Category archives for Retail

Penalty Rates on Sunday

I have just spent about 10 days in Vienna.  Aside from catching the flu, and the freezing temperature it was an interesting visit.  One thing I found is worth talking about.  On Sundays, no shops open other than cafes and restaurants and the odd tourist place.  To my surprise, shops being closed on Sunday did […]

Impact of the Retail Slump

It is probably wrong to call it a slump.  It is really a long term decline.  As pointed out in the previous post it is a downturn that is likely to continue.  In this post we look at the implications of a shrinking retail segment. Consolidation.  Circle the wagons.  As retail businesses come under more pressure […]

GST on Online Purchases

I keep hearing retailers want GST paid on overseas online purchases under $1,000 to create a level playing field.  I am confused. Say you can buy something from your local retailer for $100 plus $10 GST ($110).  The retailers are saying they are disadvantaged if you buy it for $100 online with no GST.  That […]