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October 20, 2018

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Record spending this St. Patrick's Day should bring good luck to Florida retailers

Record per person spending of almost $40 on apparel, decorations and beverages, and total spending nationally of $5.9 billion is also a record; great signs for Florida's retailers Read more »
Published on 3/13/2018

Publix Announces Fourth Quarter and Annual Results for 2017

Publix's sales for the fourth quarter of 2017, a 13-week period, were $8.9 billion, a 2.1 percent decrease from last year's $9.1 billion, a 14-week period. Excluding the additional week in the fourth quarter of 2016, sales for the fourth quarter of 2017 would have increased 5 percent. Comparable-store sales for the fourth quarter of 2017 increased 3.2 percent. Read more »
Published on 3/6/2018

Amazon Announces Candidates for HQ2

Amazon expects to create 50,000 high-paying jobs and invest over $5 billion in the city where it opens HQ2, a full equal to its Seattle HQ Read more »
Published on 1/18/2018

AutoNation to Benefit from Tax Reform Bill

- AutoNation expects the recent tax reform bill to positively impact fourth quarter 2017 net income from continuing operations by approximately $41 million, or approximately $0.45 per share Read more »
Published on 1/17/2018

Publix Recognized as Best Workplaces for Diversity

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, Publix was recognized as one of The Great Place to Work Institute and Fortune magazine's 2017 Best Workplaces for Diversity. Publix ranked No. 6 on this year's list. Read more »
Published on 12/8/2017

Holiday Shopping Forecast Looks Bright fo Sunshine State Retailers

In spite of the impacts of Hurricane Irma on Florida, FRF is still predicting a 3-3.5% increase in sales over 2016, thanks to high consumer confidence, robust housing, a 10-yr low unemployment rate and 100+ million tourists Read more »
Published on 11/21/2017

Publix Recognized as Best Workplaces in Retail

This week, Publix was recognized as one of The Great Place to Work Institute and Fortune magazine's “20 Best Workplaces in Retail” for 2017. Publix ranked No. 3 on this year's list. Read more »
Published on 11/9/2017

QVC Group Announces Plans for New Leadership Team and Structure to Drive Global Growth for the Next Generation of Shopping

Combined Global Group to Be No. 3 Multi-Category eCommerce Retailer and Mobile Retailer Read more »
Published on 10/16/2017

Publix Tests Curbside Grocery Pickup

Beginning Sept. 28, Publix will begin testing curbside grocery pickup at two locations: store #0006, Wesley Chapel, Florida, and store #0878, Valrico, Florida. In addition, Metro-Atlanta stores will begin testing curbside pickup by the end of this year. Read more »
Published on 9/29/2017

Amazon Opens Search for Amazon HQ2 – A Second Headquarters City in North America

New headquarters will be a full equal to Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, and is expected to grow to 50,000 employees as part of the company's ongoing job creation Read more »
Published on 9/29/2017

Lake Nona Partners with Intersection to Transform the Traditional Brick and Mortar Retail Experience

Plan for tech-forward Lake Nona Town Center will create unique opportunities for retailers, restaurants and hotels Read more »
Published on 8/17/2017

Office Depot, Inc. Announces Same-Day Delivery Coming to Three Markets

Rollout to Additional Markets Expected by December 2017 Read more »
Published on 8/8/2017

AutoNation Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

For the second quarter of 2017, AutoNation's combined retail vehicle unit sales were down 3%, or down 2% on a same store basis. Market conditions were very challenging in two of the Company's largest states, Texas and Florida, which represent approximately 45% of AutoNation's total retail vehicle unit sales. Read more »
Published on 8/4/2017

Staples, Inc. Announces Cash Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for its 4.375% Notes Due 2023

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) (“Staples” or the “Company”) announced that it has commenced a tender offer to purchase for cash any and all of its $500 million aggregate principal amount of outstanding 4.375% Senior Notes due 2023 (the “Notes”). In conjunction with the tender offer, the Company is soliciting consents to the adoption of certain proposed amendments to the terms of the Notes as described below (the “Proposed Amendments”). Read more »
Published on 8/1/2017

Superior Uniform Group, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Operating Results

Superior Uniform Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGC), manufacturer of uniforms, career apparel and accessories, today announced that for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017, net sales increased 1.5 percent to $65.6 million compared with 2016 second quarter net sales of $64.7 million. Read more »
Published on 7/28/2017

Walmart Opens New e-Commerce Fulfillment Center in Polk County, Creating 1,500 Jobs

Facility is part of Walmart's 2017-2018 investment in Florida, totaling more than $450M Read more »
Published on 7/18/2017

Amazon Expands with New Fulfillment Center in Orlando, Creating 1,500 New Full-Time Jobs

- Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in Orlando, Fla. When the site opens in 2018, Amazon will create 1,500 new full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace. Read more »
Published on 7/10/2017

Whole Foods Market 365® Store Coming to Delray Beach

Whole Foods Market announced that is has signed a new lease for a Whole Foods Market 365 store in Delray Beach, Florida. Read more »
Published on 7/10/2017

Budweiser Unveils New State Packaging Inspired by its 12 Local Breweries Across the Country

America's Favorite Full-Flavored Classic Lager Extends its Patriotic Summer Packaging Lineup to Include State Bottles and Cans Read more »
Published on 7/7/2017

Liberty Interactive enters into agreement to acquire HSN, Inc.

Liberty Interactive Corporation and HSN, Inc. today announced that they have entered into an agreement whereby Liberty Interactive will acquire the 62% of HSNi it does not already own in an all-stock transaction. Read more »
Published on 7/6/2017

Florida consumer sentiment rebounds upward in June

Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose 2.1 points in June to 96.4, changing course after two months of decline. Read more »
Published on 7/3/2017

Amazon Announces Plans to Expand in Miami with New Fulfillment Center

The robotics site will be the tenth Amazon facility in Florida Read more »
Published on 6/30/2017

Gains and challenges: HSN searches for a new CEO amid sagging profits

Under CEO Mindy Grossman, HSN saw its fortunes rise and fall dramatically... Read more »
Published on 6/28/2017

Office Depot, Inc. Launches Iconic “Taking Care of Business” Brand Platform

Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office products, services, and solutions, announced the launch of its iconic “Taking Care of Business” brand platform, which has been modernized for today's busy working professionals and consumers alike. The company's interactions with customers will emphasize the sentiment: “You Take Care of Business, We Take Care of You.” As part of the brand platform rollout, the company is unveiling its national advertising campaign. Read more »
Published on 6/27/2017

Office Depot, Inc. Partners with Centriq Technology on Asset Management Platform

Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office products, services, and solutions, announced it is entering into an exclusive licensing agreement with Centriq Technology, Inc., to develop a unique business application utilizing their award-winning asset management platform. Read more »
Published on 6/23/2017

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