Legislative Update: 2018 General Assembly Session

It is time to start gearing up for the 2018 General Assembly Session which begins January 10, 2018. This year is a long session lasting 60 days. Your VRF team will be at the Capitol every day during this time period representing the voice of retail in Virginia. In 2018 we expect to encounter many… [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]

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 Voted “Best Of” Local App

Retail Alliance launched the LOVEVA program in October 2014 with the goal of promoting and supporting local businesses to keep our dollars here in the Hampton Roads community. LOVEVA currently has well over 16,000 users with 342 participating local businesses in the app and growing. We are proud to announce that LOVEVA has been voted… [Read More]

Legislative Update Q3 2017

New Virginia Laws Effective July 1, 2017 Several new laws, which impact the retail industry, came out of the 2017 General Assembly Session. Most of these will go into effect July 1, 2017. Below is a list of new laws that impact our members. Sales Tax Nexus Storage of inventory in the Commonwealth of Virginia… [Read More]

Legislative Update: Retail Alliance Outreach To Local Government Reaps Results

      Virginia Beach Retail Alliance government relations staff is in discussions with Commissioner of the Revenue Phil Kellam about BPOL tax on gas retailers. Gas retailers are hit especially hard by the BPOL tax. When the price of gas goes up, these businesses actually lose money on the BPOL tax. Kellam is interested… [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Online retailers continue to exploit an outdated legal loophole to forgo collecting and remitting state and local sales taxes.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]

The Corner Post: Why Can’t the Government Act Like Retailers?

As an independent small retailer, can you imagine… Not having to balance your checking account? Not having to communicate with staff, vendors or landlords? Shutting down your business during the most important quarter of the year? Spending more than you earn? Ignoring the debt as it grows year after year and then wondering; “wow how… [Read More]

Retail Spending in Hampton Roads Remains Flat*

Retail Spending in Hampton Roads Remains Flat* Hampton Roads retail sales (measured through the 1% local sales tax), remained relatively unchanged between May-2013 and June-2013, at $1.77B per month. Although this is the highest level reached since Feb-2012, it lags 3.8% below the region’s peak sales of $1.83B in February-2007. Hampton Roads has outperformed Virginia’s… [Read More]

Retail Pulse: Local Mother’s Day Retail Sales Fall Short of National Forecasts

This Retail Pulse Mother’s Day Edition tracked shopping trends in Hampton Roads, which stores benefited from higher sales, and the consumer’s willingness to participate in seasonal purchases. According to the NRF’s Mother’s Day spending survey, consumers were projected to spend an average of $168.94, up 11 percent from last year’s $152.52. Total spending was estimated… [Read More]