The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-17T09:56:33Z The Biggest Furniture Clearance Event’s Date Announced on 25th- 26th March in Aspley 2017-03-17T09:56:33Z the-biggest-furniture-clearance-event-s-date-announced-on-25th-26th-march-in-aspley                                                       Every homeowner expresses a great concern to furnish their living room with the best piece of furniture that makes it look appealing by all counts. Not only in a living room, furniture also adds a beauty to each & every that can enhance the features of a dining room, bedroom, and even a  garden lounge. Even if you furnish your outdoor patio or in garden beautifully, it seems absolutely inviting to the guests.                                            WFC, a renowned furniture warehouse announced their next clearance event on 25th and 26th March in Aspley. They are aware of the concerns of many homeowners who choose the best outdoor furniture in the most expensive materials so that they can flaunt the luxuries to gain the praise of their guests. But to serve the homeowners who prefer buying who would have been facing a budget constraint so that they can furnish their place with the best furniture, they have announced their next clearance event.                                              They have been consistently serving their customers with the best in quality furniture at competitive prices. Here at Aspley Warehouse Furniture House, they serve you with the best quality furnishing items with the unique designs and collection that goes beyond your expectation. For those a bit worried about the quality and longevity of their items while making a purchase during the clearance sale, they are ensuring that each & every furnishing piece you find here is the deleted, discontinued as well as factory seconds.                                     Ensure your reach there even before the time to avoid missing your favorite furniture item, in case you have a specific requirement. They are recommending to their new visitors to subscribe once to get the notifications about the upcoming events, venue, date and time.                                          About the Company: WFC, Australia’s renowned furniture warehouse gives you an opportunity to grab the best furnishing items at the most competitive prices. You will get amazingly reasonable furnishing options during the furniture clearance sale. Langton's Trio Wine Release from Katnook Coonawarra 2017-03-17T03:14:26Z langton-s-trio-wine-release-from-katnook-coonawarra Katnook Coonawarra is one the few wineries with three or more listings in the Langton’s Classification of Australian wine.  This month, Katnook releases its flagship wines, Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon and Prodigy Shiraz from the outstanding 2012 vintage as well as Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.  Under the Langton’s Classification IV, Odyssey is rated ‘Outstanding’ while Prodigy and Katnook Estate Cabernet sit in the ‘ Excellent’ category.  Katnook Winemaker Wayne Stehbens says the 2012 Coonawarra vintage, “is now considered to be one of the finest for Coonawarra.  It was a very early, warm, dry, low yielding vintage which led to intense fruit aromas, great depth of flavours and fine tannins for both Odyssey Cabernet and Prodigy Shiraz.”  Katnook Prodigy Shiraz 2012. RRP $100. ·       Prodigy is one of 65 wines listed in the ‘Excellent’ category of the Langton’s VI, Classification of Australian Wine.   ·       The first Prodigy vintage was in 1997 from young vines and won the Jimmy Watson trophy, Melbourne Wine Show 1998. The 2012 is the 13th release. ·       Prodigy is crafted from small parcels of grapes harvested from sites that have consistently produced fruit of outstanding depth of fruit flavour, excellent colour and firm tannin structure. ·       James Halliday rated this wine 96 points saying, " Prodigy marches to the tune of its own drum, and practice has long since made perfect. Despite all the winemaking and time spent in oak, it has retained balance, emerging at the end of the process as elegant, the tannins supple, the wine fresh.”  (Australian Wine Companion 2017).  Grape Variety            100% Shiraz Region                         100% Coonawarra Harvested                   20th – 22nd March 2012 Analyses                     pH  3.39,  Acidity  6.1g/L, Alc/vol. 14.5% Cellaring Potential      10 to 15 years Oak maturation          25 months in 225L barriques in new and 2 year old French, as well as new American oak. Andrew Caillard MW reviewed the Prodigy Shiraz style at as follows: Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz, first made in 1997 by senior winemaker Wayne Stehbens, comprises select parcels of the best fruit from the estate’s 26 hectares of mature Shiraz vineyards. The vines, established in the mid-1990s and planted at 1.5 metre intervals in rows two metres apart, are anchored in classic terra rossa soils over limestone and transitional dark clays. Low crop yields are achieved by precise canopy management, hand-pruning, bunch-thinning and shoot-removal. Organic principles are increasingly followed. The wine is small-batch vinified in open fermenters, basket-pressed and then matured in new (up to 100%) French and American oak barriques for 24 - 28 months. Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz typically shows intense raspberry and plum aromas, generous, pure-fruit flavours and underlying liquorice spice with finely-grained tannins and plenty of flavour length.  Katnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.  RRP $100. ·       Odyssey is one of 52 wines listed in the ‘Outstanding’ category of the Langton’s VI, Classification of Australian Wine. ·       First vintage was in 1991.  Accolades include the Frescobaldi Trophy and Best Australian Red at the 2003 International Wine and Spirit Competition for the 1998 vintage. ·       Rated 95 points by James Halliday, who described it as “Hyper-intense, full-bodied cabernet varietal fruit is beyond the normal Odyssey style, but none the worse (indeed better) for that; blackcurrant and bay leaf, plus notes of tar, race along the palate, barely checking their momentum on the finish and aftertaste. Drink by 2037.”  (Australian Wine Companion 2017). Grape Variety            100% Cabernet Sauvignon Region                         100% Coonawarra Harvested                   8th – 13th April 2012 Analyses                     pH  3.4,  Acidity  6.99g/L, Alc/vol. 14.5% Cellaring Potential      15 to 18 years Oak maturation          13 months in 50% French (10% new) and 50% older American oak barriques Andrew Caillard MW reviewed the Odyssey style at as follows: The concentrated and powerful Odyssey is selected from the most outstanding parcels of intense Cabernet fruit from specific vineyard rows planted on rich, clay, terra rossa loams over a thick, hard layer of limestone. After vinification in small-batch fermenters, maturation takes place over 30 to 40 months in a combination of new French and American barriques. Some parcels are ‘double-oaked’ to increase flavour complexity. The maturation regime is intuitive to the character of the vintage. Stehbens describes the overall style as ‘a wine with ripe, rich fruit combined with complex oak and barrel-matured flavours’. This highly-prized Coonawarra wine is a benchmark style with beautifully intense, pure, blackcurrant aromas, mocha oak complexity, superb volume and dense, chocolaty tannins. The Odyssey verges on the ‘essence-of-Coonawarra’ style yet manages to achieve remarkable balance and minerality.” Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.  RRP $40.  ·       Stehbens describes the 2013 vintage as “One of the earliest starts and finishes on record - slightly warmer than normal, very dry but without the extreme heat experienced in many other parts of Australia.    From a grape ripening view point that was ideal.  Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were the stars.”  ·       Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is one of 65 wines listed in the ‘Excellent’ category of the Langton’s VI, Classification of Australian Wine.  ·       Winner of 4 silver medals at leading international wine competitions. ·       Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Magazine (UK), September 2016 gave this wine 93 points, describing it as ‘Heady with a rich burnish of charry, spicy oak to its cassis and juicier mulberry and blackberry. Long, with ripe but textural gravelly tannins. Drink: 2016-2028.’   Andrew Caillard MW reviewed this wine style at as follows:‘The wine is matured in new (30-40%) and seasoned French oak for 22 to 24 months.  Varietal definition and regional expression are captured through meticulous selection of vineyard components, instinctive use of oak maturation and skilful blending.  The wine typically shows intense blackcurrant and mulberry aromas, generous pure-fruit flavours, finely-grained tannins, underlying mocha notes, plenty of flavour length and great aging potential.’    Availability Selected Dan Murphy’s and Vintage Cellars Australia wide stock Odyssey, Prodigy and Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Distribution. Australian distributors for Katnook wines are: NSW, VIC, QLD            Fesq and Co.               Tel. 1300 763 377. SA                                Muster Wine Co.         Tel. 0430 360 650. WA                               Off the Vine.                Tel. 08 9418 8210. Leading location-based social intelligence company hires former Cisco exec 2017-03-02T23:00:00Z leading-location-based-social-intelligence-company-hires-former-cisco-exec Sydney, Australia – 3 March 2017: Local Measure, the leading location-based social intelligence platform, has hired Peter Hughes as VP Strategic Alliances.   Hughes fills a new position in the technology company, one that represents the level of maturity the company has reached as it looks to grow its strategic partnerships.   Local Measure’s CEO and Founder, Jonathan Barouch, commented, “Local Measure’s platform integrations have developed significantly in the last six months, making this the right time for the company to develop and capitalise on its partnership and channel strategy.”   “We’re delighted that Peter is bringing his deep experience in technology sales and channel management to the company. As Local Measure continues to focus on its global routes to market, having the right strategic practitioners in place is essential.”   Local Measure’s platform partners include Facebook, Instagram, Sina Weibo, and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Hughes will be tasked with managing all channel partners, developing the reseller relationships and building strategic alliances.   Hughes brings valuable experience from his 16 years at Cisco. His most recent role at Cisco was Global Director of Sales, where he managed a team across APJ, EMEAR and the US to establish new routes and channels to market for Cisco’s cloud software as a service (SaaS) collaboration product Cisco Spark. Previously Hughes led the APJ Collaboration team and prior to that the ANZ Collaboration team.   Hughes said, “The intersection of mobile, social and digital customer experience is now a boardroom discussion and Local Measure is uniquely positioned in its capabilities to help businesses develop customer engagement. I intend to continue to develop the existing alliances that Local Measure has, and to work with Jonathan and the team to create more opportunities at this junction between technology and customer engagement.”   Headquartered in Australia, with offices in Singapore, Dubai, London, Miami and Los Angeles, Local Measure has proprietary technology that allows brands and businesses to deliver exceptional service to their customers, engage with them in real-time to resolve service issues, and acquire the rights to use user-generated content.   - ENDS - About Local Measure Local Measure is the leading customer intelligence platform in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Local Measure’s clients include many of the world’s largest tourism and hospitality brands. The company merges local content, social media and mobile technology to provide customers with live access to operationalise customer data, rich content and analytics at a local level. For more information about Local Measure, visit our website and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.   Read more about Local Measure’s integration with Cisco Spark and Cisco Meraki. Warehouse Furniture Clearance Sale For Fabulous Furniture Discounts 2017-03-02T07:14:42Z warehouse-furniture-clearance-sale-for-fabulous-furniture-discounts If you are one of those who is looking for the best furniture items at an affordable price then your wait is over now. As the Christmas is around, most of the big furniture stores have announced the big sale and great discounts on various furniture items and allow to grab that modern furniture at cheap prices. It is the right time to bring a change in your interior and replace your entire old furniture with the new on at very low price.                      Seasonal furniture clearance sales can be used to find fabulous furniture discounts that enable people to purchase high-quality furniture for their home that they would otherwise be unable to afford. Such discounts are not offered on all goods and what's better than finding your favorite furniture item at a great deal price.   There are many reasons for furniture being included in clearance sales, a common one being that the items have previously been used on display. They may have been handled, sat upon or in the case of beds and mattresses, lain upon. They are not necessarily damaged but could be described as new.                     There are many warehouses that exhibit second-hand furniture items during these sales so beware about these furniture warehouses and grab the new goods at the cheapest price. In fact, various furniture clearance sales are held at intervals in order to make space for new stock. As furniture manufacturers add new designs or update older standard designs, the older pieces have to be withdrawn.                                    During this great sale, you can grab the amazing modern look dining tables, king or queen size bed, mattress, lounge furniture items, sofa set, coffee tables, Tv sets, and so on. This grand sale is a perfect option to grab the most amazing furniture pieces at low prices. Pick the item that perfectly suits your budget and needs whether it is for your bedroom or outdoor space. Furniture clearance sales are frequently used as the means of achieving this. It is a common thing to do throughout the retail industry and many people are used to purchasing cheap sports goods for example when new designs come into the stores. WFC Announces an Instagram Photo Contest with $1000 Award Money 2017-02-17T12:43:46Z wfc-announces-an-instagram-photo-contest-with-1000-award-money Have you heard about the very exciting Instagram photo contest announced by the biggest furniture warehouse of Australia? There is a huge opportunity for the potential buyers to participate in an amazing contest and win a huge amount. All they have asked to provide a wonderful picture of the furniture piece you bought on this furniture clearance event. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to explore the options you would have ever desired to avail.                                                   They have introduced some exciting furnishing items for your cafe lounge, outdoor sitting area, bedroom or even dining area. You just love to flaunt your style you created with their discounted furniture range. They have been sending the notification emails in intervals about the upcoming events so that the buyers can ensure their presence right on time.  They have decided to increase the interest of their prominent customers who would have ever shown the interest to furnish they place with the extensive range announced by WFC during the clearance sale.  They motivate to take a picture of your styled purchase, whether you have furnished your cafeteria or bedroom with the beautiful piece of style. Then, follow them at WFCAUST so that the pictures can be seen by everyone. Also, you need to tag your picture with #STYLOINGWITHWFC. This is a unique promotional activity and worth spending $1000 to reward those already shown their trust and buying a good stuff by exploring the furniture clearance sale during the season. Participate to win an exciting reward amount if you are a potential buyer so that they can ensure and identify their prominent clients. About the Company: WFC, the Australia’s prominent furniture warehouse is quite interested in motivating the potential buyers to keep their interest alive in their furniture collection. However, they have announced an Instagram photo contest for the best buyers.   Install Towbar in Your Vehicle with Five Star Towbars 2017-02-07T10:36:31Z install-towbar-in-your-vehicle-with-five-star-towbars Five Star Towbars is a renowned company located in Australia offering quality towbars, tow hitches, electric brake controllers, level ride kits, sway control kits, Airsafe receiver hitches and other accessories that can serve the core purpose. The company has gained utmost respect for their dedication and professionalism. If you are a frequent traveler, you must have seen different types of trailers and towbars that are attached behind the cars and trucks to weigh additional luggage and items. These towbars are so important for the transport industry and you cannot imagine the survival of it without towbars. These towbars are installed in your vehicle by professionals and you can carry your other stuffs like additional vehicle, luggage and many other items with your vehicle. If you want to install towbar in your vehicle, all you need to do is to hire the services of Five Star Towbars, an Melbourne based towbar installation company that has carved a niche for itself by offering customer-centric towbar installation services that serve the core purpose. The company offers on site towbar installation services and will reach to you when you are looking for such services at any time of the day. Apart from towbars, the company also supply and install different other automobile accessories and items like tow hitches, electric brake controllers, level ride kits, sway control kits, Air safe receiver hitches and all accessories to suit any application. For any of your automobile needs, all you need to do is to contact Five Star Towbars and the company professionals will make sure that your requirements are fulfilled with great enthusiasm and professionalism. The company has a team of professionals who are in this industry since years and know about every small technical aspect of the towbars and eurobars and their installations. They are dedicated enthusiasts who always strive for challenging opportunities. You can expect high quality deadline oriented services. Electric brake controllers According to an Australian law, you need to brake the trailer that is weighing more than 750kg and the towing vehicle must undergo electric brake installation. These trailers are non-motorised vehicles and they will require brakes to activate while moving after the car or truck. You can find a right kind of electric brake controllers with Five Star towbars and all you need to do is to tell the professionals your requirements and they will fix everything. There are two types of electric brake controller- proportional and time delayed. Both controllers are different in designs and mechanism. The professionals will tell you which is the appropriate for you according to your vehicle. Not only that, Five Star Towbars also offers supply and installation of ute, car and accessories like bullbars, winches, snorkels, nudge bars, sidesteps, tonneau covers, hard covers, ute lids and liners and mats and other types of automobile accessories. If you are looking for reliable towbar installation services, all you need to do is to hire Five Star Towbars and that is all. visit the company page Five Star Towbars is a name you can remember when you are looking for right towbar installation services in Melbourne. The company offers supply and installation of automobile products like towbars, eurobars and electric brake controllers. If you want to know more, you can visit Get Ready to Explore the Biggest Furniture Clearance Sale on 4th & 5th Feb 2017-02-01T13:02:25Z get-ready-to-explore-the-biggest-furniture-clearance-sale-on-4th-amp-5th-feb Now, furnishing your home with the discounted furniture range becomes easier as the biggest furniture warehouse announces the next clearance sale date on 4th & 5th February 2017. It brings to you the biggest opportunity to grab when furnishing your home is required on an urgent basis but budget creates a real complication to your life. They believe in serving the widespread buyer with some real quality options which are the deleted as well as discontinued models.                                              Undoubtedly, they are offering the most reasonable collection and discounted range of the finest quality and collection so that you can have ease accessibility to each & every furnishing option which is open to every subscriber. Yes, they would like to welcome you for the one-time subscription so that you can grab the biggest discount offers and notifications about the discount season sale as well as dates along with the venue where you can arrive on 4th & 5th February 2017. They introduce you the biggest range and variety you have been looking for can be easily accessed with the ease availability of furniture clearance sale where you would not find any defect or compromised quality in any furnishing piece. However, getting access to the extensive range and variety becomes easier once you subscribe by visiting their website. They are bringing forth the quality and collection that you would have ever desired of during the season sale.  They do not send the newsletters or notifications to those not yet subscribed so it is always important to spend some time on the subscription. Ensure your reach at the venue right on time so that you can grab the best collection of your choice without any compromise. Whenever you go online, you can also visit their website to explore their huge variety as well as options you can grab for furnishing your home beautifully. Company Name: Warehouse Furniture Clearance Address: Building 3 west, 605 Zillmere Rd Aspley, Queensland, 4034 SKYFII SIGNS NEW MAJOR SHOPPING CENTRE CONTRACT IN BRAZIL 2017-01-30T05:26:42Z skyfii-signs-new-major-shopping-centre-contract-in-brazil-1 Five year contract signed with Aliansce Shopping Centre group Planned deployment of Skyfii IO services across 33 Aliansce shopping centres Contract includes subscription services and grants lucrative brand and advertising sponsorship rights to Skyfii Brazil market growing rapidly with over 50 shopping centres now under contract with Skyfii SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, January 30, 2017 – Skyfii Limited (ASX: SKF) (Skyfii, or the Company) today announced significant expansion in Brazil following a new deal with Aliansce Shopping Centres (Aliansce) to roll out its ‘IO’ platform of data analytics and marketing services.   Aliansce is an industry-leading shopping centre group in Brazil. The five year contract will see Skyfii roll out its full platform of three core ‘IO’ services with a planned deployment across 33 centres within the Aliansce Group. Skyfii has already deployed the ‘IO’ platform in 18 centres in the lead up to signing a formal agreement with Aliansce. The planned deployment across 33 centres for Aliansce is forecast for completion mid 2017. This will see Skyfii’s ‘IO’ platform live in over 50 shopping centres in Brazil.   Wayne Arthur, Chief Executive Officer, Skyfii said “Brazilian retail organisations, much like their counterparts here in Australia, are starting to appreciate the value in guest WiFi and data analytics services to drive business decision making and provide better experiences for customers.   As well as satisfying the modern customers’ need to be connected, these services also provide retailers with valuable insights such as peak and dwell times, an understanding of which areas shoppers flock to the most and how long they stay for. This information can be used for example, to provide targeted advertisements and offers to customers and allow shopping centres to allocate resources more efficiently, such as information kiosks.”   In addition to using its data analytics and guest WiFi services, Aliansce has granted the network commercial rights to Skyfii. This will allow Skyfii to further monetize the contract by attracting targeted advertising sponsorship campaigns.  Brazil market update   Since opening operations in Brazil 2.5 years ago, the Company has achieved continuous growth in the region.   The Iguatemi Shopping Group, another major Brazilian retail player and Skyfii’s first customer in the region, has expanded its portfolio with Skyfii. Having started in 2015 by rolling out Skyfii’s platform of three core ‘IO’ data analytics and marketing services to three shopping centres under the Iguatemi banner, Skyfii now has eleven live sites and expects to soon add another three venues to make 14 in total.   In addition to Iguatemi and Aliansce, the Company also has contracts with Saga Malls Group and Flamboyant shopping group in Brazil.   ENDS  About Skyfii Advancements in cloud, mobile technology and Wi-Fi systems have enabled bricks-and-mortar venues to become more competitive by better understanding the needs of their diverse types of visitors. Today, every smartphone is a chatterbox of information. The cloud-based Skyfii platform uses existing Wi-Fi infrastructure, BLE beacon networks, door-to-people counters, video sources, web and social platforms to allow various types of venues to not only analyse behaviour of anonymous visitors, but also capture data from those who opt-in to free Internet connectivity. In doing so, it converts the data into a critical sales and marketing tool that allows venues and their commercial tenants to deliver content that is catered to each visitor’s needs and interests. Skyfii offers a cloud-based solution in a subscription model consisting of three core ‘IO’ services: IO Connect: a data portal where data is collected (Data in) IO Insight: venue performance, customer behaviour and, loyalty & engagement (Insights out) IO Engage: targeted content delivery, automated marketing and monetization  Skyfii also engages with clients to provide further revenue generating services such as data science,  targeted advertising and sponsorships, arising from the insights gained from its three core services.   Media contact:                                                                                           DEC PR Asheligh Manion and Sarah Bullen E: P: +61 2 8014 5033 Next Furniture Clearance Event on 4th & 5th Feb in Aspley QLD 2017-01-24T06:01:09Z next-furniture-clearance-event-on-4th-amp-5th-feb-in-aspley-qld                                                     End your wait for the biggest furniture sale as the date of next furniture clearance even has been announced on 4th & 5th February 2017 in Aspley QLD. The exclusive collection of a huge variety of furniture is open to everyone searching a nice collection with all options essential to furnish a home as well as a commercial space.                                                                    WFC, the Brisbane’s biggest furniture warehouse is ready to cater each & every requirement of those waiting for a long time for the next furniture clearance event so that they can spend upon the best furnishing options without overspending. This season is full of excitement for those searching the budget furnishing options for their home, office or cafeteria as the big furniture sale displayed everything from bedroom furniture to the marvelous furnishing option for cafe lounge.   As always, they are ready again with some extraordinary furniture collection so that they can help out those searching a cheap & best furniture piece to furnish every space. They recommend the one-time subscription to the beginners to receive notifications about the upcoming events. Once you wrap up the entire subscription process, they would help you to access the upcoming events, locate the venue and timing of furniture clearance sale.   Furthermore, they are also enabling to buy all kinds of furnishing items under one roof that can also be delivered right to your doorway. However, access the best quality, design and furnishing option just in a few clicks if you are already a registered member.   During the discount season, they just display the discontinued, factory seconds and deleted furnishing range so that you can rest assure about the durability and quality as well. Just wait for a few more days and explore the biggest furniture clearance event in your nearest location. Ensure your reach on time at the site before it get’s too late and miss the opportunity to pick your best choice. Guilt-Free Iconic Australian Recipes You Need To Try 2017-01-23T04:52:08Z guilt-free-iconic-australian-recipes-you-need-to-try Whip up some gluten-free ‘Vegemite’ style spread, make vegan lentil and cashew burgers or bake some delicious gluten and sugar-free lamingtons. Use the links below to access the full recipes in PDF format: Gluten-free ‘Vegemite’ Spread (PDF 322KB) Vegan Lentil and Cashew Burgers (PDF 303KB) Gluten and Sugar-free Lamingtons (PDF 356KB)   Images suitable for digital publish: High resolutions images available on request. -ENDS- Enquiries please contact: Amy Green, Marketing Manager, Honest to Goodness P: 02 8310 1800 | M: 0422 571 379 | Notes to editors: Ingredients listed available from   About Honest to Goodness Honest to Goodness is one of Australia’s largest wholefood suppliers.  A family owed company based in Alexandria,  it operates a  consumer website, retail store, wholesale operation and market stalls. Honest to Goodness was voted Australia’s Favourite Organic Brand at the Organic Consumer Choice Awards in both 2015 and 2016 and is a certified B-Corporation® - a new type of company with higher ethical and sustainable accountability.  Finally, a solution for January birthdays! No more receiving re-gifted Xmas gifts! 2017-01-05T03:01:54Z finally-a-solution-for-january-birthdays-no-more-receiving-re-gifted-xmas-gifts Over the last ten days, bins around Australia have been full to capacity with rubbish, packaging, gift tags and wrapping paper. Sydney Mums, Julie Tylman and Ali Linz, created Group Together to avoid waste from unwanted gifts, packaging and wrapping paper. Julie Tylman, co-founder of GroupTogether, explains: “Ali and I have seven children combined. We met for coffee one day after a weekend of ferrying kids to and from birthday parties. We were exhausted from the driving, parking, buying, wrapping gifts, drop offs and pick-ups involved in attending kid’s parties. We were also gob-smacked at the amount of money we had spent (7 kids’ x 2 parties’ x $20ish gifts + wrapping & card) only to find out that the birthday kids either already had the gifts, were given multiple copies of the gifts or didn’t love them.” They created GroupTogether, an easy online tool that makes it easy to pool funds to give one gift that’s really wanted without the waste. Friends can also add a photo and message to the group card. For those who want to “give back”, there’s the option to donate a portion of the gift pool to your favourite charity. The business has grown and now has 20 000 users who have organized group gift collections through GroupTogether. One of the most popular types of collections at the end of 2016, was end of year teacher’s gifts. Ali Linz, co-founder GroupTogether, continues: “As well as cutting out the waste, we also felt that there was an opportunity to create a culture of mindful giving. That’s why we made it easy to donate a bit of the group gift to charity so kids can learn the joy of giving back.” Julie Tylman, co-founder, GroupTogether concludes: “I really feel for the January babies, they struggle. No need to give the sad, re-gifted Chrissie present, instead friends can keep their new year's resolution and stay on budget by pooling their money together and giving one great gift.” Media Contact: Candice Meisels The worst re-gifted gifts that Australians have ever received... 2016-12-28T08:24:38Z the-worst-re-gifted-gifts-that-australians-have-ever-received Sydney, Australia, 28th December 2016, GroupTogether, an easy, user-friendly tool that organises group gift collections, conducted research to discover what Australians have actually received as re-gifted gifts. The results are hilarious and remind one to be mindful when re-gifting and gifting… The 10 worst re-gifted gifts: A scratch pack for my birthday that had been scratched and re-gifted. Needless to say none of us were winners. An engraved salad bowl engraved with the event it was won at ten years before! Cracked Dinnerware complete with a $5 reduction sticker A scarf that I had given someone for their birthday a month prior to mine! A book which had a Happy Birthday note for Sally. I am not Sally. Make-up with finger marks through it… Freebies from a hotel. Not even a real re-gift. A gift card that had already been spent. It had a big fat zero balance. A box of Xmas chocolates that wished the person who gave it to me a Merry Xmas Bath and body products with the internal seals removed! Ali Linz, Co-founder, GroupTogether says: “It's about Mindful Consumption; grouping together for one gift that'll be valued. Less waste from unwanted gifts, packaging, petrol and time. It's better all round.” Julie Tylman, Co-founder, GroupTogether, adds: “We think of GroupTogether as a type of mindful giving. Not only are you giving one gift that is truly wanted, at the same time you are cutting out all the waste: wrapping paper, ribbons, cards, envelopes, plastic packaging, petrol used running around to the shops. So you give one great gift, make the planet happy and can even donate a bit to charity. A true win-win-win!” Tis' the season of re-gifting so make sure that you know the rules. The 9 cardinal rules of re-gifting: Make sure you do not give the gift to the person who bought it for you! Make sure that you do not give it to the original givers friends or family. Remove the gift tag, price and any left-over bits of old wrapping paper or tape Never re-gift something that is bespoke, handmade or homemade Only re-gift brand new gifts that have not been opened Make sure to re-wrap in new wrapping paper or a new gift bag Donate to charity Check for any forms of personalisation e.g. message in a book Next time you have to organise a gift for a friend, family member or colleague, pool together and get one great group gift or voucher that you know that they will really want! Ali Linz concludes: “I really feel for the January babies, they struggle. They're so ready to go out: party, drink and feast on cake but literally all their family and friends are partied out, losing weight or saving money. Now we can't help with the hangovers and diets but we can help make it a birthday to remember. No need to give the sad, re-gifted Chrissie present, instead friends can keep their new year's resolution and stay on budget by pooling their money together and giving one great gift (detox, spa weekend anyone, anyone?).” GroupTogether is an easy online tool that organises group gift collections. Friends, colleagues or family members group together to purchase one larger, more thoughtful gift or for a gift voucher so that the receiver can pick a gift of their choice. The user-friendly platform does the inviting, reminding, collecting, tracking and then sends the money and group card to the organiser. It makes it easy to pool funds to give one gift that’s really wanted without the waste. Friends can also add a photo and message to the group card. For those who want to “give back”, there’s the option to donate a portion of the gift pool to your favourite charity. Group Homes Australia is so confident in their unique model of care that they are offering a free trial to live in one of their homes. 2016-12-28T02:14:42Z group-homes-australia-is-so-confident-in-their-unique-model-of-care-that-they-are-offering-a-free-trial-to-live-in-one-of-their-homes Sydney, Australia, 28th of December 2016, Group Homes Australia offers respite, dementia and high care in a sophisticated and luxurious environment, supported by a team of fully qualified homemakers who are there 24/7. Each home is designed to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia but looks, feels and smells like a home. Each group home houses 6 to 10 residents in beautifully appointed, private bedrooms. There are numerous living and dining areas for residents and their visiting families to enjoy. Each home boasts gorgeous garden and outdoor leisure settings. The homemakers focus on residents’ abilities and interests. The residents are encouraged to participate in weekly outings and the activities that they enjoy such as baking, gardening and laundry. Alzheimer’s Australia ranked GHA significantly above 80 aged care competitors. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder, Group Homes Australia, states: "We are so confident in our unique model of care that we would like to invite you to trial living in one of our group homes completely free of charge*. Please get in touch mentioning this offer. Places are extremely limited. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our homes so that you can experience the GHA difference for yourself." For more info about the free trial go to: To learn more and to arrange a visit contact call 1300 015 406. *** About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. or 1300 015 406 5 Christmas Tips for those with older parents or parents who have dementia 2016-12-22T06:37:08Z 5-christmas-tips-for-those-with-older-parents-or-parents-who-have-dementia Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. 1.Don't try and replicate Christmas of the past - be prepared to approach it differently. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. 2.Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. 3. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. 4. Christmas is a popular time for reminiscing. Looking at old photo albums or mementos is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. 5. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. Kaseya closes out banner year with strong growth, continues momentum into 2017 2016-12-21T23:30:00Z kaseya-closes-out-banner-year-with-strong-growth-continues-momentum-into-2017 Sydney, AUSTRALIA — December, 22, 2016 — Kaseya®, the leading provider of complete IT management solutions for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and small to midsized businesses (SMBs), today announced record corporate growth in 2016. At the heart of Kaseya’s success is the launch of Kaseya IT Complete. As the industry’s first and only unified growth platform designed specifically for the MSP community, IT Complete enabled the average Kaseya MSP to grow its business by over 30 percent in 2016. Backed by Kaseya’s “Times 20” strategy of delivering solutions that allow MSPs to receive a 20 times return on their IT investments, Kaseya MSPs are growing faster than those on competing platforms.   As a result, the company experienced over 50 percent year-over-year growth that can be directly correlated to the 30 percent year-over-year growth of Kaseya MSP customers. With customer satisfaction scores surging and the continuous delivery of proven, next-generation IT management solutions, 2016 has been a banner year for Kaseya.  2016 corporate and product milestones include:  IT Complete – In April, Kaseya launched its IT Complete platform as the industry’s first and only unified growth platform designed specifically for the MSP community. Kaseya IT Complete completely transformed managed services by enabling MSPs to leverage solutions that allow them to both run their businesses effectively, as well as generate revenue to grow their business.  Product Innovation – As part of the Kaseya IT Complete offering, the company introduced Kaseya BMS, a second-generation PSA solution. Offered at a fraction of the price of competing solutions, BMS allows MSPs to be more strategic with their IT investments, and reinvest their capital into revenue-generating solutions.   Learning from widespread dissatisfaction with competitors’ “first generation” PSA tools, Kaseya developed its second-generation BMS platform with the overarching goal of providing MSPs with a better solution. BMS provides robust features at an incredibly cost-effective price – nearly one-third of the price of other solutions – helping MSPs dramatically reduce operational costs right away. At the same time, its intuitive interface makes employee adoption easy and seamless, while its powerful automation capabilities simplify tasks so that all departments work together more efficiently.  Kaseya AuthAnvil In November, Kaseya launched the latest release of Kaseya AuthAnvil on-demand. Delivering a new level of security all within a single identity and access management (IAM) solution, the technology now provides easy single sign on (SSO), multifactor authentication (MFA) and automated user provisioning for Microsoft Office 365. With its enhanced capabilities and growing library of supported services and applications, AuthAnvil’s business is up 400 percent year-over-year.  Kaseya VSA 9.3 Announced in May, Kaseya VSA delivers a reimagined technician experience to greatly improve productivity, enables 24x7 operations, provides policy-driven end-point security management, and increases platform scalability and extensibility. VSA 9.3 also delivers the industry’s fastest, most reliable and functionally complete remote monitoring and management solution.  Kaseya Traverse 9.4The latest version of Kaseya Traverse, also launched in November, extends its key cloud and network infrastructure monitoring capabilities with added automation. Traverse supports leading hybrid cloud infrastructures, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Nimble Storage and Dell Compellent among others. Nearly 300 MSPs and mid-market enterprises run Traverse, which offers a single pane of glass to monitor across public, private and hybrid clouds.  Customer centricity success – IT Complete’s one-two punch of revenue generating, effective IT management solutions means MSPs can now experience immediate returns on their IT investments to the tune of 20 times their initial expense. With Kaseya MSPs growing at 30 percent – a rate faster than that of the industry, the combination of Kaseya’s “Times 20” strategy and IT Complete platform is a proven success in helping MSPs accelerate their business. Subsequently, customer response to these initiatives has been tremendously positive with Kaseya’s overall customer satisfaction rating for 2016 more than doubling and its customer retention rate at 97 percent.  Company growth – In addition to quadrupled year-over-year sales growth and the continued surge in worldwide customer adoption, Kaseya concludes a very successful 2016 with more than US$100M on its balance sheet. A portion of these funds are allocated for upcoming technology acquisitions aimed at expanding Kaseya’s portfolio of purpose-built products that help MSPs and enterprises more effectively and efficiently run their businesses.   In July, Kaseya announced the expansion of its EMEA headquarters in Dublin, and plans to significantly increase its presence in Las Vegas, New York and Miami in the coming year.    Additionally, in November, Kaseya extended its popular Connect user conference to the EMEA region with the first-ever Kaseya Connect Europe. Following the success of Kaseya Connect 2016, held in May in San Diego, Calif., Kaseya kicked off Kaseya Connect Europe in Barcelona to provide EMEA partners and customers an immersive, European-focused version of the popular event.  Community expansion – In 2016, Kaseya also released Automation Exchange. This community-sourced, online, open market was built for users to share, buy and sell agent procedures, scripts, monitoring sets, reports, templates and other types of system and network automation. With more than 2,000 contributors and thousands of downloads per week, Kaseya Automation Exchange taps into the strong, collective knowledge and expertise of Kaseya’s vast community to further the company’s commitment to openness, interoperability and vendor neutrality.   Kaseya Automation Exchange delivers community-driven, self-service content that allows its customers to leverage robust automation capabilities to increase productivity. With more time available as the result of increased efficiencies, MSPs and SMBs are free to focus on servicing their own customers to grow and accelerate their business.  Supporting quote “Looking ahead to 2017 and beyond, we will continue to outpace the competition with our overall technology investments, in order to further our strengths and enhance our capabilities within the Kaseya IT Complete platform,” said Fred Voccola, CEO, Kaseya. “Our ‘Times 20’ philosophy is our commitment to delivering the best in class IT management solutions that enable our customers to grow their business. We only succeed when our customers succeed. Every decision we make is viewed through the lens of what is best for our customers. As such, we will continue to aggressively innovate our product lines and remain an open platform so our customers have the freedom to choose the leading, proven technologies that will best meet their business needs. 2016 has been a banner year for Kaseya, and we are thrilled at the opportunities that await us in the year to come.”  About Kaseya Kaseya is the leading provider of complete IT Management solutions for Managed Service Providers and small to midsized businesses. Kaseya allows organisations to efficiently manage and secure IT in order to drive IT service and business success. Offered as both an industry-leading cloud solution and on-premise software, Kaseya solutions empower businesses to command all of IT centrally, manage remote and distributed environments with ease, and automate across IT management functions. Kaseya solutions currently manage over 10 million endpoints worldwide and are in use by customers in a wide variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing, healthcare, education, government, media, technology, finance and more. Kaseya, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is privately held with a presence in over 20 countries. To learn more, please visit   ###  Media contacts Corrie McLeod/Amy Rathbone One Part Idea on behalf of Kaseya +61 2 8016