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FRF has united retailers and served as The Voice of Florida Retailing for 75 years. There is no other state business association more experienced or qualified to represent Florida's retail industry because no other group has retailers as its priority.

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OSHA Hazard Communications

OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register. This online course fulfills the OSHA requirements.

 

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2014 Legislative Issues


The 2014 Legislative Session begins on March 4 and is quickly approaching. Take a look at the issues that may affect YOUR business.

2014 Issues Booklet

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Summer Meeting

We have a packed agenda this year including council meetings, Retailer of the Year Award Ceremony & Luncheon, Retail Masters Class X Graduation, special presentations, VIP guest speakers and more!

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Retailer of the Year Award

From providing jobs to philanthropic support, retailers are vital to the communities they serve. Begun in 1999, the annual Retailer of the Year Award pays tribute to an outstanding retailer who demonstrates sound business practices and commitment to his or her employees, customers and communities. Thank you for your nominations! Winners will be announce on this website in late May.

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2014 State of Florida Retailing Report

This report is dedicated to the many leaders who have helped create and shape the Florida Retail Federation, and to those who are steering its future.

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An Open Letter from SeaWorld’s Animal Advocates

Inaccurate reports recently have generated questions about SeaWorld and the animals in our care. The truth is in our parks and people, and it’s time to set the record straight.

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Main Street Fairness

The Florida Alliance for Main Street Fairness believes in standing up for businesses, consumers and taxpayers by closing the Internet Sales Tax Loophole. We’re a coalition of business and civic leaders. Our job is to educate private citizens, small businesses and elected officials about the costs and consequences of a massive sales tax loophole that’s allowing out-of-state internet giants to prey on Florida’s Main Street merchants.
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Share a Little Sunshine

Florida’s tourism body, Visit Florida, has launched a new campaign to attract more visitors to Florida. Titled ‘Share a little sunshine’, the campaign encourages residents to share photographs, invitations and recommendations with friends and family in order for them to visit on holiday.

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Florida Jobs Info

Florida retailers added 55,000 jobs from December 2012 to December 2013, an annual growth rate of 5.5 percent, according to the January release of employment numbers from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). In all, retail trade accounted for nearly a third of the 192,900 jobs created in Florida in 2013, and topped the statewide job growth rate of 2.6 percent.

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Online Education Courses

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Pharmacy
Beauty Industry

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Small Business Quarterly

Delivers practical info to help you increase the bottom line.
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2014 Retailer of the Year Award

Award recipient will be posted in late May!
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imageFees for low-income customers could be 50 percent cheaper.

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business.

The world’s largest retailer introduced a new money transfer service Thursday that it says will cut fees for its low-income customers by up to 50 percent compared with similar services elsewhere. The Walmart-2-Walmart service is being rolled out in partnership with Ria Money Transfer, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide Inc.

Read more: Wal-Mart offering money transfers


imageSmartphones could replace using plastic for purchases at stores.

It’s the closest many of us have ever come to mobile payments: watching the person ahead of us at Starbucks buy a latte with a smartphone. Or seeing someone at Chipotle skip ahead in line. Or watching over some dude’s shoulder at Rite Aid, as he taps his Android smartphone against the card machine on the counter.

But these aren’t just blips: They signal a concerted campaign by major companies — from some of the biggest big-box retailers to the mobile phone carriers — for more control over how our money moves.

Read more: Credit cards on way out?


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Retail sales rose 1.1% last month, signaling consumers’ eagerness to spend as a harsh winter faded to spring.

The gain was the largest since September 2012 and exceeded economists’ consensus forecast of 0.8%, according to Action Economics’survey. Excluding the volatile category of motor vehicles and parts, February’s retail sales were revised up to a gain of 0.7% from January, the Commerce Department saidMonday, more than twice the original estimate. Sales fell in December and January.

Read more: Retail sales log biggest gain in 18 months


imageNew technology coming that could help protect merchants and banks from theft.

Target may have lost our data, but the retail giant gave us some new vocabulary words: “EMV card,” or perhaps “smart-chip card.”

In urgent conversations around dinner tables and in the halls of Congress, two points have gained almost universal acceptance:
No. 1: Collectively, merchants, banks and the payment networks must do more to safeguard our identities.
No. 2: Chip-embedded cards, widely used outside the U.S., are the quickest way to do that.

Read more: Smart-chip cards safer, not foolproof

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Represents all sectors of the cosmetology industry, including schools, salons, manufacturers and distributors.

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Represents Florida's grocery industry and keeps its members aware of legislative and regulatory issues and events affecting their industry.

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Represents and protects Florida's retail pharmacy industry.

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Members of the Retail Beverage Council include major national retailers along with many independent retailers of all sizes.

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The Florida Retail Federation Sustainability Council is comprised of Florida retailers that have identified environmental and sustainability issues as an important factor in the operation of their companies.

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Represents members whose target market is primarily out-of-state tourism and in-state vacationers.

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Works with the Retail Centers at both Florida State University and the University of Florida to ensure curricula properly prepares students for professional careers in the retail industry and reviews additional professional education and development programs.

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Legislative Update | 4-11-14

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Sine Die
May 2
Tallahassee
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Summer Meeting
June 18-20
Orlando

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Florida Retail Foundation

Committed to enhancing and supporting Florida’s retailing industry.

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Chairman's Circle

is comprised of suppliers, distributors, technology solutions providers, information resources. read more

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AmericasMart

FRF members have special access to Atlanta's AmericasMart.®
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