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]

Retail Alliance to Host 12th Annual Loss Prevention Conference

Retail Alliance is hosting the 12th Annual Virginia Retail Loss Prevention Conference on Thursday, September 26th from 8:30am – 4:30pm at the Portsmouth Renaissance, 425 Water St, Portsmouth, VA 23704. “As the oldest and most comprehensive event of its kind on the east coast, this conference is designed to provide merchants, loss prevention professionals and… [Read More]

A Logo is Only the Beginning: What Does Your Brand Say About You?

By Carl Cleanthes, Founder/CEO, Creative Art and Design Studios Branding Overview Have you have ever given your brand much thought? Maybe you think since you have a logo you are all set. The truth is that all businesses have a brand that is more than just a look or a logo. Logos are only visual… [Read More]

Local Business Leader Joins Retail Alliance

Retail Alliance today announced the appointment of local business advisor and industry expert Chris Davidson to the role of Regional Membership Development Manager. “Chris will lead the Retail Alliance membership teams on the Southside and Peninsula, with the aim of advancing our mission to help retailers succeed through education, advocacy and other benefits,” said Ray… [Read More]

How the development of an outlet mall may impact existing independent and national retailers in the Hampton Roads region

With news of the proposed outlet mall project in Norfolk breaking recently, we’ve taken a look at the impact it may have on the local retail community in the immediate surrounding area and the wider Hampton Roads region. As many of you have probably seen, the City of Norfolk is in negotiations with Simon Property… [Read More]

Plastic Bag Ban and Recycling Issue

Letter to the Editor – The Virginian-Pilot Mr. Donald Luzzatto Editorial Page Editor The Virginian Pilot P.O. Box 449 Norfolk, VA 23501 Dear Mr. Luzzatto; In response to the July 26, 2013, article in The Virginian Pilot concerning recycling and a potential effort to ban plastic bags in Norfolk, we want to outline the past… [Read More]