WA CDS product registration process update

We are now less than 60 days away from the 1 October 2020 Containers for Change launch in Western...

We are now less than 60 days away from the 1 October 2020 Containers for Change launch in Western Australia and the WARRRL has provided an update on the product registration process. A list of products that were previously approved in the Queensland container deposit scheme has now been pre-approved...

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Queensland councils reschedule multiple Show Day public holidays

With COVID-19 restrictions causing the cancelling or rescheduling of multiple Show Day Public Holidays, the Queensland State Government has...

With COVID-19 restrictions causing the cancelling or rescheduling of multiple Show Day Public Holidays, the Queensland State Government has moved the annual Ekka Wednesday Holiday to Friday August 14 to create the People's Long Weekend in an effort to boost local tourism numbers. The Government has also extended this...

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SafeCity Network Brisbane – Shopping Centres versus CBD crime

The following trends in retail crime have been witnessed by Brisbane retailers over the past few weeks, as relayed...

The following trends in retail crime have been witnessed by Brisbane retailers over the past few weeks, as relayed across the National Retail Association's SafeCity Network. The National Retail Association recently visited a major shopping centre in Brisbane and has found crime has been comparatively lower than in the CBD. Shopping...

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Why buy when you can rent store fittings & save waste?

Fitting out a storefront is often complicated and costly - especially if you're a start-up or online retailer looking...

Fitting out a storefront is often complicated and costly - especially if you're a start-up or online retailer looking to test the market via a pop-up store. You may even be an established retailer but are looking to move or trial new locations. Then every year or two, the...

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Sourcing face masks for retail team members – industry tips

Face coverings are now mandatory for metropolitan Melbourne and Shire of Mitchell. Retail staff will need to wear a face...

Face coverings are now mandatory for metropolitan Melbourne and Shire of Mitchell. Retail staff will need to wear a face covering that conceals both the nose and mouth, unless they meet any of the criteria for lawful excuses such as a medical condition. If your business is ordering a large quantity...

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QLD single-use plastics ban submitted to Parliament with broad public support

The Queensland Government has submitted the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Bill 2020 to Parliament and, if...

The Queensland Government has submitted the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Bill 2020 to Parliament and, if passed, will likely come into effect sometime in 2021. Queensland and interstate retailers, especially those that sell food and beverages, should familiarise themselves with the proposed changes or contact the National...

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Suburban Adelaide shops and supermarkets required to revert to pre-COVID-19 hours of operation from 19 July 2020

Suburban Adelaide shops and supermarkets will be required to revert to their pre-COVID-19 hours of operation from this Sunday,...

Suburban Adelaide shops and supermarkets will be required to revert to their pre-COVID-19 hours of operation from this Sunday, with the State Government announcing it will not be granting a further 30-day exemption to support physical distancing. Under the 30-day exemptions – the first of which came into effect on...

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Technical Standards Committee Chairperson wins top Standards Australia award

The National Retail Association would like to congratulate our Technical Standards Committee Chairperson, Barbara Geens. Barbara has been awarded...

The National Retail Association would like to congratulate our Technical Standards Committee Chairperson, Barbara Geens. Barbara has been awarded the most prestigious award from Standards Australia, the W.R. Hebblewhite Medal. Standards Awards are presented to those who have made significant contributions to standardisation and demonstrated outstanding service in enabling...

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NRA welcomes ACCC announcement regarding rent relief measures

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the ACCC announcement proposing to grant authorisation for NRA members to engage...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the ACCC announcement proposing to grant authorisation for NRA members to engage in information sharing and, in the case of tenants, collective bargaining with respect to their leases. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said the draft determination meant that NRA members are one...

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New safety standard for projectile toys

The ACCC has announced an updated mandatory safety standard for projectile toys, designed to protect children from serious eye...

The ACCC has announced an updated mandatory safety standard for projectile toys, designed to protect children from serious eye injuries or choking from toys like bow and arrow sets and toy guns. The mandatory standard prescribes requirements for the design, construction and labelling of projectile toys. Suppliers are now able...

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Further extension of COVID-19 trading arrangements in Greater Adelaide

The Hon Rob Lucas MLC, Treasurer, has announced a further 30 day exemption for extended trading hours in the...

The Hon Rob Lucas MLC, Treasurer, has announced a further 30 day exemption for extended trading hours in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District (CBD & Suburbs). SA Health officials continue to support extended shop trading as a measure which assists in physical distancing.  “The public health advice is clear and,...

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Big grants for small business: NSW Government announces new recovery grants

The New South Wales government is doing all it can to help local businesses get back on their feet....

The New South Wales government is doing all it can to help local businesses get back on their feet. It was announced Tuesday 16th June that new recovery grants will become available from July 1st 2020. “Today we signal to the people of NSW a shift in direction, from response...

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Industry & community groups combine to support ban on EPS foodware

The National Retail Association plus industry and community groups have contacted the Queensland Government today to express their support...

The National Retail Association plus industry and community groups have contacted the Queensland Government today to express their support for a ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foodware. Members of the QLD Stakeholder Advisory Group on the proposed single-use plastics ban, have written a joint letter recommending that EPS takeaway cups,...

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Managing customer frustration with cashless transactions

Many retailers have implemented store policies against cash transactions to minimise the risk of transferring the COVID-19 virus from one...

Many retailers have implemented store policies against cash transactions to minimise the risk of transferring the COVID-19 virus from one person to another. Researches argue that objects, including polymer banknotes, can remain infectious from anywhere between 6 and 24 hours, depending on the temperature and humidity. If a person is infected,...

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SafeCity Network Brisbane – Retail Crime during COVID-19 recovery

The following trends in retail crime have been witnessed by Brisbane retailers over the past few weeks, as relayed...

The following trends in retail crime have been witnessed by Brisbane retailers over the past few weeks, as relayed across the National Retail Association's SafeCity Network. Rise in crime on George St and Adelaide St Retailers have reported an increase in aggression, loitering and theft by people who appear to be...

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APCO June sustainability webinar series

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation has today released the June schedule for its highly successful Weekly Community Webinar series....

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation has today released the June schedule for its highly successful Weekly Community Webinar series. Launched in March, the webinars are designed to bring together professionals across the business, government and environmental communities and help the sustainable packaging community stay connected during lockdown. To date the...

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