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• The National Retail Federation (NRF) is out with a projection saying that "Americans will spend more than ever as they celebrate Easter nearly three weeks later this year than last ... According to NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, spending for Easter is expected to reach $18.4 billion, up 6 percent over last year’s record $17.3 billion and a new all-time high in the survey’s 14-year history. Those celebrating plan to spend an average of $152 per person, up 4 percent from last year’s previous record of $146."

• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and National Retail Federation (NRF) announced that they will partner on PROTECT in 2018, combining their existing risk and safety signature events - focusing on loss prevention, risk and safety, organized retail crime investigators, and risk management - into what is described as "one cross-industry gathering starting in 2018."

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said, “Respecting the changing grocery landscape and the intense consolidation our industry has witnessed over the last several years, our trade groups are making similar strategic decisions to maximize efficiencies and deliver greater value to the audiences we serve. Our partnership with NRF on PROTECT 2018 will afford our food retail members the opportunity to expand their horizons, network in a larger sphere and get at the root of what they seek to do best – mitigate risk.”
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