The Australian Gifts & Homewares Association (AGHA) has vowed to take an active role in advocacy on issues that affect its members.
AGHA have announced a major campaign on the Carbon Tax issues as Chief Executive David Leek said “the Australian Government had not given adequate consideration to how the carbon tax would effect a retail and wholesale sector already struggling in tough conditions”
The AGHA has set up a Carbon Tax section on their advocacy website and invited members to register their concerns and to contact their local Federal MP to express their concern.
Leek suggests that the Carbon Reduction should be a matter of corporate and personal responsibility rather than a public tax and says that the government has taken the usual sledhammer approach with heavy taxation.
AGHA Chief Executive David Leek says that the carbon tax is yet another ALP Policy that strikes at the heart of small to medium businesses and families in Australia.
The most recent Commonwealth Bank business sales indicators have shown their strongest growth in nearly two years. This indicates that consumers are finally starting to spend in a more relaxed way.
Shopping giant David Jones is planning to invest more money in their stores to attract customers before the Christmas period.
DJ’s has announced it would spend as much as $80 million to refurbish stores this year.
Australia is experiencing consisten growth in online shopping sales as evidenced by the growth in freight from online shopping. According to Australia Posts comments in an article in the Courier mail volumes are increasing by 5-10% pa.
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Queensland parcel operations manager Seth Grantley said 70 percent of Australia Post’s parcel business was generated from online shopping.
“And this area is continuing to grow as customers increasingly go online to do their shopping,” he said.
“In the Brisbane area, parcel volumes increased by 5 percent over the past 12 months.”
Mr Grantley said parcels were a major part of Australia Post’s future success, and a key platform of its business transformation strategy.
“Online purchasing in Australia is forecast to grow from around $27 billion last year, to almost $37 billion by 2013,” he said.
Slacks Creek’s Ali Norrie believes online shopping is the best way to save money.
“I have been shopping online since I can remember, probably since I got my first job in 2004,” she said.
“It was the price that attracted me to online shopping, items were always cheaper than in store and now it’s more about getting things I can’t find in store. Especially outfits, I can get something not many people have.”
Miss Norrie said she used eBay for purchasing make-up from America, cheaper than local stores.
“Usually for shoes and clothes I shop around on different (web)sites in America,” she said. “I haven’t had a problem with sizes, sometimes I take a stab in the dark and if it doesn’t fit, I can give it to someone else.” The 24-year-old accounts assistant said if products were cheaper in stores, she would shop in retail outlets.
“If items were available locally and at the same price, I would shop there, but I don’t feel bad about saving money,” she said.”
For more details see the Courier Mail