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5 holiday shipping strategies for e-commerce sellers

The peak season is upon us and if you’re an e-commerce seller, you’ve probably already been stocking up your inventory and preparing for the increase in traffic to your site.

Jennifer Rook joins Michigan Retailers Association

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) today announced Jennifer Rook will join the organization as vice president of communications and marketing. Rook succeeds Meegan Holland, who retires on December 4.

6 ways downtowns are helping merchants during the pandemic

BY SHANDRA MARTINEZ

Whether it’s providing access to experts or adding more outdoor seating, downtowns across Michigan are finding creative ways to support small business during the global pandemic.

With September sales up, retailers optimistic for holiday season

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan retailers reported a large upswing in September sales over August.

The September Retail Index survey came in at 63.7, an increase from August’s 48.1.

MRA’s Tom Clement: Should you consider using COVID-19 liability waivers?

BY TOM CLEMENT, MRA General Counsel

As the business reopening process expands to include hair salons and barbers, gyms, bowling alleys, ice rinks and other businesses that involve close human contact,

MURALS: Whether eye-popping or thought-provoking, they draw attention to your store

BY MEEGAN HOLLAND

Several Michigan communities have been seeing murals pop up all over their downtowns for the past couple years. The art form has exploded in popularity after some cities started projects that brought in artists from around the nation – even the globe – for festivals that decorated walls of commercial districts.

In her own words: Mary Cambruzzi of Ann Arbor’s FOUND

“We’re navigating through it.”

Those were the first words from Mary Cambruzzi after we hadn’t spoken in a few months – unprecedented months for retail in Michigan. FOUND was set to be the April Retailer magazine’s “In Her Own Words” feature.

CEO Bill Hallan: Real-life lessons from Monopoly

I’ve been playing a lot of Monopoly with my kids the last few days – just our latest activity in this never-ending pandemic. My son Zachary, 7, is particularly obsessed and hopefully he’s learning a thing or two about what it’s like to be a business owner.

NEW MDHHS order includes retail capacity limits, worker protections

Under a revised order issued today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) set capacity limits for all retail locations except those in Region 6 at 50% total occupancy.

Shipping discounts for MRA members get even better!

MRA is excited to announce that our members now have access to better FedEx discounts off list rates than ever before.

Members receive exclusive discounts on inbound and outbound shipments through the MRA Shipping Program,