GOAL 1 – Global Discovery

Create global academic – industry collaborations through discovery and innovation.

  • Open-Model Research Consortium
  • UNT Research Cluster – Consumer Experiences in Digital Environments (CEDE)
  • Research and Innovation Lab
  • Research Grants
  • Research Travel Grants
  • Collegiate Case Competition
  • Collegiate Innovation Competition

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GOAL 2 – Objective Thought

Generate global and consumer perspectives of the current and future states of digital retailing through discourse and knowledge transfer.

  • Think Tank
  • White Papers
  • Consumer Experience Symposium
  • Executive + Scholar Lecture Series
  • Member Password-Protected Website

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GOAL 4 – Excellence Awards

Recognize distinguished digital retailing leaders and researchers through awards for excellence.

  • Digital Retailing Pioneer Award
  • Competitive Research Fellows
  • Competitive Research Awards

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GOAL 3 – Talent Development

Develop digital retailing talent through discovery, innovation, discourse and knowledge transfer.

  • Scholars in Residence
  • Executives in Residence
  • Research and Innovation Lab Internships
  • Digital Executive Education Program (DEEP)
  • Digital Retailing Student, Alumni and Industry Network

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Richard Last - Director

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Richard E. Last is currently lecturing at the University of North Texas where he leads their Digital Retail major, a unique program among U.S. Universities. Mr. Last has over 20 years of experience in Digital Retailing. Under Mr. Last’s leadership, JCPenney began selling merchandise via the Web in October 1994, the first Department Store online, and by 2005, the first $1Billion Apparel and Home Furnishings website. Prior to jcp.com, Mr. Last led various electronic retailing efforts for JCPenney including online services and interactive TV. He also led JCPenney’s international expansion of its catalog business in the 90’s in the UK, Japan, Mexico, and Chile. From 2007 through 2011, Mr. Last served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shop.org, the world’s leading membership community for digital retail. He continues to serve on the Shop.org Board.. Mr. Last is on the Board of Directors of Commercial Connect, LLC. He also serves on the Advisory Board of TagMan, the Advisory Board of The Abundant Closet LLC, and the Advisory Board of Invodo. He is on the Editorial Board of ROI Magazine (Retail Online Integration). He also served on the Board of Directors of the National Retail Federation Foundation from 2010 through 2011.

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Robyn Sullivan - Vice President

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Frank Douglas - Marketing

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Global Digital Retailing Research Center Goals
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Consumer Experience Symposium

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CEDE - Research Cluster

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Richard Last - Director

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Executive + Scholar Lecture Series

Advance global digital retailing through academic – industry collaborations in research, innovation, knowledge transfer, talent development, and recognition of excellence.