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Small Retailers Increasingly Concerned with Government (Over)Regulation

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The expanding scope and cost of government regulation are placing new burdens on America’s small businesses, hindering their ability to create jobs and drive economic growth, according to a new survey released today by the National Retail Federation, which worked with market research firm GfK. “Overregulation is undermining the resolve …

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NRF Supply Chain Expert Named to Commerce Department Advisory Committee

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National Retail Federation Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold has been appointed to the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, NRF announced today. Established in 2011, the committee consists of 45 senior-level private sector supply chain experts and industry representatives who advise Commerce, …

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Valentine’s Spending Expected to Hit Record High

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Washington–Valentines of the USA: prepare to be spoiled. According to the National Retail Federation’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, 54.8% of consumers will celebrate Valentine’s Day, spending an average of  $146.84 on flowers, jewelry, candy, apparel and more, up from $142.31 last year. Total …

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ShopperTrak Launches New, “Groundbreaking Analytics Platform”

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Chicago and New York–ShopperTrak, provider of consumer behavior insights and location-based analytics,  introduced its new Advanced Analytics platform, which seamlessly integrates multiple data sets into a centralized location, providing retailers and mall owners what they call “an unparalleled” view of what’s going on at retail. Introduced at Javits Center during …

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Weather, Deflation Cause Holiday Retail Sales to Miss

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Washington—While the National Retail Federation today announced that holiday sales had “solid growth” the 3% increase ($626.1 billion) failed to meet the NRF’s projection for 3.7% growth. Non-store (online) holiday sales grew 9% to $105 billion. According to the National Retail Federation, December retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations …

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100-Member Coalition Takes on Tackling Port Congestion

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Washington–Following up on last fall’s successful campaign to include ports performance statistics program in the federal long-term surface transportation bill, NRF led a coalition of more than 100 groups in sending specific recommendations to the Department of Transportation on Thursday. “Having efficient, modern ports is important for the free flow …

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Retailers: D.C. Scheduling Law Would Have “Sweeping Unintended Consequences”

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Washington –The National Retail Federation weighed in today on behalf of Washington, D.C.’s 7,000 retail establishments against proposed restrictive scheduling legislation being considered by the D.C. city council. “Scheduling mandates are restrictive for all parties involved and have sweeping unintended consequences” NRF’s Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French …