retail en There's a new push for a higher minimum wage in Michigan <p>Several groups are calling for an increase in the Michigan minimum wage to ten dollars an hour.</p><p></p><p>The current rate in Michigan is $7.40 an hour. That's higher than the national minimum wage. &nbsp;Michigan is among more than a dozen states with minimum wage rates higher than the federal benchmark.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Danielle Atkinson is with ‘Mothering Justice’, one of the groups calling on state lawmakers to increase Michigan’s minimum wage.</p><p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:08:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 13684 at There's a new push for a higher minimum wage in Michigan Michigan will crackdown on organized shoplifting rings <p>Governor Snyder has signed into law a new tool to crackdown on organized shoplifting.</p><p></p><p>Michigan retailers are near the end of a mediocre holiday shopping season.&nbsp;&nbsp; But the governor’s signature making the Organized Retail Crime Act law should bring smiles to many store owners faces.</p><p></p><p>The act will make organized shoplifting a felony with a five year prison sentence.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:51:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 10545 at Michigan will crackdown on organized shoplifting rings Rising gas prices = rising worries for Michigan retailers <p>Michigan retailers are becoming more concerned about the impact rising gasoline&nbsp;prices will have on sales.</p><p>Michigan&rsquo;s average gas price leaped over four dollars a gallon this week.</p><p>The Michigan Retailers Association released a survey&nbsp;Wednesday showing&nbsp;lower sales projections over the next three months.</p><p>Tom Scott is with the Michigan Retailers Association.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says rising gas prices&nbsp;will force retailers to spend more to ship their products and discourage customers from coming into their stores.</p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6828 at Rising gas prices = rising worries for Michigan retailers “Cash-mob” targets Grand Rapids small businesses <p>A organized crowd of people swarmed a local business in downtown Grand Rapids as part of an effort to buy local this holiday season.</p><p>Dozens showed up at the same store at the same time for the event, called a &ldquo;cash mob&rdquo;. It was organized by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Each person pledged to spend at least $20. Which store the cash mob goes to remains a secret until just a few hours beforehand.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a new spin on long time mission for the chamber of bringing exposure to local businesses,&rdquo; said GRACC President and CEO Rick Baker. Baker says they heard about the idea from Cleveland.</p><p>The cash mob targeted retail incubator,&nbsp;<a href="">MoDiv</a>;&nbsp;a single storefront with nine generally new, small retail businesses inside. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 04:33:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5386 at “Cash-mob” targets Grand Rapids small businesses Strangers pay off layaway bills at Grand Rapids area Kmart store <p>Strangers have paid off more than 30 layaway bills at a Kmart near Grand Rapids in the last week.</p><p>Dan Veenstra has been working there for more than 20 years and says he&rsquo;s never seen anything like it. &nbsp;&ldquo;In the past we&rsquo;ve had people come in that want to pay on somebody&rsquo;s layaway&nbsp;-&nbsp;it&rsquo;s usually a friend or neighbor or a family member. But it&rsquo;s never been strangers like this,&rdquo; Veenstra said. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 19:58:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5352 at Strangers pay off layaway bills at Grand Rapids area Kmart store Michigan retailers feeling pain from soaring gasoline prices <p>Michigan retailers say 4 dollar a gallon gasoline is taking a bite out of their business.&nbsp; The latest survey by the <a href="">Michigan Retailers Association</a> says state businesses saw a marked decline in sales in March, as gasoline prices started to soar.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Michigan retail sales slumped to their lowest level since last July.&nbsp;</p><p>Tom Scott is with the association.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 16:27:58 +0000 Steve Carmody 2244 at Michigan retailers feeling pain from soaring gasoline prices The return of luxury retail Consumers spent more on retail goods in the first quarter than they did during the same time last year. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:11:23 +0000 Sonari Glinton 1983 at Gas prices pinching retailers <p>Gasoline prices in Michigan continue to edge closer to <a href="">$4 a gallon</a>. Rising prices are affecting retailers along with customers. Consumers are taking a double hit,&nbsp; prices are rising at the pump and increasing fuel costs are expected to boost food prices by 3 to 4 percent this year, with the biggest increases in meat, dairy and coffee.&nbsp;</p><p>Many of <a href=",1607,7-153-10366_37141_37705---,00.html">Meijer</a>&rsquo;s 101 stores in Michigan have company gas stations sitting in front. Frank Guglielmi&nbsp;is a Meijer&rsquo;s spokesman. He says as gas prices rise the retailer is seeing customer buying patterns change.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&quot;The more money they have to spend on fuel for their vehicles, the less they have potentially spend on groceries or general merchandize in a Meijer store.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Guglielmi says Michigan consumers have become a &ldquo;battle hardened&rdquo; group&quot; as a result of the double punch of recession and high gasoline prices in recent years.&nbsp;</p><p>The price of fuel is expected to continue to rise through Memorial Day. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 12:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 1952 at Gas prices pinching retailers Gas prices & Michigan retailers <p>Rising gasoline prices threaten to take some of the optimism out of a rosy new forecast for retail sales in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;A recent survey of Michigan retailers finds 76% expect to see their sales improve this spring.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp; Good holiday sales are lifting many business owners expectations for the year ahead.&nbsp;</p><p>Tom Scott is with the Michigan Retail Association. Scott says the survey was taken before gasoline prices spiked this week.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says high gas prices could be a problem for retailers.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;But the bigger concern, more than just their own delivery trucks, is generally the effect on consumers.&nbsp; And of course, every dollar a consumer puts in his or her gas tank is a dollar that can&rsquo;t be spent at the store.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Scott says a few years ago when gas prices reached four dollars a gallon, retail sales dried up.&nbsp; But he says pent up consumer demand may keep the customers coming, even with high gas prices. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:39:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 1426 at Gas prices & Michigan retailers