With shoppers finding much of what they want online, the future of the brick-and-mortar store can seem bleak. Such major retailers as J.C. Penney, Lowe’s, Gap and Family Dollar, among many others, have announced plans to close at least some stores across the United States this year.
It is estimated that more than 10,000 different candle scents are available to consumers today. According to the National Candle Association, U.S. retail sales of candles - not including accessories like hurricanes, matchboxes, and wick trimmers - are estimated at approximately $3.2 billion annually. Founded in 1951, Kansas City-based candle and fragrance company, Empire Candle Co. is one of the major manufacturers in the billion-dollar industry.
University of Arkansas was recently ranked the best undergraduate program in the supply chain industry according to Gartner’s Supply Chain University Top 25 for 2020. The state university beat out over 59 other programs for the prestigious spot atop Gartner’s list. This is quite the feat for the university who didn’t clear the Top 10 in Gartner’s 2018’s ranking. Rounding out the top three are Rutgers University and Pennsylvania State University who garnered the #1 position as the best graduate program in the supply chain industry. “Gartner provides an unbiased report, and this No. 1 ranking recognizes the outstanding work and excellence of our faculty, staff and students,” said Matt Waller, dean of the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas. “The ranking also is highly respected throughout industry, which helps our students as they look for internships and move into careers.”
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