The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-16T23:26:45Z Avaya Announces Enhancements to its Avaya Desktop Experience 2019-01-16T23:26:45Z avaya-announces-enhancements-to-its-avaya-desktop-experience SANTA CLARA, Calif. – January 15, 2019 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE:AVYA) today announced enhancements to its Avaya Desktop Experience portfolio of smart business devices, including a new line of professional-grade communication headsets, expanded Broadsoft UC feature support, enhancements to its Essential Experience J100 Series, and the availability of Device Enrollment Service 2.0. The new portfolio of L100 series professional grade headsets initially includes five corded headsets, with cordless headsets available in the near future. These headsets enable unique AcousticEdge™ technology to provide the maximum audio experience while protecting employees from long-term headset usage issues. These headsets are engineered to work particularly for Contact Center agents, with an innovative, quick disconnect option and supervisor listen-in capabilities. See these headsets in action here. Building on the November 2018 expansion of its Open SIP smart devices portfolio, Avaya has significantly increased the ability of the Essential Experience J100 Series of smart business desktop devices to support Broadsoft UC features, enabling UCaaS service providers to add Avaya Open SIP to their UCaaS offerings on a broad scale. Additionally, Avaya introduced a new full color, high resolution Essential Experience J100 Expansion Module that can be attached to Essential Experience J169 or J179 IP Phones to provide an expanded display. This module can be used for administration and reception positions to view the status of lines being monitored and supports Avaya SIP, H.323, and Open SIP architectures. Avaya also announced that the Essential Experience J179 now supports Bluetooth connectivity. Also introduced is a new 2.0 version of Avaya’s Device Enrollment Service (DES), which facilitates zero-touch provisioning for smart desktop device installation. New capabilities include support of the G14 languages, re-enrollment support, notification and data export enhancements, and security enhancements. Avaya’s DES has been specifically designed to reduce deployment cost and help large service providers scale their cloud business faster. "Avaya continues to make significant strides in revolutionizing the desktop space and advancing the Open SIP market,” said Ard Verboon, General Manager of the Devices portfolio, Avaya. “With the availability of support for Broadsoft advanced features combined with the large breadth of the Avaya Desktop Experience portfolio, Avaya is now a one-stop shop for any smart device that a company may need, and UCaaS providers can now look to Avaya to meet their smart devices needs–from the professional desktop, to campus mobility, to personal and room conferencing, to headsets–as well as industry vertical solutions.” Additional Resources · On January 17th at 10:00am PST, join Alaa Saayed, Frost & Sullivan ICT Industry Director & Fellow and Karen Hong, Avaya Senior Product Manager, Devices as they discuss the Open SIP devices market, ecosystem, and opportunities for UCaaS Service Providers in 2019. · See the Essential Experience J100 series portfolio in action. · Download more information about Avaya’s Open SIP portfolio. About Avaya Businesses are built on the experiences they provide, and every day millions of those experiences are built by Avaya (NYSE: AVYA). For over one hundred years, we’ve enabled organizations around the globe to win – by creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees. Avaya builds open, converged and innovative solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration – in the cloud, on-premise or a hybrid of both. To grow your business, we’re committed to innovation, partnership, and a relentless focus on what’s next. We’re the technology company you trust to help you deliver Experiences that Matter. Visit us at www.avaya.com. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This document contains certain “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the U.S. federal and state securities laws. These statements may be identified by the use of forward looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," “our vision,” "plan," "potential," "preliminary," "predict," "should," "will," or “would” or the negative thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology and include, but are not limited to expected feature releases and statements about future products, expected cash savings and statements about growth, exchange listing and improved operational metrics. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While the Company believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control. The factors are discussed in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 10 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may cause its actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to the Company’s filings with the SEC that are available atwww.sec.gov. The Company cautions you that the list of important factors included in the Company’s SEC filings may not contain all of the material factors that are important to you. In addition, considering these risks and uncertainties, the matters referred to in the forward-looking statements contained in this report may not in fact occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. Source: Avaya Newsroom Avaya A.I.Connect Ecosystem Expands with New Partners and Offers 2019-01-16T22:48:42Z avaya-a-i-connect-ecosystem-expands-with-new-partners-and-offers Santa Clara, Calif. – January 16, 2019 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA) today announced further expansion of its unique A.I.Connect ecosystem with new partners and partner offers, including an increased focus on incorporating new Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities into its Unified Communications (UC) solutions. Knowmail and over.ai are the newly designated A.I.Connect partners with solutions aligned to Avaya’s overall UC and collaboration strategies. They join the broader Avaya ecosystem of companies collaborating on the use of AI and machine learning technologies for Unified Communications and Contact Center, including Verint, with whom Avaya recently expanded its partnership inclusive of additional AI-powered and Cloud solutions. Avaya’s vision for AI in Unified Communications includes strengthening workforce productivity in four key ways: Effortless Prioritization – enabling employees to deal with massive amounts of content such as email, IM, messages, and calls by intelligently prioritizing and responding to the most pressing items first. Smart Communications – leveraging presence to enable “best choice first” and anticipating optimal channels for communications with peers and workgroups Streamlined Interactions – offering timely suggestions and voice activation of communication services, simplifying manual or point-and-click interfaces required by many different communications channel choices today. Optimized Decisions – Providing personalized visibility to complete, relevant data sets that is all too often lost from view or difficult to find. “Avaya’s deep expertise in creating communications and collaboration experiences for enterprise workers leverages AI capabilities for natural language understanding and personal assistants. With the addition of new AI solutions from companies like Knowmail, over.ai and others, our A.I.Connect initiative continues to expand the ecosystem helping to provide optimal AI capabilities for strengthening workforce engagement across omnichannel communications,” said Eric Rossman, Avaya Vice President, Alliances and Partnerships. “Avaya continues to aggressively position AI as a critical element of both the UC and Contact Center strategies offered to their clients,” said Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst at ZK Research. “Building off the long-standing success of their DevConnect Program, Avaya’s A.I.Connect initiative allows them to capitalize upon the expertise of their ecosystem for a wide range of use cases, helping enterprises establish early leadership positions through the application of analytical and predictive capabilities enabled by AI and Machine Learning capabilities.” Founded in 2014 with the mission to liberate employees from the agony of information overload, Knowmail supports effortless prioritization by providing a highly secure, personalized AI email productivity capability to Avaya’s Unified Communications clients, offering the user a choice of visual, voice, or mixed experiences. “We’re excited to be part of Avaya’s A.I.Connect ecosystem, and to bring the power of personalized communications to the Avaya customer base,” said Haim Senior, CEO of Knowmail. “Through our relationship, Knowmail and Avaya are capable of delivering a wholly new productivity experience, offering email prioritization by urgency, along with predicted next-best-actions to increase focus, quickly get things done, save time, and stay organized, all within the Avaya Vantage desktop smart phone. This allows professionals more focus and flexibility in their workday, completing urgent tasks even before they can boot and login to their computer in the morning.” over.ai is an AI-enabled voice platform that tackles complex tasks by embracing natural language processing technology and allowing end users to engage naturally, to create a fundamental shift in human-computer interactions. Evolving from point-and-click to listen-and-enable interactions, over.ai will bring voice-enabled AI that streamlines communications tasks on Avaya platforms through listening, understanding and learning from its own environment in real-time. “Enabling organizations to enhance their user experience across every channel will have an enormous impact on productivity and communication,” said Noam Fine, over.ai CEO. “We’re excited to be able to link over.ai’s Voice AI Cognitive Services with Avaya solutions and make this a reality.” In addition, Avaya continues to deepen its overall AI and Cloud strategy for the contact center with an expanded resale agreement with existing A.I.Connect partner Verint. Through this broader arrangement, Avaya customers are now able to obtain powerful AI-enabled solutions that deliver actionable insights across text and speech channels, plus key knowledge management, feedback and online community capabilities directly through Avaya and authorized Avaya channel partners. About A.I. Connect A.I. Connect is a consortium of companies dedicated to supporting and promoting the interoperability and value of artificial intelligence and machine learning within enterprise communications. Established by Avaya in 2017, the initiative creates a community of technology firms who can collaborate on creating the broadest set of technology options of AI capabilities for Avaya customers worldwide to deliver more engaging experiences to their own employees and end customers. More information on A.I.Connect can be found at www.avaya.com/aiconnect. Technology firms interested in joining the A.I.Connect ecosystem can request consideration through aiconnect@avaya.com. About Avaya Businesses are built on the experiences they provide, and every day millions of those experiences are built by Avaya (NYSE:AVYA). For over one hundred years, we’ve enabled organizations around the globe to win – by creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees. Avaya builds open, converged and innovative solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration – in the cloud, on-premise or a hybrid of both. To grow your business, we’re committed to innovation, partnership, and a relentless focus on what’s next. We’re the technology company you trust to help you deliver Experiences that Matter. Visit us at www.avaya.com. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This document contains certain “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the U.S. federal and state securities laws. These statements may be identified by the use of forward looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," “our vision,” "plan," "potential," "preliminary," "predict," "should," "will," or “would” or the negative thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology and include, but are not limited to, expected feature releases, statements about future products, expected cash savings and statements about growth, exchange listing and improved operational metrics. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While the Company believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control. The factors are discussed in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 10 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may cause its actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to the Company’s filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. The Company cautions you that the list of important factors included in the Company’s SEC filings may not contain all of the material factors that are important to you. In addition, in light of these risks and uncertainties, the matters referred to in the forward-looking statements contained in this report may not in fact occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. Source: Avaya Newsroom ### New Crestron Performance UI Empowers Integrators to Deliver Stunning User Experience on TSR-310 Remote 2019-01-10T01:48:42Z new-crestron-performance-ui-empowers-integrators-to-deliver-stunning-user-experience-on-tsr-310-remote SYDNEY, Australia – January 10, 2018 – Crestron, a global leader in advanced smart home technology, have announced the release of the Crestron Performance UI, a completely new and revolutionary user experience designed exclusively for the TSR-310 handheld touch screen remote. The Crestron Performance UI integrates natively with the Crestron Pyng® OS 2 operating system, giving residential integrators unprecedented power to deliver stunning user experiences never seen before in a handheld remote. Integrators will also appreciate how the Crestron Performance UI dramatically reduces deployment time, thanks to minimal programming requirements. Crestron integrators can download the latest Crestron Pyng OS 2 update now to see how the TSR-310 UI instantly updates to the Crestron Performance UI. “Crestron smart home automation is already renowned for ease of scalability, high performance, and unmatched reliability,” said Michael Short, Global Residential Marketing Manager at Crestron. “Now, with the Crestron Performance UI, our residential integrators can also deliver an incredible user experience that takes virtually no time to configure. It’s the full package.” More major new features and enhancements Among other new features, the Crestron Performance UI provides integrated media, lighting, shades, and climate control, along with quick actions. The user interface takes industry standard actions to an unprecedented new level, with smooth and stunning transitions and animations. The UI is pre-built, so no design tools are necessary. The voice command interface is built-in, as well, further simplifying configuration. Software support The Crestron Performance UI is supported in Crestron Pyng OS 2 via a simple OS update. 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. ©2018 Crestron Electronics, Inc. Crestron Now Shipping Complete Portfolio of Crestron Flex Unified Communications & Collaboration Solutions 2019-01-10T01:45:35Z crestron-now-shipping-complete-portfolio-of-crestron-flex-unified-communications-collaboration-solutions SYDNEY, Australia – January 10, 2018 – Crestron, a global leader in workplace technology, announced it is now shipping its complete portfolio of Crestron Flex Unified Communications & Collaboration solutions. Crestron Flex clears the way to more productive, stress-free days by providing a simple, consistent user experience in all the places people work and meet, from desks to boardrooms. There’s no more time wasted trying to get the technology in different meeting spaces to work. Crestron Flex provides a native Microsoft Teams™, Skype® for Business, and Zoom Rooms™ software experience, including one-touch join. “We are pleased to elevate our long standing partnership with Crestron. The integration of the Crestron Flex portfolio of devices with Microsoft Teams delivers an impressive end-to-end portfolio for customers,” said Bob Davis, CVP, M365 Customer and Partner Experience at Microsoft Corporation. “We decided that Crestron Flex was the perfect solution for us,” says Bradley Wilbanks, Global AV Supervisor at Sealed Air, a Fortune 500® company that designs and manufactures unique and innovative packaging products. “In the past, we were always finding ourselves trying to force our customers to bend to our platform and codec. Crestron Flex allows us to be more flexible while offering a seamless experience; taking the technology out of the equation and letting us focus on doing our jobs.” Crestron Flex solutions come in several forms, but all deliver the same experience, regardless of the space in which they’re deployed: Crestron Flex P100 Series: Crestron’s first ever voice-over-IP desk phone, the P100 Series takes a new approach to the notoriously complex and disjointed world of telephony. It delivers the Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business experience to users of desktop phones. It features a large touch screen that provides convenient tools that connect you to your calendar and coworkers, right at your desk. Crestron Flex B100 Series: With a stunning, yet practical, wall-mount sound bar design, the B100 Series delivers crystal clear audio with a beam forming microphone array, an integrated 4K high-definition camera that provides auto-zoom, people counting, and lifelike image quality. A front of room solution for Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, or Zoom Rooms, the B100 Series pairs with a 10" touch screen to deliver a simple, intuitive in-room user experience. Crestron Flex M100 Series: The Crestron Flex M100 Series is a tabletop solution that provides everything you need to instantly and securely call, present, and videoconference using Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, or Zoom Rooms software. An included 4K high-definition camera provides auto-zoom, people-counting, and lifelike image. The premier audio performance is delivered via the incorporated four-microphone 360-degree array. Crestron Flex C100 Series: The Crestron Flex C100 Series is a flexible, integrated UC kit that brings one-touch join to even the most custom spaces. It natively supports Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, or Zoom Rooms, and includes an optional certified UC DSP and ceiling tile microphone array Centralised deployment and management Crestron Flex solutions benefit from zero-touch deployment via the Crestron XiO Cloud™ platform. The world’s leading companies are seeing up to 90% reductions in installation time, improvements in device uptime, and less strain on support resources. Crestron was awarded the prestigious 2018 Microsoft Global Partner of the Year Award for Internet of Things (IoT) in recognition of how Crestron XiO Cloud, built on the Microsoft® Azure® platform, has revolutionised provisioning and management of Crestron’s workplace solutions. Learn more Visit crestron.com/Flex to learn more about how Crestron Flex solutions are creating better meeting and collaboration experiences everywhere in the modern workplace. 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. ©2018 Crestron Electronics, Inc. Honey Birdette Throws Wild Party To Celebrate First USA Boutique 2018-12-27T21:34:47Z honey-birdette-open-first-usa-boutique Australian lingerie label Honey Birdette have opened their first USA store located at Westfield Century City, Los Angeles. The luxurious new boutique will provide a unique shopping experience to delight and inspire, creating an exceptional world class shopping destination for Honey Birdette’s USA based clientele. Designed with the finest materials, the 500 square foot store features a gold tiled arch welcoming guests through an individually cut Italian glass mirrored store front. Redesigned product displays offer a more intimate feel and interactivity, while 2 private dressing rooms with custom-made whisky bar carts and press for champagne buttons ensure a VIP experience for every customer. Commenting on the new store concept Honey Birdette’s Managing Director Eloise Monaghan explains: We are focusing on unique designs concepts for all of our future boutiques and each footprint will have its own unique element. Some might have a champagne bar for example, a private salon in one, a peep show in another, a stage or a catwalk. The black and gold coloured palette reflects the class and exclusivity of the Honey Birdette brand, whilst the introduction of more subtle materials like dark gloss wall tiles and heavy pistachio velvet curtains in the fitting rooms, bring a warmth and richness that will appeal to the international shopper. While Honey Birdette release one new collection every week of the year, customers who visit the Century City boutique will also be privy to exclusive and limited- edition lingerie and accessories; such as the Chloe Red Corset and rose gold, rope and leather sex swings which won’t be available at any other Honey Birdette boutique in the world. Honey Birdette’s first USA boutique opened with an exclusive launch event. While VIP guests partied the night away with DJ Avalon Lurks, amidst champagne towers, confetti cannons and Santa’s naughty little helpers, a line of more than 500 shoppers eagerly awaited the moment when Honey Birdette opened their doors to the USA public for the very first time. VIP guests that joined Honey Birdette to celebrate the evening included: Arika Sato, Brennah Black, Cherie Noel, CJ Franco, Jennifer Lee, Jocelyn Binder, Johnny Cinematic, Kirby Griffin, Lorena Tav, Ludi DelFino, Makalya London, Miki Hamano, Misty Mason, Morgan Lynzi, Nargias Fakhri, Natasha Eklove, Sarah Stephens, Tiah Eckhart, Tony Kelly, Vendela Lindblom and Zienna Sonne. Watch the Honey Birdette USA Boutique Launch Event video here: https://youtu.be/s09g8WNzNEo Honey Birdette Opens First USA Boutique 2018-12-27T20:56:53Z honey-birdette-opens-first-usa-boutique Australian lingerie label Honey Birdette have opened their first USA store located at Westfield Century City, Los Angeles. The luxurious new boutique will provide a unique shopping experience to delight and inspire, creating an exceptional world class shopping destination for Honey Birdette’s USA based clientele. Designed with the finest materials, the 500 square foot store features a gold tiled arch welcoming guests through an individually cut Italian glass mirrored store front. Redesigned product displays offer a more intimate feel and interactivity, while 2 private dressing rooms with custom-made whisky bar carts and press for champagne buttons ensure a VIP experience for every customer. Commenting on the new store concept Honey Birdette’s Managing Director Eloise Monaghan explains: We are focusing on unique designs concepts for all of our future boutiques and each footprint will have its own unique element. Some might have a champagne bar for example, a private salon in one, a peep show in another, a stage or a catwalk. The black and gold coloured palette reflects the class and exclusivity of the Honey Birdette brand, whilst the introduction of more subtle materials like dark gloss wall tiles and heavy pistachio velvet curtains in the fitting rooms, bring a warmth and richness that will appeal to the international shopper. While Honey Birdette release one new collection every week of the year, customers who visit the Century City boutique will also be privy to exclusive and limited- edition lingerie and accessories; such as the Chloe Red Corset and rose gold, rope and leather sex swings which won’t be available at any other Honey Birdette boutique in the world. Honey Birdette’s first USA boutique opened with an exclusive launch event. While VIP guests partied the night away with DJ Avalon Lurks, amidst champagne towers, confetti cannons and Santa’s naughty little helpers, a line of more than 500 shoppers eagerly awaited the moment when Honey Birdette opened their doors to the USA public for the very first time. VIP guests that joined Honey Birdette to celebrate the evening included: Arika Sato, Brennah Black, Cherie Noel, CJ Franco, Jennifer Lee, Jocelyn Binder, Johnny Cinematic, Kirby Griffin, Lorena Tav, Ludi DelFino, Makalya London, Miki Hamano, Misty Mason, Morgan Lynzi, Nargias Fakhri, Natasha Eklove, Sarah Stephens, Tiah Eckhart, Tony Kelly, Vendela Lindblom and Zienna Sonne. ABOUT HONEY BIRDETTE Honey Birdette is a luxury lingerie and lifestyle brand led by Founder and Managing Director Eloise Monaghan. The first boutique opened in 2006 with a unique offering of high-end lingerie and premium bedroom accessories. Bold, innovative and just a tad naughtier than you would expect, Honey Birdette quickly became the most talked about lingerie brand in Australia. Honey Birdette has grown from one humble boutique in Brisbane to fifty-seven stores across Australia, three hundred and fifty employees and a highly engaged and devoted customer base. In September 2016 Honey Birdette opened their first international boutique located in Covent Garden, London and now have three boutiques in the United Kingdom. In December 2018 Honey Birdette opened their first USA boutique at Westfield Century City with an additional 6 confirmed locations for the USA in 2019. appConfig = { isGuest: JSON.parse(true), isJourno: JSON.parse(false), disableChats: 1 }; var pageConfig = { step: 'username', isFromPrWire: JSON.parse('false') }; Neto Launches Amazon Product Registration Solution to Fast-Track Retailers onto Amazon Australia 2018-12-12T03:32:32Z neto-launches-amazon-product-registration-solution-to-fast-track-retailers-onto-amazon-australia BRISBANE, 12 December, 2018 – Australia’s leading retail management platform, Neto, today announced the launch of its fast-track Amazon Product Registration Solution enabling small and medium-sized retailers to start selling products on Amazon Australia in less than 15 minutes[i].   Neto’s Amazon Product Registration solution, available today, enables true ‘set and forget’ retailing. After creating an account with Amazon Australia, retailers can now bulk select and list entire product categories with a few clicks. Since its release in beta two weeks ago, growth in Amazon product listings by Neto retailers has increased by 78 percent.    Amazon Australia is the country’s fastest growing marketplace, surpassing 5000 sellers in 42 days of launch, 10,000 sellers by March, and in a recent Amazon statement announcing Australian shipping will resume from Amazon in US, the company revealed there are currently over 80 million products available on amazon.com.au.   Ryan Murtagh, founder and CEO of Neto said, according to a recent poll, approximately 60 percent[ii] of Neto’s retailer customers have advised they are already selling on Amazon Australia or intend to establish an Amazon store in the near future.   “It’s 12 months since Amazon launched in Australia and the marketplace is clearly making its mark,” said Murtagh. “We keep an active pulse on the needs of our customers and a recent poll we conducted revealed that nearly two in every three Neto retailers are already selling on, or intend to start selling on, Amazon Australia.    “Of the one in three retailers who will not sell on Amazon, a recurring reason stated was that the process is too complex,” said Murtagh.   Prior to Neto’s Amazon Product Registration solution, to establish an Amazon store, retailers were required to upload products one-by-one. The result was a significant investment in time and resources for a singular product uploading process. For bulk uploads, it involved cross referencing and matching each individual product with the relevant fields in Amazon's customised spreadsheet templates which can contain up to 195 columns.   “Neto’s Amazon Product Registration solution takes care of all the heavy-lifting and slashes the time it takes retailers to get on Amazon and start selling,” said Murtagh. “It’s true ‘set and forget’ retailing for busy Australian retailers who want to reap the benefits of selling on Australia’s fastest-growing marketplace this holiday season.”   With Neto’s Amazon Product Registration solution, product changes are automatically synced between Amazon and a Neto store meaning retailers no longer need to use spreadsheets and can speed up product listings. The simplicity and efficiency of the tool allows retailers to get ahead of the competition and beat them to the important ‘Amazon Buy Box’ this Christmas.   “Retailers are inherently time-poor, and this is never more evident than over the holiday trading period,” said Murtagh. “Our Amazon Product Registration solution means retailers busy retailers can be up and selling on Amazon Australia in literally minutes. It’s a true game-changer.”   Earlier this month Neto released its 2018 State of Ecommerce Report revealing selling through online marketplaces, such as Amazon, has become a core part of many retailers’ strategies and a tool to build brand exposure and reach new customers. Neto’s transactional data showed that one third (33%) of total online sales value comes through marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Catch.   Neto is Australian-founded and -owned and is currently used in 21 countries around the world.   # ENDS #   About Neto Australian-founded and owned, Neto is the only retail and wholesale management platform that provides a complete solution for eCommerce, POS, inventory and fulfilment for small-medium sized retailers. Many of Neto’s customers were amongst the first Australian retailers to sell on Amazon when it launched in December 2017. Today Neto counts thousands of online retail merchants as its customers who have generated billions in sales online. [i] Internal testing by Neto across multiple stores resulted in an average of 10-15 minutes to map a category and set-up field mapping [ii] Neto polled 244 of its retailer customers in November 2018 about selling intentions on Amazon Australia. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1yIkygH4-jO7obi-vWlxnYj1kmU8FzBZkNdTXhhozpA8/edit?usp=sharing . Growth and inclusivity drive Avaya’s channel strategy for 2019 2018-12-05T05:09:41Z growth-and-inclusivity-drive-avayas-channel-strategy-for-2019 Dubai, United Arab Emirates – December 5, 2018 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE:AVYA) today announced new measures aimed at enabling channel partner growth. The announcements were made at the Avaya Partner Summit 2019 in Dubai, where the company is hosting the EMEA and APAC regions’ leading channel heavyweights, market movers and technical and sales leaders. The new measures, which come as an update to the Avaya Edge partner program, will provide a path for channel partners to move from one value proposition to more advanced ones – moving to solution selling; and from solution selling to innovation building; and from innovation building to enabling true business transformation. The updates to Avaya Edge also place an emphasis on partner inclusivity, aiming to enable growth regardless of the size or business model of the channel partner. This means that Avaya Edge is now the only channel program in the world to provide equal growth opportunities to partners of any size. “Our own growth is inexorably linked to the growth of our partners, regardless of where they sit today on the Avaya Edge Program. Our growth strategies need to align with those of our partners if we’re to succeed in our goals,” said Fadi Moubarak, Vice President – Channels, Avaya International. “Avaya wants its channel partners to continue growing – pure and simple. As a result, in 2019, we’ll be focusing our efforts on three key areas to enable that. There will be a bigger emphasis on cloud; we will enable the delivery of complete solutions that build on our market-leading, API-driven ecosystem; and we will deliver new technologies and innovations that offer answers to genuine business challenges.” With the Edge Program, Avaya has already made significant progress in growing partner business over the past year. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of partners eligible for rebates increased by 281%, and there was a 159% increase in the number of partners who had seen more than 10% growth. The company’s strategy for 2019 will be to build on these positive results. Much of the coming year’s focus will be on empowering channel partners to more easily roll out cloud-based products as cloud adoption continues to skyrocket. With offerings for both the mid-market and the enterprise, Avaya’s range of cloud-based services continues to expand, and is expected to provide significant growth opportunities for both large and small channel partners in 2019. Avaya is also leveraging its market-leading, open standards-based communications platforms to encourage and empower channel partners to provide holistic solutions to their customers. Solutions made available through the Avaya DevConnect and Avaya A.I.Connect programs, for example, bring leading technology disruptors with readily integrated technology solutions into Avaya’s channel. Through the programs, these solutions are made available to channel partners, who can use them to propose innovative, vertical-specific technologies for their customers. Alternatively, Avaya’s open ecosystem can be leveraged by channel partners to build their own solutions. With many of Avaya’s most successful partners having built new innovations on top of Avaya’s platforms for their customers, Avaya is rolling out new tools and APIs that enable and encourage channel partners to take the lead on innovation. These solutions, and more, are being demonstrated at the Avaya Partner Summit 2019, taking place in Dubai from December 4 to 5, 2018. From embedding AI and biometrics into communications workflows to creating seamless omni-channel experiences, summit visitors will find real, working solutions to the biggest business challenges that companies face. “It is our role as a technology vendor to provide our partners with opportunities to continue growing and transforming as the market shifts. Our aim with this event is to continue in our efforts to help empower our channel partners, enabling them to realize even greater levels of growth with Avaya,” added Moubarak. ## About Avaya Businesses are built on the experiences they provide, and every day millions of those experiences are built by Avaya (NYSE: AVYA). For over one hundred years, we’ve enabled organizations around the globe to win – by creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees. Avaya builds open, converged and innovative solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration – in the cloud, on-premise or a hybrid of both. To grow your business, we’re committed to innovation, partnership, and a relentless focus on what’s next. We’re the technology company you trust to help you deliver Experiences that Matter. Visit us at www.avaya.com. 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(Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. 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All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. Interia Systems Announces Discount on Select Office Furniture Products 2018-11-02T08:04:43Z interia-systems-announces-discount-on-select-office-furniture-products Chris, director at Interia Systems, wants individuals to know that office furniture can be professional and elegant, while celebrating bright colors and modern design. The thing that separates Interia Systems from other businesses is that Interia Systems sells furniture online directly to buyers who end up saving hundreds of dollar because there are no middlemen taking a share. Interia Systems offers solutions ranging from office furniture Perth and home office furniture Perth to office chairs and cupboards for secure filing and storage. The company offers a wide variety of office chairs to accommodate any preference. Multiple colors are offered for traditional and non-traditional tastes. The best-selling Ace Mesh Office Chair features a selection of eight fabric colors for the chair seat, adjustable arms, and an ergonomic design. What makes Interia Systems a great place to shop for office furniture is that products sold on their website are sourced from leading vendors, manufacturers both locally and globally. As approved vendors to many of Australia's largest companies, Interia Systems has created and furnished countless prominent projects within both the private business and government sectors. Interia Systems is currently offering 15 percent to 25 percent off on a select range of office furniture. Products covered in the offer include Delta small conference table, Munich 120 workstation, Ace Mesh office chair, Rapido CPU holder desk and much more. The company says, “We are office furniture & fitouts experts bringing style, productivity & engagement to your workplace at factory direct prices with incredibly short lead times.” It is clear that Interia Systems with nearly 35 years of experience in the office furniture business is well placed to cater to the growing needs for office furniture in various sectors.  Interia Systems provides affordable options for creating a professional office space that’s also enjoyable, allowing individuals to express their own unique vision and style. The wealth of home office furniture Perth is delivered right to the customer’s door and caters to any office fit. About Interia Systems In 1984, Interia Systems was founded with a vision to provide innovative Office furniture that offer the ultimate user experience whilst delivering real value to our customers.  Whether you're an aspiring start-up company or one of the world's best known blue-chip corporations, we have the solutions and options to suit your work-style and your budget. Contact Details Interia Systems 21 Chisholm Crescent  Kewdale, WA 6105 Australia 1300 734 105 High-Quality and Affordable Prices are a Benchmark at Direct Office Furniture 2018-11-02T04:22:01Z high-quality-and-affordable-prices-are-a-benchmark-at-direct-office-furniture Justin Hoopes, owner of Direct Office Furniture, wants individuals to know that office furniture can be professional and elegant, while celebrating bright colors and modern design. Direct Office Furniture eliminates the middleman by providing quality office furnishings directly from the manufacturers for affordable pricing. Direct Office Furniture offers solutions ranging from computer desks and office chairs to lockable cabinets and cupboards for secure filing and storage. Elegant planter boxes are also available to create an organized way to introduce plants and greenery into the workspace whether they’re real or artificial. Traditional boardroom design meets stylish modern looks at home office furniture Perth. The company offers a wide variety of office chairs to accommodate any preference. Multiple colors are offered for traditional and non-traditional tastes. The best-selling Ace Mesh Office Chair features a selection of eight fabric colors for the chair seat, adjustable arms, and an ergonomic design. Also available is the Denver Boardroom Chair in medium or high back styles.Office chairs for clients and visitors are offered in stylish colors and designs. Consumers will find black mesh chairs with arms and Nexus tub chairs with a choice of four fabric colors. Computer desk run the gamut from the Munich rectangular desk and Munich corner workstation to the Folkstone straight desk. The Folkstone is an ideal solution for those that need to set up an office quickly and efficiently. Available in five sizes and two colors it comes with a five-year warranty and optional lockable drawers. Standing desks, reception desks and executive office desks are all available for any need and décor. Selections at Direct Office Furniture also encompass Denver Tambour cupboards in multiple sizes to fit any office space. Adjustable shelves, lockable sliding doors and custom colors have made it one of the company’s top selling products. Storage and filing space is always at a premium and the company offers small portable models. Direct Office Furniture provides affordable options for creating a professional office space that’s also enjoyable, allowing individuals to express their own unique vision and style. The wealth of home office furniture Perth is delivered right to the customer’s door and caters to any office fit. About Direct Office Furniture Direct Office Furniture is able to provide a huge range of office desks, office chairs, office workstations and office tables online. The company eliminates the middleman and ships directly to consumers for cost effective options and requirements ranging from a single office set up to workspaces for 200 seats. Media Contact Direct Office Furniture Phone: 1300 089 843 Address: 197 St Georges Terrace Perth, WA 6000 Website: www.directoffice.com.au Neto Wins Best eCommerce Platform at 2018 NORA Awards 2018-10-30T02:05:12Z neto-wins-best-ecommerce-platform-at-2018-nora-awards   BRISBANE, 30 October, 2018 – Australia’s leading retail management platform, Neto, has been awarded ‘Best eCommerce Platform’ at the inaugural Solution Provider Excellence Awards held by the National Online Retailers Association (NORA).   Neto beat an exceptionally high-calibre field of finalists - including Salesforce, BigCommerce, Groupon Australia, Marketplacer, Productsup, Pitney Bowes, Borderfree, Mirakl and Brauz - to take home the top gong in the ‘Best eCommerce Platform’ award category. ​ Ryan Murtagh, Neto’s founder and CEO, said winning the award was a great honour and affirmation of Neto’s deep understanding of its customers.   “At Neto everything we do centres around our customers. We obsess over their success and know that we are only truly successful when they are successful,” said Murtagh. “This award is essentially a ‘retailers’ choice’ award as the voting was cast by actual retailers. As such, it’s an incredible honour and acknowledgement by our customers of the talented and hard-working team at Neto.”    Neto is the only retail and wholesale management platform that provides a complete solution for eCommerce, Point of Sale (POS), inventory and fulfillment. Its integrated back-end technology enables retailers and merchants deliver an exceptional and consistent customer experience via any channel, whether it be in a physical store, online or via marketplaces such as eBay, Catch or Amazon.   “We always innovate through a customer lens and ensure every merchant and retailer on our platform has access to the latest information on how to be grow and scale in a constantly changing digital environment,” said Murtagh. “We essentially strive to create a world where retail runs itself.”   NORA, the association behind the awards, is Australia's most influential retail industry network connecting retailers, service providers, marketplaces and customers to accelerate learning and business growth.   NORA’s founder, Paul Greenberg said "The NORA Solution Provider Excellence Awards goes right to the core of what NORA does: we celebrate success in our exciting retail ecosystem. The only difference this time is that instead of celebrating our retailers, we’re shining the spotlight on the incredible solution providers that drive our industry forward”.   The awards were voted on by more than 2,500 retailers and overseen by NORA’s Advisory Board including the CEO of the National Retailers Association, Dominique Lamb; QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, Ben Sharp; Prof. Sean Sands of Swinburne University of Technology; and Assoc. Prof. Gary Mortimer of the Queensland University of Technology.   Neto is currently used in 21 countries around the world. It consolidates business success and future-proofs retailers in an increasingly competitive market. Gartner Says Retailers Are Investing Heavily in Digital Capabilities to Meet Customer Expectations 2018-10-29T02:05:20Z gartner-says-retailers-are-investing-heavily-in-digital-capabilities-to-meet-customer-expectations-1 SYDNEY, Australia, October 29, 2018 — Global retail sector technology spending will grow 3.6 percent to reach almost $203.6 billion in 2019, with similar growth rates for the next two years, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc. Customer expectations and competition are forcing retailers to evolve and invest heavily in digital business transformation. Relative to other industries, retail has traditionally been a laggard in terms of appetite for change, digital maturity and hence technology spend, according to Gartner. However, this is no longer the case, and retail now surpasses most other industries with regard to IT spend. Software is the fastest-growing category of technology spending (see Table 1), as retail CIOs prioritise analytics, digital marketing, mobile applications, e-commerce platforms and artificial intelligence (AI) as the technologies most crucial to their organisation’s mission. “Retail CIOs used to be tasked with minimising risk and cost,” said Molly Beams, senior director, analyst at Gartner. “Now they are held accountable for business results. They are prioritising ROI and other measurable business impacts. Retail CIOs are investing in analytics for both near-term benefits like decision making and to prepare for innovations such as smart machines, AI and augmented reality — all of which will require robust datasets.” Table 1. Retail IT Spending Forecast (Billions of U.S. Dollars) 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Internal Services 33.3 33.8 34.0 34.3 34.9 Software 30.2 32.8 35.7 38.6 40.5 IT Services 81.6 85.7 90.2 95.0 100.0 Telecom Services 27.4 27.0 26.7 26.4 26.0 Devices 12.4 12.6 12.6 12.5 12.4 Data Centre Systems 11.5 11.7 11.7 11.7 11.5 Total Spending 196.6 203.6 210.9 218.5 225.4 Total Growth (%) 5.6% 3.6% 3.6% 3.6% 3.1% Note: Totals may not add up due to rounding. Source: Gartner (October 2018) In Australia, retailers are forecast to spend A$4.9 billion on technology products and services in 2019, an increase of 3.2 percent from 2018. New Zealand retail sector IT spending is forecast to grow 3 percent to NZ$779 million in 2019. Speaking at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo on the Gold Coast, Australia today, Thomas O’Connor, senior director, analyst at Gartner, said that contrary to what many people believe, physical retail is thriving. Global retail sales will increase 4.8 percent in 2018, more stores are opening than closing and consumer confidence remains high. “In retail, there is only one battle that matters — the fight for the customer,” said Mr. O’Connor. Gartner predicts that by 2023, Alibaba and Amazon will have captured 40 percent market share of global online retail, up from 33 percent in 2017. “There are many ways for retailers to differentiate from e-commerce giants, and therefore profitably coexist,” said Mr. O’Connor. “We think that yes, there will be a robust retail industry. But the rules of the game are changing rapidly. Different kinds of retail businesses will continue to arrive and challenge the status quo.” Mr. O’Connor said that to succeed, retailers need to: ·        Get even closer to their customers using new digital capabilities such as advanced analytics and AI to segment customers by behaviours and validate their evolving wants and needs. ·        Make clear strategic choices to adapt capabilities that are in lock step with how consumers are evolving. Transformative technology must only be scaled once it has been established there is a clear consumer want for it. ·        Predict and drive results by establishing clear leading indicators and measures of digital transformation success. Gartner clients can read more in the reports “Forecast: Enterprise IT Spending for the Retail Market, Worldwide, 2016-2022, 2Q18 Update”; “Forecast Overview: Retail IT Spending, 2018” and “Adopt Digital Business KPIs to Lay the Foundation for Digital Transformation in Retail.” About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Additional analysis on AI trends will be presented during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2018 the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and other senior IT executives. IT executives rely on these events to gain insight into how their organisations can use IT to overcome business challenges and improve operational efficiency. Follow news and updates from the events using #GartnerSYM. Upcoming dates and locations for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo include: November 4-8, 2018; Barcelona, Spain November 12-14, 2018; Tokyo Japan November 13-16, 2018; Goa, India March 4-6, 2019, Dubai June 3-6, 2019; Toronto, Canada About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities today and build the successful organisations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organisations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit gartner.com. Dr Anh speaks out in response to the media frenzy about the issue of plastic surgeons’ social media being responsible for body image anxiety. 2018-10-25T02:16:42Z dr-anh-speaks-out-in-response-to-the-media-frenzy-about-the-issue-of-plastic-surgeons-social-media-being-responsible-for-body-image-anxiety The solution to low body image issues is quite simple, argues Perth Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Anh. She writes an open letter in response to the media frenzy about the issue of plastic surgeons’ social media being responsible for body image anxiety. It is disappointing to read the gross generalisations in the articles in the Daily telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald that suggest that Plastic Surgeons are part of the growing problem of body image anxieties. As a female plastic surgeon in Perth who is active on social media, as a woman who has had her fair share of insecurities about her body, as a mum of 3 children including a 12 year old daughter, I would argue that this is a sweeping generalisation and one I find negative and somewhat insulting to those of us who are against body shaming and passionate about empowering body positivity. To point the finger at social media of plastic surgeons as one cause of a complex problem is I believe oversimplistic and ignoring a much bigger issue. Body image anxieties are a real concern. It is frightening to learn of statistics from Prof Rumsey saying that 11 year olds are wanting cosmetic procedures. It is sad to learn that poor body image is one of the 3 biggest concerns of our young people. I worry how this will affect my children, as I do not want them to grow up with poor body image, like I did, and like so many of my patients who see me. Dissatisfaction about how one looks can affect one’s confidence, and can negatively impact on every aspect of one’s life. I know first hand seeing how many people don’t want to do something because they fear rejection, failure or disapproval because they lack self-worth and often it is linked to how they negatively see themselves and their appearance. But do our young people feel this way because what some plastic surgeons have posted on their social media feed? Let’s be real here, people feel this way because they live in a world where beautiful, sexy, attractive is celebrated and promoted EVERYWHERE – on TV, in magazines, on billboards, in shop windows – not just on social media. And coupled with the harsh reality that the world is cruel. Even without magazines and TV influencing our perceptions, fleeting or deliberate comments from other children, teenagers and adults whether innocent and unintentional or not, can and do crush self esteem and confidence. Being teased or being told you are fat and ugly or have a big nose or whatever, is enough to play on our minds, and sadly, has longevity. And this type of bullying about one’s appearance begins from such a young age, and I don’t think that is because of social media. I see children worried about their prominent ears because the kids at school are mean. I see some adults who have little to no confidence and they attribute that to being bullied when younger because they were overweight. Where are we learning to be so mean? Whatever happened to the adage, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I grew up before social media when we all had varying degrees of dissatisfaction with our bodies merely because I believed we lived in a time where the supermodels Cindy, Claudia, Kate and Kristy and magazines like Dolly, Cleo and Cosmopolitan portrayed the notion that being beautiful, skinny, perfect were what we aspired to be like and if we didn’t we felt awkward and unattractive. Perhaps we didn’t all follow these models and magazines, but the problem of not feeling good about how we looked is age old. Centuries before women were wearing corsets to cinch in their waist so making them attractive to potential suitors looking for fertility in a woman. Wonder if women back then had body image issues? They probably had some dissatisfaction if they didn’t meet society’s view of attractive then but perhaps they never articulated it. Or maybe people were more tolerant and embracing of all shapes and sizes and appearances back then? Scientific studies have shown that people are drawn to features of beauty instinctively – and that doesn’t require influences externally. There is an argument that it is innate to be drawn to certain physical characteristics, and so whilst social media can certainly influence trends, as Kylie Jenner has in my mind, redefined the image of beauty, there is so much more to this problem of poor body image than can be blamed on plastic surgeons and social media. Add the era of the internet and social media and now everything is available online. But I do not believe it is what is splashed everywhere that has killed our body confidence, in as much as the culture where its ok to troll others, speak unkind words, be overly critical, be cruel and pass judgement on others that in my mind has fuelled body image anxieties. I am not a psychologist or sociologist and don’t claim to have the answers to a complex and concerning problem, but I do believe the onus is on society at large to change how we treat others and to start from a young age to foster tolerance, acceptance and values of kindness. As a plastic surgeon, we have a responsibility to be a part of the solution. I do believe that we already help so many patients find their self worth, love themselves more, become less self conscious and live their best lives. But we also need to make sure that we don’t set unrealistic, unattainable expectations for our patients, sexualise or trivialise what we do or make people feel worse about themselves so we can offer solutions to their problems. As members of the Australian Society of Plastic surgeons and Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, we need to advance the specialty of plastic surgery so we can help more people. We should work together with body image specialists to find solutions to fostering healthy positive body image in society, and ensure our social media and marketing is ethical realistic, professional and honest. For some people, finding one’s self worth may require counselling. For others it might be about career advancement. And some it might mean lifestyle changes. However there will always be some women and men who want to address a physical concern that holds them back from feeling good about themselves and achieving what they want to. This is equally valid, and articles and opinions that criticise or mock those of us who want to invest in ourselves and improve our appearance, do the opposite of helping us. They actually fuel even more angst. I am not claiming that plastic surgery fixes low body image. I am not arguing that if you don’t like something about your physical appearance then fix it and your woes will be over. I am not advocating that we should all go and get a boob job because the ones we saw on social media are amazing and if we don’t we will feel less of a person. Sorry for the dramatic sarcastic tone, but I am sick and tired of shaming those who want to do something for themselves. So long as the individuals have realistic expectations and are doing it for themselves and for the right reasons, it isn’t right to criticise them, or judge them as being superficial, vain, weak or any other negative undertones that some people automatically associate with plastic surgery. We don’t need to agree with their choices but we should learn to respect their autonomy in the very least. It would be my hope that we learn to be encouraging and supportive of each other rather than criticise and shame each other’s choices. I for one see women and men of all different age groups and from all walks of life who simply want to improve an area of their skin, face or body that bothers them and affects their confidence, happiness and freedom to be their best selves. In no way are these patients coming in feeling crap about themselves because they aspire to be like influencers. The overwhelming majority of my patients don’t want to be someone else – they only want to be the best version of themselves whatever age or stage of life they are at. Some have insecurities from a young age when someone teased them and that has stuck with them through most of their life. Some have insecurities that have formed from growing up in this society that is skewed in favour of who and what is beautiful. Many are going through key stages in their life when they want to feel good about themselves. Mums who feel frumpy and unattractive after having kids want to address their post-pregnancy body. Men and women who have left long term relationships want to regain their self confidence that a breakup has taken its toll on. Some want to not look aged so they can hang onto their jobs. Whetever the reason so long as it is for the patient who has realistic expectations, plastic surgery can be highly transformative, not only physically but also in how it translates positively to every aspect of one’s life. At the end of the day, social media is not going away and we cannot stop people looking and following Instagram accounts of those they relate to or engage with and search for what fits with their belief systems. For the surgeons who are posting risqué pictures labelled as “soft porn”, they are likely attracting patients who identify with those desired outcomes, but I know that my patients or those who follow me share the same values that I do about empowering others to be their best and kind self. Each to their own so long as we are not breaching professional and ethical guidelines, and not lumped into one basket as being part of a serious complex problem. With further collaboration and research, we can all be part of a solution. Commercial Furniture Direct Helping Restaurants and Cafes Save Big on Furniture Shopping 2018-10-22T06:41:17Z commercial-furniture-direct-helping-restaurants-and-cafes-save-big-on-furniture-shopping John Strahan, owner of Commercial Furniture Direct has been in the furniture business for nearly a decade. John started his first furniture business in 2010 when he opened Outdoor Living Direct. In 2018 John has started his second furniture business – Commercial Furniture Direct. While Outdoor Living Direct is all about outdoor furniture for homes Commercial Furniture Direct does all about furniture for restaurants, cafes, offices, hotels and anyone need hospitality furniture.  It is understandable that upgrading furniture and interiors is a costly affair and owners/investors would like to save as much on the cost as possible. Commercial Furniture Direct is an online furniture store that offers products at the lowest prices possible. Buyers buy direct and stand to save big because this company sources products from Australia and around the world, buy at bulk rates and sells directly on its website.  Many restaurant/ cafe owners would not like to invest very heavily in stuff like furniture though of course they would like very high quality furniture because that’s what the customer is going to use. It’s here that Commercial Furniture Direct becomes so relevant, they offer high quality furniture made as per Australian standards at affordable prices.   The product range includes dining chairs and tables, café furniture, hospitality and restaurant furniture, beanbags, balcony settings, in a range of materials. We have products to suit every area. We even have stuff for inside the house! We source our products from a mix of local and international suppliers, and have cut out a lot of the middlemen, allowing us to offer a full-service retail shopping experience at wholesale prices. About Commercial Furniture Direct  Commercial Furniture Direct is a group firm of the highly successful outdoor furniture company - Outdoor Living Direct!  Commercial Furniture Direct provides high quality, durable and elegant furniture like cafe chairs Sydney, cafe chairs Melbourne, dining sets for cafes & restaurants, stools for bars, executive chairs for offices and accessories too. Contact Details: Commercial Furniture Direct Shop 4, 283 Old Geelong Road Hoppers Crossing VIC 3029 03 8742 2931