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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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The National Retail Federation has a first-class government relations department dedicated to defending and pursuing the retail industry’s public policy priorities and interests. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Recently, two of NRF’s government relations staff were named tops in their industry. For the second consecutive year, The Hill newspaper named […]

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National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay joined U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue, Business Roundtable President John Engler and National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons for a Leading Authorities’ “Conversations with Power” panel discussion on the 2012 elections, the economy and the looming “fiscal cliff.” The executive-level conversation centered on the […]

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At long last…the two political conventions are over. While the two party conventions were vastly different in style, substance, tone and rhetoric – the one, unifying voice heard in the halls at both conventions – was the voice of retail. At the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, Costco Wholesale Corp. co-founder and former CEO […]

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Within retail, we know the influence and impact our industry has on everyday life and the economy as a whole. But sometimes it takes an eye-catching headline like “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” to make other people sit up and take notice. And Forbes’ most recent list certainly did that. Among the politicians, humanitarians […]

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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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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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From the Arizona Daily Star to the Tampa Tribune, a national op-ed authored by NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay, is raising public awareness and political stakes on the need to level the sales tax playing field between online and local retailers.

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Last week, Saks Fifth Avenue Vice President of Vendor and Store Marketing and Public Relations Kathleen Ruiz participated in a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) discussion on international travel and tourism. The day-long seminar, “Promoting Travel while Protecting National Security,” was sponsored by the U.S. Travel Association. Ruiz discussed how Saks is taking […]

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