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UPDATE: Warrington to host 30th annual Retail Smarter Conference

UPDATE – In response to public health concerns, Retail Smarter 2020 has been cancelled. We are committed to doing our part to help protect our attendees and the UF community. We hope to see you next year!   GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The 30th annual Retail Smarter Conference will take place on March 25-26 at the J. Wayne Reitz Union on the University of Florida campus. The conference is hosted by the Warrington College of Business David F. Miller Retail Center.

Warrington students network with, learn from retail executives in the Big Apple

As part of the David F. Miller Retail Center’s annual trip to New York City, marketing student Kalika Shelar reflects on the trip to a major hub of the retail industry. By Kalika Shelar (BSBA ’19) After a long night of car horns and other obscure street noises one will hear while staying in Midtown Manhattan, we began the Miller Retail Center’s annual New York City Retail Tour. Our schedule for the week was jam-packed, meeting with executives at companies

Retail Smarter Conference showcases how to thrive in retail’s changing landscape

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – You’ve likely seen reports of the demise of retail. While stores closing locations or reporting slow sales may have you convinced these statements are true, retail experts from across the nation are gathering at the University of Florida Retail Smarter Conference to address that, in fact, retail isn’t dying. It’s just changing. The two-day event, March 27-28, 2019, will be hosted at the University of Florida by the Warrington College of Business David F. Miller Retail Center.

Five ways to jumpstart your career in retail

By Cecilia Schulz Retail. Hold on. Before you continue to scroll beyond this article, I want to challenge you to give me 30 seconds of your time. Deal? Retail. It’s practically a four-letter word. When I talk with undergrads about studying to be a retailer they quickly halt the conversation with, “Been there, done that.” I say, “Been where, done what?” You’ve bagged groceries, folded sweaters, flipped burgers. I know these jobs were rough. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share

Are store brands just as good?

When Woochoel Shin was a graduate student with a tight budget, he purchased store brands over name-brand products. He’s now the JCPenney Professor of Marketing in the Warrington College of Business, but Shin continues to purchase store brand products after his research findings show that their quality is often comparable to their brand-name counterparts. Read more on Shin’s research in UF’s article, “Are store brands just as good? An expert weighs in.”

Retail Center to host Retail Smarter Conference

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The David F. Miller Retail Center at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business will host the annual Retail Smarter Conference from June 8-9 at The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. The event includes two days of speakers, panels, roundtables and networking that allows attendees to learn from the top minds in the retail industry. The conference focuses on the latest trends and developments in retailing, and while the Retail Smarter title speaks

Retail in the Big Apple

The David F. Miller Retail Center took its annual spring break trip to immerse 20 students into the world of retail in New York City. The trip featured five days of touring retail stores, listening to lectures from company leadership, learning in fashion showrooms, and introducing students to jobs and internships in the retail industry. “It made our students aware of areas of retail that perhaps they’ve never thought of,” Interim JCPenney Executive Director Betsy Goodman said. “It exposed students

How Big Data is changing retail

What comes to mind when you think about careers in the retail industry? Store management? Merchandising? Buying and planning? It’s a common misconception that retail is limited to these fields alone. However, many other industries are branching from retail. In fact, retail supports 1 in every 4 American jobs. Nielsen executives Philip Melson and Natalie Williams (BS ’10) speaking at last week’s Retail Intelligence Forum, sponsored by the Miller Retail Center, brought to light another side of retail that we

How technology is impacting the retail industry

The influence of technology on the retail industry has been immense, and will be one of the major topics discussed at Retail Smarter 2016—the retail conference presented by the College’s David F. Miller Retailing Education and Research Center taking place today and tomorrow at The Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg. Speaking at Retail Smarter will be Laura Loughran (BSBA ’02), Vice President of Application Development-Digital Commerce at Chico’s FAS Inc. Learn how Laura has leveraged innovation within the company’s IT

College mourns loss of retail executive David Miller

David F. Miller, Sr., a proud Warrington alumnus and namesake of the David F. Miller Retailing Education and Research Center, passed away Nov. 19. He was 86 years old. Miller (BSBA ’51) enjoyed a brilliant 37-year career at JC Penney, culminating in his appointment to President in 1979. Miller retired from JC Penney in 1990 as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman. Miller served two years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force before beginning his career