Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:16

Sunshine EXPO Kicks off this Friday in Orlando

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For Immediate Release:August 26, 2015
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The Southeast’s most comprehensive food, fuel & beverage convenience retailing event – featuring 3,000+ attendees and 400+ exhibitors – runs August 28-30 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Suni TALLAHASSEE, FL –The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (FPMA), the state’s premier trade association representing the petroleum and c-store industries and a division of the Florida Retail Federation (FRF), announces the kick off of the 2015 Sunshine EXPO this Friday, August 28 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista. Running August 28-30, the EXPO is the most comprehensive food, beverage, fuel and convenience retailing event in Florida and one of the biggest in the Southeast, featuring more than 3,000 attendees and 400 exhibitors. The EXPO also features important training and educational sessions as well as presentations from numerous subject matter experts.

“We’re excited to be able to kick off the 2015 Sunshine EXPO, where we expect a record-setting crowd thanks to our enhanced partnerships and the incredible interest in attendees wanting to learn about the new industry products, trends and technology,” said FRF President/CEO Rick McAllister. “FPMA continues to be the go-to organization in Florida for retail petroleum and c-store issues and advocacy, and this EXPO helps solidify FPMA’s role as well as the importance of the industry in our state’s success.”

Some of the influential speakers scheduled to present include those from national fuel and beverage companies in addition to well-known legal experts, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Oil Price Information Service, which helps set national prices for gasoline.

Also during the EXPO, FPMA will award two $6,000 scholarships to two deserving high school seniors. The winners are Maxwell Klyczek of Pembroke Pines and Margaret Kalka of Jacksonville. FPMA has granted academic scholarships exclusively to owners, employees and their children to attend college and become successors of the family business or entrepreneurs of their own. The winners were selected from a diverse and impressive pool of applicants. The EXPO continues to serve as one of the nation’s premier convenience and fuel retailing events that is designed to support the industry, including educational programs, renowned speakers and networking opportunities. For more information, please visit www.sunshineexpo.com.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA PETROLEUM MARKETERS & CONVENIENCE STORE ASSOCIATION
The mission of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is to protect the industry and advocate on its behalf. FPMA strives to promote a growth-oriented business community in the state of Florida and work to ensure that every one of our members reaps the benefits of a fairly regulated and business friendly environment. FPMA’s members receive the benefit of consultations on individual business problems, interpretation of laws and regulations or assistance in negotiation with governmental agencies. For more information, visit the FPMA website, and follow FPMA on Facebookand Twitter.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

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For Immediate Release: August 3, 2015
CONTACT: James Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

Millions of Floridians planning to take advantage of popular tax-free shopping holiday by saving money on key school supplies, clothing and technology

TALLAHASSEE, FL –The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, reminds Florida families that the state’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday begins this Friday, August 7 and lasts through August 16. This 10-day extension equals the longest back-to-school shopping holiday since it was first started in 1998 and allows shoppers two full weekends to complete their buying needs.

“We are excited about the extended sales tax holiday that families and shoppers of all ages will be able to take advantage of,” said FRF President/CEO Rick McAllister. “Florida’s more than 270,000 retailers have been preparing for this popular holiday and are ready with great sales and opportunities for shoppers to save on clothing, supplies and technology items.”

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 09:34

List of Eligible Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Items

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Florida’s Department of Revenue released the official list of items eligible for this year’s back-to-school sales tax holiday including additional information for those businesses participating in this annual event. FRF was proud to do our part in working closely with the state legislature and Governor’s office in ensuring the back-to-school sales tax holiday was renewed for this year.

We hope all of our members enjoy a successful and profitable summer shopping season.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2015
CONTACT: James Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850) 701-3015

Due to lower gas prices and energy costs, Floridians have more money in their pockets and are eager to spend it on patriotic merchandise, events and food

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The good news for Florida’s retailers continues as the Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, says that spending on 2015 Independence Day-themed events, food and merchandise will eclipse last year’s. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Independence Day Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, nearly two thirds of those celebrating (64.4 percent) are planning to take part in the patriotic holiday by attending a cookout, picnic or barbecue, spending an average of $71.23 per household, up from $68.16 last year. Total spending on food items for the holiday is estimated to reach $6.6 billion.

“With Florida’s economy continuing to strengthen and more Floridians with extra money in their pockets, Sunshine State retailers are looking at a very productive and successful holiday shopping weekend,” said FRF President/CEO Rick McAllister. “Families are proud to celebrate the red, white and blue with patriotic supplies, gifts and plenty of food.”

When it comes to shopping for new Independence Day merchandise, though many already have all the patriotic gear they need, more than 48 million consumers – 22.8 percent – will hit the stores looking for decorations, apparel and more to celebrate in style.

The survey found 42.6 percent, or 103 million celebrants, will attend a fireworks display or community celebration, and 11.5 percent – 27 million of those celebrating, will watch a parade. The holiday weekend is also a popular time for travel and vacations as more than 33 million Americans say they will head out of town.

When asked about the impact gas prices will have on their spending, nearly eight in 10 (78 percent) say that the price of gas will not impact their spending for the holiday weekend, up from 70.1 percent who said so last year.

The NRF 2015 Independence Day Spending Survey was designed to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to the Independence Day holiday. The survey was conducted for NRF by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The poll of 6,431 consumers was conducted from June 2-9, 2015.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers – the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
As the world's largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, the National Retail Federation's global membership includes retailers of all sizes, formats and channels of distribution as well as chain restaurants and industry partners from the U.S. and more than 45 countries abroad. In the U.S., NRF represents the breadth and diversity of an industry with more than 1.6 million American companies that employ nearly 25 million workers and generated 2010 sales of $2.4 trillion. www.nrf.com.

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