Results are in! – Holiday Shopping intentions & Expectations 2017

We asked Hampton Roads shoppers their holiday shopping intentions and local businesses their holiday shopping expectations. You can read the full story over at Inside Business and download a copy of the full holiday shopping report below.

Steps To Business Success For The Holiday Season And Beyond

Brick-and-mortar businesses – retailers, restaurants, services companies – must constantly reshape their goals and create the future rather than letting it control them. The final quarter of 2017 is upon us.  And the annual holiday period can make or break a business’s bottom-line. Here are a few tips for creating success, for the holiday season… [Read More]

We’re Taking the Pulse of Retail in Hampton Roads This Holiday Season!

    Retail Pulse is back! If you aren’t familiar with Retail Pulse, it’s an annual survey Retail Alliance conducts, to check on the vitality and success of retail in the Hampton Roads region. This year we are back with a survey to gauge the expectations and intentions of shoppers and store owners this holiday… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Woodard & Associates, LLC

With small business owners wearing more than a few hats, sometimes it’s worth looking at an external human resource company for support, employment law guidance and task delegation. HR operations are often not built into business models, yet play a critical role in areas such as reducing employee turnover, building strong workplace culture and helping… [Read More]

Certificate in Retail Operations Now Available to All Gloucester Businesses

Retail Alliance’s Center for Retail Excellence partners with Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust Retail Alliance’s educational arm, the Center for Retail Excellence, has partnered with Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust to launch a Certificate in Retail Operations, available to all retailers in Gloucester and surrounding areas. “We are excited that our partnership with Retail Alliance… [Read More]

Letter: Brick-and-mortar stores aren’t on their way out

GLOOM-AND-DOOM comments about dying malls and store closings are abundant these days. According to many pundits, in a short time, all that will be left of the retail industry is online shopping. I beg to differ. Our organization, the Retail Alliance, has been around for more than a century — since 1903. We have seen… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Fulton Bank

Fulton Bank has been in the Hampton Roads area since 2008, but was formerly known as Resource Bank until the two merged. Since emerging into the Hampton Roads area, they have been committed to upholding their motto of, “Listening is just the beginning.” Solely, a bank is characterized by its services and offerings, but having… [Read More]

Retail Think Tank: Peer Exchange Group

Have you ever had an issue you wanted to talk to fellow business owners about and really get into the weeds of how they handled it? And how you could take their experience and use it to help your own business? Exclusive to Retail Alliance members, we have launched a retail peer exchange group (PEG)… [Read More]

Retail Alliance works to continue to be a trusted resource for the success of local retailers

By Sandra J. Pennecke  It’s no secret new businesses face tough odds. Fifty percent of new businesses fail within the first 12 months of operation, said Ray Mattes, president and CEO of the Retail Alliance. Nationwide, he expects more than 8,500 storefronts to close in 2017. The Norfolk-based Retail Alliance launched its Center for Retail… [Read More]

LOVEVA Lane at Harborfest a Success for our Members!

14 local businesses had the unique opportunity to recreate their storefronts at Harborfest. These three tents, located right on the Elizabeth River, were branded and marked on the festival maps as LOVEVA LANE (see photos at bottom) Since the event was underwritten by Retail Alliance, vendors were very pleased to be offered this chance at… [Read More]