Retail Development Academy launched

Retailers can now access a vast selection of retail e-learning courses from a range of experts across the globe. The Retail Development Academy features a vast library of e-learning courses, mastery test and career learning paths developed by key training providers including the National Retail Federation, Martec International, The Retail Owners' Institute, YouAchieve, 6one5, MindEdge and RFID Revolution.

"We've 50 retail e-learning courses available and are adding more all the time, so we truly can offer retailers and companies that sell to retailers a one stop shop for retail training. The Retail Development Academy is a unique resource for retailers. So whether you are looking for training for store associates, store managers or headquarters teams in merchandising, IT, buying, supply chain or finance we will have a suitable course." explains Brian Hume, Director, the Retail Development Academy.

The robust tools in the Retail Development Academy's Learning Management System enable retail training managers and departmental executives to plan, deliver, track and document progress and measure mastery. Consolidating learning content and administration in this fashion permits retailers to become more proactive because with accurate data at their fingertips, they can provide more timely status reports and make recommendations with heightened confidence.

Existing users of the Retail Development Academy include Army & Airforce Exchange Service, Chicos, IBM, Logic Information, Microsoft, Nuance Group and Orvis.

About the Retail Development Academy Partners

6one5 has been in the learning and development business for over 18 years, internationally and bring to the table an enormous amount of proven results in the retail industry around retail sales force enablement and benchmarking across multiple geographies.

6one5 has developed best practice training programmes aimed at improving business profitability. They have also created and enhanced existing retail content for many global retailers and consumer companies including Intel, Microsoft, The Nuance Group, Blackberry and Singapore Changi Airport.

"The Retail Development Academy provides retailers with a one stop shop of training resources that will improve productivity of your retail team and deliver empowered, passionate staff." Bill Rooney, Director, 6one5.

6one5 courses available in the Retail Development Academy include Mini MBA of Retail Management, Best Practice Sales and Service Skills, Managing the Finances of Your Retail Store, Advanced Visual Merchandising, Retail Leadership and Coaching, Promotional Planning and Calendar.

Martec International

Martec International is a consulting and training firm specializing in the retail industry. Its client base includes retailers from around the globe, technology suppliers to retail and manufacturers of consumer packaged goods and consumer durables.

Martec's professional staff are all former retailers with at least 10 years retail experience and have held at least one management position in a significant retailer. Martec's training portfolio includes instructor-led classes, e-learning programs and blended learning solutions.

Martec International courses available in the Retail Development Academy include Understanding Retail (Induction), Introduction to Retailing, Buying & Merchandising, Store Operations, Space Management and Visual Merchandising, Retail Information Technology, Retail Value Engineering, Allocation and Replenishment, Forecasting, Sales and Inventory Management, Omni-Channel Retailing, Electronics Retailing, Consumer Packaged Goods – Level 100, Consumer Packaged Goods – Level 200.


MindEdge is an innovative, educational content provider of online training and courseware to colleges, universities, associations, and corporations. It features narrative learning (including simulations, just-in-time scenarios, and case studies) enhanced by technology innovation and a focus on continuous improvement for its content and courses.

By employing diverse content delivery methods such as video, interactive exercises, learner assessments, and simulation technology, your learners will really learn.

MindEdge's Retail Math course is available in the Retail Development Academy.

NRF Foundation

As a large retail trade association and a voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad.

The NRF Foundation shapes retail's future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c) (3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters.

NRF Foundation courses available in the Retail Development Academy include Retail Management Training Suite, Introduction to Retail Management, Introduction to Selling and Service, Merchandising, Human Resources, Operations and Principles of Financial Reporting.

RFID Revolution

RFID Revolution's RFID Essentials e-learning course helps people learn the basics of RFID technology, how to put it to use—for things like better inventory control, faster merchandise replenishment, and reduced expenditure on permanent assets—and where to find the return on investment. Users apply what they're learning in real-world scenarios, so they learn and remember

"RFID Revolution is proud to partner with the Retail Development Academy to offer our RFID Essentials online training, to help retailers understand how they can take advantage of radio frequency identification (RFID) in operations, to lower costs and boost revenue. We think the Academy offers something truly unique: a comprehensive set of high-quality, online training courses for managers and staff across all functions of retailing. And people can take the training on their timetable, from the workplace or home," said Leslie Downey, Principal and Founder, RFID Revolution.

RFID Revolution's RFID Essentials course is available in the Retail Development Academy.

The Retail Owners Institute

The Retail Owners Institute is an online, self-serve resource for the What, Why and How of Retail Financial Projecting. The ROI's eLearning Kits are for projecting, not accounting. These combined courses plus projecting calculators enable retailers to look ahead financially to see the implications of their business decisions: "What would happen if I...?" This enables retailers to better control profits, debt, inventory, and therefore, cash flow.

Step by step, these retail financial how-to courses show the cause-effect connections of the key financial levers in a retail business. Then, the projecting calculators automate the number-crunching, allowing retailers who use these tools to "Turn on their financial headlights!"

The ROI's eLearning Kits have been developed by the Co-Founders of The Retail Owners Institute®, Patricia M. Johnson and Richard F. Outcalt, principals, Outcalt & Johnson: Retail Strategists, LLC.

The Retail Owners Institute courses available in the Retail Development Academy include Projecting and Controlling Inventory, Projecting and Controlling Retail Cash Flow, Projecting and Controlling Retail Profits, The Retail STRATA:G 3-in-1 kit and GMROI Inventory Productivity Kit.


YouAchieve is a full service eLearning solutions provider with state of the art learning management systems and content authoring tools. YouAchieve also specializes in content development services and strategies for all types of organizations. As a global leader in the creation of customized, meaningful learning solutions, YouAchieve provides the best learning environment for our clients in the most cost effective format.

"We are pleased to be part of The Retail Development Academy, together we are delivering the skills necessary to promote the utmost satisfaction and loyalty for customers in the retail industry.", says Marlon Oneid, President & CEO, YouAchieve Inc.

YouAchieve courses available in the Retail Development Academy include Customer Service Essentials and Sales Essentials.

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