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WIN Articles for August 22, 2018

WRA meets Suzi LeVine, new ESD Employment Security Commissioner By Mark Johnson, Senior VP of Government Affairs The Washington Retail Association management team got acquainted with newly-appointed Employment Security Commissioner Suzi LeVine during a meeting in her...

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...

WRA is monitoring two possible workplace bills

Chief Operating Officer Tammie Hetrick is asking business owners to provide their thoughts about two possible statewide bills that could dictate how retailers post work schedules and eliminate the right of companies to enforce non-compete agreements. Hetrick’s...

Three close state Legislature races are headed for recounts

Rep. Chopp will step down as House Speaker next year Three state Senate and House election races in Districts 26 and 42 are headed for recounts under provisions in state law. Also this week, Frank Chopp, Speaker of the state House of Representatives, announced he...

Safety tip of the week

Learn to use a ladder safely Ladders are one of the major causes of fatalities related to falls, according to the National Safety Council’s statistics. It is estimated that in any given year, 65,000 people receive emergency room treatment due to ladder...

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 will build momentum for a season expected to grow...

WRA launches updated safety app aimed at young workers

Washington Retail Association has customized its free SAFEME safety app to serve young and first-time employees working in auto repair environments. Studies show that workers ages 16 to 20 sustain more on-the-job injuries per capita than older workers. WRA’s aim...

A reminder to Shop Small on Saturday

As part of an annual campaign, American Express is again urging holiday consumers to Shop Small this Saturday, Small Business Saturday. It doesn’t have to involve buying a holiday gift. The Shop Small Movement is all about remembering that in the rush of the...
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