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Shelley Kohan

Shelley Kohan

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Retail expert Shelley E. Kohan is a highly accomplished and driven senior retail executive and consultant with more than 25 years of success in the retail industry. She has worked throughout the industry and across many functions including general management, marketing, operations, merchandising, buying, and human resources. Industry positions include CEO & Founder Shelmark Consulting, Inc., Member Board of Directors ClickDealBuy!, Vice President Retail Consulting RetailNext, Executive Vice President Space NK, Vice President Store Operations Saks Fifth Avenue, and Operating Vice President Bloomingdale’s.

As retail pundit, Kohanhad been recognized as a top retail influencer four years in row and a featured spokesperson across many publications and media including NBC Nightly News, Wall St. Journal, New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Reuters, The Washington Post, Fortune, Chain Store Age, The Robin Report, and Forbes. Shelley has presented at various retail conferences including WWD Digital, WWD 20/20, NRF Big Show,, Future of Stores and RIS Retail Executive Summit. Kohanwas a designated retail tour guide at the NRF Big Show 2020 and is a contributor to, The Robin Report and a member of the BrainTrust for RetailWire.

Kohan’s contributions extend into academia as an associate professor for the Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York in the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology.

She has a master of business administration (M.B.A.) degree from Penn State University, a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco and an associate degree in merchandising and buying from the Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York.

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BJ’s And Costco Show Strong Sales Leading Into 2021 , Forbes 3.4.21

Sephora To Open Over 260 New Stores In 2021 Including Kohl’s Concept , Forbes 2.25.21

The Point of No Return , The Robin Report 2.24.21

5 reasons you may not see any Price Chopper or Tops supermarkets close after merger , 2.19.21

Walmart Revenue Hits $559 Billion For Fiscal Year 2020 , Forbes 2.18.21

Is in-person shopping a thing of the past, as millions move online? , CNY Central 2.14.21

Sephora Elevates BIPOC­ Owned Brands Through Its Incubator Program , Forbes 2.9.21

Ulta Beauty Invests Over $25 Million To Foster Diversity, Equity And Inclusion , Forbes 2.2.21

Amazon’s Net Profit Soars 84% With Sales Hitting $386 Billion , Forbes 2.2.21

Holiday Sales Hit 876 Billion by the Numbers , Forbes 1.15.21

Sephora Takes Steps To Stop Racism In Retail , Forbes 1.13.21

Impact COVID-19 has had on Destiny USA , CNY Central 1.8.21

The New Chief Marketing Officer , The Robin Report 12.30.20

Retailers Build Better Customer Engagement With Text Messaging , Forbes 12.27.20

Pandemic-Proof Nike Delivers Another Strong Quarter With 9% Sales Increase , Forbes 12.19.20

Syracuse-area retailers, battered by Covid, find a strategy: appointment-only shopping , 12.14.20

Lululemon Looks Unstoppable as it Delivers 22% Revenue Increase in Q3 , Forbes 12.10.20

Ulta Beauty Delivers 75-Million Profit for Q3 Despite Downtrend in Sales , Forbes 12.4.20

New Administration, New Sustainability? What Biden Means for Green in Fashion and Beyond , WWD 12.2.20

Cyber Monday Sales Hit 108-Billion Black Friday Weekend by the Numbers , Forbes 12.1.20

Black Friday and Cyber Monday to Hit 23-Billion by the Numbers , Forbes 11.28.20

Online Customer Spend 14-Billion on Black Friday and Thanksgiving by the Numbers , Forbes 11.28.20

Grey Is the New Black , The Robin Report 11.26.20

Store Shopper Visits Down 48 to 52 on Black Friday , Forbes 11.25.20

U.S. Holiday Gifts Will Be Practical And Purpose Driven , Forbes 11.22.20

Consumers Feel Black Friday Is Dead, Out-Of-Stock Products A Big Concern, New Holiday Survey Reveals , Forbes 11.17.20

Target And Ulta’s Tie-Up Is A Win For Both Retailers—And Their More Than 100 Million Loyalty Members , Forbes 11.11.20

The top retail C-suite moves of 2020 , Retail Dive 11.11.20

Coronavirus Shakes Up and Reshapes the Retail Ecosystem , The Robin Report 11.1.20

Presidential Elections Do Not Deter Holiday Shoppers In The Long Run , Forbes 10.31.20

Amazon Sales Up 37% and Projected to Hit Over 372 Billion for 2020 , Forbes 10.29.20

Open air windfalls: Shopping centers breeze past malls in their recovery , The Real Deal 10.28.20

Online Merchandise Returns To Hit $57 Billion For Holiday, Innovation And Technology Are Making It Easier For Customers And Retailers , Forbes 10.28.20

The new retail standard? Mobile purchases are expected to succeed at $314 billion this year , News US 10.21.20

Shoppers, Retailers Prepare For An Extended Holiday Season Led By Amazon Prime Day , Forbes 10.11.20