College of Merchandising

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...

Graduate student lands national scholarship

Tue, Jan 10, 2017 - 9:51pm

Laura Anne Hunt, a master’s student studying international sustainable tourism, earned the National Tour Association Travel Leaders Scholarship. The scholarship, for graduate students nationwide, named Hunt the sole recipient.

In addition to a $2,000 award, she has her registration to the annual “Tourism Rocks” conference paid for, and she’ll shadow mentors at the event.

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...

Site Merchandisers Are the Future of E-commerce

Tue, Aug 2, 2016 - 5:41pm

By Mike Cassidy

Five or 10 years ago, a hiring manager encountering a job prospect with a “digital marketing degree” might have wondered what diploma factory the candidate visited online to score that quirky credential.

But like everything internet-related, things change — and quickly.

Today, digital marketing majors fresh out of college are in high demand, says Richard Last, senior director of the Global Digital Retailing Research Center at the University of North Texas.

The school, which confers a four-year digital marketing degree after an intense deep-dive into nearly all aspects of e-...

UNT Students Turn Passion for Retail into Degree

Wed, Jan 20, 2016 - 6:07pm

By Brian Scott

The University of North Texas is preparing to launch the area's first comprehensive bachelor's degree in retail.The school got the go-ahead from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to launch the new program in the fall 2016 semester, but many students on campus are already getting excited for the offering.Currently UNT offers programs in merchandising and digital retailing, but Professor Richard Last said this will create a program that teaches students to embrace all facets of the changing retail landscape."You think about North Texas, all the retail here," said Last. "Not to have a pipeline for...