Center for Innovative Merchandising

Center for Innovative Merchandising

The Indiana University Center for Innovative Merchandising builds strategic partnerships between the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design and the retail merchandising industry. Our partners are leading edge merchants and industry innovators, excited to engage faculty, students, and each other in the opportunities and challenges of a dynamic global industry. Together, we create programs that empower future retail industry leaders and innovators, with experiences that challenge students to think analytically and act strategically.

CIM engages industry leaders as advisory council members as well as successful alumni to enrich the Merchandising program with up to date curriculum, student mentoring and support, and innovative research among other things.  CIM is the hub for student activities and engagement.  Collaborations with industry executives and companies bring fundraising efforts to sustain and build the program for the Center for Innovative Merchandising. 

Activities of CIM

Activities of the Center for Innovative Merchandising include the National Advisory Council, Merchandising Alumni Board, and Student Focused Programs like:

  • Retail + Design Forum Executive Speakers
  • Retail Studies Organization (RSO)
  • National Retail Federation (NRF) Member School
  • Field Seminars to New York, Chicago and local retail companies
  • Internships (Domestic and International)
  • Innovative Merchandising Programs
  • Case Competitions and Scholarships

Leadership

Dana Olsen, Co-director, Center for Innovative Merchandising, Lecturer, Apparel Merchandising
Janis Shaffer, Co-Director, Center for Innovative Merchandising, Senior Lecturer, Apparel Merchandising