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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Retail sales rise in June, road to recovery remains fraught with hazards

Retail turnover rose by a solid 2.4 per cent in June according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)...

Retail turnover rose by a solid 2.4 per cent in June according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) preliminary report released today. However, National Retail Association (NRA) CEO Dominique Lamb said the road to retail recovery following the COVID-19 wrecking ball remains long and fraught with hazards. “Retail turnover in...

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Retailers welcome JobKeeper certainty, but business conditions remain grim

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s extension of the JobKeeper subsidy until March 2021, but...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s extension of the JobKeeper subsidy until March 2021, but warned that the economic climate remains hostile for many businesses. The Prime Minister announced today that once the current JobKeeper rate expires in September, the scheme will continue at a lowered...

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National Retail Association emphasises innovation in retail with Imfree partnership

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today announced a partnership with Imfree, the first ‘PhyGital’ platform that connects local...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today announced a partnership with Imfree, the first ‘PhyGital’ platform that connects local customers to bricks and mortar stores through a simple mobile app. Imfree transforms local area marketing and promotions by giving retailers the ability to easily create and publish specials and promotions...

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May retail sales bolstered by lockdown easing, long road to recovery remains

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail trade report for May has revealed that turnover was bolstered with the...

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail trade report for May has revealed that turnover was bolstered with the easing of lockdown measures across the country. The May report recorded a significant 16.9 per cent increase following the disastrous 17.7 per cent nosedive for April 2020. National Retail Association (NRA) CEO...

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NRA welcomes ACCC announcement regarding rent relief measures

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the ACCC announcement proposing to grant authorisation for NRA members to engage...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the ACCC announcement proposing to grant authorisation for NRA members to engage in information sharing and, in the case of tenants, collective bargaining with respect to their leases. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said the draft determination meant that NRA members are one...

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Groundhog Day comes early for struggling retailers

Struggling retailers will be hit with the Australian version of Groundhog Day on February 1 next year, when they...

Struggling retailers will be hit with the Australian version of Groundhog Day on February 1 next year, when they wake up to find all their concerns have again been ignored by the Fair Work Commission and they are once again confronted with the spectre of widespread business closures. Following today’s...

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Victorian Wage Theft Bill 2020 passes, introduces criminal offences for employers

In the middle of a pandemic that has left the nation in economic turmoil and prompted Australia’s first recession...

In the middle of a pandemic that has left the nation in economic turmoil and prompted Australia’s first recession since 1991, the Victorian Government has passed the Wage Theft Bill 2020 (Vic) which puts employers around Victoria at risk of criminal prosecution. The Bill creates new criminal offences in Victoria...

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More red tape for VIC retailers not needed as country enters recession

The National Retail Association (NRA) has attacked the Victorian Government for imposing unnecessary red tape on struggling small retailers...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has attacked the Victorian Government for imposing unnecessary red tape on struggling small retailers as Australia enters its first recession in 30 years. Earlier the Victorian Parliament passed the Wage Theft Bill 2020, despite staunch opposition from the small business community who argued that federal...

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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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$400 million raided from QLD retail by COVID-19 in March

The National Retail Association (NRA) has revealed that a whopping $400 million was raided from Queensland retailers by the...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has revealed that a whopping $400 million was raided from Queensland retailers by the impact of COVID-19 restrictions in March 2020. A staggering 96 per cent of retailers who responded to the COVID-19 Impact Survey conducted by the NRA also claimed they had been negatively...

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Retailers welcome a national campaign to promote inclusivity in the workplace

The National Retail Association (NRA) has joined forces with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to launch the Ready...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has joined forces with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to launch the Ready and Able project. This project was devised to assist employers develop inclusive hiring practices, with resources and information to encourage employing a person with a disability. Dominique Lamb, CEO of the...

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Retailers welcome Ekka Holiday move

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed today’s announcement from the State Government to shift the annual Ekka Wednesday...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed today’s announcement from the State Government to shift the annual Ekka Wednesday Holiday to Friday August 14 to create a long weekend. The move comes after Brisbane City Council and the NRA yesterday proposed a one-off long weekend in August to encourage Brisbane...

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Casual paid leave decision bad news for jobs

The National Retail Association (NRA) has stated that yesterday’s Federal Court ruling regarding back-pay of leave entitlements to certain...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has stated that yesterday’s Federal Court ruling regarding back-pay of leave entitlements to certain casual workers could cost billions of dollars across the economy and jeopardise jobs during a time of economic turmoil. Yesterday the court upheld a ruling that casuals who had worked regular...

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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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