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New Betsy Goodman Retail Scholarship continues the legacy of 19-year Warrington retail educator

Betsy Goodman knew how to light up a room. With her infectious smile, she radiated positivity. Ask anyone who knew Goodman, and they’ll describe the Warrington retail educator who passed in early November in the same way. Even when the pandemic halted in-person meetings, Goodman still found a way to brighten the days of those she interacted with. “Betsy always came into the office on Friday mornings singing ‘It’s Friday, it’s Friday, it’s my favorite day, it’s my favorite day!’”

Warrington College of Business mourns the loss of impactful retail educator Betsy Goodman

It is with the utmost sorrow that the University of Florida Warrington College of Business shares the loss of Betsy Goodman, JCPenney Executive Director of the David F. Miller Retail Center. Goodman passed on November 6, 2020. She was 60 years old. “Betsy was a beloved member of the Warrington community, and we will miss her dearly,” said Selcuk Erenguc, Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Hough Graduate School of Business. “She played an integral role in helping students

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