Retail Management Institute executive director Dale Achabal and director Kirthi Kalyanam were in heavy demand by local, regional, national and even international media outlets for their insights into Black Friday.
Imagine walking into a store without any cash, not a single credit card, not even your wallet. When you go to check out, you pay with your phone number and PIN number. This is the vision of the future that Scott Thompson, president of PayPal.
The Shop.org Annual Summit 2013 Student Program Agenda is now available!
Building off of the inaugural Student Program presented at Retail’s BIG Show in January, the Foundation aims to showcase to hundreds of the brightest students and educators from across the country the innovative and technology driven careers they didn’t know exist in retail, provide an opportunity to network with retail recruiters, and hear career advice directly from executives and CEOs leading the way in digital retail.
The program is only open to registered students and educators.
Alyssa Tomasello '13, RSSA President, was awarded the Ray M. Greenly Scholarship!
Ray Greenly was the Vice President of Research and Member Services for Shop.org for almost seven years.
Ray had a variety of responsibilities at Shop.org, one of which was his management of our annual e-commerce report, The State of Retailing Online, the premier e-commerce benchmarking study. Ray also managed Shop.org's membership with a personal touch rooted in his deep respect for the members and their businesses.
Never one to demand the spotlight, Ray was the kind of person that everyone wants on their team: patient, witty, and always willing to go the extra mile. A diehard Boston Red Sox fan, Ray was thrilled to see his Sox win their first World Series since 1918 before losing his year-long fight with cancer in the fall of 2005. The Shop.org staff and the entire online retail community miss him dearly.
Ray's spirit lives on in the Ray M. Greenly Scholarship Fund, which has been established to provide financial support to students pursuing careers in the e-commerce industry. A portion of the proceeds from items purchased through CyberMonday.com help support Ray's scholarship and his memory. As of January 2010, more than $1.3 million has been raised for the scholarship fund.
Retail Management Institute executive director Dale Achabal and director Kirthi Kalyanam were in heavy demand by local, regional, national and even international media outlets for their insights into Black Friday and how the phenomenon has
crept earlier and later into the year, creating “Black Thursday” and “Cyber Monday.”
Prof. Achabal spoke to or was quoted by the (Findlay, Ohio) Courier; ABC7 News; KLIV and KGO radio; CBS San Francisco; KOFY- TV; Patch.com; and Chinese broadcaster CCTV.
Prof. Achabal was also quoted in two pre-Black Friday stories in the San Francisco Chronicle, about the opening of a Uniglo store and about malls.
Prof. Kalyanam spoke to or was quoted in several stories in the San Jose Mercury News (each of which also ran in a dozen or more other papers or websites, such as the Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant, Politico and Bloomberg BusinessWeek); Merced Sun-Star; Seattle Times (which also ran in Bloomberg BusinessWeek); San Francisco Chronicle; Detroit News; KLIV and ABC radio; KTVU Channel 2; and the Denver Post.