Modernize U.S. Infrastructure
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NRF supports efforts to upgrade transportation networks to speed commerce and create jobs. U.S. transportation infrastructure has suffered from decades of underinvestment to the point where the transportation system has become a drag on the economy. Growing inefficiencies and bottlenecks increase costs, make it difficult for American companies to expand their businesses and reduce U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. NRF believes Congress needs to improve and expand infrastructure, improve system efficiency in order to handle increasing freight needs, and continue to provide long-term funding.
- Transportation and Infrastructure – Retailers support long-term transportation funding that pays for the improvements needed to eliminate the bottlenecks that snarl the retail supply chain and reduce efficiencies not only for merchants but all industries that rely on the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Current funding that runs through the end of 2020 has helped, but more money is needed.
- Supply Chain – A national freight plan has finally been established to address the continued growth of freight to and from the United States and to reduce the disruptions, slowdowns, bottlenecks and regulatory efficiencies that impact the free flow of legitimate commerce.
The NRF Retail Opportunity Index encourages Congress to:
- Invest in U.S. jobs by implementing tax policy that makes U.S. companies competitive in the global economy and provides a level playing field among all sectors of the economy and all sectors of retail whether the merchant delivers its products in a store, through the mail or over the Internet.
- Open markets for consumer goods by tearing down trade barriers that drive up prices for American shoppers and limit export markets for American companies, ending regulations that artificially drive up prices, and making it easier for foreign visitors to come to the United States to shop.
- Modernize U.S. infrastructure by improving and expanding the current transportation system in order to end bottlenecks and inefficiencies and to make it easier for American companies to grow and be competitive.
- Support workforce investment by supporting jobs and economic growth rather than union organizers and expensive new regulations and mandates.
- Foster innovation in customer experience by working with retailers to improve credit and debit card security through agreed-upon standards rather than bank-issued mandates, and to protect privacy while still being able to give shoppers a customized and personalized experience online and in-store.
- Promote technology development by passing reform legislation that would block frivolous lawsuits threatened by “patent trolls” over dubious infringement claims.
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