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International Retail Benefits

Think NRF First – We’re Your #1 Retail Information Resource

PARTNER WITH US through membership. NRF services are built by our member community, for your benefit. Our committees, and feedback tools such as surveys and face-to-face meetings, ensure that NRF designs information networks and resources to meet your needs in a rapidly changing retail environment.

PARTICIPATE in dynamic information exchange through NRF’s committees. More than 2,000 retail professionals serve on over 50 committees at NRF. Our operations and public policy committees, caucuses, advisory boards, and working groups recommend strategy, develop solutions and benchmark data, and organize a coordinated retail industry response on a broad range of issues. Many of our committees welcome participation from internationally-based retailers, in particular:

European Retail Technology Council
This Committee, made up of many of Europe's most prominent retail IT Directors and CIOs, offers a valuable networking opportunity while also coordinating NRF and ARTS IT activities and guiding ARTS activities in Europe. The Council meets on a quarterly basis to discuss issues of common interest, promising technologies, and to take a proactive stance on creating new technology environments that support the industry's needs. Participation is limited to CIOs from NRF and ARTS retail member companies.

your entire company to retail-specific information free of charge: NRF provides you and your entire company with information you can use every day:

  • NRF “Members Only” Website, our “virtual meeting place” for NRF members, features legislative alerts, downloadable trends reports, IT budget benchmarking research, your committee lists, and a Membership Directory that is searchable by area, sector, state, or country. NRF respects the privacy of its individual members and does not publish individual contact information in the Directory.
  • NRF Port Tracker, a report commissioned by NRF’s Strategic Supply Chain Council which follows inter-modal traffic congestion and forecasts port congestion and potential tie-ups caused by labor or security issues.
  • STORES Magazine, a monthly publication for retail decision makers, in digital or hard copy. Includes the annual directories Software Sourcebook, Retail Industry Buying Guide, and LPinformation Supplier Directory.
  • Standard Requests for Proposals [RFPs, ITTs], designed by NRF’s standards division (Association for Retail Technology Standards), these Standard RFPs are available to both NRF and ARTS members free through Members Only. Shorten your development time for new implementations in POS, warehouse management, and workforce management, among others.
  • Retail Sales Outlook, a quarterly report on industry sales, posted on Members Only website.
  • Washington Retail Insight, a weekly public policy update delivered via email to your desktop. NRF was recently rated by a Capitol Hill newspaper as one of Washington’s most effective lobbying groups, and the only retail-specific association in the list.
  • Retail Trade Issues, a monthly report tracking trade issues from NRF’s International Trade Advisory Council, delivered via email to your desktop.
  • NRF SmartBrief, a daily e-mail digest of retail news from newspapers, magazines, and other media. Tracks specialty and mass merchants, along with restaurants

PROFIT from member discounts: We give you preferential (or where possible, free) access to:


  • Fair Factories Clearinghouse, a collaborative industry effort which manages and shares manufacturer audit information. Members save 20% on annual subscription.
  • Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network - LERPnet (password-protected, see www.lpinformation.com),a tool designed to address organized retail theft, fraud and other major LP incidents. A subscription fee applies.
  • iState Link (through Members Only), an overview of the legislative landscape from all 50 states. Free to NRF members.
  • Virtual Law Library (password-protected, through Members Only), a collective share group of legal materials of common interest to the legal departments of NRF member companies. Free access is limited to General Counsels and staff who contribute to the Library.

Retail Horizons, produced in partnership with Wells Fargo Retail Finance and the NRF Foundation, this study provides data on retail operations categories including: distribution channels, merchandising, information technology, human capital, advertising and marketing, and store operations. Members save on this publication, released each year during our Annual Convention and available through the NRF Bookstore.

NRF Retailer Compensation & Benefits Survey, in partnership with Mercer Human Resource Consulting, provides compensation, benefits, and HR practices information for specialty retailers. Data is displayed in aggregate and within key measures such as locations and store revenues and sizes. The report includes data for nearly 650,000 employees within 147 positions from 139 organizations. Each purchaser’s compensation results are provided via an online results delivery tool, which provides custom analytic capabilities and electronic access to the data. The survey is $2,025 for non-members; $1,350 for members.


  • DecisionMaker Series Events are invitation-only events for retail CEO, CFO, CMO, CIO, Sr. HR, and Sr. LP staff within retail member companies. Invited NRF members attend at no charge for most events.
  • Annual Convention & EXPO, “Retail’s BIG Show” offers team rates for members. (Saves nearly 50%.)
  • Loss Prevention Conference & EXPO offers team rates for members. (Saves nearly 50%.)
  • Retail Advertising Conference

Retail-specific titles at discounted rates are at NRF’s Bookstore (www.nrf.com/bookstore). Check out the newest titles, including “Organized Retail Theft: Raising Awareness, Offering Solutions,” published by NRF and written by Charles “Chuck” Miller.

Specialty Divisions. You can also benefit from discounts in other specialty divisions:

ARTS (Association for Retail Technology Standards) — Members save $250 on membership dues and may waive a $250 initiation fee in this industry-driven membership organization dedicated to creating an international, barrier-free technology environment for retailers.

RAMA (Retail Advertising & Marketing Association) — a trade association of industry marketing and advertising professionals, plus their counterparts in agency, media and service-provider businesses. NCCR members can participate at no charge.

Shop.org — the nation's only trade association that focuses exclusively on e-commerce and direct-to-consumer marketing technologies. Members enjoy a 25% discount off membership in Shop.org.