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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 10, 2021
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Atlanta, GA – This week, the Georgia Retailers announced Kyle Jackson as their new executive director, effective immediately. Jackson joins Georgia Retailers from UnitedHealth Group, where he previously served as Vice President of External Affairs for Georgia and Alabama. 

Jackson brings a wealth of experience in government relations and grassroots advocacy with specialized expertise in association management, political fundraising and strategy.

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“I am excited to join the Georgia Retailers team and advocate on behalf of the 120,000 retailers in the state," said Kyle Jackson. "We will work together with the Georgia Legislature and our partners to provide a strong voice for the retail industry. I look forward to continuing to grow our association and serve the state of Georgia."

With over a decade of experience in Georgia's business industry, Jackson will work alongside state and federal officials to target key issues in the retail sector and lead the organization’s strategic initiatives. In addition to advocating for the retail sector and good policy, Jackson will also manage the organization's political action committee.

Jackson has been involved with the Georgia retail industry since 2009 when he joined the South region team of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). His prior positions included interim executive director of Georgians for Lawsuit Reform, vice president of state and political affairs for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Georgia state director of NFIB. 

Kyle Jackson has served the state in various positions and appointments over the years. He served on the Legislative Advisory panel for the Georgia Board of Workers' Compensation to help develop legislative reforms to workers' compensation statutes. 

He also served as a member of Attorney General Chris Carr's Opioid Taskforce, worked on Governor Nathan Deal's Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Board and participated in Georgia Environmental Protection Division's Small Business Compliance Assistance Program.

Jackson is a graduate of Ohio State University, where he received two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in Anthropology. 

ABOUT THE GEORGIA RETAILERS

Since 1961, the Georgia Retailers have been the premier statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Georgia’s retailers provide over 888,000 jobs at over 120,000 retail establishments in the state, and pay more than $23 billion in wages annually. Georgia’s retailers collect and remit more than $6 billion in sales taxes for Georgia’s government each year.

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Friday, 11 October 2019 14:56

Georgia Retailers Advisory Board Elections

At our recent membership meeting in Savannah, GA, the Georgia Retailers elected a dynamic and exciting slate of officers. They are:

  • Chairman: Heather Kennedy, VP of Government Relations, The Home Depot
  • Vice Chairman: Glen Wilkins, Sr. Director of Public & Government Affairs, Walmart
  • Secretary: Sally West, Regional Director of State Government Relations, Walgreens
  • Treasurer: Tommy Culligan, Director of Government Relations, Publix Supermarkets

This group of seasoned retail professionals brings to the organization a wealth of industry experience and knowledge. We are in an exciting time at the Georgia Retailers, and look forward to the energy and leadership this group will bring to the Georgia’s premier retail industry association.

For Immediate Release:May 6, 2019
CONTACT:James Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

Highest spending amount ever expected this year as families celebrate moms with gifts, jewelry, events, flowers andmore

ATLANTA, GA -The Georgia Retailers (GR), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 50 years, says record spending is expected for this Mother’s Day as per person spending should come close to $200. Total spending nationally is expected to exceed $25 billion, also a record.

“Mother’s Day has traditionally been one of the highest per person spending events, and this year is no different as we expect records to be broken both locally and nationally,” said Georgia RetailersPresident & CEO R. Scott Shalley. “Georgia residents are excited to celebrate mothers, and we are eager to see how our Peach State retail members respond to this record-setting demand for gifts, jewelry, flowers and more.”

Mother’s Day spending is expected to total a record $25 billion this year, up from $23.1 billion in 2018, according to GR's partners at the National Retail Federation’s recent survey. A total 84 percent of U.S. adults are expected to celebrate in honor of their mothers and other women in their lives.

While the number of people celebrating Mother’s Day is in line with last year's86 percent, those celebrating are expected to spend more at an average $196 compared with $180 in 2018. Consumers ages 35-44 are likely to spend the most at an average of $248, up from $224, and men are likely to spend more than women at $237 compared with $158.

Newer models of gift-giving including special outings and gift cards are growing, in addition to more traditional gifts including flowers, greeting cards, and jewelry. Increased spending on jewelry represents 31 percent of the expected increase over last year.

According to the survey, consumers plan to purchase the following for Mother’s Day:

Gift category

Percent planning to purchase

Expected average
per person spending*

Expected total spending*

Greeting card(s)

75%

$6.64

$843 million

Flowers

67%

$20.31

$2.6 billion

Special outing

55%

$36.41

$4.6 billion

Gift card(s) & certificates(s)

45%

$20.65

$2.6 billion

Clothing or clothing accessories

38%

$18.07

$2.3 billion

Jewelry

35%

$40.87

$5.2 billion

Personal service

24%

$15.80

$2 billion

Housewares or gardening tools

20%

$8.82

$1.1 billion

Books or CDs

20%

$4.28

$544 million

Consumer electronics

15%

$17.15

$2.2 billion

Other

24%

$7.48

$950 million

(* These are national numbers)

Many of those celebrating cited finding something unique (44 percent) as the most important factor when picking out a Mother’s Day gift, followed by one that creates a special memory (39 percent). More than 8 in 10 (81 percent) indicate they will look to retailers for gifting inspiration.

ABOUT THE GEORGIA RETAILERS
Since 1961, Georgia Retailers has been working on behalf of the retail community to unite and pursue the common goal of creating the best environment for retailing in Georgia. Retail supports 1 out of 4 jobs in the state and is directly and indirectly responsible for 78% of Georgia's gross domestic product. The Georgia Retailers is a division of the Florida Retail Federation.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

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For Immediate Release: January 3, 2019
CONTACT: James Miller This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

Beusse has been with Georgia Retailers since 2017 and has led its lobbying and grassroots initiatives, helping to re-establish the organization as THE voice of retailing in Georgia

ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Retailers (GR), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 50 years, announces the promotion of Thomas Beusse to the position of Executive Director. Buesse will lead the organization’s strategic initiatives and lobbying efforts going forward. The promotion is effective January 1, 2019. “Thomas has been integral to the success of the Georgia Retailers, including expanding our membership, influence and impact throughout the state, and we’re excited about what the future holds for our members and our industry,” said Georgia Retailers Board Chair Heather Kennedy. “This promotion ensures that the retail industry in Georgia will continue to have a powerful voice.” Thomas has been with the Georgia Retailers since August of 2017 when he joined as Director of Government Affairs. His prior positions included State Government Affairs Manager as well as Political Mobilization Manager for the Southern Region for the American Chemistry Council (ACC). He’s also served for Congressman Tom Price and worked for a lobbying firm. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

ABOUT THE GEORGIA RETAIL ASSOCATION
Since 1961, the Georgia Retail Association has been working on behalf of the retail community to unite and pursue the common goal of creating the best environment for retailing in Georgia. Retail supports 1 out of 4 jobs in the state and is directly and indirectly responsible for 78% of Georgia's gross domestic product. The Georgia Retail Association is a division of the Florida Retail Federation.

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For Immediate Release: May 7, 2018
CONTACT: James Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

Second highest spending amount ever expected this year as families splurge on moms with jewelry, meals, flowers and clothing the most popular options

ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Retailers (GR), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 50 years, says Florida mothers will be showered with gifts from their family members this year, as spending for Mother’s Day is expected to reach $180 per person. This is down slightly from last year’s record high of $186 per person. Total spending nationwide is expected to surpass $23.1 billion, once again the second highest in survey history with more than 86 percent of Americans celebrating.

“Mothers play such a vital role in our society, and it’s wonderful to see that they’ll be receiving plenty of gifts this year as people feel more and more comfortable with their own finances,” said GR President & CEO R. Scott Shalley. “A healthy economy with more residents employed should lead to increased spending and a great opportunity for retailers to take advantage of this by showcasing sales and discounts on the more popular items.”

According to GR’s partners at the National Retail Federation’s recent survey, consumers plan to spend $4.6 billion on jewelry (purchased by 34 percent of shoppers), $4.4 billion on special outings such as dinner or brunch (55 percent) and $2.6 billion on flowers (69 percent). In addition, $2.5 billion will be spent on gift cards (45 percent), $2.1 billion on clothing (36 percent), $2.1 billion on consumer electronics (14 percent) and $1.8 billion on personal services such as a spa day (24 percent). Another $956 million will be spent on housewares or gardening tools (19 percent), $813 million on greeting cards (77 percent) and $494 million on books or music (19 percent).

The survey found 29 percent want to receive a “gift of experience” such as a spa day, tickets to a concert or gym membership while 26 percent plan to give such a gift. Gifts of experience are given most often — 45 percent of those surveyed — by 18 to 34-year olds.

Individuals ages 35-44 will be the biggest spenders this year at an average $224. However, those between 18-24 will most likely use smartphones to research their purchases and compare prices at 62 percent.

When searching for gifts, 35 percent of consumers will head to department stores and 31 percent will shop online, while 29 percent plan to shop at specialty stores such as florists, jewelers or electronics stores. Meanwhile, 23 percent plan to shop at a local small business, 22 percent at discount stores and 10 percent at specialty clothing stores.

ABOUT THE GEORGIA RETAIL ASSOCATION
Since 1961, the Georgia Retail Association has been working on behalf of the retail community to unite and pursue the common goal of creating the best environment for retailing in Georgia. Retail supports 1 out of 4 jobs in the state and is directly and indirectly responsible for 78% of Georgia's gross domestic product. The Georgia Retail Association is a division of the Florida Retail Federation.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

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