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Badgers Reflect on Summer 2018 Retail Internships

With over 50% of UW Madison Retailing and Consumer Behavior students having an internship this summer, two students took some time to reflect on their time and accomplishments throughout their experiences. Nicholas Jackson  is entering his senior year at UW-Madison and interned this past summer with American Family Insurance. Lizz Denning, also a senior, spent her […]

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SoHE News and Events: January 12-January 18

O’Brien on Tax Cuts and Luxury Retailers Jerry O’Brien Quoted in CNBC Article In an article exploring the potential benefits to luxury retailers from tax reform, Jerry O’Brien, director of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing, told CNBC that tax cuts could “result in a bigger gap between luxury retailers and the players,” before adding that […]

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Student Story: Words of Wisdom from a Retail Executive

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) On Wednesday November 8th, the Retail Leadership Symposium had the incredible opportunity to hear from an incredibly distinguished School of Human Ecology alumna and 100 Women honoree, Lorna Nagler (Retailing, ’78). Ms. Nagler has been the President of Lane Bryant and Bealls Department Stores, as well as CEO of Christopher […]

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Student Story: The Kwik Trip Way

Consumer Science 250: Retail Leadership Symposium On October 11th, John McHugh, the Director of Corporate Communications at Kwik Trip, stopped by Retail Leadership Symposium to shed light on the operations of his company. Mr. McHugh has been with Kwik Trip for the past thirteen years, and worked to uphold the company’s legacy of outstanding customer […]

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Student Story: Trend at its Finest

Consumer Science 250: Retail Leadership Symposium On October 4th, the Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed Melody Wright, Chief Operating Officer of Von Maur. Alongside her was Amy Rotert, Vice President of Stores and Security, and Gayle Haun, Director of Human Resources. Melody began working with Von Maur in 1996, holding various leadership positions before earning […]

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Student Story: Innovation is Key for Hy-Vee

Consumer Science 250: Retail Leadership Symposium The Best in the Midwest? On Wednesday September 27th, 2017 the Retail Leadership Symposium class was given the privilege of sharing an hour and a half with representatives from the Midwest grocer, Hy-Vee. Jamie Franck (District Vice President), Jan Nichols (Verona Rd Store Director), Matt May (Whitney Way Store […]

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Center for Retailing Announces Lands’ End Experiential Retail & Design Challenge

Calling all undergraduate students! The Center for Retailing in the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison is pleased to announce a unique extracurricular case competition opportunity in partnership with Lands’ End: Compete on a team of students from a diverse range of majors across campus to develop an exclusive fitting room experience for Lands’ End as […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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Celebrating #retailsfuture in NYC

The future of the retailing industry shines bright with talent. Over 600 college students—the up-and-coming leaders of retail—gathered together in New York City this January at the National Retail Federation’s annual trade show. Amongst the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s contingency of 31 students included several that were honored for their achievement and dedication to the future of […]

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Lands’ End: An Organization True to its Founding Values

By Students Taylor Anderson, Gina Granberg, Matthew Greenstein, Chenoa Moore, Kara Quinette, and Emma Bakke On December 7th, the Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed Adrienne Bestul (Director of Employee Services), along with employees, Nicole Moyer, Jenna Ehrensaft, Claire Krzykowski, Corey Moody, and Andy Crye from Lands’ End. Headquartered in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, Lands’ End is a […]

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Personal Branding 101 with Milwaukee Tool

Written by students Kelli Krueger, Brighid Pesch, Lexi Cuta, Lexi Hoffman, Kristen Cobb, Mariela Cruz, Rachel Samdahl, Breanna Blazei, Adam Hlavacek, Brent Larson, Jasmine Zeidan and Emily Toboyek The Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed Badger alum Jon Finch, VP of Training and Recruiting from Milwaukee Tool on November 16, 2016. Milwaukee Tool is a company based out […]

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Redesigning Store Experience with Walgreens

By Students Ilana Nemerow, Zachary Wheeler, Amanda Pigos, Mariah Lax, Jannike Heide, Philip Vongkhampsay, Daniel Grace, Sum Yi Cheng, Jenna Byrne, Maria Rocha, Cassandra Bocchieri, and Lydia Stahle On Wednesday November 9th, Rory Smith spoke to students in the Retail Leadership Symposium. Smith is a School of Human Ecology alum (Interior Design, 2006) and currently […]

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Making Every Day Extraordinary with Fiskars

By Students Emily Levin, Mitchell Johnson, Mackenzie Loftness, Mackenzie Kohn, Tristen Guelig, Jayme Getelman, Samantha Strupp, Juannan Jia, Christopher Wilson, Cara Naimi, and Blake Kobak You probably know Fiskars as the company with the orange scissors, however they are much more than just this iconic product. Fiskars is the second oldest company as it was […]

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When Retail & Design Collide: A Conversation with Entrepreneur Danielle DiFernando

By Students William Sanford, Allison Schmertz, Maxwell Loescher, Minsum Lim, Rachel Lieber, and Hannah Peper   Founder and Creative Director Danielle DiFerdinando is the owner of the successful handbag company Danielle Nicole in New York City. Her drive to succeed led her to start a handbag business when she was only 18 years old. During […]

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A Look Into Under Armour’s Retail Strategy & Innovation

By Students Danielle Weber, Jenna Sorenson, Megan Lund, Derek Hegna, Kelly Burkart, Justin Schlidt, Samantha Georgson, Greta Schmitz, Emily Vlasak, Emma Brandenburg, Salina Xiong, and Yi Liu Under Armour entered the market in 1996 and changed the entire landscape for performance based athletic apparel. Kevin Plank, CEO and founder, began the company based on a revolutionary […]

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Empowering Consumers with Colony Brands

By students DJ Spurling, Gabrielle Medved, Sara Kanizsai, Kylie Bromley, Natalie Herold, Peter Janssen, Nick De Leon, Krystal Jacobs, Zoe Jalil, Brooke Levin, and Jessica Vikser On October 5th, Russ Davis (President of Montgomery Ward and Seventh Avenue) and Jessica Polfer (Talent Acquisition Manager) from Colony Brands spoke to the Retail Leadership Symposium class. Colony […]