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 […]

14
Dec

Visa Changes Debit Routing Rules for EMV Deployments

The National Grocers Association (NGA), along with other merchant organizations and payment systems stakeholders, raised concerns this year to both the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Visa’s actions that were deployed as part of EMV migration upgrades. As you may recall, retailers began seeing new screens shown on […]

14
Dec

Obama Administration Announces Major Investments in Preventing Child Hunger

Ensuring all low-income children have year-round access to the food they need to learn and grow. The President’s FY2017 Budget will invest $12 billion over ten years to reduce child hunger during the summer through a permanent Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (Summer EBT) program to provide supplemental food benefits during the summer months for all […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]