RETAILERS around major cities and towns in Fiji will be refreshed with in-house training provided by their association for next year.
Fiji Retailers Association president Himmat Lodhia said the training would include customer services, business management and other related courses, which would be delivered by invited speakers.
"The association is planning for members' training program generally on businesses codes and conduct," Mr Lodhia said.
He said the representatives from the Consumer Council of Fiji, the Commerce Commission, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA), Ministry of Finance and other corporate business organisations would be invited speakers.
"Retailers need training, training and more training. This will be a refresher for the retailers," Mr Lodhia said.
He said big plans had been set out for the retailers around Fiji next year.
The Suva Retailers Association had missed out on its biggest annual event, the Suva On Sale, which was scheduled for October this year.
"Generally, this was one of the loss factors for the Suva retailers as this was one of the biggest events in our calendar," he said.
He said the main problem was the rehabilitation of bridges in Suva.
"As soon as we get the OK from the Suva City Council (SCC), we will then set the date for next year."
Meanwhile, he said after TC Evan business in the Western and Central divisions were picking up and would normalise soon.
He said he could not confirm the cost of damage.
"Some businesses recorded a loss but they managed to pick up very quickly."
For the New Year's Eve, he said some businesses would remain open beyond usual opening hours for night shoppers.
However, he said it was up to the retailers and shop owners on their closing hours. Despite abnormalities faced this year, the association is looking towards a better business year in 2013.