Message from the CEO: 18 February 2020

As you all know only too well, Australian retail is currently confronting an unprecedented set of challenges. The full...

As you all know only too well, Australian retail is currently confronting an unprecedented set of challenges. The full impact from the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus is yet to be felt and it follows a summer of devastating drought and bushfires, as well as a flat economy more...

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Message from the CEO: 11 February 2020

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its retail trade report for December 2019 and the results...

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its retail trade report for December 2019 and the results were rather mixed. Although a drop in turnover of 0.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted) certainly does not sound ideal, the figure needs to put into a broader context. Given the...

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Olympics will bring gold for Queensland retailers

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today thrown its support behind South East Queensland’s bid for the 2032 Olympics...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today thrown its support behind South East Queensland’s bid for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics, saying hosting the Games would be a windfall for retail businesses and jobs. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said the Games would provide a massive boost to the state’s business...

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October figures show retail continues to face challenges

The National Retail Association (NRA) has said that today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail trade figures for October...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has said that today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail trade figures for October prove that retail continues to face challenges even as we enter the busy Christmas period. According to the ABS figures, retail remained unchanged in October at 0.0 per cent seasonally adjusted. There...

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Message from the CEO: 26 November 2019

Australians are set to spend more than $50 billion throughout the 2019 Christmas trade period, according to the NRA’s...

Australians are set to spend more than $50 billion throughout the 2019 Christmas trade period, according to the NRA’s Christmas forecasts that we released last week. It has been a trying year for retail and the busy holiday season could not have come quick enough. Throughout 2019 consumers have remained...

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The power of two: How Traditional and Digital Marketing Can Work Together for your Business

Rapid developments in technology have caused retail businesses (whether enterprise, SME, or startup) to adapt. Today’s market is more...

Rapid developments in technology have caused retail businesses (whether enterprise, SME, or startup) to adapt. Today’s market is more competitive, making it crucial for brands and companies to step up and keep pace with all the changes. As retailers, we bet that you've asked yourself — “Should I stick...

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Click-and-Mortar: A Guide on Taking Your Retail Business Online

Physical stores offer tangible benefits to customers—whether it’s the convenience of trying out products on the spot or that...

Physical stores offer tangible benefits to customers—whether it’s the convenience of trying out products on the spot or that burst of emotional gratification once a purchase is made. But taking your retail business online offers opportunities, too. And with the rise of mobile e-commerce, traditional ways of doing business...

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NRA explores the next frontier of digital technology at State of the Retail Nation

The National Retail Association (NRA) was delighted to host three special events for retailers across Australia last week, the...

The National Retail Association (NRA) was delighted to host three special events for retailers across Australia last week, the tri-annual State of the Retail Nation. Aimed at small to medium businesses, this event took place in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and featured three expert panels discussing the role of...

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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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The relationship between online and physical retail

Written by Brian Walker, CEO and Founder: Retail Doctor Group “Consumers have a different path to purchase. They don’t shop...

Written by Brian Walker, CEO and Founder: Retail Doctor Group “Consumers have a different path to purchase. They don’t shop less than they used to; it is just that the footsteps went online. You have to think differently in how you engage with users.” – Margo Georgiadis Is consumer behaviour changing as...

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NRA launches National Sustainability Committee

The NRA will launch the National Retail Association Sustainability Committee in February this year to bring together sustainability experts...

The NRA will launch the National Retail Association Sustainability Committee in February this year to bring together sustainability experts from across the retail industry to share, discuss and advance developments impacting our environment and consumer opinion. The NRA has a long history of offering retailers an opportunity to come together...

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January 1 marks WA’s New Year’s resolution to bin the plastic bag

January 1 marks WA’s New Year’s resolution to bin the plastic bag The National Retail Association (NRA) has today issued...

January 1 marks WA’s New Year’s resolution to bin the plastic bag The National Retail Association (NRA) has today issued an urgent reminder to shoppers and retailers across Western Australia that January 1 marks the beginning to the state’s New Year’s resolution to bin the plastic bag. From January 1, 2019...

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What’s your top question for Consumers?

Written by Anastasia Lloyd-Wallis, Retail Doctor Group One of the first things I ask retailers when looking at their retail...

Written by Anastasia Lloyd-Wallis, Retail Doctor Group One of the first things I ask retailers when looking at their retail strategy is just how well do they actually know their consumers?  What I can tell you from experience is that not only do they not know them well; the opportunities...

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Retail shows positive signs ahead of all-important Christmas trading period

MEDIA RELEASE December 6, 2018   The retail sector has recorded a steady increase in sales during October, as business owners look...

MEDIA RELEASE December 6, 2018   The retail sector has recorded a steady increase in sales during October, as business owners look for signs of strengthening consumer confidence ahead of the vital Christmas trading period. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today reported an increase of 0.3 per cent in total sales nationwide...

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1.5 billion single use plastic bags eliminated since July

A total of 1.5 billion single-use plastic carry bags have been eliminated since major supermarkets implemented their self-imposed bans...

A total of 1.5 billion single-use plastic carry bags have been eliminated since major supermarkets implemented their self-imposed bans in July, according to the National Retail Association (NRA). The decision by Australia’s two biggest supermarkets to no longer offer single-use free plastic carry bags also coincided with a state-wide ban...

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Retailers back buy now, pay later services

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today come out and backed buy now, pay later service providers such as...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today come out and backed buy now, pay later service providers such as Afterpay, OpenPay and ZipPay. This follows moves by regulator ASIC to impose additional oversight powers and Federal Labor flagging its support for further regulation. NRA Deputy CEO Lindsay Carroll said it is...

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