The new National Lotteries and Newsagents Association (NLNA) launched in Sydney yesterday, marking an exciting new era for the industry with key partners Tabcorp, News Corp, Nine, Amazon Hub, Ladbrokes, Henderson Greetings, ACCO Brands and Fitzpatrick Insurance coming together as One Industry in support of newsagents and lottery retailers.

‘This is a great opportunity for newsagents around Australia to have a new voice in the Australian retailing landscape. Not only does the NLNA provide advocacy, resources and services, the Association has proactively secured partnerships that will drive new foot traffic and revenue for retailers and will continue to do so’, said NLNA CEO, Brendan Tohill.

Former News Corp senior executive, Kammeron Cran (formerly George) who joins the new Board, said ‘We are a passionate group of commercial people with a vision of a sustainable future for newsagents. We need to take leadership on innovation and customer experience in the channel and support retailers in transforming their offerings so that consumers continue to have choice, value and convenience.’

The NLNA has a range of existing offers for newsagents that if taken up, create savings that in the majority of cases pay for the cost of NLNA membership immediately. In addition, the NLNA will run free workshops around the country for members to attend which will provide training and business tools to help these retailers drive better outcomes for their businesses via digital channels, customer experience, new product offerings and back of house efficiencies.

‘This is a rebirth of our wonderful industry. We stand for improved communications and understanding between government, members and partners’, said NLNA Chairman Chris Pecora.

‘As an NLNA member, we have the confidence that the organisation will ensure growth, financial viability, and protection in our ever-changing business. We are thrilled with the services on offer and look forward to the workshops and other practical benefits’, Rachelle Valente, Albury Newsagency.

‘It’s been great to see VANA evolve so much in recent times and we look forward to seeing them develop further in the months ahead via NLNA. We all share a common goal of seeking new ways to keep the newsagency channel healthy during a turbulent time for retail and aligning the industry further can only be good for consumers, newsagents and suppliers’, Eulinid Stevenson, CEO, Henderson Greetings.

‘Fitzpatrick deals with many associations across a variety of industries and one thing that stands out about the NLNA is that they are more than an industry association for their members, they are a business partner, who work with the members to help to grow their businesses and innovate for the industry,’ said Daniel Holmes, Fitzpatrick Insurance.

‘As the preferred supplier of commercial legal services to the NLNA, we are excited to be part of the journey and growth of the NLNA as it supports its members,’ Craig Sanford, Director, Sierra Legal.

The NLNA has appointed  Nicole Spencer as National Finance Manager.

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