American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has announced that Cassie Grigsby, Senior Vice President of Operations and Development, of Kentucky Retail Federation and President of Kentucky Retail Institute, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) designation.
The Kentucky Retail Federation welcomes Alicia Dawson, McDowell Professional Pharmacy; Robert Allen Adcock, Walmart Stores; Michael Cox, Pieratt’s Furniture and Appliance; and Adam Hinton, Hinton Mills, to the Federation's 2019 board of directors.
“We’re seeing guarded optimism from Kentucky independent retailers,” said Sarah Rowlette, KRF director of communications. “Heading into the official kick-off weekend of the holiday shopping season, 30 percent of independent retailers across the commonwealth are anticipating stronger consumer confidence over last year, while roughly half say consumer confidence will stay the same.”
FedEx recently announced that for the second year in a row, it will not apply additional residential surcharges during the holiday season, except for shipments that are oversized, unauthorized or necessitate additional handling. Residential shipments sent with other carriers could incur an additional surcharge during peak days in November and December.
Retail, tourism and entertainment provide jobs and business opportunities that often drive rural economies. The Kentucky Retail Institute is part of Create Bridges, a pilot program to strengthen retail, accommodations, tourism and entertainment industries in rural Kentucky.
Retailers can rest easier tonight knowing that a level playing field for brick-and-mortar stores with their out-of-state competitors is now within reach.
While many shoppers will hit the stores over Thanksgiving weekend, independent retailers across the commonwealth are holding out for a later date as their busiest holiday shopping day this year.
Retail is an important part of the local economy in Bowling Green, Kentucky. There are more than 10,000 people employed by the retail industry and an annual retail payroll in excess of $200 million in Warren County.
Shop Our Town recently toured the city of Georgetown visiting five local retailers. Known as the “Gateway to the Kentucky Horse Park,” Georgetown is a gem in the Bluegrass region of the state.
Retailers and their customers score a major win against the big banks and the Visa/MasterCard duopoly.