Who We Are

The Jay H. Baker Retailing Center is an interdisciplinary research center and innovation think tank facilitating relationships across industry and academia to cultivate thought leadership and top talent across all retail channels.

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The Baker Retailing Center provides a platform to debate opportunities and challenges around trending topics impacting today’s retail landscape

Our History & Mission

The Jay H. Baker Retailing Center, an interdisciplinary industry research center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, was established in 2002 through a generous gift by Jay and Patty Baker. In 2010 the Bakers endowed the Center permanently. Jay Baker, former president of Kohl’s Corporation, is a graduate of the Wharton School, class of 1956.

Wharton, the nation’s first business school, has partnered with the leaders of America’s largest industry to establish a center for retail research, education, and practice. Our mission is to be the global leader in retail knowledge by:

  • Producing cutting-edge research with both academic and industry applications
  • Supporting student activities, curriculum development and career management
  • Sponsoring global outreach initiatives.

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