Monthly Archives: July 2012

Ever since NRF released its 2012 back-to-school survey, which found that spending among families with K-12 students would grow 14% on average to $688 per household, we’ve been fielding questions: Does this mean the economy is coming back? Is this a surefire sign that we’re in the clear? Are consumers out shopping with abandon again? […]

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For more back-to-school trendspotting, historical information and industry coverage, download NRF’s Back-to-School Cheat Sheet or visit the Back-to-School HQ now. You can also listen to NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay and BIGinsight’s Pam Goodfellow discuss this year’s top BTS trends here. Embed this infographic on your site using the code below <a href="http://blog.nrf.com/2012/07/26/bts-trends-2012/"><img src="http://c409707.r7.cf1.rackcdn.com/NRF-Back-To-School-Infographic-Top-10-Trends-2012_web_save.png" […]

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Tom Litchford may have joined NRF as Vice President of Retail Technologies only a few weeks ago, but he has certainly hit the ground running. Drawing on more than three decades of retail technology experience, Tom is already knee-deep in final preparations for the NRFtech IT Leadership Summit next month, where leading retail CIOs from […]

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As we prepare for a hearing today on sales tax fairness in the House Judiciary Committee, we thought it would be a good time to recap some important things you should know about the issue. 1. This impacts small businesses and their communities. Hear their stories. 2. Your community and state are losing out on […]

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Monmouth, Illinois is a typical American small town (population 9,244). Since it isn’t anchored by big industry or manufacturing, this rural Midwest town is woven together by the strength and ingenuity of the local retail community – the mom-and-pop shops and small businesses found along Main Street that are owned and operated by members of the […]

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Last night was not just another night at the movies for citizens in Aurora, Colorado. Police have the suspect in custody that opened fire in a crowded movie theater, leaving at least 12 dead and dozens more wounded. This event underscores the unpredictability of where and when these incidents can occur, and that it’s imperative […]

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If you haven’t picked up today’s copy of the Wall Street Journal yet or scanned Bloomberg or CNBC with your morning coffee, you may not have heard. Today NRF released it’s second biggest consumer spending report of the year which shows expected spending for back-to-school and college will increase this year. According the 2012 survey, conducted by […]

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You don’t have to tell Jack Seibert of Jack Seibert Goldsmith Jeweler in Columbus, Ohio about the need to level the playing field between brick-and-mortar and online merchants when it comes to online sales tax. He’s living it every day. He tells a recent story of how his firm spent several days helping a local […]

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The $7 billion settlement in a retail industry lawsuit over Visa and MasterCard swipe fees announced over the weekend was initially reported as a victory for retailers. But as NRF and retail companies have begun to look more closely at the proposed deal, it’s not clear that there would be much long-term impact on the […]

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Small business owner Kim Williams of the Polka Dot Press in Tallahassee, Florida can compete against out-of-state online retailers every single day in many ways, but there is one area where she just cannot compete fairly: sales tax. Like all local retailers, Kim is required to collect sales tax on every purchase made in her […]

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