From the Archives: Mascot spreads Buy Nearby word

Michigan Retailer
October 2015
Vol. 40, No. 5

In an effort to spread the importance of Keeping Your Money in Michigan©, mascot Buy Nearby Guy and an entourage of MRA employees traveled from Detroit to Marquette,

U.S. 2, Route to (Retail) Heaven on Earth

Three family businesses share stories of retailing in the Upper Peninsula

By Shandra Martinez

Sandra Jacobs remembers driving down U.S. 2 in the Upper Peninsula, often described as the “Route to Heaven on Earth,” when something caught her eye – a for sale sign in front of the Hog Island Country Store and its adjacent six cottages just steps away from Lake Michigan.

Regulatory Rundown: April/May 2024 Michigan Retailer

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Regulatory News & Trends
ICYMI – Period clothing exempt from sales tax

The Michigan Department of Treasury plans to release an interpretive statement soon that period clothing falls within the feminine hygiene products sales tax exemption,

Michigan Attorney General’s Organized Retail Crime/FORCE Team

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel created the FORCE team and Organized Retail Crime Unit in April 2023 to focus on criminal organizations that target retailers by stealing products to repackage and sell for profit in both illicit and legal,

How to Host Your Own “Capitol Day”

By: Amy Drumm, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs

MRA’s second annual Capitol Day is fast approaching, Wednesday, April 24, and we’re excited to build on last year’s event with more retailers meeting with key legislators.

Using AI in Your Marketing

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By: Andrea Bitely, Vice President of Communications and Marketing

Writer’s Note: I developed my column with assistance from ChatGPT. ChatGPT is a free-to-use AI system that can create engaging conversations,