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Retail Week is all about engaging and connecting students with members of the industry through networking events, competitions, workshops, and panel discussions on trends in the world of retail.
The 13th annual Retail Week at Ryerson was hosted virtually by the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management on November 16-20, 2020.
Curious as to how it went? Check out last year's recap from students discussing their experiences below!
Student Experience: Shaday Charles (Retail Jeopardy!)
Retail Week is an annual, fun-filled week with industry guest speakers and exciting activities pertaining to the Retail Industry. Throughout my years within the Retail Management program, I have always looked forward to it.
Given the current climate, there has been a barrier to interactions between students, but the Retail Jeopardy game gave me an opportunity to reconnect with my classmates in a more social space. This game was the first activity I participated in during Retail Week, which definitely exceeded my expectations. Although the core content of the game was academically focused, the fact that it was carried out within a game was very alluring. Because I am competitive by nature, I gravitated towards it. And humbly, I won! This was also the perfect activity for me to rehash the Retail Industry knowledge I acquired throughout my four years within the program.
Student Experience: Kevin Young (Guest Speaker Series)
From industry leaders as guest speakers to a product innovation challenge, Retail Week has always been something I’ve looked forward to. This year, I had a conflicting schedule with most of the events, but I managed to find the time to attend two of them.
The first was the “Be Well at Rexall” speaker session with Carolyn Hynds (Vice President of Loyalty, CRM & Analytics), where I got to learn about the intricacies that have to be taken into consideration when launching a successful loyalty program. The second was the Speed Networking session, where I had the chance to meet with Retail Management alumni who are now working at Shopify and RBC, as well as recruiters from Adidas and Aritzia. It is always amazing to see what kind of doors Retail Management can lead to, and I’m excited to see what next year’s Retail Week has in store.
Student Experience: Graham Heuman (CREA Charrette)
I signed up for the CREA Charrette because it was an excellent opportunity to network with students all across North America in a friendly competition. It was also useful practice for working in a group towards a collective goal, all while being completely virtual.
The simulation was very different from the previous time I participated. I liked the fact that it forced you to take risks. My team originally was playing it a little safer in earlier rounds, but when we got to know each other better and started to take risks we started seeing better results. I was really excited to hear that we had won the competition. All the risks we had taken had paid off, which showed us the value of that in the real world.