Silicon Valley lost a cultural icon when Fry's Electronics announced it was closing all its stores and shutting down its operations.
For much of its nearly 36 years, the electronics retailer was a mecca for the tech industry's engineers and other workers. That's because it's huge stores offered a whole lot more than could be found at a Best Buy or a Circuit City — not just TVs and audio equipment, but the very latest gadgets; a wide assortment of electronics components; plus toys, toasters, snack food and even pornographic magazines.
Technology Trailblazer and Santa Clara University Alum Kris Bazán Joins the Retail Management Institute (RMI) Advisory Board of Directors
Santa Clara University’s Retail Management Institute (RMI) announces the first appointment in 2021 to its advisory board. Apple Senior Director, Customer Marketing-Global Retail Kris Bazán ’92, ’99 MBA.
RMI Executive Director Kirthi Kalyanam speaks to the Christian Science Monitor in this in depth article focused on how COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 an inflection point in the rise of online shopping at the expense of physical stores, a shift on par with the postwar boom in shopping malls.
Now in the pandemic era, retailers like Target are working on making ordering online and picking up at the store a seamless process. And that could be just the start. Other hybrid models will emerge, especially as retailers wring delays out of the system, says Kirthi Kalyanam, executive director of the Retail Management Institute at Santa Clara University in California.
RMI Executive Director, Kirthi Kalyanam, speaks to CGTN AMERICA about early Black Friday sales.
Named by USA Today among Arkansas most influential Women of the Century.
Gisel Ruiz ’92 served extensively in executive capacities in the U.S. and internationally for Walmart, where she led teams through large scale growth in three fast-evolving business segments—Walmart US, Walmart International, and Sam's Club. In her most recent role, as executive vice president and Chief Operations Officer at Sam's Club, she was responsible for over $65 billion in revenue, 600 facilities, and 100,000 employees.
Nike Announces Senior Leadership Changes to Unlock Future Growth Through the Consumer Direct Acceleration
Amy Melczer Montagne '93 becomes VP/GM of its men’s business.
“We are announcing changes today to transform NIKE faster, accelerate against our biggest growth opportunities and extend our leadership position,” said John Donahoe, President & CEO, NIKE, Inc. “Now is the right time to build on NIKE’s strengths and elevate a group of experienced, talented leaders who can help drive the next phase of our growth.” A shift to a new, simpler consumer construct of Men’s, Women’s and Kids will allow NIKE to create product with deeper insights and drive even greater specialization through performance sport and sport lifestyle. Aligning against the new consumer construct, Amy Montagne becomes VP/GM of its men’s business.
Elsie Wolfe ’95, Vice President and Sales Manager of alcoholic beverages for Safeway’s Northern California Division.
Safeway has managed to adapt and innovate during this unprecedented period, which has helped ease demand and maintain shoppers’ loyalty. Bolstering its ecommerce business has been key: From March 1 to June 30, online sales at Safeway jumped by 172.6 percent. “And I think that number is going to grow,” says Elsie Wolfe ’95, president and sales manager of alcoholic beverages for Safeway’s Northern California Division.
Dr. Kirthi Kalyanam, RMI Executive Director tells KCBS Radio that if Gap has to close some stores permanently due to the pandemic, it will likely pull through because of its portfolio of brands that includes Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta.
Retail Studies Students Take Manhattan
Are our deliver services keeping up with the aftershocks of holiday returns?