NRF Addresses Mobile-Payment Regulation

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The National Retail Federation has urged the Federal Trade Commission to move cautiously in establishing regulations for mobile payments, and said any rules that are adopted should parallel those for the underlying form of payment and not be specific to the technology.

NRF Announces Retail Video Contest Finalists

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The National Retail Federation has announced the top 10 finalists of its “This is Retail” video contest, which were determined after a week of public voting through NRF’s Retail Means Jobs website. More than 245,000 votes were cast for the Top 20 finalists between April 3 and April 8.

Retail Sales Get a Boost in January

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January retail-industry sales—excluding automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants—increased 0.9% from December and 4% over last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

Increased Valentine’s Day Spending Expected

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Total Valentine’s Day spending is expected to reach $17.6 billion, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2012 Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions survey conducted by consumer-intelligence provider BIGinsight.

Help a Customer, Make a Sell

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My interaction—or lack thereof—with customer-service associates in any store I plan to shop always impacts my final sale. If I’m in need of assistance and have difficulty locating an associate, I generally leave the store with no intention of returning to it. If the staff proves itself unknowledgeable about products that I’m unfamiliar with, I don’t make the purchase. If the staff is rude or negligent, I leave.

NRF Launches Contest for Retail Businesses

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The National Retail Federation has launched a video contest entitled “This is Retail.” It’s part of the NRF’s multifaceted Retail Means Jobs campaign aimed at raising awareness of the retail industry’s robust impact on the economy, as it accounts for 25% of American jobs. The campaign is positioned to show the staying power of retail to decision makers in Washington and on Wall Street, illustrating the importance of retail to the U.S. economy and demonstrating the depth and breadth of careers in the industry.

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