Drought, bushfire and community
2019-2020 has been hard for many individuals and communities, with drought and bushfires impacting health, homes and businesses.
It has been a timely reminder of the importance of being a part of your community, buying from, and supporting local business and social groups and putting communities and people before profit.
It's great to see many people taking the initiative to raise money and support Drought and Bushfire affected regional businesses and communities throughout this time of need.
Here are some resources and industry news to help retailers and business owners to recover during this hard time.
What to Do If You Have Been Affected - ARA Support
The Australian Retailers Association has compiled a list of resources to support retailers that have had their business impacted by the Bushfires.
If you, or a retailer you know, requires employment relations, retail leasing, or insurance advice, refer to the link below for the best means of contact. ARA services are for retail business owners - they will do their best to assist you or point you in the right direction.
In an emergency, call triple zero (000)
Emergency radio broadcasts: Find your ABC local radio here
Social media has given small businesses and independent designers alternative methods to sell online, promote their products and rebuild their business during the fires and drought. Where you can support and buy local.
Help rebuild towns and businesses affected by fire #spendwiththem a collaborative initiative by Turia Pitt and Grace McBride. I have had the pleasure to meet Turia, she has survived being caught in bushfire, rehabilitated and now runs her own business as a professional motivational speaker.
A showcase of beautiful things to buy from rural communities facing drought #buyfromthebush
How retailers are helping bushfire-affected Australians
According to the ABC over 2160 homes have been destroyed this fire season. And while conditions eased in both New South Wales and Victoria on Monday, the fires are expected to continue to burn for weeks.
“The retail community more generally is doing its part to provide help,” National Retail Association chief executive Dominique Lamb said.
The Iconic, Temple & Webster, MJ Bale, Cue Clothing Co, Rodd & Gunn, City Chic, Hush Puppies, Life Interiors, and True Alliance group are some of the businesses taking part in the ‘All In’ initiative, and donating 100 per cent of profits from the 9th January.
Read full article on Inside Retail
Good360 Australia is committed to helping the affected communities recover and rebuild in the coming weeks, months and years. Good360 are proud to partner with Australian businesses including BIG W, and the Goodman Foundation, to manage and coordinate the delivery of donated non-food items to people affected by the bushfire crisis.
“Thousands of Australians have been affected by the fires ravaging our country with many surviving with little more than the clothes on their back. Good360’s mission is to connect the generosity of Australian businesses with the needs of communities.”
Read the full press release here and find out how you can support Good360 here
Businesses who have pledged to support Good360s bushfire recovery
But don't forget the animals!!!
Make a tax deductible donation to WIRES - NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue & Education Service Inc to help raise money for the Rescue and Rehabilitation of our native wildlife during the drought and bushfire crisis.
What is your strategy for 2020?
The holidays are a great time to look back on your past year in business and to reflect on what you would like achieve in the future. Its a great time to start to set out your future growth strategy.
Contact Chana directly to get started with your online retail strategy.