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Bad news for retailers in Let’s Get Wellington Moving decision
16 June 2021
Retail NZ says that the announcement that private vehicles will be banned from Wellington’s Golden Mile is disappointing news for struggling retailers.
Retail sales remain buoyant but pressures remain
2 June 2021
Retail sales remained buoyant through May according to the latest Retail NZ Sales Index, but there continue to be real pressures on retailers.
Retail NZ welcomes decisive steps to bring Merchant Service Fees down
12 May 2021
Retail NZ has welcomed Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Hon. David Clark’s announcement today that the Government will move to regulate merchant service fees, which retailers pay when customers use credit or contactless debit cards.
“Fair pay” will add complexity, cost, and mean fewer opportunities
7 May 2021
Retail NZ says the Government’s proposed “fair pay” system will be hugely complicated, drive significant costs for business, and lead to reduced employment opportunities in the retail sector.
Inflationary pressure building despite strong March for retailers
5 April 2021
Average retail spending per site at Retail NZ members was up 29.8 per cent in March compared to last year, but the results are uneven across the sector, and inflationary pressures are building, according to Retail NZ’s latest Retail Radar report.
Council hypocrisy in Easter Sunday trading bans
4 April 2021
With more than two-thirds of councils having decided to allow Easter Sunday shopping in their districts over the past couple of years, Retail NZ is calling on councils in the main centres to follow suit.
Retailers hit by COVID lockdowns
10 March 2021
While average retail spending remained relatively strong in February, a new Retail Radar report by Retail NZ shows that the second lockdown in Auckland from 28 February has significantly impacted by the retail sector.
Retail NZ welcomes Alert Level move
5 March 2021
Retail NZ says it’s good news for the retail sector that Auckland is moving back to Alert Level 2 from Sunday morning, and the rest of the country is moving back to Level 1.
Retail NZ welcomes Government move on card fees
10 December 2020
Retail NZ says it’s great news that the Government is moving ahead with plans to regulate credit and contactless debit card fees.
Strong retail sales in November on back of Singles Day, Black Friday and Cyber-Monday
1 December 2020
The latest Retail NZ Sales Index, shows that spending through November remained strong, and that total spending since March is now ahead of last year.
10-day sick leave plan will disadvantage part-time workers
30 November 2020
Retail NZ says that the Government’s announcement that it is proceeding with a blanket increase to 10 days paid sick leave is bad news for those who work part time.
Staff should stay home while sick or awaiting COVID test results
12 November 2020
Retail NZ says it is concerned by media reports that a retail sector employee was asked to work while supposed to be in isolation.
Retail sales catching up but pre-xmas challenges remain
2 November 2020
The latest Retail NZ Sales Index reports strong spending through October, and that total spending since March is now running slightly ahead of last year.
Retail sales and confidence rebound after second lockdown lifts
2 October 2020
A new Retail NZ Retail Radar report show retailer sales have improved in through September as the second wave of COVID-19 restrictions lifted.
Retailer confidence falls in August
2 September 2020
The latest Retail NZ Retail Radar report shows that retailer confidence fell significantly on the back of the Level 3 lockdown in Auckland during August.
Retail NZ welcomes Wage Subsidy but more support required
14 August 2020
Retail NZ says it is good news that the Government is extending the Wage Subsidy across the country, but says more support is required to help businesses manage fixed costs.
Return to Level 3 lockdown bad news for retailers but no need to panic buy
11 August 2020
Retail NZ says the return of COVID-19 is bad news for a struggling sector, but is urging customers not to panic buy.
Retailer confidence improves, but real challenges for some – new report
6 August 2020
Retailer confidence remained positive in July, building on the strong rebound recorded in June after lockdown was lifted.
Retail NZ welcomes Visa and Mastercard interchange moves
3 August 2020
Retail NZ says it welcomes moves by Visa and Mastercard to reduce interchange rates, and says this should lead to lower merchant fees for contactless debit transactions.
Retailer confidence improves
7 July 2020
Retailer confidence has shown a significant improvement according to the latest Retail NZ Retail Radar report.
Please be kind to business – Retail NZ urges PM
9 June 2020
Retail NZ is calling for the Prime Minister to be kind, after reports that she is ‘angry’ that the Warehouse Group is undertaking a change process that could result in a substantial number of job losses.
Retail NZ welcomes move to Level 1
8 June 2020
Retail NZ says that the move to COVID-19 Alert Level 1 from midnight tonight is great news.
Rent relief action a good start but needs to go further
4 June 2020
Retail NZ says it is good news that the Government is moving to support arbitration on commercial tenancies, but it is disappointed the action isn’t going further.
Survival of many retailers at risk
4 June 2020
Retailers are continuing to face severe pressures as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and there are real questions about the long-term survival of many retail businesses, according to the latest Retail NZ Retail Radar report.
Retail opens again – contact tracing not required when social distancing maintained
14 May 2020
The retail sector is open again, but businesses are not required to contact trace their customers if two metre social distancing can be maintained.
Great news for retailers and customers in Level 2 announcement
11 May 2020
Retail NZ says it is great news that retail stores and malls will be able to open again from this Thursday.
New statistics show economic carnage in retail sector at Level 3
4 May 2020
The latest Retail NZ Sales Index shows that sales during April were down 79.8 per cent on the previous year, and a survey of retailers suggests that things are no better under the Alert Level 3 restrictions.
Business and industry groups present united front on commercial leases – request support to bring landlords to the negotiating table
24 April 2020
Eight industry groups representing business have joined forces to call on the Government to urgently increase protection for commercial tenants in the face of rents that are now completely unaffordable under the COVID-19 lockdown and now pose a serious threat of causing business failures and job losses.
Plea for safe shopping at Level 3
23 April 2020
Retail NZ is asking the Government to allow safe shopping in-store when the nation moves to Alert Level 3 next week.
Good news for economy in Level 3 restrictions
16 April 2020
It is good news for the economy and for consumers that more retailing will be permitted when we move to level three, according to Retail NZ.
Retail NZ welcomes increase in contactless limit
9 April 2020
Retail NZ says it welcomes news that the limit for contactless payments has been temporarily lifted to $200 in light of the COVID-19 crisis.
Retail NZ welcomes greater clarity on essential services
24 March 2020
Retail NZ says it welcomes tonight’s announcement by Government of further information about what retail stores are considered essential.
Urgent clarity required on essential retail services
23 March 2020
Retail NZ says the Government needs to provide urgent clarity on what are “essential retail services” following today’s announcement that non-essential stores will be required to close within 48 hours.
Landlords need to work with retail tenants through crisis
23 March 2020
Retail NZ is applauding those landlords who are working with tenants to help them through the current COVID-19 crisis, but warns that landlords who aren’t prepared to review rental terms will push struggling retail businesses into insolvency.
Broad range of retailers providing essential goods
21 March 2020
Retail NZ is urging the Government to consider the broad range of retailers who provide essential goods to help Kiwis get through the disruption of the COVID-19 crisis.
Government support package a good place to start
17 March 2020
Retail NZ welcomes Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s announcement today of a support package as a good starting point, however, the support doesn’t go far enough for some retail businesses.
Retailers under COVID-19 pressure as Retail NZ welcomes Government support announcement
9 March 2020
Retail NZ says that the retail sector is under immense pressure as a result of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, and that it welcomes today’s announcement of a Business Continuity Package by the Government.
Retail NZ welcomes extension of fog device funding
6 March 2020
Retail NZ says it welcomes an announcement by Police Minister Stuart Nash that the Government is providing $1.9 million in additional funding to support the installation of fog devices in retail stores that are at-risk of robbery.
Coronavirus impacts spread unevenly in retail
10 February 2020
The majority of Retail NZ members report that, to date, the Coronavirus has had little immediate impact on their businesses, although some have been impacted significantly, and there are medium-term concerns about supply chains.
Challenging times continue for retailers
24 January 2020
The latest Retail NZ Retail Radar Report shows that despite the busy Black Friday, Christmas and Boxing Day sales periods, a significant number of retailers did not hit their sales targets for the quarter ended 31 December.