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WIN Articles for November 28, 2018

Economic factors take some shine off the holiday for retailers By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  We’ve all heard the good news about retail projections for a strong holiday season. Crowds were plentiful and in a buying mood starting on Thanksgiving and lasting...

WIN Articles for November 21, 2018

All signs point to a strong holiday sales season By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  This coming weekend is expected to set off one of the best sales seasons for many retailers in recent memory. Holiday shoppers who will be buying from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday...

WIN Articles for November 7, 2018

Election results present a mixed bag for retailers Democrats control both Legislature houses By Mark Johnson, Senior VP of Public Policy Tuesday’s record voter turnout produced interesting election results.  Please keep in mind that Washington State is an...

WIN Articles for October 24, 2018

Conferences pave the way for future partnerships By Renée Sunde, President/CEO It’s been a busy six weeks for me attending numerous conferences and summits around the country.  These valuable meetings have provided the chance to hear from top industry leaders,...

WIN Articles for October 17, 2018

Congressman Newhouse presented Hero of Main Street award Members of the Gilmore family who operate Dunbar Jewelers in Yakima presented Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-District 4) with a Hero of Main Street Award this week. The National Retail Federation awards the honor...

WIN Articles for October 10, 2018

Carbon tax initiative would hurt consumers and retailers By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  The carbon tax initiative on the fall ballot, Initiative 1631, would be a new, unfair energy and gasoline tax that would cost consumers hundreds of dollars a year while forcing...

WIN Articles for October 3, 2018

WRA attends Council of State Retail Associations national conference in San Antonio By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Conference season is upon us and Mark Johnson, Senior VP of Public Policy and I attended the Council of State Retail Associations (CSRA) conference held...

WIN Articles for September 26, 2018

WRA attends AWB policy summit              By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Public Policy WRA President/CEO Renée Sunde and I attended the Association of Washington Business Policy Summit held at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elem last week. It drew almost 500...

WIN Articles for September 19, 2018

McMorris Rodgers honored as champion of small business By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Washington Retail Association this week extended Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers the honor of recognition as a Hero of Main Street. I had the pleasure of presenting her the award...

WIN Articles for August 29, 2018

Retail momentum continues across the nation By Renée Sunde, President/CEO If 2017 was the year of the retail apocalypse, 2018 could be the year of retail renaissance. The signs are promising. It has been a solid second quarter for retail across the nation due to...

WRA board holds annual meeting in Bellevue

New officers elected By Renée Sunde, President/CEO The Washington Retail Board of Directors met at the Lincoln Place Collaboration Center in Bellevue on Monday for our Annual Meeting, hosted by the Kemper Development Company. Chairman Francisco Uribe of Home Depot was...

WRA rebrand nears completion

By Jim Szymanski, Director of Communications In a few short weeks, Washington Retail will move into the New Year with an exciting new identity. It has been more than a decade since the association adopted its current logo. We were going on five years since we upgraded...

Washington Retail addresses retail theft on Seattle tv

Washington Retail was part of a KIRO TV report last week highlighting the state’s growing problem with organized retail theft. Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, told reporter Amy Clancy that thefts last year cost consumers an estimated $400...

L&I to conduct webinars on new equal pay law

Labor & Industries has scheduled four webinars later this month and next to explain Washington’s Equal Pay Opportunity Act that went into effect last June. It requires employers to provide equal pay and career advancement opportunities to employees...

Bill could ban plastic shopping bags statewide

Washington could become the nation’s second state to ban plastic shopping bags under a bill expected to be introduced into the 2019 Legislative session. The bill by Democrats, Senator Kevin Ranker and Representative Strom Petersen would impose a 10-cent charge...

Walla Walla newspaper urges state spending restraint

A new Walla Walla Union-Bulletin editorial urges state legislators to avoid tax increases by spending within the state’s means. The commentary notes that the state, due to the healthy economy, will set a record $50 billion in spending the next two years....

The ills of tariffs are reviewed at a community forum

A recent panel discussion revealed that new U.S. trade tariffs are blamed for nearly a 30 percent drop in Washington State exports. The tariffs are expected to rise again in January, according to an article in the online news site, The Lens. Reporter Mike Richards...

Safety tip of the week

Know how to use a box cutter safely Stockrooms are filling up with holiday merchandise and we are seeing an increase of razor knife lacerations. Do you know if your employees are using their box cutters properly? Follow up to make sure that they know how to use these...

State issues upbeat economic report

An updated quarterly state revenue report issued this week paints a rosy picture of the state and national economies. The report by the Economic Revenue Forecast Council notes: Washington State’s unemployment rate reached a new all-time low in October Lower oil...
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