More Classes Scheduled for Growing Your Retail Operations Expertise

Congratulations to our first cohort group on achieving their Certificate in Retail Operations! After completing hours of online and in-class training on business planning, financial management, merchandising, marketing, customer service, and human resources, our graduates are well-prepared to venture into the entrepreneurial world. As one student stated, “I learned about everything it takes to prepare… [Read More]

Brick-and-Mortar Survival Depends on Level Playing Field

Holiday retail sales are increasing. Consumer confidence is climbing. Yet all is not nirvana in the rocky world of the retail economy. According to Forbes, Cyber Monday 2016 was the biggest day in the history of U.S. e-commerce. Sales surpassed initial expectations by hitting a record $3.9 billion during this online-focused day of the holiday… [Read More]

Hurting Local Businesses … With Each Mouse Click

Op/Ed Published in Virginia Pilot June 15, 2014 Co-authored by Virginia Retail Federation representatives, Ray Mattes, President/CEO of Retail Alliance and Nancy Thomas, President/CEO of Retail Merchants Association. Some have proposed a revenue collection system requiring online shoppers to pay taxes to the state and locality where the product is housed, not where the shopper… [Read More]

e-Fairness – Origin Sourcing: Bad for Business, Bad for Virginia

Online retailers continue to exploit an outdated legal loophole to forgo collecting and remitting state and local sales taxes.  This puts local businesses like our members at a distinct competitive disadvantage in the marketplace, robbing local communities of economic growth, jobs, and civic engagement. Imagine you are a consumer: you are looking to buy a… [Read More]

Legislative Update: House Judiciary Committee Releases Principles of Internet Sales Tax

The Virginia Retail Federation has worked on the issue of leveling the playing field for brick-and-mortar and Internet retailers for many years. We have held many meetings with both Federal and State legislators on the issue. This September the Amazon Sales Tax Loophole was closed in Virginia and now the Marketplace Fairness Act, a federal… [Read More]