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Russell Zimmerman

Young workers in retail industry win an adult's wage

Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said the decision would devastate youth employment because employers would be more likely to hire older workers with more experience if they are going to be paid the same wage. "The unions will push to raise the wages ...

Boxing Day retail sales as frantic as ever in face of online competition

People assume it is not as busy as in the past because of online sales, but sales are strong,” says Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman, who believes the instore experience is still preferred by many consumers. Personal shopper Eva Timbs couldn’t agree ...

Never leave home without it: Ditch your credit card and pay for purchases with your face

Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said if the technology is proven to be cost-effective and secure it could be adopted by local retailers. "All this technology is great but it comes at a cost, you will probably see it in the future as long as it's ...

Rate cut possible, just not yet: ACCI

Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said an interest rate reduction would be crucial in stimulating employment and believes the central bank has room to move. Still, the housing sector continues to strengthen, with home values in capital cities rising ...

Economists reject Employment Minister Eric Abetz s warning of a wages explosion

Russell Zimmerman, the executive director of the Australian Retailers Association, says his industry cannot afford a wage increase. "I don't think there is a valid reason to have a wages explosion in retail, because I don't think the industry can stand it," he said. Given the current ...

Credit card signatures to be phased out in Australia

Australian Retailers Association spokesman Russell Zimmerman said the move would make card payments safer. "The phasing out of signature verification will help protect consumers and retailers alike from fraudsters," he said. Zimmerman said Australian credit card fraud runs to ...

Retailers predict $15b sales start to 2014

"It's been a reasonably good Christmas," Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman told AAP from Sydney's Pitt Street Mall on Tuesday. He expects "a huge number of people" to head for the Sydney CBD shops and other malls around the country for the Boxing Day ...

No surprise rate cut ahead of poll

Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said retailers will be hoping for a majority government come polling day. "Consumers and businesses need a strong and stable government with pro-business consistent policies in order to allow consumers to regain the ...

ICT-enabled retailers will survive the omni-channel apocalypse

... understanding their customers, operations and supply chains.” Commenting on the findings, Australian Retailers Association (ARA) executive director, Russell Zimmerman, called on retailers to move to hybrid business models that combine the strengths of online and bricks-and-mortar strategies...

Aussie retailers calling for rate cut

Australian Retailers Association Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said the figures reflected a lack of consumer confidence in the economy and the RBA needed to cut interest rates to give the retail sector a boost. "The ARA still firmly believes the right cash rate sits at around 2.5 ...

Banks need to pass on savings, says ARA

Banks need to pass on savings, says ARA Ara : India | Jan 12, 2013 at 3:50 PM PST Director of the Australian Retailers Association, Russell Zimmerman, said the savings should be passed on before the Reserve Bank meets in February to make its first decision on interest rates for 2013. Mr ...

Analysis Australia economy counts on post-election confidence

Russell Zimmerman, executive director at industry body the Australian Retailers Association, argued it would not matter which side won as long as it had a clear majority. "What people want is a majority government. It's so hard to get things done with a minority," he said. "If we get a ...

Australian central bank cuts rate to record low

Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said the central bank was stepping in to "save the furniture" amid a lack of economic leadership. "The RBA have provided some relief to Australian retailers, although it is concerning that this cut has come on the back ...

CBD to get extended trading hours

Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said overseas tourists... FULL ARTICLE AT The Age ...

Record spend as low rates bite

Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said anecdotal evidence among retailers suggested the shopping spree extended into January. Another report showed monthly international trade posted a second consecutive surplus, the first surpluses in two years. The ...

Boxing day a bumper for retailers

Australian Retailers Association's Russell Zimmerman said crowds were so big on Thursday that many stores were forced to restrict entrance to stores. He said he expected that more than $2 billion was spent on the big festive sales' day. "If sales continue like those we saw yesterday ...

Boxing Day sales beat retailers' expectations

Sydney : Australia | Dec 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM PST Russell Zimmerman from the Australian Retailers Association says sales were up about 5 or 6 per cent on last year as shoppers snapped up festive bargains. "A number of retailers have said to me its the best they've seen for the Boxing Day ...

Review to show true state of budget:Hockey

"Shoppers have started their Christmas shopping a little earlier this year, rather than leaving it until late December like previous years," Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said in a statement...

Consumers buoyed by political certainty

Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman hopes increased confidence will directly impact retailers' tills heading towards the end of the year. An analysis by Deloitte Access Economics believes the performance of the housing sector will play a key role in any ...

GST threshold to remain unchanged

Russell Zimmerman from the Australian Retailers Association says he welcomes news the Government will at least look at the issue. "What they are doing is they are going to work to review the parcel processing and with the view of then looking at what the threshold should be," he said...

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