The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-22T01:53:48Z Independent fresh food retailer Harris Farm Markets gets focused on growth by automating routine workflows and reports with Robotic Process Automation (RPA) from Sherpa Works and UiPath 2021-01-22T01:53:48Z independent-fresh-food-retailer-harris-farm-markets-gets-focused-on-growth-by-automating-routine-workflows-and-reports-with-robotic-process-automation-rpa-from-sherpa-works-and-uipath 22nd January 2021, Sydney. The independent fresh food chain Harris Farm Markets announces the successful roll out of its first RPA (Robotic Process Automation) projects in conjunction with Sherpa Works and UiPath. With 26 stores already and 3,000 staff across New South Wales and Queensland, the family-owned business is poised for major growth with four new locations opening in the next 12 months. To enable key staff to focus on growing the business as well as managing day-to-day finance operations, the company’s CFO, James Williamson, brought in Sherpa Works to identify processes in the finance department that could be automated. The broader objective was to prove the use case of RPA in the Finance department before championing the initiative across the rest of the business. “The process began with a Discovery Report,” explained David Barlow, Co-founder of Sherpa Works. “Matt (Skinner, Co-founder & CTO) and I get the buy-in of the executive team and then spend time with the frontline staff to understand their processes. After “buddying up” with these Subject Matter Experts at Harris Farm Markets we identified over 20 processes fit for automation with Robotic Process Automation. The report also covered how best to structure the investment, the estimated pay-back period, and other meaningful business outcomes.” Harris Farm Markets picked eight of these processes to automate initially, ranging from processing concession store charges and invoices, data refreshes, warehouse and price reporting, recharges, and the like. Winnie Wen, Senior Accountant, produces report for internal production, issues invoices, and updates stock journals. She explained the impact the RPA project has had on her day. “I used to spend my mornings doing invoices and stock journals, but now the bots do them. Instead of spending time producing the reports I can now spend that time analysing and digging into the data the bots give me. This means I can add more insight for our teams, telling them which lines are most profitable for example. It not only saves time it also cuts down on errors as we’re not manually typing data into the system, so I certainly have more trust in our reports now.” James Williamson and team were excited about the initial results. He said, “Once we saw the software bots working in our environment, the team and I became excited at the prospect of what we could automate.” Harris Farm Markets not only sells its own produce, it also sub-leases areas of its stores to tenants, who sell their own produce. Sales going through the tills used to be put into Excel files, which Joyti Marwaha, Assistant Accountant, had to manually add up, then deduct rent and payment processing fees, before paying vendors the net. “Now the bot does everything,” she said. “It does the calculations, creates the invoices, enters them into the accounting system, and even saves them as PDF files and prints them.” This has allowed Joyti to get to more engaging and rewarding work rather than undertaking simple data entry. Financial Controller, Josh Banks, said that the main benefits of the RPA project so far have been time saving and accuracy of information. “We’ve saved a lot of time, but this is just the beginning and we look forward to using RPA more in the future. We have plans for payroll, pay awards, more journal stuff, as well as accounts payable. The possibilities are endless.” Another member of the accounts team compiles and sends out daily trading information to the leadership team and store management, including reports on the performance of seasonal product categories and promotional activities. These reports, which are now produced entirely by bots, help foster competition between stores and drive sales. Having these processes automated enables the Finance team to provide more relevant information to the business much more quickly, and accurately. As they don’t have to collate the data by hand it also gives the team more time to analyse the information first and suggest areas for improvement. According to James Williamson, “We were able to report on a new business line within hours, which led us to a better understanding of the commercial drivers and resulted in improving its profitability.” The most recent project with Sherpa Works, and the first outside the Finance department, came about when the business switched to a new Human Resources Information System (HRIS). Integrating that with the existing recruitment system in a traditional manner would have been a significant project, however James Williamson saw the opportunity to use Robotic Process Automation to meet the requirements of the Recruitment team and keep the HRIS implementation on schedule and budget. “Given the limited daily information that needed to be transposed between the two business systems we used Robotic Process Automation to bridge the two technologies,” said James. The whole team at Harris Farm Markets has been delighted with the success of the processes automated using RPA so far and is excited to transform more areas of the business. Williamson concluded, “We are more agile and can meet the fast-changing needs of the organisation. Sherpa Works has enabled us to solve a range of business problems which otherwise would have been too expensive and too slow to solve. We have just started our Robotic Process Automation journey and are now exploring further opportunities outside the Finance team.”   --- ENDS ---   About Harris Farm Markets Since 1971 when David & Cathy Harris opened their first store in Villawood, we've believed in something greater than just selling fresh food. We’ve believed in nature itself. The land, the sea, the air, the elements. It’s a remarkable thing. It brings families together, supports communities, and gives farmers a means. It offers nutrients to our bodies, and joy to our taste buds. At Harris Farm Markets, we don’t just respect it, we’re driven by it. Our prices, our produce, our specials– all determined by nature. It enriches everyone and everything. Which is exactly why we’re doing our best to make it all it can be. From sustainable initiatives like Imperfect Picks, to showing love for local farmers and producers, we believe that all our actions can make a real, positive difference. And we believe that moving with nature isn’t just better for the environment. It’s better for our customers too. ‘Cos sometimes nature sees fit to provide us with a bounty of blueberries. And we think that’s pretty special – so we put them on special!’ Better tasting produce from sustainable suppliers. Bigger value from unexpectedly bigger harvests. More variety from truly seasonal conditions. The highest quality which can only come from years of experience and a close relationship with farmers and their land. For over 40 years we’ve remained 100% family owned and operated. We’re 26 (and counting) stores across NSW and Queensland and home to around 3,000 wonderful employees all with a common purpose, to reconnect Aussies with the joy of food. It’s this purpose that see’s us continue to bring the best that nature has to offer to you our customers each day. Because we stand for more than just the good food we sell.   About Sherpa Works Sherpa Works is an Australian owned and operated Robotic Process Automation (RPA) consultancy specialising in helping SME and Mid-Market businesses achieve business process automation. RPA, also known as Software Robots, unleash your employees from boring, low-value, routine and repetitive tasks, so they can focus on taking your business to the next level of growth and beyond. Talk to us about setting you staff free to do the jobs you hired them for, not the repetitive tasks you pay them for.   About UiPath UiPath is a global software company that develops a platform for robotic process automation (RPA). UiPath was founded in 2005 by the Romanian entrepreneurs, Daniel Dines and Marius Tîrcă. The company started from Bucharest, Romania and later opened offices in London, New York City, Bangalore, Paris, Singapore, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo. In September 2019, UiPath was ranked #3 on the Forbes Cloud 100. The company was the featured cover story of the September 30, 2019 Forbes print edition with UiPath CEO Daniel Dines called "Boss of the Bots." Press enquiries Please contact David Barlow on or call 02 9121 6274. Climate Risk: What the Board of Directors Need to Know 2021-01-21T19:54:02Z climate-risk-what-the-board-of-directors-need-to-know Sydney, Australia – January 22, 2021 – InConsult, an advisory firm specialising in end-to-end risk management, governance, audit has released a climate risk guide to help directors understand their climate risk responsibilities and take steps in the right direction.  The climate is changing at the fastest rate in history with severe consequences for earth’s inhabitants. The changing climate impacts the quality of our lives and the financial wellbeing of many entities. Climate change directly and indirectly impacts economic outcomes, such as agricultural output, critical economic resources, manufacturing, energy production, transport, supply chain and other services, as well as wider human and animal welfare. Directors have a duty of care and diligence under section 180 of the Corporations Act 2001 and under the common law.  Organisations are increasingly focusing on the impact of climate change and environmental issues on current and future corporate performance. The Board, CEO and leaders have started to realise that climate risks and opportunities are not abstract concepts, but are essential for creating a sustainable business model that delivers long-term value. This guide aims to help directors understand their climate risk responsibilities and take steps in the right direction. The guide includes: - a valuable checklist that directors can use to evaluate their climate risk posture. - a summary of the legal and regulatory climate reporting and disclosure requirements. - typical climate risk assessment challenges that are often experienced. Click here to download the guide About InConsult Established in 2001, InConsult is a leading professional services firm based in Sydney with extensive local and international experience in risk management, business resilience, internal audit, corporate governance and risk management technology solutions. InConsult offers a comprehensive, end-to-end range of solutions to help public and private sector organisations effectively manage risks and improve internal controls to maximise opportunities. InConsult clients include ASX listed companies, not-for-profit organisations, international insurers and public sector organisations.   For more information, please contact: Tony Harb, Director, InConsult Telephone: 02 9241 1344 Email: BAI Communications appoints Brendan O’Reilly as Global Chief Technology Officer 2021-01-19T05:50:59Z bai-communications-appoints-brendan-oreilly-as-global-chief-technology-officer 19 January 2021 [Hong Kong, London, New York, Sydney, Toronto]: Leading global communications infrastructure provider BAI Communications (BAI) today announced its appointment of Brendan O’Reilly to the global position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO).Based out of London, O’Reilly’s role will be focused on accelerating the company’s expansion of its neutral host solutions and magnifying its strengths as a telecommunications infrastructure service provider. This remit forms a core part of BAI’s growth strategy, which was set out by Group CEO Igor Leprince in mid-2020 and aims to cement the business as a global leader in the delivery of shared 5G network infrastructure.With almost two decades of telecommunications expertise, O’Reilly brings a proven track record of delivering complex technology strategies and programmes to his new role with BAI. He joins from Telefónica where he was the CTO for O2’s UK operation for the past six years, boasting achievements such as leading the development of O2’s network share partnership with Vodafone, O2’s fastest 4G deployment in the UK and the recent launch of its 5G network. "I’m delighted to be joining BAI in the early stages of executing its ambitious growth plans. This role offers me the opportunity to play a pivotal role in defining and implementing the technology strategy that will help BAI become a globally renowned provider of neutral host solutions to MNOs and municipalities. BAI’s engineering expertise, alongside its proven experience in delivering large scale connected infrastructure and networking solutions, positions it perfectly to lead the next phase of digital transformation that 5G is creating,” said Brendan.Group CEO Igor Leprince commented on the appointment, saying: “The deployment and expansion of 5G is going to be a transformative enabler for businesses, government enterprises, and societies around the world. It will be a key driver for the next wave of technological and economic development, accelerating the scalability of connected infrastructure applications across cities, transport networks, and other government services, changing the way we travel, live and work within cities. This makes it an exciting time to have Brendan join our business.“Brendan brings deep technical skills and knowledge to our team, alongside his extensive experience in leading successful projects and partnerships that enhance the connectivity offerings of mobile network operators. With Brendan at the helm of our technology function, BAI will continue to enhance its neutrally hosted connected infrastructure innovation and delivery to help bring the smart cities vision to fruition.” O’Reilly will commence his role in March 2021, joining BAI’s Executive team and reporting to Group CEO Igor Leprince. ENDS About BAI CommunicationsBAI Communications designs, builds, and operates cellular, Wi-Fi, broadcast, radio, and IP networks around the world. We are engineering experts and technology innovators with proven experience in delivering the next wave of connectivity solutions through long-term partnerships with broadcasters, transit operators, governments, and MNOs. As a leading communications infrastructure provider, BAI’s neutral host solutions connect people, enrich communities and advance economies. Our global operations span Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and the US, where we have a majority stake in Transit Wireless. National grant opportunity designed to help Australian not-for-profits develop robust resilience 2021-01-18T00:02:26Z national-grant-opportunity-designed-to-help-australian-not-for-profits-develop-robust-resilience At a time when not-for-profit organisations of all shapes and sizes across the nation are considering how to become more resilient, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has reinforced its commitment to the sector by announcing funded business model resilience consulting support as part of its successful Community Business Grants program. The opportunity is expected to be welcome news for the nation’s not-for-profit organisations, who continue to experience significantly disrupted income streams and activities. CBB General Manager Consulting and Business Services, Jane Arnott  said it was critical to get behind the not-for-profit sector and work with organisations so they can adapt and thrive in the months and years ahead. “Even though the uncertainty of the past year is set to continue for some time yet, it is important that not-for-profit organisations understand that the decisions they make and resilience strategies put in place will be absolutely critical for their future success. The global pandemic, societal lockdowns and economic uncertainty have challenged organisations and their business models like never before,” Ms Arnott said. “This grant opportunity allows organisations to work with CBB’s sector-leading business consultants to analyse the various components of their business model, such as key partners, activities, resources and revenue streams, identify potential vulnerabilities, and develop strategies which address those vulnerabilities and maximise future growth opportunities.” The pro-bono consulting support will include workshops and business model development, as well as potential for training and capacity building. As a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides salary packaging and business consulting services to over 600 organisations nationally, CBB’s Community Development Program assists community organisations to strengthen their social impact to ultimately deliver better community services and supports. As one component of the Community Development Program, Community Business Grants provide organisations with opportunities to develop the strong business skills needed to ensure they are more sustainable, create a bigger social impact and ultimately do more for their communities. Any organisation registered with the ACNC or ORIC can apply for the Community Business Grants. In addition to reinvesting annual surplus into supporting and strengthening the NFP sector through grants and other development initiatives, CBB develops tailored solutions designed to address current and emerging trends and sector needs. The organisation also provides ATO-approved salary packaging services to employees of eligible not for profit organisations, who can see as much as 15% increase in their take-home pay. More about the Community Business Grants can be found here with applications closing at 1pm (ACST) on Friday 5 February 2021. This opportunity will be followed by another grant round due to open on 1 February, which has been designed to assist organisations to provide more NDIS services across Australia, particularly in regional, remote, rural, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander communities. More about the NDIS Growth Community Business Grant can be found here. M-Files Secures €67 Million Growth Investment Led by Bregal Milestone 2021-01-13T03:51:14Z m-files-secures-67-million-growth-investment-led-by-bregal-milestone Sydney, AUS, Jan. 13th, 2021 – M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company, announced that it has received a strategic investment of €67 million. Bregal Milestone, a European growth capital firm, led the round with current investors Partech, Tesi and Draper Esprit also participating.  M-Files provides an intelligent, repository neutral platform that utilises metadata and artificial intelligence (AI) to break down information silos and unify systems, data and content across an organisation. M-Files seamlessly embeds within popular digital workplace platforms, including Microsoft 365, Salesforce and Google Workspace, enabling users to access and manage documents and information from the applications where they prefer to work.   From small and medium-sized businesses to large global enterprises, M-Files is a trusted partner to thousands of customers in over 100 countries, helping them increase efficiencies and drive productivity.  M-Files has more than 500 employees located across 11 global offices. The company’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model continues to propel its strong growth. M-Files has been featured in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms (formerly Enterprise Content Management) since 2012 and named a Visionary for the last five consecutive years.  Antti Nivala, CEO and Founder of M-Files: “Bregal Milestone’s extensive experience investing in the B2B enterprise software sector and their philosophy in partnering with fast-growing companies like M-Files made the firm an attractive investment partner. We’ve identified opportunities to accelerate our growth and further expand M-Files’ market penetration, especially in North America. The valuable investment from Bregal Milestone, bolstered by support from our existing shareholders Partech, Tesi and Draper Esprit, will enable M-Files to deliver further innovations in product development, AI and our cloud platform.”  Cyrus Shey, Managing Partner of Bregal Milestone: “We are thrilled to partner with the M-Files team to support Antti and his team on their very exciting growth journey. M-Files has a robust and cutting-edge solution that brings tangible value-add to its customers. We look forward to supporting management in accelerating growth and further consolidating M-Files’ leadership position, namely in the US and other key geographies. The transaction is the 9th investment made by Bregal Milestone’s inaugural growth capital fund in just over two years, and we couldn’t be more proud to partner with Antti and the world-class M-Files team.” For more information on M-Files Intelligent Information Management, please visit:  About Bregal Milestone Bregal Milestone is a growth capital firm managing a €495 million pan-European fund dedicated to making investments in high-growth European companies. The firm provides growth capital and strategic assistance to support market-leading companies in the technology and technology-enabled services sectors. Bregal Milestone is part of Bregal Investments, who have invested over €15 billion to date.  Summary M-Files secures €67 million in growth capital in an investment round led by Bregal Milestone and focuses on accelerating international growth as well as innovations in product development, AI and the cloud platform. Download image:  Image capture Cyrus Shey (Bregal Milestone, left) couldn’t be prouder to partner with Antti Nivala (right) and M-Files Tags Bregal Milestone, Investment, Growth Capital, Intelligent Information Management, Content Services, ECM, Artificial Intelligence About  M-Files provides a next-generation intelligent information management platform that improves business performance by helping people find and use information more effectively. Unlike traditional enterprise content management (ECM) systems or content services platforms, M-Files unifies systems, data and content across the organisation without disturbing existing systems and processes or requiring data migration. Using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in its unique Intelligent Metadata Layer, M-Files breaks down silos by delivering an in-context experience for accessing and leveraging information that resides in any system and repository, including network folders, SharePoint, file-sharing services, ECM systems, CRM, ERP and other business systems and repositories. Thousands of organisations in more than 100 countries use M-Files for managing their business information and processes, including NBC Universal, OMV, SAS Institute and ThyssenKrupp. For more information, visit M-Files is a registered trademark of M-Files Corporation. All other registered trademarks belong to their respective owners. Design Capital launches a new look website to prepare for an exciting 2021! 2021-01-13T03:36:31Z design-capital-launches-a-new-look-website-to-prepare-for-an-exciting-2021 Gold Coast, January 13, 2020 — Design Capital, Graphic Design & Branding, announced today the launch of their new and modern website. The new website showcases the services available in: -        Graphic Design – services include design of marketing material such as brochures, business cards, leaflets, car wraps, social media advertising…and more (including the printing). -        Branding & Logo Design – whether you are setting up a new business venture, or require a revitalised and new logo design for your existing business. Owner, Donna Bouma wanted a website which represented a clean and modern look that reflected the professional service that customers can expect when they engage Design Capital’s services. Donna is passionate about branding, saying that “my philosophy is that every business should have a brand and logo that they are wholeheartedly proud of”. As a small business Design Capital is focused on providing quality professional graphic design services – specifically catering for businesses that want personalised and high-quality customer service, as well as awesome graphic design services, which is brought to life by over 20 years of experience. Design Capital has been successfully operating for over 10 years and has happy clients across Australia – the new website focusses on the company’s origins from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Canberra. The website will be expanded over the coming months to highlight even more exciting services and offers. Donna is keen to impart her knowledge and customers can sign up to the Design Capital newsletter or read the blog providing invaluable graphic design and branding tips directly through the website. About Design Capital Australia® A family-owned small business based on the Gold Coast, Australia. The business has been operating for over 10 years and provides personalised and high quality graphic design services to businesses across Australia. Learn more at Email us here Visit our social media Facebook LinkedIn Instagram Pinterest Sprout Organic Pty Ltd Enters Agreements with Global by Nature and Total Health Distributors to Distribute Products in WA and NSW 2021-01-13T01:40:29Z sprout-organic-pty-ltd-enters-agreements-with-global-by-nature-and-total-health-distributors-to-distribute-products-in-wa-and-nsw Sel Berdie – Sprout Founder with the first shipment packed for Western Australia Gold Coast, QLD (January 13, 2020) — Sprout Organic Pty Ltd (“Sprout” or the “Company”), the creator of the world first organic plant based infant formula and healthy plant based snacks for children is teaming up with Global by Nature in NSW and Total Health distributors in WA to distribute the Sprout range throughout both states. Both distributors are equally the most proactive health distributors in each state with brands represented in over 1,000 retailers, providing a wide reach into health food stores, independent supermarkets and pharmacies. “At Global, we are always looking for innovative and delicious ways to surprise and excite our customers. Sprout’s healthy and tasty kids snack bars and genuine innovation in infant formula is exactly that. Sprout is building a whole new form of inclusivity in the sector," said Ryan Mclintock, General Manager of Global by Nature. “We are very pleased to announce our distribution agreements with Global by Nature and Total Health. In these two distributors we have found partners that are incredibly passionate about our products. WA and NSW were identified as a key market for us, and we couldn't be happier with the fit we've found in these two companies," said Sprout Founder, Sel Berdie. "These are the first in a series of domestic and international distribution partnerships that we are working to establish as we continue to grow our business". In the second quarter of 2021, Sprout plans to release its highly anticipated plant-based toddler and infant formula.   Contact: Nadia Schilling,, 0469 545 424 Images:  Interviews available on request ### About Sprout Organic Sprout Organic Pty Ltd (Sprout), is a Gold Coast QLD company that develops and manufactures kids plant-based nutritional products. Its vision is to provide children and their families with access to nourishing plant-based food products across the globe, starting right here in Australia. Approved by leading paediatricians, dietitians, and food technology experts, Sprout Organic’s first commercial product is a range of healthy plant-based snack bars which launched on World Children’s Day (2020). In the second quarter of 2021, Sprout plans to release its highly anticipated toddler and infant formula. Aged Care and Disability Support Marketplace, Mable, Chooses Optimizely for Greater Agility and Scale 2021-01-12T23:16:13Z aged-care-and-disability-support-marketplace-mable-chooses-optimizely-for-greater-agility-and-scale-2 Sydney, NSW - December 15, 2020 – Optimizely, an Episerver company, today announced that Mable, a safeguarded online marketplace that enables consumers to find, connect with, and directly hire independent support workers, nurses, and therapists, has chosen Optimizely to enable experimentation as part of the company’s product development. Mable raised $15 million in early 2020 in a funding round led by Ellerson Capital.  According to Piroksa Bisits-Bullen, Data Science Director at Mable, improvements in speed to market and productivity drove the selection of Optimizely. “With Optimizely, we can not only run more experiments, but our data science team no longer needs to hand-hold experiments. We can test the impact of changes on other areas of our business like contact centre volume and frequency of enquiries.” “Optimizely is proud to be working with Mable to help improve the matching of the elderly or those living with a disability with suitable carers and services more quickly and effectively thanks to our platform,” said Simon McDonald, Managing Director APAC, Optimizely. “Mable now joins brands like THE ICONIC, The Country Road Group, Kmart and Appliances Online as part of the Optimizely Asia Pacific region expansion.” “Optimizely enables a/b/n testing, lightning fast bucketing of users and an easy way for our product managers to view results real time - many other tools aren’t as robust,” said Bisits-Bullen. “We have rapidly changing customer needs and Optimizely has the agile, flexible platform to be able to adapt to those changes.” Key in Optimizely’s selection was high levels of flexibility, faster and easier experiment setup, and no impact on the speed of Mable’s channels. With over 100,000 people accessing its platform each month, Mable has grown rapidly over the past couple of years. Recent funding will improve data science and machine learning capabilities that underpin the marketplace. Optimizely’s integration with Salesforce also figured in Mable’s selection. Says Bisits-Bullen, “Our customers may be accessing the website via screen readers. Insight into that behavior provides our customer service team with important details about the customer’s digital experience and how we can better assist them. And that’s very important to us.” Optimizely enables Mable to run experiments across its website, mobile app and algorithms, empowering staff to iterate on, and improve, the user experience and customer journey.  “Social responsibility and assisting people in the Asia Pacific region is important to everyone at Optimizely,” said McDonald. “We are proud to support Mable to help members of our community safely get the assistance they need. I am excited to see how Optimizely can help Mable develop its programs even further to better serve our community.”   For more information email  About Optimizely Optimizely, an Episerver company, provides the industry’s leading digital experience optimization platform including AI-powered personalization and experimentation, which encompasses A/B testing, multivariate testing, and server-side testing. We take out the guesswork to enable brands to deliver relevant experiences driven by data. The world's greatest brands choose Optimizely to win and compete in the digital economy, including Gap, StubHub, IBM, The Wall Street Journal, and many more. To learn more, visit On October 21, 2020, Optimizely was acquired by Episerver, a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms.  EZIFUNERALS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH A NEW FUNERAL BUDDY 2021-01-11T03:33:01Z ezifunerals-announces-partnership-with-a-new-funeral-buddy eziFunerals, the online funeral platform for independent funeral directors and consumers, today announced a new partnership with Australia’s best Funeral, Mortuary and Crematorium Software company, CTV Soft Pty Ltd and their solution – Funeral Buddy.Preferred Partners status with eziFunerals enables Funeral Buddy to collaborate more closely with independent funeral directors needing cloud technology to manage their operations.“We believe the funeral industry needs a proven funeral management solution to help our members grow their business,” said Peter Erceg, Founder and Owner of eziFunerals. “Our local and family owned member funeral homes--would benefit from our preferred partners like Funeral Buddy. Our Preferred Partners program has chosen to collaborate with some of the best industry providers, reaping the benefits of partnership without compromising on quality and price.”eziFunerals selected Funeral Buddy based on the best online funeral software technology, exceptional customer service and value for our member funeral directors. It allows our members to act faster than the bigger and more established competitors in the industry.“Funeral Buddy launched in 2018 and has continued to build Australia’s best funeral management platform in the marketplace,” said Funeral Buddy Co-Founder Codrin Mitin. Our ‘Funeral Buddy’ features provide everything a funeral home needs to customize workflow and integrate with other systems, like Xero accounting software. Since launching Funeral Buddy, our sole focus has been on helping funeral homes of all sizes to increase efficiency and grow their business. Naturally we are delighted for the opportunity to partner with like-minded, customer-focused businesses such as eziFunerals to give our customers peace of mind knowing that they can spend more time doing what they do best – helping families in their time of need.”For more information about eziFunerals Preferred Partnership Program and Funeral Buddy, visit eziFuneralseziFunerals is an independent consumer advisory and concierge service that changes the way people organise a funeral so that they are empowered to plan a good goodbye and manage one of life’s most stressful events anywhere, anytime.About Funeral BuddyFuneral Buddy is a cloud-based funeral management solution that enables funeral homes to manage their operations better, adapt to a changing market environment, and to build out their digital presence. Media contact for eziFunerals: Peter Erceg – or 0466 890 703 Media contact for Spirare: Jake Wallace – or 0452 273 155 Top 2 Web Design Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Business 2021-01-06T03:07:04Z top-2-web-design-mistakes-that-can-sabotage-your-business By Lee Rekman Essentially, creating a web design or a redesign is meant to improve a business’ online performance. A revamped website brings that upgraded look and feel that can attract visitors and potential customers better. With that said, it pays to remember that not all website design projects become successful. Businesses and organisations may not realise it, but they are likely committing missteps that lead them to a non-performing design. In the worst cases, these mistakes tend to cost them a lot without bringing them significant returns. It is for this reason that you must proceed with every step of your project with a thorough plan and strategy. The Impact of Website Design on Digital Performance Before anything else, you should remember that web design is more than just adding pretty pictures and choosing great fonts for your text. In reality, this includes improving your website’s overall appearance and functionality to benefit its users. Considering this, there are other factors you need to consider aside from visual appeal. You also need to think about how visitors will use and navigate your site. Is your homepage crowded with overwhelming chunks of text? Is your menu easy to find and use? Are your pages loading fast enough for your visitors? Those are just some of the many questions you will have to ask throughout your website design project. Read the full article, click here How to Optimise Your Website for Improved Lead Generation 2021-01-06T03:04:57Z how-to-optimise-your-website-for-improved-lead-generation By Lee Rekman Putting up a website is more than just having an idea and trying to make it work through trial and error. In most cases, you’re investing money into a system as you try to make it generate money in the end. Web design goes further than just the aesthetic value, as the way it looks is only one piece of the puzzle. In Australia, digital marketing agencies are on the rise. Website design in Perth is at a breakthrough stage, with many businesses investing in developers’ services. It makes sense for web design professionals to look past pure aesthetic value and centre their work around a strategic position in a growing industry. Here are ways that an online domain can be optimised for improved lead generation: Build Around Lead Generation Methods In terms of digital marketing, lead generation from online sites comes when a customer’s interests are piqued. If you know which pages are getting the highest engagement or attention from visitors, it can help you build around forms that can convert leads to customers. These forms are typically run through email marketing sign-up sheets, campaign engagement from social media outlets, or blog posts that generate plenty of visibility. Other methods can include a way to contact your business—such as live chat—wherein visitors can learn more about your brand by entering a few basic details to allow your company to assist. You’ll know what is right and what isn’t working through your website’s analytic tools, wherein inbound clicks to your website will be shown. If your Facebook lead generation strategy is weak, it pays to work on the posts you make so that people open up your domain to have a look. Conversely, if blog posts aren’t getting that much traction, invest more time into investigating keywords and writing SEO-ready content. Read the full article: Click Here KONCHECK Tailors a Solution for Businesses 2021-01-05T06:32:30Z koncheck-tailors-a-solution-for-businesses KONCHECK, a service provided by Konze Enterprise PTY LTD, has added another feather to its cap with the introduction of its Business Solution. It promises to lodge Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks (NCCHCs) seamlessly on behalf of organisations. The vision of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) is to make the country a safer place. A National Police Check is an Australia-wide integrity check based on an applicant’s consent to obtain a full criminal history record. Organisations use it to make informed decisions and demonstrate suitability for paid jobs and volunteer work or work involving contact with vulnerable groups such as children or people with disabilities. KONCHECK emphasises on making the hiring process stress-free by offering Police checks for business solutions. It helps the employers to streamline the whole process by helping them manage Police checks under one platform. KONCHECK will be providing a customised dashboard to their clients. The dashboard will assist the employers in tracking the status of the application as well as sending reminders to the applicants in case they haven’t submitted their applications in a timely manner.   The process is also very simplified. It often takes about 5 minutes to fill the online application form. The employer can send notifications to applicants through the portal via email to apply for a National Criminal History Check. KONCHECK also eliminates the chances of any inaccuracy that may creep in a manual police checking process. KONCHECK ensures flexibility in the payment process too. Employers can choose between Applicant Pay and Company Pay. In case of bulk checks, the employer may get discounts. Also, it provides a chance for Recruiters and HR firms to refer checks for candidates. KONCHECK aims to provide an easy manageable service for organisations to conduct police checks for their employees. Through a few clicks, employers can request police checks from their employees and track the status of their checks as well. KONCHECK claims 70% of the police check certificates are received within 1-2 business days. In some cases, it may take 10-15 business days or more, depending on the complexity of the check. Get in touch: Introducing Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland – Plus A Great Booking Special 2020-12-27T02:59:27Z introducing-boutique-lifestyle-photography-in-auckland-plus-a-great-booking-special Boutique Lifestyle Photography are award-winning portrait photographers based in Auckland, New Zealand. Established in 2007, the team have formed and further developed their signature style of portraiture; timeless images of your loved ones that artistically tell your story. Since their inception, Boutique Lifestyle Photography have continued to expand their professional photography services. From stunning family photography to beautiful maternity portraits and graduation photography, all photo shoot bookings are held in their upmarket Auckland studio location. More recently, a range of commercial photography services have been introduced including professional product photography as well as professional head shots. As part of their services, all portraits receive the team’s acclaimed professional portrait retouching. From scars to scratches, any imperfections or blemishes that you may have can be removed at your request. The team are also pleased to announce a fantastic $79 photo shoot sitting special. Included in this package is your in-studio photo shoot with your Auckland photographer, valid for our portrait services (excluding glamour), as well as a bonus $50 studio credit towards your chosen portraits. If you’ve been considering a professional photo shoot, then now is the perfect time. You are encouraged to contact the friendly team to discuss your requirements. In-studio consultations are available to discuss in advance your photo shoot aspirations and begin planning your session. Bookings are available Monday to Saturday by appointment. The Boutique Lifestyle Photography Philosophy As a family owned and operated business, the team at Boutique Lifestyle Photography go to great lengths to ensure your satisfaction. From your initial contact with the team, throughout your photo shoot to the final delivery of your treasured images, you are sure to be impressed. Having worked with countless families and individuals over the years, we are proud to have worked closely with people from all walks of life. Irrespective of your requirements, we offer you an in-studio portrait service that is both relaxed and professional with amazing results. We also offer a great range of flexible gift voucher options, perfect for any occasion or milestone. In addition, we also encourage charities or fundraising groups to contact us regarding any upcoming events or promotions we can assist with. Please visit our website and contact us with any queries relating to your event and how we can help. We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us with any booking enquiries or general questions and we will be happy to assist. Boutique Lifestyle Photography (09) 522 5123 expands into Australian and New Zealand Car Rental Markets 2020-12-19T12:27:53Z stressfreecarrental-com-expands-into-australian-car-rental-market Customers in Australia and New Zealand can now take advantage of’s price match guarantee on car hire deals at car hire locations throughout the country. compares car hire deals at 100s of locations in Australia and New Zealand including all major airport and city locations.   Wherever they’re available, deals are also included that offer a low security deposit and can be collected using a debit card. ‘We’ve spent the last 12 months building partnerships with all of the leading car rental brands in Australia and New Zealand and we’re committed to making the car hire booking process as stress-free as possible. Our focus is on offering customers total transparency on all costs for their car rental, including all of the fees that are payable at the desk” said CEO, John Charnock. Launched in 2019, the website initially focused on the UK market and is now expanding into other international markets, starting with Australia and New Zealand which will be closely followed by South Africa and the USA. ‘The Australasian car rental market is very competitive, but I believe that we can add real value for our customers and our car rental partners. We’ve already started to take bookings since the end of the various lockdowns and we’re looking forward to growing our business here in the years to come’ Mr Charnock added. Car hire can be booked on the website by paying a small deposit online which is refundable if the booking is cancelled within 48 hours of collecting the car. Refunds are processed within 24 hours of receiving a cancellation request.   Melbourne hospitality/retail thought leaders for immediate comment on Xmas shopping period 2020-12-17T09:34:51Z melbourne-hospitality-retail-thought-leaders-for-immediate-comment-on-xmas-shopping-period Eat Marketing Concepts is pleased to advise we have access to several thought leaders in the hospitality and retail spaces who are available to comment immediately on relevant news stories as we continue the Christmas shopping/celebration period. The following thought leaders are available to provide comment through a brief interview or statement about any relevant retail/hospitality news stories being worked on:John Scardamiglia, representing Berth, Cargo and Down the Rabbit Hole.Fabio Angele, representing Brunetti CarltonMaria Sutera, representing Zampera, which has recently opened a new pop-up store in Watsonia.Cathy Kamvissis, representing Espresso3094 and MontibelloPlease contact our PR co-ordinator, Cameron Magusic, at or on 0404 261 974 for more information.