Retail Articles

February 19, 2024

Gator Wins FSF Scholarship The Fashion Scholarship Fund has played a pivotal role in my college education. I initially applied in my first year and was unsure of myself or my skills. Today I am happy to share that it is my third year as a recipient of this prestigious award, and I have represented [...]

February 5, 2024

NRF Student Program Highlights! Rosinella D’Ostilio NRF Foundation’s Next Generation Scholarship Recipient Warrington students attended the NRF Student Program and the NRF Big Show proudly representing the University of Florida. The programming attracted business students with intriguing topics and retail executives discussing retail issues with students seeking careers within the industry. Here are some of [...]

January 22, 2024

The Art of Buying Elizabeth Newton, Vice President and GMM of Men’s, Youth and Beauty for Bealls Inc visited the retail leadership seminar to talk with students about the Art of Buying. To discuss what a buyer does comprehensively in under an hour is nearly impossible, but Newton managed to instill an overview with a [...]

October 23, 2023

Aldi Discusses Leadership and Efficiencies District Managers Paul Marcoccia and Nicole Hebel from ALDI spoke to students about understanding different leadership styles and how students can adapt to make themselves versatile within the industry. There are four main types of styles that Include amiable, expressive, analytical, and direct. Each style is unique and offers different [...]

October 9, 2023

Outlet Strategy Blake Hoyle spoke to our Retail seminar about what it was like creating the first outlet for Belk. Blake has worked in retail since he was 16 years old and has continued to work for retail since. Blake worked with Abercrombie and Fitch for almost 10 years then in 2016 he switched roles [...]

September 25, 2023

Consumer Experience Amy Casari is the Group Talent Acquisition Manager for Enterprise Holdings in Northeast Florida. She came and spoke to the Retail Seminar about the Consumer Experience and how Enterprise uses their approach to make the best experience for their customers. Amy has been working with Enterprise since 2011 in their Management Trainee Program. [...]

September 11, 2023

Macy's in the Marketplace Elliot Glass, the ​Sr. Director of Customer, Digital Strategy & Operations of Macy's came and spoke to the Retail Leadership Seminar. Glass has worked for Barneys, and Boston Consulting Group, and now works for Macy’s in Strategies and Operations, specifically in the digital field. Glass first began speaking about Macy’s and [...]

April 17, 2023

Offering Better Services with Consumer Insights Meriden Lewis visited students in the Retail Leadership Seminar. Lewis has worked with Dillard’s, Newell Brands and most recently accepted a position with Estee Lauder as the Director of Account Management working in Specialty/Multi Channel (Ulta Beauty). Lewis spoke to students about the importance of consumer insights in the [...]

April 3, 2023

A Day in the Life of a Mall Manager Steven Jamieson, Corporate Director of Operations for The Forbes Company, came to speak to the students in the Retail Leadership Seminar. Jamieson oversees The Mall at Millenia in Orlando, FL, The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens Fl, Waterside Shops in Naples FL, and Somerset Collection [...]

March 6, 2023

Countdown to Black Friday Katherine O’Meara, Macy's Dadeland director of sales and customer experience, came to speak to the students in the Sears Retail Leadership Seminar. She presented on Macy’s Countdown to Black Friday, which allowed students to understand what Black Friday preparation is about from a store perspective. The retailing fiscal year is broken [...]