Category Archives: Retail & Consumer Behavior

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The Kwik Trip Way

Consumer Science 250: Retail Leadership Symposium By Students Aunie Abernathy, Brooke Bartaczewicz, Anesha Gordon, Jessica Holzhauer, Mara Johnson, Daniel Tenuta, Julie Chubaty, Carissa Clerkin, Mikayla Elliott, John Halaska, Jenna Roston, Karyn Zalewski On October 11th, John McHugh, the Director of Corporate Communications at Kwik Trip, stopped by Retail Leadership Symposium to shed light on the […]

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Von Maur- Trend at its Finest

Consumer Science 250: Retail Leadership Symposium By Students Houston Foelker, Kelsey Bennett, Hunter Thompson, Manaporn Phaosricharoen, Tucker Bradshaw, Kaylie Dymek, Kailley Olson, Emma Bastyr, Kasey Busiel, Kristine Chapman, Luis Franco, Shehzil Syed, and Samantha Zecca On October 4th, the Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed Melody Wright, Chief Operating Officer of Von Maur. Alongside her was […]

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Innovation is Key for Hy-Vee

Retail Leadership Symposium Consumer Science 250 By Students Maddie Boxer, Payton Hermes, Kate Klement, Hailey Klopstein, Karrah Lasavage, Cara Scott, Anna Arndt, Nora Hall, John Jimenez, Iman Madison, Mackenzie Maier, Tracy McKelvey The Best in the Midwest? On Wednesday September 27th, 2017 the Retail Leadership Symposium class was given the privilege of sharing an hour […]

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SoHE News and Stories: October 20-26

#MeToo Campaign | SoHE Class Aims to Give Kenyan Women Entrepreneur Opportunities Consumer Science Faculty Christine Whelan Featured on NBC 15 News Christine Whelan, a SoHE consumer science faculty, was featured on the 10pm NBC 15 news about the “Me Too” movement. The campaign works to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault. Watch the […]

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Target: Re-Thinking Retail

Retail Leadership Symposium (CS 250) Contributing Students: Jaron Biolos, Arin Dokken, Anna Healy, Sadie Kvistad, Emily Lasoff, Jenna Sorenson, Amy Grisa, Lizz Denning, Jane Merriman, Carly Theder, Cheughui Du On September 20th, the Retail Leadership Symposium Class welcomed guest speaker Colin Rouser, Senior Campus Recruiter, for Target Corporation. Colin shared with us his knowledge and […]

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Faculty Led Study Abroad: Trends in Europe

Click photo to view presentation A study abroad program took sixteen SoHE students through three cities in Europe this summer. Prior to leaving, students were required to complete two weeks of online coursework on trend theory and principles to prepare for their hands-on learning experience abroad. Dr. Nancy Murray, Faculty Associate in Retailing & Consumer […]

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HDFS Student Julia Presten Soars High

When NYC native Julia Presten was in high school she founded ANGELIC NYC, a clothing company with a positive message and that donates to nonprofits. Today, Julia’s company is continuing to grow and she is looking forward to her junior year at UW-Madison this fall. With ANGELIC top of mind, Julia started off at SoHE […]

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Millennials, Gen X & Boomers: Adjusting for Intergenerational Management

A few years ago, I was asked to speak to the leadership of a large national company that employs primarily newly graduated college students. The leadership was continually challenged by the seemingly unfathomable (unreasonable) needs and wants of their millennial teams. At the time I had not done much study on the subject, but was […]

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Top 5 Retail Trends for the Future

Semester in Review Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Liz Hanson, Taylor Hedl, Amy Grisa, Makayla Hansen, Rita Haney, and Matt Goulette Throughout this semester in the Retail Leadership Symposium, we chatted with retail companies and professionals dedicated to leading the future of the industry. Here are five of the top trends we discussed: 1. […]

Product Development Strategies in Retailing Course Connects with Industry

The Consumer Science course, Product Development Strategies in Retail, connected with industry in many ways this semester. The course is arranged in four modules: market trend analysis, assortment planning strategies, sourcing and production strategies and branding strategies. Students presenting Trend / Inspiration boards:               Class field trip to Lands’ End […]

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Talking Strategy, Quality, and Humor with Duluth Trading Company

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Ava Buechel, Maggie Boyle, Sydney Blixt, Allyson Bartelme, Randi Armstrong, and Arialis Aranda Retail Rockstar CEO and President of local retailer Duluth Trading Company, Stephanie Pugliese presented to the Retail Leadership Symposium on April 26, 2017. Stephanie has a long history in the retail industry, starting at […]

The Most Trusted Retailer

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Meghan Clemens, Griffin Claes, Audrey Chuah, Sammi Cheng, Eric Cero, and Lizzie Carollo The School of Human Ecology welcomed Lee Culpepper, the Vice President of Public Affairs, from Walmart to the Retail Leadership Symposium class on April 19, 2017.  Mr. Culpepper has 30 years of political and […]

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Talking Change with Colony Brands

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Alexander Elias, Caroline Duffy, Meggie Donley, Janelle Davies, Haley Coulthart, and Rebecca Cohn This April, the students in the CS 250 Retail Leadership Symposium course had the unique opportunity to hear Jessica Polfer (Talent Acquisition Manager) and Ivy Kobbervig (Senior Organizational Development Manager) from Colony Brands speak […]

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SoHE News & Stories: April 22 – April 28

SoHE Student Carlini Wins Coveted Sullivan Award Last week, SoHE student and UW athlete Lauren Carlini was named the 2017 AAU James E. Sullivan Award winner, an honor that is given to the most outstanding U.S. amateur athlete who also demonstrates premier leadership, character and sportsmanship. She is the first UW student-athlete to win the […]

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Acquisitions and Taking Action

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Bailey Fischer, Alicia Godoy, Sophie Gentine, Chad Hendricks, Mikayla Elliott, Thomas Feustel, and Alexis Falci    “If Costco and Whole Foods were to have a baby, who would be their offspring?” HINT: The cousin of Trader Joe’s! That’s right, Roundy’s! Roundy’s was welcomed to the world in […]

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Off Price On Top

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Nick Knoche, Seungyeon (Linda) Kang, Carianna Juliano, Cullen Jozwiakowski, Andrew Jones, Taylor Johnson, Matthew Isaac, Ellie Hoffmann-Avina, and Adriana Hernandez After the Retail Symposium class met with Ross Store’s Alyssa Upton (District Manager) and Chanel Horton (Store Manager) on March 15, 2017, there was a huge take […]

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Retailing Students Get Inside Look Into Home and Housewares Industry

Students in the Retailing & Consumer Behavior major had the unique opportunity to attend the annual International Home + Housewares trade show in Chicago on March 20, 2017. Along with over 50 students from universities across the country, this group networked with CEOs, vendors, inventors, and buyers. Discussions flourished about the future talent of the home and […]

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SoHE Welcomes the New Store in Town

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students: Sadie Kvistad, Alina Benun, Carly Lanzkowsky, David Lee, Drew Manchester, Greg Marcus, Iman Madison, Jingjing Li, Sidd Sridher, Taylor Kuehn, Kelsey Kominowski & Tony (Haoyang) Li SoHE welcomed guest speaker Lauren Corwin (Recruiting Manager) from Von Maur department stores to speak in the Retail Leadership Symposium class […]

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Blain’s Farm & Fleet: Leading the Retailing Industry with Family Values

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Riley Nilsen, Nia Newton, Sean Naumann, Sophia Nabi, Daniel Mosch, Angie Morrow, Jason Molus, Isabel Miranda, Delaney Mielke, Maggie McNeil, and Ellie Martin On March 1, 2017, the Retail Leadership Symposium welcomed Blain’s Farm & Fleet to our class, specifically the owner of the company herself, Jane […]

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New School Grocery: Tech, Trends and Talent

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Kelsey Pulera,Winnie Nyakaru, Emily O’Neill, Sul Hee Park, Robin Peeters, Lili Peich, Amanda Percarpio, Demitra Philosophos, Cassandra Piette, Rachel Piltser, Vladimir Predko, Maheen Quraishi The Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed speakers from four companies in the grocery business to share their insights and expertise on subjects from tech […]

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Retail Activism: To Boycott or Buycott?

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Tory Rylance, Tori Rustad, Molly Russell, Elana Roth, Emma Ross, David Toles, Sarah Rodgers, Jack Ritzman, Caitlin Riley, Zachary Riemer, Bianca Ricker, Rachel Frambs Money talks! Where your dollars go, or don’t go for that matter, means something. Sparked by a Wisconsin Public Radio feature by Dee Warmath of […]

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Company Values and the Bottom Line

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Minjae Son, Madison Smith, Ryan Shea, Annette Shaw, Alexandra Serota, Georgia Dorfman, Christina Sorce, Natalie Scumaci, Eliza Schuman, Tristan Schlultz, Bradley Schultz, Adam Schimberg It can be said with a strong amount of confidence that every company wants to do good in the world. Companies have values […]

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Work Somewhere You Love

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Elizabeth Wanzer, Benjamin Wanke, McKenna Wall, Jordan Vanden Wymelenberg, Taylor Turk, Katharine Torchio, Zachary Thiede, Katie Steib, Clara Stedman, Ian Sprosty, Ryan Soohoo SoHE welcomed Maryam Becker (Senior Campus Recruiter), Andrea Herrald (Senior Campus Recruiter), and Kristin Tilleson (Executive Team Leader) from Target to the Retail Leadership Symposium […]

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Kohl’s: Making a Difference in the Community

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students: Claire Zettl, Julia Zerull, Brenden Zarrinnam, Lauren Zanotelli, Anna Zahn, Kelsey Yanisch, Xingtong Xu, Emma Woods, Kristin Wolfe, Megan Whitehouse, Naomi Welter, Matthew Watters The Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed Kohl’s on January 25, 2017. Mike Tack (Senior Manager- Early Talent), Melissa Smith (University Relations Recruiter), Alicia […]