NSRA, FDRA Create Partnership

The National Shoe Retailers Association and the Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America announced Tuesday a partnership to enhance the voice of independent shoe retailers in Washington, D.C.

The FDRA will become the main advocacy arm for NSRA members and the more than 8,000 retailers nationwide.

“Our new alliance with FDRA will keep NSRA members informed about all the various regulatory issues impacting the independent channel, including issues such as Internet sales tax and inheritance tax,” NSRA President Chuck Schuyler said in a statement. “As a $7.2 billion industry, independent footwear retailers need a strong voice in Washington, and FDRA will help accomplish that.”

According to FDRA Chairman and R.G. Barry Corp. President and CEO Greg Tunney, “In an effort to enhance the services our two associations provide the industry, FDRA and NSRA have formed this very important partnership. I am very excited because this collaboration will enhance the power of our industry’s collective voice.”

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