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The Department of Retailing at the
University of South Carolina Boasts:

  • One of the largest four year retailing programs in the nation

  • Average RETL class is 50 students

  • Award winning faculty

  • Commitment to the community:
    More than 60 students in five RETL courses volunteered services to Habitat for Humanity RESTORE. Professor Marianne Bickle won the University of South Carolina's Outstanding Service Award in 2007

  • 100 students annually participate in paid Retail Management and Fashion Merchandising internships; 99% of the students receive permanent placement offers at the conclusion of the internship.

  • The Department offers more than 30 industry specific courses, combining theoretical and practical application of industry concepts.

  • The Department of Retailing at the University of South Carolina is the only program that offers an emphasis in Retail Management and Fashion Merchandising.

  • Students are able to earn credit by studying abroad for an entire semester or during Maymester (i.e., three weeks). Examples of destinations students have gone include London, Hong Kong, Paris, Florence, and Venice.

  • One of the few Retailing programs nationwide that have a full-time internship director year round on staff to assist students in finding full and part-time positions.

  • 2007 was an international year for many retailing students
    Fourteen students studied in Florence and Venice
    Nine students studied in Paris
    Five students studied in Taiwan

  • Global Virtual Scholars from China presented to over 50 students in real-time regarding retailing differences between South Carolina and China.


Burnsed, A. Home Furnishings Consumption Choices: A Qualitative Analysis. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal. Vol. 17 No. 1, 2014, pp. 24-42.

Campbell, J. (2013).  Muy local: Differentiating Hispanic and Caucasian shoppers of locally produced foods in US grocery.  Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 20(3), 325-333.

Campbell, J. (2013). Antecedents to purchase intentions for Hispanic consumers:  a ‘local " perspective. The International Review of Retail, Distribution, and Consumer Research, 23(4), 440-455.

Back-to-school shoppers ringing up savings during SC tax holiday
--The State

Whole Foods to add healthy competition … That could mean good things for consumers...
--Post and Courier

Sales tax holiday in 3 weeks --The State

Whole Foods' arrival a boon --The State

Congratulations to Marianne Bickle who has been asked to blog on Forbes. Her blog can be found by clicking here. Bickle will post a blog every week.

Discounts rev up early
Shoppers are putting sales at the top of their must-have lists this holiday season — and retailers are responding. "Instead of waiting for Black Friday, retailers are starting to say, 'OK, we're starting earlier,'" said Marianne Bickle, director of USC's Center for Retailing. More...
—The State

Shop for groceries in your pjs
Online grocery shopping is the wave of the future, said Marianne Bickle, director of USC's Center for Retailing. More...
—The State

Cotton prices could threaten consumers
"I believe if you have a cotton product you want to buy, then buy it, especially in the holiday season," said Bickle. "Those prices are not guaranteed, like gas prices. Gas prices go up and down. So do retail prices. But consumers often don't think that's fair." More...
—ABC News


HRSM Meets Fashion and Food in Paris

Leading in style: RETL's Brittany Terry

Buy Tickets for Fashion Week Events Here

Monday, March 31-Thursday, April 4: Hey Fashionistas! It's that time of year again. We have seen it in New York, London, Milan, and Paris and now it's here at the University of South Carolina. Get ready for USC Fashion Week 2014, by looking at our full lineup of events. To purchase event tickets, click here.

RETL 592 Field Study in NYC. Click here for more information!RETL 592—Retailing / Fashion Merchandising
Field Study in New York City

October 23-26, 2014 (Fall Break)
Study international and domestic fashion manufacturers, retailers and ancillary businesses in one of the most vibrant retailing and fashion merchandising cities in the world! Click here for more information!dot_clear.gif

Fashion Board Student Organization

The Fashion Board at USC is a group of students dedicated to expanding their knowledge of the fashion industry in its entirety. Annually we host Fashion Week at USC, participate in Lee Denim Day, host speakers, designer profiles, and walks on Devine Street to make sure we have as much experience and knowledge about our field as we can get! Want to join us? Click here!

Fashion Group International (FGI) of Charleston has opened up six student membership spaces for USC students who are pursuing a career in the fashion field. Preference will be given to those with senior standing in fall, but juniors and Master's in Retailing students may also apply. Deadline: 12/06/13.
To apply, click here.
For more information about FGI, visit charleston.fgi.org

Retailing has partnered with the NRF (National Retail Federation) to bring our students free membership in the NRF's Student Association To become a member, click here.


RETL "s Laura Grove Awarded Scholarship, Attends NRF Summit

USC retail grad makes Southern Living "s hot list for fall fashion
-- featuring Rhamey Rhodes

International fashion expert gives talk at USC

Retailing student Susan Fuller named Ray M. Greenly Scholar by National Retail Federation

USC retail department gets a front row seat to fashion December 4 from 6-8 pm

UofSC Fashion Merchandising student lands Hollywood internship

Retailing student Megan Pinckney crowned Miss SC USA 2013

Dr. Jeffrey Campbell's 'local buying' retail research featured in USC News

USC Fashion Show featured by WLTX-TV

Retail "Shrinkage”: no small matter for USC retail management students

Dr. Jeff Campbell's research paper (with co-author Dr. Ann Fairhurst from the University of TN) was selected Best Conference Paper at the International Food Marketing Research Symposium in Philadelphia. The title of the paper was: "Billion Dollar Baby: Local Foods and U.S. Grocery".

The Department of Retailing would like to congratulate the following former Gamecock football players and University of South Carolina Retailing students -- each is now headed to the National Football League:
Terrence Campbell – Washington Redskins
Marty Markett – Atlanta Falcons
Kyle Nunn – New York Jets

Busy, successful year for Fashion Board at USC
HRSM student organization awards 3 scholarships, puts on Fashion Week, names new executive board
by Mikelle Street

For additional information, contact Dr. Sallie Boggs, advisor, at 777-3653 or sboggs@hrsm.sc.edu. Spring semester membership drive will begin in mid-January 2012. Fashion Board at USC is open to all majors and is sponsored by The Department of Retailing and the College of Hospitality, Retailing, and Sport Management.

Marianne Bickle, RETL, publishes new book, The Changing American Consumer