The Center for Retail Innovation

The Center for Retail Innovation provides a unique combination of knowledge creation, channel partner collaboration and leader cultivation, something not found anywhere today. Creating a powerful alliance of manufacturers, retailers and partners, the Center’s mission is to generate superior investment returns by driving new trends and ideas in retail.


The Center for Retail Innovation’s staff can help your company make product assortment and shelf-space allocation decisions, personalize offers for your customers, detect and prevent fraud, develop strategic retail clusters, optimize global supply chains, manage workforces and develop customized case studies.

The Center also sponsors the annual Retail Innovation Challenge and the Marketing Summit & Case Competition, two student-run contests that offer graduate and undergraduate teams invaluable opportunities to apply and showcase their entrepreneurial and marketing talents.


For more information, please visit the Center for Retail Innovation’s website.

“The Center for Retail Innovation provides a forum for Inmar to work with manufacturers and retailers on innovations that will impact their bottom lines. We are dedicated to supporting innovation in retailing and the development of future retail leaders.”

– David Mounts, CEO, Inmar

“This is Retail” Video

Roger Beahm, executive director of the WFU School of Business Center for Retail Innovation, is featured in a video about North Carolina’s contributions to innovation in retail. It’s part of the National Retail Federation’s “This is Retail” campaign, which also involves the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association. Watch the video below.