Message from the CEO – 30 April 2019

As federal election campaigns of parties large and small gather momentum, retailers will be interested in what’s in it...

As federal election campaigns of parties large and small gather momentum, retailers will be interested in what’s in it for them. Hopefully, the May 18 result brings a government with enough balance of power to get cracking on what’s good for the company – and good for retail. In the...

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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 – 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 – 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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Aussies set to splash the cash during 10-day Christmas countdown

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today forecast Aussie shoppers to splash over $17 billion dollars in the final...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today forecast Aussie shoppers to splash over $17 billion dollars in the final ten days before Christmas. Retailers across the country are busily preparing themselves as Australians finalise last minute Christmas shopping and stock up on festive food for Christmas Day celebrations. NRA CEO Dominique...

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Message from the CEO: 6 November 2018

Another week has come and gone in the retail world, and with it we are one week closer to...

Another week has come and gone in the retail world, and with it we are one week closer to Christmas 2018. In last week’s NRR we outlined five key areas that retailers of all shapes and sizes should pay close attention to in order to maximise Christmas sales. In the...

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Message from the CEO – 23 October 2019

There is currently a case before the Federal Court that could have real ramifications for small businesses across Australia. First,...

There is currently a case before the Federal Court that could have real ramifications for small businesses across Australia. First, a bit of background. In August this year the Federal Court found that a casual truck driver previously employed by labor hire company WorkPac was entitled to back pay for...

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Message from the CEO – 2 October 2018

Earlier this week PayPal released its mCommerce Index which surveyed over 1,000 consumers and 400 businesses. The report contained...

Earlier this week PayPal released its mCommerce Index which surveyed over 1,000 consumers and 400 businesses. The report contained some interesting findings that the retail industry should acknowledge. Rest assured, the NRA has long maintained that traditional bricks and mortar outlets will continue to be at the forefront of the...

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Message from the CEO – 25 September 2018

It’s no secret we’re addicted to our phones – just think about the panic most of us feel at...

It’s no secret we’re addicted to our phones – just think about the panic most of us feel at the thought of losing ours! While it’s also no secret these little devices have revolutionised our industry, the latest research from Salesforce suggests they are going to play an even greater...

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Message from the CEO – 21 August 2018

Commsec has released its business sales index report for July 2018 and it is welcome news for the retail...

Commsec has released its business sales index report for July 2018 and it is welcome news for the retail sector. The data – which measures the value of credit and debit card transactions processed via Commonwealth Bank merchant facilities – has seen a July annual growth rate of 16.6...

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Message from the CEO – 14 August 2018

You have your accounting software. You have a HR system. You have stock control processes in place. You have...

You have your accounting software. You have a HR system. You have stock control processes in place. You have the huge beast that is ‘marketing’, and the monster workload and management needed to support it. There is literally a bottomless pit of software you could implementing across all the aspects...

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Retail Panel: how many more supermarket chains are too many?

Every Thursday, our CEO Dominique Lamb and a panel of retail experts discuss retail’s hottest topics on ABC Radio....

Every Thursday, our CEO Dominique Lamb and a panel of retail experts discuss retail’s hottest topics on ABC Radio. Below are some insights from last Thursday’s discussion. Food delivery service Foodora has announced it is pulling out of Australia. Foodora is a food delivery service that launched in Australia in 2015. While...

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Message from the CEO – July 31

The Federal Government’s Parliamentary Franchising Inquiry is now well underway – the findings of which are due at the...

The Federal Government’s Parliamentary Franchising Inquiry is now well underway – the findings of which are due at the end of September. As an attempt to establish the fact among the fiction, the Inquiry has been honing in on areas like how the Code is being operated and its effectiveness,...

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Message from the CEO – 24 July

One thing retailers do exceptionally well is create jobs for hundreds of thousands of Australians - many of whom...

One thing retailers do exceptionally well is create jobs for hundreds of thousands of Australians - many of whom are in the youth category. Around one quarter of all employed young people are in the retail sector. These jobs help supplement their schooling or tertiary education, gear up for overseas...

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Message from the CEO, Dominique Lamb: 26 June 2018

After more than 15 months’ worth of emotive-charged campaigns and attempts by unions and the ALP to block the...

After more than 15 months’ worth of emotive-charged campaigns and attempts by unions and the ALP to block the reduction in Sunday penalty rates, the full changes will finally come into effect this coming Sunday. Or will they? The ALP’s latest move in the ongoing battle against retail business owners is...

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