Retail Federation (NRF) is the world's largest retail
trade association. Its members include department stores,
specialty, discount, catalog, Internet, and independent retailers,
chain restaurants, and grocery stores. Members also include businesses
that provide goods and services to retailers, such as vendors and
technology providers. NRF represents an industry that contains over
1.6 million U.S. retail establishments with more than 24 million
employees and (2005) sales of $4.4 trillion. NRF is also an umbrella
group that represents more than 100 associations of state, national
and international retailers.
2 Other activities
5 2009 proposed merger with RILA
7 National associations and members represented
9 External links
In late 2013 David French, the NRF's senior director of government
relations, said the organization would start distributing campaign
contributions in Republican primary elections to oppose the Tea Party
movement and adjust to the "changing environment on Capitol Hill" that
has contributed to what he called "the three-ring circus that has
transfixed Washington." “We are looking at ways to counter the
rise of an ideological brand of conservatism that, for lack of a
better word, is more anti-establishment than it has been in the
past,” French said. “We have come to the conclusion that sitting
on the sidelines is not good enough.”
In April 2014, the
United States Senate debated the Minimum Wage
Fairness Act (S. 1737; 113th Congress). The bill would amend the Fair
Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) to increase the federal minimum
wage for employees to $10.10 per hour over the course of a two-year
period. The bill was strongly supported by President Barack Obama
and many of the Democratic Senators, but strongly opposed by
Republicans in the Senate and House. The NRF opposed the
bill, saying that "raising the standard of living for low-skill,
low-wage workers is a valid goal," but that "there is clear evidence
that mandate wage hikes undermine the job prospects for less skilled
and part-time workers." The trade group also argued that this was
the "least opportune moment" to increase the minimum wage because
employers were still dealing with the fallout of changes they needed
to make because of the
Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare").
The organization regularly does sales projections. For example, for
the Thanksgiving weekend in 2005, the NRF projected that sales would
be 22% above the prior year., based on a survey on Friday and
Saturday of the weekend. A Wall Street Journal article after the
weekend questioned that projection. By comparison, ShopperTrak RCT
Corp., a Chicago market-research company with a different methodology,
reported a sales decrease of 0.9% on Friday, and an increase for the
weekend of just 0.4%.
For the fourth quarter of 2009, NRF reported spending $460,000 to
lobby on a variety of issues, from apparel tariffs to consumer product
Each of the divisions of NRF has one or more conferences annually. In
addition, NRF has an annual conference/convention. The 97th, in New
York City in January 2007, had more than 15,000 attendees and 500
vendors. Attendance in January 2008 was 18,500; in January 2009 it
dropped by 8%, to a total of 17,000. NRF's flagship event is the
Retail's BIG Show. The NRF also hosts an annual September conference
focusing on online retail called Shop.org.
In mid-March 2010, the NRF announced that Matt Shay, who had headed
the International Franchise Association (IFA), would become NRF's
president and CEO on May 10, 2010, replacing Tracy Mullin, who was
retiring. Mullin joined NRF in 1976 and became president in
1993. Shay joined the IFA in 1993 and was named president in 2004
and chief executive in 2007.
2009 proposed merger with RILA
In April 2009, NRF and the
Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
announced that they would merge. NRF has about 100 employees; and
has been based in
Washington, D.C. since it moved from New York City
in 1993; it had been in New York for 81 years. RILA is based in
Arlington and has a staff of about 30.
The process was expected to be completed by summer 2009, after both
NRF and RILA went through a due diligence process. The boards of
directors of both associations had to recommend the merger, and
members of both groups had to approve it. The combined association
was run during the transition by RILA President Sandy Kennedy. Kennedy
said in May that she envisioned a smaller staff of about 75, down from
135 now employed by the existing associations.
In late June, the NRF and RILA announced that the merger had been
called off. The decision was by the boards; members had not yet
been asked to vote on the matter. "NRF and RILA will devote all
resources to continuing the work they are each doing to address the
serious issues that America's consumers and retailers are facing in
today's economic environment," the groups said in a joint
Retail Federation releases figures on the sales for each
Margin for Error
National associations and members represented
The NRF has about 2,500 members, including department, specialty,
discount, catalog, Internet, independent stores, chain restaurants,
drug stores and grocery stores. Among the notable associations that
are members of the NRF in its role as an umbrella organization are:
American Booksellers Association
Direct Selling Association
Food Marketing Institute
International Franchise Association
National Association of Convenience Stores
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