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news COVER STORY CEO Health Care Task Force to Meet T HE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION's new CEO Health Care Task Force has begun work on its two-year, four-phase plan to address the cost, quality and access issues challenging the nation's health care system. A working group made up of senior corporate benefits and human resources executives has been working by phone and e- mail and will hold its first in-person meeting in Washington this month. The group's first assignment is an in-depth evaluation of the current state of play in the retail industry, including work force dy- namics, health care offerings and limitations and industry best practices. The task force will later analyze potential reform options Board Member and then reach consensus on and advocate for the adoption of the Robert Benham, president and Advocates for best solutions. CEO of Balliet's women's Tax Fairness The NRF board unanimously agreed to the creation of a CEO- specialty store in Oklahoma N led panel at its June meeting, and more than a dozen companies City, testifies on behalf of have signed up to participate. R F BOARD MEMBER NRF before the Senate Finance While there has been a flurry of activity at the state level in re- R o b e r t Benham recently Committee's Subcommittee cent months, NRF is concerned that the mandate-dominated leg- u r g e d the Senate to support on International Trade. islation is unlikely to address the underlying issues of rising costs sales tax legislation that would and limited access. Congress is not expected to seriously address help end tax disparity among retail stores, online sellers and mail- the issue until after the 2008 presidential election, giving the retail order merchants. industry a unique window in which to engage in a comprehensive Benham, president and CEO of Balliet's women's specialty shop examination of the challenges and potential solutions. in Oklahoma City, told a subcommittee hearing that having to col- lect sales tax is a significant price disadvantage that amounts to dis- NRF Launches crimination against Main Street stores when remote sellers aren't Voter Registration Drive N required to do the same. RF HAS LAUNCHED a voter registration and get-out- Benham urged passage of the Sales Tax Fairness and Simplifi- the-vote campaign encouraging retailers and their em- cation Act, which would allow states to require out-of-state mer- p l o y e e s to participate in this November's c o n g r e s s i o n a l chants to collect sales tax on merchandise sold to their residents. elections. N NRF-ARTS Release New RFP A s p e c i a l Voting is Your Business web page, www.-, allows would-be voters to register online by RF and ARTS have released the seventh in a series of c o n n e c t i n g them to their standard requests for proposals, the Standard RFP for states' voter registration Master Data Management Systems. o f f i c e s . It also provides The new RFP presents a complete list of features and func- links to a wide variety of tions that retailers have found valuable in master data manage- information, ranging from ment solutions, which increase the consistency and accuracy of the basics of the vot- corporate performance reporting and operations in areas such ing process to can- as manufacturing, finance, marketing and customer service. didates' websites. Some of the topics addressed by the RFP are data quality, data Retailers are free to cleansing, workflow and reporting metrics and analysis. link to the page from The Master Data Management RFP was developed by a com- their own websites or pro- mittee of retailers, vendors and consultants chaired by Ann Mc- v i d e the web address to Cool, former director of store systems for RadioShack. employees. 20 S TO R E S / SEPTEMBER 2006 W W W. S TO R E S . O R G,, http://WWW.STORES.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Stores - September 2006

Executive Editor's Page
President's Page
NRF News
Retail People
Cover Story: Sights Set on the Subcontinent
Data Management
In-Store Applications
Real Estate
Human Resources
POS Systems
System Security
Asset Management
In-Store Promotion
Call Centers
Order Fulfillment
Loeb Retail Letter
ARTS Update
Workplace Law
Advertisers Index
Company Index
Retail Profit Scoreboard
Retail Industry Calendar

Stores - September 2006