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In the bag: the best alternatives to single-use plastic bags

This article was first published on City of Sydney News and shared by Australian Retailers Association.

Many supermarkets in NSW have now banned single-use plastic shopping bags.

Think retail, think local

According to an independent Roy Morgan study, 90% of Australians are more likely to buy Australian-made products than those from overseas.

Five ways to keep your retail staff motivated

The retail industry is a demanding one to work for, especially if you are part of the store team. From the high sales targets and dealing with disgruntled customers to working through the holidays, the life of retail staff isn’t always smooth-sailing and relaxed.

The ARA congratulate Geoff Browne on his appointment as Inaugural Lead Ombudsman

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) would like to congratulate Mr Geoff Browne GAICD on his appointment as the Inaugural Lead Ombudsman.

Busting the myths of retail outsourcing

There’s an assumption that outsourcing comes at a cost, that the business will not be in control, that it is more expensive than deploying an in-house team, and that it is simply easier to just ‘do it ourselves’. Yet in the highly volatile retail sector, where consumer spending is influenced by...

An overview of the Safe Work At Risk Workers' Strategy 2018-22

SafeWork NSW has recently published their At Risk Workers’ Strategy 2018-2022. SafeWork NSW has deemed and outlined within their strategy, the following groups of workers to be a most risk of harm in workplace:

Expand brand awareness

Once online, many retail brands look for opportunities to expand the reach of their company by developing strategies to boost brand awareness.

Strategies to build your brand

Here’s the thing: branding matters. But your brand isn’t just a logo or the pretty colours that come with it. 

Conflict resolution in flat structure teams

Workplace conflict can have a seriously detrimental effect on workers, the backbone of the retail industry. Conflict is one of the most distracting and negative forces at work and a huge cost to business, influencing workers to take sick leave or abandon their roles altogether.

AI paves the way, The future of retail over the next 5 years

The digital economy has changed the way retailers interact with consumers. As technology has become more portable, it has also weaved its way into our day-to-day lives—from supermarkets predicting and delivering the groceries we need, to a fully integrated concierge banking service.

How to get social media working for your business

Social media has proven to be an effective tool for businesses to reach out and improve relationships with customers. 

Products with a purpose

In a world where people are seeking purposeful purchases, businesses are now introducing healthier, safer, and more environmentally focused products as the competition of sustainability grows.

Keeping the brands image, uniform

How uniforms are more than just an item of clothing.

Develop, measure and report on promotional activities

Retail is such a dynamic and fast paced industry and visual merchandisers tend to shift from one focus to the next at great speed making it easy for the evaluation of promotional initiatives to go by the wayside. 

The benefits of managing your workforce

Outlining what is considered unacceptable behaviour and educating employees on business values through workplace policies means retailers are in a better position to manage undesirable behaviour when it arises.

The heart of hiring

The Retail Ready Jobs Program gives employers a new way to hire, without compromising on quality.

Why you need purpose in the age of mistrust

In a competitive environment where overseas rivals are putting pressure on local retailers, businesses need to invest in building their brand purpose for their customers and their people.

Loyalty at the core of retail

How retailers can grow their customer base and increase consumer loyalty

Is tech enough to improve the customer experience?

By harnessing the right technology, retailers can enhance the overall experience for their customers

Manage promotional activities

Extensive planning and alignment with wider business activities lays a strong foundation for promotions that excite customers, benefit business and minimise unnecessary pressure on store and visual merchandising staff. 

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