The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-24T03:47:01Z Acronis Has Established Its Position as the Innovative Data Protection Solution Provider for Automotive Industry 2017-03-24T03:47:01Z acronis-has-established-its-position-as-the-innovative-data-protection-solution-provider-for-automotive-industry Melbourne, Australia, March 24, 2017 — Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage, is proud to support Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One team in 2017, as it puts its fastest and the most innovative racing car, STR12, through the paces at the first race of the season at the Australian Grand Prix this weekend. Serguei Beloussov, Acronis founder and CEO, said: “We are proud of our fruitful relationship with Scuderia Toro Rosso and we’re excited about the new season. The first Grand Prix of the year marks the start of a new wave of activities, as we continue to release innovative products for data protection, storage, and disaster recovery.” Acronis Backup 12 — #1 Backup for Small Business The partnership between the two companies began in July 2016 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, where Scuderia Toro Rosso became a launch partner of Acronis Backup 12. The product has been well-accepted and delivered over 40% growth in adoption in over the last eight months. Acronis Backup 12 is the most complete data protection solution available to small businesses today, supporting 16 different platforms, protecting all business data — servers, workstations, virtual machines and public cloud workloads such as Microsoft Office 365. An extended version of this product, Acronis Backup 12 Advanced, is scheduled for release in Q2 2017. The new edition will support a number of advanced features, including Acronis Active Protection™ against ransomware, Acronis Notary™ blockchain-based data verification, Acronis ASign™ blockchain-based document signing, SAN storage snapshots, smart alerting and reporting, roles and delegation capability, and off-host backup processing.   Acronis Backup Cloud — #1 Backup for Service Providers Acronis Backup Cloud is the world’s only backup solution specifically designed for service providers. This week Acronis announced the addition of Plesk, cPanel, and website backup functionality, making it the most complete hybrid cloud backup-as-a-service platform available to service providers today. Acronis Backup Cloud business is going through an explosive growth, far exceeding the 18% public cloud services market growth rate forecasted by Gartner for 2017: more than 15,000 devices were added in the last 30 days alone; over 100% YoY growth in bookings; seven-fold YoY growth in cloud storage.  Service providers are in a prime position to protect their customers’ data and build their business with Acronis’ support and innovative technology.    Acronis Storage — #1 Software Defined Storage Solution Acronis Storage universal software-defined storage solution for cold and hot data turning commodity hardware, is a perfect companion for Acronis Backup Cloud. Acronis Storage beats the competition in price and technology, providing easy management and data storage reliability for backup, file sync and share, and any other application data. ESG Lab has validated Acronis Storage to be up to 20x faster than the competition and as much as one-sixth of the cost of either traditional in-house storage or public cloud storage.  Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost, says: “Acronis came on board in the middle of last year. Not only do we have to ensure that our data is protected and safe, we also want to access any part of it almost immediately in some situations, for example, when it comes to making a snap decision relating to race strategy. As leaders in hybrid cloud data protection, Acronis is able to meet both those requirements.” ​   Brace of Brabham Race Cars Discovered in Australian Barn 2017-03-08T03:31:49Z brace-of-brabham-race-cars-discovered-in-australian-barn A pair of Brabham race cars found in a Northern N.S.W barn is being sold by Lloyds Auctions on the Gold Coast as part of The King’s Garage collection. Alstonville-based Brian King is the owner of the rare ‘barn-find’ Brabhams and is offering the cars, along with other significant historic race cars, classic petrol bowsers and assorted memorabilia at auction with all lots starting at one dollar.   The Brabham name is synonymous with Formula One success with legendary driver Jack Brabham and engineer Ron Tauranac, combining in the early 1960s to produce race cars for over a decade culminating in the 1966-67 championship years, sweeping both the F1 World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships. Brabham remains the only person to ever win a Formula One race in a car and team of his own making. From this era come the two Brabham BT21B race cars on offer at Lloyds Auctions from The King’s Garage collection.   A ‘one of one’ Brabham BT21B Cosworth formula race car with an exceedingly rare Cosworth SCB four-cylinder engine is the star of the collection with the Cosworth engine believed to be one of only two or three in existence. Allied to the rarity of the engine and chassis package is a provenance that begins in Brabham’s Formula One workshop with its chief engine builder Bob Ilich who was instrumental in the World Constructor and Driver Championships for Brabham in 1966 and ’67 who created this particular BT21B for himself.   Another Brabham BT21B race car is being offered fresh from a high end ‘nut and bolt’ restoration in Formula 3 configuration with an MAE Cosworth engine and Hewland gearbox and is ready to compete world-wide in historic formulae including Formula Junior.   The heyday of motor racing in the USA is represented by the gargantuan 1950 Sampson CC-50 Indianapolis 500 racer. Resplendent in its 1950 Indy 500 livery, #27 also comes virtually unused since a thorough restoration in the US prior to its arrival in Australia.   Dirt track oval racing has historically been the feeder category for INDYCAR and NASCAR series and Lloyds is offering the #22 Chuck Porter 1947 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser midget which has significant race provenance along with another iconic midget the #35 1974 Edmunds VW ‘El Toro Garage’ car. Still on the dirt track theme is the #5 1985 Chevy-powered Watson which has a dark history as five family members died while racing this car.   Fuel bowsers are the new collectable for automotive enthusiasts and the range offered by The King’s Garage collection is staggering in its depth and quality with some fuel pumps going back to the early 1900s including Epex and French Satam four-gallon pumps.   Other lots include a Porsche 356 ‘Super 90’ engine, a 27-litre Rolls Royce Merlin V12 engine, Cosworth FVA engine parts, and an A-series Mini Minor diesel engine.   The auction for The King’s Garage collection is open for bidding online now with the live auction on 18 March 2017. Phone bidding is available.   To view the collection or bid online, visit www.lloydsauctions.com.au/classic-cars Bullrush Rally - Supercar Arrival Display TODAY: Intercontinental Adelaide 2016-11-06T23:12:47Z bullrush-rally-supercar-arrival-display-today-intercontinental-adelaide 2016 BULLRUSH RALLY Monday November 7th to Friday November 11th ADELAIDE | WARRNAMBOOL | MELBOURNE | CANBERRA | SYDNEY Australia’s rarest and most expensive supercars gather for the 2016 Bullrush Rally! Australia’s annual Bullrush Rally takes place from the 7th to 11th of November, with over 30 supercars participating in a 5 day interstate driving tour across Australia. Traveling from South Australia to New South Wales, the route includes overnight stops in Adelaide, Warrnambool, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Covering 2000km of spectacular roads including Victoria’s world famous Great Ocean Road, the adventure is filled with exclusive dinners and parties, as well as a day of drag racing at Sydney Dragway. Proudly supporting the Variety Children’s Charity, Bullrush Rally will be hosting a charity auction night on the 9th of November at Bond Bar In Melbourne as well as raising money online via Everyday Hero. Bullrush Rally showcases an incredible array of vehicles - including Lamborghini Aventador, Huracan and Gallardo, Ferrari 458 Spyder, McLaren 650S, Porsche 911 Turbo, Cayman GT4, Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type, Nissan GTR and many more. Official event Partners include; Unique Car Rentals, SevenFriday, Street FX Motorsports, My Accounts, Fi Exhaust, Bez Media, CEVA Logistics and Quick Fox Media.  Vehicle Display Times & Locations Monday 7th November  2pm to 6pm - Vehicle Display - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace, Adelaide.  Tuesday 8th November 8am to 9am - Start Line and Departure - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace, Adelaide.  5:30pm to 6:30pm - Vehicle Arrival and Display - Lady Bay Resort, 2 Pertobe Rd, Warrnambool VIC. Wednesday 9th November 3:45pm to 5:30pm - Vehicle Arrival & Display - Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman St Southbank, VIC.  Thursday 10th September 5:30pm to 6:30pm - Vehicle Arrival & Display - Burbury Hotel - Burbury Close, Barton ACT.  Friday 11th September Midday to 3:30pm - Drag Racing & Content Creation PRESS ONLY - press@bullrushrally.com for entry. Sydney Dragway, Ferrers Rd, Eastern Creek NSW. 5pm - 6pm - Vehicle Arrival - Intercontinental Double Bay, 33 Cross St, Sydney.  Company Information Founded in 2015 with the vision of uniting like-minded individuals in a shared pursuit of adventure and unforgettable experiences, Bullrush Rally is an annual lifestyle, business networking and charity fundraising event combining supercars, dining, parties and motorsport. PRESS FOLDER CONTAINING 2015 AND 2016 IMAGERY/CONTENT (UPDATED DAILY) CAN BE FOUND AT - www.bit.ly/bullrushpress Main Press Calls Adelaide 7th November 2pm to 6pm - Arrival Display - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace 8th November 8am to 9am - Start Line and Departure - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace. Melbourne Wednesday 9th November 4pm to 5pm- Vehicle Arrival & Display - Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman St Southbank. Sydney Friday 11th September Midday to 3:30pm - Sydney Dragway for content and interviews - email press@bullrushrally.com for access - Sydney Dragway, Ferrers Rd, Eastern Creek. Links www.bullrushrally.com Facebook.com/bullrushrally Instagram @bullrushrally Contact Press Contact: Marko Seider Email: press@bullrushrally.com Phone: +61 434 620 706 Australia’s rarest and most expensive supercars gather for the 2016 Bullrush Rally! 2016-11-06T05:02:44Z australia-s-rarest-and-most-expensive-supercars-gather-for-the-2016-bullrush-rally  2016 BULLRUSH RALLY Monday November 7th to Friday November 11th ADELAIDE | WARRNAMBOOL | MELBOURNE | CANBERRA | SYDNEY Australia’s rarest and most expensive supercars gather for the 2016 Bullrush Rally! Australia’s annual Bullrush Rally takes place from the 7th to 11th of November, with over 30 supercars participating in a 5 day interstate driving tour across Australia. Traveling from South Australia to New South Wales, the route includes overnight stops in Adelaide, Warrnambool, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Covering 2000km of spectacular roads including Victoria’s world famous Great Ocean Road, the adventure is filled with exclusive dinners and parties, as well as a day of drag racing at Sydney Dragway. Proudly supporting the Variety Children’s Charity, Bullrush Rally will be hosting a charity auction night on the 9th of November at Bond Bar In Melbourne as well as raising money online via Everyday Hero. Bullrush Rally showcases an incredible array of vehicles - including Lamborghini Aventador, Huracan and Gallardo, Ferrari 458 Spyder, McLaren 650S, Porsche 911 Turbo, Cayman GT4, Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type, Nissan GTR and many more. Official event Partners include; Unique Car Rentals, SevenFriday, Street FX Motorsports, My Accounts, Fi Exhaust, Bez Media, CEVA Logistics and Quick Fox Media.  Vehicle Display Times & Locations Monday 7th November  2pm to 6pm - Vehicle Display - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace, Adelaide.  Tuesday 8th November 8am to 9am - Start Line and Departure - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace, Adelaide.  5:30pm to 6:30pm - Vehicle Arrival and Display - Lady Bay Resort, 2 Pertobe Rd, Warrnambool VIC. Wednesday 9th November 3:45pm to 5:30pm - Vehicle Arrival & Display - Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman St Southbank, VIC.  Thursday 10th September 5:30pm to 6:30pm - Vehicle Arrival & Display - Burbury Hotel - Burbury Close, Barton ACT.  Friday 11th September Midday to 3:30pm - Drag Racing & Content Creation PRESS ONLY - press@bullrushrally.com for entry. Sydney Dragway, Ferrers Rd, Eastern Creek NSW. 5pm - 6pm - Vehicle Arrival - Intercontinental Double Bay, 33 Cross St, Sydney.  Company Information Founded in 2015 with the vision of uniting like-minded individuals in a shared pursuit of adventure and unforgettable experiences, Bullrush Rally is an annual lifestyle, business networking and charity fundraising event combining supercars, dining, parties and motorsport. PRESS FOLDER CONTAINING 2015 AND 2016 IMAGERY/CONTENT (UPDATED DAILY) CAN BE FOUND AT - www.bit.ly/bullrushpress Main Press Calls Adelaide 7th November 2pm to 6pm - Arrival Display - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace 8th November 8am to 9am - Start Line and Departure - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace. Melbourne Wednesday 9th November 4pm to 5pm- Vehicle Arrival & Display - Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman St Southbank. Sydney Friday 11th September Midday to 3:30pm - Sydney Dragway for content and interviews - email press@bullrushrally.com for access - Sydney Dragway, Ferrers Rd, Eastern Creek. Links www.bullrushrally.com Facebook.com/bullrushrally Instagram @bullrushrally Contact Press Contact: Marko Seider Email: press@bullrushrally.com Phone: +61 434 620 706 Splend expands the ride with Rent-to-Own 2016-10-28T03:34:11Z splend-expands-the-ride-with-rent-to-own Evolution of the taxi driver Innovative vehicle provider shakes up ride share launching Rent-to-Own Australia’s consumer transport market is experiencing significant transitions as a power shift from the taxi plate owners, formerly holding the monopoly, to the driver regaining power by becoming their own boss. Recognising this transition phase, innovative on-demand vehicle-subscription provider, Splend, continues to disrupt who is in the drivers seat, launching Rent-to-Own – a first-to-market service enabling ride share drivers to own their vehicle, while freeing taxi drivers from working for the plate owners gain. “Of the 68,000 taxi drivers in Australia most work for a ‘network’, ‘owner’ or ‘operator.’ According to Roads and Maritime Services of NSW in 2012, on average these drivers were paying a lease of up to roughly $1250 per week to rent a licensed taxi because they could not afford a previously inflated $400,000 taxi plate. The plate owner claims 60-65 per cent of the shift takings while drivers endure poor working conditions and unfriendly shift hours,” says Chris King, CEO of Splend. High fares and the skyrocketing value of taxi plates ensures big returns for the big players who own multiple taxi plates, but taxi passenger numbers are in decline and drivers' wages have collapsed with the introduction of ride sharing. With the shift toward a cashless society, the earnings from taxi driving isn’t as attractive anymore and a transition is occurring to ride share where drivers now have a chance to succeed independently as their own boss. A leader in compliant vehicle supply for on-demand services, Splend launched Rent-to-Own in response to the increasing number of ride share drivers who are eager to work towards ownership of their greatest asset – their vehicle, but who do not want to go into debt by financing a car through a bank or broker. The big appeal for drivers to shift into Splend Rent-to-Own is no lock in contracts meaning members can walk away at any time as opposed to feeling trapped into long term financing. The vehicle-as-a-subscription fee for Splend Rent-to-Own starts at an average of $279 per week over four years covering registration, compulsory third party and full comprehensive insurance, scheduled servicing as well ride share training courses. The weekly subscription cost decreases by $50 each year, helping members achieve car ownership sooner. Over four years, this is an added saving of $6,349 with zero interest compared to car financing through a bank or broker. According to the August 2016 Transport Affordability Index by the Australian Automobile Association, in 2013-2014 motorist road related taxes and charges totaled almost $28billion including purchasing costs and expenses of running a car over its lifetime such as registrations, insurance and stamp duty. “The vehicle finance landscape in Australia is expensive and outdated for aspiring ride share drivers. The latest vehicle ownership index figures have huge impacts to the average household income and Australian’s are looking for alternate ways to efficiently earn a living and own a car, making value for money Splend’s main consideration in its Rent-to-Own offering,” said Mr King. As platforms like Uber become more accepted, Splend Rent-to-Own will be an attractive option for drivers looking to build a long-term career in the on-demand economy while saving thousands of dollars in interest charges. In Australia there are currently 31,000 Uber drivers enjoying flexible working hours - 868 of those Splend members who enjoy greater earnings compared to their taxi driver counterparts who are losing out. “I predict a large exodus of taxi drivers who will become disgruntled with low wages, long shift hours, high leasing fees and no equity to show for it. Why should the plate owners who earn money in their sleep undercut drivers? Splend have created an encouraging community of motivated, small business individuals who are all working toward owning their own vehicle while driving for ride share,” says King. Visit www.splend.com.au to become your own boss, work your own hours and own your car outright for total independence. See below comparison chart on driver earnings from our case study, a former Sydney taxi driver who has converted to Splend and been driving for ride share for 6 months. Data collected on 30 September 2016 and represents a Splend member driving for Uber at 40 hours a week compared to the same taxi driver previously driving 60 hours per week. ENDS For more information contact Maggie Elliot maggie@frontleft.com.au or +61 418 744 479. FACT SHEET Start-up company Splend has become Australia’s leader in vehicle supply for on-demand services, providing new employment opportunities for over 868 Australians (as at September 2016) and a fresh take on vehicle management. For small business individuals who can’t afford to finance their own vehicle Splend is a fully serviced vehicle solution that comes with a mentoring team to help Members become their own boss. Benefits of owning a vehicle from Splend: Full service vehicle provider with no lock in contracts: From $279 per week on average over four years, Splend members have access to a new 5-star ANCAP rated vehicle that is in line with ride sharing regulation including registration, stamp duty, insurance and servicing of a vehicle they will own after four years. Easy entry - To be eligible, drivers are required to be a rideshare driver for just a minimum of eight weeks. Ready to ride pack: On top of the brand new vehicle, this includes; 12 replacement tyres, 3 front and rear wheel alignments, 12 replacement brake pads, 12 replacement brake discs, 9 replacement windscreen wiper blades, 2 replacement sets of replacement headlight globes, 1 replacement battery. Member Benefits and Rewards: Members are incentivised with rewards for referrals and if they are measured the safest driver by utilising the latest telematics technology installed throughout the Splend fleet. The Member Support Centre offers a mentoring program to help achieve the highest ratings plus 24×7 Car Breakdown Assistance. Flexible lifestyle: Becoming their own boss means building their own business on their own flexible working hours and working toward car ownership. Mysterious fun rally raised over $760k for Cancer Council 2016-10-11T21:00:00Z mysterious-fun-rally-raised-over-760k-for-cancer-council Mystery Box Rally 2016 has marked an end for another year in Adelaide, raising an incredible $760,315.02 to date for Cancer Council. 300 courageous participants from all across Australia embarked on a 5-day mysterious, round-trip adventure from Adelaide on 24 September, with no idea where they were heading or what cars they would be driving, all to raise much-needed funds for cancer research initiatives. Engines humming, coughing and spluttering, the teams engaged in an epic battle to bid on their dream Mystery Box car based on their fundraising amount (minimum $3,000) at a private auction the night before the convoy ventured into the unknown. Decorated in creative motifs, glitter, stickers and piñatas, the 150 colourful cars bid farewell to Adelaide and explored outback South Australia. With daily destinations only revealed each morning before the convoy hit the road, teams travelled west to Wudinna, then north to Kingoonya, north-east to William Creek on the Oodnadatta Track, and onto Blinman in the Flinders Ranges before returning to Adelaide. Alongside the breakdowns, river crossings and stunning scenery, participants were treated to a night of live music by an indigenous band in Kingoonya followed by a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to kick up some dust and dance the night away on the Oodnadatta Track at William Creek. Fully supported by the local community, the rally enjoyed some classic Aussie rock from a live band whilst dancing under the stars in the middle of the highway blocked off by the local police. In a town of only 6 residents, it was the biggest party in the township's history. “This year’s rally was one of the most memorable for teams and towns alike. The breathtaking scenery along the route was incredible. The untamed beauty of the South Australian wilderness won over everyone’s hearts, especially when we drove through the Gammon and Flinders Ranges,” said James Freeman, Box Rallies Founder. “Of course we also faced some enormous challenges, but I am proud to say we pulled through the tough times together and created an unforgettable, fun-packed adventure.” Mystery Box Rally 2016 proved to be a miracle for both teams and their beloved vehicles. Not only did the convoy return to Adelaide just before the immense winds slammed the state mercilessly, but only two out of the 150 Mystery Box cars did not make it to the finish line in Wingfield, Adelaide. “The rally is a unique way for us to raise awareness and critical funds for the fight against this terrible disease, all done with humour and laughter whilst seeing amazing parts of this incredible country. A big thank you to our well-deserved teams and everyone who has supported this year’s rally,” said Mr Freeman. Mystery Box Rally is hoping to bring the funds raised up to $800,000 in a post-rally car auction on 18 October at Manheim Adelaide (75-83 Wilkins Rd, Wingfield SA 5013), where the public can secure their very own Mystery Box cars, full of character. For further information or to support the cause with a donation, visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   ABOUT MYSTERY BOX RALLY Mystery Box Rally is perfect for those who crave adventure and embrace mystery. This unique and exciting rally sees teams of two driving over five days to destinations unknown, all to raise funds for much needed cancer research and treatment.  A fly-in fly-out adventure, the rally takes care of sourcing the cars so teams can focus on what’s important - the fundraising.   Teams will find out what car they will be driving at a private auction the day before the rally. The amount of ‘money’ they have to bid with is based on their fundraising total, so the more they raise the better their chance of securing their ‘dream’ Mystery Box. The next big mystery is of course the route, with teams told each morning where they will be driving that day. The itinerary promises participants a trip of a lifetime, taking them through some of the most incredible landscapes this country has to offer, as well as outback dirt roads and majestic small towns.   Mystery Box is part of Box Rallies, founded by James Freeman, after he lost both his parents to cancer within 12 months of each other. Described as the mad baby brother of Shitbox Rally, also a Box Rallies initiative, Mystery Box is a reward for all the fundraising teams do prior to the event and is a chance to meet like-minded people. It also offers a unique way to see our vast and beautiful country. To qualify for the Mystery Box Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $3,000.   In 2013 the inaugural Mystery Box Rally saw teams travel through remote parts of New South Wales and country Victoria. Taking in the sites of Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Willandra, White Cliffs, Tibooburra (one of the most remote towns in NSW), Wentworth, Mildura before finishing in Melbourne. Teams taking part in 2014 set out to secret locations across Queensland and New South Wales. Taking them from Brisbane to Hebel, the most north-west town in NSW at Tibooburra, Hungerford, St George and the most western winery in QLD, and back to Brisbane. In 2015, Mystery Box Rally embarked on two adventures, where teams further discovered the remote small towns of Queensland and New South Wales. In August 2016, teams travelled from Townsville to Richmond, Normanton, Chillagoe and Mission Beach via Port Douglas before heading back to Townsville, whilst in November, participants explored the New South Wales outback from Sydney to Menindee, Lake Cargelligo, Louth and the vineyards of Orange before travelling back to Sydney.   Previous Mystery Box Rallies have raised a combined total of over $1.175 million for vital Cancer Council research programs. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com MEDIA ALERT: Mystery Box Rally kicks off in Adelaide for the first time 2016-09-20T21:30:00Z media-alert-mystery-box-rally-kicks-off-in-adelaide-for-the-first-time-1 MEDIA CALL: FRIDAY 23RD SEP – MYSTERIOUS PRE-RALLY AUCTION With no prior knowledge on the route they will be taking or the vehicles they will be driving, 300 courageous Mystery Box Rally participants from all across Australia gather in Adelaide for a private auction the night before the rally starts, to bid on their dream Mystery Box car based on their fundraising amount (minimum $3,000).   The total funds raised for Cancer Council is currently more than $630,000 and increasing every day. Join us at Manheim Adelaide this Friday afternoon to watch the 300 participants gearing up for an epic and mysterious 5-day road adventure!  WHEN:                                   4.30pm onwardsWHERE:                                 Manheim Adelaide, 75-83 Wilkins Rd, Wingfield SA 5013PHOTO / INTERVIEW OPP:  Local and interstate teams, support crew, and Box Rallies Founder, James Freeman will be available for interviews and photos before and after the auction about the rally.      MEDIA CALL: SATURDAY 24TH SEP – RALLY DEPARTURE MANHEIM ADELAIDE Witness the colourful convoy of 150 Mystery Boxes kick-start in Adelaide for the very first time! Creative motifs, glitter, stickers and crazy car accessories, it will be a picture perfect send off as the 300 participants bid farewell to Adelaide and head out to quintessential towns and off-the-beaten tracks for an unknown 5-day round-trip adventure, all in the name of raising critical funds for Cancer Council.  WHEN:                                   7.30am arrival for 9.30am departureWHERE:                                 Manheim Adelaide, 75-83 Wilkins Rd, Wingfield SA 5013PHOTO / INTERVIEW OPP:  Local and interstate teams, support crew, and Box Rallies Founder, James   Freeman will be available for interviews and photos prior departure. Their penchant for fancy dress and creatively decorated cars will provide unique visual content.  ABOUT MYSTERY BOX RALLY Mystery Box Rally is perfect for those who crave adventure and embrace mystery. This unique and exciting rally sees teams of two driving over five days to destinations unknown, all to raise funds for much needed cancer research and treatment.  A fly-in fly-out adventure, the rally takes care of sourcing the cars so teams can focus on what’s important - the fundraising.   Teams will find out what car they will be driving at a private auction the day before the rally. The amount of ‘money’ they have to bid with is based on their fundraising total, so the more they raise the better their chance of securing their ‘dream’ Mystery Box. The next big mystery is of course the route, with teams told each morning where they will be driving that day. The itinerary promises participants a trip of a lifetime, taking them through some of the most incredible landscapes this country has to offer, as well as outback dirt roads and majestic small towns.   Mystery Box is part of Box Rallies, founded by James Freeman, after he lost both his parents to cancer within 12 months of each other. Described as the mad baby brother of Shitbox Rally, also a Box Rallies initiative, Mystery Box is a reward for all the fundraising teams do prior to the event and is a chance to meet like-minded people. It also offers a unique way to see our vast and beautiful country. To qualify for the Mystery Box Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $3,000.   In 2013 the inaugural Mystery Box Rally saw teams travel through remote parts of New South Wales and country Melbourne. Taking in the sites of Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Willandra, White Cliffs, Tibooburra (one of the most remote towns in NSW), Wentworth, Mildura before finishing in Melbourne. Teams taking part in 2014 set out to secret locations across Queensland and New South Wales. Taking them from Brisbane to Hebel, the most north-west town in NSW at Tibooburra, Hungerford, St George and the most western winery in QLD, and back to Brisbane. In 2015, Mystery Box Rally embarked on two adventures, where teams further discovered the remote small towns of Queensland and New South Wales. In August, teams travelled from Townsville to Richmond, Normanton, Chillagoe and Mission Beach via Port Douglas before heading back to Townsville, whilst in November, participants explored the New South Wales outback from Sydney to Menindee, Lake Cargelligo, Louth and the vineyards of Orange before travelling back to Sydney.   Previous Mystery Box Rallies have raised a combined total $1.175 million for vital Cancer Council research programs. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com Manheim helps bring a mysterious element to fundraising rally 2016-09-16T05:56:47Z manheim-helps-bring-a-mysterious-element-to-fundraising-rally-1 Cars are undoubtedly one of the most crucial elements in a rally, especially for a fundraising rally where participants have no idea what cars they will be driving. This is when famous automobile auction company Manheim comes to save the day.   Armed with duct tape and cable ties, 300 participants of Mystery Box Rally will kick off an epic 5-day road adventure from Adelaide in September. Not knowing where they are heading and what vehicles they will be driving, the courageous teams are taking a big leap in faith all in the name of raising critical funds for Cancer Council’s research initiatives.   Could it be a vintage Beetle? Or perhaps a much loved convertible that is full of character? With no knowledge of the vehicle or what’s under the bonnet, teams will bid on their dream mystery box based on their fundraising amount (minimum $3,000) at a private auction the night before the rally starts. All of the cars for the rally are provided by Manheim Auctions Australia who ensure they are registered and ready for an adventure.   Box Rallies Founder James Freeman explains this unique arrangement takes the pressure of cars sourcing off participants, and allows everyone to focus on fundraising all whilst having fun.   “Manheim has been a long-term partner of the rally,” says Box Rallies Founder, James Freeman, “We are grateful for their continuous support, and are thrilled to have them back for this year’s Mystery Box Rally.”   Starting in Adelaide on Saturday 24th September, Mystery Box 2016 will embark on a 5-day round trip adventure to explore destinations unknown along some of Australia’s most deserted and scenic roads. Destinations are kept secret with the daily destinations unveiled just before the convoy hits the road each morning to ensure it is a truly unique challenge.   To support the rally or to find out more information, please visit http://www.mystery-box.com.au/  ABOUT MYSTERY BOX RALLY Mystery Box Rally is perfect for those who crave adventure and embrace mystery. This unique and exciting rally sees teams of two driving over five days to destinations unknown, all to raise funds for much needed cancer research and treatment.  A fly-in fly-out adventure, the rally takes care of sourcing the cars so teams can focus on what’s important - the fundraising.   Teams will find out what car they will be driving at a private auction the day before the rally. The amount of ‘money’ they have to bid with is based on their fundraising total, so the more they raise the better their chance of securing their ‘dream’ Mystery Box. The next big mystery is of course the route, with teams told each morning where they will be driving that day. The itinerary promises participants a trip of a lifetime, taking them through some of the most incredible landscapes this country has to offer, as well as outback dirt roads and majestic small towns.   Mystery Box is part of Box Rallies, founded by James Freeman, after he lost both his parents to cancer within 12 months of each other. Described as the mad baby brother of Shitbox Rally, also a Box Rallies initiative, Mystery Box is a reward for all the fundraising teams do prior to the event and is a chance to meet like-minded people. It also offers a unique way to see our vast and beautiful country. To qualify for the Mystery Box Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $3,000.   In 2013 the inaugural Mystery Box Rally saw teams travel through remote parts of New South Wales and country Melbourne. Taking in the sites of Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Willandra, White Cliffs, Tibooburra (one of the most remote towns in NSW), Wentworth, Mildura before finishing in Melbourne. Teams taking part in 2014 set out to secret locations across Queensland and New South Wales. Taking them from Brisbane to Hebel, the most north-west town in NSW at Tibooburra, Hungerford, St George and the most western winery in QLD, and back to Brisbane. In 2015, Mystery Box Rally embarked on two adventures, where teams further discovered the remote small towns of Queensland and New South Wales. In August, teams travelled from Townsville to Richmond, Normanton, Chillagoe and Mission Beach via Port Douglas before heading back to Townsville, whilst in November, participants explored the New South Wales outback from Sydney to Menindee, Lake Cargelligo, Louth and the vineyards of Orange before travelling back to Sydney.   Previous Mystery Box Rallies have raised a combined total $1.175 million for vital Cancer Council research programs. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com Fathers converge on Explore Australia Expo 2016-09-08T02:00:47Z fathers-converge-on-explore-australia-expo Thousands of 4WD enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers converged on the Doomben Racecourse Father’s Day weekend for the annual Explore Australia Expo. Director and Event Manager of Explore Australia Exhibitions, Paul Morgan, said they moved the Expo from Manly Boat Harbour to Doomben Racecourse this year to accommodate more exhibitors and outdoor interactive displays. “Spectators loved The Adventure Track, where they could see 4X4 Winch Trucks in action, along with Argo ATV’s, FWD QLD, Extreme Buggies, and Austruck demonstrations,” Paul said. Motorcycling Queensland, in conjunction with Mike Hatcher Junior Motorcycle Club (Gold Coast) and Kilcoy Motocross Club (Kilcoy), also held a special demonstration with some of the club’s rising young stars. “The kids provided an incredible demonstration of motocross and flat track skills on a range of off-road motorcycles and quad bikes,” Paul said. The hands-on event also offered tutorials on everything from safe winching, diff locks and suspension, to snatch strap and driving techniques. “Fisherman were also catered for, with the spectacular Berkley Super Fishing Tank, showing visitors a real ‘fish’s eye’ view of different fishing techniques,” Paul explained. “The world’s largest mobile fishing tackle store, Rod Train, was there and provided plenty of inspiration for fisherman, with a huge display of quality gear available.” TV presenter, Penny Wells from Top of Down Under, had her impressively-set-up Land Cruiser and XTERRAN camper on display at the Ultimate Campers stand. “Dr Glen Richards, from Channel Ten’s hit television show Shark Tank, also attended the Expo as a guest of TJM 4x4 Megastore and happily chatted to attendees at their stand,” Paul said. Kris Humphrys is the Director TJM 4X4 Megastore and Roof Rack City and said the Expo was a huge success for them, with sales, orders and quotes up on last year. “We feel that the stand size, layout, range and genuine offering of show specials is a proven recipe for success, combined with the support that we have received from the show organisers,” Kris said. “This is our second year at Explore Australia Expo and I pleased to say that we will be back for a third year.” Paul said 80 high quality exhibitors attended this year and offered some great specials. “Evakool offered some great prices on their fridges and iceboxes, New Age Caravans threw in free solar on all caravan purchases and Tuff Bullbars Australia and Opposite Lock offered plenty of alternatives to socks, with their great Father’s Day deals,” Paul said. There were some fantastic prizes up for grabs at this year’s expo, with M. Hickey from Townsville taking home the Explorers Pack valued at $6,000, thanks to TJM 4x4 Megastore, and A. Nelson from Nambour winning the Ironman Deluxe Bullbar, valued at $1,300, thanks to Adventure Offroad. The XXXX Gold Beer Garden was a popular watering hole, offering some shady places to relax. “Kids were well catered for as well, with the Scouts Australia climbing wall, Argo ATV rides, jumping castles and free entry for children under 15 years of age,” Paul said. Attendees will have a chance to road test their purchases, with the organisers holding their next event in Henty, New South Wales. The Henty 4WD & Outdoor Adventure Expo will be the biggest expo of its type held in regional NSW. “Henty is located between Wagga Wagga and Albury and is the home on the Henty Machinery Field Days, which is where the Expo will be held in March 2017,” Paul said. “It’s a massive and impressive site, so we are really looking forward to hosting the Expo there next year and offering exhibitors and attendees even more opportunities to see and road test an incredible range of camping, fishing and adventure equipment.” For enquiries regarding the Henty 4WD & Outdoor Adventure Expo and Explore Australia Expo Brisbane 2017, contact Paul Morgan on paul@exploreaustraliaexpo.com.au or phone 03 5255 1517. For more info, visit Explore Australia Expo Brisbane or follow us on Explore Australia Expo Facebook or Explore Australia Expo YouTube. <ENDS> Media Enquiries: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Tickets on sale now for QLD's elite 4WD and outdoors expo 2016-07-19T03:55:05Z tickets-on-sale-now-for-qld-s-elite-4wd-and-outdoors-expo Tickets to the much-anticipated Explore Australia Expo on Fathers-Day weekend, 2 – 4 September 2016, are on sale now. The event, which is considered one of the best outdoor leisure exhibitions in the country promises exhibitors and visitors alike an unparalleled combination of entertainment, education, products and services at its new home, Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane. Paul Morgan, Director and Event Manager, Explore Australia Exhibitions says “we have created the ultimate ‘spy, try and buy’ experience for seasoned travellers, novice adrenalin junkies, well-travelled 4 x 4 and outdoor adventure lovers and mad-keen fisherman alike and we have put this all together to create the perfect Fathers-Day weekend.” “Visitors will be able to see, handle, compare and buy the best products and accessories around. They will also get to hear from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable outdoor adventurers, witness products and services in action and have access to special offers and amazing deals right along the way.” Explore Australia Exhibitions will be offering regular giveaways and promotions via its Facebook page and every visitor through the gate will have the chance to enter major prize draws including a TJM Explorers Pack, valued at $5,000 thanks to TJM 4x4 Megastore and an Ironman Deluxe Bullbar valued at $1,295 thanks to Adventure Offroad. With over 17,000 people attending the inaugural event in 2015, Explore Australia Exhibitions encourages people to get their tickets early. “Last year we were overwhelmed with visitor numbers, so this year we are encouraging people to purchase their tickets online, and take advantage of our online ticket discount,” says Paul. In addition, online ticket purchasers will be offered extra chances to win, with every online ticket purchase entering the draw to take home a fishing and outdoor package valued at $1000. “Online ticket holders will still be able to enter the major prize draws, but we’ve added the extra incentive to purchase online so visitors can avoid the queues and spend more time spying, trying and buying,” says Paul. The overwhelming attendance in 2015, was part of the decision for Explore Australia Exhibitions to move the event to the iconic and exciting Doomben Racecourse for 2016. “The site not only offers more usable exhibition space but is only 7kms from Brisbane city and has the added advantages of direct road access, free parking and nearby public transport,” Paul said. With increased exhibition and interactive display space, a revitalised program of events and the opportunity to take home some incredible prizes Paul says the show is the perfect place to find inspiration for outdoor adventure and the perfect place for dads this Fathers-Day. “There will be five highly integrated and functional precincts at the event including; a dedicated 4x4 showcase area with key 4x4 accessory exhibitors; a dedicated fishing and boating showcase area with key fishing and marine manufacturers and accessory exhibitors; medial areas with vehicle manufacturers, adventure pursuits and sites offering combined auto/camping/outdoor displays and products; a main-stage featuring free seminars, guest appearances, presentations and competition draws; and an entertaining, informative, and interactive 4WD and ATV test and display track, offering off-road stunts and racing, new vehicle test drives and key 4WD and off-road demonstrations.” Explore Australia Expo’s refreshing layout offers unique experiences and unprecedented access to some of the best brands all in one location and is shaping up to be the best outdoor leisure expo in Queensland this year. Further information on the Explore Australia Expo, Brisbane can be found at Explore Australia Expo Brisbane or by following us on Explore Australia Expo Facebook or Explore Australia Expo YouTube For exhibitor enquiries call the Explore Australia Expo Sales Team on 03 5255 1517 or e-mail info@exploreaustraliaexpo.com.au For ticket purchases head to Tickets for Explore Australia Expo Brisbane 2-4 September 2016 <ENDS> Media Enquiries: Sara Crowe, C7EVEN Communications, 0438 197 559 New LifeProof motorsports team to debut at X Games Austin 2016-05-27T00:08:37Z new-lifeproof-motorsports-team-to-debut-at-x-games-austin SYDNEY, Australia – 27 May 2016 – With jaw-dropping talent taking centre stage at X Games Austin, the action sports world descends on Austin for the third consecutive year at Circuit of the Americas. LifeProof, the industry-leading waterproof case, continues a yearlong collaboration with X Games and welcomes AMA Pro Flat-Track athlete Johnny Lewis and Pro FMX rider Jarryd McNeil to the LifeProof motorsports team.   X Games Austin kicks off June 2 with the LifeProof Moto X Step Up finals. As an official sponsor of X Games, LifeProof will be on-site to support its growing team of athletes.   LifeProof inspires smartphone users to live life to the fullest with its waterproof, dirt proof, drop proof and snow proof cases. These fully protective cases are designed to handle the rigours of hard-hitting action sports and keep the playlist rocking on the bike or board.   McNeil currently has five X Games medals and stands as the reigning X Games Best Whip gold medalist. After his first X Games in 2010, McNeil moved from Australia to further his freestyle career in the U.S. He regularly travels with Nitro Circus and competes in Step Up and Best Whip.   "It’s really awesome to be able to team up with LifeProof because it’s a perfect fit for my lifestyle,” McNeil said. “The first thing I do when I get a new phone is put a case on it because I live such an active lifestyle. Every day I’m either out riding, on the bobcat prepping the courses or watering jumps, and I always seem to get my phone caught up in it. LifeProof cases allow me to get the job done without a worry of breaking, drowning or destroying my phone."   Lewis, an AMA Pro Flat-Track racer, took fourth at X Games Austin 2015 in Flat Track racing. He is racing the No. 10 Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati and looks to improve upon last year’s finish with a medal finish for 2016.   "I'm stoked to have LifeProof partner up with me,” Lewis said. “Their products are a perfect fit for my lifestyle as a professional athlete and a father. It seems like I'm always getting messy, cross training on my mountain bike, washing off my dirt bikes and cleaning up after the kids, and LifeProof keeps my phone safe on the daily routine of my crazy life.”   For more information about X Games visit xgames.com. For more information about LifeProof visit lifeproof.com.  About LifeProof: LifeProof® encourages technology users to unleash the remarkable by taking their smartphone and tablet devices on every adventure regardless of dirt, sand, water, rocks and other environmental hazards. LifeProof premium cases boast four-proof protection for smartphone and tablet devices and provide freedom from environmental constraints. LifeProof is the No. 1-selling waterproof case in the U.S. and is committed to inspiring its customers to live an active, no-limits lifestyle.*   For more information, visit www.lifeproof.com. #LiveLifeProof   * Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service: Cell Phone Device Protection/Units Sold 2012 – 2015   The LifeProof name and LifeProof trademarks are the property of Treefrog Developments, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  Media Contacts: Amanda Conroy / Miguela Considine Espresso Communicationslifeproof@espressocomms.com.au+61 2 8016 2200 Shitbox Rally 2016 takes the road less travelled from Queensland to Tasmania 2016-03-29T21:00:00Z shitbox-rally-2016-takes-the-road-less-travelled-from-queensland-to-tasmania This year, Shitbox Rally 2016 will be taking a new route through the valleys, mountains and open plains to discover for the first time ever in the rally’s history, Bass Strait and Tasmania.   450 participants will take in the rugged and challenging landscapes of Australia, all to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. The route for the rally, first organised by Adelaide's James Freeman in 2010 after losing both his parents to cancer, changes every year. Last year participants tackled the Birdsville Track on its way to North Queensland, while this year teams will kick off their adventure from Australia’s sugar capital, tropical Mackay in mid-north Queensland, touring south through the Australian outback, several states and small country towns to eventually arrive in Hobart, southern Tasmania a week later.   Alongside quintessential Australian sights, the rally in 2016 will also include two new milestones for the event – a ‘Shipbox Rally’ leg, that is, for the first time ever in the rally’s history teams will be crossing the tumultuous seas of Bass Strait by ferry; and for the first time, Tasmania and its unique wilderness will provide a backdrop of lush fields and alpine forests in contrast to the dirty and dusty outback roads Shitbox Rally often passes through. For James Freeman, founder of the rallies, the Tasmanian wilderness with its untamed beauty has long been calling.  “This is the 7th year of Shitbox Rally with another route that crosses the country. I have seen more of Australia than most and I know I have only scratched the surface. Even with 6 years behind us, this year will still be unique with all new stopovers plus travelling through the Victorian high country, the crossing of Bass Straight and the drive through Tasmania. It is promising to be another spectacular year and I can't wait to get back to my second home – the remote outback roads of this sunburnt country,” said James Freeman.   Starting in Mackay on May 7th, the 200 shitboxes will travel 3,500km down the length of Australia to Blackall QLD (proud-owner of the historic Blackall Woolscour the only fully intact steam-powered wool washing plant left in Australia), Thargomindah QLD (on the edge of far western Queensland’s desert areas and home to Australia’s first hydro-electricity scheme), Tilpa NSW (on the banks of the Darling River, famous for its true outback Tilpa Pub and infamous for its bushranger heritage), Cootamundra NSW (birthplace of cricket’s greatest batsman, Sir Donald Bradman), Dargo VIC (one of Victoria’s most remote towns, in the high country of the Alpine National Park), the modern, sunny bayside suburb of Port Melbourne VIC, and overnight to Devonport TAS, Tasmania’s busy coastal city and the gateway to some of the state’s best natural treasures including Cradle Mountain, before crossing the finish line in the state’s capital, Hobart.   Key dates for this year’s route include:   7th May:   Departing from Mackay, Queensland                 Arriving in Blackall, Queensland 8th May:   Arriving in Thargomindah, Queensland 9th May:   Arriving in Tilpa, NSW 10th May: Arriving in Cootamundra, NSW 11th May: Arriving in Dargo, Victoria 12th May: Arriving in Port Melbourne, Victoria 13th May: Arriving in Devonport, Tasmania via the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’     Arriving in Hobart, Tasmania.   To learn more about the rally please visit www.shitboxrally.com.au    ABOUT BOX RALLIESShitbox Rally is not a race but rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable: to drive cars worth $1000 or less across Australia via some of its most arduous roads - all to raise money for cancer research. Shitbox Rally was founded in 2009 by James Freeman after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other as a way of raising money and awareness in the fight against cancer – a disease that now affects so many people. Over the last four years, Shitbox Rally has raised over $6.1 million for cancer research, making the rally the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council. The rally is a reward for all the fundraising the dedicated participants do to help find a cure for cancer and it’s a chance to meet like-minded people and see our vast and beautiful country in a totally unique way. To qualify to be in Shitbox Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $4,000. 2016 marks the seventh Shitbox Rally. Previous rally routes include 2015 Canberra to Townsville via the Birdsville Track, 2014 Perth to Darwin via the Gibb River Road, 2013 Adelaide to Fremantle via Uluru, 2012 Melbourne to Cairns via Innamincka, 2011 Brisbane to Darwin via the Savannah Way and 2010 Sydney to Alice Springs via the Oodnadatta Track.For more details please visit www.shitboxrally.com.au.   Shitbox Rally is expanding globally with the first international destination confirmed as New Zealand, in February 2016. To register for 2016 Shitbox Rally New Zealand, or to find out more information, visit www.shitboxrally.co.nz.   An additional $798,000 has also been raised for Cancer Council Australia over the past three years of Mystery Box Rally, a similar concept also created by James Freeman. Known as Shitbox Rally’s mad baby brother, Mystery Box is more of a boutique rally with fewer teams, a shorter distance and less days travelling. Unlike Shitbox Rally, this rally takes care of finding the cars and each location is a mystery, adding to the excitement and adventure of the drive. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-  MEDIA CONTACT Amanda Fry, Laura Heslop P: 02 8599 1098 | M: 0418 262 282 E amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; laura@holysmokeagency.com   Terrorism Impacts Global Supply Chain 2016-03-23T22:39:02Z terrorism-impacts-global-supply-chain Increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to major disruptions to international shipping in Europe and Middle East. In 2015, BSI noted a number of cross-border issues that threatened supply chains across the world. This included damages caused by cargo theft worth AUD$29.7 billion; increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to billions of dollars in losses to global shipping companies; an influx of migrants in Europe that harmed supply chain integrity across the continent; economic downturns in Argentina, Brazil, and China; and issues of political transparency that drove social unrest in Africa and Central America. Extreme weather events, including many attributed to the El Nino phenomenon, caused supply chain disruptions and threatened business continuity in multiple regions. There were also several industries that were plagued by poor enforcement of labour regulations, allowing for significant rates of child or forced labour in Argentina and India, among other nations. Nearly AUD$30 billion was lost due to cargo theft worldwide in 2015 from a variety of supply chain threats, predominantly driven by security concerns. South Africa has seen a 30 per cent increase in cargo truck hijackings over the last year, with thieves using high levels of violence and switching from targeting only high value goods to also targeting lower value items. Daring vehicle shipment thefts have become increasingly commonplace in China, with a recent series of in-transit vehicle thefts occurring along the busy G45 highway. More sophisticated attacks were observed in India throughout 2015, where criminal gangs masterminded new techniques to steal goods without breaking customs seals in order to avoid detection – a major risk for companies participating in international supply chain security programs. In Europe, disruptions in trade caused by the ISIS terrorist group clearly highlighted the link between terrorism and the supply chain. Border controls in France following the November attacks in Paris are estimated to have cost the Belgian shipping industry AUD$4.6 million. Terrorist-linked smuggling rings were also identified to be colluding between Spain and the Middle East, the groups illegally transporting shipments of stolen electronics, drugs, weapons and other contraband. Elsewhere, the Jordanian trucking industry suffered AUD$990 million in lost revenue since conflict began in the Middle East in 2011. In addition to theft, business continuity-related threats such as extreme weather events and political and social unrest, led to significant losses for individual companies and national economies last year. 2015’s top five natural disasters caused a collective $33 billion of damage to businesses. In 2016, BSI has identified emerging health crises, such as the Zika virus, could also pose a significant threat to the global supply chain and may lead to work stoppages and protests similar to the supply chain disruptions seen in conjunction with the Ebola epidemic. Labour unrest and factory strikes have also caused considerable financial damage across the world. Factory strikes in China increased by 58.3 per cent from the previous year due to pay disputes, as factory owners struggled to pay workers due to a slowing economy, leading to protests. The withholding of wages was cited as a major cause in 75 per cent of protests and generated losses of up to AUD$35 million in the footwear industry. Labour unrest is likely to continue in China in 2016, regardless of whether the economy improves. Numerous cases of child and forced labour were exposed in 2015, highlighting the need for visibility into corporate supply chain to mitigate the risk of human rights abuses. Nearly 80 per cent of Argentina’s textile industry was found to be sourcing from unregulated facilities, where forced, child labour and poor working conditions are common. BSI also noted an increase in the risk of child labour use in India due to the existence of loopholes in labour reforms approved in 2015. In response to these and other recent concerns, European countries and the United States last year moved to pass laws mandating reporting on corporate social responsibility issues in corporate supply chains.   Jim Yarbrough, Global Intelligence Program Manager at BSI commented: “Companies are facing an increasingly wide range of challenges to their supply chain, from human rights issues to acts of violent theft and natural disasters. Such complexity creates extreme levels of risk for organizations, both directly affecting the bottom line but perhaps more seriously, hidden threats to the supply chain which, if ignored, could do serious harm to a company’s hard-earned reputation.” The biggest threats to the global supply chain in 2016 include: Global cargo theft cost estimated to grow by a further AUD$1.3 billion in 2016. Increased concerns in China, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa, and United States Continued tensions in South China Sea predicted to lead to further protests and disruptions On-going conflict in Syria will continue to impact supply chains Migrant crisis will continue to lead to port disruptions. European Union/Schengen border controls predicted to have far-reaching impact. ISIS is predicted to remain a significant threat to disrupt supply chains Labour unrest in China is predicted to persist, as a slowdown in the Chinese economy continues and more jobs move to neighbouring countries Weather disruptions e.g. La Nina phenomenon Global health crises e.g. Zika and Ebola The report is based on data from BSI’s Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN), which provides continuous evaluation across 22 proprietary risk factors and 204 countries. BSI’s 2015 SCREEN data and analysis reveals a clear picture of the changing global threat landscape and how this varies by country, continent, and industry sector. To download a copy of BSI’s 2015 Global Supply Chain Intelligence Report, please click here.  - ENDS-   About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With 80,000 clients in 182 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/en-au   About BSI Supply Chain Solutions BSI Supply Chain Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, auditing services, audit compliance and risk management software solutions, and advisory services. Our mission is to help corporations, governments and associations identify, manage and mitigate global supply chain risks and maintain world class governance risk and compliance programs. Our holistic supply chain risk management suite is designed to predict and visualize risk, and develop robust risk mitigation and compliance management programs to protect your supply chain, brand and reputation. Our intelligence-infused supply chain solutions and global network empower our clients to understand global supply chain risk with unequaled precision. To learn more, please visit www.bsi-supplychainsolutions.com      Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department                Tel: +61 2 8877 7131          Email: marketing.au@bsigroup.com Marc Barnes Managing Director - BSI Group Australia and NZ Tel: +61 2 8877 7100 Email: marc.barnes@bsigroup.com    First company certified by BSI Australia to revised Quality Management standard 2016-03-09T00:56:27Z first-company-certified-by-bsi-australia-to-revised-quality-management-standard SYC is the first company to achieve certification to ISO 9001:2015 under independent assessment by BSI Australia. The standard, which was published in September 2015, has been updated to ensure that it continues to help organizations manage quality, reduce risk and ensure organizational resilience.Gordon Wilckens, Head of Quality, Compliance and Risk, SYC comments  “As a long-standing client, BSI has supported us throughout the transition, keeping us informed of changes and providing a wealth of information via various platforms in order to help our senior leadership team understand the benefits of this new standard.”SYC believes that certification to ISO 9001:2015, which has been created with service providers in mind, demonstrate their commitment to upholding the highest standard of governance and transparency in a highly competitive market.SYC is a not-for-profit organization, centred on employment, training and youth services. Last year, SYC helped more than 55,300 Australians in the areas of Home, Wellbeing, Learning and Working. With certification to the National Standards for Disability Services (NSDS) standard already in place SYC wanted to see if the new ISO 9001 version could be aligned to deliver efficiencies and streamline business operations. They were interested to see if the revised standard would reflect the needs of a service company more than previous versions.Marc Barnes, Managing Director at BSI Australia, commented: “SYC should be really proud of their achievement. Certification to ISO 9001:2015 helps organizations to prioritize their business needs whilst enabling them to their manage quality, improve efficiency and become more resilient.”ISO 9001, the most widely-adopted quality management systems standard, has benefited millions of organizations globally - with users reporting increased growth and productivity and significantly higher customer satisfaction and retention. NEW MEDIA TELCO LAUNCHES DISRUPTIVE PRICING OFFER – 50% OFF FOR 3 MONTHS 2016-03-04T09:38:51Z new-media-telco-launches-disruptive-pricing-offer-50-off-for-3-months Australian based MVNO, OVO Mobile has slashed its pricing on its already competitive plans offering 50% for the first 3 months for new customers, while still maintaining its UNLIMTED Oz calls and SMS, plus generous data allowances. Furthermore, OVO Mobile has NO LOCK IN CONTRACTS, and NO HIDDEN FEES such as postage charges or charges for a SIM card. “Ours is just a genuine great value offer” says Matt Jones, OVO Mobile’s CEO “putting a plan price of less than $15.00 and then adding in SIM card & shipping fees of $4.00 or more is really just marketing trickery. At OVO we want to be transparent and provide a truly market leading offer” The promotional offer is available to any customer signing up before 30th April 2016. OVO Mobile also offers OVOTime (free data for the customer) – which allows OVO Mobile customers to stream content on its ovo.com.au/play app, unmetered or OVO Mobile data free. OVO Mobile’s first content partner is V8 Supercars after signing a 3 year exclusive deal as V8’s official telco partner. This deal brings a range of content to the OVOPlay app, including live trackside commentary, live in car stats, a range of historic races, and exclusive behind the scenes content. Matt Jones points out “This is the first of a number of content partnerships that OVO Mobile will announce in the coming months, including another exciting content deal which we plan to shortly announce that will reach millions of customers.” Jones goes on to say “The days of the discount only Mobile Service provider are numbered, instead Mobile operators need to deliver innovative content services combined with genuine pricing and transparent high quality service.  OVO Mobile is an Australian owned company with an Australian based contact centre, and prides itself on being available across the major social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter as well as providing Live Chat and Phone support – to make it easy and convenient for people to talk to us. “What we are saying to people considering their next Mobile Telco is give OVO Mobile a Go! With 50% off the first 3 months and some amazing content available now and in the future, on OVO Mobile, data free – we are betting that customers will love OVO Mobile and enjoy the service from the company whose mantra is “for the fans”. The timing of the promotion has been coordinated with the V8 Supercars season and is being launched at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide (March 3 – 6th). The Clipsal 500 is the first race of the 2016 V8 Supercars racing calendar.  OVO Mobile is expecting to announce additional media partnerships in the coming weeks which will mean their customers have access to even more content – OVO Mobile data free. To find out more visit WEBSITE: http://ovo.com.au or call OVO Mobile on 135 686