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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Message from the CEO – 26 March 2019

As retail continues to endure a challenging period, we once again hear the doom and gloom predictions that 2019...

As retail continues to endure a challenging period, we once again hear the doom and gloom predictions that 2019 will be a bad year for one of the economies largest sectors. No one is denying that the retail industry is going through a slow period, indeed the entire Australian economy...

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Message from the CEO – 19 March 2019

Minimum wage laws are shaping up to be a key issue ahead of the impending federal election. Last week submissions...

Minimum wage laws are shaping up to be a key issue ahead of the impending federal election. Last week submissions closed for the 2018-19 Annual Wage Review and received sizeable media coverage, particularly off the back of the ACTU proposing a six per cent increase to create a ‘living wage’. With...

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Message from the CEO – 12 March 2019

Every day there are people in the retail sector doing amazing things. For this reason, each year the NRA...

Every day there are people in the retail sector doing amazing things. For this reason, each year the NRA holds the National Retail Awards to honour those who have made extraordinary achievements in Australia’s second-largest sector. I’m pleased to announce that this year’s event will take place on September 4...

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Message from the CEO – 5 March 2019

Holding a sales event to boost revenue is a tactic as old as retail itself. However, choosing a strategy...

Holding a sales event to boost revenue is a tactic as old as retail itself. However, choosing a strategy around when to do it and what items to put on sales is an art form easier said than done. Variables such as trends, changing customer behaviour and the general economic...

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Message from the CEO – 26 February 2018

Australia has one of the most complex, confusing and challenging industrial relations systems in the world. Navigating it can...

Australia has one of the most complex, confusing and challenging industrial relations systems in the world. Navigating it can be difficult for an expert, never mind a hard-working retailer who doesn’t have a background in employment law. However, as we have seen with a few recent cases via the media,...

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Message from the CEO – 12 February 2019

In business, it is critical to keep in touch with your customer base. Regardless of what section of retail...

In business, it is critical to keep in touch with your customer base. Regardless of what section of retail you’re in, from time-to-time you are required to adjust your business practices to keep up with the evolving demands of consumers. Adapting your business to these changes is one thing, but...

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Message from the CEO – 5 February 2019

Running and operating a small business comes with many challenges - ensuring you have the right balance in staff...

Running and operating a small business comes with many challenges - ensuring you have the right balance in staff numbers, understanding Australia’s complex industrial relations system, and navigating tough economic times to name just a few. That’s why it’s vital that governments (at all levels) enact measures that make running...

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Message from the CEO – 29 January 2019

For many NRA members, the start of the school year provides a great sales boost coming straight off the...

For many NRA members, the start of the school year provides a great sales boost coming straight off the back of the Christmas and New Year trading period.  Recent estimates, including analysis done here at the NRA, shows back-to-school trade is now worth between $1.7 billion and $1.8 billion....

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Message from the CEO – 22 January 2019

The first Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail report for 2019 has been released and the news was relatively...

The first Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail report for 2019 has been released and the news was relatively positive. The report, which measured sales for November 2018, revealed a solid performance for the sector and we hope that this was the case for you and your business. According to...

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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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