Capstone Experience: The Coach Team

Based in New York, Coach Inc. is an international quality leather goods company who is partnering with the University of Alabama Management Information Systems program for the first time. Coach was founded in 1941 and has maintained high standards for materials and workmanship since, thus making them a leader in the leather market. We hope to fulfill and exceed their expectations in providing the company with the most effective and efficient solution for their needs.

The Coach Capstone team will be delivering Coach Inc. a piece of custom development, as well as recommendations for other beneficial applications to put on a standardized iPad image that Coach will be deploying to all factory stores.

The UA-MIS Capstone team met with the Senior Director of Global Retail Store Systems, Bob Linhares, along with Donna Azzinari, Senior Director of Coach Store Operations and Communications, in a Coach retail store in Birmingham. During this meeting, the team learned about store operations and how workstations and technology are utilized, along with ways the store manager thought technology could be better implemented.

Since this meeting, the team has been brainstorming additional applications that could be put on the iPads to be distributed among the stores. During this research, the team has been reaching out to various developers who have solutions that satisfy our client’s requirements. The team has enjoyed brainstorming ideas to better fit the needs of Coach Inc. and will begin coding soon!

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