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Australian Retailers Association: 110 Years Of Supporting Australian Retailers

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman

An exclusive for The Australian Business Executive by Australian Retailers Association Executive Director Russell Zimmerman.

On May 15 2013, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) celebrated its 110th anniversary. Looking back over the last 110 years, it gives me great pleasure to see how far the ARA has come as Australia’s leading retail industry body, and the milestones we’ve achieved along the way. But also to see how far the retail sector has come.

Since 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has been the peak industry body representing Australia’s now $258 billion retail sector which employs over 1.2 million people. The retail landscape has definitely changed over the past 110 years, particularly since the introduction of the internet and the evolution of online retailing. We now see not only bricks and mortar retailers competing against online retailers, but also multichannel and omni-channel retailers in the mix too.

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