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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 …

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Retailers Say Tax Extenders Bill Could Provide ‘Stepping Stone’ to Comprehensive Reform

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Washington–The National Retail Federation urged Congress to approve legislation that would make permanent a key piece of federal tax law retailers have long relied on and give long-term renewal to others, calling the measure an important move toward badly needed comprehensive tax reform. “H.R. 2029 is the first step toward …

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Retailers Estimate Holiday Return Fraud Will Cost $2.2 Billion in 2015

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Washington–Retail fraud comes in many shapes and sizes and is especially rampant during the holiday season when online and in-store traffic grows significantly. One of the biggest issues throughout the holiday season: return fraud. According to NRF’s latest Return Fraud Survey, retailers estimate that 3.5% of their holiday returns this …

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Reports from the Shopping Cart: Retailers Speak Up about Black Weekend

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Washington and New York—Mixed reports about Black Weekend shopping came in this morning as retailers, analysts and trade associations relayed statements about sales. Some reported strong foot traffic even on Thanksgiving night. Others says traffic is for in-store sales and that Cyber Monday may actually wind up being the strongest …

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3 Things You Should Know About Data Security, Holiday Shopping

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With the holiday retail season now in full swing, Mallory Duncan, senior vice president/general counsel at National Retail Federation, issued the following information about securing credit card data to malware and line time. “With millions of shoppers pulling out their cards during the Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the holiday shopping …

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Retailers in for a Very Digital Holiday Season, According to NRF Survey

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Washington—It’s the most wonderful time of the year for millions of Americans and this year, holiday shoppers have already added their family members to the “nice list.” According to the National Retail Federation’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, consumers celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and/or Kwanzaa will …

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Expert Opinion: How to Entice Holiday Shoppers This Year

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Pamela N. Danziger is an internationally recognized expert specializing in consumer insights for marketers targeting the affluent consumer.  She is president of Unity Marketing, a marketing consulting firm she founded in 1992. Here, she discusses what the NRF’s downgraded retail forecast means for retailers this year. This article is reprinted …