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Husch Blackwell believes that in-depth industry knowledge creates value, and that knowledge is created through an open exchange of ideas, innovations and experiences. Our Retail Institute partners with leaders in business, public policy, education and professional associations to create knowledge and deliver value by putting industry first.

For more information or to find out how your organization can partner with Husch Blackwell's Retail Institute, please contact Stacy Wipfler

Missouri Business Today: Husch Blackwell’s Retail Institute (Audio Interview) - October 28, 2017

Law firm Husch Blackwell has formed a retail institute, bringing together experts in the industry to help Missouri businesses deal with the challenges of today’s retail environment. Retail Institute leader Stacy Wipfler discusses issues impacting Missouri’s retail industry.

Creating Thought Leadership on Today's Retail Issues - October 27, 2017

Ellen Pantaenius speaks to the Kansas City Business Journal about facilitating discussions among retail industry stakeholders to address challenges they all share.

Helping Retailers Compete, Succeed is Goal of Law Firm’s New Institute - October 13, 2013

St. Louis Post-Dispatch interviews Stacy Wipfler on the Retail Institute’s efforts to help retailers remain competitive and the forces that are challenging today’s industry.

Meeting the E-Commerce Challenges on the Supply Chain - August 2017

The Department of Commerce has reported that Americans purchase goods at the pace of $1.2 billion a day online, an amount which doubled in the last five years, and which is projected to double again in the next five. Our Carlos Rodriguez joins Jeff Cascini of Cascini & Associates to explore the impact of e-commerce on retailers, supply chain industries and government oversight, from brick-and-mortar operations to NAFTA considerations.

Basic Legal Framework for Franchising – April 2017 

According to the International Franchise Association, there are over 733,000 franchises in the U.S. that contribute $404 billion to our GDP, with a healthy forecast of continued growth. Husch Blackwell Retail Institute’s John Moore highlights basic legal aspects that business owners, officers, directors and others should consider when growing their business through franchising.

Targeted Ads Using Consumer Data May Target Risky Sites – April 6, 2017  

With the April 3rd repeal of many online privacy protections, browsing histories may soon be up for sale, and the value of targeted ads will be on the rise. Read about how your organization can effectively utilize targeted ads while protecting its reputation. 

Going Forward with NAFTA 2.0 – February 21, 2017

With the fate of NAFTA unsure, find out what the future may hold for the agreement and what that could mean for you.

Treasury Department Issues New Sanctions Against Russia – December 22, 2016

The December 20th, 2016 sanctions against Russia further complicate U.S. export regulations. The newest sanctions target eight entities and two vessels, as well as several individuals – many of whom provide support to major Russian banks. 

Trump on Trade: What the President-Elect’s Plan May Mean for Your Business – November 15, 2016

Read about Trump’s seven-step trade plan “to bring back our jobs,” and how Husch Blackwell’s International Trade and Supply Chain team will be keeping tabs on Trump and Congress every step of the way.

New Rules Streamline Export Requirements – September 12, 2016

New rules affecting export clearance requirements affecting both EAR and ITAR items took effect November 15th, 2016. Harmonized legal language aims to alleviate confusion and streamline processes. Find out more about the new requirements and how it may affect your business.  

FDA Amends Food Facility Registration RequirementsJuly 20, 2016

The final rule amending the food facility registration requirement has been published, and it includes numerous changes. Among them – food facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for consumption in the US are now required to register with the FDA.  Find additional requirements and information about those affected within.

The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Process is Alive! Cost Savings for US Manufacturers – May 4, 2016

The MTB duty savings are anticipated to eliminate import taxes in excess of $700 million annually! Read about the new procedure, requirements, and process timeline that were recently passed from the House to the Senate Finance Committee. 

FDA Finalizes Food Safety Transportation Rule – April 6, 2016

The FDA released the final version of the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule under the FSMA which is aimed at preventing food contamination during transportation. Read about the new requirements and the deadlines for compliance.

New Rules Create New Business Opportunities in Cuba – January 28, 2016

With the easing of travel and export financing restrictions on Cuba, as well the general approval of licenses for many exports and re-exports, there are new business opportunities abound. Additionally, case-by-case reviews will now be done of previously prohibited items to meet the needs of the Cuban people. Husch Blackwell is monitoring the unfolding changes to US-Cuba relations and how this can be beneficial for you. 

No GMO National Labeling Standard…Yet – December 18, 2015

While a law mandating a GMO national labeling standard is still up in the air, we may gain some knowledge by looking at a new bill involving FDA approved GMO salmon. The legislation includes funding to finalize and implement guidelines for labeling the salmon (but is silent on broader GMO labeling requirements). Perhaps this can provide peace of mind for those hoping for a national law that would preempt state laws – which many believe could result in millions of dollars in compliance costs. 

FDA Issues 2015 Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards – September 15, 2015

The recent publication of the latest Retail Program Standards for food regulatory programs aims to reduce risk factors contributing to foodborne illness and promote managerial control of said factors. Read more about the latest standards, as well as find a link to the complete list of jurisdictions enrolled in the Retail Program Standards. 

Congress Focuses on Building Trade Relationships – April 20, 2015

A bipartisan team recently introduced several pieces of legislation aimed at renewing several trade preferences and liberalization programs – including TPA-2015 and the AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act. This legislation hopes to aid in trade negotiations as well as extend and renew programs such as HOPE and HELP. 

Brand Owners Beware: Trademark Opposition Proceedings Take on New Significance Following the Supreme Court’s Ruling – March 26, 2015

The Supreme Court’s ruling in B&B Hardware, Inc v. Hargis Industries, Inc. will have significant impact on how brand owners address opposition proceeding raised by competitors at the TTAB. Read more about the case, the decision, and why this ruling is important. 

Obama Administration Announces Historic Change in Cuba Trade and Travel Policy – December 18, 2014

President Obama announced a number of measures to liberalize trade and travel to Cuba. While Congress must formally overturn the U.S. embargo, some of the executive actions include: re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba, expansion of travel, and expansion of authorized commercial sales and exports. Read more details about these actions, as well others, within.

Trek Leather: A New Avenue for CBP Enforcement – September 23, 2014

The recent ruling in U.S. v. Trek Leather, Inc and Harish Shadadpuri allows for increased enforcement and penalty activities by US Customs and Border Protection, specifically under Section 1592. A higher vigilance should be sought when it comes to import compliance procedures. Read specifics about the case and what you should be on the lookout for. 

US and Others Step Up Sanctions Against Russia – August 1, 2014

The United States, Canada, Japan and the EU have all imposed sanctions against Russia, which could result in administrative and criminal penalties if violated. Read more about the sectorial and financial sanctions as well as asset freezes and money laundering concerns. 

Brand Owners Beware: Important Changes in Canadian Trademark Law are on the Horizon 
– June 4, 2014

Bill C-31, the Economic Action Plan Act 2014, will have a significant impact on brand owners if it passes – and it likely will. We focus on six key action items we recommend you consider, in addition to reviewing your portfolio and consulting with counsel. 

Ukraine-Related Sanctions Update: OFAC Issues Sanction Regulations; President Withdraws GSP Status for Russia – May 16, 2014

The US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has formally implemented Ukraine-related sanctions set forth in a handful of Executive Orders. As of now, an abbreviated version of the sanctions has been published with a more comprehensive publication to follow. With President Obama also intending to withdraw beneficiary developing country status from Russia, companies should closely monitor this rapidly developing situation.