|The retail industry is critical to US economy. According to recently published US data, the retail industry continues to be the second-largest industry in the United States both in number of establishments and number of employees, accounted for over one million establishments, 11.6 percent of total U.S. employment, over 15.5 million people, and sales’ estimates edging $4.4 trillion. |
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, total e-commerce sales for 2008 were estimated at $133.6 billion, an increase of 4.6 percent (±1.8%) from 2007. Total retail sales in 2008 decreased 0.6 percent (±0.4%) from 2007. E-commerce sales in 2008 accounted for 3.3 percent of total US sales. In the past eight years this trend has been consistent with a growth range of 4.6 % to 32.6%. This growth rate is impressive, especially when compared to the moderate to weak traditional retail year over year sales growth in the same time-period (-0.6% to 6.5%). Further, the total number of “brick and mortar” retail establishments decreased by 0.7% from 1997 to 2002, but the number of non-store retailers increased by 23.5% (U.S. Census, 2002).
Here is a list of Retailers and their weekly Ads. Click on the retailer name to get to their main page and on the Weekly Ad to go to their Ad: Sears: Weekly Ad; K-Mart: Weekly Ad; Home Depot: Weekly Ad; Lowes: Weekly Ad; JCPenny: Weekly Ad; Kohl’s: Weekly Ad; Walgreens: Weekly Ad; CVS: Weekly Ad; Target: Weekly Ad; Wal-Mart: Weekly Ad;
Here is a list of schools, training institutions, universities that offer retail management programs: The Center for Retail Management,Northwestern University; Retail Management Institute, Santa Clara University; Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University; Bachelor of Science in Business/Retail Management, University of Phoenix; David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research, University of Florida; Retail Manaagement program in the Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing, Purdue University; Associate Degree in Retail Management at home, at your own pace with Penn Foster College; Retail Management, University of Minnesota .