“Been here before”: What’s changed since the last attempt at an ARA-NRA merger?

How retailers are being impacted by rising interest rates. Source: Bigstock
It was long overdue but at last, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and the National Retailers Association (NRA) are finalising a merger. Or are they? Am I simply reading some archived stories from more than a decade ago and as recently as 2019 when merger proposals were abandoned? It is a major step forward for an industry facing significant challenges if indeed the two most important associations representing retailers have finally come to the realisation that a merger was logical, ne

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