Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is providing an opportunity for the retail sector and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to have an open discussion at the ARA Retail Leaders Lunch with ACCC chairman Rod Sims in Melbourne on 17 September.

ARA executive director Russell Zimmerman said the lunch is a unique opportunity for retailers to put issues on the table which directly affect the sector and its relationship with consumers in a shopping economy reliant on compliance with regulation and awareness of fair trade laws.

“The ACCC has an excellent relationship with businesses, as well as the very people who keep businesses alive- consumers. The ARA is proud to be facilitating an opportunity for retailers to have an open discussion with ACCC Chairman Rod Sims on the challenges and opportunities the retail sector faces in the current regulatory environment," he said.

“As the peak retail body advocating for Australia’s $240 billion retail sector the ARA is urging retailers to take the opportunity to make their voice heard on the all- important platform of regulation and its future direction.

“There’s no doubt retailers are operating in a challenging environment, and costs associated with governance and red tape often affect their ability to operate a business and innovate to achieve relevance to their consumers."

The ARA Retail Leaders Lunch is hosted by the ARA and sponsored by Pronto Software, an award winning Australian developer of next generation intelligent enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for retailers.

WHAT: ARA Retail Leaders Lunch
WHEN: Monday 17 September 2012, 12.00pm – 2.00pm
WHERE: Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
TO BOOK: Yariv Field on 03 8660 3303 or
COST: $85.00 ARA members (incl GST) or $110 non-members (incl GST)