ARA calls for a competitive corporate tax rate to sustain growth and drive prosperity in Australian retail industry

ARA calls for a competitive corporate tax rate to sustain growth and drive prosperity in Australian retail industry

 

Melbourne, Australia, 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Australia’s leading peak body for the retail industry, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is calling for a competitive corporate tax rate to sustain growth and drive prosperity for the country’s $310 billion sector.

Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the ARA, said the ARA works hard to advocate and support employers and employees working in the sector as the Australian retail industry employs 10% of the working population.

“The current trading environment has seen many retailers doing it tough, with last year’s retail trade figures averaging a 2.76% year-on-year growth, and retail trade growth down more than 1% on the 50 year average in 2017, the Government needs to intervene and offer some relief to the struggling industry,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“At 30%, Australia has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the advanced economic world, making it difficult for retailers to invest in jobs growth and increased wages that would benefit the economy.”

The ARA insists the present corporate tax rate currently discourages international and Australian businesses from investing in Australia and calls on all sides of politics to drive investment and accept the economic benefits tax cuts will create.

“The current corporate tax rate discourages international and Australian businesses from investing in Australia and providing further job opportunities, as many Australian and offshore businesses choose to invest in, and headquarters overseas,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The Senate needs to cooperate with the Government’s plan to lower the corporate tax rate below 25% so local retailers are able to invest in their businesses and grow the Australian economy.”

Retailers have told the ARA that balancing rising cost pressures with low sales growth and a high-tax environment, it is becoming increasingly difficult with some retailers even struggling to pay their rent.

“As retailers are already struggling in a volatile trading environment, the ARA will continue to advocate for a reduced company tax rate before it stifles future employment and growth,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The Australian retail industry currently employs more than 1.2 million people. If the corporate tax rate is not reduced to be more in line with our international counterparts, employees and the underemployed will be the ones who suffer, as employees are the heart and soul of retail.”

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is Australia’s largest retail association, representing the country’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. As Australia’s leading retail peak body industry, the ARA is a strong pro-active advocate for Australian retail and works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

For interview opportunities with ARA Spokesperson call the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or email media@retail.org.au 

Source: ARA

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Australian Retailers Association believes toy retailers will be as busy as elves this Christmas

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and Roy Morgan Research predicting Australians to spend more than $50 billion over the Christmas trading period from November 15 to December 24, 2017, the ARA believe toy retailers will be as busy as elves this Christmas.

With the ARA and Roy Morgan Research tipping Australian consumers to spend 2.8% more on Christmas compared to last year, ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said it’s a busy time for toy retailers across the country.

“Keeping up with hottest-selling toys for kids at Christmas is like keeping up with digital technology in the retail landscape… both retailers and consumers need to be prepared,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“With many new toys hitting the shelves this year, parents need to start their shopping early to ensure they can get the toy at the top of their children’s wish list.”

“Likewise retailers need to be prepared for the onslaught of parents trying to secure the perfect gift for their children.”

With the ARA and Roy Morgan Research predicting Aussies to increase their spending in the ‘Other retailing’ category by 3.96%, the ARA have worked with Toys“R”Us to identify the Top 20 Toys for kids this Christmas.

“It appears Hatchimals continue to outperform retailer’s expectations as they completely sold out last year, so we urge retailers to be prepared for a similar toy rush this pre-Christmas period,” Mr Zimmerman said.

New to the toy scene, LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox is one of the most sought-after interactive toys in the tech space this year. This innovative creation targeted for boys aged 7+, enhances the building and learning experience for boys by not only building the robot but also coding its behaviour.

“Gone are the days when we used to fly model planes, it seems LEGO Boost is now a must have for tech savvy youngsters this Christmas,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Just like retail, Christmas is all about the consumer experience, and for girls aged 3+ this year’s highly sought-after toys include LOL Dolls and Pikmi Pops as they provide the ultimate unwrapping experience this silly season.”

With many Australian children on Santa’s nice list this year, the ARA expect both retailers and Santa’s elves to be extremely busy over the next few weeks.

To view the ARA and Roy Morgan’s Annual Pre-Christmas Sales Predictions for 2017 please click here. And for more information regarding the Top Toys this Christmas please click here.

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556 or email media@retail.org.au

Source: ARA

The Australian Retailers Association welcomes ACCC’s Draft Determination of the Casual Mall Licensing Code of Practice

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)’s Draft Determination of the Casual Mall Licensing Code of Practice, supporting its concerns of the effective operation of the Code and their suggestion to invite respective organisations to become parties of the Code Administration Committee (CAC).

The ARA have long been working on this issue with the Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA), Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA) as the CAC has not been functioning as intended, with ineffective administration and maintenance of the Code leading to a number of issues.

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said the ARA have had both retailers and members highlight endless adjacency and line of sight issues with casual mall tenants that will need to be addressed in the re-authorisation of the Code.

“While retailers understand the use of pop-up shops for temporary promotions, those in direct competition with existing tenants should not be operating directly outside permanent retailers,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The Code must be reviewed and amended, as any interference with sightlines to a permanent lessee should be at least avoided, if not prohibited, as it impacts unfairly on access, customer flow, and competition.”

The ARA strongly believe a diverse representation of parties on the Code is crucial to its success, however they do insist it is important for parties which are primarily affected by the Code to have ownership of it.

“While the ARA appreciate the recommended appointments to the CAC, we question the amount of knowledge some organisations might possess on retail leasing issues, particularly those that represent retail businesses who do not generally occupy physical stores,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The ARA does not have any objection to the National Online Retailers Association (NORA) being put forward as a landlord nominee, nor the National Retailers Association (NRA) as a landlord nominee, given its close relationship in representing the interests of the SCCA over retail.”

The ARA, ASGA, FCA and PGA are committed to ensuring the success of the Code moving forward, and will not support re-authorisation of the Code until its current issues are addressed. Until then, the ARA will continue to seek regulatory intervention by the ACCC.

To view the ARA’s full submission to the ACCC please click here.

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman, call the ARA Media team on 0439 612 556 or email media@retail.org.au.

Source: ARA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) applauds ANZ Bank dual network routing

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) are pleased to hear the ANZ Bank have agreed to route transactions on Dual Network Cards via the eftpos network, preserving consumer and merchant choice across all payment channels, and reducing transaction costs to retailers.

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said, currently Point of Sale (POS) terminals only read the first contactless application on the chip, and automatically route the transaction according to this priority, which may be at a higher cost for merchants.

“These contactless transactions on Dual Network Cards currently take this choice away from consumers and merchants, making it more difficult to manage the costs associated with different payment products and networks,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The ability to route transactions via the eftpos network instead of the current Visa and Mastercard schemes will save merchants significant costs.”

The ARA have estimated the additional costs to the economy when Dual Network Card transactions are routed via the current system is in excess of $290 million.

“We would encourage other banks and financial institutions to allow merchants to route their transactions via the preferred network,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Without open consumer payments and competitive domestic payment networks, merchant fees and consumer costs may rise.”

The ARA continue to meet with financial institutions and the Government to lower costs for both the merchant and consumer through advocating for the acceptance of any payment system at a low-cost.

“For consumers, it’s important to know what system your tap payment goes through, and for merchants it’s crucial to have a choice in routing,” Mr Zimmerman said.

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556 or email media@retail.org.au

Source: Australian Retailers Association

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman: July retail trade figures continued to show stable growth

Melbourne VIC , Australia, 2017-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) said the July trade figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) proved generally positive, with year-on-year growth remaining steady, and month-to-month growth contracting.

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said the July retail trade figures continued to show stable growth, and were a positive sign leading into the warmer months.

“Year-on-year growth remains strong for the retail industry with household goods, especially hardware, driving the figures,” Mr Zimmerman said.

The Household Goods category again saw a strong year-on-year increase with an overall 4.62% growth, while Department Stores recorded year-on-year growth for the first time this year with a 1.28% rise.

“It is encouraging to see the Hardware sector continuing to show robust growth year-on-year, with a 5.02% increase” Mr Zimmerman said.

“With the end of deep discounting events after the closure of Masters, the continued growth in the hardware sector as sales begin to normalise is a good sign for the retail industry as a whole.”

Mr Zimmerman said the return to growth in Department Stores was largely attributed to the early offering of spring fashions at the tail end of winter.

“New season fashions have brought customers back into the Department Stores, and the increase in sales bodes well as we move into summer.”

Clothing, Footwear and Personal Accessories continue to face tough conditions, with a modest 1.28% year-on-year increase.

Food retailing continued to remain strong, recording a 3.88% increase year-on-year, largely driven by continued strength in the supermarket sector with a 3.90% increase and a 1.51% increase in specialised food.

All states recorded growth year-on year, a positive sign for the months ahead. Victoria (5.63%) and New South Wales (4.18%) lead the pack with strong year-on-year growth. The Australian Capital Territory (3.95%), Tasmania (3.53%), and South Australia (2.99%) recorded a moderate increase year-on-year.  The Northern Territory (2.96%), Queensland (2.44%) and Western Australia (1.37%) showed gradual increases.

“It is great to see Victoria showing a significant increase in sales year-on-year, and Western Australia beginning to turn around with a change in government bringing some positivity to the west,” Mr Zimmerman said.

MONTHLY RETAIL GROWTH (June 2017– July 2017 seasonally adjusted)

Department stores (2.35%), Other retailing (1.33%), Food retailing (0.11%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-0.56%), Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-1.10%) and Household goods retailing (-1.26%).

Victoria (1.14%), Western Australia (0.51%), Queensland (-0.23%), New South Wales (-0.47%), Northern Territory (-0.56%), Australian Capital Territory (-1.37%), Tasmania (-1.59%) and South Australia (-1.70%).

Total sales (-0.03%).

YEAR-ON-YEAR RETAIL GROWTH (July 2016 – July 2017 seasonally adjusted)

Household goods retailing (4.62%), Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (4.48%), Other retailing (4.24%), Food retailing (3.88%), Department stores (1.28%) and Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (1.15%).

Victoria (5.63%), New South Wales (4.18%), Australian Capital Territory (3.95%), Tasmania (3.53%), South Australia (2.99%), Northern Territory (2.96%), Queensland (2.44%) and Western Australia (1.37%).

Total sales (3.77%).

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To arrange an interview with Mr Zimmerman, call the ARA Media line on 0439 612 556, or email media@retail.org.au.

About the Australian Retailers Association:
Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,000 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

Australian Retailers Association releases the #StateOfXmas 2016 report

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — With Christmas 2017 fast approaching, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) are proud to release the findings from the #StateOfXmas 2016 report. The ARA have partnered with Temando to discover how retailers are tapping into the benefits of shipping and fulfilment technology to excel over the Christmas trading period.

The #StateOfXmas report produced a number of findings. One key message from the report identified how a lack of innovation and unavailability of in-demand shipping options currently cause friction in the online shopper’s journey, which severely impacts the performance of Australian retailers over the festive season.

With sales in the 2016 Christmas period declining 0.1 percent against a forecast rise of 0.3 percent, #StateOfXmas comes just in time for the 2017 holidays.

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said the report highlights an opportunity for retailers to embrace change, especially in the face of increasing online competition locally and abroad.

“Traditional systems and out-dated processes are crippling many retailers – preventing them from providing seamless end-to-end shopping experiences to the multitude of consumers in a cost-effective manner,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“As Christmas is the biggest trading period of the year, it is important that retailers re-think their shipping and fulfillment strategies to give them a competitive edge.”

The #StateOfXmas report found that despite consistently high demand from shoppers, a lack of variety in shipping options is leading to an increase in cart abandonment. However, retailers who succeeded in improving their shipping and fulfillment processes enjoyed a range of benefits including better customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and conversions.

Temando’s Vice President of Marketing, Hamish Grant said those retailers who improved their shipping and fulfilment practices will reap the rewards from the 2017 Christmas trading period.

“Last-minute shoppers need to know that their holiday orders will arrive in time, but only 2 percent of retailers provided extended after-hours or weekend delivery over this period,” Mr Grant said.

“Standard cut off times are already limiting Christmas transactions, so retailers focused on capitalising on this season must offer quick, easy and fast shipping options that work for every type of shopper.”

Mr Zimmerman echoed Mr Grant’s comments and said the #StateOfXmas results speak for themselves.

“Retailers will enhance their profit margins when they improve their shipping and fulfilment practices. These wins will not only extend customer lifetime value, they’re absolutely essential for survival,” Mr Zimmerman said.

To download a copy of the #StateOfXmas report please click here.

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,000 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmermancall the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or emailmedia@retail.org.au

Source: Australian Retailers Association (ARA)

ARA: NSW Boxing Day trade legislation is great news for retailers

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) applauds the NSW Government in moving to legislate Boxing Day trade across all parts of NSW after it was welcomed by retailers, employees and consumers during a two-year trial.

An independent review with comprehensive feedback from business owners, employees and shoppers has revealed this legislation will level the playing field for retailers who were previously prohibited from taking part in the Boxing Day sales simply because of their location.

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said this announcement is great news for NSW retailers as Boxing Day is one of the busiest trading days of the year.

“Consumers want to shop on Boxing Day, and retailers want to trade, it’s as simple as that,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Giving NSW retailers an opportunity to trade on this public holiday not only gives retailers a chance to increase their sales it allows physical stores to compete with online and interstate retailers.”

As the retail sector is the largest private industry employer, the ARA believes this decision is also great news for NSW retail staff.

“Allowing Boxing Day trade in all areas of NSW gives retailers the opportunity to roster volunteer staff on one of the biggest trading days of the year,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Public holiday rates are a great way for employees to earn money and increasing trading hours for NSW retailers significantly reduces underemployment.”

This legislation aligns with the ARA’s submission to the NSW Government which supports deregulated trading hours on Boxing Day and will be introduced in the coming months.

The ARA will work with retailers and their employees to ensure they are fully aware of their rights ahead of Boxing Day this year.

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,000 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman, call the ARA Media team on 0439 612 556 or email media@retail.org.au.

Source: ARA

ARA: Officeworks wins 2017 eftpos Australian Retailer of the Year title

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Australia’s extraordinary retailers have been crowned today (3 August 2017) at the Australian Retailers Association’s (ARA) 2017 eftpos Australian Retail Awards, with Officeworks taking out the coveted eftpos Australian Retailer of the Year title.

In an exceptional field of remarkable retailers, Officeworks have grown into Australia’s largest supplier of office and stationery products. As a true category-killer, this outstanding retailer has climbed to the pinnacle of the industry, dominating the $12 billion market sector.

With this prestigious award being the hardest on record to judge, the ARA reimagined the 2017 selection process to ensure this year’s methodology was not only credible but intellectually sound.

Russell Zimmerman, ARA Executive Director, said the unique process included three pillars of in-depth research to determine the 2017 Retailer of the Year Award.

“As the retail industry’s peak representative body, it is important that we recognise and celebrate these remarkable retailers’ success on the national stage that is the 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The exceptionally high standard of submissions we received this year was a profound reminder of the vibrant passion that encapsulates the retail industry.”

eftpos Managing Director, Bruce Mansfield, said eftpos was proud to support the Awards because they recognised the extraordinary work done by the hundreds of thousands of retailers who serve Australian communities every single day.

“Retail is an exceptionally important industry because it impacts all of our daily lives,” Mr Mansfield said.

“With the rise of international marketplaces, mobile platforms and the dynamic needs of modern shoppers, it will be extraordinary Australian retailers who continue to thrive in the shifting retail landscape.”

This year’s breakfast event was held at the National Gallery of Victoria with esteemed ABC journalist Beverley O’Connor hosting the Awards. Radek Sali of Swisse also entertained the 550 guests by sharing his incredible retail success as keynote speaker.

With 10 awards up for grabs at the Awards breakfast, the 2017 winners stood out from the retail crowd in each of their categories.

Mr Zimmerman said the overarching lesson from this year’s winners is both profound and powerful as the high standard of submissions and the quality of entries to the 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards proved the retail sector’s strength and resilience.

“The future prosperity of the Australian industry doesn’t lie in the challenges themselves, it lies in how we choose to embrace them to move retail forward.”

2017 eftpos ARA AUSTRALIAN RETAIL AWARDS WINNERS

EFTPOS RETAILER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: OFFICEWORKS
RUNNERS UP: DAN MURPHY’S, BUNNINGS WAREHOUSE, JB HIFI, ALDI AUSTRALIA, IKEAEFTPOS INDEPENDENT RETAILER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: THE PARTY PEOPLE
RUNNER UP: NIMBLE ACTIVEWEAR

FRONTLINE RETAIL EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: ALDI AUSTRALIA
RUNNER UP: PEREGRINE CORPORATION

PRONTO SOFTWARE RETAIL DISRUPTOR OF THE YEAR
WINNER: AIRBNB AUSTRALIA
RUNNER UP: CRUST GOURMET PIZZA BAR

TEMANDO OMNI-CHANNEL RETAILER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: EB GAMES
RUNNER UP: PETSTOCK

SHOP-FOR-SHOPS RETAIL STORE FIT-OUT OF THE YEAR 1-5 STORE
WINNER: NIMBLE ACTIVEWEAR
RUNNER UP: LUC HOMEWARES AND DESIGNSHOP-FOR-SHOPS RETAIL STORE FIT-OUT OF THE YEAR 6+ STORE
WINNER: READINGS DONCASTER & READINGS KIDS
RUNNER UP: AMART FURNITUREREST INDUSTRY SUPER INDIVIDUAL RETAILER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: DEAN SALAKAS, THE PARTY PEOPLE
RUNNER UP: KELSEY SUBRITSKY, PANDORA

THE REALISE GROUP PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
WINNER: MYER
RUNNER UP: BUNNINGS WAREHOUSE

ARA RETAIL INSTITUTE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD
WINNER: HILL STREET

FCB GROUP RETAIL HR RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
WINNER: SHALYSSE ROMER, HUGO BOSS

2017 ARA RETAIL HALL OF FAME AWARD
WINNER: WILSON RETAIL

About the eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards:

First held in the 1970s, the eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards are the nation’s longest running and most prestigious retail event, recognising and rewarding outstanding retail businesses, innovations, and individuals across all sectors of retail. Relaunched in 2008, the annual 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards breakfast will commence on Thursday 3 August at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria.

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

For interview opportunities contact the ARA Media team on 0439 612 556 or email media@retail.org.au.

Source: Australian Retailers Association

The 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards: Top 20 Retailers

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Judging of the 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards is now underway, with a list of Top 20 Retailers already announced ahead of the Awards breakfast on Thursday August 3rd, at the National Gallery of Victoria.

With the coveted 2017 Retailer of the Year Award one of the hardest awards to judge, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has reimagined the selection process and worked with industry experts to determine what constitutes the ‘best in retail’ in the evolving sector.

This year, the ARA commissioned the Australian Consumer, Retail, and Services (ACRS) research unit within the Monash Business School to undertake the ARA’s Top 20 Retailers research project.

The ACRS research provided ARA with an overview of the Top 20 Retailers in Australia from a variety of secondary resources, including IBISWorld reports, annual reports, news articles, and company websites.

Russell Zimmerman, ARA Executive Director, said this revised methodology, coupled with mystery shopping initiatives and field agency surveys, ensures the highest-standard of credibility and integrity in awarding this prestigious award.

“This robust Retailer of the Year adjudication process is vital in deciding the winner of what we consider the greatest honour in the Australian retail industry,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“With the extraordinary calibre of leading Australian retailers in the field, this new meticulous awards process ensures that the impartial panel of judges are well-equipped to decide who is the most deserving of the 2017 Retailer of the Yearcrown.”

While a record number of entries were received by the ARA this year, the ARA’s Top 20 Retailers were determined by several essential factors including; company culture, fiscal performance, corporate responsibility, marketing initiatives and customer engagement strategies.

The 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards: Top 20 Retailers

  • Aldi
  • Big W
  • Bunnings Warehouse
  • Chemist Warehouse
  • Cotton On
  • Dan Murphy’s
  • David Jones
  • EB Games
  • Harvey Norman
  • IKEA
  • JB Hi Fi
  • Kmart Australia
  • Myer
  • Officeworks
  • Spotlight
  • Supercheap Auto
  • Target
  • The Good Guys
  • Toys ‘R’ Us
  • Woolworths

Tickets to the 2017 Awards Breakfast can be purchased at http://australianretailawards.com.au.

For interview opportunities or to secure a media pass to the eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne on August 3, contact the ARA Media team on 0439 612 556 or email media@retail.org.au.

About the eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards:

First held in the 1970s, the eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards are the nation’s longest running and most prestigious retail event, recognising and rewarding outstanding retail businesses, innovations, and individuals across all sectors of retail. Relaunched in 2008, the annual 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards breakfast will commence on Thursday 3 August at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria.

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia.

For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

Source: Australian Retailers Association

The Australian Retailers Association commends NSW Government for delivering infrastructure Budget

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has commended the NSW Government for delivering a Budget that focuses on infrastructure, while running a surplus in 2016-17.

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said the NSW State Budget builds on economic strength for the state, assisting retail sales growth while supporting retail businesses and employment through continued skills funding and tax relief.

“The 2017-18 Budget released today (June 20, 2017) focuses on delivering infrastructure projects that NSW communities need, with long term holes in infrastructure slowly being fixed for the first time in decades,” Mr Zimmerman said.

From January next year, businesses with an annual turnover of less than $2 million will be exempt from paying duties on insurance for work vehicles, professional indemnity and public liability.

The ARA also welcomes the increased support for the Business Connect Programme in helping small businesses to plan and adapt.

“As always, the industry needs the Government to further reduce business taxes to sustain retail growth,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The tax cuts on business transactions is an important step for retailers making decisions to improve their operations.”

The ARA further congratulates the NSW Government for their $96 million commitment to the Jobs for NSW initiative which ARA members have participated in to stimulate jobs growth across NSW.

Retailers will also welcome stamp duty cuts with exemptions for homes worth up to $650,000, and discounts for purchases up to $800,000 for new homebuyers as these initiatives will stimulate consumer spend.

“These business cuts, along with the homebuyers’ stamp duty cuts will help grow retail spend across the industry,” Mr Zimmerman said.

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For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call: The ARA Media Line T: 0439 612 556 E:media@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

ARA applauds the Parliament for implementing fairer tax system for Australian retailers

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) congratulate the Parliament for passing the low-value GST for offshore tangible goods under $1000 as this legislation will improve tax fairness for Australian retailers.

Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the ARA said they have been working with the Federal and State Governments since 2008 to reduce the Low Value Threshold (LVT) and provide a level playing field for Australian retailers.

“Today the Australian retail industry received a big win, as this much-needed GST will significantly assist our local retailers when trading against our international counterparts,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“This new legislation will create a fairer tax system for Australian retailers who are currently operating in a tough trading environment.”

The ARA congratulate the Parliament for passing this Bill but are extremely disappointed that the legislation won’t be implemented until 1 July 2018.

“We are disappointed there will be a 12 month delay before overseas retailers start collecting this tax, but we look forward to Australian retailers finally being given a fair chance,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“This legislation will mean our local retailers will be able to trade on the same level playing field as our international competitors.”

The ARA will continue to work with the Government and Productivity Commission to seek the most efficient system in collecting this GST.

“We will be talking to our members to ensure this legislation is implemented correctly,” Mr Zimmerman said.

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For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmermancall the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or emailmedia@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

ARA: National Minimum Wage increase of 3.3% will stifle jobs growth within the retail sector

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) are extremely concerned, the National Minimum Wage increase of 3.3% announced today (June 6, 2017) by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) will stifle jobs growth within the retail sector.

The FWC today (June 6, 2017) announced the National Minimum Wage will increase to $694.90 per week, or $18.29 per hour from 1 July 2017. This is an increase of $22.20 per week and an increase of 59 cents per hour.

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said Australian retailers are already facing a complex operating environment and this increase will be extremely harmful to the growth and stability of the Australian retail industry.

“Today’s Minimum Wage increase of 3.3% will suppress the benefits achieved by the penalty rates reduction, negatively affecting increased trading hours for retailers and further delaying employment growth across the sector,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“With the inherent weakness in today’s economic climate, along with tax increases about to hit consumers, this upsetting increase will strongly impede on employment growth within the industry.”

Given economic uncertainties, historically low inflation along with rising costs for retailers, the ARA believe there will be real concerns for retail growth across Australia.

The ARA believes their proposed Minimum Wage increase of 1.2% would have the best way to preserve employment within the retail sector and are disappointed that the Fair Work Commission did not take into account the weak economic trading conditions when making their decision.

“Our members are constantly experiencing significant cost pressures through international competition and advances in technology therefore we believe this wage increase is unfavourable for all businesses operating in the retail sector,” Mr Zimmerman said.

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For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or emailmedia@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

Australian Retailers Association proposed further changes to the 457 visa reform ensuring the longevity of Australian retail

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the retail industry’s peak representative body, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has proposed further changes to the 457 visa reform in a submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) ensuring the longevity of Australian retail.

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said the ARA have long been advocating for its members on skills shortages in the local labour market and the costly flow-on effect of doing business in a competitive global market.

“Australian retailers are currently challenged by the availability of local talent to fill buying, planning and online roles in the industry,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“We have been consulting the Government and advocating for formal training and professional development options for retail employees, to support future careers in Australian retail.”

The ARA strongly believe the ability for Australian retailers to compete in a dynamic global market, and continue to employ Australian workers directly correlates with access to specialised talent.

“The recent changes to the 457 visa program have restricted Australian retailers in accessing specific roles required in modern day retailing, further crippling the growth and development of local retail talent,” Mr Zimmerman said.

Working with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) the ARA surveyed its members on how the 457 visa changes will have a major impact on future business growth, securing retail talent, promoting local employees and international competitiveness.

The survey identified Retail Buyers, Merchandise Planners, Merchandise Designers and Digital Commerce as four critical roles required in contemporary retailing and assisted the ARA in formulating an accurate response to the Department on the proposed 457 visa changes to ensure current and future applicants for these particular roles are not affected.

The ARA’s submission highlights the adverse effects to the sector caused by the removal of certain retail occupations and asks the Department to reinstate the Retail Buyer to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List.

The submission further seeks a more sophisticated and inclusive approach in identifying strategic retail occupations prior to any reforms being implemented and recommends a pathway for highly skilled visa holders in key retail categories to be offered permanent residency.

Taking a longer-term view, the ARA supports the development and implementation of HECS-HELP for tertiary qualifications to support careers in Australian retail.

Mr Zimmerman said the ARA look forward to working with the Department to develop local retail talent through relevant tertiary studies which will in turn guide the future of Australian retail.

“As skilled retail employees are an enormous asset to the industry, the ARA will work with the Government to future proof Australian retail talent.”

To view the ARA’s full submission to the DIBP please click here.

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For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmermancall the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or emailmedia@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

ARA Executive Director: retailers expecting to ramp up employment via quick transition to more sustainable penalty rates

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — While the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) welcomes the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) Penalty Rates Reduction decision, retail employers will be disappointed by the excessive length of the transitional arrangements handed down today (June 5, 2017).

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said retailers were expecting to ramp up employment via a quick transition to more sustainable penalty rates, though the announced arrangements will only hinder the immediate benefit to employment and growth within the sector.

“The Commission found that a reduction in penalty rates will allow retailers to extend staff working hours and increase employment across the board, therefore these sluggish arrangements will unnecessarily delay the creation of new retail jobs,”

“Retailers are already operating in a tough environment, and the ARA will be working with its members and legal providers to strongly defend the decision to ensure the implementation of Public Holiday rates from 1 July 2017,” Mr Zimmerman said.

The ARA will further challenge any attempt by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) to defer the implementation of the Sunday penalty rates decision.

“The ARA will strongly oppose any application from the SDA for judicial review of the Sunday penalty rates decision, as this will only serve to prolong the benefits for retail employers, employees and overall industry growth.” Mr Zimmerman stated.

The ARA believes the Commission’s decision will be upheld in the Federal Court as the Union’s judicial review will risk all the benefits for Australian retailers, the unemployed and the broader Australian economy.

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To arrange an interview with Mr Zimmerman, please call the ARA media team on 0439 612 556 or email media@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

 

ARA urges Government to make cuts to concurrent spending instead of slugging consumers with a Medicare levy tax hike

ARA urges Government to make cuts to concurrent spending instead of slugging consumers with a Medicare levy tax hike

 

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-May-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) believe this year’s Federal Budget brings some relief for retailers through reducing Government debt, but at the undesirable cost of increasing taxes on Australian individuals and businesses.

While the ARA applauds the strong infrastructure investment and additional skills funding, the Government has missed the mark in focusing its strategy to return to surplus through additional taxation as opposed to cutting spending.

Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the ARA said although the retail industry welcomed some of tonight’s Budget measures, the ARA urges the Government to make cuts to concurrent spending instead of slugging consumers with a Medicare levy tax hike.

“A tax, is a tax, is a tax, however you dress it up,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The Medicare levy increase of 0.5 percent to fund the NDIS is just a tax hike in another form that will hit consumer pockets hard.”

The ARA believe the substantial levy on five of the biggest banks, in conjunction with stricter regulation, will go a long way to reduce Australian debt and hopefully stimulate a return to surplus if implemented correctly.

“Our concern with this strategy is that the costs will be passed on by the banks to everyday Australians and small businesses,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Without adequate safeguards to protect customers from these forwarded costs, we are cautious that this levy could prove counter-productive for retail growth.”

The ARA supports the Government’s continued Small Business Information Campaign which includes introduction of the GST low value goods, reducing company tax and extending the $20,000 instant asset write-off scheme for another 12 months.

However, Mr Zimmerman said the ARA is disappointed in the delay to the reduction of the low value threshold and the restricted application of the asset write-off scheme which excludes businesses beyond $10 million turnover.

On the other hand, the ARA congratulates the Government on additional funding and regulation of the Black Economy, and calls for cash alternatives to be regulated at a low cost.

The ARA further supports infrastructure investment, in particular the major projects including the Western Sydney Airport, Melbourne Tullamarine Airport Rail and other regional initiatives.

“These infrastructure projects will improve Australia’s business performance, entice international investors and achieve economic growth,” Mr Zimmerman said.

The ARA commends the additional skills funding in the 2017 Budget, urging the Government to work directly with retailers to address specific skill shortages which affect the core operations of retail businesses.

“On the whole, the 2017 Federal Budget is a step in the right direction for reducing Government debt and providing economic conditions conducive to reinvigorating growth in the retail sector,” Mr Zimmerman said.

Mr Zimmerman will be available for media comment and interviews at Parliament House in Canberra tonight following the Federal Budget announcement.

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call the ARA Media Line on media@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

Retail Industry Hopes for Tax Reforms, Infrastructure Investment, and Skills Funding

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-May-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and its members are hoping next week’s Federal Budget announcement will bring relief to the industry through tax reform, smart infrastructure investment and additional skills funding.

Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the ARA said the retail industry have been looking to both the Government and the Opposition to employ a fairer tax system to improve international competitiveness for retailers and stimulate economic growth.

“Retailers continue to face significant cost pressures in the Australian market, and reducing corporate taxes across the board will help businesses stay viable in a difficult operating environment,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“We are committed to reducing the overall tax burden to individuals and businesses to build consumer confidence, put more money back in consumer’s pockets and encourage productive investment.”

The ARA will also look for the Federal Budget to include sensible infrastructure investment to lift productivity and efficiency across both urban and regional Australia.

“There is an urgent need to improve retail supply chain operations to remain competitive in the international market,” Mr Zimmerman said, “and enhancing transport links to key retail hubs for both consumers and businesses will improve Australia’s business performance and achieve economic growth.”

The ARA believe developing the western suburbs of Sydney will create smoother efficiencies for Australian businesses, increase retail tourism and improve supply chain logistics.

“The substantial investment in both Badgerys Creek Airport and the inland rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane will not only boost the economy, but better connect us to global markets,” Mr Zimmerman said.

The ARA also welcome additional skills funding in the 2017 Budget and encourage the Government to maintain funding in education and training programs.

“Although the Government has already announced significant changes to 457 Visas, the ARA urge the Government to work with retailers to identify skills shortages across the retail sector and make necessary changes to address high-end skills into the country,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“As Australia’s biggest private employer, promoting retail as a viable and exciting career choice for young people is critical.

“The ARA are working with its members to ensure employers are supported in upskilling their staff with specific skills needed within the industry, and will look to the Government for their support in next week’s Budget,” Mr Zimmerman said.

Mr Zimmerman will be available for media comment and interviews in Canberra following the Federal Budget announcement on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 May 2017.

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call: The ARA Media Line T: 0439 612 556 E:media@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

Australian Retailers Association opposes SDA’s proposed increase to Saturday casual rates

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) opposes the SDA’s proposed increase to Saturday casual rates as it would impede on retail growth nationally.

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said any increase in Saturday casual rates will eliminate many of the benefits achieved through reducing Sunday penalty rates.

“We sought to reduce Sunday penalty rates to provide more employment opportunities for young workers seeking both additional hours and new employment on weekends,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Increasing Saturday casual rates will not only increase the unemployment rate across Australia, it will further impede on national retail growth.”

The ARA are concerned that increasing Saturday casual rates will severely disadvantage the employment of casual workers across the retail sector.

“With the Fair Work Commission and Federal Court’s recent decisions on casual employment, redundancy and annual leave entitlements, the cost of engaging casual employees is already substantial, and acts as a disincentive to casual employment,” Mr Zimmerman said.

The ARA believe casual jobs are an important step into gaining long-term employment within the industry and their flexible hours are essential to Australian retailers.

“With the existing change-of-hours rules around part-time employees, there is a continual need for casual employees and their flexible working arrangements,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The seven days’ notice required to change the rostered hours of part-time employees can be unrealistic for retailers, highlighting the necessity of casual employees.”

The ARA will be opposing this increase in Saturday casual rates on behalf of their members and the Australian retail industry.

“This increase will only bring further challenges and cost implications for Australian retailers who are already facing a difficult operating environment,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“We will continue to support our members in opposing this increase as many Australian retailers are already experiencing significant cost pressures throughout the sector.”

The ARA understand the Fair Work Commission will be releasing some further research on the history of Saturday casual rates, and are expecting some additional documents to be filed later on today.

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For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call: The ARA Media Line T: 0439 612 556, E: media@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

Australian Retailers Association opposes delay in implementing GST to low-value imports

Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ —The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) opposes any delay in implementing GST to low-value imports and strongly supports the Government in closing the Low Value Threshold (LVT) loophole for the purchase of offshore tangible goods under $1000.

Executive Director of the ARA, Russell Zimmerman said any delay to low-value GST legislation will result in a number of job losses throughout the industry.

“The retail industry is already operating in a tough environment and any delay to this much-needed legislation will significantly affect employers and employees working in this sector,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Levelling this unfair playing field for retailers is an area that both the industry and unions strongly agree on, and collectively support.”

The ARA firmly believe that that the proposed GST collecting system is the best model at this point and should not be postponed.

“This legislation should be implemented as soon as possible, as we already know that overseas retailers have the capability of charging similar taxes online in Australia,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“These big global players already collect GST for digital products, therefore we want to see these retailers register and collect GST as of July 1 this year.”

The ARA called on the Senate Crossbench to pass this GST at the Senate Economics Legislation hearings last Friday 21 April, and pushed for overseas retailers to immediately start collecting this tax from low-value imports.

“It is unreasonable for global retailers like Ebay, who currently don’t pay any tax in Australia, not to register and collect the GST,” Mr Zimmerman said.

The ARA have been working with the Federal and State Governments to reduce the low-value threshold and provide a level playing field for Australian retailers.

“The commencement for this process for low-value imports was first introduced in 2011 by then Assistant Treasurer, Bill Shorten, and has been supported by both parties,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Therefore, there should not be any issue in adhering to the agreed implementation date of 1 July 2017.”

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or email media@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

Source: Australian Retailers Association

Australian Retailers Association: Retailers conducting business in Australia should pay their tax just like Australian retailers currently do

Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, 2017-Apr-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) strongly supports the Government in closing the Low Value Threshold (LVT) loophole for the purchase of offshore tangible goods under $1000.

Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the ARA said they have been working with the Federal and State Governments to reduce the low value threshold and provide a level playing field for Australian retailers.

“This is a tax equity issue and internationally-based retailers should pay their fair share of tax,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Retailers conducting business in Australia should pay their tax just like Australian retailers currently do.”

The ARA has said this GST has been a long time coming, expressing thanks to then Assistant Treasure Bill Shorten for his commencement of the process in 2011.

“Multiple jurisdictions are already introducing similar laws as this is a global tax issue,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“This new legislation will create a fairer tax system for Australian retailers by creating a level playing field against international competitors.”

This new model may not be perfect but the ARA believes that the proposed system is the best model at this point.

“Freight companies and credit card businesses should not be responsible for collecting this tax, the onus should fall on internationally-based businesses to collect it” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Australian retailers already collect this tax in Australia, therefore it is unnecessary to complicate this process and allow international retailers to continue to exploit this legislative loophole.”

“We already know that overseas retailers selling online have the capability of charging taxes as required by Australian law,” Mr Zimmerman said.

The ARA will be appearing as witnesses at the Senate Economics Legislation hearings this Friday 21 April to reiterate the importance of this GST.

“We strongly support this proposed GST model and will continue to work with the Government to resolve any implementation issues,” Mr Zimmerman said.

Mr Zimmerman will be available at 12 noon outside the Flinders Room at Mantra Hotel, 222 Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or email media@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

Contact:

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Source:  Australian Retailers Association (ARA)