Course Title

Intro to Fashion and Merchandising

Collaboration Overview

Long Island University is looking for a host company to work on a Live Business Case from October 10th through December 4th. This 8-week engagement should ideally focus on Marketing, PR & Communications, Product Design/Development, Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain and/or overall Growth Strategy (samples for these subject areas can each be found here). The 18 students enrolled in the class will each spend roughly 5 hours per week working on the projects in small teams of 5 where they’ll be competing with each other to come up with the best insights for you. They will be receiving mentorship from a seasoned fashion and merchandising faculty, Cherie Serota, who has deep expertise in areas related to your project.
The time commitment is manageable (1-2 hours per week of mentoring) and the engagement will be free for you once again.

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Program & Course Info

SchoolLong Island University C.W. Post (LIU Post)
CourseIntro to Fashion and Merchandising
Graduate / UndergraduateUndergraduate
Students Enrolled18
Student Time Commitment4-7 Hours
Class Meeting Day & Time*Wednesdays 2:00 - 4:40 PM ET

*Note: Company, faculty, and students will finalize meeting and communication schedule after collaboration is finalized

Collaboration Requirements

Requested Industries
Requested Company Size
  • Established Startup
Duration8 weeks (10/16/2019 - 12/04/2019)
Company Time Commitment2 Hours per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources
Project Count1

Timeline & Next Steps

  • July 8, 2019

    LIU faculty will begin interviewing interested companies and discuss project ideas

  • September 2, 2019

    Companies can express interest in participating until this date.

  • September 27, 2019

    LIU faculty and project champion finalize project charter

  • October 16, 2019

    We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to kickoff the project

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Customer Service

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New Product/Service Development
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Data Management

Data Scrubbing & Reorganization
Data Synthesis & Visualization
KPI Design Visualization

Growth Strategy

Business Opportunity Research
Prospecting New Relationships
Designing & Scaling Processes

International Affairs

Expansion Planning
Cultural Assessment
Strategic Entry

Legal, Regulatory, Compliance

Impending Regulation Assessment
Legal Documents & Legal Structure Audit
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Branding Strategy/Redesign
Social Media Optimization
User/Customer Acquisition Strategy Development & Testing

Mergers & Acquisitions

Prospecting Acquirer Targets
Establishing & Validating Valuations
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Process Design Review
Scalability Assessment
Inter-Departmental Efficiency Assessment

Org Culture, D&I

Diversity Assessments
Inclusion Protocols
Training & Development

PR & Communications

PR Strategy Consulting
Communications Planning
Messaging & Tone Advancement

Product Design & Development

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Product Development/Extension

Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain

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Inventory Management
Distribution Optimization

Quality Control

Process Mapping & Checking
Document Validity Verification
Data and Fact Checking

Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Growth Analysis
Valuations Assessment
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Research & Development

Competition Due Diligence
Industry Size Assessment
Partnership & Channel Mapping

Sales & Business Development

New Business Opportunity Assessment
Market Testing
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

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MVP Design & User Testing
Systems Integration
Technology Roadmap Planning

Talent Management

Talent Competency Mapping
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