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Retailers upset at interest rates not being reduced, extra stimulus needed

The Australian Retailers Associations said it retail members would be disappointed that there was no drop in the official cash rate for September 2014. The Reserve Bank of Australia yesterday maintained the 2.5 per cent cash rate.

Posted Wed 03/09/2014 12:00:00 / Read More »

Interview Special: Retail association on why there should be optimism for 2014

Russell Zimmerman is the executive director of the Australian Retailers Association. In this special Q&A, he explains why he is optimistic for the remaining months of 2014.

Posted Fri 22/08/2014 12:00:00 / Read More »

Decision on GST changes remain on hold for Christmas leaving retailers disappoin

The decision to close the GST loophole on imported goods valued at less than $1000 has not been made; instead has been delayed until March next year.

Posted Thu 28/11/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Australian Retailers Association talks online retail

Today, Russell Zimmerman, executive director of the Australian Retailers Association talks about the need for Australian retailers to get online to capture sales, and the staffing costs that are currently affecting the industry.

Posted Wed 16/10/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers rally for new government to control fuel discounts

Now that the election is truly over, retailers continue their rally for the new federal government to move quickly to shut down the major chains’ “excessive” fuel shopper docket discounts.

Posted Thu 19/09/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Specsavers takes top gong at 2013 ARA Australian Retail Awards

Specsavers was awarded the coveted 2013 Visa Australian Retailer of the Year award at the 2013 Australian Retailers Association Australian Retail Awards on Tuesday.

Posted Tue 23/07/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Q&A with Shopworkers' Union: Youth wage "injustice" must be fixed

Retailers have raised concerns about a campaign by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) to lift wages for young workers, but the SDA says those who fight the change are "on the wrong side of history".

Posted Fri 05/07/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Youth wage "injustice" must be fixed, claims Shopworkers' union

The Fair Work Commission began meeting this week to review wage rates for junior workers, and a proposal put forward by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association to lower the age of eligibility for adult award.

Posted Thu 04/07/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers raise concerns over shopworkers' union wage campaign

Retailers have voiced their concerns about the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association's push to increase the wages of 18- to 20-year-olds retail employees to the adult wage.

Posted Wed 03/07/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Unchanged cash rate leaves retailers frustrated

The Reserve Bank's decision to hold interest rates have left many retailers frustrated as they continue to face excessive rises in business costs.

Posted Tue 02/07/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers warned of salary, super rate changes

Employers are being reminded new pay and superannuation rates come into effect on Monday, July 1.

Posted Fri 28/06/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

What does the Return of Rudd mean for retailers?

The removal of Australia's 27th Prime Minister and the reinstallation of the nation's 26th should instil some confidence back in to the retail sector, according to ARA executive director Russell Zimmerman.

Posted Thu 27/06/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

NSW Government Budget backs small businesses

The NSW government has committed to boosting support for small businesses.

Posted Fri 21/06/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Wage increases put pressure on retailers

The Minimum Wage Panel has decided there will be a 2.6 per cent increase on the national minimum wage, leaving retailers feeling uneasy.

Posted Tue 04/06/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers fear impact of IPC increase

Last week's federal budget left many retailers disappointed but digging further, the government has decided to increase the Import Processing Charge.

Posted Tue 21/05/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers demand for interest rate cuts

Retailers are pleading for another interest rate cut to 2.5 per cent when the Reserve Bank of Australia meets in May.

Posted Mon 29/04/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA calls for Retail Award nominations

It’s that time of the year again the Australian Retailers Association is getting ready to award retail's finest.

Posted Fri 26/04/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers urge govt to follow in U.S footsteps

The Australian Retailers Association is urging the Australian government to follow the US Senate's step on collecting tax on internet purchases.

Posted Wed 24/04/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Australian retailers call for political support

The Australian Traders Group has called on all side of politics to support Australian retailers.

Posted Fri 05/04/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA addresses skill shortage in govt submission

The ARA has made a submission to the federal government that addresses the skill shortages which have been identified in the Australian retail sector.

Posted Tue 02/04/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

More reason for RBA to cut rates

The ARA continues to urge for the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut rates when they meet in February.

Posted Tue 15/01/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers feel the effects of the carbon tax

Eighty per cent of retailers believe they have been negatively impacted since the carbon tax was introduced in July 2012.

Posted Fri 11/01/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Prepare from being victim to theft

Retailers should remain vigilant to theft as it's costing the industry more than $7.5 billion.

Posted Wed 09/01/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

More interest cuts needed

The retail industry continues to call for the Reserve Bank to lower interest rates.

Posted Fri 04/01/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Govt progresses to cut GST

Retailers have welcomed the Gillard Government's decision to implement recommendations made by the LVT Processing Taskforce to reduce the $1000 GST threshold.

Posted Tue 04/12/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

New law gives power to Small Business Commissioner

The NSW government has established the first Small Business Commissioner as a statutory officer.

Posted Thu 22/11/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Predictions of a big Christmas

Shoppers are expected to spend $41.2 billion on goods this Christmas.

Posted Thu 15/11/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers welcome GST plans

Plans for the state government to lower the GST has been welcomed by the ARA.

Posted Fri 09/11/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers, ACCC to lunch together

ARA is providing an opportunity for the retail sector and the ACCC to have an open discussion at the ARA Retail Leaders Lunch with ACCC chairman Rod Sims.

Posted Wed 12/09/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Hit and miss: Fair Work Act review

The independent review of the Fair Work Australia Act has produced a mixed bag of feelings from retailers.

Posted Fri 03/08/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

More members join Retail Council

In the lead up to the first Retail Council of Australia meeting later this week, Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury has announced additional members.

Posted Tue 17/07/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

No changes needed to gift card regulations

Gift card policies are expected to remain unchanged, according to a report released by the Consumer Affairs Advisory Council.

Posted Wed 11/07/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

FWA increases minimum wage

The Fair Work Australia's decision to increase the minimum wage by 2.9 per cent has left many retailers heart broken as it ignores strong signals that the sector is struggling.

Posted Mon 04/06/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA join forces with PayPal, eBay

The Australian Retailers Association, PayPal and eBay have signed a partnership to reflect retail landscape’s shift towards digital retailing.

Posted Thu 24/05/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Minimum wage increase put jobs at risk

Union advocates are attempting to secure an increase in minimum wages, however the Australian Retailers Association has said this move is ignoring the bigger picture and is in fact putting the jobs of casual and part time retail sector employees on the li

Posted Mon 21/05/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA partners with Roy Morgan to industry insight

Australian Retailers Association has partnered with Roy Morgan Research to gain better knowledge and insight to retailers operating the sector.

Posted Fri 11/05/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

ABS retail trade figures up 0.2%

The largest contributor to the rise was other retailing (1.8 per cent), which includes online retailers, followed by food retailing (0.3 per cent) and department stores (0.7 per cent).

Posted Wed 04/04/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA offers retail workshops in VIC

The ARA Retail Institute in partnership with the Victorian Government will be offering free Retail Excellence Workshops, a series of four workshops held from February to April 2012.

Posted Wed 22/02/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Parental leave is a burden for retailers, ARA says

ARA as announced it support for the Coalitions’ announcement that it will seek to remove the burden small businesses face in acting as paymasters of the government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme.

Posted Thu 09/02/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers left out in the cold

Retailers’ hopes were left shattered when the Reserve Bank announced it was keeping the cash rate at 4.25 per cent but now there are expectations that the RBA will provide an interest rate cut next month.

Posted Wed 08/02/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail trade back down 0.1%

Following a 0.1 per cent rise in November 2011, the ABS has reported that retail trade figures for December, the most crucial month of trading, fell 0.1 per cent.

Posted Mon 06/02/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

More interest rate cuts needed, ARA says

ARA has called on the RBA to reduce interest rates in February after the Consumer Price Index (CPI) dropped from 3.5 per cent down to 3.1 per cent.

Posted Mon 30/01/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail trade figures "disappointing"

While the two interest rates cuts were welcomed with open arms by retailers at the end of last year it didn’t change the attitudes of consumers as the latest ABS retail trade figures show that retail turnover in November 2011 was flat.

Posted Tue 10/01/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Steady sales during Christmas

Nerves and tension were felt while breaths were held by retailers during the Christmas period but it appears that retailers are remaining steady in this sales period.

Posted Mon 09/01/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers brace for the Christmas rush

For the first time in six years, Christmas Day will fall on a Sunday, which will give consumers a full week to do their shopping.

Posted Mon 19/12/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Cutting down cost on printing

Print solutions company Upstream has partnered with the Australian Retailers Association to help retailers reduce costs associated with printing.

Posted Wed 14/12/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Household spending on the rise

Retailers aren’t expecting Christmas sales to turn around the flat market according to the ARA, with Christmas sales predicted to increase a moderate 2.2 per cent on last year to $39.5 billion.

Posted Tue 29/11/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

7-Eleven takes out top ARA award

The retailer was awarded the ARA's Visa Australian Retailer of the Year award, overtaking from last year’s winner Smiggle.

Posted Wed 16/11/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Getting serious about mCommerce, social media

Bricks and mortar retailers gathered for the final Engage in E-tail, jointly hosted by ARA and ASGA in partnership with PayPal to learn about mCommerce and social media.

Posted Tue 25/10/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers worried about carbon tax

The federal government successfully passed the carbon tax through the lower house on Wednesday but this has left many retailers heavy-hearted.

Posted Fri 14/10/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail sales on the rise

The ABS showsthat retail turnover is heading slowly towards an upward direction as retail trade figures has grown 0.6 per cent in August.

Posted Wed 05/10/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Call for cut to cash rate dismissed

The cries of retailers to cut interest rates have been left unheard as the RBA has decided to leave it unchanged at 4.75 per cent.

Posted Tue 06/09/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Carbon tax adds insult to retailers

An industry survey has revealed that 83 per cent of retailers expect consumers will be spending less as a result of the carbon tax.

Posted Tue 09/08/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Reforms needed, Productivity Commission says

The draft report - Economic Structure and Performance of the Australian Retail Industry - examines the implications of globalisation for the retail industry and the appropriateness of current policy settings.

Posted Fri 05/08/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

RBA holds rate at 4.75%

Both the NRA and the ARA have described the news as an extra break the sector needs to continue the recovery after a soft couple of years and a disastrous few months.

Posted Wed 03/08/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Strong dollar, smartphones drive online purchases

Simon Smith, Quantium director and former managing director of eBay, said retailers need to have an online presence and adopt a multi-channel operation.

Posted Tue 02/08/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers lose in carbon tax introduction

The carbon pricing package will see retailers face increasing operaton costs throughout the supply chain and fewer goods being bought my consumers.

Posted Mon 11/07/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Fair Work Australia says yes to short shifts for high school students

Secondary school student employees will now be able to work 1.5 hour long shifts after school following a decision by Fair Work Australia to alter the General Retail Industry Award 2010.

Posted Tue 21/06/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Easter period helped retail trade

Retail trade figures are up 1.1 per cent in April, seasonally adjusted, following a fall of 0.3 per cent the previous month, according to the ABS.

Posted Fri 03/06/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Budget 2011: Some light for retailers

Small businesses will be allowed to claim up to $5,000 as an immediate deduction for any car purchased during the 2012-13 financial year.

Posted Wed 11/05/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Cash rate held for the fifth time

his news has been welcomed by both the ARA and the NRA that have suggested keeping the cash rate stable for retailers as to continue their recovery.

Posted Thu 05/05/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers say no to plain packaging

The federal government plans for the legislation to commence on 1 January 2012, with all products on sale required to comply with the new laws within six months.

Posted Mon 11/04/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

February flood boosts retail trade

Both the ARA and the ANRA saidQueenslander's need for new household goods following the natural disasters of late December and January drove the 0.5 per cent growth in retail trade.

Posted Fri 01/04/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Now or never: retailers to adopt mobile strategy

A Nielsen survey commissioned by PayPal has found that the growth of smart phones is fuelling mobile commerce, which saw the total amount of mobile transactions reach $155 million in 2010.

Posted Sun 27/03/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers slam EPAL for eftpos fees

The ARA said smaller retailers cannot afford the increased merchant rates and has called on the big banks to absorb costs.

Posted Thu 10/03/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

More education funding needed

The Fair Imports Alliance is calling on the federal government to provide specific funding for specialist e-tailing and online education for retailers.

Posted Mon 07/03/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

A gloomy year ahead

More evidence has been released by the ARA showing it will be another tough year of retail trading with over 50 per cent of Australians planning to spend less.

Posted Fri 25/02/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Dymocks is here to stay

With REDgroup Retail announcing it entered into voluntary administration last week, RetailBiz caught up with book chain Dymocks' CEO Don Grover to see whether they were feeling the pressure of online shopping.

Posted Wed 23/02/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Rejuvenating Sydney's nightlife

Retail outlets, museums and art galleries are being asked to stay open till late as part of this initiative. The policy will also cover issues from better transport options to safer pubs and clubs.

Posted Wed 16/02/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers concern about future trading

The latest retail trade figures from the ABS have confirmed that consumers continued to remain cautious during the crucial December period.

Posted Tue 08/02/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Flood levy is bad news for retailers

The ARA said retailers, including those businesses that have been affected by the floods, will be hit hard by the new levy as consumers tighten their purses.

Posted Mon 31/01/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Lending a helping hand

The ARA is offering a complimentary three month membershipo flood affected retailers to help deal with their employer obligations and other decisions during this time.

Posted Mon 24/01/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail trade limped into Christmas

The ARA's week-by-week tracking of retail trading during the Christmas period has found that the final week leading into Christmas Eve over 45 per cent of retailers were trading worse than the same time last year.

Posted Thu 06/01/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Aussie retailers demand a fair go

Myer, David Jones, Harvey Norman, Borders and Target are among those forming a coalition and declaring war against international online retailers.

Posted Tue 04/01/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

So far so good

Days before Christmas, the ARA predicted shoppers will spend $6.97 billion during the two weeks of post-Christmas sales and Boxing Day through to early January.

Posted Tue 04/01/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Post-Christmas sales to be up by 3%

ARA has predicted that shoppers will spend $6.97 billion during the two weeks of post-Christmas sales from Boxing Day through to early January.

Posted Thu 23/12/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA wants equal level playing field

The ARA has welcomed the Productivity Commission’s Future of Australian Retail Inquiry and the government’s approach to evidence based policy.

Posted Tue 21/12/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Slow sales this Christmas

With Christmas just days away, ARA has confirmed that based on early December retail trade, it will be a slow one for retailers this festive season.

Posted Mon 20/12/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Uneasy outlook for Christmas

The RBA has decided to raise the cash rate by 0.25 per cent to 4.75 per cent just before the Christmas trading period begins.

Posted Wed 03/11/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA urges for GST threshold review

Based on a Frost & Sullivan report, it is estimated that Australian consumers will spend in excess of $12 billion dollars online this year and almost half of that will be spent offshore.

Posted Wed 03/11/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers angry over Fair Work decision

Fair Work Australia has upheld its decision to refuse to amend retail award’s minimum three hour shift requirement.

Posted Tue 12/10/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA state finalists announced

The state finalists categories are Australian Young Retailer of the Year, Australian Independent Retailer of the Year and ARA Retail Institute Australian Retail Graduate of the Year.

Posted Fri 17/09/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA announces category winners

The ARA has announced the category winners for the ORACLE Australian Retailer of the Year 2010 as part of the ARA Australian Retail Awards.

Posted Mon 06/09/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Greater support needed for small retailers

The ARA has suggested that once the new government steps up changes are needed to benefit smaller, independent retailers.

Posted Wed 25/08/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Small businesses not ready for new workplace laws

The Australian Retailers Association said it was critical retail employers understood their industrial relations obligations, after new research revealed four out of five small businesses were not ready for the introduction of the new workplace laws.

Posted Fri 03/04/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Negative growth in February nothing new, says ARA

Retail spending fell two per cent in February compared to a month earlier as support from last year's Federal Government cash handouts diminished.

Posted Wed 01/04/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

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