Retailers Must Reach Out

Retail managers need to change their corporate culture if they want to make the most of all their assets, whether digital or physical. That’s the conclusion of a new study conducted by Retail Systems Research, in partnership with the National Retail Federation. According to the study, “Creating a single brand identity across all channels,” remains […]

The NRF Joins with Visa to Minimize Payment Card Data Stored By Merchants


Visa announced it will be joining with the National Retail Federation (NRF) in an effort to reduce the storage of sensitive information in merchant payment systems, calling for the elimination of account information whenever possible.

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New Gift Card Rules

Some small, mid sized and regional retailers who still set fees and expiration dates on gift cards could be affected by new card rules in August, 2010. That’s because The Federal Reserve is refusing to give retailers extra time to comply with new restrictions on gift card expiration dates, fees and disclosures, saying the rules […]

January Sales Grow

Considering the state of the economy last year, any improvement is to be cheered. That’s why the Washington, D.C. based National Retail Federation (NRF) was happy to report U.S. Commerce Department figures showing January 2010 retail industry sales increased 0.5 percent seasonally, adjusted month to month. “We continue to see the economy show subtle signs […]

Retail Partners with FBI

Hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers around the country will gain instant access to information on retail crime, through a new partnership between retailers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Through the FBI’s Law Enforcement Online network, federal and local law enforcement will be able to directly […]

10 Management Tips

Sir Terry Leahy, CEO of Tesco, Britain’s largest supermarket chain, offered ten management lessons, recently at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Annual Conference in New York. They are: Find the truth. Don’t just rely on research or past experience. Find out where your company stands now by talking directly to the customer. They will be […]

Retail Sales Increase?

Any increase in retail sales in 2010 is welcome news, after what the economy has been going through. So it is good news that the National Retail Federation is projecting retail industry sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) will increase 2.5 percent from last year. According to its bi-monthly Retail Sales Outlook, influential economic […]

Job Losses & Health Care

THE NATIONAL Retail Federation (NRF) expressed disappointment recently in the Senate passage of health care reform legislation, saying the measure does little to reduce costs for businesses, and is likely to result in further retail job losses.

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Retailer Lessons

WHAT HAVE RETAILERS learned from the recession?

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Retail Container Volume

IMPORT CARGO volume could be on the upswing in early 2010, which bodes well for retailing.

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