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October 2016

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Wyoming Retail Association Pursues E-Fairness Legislation 

The Wyoming Retail Association is pursuing legislation that seeks to level the playing field for Wyoming’s brick and mortar retailers.  Last month the WRA was successful in requesting that the Wyoming Joint Revenue Committee draft a bill similar to the one passed earlier this year in South Dakota requiring remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax like their main street counterparts.  Read More »

October Legislative Update

As the 2017 Wyoming General Legislative Session approaches, the Wyoming Retail Association has been closely involved with a number of impactful issues being considered by the state legislature.   Read More »

Save up to $5,000 a Year with WRA

The Wyoming Retail Association now offers a new, expert merchant processing program that will provide members with greater savings on their credit and debit card transactions. The new program offers low rates and, unlike other processors, doesn’t advertise misleading teaser rates or tack on hidden costs or fees. WRA’s processing also provides many free services, including free supplies, free customer service and voice authorization calls, free set-up and programming, and no chargeback fees.    Read More »

FedEx Sweepstakes for WRA Members

Get ready for a chance to win! FedEx is giving WRA members a chance to win up to $10,000, or over 100 other prizes, in the $25,000 Get Ready Sweepstakes. Simply enroll in the WRA Shipping Program and you’ll be automatically entered in the sweepstakes. Then you’ll have a chance to earn up to 51 additional entries.  Read More »

Retailers Support House Vote to Push "Pause" on Career-Killing Overtime Rules 

In May, Vice President Biden Joe Biden, Labor Secretary Tom Perez and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced the release of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) final rule increasing the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions to the federal overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act from $23,660 to $47,476. DOL also announced it will automatically increase the threshold every three years and employers will need to be in compliance with the new rule by December 1, 2016. Read More »

Retailers and Consumers Fighting to Keep Debit Swipe Fees in Check

Earlier this month, the House Financial Services Committee reported out H.R. 5983, the Financial CHOICE Act, which would roll back most of Dodd-Frank, legislation passed in 2010 to rein in bad actors after the Wall Street crisis of ’08-’09. Unfortunately, a key reform that protects competition and saves consumers and retailers at least $6 billion per year got swept up in the process.  Read More »

US Holiday Sales Expected to Increase 3.6%

The National Retail Federation announced today it expects sales in November and December, excluding autos, gas and restaurant sales, to increase a solid 3.6 percent to $655.8 billion — significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent and above the seven-year average of 3.4 percent since recovery began in 2009. Additionally, NRF is forecasting non-store sales to increase between 7 and 10 percent to as much as $117 billion.  Read More »

When it comes to Retail Technology, the Industry is just getting started

Connectivity is a universal phenomenon — half the world will be connected to the Internet by 2020, the majority via mobile devices — and it’s changing our expectations and behaviors.  Read More »

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