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WIN Articles for April 18, 2018

Proposed “head tax” another reminder of the need for WRA’s Seattle business coalition By Renée Sunde, President/CEO In 2017, WRA established and began growing a coalition of Seattle businesses known as the Retail Industry Coalition of Seattle (RICS)....

WIN Articles for April 4, 2018

Campaign season starts up By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing; campaign season is upon us.  Already yard signs are going up, doorbells are being rung and phone calls for endorsements and...

WIN Articles for March 28, 2018

Washington State is back in the game By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  Gov. Jay Inslee this week signed Senate Bill 5251 that restores a statewide tourism marketing program in Washington State. Our Government Affairs team had the pleasure of celebrating the bill signing...

WIN Articles for March 21, 2018

WRA celebrates retail partnership with Tumwater-based Alaffia By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  It was my honor to represent Washington Retail Association this week during an important visit and announcement at the Tumwater manufacturing facility for Alaffia, a global...

WIN Articles for March 14, 2018

Retail data shows strong nationwide job growth in February By Renée Sunde, President/CEO One of the most frequent questions that I get when out in the community or talking to folks from around the state is, “How is retail doing?” From a nationwide job...

WIN Articles for March 7, 2018

WRA remains focused as the 2018 short session nears close By Renée Sunde, President/CEO As the 2018 legislative session wraps up this week, legislators, lobbyists and retail stakeholders alike have described this year’s as a fast and furious 60-day session. With...

WIN Articles for February 28, 2018

Retailers are hopeful about a tourism promotion bill By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  Retailers are hopeful this session for the prospects of SB 5251 being passed and signed into law. It would restore tourism funds in Washington State allowing the state to create an...

Retailers are hopeful about a tourism promotion bill By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  Retailers are hopeful this session for the prospects of SB 5251 being passed and signed into law. It would restore tourism funds in Washington State allowing the state to create an...

WIN Articles for February 21, 2018

We have new faces on our board of directors By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  I’m pleased to announce three new members of the Washington Retail Association Board of Directors. They’re filling board vacancies carried into the year due to corporate transitions...

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...

Safety tip of the week

Include family in disaster preparedness In past articles we ‘ve addressed business preparedness for earthquakes, flooding, etc.   Now we want to move on to personal preparedness. If a severe disaster were to happen, as a business owner you will already be plenty...

AG issues bilingual flyers to combat sexual harassment

Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tuesday issued a free, downloadable flyer to educate workplaces on how to address sexual harassment on the job. The flyer, in English and Spanish, defines types of sexual harassment, requirements for employers and steps employees can...

Free webinar tomorrow about workplace violence

Washington Retail Association will host a free webinar at 10:30 a.m. (PT) tomorrow  to address how to prepare for possible workplace violence. As a business owner or employee, you should be asking: Does your store have security equipment? Is it operating properly? Is...

Updates from the Workers’ Compensation advisory committee

Chief Operating Officer Tammie Hetrick attended a meeting last week of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee on which she serves. Members heard an update from the Finance Committee, on which Hetrick serves, regarding L&I computer systems, Vocational...

State releases positive signs for the Washington economy

Washington State leads the nation in personal income growth while initial claims for jobless benefits dropped to a new all-time low, the Economic Revenue Forecast Council reported on Tuesday. For the week ending April 7, an estimated 5,700 people made initial claims...

Latest national retail sales up 5 percent from a year ago

National retail sales finished up 5 percent in March compared to the same time last year and up 4.5 percent in the first three months of the year, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. Sales are up because of plentiful jobs with rising wages, increasing property values,...

WRA board backs affordable groceries initiative

By Mark Johnson, Senior VP of Government Affairs Washington Retail Association’s Board of Directors has endorsed the Yes! to Affordable Groceries initiative campaign currently underway. Ballot Measure 1634 would prohibit local governments from imposing new taxes...

WRA seeks design firm for Association rebrand

Washington Retail Association has issued a request for proposals for design firms to bid on a comprehensive rebranding of the organization. The aim is creation and selection of a refreshed and consistent brand for all communications coming from the association...
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