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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Message from the CEO: 3 December 2019

With barely three weeks until Santa rides into town, the Christmas trade period has well and truly hit full...

With barely three weeks until Santa rides into town, the Christmas trade period has well and truly hit full swing. For the first time ever, it’s anticipated that Black Friday will go down as the busiest day of the year for online sales in Australia. But not all the...

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Message from the CEO: 26 November 2019

Australians are set to spend more than $50 billion throughout the 2019 Christmas trade period, according to the NRA’s...

Australians are set to spend more than $50 billion throughout the 2019 Christmas trade period, according to the NRA’s Christmas forecasts that we released last week. It has been a trying year for retail and the busy holiday season could not have come quick enough. Throughout 2019 consumers have remained...

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Message from the CEO: 19 November 2019

I’d like to start my column this week by expressing my condolences to all those affected by the bushfires...

I’d like to start my column this week by expressing my condolences to all those affected by the bushfires that have ravaged numerous parts of the country. There is never a good time to experience the devastating impact of a natural disaster, but with just over a month until Christmas...

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Message from the CEO: 12 November 2019

Last week’s ABS retail figures demonstrated that retail is still yet to awaken from its slow sales slumber. Although turnover...

Last week’s ABS retail figures demonstrated that retail is still yet to awaken from its slow sales slumber. Although turnover across the sector rose by 0.2 per cent for September, it was still below what the NRA and many commentators were predicting. While it’s certainly too early to say that...

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