Retail Articles

November 7, 2022

Meet Gator in Retail: Susan Chronister Susan Chronister is the head of US and Canada Retail Sales for Belkin International. She serves on the executive board of the Miller Retail Center. Susan studied at UF and the Miller Retail Center, where she gained valuable connections and guidance toward a career in retail. While attending UF, [...]

October 31, 2022

Perry Ellis International Discusses Innovation Gina Avila, the Executive Vice President of Design and Merchandising, and Joan Kolski, the Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Perry Ellis International, visited Friday's Retail Seminar class to talk about the history of Perry Ellis International and its culture of innovation. Their focus as a company is to offer [...]

October 24, 2022

Being Innovative and Competitive Go Hand in Hand This week, the Miller Center had the pleasure of having Tom Goden, the Director of Pharmacy and Retail Operations for Walgreens in the Northwest region of Florida. Tom talked about the relationship between innovation and competitiveness. In a competitive market like pharmacy/retail, he showed us some of [...]

October 17, 2022

CEO and Chairman Matt Beall Visits Retail Society Matt Beall, CEO and Chairman, Bealls This week, Gator graduate Matt Beall, the CEO and Chairman of Bealls, visited UF students as part of a Retail Society gathering. Matt spoke about how his great grandfather started the company back in 1915. The historical company lost the business [...]

October 3, 2022

Valencia Key Internship An Inspiring Experience by: Kaylee Needham Kaylee Needham This summer, I had the honor of interning for VALENCIA KEY. After completing my internship, I discovered that VALENCIA KEY is far more than just a jewelry and lifestyle brand, but it is an entity that transcends its wearers to greatness and inspires love, [...]

September 26, 2022

Research to Protect Assets and Customers Read Hayes, Director, Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), Research Scientist and Criminologist The Miller Center had the pleasure of featuring Dr. Read Hayes, the Director of the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), research scientist, and criminologist. Read started his presentation by talking about the types of crime that can [...]

September 19, 2022

Macy's Marketplace Elliott Glass, Digital and Customer Strategy Team Lead, Macy's The Miller Center was grateful to be able to welcome Elliott Glass, the digital and customer strategy team lead for Macy’s. Within digital innovations, Elliott develops ways for the customers to interact with Macy’s. He spoke about the innovations in customer experiences. The latest [...]

September 12, 2022

Enterprise Partners in Educating Students Ami Casari, Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Holdings Ami Casari, the Talent Acquisition Manager for Enterprise Holdings, spoke to students in two classes this past week. In the seminar class, Amy spoke about the Consumer Experience and how Enterprise uses its values and mission to offer great customer service. She actively [...]

April 18, 2022

Cultivating a Culture In this week’s retail seminar, Kayley McCranie, the Senior Manager of College Recruiting at Macy’s, and Pri Frazier, College Relations Manager joined us and shared how Macy’s is cultivating their culture. In essence, culture is shared, constant, and intentional. Macy’s creates a great environment for the employees to feel accepted and respected, [...]

April 11, 2022

Rejection! This week Retail You! welcomed guest speaker, Matt Fergusson, store manager for Marshalls in Jacksonville. He spoke about rejection and how the book “Rejection Proof” by Jia Jiang helped him overcome his fear of rejection when he was in undergrad at UF. Matt spoke about how rejection is something we can’t control and that [...]