Tag Archives: ARA

Deal off the table: NRA and ARA conclude merge discussion

Chairman of the National Retail Association (NRA), Mark Brodie has released a letter to NRA members stating that the discussion of a merge between NRA and Australian Retail Association (ARA) will not continue. The associations came to a conclusion to stay as individual groups, rather than creating a single body …

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Industry hits back on customer abuse

The Shop, Distribution and Allied Employees Association (SDA) recently held the second roundtable tackling the customer abuse epidemic in retail and fast food outlets. “Any type of abuse on the job is completely unacceptable, and when you have 85 per cent of retail staff reporting they have been subjected to …

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Tax cuts a ‘kickstart’ for the economy, says ARA

The Executive Director of the Australian Retailers’ Association (ARA), Russell Zimmerman, has congratulated the Senate for passing the Morrison government’s $158 billion tax relief package. According to Mr Zimmerman, this will “kickstart the economy”. He says the combined effect of the cuts – which will hand an immediate $15 billion …

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ARA says ‘it’s time to get moving’ to ensure economic growth

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) says a push by business leaders for more spending on infrastructure, alongside sweeping reform of taxation and regulatory arrangements, is “critical” if Australia’s GDP growth and prosperity are to continue. “27 years of continuous economic growth doesn’t just happen – you have to work at …

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How far is retail technology driving sales? 

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA), in collaboration with Australian technology company Pronto Software have released a white paper based on a survey of technology uptake and priorities among the country’s retailers. ‘The State of Australian Retail Technology 2019’ included responses from representatives of 172 retailers. Seventy-five per cent of the …

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Cautious welcome for more choice on tap and go

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has welcomed greater choice for retailers on tap and go payments, but urges more action. The ARA says it’s “pleased” that ANZ and Westpac have decided to give retailers a choice on how tap and go debit-card transactions are processed. But although it’s a “step …

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January trade figures ‘softer’ than forecast, says ARA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) says the January 2019 trade figures have fallen short of forecasts, indicating “conservative” post-Christmas trade. The figures, which the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released on Friday, show a 2.66 per cent total growth year-on-year. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said: “As we forecasted a …

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December sales data divides commentators

‘Reputable trade’ or ‘dismal run’? The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) was bullish about the December trade figures, but others struck a more downbeat tone. Responding to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) latest data, the ARA says it represents “a reputable Christmas trade”. The figures show a 2.75 per cent …

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ARA hits back at ‘prehistoric’ Boxing Day ban

NSW Opposition Leader Michael Daley has declared plans to cease Boxing Day trading. But the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) isn’t happy. In a tweet last week, Mr Daley said: “There is no good reason why shops should be open on Boxing Day. It’s all about corporate greed. That’s why, a …

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October trade figures bode well for festive season

October trade figures suggest a strong lead-up to the Christmas trading period, with a 3.56 per cent total year-on-year increase. The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) welcomed the figures, just released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says the results should increase confidence and he …

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