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      RMI Faculty & Staff. From Left: Hayley Grayson, Kirthi Kalyanam, Cynthia Gamage, Dale Achabal, Gail Kirby

About the Retail Management Institute

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The Retail Management Institute (RMI) is a recognized retail industry partner with a 36-year history and strong reputation for developing strategic leaders with the advanced technology skills necessary for success in a digital retail environment. Santa Clara University faculty members working with an Advisory Board of industry innovators and luminaries represent RMIs vision of becoming a globally visible thought leader and destination for digital retail innovation.

 

The Retail Studies Program minor provides undergraduates in Business, Arts & Sciences, and Engineering with the necessary skills, knowledge, and contacts to launch a successful career in the retail industry with positions in Digital Marketing, eCommerce, Buying, Merchandising, Finance, Store Leadership/In-store Operations, Supply Chain & Procurement, and Product Development. RMI teams with an ever-expanding alliance of leading retail innovators and global brand leaders to provide students industry exposure and business opportunities. Students have an opportunity to engage directly with RMI partnering companies from Chloe+Isabel, Cost Plus World Market, Crate & Barrel, E & J Gallo Wines, Levi Strauss & Co., Lolli & Pops, Gap, inc., Orchard Supply Hardware, Ross Stores, Inc., Sephora, Stitch Fix, Target, The Grove, Trader Joe's, Williams-Sonoma, as well as influential Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, IBM, Pinterest, Microsoft and LinkedIn.

With extensive experience in both the retail industry and higher education, the Retail Management Institute's faculty and staff are valuable resources for assisting retail studies students with internship opportunities and jobs post-graduation. Providing cutting-edge curriculum, scholarships, and an extensive support network, the Retail Studies Program has developed nearly 800 graduates into industry leaders. Learn more about each of our nationally recognized faculty and staff.

RMI has assembled CEOs, Presidents, SVPs, CMOs and Directors from influential Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area companies. The Advisory Board meets twice a year to provide insights and perspective to ensure RMI remains a top destination for a retail business education. Learn more about RMI advisory board members here..

Service to the retail industry is solidified in key area through the institutes Retail research program, the Retail Workbench Research and Education Center. The Workbench aims to expand knowledge and solve problems that impact the industry using advanced information technologies and data analytics.

Executive Education consists of open enrollment Management Development Programs, seminars and custom designed programs to meet he needs of retail executives. The Institute works with individual companies, trade organizations, and other industry groups to develop programs of interest.

RMI A Retail Launch Pad