Who We Are

The Jay H. Baker Retailing Center is an interdisciplinary research center that facilitates research and relationships across industry and academia. We also cultivate thought leadership and top talent for the retail industry.

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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 and director of the 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:

  • Creating knowledge and thought leadership by facilitating academic research for industry applications;
  • Sponsoring global outreach initiatives for industry, students, and alumni. We also engage retail leaders to participate in Center events;
  • Developing curriculum and course offerings, and providing career advisory services for all University of Pennsylvania students.

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