Swipes Fees Hurt Retailers and Consumers

Texas is known for its friendliness, delicious food, honesty, and of course, that everything is bigger and better in the Lone Star State. The grocery industry is no different. Grocers invest in the communities they serve, ensuring quality and affordable food is readily available, while competing openly in a large industry every day to create […]


TRA Announces Legislative Priorities

For Immediate Release January 3, 2017 AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Retailers Association (TRA) has prepared legislative priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature.  Collectively, TRA represents more than 320,000 retail establishments and over 3.5 million jobs across the state. The association supports all levels of Texas retail including grocery stores, chains and single location small […]


NRF “Hero of Main Street” 2016 Award Winners

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Texas Retailers PAC Announces Political Endorsements

Media Contact: Lauren Swetland, lswetland@txretailers.org, 512-472-8261 For Immediate Release October 25, 2016 Texas Retailers PAC Announces Political Endorsements AUSTIN – October 25, 2016 – The Texas Retailers Association’s Political Action Committee (TRAPAC) has announced its endorsements of the following political candidates for the November 2016 general election. TRA represents more than 320,000 retail establishments in […]


Congressman Kevin Brady Named ‘Hero of Main Street’

Conroe, TX – Today the Texas Retailers Association presented Congressman Kevin Brady with the “Hero of Main Street” award from the National Retail Federation for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry. Brady is part of a bi-partisan group honored for their support on a wide range of issues including trade, infrastructure investment, […]


Food Marketing Institute has developed a Voting Resources Website

America works best when Americans vote, which is why it is imperative to exercise your right by registering to vote and making your voice heard on Election Day. The Food Marketing Institute (FM) has prepared a voting resources page at FMI Voting Resources Website . This website is not designed to tell you what to […]


House Passes Overtime Legislation, More Introduced in Senate

Before the House rushed for the exits in late September, they passed H.R. 6094, the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits Act, as introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) by a vote of 246-177. With the new Department of Labor overtime regulation set to go into effect on December 1, 2016 Republicans have […]


EEOC Proposes Changes to Collect Data on Employees from Employers

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s proposal to collect data about employees’ pay on the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) for employers with 100 or more employees starting in 2017.  EEOC has put together a Q & A on the changes. The EEO-1 is a well-established, annual report. Every year by September 30th, most federal contractors and other […]


Kari’s Law Goes into Effect Sept. 1: What you need to know.

Attention Texas Retailers: Senate Bill 788 (Kari’s Law) will become effective, September 1, 2016. For a multi-line telephone system that provides outbound dialing, Kari’s Law requires direct access to 9-1-1 service without the user having to first dial an initial number, digit, prefix or other access number or code before dialing 9-1-1. On May 15, 2015, […]


Sales Tax Holiday Reminder! Aug. 5 – 7, 2016

This year’s Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 5 – 7. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Subject to the criteria explained below, all sales of qualifying items […]