How did local retailers fare during holiday season?

NRF released holiday sales figures on January 12, 2018 with holiday sales rising to $691.9 billion in November and December, marking a 5.5 percent increase from the year before. The NRF had forecast holiday spending growth of 3.6 percent to 4 percent. They attributed this to growing wages, stronger employment and higher confidence, leading consumers… [Read More]

Ready, Set, Bid: Open House & Silent Auction Sneak Peek

The Retail Alliance (RA) team is very excited to host members and guests this  Thursday for our Annual Holiday Open House & Silent Auction. We hope to see you there in your ugly Christmas sweater and ready to bid on some wonderful auction items. This is the perfect time to fellowship with the Retail Alliance… [Read More]

Join us at our Open House/VRF PAC Auction on December 7th at 4-8pm

Let the countdown begin to the most wonderful (and hopefully profitable) time of the year, the holiday season! It’s also Retail Alliance’s Holiday Open House and VRF PAC Auction. We hope that all of our members and friends will be able to join us for some Holiday Cheer on Thursday, December 7th, 4:00PM – 8:00PM… [Read More]

Corner Post: How to Frustrate Your Customers This Holiday Season

Customers can make or break your business. A frustrated customer can have very negative effects on your reputation and your bottom line. Making sure some key operations and policies are put in place well before the busy holiday season may just save you heartache and money. Here are a few ideas to get you started:… [Read More]

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. Business Results: HolidayShopping2017_FinalResultsforPublicRelease Shopper Results: HolidayShopping2017_FinalResultsShopperforpublicrelease

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]

Shift Your Shopping – Buy local first throughout the holidays and win!

Retail Alliance’s Be A Local LOVEVA program features a downloadable app and rewards shoppers for buying local in Hampton Roads.  Since its launch in 2014, the LOVEVA app has helped change the landscape for our region’s independent retailers. What started as a grassroots campaign, the program has grown to include hundreds of retailers and serve… [Read More]

Make Your List and Check it Twice

When planning your strategies for this coming season, it’s imperative to look at what has been and what just might be ahead. National Retail Federation released their 2016 Holiday Planning Playbook recently which gave an insight into the past holiday season and what to look for when planning for this year. Let’s get to unwrapping,… [Read More]

Preparing for the 2015 Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year again: the kids are back to school and the countdown to the biggest retail period of the year has begun. I hope that you have already started your preparations for the 2015 holiday season but, in any case, it’s always a good idea to make sure you’ve prepared and… [Read More]