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Charles Anderson Recognized with Advocacy Leadership Award

2023-2024 Minnesota's Retail Champion Awards

Charles Anderson Advocacy LeadershipSt. Paul (October 9, 2023) – The Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to recognize Charles Anderson, a commander with the St. Paul Police Department, with its Advocacy Leadership award as part of the 2023-2024 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

Bruce Nustad, president of the Minnesota Retailers Association, commended Anderson for his exceptional leadership. "Commander Anderson's relentless dedication to addressing Organized Retail Crime demonstrates the importance of collaboration between law enforcement and the retail industry. His leadership has played a significant role in making a safer and more secure retail environment for workers, customers, and communities in Minnesota."

"Organized retail crime is a phenomenon that affects all of our communities, our businesses, business owners, and really has an impact on public safety in all respects," Commander Anderson emphasized, highlighting the far-reaching consequences of Organized Retail Crime. “Doing what I do on a day-to-day basis is ultimately satisfying because its about service with a purpose,” he reflected.

Commander Anderson's tireless commitment to combatting Organized Retail Crime has made a profound impact on local communities, businesses, and public safety. His invaluable expertise played a pivotal role in the successful passage of the Organized Retail Crime definition bill during the 2023 legislative session.

Anderson is the sole recipient of the Minnesota’s Retail Champions Advocacy Leadership award. Eleven other organizations and individuals will be recognized in other categories such as Retail Entrepreneur of the Year, Family Business of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Advocate Partner of the Year, Community Partner of the Year, Retail Mentor of the Year, Retail Collaboration, Customer Experience, Vendor Partner of the Year, Social Responsibility, and Retail Community of the Year.

Anderson will accept the award during the Retail Rally event on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Bloomington. The event features practical, game-changing, cutting-edge retail innovations, strategies, and ideas. Retail Rally event information can be found at

Click here to see all the 2023-2024 Minnesota's Retail Champions award winners.

About the Minnesota Retailers Association: The Minnesota Retailers Association promotes, preserves, and enhances the retail industry in Minnesota by taking a leadership position in development of public policy and regulatory measures that impact members. MnRA also works to enhance the public image of the retail industry by providing information, services and support that adds value to its members.

Contact: Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (651) 227-6631

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