Message from the CEO | 17 May 2022

Anxiety tends to heighten for retailers during elections as people traditionally stop spending in the leadup to the ballot....

Anxiety tends to heighten for retailers during elections as people traditionally stop spending in the leadup to the ballot. But waiting for customers to get over the fear of the unknown will not pay rents or wages. It’s times like these retailers need to build connections to weather downturns...

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Message from the CEO | 10 May 2022

In the coming weeks, we will see the Fair Work Commission hand down its decision on increasing award pay...

In the coming weeks, we will see the Fair Work Commission hand down its decision on increasing award pay rates. The National Retail Association understands that pay rates are one of the key factors in attracting and retaining good staff. But we also understand that while some sectors of the...

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Message from the CEO | 3 May 2022

At the NRA we pride ourselves on being the voice of modern retail, which is why it was a...

At the NRA we pride ourselves on being the voice of modern retail, which is why it was a delight for our leadership team to come together on Friday to discuss the state of the retail industry and the NRA’s strategy for the coming year. At the present time, all...

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Message from the CEO | 19 April 2022

As federal election campaigns of parties large and small gather momentum, retailers will be interested in what’s in it...

As federal election campaigns of parties large and small gather momentum, retailers will be interested in what’s in it for them. Hopefully, the May 21 result brings a government with enough balance of power to get cracking on what’s good for the country – and good for retail. In the...

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Message from the CEO | 12 April 2022

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has undoubtedly got a difficult decision ahead of itself. The ACTU is calling for...

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has undoubtedly got a difficult decision ahead of itself. The ACTU is calling for a minimum 5 per cent increase beginning from 1 July, while industry groups, such as the NRA, are more circumspect. In our submission to the FWC, we called for an increase...

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Message from the CEO | 5 April 2022

It finally feels like we’re emerging from the weeds of the pandemic, with today’s announcement that the Northern Territory...

It finally feels like we’re emerging from the weeds of the pandemic, with today’s announcement that the Northern Territory will immediately scrap vaccine passports, and Queensland to follow suit from 1 pm on Thursday, 14 April. Customers will be able to flow into cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and other venues...

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Message from the CEO | 29 March 2022

Let me begin this week by saying that my thoughts are with all those in flood affected Dalby, Lismore...

Let me begin this week by saying that my thoughts are with all those in flood affected Dalby, Lismore and Mullumbimby. Barely four weeks after the last major rain event, I cannot imagine how exhausted and drained you must be to again be facing a deluge. If you require...

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Message from the CEO | 8 March 2022

For much of the east coast, the past seven days have been challenging beyond belief. While south-east Queensland is...

For much of the east coast, the past seven days have been challenging beyond belief. While south-east Queensland is in recovery mode, New South Wales is still facing floods and severe weather. It is our deepest hope that after today the rain will ease and those affected can also...

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Message from the CEO | 1 March 2022

Before I begin today’s column, it is only appropriate to begin today by stating that the NRA’s thoughts are...

Before I begin today’s column, it is only appropriate to begin today by stating that the NRA’s thoughts are very much with all Australians currently affected by these terrible floods. I myself have been trapped at home as floodwaters rose through the streets, and several of our team members...

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Message from the CEO | 15 February 2022

With less than a month to go to International Women’s Day, I’d like to spend a moment to talk...

With less than a month to go to International Women’s Day, I’d like to spend a moment to talk about what some have coined as the ‘pink recession’. Australian women lost jobs at a greater rate early in the pandemic, with about 55% of the 600,000 jobs lost in April...

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Message from the CEO | 1 February 2022

Today we mark the Lunar New Year and welcome the start of the Year of the Tiger. The Lunar...

Today we mark the Lunar New Year and welcome the start of the Year of the Tiger. The Lunar New Year is typically a time of celebration, exchanging money and gifts in red envelopes (hongbao) and shopping sprees to start the year in style. We wish all of our...

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Message from the CEO | 11 January 2022

It’s traditional in our first newsletter each January to wish members and all retailers a happy new year. We...

It’s traditional in our first newsletter each January to wish members and all retailers a happy new year. We know from official data and industry feedback that many retailers ended 2021 very strongly. The Australian Bureau of Statistics this week reported a 7.3 per cent increase in turnover for...

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Message from the CEO | 14 December 2021

With 11 days remaining until Christmas, there is no rest for retail. The National Retail Association has predicted a massive...

With 11 days remaining until Christmas, there is no rest for retail. The National Retail Association has predicted a massive $20.5 billion spend to occur nationwide in these final days. Consumer sentiment has reached an 11-year high, and we expect to see an 8% increase on spending for the holidays. Further...

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Message from the CEO | 7 December 2021

The final month of the year has arrived and we’re into the home stretch before the Christmas and New...

The final month of the year has arrived and we’re into the home stretch before the Christmas and New Year break. At the time of writing, Melbourne police are currently investigating an incident where a Dymocks employee was pushed to the ground unconscious and shoved down an escalator. A Melbourne...

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Message from the CEO | 30 November 2021

Headlines have been dominated by the new COVID-19 variant, just as Australia has been looking forward to a return...

Headlines have been dominated by the new COVID-19 variant, just as Australia has been looking forward to a return to normalcy this Christmas. While much is yet to be learned about this variant, we will be watching today’s National Cabinet meeting closely. International travellers have already had their “welcome...

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Message from the CEO | 2 November 2021

It was a double dose of good news last week, with a strong rise in retail sales figures for...

It was a double dose of good news last week, with a strong rise in retail sales figures for September and retail flinging open the doors at 6pm last Friday. The ABS Retail Trade figures for September 2021 show that retail turnover increased by 1.3 per cent compared with August...

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