One vote down, one to go. The Marketplace Fairness Act is finally moving through Congress, with the U.S. Senate passing the bill on May 6th by 69-27. The act would give states the authority to collect sales tax from online retailers — just as they do with brick-and-mortar retailers — to at last level the playing field between the two sellers.… Read More

I’m the current Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). In this role, I feel it is important to engage support for a crucial issue facing brick-and-mortar retailers: the unfair sales tax structure that is hurting our neighborhood shopping centers and main street retailers.… Read More

I’m not going to tell you how irate brick-and-mortar retailers are with Amazon, because you already know — you’re feeling it yourself. You’ve been trying to overcome its unfair sales tax advantage. You’ve been grappling with its ongoing “attack on Main Street businesses,” as Sen.… Read More

Walking around the ICSC conference last week, you knew it wasn’t 2009 anymore. Attendance was up this year, resulting in over 6,500 attendees, and there was more energy, activity, and buzz in the crowd as many retailers are in better financial and operating positions than they were just a few years ago.… Read More