College of Merchandishing Hospitality and Tourism (CMHT)

Local Nestlé Café finds retailing sweet spot with students' help
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Tue, Apr 25, 2017

By Monique Bird

Business is about to get a little bit sweeter for the Nestlé Toll House Café in Highland Village thanks to help from University of North Texas students.

Students taking the Digital Retailing Strategies course are creating budget-friendly plans to help with online search results, website and mobile presence, digital communications to customers and consumers’ online experience. Each semester, course lecturer Linda Mihalick selects a local business for the class to help, tasking...

Digital retailing students embrace data as retail’s future
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017

By Mike Cassidy

I recently visited the University of North Texas in Denton to get a sense of how the next generation of retailers (next generation as in like any minute) viewed the digital transformation that has been under way in the industry for some time.

Two seniors, Lindsay Norwick and Shannon Williams took the time to sit down with me and share their thoughts about where all this is headed.

Williams sees a world in which retailers will finally have that complete picture of customers, across devices and channels. Finally, the lines between online and offline will fade completely.

Norwick and...

Pitch to retail execs puts UNT team in top three at retail industry’s biggest event
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Wed, Jan 18, 2017

By Monique Bird

Two University of North Texas students were one of the top-three finalist teams to compete in one of the retail industry’s biggest events of 2017, the National Retail Federation Foundation BIG Show.

Hailey Turner, of Flower Mound, and Sarah Muller, of Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, won the third place prize of $1,500 each in the National Retail Federation Foundation Student Challenge.  

The pair clinched the honor for their business plan for STORY, an innovative retailer that reinvents itself every few weeks. The store has the look and feel of a magazine, but changes design like an art...

Two students named finalists in competition
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Wed, Jan 4, 2017 - 5:29am

Sarah Muller and Hailey Turner, both UNT students, are traveling to New York City later this month for the last leg of the National Retail Federation Student Challenge.

The UNT duo is one of three teams going to compete in the national competition Jan. 13-15. Then, during the first day of the National Retail Federation BIG Show, Jan. 15, the winners will be announced.

Almost 30 teams competed this year, and Muller and Turner are one of three groups that advanced to the finals.

For the competition, students worked to brainstorm what comes next for STORY, a retail concept that reinvents the storefront every...

Digital retail’s vanguard embraces actionable data
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Tue, Nov 1, 2016

By Mike Cassidy

The coming crop of digital retail professionals is more data-driven than ever.

It stands to reason. Retail — and digital retail in particular — is moving ahead at breakneck speed. Marketing software and e-commerce platforms have been evolving and proliferating to the point that some already in the business today feel overwhelmed by the choices.

But when it comes to data and the tools to wrangle it, those headed for retail careers say, “Bring it.”

“I would say that 100 percent of...