Department of Merchandising and Digital Retailing

UNT students unleash the power of digital marketing for local business
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Carolyn Greig loves going to work every day.

The banking executive-turned-franchisee gets to spend hours at Highland Village's Dogtopia taking care of her four-legged friends. She and her staff of 10 groom the fancy pups, pet the playful pups and train the rambunctious pups at the dog day care.

"I used to be an executive at Bank of America, but I got laid off," Greig said. "I always said that if anything ever happened to my job, I would want to open a dog day care. I have a passion for dogs and our brand. There's not a single day that I don't want to come in."

But it's been a year since her...

UNT expert shares tips to avoid overspending during the holidays
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the beginning of the holiday spending season. For many, the season can lead to credit card debt and overdraft fees.

However, Linda Milhalick, a professor at the University of North Texas in Denton, offers some helpful tips on how to avoid those holiday spending pitfalls that lead to a less-than-happy New Year. Milhalick specializes in merchandising and digital retail, and she’s currently the senior director of the global digital retailing research center at UNT.

For over a decade, she’s worked as a retail executive for several...

What should Amazon buy next? UNT professor responds
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It's possible to guess without a Wall Street salary and bonus. I wrote about how Apple had missed out on all the cool kid headphones back in December 2013, and five months later it purchased rapper Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics for $3 billion. Much speculation lately has been on the pharmacy business and that maybe Amazon will look there to put its re-...

UNT Researcher’s Walmart Foundation Grant Aims To Bring Jobs Back To U.S.
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Tue, Apr 11, 2017

DENTON, Texas — April 10, 2017 — A nearly $350,000 grant awarded to a University of North Texas researcher by the Walmart Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors is helping to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

Bugao Xu, a professor and chair of the Department of Merchandising and Digital Retailing, received one of five grants in 2016 from the U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund to develop digital technology to detect flaws in fabric at domestic textile mills — saving companies time and money.

“U.S. competitiveness in the textile industry lags behind other nations because of high labor costs,” said Xu. “...