News Releases

President/CEO James P. Hallan to retire from Michigan Retailers

Longtime President James P. Hallan of Michigan Retailers Association announced that he’ll retire on Aug. 26, capping a 34-year career with what is now the largest state retail association in the nation.

Increased hires, sales shape a strong November

November continued the positive sales trend for Michigan retailers, according to the monthly Retail Index survey that Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) conducts in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit branch.

Defying perceptions: Retail is not dying. Retail is changing.

By SHANDRA MARTINEZ

Retail apocalypse.
Retail meltdown.
Retail collapse.

Tired of hearing these overdramatic descriptions every time a big box store or restaurant chain goes belly up?

William Hallan: Keeping up with shoplifters is a common frustration

Perhaps the most famous shoplifting incident occurred when an 8-year-old boy, who was left home alone while his family traveled to Paris for Christmas, stole a toothbrush that wasn’t clearly approved by the American Dental Association.

James Hallan: Year-End Musings

Thank you for your membership. As we close out the year, I thought I’d share random year-end musings.

ELECTIONS
The voters have spoken and Michigan has a new sheriff in town.

Dearborn Sausage Company: In his own words

Dearborn Sausage Company, located just outside of Detroit, was founded in 1946 by Victor Kosch. Victor immigrated from Hungary, where he grew up in an orphanage, to pursue the American Dream.

Michigan Marihuana Act: 5 things employers should know

By LAURA J. GENOVICH
Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.

On Nov. 6, Michigan voters approved Proposal 1, the Marihuana Legalization Initiative. Among other things, the initiated law makes marihuana legal under state and local law for adults 21 years of age or older,

Retailers gear up for massive holiday shopping weekend

With the highest number of holiday shopping days and consumer confidence at a high, retailers are optimistic about sales for the 2018 season.

Thanks to the early Thanksgiving,

Halloween, early holiday spirit boost sales

October continues to be an excellent month for Michigan retailers, according to the monthly Retail Index survey that Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) conducts in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit branch.

5 Tips: Recruiting

Retailers are looking for employees who can help create gratifying experiences for customers. In a tight labor market, how do you find them?

1. Never stop
Don’t wait until you need to start looking for your next hire.