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  •  Stella & Dot is looking for TWO Inventory Planners!

    Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
    Join a world-class, hyper growth company with a seasoned executive team. Stella & Dot, one of INC 500’s fastest growing companies (rank 67) is a dynamic boutique style jewelry company with unlimited opportunity.
  •  Stella & Dot is looking for TWO Inventory Planning Analysts!

    Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
    Join a world-class, hyper growth company with a seasoned executive team. Stella & Dot, one of INC 500’s fastest growing companies (rank 67) is a dynamic boutique style jewelry company with unlimited opportunity.
  •  Shop. org Annual Summit 2013

    Monday, Jul. 8, 2013
    The Shop.org Annual Summit Student Program Agenda is here!
  •  Retailing of Tomorrow

    Monday, Jul. 8, 2013
  •  The Fit Club: How Service Solves the Sizing Problem

    Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013
  •  Is Google the new Apple?

    Monday, Feb. 25, 2013
  •  Fall 2012 Newsletter

    Friday, Feb. 8, 2013
  •  G. Hensler has two job openings!

    Monday, Jan. 7, 2013
    Attention RMI Alums and Seniors! G Hensler has two current job openings! One for an Account Manager and one for a Production Assistant.
  •  CBS Bay Area Interviews RMI Director, Kirthi Kalyanam!

    Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
    Dr. Kalyanam discusses JC Penny, the retailer's one and only sale of the year and how their "every day low prices" philosophy affects consumers.
  •  RSSA President Awarded the Ray M. Greenly Scholarship

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
    Alyssa Tomasello '13, RSSA President, was awarded the R M. Greenly Scholarship!
  •  CCTV Interviews RMI Executive Director, Dale Achabal!

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
  •  RMI Directors in the News this Holiday Season!

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
    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.
  •  Macys.com President joins RMI Advisory Board

    Friday, Aug. 3, 2012
    The Retail Management Institute welcomes Kent Anderson as the newest Advisory Board member.
  •  Retail Studies students awarded the Jill Curran Scholarship

    Friday, Jul. 27, 2012
    Four Retail Studies students receive the 2013 Jill Curran Retail Studies Endowed Scholarship New York Trip.
  •  Congratulations to the 2012-13 RMI Scholarship Recipients!

    Saturday, Jun. 30, 2012
    We are pleased to announce that 9 of our Retail Studies Program students were awarded RMI Scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year.
  •  Walmart Executive joins RMI Advisory Board

    Friday, Jun. 29, 2012
    The Retail Management Institute welcomes Gisel Ruiz (SCU / RMI '92) as the newest Advisory Board member.
  •  RCME Presents - Ann Rhoades

    Thursday, Jun. 28, 2012
    Most leaders and managers know that a winning, engaged culture is the key to attracting top talent - and customers.
  •  The Retail Studies Program Goes to New York - NRF Conference 2012

    Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
    The Retail Studies Program at Santa Clara University took 4 scholarship recipients to New York.
  •  Retail Studies Students Receive 2012 FSF Scholarship

    Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011
    We are pleased to announce that 4 of our Retail Studies Program Students were awarded the $5,000 FSF (Fashion Scholarship Fund) for 2012.
  •  Interconnectivity of Online & Offline Worlds

    Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
    Kirthi Kalyanam (RMI director), of Santa Clara University, discusses the importance of an interconnected online and offline marketing experience for brands today.
  •  Amazing Retail Internships

    Monday, Nov. 14, 2011
    Watch our newest internship video to see what three of our seniors did this year at Hugo Boss, Levi, and Williams-Sonoma!
  •  RMI Joins Newly Launched National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA)

    Friday, Oct. 7, 2011
    The Retail Management Institute at Santa Clara University joins newly launched National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA).
  •  RCME Presents - Charlene Li

    Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
    October 24, 2011 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Santa Clara University - Lucas Hall
  •  RMI is on Facebook & Twitter!

    Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2011
    Join RMI on Facebook & Twitter!
  •  RMI Annouces New Advisory Board Member - Vicki McWilliams

    Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011
    The Retail Management Institute announces the addition of Vicki McWilliams, Executive Vice President (Retail & Business Sales) at Pottery Barn, to its advisory board.
  •  RCME Presents - Bill Treasurer

    Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2011
    September 7, 2011 9:30 am - 11:30 am Santa Clara University - Lucas Hall
  •  RMI Annouces New Advisory Board Member

    Monday, Jun. 6, 2011
    The Retail Management Institute announces the addition of Michelle DeMartini Wlazlo (Senior Vice President Merchandising at Old Navy) to its advisory board.
  •  PayPal President Shares His Vision of the Future

    Thursday, Jun. 2, 2011
    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.
  •  RCME Presents - John Hamm

    Tuesday, May. 17, 2011
    John will provide both seasoned and aspiring leaders a framework for understanding and a guide for applying the fundamentals of leadership at every stage in their careers.
  •  Hand Made in San Francisco

    Tuesday, May. 3, 2011
    Walking the streets of San Francisco, you'll be sure to see a Timbuk2 bag somewhere.
 
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News and announcements from the Retail Management Institute.

  •  Stella & Dot is looking for TWO Inventory Planners!

    Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

    Inventory Planner
    Join a world-class, hyper growth company with a seasoned executive team. Stella & Dot, one of INC
    500’s fastest growing companies (rank 67) is a dynamic boutique style jewelry company with unlimited
    opportunity. Our mission is to revolutionize entrepreneurial opportunities in direct sales by reinventing
    the category. Think a modern day and stylish version of Mary Kay, blended with social networking and
    ecommerce. Stella & Dot has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, on The
    View, The Today Show, and in countless fashion magazines such as InStyle and Lucky.
    If ‘mediocrity’ and ‘just good enough’ make you cringe, if you are a brilliant, energetic, organized,
    creative, self-motivated and ready to take charge in a key role at an innovative company, this could be the
    career for you. Please read more about us at stelladot.com.
    Brief Description:
     
    The Inventory Planner at Stella & Dot will assist in all purchasing and is responsible for the availability
    of products from all suppliers to meet customer service level goals while simultaneously maintaining
    inventory level objectives. This position will continually work to reduce lead times, improve product
    turns, improve customer service levels, maintain efficient inventory levels and eliminate excess and
    obsolete stock.
     
     
    Description:
     
    The position requires someone with functional experience including: inventory planning methodologies
    as they apply to the demand planning, the ability to analyze and process large amounts of data, and strong
    quantitative and analytical skills and ability to solve complex problems. The ideal candidate must be able
    to multi‐task with the ability to manage projects with a strong attention to detail, give and receive
    feedback, and possess strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
     The Inventory Planner assists in the development, execution and communication of merchandise
    financial plans and strategies that support the merchandising, marketing, and financial objectives
    of a division/department.
     Assist in managing the financial success of a division/department or class by meeting sales, gross
    margin and inventory productivity goals.
     Analyze historical data and current trends. Identify risks and opportunities by
    division/department or class and solicit ideas for issue resolution.
     Participate in formulation of pre-season strategy with merchant Create pre-season financial sales
    and inventory plans by department, classes and/or style.
     Participate in reconciliation of top-down to bottom-up plans.
     Recap and review actual sales performance weekly/monthly to plan.
     Re-project in-season sales and inventories on a weekly/monthly basis.
     Identify risks/opportunities and develop action plans to achieve financial goals (open to buy).
     Re-forecast sales and manage inventory for all basic styles to meet financial goals.
     Partner with Manager in managing division level markdowns and strategies.
     Communicate financial results to manager and cross-functional team on a weekly basis.
     Able to build and maintain productive relationships with planning and cross-functional teams
    Provide manager with timely feedback on personal developmental and training needs.
     
     Actively participate in company sponsored planner training programs.
     
    Qualifications:
     Ability to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines
     Demonstrates logical analysis and problem solving skills
     Possesses an ability to understand financial measurements and how to impact them
     Demonstrates strong listening, written and oral communication skills
     Able to build and maintain productive relationships
     Technology proficiency, including the ability or aptitude to learn technical applications
     Proficient in Microsoft Excel
     Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
    2+ years analytical experience, preferably in a specialty retail
    2+ environment eCommerce experience strongly preferred
     
     
    If you are interested in applying, please go to our website: http://www.stelladot.com/about/careers.
     

  •  Stella & Dot is looking for TWO Inventory Planning Analysts!

    Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

    Inventory Planning Analyst
     
    Join a world-class, hyper growth company with a seasoned executive team. Stella & Dot, one of INC
    500’s fastest growing companies (rank 67) is a dynamic boutique style jewelry company with unlimited
    opportunity. Our mission is to revolutionize entrepreneurial opportunities in direct sales by reinventing
    the category. Think a modern day and stylish version of Mary Kay, blended with social networking and
    ecommerce. Stella & Dot has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, on The
    View, The Today Show, and in countless fashion magazines such as InStyle and Lucky.
    If ‘mediocrity’ and ‘just good enough’ make you cringe, if you are a brilliant, energetic, organized,
    creative, self-motivated and ready to take charge in a key role at an innovative company, this could be the
    career for you. Please read more about us at stelladot.com.
    Brief Description:
     
     
    The Inventory Planning Analyst assists in the development, execution and communication of
    merchandise financial plans and the associated administrative duties. This position reports to the VP of
    Inventory Planning and will work in our San Bruno, CA HQ.
     
     
    Description:
     
    The position requires someone with the ability to analyze and process large amounts of data, and strong
    quantitative and analytical skills and ability to solve complex problems. The ideal candidate must be able
    to multi‐task with the ability to manage projects with a strong attention to detail, give and receive
    feedback, and possess strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
     The Inventory Planning Analyst assists in the development, execution and communication of
    merchandise financial planning, administration and strategies that support the merchandising,
    marketing, and financial objectives of a division/department.
     Assist in managing the financial success of a division/department or class by meeting sales, gross
    margin and inventory productivity goals.
     Enter and analyze inventory data using Excel
     Analyze historical data and current trends. Identify risks and opportunities by
    division/department or class and solicit ideas for issue resolution.
     Participate in formulation of pre-season strategy with merchant Create pre-season financial sales
    and inventory plans by department, classes and/or style.
     Partner with Inventory Planners in creating pre-season financial sales and inventory plans
     Participate in reconciliation of top-down to bottom-up plans.
     Recap and review actual sales performance weekly/monthly to plan.
     Re-project in-season sales and inventories on a weekly/monthly basis.
     Identify risks/opportunities and develop action plans to achieve financial goals (open to buy).
     Re-forecast sales and manage inventory for all basic styles to meet financial goals.
     Partner with Planners in managing division level markdowns and strategies.
     Communicate financial results to manager and cross-functional team on a weekly basis.
     Able to build and maintain productive relationships with planning and cross-functional teams
     Provide manager with timely feedback on personal developmental and training needs.
     
     Actively participate in company sponsored planner training programs.
     
    Qualifications:
     Excellent knowledge of Excel
     Ability to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines
     Demonstrates logical analysis and problem solving skills
     Possesses an ability to understand financial measurements and how to impact them
     Demonstrates strong listening, written and oral communication skills
     Able to build and maintain productive relationships
     Technology proficiency, including the ability or aptitude to learn technical applications
     Proficient in Microsoft Excel
     Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
    0-2 years analytical experience, preferably in a specialty retail
    0-2 years experience in an ecommerce environment experience strongly preferred
     
    If you are interested in applying, please go to our website: http://www.stelladot.com/about/careers
     

  •  Shop. org Annual Summit 2013

    Monday, Jul. 8, 2013

    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.

    For the full agenda click below.

    http://summit13.shop.org/student-program

  •  Retailing of Tomorrow

    Monday, Jul. 8, 2013

    Dr. Kalyanam discusses how retail education is evolving with the changes in the industry.

  •  The Fit Club: How Service Solves the Sizing Problem

    Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013

    RMI's Director, Kirthi Kalyanam, discusses the perpetuating problem of sizing and how it effects eCommerce.

  •  Is Google the new Apple?

    Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

    Prof. Kirthi Kalyanam is quoted a post by Marketplace.

    He discusses the above question... Is Google the new Apple?

  •  Fall 2012 Newsletter

    Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

    Check out the electronic version of our Fall 2012 Newsletter here!

  •  G. Hensler has two job openings!

    Monday, Jan. 7, 2013

    Attention RMI Alums and Seniors!

    G Hensler has two current job openings! One for an Account Manager and one for a Production Assistant.

    ACCOUNT MANAGER JOB DESCRIPTION


    Sourcing:

    1. Work with Account/Sales/Design to determine product needs with target prices and quantities
    2. Review tech packages and send to factories for sampling
    3. Monitor and track samples with factories
    4. Develop cost options to offer alternative solutions in order to meet Accounts’ desired pricing when challenged
    5. Negotiate best prices and deliveries with factories and Accounts
    6. Identify new opportunities for sales volume growth

     

    Production:

    1. Obtain Purchase Orders and check for accuracy
    2. Create and maintain seasonal tracking tool to ensure orders are shipped on time
    3. Monitor color and sample approvals with factories and Account
    4. Order all necessary trims (hangtags, labels, hangers, etc) for the order
    5. Review all size sets, PP and TOP samples against confirmation samples before sending to Account
    6. Partner with Logistics to ensure testing is completed in timely manner in order to meet delivery dates
    7. Track shipments and communicate any delivery delays with Account
    8. Send clear communications with factories to ensure customers’ requests/expectations are met
    9. Be the liaison between factories and customers to resolve any production issues that arise.

     

    PRODUCTION ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION

     

     

    Production Responsibilities

    1. Sample tracking and keep good record of samples sent with photos & copies
    2. Maintain Work In Progress reports daily
    3. Assist special accounts in assigning UPC codes
    4. Prepare line sheets, track, gather and send samples for customer meetings & presentations
    5. Assist in the preparing and sending of Pre-Production, Sizing and Top of Production samples
    6. Assist in sample tagging and labeling for all stages
    7. Occasional couriering samples to customers in the downtown San Francisco areas
    8. Filing and binder organization for different customers and seasons
    9. Prepare swatch cards based on customer’s needs
    10. Maintain development charts for multiple accounts on a daily basis
    11. Assist in updating and maintaining costing worksheets for multiple accounts

     

    Office Administration

    1. UPS – manage all package shipping issues
    2. Record incoming shipments
    3. Process outgoing shipments to factories in Asia and customers in the US
    4. Maintain shipping binders
    5. Order supplies
    6. Assist with special projects (e.g. sample sale)
    7. Office maintenance / Equipment maintenance

     

    Skills/Qualifications

    1. Strong analytical and problem solving skills, ability to work with complex and detailed data to drive insights
    2. Must be proficient in Microsoft Outlook Email, Microsoft Office and Excel
    3. Must be detail-oriented
    4. Willingness to take on additional projects
    5. BA / BS degree required
    6. Interest/knowledge of retail and apparel industry

     If you are interested in learning more, please email Hayley Redburn at hredburn@scu.edu.

  •  CBS Bay Area Interviews RMI Director, Kirthi Kalyanam!

    Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

    Dr. Kalyanam discusses JC Penny, the retailer's one and only sale of the year and how their "every day low prices" philosophy affects consumers.

    Check out the full video at the link below:

    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/8019361-consumerwatch-jc-penney-offers-one-and-only-sale-for-black-friday/

  •  RSSA President Awarded the Ray M. Greenly Scholarship

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

     

    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.

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