J. Crew, Madewell Parent Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

| Mike O'Brien

Chinos Holdings, parent of preppy clothing retailer J. Crew and women’s apparel and accessories seller Madewell, filed Chapter 11 as part of a restructuring plan that calls for converting $1.65 billion of its debt to equity and securing $400 million in loans. This is the first major retailer to file for bankruptcy during the coronavirus crisis.

Roundup: Retail, Malls Reopen Slowly, Midsize Players Get Fed Relief

| Mike O'Brien

Retail was a mixed bag this week, as over a dozen states have begun to slowly reopen, working to come out the other side of the COVID-19 shutdown. Some retailers and malls are doing the same, hoping that enough returning shoppers and their pent-up demand for goods will help with massive cash flow and viability challenges.

Avoid These 4 Deadly Sins of Ecommerce Sellers During a Crisis

| Daniel Sugarman

While everyone might be caught between a rock and a hard place, the COVID-19 outbreak has proven there is definitely a wrong way to act during times of crisis. Here are several instances in which ecommerce sellers paid a hefty price for the decisions they made. Avoid resorting to these methods when your business is in crisis mode.

Kendra Scott’s Fast Rollout of New Omnichannel Tactics Amid COVID-19

| Mike O'Brien

A decision by the leadership team at jewelry retailer Kendra Scott to invest in an order management system ahead of last year’s peak season was a critical element enabling the company to quickly turn its fleet of stores into fulfillment centers and initiate curbside pickup, after shutting them down to the public due to COVID-19.

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Needed Now: Real-Time Data Sharing Across Ecommerce Logistics Partners

| Mike O'Brien

In this MCM CommerceChat podcast, we talk to Matthew Cowan, general partner of Next47, a Siemens-backed venture firm that has invested in startups including last mile platform Bringg and on-demand transportation mapping service provider rideOS, about the critical need for real-time data sharing across supply chain partners.

Maintaining Ecommerce Tax Compliance During COVID-19

| Chris Rivera

Some companies are seeing booming ecommerce sales due to COVID-19, while others are experiencing a big hit. Whether you’re a new or existing online business, both scenarios have ecommerce tax compliance implications you need to be aware of. Here are some useful tips to help you stay on top of this important issue.

How to Implement Store Picking and Curbside Pickup During COVID-19

| Brian Barry

Ship from store and curbside pickup are not new to multichannel businesses, but many smaller ones are trying to implement this model, often without the infrastructure and systems in place to support it. Here’s what you need to do to set up streamlined, store-level picking and curbside fulfillment during the coronavirus pandemic.

How Soapbox Pulled Off a COVID-19 Sanitizer Supply Chain Miracle

| Mike O'Brien

To meet demand for hand sanitizer in the midst of COVID-19, Soapbox reached deep into its supply chain to procure supplies and produce 3 million+ bottles of sanitizer in 2 weeks for major retail clients. David Simnick, CEO, and Daniel Doll, president and COO of Soapbox, talk about how they pulled off this massive undertaking.

Dark Stores Addressing Massive COVID-19 E-Grocery Demand

| Mike O'Brien

A handful of grocery retailers have flipped some locations into so-called dark stores to handle the crush of online orders, but it remains to be seen how widespread the practice will become or how much the trend will stick after the coronavirus threat dies down. Retailers include Amazon/Whole Foods, Kroger, Giant Eagle and Stop & Shop.

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Sweetwater CEO on the Power of Music Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

| Mike O'Brien

In the midst of COVID-19 social isolation, people are craving connection. In the midst of uncertainty, videos of musicians sharing their gifts, both virtually and socially distanced, have gone viral, providing inspiration and hope. Sweetwater CEO Chuck Surack talks about his company’s experience and how they’re connecting with customers.