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Florida Retail Federation picks Randy Miller as new chief

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Influential retailers lobby Florida Retail Federation announced Monday it has named a new president and CEO, promoting Randy Miller from the position of executive vice president. Miller also assumes the helm at sister organization Georgia Retail Association, where he was also a senior executive. Longtime FRF staff members Samantha Hunter Padgett and Melissa Joiner Ramba — wife of well-known Tallahassee lobbyist David Ramba — also received promotions as Miller takes over for the outgoing Rick McAllister, who retired last month. “I’m excited to be able to lead a respected and influential organization…

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Florida retailers expect fraud to rise in 2015

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With the holiday shopping season entering its twilight hours, retailers have turned their attention to preventing fraudulent returns. The Florida Retail Federation expects total annual returns to hit $260.5 billion this year, including $9.1 billion worth of fraudulent returns. Holiday returns alone are estimated to account for $2.2 billion in fraudulent returns, the group said, up from $1.9 billion in 2014. “Due to the spike in retail fraud that takes place this time of year, we can’t stress enough for…

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Florida Retail Federation President Rick McAllister to retire

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Rick McAllister, the Florida Retail Federation’s longtime president and CEO, is retiring at the end of this year. He’s led the FRF for 14 years. Veteran FRF Executive Vice President Randy Miller will become the new President/CEO, beginning Jan. 1. According to an FRF news release, McAllister led the organization to “unprecedented success, recognition and prestige.” “It has been an incredible opportunity to lead the Florida Retail Federation for the past 14 years, and to meet and learn about the diverse…

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Florida retailers can expect ‘fireworks’ at cash registers on July 4 weekend, report says

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Florida merchants can expect fireworks for July 4 weekend, and not just the paper-and-gunpowder kind. Just in time for Independence Day this Saturday, a new report from the Florida Retail Federation — the state’s leading consumer sales trade association — says Floridians will beending more this year on holiday-themed events, food and merchandise. In the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Independence Day Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, nearly two-thirds of July 4 celebrants (64.4 percent) will hold a cookout,…

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Back-to-school spending to increase this year, Florida retailers say

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Florida families can expect to increase spending on school supplies this year, says the state’s premier trade association representing retailers. With the recent news that Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday was included in the state’s final budget and expanded to a record 10 days, the Florida Retail Federation (FRF) says it means good things are in store for Florida merchants. “Thanks to the commitment of both the Florida Legislature and Governor Scott on expanding the back-to-school sales tax holiday, the timing…

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Florida retailers say dads can expect more, bigger gifts this Father’s Day

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This Sunday, dads across the country can expect to score a number of goodies on Father’s Day: ties, tickets, gadgets and more. As the economy continues to improve, Florida retailers say fathers can expect to receive more – and slightly bigger — gifts than they did last year. According to the Florida Retail Federation, the state’s leading sales trade association, the annual Father’s Day Spending Survey for 2015 found the average person will spend $115.57 on gifts for dads, up from…

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