FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2015
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Retail industry employees continue to be desired by hiring managers for their skills, traits and experience.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, says recent research shows a vast majority of hiring managers across all industries view retail experience positively and value the foundational job skills that retail instills in its employees. According to the National Retail Federation’s Retail’s Value on a Resume: How Jobs in Retail Prepare America’s Workforce for Success, 69 percent of those surveyed said retail workers command the skills and qualities they look for when hiring.

“This research just reinforces what those of us in the industry already know: that the skills and experience that retail employees receive are a perfect foundation for success in other industries,” said FRF President/CEO Rick McAllister. “I encourage those seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce to look into retail jobs and take advantage of the opportunities those positions create.”

The survey also noted that the preferred skills that hiring managers like about retail employees include a personable and respectful nature, composure, willingness to “step up,” and the ability to work with anyone, take direction and multi-task. Seventy-one percent said those skills are easily transferrable to other industries.

The study also shows that hiring managers greatly value the skills and traits that retail instills and look favorably on retail experience on a resume. Eighty percent of hiring managers state that the skills and traits that are most important to them are the same skills and traits that over eight in 10 current retail employees use regularly.

Researchers also spoke with 1,000 workers, including 500 currently working in retail and 500 who previously worked in retail. Of those who had left the industry and used a former retail manager as a reference, 94 percent said they got the position, and 80 percent believed their former managers’ recommendations helped them land their new jobs.

The survey also found that 79 percent of current retail workers are happy working in retail, with 78 percent satisfied in their current jobs. Sixty-six percent said they had taken advantage of retail’s flexible hours to balance work with priorities such as family or going to school. Retail was also praised by 74 percent of hiring managers for workers’ ability to enter at the ground level and work their way up. By the same token, 60 percent of current retail workers said they have been promoted and 85 percent have earned a raise working in the industry.

The research was conducted for NRF by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, which surveyed 400 hiring managers covering each of the industries included in the U.S. Census Bureau’s North American Industry Classification System.

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. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.


ABOUT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
As the world's largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, the National Retail Federation's global membership includes retailers of all sizes, formats and channels of distribution as well as chain restaurants and industry partners from the U.S. and more than 45 countries abroad. In the U.S., NRF represents the breadth and diversity of an industry with more than 1.6 million American companies that employ nearly 25 million workers and generated 2010 sales of $2.4 trillion. www.nrf.com.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:53

Graduation Spending to Set All-Time High this Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2015
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Celebrating and commemorating this important milestone will mean big business for Florida retailers; Gift cards, apparel and electronics are three of the most popular options

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, says parents of high school and college graduates plan to spend more than $102 on average to celebrate upcoming graduation ceremonies around the state. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Graduation Spending Survey by Prosper Insight & Analytics, total spending nationwide is expected to reach $4.77 billion, the highest amount in the survey’s 10-year history.

“Graduation is such an important milestone in an adult’s life with proud parents eager to shower their graduates with gifts and commemorative items in celebration of their big accomplishment,” said FRF President/CEO Rick McAllister. “With parents feeling more secure in their jobs and the economy, Florida’s retail industry expects to see record-breaking sales this year as some of these graduates become the newest members of our talented industry workforce.”

Cash (50 percent) and gift cards (40 percent) lead the way with apparel (13 percent) and electronics (10 percent) as other popular options. The popularity of electronics is greater this year than 2014 (8 percent). Older adults (45-54 years old) will spend the most on graduates, spending an average of $126.

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
As the world's largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, the National Retail Federation's global membership includes retailers of all sizes, formats and channels of distribution as well as chain restaurants and industry partners from the U.S. and more than 45 countries abroad. In the U.S., NRF represents the breadth and diversity of an industry with more than 1.6 million American companies that employ nearly 25 million workers and generated 2010 sales of $2.4 trillion. www.nrf.com.

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For Immediate Release: May 19, 2015
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Owners of the popular Orlando staple Track Shack honored with the state retail trade association’s top prize; Retailers in Indiatlantic & Naples also recognized as “Outstanding Retail Leaders”

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, today named Jon & Betsy Hughes, owners of the Track Shack in Orlando, as the 2015 Florida Retailers of the Year. They will be honored with this prestigious award during a special luncheon on June 11 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando as part of FRF’s Annual Summer Meeting.

“Jon and Betsy are great representatives of what the retail industry does in our state, by not only offering high quality merchandise, but doing so with world class customer service and giving back to the community that helped them become a success,” said FRF President/CEO Rick McAllister. “The retail industry is committed to making a difference in Florida, and we’re proud to recognize the Hugheses for their commitment to their community, their dedication to their customers and their passion for their business.”

Founded in 1977, Track Shack is a specialty running/walking store whose main priority is to serve Central Florida’s community of athletes and also those individuals with special footwear needs. Their goal has always been to “Keep Central Florida Fit!” Through the years, Track Shack has promoted retailing in a variety of ways including Teach Ins at many local schools and guest speaking at UCF on how their business evolved, plus training programs from beginning walking to supporting marathoners, and hosting weekly group runs from the store allowing their retail vendors to interact directly with customers.

Jon Hughes has served on several local boards including Florida Heart Group, Running USA and was President of Florida USA Track & Field. Betsy serves on the board of SheRunsRetail and Seminole State College Board of Directors of the Nursing School. Additionally, they lend assistance to local schools and various clubs and offer discounts to all area athletes.

But their biggest impact on the community has been through their Track Shack Foundation, begun in 1994, which encourages positive life choices for children through athletics. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $2.5 million to local organizations, covering expenses for track teams’ uniforms and tumbling classes for youngsters at United Cerebral Palsy among other activity involvement.

“We are honored to be selected as the 2015 Florida Retailers of the Year and we thank the Florida Retail Federation for sponsoring this award and for their efforts in continuing to advance the retail industry,” said Jon & Betsy Hughes. “We are extremely proud of the customer service we’ve provided for more than 30 years, and are even prouder of the commitment we’ve made to supporting our community and making it a better place to live and work.”

Two other local retailers were honored as “Outstanding Retail Leaders” for their commitment to the retail industry and their community. These retailers will also be recognized at FRF’s Summer Meeting in June:

Christina Brown | Roses Are Red Florist | Indiatlantic
Roses Are Red Florist is a local full service florist providing fresh cut flowers, flower arrangements, plants, floral classes and other gifts for all types of occasions, owned by Christina Brown. They are the only retail florist in their area that advertises bulk flowers and supplies for do-it-yourself purchase. Christina’s community involvement includes flower donations and support to more than 20 different charities benefiting women and children in Brevard County, including the March of Dimes, Deveraux Girls Children’s Home, Serene Harbor and Viera Deveraux Hospital.

Deanna Renda | Naples Soap Company | Naples
Since opening its doors in 2009, people from all over the world have become loyal users of Naples Soap Company’s products for their chronic skin issues. Today, Naples Soap has seven locations in Florida and five stores in Tokyo, Japan, with wholesale operations expanding rapidly across the United States. CEO Deanna Renda’s community commitment includes working with the local Junior Achievement, donating a tree for the Goodwill Festival of Trees, and providing donations to St. Matthew’s House and the Shelter for Abused Women.

The Retailer of the Year award, sponsored by FRF since 1999, honors Florida retailers who blend sound business practices with commitments to their communities, customers and employees. FRF issues a statewide call for nominations, with the award open to both members and non-members of the non-profit trade association. Eligible retailers are all those who work for, own, or operate a Florida retail business that has an annual sales volume of $5 million or less. Nominations were received from communities around the state. A selection panel made up of small business owners and other retail experts ranked nominees based on their scores in several categories, including community service and business acumen.

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. For more information, browse the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.

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With World Immunization Week taking place this week, FRF is proud of HB279 passing which expands abilities of pharmacists to provide even more needed vaccinations to Floridians

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, in recognition of World Immunization Week, shines the spotlight on the recent passage of HB279 which provides Floridians with more access to needed healthcare by allowing pharmacists to now administer any vaccinations, including travel vaccines, that are currently recommended by the Center for Disease Control. The bill, which was sponsored by Senator Aaron Bean (R-4, Jacksonville) and Representative Cary Pigman (R-55, Avon Park), overwhelmingly passed both the Senate and House chambers and is being sent to Governor Rick Scott for final approval.

“A number of our FRF members are pharmacies and businesses who support greater access to healthcare, and I’m proud of the collaboration between our members and our legislative partners in passing this much needed legislation,” said FRF President/CEO Rick McAllister. “We listened to the needs of our members, who were passionate about this issue, and worked with Senator Bean and Representative Pigman on this important bill.”

“Access to vaccinations is important for the continued welfare of our communities, and the inability of Floridians to receive vaccinations puts them, their family members and the wider community at risk,” said Senator Aaron Bean. “The one way to ensure that more people receive needed vaccinations is to make it more convenient, and this legislation increases that access and will help keep all residents and visitors safe and healthy.”

“I am very proud of the work that was done toward making this legislation successful and recognizing the vaccination needs that our constituents have, particularly in rural areas where pharmacies may be more accessible than a traditional doctor’s office,” said Representative Pigman. “I want to thank my fellow Representatives for their support and for allowing us to fill a needed hole in our state’s healthcare system.”

The last week of April each year is marked by the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners as World Immunization Week. It aims to raise public awareness of how immunization saves lives, encouraging people everywhere to vaccinate themselves and their children against deadly diseases. For more information on World Immunization Week, please visit the WHO website at www.who.int.

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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