The National Retail Federation announced that several dozen organizations have joined NRFвЂ™s growing membership in the first quarter of 2010. This diverse group of retailers, restaurants and vendors has recognized the value and services NRF offers to its members along with the personalized resources and innovative services that the association provides, including more than 70 operational committees and councils.
Leading retailers who have joined NRF in the past three months include Carlson Restaurants, which owns, operates, franchises or licenses more than 1,000 restaurants in 60 countries; Signet Jewelers, the worldвЂ™s largest specialty retail jeweler by sales with stores in the US, UK, Republic of Ireland and ChannelIslands; ULTA Salon, Cosmetics and Fragrance Inc., the largest beauty retailer that provides one-stop shopping for prestige, mass and salon products and salon services in the United States; Under Armour, a leader in the sports apparel, footwear and accessories industry and the originator of performance apparel designed for athletes.
вЂњUlta Beauty looks forward to its new membership with the National Retail Federation and its strong resource base and advocacy for the retail industry,вЂќ said Lyn Kirby, President and CEO, ULTA Beauty.
Other prominent retail members to join NRF in the last three months include iParty, a party supplies store with locations throughout New England and Florida; Mail Boxes, Etc., the world'slargest franchisor of retail shipping, postal and business service centers; Sony Corporation of America, a leading audio-visual electronics and information technology company in the U.S. and worldwide with more than 171,000 employees; and The Donna Karan Company Store, a fashion empire launched in 1985 in New York whose namesake designs clothes, legwear and accessories.
NRF offers its members a variety of benefits, including:
NRF is deeply engaged with the nation's lawmakers in advocating the retail perspective on a number of highly volatile issues such as the economy, tax policy, health care costs, internationaltrade, labor-management relations, data security, gift card regulation, and swipe fees. NRF members lead the charge in shaping the industryвЂ™s position on legislation and regulations that affect retail companies.
NRF's operating committees, which span over 70 areas of specialization, are composed of leading retail experts engaged in identifying what works best on any number of retail challengesfrom sustainability to loss prevention and supply chain. NRF members have exclusive access to industry studies, transcripts, conference call briefings, webinars, surveys and newsletters. NRF's four divisions operate in specialty areas of retail including advertising and marketing, digital retailing, chain restaurants, and technology standards.
NRF also provides timely industry research, such as RetailHorizons, the definitive industry benchmarking study; NRF's Retail Sales Outlook, a quarterly report on industry sales which provides a thorough overview of the current retail climate; and the State of Retailing Online, a