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Retailers welcome Queensland’s single-use plastics ban

From September 1 next year, the government has banned cotton buds with plastic stems, heavy-weight plastic bags, plastic...

Inflation helps fuel strong Australian retail sales in May

National Retail Association’s chief, Dominique Lamb, said: “Despite the cost of living and interest rates rises, consume...

Retail labour shortage worsening, finds ARA survey

ARA CEO Paul Zahra said the labour crisis must be urgently addressed as retail businesses are “fundamental” to the Austr...

Minimum wage boost may push some retailers over the edge, says ARA

The increase will come into effect from July 1 for most workers while certain industries such as aviation, tourism and h...

ARA teams up with Darwin retailer group

Through this partnership, DCRA will enjoy ARA’s member benefits, support services, insurance, leasing, HR and training o...

ARA reveals plans for First Responders Day on June 30

ARA CEO Paul Zahra said first responders continue to go above and beyond to keep people and communities safe.

ARA predicts $8.8bn mid-year spending spree as retailers quit excess stock

Forecasts show 52 per cent of consumers shopping mid-season sales will be doing so online. Around 6.2 million Australian...

Retailers urge new government to keep up promises

Zahra said CBD retailers and small businesses require a high level of targeted government support to recover.

Opinion: Our customers will vote on climate action with their wallets

Despite the absence of climate action – or even climate rhetoric from politicians, as business leaders, we must take th...

Mature workers ‘critical’ to resolving retail staffing shortages says ARA

The absence of international students and visa holders – formerly key demographics of the retail workforce – has left re...

Cost-of-living pressures mount as Woolworths backs wage increase

As Australia’s supermarkets continue to hold the line on food prices, Woolies’ CEO Brad Banducci noted that a “balanced”...

Budget’s $8.6bn cost of living package fails to address retail’s needs

A number of industry players have stated the Government’s cost of living package is welcome, but is too focused on solvi...

ARA names new president, board

CEO Paul Zahra said that the council’s equal representation reflects its commitment to delivering better outcomes within...

Victoria, NSW ease Covid restrictions impacting retailers

Density increase in hospitality venues, no check-in at supermarkets and retail venues although indoor face mask rules ar...

Most retailers adopt negative outlook in wake of Covid ‘wrecking ball’

The ARA seeks urgent government action on access to antigen tests, rent relief, targeted cash grants, cuts to red tape, ...

Black Friday drives 5.8 per cent retail-wide sales bump in November

Clothing, footwear and personal accessories led the way in sales during the month as Australians increasingly want to re...

Post-Christmas trading period to hit $21 billion: ARA

The prediction comes after both the ARA and NRA forecast 2021’s Christmas period to bring in close to $60 billion, with ...

New South Wales retail to see restrictions ease next month

The change, announced by State Premier Dominic Perrottet on Thursday, comes as case numbers remain steady in the state f...

Victorian retail saw a spike in customer abuse last week: ARA

ARA boss Paul Zahra said customer abuse hit new peak levels last week, after the introduction of vaccination checks at r...

AFC leading scheme to create ‘clothing circularity’ in Australia

“We have long needed an industry-led solution that actively involves all key stakeholders [and] defines their responsibi...