The President of the Australian Retailers Association, Rowan Hodge, today announced the decision by many of Australia’s major retailers to join the ARA. The result will be a single national voice for Australian Retailers.
Together with JB Hi-Fi Group CEO Richard Murray, Hodge said, “The integration of the major retailers into the ARA is an exciting moment for Australia’s retail sector.”
Hodge said, “Representation of the retail industry in Australia has been fragmented. The combination of the major retailers and the ARA is a critical first step in creating One Voice for small, medium and larger retailers.
The Australian Retailers Association was founded in 1903 and has a proud history of representing Australia’s retail sector. The ARA is Australia’s largest retail association with 9,500 independent and national retail members, 95% of members are small and medium size businesses.
Hodge continued, “We believe working together will grow and enhance the advocacy, events and education services we provide our members, and will particularly improve outcomes for small retailers.”