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Food Retailers Summit is Sept. 25-27: Register now!

Grocers, suppliers and friends – join us at Crystal Mountain Resort for the Food Retailers Summit, where we’ll take networking to the next level! This year’s agenda is full of hot topics and networking events that we can’t wait to share with you.

The power of power tools on your shelves: More customers

According to Hardware Retailing magazine, 81 percent of power tools are purchased in-store, not online.

The magazine surveyed customers, who said they purchased a new tool based on price and where they were already shopping at the time.

May sales down slightly; tariffs causing tension

LANSING – Retailers reported slightly lower sales in May 2019 and many are noting tariffs as the culprit.

The monthly Retail Index survey came in at 46.9, a drop from May 2018’s 61.4.

Sign up to take advantage of $5 billion class action settlement

By JOHN MAYLEBEN

As some of you already know, there is a class action lawsuit claiming that merchants paid more fees than they should have for accepting Visa and MasterCard as payment from consumers.

In her own words: Michigan Barn Wood & Salvage

Four years ago, Trevor and Kendra Patterson were selling lumber out of their 3,000-square-foot pole barn on the outskirts of Leslie and Mason. The business grew so quickly, they expanded to a 27,000-square-foot space in downtown Mason in the early summer of 2017.

Retail shop gives back to community in a big way

Story and photos: SHANDRA MARTINEZ

You might call Copper Nail a successful failure. It was supposed to be a senior center with a little shop. Instead, it became a successful retail shop that brings seniors together.

New technology requirements and sales tax on gas déjà vu

In this issue:

  • Summer-long legislative calendar released
  • Senate committee reports e-prescribing, telepharmacy bills
  • Legislature approves delayed 9-1-1 technology requirement
  • Governor signs ban on sales to e-cigarettes/vapor products to minors
  • Déjà vu: legislature talks removing sales tax on gas

Summer-long legislative calendar released

It’s going to be a long summer in Lansing.

How the Grand Hotel remains current in a somewhere-in-time setting

By SHANDRA MARTINEZ

For most of its life, the 133-year-old Grand Hotel has been a favorite summertime destination for Michiganders. But in the last decade,

Congratulations to 3 MRA retirees

Michigan Retailers will say goodbye to four retiring employees this summer, and three are happening on June 28! President and CEO James P. Hallan’s retirement was previously announced and will occur on Aug.

Urgent Verifone Terminal Issue

If you don’t process with a Verifone terminal, or if you have already completed this update, please disregard this notice.

Verifone has informed us of an expiring certificate that will impact processing if not resolved prior to June 25,