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J. Craig Shearman

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For more than a generation, U.S. credit cards have carried account numbers and other data on a magnetic stripe that has made them easy to swipe through a card reader at the cash register while the customer signs for the purchase. Stripe and swipe was a great technology in the 1980s, the decade the cassette […]

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With the recent theft of millions of consumers’ credit card numbers drawing headlines, the facts are frequently being carelessly mingled with misunderstandings, misleading statements and a certain amount of fiction. NRF would like to set the record straight. Here are some key myths and facts. Myth: Retailers aren’t working to protect card data. Fact: Maintaining […]

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President Obama covered a wide range of issues with implications for retailers in his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night, calling for a controversial minimum wage increase but also promising action on tax reform, immigration, trade, infrastructure and other issues as he outlined steps to boost the economy, create jobs and yield “opportunity […]

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Ever since debit card swipe fees were capped by the Federal Reserve two years ago, banks have made the same unfounded claim over and over – that retailers would simply pocket the savings rather than pass them along to their customers. Anybody who knows retail knows that simply couldn’t be true. Retail is one of […]

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NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French held up a custom-made silk necktie during a lunch with reporters the other day and pointed out the image repeated dozens of times against the red background: a tiny Uncle Sam kicking a tin can. “We’d really like to get past this exercise of Congress kicking […]

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You’d think it would be a simple decision. You’re a member of the city council in an urban community with an unemployment rate as much as 50 percent higher than its neighbors, and the nation’s largest private employer offers to create nearly 2,000 jobs. Better yet, the jobs would come at new stores in underserved […]

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When the White House decided to crack down on patent trolls this week, Administration officials didn’t waste time identifying the industry that has quickly become one of trolls’ biggest targets – retail. “Patent trolls are increasingly targeting Main Street retailers,” the White House said, specifically citing infringement claims over retail point of sale software and […]

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Writing about the average legal brief – and making it sound interesting – usually isn’t easy. Phrases like “statement of objection to final approval of the proposed Rule 23(B)(2) agreement” or “See Section I.D.1-3” just aren’t the “Four score and seven years ago” or “December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy” of […]

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With trade associations forced by logistics to plan Washington “fly-ins” months ahead of time, all too often their members arrive pumped up to lobby on the big bill of the year only to find Congress has already passed it – or delayed it until next year. But that wasn’t the case with NRF’s annual Washington […]

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You could hear the anger rising in the voice of Representative Steve Womack as he stood before a Washington hotel ballroom jammed with retailers this week. He was explaining how customers in an electronics store back home routinely use smartphones to check online prices of merchandise, then click “buy it now” in plain sight of […]

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