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Introduction to the Retail Industry


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Course level: Lower Division

This course provides students with an overview of the retail industry. Topics include an examination of basic principles and terminology, the types of retailers, key drivers and trends, the importance of customer-facing activities, and exploring the current issues facing retailers, such as customer relationship management, industry consolidation, and dynamic changes in multichannel promotion through social media and website offerings. As a broad survey of the industry, this course provides you with a framework and set of concepts that will support the remainder of your core courses.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Introduction to Retailing

Retail Organizations and Formats

Strategic Retail Planning and Marketing

Importance of Quality Customer Service

Store Operations


Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

Next Steps

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