Retail, Merchandising & Product Development
The Department of Retail, Merchandising and Product Development (RMPD) nearly 800 majors—one of the largest programs of this kind in the United States—participate in an industry-savvy curriculum producing graduates who can contribute immediately to the retail and retail-related companies who hire them.Retail and retail-related jobs are critical, as indicated by the Florida Retail Federation, because:
- Fact: Retailing is Florida's second largest employment industry (also true for the US).Fact: Florida retailers provide 1 out of every 5 jobs (also true for the US).
- Fact: Florida retailers provide over $20 billion in wages annually.
- Fact: Florida retailers collect and remit over $13.4 billion in sales and retail-related taxes.
The Retail, Merchandising and Product Development curriculum prepares its graduates through a strong focus on industry technology and the complex processes involved in the merchandising function, including business strategy, design, product development, planning, allocating, buying, distribution, personnel management, floor merchandising, and sales. RMPD ties to over 200 companies, government agencies, and trade organizations offer RMPD majors outstanding internship and placement opportunities.
ATTENTION all RMPD Juniors and Seniors –
IMPORTANT DETAILS concerning the 22nd Annual Scholarship Application
Deadline to apply is Midnight, September 18th.
If you are a Junior or Senior that is graduating Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 with a 3.0 GPA, you are eligible to apply for and fill out the 2016 Scholarship Application using the following link.
Please note, you will need to register and attend the Scholarship Dinner in order to be eligible for the scholarships.
2016 RMPD Scholarship Dinner
You must register to attend the dinner, deadline to register is midnight Thursday, September 15th
If you are a junior or senior that is graduating Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 you are invited to attend the 22nd annual Scholarship Dinner on September 28th.
*Please note, in order to be eligible for a scholarship award, you must attend the dinner and submit a scholarship application. Seating is limited, so please register ASAP!
(Dinner will be provided, there is no cost for the student)