Dive Brief:

  • Northwestern University is preparing to boost its investment in training, research and business partnerships in retail technology, as it announced last week it would launch a Retail AI Lab and Retail Robotics Initiative.
  • The two programs will be led by the Retail Analytics Council, a four-year old partnership between the Pratt Retail Institute and Northwestern, which banded together to sponsor the first Retail Robotics & AI Conference in San Francisco this year.
  • The Retail AI Lab’s main goals are to “undertake additional research projects” and raise awareness of careers in retail AI and analytics….