Take Action to Limit Online Gaming

U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and John Kyl (R-AZ) are advocating legislation that would limit Internet gambling. More importantly for retailers, the legislation would ban the online sale of instant-win lottery tickets. Several years ago, Congress took steps to limit the abuses of Internet gambling and to protect Americans from a rapid explosion of gambling…

PCI Council Publishes Risk Assessment Rules

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council issued guidelines last week on the importance of performing an annual risk assessment for those companies that store, process or transmit payment-card information, Network World reports. The “PCI DSS Risk Assessment Guidelines” document explains what’s expected under rule DSS 12.1, which addresses risk assessment. “You need to…

EPA Denies RFS Waiver Request

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it would not grant a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) because it would only reduce corn prices by approximately 1% and would have no impact on household energy costs. “We recognize that this year’s drought has created hardship in some sectors of the…

Obama administration moves forward to implement health care law, ban discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions

The Obama administration moved forward today to implement provisions in the health care law that would make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. The provisions of the Affordable Care Act also would make it easier for consumers to compare health plans and employers to promote and encourage employee wellness.…

Food Recalls Increase

As food safety procedures have become more demanding, the number of product recalls has also increased Supermarket News reports. “I think there’s been a lot more recalls since there’s been final product testing that’s being conducted, a lot of times at the retail level,” said Dan Vache, vice president of supply chain management at United…

NACS Asks Congress to Consider Expanding U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Production

Last week, NACS, along with other oil and natural gas organizations, sent a joint letter to congressional leaders asking for a pro-growth solution to the fiscal cliff crisis. The letter stated that “any solution embraces a pro-growth objective focusing on job creation and avoids targeted tax increases on particular industries. “Throughout the economic downturn, America’s…

NRF Warns White House on Cliff

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has issued a statement from president and CEO Matthew Shay on the new White House report, The Middle-Class Tax Cut’s Impact on Consumer Spending & Retailers: “It is encouraging to see the administration’s acknowledgement that retailers and their customers will be among the hardest hit if our elected officials fail…