High-tech bid to fight retail crime in the Brisbane CBD

Brisbane retailers are teaming up with the Brisbane City Council and Crime Stoppers in a high-tech bid to stamp out crime in the CBD and Fortitude Valley. The National Retail Association’s SafeCity Network will be switched on in March next year, thanks to backing from the Federal Government’s Safer Streets program and support from the […]

Message from the CEO: 12 December 2017

There has been more in the media this week about retail stores doing it tough and some having to close up shop. While we love to celebrate the retail success stories in this industry, we know that behind every one, there are countless others that don’t turn out so rosy. There’s no denying it’s a […]

Fixed-term employment contracts – Beware of the unfair dismissal risk

By Alex Millman and Justine Ansell, NRA Legal Khayam v Navitas English Pty Ltd [2017] FWCFB 5162 Members will recall that earlier this year the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission foreshadowed that it would re-evaluate how the Commission approached fixed-term contracts in unfair dismissal cases, namely whether a contract ‘expiring’ meant that the […]

Hundreds of thousands of shoppers expected as Westfield extends Christmas hours

Time-poor shoppers who’ve left knocking over their Christmas lists until the last minute will be able to shop till they drop right up until Christmas Eve, after Westfield today rolled out extended, state-wide trading hours. Scentre Group Regional Manager Richard Heinz said hundreds of thousands of people would flock into Queensland’s Westfield shopping centres over […]

A partnership for the future of payment

As buy now, pay later options sweep the retail industry, the National Retail Association has partnered with Openpay to ensure members remain at the forefront of modern payment systems.  Buy now, pay later (BNPL) is quickly moving from a trend to an expectation for consumers that want, or need, to afford to spend more. With […]

How Adopting Digital Platforms Can Save Your Business

Written by Roubler Companies in difficulty should go on the attack in their corporate strategy, a survey from McKinsey & Company suggests. The survey talked to over 2,100 executives, discussing online platforms and services over the Internet. It seems companies under threat from successful Internet companies would benefit from throwing their all of resources into building […]

Have your say on industry skills needs

SkillsIQ is conducting a national survey to look at workforce and skills issues and gain your feedback. All stakeholders are encouraged to complete the survey and have your say. The data collected will be collated and provided to the relevant Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) and used to inform the development of the 2018 Industry Skills […]

Australian retailers getting on with the job, as Amazon finally out of the starter’s blocks

The National Retail Association has today praised the Australian retail industry for its innovative approach to overcoming the red tape, cost and logistical challenges unique to the Australian marketplace, on the back of today’s much-anticipated, but underwhelming, launch of Amazon Australia. NRA Chief Executive Dominique Lamb said Australian retailers were an innovative bunch, who’ve shown […]

October ABS figures show retail in solid position for Christmas

Today the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its retail figures for October which show an increase in retail turnover of 0.5 per cent, seasonally adjusted. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said that the figures show that retail is awakening from its slumber following sluggish results in previous months. “Australian retail had experienced three consecutive months […]

Message from the CEO: 5 December 2017

After what seems like an eternity, the penalty rates issue flared again this week, after the Senate passed measures to reverse the decision of the independent umpire, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to reduce Sunday and public holiday rates. Labor teamed up with the Greens and some crossbenchers to pass amendments to the Government’s bill, […]