Nominations open for most influential women in retail tech
Who are the leading women working in retail technology? Chain Store Age is accepting nominations for its annual feature recognizing female executives who are helping to transform the retail industry through technology.
The “Top 10 Women in Retail Tech” will celebrate the achievements of retail executives from all areas of technology. The winners will be profiled in a special section of the January 2018 issue of Chain Store Age, as well as in an online report on chainstoreage.com.
Please email your nomination (and/or any questions) to Chain Store Age technology editor Deena Amato-McCoy at [email protected]. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Nov. 27.
Only women who work in a senior executive role for a retail or tech company are eligible for consideration. All retail sectors are eligible, from supermarkets and discounters to specialty stores and pure online merchants.
The nomination should include:
- Nominee’s name, company and professional title; and
- BRIEF description (bullet points are fine) of why nominee should be considered, including individual’s job scope, most recent accomplishments and any noteworthy ongoing projects.
All nominations will remain strictly confidential.
To see last year’s “Top 10 Women in Retail Tech” report, click here.
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Coffee giant pulls the plug on online store
Starbucks Corp.’s online store has officially closed its virtual doors.
The e-commerce site, which sold Starbucks’ branded merchandise — from mugs and coffee brewers to coffee, tea, and flavored syrups — shut down on Sunday, Oct. 1. The coffee giant decided to close the online store to focus on integrating its physical and digital channels, and to establish stores as destinations, according to Business Insider.
Since announcing the site’s closure in August, the company has been selling merchandise online at 50% off. Since merchandise is no longer available online or via phone orders, the company is encouraging customers to purchase merchandise at their local Starbucks or grocery store. They can also order items through their app and pick them up at their local Starbucks location, the company said on its “FAQ” page.
In September, Starbucks also discontinued its subscription program, a monthly service that introduced members to a samples of Starbucks Reserve coffees.
While local stores are not accepting returns of online Starbucks Store purchase, the company will refund purchases made within 30 days, the company said online.
The decision to close the online store followed Starbucks’ announcement that it would also shutter its Teavana operation. With many of the company’s principally mall-based Teavana retail stores consistently underperforming, the coffee giant said it will close all 379 Teavana stores over the coming year. A majority will close by spring 2018.
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