The Global Digital Retailing Research Center was proposed in August 2012 and launched in April 2013. Establishment of the Center Think Tank occurred in December 2014. Linda Mihalick joined as Sr. Director of the Center in August 2016 and Dr. Judith Forney, Ph.D. was named Research Director in September 2018. Numerous annual lecture series and symposium events have featured industry thought leaders including:

Generous contributions were made by founding Center members