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You’ve probably heard us talking a lot about patent trolls and the need to stop their deceptive practices. But even if your business hasn’t been affected yet, it’s worth your time to pay close attention to an issue that’s impacting retailers of all sizes. The fact is, patents touch nearly every aspect of retail operations. […]

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Humorist Garrison Keillor once wrote, “I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.” For some reason, a number of politicians in Washington have taken this to heart and have decided this is the best way to govern. It’s the only way to explain why those same politicians consistently try to redefine […]

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Last week was a critical step forward in the debate on sales tax fairness. At a three-hour-plus House Judiciary Committee hearing last Wednesday, members of Congress heard from a panel of lobbyists, experts and attorneys on various proposals to eliminate the sales tax disparity that gives online sellers a price advantage to the detriment of […]

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In the wake of some major data thefts in the past few months, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing last week on “Data Security: Examining Efforts to Protect Americans’ Financial Information” to find some answers. To get to the bottom of these data thefts perpetrated against […]

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It’s been almost a year since the Senate voted 69-27 to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, legislation that allows states to require online sellers to collect sales tax the same as local stores. Now the House has an opportunity to pass similar legislation. Here are some of the key issues underlying this week’s House Judiciary […]

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NRF received word from allies on Capitol Hill this week that the Senate is preparing a series of votes in March on legislation aimed at preventing and combating the destructive force of patent trolls. This would follow on House approval of the Innovation Act last December. By now you know how patent trolls work. Shell […]

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The nation’s leading economic thought-leaders were in Virginia this week for the 30th annual Economic Policy Conference held by the National Association for Business Economics. Attendees heard from top economic policymakers and regulators including former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman and […]

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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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The thefts of credit and debit card numbers we’ve seen in the United States during the past couple of months reinforced a harsh reality – that these incidents have, unfortunately, become a fact of life. As NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said during testimony this week before the subcommittee of the […]

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