University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

The Center for Retailing Excellence

As one of the foremost internationally acclaimed centers for retail studies, we focus on research and the development of students as future leaders in retail and related industries. Through strong partnerships with retailers and supplier industries, the Center for Retailing Excellence provides a bridge between academics and industry for developing future leaders.

Save the Date - Emerging Trends in Retailing June 14


Emerging Trends in Retailing 2016

The 2016 Emerging Trends in Retailing Conference is scheduled for June 14 at the John Q. Hammons Center, Grand Ballroom V, on Pinnacle Parkway in Rogers, Ark. Speakers to include Steve Bratspies, Chief Merchandising Officer, Walmart U.S.; Tony Rogers, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Walmart U.S.; Paul Gainer, Executive Vice President, Disney Retail; David Glass, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Charles Redfield, Executive Vice President, Food, Walmart U.S., and John Furner, Chief Merchandising Officer, Sam's Club.  For More information and to register please go to our conference page through the link below.

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Take It to the Hog Pen

How do we connect students to industry?

By combining industry experience with a student-focused need, Category Management Topics (marketing class 3653) gives students the opportunity to interact with retail professionals, learn about product development and compete for internships.

Fondly called the Hog Pen, the marketing class models part of its final presentation after the popular show The Shark Tank.

Student Organizations 


Students of Retailing Excellence (STORE) serves talented students interested in making retailing and related disciplines their career. STORE offers opportunities to network with top retail executives, and provides students with in-depth knowledge of the retailing industry.

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A community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.

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