The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-10T03:19:16Z Find Tradies Online 2017-03-10T03:19:16Z find-tradies-online When you've got a plumbing problem or defected water, finding a reliable tradie to sort it out can be a blind shot in the dark. Until recently – before getting a good list of licensed trusted plumber, electricians, gardeners etc.– the available options were to thumb through the Yellow Pages crossing your fingers hoping to get a reliable tradie depending on luck. With the Internet around, we can get to know the reputation of the tradies and the new tasking websites gives us the opportunity to skip the ring-around and have the professionals contact us offering free quotes. How does it work? Looking at several sites, including Airtasker, Oneflare, TradeEzi, ServiceSeeking and hipages. They're all a little bit different, but the basic idea is still the same. -          You post your task or project online or by phone. -          You receive quotes from professionals who can perform the task. -           You check out their licenses, documents, profiles, read reviews and recommendations from other consumers. -          Finally, you choose the tradie. How much does it cost? For consumers: it’s free to post a job and there is no obligation to hire anyone. for tradies: free listing for some web sites while others charge a regular membership fee or a small fee per lead. Why use it? Choosing a tradie from the phone book, the internet or any other means, there's a chance that they won't be as good as they claim or they might over charge you. On the other hand, using marketplace sites allow you to check reviews and recommendations from consumers in your neighbourhood and save yourself time ringing around for quotes. Today, we are going to give you more information about TradeEzi: More than 50,000 businesses registered and had $1b worth of jobs posted by consumers so far. The services most often requested on TradeEzi are for plumbers, electricians, tilers, fence contractors, cleaners, removalists, pet groomers and gardeners. Unlike other services, there's no limit to the number of quotes you can receive from tradies via TradeEzi. If you had enough quotes, you can hit the "Stop quotes" button. Tradies could have the option of a free listing and could subscribe for monthly subscription which gives them priority over free listing. For that reason, you may not get the best prices you were hoping for immediately, if your job is not urgent you would get competitive prices after few hours. Trust: Businesses on TradeEzi have a profile score, which increases when their ABN, licenses, insurances and documents are verified. A rep from TraeeEzi also told us, "We always monitor the consumer reviews of all businesses. This makes us able to quality check our businesses from real job experiences, not just licenses and qualifications." Insurance: Businesses with the 'Verified' badge have had the validity of their licenses, public liability insurance and ABN confirmed.   TradeEzi Mobile App Allows People to Post Jobs and Get Quotes 2017-01-21T17:24:57Z tradeezi-mobile-app-allows-people-to-post-jobs-and-get-quotes TradeEzi Australia is one of the biggest online marketplaces connecting consumers with tradesmen and companies. The company has its very own mobile app that can be downloaded on both iPhone and Andorid based smart phones. TradeEzi simplifies the task of finding a tradesperson. You can make the tradies come to you by posting your job through the app. Tradespeople reply with a quote or request for inspection, and you can review each person's qualifications and feedback from previous jobs. The TradeEzi App is not one that complicates the process of finding and hiring a services provider. With features like message alert the job poster will receive an alert once someone has responded to the job posting. Wait a couple of hours and you should have enough responses to compare from and make a good choice. What’s more you can call the tradesman to check if they are able to provide emergency services in a span of 30 mins or so depending on the severity of the situation. TradeEzi has 25+ job categories ranging from plumbing, electricians, painters, gardeners, flooring, roofing, locksmiths, appliance repairs, fencing contractors and many more. So if you happen to be looking for gas fitters Sydney or plumbers in Sydney and want contractors to contact you instead of you calling 5-10 service providers and asking for prices, availability, job references etc then this mobile app is just what you need. On average basis every job posted receives three to eleven quotes saving time and money for wastes phone calls and visits.The TradeEzi App allows you to say what you need fixed once and reach many service providers! No more hanging on the phone, waiting for calls back or searching through books and webpages. Just keep your TradeEzi app handy for the next time you need something done – and off you go!TradeEzi services Sydney, NSW and the surrounding suburbs in Australia. Quotes vary and the to use TradeEzi is entirely free. For more information, visit www.tradeezi.com.au/find/Plumber/NSW/SydneyContact Address1 Farrer PlaceLevel 23 suite 1DSydney NSW 2000Ph: 1300883424 TradeEzi Expands Through Mobile App 2017-01-18T05:54:30Z tradeezi-expands-through-mobile-app TradeEzi, an online marketplace connecting consumers with tradespeople and companies, is joining the technology hub by expanding their reach via iOS and Android. The app is not just a way to plan for future growth, but to put TradeEzi at more consumer fingertips.TradeEzi is always looking for ways ensure better customer service outcomes. The app follows a simplified design of the website with the same great features and capabilities to find a job or find a company to do the job consumers need. On top of offering over 28,000 service providers in 800 categories, TradeEzi is helping consumers get things done while being on the go. It alleviates having to be at home behind a computer to hire or find a job and allows customers to receive quotes and get the job done.TradeEzi offers popular services such as plumbers Brisbane, gas fitter Perth, electrical work, tiling, deck and gardening companies and much more without consumers having to pay a single cent. Agreeing to an inspection, keeping contact information private and opting to cancel the job are all at the tip of consumer fingertips with the app. In addition, each posted job receives three to seven quotes saving time shopping around and money for wasted visits.TradeEzi services Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart etc and people can find services for every suburbs in Australia. Quotes vary and the to use TradeEzi is entirely free. For more information, visit www.tradeezi.com.au. TradeEzi Enlists What to Look for in a Plumber 2016-12-27T08:09:53Z tradeezi-enlists-what-to-look-for-in-a-plumber Every one of us may need the services of a painter, plumber, electrician etc from time to time. Sometime back when you urgently need a plumber in Brisbane you may have searched the internet to find someone that is close to your residential area and has great reviews from past customers.TradeEzi makes it a lot easier to search, find, compare quotes and select plumbers in Brisbane because this trade directory has an entire section on the site that enlists top plumbers in Brisbane and the surrounding areas. TradeEzi says, “We at TradeEzi understand that finding painters, electricians, plumbers, gas fitters, flooring services is not always easy and that is why today we are happy to tell you how you can find one with ease.”Search the internet and look up the best trade and handyman service directories. Once you have made a note of the contact number you can start calling them. Before you even agree for them to come and see what work you need doing, however, you need to get a few things straight over the phone. The TradeEzi suggests you:• Do not hesitate to ask for how long the plumber has been in business, does the plumber Brisbane have a license. It’s also important to check if the license is expired or not. • Ask the plumber for some references; be sure that references should be of their most recent work and of people in the same city.• Check whether or not they have insurance to cover your property (and that of your neighbours).• Ask whether their work is guaranteed, and if so, whether the guarantee is insurance-backed - meaning that if they go out of business the work is still covered.• It is important that you check whether or not the Brisbane plumber you are thinking of hiring is a member of a professional trade body such as the Institute of Plumbing or the Association of Plumbers and Heating Contractors (APHC). Organisations such as the Institute of Plumbing or the Association of Plumbers and Heating Contractors require members to stick to a code of practice and offer recourse if anything goes wrong. These are some of the important points to consider when planning hiring a plumber in Brisbane. If you are looking for one then you should visit www.tradeezi.com.au/find/plumber/qld/brisbane TradeEzi – Filling People’s Need to Find Expert Plumbers, Gas Fitters in Sydney 2016-12-19T04:57:37Z tradeezi-filling-people-s-need-to-find-expert-plumbers-gas-fitters-in-sydney Trade and handyman online directories may be a dime a dozen, but TradeEzi has measures of success that puts them ahead of the crowd. Most people now look up the internet to find services like painters, electricians, plumbers, gas fitters, flooring services and others so it becomes all the more important for tradesmen to have their services listed on top trade directories.TradeEzi is a 100% Australian owned and operated company. As an emerging trade directory TradeEzi has already made quite a name for itself and the company is expanding its services so that more people can find services they need in their local area. This is significant because what most other directories will give you is business names, addresses and contact details for tradesmen and handymen in major cities and surrounding suburbs but with TradeEzi you can literally find servicemen by just entering the pin code and the service category and you’ll get a list of painters, fencing companies, electricians, gardeners, flooring maintenance, roofing companies and plumbers in Sydney and the surrounding areas.While TradeEzi claims to have 28,000 businesses Australia wide listed on its site be rest assured only the best services are seen on their directory. This is because does not allow services to register and list on their directory without verifying their credentials. In some cases TradeEzi might ask for license number, ABN number and other details to ensure that only great services offers services at affordable costs are featured on their directory.Another stand out feature of TradeEzi is that people can use the site to not just find services but can even as for quotes from service companies that you feel fit your requirements and you need to know more about their availability for your project, their hourly costs or service costs.With the added convenience of calling in no obligation quotes and comparing quotes TradeEzi is definitely a top place to find tradesmen and handyman services. To find your next plumber in Sydney or gas fitter in Sydney visit www.tradeezi.com.au/find/Plumber/NSW/Sydney TradeEzi Business Directory Helping Gas Fitters and Plumbers in Sydney Connect Directly with Service Seekers 2016-09-15T07:16:43Z tradeezi-business-directory-helping-gas-fitters-and-plumbers-in-sydney-connect-directly-with-service-seekers There are many online service directories in Australia that are catering to the ever growing need for finding reasonable yet quality home repair services online. TradeEzi is in that sense somewhat different, the online service allows only 3-5 service providers to be listed per category and that means the best qualified services providers make the grade. TradeEzi as the same suggests makes it easy for people to find plumbers, gas fitters, electricians, gardeners, fence builders, etc in their local areas. TradeEzi ensures that only the best quality service providers make it to their service directory and takes up a rigorous process of evaluation to determine whether or not the person/company stands up to the standards that people visiting their online service directory demand. Thanks to this, many small and medium businesses have been able to tap into new customers and increase sales. One of the main problems of having real service enquires online is that people do not like to waste a lot of time browsing service profiles and if in a couple minutes they cannot find a reasonably good handyman or plumber or electrician they might just shun the search altogether. As a business owner, how do you ensure those visitors keep browsing and eventually turn into customers? The first step is to make available the best troubleshooters and that's what TradeEzi has worked hard on. The company assures visitors that not only would they find quality and reliable plumbers Sydney or blocked drains Sydney service but the service providers will be prompt in their services and at a reasonable cost. The reason why TradeEzi is right up there with the big boys in the Australian online service providers industry is because unlike many of the other similar online portals this company does a thorough background check on services listed on its site. Moreover, the company will check other aspects like license, service area covered and more before visitors can find the service providers details on their website www.tradeezi.com.au If you're someone looking for a company that offers emergency electrician or same day painters or flooring services then TradeEzi is a great online source to start and find the service you need. AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Forklift with a difference 2016-06-06T01:16:55Z safe-work-australia-s-award-for-good-design-goes-to-a-forklift-with-a-difference Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Materials Handling device with a difference Creativity, innovation and design has come together, winning Makinex Construction Products’ Powered Hand Truck Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design last weekend. The revolutionary machine, the Powered Hand Truck, replaces the need for a forklift and has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries in the workplace. The Makinex Powered Hand Truck is a universal materials handling solution that enables one person to safely lift and load small equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads. The inaugural Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design was selected from finalists across all categories in the 2016 Good Design Awards. Makinex were presented with their award as part of the 2016 Good Design Awards ceremony on 27 May 2016. Since using the Powered Hand Truck, Australian company Kennard’s Hire has seen a significant decrease in shoulder and back injuries. It has become an indispensible piece of equipment in Kennards Hire across Australia and New Zealand. “A focus on health and safety in design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace. Good work design can radically transform the workplace in ways that benefit the business, workers, clients and others in the supply chain.” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter. “Makinex is about making inefficiencies extinct, where the name itself comes from this driving force. Makinex strives towards continuous improvement by looking close at it’s business to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”, says CEO Rory Kennard, who plays an instrumental part in the design and development of many of Makinex’s products. Makinex is an Australian owned private company that have been experts in the design, development and distribution of innovative products since 2004, providing solutions to the construction, landscaping, equipment hire, infrastructure and related industries. With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets with offices in Los Angeles, and a global dealer network they have a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing exponential growth, particularly in its own line of designed and manufactured products. “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. Watch the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here ENDS For further information, hi-res images and interviews please contact: Amy Dowd | Rhetoric Communications|0420 979 187| amy@rhetoriccommunications.com Makinex Makinex seeks to make an impactful difference on the global construction industry through the provision of truly unique and innovative Australian designed quality products. http://www.makinex.com.au/ Retriever Prepare Automates Pre-Planning for Field Technicians to Finish the Job the First Time 2016-04-06T22:34:50Z retriever-prepare-automates-pre-planning-for-field-technicians-to-finish-the-job-the-first-time Sydney, NSW April 7, 2016 – Retriever Communications, a global provider of mobile workforce automation, today announced Retriever Prepare, a project management solution that integrates with in field scheduling and mobile delivery, to help businesses provide a seamless experience from the initial work order appointment booking right through to the on-site project completion. Created for telecommunications, utilities and a range of other industries that manage multi-stage work orders/projects, Retriever Prepare improves efficiency and productivity by eliminating the need for manual or excel-based pre-planning processes that often result in disconnect between customers, appointment makers, dispatchers and field technicians. Retriever Prepare serves as an additional module to Retriever’s current mobile field worker management Barking Suite Solutions. End-user friendly and practical, specific features included: Appointment Management • User friendly web portal to manage customer appointment slots • Information about technician (including sub-contractors) availability and schedule coordination integrated into appointment management solution • Easier scrutiny of organizational compliance • Mobile Apps to allow easy input from field workers regarding availability and certification Job planning • Manage tasks requiring completion prior to job commencement (e.g. pre-scope inspections or parts order) • Management of job planning processes for improved productivity and higher quality outcomes • Track and record all pre-job task activities, access full audit history Retriever’s industry partner ISGM, a provider of integrated workforce management solutions and a co-author of Retriever Prepare, will deploy the new solution later this year for clients where it will deliver higher quality outcomes.  . “Current pre-planning processes can be costly and disjointed at a systems level. This new approach is holistic by enabling a seamless workflow from first customer touch to delivery and completion of the service,” said Jonathan Field, CEO of ISGM. “Retriever’s Prepare is another piece in solving the field service puzzle,” said Mary Brittain-White, CEO, Retriever Communications. “We are offering businesses a pre-planning automation solution that is configurable so technicians arrive at a customer or asset site, with the right equipment and armed with the information needed to finish the job the first time.” To learn more about Retriever visit http://retrievercommunications.com About Retriever Communications Retriever Communications has been providing field force automation technology internationally since 1996. Privately-held with corporate headquarters in Sydney, Australia and North American headquarters in Houston, Texas. Retriever’s wireless field solutions improve productivity and automate data collection processes for companies with field operations - operators to service companies in energy, petroleum, and utility industries. Retriever Communications is a Frost & Sullivan Entrepreneurial Company of the Year award winner in the category of Industrial Mobility and Gartner Field Service Management Magic Quadrant participant. About ISGMISGM is a leading Australian services company providing advisory and workforce management services through its strategy, systems and operations capabilities with annual turnover approaching A$500 million and a workforce of over 4,500 people. The business was founded in 2010 with the objective of establishing a better, more productive service delivery model for companies to engage their own or an outsourced workforce to deliver last mile services. Spot On Carpet and Tile Cleaning Emerges as the First Choice for Carpet Cleaning Service 2016-03-25T05:15:02Z spot-on-carpet-and-tile-cleaning-emerges-as-the-first-choice-for-carpet-cleaning-service Carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, mattress cleaning and rug cleaning; these cleaning jobs are best left to experts. In trying to save money by hand washing or using other home cleaning methods one might end up damaging the colors or material. Spot On Carpet and Title Cleaning is the leading cleaning and pest control company on the Gold Coast. The company has earned the reputation of offering the best services at affordable prices making them the first choice for cleaning services with hundreds of customers. The company is a one stop shop for everything you can think about in terms cleaning particularly when it comes to carpet cleaning.There are different types of carpet cleaning methods and Spot On Carpet and Title Cleaning makes use of the best methods that are both safe and get the job done without the risk of any damage to the carpet threads or other material. That is important because most people would trust a company they have hired and go with what the carpet cleaning company recommends. Spot On Carpet and Tile Cleaning’s approach is to examine what type of cleaning is needed for a particular carpet. If its basic cleaning then they will let the customer know and do it at the lowest price possible. In case there are stains, spots or pet spots on the carpet and the carpet is in a rather shabby condition then the company will take the carpet to the cleaning center and use steam cleaning methods or pressure cleaning Gold Coast where in the carpet is washing using pressure cleaning so that the carpet is made free of dust and other particles that have accumulated on the carpet over the period of time.This is the reason why this company has emerged as the first choice Gold Coast carpet cleaning company. The company takes every job seriously and guarantees 100% customer satisfaction. The company offers their service in nearly 50 suburbs of the Gold Coast area including Benowa, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Bonogin, Broadbeach, Gaven and Eagle Heights to name a few.So the next time you need rug cleaning, upholstery cleaning Gold Coast or couch cleaning remember to call Spot on Carpet and Tile Cleaning at 0417 564 412About Spot on Carpet and Tile CleaningSpot on Carpet and Tile Cleaning is a mattress cleaning Gold Coast, upholstery cleaning, rug cleaning, carpet cleaning and pest control company located on the Gold Coast, QLD and services the entire region on the Gold Coast. The company has trained professionals who will deliver you the best experience in cleaning and pest control services.Contact DetailsPO Box 5239 GCMC,QLD9726Phone - 0417 564 412Website - www.spotoncarpetandtilecleaning.com.au Terrorism Impacts Global Supply Chain 2016-03-23T23:39:02Z 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    Don’t bank on a pay rise in 2016 new report warns 2016-03-16T23:13:38Z don-t-bank-on-a-pay-rise-in-2016-new-report-warns Sydney, 17 March 2016: Despite consumer and business confidence trending up, most employers (79 per cent) do not plan to offer wage increases in 2016 and of the 21 per cent who will, the majority (57 per cent) will offer modest increases between 2 and 5 per cent, the 2016 Adecco Employment and Talent Report has found. Performance, local economic conditions and competition for talent (86 per cent) are the major influencers for employers considering wage rises while aligning wage rises with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has lost favour with just (14 per cent) using it as a reason for increases. Nor is it surprising that employee disengagement is costing the national economy $54.8 billion annually with the report showing 76 per cent of Australian workers are in two minds about their jobs or worse still, are completely disengaged. “It is well documented that disengaged workers are less profitable, less loyal, less safe, less innovative and less likely to stay,” Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing at the Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand said. “This report clearly shows that employers need to address common pitfalls like lack of direction, relying too heavily on pay as a motivator, not recognising achievements or ignoring career progression and consider ways to enhance employee engagement. These could include articulating the organisation’s values, fostering behaviours that align with these values, showing gratitude, emphasising the positives and understanding what inspires their employees,” she added. The report also found that better opportunity (46 per cent) is the major reason employees leave an organisation, followed by salary (20 per cent) and lack of career (progression) 14 per cent. Flexible hours (43 per cent), and education and training (34 per cent) continue to be the key benefits while bonuses remain popular (20 per cent). And if you are young and unemployed you probably need to lower your salary expectations as 21 per cent of employers attribute youth unemployment to high salary expectations and 15 per cent to lack of experience. Moreover, with new generation, come new expectations. Work life balance (65 per cent), salary (54 per cent) and the opportunity to grow (51 per cent) seem to be the key motivators for candidates seeking a new role. “Tomorrow’s workplace will be very different to the workplace today. It will evolve into a mixed environment where workers can relax and play. We are already seeing the seeds of this change. Organisations such as KPMG and IBM have adopted activity-based workplaces that are designed to heightened transparency and creativity. Employers are turning their minds as to how best manage a multigenerational workforce and employees will continue to strive for better work/live balance,” Lindsey Monroe Ruth concluded. Ends/ More information on Adecco Group: www.adecco.com For further information, please contact: Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand LindseyMonroe.Ruth@adecco.com.au or +61 425 203 033 OR Louise Nealon, Callidus PR louise@calliduspr.com or + 61 2 9283 4114 About the Adecco Group The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 32,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting around 700,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company. Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). First company certified by BSI Australia to revised Quality Management standard 2016-03-09T01:56:27Z 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. Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing 2016-02-24T07:05:17Z professionals-in-the-construction-sector-and-every-day-australians-have-a-lot-to-lose-from-the-proposed-changes-to-negative-gearing 24/2/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing With the federal budget set for release in May and the federal election set for the latter part of 2016, reducing the deficit is high on the agenda. With a raise in GST now off the agenda, proposed changes to tax depreciation schedules is currently being discussed in order to return to surplus. With tax depreciation often forming a large part of those working in the built environment and associated industries such as Quantity Surveying, proposed changes in legislation could have a high impact on industry and every-day Australians including: Construction Cost Managers; Building and Engineering Economists; Financial, Resource and Contractual Managers; Dispute Resolution Professionals; Quantification of Material and Labour Professionals; and Every-day Australian looking to invest or rent property. "The building and construction sector is currently playing a big role in re-balancing the Australian economy due to the retraction currently being experienced in the mining sector. With demand in Asia slowing and the cost of oil, mining and gas at significant lows, the building and construction sector is currently helping to stabilise Australia’s economy." The proposed changes could have a big impact on the demand for tax depreciation schedules that poses a risk of lower investment in infrastructure and construction by industry and could therefore limit the jobs available for every-day Australians. Every-day Australian’s will also be impacted by this change if implemented. Without investors being able to fund losses through negatively gearing their property, the average person may see a rise in rent; due to this increased cost no longer available to be offset through tax depreciation schedules. The current Government is considering a cap on deductions, which will include deductions on rental properties. If the Coalition wins and deductions are capped (the plan is to cap work related deductions and rental property deductions to a percentage of the taxpayer’s income), then there will also be a reduction in the need for tax depreciation schedules. If elected, Labor is promising to remove negative gearing from all purchased buildings (excluding new buildings) from 1 July 2017. Under the Labor model, if the interest costs, rates, management fees on the rental property washes out most or all the rent, a tax depreciation schedule is no longer required as deductions cannot go above rent - therefore it cannot be negatively geared. AIQS will be actively lobbying and liaising with both parties, in order to highlight the impact these policy positions will have on the Quantity Surveying profession. For more information, contact Lee Edmondson (AIQS Marketing & Communications Manager) on (02) 8234 4004 or ledmondson@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute is a national organisation with Chapters and Divisions in all States and Territories. It also has a strong overseas membership and is the Australian peak body to the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). A diverse range of professionals in the Building and Construction industry are part of the AIQS Institute, including high-level ‘decision makers’ at Director and Executive level, Business Owners and Managers, through to young cadets, students and graduates. Associated industries to Quantity Surveyors include; Cost Planners, Cost Estimators, Project Managers, Developers, Building and Professional Services. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au Industrial Pumps: Keeping the Environment Clean 2016-02-17T03:14:20Z industrial-pumps-keeping-the-environment-clean Perth, WA, 17 February 2016 - Pumps are an essential part of the environmental industry. So are compressors and blowers. A blower is basically what happens when the principles of a pump are applied backwards and used for air or gases. Recently, on his company blog, owner Mike Hurlbatt of Pump Solutions Australasia, a respected importer of pumps in Australia, provided a short guide to the uses of pumps in the environmental industry.The post covered the more popular uses for pumps, blowers and compressors in the environmental industry. Environmental Applications of Blowers and CompressorsPond AerationA combination of compressors and diffusers is used to pump oxygen-rich air into ponds and lakes. This increases the oxygen concentration of the pond and helps to slow the stagnation process. They are also used to increase the oxygen in waters where fish are not receiving enough oxygen to live. The perfect example is the little aerator on a fish tank.Sewage AerationCompressors and diffusers are used for sewage the same way they are in ponds, lakes and fish tanks. When sewage is oxygenated, it provides an environment in which aerobic microorganisms thrive. This allows them to create gases out of sewage. The compressors and diffusers can be adjusted to provide maximum exposure of the sewage to microorganisms.Biogas ProductionWhen the aeration process is applied to sludge tanks and clarifying tanks, it produces biogas. Landfill Gas RecoveryLandfill gas is the result of the “digestion” of garbage. A collection system gathers the gas, which is removed and compressed. The end product is used for liquefied gas or heating fuel.Water Treatment Plant ApplicationsWater treatment involves many phases. Consequently, many different types of pumps are used in water treatment plants. Pumps used for sewage applications are usually referred to as sewage pumps. The most common sewage pumps are centrifugal pumps, followed in popularity by submersible water pumps.Centrifugal PumpsCentrifugal pumps are so popular in water treatment facilities because they are easily maintainable and easy to operate due to a simple design. They are known for a wide range of capacity and a smooth flow rate. They work great with low viscosity fluids and high flow rates. They employ the suction process to draw water into impellers, where the kinetic energy is turned to hydrodynamic energy.Submersible Water PumpsIn the beginning stages, sewage and slurries are usually transported by submersible water pumps. Submersible water pumps are so named because the motor and power cord are hermetically sealed, keeping water out. This makes them suitable for underwater use.Miscellaneous UsesAccording to Mr Hurlbatt: “There are plenty of other industrial and environmental uses for pumps. Whenever liquids, slurries or gases need to be transported, there is usually a pump making it happen.”Pump Solutions Australasia imports pumps from around the world into Australia for a wide range of industrial, medical and residential applications. They are known for importing from the finest manufacturers in the world, ensuring high performance, low maintenance and minimal downtime. Their customer service staff is friendly and knowledgeable. To learn more or to place an order, call 1300 793 418 or visit their website: http://www.psa-pumps.com.au/.