About the Center for Retail Innovation

The Wake Forest Center for Retail Innovation provides resources for faculty and student-led academic and practitioner-oriented learning to help drive the future of retail. The Center arranges unparalleled educational opportunities through engagement and collaboration with industry partners, enabling students to have impact through an ability to think strategically, act practically and communicate effectively. Learn more about the Center’s vision and mission.

Hear from some of the Center’s faculty and students as they share what makes retail an inspiring and innovative industry to work in. This video is part of the National Retail Federation’s “This is Retail” campaign, which also involves the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association.


 Wake Forest School of Business professor Charles Iacovou poses in Farrell Hall on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.“The Center for Retail Innovation is a premier national provider of faculty- and student-led scholarly research that is shaping the future of retail commerce. Educating brand marketers, retailers, and technology partners on retail innovations as well as connecting them to scholarly thinking, are just two ways the Center is becoming a thought leader in retail.”

– Charles Iacovou, Dean of the School of Business

davidmounts“The Center for Retail Innovation provides a forum for Inmar to work with manufacturers and retailers on innovations that will impact their bottom line.”

David Mounts, Chief Executive Officer, Inmar, a Founding Sponsor of the Center


Merlo“CVS is a proud partner of the Wake Forest University Center for Retail Innovation. Its annual Retail & Health Innovation Challenge helps CVS engage with industry leaders and members of the academic community, including outstanding students. This partnership gives us insights to more effectively market to an aging population – a segment that is very important to CVS.”

Larry Merlo, President and Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health


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