retail http://michiganradio.org en There's a new push for a higher minimum wage in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-new-push-higher-minimum-wage-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 http://michiganradio.org There's a new push for a higher minimum wage in Michigan Michigan will crackdown on organized shoplifting rings http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-will-crackdown-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 http://michiganradio.org Michigan will crackdown on organized shoplifting rings Rising gas prices = rising worries for Michigan retailers http://michiganradio.org/post/rising-gas-prices-rising-worries-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 http://michiganradio.org Rising gas prices = rising worries for Michigan retailers “Cash-mob” targets Grand Rapids small businesses http://michiganradio.org/post/%E2%80%9Ccash-mob%E2%80%9D-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="http://shopmodiv.com/">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 http://michiganradio.org “Cash-mob” targets Grand Rapids small businesses Strangers pay off layaway bills at Grand Rapids area Kmart store http://michiganradio.org/post/strangers-pay-layaway-bills-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 http://michiganradio.org Strangers pay off layaway bills at Grand Rapids area Kmart store Michigan retailers feeling pain from soaring gasoline prices http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-retailers-feeling-pain-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="http://www.retailers.com/mra/2011-news-releases/702-apr-27-gas-prices-weather-hit-retail-sales.html">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 http://michiganradio.org Michigan retailers feeling pain from soaring gasoline prices The return of luxury retail http://michiganradio.org/post/return-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 http://michiganradio.org Gas prices pinching retailers http://michiganradio.org/post/gas-prices-pinching-retailers <p>Gasoline prices in Michigan continue to edge closer to <a href="http://www.michigangasprices.com/">$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="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10366_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 http://michiganradio.org Gas prices pinching retailers Gas prices & Michigan retailers http://michiganradio.org/post/gas-prices-michigan-retailers-0 <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 http://michiganradio.org Gas prices & Michigan retailers