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This blog keeps you connected to timely developments and emerging issues in retail law and covers a wide range of topics related to the retail, restaurant and consumer industry. We invite you to learn more about Goulston & Storrs and our Retail, Restaurant & Consumer Group.

Summer Retail: Sales Tax Holidays, Pit Stops, and Where the Deals Are

Memorial Day has passed and while offices still hum with productivity, we can feel summer around the corner. With that in mind, we’ve explored what might be in store for the retail industry this summer. Although the usual break of seasons has extended somewhat -- we see back-to-school shopping...
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Coalition Loyalty Programs Spread to Retail Shopping In the U.S.

Seven major brands, including Macy’s, Rite Aid and ExxonMobil, recently joined forces to launch “ Plenti ,” a loyalty program that encompasses an entire team of retailers. American Express, which operates the program, previously established successful coalition loyalty programs in Poland, Germany, India, Mexico and Italy, and similar programs...
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Small Retailers Again Face Increased Health Insurance Costs

The owners of small retail businesses in Massachusetts have come to expect to pay higher health insurance costs than their counterparts in the rest of the country, and unfortunately last year was no exception. According to a recent survey by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (“RAM”), premiums for small retailers...
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The Pop-Up Regulatory Maze

Pop-up retail establishments, or “pop-ups,” generally refer to stores, restaurants, or events with a short duration. Pop-ups are typical for seasonal retail products, like Christmas or fireworks, but they have become common for designers (clothes, furniture, toys, etc.), restaurateurs (i.e., dinner clubs, food trucks), or other performers (concerts, parties...
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