And the Retailer of the Year award winners are…

Retail Alliance announced the winners for this year’s Retailer of the Year Awards (ROTYs) at a superhero themed awards celebration on Thursday night at the Wells Theatre in Downtown Norfolk. Virginia Beach-based, small business, Fairfield Flowers, received the overall winner’s award. They were selected from 40 nominees from across the Greater Hampton Roads region (up… [Read More]

Jodi Roth Joins Advocacy Team at Retail Alliance/Virginia Retail Federation

Jodi Roth, a government affairs consultant, has joined the Hampton Roads Retail Alliance and the statewide Virginia Retail Federation (VRF) as a contract representative for the associations’ statewide retail members. Ms. Roth brings over 15 years of government affairs experience to the organizations. She joins the VRF lobbying team of Mary Huffard Kegley, Kate Baker,… [Read More]

Look Out For These Upcoming Events

Check out the events we’ve got planned for September and October 2014. Download the flyer by clicking here or view the events in the embedded image below.  

The Corner Post: Diffusing a Difficult Situation

Regardless of the business we all have had our encounters with disgruntled customers. In retail it’s inevitable, no matter how wonderful your products are or how committed you are to provide the best customer service, problems do occur. Try to diffuse a difficult situation with the following tips: Stay Calm and Non Emotional – When… [Read More]

Dan Ryan To Be Named “Lifetime Achievement Award” Winner at Retailer of the Year Event

Retail Alliance, the non-profit association representing retailers throughout Hampton Roads, announced today that Dan Ryan, from Dan Ryan’s For Men, is the recipient of their 2014 Lifetime Achievement award at their Retailer of the Year event on May 22, 2014. “We are absolutely thrilled to be giving Dan Ryan this award. He has been a… [Read More]

The Corner Post: My Notes From The National Retail Federation Big Show

I had the opportunity to travel to the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show in New York City a little while ago. What an interesting and thought-provoking experience! After reviewing my notes I would like to share some of my take-aways: Online sales versus brick and mortar retailers. Online sales is here to stay and… [Read More]

Nominations open for Retailer of the Year!

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!  The distinguished Retailer of the Year showcases the achievements of Hampton Roads’ most successful small independent retailers.   This award acknowledges a retailer who has led their company to outstanding business success and innovation and who has consistently demonstrated community commitment and support. A retailer worthy of this prestigious award displays… [Read More]

Retail Alliance Breakfast Club – Peninsula Kick-Off

February 27, 2014 – February 27, 2014 530 St Johns Rd Map and Directions | Register Description: Join us as we kick-off the first Retail Breakfast Club on the Peninsula!! We will be serving a full breakfast, and there will be great networking and outreach opportunites at our 4th Thursday Monthly Forums. Our speaker for… [Read More]

New event in 2014! The Retail Breakfast Club

Join us for the launch of The Retail Breakfast Club on January  23, 2014  7.30am – 9.30am at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center. We have national speaker, Harold Lloyd talking about “Am I the Leader I Need To Be? (how to quantitatively assess one’s ability to lead others). The best thing… [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]