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  •  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.
  •  The Digital Payment Industry

    Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011
    Scott Thompson (President - PayPal) Presents: The Digital Payment Industry: Where It Is & Where It's Going. April 18th
    PayPal
  •  Starting her own business in NY

    Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
    Our very last stop was to see another Santa Clara alum, Chantel Waterbury, who graduated in '97.
  •  NY visit to Calvin Klein

    Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
    On Tuesday, January 11, 2011, we had the pleasure of visiting Calvin Klein's men's sportswear showroom and CRK, which is Calvin Klein's internal advertising agency.
  •  A Day in the Life at Hugo Boss

    Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011
    Today we went to the Hugo Boss office to meet with Mark Brashear, CEO and President of Hugo Boss Americas.
  •  M-Commerce at NRF's

    Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011
    One of the main topics at the NRF 100th Annual Convention (Retail's Big Show) in New York this past week, was m-commerce.
  •  Retail Studies Students Receive FSF - YMA Scholarship

    Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
    Congratulations to retail studies students Sumeet Chadha ('13) and Bianca Frediani ('12) for winnning the FSF (Fashion Scholarship Fund) YMA scholarship!
  •  Williams-Sonoma VP Shares E-View From the Top

    Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
    RMI students had a special guest in late October. Angela Caltagirone, vice president of e-marketing at Williams-Sonoma Inc.
 
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News and Events

News and announcements from the Retail Management Institute.

  •  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.

  •  CCTV Interviews RMI Executive Director, Dale Achabal!

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

    Check out RMI's Executive Director, Dale Achabal, talking about Black Friday and Cyber Monday on CCTV!

    www.youtube.com/watch

  •  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 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.

    Find the list of links below!

    For Achabal:
    http://www.thecourier.com/Issues/2012/Nov/23/ar_news_112312_story3.asp?c=n&d=112312_story3%2C2012%2CNov%2C23
    http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/bay-area-shoppers-ready-tackle-crowds-black-friday/nTC2s/
    http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news%2Fbusiness&id=8895660&rss=rss-kgo-article-8895660
    San Francisco Chronicle (Uniglo) San Francisco Chronicle (malls).

    For Kalyanam:
    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121126/BIZ01/211260324
    http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_22050722?source=rss
    http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Black-Friday-intensity-grows-4046491.php
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-mct-black-friday-loses-its-appeal-among-some-bay-area-20121119,0,7814275.story
    http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/news/colorado/ci_22026027/more-retailers-opening-thanksgiving-night-shopping
    http://www.courant.com/business/sns-mct-black-friday-loses-its-appeal-among-some-bay-area-20121119,0,1656145.story

     http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/29/toys-r-us-kohls-deals-cyber-monday_n_2211733.html

    http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/apple-case-lowers-e-books-prices-this-holiday-85453.html?hp=t1

     

     

     

     

     

  •  Macys.com President joins RMI Advisory Board

    Friday, Aug. 3, 2012

    The Retail Management Institute welcomes Kent Anderson as the newest Advisory Board member.

    On May 18, 1998, Kent Anderson was appointed President of macys.com, a division of Macy's, Inc. Anderson, who had been the first employee of macys.com, has since built a substantial team. From its inception in 1998, the web-based business has grown to over 1000 employees who are based at the organization's San Francisco and New York headquarters.

    In addition to developing and implementing the e-commerce strategy for macys.com, Anderson has been responsible for creating and integrating the on-line bridal registry program for Macy's, Inc. in partnership with the WeddingChannel.com team.

    Anderson's association with the Macy's organization dates back to 1983. His roles have included management positions in Operations, Finance, Marketing and Merchandising. Most recently he was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Macy's West.

    Kent is a member of the Global Leadership Council at Colorado State University. He is also on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco YMCA.

    He earned his degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University. He and his wife Patti have three grown children and reside in Mill Valley, California. Kent is an avid tennis player, skier and cyclist.

  •  Retail Studies students awarded the Jill Curran Scholarship

    Friday, Jul. 27, 2012

    Congratulations to the 2013 Jill Curran Retail Studies Endowed Scholarship New York Trip Recipients!

    The four students awarded the Jill Curran Scholarship will be traveling to New York in January 2013 to the National Retail Federation 102nd Conference & Expo and to visit with several RMI alumni's and board member companies in New York City.  Please join us in congratulating the following students:

    Melinda Brasil - Class of 2013

    Lauren DeWitt - Class of 2013

    Kelli Hashimoto - Class of 2014

    Anna Woelfel - Class of 2013

    The 102nd National Retail Federation 102nd Conference & Expo will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The convention dates are January 13-16, 2013 and the Expo dates are January 13-15, 2013.   For more information visit http://events.nrf.com/annual2013/public/MainHall.aspx?ID=13380

     

  •  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.

    Scholarships awarded are based entirely on financial need, academic achievement, and enthusiastic participation in the Retail Studies Program.  The Scholarship Committee of the Retail Management Institute has awarded 9 students to honor the institute's scholarships.  Please join us in congratulating the following students.

    In honor of the Joseph C. Vesce Memorial Scholar
    Lauren DeWitt - Class of 2013
    Kelli Hashimoto - Class of 2014
    Megan Kraus - Class of 2015
    Alyssa Tomasello - Class of 2013

    In honor of the John F. and Marguerite Kilmartin Memorial Scholar
    Jennifer Gaono - Class of 2014
    Bianca Gonzalez - Class of 2013
    Allison McPartland - Class of 2013

    In honor of the Jack Kilmartin Memorial Scholar
    Alyssa Tomasello - Class of 2013

    In honor of the Western Association Food Chains Scholar
    Elizabeth Sur - Class of 2013

    In honor of RMI Alumni Association Scholar
    Anna Woelfel - Class of 2013

    Special thanks to our donors - Joseph C. Vesce, John F. and Marguerite Kilmartin, Jack Kilmartin, WAFC, and the RMI Alumni Association for all that they have done to ensure the on going success of the Institute and scholarship funds for the students. We are forever grateful.

  •  Walmart Executive joins RMI Advisory Board

    Friday, Jun. 29, 2012

    Gisel Ruiz is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. She is responsible for the company’s U.S. operations, which include more than 3,800 discount stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Walmart Express formats. She was promoted to the role in February 2012.

    Previously, Gisel was executive vice president of People for Walmart U.S., with responsibility for human resources and store innovations, supporting more than 1.2 million associates. She helped transform the company's approach to talent management and leveraged technology to drive changes that increased efficiencies and improved the customer and associate experience.

    Gisel began her career at Walmart as a store management trainee in 1992. She has held a variety of leadership positions in store operations, labor relations and human resources. In 2006, she became vice president, regional general manager in the Field Operations Division, and was responsible for 150 Walmart stores in western Texas and New Mexico. From 2008 until 2010, Gisel served as senior vice president of Walmart People, leading the human resources organization for more than 3,700 stores across the United States.

    Because of her passion for mentoring, Gisel has been recognized for her ability to lead and teach. In 2008, she was recognized as one of the Top 25 Powerful Minority Women in Business by the Minority Enterprise Executive Council. Gisel received the 2008 Walmart Leadership Award and was chosen by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the Top 25 Business Women of 2009. In February 2011, Latina Style honored her as 2010 Latina Executive of the Year.

    Gisel has a bachelor’s of science in marketing from Santa Clara University, where she also completed the Retail Management Institute program.

  •  RCME Presents - Ann Rhoades

    Thursday, Jun. 28, 2012

    "Built on Values: Creating an Enviable Culture that Outperforms the Competition"

    Most leaders and managers know that a winning, engaged culture is the key to attracting top talent - and customers.  Yet, it remains elusive how exactly to create this ideal workplace - one where everyone from the front lines to the board room knos the company's values and feels comfortable and empowered to act on them.

    Based on her years of experience with JetBlue, Southwest, Disney, P.F. Chang's and other companies known for their trailblazing corportate cultures, thought leader and author of Built on Values, Ann Rhoades, will explore ihowi leaders can create winning environments that allow their employees and their companies to thrive.  The cornerstone to Rhoades' strategy lies in crafting a "Values Blueprint," along with the specific behaviors that express those values. In this program, Rhoades will illustrate how to develop a Values Blueprint that is agreed upon, respected, and can get into every employee's bloodstream.

    Rhoades will guide you through a process that will: 

    • show you how you can exceed the expectations of employees and customers
    • help you develop a "Values Blueprint" tailored to your organization's goals
    • identify ways to put a "Values Blueprint" into action
    • illustrate why it's essential to hire, fire, and reward people based on values alone, and
    • help you establish a discipline for sustaining a values-centric culture

    About the Speaker - Ann Rhoades

    Ann Rhoades is a dynamic and visionary executive with over 25 years of experience in a variety of service-based industries, including Vice President of the People Department for Southwest Airlines, Executive Vice President of Team Services at Promus Hotel Corporation/Doubletree Hotel Corporation, and Executive Vice President of People for JetBlue Airways, as well as President of People Ink, her Human Resources consulting company.

    Ann has a respected reputation in the industry for her creative approach to creating cultures around fun and for blending cultures in merger situations.  Ann currently serves on the Board of JetBlue Airways Corporation, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, HireVue, Inc., and formerly was on the Board of Directors for Restoration Hardware, Ann has an MBA in Management from the University of New Mexico.

    RCME 2012 Speaker Series
    Ann Rhoades – Built on Values
    Open to RCME members or special guests
    Thursday, June 28, 2012
    9:30 a.m. to noon
    Lucas Hall 126

    For more information please contact the Retail Management Institute at 408-554-4753 or send an email to Mitch Grieb at mfgrieb@scu.edu

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