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Message from the CEO: 21 November 2017

November 21, 2017

Today we can share with you an exciting development for the association, that will open up entirely new avenues for retailers all across the nation.

After almost a century representing retailers of all sizes across the nation, we have today announced a national-first partnership with the National Online Retail Association (NORA), allowing us to combine our strengths and expertise to help support this industry move forward in a rapidly-changing business environment.

This partnership reinforces the NRA’s position as the premiere body representing retailers of all sizes – as we expand our services, skill-set, networks and connectivity, and set an entirely new industry benchmark.

As your industry is evolving, so too is your industry association, and with the addition of NORA’s disruptive and forward-thinking founder and Executive Director, Paul Greenberg, to the NRA team, we couldn’t be more excited to usher in this new chapter for you, and for the entire industry.

You can read the full media statement here.

Unfortunately, we’ve also been disappointed to discover the New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has requested monitoring and reporting on the impact and implementation of the state’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) on drinks pricing, writing to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to say, “we need to safeguard against the potential risk suppliers and retailers may seek to raise the prices of beverages over and above the costs associated with the Scheme.”

The NSW Government has requested IPART monitor retailers and suppliers and report back from November 1 to December 1, as it begins rolling out a policy that has increased cost imposts on businesses, adding red tape and added even further complexity to an already over-burdened industry.

To add yet another layer of costly red tape, but then treat those affected like criminals, is unfortunately just another example of how out-of-touch so many policy-makers are when it comes to the retail industry, and shows a complete lack of understanding of what retailers are dealing with in this increasingly challenging environment.

There are plenty of rumours circulating this week that Amazon could launch as soon as Friday, however The Australian has reported its enormous fulfilment centre in Melbourne’s outer fringe –  equivalent in size to nearly four soccer fields and slightly bigger than the MCG – is still largely empty.

Lastly, we hope all is going well for you as the annual pre-Christmas shopping period ramps up. If you’d like to get in touch on any issue, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 1800 RETAIL (1800 738 245).

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