Shelley Kohan

Adjunct Faculty
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.
  • BJ’s And Costco Show Strong Sales Leading Into 2021

    March 04, 2021 Forbes
  • Sephora To Open Over 260 New Stores In 2021 Including Kohl’s Concept

    February 25, 2021 Forbes
  • The Point of No Return

    February 24, 2021 The Robin Report
  • 5 reasons you may not see any Price Chopper or Tops supermarkets close after merger

    February 19, 2021
  • Walmart Revenue Hits $559 Billion For Fiscal Year 2020

    February 18, 2021 Forbes
  • Is in-person shopping a thing of the past, as millions move online?

    February 14, 2021 CNY Central
  • Sephora Elevates BIPOC­ Owned Brands Through Its Incubator Program

    February 09, 2021 Forbes
  • Ulta Beauty Invests Over $25 Million To Foster Diversity, Equity And Inclusion

    February 02, 2021 Forbes
  • Amazon’s Net Profit Soars 84% With Sales Hitting $386 Billion

    February 02, 2021 Forbes
  • Holiday Sales Hit 876 Billion by the Numbers

    January 15, 2021 Forbes
  • Sephora Takes Steps To Stop Racism In Retail

    January 13, 2021 Forbes
  • Impact COVID-19 has had on Destiny USA

    January 08, 2021 CNY Central
  • The New Chief Marketing Officer

    December 30, 2020 The Robin Report
  • Retailers Build Better Customer Engagement With Text Messaging

    December 27, 2020 Forbes
  • Pandemic-Proof Nike Delivers Another Strong Quarter With 9% Sales Increase

    December 19, 2020 Forbes
  • Syracuse-area retailers, battered by Covid, find a strategy: appointment-only shopping

    December 14, 2020
  • Lululemon Looks Unstoppable as it Delivers 22% Revenue Increase in Q3

    December 10, 2020 Forbes
  • Ulta Beauty Delivers 75-Million Profit for Q3 Despite Downtrend in Sales

    December 04, 2020 Forbes
  • New Administration, New Sustainability? What Biden Means for Green in Fashion and Beyond

    December 02, 2020 WWD
  • Cyber Monday Sales Hit 108-Billion Black Friday Weekend by the Numbers

    December 01, 2020 Forbes
  • Black Friday and Cyber Monday to Hit 23-Billion by the Numbers

    November 28, 2020 Forbes
  • Online Customer Spend 14-Billion on Black Friday and Thanksgiving by the Numbers

    November 28, 2020 Forbes
  • Grey Is the New Black

    November 26, 2020 The Robin Report
  • Store Shopper Visits Down 48 to 52 on Black Friday

    November 25, 2020 Forbes
  • U.S. Holiday Gifts Will Be Practical And Purpose Driven

    November 22, 2020 Forbes
  • Consumers Feel Black Friday Is Dead, Out-Of-Stock Products A Big Concern, New Holiday Survey Reveals

    November 17, 2020 Forbes
  • Target And Ulta’s Tie-Up Is A Win For Both Retailers—And Their More Than 100 Million Loyalty Members

    November 11, 2020 Forbes
  • The top retail C-suite moves of 2020

    November 11, 2020 Retail Dive
  • Coronavirus Shakes Up and Reshapes the Retail Ecosystem

    November 01, 2020 The Robin Report
  • Presidential Elections Do Not Deter Holiday Shoppers In The Long Run

    October 31, 2020 Forbes
  • Amazon Sales Up 37% and Projected to Hit Over 372 Billion for 2020

    October 29, 2020 Forbes
  • Online Merchandise Returns To Hit $57 Billion For Holiday, Innovation And Technology Are Making It Easier For Customers And Retailers

    October 28, 2020 Forbes
  • Open air windfalls: Shopping centers breeze past malls in their recovery

    October 28, 2020 The Real Deal
  • The new retail standard? Mobile purchases are expected to succeed at $314 billion this year

    October 21, 2020 News US
  • Shoppers, Retailers Prepare For An Extended Holiday Season Led By Amazon Prime Day

    October 11, 2020 Forbes