Message from the CEO | 24 November 2020

There’s an old saying that a week is a long time in politics and our members in South Australia...

There’s an old saying that a week is a long time in politics and our members in South Australia know that only too well given what has transpired in the last seven days. Following a rise in COVID-19 cases, last Wednesday the Premier announced a six day ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown....

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Message from the CEO | 17 November 2020

After a turbulent year, the retail Christmas trading period has officially kicked off.  Before I detail the various forecasts...

After a turbulent year, the retail Christmas trading period has officially kicked off.  Before I detail the various forecasts and trends that the NRA expects to see over the next six weeks, I’ll begin by addressing the latest COVID outbreak in South Australia. At the time of writing, a...

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Message from the CEO | 10 November 2020

Australian retail is now heading into the final stretch of what has been a surreal, challenging and bizarre year...

Australian retail is now heading into the final stretch of what has been a surreal, challenging and bizarre year for the sector and life in general. It’s hard to believe that we are now just some six weeks away from Christmas. Getting our Victorian members to reopen their doors again...

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Message from the CEO | 3 November 2020

It’s difficult to believe that we’re heading into the final stretch of the most whirlwind year in recent memory....

It’s difficult to believe that we’re heading into the final stretch of the most whirlwind year in recent memory. We’re now less than two weeks from the official start of the Christmas trade period and we all know just how important this year’s festive season will be for our...

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Message from the CEO | 27 October 2020

At long last Victorian retailers have been provided with some good news over when they will be able to...

At long last Victorian retailers have been provided with some good news over when they will be able to reopen. After announcing a pause on a lifting of restrictions on Sunday, yesterday Premier Daniel Andrews announced that as of 11:59pm Tuesday night, Melbourne shops will be allowed to recommence...

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Message from the CEO | 20 October 2020

With daily case numbers now down to single digits, the Victorian Government has finally provided some greater clarity regarding...

With daily case numbers now down to single digits, the Victorian Government has finally provided some greater clarity regarding the lifting of business restrictions for retailers across the state. From 2 November, Melbourne retailers will be allowed to reopen for trade. There will be a ‘dark reopening’ from 28 October,...

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Message from the CEO | 13 October 2020

Following a year that has thrown up nothing but challenges for the retail sector, there was some welcome relief...

Following a year that has thrown up nothing but challenges for the retail sector, there was some welcome relief in last Tuesday’s Federal Budget from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. With economies across the world plunged into recession it is an agonising time for anyone who operates a business, which is why...

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Message from the Deputy CEO | 6 October 2020

Tonight, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will hand down the first Federal Budget since April 2019. And it’s easily the most...

Tonight, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will hand down the first Federal Budget since April 2019. And it’s easily the most important one in living memory. With Australia officially in its first recession since 1991, the entire nation will eagerly anticipate the blueprint for an economic recovery that the government will unveil...

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Message from the Deputy CEO | 29 September 2020

I’d like to begin this week’s column by explaining why it is you’re hearing from me this week rather...

I’d like to begin this week’s column by explaining why it is you’re hearing from me this week rather than Dominique. In exciting news last Thursday, Dominique gave birth to her second child, a beautiful baby boy named Frederick. I can confirm that mother and son are both doing well....

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Message from the CEO | 22 September 2020

To misquote the American author Mark Twain, reports of the death of retail have been greatly exaggerated. We know...

To misquote the American author Mark Twain, reports of the death of retail have been greatly exaggerated. We know many members are going through their toughest times ever, and sadly we know some retailers will be forced to exit the industry before the impact of COVID has passed.  But...

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Message from the CEO | 15 September 2020

Following months of the most stringent lockdown measures in the country, the Victorian Government has announced an expanded financial...

Following months of the most stringent lockdown measures in the country, the Victorian Government has announced an expanded financial relief package to help stem the job losses in Australia’s second most populous state. Tens of thousands of Victorian businesses will now be eligible for cash grants, payroll relief and cashflow...

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Message from the CEO | 8 September 2020

After being in lockdown for weeks on end, the Victorian Government has announced a roadmap to steadily reopen the...

After being in lockdown for weeks on end, the Victorian Government has announced a roadmap to steadily reopen the state. Unfortunately, asides from essential retail outlets, the sector will remain closed until at least 26 October. This will bring the total time that retail has been in lockdown to...

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Message from the CEO | 1 September 2020

Coronavirus has changed life as we had come to know it in many ways. None of us will be...

Coronavirus has changed life as we had come to know it in many ways. None of us will be going on an overseas holiday for some time, crowded events remain off limits and the economic fallout will be substantial. From a retail perspective, it has impacted all of you regardless...

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Message from the CEO: 25 August 2020

Last Friday saw the ABS release its preliminary report for July 2020, with some surprising news. Turnover rose by...

Last Friday saw the ABS release its preliminary report for July 2020, with some surprising news. Turnover rose by a substantial 3.3 per cent on the June figures, with every state and territory except Victoria experiencing increased sales compared to June. While this is probably not that surprising given...

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Message from the CEO: 18 August 2020

It’s hard to believe that we have now reached the six-month mark since Australia first began to implement lockdown...

It’s hard to believe that we have now reached the six-month mark since Australia first began to implement lockdown measures. Although some businesses have found ways to succeed during this period, for the vast majority of you this has been a time of unprecedented challenges. New daily case numbers in...

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Message from the CEO: 11 August 2020

2020 has undoubtedly been the most challenging year for retail in living memory, but I can start this week’s...

2020 has undoubtedly been the most challenging year for retail in living memory, but I can start this week’s column off with some good news. Last week the ACCC granted NRA members the ability to share information and to collectively bargain with landlords on rent relief measures. With the situation...

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