By Dashka Slater
Photographs by Ryan Heffernan
Lasala at an in-store branch of California-based Progreso Financiero, where he is director of retail operations.
Sitting in the offices of Acción Texas, a San Antonio–based microlender, Noelia Gutierrez posed a familiar problem: She had a nice face, a good story and a lousy credit history. The daughter of migrant field workers, she’d come to the United States with her family at age 4 and had spent her childhood alternating between school during the week and work on the weekends, sometimes laboring in the fields, sometimes selling tamales with her mother. At 14, under the tutelage of a neighbor who was a notary public, she began helping other farmworkers with their tax returns, hoping to build the skills to have a different kind of life than the one her parents led. Now, she was hoping for a $2,000 loan so she could buy a computer for her expanding business, Electronic Tax Refund.
See full story by Posted by: Tracy Mueller | March 7, 2011 – 3:50pm
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Two research centers at McCombs have formed a partnership with the Center for Advancing Retail Technologies (CART), which will provide access to data about retail technologies, consumer behaviors and other areas of study to faculty and students for research purposes.
Through this relationship, faculty in the McCombs School’s Center for Customer Insight and Marketing Solutions (CCIMS) and Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence (SCMC) will have access to a data warehouse maintained by CART. The Syracuse, N.Y.–based CART is affiliated with a retail grocery store in Syracuse that also is a source for technology companies to test emerging retail technologies and for consumer packaged goods companies to test in-store consumer reaction to displays, packaging, adjacencies, etc.
Posted by: Cory Leahy | January 18, 2011 – 2:18pm see full story @ http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mccombs-today/2011/01/partnership-gives-faculty-access-to-retail-data