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WIN Articles for November 29, 2017

The need for marketplace equity revealed in national holiday sales results By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Last weekend’s sales results provided an important message hidden within the economic data. In this case, though, the subtler message isn’t quite so...

WIN Articles for November 15, 2017

A time for every season By President/CEO Renée Sunde Fall is a time that we pause to be thankful for the many blessings in our lives.  Today, I want to thank you, our association members, industry stakeholders, elected officials and public servants for all that you do...

WIN Articles for November 8, 2017

Four WRA-endorsed candidates win election to the State Legislature By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Four WRA-endorsed candidates won election to the State Legislature following Tuesday’s general election. In the 7th District, which...

WIN Articles for November 2, 2017

On being reminded of my retail roots By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  While visiting with family last weekend, I stopped in for a few hours of shopping at Bellevue Square, where my retail roots began. As I soaked in the holiday buzz from the surrounding shoppers, I...

WIN Articles for October 18, 2017

We’re Growing! Greetings from the new WRA President/CEO By Renée Sunde Greetings! Monday, October 16 marked my first day in the office as President/CEO of the Washington Retail Association. It was great to meet many of my staff members and discover firsthand the...

Safety tip of the week

Safety tip of the week How to avoid slipping up Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common workplace accidents. Falls can cause serious injuries and even death.  Most slip, trip, and fall incidents are preventable with general precautions and safety measures....
WRA meets with Seattle Mayor Durkan

WRA meets with Seattle Mayor Durkan

By Mark Johnson, Senior VP Government Affairs Monday night Renée Sunde, President/CEO, John Engber, Director, Retail Industry Coalition of Seattle, and I had the pleasure of attending newly-elected Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s inauguration celebration. Mayor...

Transformed by training, technology

By Terry Hospecger, Director Business Development Advanced training, education or know-how is becoming a required ticket to the 21st-century workplace. This could mean fewer retail workers but an increased pay scale for the trained.  In the future, there could be...
Lens examines whether Amazon will expand here or elsewhere

Lens examines whether Amazon will expand here or elsewhere

Seattle-based Amazon.com made news last year by announcing it was considering other states besides Washington for a 50,000-employee expansion and second headquarters. The announcement has sparked debate about whether Washington State’s policies are sufficiently...

Safety tip of the week

Is your Accident Prevention Program (APP) current? All employers in Washington State are required to create a written Accident Prevention Program (APP).  Many businesses regard their APP as the cornerstone of their overall safety program. In order to meet written...
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