Retail Fest 2022 a welcome return to in-person networking

Thousands of retailers and service providers descended on the Gold Coast last week, as Retail Fest 2022 more than...

Thousands of retailers and service providers descended on the Gold Coast last week, as Retail Fest 2022 more than made up for lost time during the pandemic. Dominique Lamb, CEO of the National Retail Association and Bec Goulter, Director of Marketing & Events, were among the hundreds of expert speakers...

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Why we need to encourage women in leadership roles

Last week the National Retail Association hosted the first of a series of Future Leaders Forums, an event aimed...

Last week the National Retail Association hosted the first of a series of Future Leaders Forums, an event aimed at gathering young retailers and leaders of the retail industry for mentoring and a meal. The keynote speaker of this event was Alice Barbery, CEO of Universal Store. Over the...

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Queensland Government announces $5,000 grants for digital upgrades

The Queensland Government will open the next round of its Business Basics grants on Wednesday 4 May, with guidelines...

The Queensland Government will open the next round of its Business Basics grants on Wednesday 4 May, with guidelines now open so that businesses can start preparing their applications. Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said this would be the third round for Business Basics, which is one...

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When can you trade on Anzac Day 2022?

The National Retail Association recognises Anzac Day as an important national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand...

The National Retail Association recognises Anzac Day as an important national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates all who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. Anzac Day trading hours This is...

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Next gen plastic recycling creating jobs and opportunities in Australia.

The NRA Sustainability team, REDcycle, Australian Food and Grocery Council and national businesses had the pleasure of seeing plastics recovery and recycling...

The NRA Sustainability team, REDcycle, Australian Food and Grocery Council and national businesses had the pleasure of seeing plastics recovery and recycling in action at IQ Renew last week. So exciting to see how #Curby trials of curbside soft plastic recycling in NSW are proving highly successful in capturing valuable resources for remanufacturing. Plastic will...

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Message from the CEO | 12 April 2022

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has undoubtedly got a difficult decision ahead of itself. The ACTU is calling for...

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has undoubtedly got a difficult decision ahead of itself. The ACTU is calling for a minimum 5 per cent increase beginning from 1 July, while industry groups, such as the NRA, are more circumspect. In our submission to the FWC, we called for an increase...

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How to get active with your super

For most Australians, superannuation will grow to become one of their largest financial assets, usually second only to the...

For most Australians, superannuation will grow to become one of their largest financial assets, usually second only to the family home. But are you making the most of it? Small changes can make a big difference to your super over time and how long it will last you in...

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Venues welcome scrapping of vaccine mandates across Queensland and Northern Territory

The National Retail Association welcomes the state government announcements scrapping vaccine mandates across Queensland and the Northern Territory, saying...

The National Retail Association welcomes the state government announcements scrapping vaccine mandates across Queensland and the Northern Territory, saying retailers are excited to get back to doing what they do best – driving economic growth. In the Northern Territory, the Territory Vaccine Pass has been removed. This means proof of...

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Message from the CEO | 5 April 2022

It finally feels like we’re emerging from the weeds of the pandemic, with today’s announcement that the Northern Territory...

It finally feels like we’re emerging from the weeds of the pandemic, with today’s announcement that the Northern Territory will immediately scrap vaccine passports, and Queensland to follow suit from 1 pm on Thursday, 14 April. Customers will be able to flow into cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and other venues...

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Federal Budget breakdown – what you need to know

Last week’s budget revealed short term recovery solutions for retail, but a long road to economic recovery remains without...

Last week’s budget revealed short term recovery solutions for retail, but a long road to economic recovery remains without measures to address workforce disruptions. National Retail Association CEO Dominique Lamb is calling for greater investment for retail and small business through long-term resilience measures. “We welcome the budget’s investment in skills...

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Should you be creating your website or working with an expert?

This is THE million dollar question! The difference in your revenue could be in the millions depending on which...

This is THE million dollar question! The difference in your revenue could be in the millions depending on which of the two options you pick. Nowadays, several free website building services allow business owners to design their websites. And apparently, all you need is a bit of creativity and in...

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Cost-of-living measures will flow to business bottom line, retailers say

Struggling retailers will benefit from the cost-of-living measures announced in tonight’s budget, with spending to flow strongly to business...

Struggling retailers will benefit from the cost-of-living measures announced in tonight’s budget, with spending to flow strongly to business bottom lines, the National Retail Association has predicted. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said measures aimed at boosting consumer spending and training and skills development had long been advocated by the NRA. “Consumer...

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Message from the CEO | 29 March 2022

Let me begin this week by saying that my thoughts are with all those in flood affected Dalby, Lismore...

Let me begin this week by saying that my thoughts are with all those in flood affected Dalby, Lismore and Mullumbimby. Barely four weeks after the last major rain event, I cannot imagine how exhausted and drained you must be to again be facing a deluge. If you require...

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$7,000 per quarter subsidy opportunities extended

The Federal Government announced an extension to the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidies program with a $365.3 million...

The Federal Government announced an extension to the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidies program with a $365.3 million investment that will support an extra 35,000 apprentices and trainees get into a job. Enrolments for the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement wage subsidy, which provides employers with 12 months of wage subsidy...

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NSW flooding causing interruptions to waste and bin collections

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has been informed by the waste industry that due to unprecedented rain and...

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has been informed by the waste industry that due to unprecedented rain and flooding, the collection of putrescible bins (red-bins) from household and commercial premises may be interrupted. The waste industry will need time to address uncollected waste. The NSW EPA is assisting councils...

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Single-use plastic bans explained

WA and NSW are rolling out significant plastic bans in the next few months. Retailers and their suppliers urgently...

WA and NSW are rolling out significant plastic bans in the next few months. Retailers and their suppliers urgently need to be across these new laws if you operate in either state or online. We understand these bans can present challenges, especially with current supply, staffing and economic impacts. The...

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