NRF, Shop.org and ARTS have more than 60 committees, councils, and task forces. These groups offer opportunities for members to network, share ideas, establish best practices, prepare testimony for Congress and grow in their careers.
The ARTS Board identifies standards to be developed, sets program priorities, approves new and revised standards prior to public release and maintains budgetary oversight for the Association for Retail Technology Standards, the retail technology standards division of the National Retail Federation.
FIRAE seeks to promote the free exchange of information among national retail trade associations around the world and works to identify opportunities for cooperation in research and education.
This is an invitation-only committee made up of retailing's most prominent chief information officers. It meets in winter, spring and summer to discuss issues of common interest, promising technologies, and to take a proactive stance on creating new technology environments.
Data Security Committee
The NCCR Board of Directors is the governing body that oversees the activities of the National Council of Chain Restaurants. By invitation only, it is comprised of senior executives from the nation’s leading chain restaurant companies.
This task force is comprised of designated representatives from NCCR chain restaurant companies, typically senior quality assurance and food safety executives. The Task Force provides a forum for members to network and share food safety and technical information of common interest for mutual benefit. The Task Force also develops positions and statements for NCCR on food safety for adoption or approval by the NCCR Board of Directors. Membership is open to appropriate NCCR member executive.
This committee is comprised of chain restaurant senior purchasing executives and government affairs executives, and focuses on issues impacting the supply chains of chain restaurant companies. At present, the committee is focused on biofuel's policy impact on commodity process through the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.
A group comprised of NRF retail members interested in the Americans with Disabilities Act and any resulting or pending federal regulations or litigation.
This council of Associate member companies meets annually and via conference call to ensure the needs of NRF's growing associate member base are met, and to provide feedback to NRF regarding the needs of retailers and how NRF can better meet those needs.
This committee serves as NRF's technical committee on labor law and employee relations matters, and is comprised of retail industry corporate executives and independent labor counsel, as well as human resource and employee relations executives from NRF member companies and associations.
This committee provides NRF with strategic and operational advice related to consumer credit issues, including federal legislative and regulatory policy, the standardized credit bureau reporting format, as well as file integrity among retail credit grantors.
The FEC is comprised of senior financial executives of NRF member companies who work with NRF to develop industry financial benchmarks and serve as advisors for industry advocacy efforts with the FASB, SEC, etc.
The NRF Foundation Board of Directors, made up of senior executives of major retail and supplier-partner firms, directs and oversees the programs, activities and functions of the NRF Foundation, the 501c(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation.
This invitation-only Council is limited to the most senior legal officers of NRF’s retail membership. The committee meets in person twice each year and participates in conference calls as-needed to discuss changes in the law, practical approaches to addressing legal changes, litigation trends, and to share personal experiences.
The Working Group addresses the rapidly spreading restrictions on the highly popular gift cards used by many retailers.
The purpose of this committee is to position NRF as a leader in the global retail arena, and to identify trends and opportunities in the global retail industry.
The NRF Government Affairs Policy Council is the Federation's principal policy making body on federal legislative and regulatory issues.
This Committee consists of retail benefits executives managers and directors who provide technical input on a wide range of health, pension and other benefit issues.
The NRF Integrated Mobile Initiative is the retail authority on all things mobile relating to the retail industry. This group is made up of retailers, solution providers and key NRF Staff members.
This Council is comprised of senior internal audit executives of NRF member companies. These executives develop and exchange best practices for ensuring effective internal controls and maximizing the effectiveness of the operation, which is accomplished by meeting semi-annually and holding conference calls.
ITAC members include senior retail sourcing, compliance, and government relations executives and general counsels responsible for international trade, customs, and international labor issues for their companies both on the legislative and regulatory fronts. ITAC plays a key role in representing the industry's interests on eliminating U.S. and foreign trade barriers and facilitating trade.
NRF’s IT Audit Working Group is comprised of senior IT Auditors of NRF retail member companies.
This Subcommittee of the ITAC provides guidance and technical expertise on customs and trade facilitation issues affecting retailers as well as relations between the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and the importing community.
This Subcommittee of the ITAC provides guidance and technical expertise on trade issues that specifically affect retailers of consumer products other than textiles and apparel.
This Subcommittee of the ITAC provides guidance and technical expertise on trade issues that specifically affect textiles and apparel retailers.
This subcommittee of the ITAC formulates the industry's response to concerns involving working conditions in U.S. and international manufacturing operations and other ethical sourcing and corporate social responsibility issues.
This Subcommittee of the ITAC provides guidance and technical and legal expertise on antidumping, countervailing duty, safeguards, as well as other trade remedies actions affecting consumer goods.
The NRF Lawyers Subcommittee meets periodically to delve deeply into current legal issues from a retail perspective.
This council, composed of senior loss prevention executives from diverse retail sectors, meets to discuss common problems confronting the retail industry and to share new ideas on product and program results. Participation by invitation only.
The Awards and Recognition Committee develops the criteria and reviews nominations to honor and recognize law enforcement professionals/agencies and loss prevention/asset protection professionals for outstanding case investigations.
The Content Planning Committee works to develop topics and content for the annual NRF Loss Prevention Conference, Summits and Webinars.
The Diversity Committee was developed to showcase speakers and programs that promote inclusion and diversification in the loss prevention community .
This group of industry professionals helps NRF identify educational opportunities that advance professionalism in the loss prevention field. This committee also develops effective networks with universities and institutions offering LP certification programs.
This group of more than 1,000 loss prevention professionals includes federal, state and local law enforcement officers. The network meets each year at NRF’s LP conference and also holds regional meetings – including Organized Retail Crime Association gatherings – throughout the country.
This group was developed to help identify and establish LP priorities to set the legislative agenda of the industry. In addition, this committee compiles statistics and anecdotal information as talking points for potential congressional testimony.
This group of over 500 loss prevention professionals meets annually at the NRF Loss Prevention Conference & EXPO. It also conducts conference calls on a quarterly basis to provide professional development and mentoring opportunities for advancement focused initially for women but now available for the entire LP community in general.
Working group on Patent Troll - formed from General Counsels Forum; Policy Council; shop.org Board.
This Task Group meets as needed to discuss matters pertaining to card acceptance and issues pertaining to retailer relationships with the credit and debit card associations and card acceptance networks.
This Working Group provides guidance to the NRF in representing retailers on matters before Capitol Hill, the Postal Rate Commission and the United States Postal Service.
This Committee communicates existing and potential product safety problems within the retail industry and addresses emerging product safety issues by providing substantive and strategic input into the development of industry public policy.
This network of the most senior corporate communications professionals from retail member companies provides an opportunity to share best practices and information and keep up-to-date on the issues in Washington that are impacting their businesses.
SAC membership comprises the state retail associations that are most active in protecting their members' interests in both the state and national public policy arena.
The State Leadership Group is a joint membership opportunity that allows for small retail businesses to become members of NRF through their state retail association. Strengthening the relationship between the states and NRF signals a "win-win" for the overall retail policy agenda; the state association expands its benefits package to in-state members, and NRF expands the industry's political reach and influence through the all-important small business voice in Washington.
This Council includes senior retail executives responsible for global supply chain, transportation, and logistics. The SSCC provides guidance and technical expertise on issues affecting retailers’ management and security of their international supply chains, with a focus on public policy, supply chain management and best practices.
The Sustainable Retailing Consortium brings together retailers, manufacturers, vendors, and organizations that are engaged in sustainable (green) retailing efforts.
The Talent Acquisition Group is open to the most senior talent acquisition executive and/or most senior campus relations executive of any retail company. The Group meets two times a year to share best practices and discuss the most pressing talent issues for the retail industry. In addition to the networking opportunities and the exchange of ideas, the Group serves to promote retailing as an attractive and long-term career path and to cultivate the next generation of retail leaders.
This Committee is comprised of senior tax executives of NRF retail member companies. The Committee examines tax legislative and regulatory policies that affect retailers and recommends policy positions for the NRF to try to achieve through their lobbying efforts.
The overall role of the Shop.org Board is to provide strategic guidance and support to Shop.org’s leadership regarding programs and services.
The Content Committee is a group of Shop.org members who provide guidance and direction on the content covered in Shop.org events. The input provided by the Content Committee ensures that the topics covered in Shop.org activities are relevant, timely and meet our members' educational needs.
The Member Services Committee is responsible for providing input about the value proposition for members, articulating the value of Shop.org to members and prospective members, and being committed to supporting Shop.org as the world's most valued membership community for digital commerce.
The Shop.org Policy Advisory Group (PAG) provides strategic guidance in advocacy efforts that affect digital retail in Washington.
Shop.org's Research Committee provides the Shop.org team and research partners with strategic guidance on current and prospective research-related activities. Committee members provide input on research content, direction and distribution over the course of the year.
The Shop.org Think Tank is a group of digital retail thought leaders who collaborate to identify and develop points of view on trends, business models, technologies and strategies that will shape the future of online retail and the role of digital in retail.