The Louisiana Retailers Association nurtures the retail climate, creating a favorable business environment. We strive to foster an environment where retailers have an opportunity to grow and prosper. To help foster such growth, the LRA provides a number of cost-saving, profit-boosting services. Have a look, save time and money and take advantage.

Government Relations:  The Louisiana Retailers Association, unequivocally, has clout in Washington, D.C. The Louisiana Congressional delegation is aware of the LRA's position on a multitude of issues. In fact, they respond to LRA requests for information, facts, and figures personally. The LRA conducts annual meetings with Louisiana senators and representatives, ensuring we maintain a direct link to Congress.

The LRA has a continual presence at the state capitol in Baton Rouge. Members can expect the LRA to work at the state level to educate lawmakers on the needs of retailers and cultivate a strong business climate. The LRA lobbyists continually monitor legislative activity and represent retailers on issues including workers' compensation regulation, worthless check fees, local tax reform and tort reform.

Rest assured, the LRA retains membership in national organizations, keeping us apprised of federal regulations, which directly impact Louisiana merchants. These affiliations include: National Retail Federation, Food Marketing Institute, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, National Grocers Association, National Association of Convenience Stores, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and American Society of Association Executives.

Payment Processing and Payroll Solutions:   The LRA has partnered with Heartland, one of the largest payment processors in the U.S. to provide members with a wide range of products and services, from payment and payroll processing, to point of sale systems, lending, security technology and more. Heartland Secure is the most secure card processing solution in the industry, backed by a comprehensive breach warranty. Heartland offers fair, up-front pricing and data security that continues to set the industry standard. Heartland’s pricing model features Interchange Plus pricing: All bankcard Interchange and fees assessed by the card brands are passed through to business owners without a markup of any kind. Whether you are looking for payroll for your expanding employee base or offering a 401(k) for the first time, Heartland’s payroll and HR services provide reliable solutions. Members benefit from a three-year price lock and a single point of contact dedicated to your business. Call 1-800-572-2378 or email brandi@laretail.org for more information.

Educational Programs:  
  • The Louisiana Retailers Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational resources for members of the Louisiana Retailers Association. The Foundation is also dedicated to offering employee training tools for LRA members. A skilled employee is a valuable asset to any employer. Louisiana Retailers Education Foundation Scholarship Program- the Louisiana Retailers Association scholarship program is an excellent employee benefit. The LRA takes an innovative approach. Our goal is this: To recognize and aid deserving students who are eligible based on either their parents' employment or their own employment by firms that are members of the Louisiana Retailers Association.

  • Marketing Education Retail Alliance, Inc. (MERA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of marketing education. MERA facilitates the expansion of marketing programs, training of students, and focuses on bringing together retailers and students for a “hands-on” employment experience. MERA has recently partnered with the Department of Education and the National Retail Federation Foundation to implement Customer Service Skills certification of Louisiana public high school marketing teachers and students. MERA affords high school students the opportunity to earn the Retail Sales Certificate to prepare these students for the sales and service industry.
Main Street Louisiana:  Accessible from every page on the LRA website, "Main Street Louisiana" provides members with a direct link to their business website. If you are an LRA member, your business website should be part of "Main Street Louisiana". If you don't yet have a business website, we can help you Build A Shop On Main Street.

Website Development / Internet Services:  Webworkers International, the LRA website design and Internet services partner, offers LRA members discounted small business website packages, as well as custom designed websites, high-speed website hosting, e-mail accounts and "at cost" domain registration.

On-Hold Systems is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and serves clients nationwide with on-hold marketing and audio production services to over 1000 clients.

United Networks of America The UNA family of networks includes discounts for prescription drugs, vision, hearing, massage therapy, cosmetic surgery, prosmile USA, & nutritional supplements. Access to this program is FREE for LRA members, their employees and family members. Simply click on the photo of the Free Prescription Drug Card and print your prescription card to begin receiving savings.



Shipping Services: The LRA Shipping Management Program, managed by PartnerShip®, is offered exclusively to all members to help save on every shipment you send and receive. Members who enroll in the LRA Shipping Management Program will receive significant discounts on small package shipments through FedEx®, as well as savings of at least 70% on less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipments. This program is FREE to LRA members, with no obligations and no minimum shipping requirements.

LRA Self Insurer's Funds: Members of the Louisiana Retailers Association now have access to one of the state's oldest and best managed Self Insurer's Funds operated by the Louisiana Restaurant Association. This exclusive program for members of the Louisiana Retailers Association will provide you with competitive rates with up to a 15% premium discount, free loss prevention and local claims handling - all without any additional membership dues. Let us quote your workers' compensation coverage today!

Online Training for LRA Members:  LearnSomething Inc. is the leading provider of e-learning solutions for the food, drug, and professional association industries. Our programs, in partnership with top professional organizations such as the Food Marketing Institute and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, combine engaging multimedia, expert educational content, customized branding, and solid instructional design. The results are focused training solutions that are innovative, informative and effective. Click Here to view the Online Courses that are Available.

Retail Best Practices and Guide to Food Safety and Sanitation Online is designed to teach the base knowledge required for a certified food safety manager and helps to prepare managers for the national examination. Click here to view a sample or purchase the course.

Quick Reference to Retail Best Practices in Food Safety and Sanitation is designed to teach employees basics in food safety in the retail environment. Click here to view a sample or purchase the course.

Quick Reference to Retail Best Practices in Food Safety and Sanitation – Spanish is designed to teach employees basics in food safety in the retail environment. Click here to view a sample or purchase the course.

Preventing Fraud, Waste & Abuse is designed to provide general and/or specialized training to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid, now requires that pharmacists and their staff who are engaged in delivering any Medicare services receive general and specialized training to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. Click here to view a sample or purchase the course.

Free Notary Services:  The LRA provides free simple notary services for members. If you need a document notarized, we're happy to help. Please contact the LRA to make an appointment.

Online Responsible Vendor Training: Servers may now complete Responsible Vendor training required by the Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control through an online program. By providing practical knowledge and best-in-class resources, ServSafe Alcohol helps servers earn their LA Server Permit and put knowledge into action when it matters most. That makes ServSafe Alcohol the smart training solution for every server and every operation. Get started!



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