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The Center for Retailing Excellence provides a bridge between academics and industry for the development of future leaders.

Doug McMillon, president & CEO, Wal-Mart Stores

Registration is now open for the 2015 Emerging Trends in Retailing Conference

scheduled for June 11, 2015 at the NW Arkansas Convention Center featuring Doug McMillon, president & CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.  Seating is strictly limited.  Click here for more information and to register.



 Summit 2014As level 3 members of STORE ten students earned the privilege to attend the Student Program in Seattle, WA September 28-30.  Featured speakers included Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores, Nordstrom, who focused his presentation on pioneering the digital rush, the ways in which technology is changing how retailers do business and the impact this is having on careers in retail.  A highlight of the program was the panel presentation accentuating career opportunities in retail composed of Ann Carrihill, manager of in stock, pets,; Mike Luu, Walmart eCommerce; Eleni Tavantzis, Lilly Pulitzer; and Allen Moore, product owner, Recreational Equipment, Inc.   While in Seattle they also visited the Microsoft Innovation Lab and participated in the career fair.  Students sponsored for the event include Ian Rippl, Quan Feng, Rebecca Moix, Brianna Maldonado, Andrea Webster, Anna Bogan, Elizabeth Tanner, Maria Guzman, Yuhui “Micy” Liu, and Qili “Lily” Jin.  STORE program advisor Synetra Hughes accompanied the students.


The 2014 Emerging Trends in Retailing: Emotionally Connecting with Shoppers received highest rating to date.

The event held on October 8, 2014, featured: Stephen Quinn, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Walmart U.S.; Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi; Mike Moore, Executive Vice President and President of Small Formats, Walmart U.S.; and David Horsager, author of the national bestseller, The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Fast Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line!

For more information, please see our webpage!



Vendors FORE Education, held July 11, 2014, raised $63,000 for scholarships!

Thank you to our sponsors!






Scott McCall, Sr. Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, GM Seasonal, Walmart Stores Division.

Scott McCall, Sr. Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, GM Seasonal, Walmart Stores Division.

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Consumer Goods and Retail Industry Careers






Qili Jin


Qili Jin
Major, Accounting
Minor, Retail and Economics

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