverage from Michael Wolf.
  2. Walmart Inc. is offering financial assistance to the small businesses that operate shops inside Walmart and Sam’s Club locations. Story by Marianne Wilson.

Source: Experiential Retailer b8ta Furloughs Workforce, Cuts Corporate Staff Due to Coronavirus | The Spoon

Source: Walmart offers rent relief to in-store business partners | CSA

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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