Our retailing and consumer sciences major prepares you with a deep knowledge of the retailing industry and the agility to adapt to an ever-changing marketplace. You'll enjoy the versatility of being able to work in careers ranging from buying and event planning, to management and visual merchandising.
Retail Manager: Oversee store operations including recruiting, developing, and managing store personnel. Other key tasks include ensuring proper execution of store-based product merchandising and promotion strategies, and maintaining strong customer service levels.
Retail Buyer: Develop the most profitable product assortment based on a thorough understanding of consumer demands, space and dollar constraints, and vendor capabilities and offers. Oversee development of product pricing, promotion, and merchandising strategies executed across all sales channels.
Product Planning/Allocations Manager: Work with retail buyers, store managers, and supply chain personnel to ensure the proper volume and timing of product purchases and deliveries to meet customer demand. Analyze inventory levels by store and product to help gauge going-forward demand.
Product Developer: Oversee the development of private and exclusive labels for retailers to help set them apart in the very competitive consumer market. Work with retail buyers, supply chain managers, and vendors from across the world to develop and source unique offerings across a wide range of product categories.
Supply Chain/Logistics Manager: Work with external partners, including product vendors and third-party logistics companies, to ensure efficient flow of product from manufacturer to store and fulfillment centers. Ensure efficient and effective logistics operations within distribution and fulfillment centers, and timely physical allocation of product as driven by planning and allocation objectives.
Human Resources Manager: Oversee a company's human resources functions, including employment and staffing, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits, safety, and employee relations.
Visual Merchandising Associate: Execute visual merchandising and creative direction, and make appropriate changes based on store layout and product ownership. Collaborate with product buyers on all rollout expectations and assist with maintaining store forms, windows, and store standards.
Retail Event Planner: Identify retail and outside event venues for product displays. Coordinate and assist with setup and tear down of displays. Recruit, hire, train, and motivate professionals to market and staff the event.
Education and Industry Advocate: Offer training, education, and support of retail in a variety of industries, including as a governmental lobbyist for retail operations.
Entrepreneur: Create new business models and product and service innovations that break into the dynamic and changing retail industry.
Public Relations/Advertising Manager: Enhance the reach and reputation of retailers, design houses, and other consumer goods businesses through strategic marketing and communications efforts.
You may choose to deepen your understanding and broaden your career options through graduate business or design school.