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Health & Employee Benefits Committee This committee consists of senior- level retail benefits executives who provide technical input on a wide range of health and other benefit issues. The committee meets on an ad hoc basis as needed.

Internal Audit Advisory Council

This subcommittee of the ITAC provides guidance and technical expertise on trade issues that specifically affect textiles and apparel. The subcommittee confers on an ad hoc basis. NRF staff contact: Erik Autor

NRF staff contact: Erik Autor

ITAC — Hardgoods Subcommittee

ITAC — Trade and E-Commerce Subcommittee

This subcommittee of the ITAC provides guidance and technical expertise on trade issues that specifically affect consumer products other than textiles and apparel. The subcommittee confers on an ad hoc basis.

This subcommittee of the ITAC provides guidance and technical expertise on international issues affecting the ability of retailers to sell their products in foreign markets through the Internet. Some of the issues addressed by the subcommittee include the imposition of customs duties on electronically transmitted products, market access, and negotiations on e-commerce at the World Trade Organization. The subcommittee also is a working group of the NRF Tax and Privacy Committees. In this capacity it also helps formulate industry positions on the interna-

Human Resources Specialty Store Roundtable

NRF staff contact: Mallory B. Duncan

In addition to planning the annual Financial, Credit and Internal Audit Executives Conference, this council conducts an annual forum for the exchange of ideas and solutions to industry audit concerns. The committee conducts its own annual internal benchmarking survey, available to participants. Representatives from each of the large public accounting firms provide input and guidance to the council.

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This committee is concerned with organizational issues in field operations and compensation and benefit considerations for specialty store chains. It conducts an annual Specialty Store Compensation and Benefit Survey for the retail industry.

NRF staff contact: Dan Butler

International Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) The ITAC members include senior retail sourcing, compliance, and government relations executives and general counsels, who are responsible for international trade, customs, and international labor issues for their companies both on the legislative and regulatory fronts. In 2001,

NRF staff contact: Erik Autor

NRF staff contact: Erik Autor

ITAC — Customs Subcommittee This subcommittee of the ITAC provides guidance and technical expertise on customs and trade facilitation issues affecting retailers as well as relations between the U.S. Customs Service and the

tional aspects of Internet taxation and Internet privacy. The subcommittee confers on an ad hoc basis. NRF staff contact: Erik Autor

ITAC — Supplier Compliance Subcommittee

ITAC — Softgoods Subcommittee

This invitation-only council is limited to the most senior legal officers among NRF’s retail membership. Two to three times each year they meet to share strategy and ideas for addressing cutting edge legal and management issues of concern to retail law departments, such as alternative dispute resolution, antitrust trends, advertising, benchmarking of legal programs and securities law issues, as well as other matters.

NRF staff contact: Katherine Lugar

NRF staff contact: Erik Autor

NRF staff contact: Dan Butler

General Counsels Forum

The NRF Government Affairs Policy Council is the Federation’s principal policy making body on federal legislative and regulatory issues. Receiving input from other NRF technical committees, the Policy Council reviews pending and proposed legislation and regulation and sets official policy positions as well as implementing strategies and tactics. This invitation-only council is comprised of corporate representatives as well as state and national association executives.

importing community. The subcommittee confers on an ad hoc basis.

This subcommittee of the ITAC formulates the industry’s response to concerns raised about “sweat shop” working conditions in U.S. and international manufacturing operations. The subcommittee has played a key advisory role in assisting the NRF in its position as a member of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Child Labor Advisory Committee. Within the subcommittee, a Sweatshop Education Taskforce developed a website (www.sweatshops-retail.com) aimed at educating the public about industry efforts to ensure that products sold at retail in the United States are manufactured in an ethical manner and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. The subcommittee confers on an ad hoc basis.

NRF staff contact: Katherine Lugar

Government Affairs Policy Council

the ITAC played a key role in representing the industry’s interests on efforts to pass trade promotion authority (TPA), implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), providing new trade preferences for countries of the Andean Region, Congressional approval of the trade agreement with Vietnam, funding a new computer system for the Customs Service, as well as other initiatives to eliminate U.S. and foreign trade barriers and to facilitate trade. The ITAC meets three times a year and has five subcommittees.

IXRetail Technical Committee (ARTS) The IXRetail Technical Committee develops XML documents and messages for use within the retail enterprise. It is composed of XML experts from both vendors and retailers. ARTS staff contact: Richard E. Mader

Loss Prevention Advisory Council This council meets frequently to discuss common problems confronting the security industry and to share new ideas on product and program results. The council is also active in the planning of the Loss Prevention Conference and Exhibition. The council was instrumental in the development of a new series of informational brochures on a variety of loss prevention topics to benefit smaller retail companies. NRF staff contact: Dan Butler

Postal Working Group This working group provides guidance to the NRF in representing retailers on matters before Capitol Hill, the Postal Rate Commission and the United States Postal Service. The committee’s primary focus is first-class mail. The committee also provides testimony on proposed federal legislation which affects mailers generally. The committee meets on an ad hoc basis. NRF staff contact: Jennifer Kurrie

NRF Annual Report 2002  

2002 National Retail Federation Annual Report

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