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In response to public health concerns, Retail Smarter 2020 has been cancelled. We are committed to doing our part to help protect our attendees and the UF community. We hope to see you next year!

Retail Smarter 2020

The annual Retail Smarter Conference brings together retail and industry participants for two days of speakers, panels, and networking.

Brought to you by the University of Florida David F. Miller Retail Center and supported by Office Depot.
UF David F. Miller Retail Center Office Depot

Date and Location

March 25-26, 2020
University of Florida
The J. Wayne Reitz Union
Gainesville, Florida

See registration & travel for companies.

Recruiting/Student Connect

The recruiting element of the event features a mixer and ample opportunities for student/employer connection throughout both days.

Registration is free for all UF students.

Highlights from Retail Smarter


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Why Attend Retail Smarter

The conference offers engaging speakers, networking, and professional development opportunities – all from the vibrant University of Florida campus. Employers and students learn from impactful leaders in the retail industry and are able to spend time together networking during this two-day event.

But don't just take it from us...

“The Retail Smarter Conference provided such a large wealth of opportunity for me as a student. From speaking with C-suite executives, working alongside my fellow student ambassadors, and networking with recruiters, I am so glad I was able to attend this conference. I can't wait to see what is in store for the 30th Anniversary of Retail Smarter.”

- Mackenzie Kline, UF Student

“Over the past 20 years, I have attended Retail Smarter nearly every year. I block out the dates on my calendar each year because it's such a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with other retailers, outstanding students with career aspirations and experts in things I'm interested in.”

- Steve Knopik, CEO,Beall's Inc.

“The Retail Smarter Conference brought together some of the great minds of the industry to learn about innovations and trends we don't get to hear about in the classroom. I personally am so grateful for the experience as the connections I made and skills I learned alongside so many inspirational industry professionals left me inspired and excited to begin my career.”

- Shanna Glassman, UF Retail Student of the Year

UF Tone Def

Performing at Retail Smarter

Co-ed a cappella group at the University of Florida

Tone Def is a student-run, service-based a cappella group at UF. Founded in 2012, Tone Def defines themselves as both a competitive and collaborative group. Tone Def has performed in several cities along the East Coast, including Atlanta, GA; Durham, NC; Tampa, FL; Orlando, FL; and of course, Gainesville, FL. They sing at community events around UF and the larger Gainesville area. They recently recorded their First Studio Album, SPECTRUM, coming out in Early November on most streaming platforms.

Houston Wells

Both Sides of the Counter: the Lighter Side of Retail

Houston has been entertaining audiences for over a decade as a standup comedian and stage actor. When he's not onstage, he's working in video production and education. Houston is thrilled to be able to share his thoughts with the Retail Smarter conference.


  • Office Depot
  • Accenture
  • Beall's
  • Chain Store Guide
  • Chico's
  • City Furniture
  • EJ Gallo
  • Enhanced Retail Solutions
  • Enterprise
  • Florida Retail Federation
  • Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
  • Integrity Staffing
  • jcpenney
  • Michaels
  • Nepa
  • REI
  • River Vista RV Park
  • Ron Jon
  • Scherer Construction
  • Vertaeon
  • Walgreens
  • Webster Apartments

Engagement Sponsors

  • The Bagel Bakery
  • Bead All About It
  • Campus Outfitters
  • Dominos
  • Gainesville Health and Fitness
  • Harry's
  • Study Edge
  • Sweet Berries