Message from the CEO – 15 January 2019

I hope the New Year's dust has settled and you're starting to get back into the swing of things....

I hope the New Year's dust has settled and you're starting to get back into the swing of things. I wanted to let you know about an exciting event called Retail Week, which is less than two months away! It runs from Monday February 25 right through until Friday...

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Message from the CEO – 8 January 2019

Welcome to 2019! As you would have all experienced yourselves, Christmas 2018 was another busy and successful one for retail. Both...

Welcome to 2019! As you would have all experienced yourselves, Christmas 2018 was another busy and successful one for retail. Both the Christmas trade period and Boxing Day saw record sales figures as shoppers flocked to stores across the country. This was most welcome considering that 2018 had been a relatively...

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Message from the CEO – 18 December 2018

The Australian retail sector has now well and truly turned into the final strait before Santa rides his sleigh...

The Australian retail sector has now well and truly turned into the final strait before Santa rides his sleigh into town and the NRA is forecasting it to be a sales bonanza. As revealed last week, the NRA is predicting Australians to splurge over $17.8 billion in the 10 days...

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Message from the CEO: 11 December 2018

It’s hard to believe that we are now just two weeks away from Christmas Day! I know that many...

It’s hard to believe that we are now just two weeks away from Christmas Day! I know that many of you are in full swing as you enter the most frantic part of the festive season, so I’ll keep this week’s message brief. Last Thursday the ABS released its October...

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Message from the CEO – 4 December 2018

As the second largest employer of any industry in Australia, and the largest employer of young people, the retail...

As the second largest employer of any industry in Australia, and the largest employer of young people, the retail sector has a crucial role to play in the Australian economy. A strong retail sector means more jobs for more Australians, not to mention better access to goods and services for...

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Message from the CEO: 27 November 2018

With the fast-changing nature of the modern retail environment it is critical that the NRA stays in front of...

With the fast-changing nature of the modern retail environment it is critical that the NRA stays in front of all emerging trends. Part of this means having both relevant and broad representation in our organization’s leadership that understands fully the key issues facing retail and how to best navigate...

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Message from the CEO: 20 November 2018

Last week the NRA unveiled our sales projections for the Christmas trade period. For the first time ever, we can...

Last week the NRA unveiled our sales projections for the Christmas trade period. For the first time ever, we can forecast that Australians are set to splurge over $50 billion on retail sales between now and Christmas. The festive season is not only the busiest time of the year for retail,...

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Message from the CEO – 13 November 2018

The Australian retail sector is now just days away from the commencement of the official Christmas trade period, encompassing...

The Australian retail sector is now just days away from the commencement of the official Christmas trade period, encompassing the second half of November and all of December. In recent weeks I’ve used the CEO column to provide helpful hints on how to maximise sales and ensure that your business...

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Message from the CEO: 6 November 2018

Another week has come and gone in the retail world, and with it we are one week closer to...

Another week has come and gone in the retail world, and with it we are one week closer to Christmas 2018. In last week’s NRR we outlined five key areas that retailers of all shapes and sizes should pay close attention to in order to maximise Christmas sales. In the...

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Message from the CEO: 30 October 2018

It’s hard to believe that we are now less than two months away from Christmas. The difference between a good...

It’s hard to believe that we are now less than two months away from Christmas. The difference between a good Christmas and a bad Christmas can be crucial to the viability of a retail business. A strong festive season can not only provide a strong injection of profit, but also...

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Message from the CEO – 23 October 2019

There is currently a case before the Federal Court that could have real ramifications for small businesses across Australia. First,...

There is currently a case before the Federal Court that could have real ramifications for small businesses across Australia. First, a bit of background. In August this year the Federal Court found that a casual truck driver previously employed by labor hire company WorkPac was entitled to back pay for...

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Message from the Deputy CEO – 16 October 2018

I spotted a sign once that read, “Hire a teenager now, while they still know everything.” When you consider those...

I spotted a sign once that read, “Hire a teenager now, while they still know everything.” When you consider those aged 15 – 24 are the most likely of all groups to face unemployment, and that we’re the most likely of all industries to give them a job, you know...

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Message from the Deputy CEO – 9 October 2018

You may be wondering why you’re hearing from me today instead of Dominique? The newest addition to the National Retail...

You may be wondering why you’re hearing from me today instead of Dominique? The newest addition to the National Retail Association clan – Dominique’s and husband Tony’s first baby, Wilhelmina – made her grand entrance into the world a little earlier than expected late last week, weighing in at 7lb...

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Message from the CEO – 2 October 2018

Earlier this week PayPal released its mCommerce Index which surveyed over 1,000 consumers and 400 businesses. The report contained...

Earlier this week PayPal released its mCommerce Index which surveyed over 1,000 consumers and 400 businesses. The report contained some interesting findings that the retail industry should acknowledge. Rest assured, the NRA has long maintained that traditional bricks and mortar outlets will continue to be at the forefront of the...

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Message from the CEO – 25 September 2018

It’s no secret we’re addicted to our phones – just think about the panic most of us feel at...

It’s no secret we’re addicted to our phones – just think about the panic most of us feel at the thought of losing ours! While it’s also no secret these little devices have revolutionised our industry, the latest research from Salesforce suggests they are going to play an even greater...

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Message from the CEO – September 18 2018

If your business employs casuals, as many retailers do, you probably have serious concerns about the recent Federal Court...

If your business employs casuals, as many retailers do, you probably have serious concerns about the recent Federal Court ruling in the matter of WorkPac v Skene. If you’re not aware of the case, I guarantee you will hear about it in coming weeks and months.  It is a...

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