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More lessons from latest data breaches

I mentioned in a previous blog that all of us can learn from the massive retail data breaches that were announced during the holidays, and we should be using the knowledge as a tool to strengthen protection of our own data.

Governmental Affairs: February 14, 2014

Comprehensive recycling push begins

The state’s comprehensive recycling workgroup met yesterday and received DEQ Director Dan Wyant’s proposal. His plan was based on feedback from several meetings and only takes the first step toward establishing more recycling opportunities in Michigan,

Lessons to learn from latest data breaches

As almost everyone has heard, a number of large retailers suffered massive data breaches over the Christmas season. While all of the details around these attacks have not been made public,

How to handle merchandise returns

Our biggest problems with customers involve merchandise returns and refunds. We have a fairly strict return policy, and some customers tell us we can’t be so restrictive. We have always maintained that we are free to set our own policies.

Retail isn’t rocket science, but …

While retail isn’t rocket science, it requires its own kind of very smart, even brilliant, people … those who can analyze situations that are gray, rather than black and white,

Michigan Retailers Association offering more than 30 college scholarships

LANSING —Michigan Retailers Association is offering more than 30 college scholarships this spring through its annual competition funded by Michigan Retailers Foundation.

At least 34 scholarships will be available to MRA members and their employees and families for the 2014-15 academic year.

Retailers report weak holiday sales

LANSING – Hurt by damaging winter storms and outdated government policies that favor out-of-state, online companies, Michigan’s retail industry suffered a poor holiday shopping season, the Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) said today.

Governmental Affairs: January 17, 2014

Happy New Year!

The legislature began its regular session on January 8. MRA’s Government Affairs News will continue on a regular, biweekly basis until the summer break.

State of the State mostly a recap

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