About the Global Retail Challenge

The New
Frontier of Retail

RILA and the Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill University are excited to tackle the pressing issues surrounding retail and the Grand Challenges facing our societies through an innovative retail case competition.

The Global Retail Challenge helps expose students to one of these Grand Challenges impacting retail, sustainability and the circular economy. It will equip teams to find solutions in innovative and forward-looking perspectives. This competition will showcase some of the ways to achieve the future of retail from the next generation of industry leaders.

Each participating university will develop 1-2 student teams under the guidance of a relevant faculty advisor. These teams will be charged with finding solutions to accelerate young consumers’ participation in scalable circular economies for retail and consumer products.



"Since its inception, RILA and the Center have been focused on helping retailers solve grand retail challenges and drive their businesses into the future. We are thrilled to partner with McGill University and universities across the globe.

We are confident this competition will open students to the opportunities within retail and foster meaningful solutions that can help shape the future of our industry and its contribution to the circular economy."

Erin Hiatt
Senior Director, Sustainability & Innovation