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National Retail Federation

NRF: Retail imports to hit four-year low

NRF: Retail imports to hit four-year low

WASHINGTON – Imports at major U.S. retail container ports are expected to be at their lowest total in four years, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released Monday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “The economy is recovering but retailers are being careful not to import more than they can sell,”

Coronavirus boosts use of contactless payment

Coronavirus boosts use of contactless payment

WASHINGTON – Consumers worried about exposure to the coronavirus are boosting their use of mobile payments and contactless credit and debit cards, according to a study released on Thursday by the National Retail Federation and Forrester. “Health experts say there is no clear evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted by cash or credit cards but retailers

NRF: Recovery is ‘being tested daily’

NRF: Recovery is ‘being tested daily’

WASHINGTON – Despite signs that reopening businesses have begun to lift the economy, National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said Monday that conflicting data makes it difficult to say how steady the comeback will be. “Optimism about the economy and retail spending is being tested daily with the spread of the coronavirus,” Kleinhenz said.

NRF: Retailers encouraged by HEALS Act provisions

NRF: Retailers encouraged by HEALS Act provisions

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation said Tuesday that it is pleased with some of the provisions in a COVID-19 relief bill introduced by Senate Republicans. The Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act contains economic stimulus provisions, tax breaks and liability protection for businesses. “While understanding that the HEALS Act introduced by

Retail sales post year-over-year gains in June

Retail sales post year-over-year gains in June

WASHINGTON – Retail sales in June posted their first year-over-year gains since February, according to the National Retail Federation. Sales were up compared to May as well as compared to last June, with gains driven by the reopening of many stores that had been shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 remains a threat for the

NRF calls on retailers to set nationwide mask policy

NRF calls on retailers to set nationwide mask policy

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation issued the following statement encouraging all retailers to adopt a nationwide policy that requires customers to wear face coverings or masks to protect the health and well-being of customers, associates and partners during the coronavirus pandemic: “The health and safety of associates and customers is retailers’ number one priority

COVID-19 may boost back-to-school spending

COVID-19 may boost back-to-school spending

WASHINGTON – Back-to-school spending may get a boost from the coronovirus this year, according to a survey released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Consumers are tentatively planning to spend a record amount as they buy laptops and computer accessories to prepare for the classes will take place online because

NRF: Retail shrink hit $61.7 billion in 2019

NRF: Retail shrink hit $61.7 billion in 2019

WASHINGTON – Theft, fraud and other “shrink” cost retailers about $61.7 billion in 2019, up from $50.6 billion the year before, the National Retail Federation said Tuesday. According to the National Retail Security Survey released Tuesday by the NRF, the number of shoplifting, organized retail crime and employee theft incidents were all up last year.

NRF postpones ‘Big Show’ until June 2021

NRF postpones ‘Big Show’ until June 2021

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation is postponing its Big Show annual convention and expo, normally held in January, until June 2021. But NRF said Thursday that it also plans to hold a virtual event in January. Both events will feature the theme “Forward Together.” “The health and safety of our team, industry partners and

NRF applauds Supreme Court DACA ruling

NRF applauds Supreme Court DACA ruling

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation applauded Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “This is a landmark ruling that inherently recognizes that these young people are law-abiding, tax-paying Americans who have never known adult life anywhere else,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “They are

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