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Career Resources — Retail

Industry Overview

At its core, the retail industry involves the buying and selling of goods and services. Working in retail can be broken into three main categories: business owning, management and administration, and sales. Through the collaboration of those three categories, retailers direct products and services towards end-users through a supply chain which employs designers, buyers, merchandisers, planners, and general corporate functions such as finance, IT, and marketing.  Key skills to industry include: Design thinking, creativity, basic financial math, patience, product knowledge, presentation.

 

Keys to Success

  • The most successful employees in the retail industry utilize foresight to predict and analysis to understand what consumers want. Considering every facet of the supply chain to make goods and services more affordable for consumers and more profitable for a company sets the best employees apart