Tag Archives: Russell Zimmerman

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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Australia can lead the fight against illicit trade, says ARA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) believes Australia is performing well against illicit trade, but now needs to extend its expertise. An ARA-commissioned report, ‘The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index’, shows that Australia is ranked number five globally (against 84 countries) in combating illicit trade. But the report also says that because …

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ARA pushes for streamlining payment options

The Australian Retailers Association has released its submission to the draft report of the Productivity Commission (PC) inquiry into competition in the financial system, advocating for payment reform to promote a more competitive, lower-cost payments system. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says key issues for retailers already struggling with high …

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Industry opposes proposed WA liquor restrictions

Liquor restrictions proposed by the Western Australia state government have been criticised as anti-competitive and likely to stifle employment. The state government has proposed restricting liquor stores to less than 400sqm and restricting developments based on the proximity of other stores. The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) claims to understand the …

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ARA recommends minimum-wage increase to preserve industry employment

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has proposed a 1.9 per cent minimum-wage increase aimed at bringing back balance to a challenging trade environment. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says Aussie retailers still face a volatile operating market and this increase in line with inflation is the best way to ensure …

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