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Nordstrom Rack to make Maine debut

BY Staff Writer

Seattle — Nordstrom announced plans to open a Nordstrom Rack in South Portland, Maine.

The approximately 30,000-sq.-ft. store is scheduled to open this spring at Maine Crossing Shopping Center and will be the retailer’s first location in the state. It will occupy the former Old Navy space.

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RILA comments on employer health care regulations

BY Marianne Wilson

Arlington, Va. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate proposed rules filed Wednesday in the Federal Register.

“RILA applauds the Treasury Department for including flexible solutions in the proposed rules, which were developed with input from our member companies and the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care Coalition,” said Christine Pollack, VP for government affairs, RILA. “Employers are committed to providing their employees with quality and affordable health benefits. Nonetheless, with the law’s effective date less than a year away, employers still face enormous challenges and costs to comply with the health law.”

RILA has engaged closely with the Treasury Department and other administration agencies in an effort to shape the complex rulemaking process. Specifically, RILA has argued that with no time left to reasonably comply with implementation rules, transition relief is needed to allow employers to adapt existing benefits and design future benefits to comply with the law.

“RILA appreciates the inclusion of transition relief in the proposed rules for non-calendar year employer-sponsored health plans. However, relief is still needed for the employer-sponsored plans that must comply with the law in less than a year. Without it, well-intentioned employers will be subject to a variety of penalties, and coverage for millions of Americans could be jeopardized,” said Pollack.

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Apr-19-2013 05:35 pm

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The Treasury Department and other administration agencies in an effort to shape the complex rulemaking process. Specifically, RILA has argued that www.choiceautorepairaz.com with no time left to reasonably comply with implementation rules, transition relief is needed to allow employers to adapt existing benefits and design future benefits to comply with the law.

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Feb-23-2013 04:53 am

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M.Doglous says:
Feb-23-2013 04:53 am

RILA "Retail Industry Leaders Association" seems to puts a comment on the current healthcare regulation of employers. From the very beginning we found a number of changes are taken place in healthcare systems; therefore victims are getting proper facilities during every change. Here we can found that how RILA watches the health care plans especially made for the employers. urgent care Illinois

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Returns forecast to hit peak today

BY CSA STAFF

After year of record online sales it’s not surprising that returns are also forecast to hit new highs, especially this week.

January 3 is expected to be the longest day of the year for UPS employees as they process a record level of returns to retailers, according to the carrier. According to UPS estimates, package shipment volumes will reach a record level of 520,000 returns to retailers on January 3 and total return volume will reach two million packages the first week of January. The record level of return activity isn’t surprising considering online sales also are expected to set new record this year. In fact, UPS said it expected to ship an estimated 135 million packages worldwide the week prior to Christmas with approximately 28 million deliveries on Thursday, December 20.

With all that package volume, computer systems at UPS worked overtime to process tracking requests and more than 400 additional flights per day were added to process some three million express shipments that passed through the company’s international air hub in Lousiville, Ky.

"We’ve seen a 15% increase in retail returns over last year," said David Sisco, UPS retail marketing director. "UPS research shows that 63% of online shoppers review a retailer’s returns policy before making a purchase."
It’s somewhat surprising that figure isn’t higher, but UPS arrived at that figure after commissioning online measurement firm comScore to conduct an online customer experience study. In addition, the study also found that 48% of online purchases would shop more often with a particular retailer if they were to offer a lenient, easy-to-understand returns policy.

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