University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

The Center for Retailing Excellence

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Our Purpose

The Center for Retail Excellence is shaping the future of commerce by inspiring and developing students and business leaders to be catalysts of innovation. We're integrating innovative experiences into a students’ learning journey by partnering with commerce companies to accelerate real-world application. We are all about creating the next generation of innovators.

Enactus

Enactus

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.

 

McMillon Innovation Studio

McMillon Innovation Studio

An innovation center where students and industry are able to bring new retail innovation from idea to reality.

Upcoming Events

Meet and Greet - October 4, 2017

Meet our new Director of the CRE and Enactus Advisor

Membership Meeting - October 5, 2017

Sam's Club Auditorium - Bentonville, AR

Special Guests: Larry Keeley, Co-Founder Doblin Group and Daniel Eckert, SVP Merchandise Services, Walmart

Mentor Circle Kickoff - October 18, 2017

Location TBD

Supply Chain Symposium - November 8, 2017

Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development - Fayetteville, AR

Special Guest: Greg Smith, EVP Supply Chain, Walmart

Membership Meeting - February 14, 2018

Location TBD

Recent Highlights

The members of the Center for Retail Excellence recently took a trip to the West Coast to immerse themselves in a new way of learning. They visited Stanford, IDEO, Samsclub.com, Store 8, BeSpoke and The Commerce Summit. After a great trip, they're now bringing back the knowledge and prototyping the future of the Center.

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New & Noteworthy

Salmon Named Director of Center for Retailing Excellence

Salmon Named Director of Center for Retailing Excellence

Jessica Salmon was named director of the Center for Retailing Excellence for the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, effective July 17. Previously, she served as director of Finance and Strategy for Walmart U.S.

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Students: Win $15,000 in McMillon Innovation Studio Contest

Students: Win $15,000 in McMillon Innovation Studio Contest

University of Arkansas students who can slice and dice data to anticipate trends and help retailers and suppliers stay out in front of their customers can win $15,000 in the McMillon Innovation Studio’s second design contest.

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Adding Value, Gaining Experience

Adding Value, Gaining Experience

Scott Sims, an honors accounting and finance double major in Walton College, beams at everyone we pass in the Bentonville Sam’s Club, greeting the workers like old friends.

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