The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-09-24T05:11:44Z Watson Blinds and Awnings Offers Convenient and Child-Safe Options 2020-09-24T05:11:44Z watson-blinds-and-awnings-offers-convenient-and-child-safe-options The range of modern awnings, blinds and shutters available can be overwhelming to individuals trying to decide on the best option for their home or business. Watson Blinds and Awnings, maintains a staff of helpful experts that can help customers narrow their choices. Watson Blinds and Awnings offers a comprehensive range of awnings, blinds and shutters in multiple styles, colors and materials. Individuals can select from among a stylish selection of window treatments that beautify, provide convenience, and add value to interior and exteriors of homes, businesses, and commercial enterprises. Custom made solutions are a hallmark of the company’s services. The company’s awnings are an easy way to add value to lifestyles, enables individuals to control the weather in their specific environment, and more fully enjoy their outdoor spaces. One of the most popular choices is retractable awnings. They can be deployed when needed, provide protection from the sun and heat, and can aid in lowering cooling costs. Retractable awnings also aid in preserving outdoor furnishings. Another popular choice is motorised blinds. A classy, sophisticated, and thoroughly modern option, the blinds can be hardwired, installed to operate via remote control or via Smart Home Systems. No-touch motorised blinds are a safe alternative for areas to which children have access, places that may be difficult to reach, and where cords would ruin the aesthetic. For a truly timeless look, many individuals are choosing shutters. External shutters provide a fashionable balance for those that desire a combination of privacy, security, and control over the natural light entering their environment. The shutters can be adjusted at different angles to allow as much or as little light in as desired without compromising privacy. They’re offered in multiple colors, finishes, and styles for a tasteful appearance that remains popular today. Individuals have a wealth of retractable awnings, motorised blinds and external shutters from which to choose at Watson Blinds and Awnings. The custom made products are tailored to the individual needs and requirements of clients for solutions that can be tailored to accommodate any architectural style and preference. About Watson Blinds and Awnings Watson Blinds and Awnings has been a family-owned and operated business since it opened in 1968. After 50 years, the business has grown to almost 80 staff members and has fitted out over 67,000 homes in the Canberra region. Still the only window furnishing company with a local factory, the Watson family continues to strive for perfection and look for ways to better serve Canberra homeowners. Connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo. Media Contact Watson Blinds and Awnings 73 Wollongong Street Fyshwick, ACT 2609 Website: https://watsonblinds.com.au DESIGN INFERNO: GLASS SPLASHBACKS TO HELP IMPROVE KITCHEN DESIGNS 2020-09-23T10:22:29Z design-inferno-glass-splashbacks-to-help-improve-kitchen-designs Design Inferno is an Australian based textile retail where you can get some of the best designs splashbacks for your kitchen so that your home will look amazing and elegant. Here, at design inferno we help our clients to get custom design glass splashbacks for their home or even a project they are working on, using a team of specialists who will guarantee the best designs for your kitchen walls. Apart from glass splashbacks, we also offer pool fences, glass balustrades which will help you keep your home safe and sound especially if you have toddlers and children running around all day. Glass splashbacks have become an important aspect in the home as it gives a look of class and elegance. Not to mention that when you choose the right splashback you will get an easy to clean surface. Below is a given statement by Nadine a client from Design inferno who was thrilled by the service that the team at Design inferno provided. “They were absolutely fabulous!!!! What a great team Design Inferno has with these 2!! Very well presented, lovely, pleasant, and most of all very professional. Also, the pride they took in their work was above and beyond. They just didn’t want to install it any old way, they wanted to install it perfectly. And that is exactly what they did. They cleaned up and ensured that everything was perfect. WOW!! And our job was a tad trickier given the matching to the older previous splash back and having an older house where things aren’t square or flush. They were very meticulous and the care taken was great. Full credit to them and if you could pass the feedback onto them that would be appreciated.”  As you can see, there are plenty of different options in terms of glass splashbacks and this has given us a helpful way to help our clients with all their home/kitchen renovation needs. Future of advice is in peril – it can only be assured by understanding past failings 2020-09-16T04:36:21Z future-of-advice-is-in-peril-it-can-only-be-assured-by-understanding-past-failings If the future and well-being of consumers is truly the highest priority of the federal government and financial services industry, then the quality of judgment has to improve and decisions made based on the lessons embedded in the experiences of the past.   The future viability of the advice sector is quite literally at the precipice!    Practitioner numbers are at an all-time low; exits and premature retirements continue to mount; and the industry’s reputation and obsession with over-regulation is dissuading new advice entrants.     It’s for this reason, that politicians and stakeholders must ensure that the decisions of the past that has brought about this scenario are not repeated or compounded going forward.   When looking back at history, the litany of disasters has quite literally been horrendous with most catastrophic being retrospectivity.  Basically, a misguided belief that arbitrarily changing the past will improve the present and secure the future.  The reality has been –   Education Standards:     I’ve haven’t met one person in the industry that does not support lifting standards and the standing of the advice sector with appropriate entry level academic qualifications and ongoing professional development.  However, they should never have been introduced retrospectively.   Remuneration:     Whether referred to as commission or brokerage, they constitute the cost of distribution that is incorporated into the product by the manufacturer.  They are not conflict of interest, hence, retrospective banning of commission is wrong.   ASIC (Lookbacks):     ASIC’s preoccupation with lookbacks has resulted in advisers looking over their shoulders like never before and quite literally living in fear.  Bringing down the cost of advice will never be achieved; and will only result in more compliance and administrative imposts. In all seriousness, no industry should be required to operate under a lookback regime of ten years or more.  Imagine if politicians or the legal profession was required to adhere to the same requirements!   BoLR:     Retrospective legislation by government has given the green light for institutions like AMP to change their buyer of last resort agreements resulting in drastically devalued businesses for many advisers.  This has been another decision that further undermined the standing of government, financial institutions and the industry as a whole.   Through no fault of their own; not breaking any rules or doing anything wrong – retrospective law making and arbitrary changing of contractual arrangements has quite literally brought the advice sector to the point of failure.   The purpose of the advice industry is to provide quality advice that is affordable, scalable and is in the best interest of clients.  Consumers have every right to question an industry that for two decades has wreaked havoc on itself, advisers and retrospectively changes rules and overturns supposedly iron clad assurances and undertakings.   We need leadership from both sides of parliament to work together to deliver a sustainable workable framework.  Hence my firm belief that the present structure needs to be reviewed with a view to implementation of the following –   Individual Licencing:     Move the industry away from corporate structure to advisers operating on a licencing framework that is no different to other professions such as accountants, lawyers, doctors, etc.   Past experience has proven that putting any entity that operates / and is motivated by profit between the consumer and their adviser inevitably leads to a conflict of interest.   The adviser’s sole role must be to act in the best interest of the client, not to a licencing group. The larger institutional licensees have compounded the environment for their advisers by adding extra layers of red tape, complexity and compliance.    Regulation:    Regulation and constant legislative tinkering by the federal government has only served to damage the industry and disadvantage consumers by making advice unaffordable.  There needs to be a concerted effort to remove this burden.                  Who is the Regulator?     The industry is drowning in regulatory authorities and voices demanding to be heard.  As if FASEA, ASIC, ATO, TPB, APRA, AUSTRAC, ACCC and AFCA weren’t enough, new bodies are being established in conjunction with associations, lobby groups, academia, institutions, industry super, the media and list goes on.   At what point do we say enough is enough!   Too Many Voices:     There are too many industry associations representing the advice industry vying to be heard (and taken seriously) by government.  Until these groups unite and merge into a single and powerful representative voice, it will only reaffirm to regulators the fragmented and self-interest nature of the industry.       Statements Statements Statements:     No other advice profession is required to provide so many statements i.e.  annual opt in statement, fee disclosure statement, statement of advice (SOA), etc.  All of which are ultimately paid for by the consumer.  SOAs continue to grow, not because clients read them but out of fear of litigation. Defining Advice:     The provision of advice in reality is demarcated into two clear models – Independent (open APL) and Proprietary (can only provide advice on proprietary products e.g. industry funds, bank products).  The formalisation of this distinction would be of most benefit to the consumer and provide greater transparency.   Technology:     A failing and legacy of industry domination by large institutions has been a lack of innovation and the restricted application of new technologies.  The advancement and application of FinTech is vital and needed to drive efficiencies and benefit consumers.   Career Pathways:     How can financial services attract the next generation of advisers when the current pathways actually inhibit new entrants joining the advice industry?  Two decades of non-stop regulatory reform, industry rationalisation and uncertainty has resulted in the next generation of advisers preferring alternate career paths with more attractive work life balance opportunities.   What’s the Answer?     Firstly, a combined effort and joint approach by government can halt the demise of financial services and the advice sector.  However, action is needed now with a united effort and joint approach that can create a viable future for the industry and provide affordable advice for consumers.   A good start would be a bipartisan working group NOT comprised of the usual retired judges, lawyers, vocal interest groups and individuals who have no practical experience running an advice business or face-to-face interaction with clients!  It’s for this reason that Australia has a track record of royal commissions and industry reviews failure.   There are many quality advisers who genuinely care about the industry and ensuring consumers receive quality advice and service that would gladly participate in a genuine and inclusive bipartisan review.   Secondly, as the world moves into the new era of the digital age, a national priority has to be raising the financial literacy for all Australians.  People need to be able to manage their financial affairs in order to improve their standard of living.  In addition, it will benefit the economy by improving the strength, performance and efficiency of the financial services system.   I am confident that this approach is the best way forward and would provide the all-important building blocks for a sustainable future for the advice sector – and most importantly – where the consumer will finally be the winner and beneficiary.   ENDS   Issued by Connect Financial Service Brokers          www.connectfsb.com.au             Media enquiries        Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd Mob:     +61 412 112 545  Email:     jperri@joeperri.com.au VISEO AND CLUDO ARE JOINING FORCES EXPANDING SALESFORCE AND DIGITAL SERVICES OFFERING IN AUSTRALIA 2020-09-16T02:12:26Z viseo-and-cludo-are-joining-forces-expanding-salesforce-and-digital-services-offering-in-australia Melbourne - September 16th, 2020 - VISEO, a global technology company specializing in digital transformation services, and Cludo, a leading Australian Salesforce digital services and consulting partner, have today announced that they are joining forces. The acquisition enhances the ability of both companies to deploy larger-scale digital projects across Australia and the APAC region, with the addition of Cludo’s Salesforce digital transformation expertise complementing VISEO’s comprehensive range of digital services offerings and expertise for which it is known and respected. Cludo focuses exclusively on the Salesforce platform, with offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and is renowned for delivering transformative solutions to clients in the financial services, consumer goods, education and the not-for-profit sectors. Since its inception, Cludo has completed over 200 Salesforce projects with a record of success that saw it achieve Platinum Partner status in its first 18 months of operation, a record unequaled among Australian Salesforce partners. "Today’s announcement is the start of another exciting chapter for Cludo and we are thrilled to be joining forces with VISEO. This is a natural union and the synergies and points of connection were immediately apparent from the moment we started talking. Like VISEO, we are committed to our customers and our people, and culturally and operationally we are strongly aligned. This merger is great news for our people and will benefit our customers and the Salesforce ecosystem by allowing us to combine with a global leader and accelerate innovation and drive even greater customer success.” explains Ian Goodwin, Co-Founder and CEO of Cludo. With 2200 consultants worldwide, a presence on 5 continents, VISEO is a technology consulting firm that assists its clients with their digital transformation. In APAC, VISEO operates two support & development centers respectively located in Cebu (Philippine) and in Surabaya (Indonesia). In Australia, VISEO has established its head office in Melbourne in 2019 and is also located in Sydney. VISEO builds technological assets for its clients to serve their strategic ambitions. VISEO helps them take advantage of digital opportunities, address new uses and compete with players who are changing the rules of the games. The Australian market is in the midst of a significant digital transformation event. Welcoming Cludo into the VISEO Group reinforces its Salesforce capabilities and creates synergies with the group’s expertise. VISEO’s goal is to become a key player, very attractive, and competitive within the technology space to better assist Australian customers with their digital transformation. "VISEO Australia is delighted to welcome CLUDO into our team. We share a similar company culture; vision and our potential synergies are aligned with our strategy to become a top 3 Salesforce player in ANZ in the next 3 years. This acquisition reflects our commitment to strengthen our key partnership and develop local expertise says." Pierre-Francois VIEAU, Managing Director – VISEO Australia. "We are very pleased and honored to welcome Cludo as part of VISEO family, this move reflects our ambition for Australia, and will consolidate our partnership with Salesforce and accelerate our Cloud First Strategy." says Olivier Dhonte, VP APAC and Chairman of the VISEO Group. Charles Woodall, SVP Alliances & Channels, Salesforce APAC said "Cludo is a fast-growing member of Salesforce's ecosystem, driving substantial digital transformation projects for our joint customers. We welcome its acquisition by VISEO, which will support Salesforce's digital transformation capabilities in Australia and across the region."   For more information, please visit our websites www.viseo.com and https://cludo.com.au/ ### About Cludo Cludo is a pure-play Australian Salesforce systems integrator specializing in financial services, consumer goods/services and the not for profit sectors and an established leader in delivering advisory, digital transformation and support services across the entire suite of Salesforce offerings. At Cludo, we live by our core values of creativity, transparency and tenacity, and we became a Salesforce Platinum partner in our first 18 months of operation, and we are known for our impeccable track record of delivering innovation, successful technology-led transformations and great customer outcomes. About VISEO VISEO a global IT consulting firm specialized in assisting its clients with their IT and digital transformation. VISEO uses technology as a powerful lever of transformation and innovation to help its clients take advantage of digital opportunities, address new usages and compete with new players who change the rules of the game. With 2200 employees working on 5 continents, VISEO combines agility and complementary of its areas of expertise – design of new products and services, digitization of business processes, data valuation, digital assets development - to make digital a real lever of competitiveness and performance.  Contacts Hélène Sigrand - VISEO VP of Marketing & Communication helene.sigrand@viseo.com +33 669314634   Pierre-François Vieau VISEO Australia Pty Ltd - Managing Director pierre-francois.vieau@viseo.com +61 408 366 333   Ian Goodwin Founder & CEO - Cludo ian.goodwin@cludo.com.au +61 425 622 21   Kazoik for Business 2020-09-14T12:45:00Z kazoik-for-business Kazoik, the 5 minute rapid-fire auction site is pleased to announce its endorsement from the SME Association of Australia and the launch of Kazoik for Business.  On Thursday at 17h00 there will be a Business focussed Kazoik. This means that there is now two events each week along with the Daily Deals. What is Kazoik? It is a Verb! A Kazoik is a 5 minute Auction where the highest bid wins: No Reserves. No Minimums. No Auto-bids. No Fuss!  Kazoiks happen on a Wednesday evening at 20h00 with 5 five minute auctions between 20h00 and 21h00.  There are some awesome deals to be got - but be quick, when the five minutes runs out the current highest bidder will get the deal!  There are 3 main offers for brands:1. Kazoik – brands get to participate for free, beyond the product they are making available for the auction, which is typically part of a company’s marketing budget. There are no charges nor fees for the brand to get involved. 2. Voucher – Once the auction has run, the brands have an opportunity of delivering a call-to-action offer such as a coupon or voucher or special offer to all those that participated, multiplying the exposure on offer. This is trackable and will lead to further sales opportunities. 3. Media – We know who the customers are, we know where they are online and can now offer brands opportunities to re-market to them, and if desired, similar audiences, without the additional costs and time of other re-marketing activities and services. Why Kazoik for Business then? There were a few reasons for the creation of the dedicated business version of Kazoik.  We were getting requests to promote services and business related products. Where we fully believe that all business people are consumers and vice versa there are times when business needs to remain just that; business.  The SME Association, who is a vocal and active organisation for small and medium businesses loved the idea of getting their members an opportunity to be part of Kazoik and so through their endorsement and some brain-storming we built Kazoik for Business. The next driver was that a large number of SME’s don’t have an e-commerce ready website. In these times and the current situation, the need to transact online can be the difference between being in or out of business. Kazoik is a fully-fledged e-commerce platform and so we will extend opportunities to the members to be able to sell and offer their services and products through our portal. Finally, this is an opportunity to find out about great offers and experience them at incredible prices. It is a win-win for everyone. Engagement:  https://www.kazoik.com Facebook.com/kazoik Twitter.com/kazoik Instagram.com/kazoikit #ClickClickQuick #Kazoik    M.A. Cross Plumbing Provides Expedited Solutions to Drainage Problems 2020-09-11T04:05:41Z m-a-cross-plumbing-provides-expedited-solutions-to-drainage-problems There are few things that illicit a panic in residential or business environments quicker than a blocked drain or toilet that’s backing up. Michael Cross, owner of M.A. Cross Plumbing, has been curing these and other drainage issues for 37 years and the company has earned a reputation for prompt service, affordable rates, and quality work. Drainage problems in sinks, showers, and toilets can occur for a wide variety of reasons. Toys get lost down toilets, hair builds up in drains, and outside influences can create situations that range from merely inconvenient to dangerous. M.A. Cross performs maintenance, repair, and installations of water and drainage systems that keeps water flowing and drains clear to ensure hygienic conditions. Bathroom drains can back up due to foreign materials being introduced such as hair and soap or small items being dropped down the drain. The most common cause of kitchen sink backups is fats and food particles that build up over time. Toilet back-ups can be the most serious of all since they can result in serious health issues if not promptly rectified. Foreign objects being flushed are a common problem and it doesn’t require a large object to initiate a disastrous overflow. Failure to flush may also be a problem with the float mechanism in the tank or a blocked vent pipe. In some situations, the difficulty exists outside the structure. Tree roots can be a major problem, dislodging underground pipes and even growing through them. Runoff from roofs and inadequate drainage from storms can also present problems for clients and their neighbors. Pipes are often laid under streets and heavy vehicles traveling over them can lead to ruptures that prevent flow. Many people attempting to save money or conduct DIY projects don’t understand the role gravity plays in drainage or the importance of laying pipes without any dips or arcs to facility flow, which can worsen the problem. The team at this plumber in Logan are adept at addressing all types of drainage and blockage issues. The company’s specialists have undergone Green Plumbers training and are able to provide a variety of economical and sustainable solutions. They’re experienced in leaf and gutter systems, rainwater tanks, grey water systems, and offer free no-obligation quotes. About M.A. Cross Plumbing Michael Cross is able to assist you with products and solutions that best fit your needs. We are fully qualified trades people and we are here to offer you sustainable solutions while delivering quality workmanship and expert advice. We’ve been a member of the Master Plumbers Association for more than 30 years. We were sponsors of the first Sustainable House Brisbane built at Seventeen Mile Rocks in 2007. Media Contact Michael Cross Phone: 427749786 7 Jambi Court Tanah Merah QLD Website: www.crossplumbing.com.au Creative Concrete Coatings Improves Functionality with Epoxy Flooring 2020-09-10T04:20:14Z creative-concrete-coatings-improves-functionality-with-epoxy-flooring Concrete is one of the most durable building materials available and with the services offered by Creative Concrete Coatings it can also be one of the most beautiful and functional. The company is a leader in the industry, offering concrete grinding, resurfacing, polishing, and epoxy floors. An epoxy coating makes concrete infinitely more versatile and can last for up to 30 years. It provides added appeal should individuals want to sell their properties in the future. Concrete has multiple uses, but it’s also porous. When treated with an epoxy coating, the surface is sealed and protected from water, chemicals, mold, and mildew. Concrete resurfacing Brisbane is a specialty and floors with an epoxy coating can sustain heavy loads, significant impacts, and is ideal for high foot traffic areas. The flooring is difficult to scratch or damage, making it a popular choice for garages and warehouses where heavy equipment and trucks may traverse or the potential for heavy impacts can occur. Epoxy flooring offers a low maintenance surface that’s extremely easy to clean. A standard or self-leveling epoxy will be applied by the concrete grinding Brisbane business. The type of epoxy the company applies will depend upon the type of usage and traffic the floor will receive. The coating is particularly effective for restaurant kitchens, food and beverage production plants, warehouses, shopping centers, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies. The epoxy flooring provided by Creative Concrete Coatings provide a high-gloss surface and the company can include an aggregate to create a non-slip surface for safety. The polished concrete Brisbane company is well-known for its range of services that beautifies concrete, reduces maintenance, and improves the value of properties. Creative Concrete Coatings provides concrete grinding, stenciling, decorative concrete, epoxy flooring, and Covercrete sealing. The company’s epoxy flooring is decorative, highly functional, and offers a cost effective alternative to replacing existing concrete. The company works closely with clients to minimize inconvenience and the interruption of regular business during the application process. About Creative Concrete Coatings Creative Concrete Coatings specializes in concrete resurfacing and decorative concrete with hundreds of decorative design combinations from which to choose. The company offers services for residential and commercial customers, along with free no-obligation quotes. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Media Contact Creative Concrete Coatings Phone: 0481 287 365 Beaver Williams Backs WayAhead Mental Health Association NSW 2020-09-08T07:22:15Z beaver-williams-backs-wayahead-mental-health-association-nsw During October, for Mental Health Month, Beaver Williams will be giving $250 to WayAhead Mental Health Association NSW for each order received in the month of October for a new air conditioning maintenance or fire maintenance contract above $2500 excluding GST. The campaign will run from Monday 28th September to Friday 30th October 2020. “With all that has happened in 2020, Mental Health support is more essential than ever. At Beaver Williams we are passionate about the wellbeing, health and safety of our community, clients, and our staff,” says Matthew Knight, CEO Beaver Williams. Beaver Williams have recently joined WayAhead Workplaces. “Promoting the health and wellbeing of our team is core to our company values. Our membership with WayAhead Workplaces gives us access to a vast array of workplace health resources along with a network of like-minded businesses and individuals who are passionate about supporting our community around mental health,” says Knight. Beaver Williams are specialists in commercial and industrial air conditioning, ventilation, heating and fire protection. The company have been handling complex portfolios across Sydney and NSW for over 50 years. Well maintained plant and equipment is more efficient and consumes significantly less energy. HVAC Systems account for between 40-50 per cent of a commercial building’s energy consumption (CSIRO,2019). A reduction in energy usage will cut operating costs and reduce the impact on our environment and climate.   For more visit - https://beaverwilliams.com.au/mental-health-month-support-for-wayahead/ MBS Insurance welcomes two adviser partners & expands operations with new office in Perth 2020-09-08T03:45:56Z mbs-insurance-welcomes-two-adviser-partners-amp-expands-operations-with-new-office-in-perth MBS Insurance (MBS) partner Kris Mason has announced adviser partners Jade Burford and Shane Reay have joined the group and will head the leading risk advisory group’s newly established operation in Perth.    The new venture is a JV between MBS and Jade Burford and Shane Reay – and will be branded and marketed as MBS Insurance WA.    “This is a very exciting and significant development for our group and aspirations to have a national presence”, said Kris Mason.        “Jade and Shane are exceptional and passionate practitioners and determined to position MBS Insurance WA as a leading presence in the state.  MBS’s collective scale, streamlined underwriting and established workflow system will allow us to focus on our clients and referral partners obtaining better outcomes from day one”.   Both WA locals Jade and Shane have extensive business and financial service backgrounds and careers specialising in the insurance advisory area.   Having met whilst studying together at Cambridge Jade and  Kris have leveraged the connection to ultimately bring their businesses together. “We are both deeply passionate about risk insurance and the immense benefit it provides business owners, HNW families and career focused professionals.  An imperative of any wealth creation, lifestyle protection, retirement, estate planning and commercial aspiration is a risk insurance foundation”, said Jade and Shane.   “Above all we are steadfastly dedicated to providing the highest standards of specialist risk insurance advice and service to our clients”.    “This focus on our clients will continue to underpin our hard work and endeavours in building the MBS Insurance WA brand and presence in the West Australian marketplace”.   MBS is a founding member of the Bombora Advice national dealer group.  The appointment of Jade and Shane, together with the opening of MBS Insurance WA coincides with the seven-year anniversary of the licensee’s establishment in August 2013 by Wayne Handley.    In welcoming Jade and Shane to the Bombora practitioner network, Wayne Handley said they exemplified the new generation of risk insurance advisers and will encourage graduates to consider an advice career.   Kris Mason said the need for a presence in Perth had been an objective for MBS as the group’s national footprint had grown significantly as the result of new business, growth and JV/alliance opportunities.      “Although in growth mode, our aim is to manage growth carefully in order to maintain the boutique personalised approach to client service and engagement”, affirmed Kris Mason.    Jade and Shane concluded, “We are very excited about the future, and the opportunities MBS Insurance WA will provide for our clients and the group”.     ENDS   Issued jointly by    MBS Insurance and MBS Insurance WA                     www.mbsinsurance.com.au         Media Enquiries:    Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                               Mob:  +61 412 112 545     Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au     S-5! Doubles Its Distribution Network in Australian and New Zealand Markets 2020-09-07T15:41:08Z s-5-doubles-its-distribution-network-in-australian-and-new-zealand-markets (MELBOURNE – Sept. 7, 2020) S-5!, the world’s leading authority on metal roof attachment solutions, today announced it has doubled its distribution channel in Australia and New Zealand, driven by regional market growth in both solar and HVAC markets. A proven technology, S-5! has a global portfolio of more than 2 gigawatts of metal-roof solar arrays and can be found on some of the world’s largest buildings, such as the corporate headquarters for Apple, Google, IBM and NATO and NREL. S-5!’s Australian installations include five Costco stores in Australia. With inventory now conveniently held in-region through its Melbourne and New Zealand based warehouse, S-5! has established distribution partnerships with Solar Partners NZ, Tradezone and RFI Technology Solutions, in addition to existing wholesalers MAK Fastener Specialists, Pty Ltd and Rapid Systems Solutions (RSS), owned by No. 1 Roofing and Building Supplies. S-5! identified a gap in the market and the opportunity to scale within the Australia and New Zealand metal roofing, solar and HVAC industries. Commercial and residential owners are realising the benefits of metal roofing (long-term service life and low maintenance) and understand the ease and cost benefits of metal roofing as a platform to mount solar PV, as well as other essential rooftop equipment and ancillary mechanicals – HVAC equipment, screens to hide it, piping to fuel it, scuttles to access it and walkways to service it. With S-5!’s attachment technology, nearly anything can be mounted penetration-free directly to the seams or ribs of the roof, eliminating the need for a traditional rail or racking system. Australia and New Zealand's harsh weather conditions, ranging from strong winds, extreme temperatures, snow and salt air, compound the need for such attachment solutions. Earlier this year, S-5! introduced its PVKIT 2.0 solar rooftop solutions to the region. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty, the PVKIT 2.0’s pre-assembled components enable solar installers to “direct-attach” PV modules to a metal roof. The system cuts labour costs by 30+ percent by eliminating the assembly and installation required by traditional rail methods and by lowering the number of components. In addition, the S-5! mountings weigh roughly 1.4kg/kWp compared with 8-10 kg/kWp for a railed mounting structure (an 85 percent reduction), with a 25 percent improvement in the uniformity of load distribution on the roof and structure. Packaged, S-5! takes up a fraction of the space required for rails. These factors drastically cut freight, logistics, hoisting equipment and labour associated with long sections of rail. S-5! also introduced its GripperFix mounting solution to the region, used to attach roof-mounted utilities, such as split system condensing units, duct supports, communication equipment and service walkways, ensuring a secure and dependable attachment solution that preserves the integrity of the roof and avoids destructive algae, corrosion and rust.  “In addition to the competitive material costs, installers benefit from lower overhead expenditure on freight, warehousing, onsite labor and the brand association that comes with offering high-quality rooftop mounting solutions for metal roofs,” said Bernie Dombroski, managing director of Solar PartnersNZ. “Rail-less systems are the way of the future and will revolutionise the way in which rooftop ancillaries are installed in APAC. Railed systems will always have their place and will not disappear; the S-5! rail-less revolution is simply a changing of the guard.” "Our products are on the shelves, our distributors are trained, and we are ready to serve the Australian and New Zealand marketplace,” said S-5! CEO & Founder Rob Haddock. “We are excited to welcome these new partners to our S-5! family of distributors as we continue to expand our presence throughout APAC.”  S-5! products are available now through authorised distribution and come with a limited lifetime warranty.   Solar PartnersNZ, info@solarpartnersnz.co.nz or 0800 7769776 Tradezone, sales@tradezone.com.au or 1800 092 778 RFI Technology Solutions, solar@rfi.com.au or call 1300 000 734 Rapid Systems Solutions (RSS), info@rapidsystems.com.au or 0421 559 464 MAK Fastener Specialists, Pty Ltd, sales@makfasteners.com.au or +61 (0)3 9078 9119 S-5! at the Smart Energy Conference: 5.30pm AEST on Thursday, Sept. 10 - Featured alongside 5B, Jinko and LONGi and as one of the rising innovations disrupting the solar industry, S-5! Vice President of Research & Development, Dustin Haddock will present Rail-less Revolution – Unleash the Potential of any Metal Roof Visit the S-5! booth here for the chance to WIN an S-5 54L can-shaped esky, complete with beer and S-5! merchandise! Chat with Dustin Haddock and the team at our booth or have a Zoom meeting to discover how S-5! can help you grow your business. Solar Installer Training  S-5! is launching its complete Metal Roof Mastery Webinar Series in September/October, specifically tailored to the Australia/New Zealand market. Installers who are looking to grow their businesses by becoming S-5! specialists can sign up to for our quarterly newsletter here to ensure they are notified when dates are announced. Installer Resources Sales materials and training videos can be obtained by contacting support@s-5.com. About S-5!  Since 1992, S-5! has been the leading authority on metal roof attachment solutions. S-5!’s zero-penetration clamps attach ancillary items to standing seam and conceal-fix metal roofs without violating roof integrity or warranties. Clamps, RibBrackets™ and CorruBrackets™ are engineered for a variety of applications: fall protection and wind performance systems, satellite dishes, solar arrays, signs/banners, light fixtures, stack/flue bracing, walkways, air con, lightning protection, equipment screens, conduit, condensate lines and more. Made in the U.S.A., S-5!’s products have revolutionized the metal roofing industry and are now installed on more than 2 million metal roofs worldwide, providing strength and longevity never before seen. For more information, visit www.S-5.com. ### Sydney Electrical Service Establishes Division for 24/7 Electrical Emergencies 2020-09-07T04:27:07Z sydney-electrical-service-establishes-division-for-24-7-electrical-emergencies When an electrical emergency takes place, time is of the essence. To address electrical emergencies in residential, commercial, and industrial environments, Sydney Electrical Service has established a 24-hour division to deal with those situations. Free, no-obligation quotes are available on all work. Sydney Electrical Service is fully qualified to provide Level 2 electrical services. The company is authorized to perform contestable works on the electric network under the Authorized Service Providers Scheme (ASP). The company specializes in supplying power from the electrical network to properties and is accredited by the NSW Department of Planning. When an emergency occurs, the company’s team has the skill and experience to perform connections and disconnections at the attachment point whether the lines are overhead or underground. The Level 2 electrician Sydney is authorized to work with overhead mains, energise new service installations, supply poles, and perform live electrical work. Disruptions in power can arise from a wide variety of circumstances, the most common of which is extreme weather conditions. However, electric power interruptions can also result from technical failures, human error, accidents during construction projects, or even criminal acts and pandemic illnesses. The emergency division launched by the Level 2 electrician Sutherland Shire is especially important in an era of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Level 2 electrician offers preventative and management of electrical systems for properties, alarm and security systems, and safety switches to prevent dangerous shocks. Metering, switchboard upgrades, and temporary power to construction sites are all within the purview of the company. No emergency is small when the power goes out. The 24-hour emergency division launched by Sydney Electrical Service offers reasonable rates and provides an extensive range of services to ensure the safety and security of customers. The unique composition of the Australian power grid requires an elevated level of responsiveness, attention to detail, and quality work. The Level 2 electrician has earned an exceptional reputation in all those areas. Media Contact Sydney Electric Service Phone: 0433 462 902 Chifley Tower, Level 29/2 Chifley Square Sydney NSW 2000 Australia Website: https://sydneyelectricalservice.com.au What Are Few Important Things About Shipping Containers? 2020-09-04T11:04:34Z what-are-few-important-things-about-shipping-containers Shipping goods from one place to another is essential. Whether you want to purchase something from Australia to India or India to somewhere else, it is important to seek Shipping containers Sydney that can assure you about the safe transportation of the goods. When you want to sell Australian brand shoes, it becomes important to find an economical way to ship those goods. That’s where the services of shipping containers come in a scene. There are certain things you need to consider when it comes to choosing the right Shipping container modifications. You need to look into the container sizes, specialties, and the quality of it before you rely upon them. How about container sizes?   Container shipping prefers standard size containers that are of 20 feet, 40 feet, 45 feet, and 53 feet. However, containers are built to international standards that make them interchangeable between rail or truck companies and other shipping companies. Such different types of containers include modular, standard dry cargo, flat-rack, half-height, and open-side. Ideal containers This is the ideal solution for loading and unloading goods from trucks, trains, ships, and trailers efficiently. It can make goods more affordable than if the containers were loaded or unloaded at each place throughout the way to the destination. What specialties do they have? When you are going to select a container shipping service, it is important to remember what you are going to ship. There is more for the selection than the price. What’re your shipping needs? Are you shipping chocolates, dairy products, seafood, fruits, vegetables, or something else? If this is your need then choose a service that provides refrigerated containers as it can control the temperature. If you are in need of to ship machine or any heavy equipment then you require services that utilize flat rack containers. These can easily handle a product that won’t fit in any ideal containers. Usually, open-top containers are standard for machinery, different sized products, and for logs. Open-side containers are perfect for vegetables like potatoes & onions. Flat racks can be used for industrial equipment or heavy vehicles & boats. And, tanks are used for vegetable oil, wine, and other chemical transport needs. Hence, when you are in need of Shipping containers Sydney or for somewhere else across the continent, you need to look into the type of goods you need to transport. Choose an ideal size container for safe shipping.Source: What Are Few Important Things About Shipping Containers? Oil Condition Monitoring Extends Equipment Life 2020-09-04T02:13:50Z oil-condition-monitoring-extends-equipment-life Oil condition monitoring enables equipment operators to reduce operating costs, extend service intervals, minimise breakdowns, extend equipment life, and increase equipment productivity.Vehicle Technologies and Senquip have worked together to bring a remote oil condition monitoring solution to market. Any type of oil can now be monitored real-time, in-line, in any application, across all temperature and pressure ranges.The patented oil-sensor technology delivers exceptional sensitivity to any change in oil condition from machine wear, additive depletion, or contamination due to water, acid, soot, and dust. The Senquip ORB interfaces to the oil contamination sensor, allowing real-time monitoring, and generation of warnings and alarms. Other vehicle data such as position, speed, pitch, roll and engine temperature can also be monitored.For more information, contact vehicle technologies at sales@vehicletech.co.nz or see the technical tip at https://docs.senquip.com/tech_tips/TT011.pdf. Selling ‘Off-Market’ is no longer a secret! 2020-09-03T05:17:22Z selling-off-market-is-no-longer-a-secret In the current market, where house prices are either stabilising or falling across the country, real estate agents are turning to ‘off-market’ strategies to help their vendors sell their properties.   Liane Fletcher, Co-Founder of Property Whispers says “Listing a property ‘off-market’ during this unprecedented time is a safe, far less expensive sales approach for vendors who are uncertain whether their property will sell. Many don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on upfront marketing right now if their price won’t be met.”   An ‘off-market’ campaign is one where the property is not publicly advertised but is offered to qualified buyers whose property requirements match the property’s specifications. Those buyers can be sourced from agent databases or a platform like Property Whispers, Australia’s first instant ‘match-making’ platform. The concern with publicly advertising a property in an uncertain market is, if it fails to sell then an ‘online footprint’ (history) is left online which, if a vendor decides to sell later on, new buyers looking at the property start to question what was wrong with the property as it didn’t sell previously, and they feel they can make reduced offers. Liane says “Selling ‘off-market’ does not remove competition from the sales process as  there will usually be a number of qualified buyers interested in the same property and therefore they will compete with each other. Real estate agents are very good at creating that competition in an ‘off-market’ scenario”.   With the forced lockdown in Victoria and weekly ‘open homes’ cancelled, agents are moving to an ‘off-market’ approach and using their own database as well as Property Whispers, being the perfect platform to source new buyers as Property Whispers has new buyers registering every day. Liane says “In the last 3 months we’ve had a 106% increase in new buyers registering compared with the same period last year. Many buyers are using Property Whispers as they know it’s a platform to find properties for sale, particularly those that are being sold ‘off-market’ as well as those being publicly advertised. Buyers want to know of those ‘quiet’ listings that make up currently up to 50% of the properties being sold. Instead of endless browsing on the major advertising portals, buyers simply register their details on Property Whispers and list their property requirements to be instantly matched with suitable properties for sale”. Agents are using Property Whispers as a new tool to help sell properties and right now it’s completely free for them to use.  “Unlike other property platforms, we don’t charge commission on a successful sale and have no plans to do so” says Liane. In the last 3 months, June – August 2020, there has been a 165% increase in ‘off-market’ properties listed on Property Whispers across the price range spectrum. No longer is it just for the ‘high end’ properties; Property Whispers is helping every day Aussies are find their dream homes! Real estate agent Ian Dempsey, Ray White Preston says “Property Whispers is an extremely valuable tool I’m using. I’ve just received an offer from one of the matched buyers from Property Whispers which is fantastic! Since lockdown, I’ve uploaded all my properties and have had over 400 matches! It’s keeping myself and my assistant busy getting in touch with everyone. I’m not the most tech savvy person but it’s very simple to use. It’s a no brainer - right now there is no reason not to use it as it adds another pool of buyers to every property. The buyers that are coming through this portal are matched to the particular properties based on their search criteria which is a very warm first call.”   END:   Property Whispers launched in 2017 as the world’s first 'Off-Market' property sales platform, instantly matching buyers and their property requirements with all suitable off-market properties in their chosen area. It has since expanded to cover advertised properties as well. Property Whispers works like a 'dating website' matching buyers with suitable properties, just like a buyer’s agent would. This platform is presently 100% free to use.  For further information contact Liane Fletcher, Co-founder, Property Whispers on 0402 333 012 or liane@propertywhispers.com.au M-Files and Iron Mountain Extend Partnership to the Asia Region 2020-09-01T21:59:00Z m-files-and-iron-mountain-extend-partnership-to-the-asia-region SYDNEY(AUS) – September 2nd 2020 – M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company, today announced the continued expansion of their strategic partnership with Iron Mountain, the storage and information management services company enabling digital transformation, to new geographical areas in the Asia region: Hong Kong, China, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. The partnership is focused on helping businesses drive digital transformation by offering intelligent information management solutions to customers across multiple functions, including invoice-processing and general document management as well as contract asset and project management. It also offers support for business continuity and enables organizations to better manage the new demands of a remote workforce. A key benefit is the ability to cost-effectively unify and consolidate information across the organization with a strong foundation in data security, information governance and compliance, from early in the lifecycle to long-term records retention and destruction. The joint solution offering also provides deep integrations with existing enterprise platforms and business applications — such as Google G Suite, Microsoft Office 365 and Teams, SharePoint and Salesforce — to provide unified workflows and access to information across the business within the core applications used daily. "With its global recognition and strong presence across both large enterprises and mid-size organizations, Iron Mountain is ideally suited to leverage the M-Files intelligent information management platform to help companies accelerate their digital journey," said Scott Erickson, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Channel Sales at M-Files. "Our new partnership helps drive change for companies in all stages of their digital transformation, including those who still heavily rely on paper-based processes to those who are rapidly advancing on their digital progress." “We are excited to collaborate with M-Files to deliver these solutions to our customers and users,” said Wee Tee Hsien, Vice President, Digital Solutions Asia at Iron Mountain. “As content volume increases and the workforce landscape is more remote, our joint solution can help organizations to gain better control of content and information. Effective content management that is also simplified, secure and reliable is more crucial than ever to our customers’ needs.” For more information on M-Files Intelligent Information Management, please visit: http://bit.ly/m-files-intelligent-information-management-ausnz  To schedule a demo, please visit: http://bit.ly/m-files-request-demo-ausnz  Tags Iron Mountain, M-Files, Partnership, intelligent information management, Hong Kong, China, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand Summary M-Files and Iron Mountain Extend Partnership to the Asia Region: Intelligent information management platform accelerates enterprise digital transformation and remote workforce enablement Image and capture Scott Erickson (M-Files): “Iron Mountain is ideally suited to leverage the M-Files intelligent information management platform to help companies accelerate their digital journey” Download: https://motivetr.cloudvault.m-files.com/SharedLinks.aspx?accesskey=5f3afc599dc18814078c2bb76a682aa8217782e6aee07961e6a3a65cc95d7f21&VaultGUID=ACF7FC8D-2A41-43FD-BACC-FDD895870357  About Iron Mountain Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), founded in 1951, is the global leader for storage and information management services. Trusted by more than 225,000 organizations around the world, and with a real estate network of more than 90 million square feet across more than 1,480 facilities in approximately 50 countries, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of valued assets, including critical business information, highly sensitive data, and cultural and historical artifacts. Providing solutions that include information management, digital transformation, secure storage, secure destruction, as well as data centers, cloud services and art storage and logistics, Iron Mountain helps customers lower cost and risk, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and enable a digital way of working. Visit http://www.ironmountain.com for more information. About M-Files Corporation 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, Rovio, SAS Institute and ThyssenKrupp. For more information, visit www.m-files.com. M-Files is a registered trademark of M-Files Corporation. All other registered trademarks belong to their respective owners.