The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-17T05:09:11Z MindKits wins Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Hack My Van 2017, will take STEM workshops to schools across New Zealand 2017-08-17T05:09:11Z mindkits-wins-mercedes-benz-vans-hack-my-van-2017-will-take-stem-workshops-to-schools-across-new-zealand 17 August 2017 -- Melbourne. For the second year running, Mercedes-Benz Vans invited Australian and New Zealand based small businesses, start-ups, product developers, industrial designers, creative technologists, hustlers and hackers to put together a team of like-minded entrepreneurial thinkers and pitch an innovative business idea using the Vito van as the canvas. Six finalists were selected to participate in Hack My Van 2017. From a silent disco for children to a mobile VR showroom, a commercial wellness van, and an all abilities childcare service, the judges saw a range of diverse and creative business ideas. Judges Dr. Kate Cornick (CEO, LaunchVic), Nick Crocker (Partner, Blackbird Ventures), Shane Delia (award winning chef and restaurateur), Megan Morton (Australia’s leading stylist), and Diane Tarr (Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand) assessed the ideas and selected MindKits Education Van as the winner who were presented with a brand new Mercedes-Benz Vito. The first runner up, HME Limited’s ThunderPods, received a $5,000 cash grant, and the second runner up, Ruby & Ollie’s Big Days Out, received a $2,500 cash grant provided by RedZed Lending Solutions. Diane Tarr Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand said, “We created this event because we know that when used creatively the Vito can be transformative for a small business. Once again this year the entries were extremely diverse, and we were so pleased to extend into New Zealand, with three of the six finalists - including our winner - traveling across the ditch to be part of the event.” “Congratulations to Tim and Fay from MindKits who are already providing such a valuable service to school children in New Zealand by delivering hands-on STEM learning experiences. We cannot wait to see them achieve their dreams of taking their workshops on the road to more kids and more schools.” MindKits was established in December 2008 after seeing a lack of support for New Zealanders in learning robotics and physical computing. Co-founders Tim Carr and Fay Cobbett said,"Winning the Vito enables us to take our proven engaging STEM workshops and bring them to schools with fewer resources, independent of their wealth and status. For the business this opens a new chapter and an expanding market, with thanks to Mercedes-Benz Vans." www.hackmyvan.com.au | #hackmyvan ---- ends For more information: Blake Vincent, PR and Corporate Communications Manager, Mercedes-Benz Vans, blake.vincent@daimler.com, +61 408 266 493 Kate Dinon, Character +61 487 328 738 | kate@ofcharacter.com Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7y21qf3v3d4hzxb/AACO1FiRrOGDcUQL5Iw8qI_ba?dl=0 About the Mercedes-Benz Vito Whether it‘s work or play, the Vito is purpose-designed to take care of your every need. It‘s a van built not just to fulfil the tasks it‘s set but make that all-important difference when it comes to flexibility, safety, economic efficiency and quality. This peace of mind is something you only get from a genuine commercial vehicle specialist. https://www.mercedes-benz.com.au/content/australia/mpc/mpc_australia__website/en/home_mpc/van.html About MindKits MindKits was established in December 2008 by Tim Carr after seeing a lack of sites supporting New Zealanders in learning robotics and physical computing. After working away Sundays tinkering Tim decided it was time there was a site that not only sold robotics kit, sensors and Arduinos but was a place for a community around robotics to grow and have somewhere to share ideas and learning. www.mindkits.co.nz Mercedes-Benz Vans teams up with Airbnb for the Australian launch of the Marco Polo ACTIVITY 2017-07-31T23:40:41Z mercedes-benz-vans-teams-up-with-airbnb-for-the-australian-launch-of-the-marco-polo-activity Tuesday 1st August, 2017. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia is partnering with Airbnb to give lucky adventurers an opportunity to spend a night on Cockatoo Island in the brand new Marco Polo ACTIVITY and wake up to priceless views of Sydney. Mercedes-Benz Vans will set up three brand new Marco Polo ACTIVITY vans on Cockatoo Island for three nights only from 10-12 August 2017. Nine adventurous couples will have the unique opportunity to book through Airbnb and experience a one night stay in the Marco Polo ACTIVITY with a perfect view of Sydney Harbour, for the small cost of the booking fee (AUD$15). The Marco Polo ACTIVITY is a luxurious five to seven seater van with a roof that can pop-up and back seats that fold down to ensure a wonderful night’s sleep. It gives you freedom to do whatever you want whenever, and more importantly, go wherever you want. Styled by Megan Morton, Australia’s leading stylist and celebrated author, guests will enjoy a modern glamping interior with a signature Morton touch. All guests will have a dedicated host on hand to assist with everything they might need to enjoy their stay, and will receive delicious hampers and breakfast provided by SONOMA. Diane Tarr, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand says the brand likes to do things a little differently. “The Marco Polo ACTIVITY combines the best of functionality, flexibility and recreational capabilities in one vehicle. Instead of a regular vehicle launch, we wanted to bring the spirit of the Marco Polo to life - the feeling of adventure, and the notion that with the Marco Polo ACTIVITY you can experience truly unique destinations. What better way to do this than to wake up with the most iconic view in the world - Sydney harbour. We’re truly excited to be collaborating with our agency partners, The Royals and Character, to create this once-in-a-lifetime experience on Airbnb.” Country Manager for Airbnb Australia and New Zealand Sam McDonagh added, “Airbnb connects people with unique travel experiences all around the world so they can belong anywhere. We are delighted to be teaming up with Mercedes-Benz Vans to bring this once-in-a-lifetime experience to a few lucky guests, offering them an opportunity to spend the night on the world heritage-listed Cockatoo Island and wake up to one of the most breathtaking views in the world.” The vans will be available to book on Airbnb from 12.00pm on Tuesday 1st August 2017 on a first-come first-serve basis. For your opportunity to spend the night in the Marco Polo ACTIVITY on Cockatoo Island, visit www.airbnb.com.au/marcopolo - ends - #GlampfireGetaways #MarcoPoloACTIVITY Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qnm9dgqnhnepzat/AABSxT_Bg5br9d5AO4r0FQmHa?dl=0 For more information: Blake Vincent, PR and Corporate Communications Manager, Mercedes-Benz Vans, blake.vincent@daimler.com, +61 (0) 408 266 493 Kate Dinon, Character, kate@ofcharacter.com, +61 (0) 487 328 738 Follow Mercedes-Benz Vans on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MercedesBenzVansAustralia/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mercedesbenzvans_au/ About the Marco Polo ACTIVITY The Marco Polo ACTIVITY’s seamless mix of functionality, flexibility and recreational capabilities means your daily driver can now also be your home away from home. A five to seven seater that comfortably sleeps up to four adults. It gives you freedom to do whatever you want whenever, and more importantly, wherever you want. DNA Signs Distribution Agreement with Avigilon 2017-07-25T23:59:38Z dna-signs-distribution-agreement-with-avigilon DNA Connect (DNA) is pleased to announce that it is entering a distribution agreement with Avigilon Corporation (Avigilon) to sell Avigilon’s complete array of surveillance solutions to the Australian market. DNA will leverage its existing channel to promote new solutions geared towards emerging end-user requirements, such as “Smart-everything, Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Big Data” integration.   DNA is a great fit to be an Avigilon distributor because of DNA’s solution-based experience, 24 years in the IT industry as a successful distributor of integrated systems, and their mature in-house CustomerConnect, TechConnect and KnowledgeConnect programs. “Developing on our strategy for 2017 to expand our partner channel within the APAC region, we are excited to appoint DNA as Value Added Distributor in Australia,” said Graham Wheeler, VP Sales for APAC at Avigilon. “DNA’s specializations in IT and analytics will support the development of smarter solutions and will further help us expand into both industrial and IT verticals.”  Avigilon’s video analytics technology can automatically analyze video data from multiple sources to quickly locate persons and vehicles. Users can transform video from a reactive, post incident tool to a proactive tool. DNA has started to integrate Avigilon’s video analytics information into DNA’s existing Big Data and IoT platforms, allowing end-users to make more informed decisions; in effect enabling DNA to offer solutions to their customers to “digitize the physical world”. "Avigilon is the perfect partner for us to work with to accelerate our goal of helping our channel partners bring the physical and digital worlds together,” said Munsoor Khan, Director of DNA Connect. “There is a growing need to integrate video data with IT data to build intelligent analytics systems that make smarter decisions. This is going to be especially important as technology continues to enhance urban environments.” At the same time, DNA will proactively serve Avigilon’s existing customers that are already predominantly active in the physical security market. DNA has local Avigilon stock in its Sydney-based warehouse, and uses air-freight to ensure timely delivery of orders placed on Avigilon’s factory in Richmond, Canada – typically delivering within 5-7 business days from placement of order. DNA has invested in training its inside-sales and sales engineering teams, and DNA’s management team has taken a focused approach to only support one video surveillance vendor, Avigilon. This focused approach by DNA allows them to realise customer service efficiencies in areas such as timeliness of quotes, warranty claim turn-around times, and support functions such as training and tech support.      About Avigilon Avigilon Corporation provides trusted security solutions to the global market. Avigilon designs, develops, and manufactures video analytics, network video management software and hardware, surveillance cameras, and access control solutions. To learn more about Avigilon, visit avigilon.com. About DNA Connect DNA Connect is one of Australia's most experienced distributors with over 20 years of experience offering connectivity and analytics solutions. DNA has been providing solutions that connect devices and things in Enterprise and Industrial markets and visualise data and monetise insight. These skills and knowledge have positioned DNA perfectly within the Big Data and IoT markets. Media Contact Craig Atkinson DNA Connect P. 1300 723 600 w. www.dna.com.au  Lencrow Materials Handling Announces 5 Year Total Care Warranty Program 2017-06-14T11:36:25Z lencrow-materials-handling-announces-5-year-total-care-warranty-program Lencrow Materials Handling – new forklift sales & service provider is excited to introduce 5 Year Total Care Warranty Program available across the range. The new Total Care Forklift Warranty plan is applied on all the models of Forklifts sold and delivered in Australia. The 5 Year Total Care Forklift Warranty Program delivers: ->  Plus and Premium Options ->  Product Faults ->  Transparent Warranty Contract ->  Up to 8,000 Hours ->  Manufacturer Faults Lencrow Materials Handling challenges you to search a better forklift warranty that delivers more responsibility than ours. It presents the clients a complete range of services for all makes and models and stocks a range of spare parts in the warehouse instantly available. Nowadays, top quality forklifts and powerful after sale services are what the customers focus on. The total care warranty of Lencrow Materials Handling goes beyond the manufacturers so can deliver a great level of care. Lencrow Materials Handling includes a varied range of new forklifts, used forklifts, rental forklifts, and forklift spare parts, which the customers can trust on! Customers will certainly benefit from this new warranty program. Company spokesperson: We are taking a very strong initiative to customer receptiveness, satisfaction, and services. Taking from the list of new, old and used forklifts, option to hire forklifts to the services rendered, Lencrow Materials Handling is intending to improve and offer exceptional services to the valued customers. We have today grown our roots and successfully established offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, New Castle and Brisbane. Most recently we established in South Australia as well!   “We are pleased to avail the warranty program to our customer. It offers a different level of customer assurance and further confirms Lencrow Materials handling’s commitment to customer service, so lacking in our industry today” For further information on 5 Year Total Care Forklift Warranty Program, please visit - https://www.lencrowforklifts.com.au/new-forklift-warranty/ Hills Self Storage Launches Its New Truck Hire Services 2017-06-14T11:15:16Z hills-self-storage-launches-its-new-truck-hire-services Corresponding to a latest IBISWorld report, there is no dearth of us paying for extra space, with Australia’s $1.1 billion self-storage industry estimated to grow 3.3 percent by 2017. The self-storage industry has grown tremendously and benefited as well due to several factors. Counting the facts, more Australians are transposing to metropolitan cities into smaller apartment and houses. It increased the demand of hiring self-storages from people relocating their home as well the demand from businesses to store their stock! While the major players of self-storage lead the Australia’s storage industry, Hills Self Storage completely matches the spare space in your home or businesses to store your valuable essentials. Hills Self Storage majorly focuses on offering the availability of business, personal, boats & caravans, wine, and car storage solutions. A customer looking to store their household goods, leisure vehicles or business supplies, Hills Self Storage is a perfect match to make such storage requirements easy. Whatever your storage requirements are, you can always rely on Hills Self Storage. We assure it! We are prominently proving to meet the level of our customer satisfaction by increasing the scope of working. Hills Self Storage is up with the added facility of Truck Hire Services for customers to rely on us completely. We are here to make your moving even easier by providing new fully equipped truck for hire. Facilities like Ropes free of charges, Blankets, Fridge Trolley and Tail Lift are added to the hiring trucks. Tail Lifts are fitted to the trucks to deal with the lifting of heavy items with ease. Company Spokesperson   We have proved in maintaining the integrity towards our customers. We provide assurance in preserving the quality of our facilities and cleanliness that makes it relevant that a lot of business is our repeat business. No matter, whether you’re seeking a long term or a short term storage requirement, Hills Self Storage will always have a storage quick-fix that’s ideal for your needs and budget. “We are extremely proud of the high reputation we have earned and you can rest assured your assets are being stored in the finest possible environment.” Our Truck Hire Services is available in Galston, Castle Hill, Kings Park and surrounding suburbs. To book your truck hire or to know more visit - https://www.hillsselfstorage.com.au/truck-hire Advantages of Fuel Cards by FLEETCOR 2017-05-26T13:51:07Z advantages-of-fuel-cards-by-fleetcor As a cost control and convenience solution, fuel cards by FLEETCOR are second to none. Provided by FLEETCOR's being an official partner of Shell, Shell fuel cards by FLEETCOR are accepted at Total, Esso and Avia fuel stations as well. Thus, you get access to all advantages of the system at more than 5,000 Shell stations in Germany and 22,000 of Shell and Shell partner filling stations across Europe. EuroShell card can offer an effective mean of cost control for businesses that are looking for smarter ways to fuel up their vehicles. ·         Manage your account online Fleet card allows you to manage and track spending across one or many different fuel cards online, giving consumers and business owners the power to keep a tally of monthly finances and adjust their expenses accordingly. Online account management can be done with a desktop computer or mobile device. ·         Convenient billing Recording your fuel purchases is just one advantage; convenient billing allows customers to easily pay and refill their fuel card account when necessary. ·         Purchasing control Fuel card for companies can give account and business owners the ability to control how individual drivers make their purchases in real time. Track and adjust fuel budgets accordingly, and optimize how your fleet's fuel is being purchased. ·         Reduced costs VAT refunds on fuel discounts, and special deals on fuel are available for fuel card users. ·         Convenient payments Feel the advantages of a most flexible cashless payment system which allows you to adjust in your online account even the range of products available for purchasing for each single fuel card. Besides, EuroShell fuel card insures all transactions are secured with a PIN code. FLEETCOR's fuel card system also comes with access to its special customer support center, which is available to answer any questions that customers may have about billing, fuel purchasing, areas of availability, and even opportunities for fuel station owners that want to connect with the FLEETCOR network. AJAJ Tyres Offer Buy 1 Tyre of any Brand, Get the 2nd for Half Price 2017-01-18T01:38:12Z ajaj-tyres-offer-buy-1-tyre-of-any-brand-get-the-2nd-for-half-price AJAJ Tyres offers vehicle owners the security of a tyre and wheel specialist with over ---- years in the industry. The company offers a massive stock of brands vehicle owners know and trust like "Michelin and Silverstone" among all the other big brands. Their already discounted tyre prices are discounted more with this current Tyre special, making the costs of new Tyres and tyre replacements for light to medium sized vehicles and equipment at wholesale prices.  AJAJ Tyres is a full-service Tyre house located in Ingleburn, Yagoona & Wollongong. The company’s team of customer service reps and authorised OTR Repair Technicians offer a range of services that include:  Massive stock of economy & premium brand tyres  Tyre specials like buy one tyre of any brand, get the second for ½ price  Premium wheel balancing  Wheel restoration & repainting  Wheel machining  Wheel alignments  Tyre recycling AJAJ Tyres stocks a complete range of 13” to 22” economy and premium brand Tyres, mud Tyres, all terrain Tyres, 4WD Tyres and equipment Tyres. With Tyre Centres that are well stocked and neatly organised and specials throughout the house, vehicle owners quickly find what they require at good bargain prices.  Whether shopping in their Tyre Centre or online, consumers will enjoy a customer focused business that guarantees 100 percent satisfaction with each transaction. Their team is a team of knowledgeable Tyre specialists that provide friendly tyre services, including mobile Tyre repairs. With each sales and service, consumers can depend on value for money.  Zoom Tyres Tyre & wheel expertise extends to fitting and installing, Tyre Restoration and Repairs, Wheel Machining and Mud Tyres, assuring the right Tyres to fit vehicles with outstanding prices and excellent services whether a Tyre purchase or repair or wheel alignments.  AJAJ Tyres pricing system is structured to ensure that they remain competitive in the market of Tyre sales & services. With extraordinary prices & services, they have built a name in the industry as providing optimal quality, skillful technicians and rapid and reliable services in their Tyre centres. For vehicle owners that require new Tyres or replacements or tyre and wheel services, AJAJ Tyres is a trusted source for sales & services in Ingleburn, Wollongong and Yagoona that combines quality and value. The team at AJAJ Tyres is dedicated to providing excellence with each transaction they complete. For more information on Tyres sales & services, AJAJ Tyres welcomes consumers to contact them at:  Yagoona:  9793 9265 Ingleburn:  8798 7610 Wollongong:  0434 454 454 Mobile: 0414 969 969  Meet some of the trucks that travel around Australia! 2016-12-06T00:05:23Z meet-some-of-the-trucks-that-travel-around-australia The Moving Characters Series is a series of educational books for children learning about how trucks (and their trailers) work. The series covers many types of trucks and trailers, labelling different parts and how they operate. With colourful photos of the trucks and their trailers, as well as other accompanying vehicles, young readers of the series will not even realise how much they are learning! Kenny’s friend Truck-Dog will delight children as he gets into mischief. The Moving Characters Series is written by author Lindy Lette who, along with her husband, owns and runs Brisbane-based logistics business Freightshift, which currently runs many trucks across Australia. Over her career Lindy has many pictures of the trucks in beautiful locations and wanted to make something with this collection of wonderful images. As well as this, Lindy wants to promote the logistics industry as something for readers of all ages to take interest in and become more informed about. The Moving Characters Series covers the five learning outcomes from the Early Years Learning Framework which is the current curriculum taught in the early education system. Schools are one of the many avenues through which the series will be promoted and often Lindy will arrive with one of the trucks from the series so children can have a close view of and hands on approach to the characters. For those who love cute, soft cuddly dogs you will be able to purchase your very own Truck-Dog early in the New Year! Splend expands the ride with Rent-to-Own 2016-10-28T04:34:11Z splend-expands-the-ride-with-rent-to-own Evolution of the taxi driver Innovative vehicle provider shakes up ride share launching Rent-to-Own Australia’s consumer transport market is experiencing significant transitions as a power shift from the taxi plate owners, formerly holding the monopoly, to the driver regaining power by becoming their own boss. Recognising this transition phase, innovative on-demand vehicle-subscription provider, Splend, continues to disrupt who is in the drivers seat, launching Rent-to-Own – a first-to-market service enabling ride share drivers to own their vehicle, while freeing taxi drivers from working for the plate owners gain. “Of the 68,000 taxi drivers in Australia most work for a ‘network’, ‘owner’ or ‘operator.’ According to Roads and Maritime Services of NSW in 2012, on average these drivers were paying a lease of up to roughly $1250 per week to rent a licensed taxi because they could not afford a previously inflated $400,000 taxi plate. The plate owner claims 60-65 per cent of the shift takings while drivers endure poor working conditions and unfriendly shift hours,” says Chris King, CEO of Splend. High fares and the skyrocketing value of taxi plates ensures big returns for the big players who own multiple taxi plates, but taxi passenger numbers are in decline and drivers' wages have collapsed with the introduction of ride sharing. With the shift toward a cashless society, the earnings from taxi driving isn’t as attractive anymore and a transition is occurring to ride share where drivers now have a chance to succeed independently as their own boss. A leader in compliant vehicle supply for on-demand services, Splend launched Rent-to-Own in response to the increasing number of ride share drivers who are eager to work towards ownership of their greatest asset – their vehicle, but who do not want to go into debt by financing a car through a bank or broker. The big appeal for drivers to shift into Splend Rent-to-Own is no lock in contracts meaning members can walk away at any time as opposed to feeling trapped into long term financing. The vehicle-as-a-subscription fee for Splend Rent-to-Own starts at an average of $279 per week over four years covering registration, compulsory third party and full comprehensive insurance, scheduled servicing as well ride share training courses. The weekly subscription cost decreases by $50 each year, helping members achieve car ownership sooner. Over four years, this is an added saving of $6,349 with zero interest compared to car financing through a bank or broker. According to the August 2016 Transport Affordability Index by the Australian Automobile Association, in 2013-2014 motorist road related taxes and charges totaled almost $28billion including purchasing costs and expenses of running a car over its lifetime such as registrations, insurance and stamp duty. “The vehicle finance landscape in Australia is expensive and outdated for aspiring ride share drivers. The latest vehicle ownership index figures have huge impacts to the average household income and Australian’s are looking for alternate ways to efficiently earn a living and own a car, making value for money Splend’s main consideration in its Rent-to-Own offering,” said Mr King. As platforms like Uber become more accepted, Splend Rent-to-Own will be an attractive option for drivers looking to build a long-term career in the on-demand economy while saving thousands of dollars in interest charges. In Australia there are currently 31,000 Uber drivers enjoying flexible working hours - 868 of those Splend members who enjoy greater earnings compared to their taxi driver counterparts who are losing out. “I predict a large exodus of taxi drivers who will become disgruntled with low wages, long shift hours, high leasing fees and no equity to show for it. Why should the plate owners who earn money in their sleep undercut drivers? Splend have created an encouraging community of motivated, small business individuals who are all working toward owning their own vehicle while driving for ride share,” says King. Visit www.splend.com.au to become your own boss, work your own hours and own your car outright for total independence. See below comparison chart on driver earnings from our case study, a former Sydney taxi driver who has converted to Splend and been driving for ride share for 6 months. Data collected on 30 September 2016 and represents a Splend member driving for Uber at 40 hours a week compared to the same taxi driver previously driving 60 hours per week. ENDS For more information contact Maggie Elliot maggie@frontleft.com.au or +61 418 744 479. FACT SHEET Start-up company Splend has become Australia’s leader in vehicle supply for on-demand services, providing new employment opportunities for over 868 Australians (as at September 2016) and a fresh take on vehicle management. For small business individuals who can’t afford to finance their own vehicle Splend is a fully serviced vehicle solution that comes with a mentoring team to help Members become their own boss. Benefits of owning a vehicle from Splend: Full service vehicle provider with no lock in contracts: From $279 per week on average over four years, Splend members have access to a new 5-star ANCAP rated vehicle that is in line with ride sharing regulation including registration, stamp duty, insurance and servicing of a vehicle they will own after four years. Easy entry - To be eligible, drivers are required to be a rideshare driver for just a minimum of eight weeks. Ready to ride pack: On top of the brand new vehicle, this includes; 12 replacement tyres, 3 front and rear wheel alignments, 12 replacement brake pads, 12 replacement brake discs, 9 replacement windscreen wiper blades, 2 replacement sets of replacement headlight globes, 1 replacement battery. Member Benefits and Rewards: Members are incentivised with rewards for referrals and if they are measured the safest driver by utilising the latest telematics technology installed throughout the Splend fleet. The Member Support Centre offers a mentoring program to help achieve the highest ratings plus 24×7 Car Breakdown Assistance. Flexible lifestyle: Becoming their own boss means building their own business on their own flexible working hours and working toward car ownership. Mysterious fun rally raised over $760k for Cancer Council 2016-10-11T22:00:00Z mysterious-fun-rally-raised-over-760k-for-cancer-council Mystery Box Rally 2016 has marked an end for another year in Adelaide, raising an incredible $760,315.02 to date for Cancer Council. 300 courageous participants from all across Australia embarked on a 5-day mysterious, round-trip adventure from Adelaide on 24 September, with no idea where they were heading or what cars they would be driving, all to raise much-needed funds for cancer research initiatives. Engines humming, coughing and spluttering, the teams engaged in an epic battle to bid on their dream Mystery Box car based on their fundraising amount (minimum $3,000) at a private auction the night before the convoy ventured into the unknown. Decorated in creative motifs, glitter, stickers and piñatas, the 150 colourful cars bid farewell to Adelaide and explored outback South Australia. With daily destinations only revealed each morning before the convoy hit the road, teams travelled west to Wudinna, then north to Kingoonya, north-east to William Creek on the Oodnadatta Track, and onto Blinman in the Flinders Ranges before returning to Adelaide. Alongside the breakdowns, river crossings and stunning scenery, participants were treated to a night of live music by an indigenous band in Kingoonya followed by a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to kick up some dust and dance the night away on the Oodnadatta Track at William Creek. Fully supported by the local community, the rally enjoyed some classic Aussie rock from a live band whilst dancing under the stars in the middle of the highway blocked off by the local police. In a town of only 6 residents, it was the biggest party in the township's history. “This year’s rally was one of the most memorable for teams and towns alike. The breathtaking scenery along the route was incredible. The untamed beauty of the South Australian wilderness won over everyone’s hearts, especially when we drove through the Gammon and Flinders Ranges,” said James Freeman, Box Rallies Founder. “Of course we also faced some enormous challenges, but I am proud to say we pulled through the tough times together and created an unforgettable, fun-packed adventure.” Mystery Box Rally 2016 proved to be a miracle for both teams and their beloved vehicles. Not only did the convoy return to Adelaide just before the immense winds slammed the state mercilessly, but only two out of the 150 Mystery Box cars did not make it to the finish line in Wingfield, Adelaide. “The rally is a unique way for us to raise awareness and critical funds for the fight against this terrible disease, all done with humour and laughter whilst seeing amazing parts of this incredible country. A big thank you to our well-deserved teams and everyone who has supported this year’s rally,” said Mr Freeman. Mystery Box Rally is hoping to bring the funds raised up to $800,000 in a post-rally car auction on 18 October at Manheim Adelaide (75-83 Wilkins Rd, Wingfield SA 5013), where the public can secure their very own Mystery Box cars, full of character. For further information or to support the cause with a donation, visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   ABOUT MYSTERY BOX RALLY Mystery Box Rally is perfect for those who crave adventure and embrace mystery. This unique and exciting rally sees teams of two driving over five days to destinations unknown, all to raise funds for much needed cancer research and treatment.  A fly-in fly-out adventure, the rally takes care of sourcing the cars so teams can focus on what’s important - the fundraising.   Teams will find out what car they will be driving at a private auction the day before the rally. The amount of ‘money’ they have to bid with is based on their fundraising total, so the more they raise the better their chance of securing their ‘dream’ Mystery Box. The next big mystery is of course the route, with teams told each morning where they will be driving that day. The itinerary promises participants a trip of a lifetime, taking them through some of the most incredible landscapes this country has to offer, as well as outback dirt roads and majestic small towns.   Mystery Box is part of Box Rallies, founded by James Freeman, after he lost both his parents to cancer within 12 months of each other. Described as the mad baby brother of Shitbox Rally, also a Box Rallies initiative, Mystery Box is a reward for all the fundraising teams do prior to the event and is a chance to meet like-minded people. It also offers a unique way to see our vast and beautiful country. To qualify for the Mystery Box Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $3,000.   In 2013 the inaugural Mystery Box Rally saw teams travel through remote parts of New South Wales and country Victoria. Taking in the sites of Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Willandra, White Cliffs, Tibooburra (one of the most remote towns in NSW), Wentworth, Mildura before finishing in Melbourne. Teams taking part in 2014 set out to secret locations across Queensland and New South Wales. Taking them from Brisbane to Hebel, the most north-west town in NSW at Tibooburra, Hungerford, St George and the most western winery in QLD, and back to Brisbane. In 2015, Mystery Box Rally embarked on two adventures, where teams further discovered the remote small towns of Queensland and New South Wales. In August 2016, teams travelled from Townsville to Richmond, Normanton, Chillagoe and Mission Beach via Port Douglas before heading back to Townsville, whilst in November, participants explored the New South Wales outback from Sydney to Menindee, Lake Cargelligo, Louth and the vineyards of Orange before travelling back to Sydney.   Previous Mystery Box Rallies have raised a combined total of over $1.175 million for vital Cancer Council research programs. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com Keep Track of Your Fleet Any Where, Any Time With Ready Track 2016-09-27T01:11:52Z keep-track-of-your-fleet-any-where-any-time-with-ready-track Ready Track, one of the leading GPS tracking providers in Australia knows how important it is for businesses to monitor and keep an eye on vehicles and other assets. That is why they work so hard to ensure companies of all sizes can implement tracking solutions virtually anywhere in the world.     Fleet tracking is growing in popularity, and with good reason. Technology today makes it possible to pinpoint the location of a vehicle or other asset in real time, using small GPS tracking equipment. This offers increased efficiency for businesses as vehicles are deployed more strategically and wastefulness is reduced.Driver safely is also increased with the use of vehicle tracking. In addition to GPS tracking, Ready Track’s system can monitor engine errors, fuel economy, geo-fencing and more. This means alerts can be established for speeding or other unsafe conditions, and communication can be sent to drivers easily through on-board tablets. On top of driver safety, Ready Track can help reduce insurance premiums by providing reliable ways to prevent theft and to recover stolen assets. Using the real-time tracking that is available, law enforcement can quickly locate vehicles that have been stolen so that they can be returned with minimal disruption. Ready Track’s fleet and vehicle GPS tracking device is a comprehensive plug and play system with more than 40 features. And coverage is available across rural villages and major metropolitan cities. Enjoy greater peace of mind knowing that your fleet and other valuable assets are safe thanks to Ready Track. Visit www.readytrack.com.au today to learn more. About Ready TrackReady Track operates out of its head office in Smithfield NSW, in the heart of the largest industrial area of the southern hemisphere. However, we have a diverse range of customers from all over the country, and even other parts of the world! If you are in the market for any type of GPS tracking solution, we are only a phone call away. MEDIA ALERT: Mystery Box Rally kicks off in Adelaide for the first time 2016-09-20T22:30:00Z media-alert-mystery-box-rally-kicks-off-in-adelaide-for-the-first-time-1 MEDIA CALL: FRIDAY 23RD SEP – MYSTERIOUS PRE-RALLY AUCTION With no prior knowledge on the route they will be taking or the vehicles they will be driving, 300 courageous Mystery Box Rally participants from all across Australia gather in Adelaide for a private auction the night before the rally starts, to bid on their dream Mystery Box car based on their fundraising amount (minimum $3,000).   The total funds raised for Cancer Council is currently more than $630,000 and increasing every day. Join us at Manheim Adelaide this Friday afternoon to watch the 300 participants gearing up for an epic and mysterious 5-day road adventure!  WHEN:                                   4.30pm onwardsWHERE:                                 Manheim Adelaide, 75-83 Wilkins Rd, Wingfield SA 5013PHOTO / INTERVIEW OPP:  Local and interstate teams, support crew, and Box Rallies Founder, James Freeman will be available for interviews and photos before and after the auction about the rally.      MEDIA CALL: SATURDAY 24TH SEP – RALLY DEPARTURE MANHEIM ADELAIDE Witness the colourful convoy of 150 Mystery Boxes kick-start in Adelaide for the very first time! Creative motifs, glitter, stickers and crazy car accessories, it will be a picture perfect send off as the 300 participants bid farewell to Adelaide and head out to quintessential towns and off-the-beaten tracks for an unknown 5-day round-trip adventure, all in the name of raising critical funds for Cancer Council.  WHEN:                                   7.30am arrival for 9.30am departureWHERE:                                 Manheim Adelaide, 75-83 Wilkins Rd, Wingfield SA 5013PHOTO / INTERVIEW OPP:  Local and interstate teams, support crew, and Box Rallies Founder, James   Freeman will be available for interviews and photos prior departure. Their penchant for fancy dress and creatively decorated cars will provide unique visual content.  ABOUT MYSTERY BOX RALLY Mystery Box Rally is perfect for those who crave adventure and embrace mystery. This unique and exciting rally sees teams of two driving over five days to destinations unknown, all to raise funds for much needed cancer research and treatment.  A fly-in fly-out adventure, the rally takes care of sourcing the cars so teams can focus on what’s important - the fundraising.   Teams will find out what car they will be driving at a private auction the day before the rally. The amount of ‘money’ they have to bid with is based on their fundraising total, so the more they raise the better their chance of securing their ‘dream’ Mystery Box. The next big mystery is of course the route, with teams told each morning where they will be driving that day. The itinerary promises participants a trip of a lifetime, taking them through some of the most incredible landscapes this country has to offer, as well as outback dirt roads and majestic small towns.   Mystery Box is part of Box Rallies, founded by James Freeman, after he lost both his parents to cancer within 12 months of each other. Described as the mad baby brother of Shitbox Rally, also a Box Rallies initiative, Mystery Box is a reward for all the fundraising teams do prior to the event and is a chance to meet like-minded people. It also offers a unique way to see our vast and beautiful country. To qualify for the Mystery Box Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $3,000.   In 2013 the inaugural Mystery Box Rally saw teams travel through remote parts of New South Wales and country Melbourne. Taking in the sites of Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Willandra, White Cliffs, Tibooburra (one of the most remote towns in NSW), Wentworth, Mildura before finishing in Melbourne. Teams taking part in 2014 set out to secret locations across Queensland and New South Wales. Taking them from Brisbane to Hebel, the most north-west town in NSW at Tibooburra, Hungerford, St George and the most western winery in QLD, and back to Brisbane. In 2015, Mystery Box Rally embarked on two adventures, where teams further discovered the remote small towns of Queensland and New South Wales. In August, teams travelled from Townsville to Richmond, Normanton, Chillagoe and Mission Beach via Port Douglas before heading back to Townsville, whilst in November, participants explored the New South Wales outback from Sydney to Menindee, Lake Cargelligo, Louth and the vineyards of Orange before travelling back to Sydney.   Previous Mystery Box Rallies have raised a combined total $1.175 million for vital Cancer Council research programs. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com Manheim helps bring a mysterious element to fundraising rally 2016-09-16T06:56:47Z manheim-helps-bring-a-mysterious-element-to-fundraising-rally-1 Cars are undoubtedly one of the most crucial elements in a rally, especially for a fundraising rally where participants have no idea what cars they will be driving. This is when famous automobile auction company Manheim comes to save the day.   Armed with duct tape and cable ties, 300 participants of Mystery Box Rally will kick off an epic 5-day road adventure from Adelaide in September. Not knowing where they are heading and what vehicles they will be driving, the courageous teams are taking a big leap in faith all in the name of raising critical funds for Cancer Council’s research initiatives.   Could it be a vintage Beetle? Or perhaps a much loved convertible that is full of character? With no knowledge of the vehicle or what’s under the bonnet, teams will bid on their dream mystery box based on their fundraising amount (minimum $3,000) at a private auction the night before the rally starts. All of the cars for the rally are provided by Manheim Auctions Australia who ensure they are registered and ready for an adventure.   Box Rallies Founder James Freeman explains this unique arrangement takes the pressure of cars sourcing off participants, and allows everyone to focus on fundraising all whilst having fun.   “Manheim has been a long-term partner of the rally,” says Box Rallies Founder, James Freeman, “We are grateful for their continuous support, and are thrilled to have them back for this year’s Mystery Box Rally.”   Starting in Adelaide on Saturday 24th September, Mystery Box 2016 will embark on a 5-day round trip adventure to explore destinations unknown along some of Australia’s most deserted and scenic roads. Destinations are kept secret with the daily destinations unveiled just before the convoy hits the road each morning to ensure it is a truly unique challenge.   To support the rally or to find out more information, please visit http://www.mystery-box.com.au/  ABOUT MYSTERY BOX RALLY Mystery Box Rally is perfect for those who crave adventure and embrace mystery. This unique and exciting rally sees teams of two driving over five days to destinations unknown, all to raise funds for much needed cancer research and treatment.  A fly-in fly-out adventure, the rally takes care of sourcing the cars so teams can focus on what’s important - the fundraising.   Teams will find out what car they will be driving at a private auction the day before the rally. The amount of ‘money’ they have to bid with is based on their fundraising total, so the more they raise the better their chance of securing their ‘dream’ Mystery Box. The next big mystery is of course the route, with teams told each morning where they will be driving that day. The itinerary promises participants a trip of a lifetime, taking them through some of the most incredible landscapes this country has to offer, as well as outback dirt roads and majestic small towns.   Mystery Box is part of Box Rallies, founded by James Freeman, after he lost both his parents to cancer within 12 months of each other. Described as the mad baby brother of Shitbox Rally, also a Box Rallies initiative, Mystery Box is a reward for all the fundraising teams do prior to the event and is a chance to meet like-minded people. It also offers a unique way to see our vast and beautiful country. To qualify for the Mystery Box Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $3,000.   In 2013 the inaugural Mystery Box Rally saw teams travel through remote parts of New South Wales and country Melbourne. Taking in the sites of Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Willandra, White Cliffs, Tibooburra (one of the most remote towns in NSW), Wentworth, Mildura before finishing in Melbourne. Teams taking part in 2014 set out to secret locations across Queensland and New South Wales. Taking them from Brisbane to Hebel, the most north-west town in NSW at Tibooburra, Hungerford, St George and the most western winery in QLD, and back to Brisbane. In 2015, Mystery Box Rally embarked on two adventures, where teams further discovered the remote small towns of Queensland and New South Wales. In August, teams travelled from Townsville to Richmond, Normanton, Chillagoe and Mission Beach via Port Douglas before heading back to Townsville, whilst in November, participants explored the New South Wales outback from Sydney to Menindee, Lake Cargelligo, Louth and the vineyards of Orange before travelling back to Sydney.   Previous Mystery Box Rallies have raised a combined total $1.175 million for vital Cancer Council research programs. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com Fathers converge on Explore Australia Expo 2016-09-08T03:00:47Z fathers-converge-on-explore-australia-expo Thousands of 4WD enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers converged on the Doomben Racecourse Father’s Day weekend for the annual Explore Australia Expo. Director and Event Manager of Explore Australia Exhibitions, Paul Morgan, said they moved the Expo from Manly Boat Harbour to Doomben Racecourse this year to accommodate more exhibitors and outdoor interactive displays. “Spectators loved The Adventure Track, where they could see 4X4 Winch Trucks in action, along with Argo ATV’s, FWD QLD, Extreme Buggies, and Austruck demonstrations,” Paul said. Motorcycling Queensland, in conjunction with Mike Hatcher Junior Motorcycle Club (Gold Coast) and Kilcoy Motocross Club (Kilcoy), also held a special demonstration with some of the club’s rising young stars. “The kids provided an incredible demonstration of motocross and flat track skills on a range of off-road motorcycles and quad bikes,” Paul said. The hands-on event also offered tutorials on everything from safe winching, diff locks and suspension, to snatch strap and driving techniques. “Fisherman were also catered for, with the spectacular Berkley Super Fishing Tank, showing visitors a real ‘fish’s eye’ view of different fishing techniques,” Paul explained. “The world’s largest mobile fishing tackle store, Rod Train, was there and provided plenty of inspiration for fisherman, with a huge display of quality gear available.” TV presenter, Penny Wells from Top of Down Under, had her impressively-set-up Land Cruiser and XTERRAN camper on display at the Ultimate Campers stand. “Dr Glen Richards, from Channel Ten’s hit television show Shark Tank, also attended the Expo as a guest of TJM 4x4 Megastore and happily chatted to attendees at their stand,” Paul said. Kris Humphrys is the Director TJM 4X4 Megastore and Roof Rack City and said the Expo was a huge success for them, with sales, orders and quotes up on last year. “We feel that the stand size, layout, range and genuine offering of show specials is a proven recipe for success, combined with the support that we have received from the show organisers,” Kris said. “This is our second year at Explore Australia Expo and I pleased to say that we will be back for a third year.” Paul said 80 high quality exhibitors attended this year and offered some great specials. “Evakool offered some great prices on their fridges and iceboxes, New Age Caravans threw in free solar on all caravan purchases and Tuff Bullbars Australia and Opposite Lock offered plenty of alternatives to socks, with their great Father’s Day deals,” Paul said. There were some fantastic prizes up for grabs at this year’s expo, with M. Hickey from Townsville taking home the Explorers Pack valued at $6,000, thanks to TJM 4x4 Megastore, and A. Nelson from Nambour winning the Ironman Deluxe Bullbar, valued at $1,300, thanks to Adventure Offroad. The XXXX Gold Beer Garden was a popular watering hole, offering some shady places to relax. “Kids were well catered for as well, with the Scouts Australia climbing wall, Argo ATV rides, jumping castles and free entry for children under 15 years of age,” Paul said. Attendees will have a chance to road test their purchases, with the organisers holding their next event in Henty, New South Wales. The Henty 4WD & Outdoor Adventure Expo will be the biggest expo of its type held in regional NSW. “Henty is located between Wagga Wagga and Albury and is the home on the Henty Machinery Field Days, which is where the Expo will be held in March 2017,” Paul said. “It’s a massive and impressive site, so we are really looking forward to hosting the Expo there next year and offering exhibitors and attendees even more opportunities to see and road test an incredible range of camping, fishing and adventure equipment.” For enquiries regarding the Henty 4WD & Outdoor Adventure Expo and Explore Australia Expo Brisbane 2017, contact Paul Morgan on paul@exploreaustraliaexpo.com.au or phone 03 5255 1517. For more info, visit Explore Australia Expo Brisbane or follow us on Explore Australia Expo Facebook or Explore Australia Expo YouTube. <ENDS> Media Enquiries: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Ready Track Adds a Host of Features to its Existing GPS Tracking Solutions 2016-05-30T03:19:54Z ready-track-adds-a-host-of-features-to-its-existing-gps-tracking-solutions Ready Track Pty Ltd is one of the leading companies in Australia offering a range of GPS tracking solutions. The company based in Smithfield, New South Wales has added a host of features to its existing software and they seem very excited at offering an even better solution for businesses in Australia with the upgraded solution.Speaking to the media, the official spokesperson for the company said, "We at Ready Track are always looking to offer the very best in asset tracking, vehicle and fleet tracking and GPS tracking with our systems and solutions. The upgraded system offers the latest 3G/4G technology that allows for real time tracking on the go." He further added, " Ready Track strives for customer satisfaction and would never try to sell a solution to a company unless we were completely certain that it would benefit them, it is one of the reasons why we have built a long term business relationship with our customers."There's a long list of features that come with the new updated GPS tracking device and software. One of the key features of the new solution is that the customer will get constant information available on Desktop, Tablet and Mobile. Real-time alerts on reckless driving, speeding, entering/exiting zones, etc along with unlimited SMS, Emails and system alerts. Clients can create sub-accounts for managers to login into the system and do fleet tracking, create reports and sent/receive SMS as well.The company currently has a promotion for a limited period offering 15% off coupon code for clients who visit the website and share their interest by entering their email address. Just enter your name and your email address and enjoy benefits of 15% off all GPS trackers on the website.Ready Track offers a no strings attached 30 day trial to businesses throughout Australia. This allows you to test out the system and make sure it is the right one for you before you proceed with your purchase.Contact DetailsReady Track Pty Ltd32 Victoria Street,Smithfield NSW 2164Australiawww.readytrack.com.au