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Your Member Guide to Business Regulation in the State of Florida

regulatory-70Each year the Florida Retail Federation publishes its Business Regulation guide, which contains information about each of the state agencies that influence the way our members manage their business. This is your go to reference for understanding what they are and how they operate.

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Your Government Affairs Team Advocates on Your Behalf Year Round

regulatory-70The mission of FRF's Advocacy, Intervention and Political Team is to maintain a favorable economic climate for retailers and their suppliers to grow and prosper. We advocate and intervene on behalf of the retail industry before the state's legislative, regulatory and judicial bodies to promote the interests of businesses large and small.

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Member Benefits and Services that Will Help Lead to Your Success

regulatory-70Membership in FRF can help businesses of all sizes and types cut their costs, grow revenue,and increase their bottom lines. Many retailers have found that the savings derived by using even one of FRF’s value-added programs can more than offset their annual dues investment. Let us find a solution that fits your needs.

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World Class Education

Our courses provide certification for required training in a variety of regulatory areas, including OSHA, Pharmacy and Cosmotology.

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FRF's Advocacy, Intervention and Political Team pursues favorable economic climate for retailers and their suppliers.

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Increased Bottom Line

Our bankcard, workers comp, retirement services. will help you cut costs, grow revenue and increase your bottom line.

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  • 01 Dec
    Board of Pharmacy Meeting 09:00 AM

    Board of Pharmacy Notice of Meeting/Workshop Hearing

  • 20 Jan
    2016 Legislative Days at the Capitol 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

    The Florida Retail Federation has an exciting Legislative Days Meeting scheduled for you this year at the updated Doubletree Hotel in Tallahassee.

  • 09 Jun
    Retail Smarter Conference 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

    The annual Retail Smarter Conference brings together a diverse group of retail and industry participants for two days of speakers, panels, roundtables and networking. Don't miss our exciting line up of

  • 28 Jul
    2016 Sunshine Expo 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

    The Sunshine EXPO, powered by The Florida Retail Federation, is the premier trade show for retailing in the state of Florida. With attendees from all across the southeast U.S. and suppliers from around

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  • FRF / Sep 30, 2015 Publix Super Markets Charities Donates $4 Million to Habitat for Humanity Affiliates
    Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) announced today that it would donate $4 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the Southeast. The donation will provide funding to build 40 new houses in 2016 as well as increase support to more than 60 affiliates whom the Foundation currently funds. This generous donation continues the Foundation’s commitment to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves through additional financial support for housing. The average price to sponsor a house is $77,000.
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  • FRF / Sep 30, 2015 5 ways mobile has changed retail forever
    Smartphones are transforming so many aspects of marketing. Brick and mortar retail is no exception. Many retailers started taking mobile seriously when consumers began using phones to compare prices and get product information right in store aisles.
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  • FRF / Apr 21, 2015 Member Profile: Shell Lumber & Hardware
    FRF member Shell Lumber & Hardware will accept the Tools of the Trade Award at the 2015 Golden Hammer Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas May 5 during the National Hardware Show.
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  • FRF / Apr 14, 2015 Historic Year for U.S. Convenience Stores
    Convenience continues to resonate with consumers, with record in-store sales of nearly $215 billion and overall industry sales closing in on $700 billion in 2014.
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  • FRF / Mar 31, 2015 At Bealls Outlet, he's the king of a good deal
    Unlike what you'd find in its sister department stores, the dress or pair of shoes a shopper sees one day in an outlet store might not be there the next. That's the beauty of the hunt, says Dave Alves, president of the Bradenton company's outlet store division.
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  • FRF / Mar 12, 2015 PetSmart goes private as $8.7B sale closes

    Group of investors completes buyout of pet store retailer.

    Associated Press


    NEW YORK — PetSmart said Wednesday that it has been taken private, as a group of investors led by the buyout firm BC Partners completed their $8.7 billion acquisition of the pet store retailer.

    PetSmart President and CEO David Lenhart and Chairman Gregory Josefowicz are stepping down as part of the deal. Michael Massey is being named president and CEO, and Raymond Svider is the new non-executive chairman. Massey is the former CEO of Collective Brands Inc., which owns Payless ShoeSource, and Svider is managing partner at BC Partners.

    Lenhart became CEO of PetSmart in June 2013, the same time Josefowicz became chairman. Lenhart became president of the company in April 2014.

    In early July the activist hedge fund manager Jana Capital disclosed that it had taken a stake in PetSmart and had become the Phoenix-based company’s largest shareholder. Jana Partners said it wanted to talk to PetSmart’s board about a possible sale of the company and other changes that it said would improve company performance. Another major shareholder, Longview Asset Management, also pushed for the sale.

    PetSmart said at the time that it would consider putting itself up for sale and would cut costs. On Dec. 14, the company said it would be taken private in a deal that valued the company at $83 per share. That was a 39 percent premium to its closing price on July 2. PetSmart Inc. shareholders approved the sale on Friday. The company operates about 1,387 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

    The company’s shares rose 4 cents to $82.99 in afternoon trading. The stock was scheduled to be delisted after the close of trading Wednesday.

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