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November 2016

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Election and 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 »

E-Fairness Legislation to be Heard Friday, November 18, 2016

The WRA needs your support! To get involved in leveling the playing field for Wyoming's brick and motar retailers please contact WRA Executive Director, Chris Brown today!  Read More »

Post-Election Retail: Where Do We Go From Here?

Self-proclaimed political outsider Donald Trump was chosen as the nation’s next president on Tuesday, defeating Washington veteran Hillary Clinton in a fiercely fought election that has wide-ranging implications for the nation’s economy and retail industry priorities from tax reform to transportation infrastructure and international trade.  Read More »

Retailers see Increase in Organized Retail Crime

“Organized retail crime continues to impact retailers at a larger scale now more than ever before,” said NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Custom Policy Jonathan Gold, who heads NRF’s lobbying efforts on ORC. “ORC also poses a threat to unwitting consumers who may purchase stolen merchandise that is not stored properly or may have expired. It is critical for our industry to continue pushing for strong federal legislation that would properly define ORC and make it a federal crime. Until there is a federal ORC law to counter this increasing criminal activity and the ability to transport stolen products across state lines, it will be nearly impossible to put a dent in this $30 billion-a-year problem that threatens retailers, the economy and consumers across the country.”  Read More »

Merchants get ready for Small Business Saturday

Across the country, the marketing wheels are spinning at fashion boutiques, knitting shops, and independent bookstores, as they prepare for Small Business Saturday, a shopping event that generated $16 billion in collective revenues last year.  Read More»

Changes to Overtime Rules are Coming – Here's What Retailers Should be Concerned About 

NRF and a coalition of businesses and nonprofits across the country are working every legal and legislative option to secure much-needed relief from the Department of Labor’s changes to overtime rules. Tammy McCutchen, a former administrator of the wage and hour division at the U.S. Department of Labor and now an attorney in private practice at the law firm of Littler Mendelson, has a pulse on how retailers, other businesses and nonprofits should be preparing for this drastic overhaul.  Read More »

Retailers to Prepare for Post-Election Holiday Shopping

With the election falling in the middle of holiday shopping, as of mid-October many U.S. consumers say they will have a more conservative holiday spending budget this year. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, consumers plan to spend an average of $935.58 during the holiday shopping season. Total spending includes gifts for others, self-spending, food, flowers, decorations and greeting cards for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Total planned spending this year is second only to the record total spending in 2015, at $952.58.  Read More »

Walgreens Reaches Goal to Provide 100 Million Life-Changing Vitamins to Children and Mothers in Need

Just over two years into its collaboration with the charity, Vitamin Angels, Walgreens has reached its goal of helping to provide 100 million children and mothers with essential vitamins and supplements they need to help prevent blindness and other serious conditions in undernourished children around the world. The company announced the milestone more than a year ahead of its original goal to achieve it by the end of 2017.  Read More »

5 Keys to Fixing Communication Before You Lose ANOTHER Employee

You must learn how to communicate well if you are to lead your people in a clear, positive manner. Just as botanists care immensely about plants, statisticians love numbers, and athletes enjoy perfecting their skill, so you must master your area of expertise – people. Yes, your priorities must revolve around pushing the business forward. But initiatives are accomplished through people! As such, you need to take care of your team and communicate effectively. The way you give direction will determine how well your team members execute the tasks assigned to them. And when they succeed, so will you!  Read More »

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