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Safety tip of the week

Remember to report and post last year’s workplace injuries Many Washington Retail and Retail Services members have to maintain annual accident logs for the prior year. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration exempts many sorts of businesses from this...

WR focuses in on a growing list of bills

On this, the third week of the 2019 state Legislative Session, more bills are being introduced of interest to consumers, retailers and their employees. The 105-day session is scheduled to adjourn on April 28. What follows are some of the higher-profile bills that...

2019 is a year of retail transformation

By Renée Sunde, President & CEO Today’s consumers don’t just buy products; they buy experiences. Everything that retailers do to create a better experience contributes to how customers think of them. It’s really those actions that produce...

WR rebrand means a new name for the weekly newsletter

By Jim Szymanski, Director of Communications Washington Retail’s weekly e-newsletter has gone by the name Washington Information Network (WIN) for more than the past decade. As part of the unveiling of our new association brand in a few days, the Washington...

Independent contractor classification bills miss the mark

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs Senate Bill 5513 by Senator Karen Keiser and House Bill 1515 by Representative Marcus Riccelli miss the mark on addressing a problem they purport to solve. There is no disagreement on the issue;...

Retail and tourism, a match made in community development

By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Today’s legislative panel on tourism took place with the House Innovation, Technology & Economic Development Committee. Headed by the Washington State Tourism Alliance Co-Chair, David Blandford, Senior VP of Public Affairs for...