The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-14T22:02:38Z AIIA’s US trade delegation lays the groundwork for Australia’s next wave of digital tech 2019-11-14T22:02:38Z aiias-us-trade-delegation-lays-the-groundwork-for-australias-next-wave-of-digital-tech Sydney, Australia – 15 November 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, has completed a six-day trade delegation to the US to help organisations learn about how to best utilise and implement the latest developments in digital technology. The delegation included global businesses, senior executives of government agencies, venture capital organisations, SMEs and startups who travelled to the West Coast of the US from 3-8 November 2019 and visited San Francisco (Silicon Valley) and Seattle. The itinerary included visits to Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, DocuSign, IBM, ServiceNow, Adobe, Cisco, Google and Infosys. Ron Gauci, CEO of AIIA, said the trade delegation enabled members to better understand the opportunities and the role they can play in working with the Federal Government to deliver the digital services agenda. “Once again the US delegation has proven to be a valuable opportunity for AIIA members to network with some of the world’s best companies, and to learn about trends and the latest developments in their markets,” said Gauci. “There is currently a strong focus and investment in Artificial Intelligence, and the related issues around the ethics and transparency of its use are of great importance. All the major tech companies we visited also have a focus on the culture and skills required to harness and take advantage of the digital revolution. “As the Australian Government continues its digital transformation agenda across all portfolios, an understanding of cutting-edge technology developed by the private sector is critical. It is also vital that government and business work together and partner successfully for the benefit of taxpayers and citizens.” The AIIA Ministerial Delegation has enabled technology sector business leaders to engage with government and leading digital organisations including Microsoft, Adobe, KPMG, IBM, ServiceNow, Cisco, Infosys, Telstra, Datacom, CDC Data Centres, Veriluma, Itree, Sypaq, iCIMS, BGH Capital, MXA, Informpros, Talihealth, AUCloud and OK RDY. The delegates also attended the Australian Landing Pad showcasing innovative Australian technology startup companies. “By spending six days with a group of like-minded business people, sharing insights on best practices in digital transformation, I’m confident that Australian tech leaders have forged relationships that will lead to greater collaboration and improvement of our government digital services,” said Gauci. “We are delighted that the delegation has created opportunities for our members to grow their business through the relationships forged on the trip, and to learn about the innovations which should assist them in delivering future government outcomes.” For a video on the AIIA’s US trade delegation view here. To find out more about how to join the AIIA, please visit # # # Additional information Sponsors and Hosts included: Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, IBM, Cisco, Infosys, HERE Technologies, Google, DocuSign, ServiceNow and Adobe. About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. For more information on AIIA Policy and Advocacy key areas please visit Media Contact For more information please contact: Carmelle Pavan GM Marketing & Communications – AIIA M: 0402 099 349 Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT FIJI WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF 2019-11-14T04:10:28Z likuliku-lagoon-resort-fiji-welcomes-new-executive-chef LIKULIKU WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF  Australian Executive Chef, Ryan Ward, reimagines modern Fijian cuisine at Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Hyperlocal produce, exceptional service and commitment to the Fijian community are cornerstones of the Likuliku experience  Nov 2019: Ryan Ward has been appointed Executive Chef of the multi award-winning Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago - the luxury Fijian-owned resort with Fiji’s only authentic over-water bures and a part of the prestigious collection of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.  Prior to coming to Fiji two years ago, Ryan devoted five years as Chef de Cuisine for the then 2-hatted GOMA Restaurant at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. In the early stages of his career, he was drawn to the precision and rivalrous nature of London’s kitchens, including Mayfair’s ‘Sketch’, and spent time in boutique hotels on the Cornish coastline.  Born in Queensland, his formative years were heavily influenced by his grandmother, a sculptor and artist, and his grandfather who had a genuine love of nature and understanding of the land, raising cattle on his property in Queensland. His upbringing and his time at Sketch and GOMA have shaped Ryan’s simple yet beautiful expression of ingredients.  Ryan draws inspiration from his time living on Malolo Island where he began his Fiji affinity at Likuliku’s sister property – Malolo Island Resort.    Ryan re-shaped the culinary offering at Malolo Resort with an increased focus on local produce and flavours.   During this time, Ryan gained an appreciation and true understanding of local ingredients stretching from Malolo to the tip of the Yasawa Islands.     Moving next door to Likuliku is a dream for Ryan because with that comes a daily-changing menu, a flourishing garden and a supply of fresh honey from the Resort’s bees.  “For me, the key is to focus on the origin of the ingredient and take inspiration from the Fijian people, culture, customs and tradition to create a dish that has a sense of place.” Ryan says.   A keen fisherman, Ryan spends time out of the kitchen exploring and researching the local waters and surrounding islands with curiosity. His appreciation for the environment will be influential to Likuliku’s kitchen practices ensuring a strong focus on sustainability.  “I look forward to continue to embrace Fiji as home and especially, to work alongside Likuliku’s environmental team, using their local knowledge of ingredients to help shape our menus and create a world class dining experience for our guests.”  Ahura Resorts Group General Manager, Steve Anstey says, ‘We’re delighted to have Ryan as Executive Chef at Likuliku. His gastronomic expertise, passion for the local produce and culinary creativity will help us to continue to create and build on an extraordinary dining experience at Likuliku.’  Likuliku will launch new dishes in 2020 with a focus on ethically sourced ingredients, preserving the environmental well-being of the Mamanuca archipelago.   Further information on Likuliku Lagoon Resort including special offers: ENDS   For further information/images please contact:     Over half of Australians are deficient in magnesium 2019-11-11T00:23:31Z over-half-of-australians-are-deficient-in-magnesium Over half of Australians are not meeting their magnesium requirements* due to poor diet and going about their day unaware, suffering symptoms that are not easily recognisable. Magnesium is essential to our body functions, so Australians need to ensure they’re getting enough to avoid health risks for present and future life. Thankfully, adding magnesium to your diet is easy thanks to ¼ cup of cashews, or even one 300ml bottle of a “better-for-you” drink! Everyone has probably heard of magnesium before, but what actually is it and why do we need it? One of Australia’s leading Dietitians and Nutritionists, Rebecca Gawthorne explains, “Magnesium is an essential mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzyme systems in our body. It is needed for protein synthesis, regulating hormones, nerve and muscle functioning, blood pressure control, blood sugar regulation, DNA synthesis and immune health.” The estimated average requirement (EAR) of magnesium for adults is 330-350mg/day for men and 255-265mg/day for women. Rebecca explains the importance of magnesium in energy production, “Magnesium also plays a vital role in both aerobic and anaerobic energy production! Our bodies require magnesium to synthesise adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is an energy carrying molecule that captures chemical energy from the breakdown of food molecules and then releases it to fuel the processes that occur in our body’s cells.” “Hence magnesium is essential for making us feel energetic! If you are constantly feeling, tired, fatigued and lacking energy, there is a possibility that you may be low in magnesium,” says Rebecca. If adults are not meeting the recommended dietary intake of magnesium, they may become deficient in magnesium. Common symptoms of magnesium deficiency include: Fatigue Muscle cramps and spasms Poor sleep Headaches and migraines Nausea Loss of appetite High blood pressure Heart arrhythmia Osteoporosis Depression Rebecca explains how magnesium is widely distributed in the food supply in both plant and animal foods, “Most green vegetables, legumes (lentils, peas, beans), nuts and seeds are rich in magnesium, as are some shellfish, spices and salmon. Many unrefined grains and cereals are also sources of magnesium, along with magnesium fortified foods, drinks and supplements like Level Lemonade; a low sugar soft-drink that is fortified with magnesium.” Rebecca’s top recommended sources of magnesium and their magnesium content: Cashews ~ 90mg per 1/4 cup Brazil nuts ~ 130mg per 1/4 cup Spinach ~ 150mg per 1 cup, cooked Oats ~ 60mg per 30g Legumes ~ 120mg per 1 cup, cooked Pumpkin seeds ~ 180mg per 1/4 cup Soy Milk ~ 61mg per cup Salmon ~ 53mg per 180g Tofu ~ 50mg per 100g Level Lemonade 160mg per 300ml bottle “If you’re unsure whether you are hitting your magnesium targets or are experiencing any of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, always consult your GP and Dietitian,” adds Rebecca. Level Lemonade, the new “better for you” soft-drink range taking lemonade to a new level, is now available nationally at Caltex and selected Ezy Marts in three flavours; Original Lemon, Lemon&Orange and Lemon&Pineapple. RRP $3.85 per 300ml bottle. @levellemonade #levellemonade *Health Direct, last reviewed December 2018: JURA celebrates the renewal of its contract with Roger Federer 2019-11-11T00:09:50Z jura-celebrates-the-renewal-of-its-contract-with-roger-federer JURA, an innovation leader in the field of automatic speciality coffee machines, is thrilled to announce that the contract with Roger Federer will be extended for another five years. The collaboration between JURA and Roger Federer was first established in 2006 and since then there has been many milestones, including the fact Roger has started drinking a Flat White, the coffee specialty originating from Australia. George Liakatos, JURA Australia’s General Manager said, “It’s the perfect alignment as Roger Federer and JURA both represent the same values; Swiss quality, hard work, precision, reliability, elegance and the pursuit of perfection. Here in Australia, we are pleased to be working with the man himself an additional five years as our global brand ambassador. We’re also thrilled he loves our Australian favourite, the Flat White!” To mark the renewal of the contract, a new communications campaign with Roger Federer has been released with the same message that has been unchanged since 2013: speciality coffees – freshly ground, not capsuled. The campaign revolves around charming stories from Roger Federer’s everyday life. Recognised as a star around the world, he can now call anywhere on the planet his home. The one thing Roger needs wherever he goes, however, is his JURA coffee machine. If only he could always find freshly roasted coffee beans… Luckily, he can call on good friends and neighbours to help him out wherever he happens to be – from New York and Shanghai to the Swiss mountains. As connoisseurs of great coffee, they’re happy to help Roger Federer out. The short, entertaining adverts were given their world première at a glamorous event attended by Roger Federer and the JURA staff, which took place at the company’s headquarters in Niederbuchsiten, Solothurn, Switzerland. At the same event, Roger Federer ceremonially unveiled his ‘twin’, coming face to face with him for the first time. He was both fascinated and delighted to see his likeness. The first lifelike 3D figure of Roger Federer in the world is a new feature of the Roger Federer Walk of Fame. It is on display now at JURA World of Coffee in Switzerland, where it can be visited and marvelled at by members of the public. There’s even an opportunity to take a souvenir photo with ‘King Roger’. “It’s an honour to have such a respectable and talented man as Roger partnering with our brand. We have some very exciting plans ahead for the Australian market in 2020 and beyond. Stay tuned!” added George. Encompassing the expert knowledge and experience gained from 25 years in business, the latest range from JURA is available from selected electrical retailers, department stores and independent and specialty outlets. About JURA: JURA’s products stand for innovation, ease of use and sustainability. JURA believe in the perfect cup of coffee, using fresh beans, freshly ground and extracted at the touch of a button. The product range includes both machines for domestic use and professional models for the office and food service industry. In recent years the long-established Swiss brand has grown to become a global player, operating in around 50 countries. dermaviduals: the importance of a daily dose of SPF 2019-11-10T23:44:04Z dermaviduals-the-importance-of-a-daily-dose-of-spf The Australian summer is synonymous with sun, surf, and sea, and it should always also be associated with SPF. With sunburn a marker of exposure to harmful levels of UV radiation, a history of sunburn is associated with increased melanoma risk*. This summer, protect your skin from the inside out with dermaviduals’ Suncream SPF 15, formulated with the same skin mimicking technology, Derma Membrane Structure (DMS) found throughout the dermaviduals range. Yes, SPF 15! Don’t underestimate the power of applying a skin loving and mimicking cream that contains renowned DMS – skin protection contributing to skin health – unbeatable! Simone Vescio, Managing Director of dermaviduals Australasia says, “Australians are becoming more educated in understanding the benefits and efficacy of applying a topical SPF cream on a daily basis. It’s not just about applying an SPF when you’re on holidays or spending the day at the beach. Incidental sun damage can occur on the drive to work, dropping the kids to school and even sitting at your desk. It’s time to get proactive and make applying an SPF 15 to your skin a part of your morning routine all year round. Now is the time to start this a great habit.” The dermaviduals Suncream SPF 15 is formulated to protect the skin from UVA and UVB-radiation, and acts the first line of defence against the often-harsh Australian sun. It is a fast penetrating matte cream which is effective in protecting face and body, and contains DMS components and sun protection filters against UVA- and UVB-radiation. Confused about when to use an SPF 15, 30 or 50? Rebecca Miller, dermaviduals expert skin therapist and founder of the La Bella Medispa Group explains, “It’s not always about jumping in at the highest number you can find. Different levels of SPF have a purpose for different occasions. I suggest for daily protection, use an SPF 15 under your foundation as part of your morning skincare routine. For those summer days at the beach or by the pool opt for a higher SPF rating such as 30+ or even 50+.” Users of the dermaviduals Suncream SPF 15 should apply the cream before the skin is exposed to the sun and let it absorb into the skin. It is recommended to reapply the cream on the dry skin after sweating or after swimming. Also, reapply cream regularly throughout the day to maintain protection levels. dermaviduals Suncream SPF 15 is available now from dermaviduals clinics across Australia at an RRP of $55. About dermaviduals: Made with pure, natural ingredients, all dermaviduals products are free from emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, dyes and amines, so you can be sure there are no nasties in your skin care routine. dermaviduals is now available in over 300 clinics across Australia and New Zealand. The range includes cleansers, serums, face and body moisturisers, and bespoke mineral makeup. * source: Cancer Council Australia @dermaviduals #dermaviduals High Density Shelving Systems Now Available! 2019-11-07T04:43:16Z high-density-shelving-systems-now-available Brice Australia now brings a new shelving system by Tonon to the Australian market. Italian designed and manufactured, Tonon produce high density modular shelving systems that have been crafted to maximise space utilisation. Tonon’s shelving system is suitable for use in cool rooms, supermarkets, commercial kitchens, restaurants, butcher’s shops, poultry shops, delicatessens, and various other food and hospitality settings. Tonon’s modular shelving system is 100% customisable. Using 3D imaging of the customer’s facility, Tonon can manufacture the ideal shelving system. Some of the key advantages of this shelving system are: manufactured from food grade materials, antibacterial and hygienic compliant shelving, made from recyclable materials, easy to assemble and setup, easy to clean and caters to room temperatures ranging between -30o C and +90o C. This makes the shelving system ideal for food preparation facilities that rely on clean and food-friendly storage equipment that can store various produce of differing types, sizes and weights. The shelving system is self-supporting and does not need to be secured to floors or walls. This inherent feature minimises installation time, simplifies assembly, promotes customisation and suits owners or tenants who want to limit modifications to their premises. Corner configurations can also be installed to maximise space usage by using corner brackets instead of frames which securely lock into neighbouring shelves. Depending on the space of the room, up to 90% of the room can be utilised with Tonon’s shelving system. Accessories available with Tonon’s shelving system include: dividers, colour coded racks, fall arresting bars, additional supports for heavier items and assorted brackets. About Brice Australia Established in 1939, Brice Australia serve the commercial and domestic food and hospitality industries in Australia with user-friendly, reliable and quality food-preparation equipment. From small hands-on equipment through to fully automated process-line equipment, Brice Australia can satisfy any sized business with effective food preparation solutions. The company has partnered with prestigious manufacturers in Europe to provide the Australian market with some of the highest quality, elegantly refined and superior performance equipment available. Brice Australia stock slicers, food processing equipment, mixers, meat processing equipment, light kitchen equipment, ovens, grills, manual wrappers, vacuum packers, weighing scales, access control systems and shelving. All products have been crafted to achieve maximum benefit to the user to help minimise downtime, improve productivity and satisfy common operational requirements. For more information, please visit: Shella Martin announced as THE MAGAP 2019 Makeup Artist of the Year 2019-11-04T03:00:17Z shella-martin-announced-as-the-magap-2019-makeup-artist-of-the-year Last night, makeup artists across Australia gathered together at the annual Makeup Artist Guild Asia Pacific (MAGAP) awards, where Shella Martin was announced as the 2019 Makeup Artist of the Year. Created by industry innovator, Melanie Burnicle, the MAGAP awards were launched in 2018 to be the premier awards platform specifically designed for the makeup industry. 2019 Makeup Artist of the Year, Shella Martin, says, “My journey started as a little girl collecting hundreds of magazine cut outs of make up images and continues with yesterday’s honour of being awarded five Makeup Artist Guild awards. “Although I constantly strive to innovate and learn, in this world we stand on the shoulders of all those who have supported us - including my fellow nominees, family, friends and industry partners,” said Shella. Melanie Burnicle, Founder and Director of the MAGAP, who will herself be heading to the prestigious Stevie Awards in NYC this month where she is a finalise for both the Global and Asia, Australian and New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year express the importance of recognition, “I am so passionate about our industry and I felt there was a need for a sense of community and unity amongst artists, so what better way than to get us all together to hold an awards night and celebrate our country’s finest talent.” Winning Makeup Artist of the Year isn’t a simple feat. To be selected as a finalist to take out the overall award, each makeup artist needed to be named a finalist in three categories. Then, all finalists were independently assessed by an international judging panel made up of international superstars, global agents, artists, creatives and industry figureheads. Featuring a total of 70 finalists across the 24 categories, the 2019 MAGAP award winners list includes: STUDENT MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – TAYLOR DE GRUCHY MAKEUP DIRECTION TVC / MUSIC VIDEO - SHELLA MARTIN EVENT & BRIDAL MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – SARAH LAIDLAW CREATIVE MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – CHEREINE WADDELL MAKEUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR – SHELLA MARTIN EDITORIAL MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR - SHELLA MARTIN MAKEUP TEAM OF THE YEAR – MAKEUP DIRECTOR HAYLEY DUTTON FOR COVERGIRL MAKEUP VLOGGER OF THE YEAR – BONNIE GILLIES OZ BEAUTY EXPERT NEW FORCE MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – TRI-AHN NGUYEN MAKEUP ACCESSORIES BRAND OF THE YEAR – KATKIT ROAD MAKEUP BRAND OF THE YEAR – MODELROCK CHARACTER MAKEUP DESIGN OF THE YEAR – LUCY WOOLFMAN HALL OF FAME 2019 – JOSY KNOWLAND MACRO MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – CLARE MAC EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR – CARMELLE WATKINS EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – CAMERON JANE MAKEUP DESIGN MAKEUP SHOT OF THE YEAR – JULIA GREEN BEAUTY MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – KATRINA RAFTERY ACT/SA/TAS MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – ALEKSANDRA PINNERI WA/NT MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – CLARE MAC QLD MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – JO SPRING VIC MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – SHELLA MARTIN NSW MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – SARAH LAIDLAW AUSTRALIAN MAKEUP ARTIST OF YEAR – SHELLA MARTIN About The MAGAP: The Makeup Artist Guild Asia Pacific (The MAGAP) is the home to unite, nurture and empower makeup artists. They are the trusted voice for the makeup community, striving to unite all genres of makeup artists in the Asia Pacific region. Based on the belief that unity grants us strength as an industry enabling us to move the forward together, Melanie has created a community including all genres of makeup artists. For further information, high res images or to set up and interview with Melanie or Shella, contact 360 PR: (02) 9571 4448. Urban Brew puts a sweet spin on your Nespresso®* machine 2019-10-31T02:56:32Z urban-brew-puts-a-sweet-spin-on-your-nespresso-machine Urban Brew has taken their Australian made biodegradable coffee pods to the next level, with the launch of their hot chocolate pods that are now available on their website. This adds yet another exciting addition to their range of Nespresso®* compatible pods and are the perfect indulgence that will have the whole family hooked! Australian entrepreneur and founder Toby Strong, AKA ‘The Podfather’, noticed a demand for chocolate pods, yet Nespresso®* and other compatible brands didn’t seem to have plans to meet this demand. He made it his mission to create them, and now his goal has become a reality. These chocolate pods have only been available for a couple months but have already had an incredible response from customers who were eagerly awaiting their release. The new chocolate pods offer Nespresso®* machine users a change from their usual coffee with the ease of simply popping a pod and whizzing up some milk for a sweet, chocolatey treat. Urban Brew have done extensive experimenting and development to ensure they have captured the classic taste of hot chocolate that everyone knows and loves. “We wanted to create a pod with an exciting twist that gives you an experience like no other. They are sweet and silky, with flavours that linger and leave your sweet tooth satisfied” said Toby. “They have just the right amount of delicious ingredients packed into a convenient pod. Perfect for those who have kids begging to use the coffee machine, or for those who are a sweet tooth!” Urban Brew also produce coffee pods that are compatible with Caffitaly®* and K-Fee®* machines, but their hot chocolate pods are currently only available for Nespresso®* machine owners. About Urban Brew Urban Brew is the passion project of Australian entre-pod-neur Toby Strong, who was the first person in Australia to launch Nespresso compatible pods. They provide biodegradable coffee pods, an environmentally friendly alternative to aluminium pods, to thousands of Australian’s with Nespresso®*, Caffitaly®* & K-Fee®* machines. The pods are roasted and packed in-house and are sent directly to customers. For more information please visit Summer feet heroes for 2019 2019-10-31T01:14:36Z summer-feet-heroes-for-2019 With the warmer months fast approaching, having comfortable and supportive footwear is crucial to enjoying the sunny outdoors, but we also want to feel confident strutting bare feet around for everyone to see! Two genius innovations from McGloins Supertex are here to save you the hassle and stress this summer. Unfortunately, winter can leave our heels cracked and dry which is unpleasant. BodyPlus Skin Oil is the ultimate hack when it comes to feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin as the weather heats up. The key to taking care of dry skin on heels is to replace moisture that has been lost, BodyPlus Skin Oil is packed with all the essentials that lock in moisture and promote hydration for a smoother complexion. This gem of an oil helps repair and rejuvenate the skin’s natural defence barrier to protect the skin and increase moisture retention, which means it is great for cracked heels. This means you can wear your Archline Thongs without any insecurities. Archline Thongs are lightweight, flexible and supportive – the perfect way to keep feet comfortable, supported and healthy this summer. BodyPlus Skin Oil RRP $19.95 | Stockist: Chemist Warehouse BodyPlus Skin Oil is a skin protectant enriched with ceramides, which encourage skin cells to bond, forming a protective barrier from external irritants that leaves your skin hydrated and maintains elasticity. Unlike other brands, BodyPlus Skin Oil doesn’t leave a greasy layer on your skin but rather absorbs into the skin, allowing for deeper nourishment and hydration. Archline Orthotic Thongs RRP $34.95 per pair | Stockist: Archline’s supportive footcare range feature special Balance Technology to align the body’s natural foundation, support and relieve foot pain and to keep you moving for longer. Archline products provide relief for foot conditions such as flat feet, plantar fasciitis, heel pain and other foot pain. Social Handles: @bodyplusau & @archline 5 reasons why you need an office coffee machine in 2020 2019-10-31T01:02:10Z 5-reasons-why-you-need-an-office-coffee-machine-in-2020 Looking for ways to cut costs, increase productivity and be more sustainable in 2020? According to JURA Australia, an office coffee machine might just be the simple solution for Australian workplaces. George Liakatos, General Manager of JURA Australia says, “Depending on which office coffee machine you purchase, taste will not be the only bonus you and your staff experience after making the switch from instant to freshly brewed cup of coffee. Interestingly enough, boiling the kettle will likely take longer than pushing the button on one of our fully automated coffee machines that produce a freshly ground coffee from 35 seconds.” In addition to the speed and taste of having a coffee bean based machine, George encourages other businesses to take the JURA challenge to make a change in 2020. George’s top five reasons businesses need a coffee machine include: 1. Sustainability – What business isn’t trying to be more sustainable? Takeaway coffee cups, pods, glass and plastic jars are all instant landfill. Switch to a coffee bean-based machine and purchase your staff keep cups to reuse throughout the day. 2. Convenience – A recent survey by JURA showed that over 34% of Australians have two cups of coffee per day, so why not offer to start the day with a cup of brew at the office and reduce the late arrivals due to line-ups at the coffee shop! 3. Productivity – According to a report from the ISIC the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, science has proven that coffee improves productivity with 89% of the employees believed that have a cup of coffee can improve the entire workday. 4. Time-saving – Coffee breaks are costing Australian businesses over $10,000 and 270 hours lost every year. Lost time equals lost money. Think of the purchase of an automated coffee machine as an investment that’s delivering a return from day one simply due to the reduction in coffee breaks. 5. Community – At the JURA head office, taking a break with colleagues at one of our many coffee machines has not only fostered relationships between different departments, but has produced some of the best ideas. For the Swiss, the home of JURA, typically begin their morning with two things – coffee and a gipfeli (Swiss German for croissant). A coffee break with good company is even better. “From an office of one to over 100 employees, JURA has a suitable coffee machine for any office, no matter what industry you’re in. Go to to calculate the savings your business could be making in 2020, “ adds George. SYSPRO to future proof alcohol co-operative Independent Liquor Group by removing manual processes and improve data integrity and reporting 2019-10-31T00:02:04Z syspro-to-future-proof-alcohol-co-operative-independent-liquor-group-by-removing-manual-processes-and-improve-data-integrity-and-reporting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) specialist SYSPRO has been selected by Australia’s largest liquor co‑operative, Independent Liquor Group (ILG), to help future proof its business ahead of its national expansion. Headquartered in Western Sydney, the wholesale alcohol co-operative has chosen to implement an integrated ERP system to reduce the number of manual and duplicated processes and to significantly improve data integrity and reporting capabilities. ILG is a member owned co-operative wholesaler that services hotels, bottle shops, licensed clubs, bars, restaurants and sporting grounds across New South Wales, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory. Ahead of its expansion into Victoria and then South Australia, the company wanted to update its outdated technology systems to streamline the company’s reporting capabilities in order to improve timely decision making. The 45 year-old liquor co-operative identified a couple of years ago that there were some serious issues with the outdated and cumbersome technology it had developed in-house. There were various disconnected systems that failed to deliver accurate business analysis and month end reporting was taking three weeks and many labour hours to complete using a combination of the NAVISION accounting package and Microsoft Dynamics. “Access to accurate data and real time reporting is crucially important to a liquor wholesaler and eCommerce business like ILG, as it is impossible for our mobile sales team to make timely decisions regarding stock holdings and deliveries without precise data integrity and the level of visibility that an integrated ERP system will provide us,” said ILG’s CEO, Paul Esposito. Prior to selecting the SYSPRO 8.0 ERP system, ILG used a bespoke warehouse application called Licker for its three warehouses in Western Sydney, Brisbane and Townsville and one of the objectives of adopting an integrated ERP system was to improve warehouse picking, optimise stock levels and to remove manual or duplicated processes for the distribution side of its business. “During the discovery process ILG surveyed many of our suppliers to see what ERP systems they were using and as part of this process we assessed Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle NetSuite and SYSPRO. SYSPRO and Oracle went through to the final stage and we ultimately selected SYSPRO as we needed a fully integrated ERP system that could handle the complexities of our business and we weren’t convinced that Oracle’s platform was flexible enough to manage this”, Paul said. The SYSPRO ERP system will integrate with ILG’s Paperless Warehousing system, eCommerce website and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system Rhino, so that sales teams on the road have access to accurate stock information exactly when they need it. There will be 110 users interacting with the system across ILG’s three facilities, and more as the business expands into other Australian States. Currently ILG has 32 SYSPRO users. “This move will make the process of expanding into Victoria and other states more straightforward for ILG as they will achieve greater efficiencies by eliminating manual process, removing duplication of data in multiple systems as well as ensuring data integrity across the whole business,” said Rob Stummer, CEO for Australia and New Zealand at SYSPRO. “It’s an exciting time for ILG’s growing business and we are pleased to be integral to its digital transformation journey,” Rob said. SYSPRO and ILG are currently at the final design stage, with the system due to be finalised in May next year. The next step will be for SYSPRO to build the system, bringing data across from the old applications, testing it with the real data and integrating it with the other systems. “SYSPRO has been great throughout the whole process; not only has is its team been extremely knowledgeable about distribution and warehousing, but their depth of expertise about their product’s capabilities and their ability to get the balance right in terms of adopting best practice meant that they were able to customise the SYSPRO ERP product to meet the needs of our business,” concluded Paul Esposito. P. Princi Food Makes it Easy to Celebrate Australian Holidays and those from Across the Ocean 2019-10-29T02:48:52Z p-princi-food-makes-it-easy-to-celebrate-australian-holidays-and-those-from-across-the-ocean While Australians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving the way that people in the U.S. do, there’s an increasing demand for turkeys around the time of the American holiday. There are several reasons for that and P. Princi Food Services has stepped up to meet the demand. American ex-patriates are largely fueling the desire for the big-breasted birds as they savor one of their tastiest traditions, even far away from home. Europeans also account for an increase in sales at this time of the year as part of traditional feasts. Considered by many as the best butcher Perth, P. Princi Food Services’ award-winning hams are still a preferred product. Another reason for the rise in turkey sales is the health benefits as an alternative to obtaining protein. Australia is a land of many cultures and traditions, and a number of Australians are also adopting the Thanksgiving custom of their American cousins. Many Australians are purchasing turkeys in November to practice on in preparation for their big December holiday. It doesn’t matter whether individuals are celebrating traditional Australian holidays or one from across the ocean, Perth meat is a favorite. The selection runs the gamut from premium cuts of beef, goat, lamb, pork, and veal, along with poultry that includes chicken and turkey. Customers also have an extensive selection of sausage, smallgoods, BBQ packs, and kababs from which to choose, and whole hogs or a side of beef for a backyard celebration. Ordering is as easy as pulling up a browser window and choosing from a comprehensive online selection. Orders are delivered direct to the customer’s door and there’s only a flat $5 delivery charge on all metro orders for complete convenience. Families can take advantage of the festive hampers offered by the Perth butcher each week or select prime cuts for their own recipes and unique cuisine whether they’re celebrating their own traditions or trying something new. About P. Princi Food Services The Princi family has been working in the butchering industry for seven generations – both in Italy and in Perth. The tradition began when Pasquale Princi immigrated to Australia in the early 1950s. He immediately obtained a butcher’s job and opened his first store in the early 1960s. The company has won dozens of awards in numerous categories across Australia, earning his son Joe, who is currently in charge of the business, a reputation as a pioneer among his peers. The company was the Outright Gold Winner of the 2015 Pork Steak Your Claim Competition; won the Gold in the 2015 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards; the Gold in the 2014 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards; the Silver in the 2015 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards; and the Silver in the 2014 Royal Melbourne Fine Foods Awards. Australia's Om-Mazing Solution to the Health vs Taste Dilemma 2019-10-27T22:35:01Z australias-om-mazing-solution-to-the-health-vs-taste-dilemma Introducing BellyUp, a unique combination of probiotics and superfoods designed to provide health benefits without sacrificing flavour. BellyUp is a healthy drink that is 99% sugar free, gluten, dairy and alcohol free and good for your gut that doesn’t compromise on taste. Henry Blooms is the vitamin brand behind BellyUp, a range of effervescent bio-fermented drinks that deliver not just raw probiotics but added superfoods beneficial to wellbeing. Henry Blooms has been making supplements, including probiotics, since 1938 and has become one of Australia's fastest growing natural health brands, largely due to the popularity of their bio-fermented range. Leading Dietitian, Susie Burrell says, “The BellyUp bio-fermented drinks offer the nutritional benefits of probiotics and come in a range with added superfoods including turmeric, green tea and antioxidant rich berries making them a deliciously healthy, low sugar, tasty drink choice that will support gut health!” Key benefits of BellyUp: Guaranteed 6 strains of probiotics No-alcoholic Bio-fermented 99% Sugar Free No caffeine Ambient product (no temp control) 98% Australian Made 100% Dairy Free Lychee with Green Tea – for Detox and Immunity: Packed with antioxidants and formulated with Lychee and Green tea to help target cell renewal and protection from oxidative damage. Lychee and Green Tea contain naturally occurring antioxidants that can help combat free radicals in the body. Vegan and vegetarian friendly. Coconut with Lemon Myrtle – for Immunity and Hydration: Potassium rich coconut will help to optimise hydration. Lemon myrtle has been traditionally used to support digestive comfort and help to manage and prevent headaches. Vegan and vegetarian friendly. Turmeric Pineapple Flavour – for Antioxidants and Digestion: Turmeric is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects and may support immune function. Pineapple is a rich source of Vitamin C and offers the enzyme mix called bromelain which is associated with reduced inflammation in the body. Vegan and vegetarian friendly. Collagen with Superfood Berries – for Youthful Skin: Containing nutrient rich berries and Collagen this drink is great for beauty and sport lovers. Collagen is the protein responsible for skin elasticity which reduces wrinkles and plays an integral role in joint and bone health, relieving joint pain, while berries are one of the richest natural sources of Vitamin C, a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. Weight Management Lemon Flavour – for Healthy Weight Management: Kick start your metabolism with 5 superfood herbal ingredients to support optimal metabolic function, help to regulate energy levels and support weight control. Vegan and vegetarian friendly. The new BellyUp range is available now at an RRP of $5.50 per bottle from selected IGAs, Harris Farm Markets, Independent Cafes and Supermarkets. Coming soon to Woolworths Metros and Caltex. Go to: Ayre Listing: 1/127 Point Street, Pyrmont 2019-10-24T06:21:46Z ayre-listing-1-127-point-street-pyrmont X AIIA welcomes qualifications review to boost Australian tech sector growth 2019-10-23T23:01:35Z aiia-welcomes-qualifications-review-to-boost-australian-tech-sector-growth Sydney, Australia – 24 October 2019 – The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, welcomes the publication of an expert review recommending a shake-up of Australia’s qualifications systems. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) review is a positive step toward accelerating growth of Australia’s technology sector which contributes $122 billion, 6.6% of GDP, each year to the national economy, according to AlphaBeta. The AQF was announced today by Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, and Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator, Michaelia Cash. Chaired by Professor Peter Noonan, the AQF report calls for a revised national qualifications architecture across higher education, VET, and senior secondary schools. Among the recommendations is the recognition of shorter form credentials, or microcredentials, used for up-skilling and re-skilling within the education system and the workplace. The AIIA believes microcredentials, among other recommendations in the report, are valuable for the development of in-demand technology and digital skills. The organisation in February called for a cohesive national approach that is needed to raise the standard of digital skills education and training at tertiary education institutions. “We support the Government’s initiative and this type of innovative thinking to address the digital skills gap,” said AIIA CEO Ron Gauci. “Promoting great fluidity and equal value between VET, higher education and schools through microcredentials will encourage students to combine digital skills with business courses and hands-on experience. “The Government is clearly listening to the industry and responding to its needs by considering reforms that will create new opportunities for Australian students.” ENDS About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130