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.