December 17, 2012

University of South Carolina Retail Case Study

Kohl's launched a case study with the College of HRSM in Dr. Jeff Campbell's Retail class this past Fall semester. The case was a semester long project that the students worked on in groups and was centered around the idea of developing an omni-channel retailing strategy for Kohl's. The ultimate goal of omni-channel retailing is to create a system where all shopping channel options work simultaneously together to provide customers with an exceptional shopping experience.

The six groups of students provided recommendations to Kohl's on developing an omni-channel retailing strategy by creating seamless experiences for all offers made to customers and presenting new offers via more sophisticated targeting methods. At the end of the semester, each group prepared a written report along with presented their creative ideas to a panel of Kohl's representatives. The winning group and runners up were awarded a total of $1,000 in Kohl's gift cards for their exemplary efforts.

Kohl's representatives in attendance at the presentation were Blaine Predmore, Regional Vice President, Phillip Daniels, District Manager, Mike Autry, Store Manager, Blake Amick, Store Manager and USC Alum, Lauren Fylstra, Territory University Relations Manager, and Bernadette Jones, Territory Talent Recruiter

Congratulations to the winning group, shown in the picture below!

December 11, 2012

Kohl's Named "True Blue Campus Recruiter" for Georgia State University

From a list of 246 active on-campus recruiting organizations, Georgia State University Career Services selected Kohl's as one of three "True Blue Recruiters" on campus using a formal set of criteria that focuses on professionalism, campus presence, student engagement, and partnership.

Ramona Simien, Colleen Perry, and Melanie Jauch from University Career Services visited the Kohl's store in Roswell, GA on December 7, 2012 to present awards to Danielle Beverley, Store Manager, and Lauren Fylstra, Territory University Relations Manager. Sam Beauregard, Kohl's District Manager, and Candi Thomas, Kohl's Territory Talent Manager, were also present for this recognition. This is the 2nd year Kohl's has been awarded as a "True Blue Recruiter" on campus at GSU.

"This top tier represents the best practices of collegiate recruiting, a very difficult benchmark to achieve and maintain" - Kevin Gaw, Director of University Career Services

October 15, 2012

Kohl's is building their brand on the University of Texas - El Paso campus!

During the second week of October leaders from the retailing giant, Kohl's Department Stores, made an effort to increase it's brand awareness on the University of Texas - El Paso (UTEP) campus. District Manager Al Collins and University Relations Manager Thomas Romero spent valuable time speaking to both undergraduate and graduate level students in classrooms of the College of Business. The presentations that were delivered ranged in topic from "Marketing for Success" to "Business Professionalism." The theme for all the classroom presentations was the future of the job market for college students. Both Al and Thomas offered their insight on the outlook and reassured the students that there would always be a place for them within Kohl's.

The visit concluded with a "Dress for Success" presentation and fashion show in which 6 students from the Business' College Council demonstrated the proper and acceptable attire for career fairs and interviewing. All clothing came from local Kohl's stores and the students were eager to see their peers in action! A recent UTEP graduate and current Kohl's Assistant Store Manager, Rachel Grantz, was also in attendance to speak to students about her success with the company. In total, there were close to 100 students in attendance. Gift cards were raffled off in order to help the students jump start their professional wardrobe and four lucky winners will be making their way into a Kohl's store very soon!

We look forward to future recruiting events at UTEP and Go Miners!

October 2, 2012

Kohl's District Managers on Campus at Ohio University

On September 26th and 27th  Kohl's District Managers, Jason McAtee and Kathy Schottelkotte, and University Relations Manager, Lauren Fylstra, presented in eight different classes at Ohio University. The two "Kohl's on Campus Days" were organized in partnership with Katie Snider, OU Retail Graduate Student, and the Retail Professors. The topics presented include "Ethics", "College to Career", "Marketing for Success", "Business Professionalism", "Dress for Success", and "Brand Management."

Other Kohl's representatives in attendance were two former Interns and current Campus Ambassadors at OU, John McCormick and Terra Boyd. In addition to presenting in classrooms, the Kohl's team also did "walk-in advising" for students. This was a great opportunity for students to speak to Kohl's executives about their resumes, elevator speech, or general career advice!

October 1, 2012

University of South Carolina Dress for Success

Kohl’s Department Stores in collaboration with the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sports Management at the University of South Carolina hosted their annual “Dress for Success Fashion Show.” The event was held in two Professional Development courses on Monday, September 24th. The morning class featured a presentation on successfully transitioning from college to career and professional attire accompanied by a student fashion show. Kohl's sponsored $1,000 worth of business casual and professional apparel for four male and four female students to model in their classes as examples.

Among the representatives for Kohl’s were:

Janelle Havner, Territory Senior Vice President
Blaine Predmore, Regional Vice President
Roland Johnson, Territory HR Vice President
Merle Mack, HR Vice President
Phillip Daniels, District Manager
Mike Autry, Store Manager
Blake Amick, Store Manager and USC Alum
Lauren Fylstra, Territory University Relations Manager
Bernadette Jones, Territory Talent Recruiter
Hannah Howell, Assistant Store Manager and USC Alum
Jessica Lee, Assistant Store Manager and USC Alum
Hilary Boaz, Kohl’s Campus Ambassador

In the afternoon class of approximately 125 students, Janelle kicked off the event with a few inspirational words on how she achieved her level of success and also gave some advice on careers in the retail industry. Following Janelle's keynote address, Blaine kicked off "Dress for Success" by offering career advice to students on how to market yourself in going from college to career. Blaine then introduced the male models and described their looks from Kohl's before handing it over to Lauren to emcee the fashion show for the female models. Each model showed off both “business professional” and “business casual” looks for the audience to gain a better understanding of what is expected in today’s workplace. The presentation was concluded with explaining how to build a professional wardrobe in college and a question & answer session.

In addition to Kohl's representatives attending this evening event, Dean Brian Mihalik, was also present!