NRF has a history of bringing retailers together, with one voice, in Washington, DC. For the last 103 years, retailers have turned to NRF to advocate for issues that matter to their business. But at its core, effective advocacy is about bringing people who care about their business, and issues that matter to their business, together with lawmakers who make decisions. Anyone can be an advocate in Washington, unite with others to support change, and make their voice heard by policymakers.
Passage of landmark sales tax fairness legislation during our annual fly-in last year is a perfect example. Personal stories from 30 states delivered a powerful message on the need to level the playing field between brick-and-mortar and online retailers, and ultimately had a significant impact that led to congressional action.
This year, we are making one change to reflect the idea that we are all advocates. NRF’s annual fly-in has been known for more than 80 years as the Washington Leadership Conference. Its new name – Retail Advocates Summit – reinforces the original mission and purpose: retailers who are passionate about policies they believe in can come to Washington to be advocates for change. It takes a broad coalition, from retailers large and small, to send a loud and clear message to Washington on the issues that matter to our industry.
Congress makes decisions everyday that directly impact retail. Retail Advocates Summit is your chance to educate elected officials and have a say about the issues affecting your bottom line. Now is the time to make your voice heard. Join us this July on Capitol Hill and be an advocate for retail.