Free advice for all Victorian retailers until 30 November 2020

Getting Victorian retail open for the seasonal trading period was top priority for the National Retail Association. With less...

Getting Victorian retail open for the seasonal trading period was top priority for the National Retail Association. With less than a month to go until the start of the Christmas trade period, we are committed to doing everything we can to help retailers. To this end, we will be offering...

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Retailers baffled by job-crushing junior wage decision

The National Retail Association has today expressed its dismay at a job-crushing decision by the Fair Work Commission to...

The National Retail Association has today expressed its dismay at a job-crushing decision by the Fair Work Commission to increase the cost of providing work opportunities to young people. Junior pay rates At a time when the Federal Government has implemented multi-billion budget measures to encourage business owners to hire...

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Questions answered on retailer obligations under new NSW Covid Safe measures

As part of new Covid Safe measures that came in to place on Monday 23 November, businesses are now...

As part of new Covid Safe measures that came in to place on Monday 23 November, businesses are now required to use electronic check-in methods to collect patron details. Under the new requirement, businesses are also required to ensure patrons have provided the required information and must deny entry...

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Four-day bargain shopping bonanza to reap over $5 billion

The Black Friday to Cyber Monday four-day shopping bonanza is set to reap more than $5 billion in retail...

The Black Friday to Cyber Monday four-day shopping bonanza is set to reap more than $5 billion in retail sales nationwide. National Retail Association (NRA) CEO Dominique Lamb said the four-day spendathon was growing in popularity each year, with $5.3 billion forecast to be spent between November 27-30 including $1.8...

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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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E-commerce businesses pledge to improve product safety online

Today the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched the Australian Product Safety Pledge, aiming to protect Australian consumers...

Today the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched the Australian Product Safety Pledge, aiming to protect Australian consumers from safety risks when shopping online by strengthening product safety measures across online businesses. The rise of e-commerce The e-commerce market in Australia was already rapidly growing and with the boom...

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5 reasons to review your business insurance this Christmas

The end of 2020 is in sight, with many retailers hoping for a strong Christmas to make up for...

The end of 2020 is in sight, with many retailers hoping for a strong Christmas to make up for the poor trading conditions this year.  Whilst there is a lot to prepare for the Christmas trade, it’s important to take some time and check in to ensure you have...

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Government drives demand for recycled materials

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has released a new report Supporting Government Procurement of Recycled Materials aimed at driving...

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has released a new report Supporting Government Procurement of Recycled Materials aimed at driving Australian demand for recycled materials through the sizeable impact of government procurement. The report outlines that: achieving the 2025 National Packaging Targets will require action throughout the packaging value chain, including...

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Grants available to improve Brisbane suburban shopfronts

Brisbane City Council is offering grants for suburban retailers outside Brisbane CBD to improve their shopfronts. The Suburban Shopfront...

Brisbane City Council is offering grants for suburban retailers outside Brisbane CBD to improve their shopfronts. The Suburban Shopfront Improvement Grant Program is designed to drive suburban economic vitality by helping businesses and property owners to upgrade their shopfronts. Grants Grants are available for long-term, street-level improvements to suburban...

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Empty suburban Brisbane shopfronts to be filled

As Brisbane recovers from COVID lockdown the Brisbane City Council is bringing the suburbs back to life by encouraging...

As Brisbane recovers from COVID lockdown the Brisbane City Council is bringing the suburbs back to life by encouraging pop-up use of empty suburban shopfronts. Suburban Shopfront Activation is an innovative pilot program that encourages property owners with vacant premises in Brisbane suburbs to provide temporary use of their spaces...

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Retail pushes for the safety of toys sold online

This World Children’s Day retailers and businesses are doing their part in protecting children by ensuring all toys sold...

This World Children’s Day retailers and businesses are doing their part in protecting children by ensuring all toys sold online are safe for children and removing unsafe toys immediately. The ACCC is co-leading the OECD global awareness campaign on the safety of toys sold online, which aims to help consumers make an...

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Retail sales rebound in October ahead of Xmas sprint

Nationwide retail sales rebounded in October according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) preliminary report which revealed a...

Nationwide retail sales rebounded in October according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) preliminary report which revealed a sizeable 1.6 per cent rise in monthly turnover. NRA Deputy CEO Lindsay Carroll said that while the pandemic is still far from over, the preliminary October results give cause for optimism...

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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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Retail applauds Woolworths ground-breaking sustainability targets

Woolworths, one of Australia's most popular supermarket chains, has announced that it will commit to source 100% of its...

Woolworths, one of Australia's most popular supermarket chains, has announced that it will commit to source 100% of its electricity from wind and solar by 2025. Peak retail body, the National Retail Association (NRA), has applauded Woolworths Group for its 2025 Sustainability Plan released yesterday which sets ground-breaking targets encompassing...

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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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Key guidelines on children’s apparel product safety released

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today released the second revision of the Children’s Apparel Product Safety Guidelines in...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today released the second revision of the Children’s Apparel Product Safety Guidelines in an effort to improve child safety. The guidelines have been researched and compiled by the National Retail Association Technical Standards Committee group of quality assurance and product compliance specialists. Children’s apparel...

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Retailers outline vaping plan to reduce harm, help smokers and protect kids

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today outlined a fairer and more sensible approach to legalising the sale of...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today outlined a fairer and more sensible approach to legalising the sale of vaping products, in its submission to the Senate Inquiry on the issue. After previous expressing alarm over the current plan to allow smoke-free to be either purchased on the internet without...

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