Monday, 02 May 2016 14:10

Near Record Spending Expected this Mother's Day

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For Immediate Release: May 2, 2016
Contact: James Miller This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850) 701-3015

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As economy continues to remain strong, families will be looking to shower moms with jewelry, flowers, meals and electronics the most popular options

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, says Florida mothers can expect another year of special gifts from their loved ones, as family spending will reach $172.22 this year, down just slightly from last year’s record high total of $172.63. This year’s total remains more than $10 higher than 2014. Total spending nationally is expected to reach $21.4 billion, with 84 percent of consumers celebrating the holiday.

“It’s wonderful to see families wanting to celebrate and honor their mothers and we expect near record spending once again,” said FRF President/CEO Randy Miller. “Florida’s economy continues to outpace the national economy, which should bode well for Sunshine State retailers who price items right and take advantage of the expected increased sales opportunities.”

According to FRF’s partners at the National Retail Federation’s 2016 Mother’s Day Spending Survey, consumers plan to spend $4.2 billion on jewelry (given by 35 percent of shoppers), $4.1 billion on special outings such as dinner or brunch (given by 55 percent), $2.4 billion on flowers (66 percent), $2.2 billion on gift cards (43 percent), $1.9 billion respectively on clothing (35 percent) and consumer electronics (14 percent) and $1.6 billion on personal services, like a day at the spa (23 percent). Greeting cards are the most commonly purchased gift at 78 percent of those surveyed but account for only $792 million of the projected spending.

Consumers were asked for the first time about “gifts of experience” such as tickets to a concert or sporting event. According to the survey, 24 percent want to receive such a gift and 22 percent plan to give it.

When searching for the perfect gift, 33 percent of consumers will head to department stores and 29 percent will shop at specialty stores, while 23 percent plan to shop at a local small business. But not everyone will make it to a store: 27 percent will shop online, up from 25 percent last year. Among smartphone owners, 30 percent will research gift ideas on their phones while 16 percent will use them to make a purchase.

The survey of 7,000 consumers was conducted April 5-13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four 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. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity. 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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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 09:07

FRF Thanks Governor Scott for Signing Tax Package Today

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For Immediate Release: April 13, 2016
CONTACT: James Miller This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, today announced support for Governor Rick Scott signing Florida’s 2016-17 tax package into law. This tax package will provide needed tax relief to Florida families and an economic boost to Florida retailers with the inclusion of the popular back-to-school sales tax holiday, taking place August 5-7.

“By signing the tax package today, Governor Scott ensured that millions of Florida families will continue to experience needed tax relief as they purchase vital supplies for their children to prepare them for the upcoming school year,” said FRF President/CEO Randy Miller. “We look forward to the savings that consumers will enjoy and the increased sales for retailers during the anticipated back-to-school sales tax holiday shopping weekend.”

The back-to-school sales tax holiday, taking place Friday, August 5 and running through Sunday, August 7, allows consumers statewide to avoid paying sales tax on any eligible items, including all school supplies up to $15 and all clothing up to $60. No technology items are eligible this year. For retailers, an opt-out provision is provided for those stores where the eligible items comprise less than 5% of store sales.

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For Immediate Release: April 12, 2016
CONTACT: James Miller This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850) 701-3015

Nationally-renowned political and public affairs expert Castellanos will share his thoughts and expectations for the presidential election as well as other important national races during the Southeast’s premier trade show for retailing

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), today announced that CNN national Political Analyst Alex Castellanos will serve as the keynote speaker during the 2016 Sunshine EXPO®, the premier trade show for retailing in the State of Florida. Taking place July 29-August 1 at the Orlando Marriott World Center, the EXPO features more than 2,500 attendees, 350 exhibitors and some of the biggest names in the industry gathered to network, learn and showcase new products and technology. Castellanos will speak Saturday, July 30 at Noon.

“We are honored to have someone with the experience and reputation of Mr. Castellanos addressing the thousands of convenience store owners, petroleum marketers and business leaders during the Sunshine EXPO®,” said FPMA Executive Director Ned Bowman. “We look forward to Mr. Castellanos sharing his thoughts on the upcoming national elections and letting our members know what to expect and how their businesses might be impacted.”

With nearly four decades of political and private sector consulting experience in the U.S. and around the globe, Alex Castellanos has developed communications strategies and campaigns for some of the world’s largest companies and helped elect U.S. Senators, Governors and Presidents. Castellanos co-founded Purple Strategies, a bipartisan public affairs firm, appears regularly on Meet the Press and currently serves as a member of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television.”

In 2007, GQ Magazine named him one of the 50 Most Influential People in D.C. He has been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has also been credited with the discovery of the political “soccer-mom” and called “father of the attack ad.”

“I want to thank Ned Bowman and FPMA for inviting me to address the Florida business and industry leaders who will be in attendance during the EXPO, and allowing me to share my thoughts on where things stand politically in our country and what the future holds,” said Castellanos.

The Sunshine EXPO continues to serve as one of the nation’s premier convenience and fuel retailing events designed to support the industry, including educational programs, renowned speakers and networking opportunities. This year’s EXPO has been expanded to incorporate the popular annual Loss Prevention Conference and the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year events, making the 2016 Sunshine EXPO® the premier trade show for retailing in the state of Florida. With attendees from all across the southeast U.S. and suppliers from around the country, the EXPO is a not-to-miss event for retailers to find new ideas, products and services that help grow and strengthen their business.

For more information, please visit www.sunshineexpo.com.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA PETROLEUM MARKETERS & CONVENIENCE STORE ASSOCIATION
With more than 10,000 convenience stores in the Sunshine State and hundreds of petroleum-related businesses, 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.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four 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. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity.

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For Immediate Release: April 6, 2016
CONTACT: James Miller This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850) 701-3015

This law cuts burdensome local regulations allowing quicker re-entry into disaster-impacted areas by retail businesses that assist with post-disaster recovery

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, supports Governor Rick Scott’s signing today of SB 1288 – Post-Disaster Re-Entry, which cuts burdensome local regulations allowing quicker re-entry into disaster-impacted areas by retail businesses that assist with post-disaster recovery. FRF worked tirelessly on this important legislation, sponsored by Senate Pro Tempore Garrett Richter and Representative Bobby Powell, during this past Legislative Session.

"Florida is prone to natural disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding, but Governor Scott signing this bill into law means that our retail members will be able to more efficiently provide vital resources to those Florida families and visitors impacted," said FRF President/CEO Randy Miller. "I want to thank Senate President Pro Tempore Garrett Richter and Senator Kelli Stargel and Representatives Clay Ingram and Bobby Powell for their leadership on this issue, our partners at the Division of Emergency Management, and Governor Scott for ensuring each Floridian will receive the important post-disaster help they need."

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four 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. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.

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