The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-07-16T06:31:28Z Helping thousands of Victorians with their home building and renovation projects. 2019-07-16T06:31:28Z helping-thousands-of-victorians-with-their-home-building-and-renovation-projects Australia’s longest running building and renovation event, The Melbourne Home Show, is set to inspire and assist thousands of Victorian homeowners, builders, renovators and local trade over three days from 16 - 18 August at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, South Wharf. With over 250 leading brands under one roof, The Melbourne Home Show will be packed to the rafters with the latest building products, kitchens and cabinetry, bathroom fixtures and fittings, heating and cooling, interior and outdoor solutions, free seminars and expert advice! Visitors will be inspired to ‘live a little’ as they take a walk down the inaugural Tiny Houses Expo, where the latest compact and tiny homes will be on display. Whether you’re on the hunt for a cost-effective new home, looking to reduce your carbon footprint, tight on space or simply on the search for a simpler life, a stroll through the Tiny House Expo is sure to inspire. For those looking for outdoor inspiration, a visit to the Open Garden designed by Full Potential Landscapes and FormBoss, is a must. With a theme of Australian Made and Built to Last, the garden display is energy efficient, water conscious, spacious and smart. With flowing lines, this practical and functional design adheres to Australian climates and conditions and will showcase just how you can utilise Australia’s best in your backyard. Visitors can also learn to bring their bathroom to life or create their dream cooks kitchen with a FREE 20-minute design consultation with one of the Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute’s very best designers at the KBDi Ask an Expert hub. Visitors are encouraged to bring their plans and design ideas for a personalised consultation with the experts. Pre-bookings can be made online and walk-ups are welcome. Find new products, great savings and the biggest names in renovating and building including Australian Outdoor Living, Bora, BlockOut Blinds, Clover Kitchens, European Kitchen Group, Melbourne Polytechnic, Mondella, NextGEN Decking, Spa World, Stratco, Tesla, Vergola, Victoria Government and more. Discount tickets are available to purchase online at melbournehomeshow.com.au. Kids under 14 are free. - ENDS - For all media enquiries, interviews, images, media passes and promotions, please contact: Alana Hawthorne - Marketing Manager 03 9276 5539 | alanahawthorne@eea.net.au Place-Advisor Provides a Unique New Business Directory for Consumers 2019-07-15T04:12:44Z place-advisor-provides-a-unique-new-business-directory-for-consumers It’s not just visitors to Australia that need assistance to locate the products and services. Local residents also need help to discover new businesses. The launch of Place-Advisor alleviates the frustrating and time consuming effort of searching a multitude of websites, providing a one-stop resource for finding businesses in multiple categories. Individuals can search from among over 650,000 Australian businesses from a single, convenient online venue when they need to locate restaurants, places of interest, and local services. People can search cities small and large, multiple states and territories, and 90 service categories. Each entry includes a phone number, address, directions, and reviews. The Australian business directory provides an easy and expedient way to locate gyms, spas, and health services for fitness and pampering. When an illness or injury occurs, the online directory can help find physicians, dentists and hospitals, along with pharmacies, and physiotherapists. Individuals can also locate veterinarians when family pets required care. Individuals searching amusements for a family outing can find waterparks, aquariums, stadiums, and bowling alleys, along with museums for those that prefer quieter cultural pursuits. It’s also easy to find Australia companies for parks or movie rentals for a rainy day activity. An extensive range of eateries are featured for fast food or fine dining opportunities. Australia has a myriad of venues in which to experience local nightlife that includes bars and nightclubs, or liquor sales to spend a relaxing evening at home. With Place-Advisor’s Australian local search, anyone can easily locate cafes, bakeries, meal take-out and deliveries. Place-Advisor provides Australian business owners with the means to highlight their products and services to local customers and visitors. The directory helps individuals find an ATM, lodging, contractors and car repairs, lawyers and local government officials in an increasingly busy and competitive business environment. Media Contact Place-Advisor Phone: (07) 31446707 Address: 13 Pademelon CCT North Lakes Queensland – 4509 Website: http://place-advisor.com CNH Industrial announces new structure for Australian ag machinery market 2019-07-15T02:37:30Z cnh-industrial-announces-new-structure-for-australian-ag-machinery-market Hi Prominent ag machinery brands Case IH and New Holland have a new man at the helm with the appointment of Brandon Stannett to a new position as CNH Industrial Agriculture Segment Leader for Australia/New Zealand. Brandon has been leading CNH Industrial Capital for Australia/New Zealand for the past four years, providing a robust knowledge of the local market and existing relationships with the Case IH and New Holland teams. “Taking a fresh look at our engagement with both dealers and customers will be a priority. The local ag sector has had more than its share of challenges in recent times, so the time is right to refocus and re-invigorate our approach to products, services and support, together with business and network efficiencies,” he said. A release is attached on the appointment, along with an image of Brandon, and for further information or interview requests, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ CAPTION: Brandon Stannett has taken on a new role heading up the Case IH and New Holland brands. MEDIA RELEASE CNH Industrial announces new structure for Australian ag machinery market CNH Industrial has announced a restructure of its agricultural machinery business in Australia and New Zealand, with the appointment of a new leader across both the Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands. Brandon Stannett has been appointed the Managing Director – Agriculture, Australia and New Zealand, assuming responsibility for CNH Industrial’s Agriculture Segment from Michele Lombardi, in a new position created as part of a global restructure announced in January. At that time CNH Industrial revealed changes to its organisational structure across the five segments of its operations, in a bid to become closer to its customers, streamline decision-making processes and encourage faster and more market-focused innovations. Brandon has been leading CNH Industrial’s captive finance business in Australia and New Zealand for the past 4 years, which he said offered the advantage of a strong knowledge of the local market when it came to his new role. “It’s certainly an advantage already knowing the Case IH and New Holland Agriculture teams and having those existing relationships, and I look forward to the opportunities this new structure offers both brands, our dealers and our customers,” he said. “Taking a fresh look at our engagement with both dealers and customers will be a priority. The local Ag sector has had more than its share of challenges in recent times, so the time is right to refocus and re-invigorate our approach to products, services and support, together with business and network efficiencies. “CNH Industrial, through our Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands, are global leaders in the agricultural equipment and products sector and are always looking to the future with advances such as automation, connectivity and alternative fuels that will be the foundations for the next generation of advances in farm productivity and efficiency. This restructure has come about because our industry is experiencing a period of accelerated change – automation and digital technology being key examples – so we need to make the changes that will secure our reputation for innovation and excellence into 2020 and beyond. “I’m privileged to be leading this process across Australia and New Zealand for CNH Industrial and know that we have the teams in place with the knowledge, passion and foresight to make some real differences where it matters: innovative products and market-leading agricultural solutions.” Brandon has a strong financial background, working in senior roles in some of Australia’s largest banks, and founding a financial consultancy practice and leasing business, before joining CNH Industrial. Teksmobile Participates In Rise Conference 2019 2019-07-11T07:38:45Z teksmobile-participates-in-rise-conference-2019-1 The largest tech conference in Asia is back in Hong Kong. The much-anticipated 4-day Rise Conference kicked off on the 8th of July at the Hong Kong Exhibition Center. Teksmobile - a global leader in custom software development - is taking part in the conference. The Teks team at Rise Conference 2019 is being headed by Eric Junsu Kang, the COO of Teksmobile Korea. In an exclusive interview, Eric expressed his excitement at the excellent networking opportunities at the Rise Conference. This year, the number of registrations and visitors have been higher than ever before, and there are ample scopes to meet up with like-minded business peers. This event serves as a top-notch platform for startups from all around the globe to showcase their expertise - and the Teks team is primed to present the company’s position as a worldwide innovation leader. The Night Summit events at this year’s Rise Conference will be particularly beneficial from a business perspective, opined a senior member from the Teksmobile team. A large contingent of full-stack developers are expected to be in attendance in these sessions, along with many software and tech engineers, and industry decision-makers. Over the four days of the event, Team Teks is set to get a lot of chances to seamlessly exchange information and learn the latest trends, updates, tools usage and strategies related to the technology sector. The extensive coverage of the Rise Conference is one of the biggest factors behind its huge popularity. At this year’s edition, Eric and his team have already come across professionals from diverse business sectors - right from automation technology and data science, to finance, artificial intelligence (AI), and other domains. The world of technology is in a constant state of flux - and newer, trickier challenges are coming up on a regular basis. At the Rise Conference, these global challenges will be deliberated upon in detail. As an industry leader in mobile app development, Teksmobile is always on the lookout to keep a tab on the latest industry developments - and Rise Conference is a great platform for that. This year’s Rise Conference will be attended by a series of noted speakers - like Twich’s Kevin Lin, Uber’s Thuan Pam, Razer’s Min-Liang Tan, Spotify’s Cecilia Qvist and others. They will be sharing their industry experiences and presenting use cases to the large contingent of business delegates at the show. The Teksmobile Korea team will be attending several of these sessions - and the senior app developers are looking forward to gaining valuable knowledge. In all, Rise Conference 2019 will witness attendees from well over 100 countries - and more than 70% of the visitors will be from the senior management level. This is well and truly a high-profile technology conference. Some of the biggest names in the industry - from Google to AWS, and from KPMG to Cathay Pacific - are participating as exhibitors at this year’s Rise Conference. Eric and his colleagues will get the chance to check out a range of breakthrough innovative tech solutions, showcased by these companies. That, in turn, will help the team to integrate the latest tech solutions, and improve their software development services further. Over the last couple of quarters, Teksmobile has been actively involved in augmented reality-based solutions, IoT development, and event technology. The team of developers at Rise Conference 2019 has already obtained many key insights related to this field, during the first two days of the event. Eric is quietly confident of getting more value out of the event, and implementing the learnings in the best possible manner.  Given the fact that more than 700 leading journalists, including representatives from Bloomberg, BBC and The Economist, will be present here, the event serves as an ideal platform for Team Teks to amplify its reach and gain just the right sort of business exposure. Rise Conference lives up to its billing as one of the best events for startups - with the opportunities for reaching out to a global audience, highlighting the latest products & services, and forging mutually beneficial business connections being excellent.  From education technology and precision agriculture, to event technology and AR/VR tools, Teksmobile has consistently offered up some of the most innovative tech products. Participation in Rise Conference 2019 will bolster its position as a global technology leader, feels Eric.  To know more about Teksmobile, click on http://www.teks.co.in. You can contact the global CEO - Mr. Hussain Fakhruddin - by dropping an email to hussain@teks.co.in. The entire Teks team was looking forward to participating in this year’s Rise Conference in Hong Kong, and they are indeed enjoying the experience. Rebranded specialty division reflects Honan’s strength in managing professional and executive risks 2019-07-07T23:44:46Z rebranded-specialty-division-reflects-honan-s-strength-in-managing-professional-and-executive-risks Honan Insurance Group’s (Honan) Head of Financial & Professional Risks Henry Clark has announced the specialist department has been rebranded to Professional and Executive Risks to better reflect the group’s strength, expertise and pro-active approach in supporting clients with market related issues and challenges such as Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance.   Commenting further on the announcement Henry Clark said the days of just rolling over the D&O insurance renewal is no longer an option as the sector continues to navigate a very challenging and dynamic market. Insurers applied heavy price increases across-the-board in 2018. This continued into 2019 as the number of claims and reported circumstances exceeded the total insurance premium pool by a significant margin.   “D&O is an exceptionally complicated insurance market with carriers responding assertively to claims pressure and continuing growth in securities class actions, litigation and the prospects of further action arising in 2019 and beyond”, said Henry Clark.   Once regarded as mainly being applicable to large listed entities, litigation costs arising from D&O exposures are now so great that D&O insurance has become a necessity for many businesses – regardless of size.    “The primary driver for the current hardening D&O market is the growth in securities class actions led by opportunistic law firms backed by litigation funders and predictions that further claims pressure will arise from the Hayne Royal Commission, privacy regulation, workplace health and safety and now the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety”, continued Henry Clark.   “As a result, upward pressure on D&O premiums will continue into 2019 and beyond as insurers leave the market resulting in the current pool becoming inadequate to cover increasing and expensive claims”.    This is going to be reality for the foreseeable future affirmed Henry Clark.   Although a challenging environment, there is still flexibility in the market, but only if the right messages are communicated – and strategies are needed to demonstrate to insurers that the D&O risk is being properly considered and mitigated.   Henry Clark said, “Honan’s Professional & Executive Risks team works proactively with clients by actively engaging in relevant education and alerting them to the changing insurance environment well in advance of cover renewal. The team then guide them to establish the most appropriate strategy to reduce the impact on premium and coverage.”   This includes –   - Providing Directors, the knowledge and tools to personally engage with senior management to set and manage D&O forecasts and expectations.   - Working with insureds to be proactive and commence the renewal process early, allowing time to address any surprises or consider strategies which may mitigate premium increases.   - Examining insurer selection, transparency, relationship management and adequately conveying the client’s individual risk profile in underwriter presentations to help mitigate the prevailing market issues and assist the company to stand apart during this market correction.   “There’s no doubt that the changes and D&O premium increases has surprised many organisations. Honan will continue to work closely with D&O clients to assist them to navigate through the changes and placement of their cover”, concluded Henry Clark.   The Honan Professional and Executive risks team specialises in insurance for financial institutions, professional service firms and corporate organisations. The team of experts has decades of experience offering specific industry insight and placement experience for traditional and emerging risks.   Issued by Honan Insurance Group    www.honan.com.au   Media Enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd Tel:  +61 3 9324 0362     Mob:  +61 412 112 545     Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au   Bost Group Proudly Supports Mining Community Charities with Donation 2019-07-03T23:44:02Z bost-group-proudly-supports-mining-community-charities-with-donation Bost Group has proudly donated the R2900 Bucket to the Mining Legends Project. The project aims to completely rebuild a R2900G Loader through the donation of money, parts and labour. The rebuilt R2900G Loader will ultimately be sold outright to an end-buyer, with all proceeds going to Mining Community Charities, Miners Promise and Goldfields Esperance Community Trust. The Machine Rebuild will be undertaken by Worthy Parts – Industry Link Service Providers - across Australia, who aim to have all rebuild costs covered by donation. It is estimated that the project will potentially contribute up to $1,000,000 to charities and organizations related to the welfare of mining communities and workers. Bost Group holds a passionate commitment to community causes and was quick to donate to this cause. ‘It is a cause that is close to our hearts at Bost Group’ explains Darren Newman, National Sales & Marketing Manager at Bost Group. “Part of our core values, working closely with the mining and construction industry, is a sense of responsibility and community service – not only to those who work in the industry - but their families as well.” Darren continues, “Bost Group is committed to supporting organizations and charities to help those in need, and to support mining communities in any way is an honour.” About Miners Promise Miners Promise is an independent, not-for-profit organization and charity established in 2010 to support resource sector employees and their immediate families impacted by workplace or non-workplace crisis event or death. They offer support in many ways, from emotional, financial and practical help for as long as they need it. About Goldfields Esperance Community Trust The Goldfields Esperance Community Trust is a charitable trust which provides small grants funding for not-for profit voluntary organizations, community groups and individuals in the Goldfields-Esperance region. They were established in 2012 and have been providing ongoing support for the Goldfields-Esperance not-for profit community ever since. About Bost Group Bost Group incorporates 6 divisions: Crush & Screen / Mining / Rental / Attach / Used / Support – to effectively service the mining, quarrying, earthmoving, infrastructure & construction, demolition, recycling & waste management industries. We provide Crush and Screen equipment, excavator equipment, underground buckets, refuge chambers and more both for sale and for hire. Beginning as a locally owned family business, Bost Group has continued to grow and retain strong relationships with clients through their loyal workforce. Their passionate industry specialists are committed to providing clients with safe, high-quality products, solutions and support. For more information, visit: www.bostgroup.com.au Trade Associates is Connecting Contractors, Builders and Tradespeople 2019-07-02T04:32:15Z trade-associates-is-connecting-contractors-builders-and-tradespeople-1 Professional contacts are essential in business. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an individual searching for employment or a business seeking project leads. Trade Associates was created to meet those needs, help tradespeople keep abreast of legislation changes, and assist with company management and scheduling through the company’s ERP portal. Trade Associates is a one-stop resource for those in all aspects of the construction trade. Individuals can upload their resume, locate training opportunities, and learn about new developments and legislation pertaining to the building trades. The online platform also provides a social forum for tradies and enables individuals to participate in group activities. The construction forum is particularly beneficial for small to medium-size businesses. Trade Associates business owner members can post positions they have to fill, have access to QBCC contracts, and the company’s ERP portal that encompasses HR resources, CRM and accounting, and an HR Project Management system that aids business owners control their companies and jobs. The construction industry is thriving and will be responsible for building the homes and structures that keep an economy growing. To accomplish that, small and medium-sized businesses must be able to compete and gain access to highly-qualified tradespeople. Trade Associates is helping to meet those goals. Free and paid memberships are available to accommodate a wide variety of needs. Trade Associates has multiple membership options for individuals that have completed their apprenticeship and business owners. Individuals can network and socialize, have access to a private and public social wall, a news feed, and question and answer forum. Individuals can also post their resume and search construction trade jobs.  Building contracts Australia are becoming more complex and Trade Associates provides an easy to use platform that offers solutions for many of the inequities and problems facing small construction business owners. The company is equally beneficial for tradespeople looking for contractors, builders seeking contractors, and contractors searching for paying contracts. About Trade Associates It’s our mission to strengthen the building industry through connecting with the right clients and builders and working hard at understanding standards and expectations. We create connections of reliability between builders/agents and contractors. Media Contact Trade Associates Phone: 9432 799 628 - Ben Phone: 07 5561 7888 – Office 8/18 Blanck Street Ormeau 4208, Queensland Website: www.tradeassociates.com.au Cardena announces partner appointment of Tom McDonald 2019-07-02T03:20:28Z cardena-announces-partner-appointment-of-tom-mcdonald Cardena Private Wealth* (Cardena) Managing Director Ray Djani has announced the appointment of Tom McDonald as a partner of the boutique wealth management and advisory firm.  In addition, Tom celebrates his tenth year of service with the group.    Commenting further, Ray Djani said Tom is an extremely well respected and highly regarded member of the Cardena advisory team.    “Since joining Cardena ten years ago Tom has distinguished himself by his dedication to continuous professional development and academic excellence.  Attributes he steadfastly regards as being essential for the delivery of the highest standards of professional client advice and ongoing service”, added Ray Djani.   The appointment aligns with Cardena’s overall growth strategy that foresees an increasing demand for financial advice by HNW clients, families, business owners and senior corporate executives.   “I’m delighted that my partnership appointment coincides with my tenth service anniversary", said Tom McDonald.    “I was initially attracted to Cardena by the opportunity to work alongside (and learn from) a highly regarded team of financial advisors with an impressive base of clients, but also a firm with a strong collaborative culture and exciting growth outlook for the future”.   “Our clients are successful people who are busy doing what they do best and I love helping them to achieve the things that are most important to them and their families I look forward to playing my part in a senior capacity utilising my expertise and experience to strengthen and expand Cardena’s client advisory business and marketplace offering.”   Tom’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Cardena as the organisation positions itself strategically for the future said Ray Djani.    “We are very fortunate that our clients are Cardena’s greatest advocates referring family, friends and business associates to our advisory business”, continued Ray Djani.    “Our objective going forward is to build on the relationships with Cardena clients – this includes sourcing alliance partners with complementary offers that will be relevant and of benefit to clients”.   “In addition, we will continue to focus on a program of managed and sustainable growth that includes increasing capacity and being a preferred advisory business for advisers seeking to join a team of advice professionals”.   *Cardena Private Wealth and its advisers are Authorised Representatives of Fortnum Private Wealth Ltd   ABN 54 139 889 535 AFSL 357306   ENDS   Issued by Cardena Private Wealth           www.cardena.com.au   Media Enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd Tel:  +61 3 9324 0362     Mob:  +61 412 112 545  Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au   Nongfu Spring Begins Partnership with Fédération Internationale de Natation for Upcoming International Swimming Competitions 2019-06-30T21:40:47Z nongfu-spring-begins-partnership-with-federation-internationale-de-natation-for-upcoming-international-swimming-competitions Prestigious Chinese bottled water supplier Nongfu Spring is proud to partner with the Fédération Internationale de Natation as the primary bottled water supplier for several upcoming international swimming competitions. The mutually beneficial agreement will see Nongfu Spring providing bottled water for the upcoming FINA World Championships in 2019 and 2021, FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2020 and 2022, the FINA/CNSG Diving World Series from 2019 to 2022, and the FINA Swimming World Cup from 2019 to 20122. Established in Hangzhou China in 1996, Nongfu Spring has built a reputation as sustainable bottled water pioneers in their home country and around the world. With state-of-the-art water production facilities throughout China, Nongfu Spring has developed quality, healthy drinking waters, juices, teas, and other natural beverages. With a commitment to natural water quality and sustainable water management, Nongfu Spring has worked alongside the Chinese government to protect and preserve the nation’s largest freshwater supplies. Founded in London in 1908, the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) is recognised as the governing body for international competitions in swimming, diving, high diving, water polo, synchronised swimming, and open water swimming. FINA contributes to the visibility and overall quality of competition in international water sports, heavily influencing the sports’ representation in the Olympic Games. Mrs. Zhong Xiaoxiao, vice president of Nongfu Spring, said of the brand’s partnership with FINA, “Through sponsoring FINA we hope Nongfu Spring can contribute to the further development of World Aquatics.” Negotiated by China Sports Media., Ltd. (CSM), the agreement FINA and Nongfu Spring has been aided by their shared commitment to the preservation of clean freshwater for future generations. For more information regarding Nongfu Spring’s new partnership with Fédération Internationale de Natation, click here: http://www.fina.org/news/pr-17-fina-and-nongfu-spring-partner-finas-top-tier-events Live-streaming is booming in China: How will it change the E-commerce industry? 2019-06-28T00:39:18Z live-streaming-is-booming-in-china-how-will-it-change-the-e-commerce-industry The liver-streamer who made such a great success is just the tip of the iceberg in the Chinese live-streaming industry, which has become a new e-commerce retail model that can make huge profits. The astounding market momentum from the Chinese e-commerce live-streaming industry has led to a ton of foreign enterprises to take advantage of this opportunity to enter the Chinese Market. The Lipstick Boy is just the tip of the iceberg in the Chinese live-streaming industry Austin Li (Li Jiaqi in Chinese) is a millennial young boy in China – he is a famous live-streamer who could test nearly 400 lipsticks per day during the live-streaming. Most products he introduced would be quickly sold out.  How strong is the sales ability of Li? His had the records of transaction volume amounted to 70 million yuan in a single live-streaming. During the live-streaming on women’s day in 2019, Li sold 7000 sets of facial masks, 30 thousand bottles of essence from an obscure local brand, and he even made the lipsticks he promoted sold out in 3 minutes.    Justin li is estimated to have the annual income of 15 million, ranks the third place in Taobao live broadcasting history.   How E-commerce Live-streaming Go Viral in China Not only Li has such astonishing sales performance, but there are also numerous talented live-streamer in China. Taobao Live created hundreds of billions of sales, with a target of 180 billion in 2019. Comparing with live-streaming e-commerce, the traditional e-commerce has lost its advantage gradually due to its simplex merchandise display mode and lack of social behaviour, although users can shop without leaving home, they still cannot have an augmented interactive shopping experience.   However, live-streaming take back the realistic and engaged interaction back to e-commerce now, that would solve the bottleneck of traditional e-commerce. That’s the reason why live streaming is in the spotlight, becoming a rapid growth retail mode in China. On Taobao, a leader in the trend, e-commerce live streaming generated a sales volume of RMB 100 billion in 2018, growing nearly 400% year-on-year based on the report of Yicai.com Financial Review.    PEdaily.cn stated Taobao's conversion rate of entering pertinent e-stores exceeded 65%, the number of daily live broadcasting exceeded 60,000 times in 2018. Eighty-one live-streamer earned more than 100 million-yuan GMV.     The director of the world's largest B2C platform Taobao’s content e-commerce department, Wen Zhong, claimed Taobao will invest more budget on the construction of live-stream virtual shopping rooms with an annual transaction value of RMB 100 million (around AUD 20 million) each. Live streaming is accelerating the e-commerce effect on traditional retail, bringing vary physical products of different categories online to the Chinese consumers.   Shopping Festival Can Be the Best Trigger Point Large shopping festivals such as “618 mid-year sales” hold significant potential for foreign businesses looking to sell their products in China. As an added bonus, shopping festivals stimulate the Chinese consumers’ incentive of shopping that have a great impact on the e-commerce industry as a whole. According to the Sina Technology’s report, the cumulative amount of orders placed by JD.com reached 180.9 billion yuan during “618 shopping festival” in 2019 that increased 14% compared with last year.    E-commerce in China is highly competitive and can be difficult for new participants to penetrate. Online shopping festivals provide an opportunity for foreign businesses to entice Chinese consumers, market themselves, and boost brand presence. The general manager Kevin Zhang from Australian marketing agency ConnectX indicated “We are the pioneer of Australia marketing industry who seizes the market opportunity… so this year’s mid-term shopping festival, we hold a live broadcast called “LIVE! Australia We Love” on 18thJune in Australia. Four influential KOLs we invited are the top live-streamer in Australia and New Zealand, some of them even won the Taobao Excellent Live-streamer Award.”    The live-streaming event held by ConnectX has taken off successfully. They cooperated with the leading brands of Australia and introduced the Australian best-seller products to the Chinese end-consumers; they offered enticing opportunities for foreign brands to raise brand awareness, market towards Chinese consumers, and achieve higher sales.    Zhang mentioned that this event was just a beginning…they are planning to corporate with Chinese top-tier KOLs like Austin Li to come to Australia to join their future events later this year. Foreign businesses would do well to study China’s e-commerce festivals. Detailed marketing strategies to navigate China’s competitive e-commerce landscape allow them to reach valuable consumers in a country where many are turning to e-commerce for all their shopping needs.         Zena Zhong| Media Executive M: 0426 688 015 W: www.sydneyconnectx.com E:  zena.zhong@sydneyconnectx.com   Master Painters Australia Victoria/Tasmania sets service delivery benchmark to a new level with i4Tradies 2019-06-27T09:03:31Z master-painters-australia-victoria-tasmania-sets-service-delivery-benchmark-to-a-new-level-with-i4tradies Melbourne, Australia, June 27, 2019 – (Press Release) Taking its commitment to excellence a step forward, MPA Victoria/Tasmania CEO Mark Amos has today announced to introduce a new Uber-Style end-to-end workflow management platform to MPA members aimed at streamlining their processes and deliver efficient, transparent, secure and compliant service, with real-time transparency and reports. “The growing demand for improved service delivery from customers is forcing tradespeople to seek professional support to help run their business glitch-free, “ says Amos. “Customers seek value for money and if their demands such as fast quoting, easy communication, transparent invoicing and license checks are met, they are not just likely to do business with the same company again but also spread the word, helping our members with increased business growth and profitability. That’s what i4Tradies promises to deliver.” i4Tradies founder Logan Nathan believes the app is capable of bringing a genuine point of difference for MPA members in how they run their business from day one. “Way too many hours are lost to paper-based inefficient back-office tasks taking a big chunk out of the day that could otherwise be spent on growing the business,” says Logan. “With better visibility on jobs, employees and customers, one-click scheduling and invoicing and a ready-to-review weekly profitability reports, imagine how much you could achieve in a day just by claiming back the lost hours.”   About Master Painters Australia Association Victoria/Tasmania Since its foundation over 100 years ago, Master Painters Australia has functioned as an independent representative for firms and individuals conducting business in the painting, decorating and signwriting trades. It is a non-profit employer association managed by a group of elected directors. Website: https://www.mpav.com.au Phone: (03) 9813 5922   About i4Tradies   Founded in 2016 to disrupt the status quo and shake the traditional ways in which Trades Services industry operates, a team of innovators walking in the Trades business owner's shoes day in and day out set out to deliver an unparalleled service delivery experiences for their customers, namely Trades Associations, Real Estate, Strata and Facilities Managers. i4Tradies is a Google Cloud Platform partner. Website: www.i4tradies.com.au Phone: 1800 i4Tradies (1800 448 723)   Epson Joins RBA, the World's Largest Industry Coalition Dedicated to CSR in Global Supply Chains 2019-06-26T23:50:08Z epson-joins-rba-the-world-s-largest-industry-coalition-dedicated-to-csr-in-global-supply-chains Epson has joined Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a global coalition dedicated to CSR in global supply chains. RBA is a nonprofit comprised of electronics companies committed to supporting the rights and wellbeing of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global supply chain. As a Regular Member, Epson commits to fully supporting the vision and goals of the RBA which is a global electronics industry that creates sustainable value for workers, the environment and business. The RBA’s mission is that members, suppliers and stakeholders collaborate to improve working and environmental conditions through leading standards and practices. Epson will comply to the RBA Code of Conduct in its own operations, progressively implementing the RBA approach and tools in the spirit of the industry's common goals.Epson also commits to progressively apply the RBA Code of Conduct to its first tier suppliers, to monitor its application to the best of its ability using RBA practices and tools, and to encourage and support its suppliers to do the same. According to its Management Philosophy, Epson seeks to become indispensable to its customers and society. The company believes that CSR is an essential component of this. In 2005, Epson established its Group Procurement Guidelines to inform its suppliers about its procurement activities and to enlist suppliers' cooperation in its CSR initiatives. Then, in April 2008, Epson established the Epson Supplier Code of Conduct, which is based on the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) (now the Responsible Business Alliance, or RBA) Code of Conduct. The Epson Group Procurement Guidelines reflect international imperatives. Going forward, Epson will further observe the RBA Code of Conduct and work with its suppliers to strengthen CSR supply chain initiatives. For more details about the RBA, please visit:https://www.responsiblebusiness.org/ AIR DRYER TREATMENT KEEPS THE WHEELS OF INDUSTRY TURNING 2019-06-26T11:54:26Z air-dryer-treatment-keeps-the-wheels-of-industry-turning Desiccant air dryers offer manufacturers a straightforward and economical way of protecting equipment, reducing maintenance costs and cutting their carbon footprint, says Oxair, an Australian specialist in gas separation for the international markets. For many industrial operations it is vital that pneumatic equipment is in an environment where the compressed air supply is clean and consistent. As well as affecting energy bills and production costs, contamination with water, dirt or dust can result in poor performance of equipment, breakdowns, corrosion of parts, failure of air cylinders and Solenoid valves as well as damage to air tools. Condensation and corrosion can disrupt manufacturing in various industrial sectors including food, beverages, pharmaceutical, offshore and aerospace. Suppliers like Oxair offer a range of compressed air dryers, alongside refrigerant dryers, to ensure that the air is as dry as needed. A typical desiccant air dryer pays for itself in less than a year by reducing and eliminating maintenance costs and downtime, making company operations more productive while having less impact on the environment by reducing transport emissions through service call-outs and the disposal of broken parts. Dry air keeps pneumatic equipment running at peak efficiency and extends the service life of air tools, motors and cylinders. Desiccant dryers pass compressed air through a pressure vessel with two ‘towers’ filled with an alumina desiccant bed. This is the material that adsorbs water from the air and the bed becomes saturated and is regenerated in the next cycle The dryer is timed to switch towers based on a standard timing cycle. During the drying cycle some compressed air is used to purge/dry the depressurised desiccant offline bed. Oxair’s desiccant air dryers are available in both electric and pneumatic control formats are PLC controlled with reliable HMI touch screen, the company also offers conversions on customers’ own air-drying equipment. Air flows can be achieved from 100 SCFM to 10,000 SCFM, with pressures from 100 psi to 500 psi. Certified lifting frames are available as well as the multi stage filtration system for maximum protection. AS-1210 or ASME V111 stamped pressure valves are available and the system has a super quiet muffler for noise control. Designed for consistent pressure dew points, -40°C to -60°C, Oxair’s desiccant air dryers eliminate water and freezing ice in low ambient temperatures. The system comes completely assembled, piped and wired with a full charge of activated alumina desiccant. The only thing that needs doing for operation is to hook the system up to the utilities. Ideal for pipeline maintenance and other offshore industries are the Prism Cactus® pc3010 Membrane Air Dryer, a cost-effective solution for ensuring a continuous stream of dry air on-site in a wide range of remote and harsh environments or High Pressure Desiccant Air Dryers with either a vertical or horizontal compressor. Oxair is focused on meeting exacting customer requirements, reliability, ease of maintenance, safety, and plant self-protection. It is a world leading manufacturer of gas process systems, for shipboard and land-based use to suit any requirement. For further information on Oxair’s products and services visit: www.oxair.com.au Allan Van Planning Offers Clarity and Insight for Development Projects 2019-06-26T04:05:46Z allan-van-planning-offers-clarity-and-insight-for-development-projects From amusement parks and gourmet dining to residential housing projects and community uses, town councils have their hands full ensuring that communities are balanced and account for the common good. Allan Van Planning specializes in assisting city councils in purchasing property, building projects, and making improvements that are beneficial for all. The company is town planner Gold Coast experts that offer a wide variety of services that include preparing planning reports on a specific site, planning advice when purchasing properties for potential development, or considering improvements on an existing site. Rules and regulations concerning land usage change more quickly than most people realize and Allan Van Planning provides accurate intelligence and advice on the likelihood of a project being approved. Specialists at Allan Van Planning meet with town planners to fully understand the type and scope of a project. The firm can offer clear insight for any town planner Brisbane, providing feasibility studies to demonstrate due diligence, along with the highest and best usage for properties. The agency also provides level of assessment determinations and aid in ascertaining if a property purchase will be appropriate for the desired usage. A knowledgeable representative from Allan Van Planning will attend a pre-lodgement meeting to ensure all the contents of a development application being submitted meets the pertinent standards, regulations and requirements. Town planning Gold Coast is highly complex. Allan Van Planning has expertise and experience in expediting project approval in the most economical way possible. It’s essential that companies have accurate information before launching any project. The boutique planning agency has experience with projects encompassing high-rise developments and subdivisions to cafes, children’s centres, and animal clinics, along with car washes, wrecking yards, and transportation hubs. A town planning committee requires the most accurate and up-to-date information available and Allan Van Planning provides that data. The firm is highly-experienced and provides consultations, can negotiate on clients’ behalf, and help with all aspects of permits, applications and compliance. Media Contact Allan Van Phone: 0418 312 724 Email: allan@allanvanplanning.com Daniel Ebert Phone: 0434 812 386 Email: Daniel@allanvanplanning.com 38 Park Road, Milton QLD 4064 Website: www.allanvanplanning.com.au Master Painters, Decorators and Sign Writers Association of Queensland joins hands with i4Tradies 2019-06-25T11:53:21Z master-painters-decorators-and-sign-writers-association-of-queensland-joins-hands-with-i4tradies Melbourne, Australia, June 25, 2019 – (Press Release) The i4Tradies app, powered by Uber-style cloud-based technology, will streamline workflows to help members deliver efficient, transparent, secure and compliant service, anytime, anywhere. The collaboration is in line with Master Painters Queensland’s core objectives to assist the interests of the members and their businesses guaranteeing professional standards of industry are upheld. “We are always on the lookout to secure meaningful industry partnerships that provide real-world, tangible benefits not just to our members, but also to the people that put their trust in us when hiring Master Painters. We believe our latest strategic collaboration with i4Tradies furthers our goal of encouraging highest standards of business practices and service delivery throughout the value chain,” said Christopher Munday, CEO Master Painters, Decorators and Sign Writers Association of Queensland. Logan Nathan, founder and CEO of i4Tradies believes that Tradies are keener than ever to eliminate paperwork and inject productivity to their everyday operations. This just puts more control in their hands and adds more hours to their day, eventually delivering what it all boils down to for every one of us: peace of mind. “It’s a vicious cycle and not an easy one to get out of once you get trapped. This leaves business owners little time if any to focus on what’s really important: Business growth,” explains Logan. “We feel privileged to be joining hands with Master Painters Queensland as they continue their mission to help members grow and prosper with better service that benefits not just the painters but the community they serve as well.” About Master Painters Australia Queensland Founded in 1913, MPA Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation and a peak representative body for the sunshine state’s painting and decorating industry. MPA Queensland has been assisting the interests of its members and their businesses, ensures legislations and OH&S requirements are met, provide members with industry news and updates and delivers the highest quality of qualified trainings being a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) since 1998. QLD Office: 460-492 Beaudesert Road, Salisbury QLD 4107 Website: www.mpa.org.au Phone: 07 3277 8646 About i4Tradies Founded in 2016 to disrupt the status quo and shake the traditional ways in which Trades Services industry operates, a team of innovators walking in the Trades business owner's shoes day in and day out set out to deliver an unparalleled service delivery experience for their customers, namely Trades Associations, Real Estate, Strata and Facilities Managers. i4Tradies is a Google Cloud Platform partner. Website: www.i4tradies.com.au Phone: 1800 i4Tradies (1800 448 723)