Message from the CEO: 31 March 2020

Covid-19 is proving to be a once-in-one-hundred-year crisis. I don’t need to tell any of you of the adverse...

Covid-19 is proving to be a once-in-one-hundred-year crisis. I don’t need to tell any of you of the adverse economic effects it is inflicting on Australia as lockdown measures continue to tighten. With the attention of all governments entirely focused on stopping the spread of this virus and mitigating...

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Message from the CEO: 24 March 2020

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, it is becoming clear that this issue is going to have a...

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, it is becoming clear that this issue is going to have a profound affect, not only now but in the period ahead. On Sunday night the Prime Minister, following a meeting of the National Cabinet, implemented a Stage 1 shutdown of non-essential...

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Message from the CEO: 17 March 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold with the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declaring it a pandemic. At the...

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold with the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declaring it a pandemic. At the time of writing Victoria has declared a state of emergency and the number of Australian cases continues to snowball. And of course, it’s not just the health risks associated with this...

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Message from the CEO: 10 March 2020

Australia has been subjected to a summer of disasters. Large-scale bushfires that ravaged numerous regional communities, a longstanding drought,...

Australia has been subjected to a summer of disasters. Large-scale bushfires that ravaged numerous regional communities, a longstanding drought, and now the Coronavirus outbreak have all left an impact that now extends beyond those directly affected. This was demonstrated in last week’s Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail report...

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Message from the CEO: 3rd March 2020

Headlines right around the world are dominated at present by the Coronavirus health scare and the fallout taking place....

Headlines right around the world are dominated at present by the Coronavirus health scare and the fallout taking place. We’re starting to see elected representatives at all levels of government take action to both protect the public and curb the economic consequences.   Last week the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, warned...

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Message from the CEO: 25 February 2020

We are now just one week away from nominations opening for the 2020 National Retail Awards. From next Monday,...

We are now just one week away from nominations opening for the 2020 National Retail Awards. From next Monday, March 2, retailers from across the country will be able to lodge their nominations via our online portal.   It is completely free to enter, with the winners announced at our star-studded...

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Message from the CEO: 18 February 2020

As you all know only too well, Australian retail is currently confronting an unprecedented set of challenges. The full...

As you all know only too well, Australian retail is currently confronting an unprecedented set of challenges. The full impact from the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus is yet to be felt and it follows a summer of devastating drought and bushfires, as well as a flat economy more...

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Message from the CEO: 11 February 2020

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its retail trade report for December 2019 and the results...

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its retail trade report for December 2019 and the results were rather mixed. Although a drop in turnover of 0.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted) certainly does not sound ideal, the figure needs to put into a broader context. Given the...

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Message from the CEO: Tuesday 4 February 2020

It hasn’t exactly been a good news start to 2020, with Australia having been gripped by unprecedented bushfires and...

It hasn’t exactly been a good news start to 2020, with Australia having been gripped by unprecedented bushfires and much of the country remaining in drought. Now headlines around the world are being dominated by the latest health pandemic to arise, the deadly Coronavirus. The infectious disease has seen the...

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Message from the CEO: 28 January 2020

It’s hard to believe that we’re already almost one month into 2020, proof there certainly is no rest for...

It’s hard to believe that we’re already almost one month into 2020, proof there certainly is no rest for those in retail! Many headlines continue to be devoted to the tough time that retail has experienced in the last 12 months and the number of brands that have collapsed. As...

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Message from the CEO: 21 January 2020

The good news from the ABS retail trade report of strong November 2019 sales has unfortunately proven to be...

The good news from the ABS retail trade report of strong November 2019 sales has unfortunately proven to be short-lived. Last week clothing retailer Jeanswest announced that it would be going into voluntary administration, making it the latest established retail brand to take such action. In the first instance, the...

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Fashion Is Your Business podcast | Paul Greenberg and Dominique Lamb | Retail in Australia

Recently MouthMedia was on location in the podcast booth at NRF Big Show in New York. Fashion Is Your...

Recently MouthMedia was on location in the podcast booth at NRF Big Show in New York. Fashion Is Your Business" podcast caught up with Paul Greenberg about his new role as Vice Chair of the Federation of International Retail Associations, and Dominique Lamb, the CEO of Australia's National Retail...

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Message from the CEO: 14 January 2020

I’m writing this week from New York where I am attending the Federation of International Retail Associations (FIRA) summit....

I’m writing this week from New York where I am attending the Federation of International Retail Associations (FIRA) summit. It’s been incredibly insightful to spend the week learning the sorts of techniques that retailers around the world are implementing and the cutting-edge trends that are emerging. Retail is facing both...

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Message from the CEO: 7 January 2020

Welcome to the first edition of the National Retail Review for 2020. Before I provide a rundown of the...

Welcome to the first edition of the National Retail Review for 2020. Before I provide a rundown of the Christmas trade period for 2019, I thought it only appropriate to begin this column by stating that the NRA’s thoughts are very much with all Australians currently affected by these...

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Message from the CEO: 17 December 2019

After a long and arduous 2019, we’ve finally entered the home straight, with Christmas just days away. I’m sure all...

After a long and arduous 2019, we’ve finally entered the home straight, with Christmas just days away. I’m sure all of you are run off your feet as shoppers across the country finalise their Christmas purchases. But as this is the last CEO column for the year, I do hope...

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Message from the CEO: 10 December 2019

As the countdown to Christmas enters the final stretch we hope that the festive season is bringing plenty of...

As the countdown to Christmas enters the final stretch we hope that the festive season is bringing plenty of cheer to you and your business. With school holidays now in full swing there should be plenty of foot traffic across shopping precincts nationwide. Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics...

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