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RETAIL CONSULTING

CONSULTING ON THE
FUTURE OF RETAIL
University of Alberta's School of Retailing helps to shape the
experiences of students and bolster the success of retailers
BY ANDREW HIND

2014 and 2015 were trying times in the Can"You learn skills applicable to every aspect of the
adian retail landscape. The devaluation of the
Canadian dollar, the demise of several high pro- retail industry, skills that you can't practice under
file name-brand chains and the downward trend real-world conditions in the classroom, from
of others, the stunning retreat by Target Canada, understanding what attributes you need during
and challenges posed by labor shortages and the hiring process to managing a team of diverse
other back end costs all combine to paint what
might be perceived as an unflattering picture of people to understanding the unique problems
that come with each new client."
the state of the Canadian retail landscape.
But there were bright lights amidst this gloom,
- ELNUR KASUMOV, School of Retailing Consulting Group
beacons of innovation that promise a brighter
future. And to see some of the light, one need look no further than wholly funded by the retail industry through
the University of Alberta's School of Retailing where exciting de- partnerships, donations and events, the School
velopments suggest that retail in our country is in good hands of Retailing is one of only two Universities in
moving forward. There, a student consulting group is paving the Canada to offer a Bachelor of Commerce with a
way to the future, shaping not only the skills of retail leaders-to- major in Retailing and Services. From the start,
be, but also the future dynamic of the relationship between retail- the School of Retailing offered a curriculum
ers and retail educators.
that balanced a strong foundation in the fundaThe University of Alberta's School of Retailing is a centre mentals of commerce with retail-specific classwithin the Alberta School of Business. Established in 2005 and room training.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016

PUBLISHER'S DESK
RETAIL CURRENTS
UNDER THE BANNER
EXPANDED OFFERING
RCC APPOINTS NEW BOARD CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR
AT ISSUE
COFFEE, EGGS AND IKEA
CONTENT-RICH CONFERENCES INSPIRE RETAILERS IN VANCOUVER AND QUEBEC
THE SUBMISSIONS ARE IN
INDUSTRY RESEARCH
FREEDOM OF IDENTITY
TALENT SHOWS
WINNING THE WAR OF FIT
ADVERTISER'S INDEX
CONSULTING ON THE FUTURE OF RETAIL
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - ebelly1
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - ebelly2
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - cover1
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - cover2
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 3
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - PUBLISHER'S DESK
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 5
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - RETAIL CURRENTS
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 7
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - UNDER THE BANNER
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - EXPANDED OFFERING
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - RCC APPOINTS NEW BOARD CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 11
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - AT ISSUE
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - COFFEE, EGGS AND IKEA
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - CONTENT-RICH CONFERENCES INSPIRE RETAILERS IN VANCOUVER AND QUEBEC
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 15
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - THE SUBMISSIONS ARE IN
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 17
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - INDUSTRY RESEARCH
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 19
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - FREEDOM OF IDENTITY
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 21
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 22
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 23
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 24
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 25
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - TALENT SHOWS
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 27
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 28
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 29
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - WINNING THE WAR OF FIT
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 31
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 32
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 33
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - ADVERTISER'S INDEX
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 35
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - CONSULTING ON THE FUTURE OF RETAIL
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 37
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 38
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - cover3
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - cover4
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