The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-14T01:55:16Z ShockWatch Completes Forty Years as Global Leader in Delivering Damage Prevention and Safety Solutions 2017-08-14T01:55:16Z shockwatch-completes-forty-years-as-global-leader-in-delivering-damage-prevention-and-safety-solutions One of the most trusted providers of damage prevention and safety products for goods in transit around the world, ShockWatch has recently completed three successful decades in the industry. Over the last forty years, the company has carved a niche for itself with their world-class range of products and services. Sydney, NSW August 8, 2018 ShockWatch is pleased to announce that the company has recently completed forty years of highly successful service in the global damage prevention and safety market. In these forty years, ShockWatch has built an identity in the industry as the most preferred destination for all products and solutions related to damage prevention and safety of goods in transit and storage. Their products have been used by numerous clients to reduce expenses related to damage during the transportation and storage of goods that are fragile or temperature sensitive, and improve workplace safety. Safe handling of fragile goods can be a challenging task for all businesses. Unfortunately, only a cautious approach is not enough to prevent the loss arising of damage caused to these goods. This can only be accomplished by utilising a series of specialised products and solutions. This is exactly what ShockWatch has been offering for the last forty years with an excellent track record. One of the most important factors behind the success of ShockWatch has been their cutting-edge temperature monitoring solutions. The temperature indicators and recorders from the company have proven invaluable for businesses looking to introduce accountability measures into the shipping and handling stages of the temperature sensitive cold chain.  These products provide prominent visual notification to shipping personnel to ensure proper handling and transport of temperature sensitive products. More about the temperature monitoring solutions from ShockWatch can be found at http://www.shockwatch.com.au/product-category/temperature-monitoring/ Other popular products from ShockWatch include ·         Impact and Tilt Indicators ·         Time Indicators ·         Safety Knives ·         Defibrillators ·         Fleet Management systems and solutions ·         Accident Prevention Solutions  The illustrious journey of ShockWatch started over forty years ago when their very first proprietary indicators were used to detect mishandling of sensitive computer media in transit. Inspired by this initial success, the company developed many other applications in the next few years. With each new innovation, they quickly earned the reputation of being the global authority on damage prevention.  Expressing pleasure about the completion of forty years in the industry, a senior spokesperson from ShockWatch mentioned, “It has been an exciting and extremely rewarding journey so far, and we are thankful to all our clients for their trust and support. Even after forty years in the industry, we are still looking to break new grounds so that we can provide more value to all of you.” To find out more about ShockWatch, please visit http://www.shockwatch.com.au/ About ShockWatch:  ShockWatch is a global leader in delivering damage prevention and safety solutions for goods in transit and storage. The company’s advanced range of product’s include Impact and Tilt Indicators, temperature monitoring solutions, time indicators, safety knives, defibrillators, accident prevention solutions, and fleet management solutions.  Shockwatch has been delivering damage prevention and safety solutions to our customers in Australia for over 20 years now. Contact: Website: http://www.shockwatch.com.au/ Email: solutions@shockwatch.com.au Big Red Group Secures Exclusive Rights as Reseller of Artificial Intelligence Marketing Platform Albert in Australia and New Zealand 2017-07-27T21:46:28Z big-red-group-secures-exclusive-rights-as-reseller-of-artificial-intelligence-marketing-platform-albert-in-australia-and-new-zealand-1 SYDNEY: The newly formed Big Red Group (BRG) has secured the exclusive rights to bring the world's first Artificial Intelligence (AI) digital marketing platform, Albert, to Australia and New Zealand. Group co-founder Naomi Simson announced the exclusive agreement, alongside a major shake up of online experience retailer RedBalloon and associated businesses*. Albert is a fully autonomous, enterprise-level artificial intelligence marketing platform that drives digital marketing campaigns from start to finish for some of the world’s leading brands. Created by Albert Technologies Ltd. (AIM: ALB.L) (formerly Adgorithms) in 2010, Albert’s success transforming major brands’ cross-channel digital marketing efforts with its self-driven technology has been well documented in the U.S. The AI platform has been publicly credited with driving 40 per cent of Harley-Davidson’s New York City sales, influencing lingerie brand Cosabella’s decision to replace its digital agencies with AI, and creating so much demand for Dole Asia’s canned goods that its suppliers initially ran out of stock before ultimately reaching an 87 per cent increase in sales across the board. According to Albert CRO Geoff Farris, “Albert wades through massive amounts of data, converting it into insights, and autonomously acting on these insights, across channels, devices and formats, in real time. This eliminates the manual and time-consuming tasks that currently limit the effectiveness and results of modern digital advertising and marketing. But more importantly, it lets businesses execute and scale their efforts at a pace that simply isn’t possible by human teams.” The agreement entitles the Big Red Group to distribute Albert to third-party media companies, across entire supplier chains, as well as to direct-to-consumer retailers, under the registered business Big Albert AI Pty Ltd. Albert will drive down customer acquisition costs and increase positive commercial outcomes for thousands of Australian businesses. RedBalloon launched the technology on 1 June this year, and within 24 hours of deploying Albert, the technology was able to identify and execute over 6,400 keywords to improve performance across the RedBalloon business. By way of comparison, this would take a human SEM expert up to a year to achieve. Albert was also able to reduce the cost of acquiring a customer to RedBalloon by more than 25 per cent in less than 30 days, demonstrating its capacity to reduce overall costs by north of 40 per cent. “We have trialled this amazing technology across RedBalloon and Wrapped and it has proven its effectiveness beyond doubt,” Simson said. “Now we want our business community to share in the upside that comes with more efficient marketing spend. We’re not reducing our marketing budgets in any way, we’re simply ensuring that our dollars - and the dollars our partners pay us to do what we do - are working harder and harder day after day.   Simson is aware of the tensions that surround artificial intelligence technology, recently bought to the fore by Tesla’s Elon Musk, who claimed AI poses an “existential threat" to human civilisation. However Albert’s track record alone refutes this sentiment. In the U.S., Albert is at the core of a number of new hybrid man-machine digital marketing departments at companies like Harley-Davidson, Cosabella and Dole Asia, where artificial intelligence handles everything data and tech-related, while Albert’s human counterparts handle all things strategy, creative, intuition and emotion. These use cases reveal that such hybrid teams produce exponentially better outcomes than either man or machine would produce on their own, and that the nature of their work together is collaborative rather than combative. “When I started RedBalloon in 2001 it cost roughly five cents to find a new customer - now across the board in the businesses I deal with I see it costing upwards of $20 to find that same customer. This is completely unsustainable for any business,” Simson said. “We have seen Albert drive down the cost of customer acquisition by a quarter in a matter of weeks. Imagine the difference this sort of technology could make to businesses across the country. “Ten years ago business was all about offshoring to the cheapest operator those tasks that were not core to your business. But those roles associated with manual and process-driven tasks have largely been replaced by technology now. The next generation of that is a rising tide of technology that is beginning to replace higher functioning process driven roles. “But we should not be fearful of this, as it frees our people up to focus on the higher value tasks like collaboration, strategy and creativity - human and higher functioning skills that at this point cannot be replicated, and certainly not replaced, by AI,” Simson said. * BRG provides management and services to its subsidiaries RedBalloon, Big Albert AI, Redii, Wrapped and The Huddle, and was co-founded by Simson and Group CEO David Anderson, who acquired 50 per cent of the RedBalloon business in June. See backgrounder for more information. ENDS For more information, please contact: Big Red Group Corporate Affairs Manager, Lauren Gleeson | lauren@redballoon.com.au, 0404 136 765 Images and Video of announcement available 9am Friday July 28: http://bit.ly/2eK3CXZ Logos: http://bit.ly/2uV6bfJ Albert graphics: http://bit.ly/2v20LR7 About The Big Red Group The Big Red Group (BRG) is all about business success. In essence we know how difficult it can be to grow and scale a business consistently; co-founders Naomi Simson and David Anderson have built many businesses during their careers and they know the challenges business owners face. BRG provides management and services to its subsidiaries RedBalloon, Redii.com, Wrapped.com and The Huddle. Each of these businesses deliver services to business owners, whether it is marketing and online retail, helping employees thrive or education and information programs - BRG companies are focussed on the success of other businesses.  What we do inspires leadership, great workplaces and commercial outcomes for business owners.   About Albert™ Albert, created by Albert Technologies, LTD. (AIM: ALB.L), is a fully autonomous, enterprise-level artificial intelligence marketing platform that drives digital marketing campaigns from start to finish for some of the world’s leading brands. Albert liberates businesses from the data and technology complexities of digital marketing—not just by replicating their existing efforts, but by executing them at a pace and scale not possible by human teams. “He” accomplishes this by wading through mass amounts of data, converting this data into insights, and autonomously acting on these insights, across channels, devices and formats, in real time. Brands such as Harley Davidson, EVISU, Cosabella, Dole Asia, and Made.com credit Albert with significantly increased sales, an accelerated path to revenue, the ability to make more informed investment decisions, and reduced operational costs. Visit albert.ai. Skyfii Expands Global Footprint With Acquisition Of Wicoms 2017-07-26T04:40:00Z skyfii-expands-global-footprint-with-acquisition-of-wicoms SKYFII EXPANDS GLOBAL PRESENCE IN EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN RETAIL VERTICAL WITH ACQUISITION OF WICOMS WIRELESS PORTFOLIO OF CUSTOMERS Skyfii to acquire key assets of Wicoms Wireless that includes a portfolio of customers across Europe and North America Opportunity to upsell Skyfii’s ‘IO’ data analytics and marketing services to Wicoms’ existing customers Wicoms’ customer portfolio includes an operator of large format designer outlet malls located across nine countries Skyfii in advanced stages of negotiating a new multi-year revenue accretive deal with large format designer outlet mall operator to rollout Skyfii IO services to an initial 23 malls All scrip transaction for 3,800,000 new ordinary shares in Skyfii Limited (issued at $0.065 per share, valued at $247,000) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, July 26th, 2017 – Skyfii Limited (ASX: SKF) (Skyfii, or the Company), a data analytics and marketing services company, is pleased to announce significant global expansion in Europe and North America with the acquisition of key assets from Wicoms Wireless Ltd (‘Wicoms’). Wicoms is a provider of guest WiFi services and user analytics to the retail sector, with a portfolio of customers including a group of designer outlet malls under contract. In line with Skyfii’s stated plans to strategically expand its global footprint in 2017, the acquisition of Wicoms portfolio of customers will see the Company expand its international retail sector footprint within key overseas geographies of North America and Europe. The acquisition will enable Skyfii to leverage an existing revenue generating footprint and subsequently upsell the Wicoms’ retail mall customers with a greater level of data analytics and marketing services, than what is provisioned under Wicoms’ own technology platform. Based in the UK, Wicoms has grown its sizeable customer portfolio directly and through reseller arrangements over the past 9 years, that currently includes a group of designer outlet malls operating across nine countries. The Wicoms portfolio and the key assets being acquired by Skyfii has a profitable customer base, making this a revenue accretive deal for Skyfii. Wayne Arthur, Chief Executive Officer, Skyfii said “We are extremely pleased to be acquiring key assets from Wicoms including contracted revenues from a large retail footprint. This transaction brings a profitable asset onto the Skyfii balance sheet, and significant short term opportunity to grow the portfolio value through the upsell of Skyfii’s data analytics and marketing services. “The deal terms on the transaction are favourable, and will springboard our international retail sector growth across key geographies of Europe and North America.” Skyfii and Wicoms have agreed a transition plan and have already commenced a process to migrate and upgrade existing Wicoms customers to the Skyfii platform. This includes a new multi- year revenue accretive deal with a large format designer outlet mall operator which is in advanced stages of negotiation. Successful conclusion of negotiations with see Skyfii deploy its IO services across an initial 23 designer outlet malls, with the further potential to expand to a further 7 malls. The transaction will be completed using an all scrip consideration of 3,800,000 new Skyfii shares issued at $0.065 per share (‘Consideration Shares’), valued at $247,000. The Consideration Shares will be issued immediately, and will be subject to 12 month escrow provisions. ENDS About Wicoms Wicoms provides guest WiFi and analytics services across Europe and North America. Based in the UK, Wicoms began selling WiFi services in the UK to hotels, pubs and gyms before expanding to retail malls in continental Europe. About Skyfii Advancements in cloud, mobile technology and Wi-Fi systems have enabled bricks-and-mortar venues to become more competitive by better understanding the needs of their diverse types of visitors. Today, every smartphone is a chatterbox of information. The cloud-based Skyfii platform uses existing WiFi infrastructure, BLE beacon networks, door-to-people counters, video sources, web and social platforms to allow various types of venues to not only analyse behaviour of anonymous visitors, but also capture data from those who opt-in to free internet connectivity. In doing so, it converts the data into a critical sales and marketing tool that allows venues and their commercial tenants to deliver content that is catered to each visitor’s needs and interests. Skyfii offers a cloud-based solution in a subscription model consisting of three core ‘IO’ services: IO Connect: a data portal where data is collected (Data in) IO Insight: venue performance, customer behaviour and, loyalty & engagement (Insights out) IO Engage: targeted content delivery, automated marketing and monetization Skyfii also engages with clients to provide further revenue generating services such as Data Consulting Services (DCS) and Marketing Services (MS) arising from the insights gained from its three core services. Media contact: DEC PR E: Skyfii@decpr.com.au P: +61 2 8014 5033 ThoughtWorks Releases First-Ever Report on Courageous Leadership Among Successful C-Suite Executives 2017-07-26T00:34:26Z thoughtworks-releases-first-ever-report-on-courageous-leadership-among-successful-c-suite-executives p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0563c1} span.s3 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none} ul.ul1 {list-style-type: disc} ThoughtWorks, a global software consultancy released a first of its kind report, “The Next Big Disruption: Courageous Executives”, revealing what sets top business leaders apart from their competition. The report profiles an elite segment of C-Suite leaders referred to as “Courageous Executives” in the US, the UK, Australia and India and the findings underscore the critical role technology plays in business strategy, from navigating the chaos of digital transformation to how they’re setting their business up for future success. The report also sheds light on the leadership styles of Courageous Executives including their tolerance for risk and failure, their use of customer insights and the ways leaders in all four countries are preparing for the future of work. This report, developed by ThoughtWorks in partnership with research agency Northstar, features insight from Fortune 500 C-Suite executives who are: advocates for digital transformation; have an active role in directing how technology enables their business; have seen their company’s revenue or profit increase significantly due to a recent technology change; and 85 percent of which self-identified as risk takers. “As companies across all industries embrace the changes of our increasingly digital world, we’re seeing leaders at the helm of these companies dive deeper into how technology is implemented and how it works,” said ThoughtWorks President and CEO, Guo Xiao. “I began my time in the industry as a developer, giving me the tools I needed to approach business with a technology first perspective. Executives across the globe are learning that a strong grasp of technology matters and they’re finding ways to adapt. Our findings show that 54 percent of Courageous Executives have developed a deep understanding of technology with a remarkable 57 percent of these leaders reporting having written code,” noted Xiao. "A tenacious commitment to embrace technology is what today sets apart truly Courageous Executives." According to Ange Ferguson, Group Managing Director for ThoughtWorks Asia Pacific, “In this new age of digital disruption, technology is being catapulted closer to the business core and that’s challenging the traditional C-suite. They need to think and behave differently when it comes to the role of technology in their strategy, and to question how they are engaging technology to produce better outcomes for the business. “While capability was once a barrier to what’s possible, now the constraint lies in the willingness of decision makers to be courageous with foundational technologies,” she said. REA, which operates Australia’s leading residential, commercial and share property websites, as well as a number of property portals in Asia and interests in the US and India, credits its impressive growth and success to a culture based on consistent innovation and invention. “The REA business is built around customer delivery, which demands that we work to the same agile rhythm across all levels of the organisation. Visualised work, team stand-ups and collaboration enable the innovation and invention that has become part of our DNA,” said Nigel Dalton, Chief Inventor, REA. “Our competition is global and the landscape is set to change as AirBnB, Facebook, Google, eBay, and WeChat become major players in property over the next few years. We’re embracing the opportunities this creates by focusing our culture of innovation and invention on the technologies that will change how people find property - robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality and data science. “That, along with our diverse backgrounds, creative thinking and scalability, will see us continue to deliver new products and services to market faster than anyone else, and ensure we are the world’s best.” According to the report, notable themes uniting Courageous Executives include: Proactive Approach to Technology Changes According to the report, to keep pace and anticipate future technology shifts, Courageous Executives conduct research, analyze their competitors, troubleshoot tech challenges and hire subject matter experts. A majority of Courageous Executives (65 percent) say that digitizing and adapting to new technology is a top business priority followed by growth. Research – 63 percent of leaders do their own research to stay ahead of technology changes. Top trends they’re exploring include security threats; human and machine interaction; new hardware, software and operational platforms; machine learning and artificial intelligence; virtual reality and augmented reality. Competitor Analysis – In all four countries, big tech decisions are most often fueled by competition. Asked to identify the largest driver motivating change, 47 percent pointed to their competitors. Tolerance for Risk and Willingness to Fail Understanding risks and its impact on ongoing business success is an important characteristic of a Courageous Executive along with the ability to rebound after a perceived failure. Appetite for Risk - In fact, 87 percent of all executives agree that taking risks is necessary to achieve goals and maintain a strong competitive advantage with 62 percent pointing to their willingness to take risks their competitors won’t as a key differentiator. Failing Well - Courageous Executives reported their most common reaction to these setbacks was to focus on what went right with the second being to stay as positive as possible. When asked how failure affected their employees, 54 percent globally said that they believed failure made them even more motivated to succeed. Use of Customer Insights Throughout the world, courageous leaders recognize the necessity of maintaining a close connection to their customers. 91 percent report that customer input directly informs their strategic decision-making. While there is some agreement as to the best methods for gathering that customer input, there’s still a lack of consensus among executives when it comes to what data they’re collecting and who is assessing the insights. Data Source - Overall, the most common source of insight is customer research, followed by social feeds which are monitored by 68 percent of Australian, 60 percent of UK and Indian and only 38 percent of US leaders. Other ways executives gather information includes using analytics from a content management system or implementing a designated customer insights task force. Customer Engagement - Gathering data from multiple sources is universally valued, but 87 percent of executives report having an internal team dedicated to their customers. Additionally, 58 percent of US and 48 percent of Australian executives say they speak to their customers themselves, which is far more than 32 percent in India and 22 percent in the UK. The Future of Work Across continents, nearly half of all courageous leaders describe their company culture as “team-first,” meaning they hire primarily for cultural fit, with skills and experience the second consideration. A third define their company as having an “elite” culture, described as hiring only the best to change the world by untested means. Subject Matter Experts - An overwhelming majority of Courageous Executives (90 percent) emphasized the importance of key hires, stating that discovering subject matter experts and new talents helps their context and credibility and is crucial to success. Tech’s Impact - 70 percent believe that replacing white-collar workers with technology is a natural progression and to be expected. To prepare for the potential impact of technology on the workforce, 87 percent of leaders admit to researching new technologies that may help them save on staff costs. 83 percent also agree that they’re preparing for the impact of technology replacing their workers by limiting new hires to reduce ongoing overhead. To download the report visit www.thoughtworks.com/courage Methodology Developed by ThoughtWorks’, this report is based on data collected by Northstar Research Partners from C-Suite executives from Fortune 500 companies with 100 employees or more, 87 percent of whom have occupied their office for at least three years and 79 percent reporting more than $100 million in revenue. The executives are primarily Presidents or Chief Executive Officers, the data also includes insights from the full C-suite including CIOs, CMOs, COOs, CTOs from a variety of industries from finance and retail to healthcare and manufacturing and more. About ThoughtWorks We are a software company and community of passionate purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients' toughest challenges all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. Checkpoint Systems Debuts MicroFlex: Unique RF Label Protection for Eyewear and Other Hard-to-Tag Retail Merchandise 2017-07-12T05:51:45Z checkpoint-systems-debuts-microflex-unique-rf-label-protection-for-eyewear-and-other-hard-to-tag-retail-merchandise AUSTRALIA – Checkpoint Systems, a leading global supplier of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and RFID solutions for the retail industry has announced its MicroFlex solution – a unique RF label that is designed to help retailers reduce external shrink on traditionally hard-to-protect merchandise. With the majority of Australian retailers choosing to display merchandise openly to allow customers to try before they buy, MicroFlex helps improve the customer experience by enabling full interaction with the products, while simultaneously deterring opportunistic thieves. An alternative to hard tags, MicroFlex features Checkpoint’s clear Micro EP labels with visible circuit and the company’s trademarked Black Lock logo, both of which discourage potential dishonest shoppers. MicroFlex can be easily applied, both in store by staff or at the point of manufacture by brands themselves. Retailers that have introduced Checkpoint’s 2928 EP Clear Micro Tamper Tag onto other merchandise, such as cosmetics, have seen shrink reduce by 30 percent or more and sales increase by 10 percent or more. The versatility of the new solution, which features a small label on an adhesive carrier, means that it can be used on a diverse range of metallic items such as jewelry, small accessories, golf clubs, handbags and kitchenware to name a few. According to Carl Rysdon, Vice President of Inventory Control Solutions for Checkpoint Systems, “MicroFlex offers minimal impact on the customer experience and product display, while carrying the Black Lock logo for maximum deterrence using the smallest, best-performing label on the market. In addition, it improves the checkout experience, as the label is quickly deactivated at the point of sale and can be removed at home.” The MicroFlex label is available to Australian retailers immediately. About Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (www.checkpointsystems.com) Checkpoint Systems is a global leader in EAS and RFID solutions for the retail industry, encompassing loss prevention and merchandise visibility in a growing omni-channel environment. A division of CCL Industries, Checkpoint provides source-to-shopper solutions enabling retailers to achieve accurate real-time inventory and accelerate the replenishment cycle, while preventing out-of-stocks and reducing theft throughout the supply chain — thus improving the shopper experience. Checkpoint’s solutions are built upon 45 years of radio frequency technology expertise, innovative high-theft and loss prevention solutions, market-leading software, RFID hardware and comprehensive labeling capabilities to brand, secure and track merchandise from source to shelf. Checkpoint’s customers’ benefit from increased sales and profits by implementing on-shelf availability to ensure the right merchandise is available at the right place and time when consumers are ready to buy. Twitter: @Checkpoint_ANZ About CCL Industries CCL Industries Inc., a world leader in specialty label and packaging solutions for global corporations, small businesses and consumers, employs approximately 19,000 people and operates 150 facilities in 25 countries on six continents with corporate offices in Toronto, Canada, and Framingham, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.cclind.com. Survey shows 70% of workers enjoy casual employment 2017-07-10T01:22:34Z survey-shows-70-of-workers-enjoy-casual-employment Following a survey among its 2,500 workforce, Australia’s premier sales, merchandising and marketing solutions provider to the retail industry, the Blueprint Group, has found that 83 per cent of its employees is happy with casual or part-time work. The company has a casualised workforce of 84 per cent with the survey also finding that 70 per cent of employees find their position suitable for maintaining a work/life balance and providing the flexibility they desire around their working hours. Caroline Trenfield, Blueprint Group’s general manager of human resources, said casual and part-time employees are also provided with a promotional path offering long term careers for those who seek it. “As evidence of the experience of our workforce, more than two in every three employees have been involved in the FMCG environment for more than 10 years. “While most of the positions we offer in retail are casual, it’s clear that there is a huge cohort who recognise the many benefits of being casual and actively seek this type of employment to suit their lifestyle needs. “I believe our environment contributes to Blueprint Group having an engaged workforce when working in the field representing our clients.” Ms Trenfield attributes a 78 per cent field retention rate of Blueprint’s workforce to the extensive sales and merchandising skills training provided, both online and via 30 dedicated trainers around Australia. “We have developed an online portal for field teams to allow the sharing of field-to-field best practice where everyone can learn from each other. “The results from our latest survey, when combined with an employee satisfaction rating that is 20 per cent above the industry average, demonstrate that staff are enjoying their work, they feel valued, understand end-user customers and are engaged with their client portfolios. “All this leads to quality in the field and success for our clients,” she added. Blueprint Group has a commitment to their employees of being a ‘Great Place to Work’ and invests heavily in the training and coaching of its large team. The company conducts regular surveys of employee satisfaction and has achieved outstanding levels of engagement, which reflects the success of the many programs that make up its Great Place to Work agenda. www.blueprintgroup.com.au Ends Note to Editor: 550 respondents completed the online survey. About Blueprint Group: The Blueprint Group is Australia's premier sales, merchandising and marketing solutions provider to the retail industry. The Group’s five companies deliver a comprehensive range of services that are all designed to help its clients convert shoppers into buyers. Clients comprise manufacturers, food producers, FMCG brands and retailers in numerous industries including grocery, hardware, consumer electronics and liquor. The market-leading Blueprint Group companies are: Ausrep, CCS, Extravert, Powerforce and Retail Insight. Each company has strong retailer and supplier relationships and unmatched national coverage of experienced staff. Key services include: in and out of store sampling and demonstrations; experiential events; sales and merchandising; auditing; relays/planograms; vendor replenishment planning; point of sale production and data insights. Our mission is to ‘unlock value for our clients through our integrated range of big data, sales and marketing solutions’. www.blueprintgroup.com.au Crestron shatters records at InfoComm 2017 2017-06-26T06:01:20Z crestron-shatters-records-at-infocomm-2017 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; color: #042eee} li.li2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} li.li3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; color: #042eee} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {font: 13.0px Helvetica; font-kerning: none} span.s3 {font: 9.0px Helvetica; font-kerning: none} span.s4 {font: 11.0px Helvetica; text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #042eee} span.s5 {font: 9.0px Helvetica; text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #042eee} span.s6 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none} span.s7 {font-kerning: none; color: #000000} ul.ul1 {list-style-type: disc} Crestron Wins Company-Best 26 Industry Awards at InfoComm® 2017 Crestron Mercury™, DM® NVX Series, Avia™ DSPs and Amplifiers, and DMPS 3-Series® Presentation Systems, among others, receive top honours at largest professional AV show in North America Sydney – June 26, 2017 – Crestron, a global leader in enterprise control and automation technology, announced today it received a company-best 26 industry awards at InfoComm 2017, the largest event in North America focused on the professional AV industry. Crestron was recognised in multiple categories by leading AV industry trade publications. “Crestron is extremely proud and honoured to be recognised by the AV industry for a company-best twenty-six awards at InfoComm 2017,” said Fred Bargetzi, Chief Technology Officer. “These awards are validation of the hard work and ingenuity of the hundreds of engineers and visionaries in our R&D labs. They share a passion and relentless commitment to push the boundaries of what’s possible and anticipate our customers’ needs.” Crestron received the following awards at InfoComm 2017: rAVe Reader’s Choice Awards Favourite Manufacturer-Based Training Program Favourite Control / Signal Processing Manufacturer Favourite Overall Systems Product: DigitalMedia™ Commercial Integrator® Best Awards Audio Conferencing Solution: Crestron Mercury Collaboration: Crestron Mercury Video Distribution Systems: DM-NVX-350 Large-Scale Control Systems: CP3N Touch Screens: TSW-1060 Programming, Design & Engineering Solutions: Crestron Studio® Government Video® Best of Show Awards Crestron Mercury DMPS 3-Series Presentation System DMPS3-4K-300-C Avia 12x8 Digital Signal Processor Avia 8-Channel Power Amplifier Digital Graphics Engine DM-DGE-200-C SCN® InfoComm Installation Product Awards Most Innovative IoT Product: Crestron Mercury AV Technology Best of Show Awards Crestron Mercury DigitalMedia Network AV Encoder/Decoder DM-NVX-350 Avia Digital Signal Processor w/Dante™ DSP-1283 DMPS 3-Series Presentation System DMPS3-4K-300-C Sound & Video Contractor® Best of Show Awards Crestron Mercury Avia 8-Channel Power Amplifier AMP-8150 4K Multi-Window Video Processor HD-WP-4K-401-C Digital Signage “Best of Show” DigitalMedia Network AV Encoder/Decoder DM-NVX-350 Tech & Learning® “Best of Show” DMPS 3-Series Presentation System DMPS3-4K-300-C Digital Graphics Engine DM-DGE-200-C GPA Global Excellence Award Crestron was also honoured to receive a prestigious 2017 GPA Global Excellence Award. These are awarded annually to the leading audio, video, and UC manufacturers and vendors who show the highest level of commitment to delivering a superior experience worldwide. - ENDS - About Crestron At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology. Our automation and control solutions for homes and buildings let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform. Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com. *** All brand names, product names, and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Certain trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. ©2017 Crestron Electronics, Inc. Contact Information DEC PR Jennifer Gillis, Ruth Fletcher or Duyen Nguyen crestron@decpr.com.au / (02) 8014 5033 Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 Data Governance Australia launches Code to promote culture of best practice and drive innovative use of data 2017-06-20T23:29:04Z data-governance-australia-launches-code-to-promote-culture-of-best-practice-and-drive-innovative-use-of-data SYDNEY, 21 May, 2017 – Data Governance Australia (DGA) has today announced the launch of a draft Code of Practice (the Code) as part of its ongoing effort to set leading industry standards and benchmarks for the responsible collection, use, management and disclosure of data. The Code aims to promote a culture of best practice as well as to drive innovation by increasing consumer confidence and trust in the data-practices of organisations. The draft Code will be released for public consultation on 21 June until 21 July 2017. During this period, DGA will take feedback and submissions on the Code from interested stakeholders, including government, business and consumer groups. All submissions and feedback can be sent to submissions@datagovernanceaus.com.au or alternatively through the DGA website at http://www.datagovernanceaus.com.au. The launch of the Code is timely, as keeping pace with the data economy is a global challenge that’s affecting every industry. The Code presents Australia with an opportunity to lead the charge in self-regulation and assert itself as a forward-thinking country for the rest of the world to follow suit. “Data is one of the most valuable assets in our digital economy and there are currently many untapped opportunities for innovation using data,” said Jodie Sangster, CEO of DGA. “The ways in which organisations collect, use, manage and disclose data will continue to change rapidly with technological advancements.The Code is an initiative to increase consumer trust and drive transparency in data-handling practices. Organisations that meet the standards outlined in the Code will be able to demonstrate that consumer trust is front and centre of their business.” “Self-regulation is the right approach in the era of rapid transformation,” she continued. “Introducing laws and regulations run the risk of stifling innovation and creating a regime that is not flexible enough to respond to the rate of change.” Chair of DGA Board, Graeme Samuel added, “Data is held in staggering volumes across multiple platforms and consumers are demanding transparency, proving that the time is right for Data Governance Australia to introduce its Code of Practice. This body exists to assist businesses to thrive through innovation and to promote greater productivity while enhancing consumer trust and greater regulatory compliance. Ensuring that businesses gain the trust of consumers is vital, as is the empowerement of the business user through the collective establishment and enforcement of responsible data-practices.” About The DGA Code of Practice The Code will contain ten core principles and extends beyond the Privacy Act in several respects by setting highter standards and most importanty does not only apply to ‘personal information’ (as defined by the Privacy Act), but may also apply to ‘data’ about consumers more broadly. These core principles are: No-harm rule Honesty & Transparency Fairness Choice Accuracy and Access Accountability Stewardship Security Enforcement DGA is also consulting with relevant government bodies and industry stakeholders about data portability issues. Some other important aspects of the Code are as follows: ‘No-harm rule’ - Organisations that sign up to the Code must ensure that they do not cause harm to consumers as a result of the collection, use or disclosure of the consumer’s personal information. This goes beyond the Privacy Act as it requires organisations to consider the potential impact of their data-practices on the consumer and use best endeavours to ensure that its data-practices do not result in harm to consumers. Community expectations – Organisations that sign up to the Code are required to consider whether, and ensure that their data- practices, are consistent with community expectations. This aspect of the Code will promote consumer trust and the ethical use of data. Fairness – Organisations that sign up to the Code must also consider the ‘fairness’ to the consumers in the collection, use and disclosure of personal information. In considering the ‘fairness’ of a particular data-practice, organisations will be required to take a range of factors into account, including for example, the circumsntances in which the personal infortmation was collected, the reasonable community expectations with respect to the use of personal information, and the risk of harm a particular data-practice may pose to consumers. Enforcement – The Code will be enforced by the Code Authority, which consists of three members from consumer groups, three members from the industry and an independent chair. A draft copy of the Code is now available for download at: http://www.datagovernanceaus.com.au About DGA Data Governance Australia (DGA) is a not-for-profit association founded in 2016 in order to establish industry standards and bench marks around the collection, use and management of data in Australia. DGA provides education, thought leadership and advocacy services to its members to promote and foster an understanding of how data can be used responsibly to drive innovation and competitive advantage while increasing consumer trust and complying with regulatory requirements. The members of DGA come from a cross section of Australian industry and include major financial institutions, leading retailers, law firms, real estate corporations, aviation, and specialist data suppliers including technology, software and consulting service providers. Media contacts: Progressiva Jo Balfour M: +61 405 542 018 Shuba Paheerathan M: +61 438 606 424 The Optical Co announces the launch of innovative new optical retail brand: Level 28 2017-06-20T04:39:59Z the-optical-co-announces-the-launch-of-innovative-new-optical-retail-brand-level-28 Press Release For Immediate Release Sydney, Australia, 20th June 2017, The Optical Co is proud to announce the launch of an innovative new optical retail brand, Level 28. The rollout is expected to begin in the last quarter of 2017. Level 28 is a bespoke dedicated retail brand where every aspect of the frame and sunglass design process will be exclusively designed for the novel Level 28 brand. The brand will be supported by an online presence to ensure a truly Omni channel shopping experience. In addition eye examinations using state of the art equipment will be offered at the stores. Level 28 is a sophisticated brand which will appeal to all areas of the optical landscape. The Level 28 product ranges have been designed to hold innovative and modern designer appeal, whilst still remaining cost effective. It will be targeted at the growing millennial customer base; however will have a large enough range to appeal to a wide range of demographics. Colin Kangisser, CEO and shareholder of The Optical Co proudly states: “The Optical Company has and will continue to develop as a leading optical provider in Australia, with its unique vertically integrated retail brand strategy including comprehensive optometry services. In order to complement our existing brand portfolio and to reach out to a diversified customer base including the growing millennial market, we recognize Level 28 as another part of our business. Level 28 is the one and only concept store which we believe appeals to a wide demographic by offering a wide range of eyewear. Level 28 has been developed from our studies of optical trends both internationally and locally and we are confident that with our experience in the optical industry, in both private and listed businesses, we will make Level 28 a great success in Australia as with our other brands.” Level 28 is a studio, gallery environment, where stunning high quality eyewear will be on show from fashion forward collection to everyday sleek styles designed exclusively for Level 28 by international designers. The materials and finishes palette has been crafted to form the perfect staging area for Level 28 products and services and gives Level 28 a whole new shopping experience. The exceptional contemporary environment, coupled together with crisp brand collateral and exquisite lighting will bring the Level 28 brand and retail space to life. Media Contact: Colin Kangisser | Chief Executive Officer Suite 202 418A Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW Australia 2010 T +61 2 9212 4871 | F +61 2 9212 3545 | M +61411759995 www.theopticalcompany.com.au About The Optical Co: Founded in 2006, The Optical Co ‘TOC’ is a leading independent optical group in Australia. TOC management has a successful history in building optical businesses to the benefit of all stakeholders. TOC has a vertically integrated retail network of optical stores, including wholesale distribution, eye safety divisions and multiple e-commerce sites. Across the store network, TOC operates a number of different brands, which function independently of each other in their own respective markets. Across all brands, TOC offers premium quality eyewear and eyecare through the provision of international brands and the latest in optometry equipment. TOC’s retail brands include nib Eye Care Centre, Prevue Eyewear, The Optical Co, Stacey & Stacey Optometrists and Kevin Paisley Fashion Eyewear. This gives TOC a strong local brand presence with ability to utilise significantly sized internal and third party databases. TOC harnesses the advantages of being a larger group, whilst encouraging the independent character of each respective business culture and staff. The management team consists of a group with a wealth of optical and retail experience. These experiences extend to the management, administrative, marketing, supply chain and legal aspects of running and growing an optical business in Australia. www.theopticalcompany.com.au LogMeIn makes digital customer service smarter; takes aim at CRM market with introduction of Bold360 2017-06-09T00:00:00Z logmein-makes-digital-customer-service-smarter-takes-aim-at-crm-market-with-introduction-of-bold360 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 9 June 2017 – LogMeIn, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOGM) today introduced Bold360, an intelligent customer engagement platform that provides a modern, flexible way for companies to interact with customers and get a real-time 360-degree view of all touchpoints and contextual data in a single solution.  Through a powerful combination of popular digital engagement channels, support tools, and a unified interface, Bold360 is taking on the traditional customer service market by bridging the gap between the customer and vital business information; helping companies deliver the immediate and personalised experience today’s consumers expect.   “The rise of digital, artificial intelligence and mobile-first lifestyles has changed how customers want to interact with their favourite brands,” said Mary Wardley, Program Vice President, Loyalty and Customer Care, IDC.  “As a result, companies need to rethink how they approach customer service to stay competitive.  Offering a variety of engagement channels is just the beginning.  The experience – whether automated or agent-assisted – needs to be seamless and the information contextual, to deliver the type of experience that will create long-term brand loyalty.”   According to a recent report from Gartner entitled The Eight Building Blocks of CRM: Data and Information (July 2016), there are a handful of key challenges when it comes to an organisation’s CRM strategy.  Specifically, they cite that “creating, maintaining and leveraging a single view of the customer is hard to achieve internally and the required capabilities are not provided by many CRM vendors. Many solutions fail to consider the myriad of channels used by customers to interact with organisations”.   Legacy customer service and CRM systems house only a small portion of customer data across various disparate systems, making it hard for companies to ever get a full picture of their customers.  Bold360 is addressing this challenge by combining the rich customer profiles and actionable data agents need with the fast, frictionless service customers have come to expect.  Intelligent automation also empowers customers with self-service tools, thereby eliminating routine tasks from the agent workflow to improve contact centre efficiencies and deliver the type of customer experiences that build loyalty.   “The future of customer service lies in being able to create a truly exceptional and meaningful experience for customers”, said Michael Blaine, Senior Director, Customer Service at VF Corporation.  “Utilising technology to understand your customers while providing easily accessible and real-time information to your agents can help deliver a truly unique and personalised experience.  Bold360 is an exciting first step toward this vision and we are excited to see where LogMeIn takes it in the future.”   With today’s release Bold360 includes: An intuitive interface - Empowers agents with the information needed to resolve issues quickly by consolidating data from different systems and presenting a unified view of all customer interactions. Agents can work across different channels while seeing a complete history of all interactions for the customer they are assisting.   No code integrations – Easily integrate popular business systems including Salesforce and Zendesk, to provide that information directly into the Bold360 agent interface, without needing to toggle between applications. World-class omni-channel engagement – Seamlessly engage with customers across a variety of channels including live chat, Facebook Messenger, email and more.  Bold360 offers the right engagement for the level of support needed without clunky handoffs and preserves the context of conversations across channels to help agents address issues quickly.  Intelligent automation -- Helps agents respond to commonly asked questions with the ability to create, curate and manage answers.  The system gets smarter over time and can be applied to self-service interactions or to inform agents in an assisted interaction.  Remote support – With features including remote control, file transfer and co-browsing, agents can seamlessly escalate visitors to remote support all in one interface to drive efficiency and quickly resolve customer issues.  “There is a significant white space when it comes to engagement capabilities of traditional CRM tools,” said Paddy Srinivasan, General Manager, Customer Engagement and Support Solutions.  “As customer expectations change, the old way of managing customer interactions will no longer suffice.  Bold360 not only helps businesses interact with their customers, but also builds intelligent & actionable profiles that help brands offer the right recommendation at the right time based on all the information about that customer – not just a small subset based on past interactions.  As Bold360 continues to evolve and capabilities expand, those customer profiles will continue to get richer and will serve as an essential tool for customer service organisations everywhere.”  Pricing and availability Bold360 is available today.  Pricing depends on deployment size and use case.  Additional resources: Website Blog: Introducing Bold360: Making Digital Customer Service Smarter Demo Video ###  LogMeIn’s customer engagement & support portfolio LogMeIn delivers industry leading solutions designed to empower knowledge workers to deliver more human, personalised and intelligent customer engagement and support across all digital channels and devices that drives increased satisfaction, engagement and productivity.  More than 50,000 companies rely on LogMeIn’s customer engagement portfolio to support 200 million customer interactions every year.  About LogMeIn, Inc. LogMeIn, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOGM) simplifies how people connect with each other and the world around them to drive meaningful interactions, deepen relationships, and create better outcomes for individuals and businesses. One of the world’s top 10 public SaaS companies, and a market leader in communication & conferencing, identity & access, and customer engagement & support solutions, LogMeIn has millions of customers spanning virtually every country across the globe. LogMeIn is headquartered in Boston with additional locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  Media contacts Amanda Conroy / India Bednall Espresso Communications on behalf of LogMeIn P: +61 28016 2200 E: logmein@espressocomms.com.au WFC Announces the Heavy Furniture Discounts Now in Sydney 2017-06-07T11:18:28Z wfc-announces-the-heavy-furniture-discounts-now-in-sydney Did you ever try to locate the furniture stores where you can get the heavy discounts? Have you been feeling helpless by watching people buying stuff from the Brisbane's biggest furniture store at discounted prices? but you can't afford the transportation expenses for getting the furniture from Brisbane to Sydney?  People of Sydney were waiting for this opportunity as they grabbed it now as the Brisbane's biggest furniture warehouse has been moved to their city. From the everyday hustle and bustle, Sydney people have got some time to shape their dreams for furnishing their places with innovative designs and surprising discounts. You are going to get everything you love the most for furnishing your bedroom with the huge options in the bedroom furniture and every single piece designed to enjoy the comforts in your bedroom.  When you find lots of options for bedroom furniture, you would get enthralled by getting the high-quality mattresses along with your purchase of beds. This is no longer a matter of concern for someone aware of the Brisbane’s biggest furniture house, WFC. They are moving to Sydney shortly and come up with an idea to make every single piece of furniture as per the choice of others. Once you are done with your expensive shopping of furniture by visiting the retail stores, you would find it the amazing option to explore the options during the heavy discount offers at the Warehouse Furniture Store. There are lots of options you can access throughout your shopping for each room whether you need for furnishing your indoor space or for the outdoor cafeteria. They have metal furniture to wooden furnishing pieces so that you can easily make your place furnished wonderfully with no obstruction. You will have to be ready for the upcoming event as you can access all options by ensuring your reach immediately. ECRM Acquires Hyper-Growth Retail Technology Company RangeMe 2017-06-06T23:59:24Z ecrm-acquires-hyper-growth-retail-technology-company-rangeme SOLON, OH and SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 6, 2017 – Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM®), an international leader in product sourcing and category planning solutions, announced today it has acquired RangeMe, the award-winning online platform that streamlines new product discovery between suppliers and retailers. RangeMe brings unparalleled online scalability and best of breed technology that will complement the significant foundation ECRM has developed over the past two decades in assisting retail buyers with discovering new products and boosting the effectiveness of category planning. “Technology has always been a crucial component of our business, but this acquisition will accelerate and strengthen our ability to help buyers and sellers work through the category planning process as the most complete solution in the retail industry,” said Greg Farrar, CEO of ECRM. “By incorporating RangeMe’s digital product discovery solution into ECRM’s processes and services, we can be the true extension of the buyer’s sourcing and category planning efforts.” San Francisco-based RangeMe is changing the way retailers and product suppliers do business by giving buyers an efficient way to discover innovative new products and manage the inbound product submission process. For suppliers, they are given increased control over the marketing of their products and greater access to retail buyers. In the past year alone, RangeMe has grown to nearly 65,000 suppliers and more than 210,000 active products across all categories. “ECRM has been, and continues to be, the industry standard in category planning services,” said Nicky Jackson, CEO and Founder of RangeMe. “We are excited to bring our industry-leading online sourcing technology and unprecedented growth to ECRM. Together, we are able to position ourselves as the complete and preferred end-to-end category sourcing solution in retail today and for the future.” With this acquisition, ECRM and RangeMe are bringing advantageous streamlined technology to a wider breadth of customers, and influencing the evolution of the CPG industry. “We started the RangeMe journey to bring efficiency and speed to the way retailers discover products, and to provide smaller suppliers big opportunities to revolutionize the CPG industry,” said Nicky. “As part of ECRM, we are fully realizing this vision and leading the retail industry into a new age of technology-driven innovation.” “Together with RangeMe, ECRM will be better positioned to provide even more strategic value to our clients by offering incredibly effective product discovery and category planning solutions,” said Greg. “We look forward to welcoming the RangeMe team and working together to help shape the evolving retail industry.” About ECRM ECRM helps buyers and suppliers increase productivity, optimize product assortments and enhance collaboration efforts via its service offerings that include product discovery, category development and category planning. Over the past 20+ years, the company has grown to serve buyers and suppliers around the world in the following markets: grocery, general merchandise, health and beauty care, foodservice and pharmacy/medical markets. For more information, please visit ECRM.MarketGate.com. About RangeMe RangeMe is a leading online platform that streamlines new product discovery between suppliers and retailers. As the 2016 Shop.org Startup of the Year, RangeMe empowers retail buyers with an efficient way to discover innovative new products and manage the inbound product submission process. For product suppliers and manufacturers, RangeMe gives increased control over the marketing of their products and greater access to retail buyers. For more information visit RangeMe.com # # # Deakin Estate’s new River to Vine labels launched 2017-06-05T00:44:08Z deakin-estate-s-new-river-to-vine-labels-launched Deakin Estate’s family owned vineyards lie near Mildura in north west Victoria, Australia. Here, the mighty Murray River weaves across the land, bringing life to the region.  As one of the world’s longest navigable rivers, the Murray stretches for 2,500 kilometres, bordered by a tapestry of quintessential Australian flora, including magnificent gum trees.  For over 40,000 years, this river sustained the region’s traditional owners, the Latje Latje people, whose deep connection to the land centres around the timeless Murray – now central to Deakin Estate’s unique terroir. Deakin’s new River to Vine labels pay homage to the magnificent Murray and the role it plays in delivering exceptional, estate grown fruit to our winemakers.  Deakin Estate enjoys full control over every aspect of production, from proprietary vineyards through to final wines -  giving consistency, vintage after vintage.    For consumers looking for a wine they can always trust for quality and affordability, these fresh labels, designed by Melbourne’s Beetle Creative, evoke a sense of place. The Murray River’s irrigation system was set up in 1887 by the Chaffey Brothers.  Water availability accelerated agricultural expansion around the Murray Darling region, in which Deakin Estate was established in 1967.  Today, Deakin’s viticulturist Craig Thornton is highly regarded for his meticulous irrigation trials in conjunction with research bodies such as the CSIRO, ensuring Deakin is at the forefront of regional viticulture.   Craig says, “My approach is to create a balanced vine canopy.  Irrigation is our main tool in achieving this, as it is something we can manage each year to complement our warm, dry climate.  We create the right vine architecture to manage cropping levels, while capturing the best possible flavours.” Deakin Estate wines are available Australia wide and in major export markets, as are other leading brands nurtured by the Murray, such as William Downie and Chalmers.  One of the world’s leading wine writers, Jancis Robinson MW recently commented that collectively, such operators are “busy proving that good wines can come out of the irrigated inland wine regions that depend for their existence on the lazy Murray River.” (www.jancisrobinson.com - 28/4/2017). Three new release Deakin Estate wines, all presented in environmentally friendly Lean+Green® bottles and proudly wearing the new ‘River to Vine’ labels, have just been released. Deakin Estate Shiraz 2016.  RRP $10 Harvested: Early-March 2016 Wine Specifications: Alc/Vol: 13.5% pH: 3.54 Acidity: 5.6g/l RS: 2.0g/L Vinification: Fermented at moderate temperatures with pump overs programmed for a desired soft tannin effect. Pressing and malolactic fermentation were followed by clarification and maturation on small amounts of premium French oak chips. Enjoy now or will cellar up to three years. Deakin Estate Cabernet 2016. RRP $10 Harvested: Mid-March 2016 Wine Specifications: Alc/Vol: 13.5% pH: 3.46 Acidity: 5.87g/l RS: 2.0g/L Vinification: Fermented in sweeping arm Potter fermenters for 10 days with automated pump over. Pressing and clarification onto premium French oak, followed by malolactic fermentation and maturation to add complexity and structure before final blending. Enjoy now or cellar up to five years. Deakin Estate Moscato 2016.  RRP $10 Harvested: Mid – Late February 2016 Wine Specifications: Alc/Vol: 7.0% pH: 3.30 Acidity: 6.6g/l RS: 95g/L Vinification: Muscat Gordo Blanco grapes were picked when firm and juicy with explosive Muscat flavours. Only half the grape sugar was fermented, resulting in a low alcohol, light bodied wine. An aromatic yeast was used to accentuate the fruit character, and very gentle processing followed to preserve as much of the natural spritz as possible.  Best enjoyed young, well chilled. Availability Leading independents and First Choice stores Australia wide (except NT). Distribution Australian distributors Red+White. Tel. 1300 763 377. International distributors https://www.wingara.com.au/Distributors For further information contact Web - www.deakinestate.com.au                            Facebook, Twitter and You Tube – @DeakinEstate   Deakin Estate Fast Facts Location: Red Cliffs near Mildura, Victoria. Wine Region: Murray Darling, Victoria. Size: 217 hectares of vineyards and orchards. Winery Capacity: 400,000 cases. Winemakers: Frank Newman, Aidan Menzies. Viticulturist: Craig Thornton. Soils: Rich, fertile calcareous earth, ranging from brown to red sandy loam. Climate: Mediterranean.  Warm and sunny.           Max. average temperature: 23.6 degrees Celsius. Latitude: 34°10’S   Altitude: 50-70 metres (180-229 feet) Mean number of clear days per year: 143.2  Mean annual Rainfall: 268.1mm       Now the Brisbane’s Biggest Furniture House Reached to Sydney 2017-06-02T11:00:09Z now-the-brisbane-s-biggest-furniture-house-reached-to-sydney Have you been waiting for the discounted furniture range to furnish your place? Do you find it tough to locate a furniture store in your local area? Do you find it even more complicated to travel all the way to another city just to buy the discounted furniture range? 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