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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]

STRIVE Workshops Are Back: Now Available In-person & Via Live Stream!

Retail Alliance has re-launched our STRIVE workshops in a brand-new format! STRIVE workshops will now be available in-person and via live stream. In these one-hour workshops, you’ll walk away with at least three to-dos you can implement immediately in your business on various trending topics. We’re kicking off the new year with a workshop titled, “Digital Marketing 101”, led… [Read More]

Locals Rewarded for Being Loyal to Local

Three local consumers have proven their loyalty to buying local this holiday season, each winning a $100 gift voucher to a local LOVEVA business of their choice in the ‘Shift Your Shopping’ competition. Alice Gay Jenney of Virginia Beach, David Wolfe of Norfolk and Judith Joynes of Hampton were the three winners randomly selected on… [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]

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]

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]

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]