Why Retail Studies?
RMI’s Retail Studies minor is a differentiator, a distinction that creates Your future. RMI connects you to an innovative curriculum with an e-commerce focused view. Engage with industry leaders, alumni, and the RMI Community for countless opportunities to connect, grow and expand Your career possibilities.
Digital Merchandising Certification
RMI and Bloomreach are offering an innovative 3-day course that will set you apart from the competition.
Must Hear Podcast: Value of Certifications
"From a technology usage point of view, any area like e-commerce digital marketing, where technology is a big part of everything that’s going on, hands-on experience with those platforms is something that is going to become a valuable and important part of the student experience."
RMI’s Executive Director Professor Kirthi Kalyanam Ph.D.
That Gives You Job-Ready Expertise
The design and management of store, catalog, and Internet-based retail channels. Topics include how retailers create value for the producer and the end user, the financial and marketing strategies that underlie retailing formats, target marketing decisions, merchandise management, how retail price promotions work, managing customer service, and the execution of retail marketing decisions. Mini cases, video cases, an applied project, and guest speakers from industry will be utilized to provide practical illustration of various concepts and stimulate class discussion.
Designed to demonstrate the newest technologies and analytical methods that aid how merchandise may be procured, managed, and sold in various retailing establishments, the ART AND SCIENCE OF MERCHANDISING is a combination of lectures and discussions with conversations led by the industry guest speakers to showcase the real-world merchandising decision making. Students experience the merchandise procurement process, and develop, propose and defend effective merchandise planning decisions.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the private brand strategy for retailers.
- Describe and evaluate different product recommendation systems and the algorithms that support such systems.
- Propose and defend sales promotion strategies for retailers.
- Articulate the key factors in visual merchandising decisions.
- Understand how retailers can use search engines to refine their merchandising decisions.
- Understand key elements in the merchandise decisions for various industries, including luxury, travel, grocery, fashion, department stores, etc.
Innovation has found its way into retailing from many places: Entry of horizontal platforms (Amazon, Alibaba.com, eBay, Google Shopping), vertical platforms (Wayfair), manufacturers (Nike) and digitally native brands that are born on the web and sell directly to end consumers (Purple, Allbirds, Zennis, Lulus) and the responses of incumbent retailers (HEB, Petco).
These innovations have created new edges (boundaries) in retail space that highlight new consumer needs in retailing. Innovation, Disruption & Acceleration in the Retail Industry focuses on retail innovation with focus on research projects and analysis that answers what is the new competitive structure of the retail industry? Who is winning and where? What are the consumer needs and how has the changing economics and margin structure directed a need for alternate revenue streams?
RMI Internships represent an opportunity to experience and have exposure to the retail industry. An RMI internship provides a diverse view of company culture, business and corporate branding and strategy. Students build and utilize core skills including leadership, organization, collaboration and communication to develop and prepare for an impactful career journey in the retail and retail technology industry.
Discover Your Internship
Retail Studies Students have access to an abundance of retail opportunities through our industry partners, SCU Career Center and RMI alumni. Career Pop-Ins, Industry Meet -Ups, Prep Camp, Speaker Events, Retail Studies Student Association (RSSA) Panel Conversations and the Annual Internship Faire - all exclusively designed to provide You with the connections that are only available through RMI.
Our Fall issue features the Levi Strauss & Co. internship program. Alum Omar Herrera Luna shares his personal journey from intern to merchant for Levi's. Also, looking for a way to separate yourself from the competition? Learn about our exciting Digital Merchandising Certification.
Professor Kirthi Kalyanam, Ph.D rose to action. Watch Kalyanam in this episode of Bridging the Distance, featuring guest host Provost Lisa Kloppenberg, discuss working with the Retail Management Institute.
Our Spring issue introduces our amazing 2021 graduates, celebrates Gail Kirby’s 30 years with RMI, and other great achievements and new adventures of RMI students and faculty.