The California Retailers Association promotes, preserves and enhances the retail industry in California. We protect the industry by taking significant leadership positions in the development of public policy and regulatory measures that impact our members and the business climate in our state. CRA’s focus is to enhance the image of the retail industry – to policy makers and consumers - by providing information, services and support that adds value and profitability to our members.
The California Retailers Association is recognized as the most significant voice representing the retail industry in California’s public policy arena, at the State Capitol, in City Halls and with regulatory bodies across the state. Policy makers, community leaders and valued stakeholders recognize CRA’s critical role in shaping public policy and influencing regulatory issues important to the profitability of retail, from all shapes and sizes. CRA members know their active participation in the Association adds value and profitability to their bottom line, through our collective representation before public policy makers, regulatory boards and commissions, national stakeholders and as the key influencer with the media.
Retail is vital to the California economy.
Retail is vital to California’s workforce.
Retail is focused on the customer experience and protecting consumer privacy.
PROVIDES THE VOICE
Retail has an important story to tell in California and CRA provides the voice.
The California Retailers Association works on behalf of California’s retail industry, which currently operates over 418,840 retail establishments with a gross domestic product of $330 billion annually and employs 3,211,805 people—one fourth of California’s total employment. CRA is the only statewide trade association representing all segments of the retail industry including general merchandise, department stores, mass merchandisers, restaurants, convenience stores, supermarkets and grocery stores, chain drug and specialty retail such as auto, vision, jewelry, hardware and home stores.
The California Retailers Association benefits California’s retailing industry through effective engagement with retailers, the general public, policy makers and the media regarding impacts legislative and regulatory proposals can have on the success of retail operations, which in turn can affect California’s economy and workforce. As THE voice of retail in California’s Capitol, in local government chambers and at regulatory agencies across the state, CRA and its team of lobbyists closely monitor legislative and regulatory activity, voicing opposition to anti-business proposals and supporting retail and business friendly initiatives.
The California Retailers Association knows the retail industry is a driving force of the state’s economy. Whether it is a national brand or a local retailer, retailers across California support a robust economy and strong workforce that is the 5th largest economy in the world. We also recognize there are unique challenges to the business community in California and CRA works with other like-minded associations and groups to provide a united front in battling initiatives that would undermine the growth of retail in our state. CRA is committed to stabilizing and strengthening the economic environment to bolster existing employers and attracting new ones. CRA is on the front lines of issues that directly affect retailers’ bottom line and is well-positioned to serve members that represent the rich diversity of our state - a single store, a national chain and everyone in between.
CRA Affiliates shape California policy by influencing the state’s retail industry at the state and local levels through helping tell the retail story to consumers and policymakers.