The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-05-25T05:05:36Z Local Sydney Business Diversifies into Retail Hand Sanitiser Dispensers 2020-05-25T05:05:36Z local-sydney-business-diversifies-into-retail-hand-sanitiser-dispensers The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to extraordinary levels of safety concerns and anxiety among communities here in Australia. The public are more conscious and focused on protecting themselves when in public areas than ever before. With the community’s health and safety concerns top of mind, Expo Centric have put their skilled team and manufacturing workshop to good use and developed a line of Hand Sanitiser Dispensers for retail operations. The need for these units has been phenomenal, with over 1000 of the units on order within 2 days of launch. Major chains and car dealerships, including Blum Australia and Porsche, have been the first to jump onboard this product release, securing dispensers for their retail outlets Australia wide. The strong interest has been piqued from major retailers due to the high levels of branding and customisation of the units. Every product in the range has the option for customisation, from full wrap custom graphics to logo placement on the units, providing brands with a new, unique way to engage with their customers. The range includes permanent, premium solutions to complement interior retail settings to allow brands to continue to use the dispensers even after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. View the Hand Sanitser Dispenser Brochure here. ACROSS GENERATIONS, AUSTRALIANS ARE MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT COVID-19 AND ARE READY TO SPEND WHEN THE PANDEMIC ENDS – LANDMARK STUDY FROM AUDIENCE PRECISION 2020-05-24T23:40:33Z across-generations-australians-are-more-optimistic-about-covid-19-and-are-ready-to-spend-when-the-pandemic-ends-landmark-study-from-audience-precision Australians are showing signs of greater optimism about a COVID-19 recovery, with less people saying it will have a big impact on their personal finances and most expecting to delay purchases until the pandemic is over, a landmark new study from Audience Precision has found.   The ongoing global study*, called “COVID-19 – Marketers Action Plan”, is the first of its kind to look at trends spanning generations, from Generation Z to Boomers, and also across the top 25% household income band, which reveals very different attitudes towards COVID-19 and spending patterns.   Gen Z are the most ready to spend up big as soon as the pandemic is over in Australia but have delayed their purchases until then, while Boomers are not delaying purchases to any significant degree. Millennials are the most cautious, becoming the ‘wait and see’ generation.   In Australia, all generations are less concerned and more optimistic about COVID-19 than the UK and US. Gen Z are the least concerned across all generations, along with Boomers, who also have the highest levels of optimism. High income earners are also the most optimistic but the second most concerned about COVID-19.   In terms of personal finances, Millennials have the lowest level of optimism, with 40% saying COVID-19 will have a major impact on their personal finances, the highest of all generations. Gen X were the second highest generational group to say COVID-19 will have a major impact on their personal finances (38%), and 36% of Boomers believe the same.   “This is the third wave of our ongoing COVID-19 research study, and we are finding that Australians are more generally optimistic. This represents a massive opportunity and brands need to capitalise on this momentum of positivity. Although across generations most will delay their purchases, they are ready to spend once the pandemic is over,” Audience Precision Head of Business Development, John La Rosa, said.   “These are very encouraging signs for marketers and this further highlights the need to be ready to accommodate a surge in expenditure. It’s important to start to brand build now to ensure awareness is achieved prior to full pre-COVID-19 conditions. Marketers need to have agile and quickly executable strategies ready for further signs of a speedy recovery.   “There are key cross generational differences, however, which have major implications for marketers and brands. Although people approve of normal advertising, there are some shifts in expectations. Having a deep understanding of what your consumers’ wants and needs are will drive repeat purchase and build longer term brand loyalty, as we know that they will choose brands based on past experiences.”   Purchase category delays   The study also looked at 11 purchasing categories^ across generational groups with some diverse results when asked about which purchases they would most likely delay until the pandemic was over:   ·       Gen Z: technology items, luxury items, clothes, flights and concert tickets ·       Millennials: cars, home appliances, clothes, tickets to events, luxury items ·       Gen X: day to day items, vacations, concert tickets, cars, home appliances, sporting events ·       Boomers: day to day items, vacations, flights, sporting events, concert tickets.   Among the top 25% income band, holidays, flights, cars, luxury items and home appliances were the top five categories that were most likely to be delayed.   Purchase category priorities post-COVID-19   For younger audiences, fashion, smartphones and home appliances are high on their radar. As for the older generations, clothes, home appliances and home furnishings are in demand.   In terms of higher priced items, the top 5 categories that each generation and top income band will buy first are:   ·       Gen Z: Clothes, smartphone, home appliances, luxury goods and smart devices ·       Millennials: Clothes, technology, smartphone, home furnishings and smart devices ·       Gen X: Clothes, home appliances, home furnishings, technology and smartphone ·       Boomers: Home appliances, clothes, home furnishings, technology and smartphone ·       Top 25% income band: Clothes, home appliances, technology, home furnishings and smartphone     Approval of marketing techniques during COVID-19   When looking at people who were planning to purchase specific major products and their approval of brand advertising techniques, normal advertising is more acceptable for experiences, flat screen TVs, mortgage/finance brands and wearable devices, which are all products that are relevant to lockdown/isolation, or they are aspirational products. However, normal advertising has taken a dip for gaming, automotive, gym equipment and holidays.   When looking at people who purchase minor products, most categories would benefit from normal advertising during this period (excluding books, health foods, skincare and sports apparel). It shows that the shorter purchase decision cycle and lower priced goods have more minimal impact from regular brand advertising.   Approval of marketing techniques across media channels during COVID-19   There is considerably more acceptance and approval for running regular advertising for Out-of-Home advertising, possibly due to anticipated lockdown laws easing.   Consumers expect ads on messaging apps, video pre rolls, ads on tablets, website advertising, sponsored content, retail sites and comments on social media to stay both informed and connected in these times.   Ad placements in channels that fill a consumer’s need have become more widely accepted.   Price and locally made being key motivators for consumers to purchase brands again, along with previous brand experience. This is evident particularly for Gen X, Boomers and high income groups. Interestingly, the brands that reached out to the consumer via CRM programs are not looked upon overly favourably. Brands that had a positive brand image and were seen to be supportive and helpful delivered greater cut through than brands that were not.   Spending time with media channels and social media   Across traditional channels, most Australians have spent the most amount of time with broadcast television during COVID-19 restrictions across all generations, followed by reading more books and audio books, listening to radio, reading more newspapers and reading more magazines.   Gen Z are least likely to engage with traditional media channels, instead opting for digital and social feeds as their preferred source of news and entertainment.   Across digital channels, streaming content (SVOD and BVOD) and listening to music streaming services were most popular across all groups, followed by watching more videos (such as YouTube), listening to podcasts and creating videos (such as Tik Tok).   Unsurprisingly, Boomers are the least engaged and interactive with these platforms, instead opting for what they know and trust for their content preferences through traditional channels.     All groups are spending more time on social media channels. Most are watching more news coverage on social media channels, followed by spending longer on messaging services, spending more time on computer/video games and spending more time on apps.     Sources: *Methodology: To identify attitudes and behaviours during the COVID-19 outbreak, the study was conducted by Audience Precision’s research partner GlobalWebIndex in 17 countries with research in field from 22 to 27 April. It included a sample size of 1,073 Australians who are internet users aged 16 to 64. ^ The 11 purchase categories are: clothes, home appliances/devices, home furnishings, insurance, luxury items, personal electronics, smartphone, technology/smart devices, cars, flights and vacations/trips.   Ends   For further information contact: Rochelle Burbury Third Avenue Consulting 0408 774 577 Rochelle@thirdavenue.com.au     About Audience Precision Audience Precision is an Australian owned, experienced, independent and reputable media strategy consultancy and technology business. It was founded by respected media industry veteran and entrepreneur, Haydon Bray. Audience Precision eliminates the guesswork by using data combined with proprietary systems and machine learning to help marketers better understand audiences, align their marketing efforts, optimise marketing expenditure, and significantly reduce media wastage across all media channels. It combines data scientists, researchers, strategy architects and software developers to create a game-changing model for businesses. Audience Precision has offices in Sydney, New York and London. https://www.audienceprecision.com/   Experts warn: don’t forget your pet as lockdown lifts 2020-05-22T03:53:06Z experts-warn-don-t-forget-your-pet-as-lockdown-lifts Pet owners are being urged to plan ahead for their pets as they return to the office after the lifting of lockdown restrictions. Cats and dogs around Australia are likely to face a stressful adjustment period as pet owners venture back to work and school over the next few months.  Pet adoption numbers have skyrocketed since the coronavirus pandemic resulted in Australia-wide lockdown restrictions. This adds concerns that new pet owners may not know how to include their adopted furry friend into a post-lockdown lifestyle. Pawshake, often described as the Airbnb for pet sitting, is encouraging Aussie pet owners to factor their pet into their post-lockdown plans.  ‘Our pets have loved having us at home and the additional time we have been spending with them,’ says Tanguy Peers, co-founder of Pawshake, ‘but we will need to ease them back into our regular routines properly or else they could develop behavioural issues. This can lead to undesirable behaviours like chewing and barking or separation anxiety.’ ‘It’s important that pet owners set aside some extra time to continue to exercise, play and bond with their pets.’ To encourage pet owners to continue to spend time with their pets, Pawshake has launched a free 7-Day Challenge to help pet owners ease their cat or dog into the next phase with a fun and healthy routine. The 7-Day Challenge includes games, training lessons and handy tips to help humans and pets adjust to post-lockdown life and keep them physically and mentally challenged.  Each day’s challenge arrives straight in your inbox and can be done from the comfort of home, using everyday items from around the house. Most of the challenges take less than ten minutes to complete. The 7-Day Challenge has been created by Pawshake dog and cat experts, and is designed to be fun and healthy for pets. Highlights include building giant box castles and slow feeders for your cat, to homemade treats and teaching your dog to help around the house by closing drawers. Humans will benefit, too, with each challenge designed to celebrate the daily joy that can be found from spending quality time with your pet. The Pawshake 7-Day Challenge can be joined for free here. For further information or quotes, please contact  Pawshake Marketing Manager: sharon@pawshake.com Australian Community Manager: jessica@pawshake.com 7-Day Challenge: https://mailchi.mp/pawshake/7-day-challenge https://www.pawshake.com.au/ SHARE A MESSAGE OF HOPE WITH OUR AUSSIE FARMERS 2020-05-21T03:48:11Z share-a-message-of-hope-with-our-aussie-farmers Drought, fires, floods and now the impact of COVID-19 restrictions. Many of our Aussie farmers have experienced more than one of these in the past six months and for some a mix of all. While uncertainty has been on the peripheral for many, so that our farmers know that they haven’t been forgotten during these times, Rural Aid has launched #DearFarmer letters where people can share a digital message of hope with a farmer. And, the Community Builders webinar series is proving a great support for rural communities too. Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said it was more important than ever to acknowledge that farmers really are the backbone of our communities and, to express gratitude for the food we so readily find on our plates. “We’d like to show our farmers and rural communities that we see and value them especially in uncertain times. Over Christmas 2018, we sent over 3000 letters written by school children to our farmers,” John said. “Some were written in crayon, others covered in glitter, but all had the same heartfelt message – letting farmers know how much they are appreciated.” “The response from farmers was incredible. Many spoke of the tears they shed reading their letters and their gratitude to the many school children who were thinking of them. “This year, we’ve taken this incredible initiative digital so, we can reach as many people as possible to send letters of hope. “As we experience challenging times, our farmers continue to put food on our tables. Panic buying may put strain on our supply chains, but our farmers continue to have our backs by supplying beautiful Australian produce. “We’re asking Australians of all ages to show their Aussie spirit and share a note of hope on their favourite social media channel with a farmer going through tough times rebuilding after fires, flood and drought. “We can’t make it rain, but we can take a moment to sit down and write a note, or draw a picture, for our farmers.” To get involved and share your message of hope with our Aussie farmers, just go to www.ruralaid.org.au/write-dearfarmer-letter/ and: ·        Share a virtual message with our farmers by using the hashtag #DearFarmer – don’t forget to tag @ruralaid. ·        Write a digital letter and post on our #DearFarmer wall. ·        Businesses can get involved by sharing the Dear Farmer page with their employees or by getting in touch with Rural Aid directly. About Rural Aid Rural Aid is one of Australia’s largest rural charities. Well known for the highly successful ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign, the charity also provides financial assistance, water and counselling to farmers in times of drought, flood or fire. Other initiatives support its vision that farming and rural communities are safeguarded to ensure their sustainability both during and after these natural disasters. Visit www.ruralaid.org.au for further information on these programs and other support for our rural communities. Visit www.ruralaid.org.au/snapshots for Rural Aid’s latest assistance statistics. Media: 0447 116 757 | media@ruralaid.org.au Spokesperson: Rural Aid CEO John Warlters | 0409 618 641 Follow Rural Aid for updates on: ·        Rural Aid – FB: @ruralaidaustralia | IG: @ruralaid |IN: Rural Aid Ltd | TW: @ruralaidaust ·        Buy A Bale – FB: @buyabaleofhay | IG: @buyabale | TW: @buyabale ENDS ROBERT KIYOSAKI SAYS THE BIGGEST CRASH IN WORLD HISTORY IS COMING - HARRY DENT & MARTIN NORTH AGREE 2020-05-19T05:47:39Z robert-kiyosaki-says-the-biggest-crash-in-world-history-is-coming-harry-dent-amp-martin-north-agree THE BIGGEST CRASH IN WORLD HISTORY IS COMING says ROBERT KIYOSAKI # BIGGER CRASH THAN THE GREAT DEPRESSION # PROPERTY TO PLUMMET BY 50% # STOCK MARKET DOWN BY 85% # CATASTROPHIC UNEMPLOYMENT # MASSIVE BANKRUPTCIES # PENSIONS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE World-renowned bestselling Rich Dad Poor Dad author and personal finance expert Robert Kiyosaki, will be headlining SECURE THE FUTURE, a free livestream seminar on Sunday 24th May to discuss the future of the economy and how to profit from the massive changes ahead. Free registrations are available at www.robertandharry.com Kiyosaki says “ This is the biggest crash in world history but there are more opportunities than ever before. As Warren Buffet said only when the tide goes out do you see who has been swimming naked. Once the tide goes out there will be lots of bodies left. Prices will come down.” Joining him will be the world’s most accurate economic forecaster Harry Dent and expert Australian property analyst Martin North who will discuss massive global unemployment, crashing stock markets, plummeting property prices and bankruptcies and the opportunity of a lifetime in the next 12 months to make generational wealth. The seminar will reveal insights based on real research that can't be found anywhere else as well as provide the answers to how to make extreme profits from the current global crisis. Robert Kiyosaki says “As we face the biggest meltdown of the world’s economy, bigger than the great depression, I believe the iPhone is one of the greatest tools for any entrepreneur because no matter where you are based, you can market to the entire world.” Free registrations are available at www.robertandharry.com and the chance to gain the research-based, expert information needed to prepare, protect and potentially profit from one of the biggest profit opportunities in a century, what Harry Dent calls "The Sale of a Lifetime." ABOUT ROBERT KIYOSAKI Best known as the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad—the #1 personal finance book of all time—Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. He is an entrepreneur, educator, and investor who believes the world needs more entrepreneurs who will create jobs. With perspectives on money and investing that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned an international reputation for straight talk, irreverence, and courage and has become a passionate and outspoken advocate for financial education.Robert has been heralded as a visionary who has a gift for simplifying complex concepts—ideas related to money, investing, finance, and economics—and has shared his personal journey to financial freedom in ways that resonate with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. His core principles and messages—like “Your house is not an asset“ and “Invest for cash flow” and “savers are losers”—have ignited a firestorm of criticism and ridicule… only to have played out on the world economic stage over the past decade in ways that were both unsettling and prophetic. HARRY DENT IS THE WORLDS MOST ACCURATE ECONOMIC FORECASTER No one is ever 100% correct but Harry is on the mark 80% of the time.….here’s his top 15 predictions over the last 30 years. … # First newsletter September 1989: 2-year slowdown and mini stock crash in US. # 1989: 12 -14 year major crash and downturn in Japan similar to Great Depression... while US, Europe have greatest decade in history in 1990s. # First published book in late 1992: The Great Boom Ahead and Dow 10,000 by 2009. # Early 2000 Tech and Internet Bubble peaks. # Early October 2002 bottom after tech wreck. # US real estate bubble peak in late 2005 before early 2006 peak # 2008 bubble peak in oil # Peak of silver to the day in late April 2011 -- and sell signal for gold which was 5 months early # Gold collapse when broke $1,525 in early 2013 # Peak of Junk Bonds in May 2013 # Gold rebound in 2016 forward, but only to around $1,428 before collapses again # US Treasury Bond yields back up to 2.9% - 3.0% after low in 2016. # US Treasury Bond yields going to 0 in late 2019 # US stocks in final orgasmic rally from late 2019 into early to mid-2020 # First Bubble Crash Will Be 40%+ in Less Than 2.5 Months TO INTERVIEW ROBERT KIYOSAKI, HARRY DENT AND MARTIN NORTH email  max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson on 0412 501 601 COVID-19 FREE HAIR LOSS ADVICE AT hairloss.com.au 2020-05-19T05:42:30Z covid-19-free-hair-loss-advice-at-hairloss-com-au COVID-19 FREE HAIR LOSS ADVICE  # New free www.hairloss.com.au website established to provide hair loss advice during current pandemic. # COVID-19 victims can lose up to 50% of their hair 3 months after they recover.  # Health and well-being is important in managing hair loss and thinning due to COVID-19 restrictions. # Using nutritional supplements and botanical medicine is helpful to support wellness, stress & hair loss. # World’s leading medics combine to give free advice.    World leading dermatologist and hair loss specialist Professor Rod Sinclair has combined with a team of Doctors, Trichologists and Medicos from around the world to establish the www.hairloss.com.au website providing free advice and comfort regarding hair loss to victims of the Covid -19 Virus and to those experiencing an increase of anxiety and stress during the current pandemic.    The website explains the technical details behind Febrile Telogen Effluvium (FTE) or acute hair shedding. FTE can result in the victim losing as much as 50% of their hair within 3 months after they recover. The website provides advice regarding treatment and management and the facts.   The www.hairloss.com.au website with advice from the Medical hair loss “dream team“ has been created and arranged by Advanced Hair Studio ( AHS) as an informational community website regarding hair loss associated with the COVID-19 virus as a way of giving back and supporting the public. Founder and Chairman of AHS Carl Howell has helped some of the world’s most famous personalities with their hair loss over the last 40 years including cricket legends Shane Warne, Sourav Ganguly, Jacques Kallis, and Graham Gooch as well as AFL stars Brendon Goddard and Ben Cunnington among others. The AHS sports stars are also spreading the serious message about the hair loss website on social media to comfort and assist the public. AHS is in 15 countries worldwide.   TO INTERVIEW CARL HOWELL email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601      ‘Never Give Up’ -- New Book Encourages Coronavirus-Slammed Australian’s 2020-05-18T05:17:24Z never-give-up-new-book-encourages-coronavirus-slammed-australian-s TOOWOOMBA, QLD – Australian’s slammed by coronavirus deaths, sickness and massive job lay-offs are being encouraged to “never give up” in a new book launched today offering hope amid COVID-19. Never Give Up: The Story of a Broken Man Impacting A Generation www.gfaau.org/nevergiveup tells the story of a gruelling trial that plunged author Dr. K.P. Yohannan -- leader of one of America’s biggest faith-based organizations -- into depression and to the brink of suicide.  Describing his own personal “forest fire of grief and pain,” 70-year-old Yohannan, founder of GFA World, www.gfaau.org, says his faith carried him through “the most difficult and loneliest time of my life” in the revealing new book. It comes at a desperate and anxious time in Australia, as well as Canada and the United States having more than 85,000 COVID-19-related deaths, 1.4 million sick, and more than 34.5 million new unemployment claims since mid-March. ‘The Sun Will Rise’ “I am certain you, too, have gone through, or are even now going through, your own overwhelming trial,” said Yohannan, who also authored the mega-bestseller Revolution in World Missions, with more than four million copies in print. “If you are suffering right now, please believe me, the sun will rise. Hold on.” Yohannan said that, in part, he wrote Never Give Up to “help people find new strength to keep pressing on” in turbulent and distressing times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic -- a crisis that has caused Australia’s worst unemployment since the Great Depression of the 1930s. “The choice not to give up is mine -- and it is also yours,” Yohannan said. “Faith in God’s sovereignty is the light that will guide you through this dark crisis. Even when God does not seem to be listening, when you walk through the forest fire of grief and pain, you will see the invisible one, and he will see you through.” As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the world, Yohannan urged Australian's not to forget the poorest of the poor living in South Asia, where extended lockdowns have fueled spiraling unemployment -- with no jobless benefits or stimulus checks -- threatening wide-scale starvation. “The coronavirus itself is a deadly, terrible event, but more people are dying -- and will die -- of starvation,” said Yohannan, whose organization aims to “bring physical and spiritual hope” to 500,000 of Asia’s poorest slum children. Published by GFA Books, Never Give Up can be ordered online at www.gfaau.org/nevergiveup. Media representatives can find press materials online at nevergiveupbook.org/press-kit. To coordinate an interview with Dr. Yohannan, contact Gregg Wooding at InChrist Communications, gwooding@inchristcommunications.com  /972-567-7660. ### GFA World, www.gfaau.org is a leading faith-based mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions, especially to those who have yet to hear about the love of God. In GFA’s latest yearly report, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,700 clean water wells drilled, over 11,400 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 240,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. For all the latest news, visit our Press Room at https://press.gfa.org/news. AIRNORTH ASSISTS IN TRANSPORTING 10 GREYHOUNDS FROM DARWIN TO PERTH AFTER DIFFICULTY DUE TO COVID-19 2020-05-16T07:49:22Z airnorth-assists-in-transporting-10-greyhounds-from-darwin-after-difficulty-due-to-covid-19 Greyhound Adoptions WA (GAWA) put out an urgent call on Facebook on 4 May asking for the public’s help in transporting 10 greyhounds from Darwin that are currently in the care of the Greyhound Rehoming Association NT (GRANT). There are not enough foster homes or adoption enquires in Darwin and the dogs were waiting in limbo. GAWA had tried every possible avenue to get these dogs to Perth but the COVID-19 restrictions and its impact on flights made it extremely difficult. The airlines and limited flights that are currently operating between Darwin & Perth could not accommodate the large crate size needed for a greyhound. GAWA were quoted $50K for a charter flight which is a lot of money for a non-for-profit organisation. Every option was considered, including road transport via dog & horse transport companies, sending volunteers up to get the dogs and drive back in hire cars, even contacting the Army for assistance! A few days later, Airnorth came through and committed to sort out the issues so they could fit the large crates. GAWA were absolutely thrilled. Airnorth say “they are delighted to assist with the repatriation of up to 10 retired greyhounds by sponsoring the costs associated with transportation from Darwin to Perth”. This initiative is together with Dogtainers, both Airnorth & Dogtainers have been wonderful and GAWA are so grateful for their help and generosity. GAWA Chairperson Toni Donnelly says “on behalf of GAWA I am delighted to welcome greyhounds from GRANT in Darwin to WA to find forever homes. This partnership between GRANT and GAWA has had the very positive effect of encouraging more Darwin residents to consider fostering or adopting a greyhound. We at GAWA are so appreciative of the support and cooperation of the staff at Airnorth in working closely with us on a daily basis to ensure the success of this initiative between both rehoming bodies”. On Monday 18 May, Rapi (4), Benz (5) and Diver (3) will be boarding TL338 and flying to Perth. 7 more greyhounds will be flying in via Airnorth over the coming week. Once safely transported to Perth, the greyhounds will be united with their foster families in the metro area and the south west. Media are invited to attend: What: A feel good moment to support awareness of greyhound adoption and GAWA, a charity that will go to great lengths to help greyhounds in need and find them loving forever homes. The greyhounds being released from their crates and welcomed by GAWA people, before their journey to their foster homes, and interviews with GAWA representatives. When: Monday 18 May 2020 Time: 1:40pm Where: Qantas Freight- Domestic Terminal- Cnr Ross Drive & Boud Ave, Perth Airport NEW - RESBUTLER.COM COVID 19 COMPLIANT RESTAURANT BOOKING SYSTEM INVENTED BY PETER PETROULAS 2020-05-14T06:19:12Z new-resbutler-com-covid-19-compliant-restaurant-booking-system-invented-by-peter-petroulas NEW - COVID 19 COMPLIANT RESTAURANT BOOKING SYSTEM WOLD FIRST AUSTRALIAN INVENTION   PHYSICAL DISTANCING MANAGEMENT # AUTONOMOUSLY & DYNAMICALLY REORGANISES AND SOCIALLY DISTANCES TABLES # AUTONOMOUSLY & DYNAMICALLY ALLOCATES BOOKINGS TO TABLES AS THE TABLES ARE SOCIALLY DISTANCED # PERMITS COMPLETE EDITING OF ALL BOOKINGS ON-LINE AND ALL EDITS ARE AUTONOMOUSLY AND DYNAMICALLY SOCIALLY DISTANCED # COMPLETELY MANAGES ALL TABLES AND BOOKINGS (INCLUDING WALK-INS) DURING A SERVICE TO ALWAYS ENSURE COMPLETE SOCIAL DISTANCING COMPLIANCE     COMPLETE CONTACTLESS ORDERING # PRE-ORDERING, WHY WAIT TO GET TO THE RESTAURANT TO ORDER # PRE-ORDERING CONCIERGE SERVICE AVAILABLE, FOR EXAMPLE ORDER SOME FLOWERS FOR YOUR LOVED ONE TO AWAIT YOU ON THE TABLE FOR YOUR ARRIVAL # IN-SERVICE ORDERING, # CONTACTLESS PAYMENT ON YOUR PHONE   BONUS # POSSIBLY THE FIRST ACTUAL EVENT IN A SYDNEY RESTAURANT IN 53 DAYS!   The world’s first and only COVID 19 table management system, ResButler.com will be revealed at an ACTUAL event for 10 people when Covid-19 restrictions relax this Friday 15th May at 12:30pm at Manjits at the Wharf, 49 Lime St, King St. Wharf Sydney. Media are welcome to cover what will possibly be the first ACTUAL event in a Sydney restaurant in 53 days! TO ATTEND THE LAUNCH AND/OR INTERVIEW PETER PETROULAS, please email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson on 0412501601   Unlike any other online booking system, ResButler can manage a restaurant’s tables and booking allocations to achieve controlled and strategic optimisations while meeting government guidelines of social distancing. Res Butler is the FIRST and ONLY table management system that uses intelligent and dynamic technology and the FIRST and ONLY system that can offer a complete dynamic yield management system, including dynamically allocating VIP guests to their required table. It also offers a contactless experience to allow the customer to pre-order, in-service order and complete payment on their phone.     ResButler has been Invented and Founded by Sydney airline and hospitality executive Peter Petroulas. It will be available to restaurants, cafes and bars globally. Peter says “managing restaurant bookings is harder than managing airline bookings as restaurants have inventory (tables and chairs) that are flexible and move while an airlines seats are fixed and cannot move. Also, within a restaurant it is mandatory for all people within a booking to be seated together while this is not mandatory for bookings on an aircraft. Lastly a restaurant service is more challenging as people are given full a al carte experiences while on aircraft food is pre-made and choices are limited”. As a result of these complexities, no one has been able to develop and invent a “proper” restaurant table management system during the last 22 years that online restaurant booking systems have been available. Peter Petroulas and the ResButler team have been working on this solution for the last 4 years. While the ResButler system was not developed as a result of the current COVID 19 pandemic, due to the intelligence and flexibility built into the system, Petroulas says: “I am excited to have ResButler ready for launch just as the COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to relax here in Australia. The system will be able to provide not only customers, but also restaurant owners the reassurance of having people come through their doors where all guidelines will be autonomously followed and guaranteed due to the intelligence and creativity of ResButler which will hopefully restore some normality during these times as well as allow restaurants to plan for the future.”   TO ATTEND THE LAUNCH AND/OR INTERVIEW PETER PETROULAS, please email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson on 0412501601         Max Markson 0412 501 601   ROBERT "Rich Dad Poor Dad" KIYOSAKI, HARRY DENT & MARTIN NORTH SECURE THE FUTURE Sunday 24th May 2020 Free online conference www.harrydent.com.au   AN EVENING WITH MEL GIBSON Melbourne January 30 2021 www.melgibson.com.au   MEL GIBSON WILLIAM SHATNER COSPENDIUM The ultimate Cosplay & Gaming convention. MELBOURNE January 30 & 31 2021 www.cospendium.com.au   ON THE ROAD WITH BILL CLINTON Nelson Mandela, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger,Tony Blair, Al Gore, Mike Tyson, Pele and more.By Max Markson. Book available now at www.booktopia.com.au   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   Barhead Solutions reveals double hire and a promotion 2020-05-14T03:52:11Z barhead-solutions-reveals-double-hire-and-a-promotion CRN Fast50 winner and Microsoft Gold Partner Barhead Solutions has announced two new senior hires and another major promotion. First is Lisa Crosbie, who was promoted to technology evangelist. Crosbie has worked for Barhead since August 2017, and was named a Microsoft MVP for her contributions to Dynamics 365 and Power Platform communities, one of only 18 people with the distinction in the country. In her new role, Crosbie will help customers keep up with changes to Dynamics 365 and Microsoft's Power Platform and advise on applying both products. Crosbie also designed and delivers App in a Day training demonstrations, having trained staff from almost 600 companies over the last six months. Amanda Stenson is another new hire, in the role of not-for-profit lead. Stenson has worked in the sector for the past two decades. She will lead Barhead’s not-for-profit portfolio which includes the likes of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, Mission Australia and Wesley Mission. Prior to Barhead, Stenson worked for the Advanced Solutions International for 15 years. Finally Jennifer Maritz was hired as Barhead’s new head of sales. Martiz previously worked for IBM for 20 years, in addition to being CEO of Nvoi before joining Barhead. Mearth Supports Filipino Healthcare Workers based in Australia 2020-05-13T06:30:51Z mearth-supports-filipino-healthcare-workers-based-in-australia Sydney, Australia (14 May 2020) — Sydney-based retailer Mearth opened its enquiries for free electric scooters sponsorship to healthcare workers throughout Australia last April. Following the first wave of donations of Mearth X and Mearth X Pro to healthcare workers, the majority of the beneficiaries happened to be Filipino workers. These Filipino healthcare workers have been working in Australia as registered nurses, nursing assistants, clinical nurses, and infectious disease specialists. Several electric scooter donations were received by Filipino healthcare workers in Macquarie University Hospital, Meditech Staffing, and Sydney Adventist Hospital that is located in Sydney and Footscray Hospital in Melbourne. According to Mearth owner, Ming Ye, "Mearth electric scooters help them practise better social distancing and ease up their travel worries. With some of them completing up to 12-hour shifts and only taking public transport, this is a big help.” Healthcare workers deserve help like this at a time like this. Mearth is glad to have extended their aid for those in the frontlines through their electric scooters. About Mearth Mearth www.mearth.com.au is a Sydney based manufacturer and seller of electric scooters and electric bikes. The company’s goal is to use innovation to disrupt and reshape current forms of transportation to be more efficient and convenient.  Retailers must accept cash or axe card fees 2020-05-12T00:27:38Z retailers-must-accept-cash-or-axe-card-fees Retailers told: Accept cash or axe card fees   Retailers and merchants must provide a fee-free way for Australians to pay for goods and services, says the Reserve Bank of Australia. Cash is the most popular fee-free form of payment. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s head of payments policy Tony Richards told the Sunday Herald Sun this week that: “Merchants have to accept some form of payment that is not surcharged - they can’t surcharge all payment methods. “Paying by cash is generally the way to avoid a surcharge,” Tony Richards told the Sunday Herald Sun. Some retailers are encouraging customers to avoid cash because of fears over the transmission of COVID-19. However, cash has not been linked to any COVID-19 cases. “Cash is surcharge-free and essential for our economy,” said Tim Wildash, chief executive of Next Payments, Australia’s leading independent ATM supplier. “Card companies are raking in billions of dollars in fees and charges from cashless payments. Fear of COVID-19 should not be used to increase profits while the world fights this invisible enemy. “Cash is safe, free of hidden fees and needs to be widely accepted by retailers to ensure that all Australians can meaningfully participate in the economy,” said Tim Wildash. “And, importantly, cash does not suffer from the regular ‘outages’ that impact online banking systems and EFTPOS networks. Next Payments has issued advice to ATM owners and venue operators about how to ensure their cash machines remain clean and disease free. In contrast, EFTPOS terminals can be touched by hundreds of shoppers per day to make card transactions, to enter their PIN if required and select their account. “Coronavirus panic must not lead to shops and businesses refusing to accept cash, which is safe, flexible and private,” said Tim Wildash. “I’m concerned that large card companies and banks are profiting from fear of this coronavirus.” For more comments or interview, contact: Tim Wildash - 0418 336 599 / twildash@nextpayments.com.au Jason Bryce, Journalist – 0428 777 727 / media@nextpayments.com.au COVID-19 creates added stress in small business community 2020-05-10T20:15:46Z covid-19-creates-added-stress-in-small-business-community New research from MYOB reveals two thirds (66%) of small businesses feel COVID-19 has impacted their mental wellbeing, with 58% revealing the pandemic has negatively impacted their business.The research, conducted with more than 1,200 small business owners and operators, has been released by MYOB to coincide with the launch of a new partnership with leading Australian not-for-profit in the preventative mental health space, Smiling Mind. The new partnership will see four dedicated modules launched in the leading Smiling Mind app to help small business owners take proactive steps to manage their mental health. The modules include Mindfulness Foundations, Stress Management, Relationships and Resilience, and were designed to help small business owners manage the unique range of stressors and challenges they face on a regular basis.MYOB Chief Employee Experience Officer, Helen Lea, said the launch of the new content has come at a time when small business owners really need it.“This new research shows that 67% of respondents have experienced feelings of stress or anxiety trying to work around the new restrictions put in place in relation to COVID-19.“We have been talking to small businesses about their mental health and wellbeing for the last couple of years and working with Smiling Mind on this partnership for the last six months. We could not have known how important these conversations would become as small businesses face a pandemic and business operating restrictions.“As rewarding as it can be, running a small business brings with it a range of stressors and challenges. The research found that over the journey of running a small business, respondents have felt increased feelings of stress (64%) and anxiety (62%). Partnering with Smiling Mind to enable them to create dedicated content for the 2.4 million small businesses in Australia is one way we can help this community,” Ms. Lea added.66% of respondents take time for their mental health, but 28% say they know they should but they don’t have time. Managing cash flow and financial issues, long hours, work-life balance, feeling isolated, wearing multiple hats and a general feeling of responsibility for the businesses success or failure bring with it stress and anxiety. This new program is designed to help manage those feelings.Smiling Mind’s Co-Founder and Chair, Jane Martino, has been a deep participant in the Australian technology scene as a founder, investor, and advisor to high profile start-ups. Commenting on the four modules chosen for launch, she noted that each represented a critical building block for any small business owner focusing on their mental health and is designed to be used proactively to support good mental health.“Australian businesses are under immense pressure right now, and the confronting reality is that these COVID-19 related burdens are likely to remain for months, and potentially years, to come. “This partnership with MYOB has enabled us to deliver free, easily implementable tools to help those feeling the strain. We know that when you allow your mind to enter a state of calm, you have the mental clarity to help your business thrive – we want to deliver a sense of control to business owners at a time where control has been so elusive.” The top five factors that have impacted respondents' wellbeing in the last 12 months are COVID-19 (selected by 55% of respondents), finances (51%), work related stress (45%), lack of sleep (41%) and relationships (22%). It’s also clear from the research that the challenges of working from home are proving difficult for small businesses. Working from home stresses for small businesses: One third of respondents said the requirement to work from home has negatively impacted their mental wellbeingWhile working from home the biggest challenges include trying to separate home life and work life (33%), not having face to face interactions with clients and customers (32%), not being able to socialise with colleagues (29%), sitting at a desk all day (25%) and snacking and not eating the right food (25%). Respondents have found exercise (51%), watching TV or movies (47%), being outside (47%) and connecting with family and friends (47%) as helpful ways to boost their mental health during this time. Empowering Mums of today to shape the brands of tomorrow 2020-05-07T05:59:33Z empowering-mums-of-today-to-shape-the-brands-of-tomorrow Today’s Mums are completely overwhelmed by brand choices on their supermarket shelves, retail stores, Instagram feeds and everything in between. Brand loyalty is diminishing as these women are on a continuous quest to find ‘the next best thing’ to satisfy her and her family’s needs. In a world where a Mum’s endorsement is sales gold, what’s turning her away? Not enough brands are actively involving mothers, still largely in charge of household spending, in the development of products, messaging and campaigns and make costly assumptions instead.  Without having this customer at the forefront of critical decisions, there is a disconnect between what mums want and what companies deliver. The result is disheartened consumers. It’s time to address this gap and give Mums the power to redefine the retail landscape according her needs. The platform gaining popularity both with thousands of Aussie Mums and the brands who want to speak to them, is Mumpower. Mumpower.com.au, is the one stop shop for consumer brands, to unite a panel of Mums to test and assess product, messages, trends and best campaign ideas, in return for retail vouchers, products and gifts. This free consumer hub involves Mums in projects that ensure her voice is heard and needs respected, by brands that value them. And makes it easy for brands to discover unknowns, and empower more Mums with a great shopping experience. “We’re on the lookout for more Mums to join our research panel who love sharing ideas and being involved in discussions and testing products from the comfort of their homes including products for baby, kids, food, health, home and lifestyle essentials. In return for rewards, you will shape tomorrow’s brands,” explains Mumpower Founder and Director, Christie Nicholas. The latest brand Mums are invited to evaluate is global breastfeeding authority, Medela, who are excited to collaborate with Mums and discover new breastfeeding trends, insights and preferences. “Mums are at the heart of what we do so staying connected is important. This generation of Mums are facing different lifestyles factors influencing breastfeeding habits, including more breastfeeding friendly workplaces, busier schedules, a growing demand for online breastfeeding networks and let’s not forget Iso! We want Mums to tell us what matters to her most so we can shape our products and services that ensure Mum is totally supported, informed and happy with breastfeeding choices available to her.” Medela Australia Managing Director, Jarrod Percy. And Mums themselves are relishing the journey. “I love giving feedback. Especially since I’m the one who usually does the shopping. It makes me feel like this brand is listening to me and I think more highly of them. I’ve been involved in testing baby wipes, bedding, food. It’s fantastic when I see the product on shelves and know I played a role in making sure Mums would like it.” Mumpower Panellist, Janine. Mums interested in sharing opinions and testing products in return for rewards are invited to join the free panel, by heading over to Mumpower.com.au -End-   For more information please contact Mumpower: Christie Nicholas| E: cnicholas@mumpower.com.au | P: 03 9598 9128 I M: 0418 511 347 Maddison Magri | E: media@mumpower.com.au | P: 03 9598 9128 Australians reject businesses that reject cash 2020-05-07T05:55:44Z australians-reject-businesses-that-reject-cash   AUSTRALIANS are avoiding businesses that reject casH   7 May 2020:   Australians believe cash is safe and a reliable form of payment during COVID-19, according to new research.   More than one third of survey respondents avoid businesses that do not accept cash payments according to the Next Payments Consumer Sentiment Survey on Payment Preferences.   Key findings from the survey of Australians’ sentiments on payment preference are: ·         More than 90% want freedom of choice to pay for goods and services with cash. ·         77% consider it unfair that some businesses do not accept cash. ·         66% are concerned at hidden fees associated with card payments.   ·         59% consider cash payments surcharge free at point of purchase.   ·         37% of survey respondents avoid businesses that do not accept cash.   ·         Nearly half consider paying with cash to be safer and cleaner than paying with cards.   ·         72% consider cash to be the most reliable form of payment.   ·         More than half of Australians consider it easier to budget with cash.   Next Payments CEO Tim Wildash said that while COVID-19 is disrupting businesses and lifestyles, cash is safe, secure and remains key to economic stability.   “Australians say cash is safe, preferred and by far the most reliable payment method,” said Mr Wildash.   “Our research shows that businesses that reject cash are losing customers. Customers do not want to pay hidden fees on card payments. There are no hidden fees or surcharges at point of purchase with cash. In a difficult trading environment, businesses need to do everything they can to keep and win over more customers. In this instance, business success means accepting and encouraging customers that pay with cash.”   “The Royal Australian Mint, the World Health Organisation, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and many medical experts conclude there is no connection between cash and the spread of COVID-19. Our research shows that Australians agree,” Mr Wildash said.   For more information or interview, contact Tim Wildash, Chief Executive Officer Next Payments – m. 0418 336 599