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WIN Articles for August 15, 2018

Gov. Inslee celebrates Careers in Retail Month By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Washington Retail Association is proud to announce that Governor Jay Inslee joins us in celebrating September as Careers in Retail Month. It’s the second year of what we expect will be...

WIN Articles for August 1, 2018

WRA joins opposition to local food taxes By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Washington Retail Association is supporting the Yes! to Affordable Groceries Initiative this year, or I-1634. This is a movement that will help protect both retailers and customers alike. If...

WIN Articles for July 25, 2018

Capital Mall GM joins WRA board of directors By Renée Sunde, President/CEO I’m pleased to announce the election of Kevin Johnston, General Manager of Olympia’s Capital Mall, to the Washington Retail Association Board of Directors. Kevin’s extensive...

WIN Articles for July 18, 2018

WRA Joins Forces With Employment Security by Renée Sunde, President/CEO Over the past months, WRA has joined forces with our partners at Washington State Employment Security along with our workforce partners around the state to discuss the opportunities and challenges...

WIN Articles for July 5, 2018

“Pax Futura” demonstrates future retail construction Mark Johnson, WRA’s Senior VP of Government Affairs, got a glimpse at the future of retail construction on a recent tour as a member of the state Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on...

WIN Articles for June 13, 2018

Washington retail around the state By Renee Sunde, President/CEO This week was the start of a four-day road trip across parts of Eastern Washington. My goal for this outreach has been pretty simple: to connect with our local retail partners in communities around the...

WIN Articles for June 6, 2018

                                  Retail’s evolution in physical retail By Renee Sunde, President/CEO This year’s ICSC RECON was big – not a surprise with all that...

WIN Aritcles for May 30, 2018

State Senator proposes a head tax credit for distressed counties By Mark Johnson, Senior VP of Government Affairs In answer to Seattle’s business head tax, state Senator Steve O’Ban (R-Tacoma) has proposed a bill to extend a business head tax credit to...

WIN Articles for May 23, 2018

Conference focuses on how retail must change By Renée Sunde, President/CEO   Overbuilding, recession, e-commerce, the experience economy and of course the ever-changing consumer are all factors that have come together to demand change in the retail industry. These...

WIN Articles for May 16, 2018

WRA hires Rusty George to lead Association rebrand By Renée Sunde, President/CEO After a very successful RFP process the association has selected Rusty George Creative as our branding and design partners for the evolution of the Washington Retail Association brand....

Gov. Inslee celebrates Careers in Retail Month

By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Washington Retail Association is proud to announce that Governor Jay Inslee joins us in celebrating September as Careers in Retail Month. It’s the second year of what we expect will be an annual recognition of the importance of the...
WRA attends federal affairs summit

WRA attends federal affairs summit

Trade, tariffs are prime topics By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs WRA President/CEO Renée Sunde and I attended the annual Association of Washington Business Federal Affairs Summit held in Tacoma this week. The day-long event featured several...

WRA prepares information on new domestic violence law

Chief Operating Officer Tammie Hetrick has been meeting with legislators and Labor and Industries staff on the state’s domestic violence law that went into effect on June 7 of this year. As part of this effort, Hetrick has been meeting with local organizations...

Fill open positions with free hiring events

By Chad Pearson, Business Outreach, Employment Security Employers are always looking for ways to keep good staff. With the labor market tight and the difficulty to fill positions growing every day, many employers are using tactics that are difficult to maintain. These...

Federation upgrades retail sales forecast

Warns that tariffs threaten the economy The National Retail Federation this week increased its retail sales forecast to a 4.5 percent gain this year. That’s up from the 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent gain expected earlier in the year. “Higher wages, gains in...

Consumers keep driving economic growth

July ‘s national retail sales results were up nearly 5 percent compared to last year, the National Retail Federation reported today. Average results for the past three-month period also were up 5 percent. “Today’s numbers mirror the economy, which is...

Safety tip of the week

How to avoid blood infections Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needle sticks and...

Republicans get pounded in primary election

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Last night the early primary election results strongly favored the Democrats. From the U.S. Senate race to the state legislative races, Republicans were pounded across the state.  However, many ballots are...

Healthcare in Washington facing tough times

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Last week I attended the annual legislative healthcare conference with a much clearer understanding of the significant challenges facing Washington State’s health care system. First and foremost our...
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