Tag: Paul Zahra

Father’s Day gift spending impacted by cost of living

Australians are forecast to spend $735 million on Father’s Day gifts, according to new research. Purchases are, however, down 7.7% on last year’s projections, as the rising cost of living starts to...

National Skills Week highlights career pathways

National Skills Week Chairman Brian Wexham has pointed out a major labour shortage in the retail sector is making it harder for this large employer to flourish and provide the quality service...

June sales strengthen, business costs loom

Consumer spending continued its strong trajectory last month, with June retail sales up 11.1% compared to the same month last year. The findings are from Mastercard SpendingPulse, which measures in-store and online...

ARA calls for national alignment on phase-out of single-use plastics

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has called on the federal government to help facilitate national consistency on the phase-out of single-use plastics. ARA CEO Paul Zahra says complex state and territory legislation includes...

Jobs and Skills Summit opportunity to address Australia’s economic challenges

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) says September’s Jobs and Skills Summit needs to look at long term economic reform in the areas of women’s workforce participation, including childcare, as well as skilled...

Retail sales strong, for now

Australian retail turnover rose 0.9% in May, reaching another record level, according to the Retail Trade figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The rise in May was the fifth consecutive...

Retail labour shortages getting worse, says ARA

Labour shortages continue to cripple the retail industry, with the majority of members surveyed by the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) saying the situation has worsened over the past three months, and that...

Another reason to act on plastic

Businesses that lead the way in eradicating plastics will increase customer loyalty and trust, according to research from the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). A...
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