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WFIA Member Webinar Series

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December 15, 2020
2:36 pm

COVID-19 Weekly Update Webinar - Presentation by Dan Zeitlin with ESD

December 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Weekly Update Webinar

On December 18th the Employment Security Department (ESD) will be sending out rate notices for unemployment insurance taxes effective January 1, 2021. The rates are expected to increase anywhere from 200 to 600%. We have been working with ESD and the Governor's office to find a solution that will reduce this tax burden.

On today’s call we will have Dan Zeitlin from ESD going over the process for the letter and various things they are working on that may change the rates.

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December 8, 2020
9:43 am

COVID-19 Weekly Update Webinar - Presentation by Christine Thelen with Lane Powell

Retail businesses face unprecedented workforce challenges in this era of COVID-19. Among these challenges is navigating the myriad of leave and income replacement programs available to employees. This session will provide an overview of the mandatory and optional paid time off, unpaid leave, and income replacement programs employees can access when unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. And there will be plenty of time for questions, to ensure this session addresses the most critical time off issues attendees are facing.

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November 11, 2020
6:36 am

COVID-19 Outbreaks in Grocery Settings

On today's call, WFIA will have Sixtine Gurrey. She is an Epidemiologist with the Non-healthcare Congregate Settings COVID-19 Outbreak Team at the Washington State Department of Health. Sixtine will be providing our members clarity around industry outbreaks throughout the state. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health has been a valuable asset to our members by assisting you in navigating the pandemic to minimize infections and outbreaks within the industry.

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October 13, 2020
3:09 pm

Fraud, Identity Theft and Cyber in the Age of COVID

As your business been hit by fraud? Washington State businesses are being hit hard by fraudulent activities during this pandemic! We want our members to be prepared and know how to identity theft and the cyber risks associated should your business be targeted.

WFIA is excited to partner with Carl Hammersburg, Manager of Government and Healthcare Fraud at SAS Integration Technologies. Carl is a 30 year anti-fraud veteran, and he will be covering an overview of fraud, identity theft and cyber risks in 2020 and during the COVID pandemic.  He will walk through the state of risks today and how they are increasing, connect the dots on how those risks interact, and give a deeper dive into what is happening in Unemployment Insurance across the U.S. and in Washington.

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October 1, 2020
2:00 pm

NACS Age Verification Software Webinar

10.01.2020 - NACS Age Verification Software Webinar

The Educational Foundation has partnered with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) to bring you a free webinar about the NACS Age Verification Initiative and the FREE software that is available to all retailers. Our presenter for the hour will be Bill Deichler, the NACS Age Verification Program Coordinator. During this webinar you will learn everything you need to know to access this state of the art age verification system FREE from our national partner NACS.

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September 23, 2020
6:47 am

New Opportunities in the New Reality

September 22, 2020 Webinar - New Opportunities in the New Reality.

WFIA is excited to offer our members insight into 'New Opportunities in the New Reality'. For this webinar we partnered with Colin Stewart, EVP - Business Intelligence from ACOSTA and Pam Hietalati, Director of Territory Sales PNW from UNFI and we discussed some important and need-to-know information that is affecting our industry.

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August 20, 2020
10:33 am

COVID-19 Weekly Update Webinar

August 18, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update Webinar

August 12, 2020
8:19 am

WFIA Educational Foundation Workplace Safety Webinar

08/11/2020 - WFIA Educational Foundation and our guest presenters, Officer Clark and Rebekah Ziesemer with the City of Olympia Police Department - Community Programs, take a look at how to resolve workplace violence before it starts.

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June 25, 2020
1:45 pm

eCommerce Solutions and Industry Trends

During the first half of the webinar, learn from Rosie and two WIGA retailer owners on how their online platform has scaled their businesses, by acknowledging the needs of the ever-changing, digital-savvy shopper. The second half, John Ross, IGA President and CEO, will discuss eCommerce trends and key findings for independent grocers during COVID-19 and how those trends will impact retailers going forward.

June 17, 2020
9:21 am

Five Strategies for Ensuring Future Digital Commerce Growth

June 17, 2020 Five Strategies for Ensuring Future Digital Commerce Growth

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