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Release Date: April 23, 2014
National Retail Federation Honored By Environmental Protection Agency
Release Date: April 22, 2014

The National Retail Federation was recognized today on Earth Day by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with its 2014 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award. The EPA recognized NRF for supporting policies and practices that reduce truck emissions and enhance freight efficiency.

Retailers Committed to Protecting Consumer Data
Release Date: April 16, 2014

The National Retail Federation today told a congressional panel that the retail industry is committed to safeguarding and protecting consumer data and information from highly-motivated and sophisticated cybercriminals and hackers.

Retail Sales Spring Up in March as Winter Weather Ebbs
Release Date: April 14, 2014

Warmer spring weather spurred continued consumer spending and activity this March. According to the National Retail Federation – the world's largest retail trade association – March retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.8 percent adjusted month-to-month and 1.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

National Retail Federation Announces Information-Sharing Platform
Release Date: April 14, 2014

The National Retail Federation is moving forward with the creation of a program that will provide retailers access to information on cybersecurity threats identified by retailers, government and law enforcement agencies and partners in the financial services sector. The program, developed in consultation with the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), will launch with the establishment of an information-sharing platform for retail industry information security specialists, and plans call for a retail ISAC to be established in June.

Retailers Urge Expedited Contract Negotiations at West Coast Ports
Release Date: April 14, 2014

The National Retail Federation today urged maritime management and the union representing dockworkers along the U.S. West Coast ports to expedite pending contract negotiations and reach agreement on a new deal well in advance of the expiration of the current contract this summer. NRF believes expedited negotiations would strengthen the supply chain and provide shippers and retailers the certainty they need to utilize the West Coast ports during the holiday shipping period, which begins in July.

Consumers Hope to Shake Off Winter Blues This Easter, According to NRF
Release Date: April 09, 2014
Patent Trolls Increasingly Target Retailers
Release Date: April 08, 2014

The National Retail Federation today urged Congress to address an increasing threat to both traditional brick-and-mortar retailers and online merchants: patent trolls. Patent trolls are shadowy entities that purchase overly-broad patents with the sole intent of suing retailers and other end-users of technology that allegedly infringe on those patents.

NRF Opposes Paycheck Fairness Act
Release Date: April 08, 2014

The National Retail Federation today urged the Senate to reject greater government involvement in compensation and employment decisions made by businesses, and signaled its opposition to S. 2199, the Paycheck Fairness Act. NRF will consider votes on the bill as key votes for its annual scorecard of lawmakers.

Focus Report: Product Information Management
Release Date: April 07, 2014

From Sophelle. In today’s omnichannel world, it’s increasingly important that retailers’ data technology supports every sales opportunity and efficiency in data maintenance. Data cleansing is only one part of achieving competitive advantage; having a Product Information Management System (PIM) with the robust ability for governance and integration is required. PIM acts as a single point-of-truth repository for product data across all channels, and a centralized platform to allow all commerce to run efficiently. In this Focus Report we’ll identify key considerations in regard to PIM, including consumer expectations, omnichannel operations, and fulfillment processes. Marketing, enterprise and IT viewpoints will also be explored.

Retail Imports to Increase 6.1 Percent in April
Release Date: April 07, 2014

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ARTS Announces Release of Change4Charity Standard
Release Date: April 04, 2014

The Association for Retail Technology Standards, a community within the National Retail Federation, announced today the release of its Change4Charity Standard.

With Winter Weather Behind Them, Retail Employment Grows in March, According to NRF
Release Date: April 04, 2014
Three NRF Events Make Trade Show News Network’s Prestigious Top 250 Trade Show List
Release Date: April 03, 2014

For the fourth year in a row, Retail’s BIG Show has been acknowledged as a top trade show, growing each year in size and scope and seen by trade show professionals as one of the industry’s leading events.

NRF Urges 40-Hour Definition of ‘Full Time’ Under Health Care Law
Release Date: April 02, 2014

The National Retail Federation today urged Congress to pass the bipartisan Save American Workers Act, which would change the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time employment from 30 hours per week to 40 hours. NRF sent a letter to the House saying all votes related to the bill, H.R. 2575, would be considered key votes for the association’s annual scorecard.

Retailers Oppose Increase in Federal Minimum Wage
Release Date: April 01, 2014

The National Retail Federation today called Senate legislation aimed at increasing the federal minimum wage by 40 percent an anti-job tax that would lead to higher labor costs for employers and fewer opportunities for young and entry-level workers. NRF will include votes on the minimum wage as “Key Retail Votes” in its annual voting scorecard used to measure legislative support for the retail industry’s public policy priorities.

Retailers Urge Adoption of PIN-Based Credit Cards
Release Date: March 26, 2014

The National Retail Federation told the Senate today that it’s time for an overhaul of the nation’s fraud-prone credit and debit card system, saying banks’ insistence on cards that use a signature instead of a Personal Identification Number puts merchants and their customers at risk. Indeed, card companies have continued to promulgate the use of fraud-prone signature cards despite their own research – conducted almost 25 years ago – that showed that PIN-based cards provided more security for consumers, retailers and banks.

Retail CIO Download: Leadership and agility are top priorities for CIOs in 2014
Release Date: March 25, 2014

Retail CIOs are assuming increasingly strategic roles within their companies. In addition to data security and talent management, CIOs are also working to integrate brick-and-mortar and digital processes and systems to create seamless experiences for customers. This inaugural issue of NRF’s Retail CIO Download reviews key findings and trends from the NRF CIO Council Roundtable and member survey.

National Retail Federation to Host Second Virtual Career Fair for Students, Young Professionals
Release Date: March 25, 2014
NRF Unveils New Logo, Look for Association Website
Release Date: March 24, 2014

The National Retail Federation today unveiled a new logo for the 103 year-old industry association. The logo, revealed on NRF.com, reflects the progressive, innovative industry that NRF represents, and also recognizes the historic significance of retail and the National Retail Federation.

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