SRetail Merchandising College of Design

Center for Retail Design & Innovation

Partner Benefits

Are you searching for a fresh perspective on an old business problem?
Do you need an expert opinion on a new idea?

As a partner of the center you will have unique access to students and faculty who are working on the forefront of research within the retail industry. In addition, you will:

  • Connect with top students for internships, job opportunities, and focus groups.
  • Gain visibility by co-branding with the College of Design and the University of Minnesota through event sponsorships and publications.
  • Impact students’ education and provide real-world learning experiences through case studies, guest lectures, and company tours.
  • Work with leading researchers who can assist in business strategy development and analysis.

Recent News - Fall 2019

Macy's - Silver Level Partner
Students participated in a case study competition with our first center partner, Macy's. Working in groups, retail merchandising students in the Consumers of Design course examined social media content and platforms of Macy's Style Crew members, individuals passionate about fashion and style who share their favorite Macy's pieces on their social media accounts. The new center focuses on providing students with project-based, experiential learning and students bring fresh ideas to the table and can provide different perspectives and solutions.


Through their research, students identified opportunities for members of the style crew to improve their engagement with consumers and presented their recommendations to Macy's executives. The team with the best presentation was then awarded $200 Macy's gift cards.


Read the article in Emerging magazine


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