05
Dec

TRA Member Target to Open “Flexible Format” store near UT Campus

AUSTIN – Target announced Thursday it will open its first “flexible-format” location in Texas near the University of Texas-Austin. The Minneapolis-based company said the 22,000-square-foot store will be at the southeast corner of 21st Street and Guadalupe Street, within the Dobie Twenty21 building. The move is part of Target’s plan to open stores in densely […]

21
Nov

Texas WIC Program Training and SNAP Update

Effective November 1, 2016, policy WV: 08.0 – WIC Vendor Training is being updated to reflect our new interactive style of educating vendors.    As part of the policy update, it is a now a requirement for authorized WIC Vendors to complete the WIC Vendor Online Training on a annual basis.  Please be advised, all of the […]

21
Nov

Looming Deadline: Small Businesses Prep for Overtime Rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners are rushing to get their companies — in particular their employees — ready for an upcoming change in overtime rules. With federal regulations that are expected to affect the paychecks of 4.2 million workers going into effect Dec. 1, human resources consultants say they’re seeing a surge in […]

21
Nov

NGA Credit/Debit Chip Card Transaction EMV Update

The National Grocers Association has developed a resource page for the Chip Card/EMV issue a majority of our retailers are still experiencing. Due to a lack of certification by third party software providers or certification by the financial services sector most aren’t EMV certified and they continue to experience record chargebacks of transactions coded as […]

21
Nov

Menu Labeling Update

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has increased their efforts to get Congressional action to change the FDA menu labeling regulations this year. FMI is currently seeking House Member signatures on a letter to include the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 2017) in the year-end appropriations.  They are trying to limit distribution to only those House […]

21
Nov

Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration Draft Guidance for Industry

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has available a draft guidance for industry entitled “Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Seventh Edition):  Guidance for Industry.” The draft guidance contains 15 sections of a multi-section guide intended to provide updated information and answer frequently asked questions regarding FDA registration requirements. The 2016 Food Facility Registration biennial […]

21
Nov

FMI Q&A Portal On The Menu Labeling Final Rule

FMI is providing questions to FDA officials to get more clarity on whether specific items will be covered under the scope of the regulation and to account for scenarios unique to the food retail industry. Submit your questions on the menu labeling final rule to help FMI account for questions about all the various situations […]

19
Oct

Merchants Mark Fifth Anniversary of Debit Competition

Oct. 1st is the fifth anniversary of reforms that brought competition to the debit-card market. In 2010, Congress passed debit reform that ended the practice of Visa and MasterCard blocking their competitors from handling debit-card transactions for merchants. The reform also created incentives for banks to set their own fees for this service rather than […]

19
Oct

Card Industry Delays Continue to Slow Chip Card Transition

Without PIN, Chip Cards Are Only Partial Step toward Security One year after card companies’ deadline for retailers to accept new chip-based credit cards, delays by the card industry have left thousands of new chip readers unused and consumers with far less improvement in security than what was sought by merchants, the National Retail Federation […]

16
Aug

Online Grocery Shopping’s Popularity Continues to Grow

U.S. consumers are starting to shop for groceries more frequently online, and this option is even starting to replace in-store shopping for some, according to a new Harris Poll survey. Overall, 31% of U.S. shoppers had bought groceries online “in the past six months.” The survey was conducted in late Jun 2016. Furthermore, 10% of […]