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Last year’s collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh was the worst disaster in the history of the apparel industry. More than 1,100 lives were lost, over 2,000 additional workers were injured, and it left both Bangladeshis and the global garment community appalled and saddened at the senseless and unnecessary loss of life. But from […]

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A few weeks ago, our team moved into a great new office in downtown Washington, D.C. It is said that moving is one of the most stressful experiences you can go through, but for NRF, it’s also been an invigorating and energizing one. Our new home is sleek, modern, bright and open. No detail was […]

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With more than 30,000 attendees, Retail’s BIG Show 2014 was our biggest and most successful event ever. And when such innovative solution providers, industry experts and retail trendsetters get together, the tweets start flying. Our friends at digital analytics agency Pointmarc took a deep dive into our social data and created this great infographic that tracks the buzz […]

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NRF Senior Vice President and Shop.org Executive Director Vicki Cantrell recently wrote, “Fundamentally, our customer has changed more in the past three years than in the past 30 and the pace of change is poised to accelerate in the coming decade.” It’s this kind of rapid pace in retail that serves as a catalyst for […]

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Like millions of Americans, my first job was in retail. Maybold Shoe Store in Newark, Ohio sat right on the town square and was owned by Floyd McKenna, a well-known small business owner and active member of the community. As a teenager, I saw firsthand what it meant to own and operate a small business. […]

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As the nation’s largest private sector employer, no one knows “jobs” better than the retail industry. And with the current state of our economy, retailers have taken that jobs call to heart. Through NRF’s This is Retail campaign, we’ve focused on telling the story of not only retail jobs, but retail careers. We have some […]

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There’s a well known proverb that “it takes a village to raise a child.” A small village in Honduras serves as an amazing example of just that. As part of the Retail Orphan Initiative, retail executives from across the country traveled to La Entrada, Honduras in April to the Plan Escalon campus, a haven for […]

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Today is a ground-breaking day at the National Retail Federation, and not just because I’m blogging for the first time on Retail’s BIG Blog. Later this afternoon, I’ll be speaking to hundreds of students from the University of Arizona Lundgren Center for Retailing along with top retailers, including Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, One Kings Lane, The Hudson […]

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Over the past few years, you might have noticed that we’ve talked a lot about jobs here on Retail’s BIG Blog. There are many reasons for that, but specifically in 2011, when the National Retail Federation launched its advocacy platform, Retail Means Jobs, the organization wanted to make sure U.S. lawmakers and opinion leaders knew […]

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In his opening remarks at Retail’s BIG Show this morning, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay shared stats on NRF’s successes in 2012 as well as his vision for what’s next for the industry. Specifically, Shay touted accomplishments ranging from the addition of 1,000 new members to increasing political influence in Washington. He also provided […]

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