FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2020
CONTACT: Amanda Bevis (202) 680-9262

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, the Florida Retail Federation (FRF) shared the latest consumer spending data from an annual Super Bowl survey, forecasting this year to be the strongest one yet.

No need to call an audible on Super Bowl sales for Florida retailers. Those watching the event expect to spend an average $88.65 on food and beverages, merchandise and party supplies, per person, for a total $17.2 billion nationwide.

Nearly 194 million adults are saying they have plans for the big game.

“Florida is proud to host this year's Super Bowl,” said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the FRF. “Whether you are planning to host a watch party or looking for gear to show your team spirit, get what you need at Florida's retailers."

Hundreds of thousands of out-of-state fans are expected to travel to South Florida to watch the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs compete for the Super Bowl title at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

The Super Bowl consumer spending update by the Florida Retail Federation is informed by the data released by the National Retail Federation. For more information on the predictions of the National Retail Federation, visit: https://nrf.com/insights/holiday-and-seasonal-trends/super-bowl.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

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SB 126 and HB 159 Modernize Florida Tax Law to Level the Playing Field for Florida Businesses

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
January 21, 2020
CONTACT:Amanda Bevis
(202) 680-9262

Tallahassee, FL –Senator Joe Gruters (R, Sarasota) and Representative Chuck Clemons (R, Perry) will join Florida retail business owners and business industry leaders on Wednesday, January 22, at 9:00 a.m., at a press conference to demand the Legislature act on SB 126 and HB 159 this session.

The event is part of an advocacy day organized by the Florida Retail Federation, during which Florida retail businesses will advocate for Florida businesses, Florida jobs and Florida families.

Currently, foreign companies are capitalizing on Florida’s outdated tax laws, and Florida retailers are competing with two hands tied behind their back. SB 126 and HB 159 will fix the problem, restore the free market and level the playing field for Florida businesses to compete.

WHO:
Senator Joe Gruters
Representative Chuck Clemons
Dominic Calabro, President and CEO, Florida TaxWatch
Jennifer Platt, Vice President for Federal Operations, ICSC
Shannon Collins, Badcock Home Furniture & more
David Hart, Executive Vice President of Government & Political Relations, Florida Chamber
Brewster Bevis, Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, AIF
Scott Shalley, President and CEO, Florida Retail Federation

WHAT:
Press Conference on SB 126 and HB 159

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 22
9:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Senate Chamber - 4th Floor
Florida State Capitol
Tallahassee, FL

A BOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $52 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 9, 2019
CONTACT: Amanda Bevis (202) 680-9262

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) today launched its “Fairness for Florida” website (fairnessforflorida.com) in support of legislation that will restore the free market and level the playing field for Florida businesses.

Currently, foreign and out-of-state businesses avoid collecting and remitting sales tax to Florida on purchases made by Floridians, putting businesses in Florida at a severe disadvantage. Florida is one of only two states that has not yet modernized its tax system to reflect the changing environment.

“Foreign companies are luring Florida consumers by advertising cheaper prices that don’t account for taxes owed,” said Scott Shalley, President & CEO of the FRF. “This scheme is putting Florida retailers out of business and taking away jobs for Florida families.”

SB 126, sponsored by Sen. Joe Gruters, and HB 159, sponsored by Rep. Chuck Clemons, can fix this problem. This legislation will level the playing field and restore the free market by enforcing the law that businesses must pay these taxes.

“Florida retailers provide jobs for Florida families, support their local communities, and pay state and local taxes,” said Sen. Gruters. “We must ensure that our businesses are able to compete globally and are not hindered by outdated regulations here at home.”

There are more than 270,000 retailers in Florida, and these businesses provide more than 2.7 million jobs for Florida families. It is estimated that one in five jobs in Florida are tied to the retail industry “Florida retailers are competing with one hand tied behind their back,” said Rep. Clemons. “We must restore the free market.”

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2019
CONTACT: Amanda Bevis (202) 680-9262

Toy Safety Checklist Includes Checking Age Range on Toys and Assembling Parts Before the Fun Begins

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) wants to help Florida families stay safe this holiday season, and there are steps consumers can take to ensure the safety of gifts they purchase for family and friends, especially young children.

“Finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. We want to make sure shoppers find gifts that are both fun and safe for the children on their list this holiday season,” said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the FRF. “Our Toy Safety Checklist is a simple way that parents, grandparents and other gift givers can select and give gifts that are safe and age-appropriate.”

The FRF’s Toy Safety Checklist includes:

  1. Buy toys from reputable retail stores or websites
  2. Check the age range to make sure the toy is suitable for the child in mind and avoid toys with small parts when shopping for children under age three
  3. Inspect toys for loose hair and small parts, sharp edges and points
  4. Carefully read instructions and warnings provided with toys
  5. Assemble and inspect toys before giving them to children

In 2017, there were an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. Of the 251,700 estimated toy-related, emergency department-treated injuries, an estimated 184,000 (73%) occurred involving children younger than 15 years of age and an estimated 89,800 (36%) occurred involving children younger than five years of age.

For more insights on how to safely shop toys this holiday season, visit: playsafe.org

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

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