Tens of millions of American jobs depend on the retail industry. Anyone whose job results in a consumer product – from those who supply the raw materials to factory workers to the truck drivers who deliver goods to stores – counts on retail for their livelihood. With 3.6 million stores drawing on a vast array of suppliers, retail supports 42 million jobs and $2.5 trillion of annual GDP in the US.
With stores in every community, merchants connect daily with consumers and are a key barometer for the economy. And after more than a century of representing those merchants, the National Retail Federation continues to be known as the "Voice of Retail in the Nation's Capital."