Marketplace Fairness Act Passes US Senate: Brings Brick-And-Mortar Retailers One Step Closer to Level Playing Field

Op Ed: The Virginian-Pilot In response to the opinion piece which ran in the Sunday, May 5, 2013 edition of the Virginian Pilot, we disagree that the Marketplace Fairness Act will hurt entrepreneurship. We feel very strongly that it will foster the survival all of brick-and-mortar retailers, from the smallest to the largest, and create… [Read More]

Announcing Finalists for 2013 Retailer of the Year

43 finalists were chosen for Retailer of the Year in 2013. For the first time, Retail Alliance awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to the very deserving Mary Barnett from Mary Barnett’s Home Accents, Gifts & Interior Design. Esprit Décor, Chesapeake Ashley Furniture Homestore, Chesapeake Countryside Gardens, Hampton Healthy Connection, Hampton Phoebus Auction, Gallery Hampton Big… [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Scott Freeman, Auctioneer

1. How did you first become involved with Retail Alliance? As a retailer/wholesaler, I thought it would be a good opportunity in terms of networking and taking advantage of the discounts and benefits. We use OfficeMax to print auction catalogues and we save at least $20 per week. I was aware of RMA on Poplar… [Read More]

Retail Pulse: Local Sales Increased Compared to National Results

This Retail Pulse Easter edition survey looked at shopping trends in Hampton Roads, where consumers shop, and their willingness to participate in seasonal purchases. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), “Easter shoppers were cautious spenders this season. The average person celebrating Easter will spend approximately $145.13 on candy, decor, apparel and food, flat with… [Read More]

Combating Showrooming

Gone are the days of simply “open our doors and they will come”. Now, retailers need to know consumer behavior and be able to mesh online and brick and mortar strategies in order to compete today. This requires every retailer to make themselves unique and differentiate themselves from their competition. “You’re not always going to… [Read More]

Retail Alliance to Honor Mary Barnett’s with “Lifetime Achievement Award” at Retailer of the Year Event

Norfolk, Va. – Retail Alliance, the non-profit association representing retailers throughout Hampton Roads, announced today that Mary Barnett’s is the recipient of their inaugural Lifetime Achievement award at their Retailer of the Year event on May 23, 2013. “We are absolutely thrilled to be giving Mary Barnett this award. She has been a steadfast presence… [Read More]

Hampton Roads Welcomes Leading Independent Business Advocate to Help our Local Businesses

Norfolk, Va. – Retail Alliance, the non-profit association representing retailers throughout Hampton Roads, has organized to bring Jeff Milchen, co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) and leading advocate for community-based businesses, to Virginia. This presentation is underwritten by American Express OPENÒ, with national support from Independent We Stand and STIHL, as well as… [Read More]

Margaret Ballard Retiring from Retail Alliance but Leaving Advocacy in Good Hands

(Originally published in Inside Business Issue March 4-10, 2013. Written by Lydia Wheeler and reproduced with permission from Inside Business) After announcing Amazon would open two new distribution centers in Virginia at a legislative reception in 2011, Gov. Bob McDonnell was concerned about Margaret Ballard. At the time, Ballard, who has been the Retail Alliance… [Read More]

MediaFest Prize Winners!

Retail Alliance held another successful MediaFest exhibition recently with 56 exhibitors and over 400 attendees.   Check out the winners and photos from the event!   Colleen Hartman won the Nook (photo) Pat Overton won the Nikon camera (photo) Trish Conley won the iPod (photo) DeAndre Coke won the iPad (photo) Photos courtesy of MediaFest… [Read More]

Retail Academy Kicks Off in Portsmouth

In the fall of 2012, the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads (SBDC) was the recipient of one of six nationally awarded Portable Assistance Grants by the U.S. Small Business Administration.