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Retailing: Links & Resources

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Opportunities in Retailing Careers
By Roslyn Dolber, Lincolnwood, Ill.: VGM Career Horizons. There are a number of career possibilities in the field of Retailing. This book takes an in depth look at the retailing alternatives and provides the reader with helpful retail insights.

Careers in Retailing
A superb summary of the field from the National Retailing Federation.

Find Job Listings
Thousands of job sites with one search. Provided by Indeed.com, "a one stop shop for job seekers" (Wall Street Journal).

Retail JobNet.
Has listings of retail jobs.

The Black Collegian Online, "Industry Report: Retailing"

A Career in Retailing.
Background info from Central Michigan University.

Retailing Career Starter: Move Ahead in this Fast Growing Field
By Valerie Lipow, Learning Express. You will find: Descriptions of retailing career opportunities and trends that go beyond minimum wage jobs and entry-level clerk/cashier positions. Many of these are technology-intensive careers, and many retailing careers are very highly-paid! Descriptions of personal skills and qualities of successful retailing professionals. Real-world comments, "war stories", and recommendations from retailing industry professionals and job-seeking experts.

Campbell Edgar.
Retail Management Recruitment Specialists. The largest recruiter in retail in Canada.

ESC 2000.
Retail job search specialists.

Retail Network.
Job search for the Retailing industry.

Qualified Execs: A Rare Commodity
Discount Store News, October 1998. This story discusses the shortage of good people in retailing and excellent opportunities for those who do the time.

Savvy Retail Execs Profit from Technology
By Valerie Patterson, from Careers.WSJ.Com. October 20, 1998. Talks about growing need for IT expertise in the retail sector.


International Association of Chain Stores
3800 Moor Place, Alexandria, VA 22305, (703) 683-3136. These folks know who's who in the business. Not a bad place to write or call if you have informational questions.

National Retail Federation
100 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001, (212) 244-8780. This is ground zero of the retail industry. Call if you have questions and be sure to ask about their publication Stores which follows the industry.

Ideas and Know-How

Center for Retailing Education and Research.
Courtesy of the University of Florida. Has information on internship options and appropriate courses.

What Does it Take to Turn Around a Retail Chain in Trouble?
A story about Bon Marche, from Columbia University Business School.

Strategies for Power Retail
From Advertising Age.

Retail Alphabet Game.
Can you name these 26 retailer logos?

National Retail Federation, Dictionary of Retailing and Merchandising.
What is an endcap? FIFO? A loss leader? Understanding the language of retail is essential to working in the industry. Written by an expert lexicographer, it contains the terminology used in every segment of the industry--from shipping and receiving to marketing and advertising. Features over approximately 4,500 clear, concise definitions and includes terms pertaining to buying, merchandising and visual display, catalog and mail-order marketing, consumer research, retail data processing, accounting and more.

Retail Management: A Strategic Approach.
By Joel R. Evans and Barry Berman. Prentice-Hall. A comprehensive text on retailing that provides a good balance between theory and practice and useful career information.

1001 Ideas to Create Retail Excitement
By Edgar A. Falk, Prentice Hall. An important aspect of the success of any retail operation is the "atmospherics" of the retail store. This book discusses how to create an image, draw customers, and promote the store.

Magazines and Newspapers (Online and Off)

Careers in Retailing
Discount Store News. Available for free at career centers on a biennial basis or by writing to Vanessa Saldana, Discount Store News, 425 Park Ave., New York NY 10022. You may also call (212) 756-5152. Highly recommended! Packed with stories on current trends, employer ads and stories on what retailers want in employees.

Chain Store Age Executive.
(212) 371-9400. This is a key magazine in the retail business which covers developments in general merchandise, department and specialty chain stores. Provides annual rankings in various retail categories. Also ask about Discount Store News, Drug Store News and a variety of directories to retail stores.

HFD Retailing Home Furnishings.
(212) 630-4800. Furniture is a fun and competitive business that's looking for really creative, entrepreneurial types. If this appeals, you might try reading industry periodicals like this one before you jump in.

RT Online
The Technology Magazine for Retail Executives. Technology is transforming the industry. Tracking the trends is a key way to prepare for a career in retail.

Progressive Grocer Magazine.
The Leading Supermarket Industry Magazine for the Past 76 Years. Some of the best and most reliable retailing jobs are in grocery stores.

Sports Trend Magazine.
The Magazine of the Sporting Goods Industry. Track one of the most dynamic industries in retail.

The official magazine of The National Retail Federation. You'll find a wealth of industry and career info here.

Wall Street Journal.
The most widely read business periodical in the world. And it's on the net! You must register for the net version. Great way to keep up with what's going on in the markets and the world. Following tombstones and ads is also a good way to see which banks are involved in what types of activity this year. You may also be interested in Careers.wsj.com.

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