Message from the CEO: 16 July 2019

Congratulations to our National Retail Awards Finalists The NRA is delighted to have unveiled the finalists for the 2019 National...

Congratulations to our National Retail Awards Finalists The NRA is delighted to have unveiled the finalists for the 2019 National Retail Awards, with the winners to be announced at the Gala dinner on September 4 in Sydney. I want to say from the outset what a high calibre of nominations we...

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Message from the CEO: 9 July 2019

At long last the Government’s $157 billion, five-year income tax package has passed the senate. As a result, millions of...

At long last the Government’s $157 billion, five-year income tax package has passed the senate. As a result, millions of workers across the country will see as much as an extra $1,080 flood into their bank accounts over the coming weeks as they file their tax returns. This most certainly...

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Message from the CEO: 2 July 2019

The plastic bag ban has again been in the headlines in recent days. It is 12 months since Coles...

The plastic bag ban has again been in the headlines in recent days. It is 12 months since Coles and Woolworths ceased offering single-use plastic bags to shoppers, while every state and territory other than New South Wales has either implemented a ban or is in the process of...

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Message from the CEO: 25 June 2019

The retail sector has heard many times in recent years that it is a matter of when, not if,...

The retail sector has heard many times in recent years that it is a matter of when, not if, retail bricks and mortar fades away in favour of an exclusively online marketplace. Amazon, Alibaba, and other online goliaths will swallow up the industry, so we are told. The NRA does...

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Message from the CEO: 18 June 2019

One of the headlines that frequently gets recycled is that robots are going to take everyone’s job. While technological...

One of the headlines that frequently gets recycled is that robots are going to take everyone’s job. While technological advancement can seem exciting to some, it can inject a sense of fear in others who become terrified at the thought of losing their job to a machine. Unfortunately, this is...

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Message from the CEO – 11 June 2019

Last week the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) made the first change to interest rates in nearly three years...

Last week the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) made the first change to interest rates in nearly three years when it cut the official cash rate to a record-low 1.25 per cent. This rate cut merely confirms what we in the retail sector have known for some time –...

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Message from the CEO – 4 June 2019

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) last week handed down its Annual Wage Review. As always, the NRA had made...

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) last week handed down its Annual Wage Review. As always, the NRA had made a strong contribution in the months leading up to the decision, making both an initial submission and then a submission in reply to the FWC. Throughout the process we urged the...

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Message from the CEO – 28 May 2019

I know that a lot has been written and said about the Federal Election, and this will be my...

I know that a lot has been written and said about the Federal Election, and this will be my last comment on it.  However, now that the dust has settled a little, I think it’s worth revisiting the Coalition’s workplace policies, as a preview to what employers and workers...

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Message from the CEO – 21 May 2019

People often accuse retailers of their advertising efforts at certain times of the year – Christmas, Mothers’ Day and...

People often accuse retailers of their advertising efforts at certain times of the year – Christmas, Mothers’ Day and so on.  But let’s face it, we are rank amateurs compared with what Australia has been through in the last couple of months! But it’s over now, and it’s safe to...

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Message from the CEO – 14 May 2019

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

Anxiety tends to heighten for retailers during elections as people 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 a connection with consumers to...

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Message from the CEO: 7 May 2019

The Labor party’s commitment to introduce a national ban on single-use, lightweight plastic bags from 2021 should they win...

The Labor party’s commitment to introduce a national ban on single-use, lightweight plastic bags from 2021 should they win Government is one policy retailers, especially those with a national footprint, may have noticed amidst the noise of a fascinating election campaign. However simple they may sound, new laws are always...

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Message from the CEO – 30 April 2019

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 18 result brings a government with enough balance of power to get cracking on what’s good for the company – and good for retail. In the...

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Message from the CEO – 23 April 2019

Holidays should be a time for relaxing. Unfortunately, given the complicated regulatory environment we operate in, they can be...

Holidays should be a time for relaxing. Unfortunately, given the complicated regulatory environment we operate in, they can be a cause of great stress for Australian retailers. Any business owner or operator knows that this country has a complicated industrial relations system.  And understanding and complying with this system is...

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Message from the CEO – 16 April 2019

Readers with long memories (who are kind enough to keep reading) might remember that three years ago, just before...

Readers with long memories (who are kind enough to keep reading) might remember that three years ago, just before the last federal election, I wrote, “let’s hope the new Prime Minister manages to survive the full three years’’. Here we are again in 2019, and after yet another leadership spill...

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Message from the CEO – 9 April 2019

Retail was a big winner in last week’s Federal Budget. Following sluggish sales figures in successive ABS retail trade reports...

Retail was a big winner in last week’s Federal Budget. Following sluggish sales figures in successive ABS retail trade reports it was imperative that measures were put forward to restore consumer confidence. The NRA was therefore very pleased that the Government has pledged to double the low and middle income...

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Message from the CEO – 2 April 2019

Throughout the history of retail, one thing has remained a constant: the need to remain competitive. A successful business...

Throughout the history of retail, one thing has remained a constant: the need to remain competitive. A successful business model today is not necessarily a match-winner in the future. Being competitive involves mastering a range of factors such as offering a quality product, keeping business costs efficient, as well as...

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