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Registration Eligibility

Definitions

Retailer

NRF identifies a retailer as a company whose core business is to sell consumer goods directly to the end consumer via storefront, catalog, television, or online. (Chain restaurants are included in this definition.) The company must own the merchandise it sells. Companies primarily engaged in the sale of goods or services to businesses (whether at wholesale or retail) are not considered retailers.

Consumer packaged goods (CPG)

NRF defines a CPG company as one that sells (typically on a wholesale basis to retailers) non-durable goods that are consumed by the average consumer at a relatively low cost. Examples include goods such as soft drinks, toiletries and grocery items.

Consumer services company

NRF defines a Consumer Services company as one whose core business is providing services to the end consumer. Examples include flash sale sites, ride sharing companies, beauty services and product rental services. Companies primarily engaged in the sale of services to businesses are not included in this category.

Store design firm

NRF defines a store design firm as any company whose core business is to provide strategic store design impacting the brand and future growth of the company in the original design of new spaces and the redesign of existing spaces.

Visual merchandising firm

NRF defines a visual merchandising firm as a company that deals with the creative and strategic visual presentation of products and services in any retail environment.

Private investment firm or financial holding company

A private equity investment or financial holding company is one that is the ultimate parent company and has full ownership of the retail brand(s). Your company does not qualify if your company helps set goals, preferences and investment strategies; or provides working capital to a target company to nurture expansion, new-product development or restructuring of the company’s operations or management.

Educator

You are not eligible for the educator registration rate if your primary employer is a for-profit company (excluding colleges, universities, and schools); consulting firm; media company; non-college/university 501(c)3; 501(c)6; or sells products, services, research and/or information to retail companies. You are also not eligible if you work for a college or university but are not a teaching faculty member or a director of a college or university retail center (excluding bookstores).

 

 

Qualifications

Retail qualifications

In order to qualify as a retailer by NRF, your company needs to be verified, approved and entered in our database. Please email the following information to our membership team. Your request will be approved or denied (via email) within three business days. Retail qualification can also include qualification for: CPG, Consumer Services Company, Store Design Firm and Visual Merchandising Firm.

    Company name
    Website
    Complete mailing address
    Business email address

Private investment holding company qualification

In order to qualify as a private investment holding company by NRF, your company needs to be verified, approved and entered into our database. Please email the following information to our membership team.

    Company name
    Website
    Complete mailing address
    Business email address

Membership Information

What is a retail member?

“Retail Member” denotes NRF membership as well as members of the organization's divisions: Shop.org, ARTS and NCCR.

Contact NRF at membershipinfo@nrf.com or 202-783-7971 for membership information and benefits.