14
Feb

TRA Opposes the Border Adjustment Tax

The proposed Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) could cost the average family $1,700 in the first year alone if it is enacted. TRA is pushing back against the ill-conceived tax that could burden our members. TRA, along with other retail associations, retailers, and retail service providers have joined the Americans for Affordable Products Coalition. The Americans […]

09
Jan

TRA Introduces the Texas Organized Retail Crime Association

We’re excited to introduce the new www.TexasORCA.org website, which allows AP/LP/Law Enforcement to post information on subjects conducting Organized Retail Crime activity. This site aims to benefit benefit all retailers and law enforcement across Texas.  The Texas Retailer Association has sponsored this site in an effort to help combat ORC activity. A couple of features of this site […]

03
Jan

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 […]

29
Dec

Texas retailers, service sector optimistic for 2017 but uncertainty abounds

TEXAS SERVICE SECTOR AND RETAIL EXECUTIVES POSTED RECORD LEVELS OF CONFIDENCE IN THEIR COMPANIES’ OUTLOOK, CITING THE END OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND THE STATE’S IMPROVING OIL AND GAS SECTOR. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ future general business activity index for the state’s service sector hit an all-time high of 39.8, indicating optimism […]

14
Dec

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Scams: How to Protect Yourself

With the holidays ramping up and seasonal shopping in full swing, criminals are also gearing up for a busy season.  Cyber criminals don’t take the holidays off. In fact, they’re especially busy trying to steal your money and personal information.  Shoppers should be more vigilant than ever for scams designed to steal their money and […]

09
Dec

Holiday Shipping Deadlines for USPS, FedEx and UPS

It’s that time of the year again, when we all get to spread holiday cheer. Sometimes that means you’ve got to ship that cheer across the country and hope that it arrives in time to make it under the tree. Here at TRA, we’d like to take at least a little worry out of the […]

23
Nov

U.S. holiday shopping season kicks off with Gray Thursday

U.S. retailers are bracing for what’s expected to be the most robust kickoff to the holiday shopping season since the 2008 financial crisis — though shoppers will likely do most of their shopping online and some retailers won’t be open on Thanksgiving. Shoppers could spend more than $8.4 billion on electronics, clothes, toys and gifts […]

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

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 […]