College of Merchandishing Hospitality and Tourism (CMHT)

Pitch to retail execs puts UNT team in top three at retail industry’s biggest event

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

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

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...

Talk about upwardly mobile jobs: Digital retail

As the recent data on Black Friday sales suggest, in-store shopping is becoming less popular as mobile phones and tablets let shoppers order stuff on the fly, in the car or anywhere they might be. It is a boon to online or multichannel retailers and to a pool of workers with the skill sets needed to make the online experience easy and comfortable enough so customers keep coming back.

“The growth rates for the jobs that are open in this industry are extremely high. It’s somewhere between 20 and 50 percent,” said Sucharita Mulpuru, a retail analyst at Forrester Research. “Every e-commerce company that I talk to has open...

Powerful in pink

By Brittany Nunn

Chef Blythe Beck has everything she needs to be a television star: the talent, the personality, the unrelenting determination and the voice.

Just add a dash of pink and a few too many curse words, and poof; you have “The Naughty Kitchen with Blythe Beck.”

These days Beck has her work cut out for her opening Pink Magnolia, a Southern-inspired restaurant in Oak Cliff. But before she flew south, she lived in East Dallas and worked at Central 214, where “The Naughty Kitchen” was filmed.

“I paid lots of money in rent at the bars over there,” she quips in her distinctive, gravelly voice....