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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....

WIN Articles for May 2, 2018

Legislative Law Review is on its way By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  Washington Retail Association has emailed its comprehensive annual legislative Law Review to members this week. This report captures in detail the outcomes of the scores of bills that were introduced...

WIN Articles for April 25, 2018

Small Business – the backbone of our economy By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Did you know that 98.6 percent of retailers are small businesses with 50 employees or less? With Small Biz Week fast approaching April 29 – May 5, I am reminded of the important...

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...
King County Executive speaks at WRA annual board retreat

King County Executive speaks at WRA annual board retreat

It was a pleasure to host King County Executive Dow Constantine this week as a guest speaker for the WRA annual summer retreat, held in Seattle. The board met with Constantine to learn more about emerging issues that persuaded WRA to become active in addressing retail...

WRA comments on Supreme Court’s e-fairness decision

WRA CEO Renée Sunde has written an online commentary on the importance of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding national sales tax reform. The court last month voted to restore free market competition in a ruling that allows states to require remote online...

Initiatives filed for voters consideration

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Signatures supporting dozens of initiatives were turned into the Secretary of State’s office by the July 6 deadline. Supporters hope the items will qualify for the November 6 ballot. It takes 259,622...

Hear the latest Ear on Retail podcast

The latest in the regular Washington Retail Association series of Ear on Retail podcasts is available for listening. In the latest posting, you can learn about the network on free prescription drug disposal sites that have been set up at Walgreens stores throughout...

WRA sends letter in support of Puget Sound port development

Renée Sunde, WRA’s President/CEO, has sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in support of terminal development projects at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. The Northwest Seaport Alliance is seeking federal financial assistance to update...

Hiring push brings out more job applicants

The latest U.S. Labor Department update reports that the economy filled 213,000 jobs in June, a continuing sign that the national economy remains strong. Some estimates are that the economy grew at a healthy 4 percent in the second quarter, according to a New York...

Safety tip of the week

Cut out the excuses to take safety shortcuts Imagine what might be going through an employee’s mind who wants to cut corners in working safely. “I’m running behind schedule.   Nothing bad will happen to me.   I won’t be up there long.  ...

“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 Energy, Telecom and Utilities. An energy-efficient building known as...

Vacation reveals retail vitality at Lake Chelan

Chief Operating Officer Tammie Hetrick returned from a vacation at Lake Chelan last week encouraged by the vibrant retail climate enjoyed by merchants in the tourist town. She met with the city’s Chamber of Commerce and spent lots of time shopping and visiting...

New WRA podcast, Ear on Retail, debuts today

Today we welcome you to WRA’s new periodic podcast, Ear on Retail. The podcast is meant to serve WRA followers who prefer to hear the news rather than read about it. We’re starting our reports with select key stories about retail developments carried in...
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