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WIN Articles for February 14, 2018

WRA moves forward with brand refresh By Renée Sunde, President/CEO The Washington Retail Association is one of the largest retail associations in the country and is recognized by merchants, legislators, state officials and other trade groups as a powerful and...

WIN Articles for February 7, 2018

Learn more about our expanding role in Seattle Come meet us in Seattle on Feb. 22 By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  Washington Retail Association is more engaged in Seattle than ever as we closely follow local politics and connect with local businesses heavily invested...

WIN Articles for January 24, 2018

Supreme Court decision raises hopes for a fair retail marketplace By Renée Sunde, President/CEO The U.S. Supreme Court recently gave retailers hope that a decade-long fight for national sales tax fairness could be nearing an end. The nation’s highest court...

WIN Articles for January 17, 2018

Retail’s future still rests on the customer experience By Renée Sunde, President/CEO A hundred years ago there was Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, and Bloomingdales, to name only a few well-known clothiers.  The focus then was about merchandising...

WIN Articles for January 10, 2018

WRA meets with Seattle Mayor Durkan By Mark Johnson, Senior VP Government Affairs Monday night Renée Sunde, President/CEO, John Engber, Director, Retail Industry Coalition of Seattle, and I had the pleasure of attending newly-elected Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s...

WIN Articles for Jan 3, 2018

WRA meets with key Legislature leaders By Renée Sunde, President/CEO and Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Today we had the honor of meeting with Washington State Speaker of the House Frank Chopp (D-43rd District) and Senator Marko Liias...

WIN Articles for December 18, 2017

WRA staff attend Attorney General reception to discuss 2018 legislative priorities By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Your WRA Government Affairs staff along with approximately 25 lobbyists and business leaders were invited to attend a reception today with Attorney General...

WIN Articles for December 13, 2017

WRA meets with International Council of Shopping Centers Upcoming bills, issues discussed By Renée Sunde, President/CEO I and Mark Johnson, WRA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, attended a meeting this week in Bellevue with the International Council...

WIN Articles for November 29, 2017

The need for marketplace equity revealed in national holiday sales results By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Last weekend’s sales results provided an important message hidden within the economic data. In this case, though, the subtler message isn’t quite so...

WIN Articles for November 15, 2017

A time for every season By President/CEO Renée Sunde Fall is a time that we pause to be thankful for the many blessings in our lives.  Today, I want to thank you, our association members, industry stakeholders, elected officials and public servants for all that you do...

WRA moves forward with brand refresh

By Renée Sunde, President/CEO The Washington Retail Association is one of the largest retail associations in the country and is recognized by merchants, legislators, state officials and other trade groups as a powerful and effective voice for the retail industry. As...
Legislative leaders address the business community

Legislative leaders address the business community

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Renée Sunde, President/CEO, Tammie Hetrick, Chief Operating Officer and I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon last week hosted by the Association of Washington Business (AWB).  The guest speakers were...
WRA addresses Tacoma chamber about labor legislation

WRA addresses Tacoma chamber about labor legislation

Tammie Hetrick, Chief Operating Officer, addressed a packed crowd of about 180 people last week at a Tacoma/Pierce County Chamber of Commerce luncheon that honored companies committed to workforce health issues. During the meeting, she chiefly discussed several new...

WRA supports amendments to pay equity bill

Conflicting legal requirements are among the reasons that WRA supports a pre-emption clause in the gender pay equity bills and other labor bills under consideration. Patchworks of legal requirements are difficult on retailers with several locations who then must treat...

House, Senate must swap bills after today

Today is what’s known in the state Legislature as the house of origin cutoff. In other words, legislators have reached a deadline in the House and Senate to act on bills they originated before sending them to the opposite house for possible future consideration....

House approval of energy bill disappoints tech retailers

WRA is disappointed that a divided House of Representatives this week passed HB 2327 that aims to establish new minimum energy efficiency standards for a long list of appliances. It passed by a 53 to 45 vote. WRA agrees with makers and sellers of consumer electronics...

Seattle mayor names Small Business Advisory Council members

Mayor Jenny Durkan has announced 27 members of a Small Business Advisory Council that she created by executive order last November. Members will serve two-year terms. The group’s first meeting is on February 21. In addition to business owners, two ex officio...
Lens looks at bill to increase distribution of drinks

Lens looks at bill to increase distribution of drinks

A bill that so far has passed the House of Representatives would allow sellers of beer, wine, cider or mead to pour it into growlers for sale at farmers’ markets. HB 2419 has moved on for further consideration in the state Senate. The Lens, the online news...

Safety tip of the week

Is your phone ICED up? Your cell or smartphone can help you in an emergency when responders need to make contact with a family member or someone you know. Adding ICE to your phone’s contact list is a clever means by which emergency personnel can locate your next...

Learn more about our expanding role in Seattle

Come meet us in Seattle on Feb. 22 By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Washington Retail Association is more engaged in Seattle than ever as we closely follow local politics and connect with local businesses heavily invested in their neighborhoods and communities. As a...
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