With the fast-changing nature of the modern retail environment it is critical that the NRA stays in front of all emerging trends. Part of this means having both relevant and broad representation in our organization’s leadership that understands fully the key issues facing retail and how to best navigate the challenges faced by the sector.

Following the NRA’s Annual General Meeting last week, I feel that we are as well-placed as ever when it comes to the personnel leading our association. In a strong show of faith by members, the NRA Chairman and Directors were all elected unopposed.

One of the new additions to the NRA Board is Paul Greenberg, Founder and Director of NORA (National Online Retail Association). The retail sector is operating in an everchanging environment and Paul’s addition to the team demonstrates the NRA’s understanding of the need to keep up with the modern retail landscape.

Paul’s arrival means that the NRA has added direct expertise in online retail to its leadership team, supporting the existing Directors’ expertise in fast food, small business, homewares, hospitality and training.

Online was the final piece of the jigsaw when it came to representation on the Board. Every member of the NRA Board now brings a different but equally important perspective on the retail and hospitality sector, and this is something that will hold our association in good stead over the coming 12 months. Retail cannot afford to sit on its hands when it comes to the online space and multi-platform sales channels offer a real opportunity for NRA members.

Also, Chair Mark Brodie, Deputy Chair Ian Winterburn and Directors Kristine Skippington, Geoff Hogg and Tim Schaafsma will continue in their current roles. I look forward to working with the entire NRA Board over the next 12 months to achieve positive outcomes for all of our members.

Meanwhile, the first major retail events for the Christmas trade period have taken place. Late last week Aussies flocked to the shops for the Black Friday sales, while yesterday shoppers splurged on Cyber Monday online purchases.

With the NRA forecasting Australians to spend over $50 billion on retail purchases this Christmas, hopefully these two sales events have provided a solid kick-start to the festive season for retailers.

All the best for the week ahead!

For further information on any queries you may have please do not hesitate to contact the NRA at 1800 RETAIL (738 245).