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RMI 2019 Digital News Magazine Winter/Spring Issue

Read about what the Retail Management Institute has been up to in the Winter/Spring Issue of RMI News Magazine!

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This is Us: The Retail Management Institute

RMI, with its remarkable 40-year history of leaning into the future of retail, has turned out nearly 1,000 alumni who lead and influence across the retail sector.  Since 1980, we have pioneered breakthrough research related to the impact technology has on retailers. We were there with IBM when they deployed their mainframes and POS systems; we were instrumental in developing retail revenue management; our academic research on retail markdowns had breakthrough implementations at Mervyn’s and impacted the rest of the industry; our faculty have guided technology companies such as Google as they became an indelible part of the retail landscape. We have educated the industry on a global scale about Silicon Valley retail innovation through our executive programs. RMI continues to innovate and educate on the technologies and emerging trends that are creating retail’s future.



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.



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Our Faculty & Staff collectively prepares retail studies students for a career in retail. Whether in the class room or in our office suite, students receive balanced guidance in many areas to ultimately provide them with a full view of the industry and the tools necessary for their success. 

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. We are proud to claim 100% of our students have secured a job within three months of graduation. Providing experiential curriculum, scholarships, industry opportunities and an extensive support network, the Retail Studies Program has developed nearly 1,000 graduates into industry leaders and influencers, since 1981.

Learn more about each of our nationally recognized faculty and staff.


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.

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..