Archives for July 2013

Plastic Bag Ban and Recycling Issue

Letter to the Editor – The Virginian-Pilot Mr. Donald Luzzatto Editorial Page Editor The Virginian Pilot P.O. Box 449 Norfolk, VA 23501 Dear Mr. Luzzatto; In response to the July 26, 2013, article in The Virginian Pilot concerning recycling and a potential effort to ban plastic bags in Norfolk, we want to outline the past… [Read More]

Retail Alliance to Host 2nd Annual Small Biz Expo on Peninsula

Marketing Monster and The Daily Press to Educate Local Retailers About Digital Marketing Norfolk, Va. – Retail Alliance brings the Small Biz Expo to Hampton Roads from 4:00-8:00PM on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the City Center Marriott, Newport News. This event gathers specialists from all areas of the business world from, marketing, advertising, and… [Read More]

Moving Beyond Customer Service to Building Customer Relationships

By Erica Robertson, Marketing Monster I’m going to start out by stating the obvious; technology has changed the way we do business. A profound observation, I know! It has changed the way we market to our customers and it has really changed the way we all communicate. The rogue, dream-driven entrepreneurs who weren’t taken out… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Walk This Way

Ask any woman and she will tell you, “shoes are an absolute necessity.” No one in Hampton Roads knows that better than Susan Bryant, co-winner of the Peninsula Retailer of the Year award for 2013. Susan is the owner of Walk This Way, Hampton Road’s premier upscale women’s shoe boutique located in Port Warwick, Newport… [Read More]

Bridging the Generational Gap with Store Employees

Summer is officially here and that means so is the season of “summer help”. With colleges and high schools letting out across the country, businesses everywhere are being inundated with interns, sales staff and other employees from a wide range of generational differences. So, how do you manage these changing needs across the generational gap… [Read More]

State Sales and Use Tax Rate Increase

One of the big pieces of legislation that came out of the 2013 General Assembly Session was the transportation package. One way in which the legislation impacts retailers across Virginia is the statewide increase in sales and use tax. These sales tax changes go into effect July 1, 2013. There are two components of which… [Read More]

Eco Trends

Eco Trends is a “green” retail store which features both American Made Handcrafts as well as Fair Trade items. Owned by Ms L Lyman Speckheuer, Eco Trends aims to not only support fairtrade craftspeople, but educate consumers about sustainability, green, eco-friendly, and fair trade. Lyman is very active in the Hampton Roads green community and… [Read More]

Buy Local Campaign Coming Soon!

Retail Alliance will soon be launching, as a member benefit, a buy local campaign. This campaign will educate consumers about the economic and social advantages that independent, locally-owned businesses bring to the community. The goal is to create a thriving local economy by maximizing the potential of local businesses, thereby transferring market share from non-locally… [Read More]