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Retail NZ welcomes pre-budget law and order announcement
8 May 2022
Today’s pre-budget law and order announcement that includes support for the retail sector has been welcomed by Retail NZ.
New mask rules nonsensical – Retail NZ
13 April 2022
Retail NZ says that the new rules around mask wearing make no sense.
Costs and inflation increasing at rapid rate, whilst retailer confidence continues to slump
7 April 2022
The latest Retail NZ Retail Radar report of the retail sector shows that the widespread emergence of Omicron in the community has seen retailers miss targets, dissatisfaction with the Government’s response to COVID-19 remains steady and 90 per cent of retailers expect prices to rise by 7.5 per cent on average over the next three months.
So-called “Fair Pay agreements” will drive unfair price rises
29 March 2022
The Fair Pay Agreement Act announced today will drive up consumer costs if implemented.
Mask rules need urgent attention
23 March 2022
Retail NZ has welcomed news that vaccine passes and QR code scanning will no longer be required in cafés and close personal services like hairdressers and beauty services from but says that the Government urgently needs to act on mask rules.
Retailers require significant support to survive
16 February 2022
Sales, foot traffic and confidence has taken a dive in the retail sector, with the sector requesting urgent Government support.
Minimum Wage announcement putting jobs at risk
11 February 2022
The significant increase in the Minimum Wage has been badly received by the retail sector, with 84 per cent of retailers disapproving of the announcement, according to a snap poll of Retail NZ members.
It’s time for Wellington retailers to be supported
10 February 2022
The ongoing disruption caused by the protest in Wellington must be brought to an end quickly to support retailers and business across the city.
Retail Radar shows significant price increases on the horizon
27 January 2022
Retail NZ has today released its quarterly Retail Radar report, showing that the retail sector will increase prices, supply chain impacts and dissatisfaction with the government approach to COVID-19 continues.
Shop normal as we move to Red tonight
23 January 2022
As New Zealand moves to Red Status tonight, Retail NZ says that the retail sector has been preparing for the arrival of Omicron, but is asking Kiwis to shop normal in the coming days and weeks.
Retail sector prepares for Omicron – things Kiwis need to know
19 January 2022
Retailers across the country are taking proactive steps to prepare for the arrival of Omicron in the community and asking Kiwis to understand that services levels may change as a result.
Retail NZ calls on New Zealand to Shop Nice
18 December 2021
Shop Nice is a public awareness campaign launched by Retail NZ to support retail workers in light of increasing levels of abuse, aggression and violence from the New Zealand Public.
Businesses looking ahead to Roadmap Step 3
8 November 2021
It’s good news that the Government has confirmed most retail stores in Auckland will be allowed to open from Wednesday, and that a further review will happen next week.
Please treat retail workers with respect – Declaration on Violence & Anti-social Behaviour
8 November 2021
Retailers throughout the country have come together today at the Retail NZ Summit on Violence and Anti-social behaviour in Parliament’s Grand Hall to signify their commitment to keep their employees and contractors safe.
Relief for retailers but hard road ahead
1 November 2021
It’s good news that the Government is moving to allow retail stores in the Waikato to open from midnight tomorrow, and Auckland from next Tuesday, but there’s a hard road ahead for many retail businesses.
Let’s get stores open – Retail NZ plea to Government
31 October 2021
Retail NZ is asking the Government to move to Step 2 of the Auckland Roadmap this week, and to get stores in Auckland and the Waikato open, subject to safety measures.
Select Committee backs Retail NZ and ditches discriminatory and costly bill
28 October 2021
Retail NZ commends the Education and Workforce Select Committee report recommending that the Holidays (Parent-Teacher Interview Leave) Amendment Bill does not proceed.
Great news for retailers in Government rent relief decisions
27 October 2021
Retail NZ is welcoming the changes announced by the Government today on rent relief support measures currently before the House of Representatives.
The Green Party stands up for retailers and hospitality businesses around the country
27 October 2021
We welcome the support of the Green Party, which enables tenants and landlords to negotiate adjustments in rent due during Levels 3 and 4.
Greater clarity on vaccination good for retailers
26 October 2021
Most retailers will be pleased that the Government is providing more certainty to businesses.
Some good news for retail in COVID announcements, but firm dates needed
22 October 2021
Retail will be able to open at all stages of the new “Covid Protection Framework”. But we need a firm transition date.
Golden Mile announcement fails to consider key stakeholders
20 October 2021
Progress Wellington welcome further detailed conversation with LGWM on how the changes will impact Golden Mile businesses.
Extension of Level 3 heartbreaking for retailers
18 October 2021
Aside from financial support, a clear commitment to dates for allowing businesses to re-open is important.
Further Level 3 extension devastating for retailers
8 October 2021
The spread of Level 3 lockdowns is devastating news for Northland and Waikato retailers, and is causing huge concern for retailers around NZ.
Retail business on a knife-edge as sales and confidence plummet – Government must act
6 October 2021
The past three months have been tough, and the outlook is not much better for retailers according to Retail NZ’s latest Retail Radar report.
Good news in Govt immigration decision
30 September 2021
Retail NZ says it’s good news that the Government has moved to create a residency pathway for workers on temporary visas.
Surprises for retail & hospitality sectors in Government announcements
28 September 2021
Retail NZ and Hospitality NZ say they have concerns about the Government’s request for retail workers to get COVID-19 tests, and the Ministerial announcement about rent relief for future COVID-19 lockdowns.
Level 4 extension devastating for Auckland retailers
13 September 2021
Retail NZ says that the extension to the Level 4 lockdown in the Auckland region is devastating news for retailers and other businesses trying to survive the COVID-19 outbreak.
Hey kiwis – support your local retailers by wearing a mask
10 September 2021
Retail NZ has launched a public awareness campaign to encourage kiwis to ensure they wear a mask while in retail stores.
Parent-Teacher Interview Leave Bill discriminatory and should be ditched
1 September 2021
Appearing before Select Committee today, Retail NZ said the proposed Holidays (Parent-Teacher Interview Leave) Amendment Bill should be ditched because it would discriminate against some employees based on their family status, and impose significant costs on employers.
Inflation numbers unsurprising
16 July 2021
Retail NZ is not surprised that there has been a substantial 3.3 per cent increase in the Consumer Price Index over the past year. Evidently, retailers are expecting price rises to come over the next few months.
Price pressure looming while spending remains strong
1 July 2021
More than two-thirds of Retail NZ members are expecting prices to rise over the next quarter. This is on the back of increased costs, according to our latest Retail Radar report.
Kiwi shopping habits driven by desire to live more sustainably
29 June 2021
New research shows that 86 per cent of Kiwis are prepared to change their shopping habits, in order to be more sustainable.
Retail NZ encourages Wellingtonians’ compliance during Alert Level 2
23 June 2021
With the Government’s announcement of Wellington entering Alert Level 2, Retail NZ is encouraging compliance. And for Wellingtonians to shop local!
Retail wages continue to rise
23 June 2021
The average wage in retail has climbed 6.1 per cent nationally in the last year. It now sits at $25.05 nationally, according to Retail NZ’s latest Wages Guide.
Bad news for retailers in Let’s Get Wellington Moving decision
16 June 2021
Retail NZ says that it’s disappointing news for struggling retailers, that private vehicles will be banned from Wellington’s Golden Mile.
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.
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