Tuesday, 08 December 2020 14:11

Florida Retail Federation Reveals Top Holiday Toys for 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 8, 2020
CONTACT: Amanda Bevis (202) 680-9262

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) announced today the top toys for the holiday season. According to a survey completed by the National Retail Federation, the most popular toys among both boys and girls are LEGOs and Playstation.

"Floridians and Florida businesses have continued to weather the unforeseeable challenges of 2020," said Scott Shalley, FRF president and CEO. "Florida retailers understand the value this holiday season holds after an especially difficult year. This is why our businesses have invested time and care to implement holiday health protocols and stock up on inventory. Shoppers can remain excited about the holiday season while safely shopping for gifts for their friends and family."

Life has changed drastically since the start of 2020, but in the eyes of children during the holidays, the excitement of new toys have remained the same. Barbies and dolls remain the top toy of choice for girls, while boys are looking forward to Hot Wheels, cars and trucks and video games this holiday season.

The most popular toys for girls and boys, ranked, also include:

Boys Girls
  1. Barbie
  2. Dolls
  3. LOL Surprise Dolls
  4. LEGO
  5. Frozen-related Items
  6. Beauty Products
  7. Apparel/Accessories
  8. Baby Dolls
  9. PlayStation
  10. American Girl
  1. LEGO
  2. Cars and Trucks
  3. Hot Wheels
  4. PlayStation
  5. Video Games
  6. Xbox
  7. Nerf
  8. Nintendo Switch
  9. Marvel Action Figures/Toys & Remote Control Car
  10. Paw Patrol

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Americans, consumers are looking to ensure their families have a memorable and merry holiday this year. The Florida Retail Federation is asking residents to think and shop local when making holiday purchases.

"As shoppers plan to spend on gifts in order to lift the spirits of their loved ones, remember to 'Find It In Florida' first," said Shalley. "We ask you to shop at businesses that have a presence here in the Sunshine State and help support the Florida retailers that help Florida jobs, Florida families and Florida's economy."

The Florida Retail Federation launched the "Find It In Florida" campaign last month to spread public awareness on the importance of shopping locally. When Floridian shoppers "Find It In Florida" this holiday season, they are helping to keep doors open, boost the local economy and support their communities.

Florida's retailers began holiday preparations as early to provide ample inventory for shoppers. Their proactive response to the pandemic has also provided consumers with safe access to meet their holiday shopping needs, including safely shopping in stores, curbside pickup and online ordering options.

Another survey shows 42% of consumers began their holiday shopping earlier this year, with 59% reporting they started making purchases in early November. Of those purchases, some of the most popular holiday gifts include:

  • Clothing and accessories - 54%
  • Gift cards and gift certificates - 49%
  • Toys - 37%
  • Books and other media - 34%
  • Food and candy - 28%

Similar to 2019, consumers plan to purchase around three to four gift cards and spend about $163 per consumer this year. For more information on the 2020 holiday season data available through the National Retail Federation, visit: https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/earlier-start-holiday-shopping-season-embraced-consumers

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 25, 2021
CONTACT: Amanda Bevis (202) 680-9262

SB 72 Passed Its First Committee Stop, Senate Judiciary, with 7-4 Vote

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 72 today, a measure sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes that will protect Florida businesses that implement public health guidelines to prevent the spread of illness, from frivolous and unjust lawsuits. The Florida Retail Federation was present to urge Senators to support the proposed measure.

"Florida retailers are hiring Floridians, working on the front lines to provide essential supplies throughout the pandemic and giving back to their communities. On behalf of all of our retailers - small and large - we support his legislation,” said Jake Farmer of the Florida Retail Federation. "This is important to allow our retailers to safely reopen and fully recover.”

SB 72, Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19, provides requirements for a civil action based on a COVID-19-related claim and provides that the plaintiff has the burden of proof in such action. If passed and signed into law by the Governor, the law will be effective immediately and apply retroactively. Next, the bill will be heard by the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.

Florida retailers have gone above and beyond to protect their teams and their customers during this unprecedented time. To keep customers safe and healthy while shopping, retail store team members are wearing masks to prevent the spread of illness.

Many stores are offering alternatives to shopping in store. Take advantage of curbside or delivery services where available. If you’re shopping online, please remember to "Find It In Florida" and consider purchasing from stores that have a physical presence in Florida.

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
JANUARY 25, 2021
CONTACT: Amanda Bevis (202) 680-9262

Senate Bill 50 Received Unanimous Support to Help Level the Playing Field for Local, Florida Retailers

Tallahassee, FL – The Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism unanimously passed Senate Bill 50, Sales and Use Tax, by Senator Joe Gruters today during its committee hearing. SB 50, a priority of Florida’s retail industry, enables Florida to collect and remit owed sales tax on purchases from out-of-state and online retailers.

During the committee meeting, Senator Gruters addressed the committee members stating, “This is all about fairness. Fairness to our local communities. Fairness to our local brick and mortar shops that are struggling as they’re competing on some of these low margin items against foreign competitors. This is long overdue.”

During Monday's meeting, Grace Lovett, Vice President of Government Affairs of the Florida Retail Federation, testified in support of this legislation to level the playing field for Florida's retailers.

The FRF supports the measure to “fix the glitch” and level the playing field for Florida’s local retailers by modernizing Florida statute.

Florida is currently only one out of two states in the nation that have yet to adopt remote seller requirements for out-of-state and foreign retailers. The FRF thanks Senator Gruters for his persistent leadership to pursue this legislation and ensure fairness for Florida's retailers.

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
JANUARY 28, 2021
CONTACT: Amanda Bevis (202) 680-9262

SB 898 Filed by Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez Codifies COVID-19 Emergency Order

Tallahassee, FL – Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez filed Senate Bill 898 today, expanding a current emergency order to allow Florida pharmacists and registered pharmacy interns and techs to order and administer vaccines approved or licensed by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to individuals of all ages.

The bill will codify Governor DeSantis's current emergency order that was issued on October 1, 2020. The existing Emergency Order, EO-20-014, allows Florida pharmacists or registered pharmacy interns, under the supervision of a pharmacist, to safely administer vaccines to individuals ages 3 to 18.

In addition, the bill authorizes pharmacy techs to administer the vaccine under pharmacists' supervision and expands eligibility to individuals of all ages.

“Now more than ever it's important to allow Florida pharmacists to continue to give Floridians much-needed access to healthcare," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "The COVID-19 pandemic has been devasting to our state and nation. We are grateful for our Florida pharmacists, who continue to serve on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19 by performing tests and administering vaccines to those most in need."

Florida pharmacists have safely performed COVID-19 tests and effectively administered COVID-19 vaccines in long-term care facilities and at over 261 retail pharmacy locations across the state.

The FRF supports legislation that will allow Florida pharmacists to continue ordering and administering vaccines to individuals of all ages, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) immunization schedules, and any vaccine approved by the FDA to immunize individuals against COVID-19.

"Thank you to Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez for her leadership in protecting the health and safety of Florida residents of all ages," said Shalley.

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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