Landmark report details wellbeing concerns for retail workers during COVID-19

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today released a landmark report detailing the health and wellbeing struggles of Australia’s...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today released a landmark report detailing the health and wellbeing struggles of Australia’s second largest workforce as they battle COVID-19. Australia’s 1.5 million retail workers have been at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, weathering increased risk, stress and abuse. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said...

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Sourcing face masks for retail team members – industry tips

Face coverings are now mandatory for metropolitan Melbourne and Shire of Mitchell. Retail staff will need to wear a face...

Face coverings are now mandatory for metropolitan Melbourne and Shire of Mitchell. Retail staff will need to wear a face covering that conceals both the nose and mouth, unless they meet any of the criteria for lawful excuses such as a medical condition. If your business is ordering a large quantity...

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Suburban Adelaide shops and supermarkets required to revert to pre-COVID-19 hours of operation from 19 July 2020

Suburban Adelaide shops and supermarkets will be required to revert to their pre-COVID-19 hours of operation from this Sunday,...

Suburban Adelaide shops and supermarkets will be required to revert to their pre-COVID-19 hours of operation from this Sunday, with the State Government announcing it will not be granting a further 30-day exemption to support physical distancing. Under the 30-day exemptions – the first of which came into effect on...

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Retail rebounds in May as restrictions lifted, long road to recovery still ahead

Retail turnover rebounded in May by 16.3 per cent following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, according to the preliminary...

Retail turnover rebounded in May by 16.3 per cent following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, according to the preliminary retail trade report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). However, NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said that a sizeable rise in sales was guaranteed to happen as shops began to...

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Further extension of COVID-19 trading arrangements in Greater Adelaide

The Hon Rob Lucas MLC, Treasurer, has announced a further 30 day exemption for extended trading hours in the...

The Hon Rob Lucas MLC, Treasurer, has announced a further 30 day exemption for extended trading hours in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District (CBD & Suburbs). SA Health officials continue to support extended shop trading as a measure which assists in physical distancing.  “The public health advice is clear and,...

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Message from the CEO: 16 June 2020

Last week the Federal Attorney-General, Christian Porter, announced the memberships of the five industrial relations working groups charged with...

Last week the Federal Attorney-General, Christian Porter, announced the memberships of the five industrial relations working groups charged with ensuring Australia has an appropriate IR system to ensure a speedy economic recovery. I’m pleased to announce that the NRA has been selected to sit on the Award Simplification working group....

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Managing customer frustration with cashless transactions

Many retailers have implemented store policies against cash transactions to minimise the risk of transferring the COVID-19 virus from one...

Many retailers have implemented store policies against cash transactions to minimise the risk of transferring the COVID-19 virus from one person to another. Researches argue that objects, including polymer banknotes, can remain infectious from anywhere between 6 and 24 hours, depending on the temperature and humidity. If a person is infected,...

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CommBank extends repayment deferrals for business loans

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our partner Commonwealth Bank automatically deferred repayments on eligible BetterBusiness Loans and Equipment...

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our partner Commonwealth Bank automatically deferred repayments on eligible BetterBusiness Loans and Equipment Loans (Chattel Mortgage) for qualifying customers with total commercial lending limits with CommBank of up to $5 million. Despite the worst being over and the curve being flattened, many businesses are...

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Training to help retailers get back on their feet post COVID-19

The National Retail Association (NRA) has partnered with ASX-listed Registered Training Organisation (RTO) iCollege and Australian company Soul Safe™...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has partnered with ASX-listed Registered Training Organisation (RTO) iCollege and Australian company Soul Safe™ to be its exclusive Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) training and certification provider. This is to help retailers safely fast-track their return to work. “Our partnership with a number of industry associations...

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COVID-19 tsunami sees retail sales dive by record figure in April 2020

The economic tsunami caused by COVID-19 has seen retail sales dive by a record figure for a single month,...

The economic tsunami caused by COVID-19 has seen retail sales dive by a record figure for a single month, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The ABS has revealed that retail turnover for April 2020 plummeted by a staggering 17.7 per cent, a slightly revised figure from the...

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Message from the CEO: 2 June 2020

Australia is now below 500 active Coronavirus cases, a remarkable feat compared to other nations around the world. Containing...

Australia is now below 500 active Coronavirus cases, a remarkable feat compared to other nations around the world. Containing the virus was always going to be critical in unwinding business restrictions and has resulted in all states and territories beginning the process of reopening their respective economies. This led to...

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Retail sales plunge in April as full force of COVID-19 hits

Retail sales plunged by a staggering 17.9 per cent in April according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)...

Retail sales plunged by a staggering 17.9 per cent in April according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) preliminary figures for the month. National Retail Association (NRA) CEO Dominique Lamb said the sobering figures show that April saw the full force of COVID-19 hit the economy. “April was the first...

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Retailers welcome QLD Govt. COVID-19 small business grants

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the announcement by the Queensland State Government to provide $100 million worth...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the announcement by the Queensland State Government to provide $100 million worth of grants to struggling small businesses suffering from the impact of COVID-19. The program will see eligible small businesses apply for grants valued up to $10,000 to mitigate the economic impact...

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Easing of restrictions welcomed, but restaurants measure needs consultation

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the lifting of several restrictions today, but has expressed concern over the...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the lifting of several restrictions today, but has expressed concern over the new measure allowing only a maximum of 10 patrons to dine at restaurants. NRA CEO Dominque Lamb said that for many venues the 10-patron maximum rule will prove to not be...

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State and territory adoption of 3 step framework for COVIDSafe economy

Today's National Cabinet meeting saw the announcement a three step framework for the road map to a COVIDSafe economy....

Today's National Cabinet meeting saw the announcement a three step framework for the road map to a COVIDSafe economy. We are pleased to note that the roadmap aims for a shift from crisis to recovery by July 2020. The goal is to restore 850,000 jobs in the months ahead....

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$1 billion COVID March hit means retail can’t absorb further costs

The National Retail Association (NRA) has stated that due to a $1 billion March hit to retail the Fair...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has stated that due to a $1 billion March hit to retail the Fair Work Commission (FWC) should not impose further costs on the sector and maintain the current minimum wage level. In its Annual Wage Review Submission in reply the NRA cited the devastating...

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