The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-20T00:51:32Z Hotel Supplier Receives Sustainable Award 2019-11-20T00:51:32Z hotel-supplier-receives-sustainable-award For the team at Vendella International, Sustainability is a way of business that ensures we are caring for the needs and demands of tomorrow and beyond.  Supply chain processes and practices, ethical trade, social and environmental responsibility are now common place phrases across all sectors of trade. We have a number of initiatives in place as we work toward continued improvement.  In recognition of these initiatives our New Zealand team were awarded the Most Sustainable Business Project Award across all NZ businesses. Each finalist had to demonstrate sustainable and environmentally conscious behaviours across four key areas: Litter Prevention and Waste Minimisation, Community Beautification, Recycling Projects and Sustainable Tourism. Over the past 12 months alone, our premium micofibre has saved 2,151,621 plastic bottles (500ml) from ocean and landfills, saving a total of 550 cubic metres of landfill space. Vendella International welcome the opportunity to supply our sustainable bedding and toweling to your next hotel fitout or refurbishment.  Panache Exhibitions Designs Innovative Exhibition Stall Designs Using the Latest Technologies 2019-11-19T13:28:14Z panache-exhibitions-designs-innovative-exhibition-stall-designs-using-the-latest-technologies Creative and distinctive exhibition stall designs not just attract the audience present at the exhibition but help create the right impact at the trade show. Turning your vision into reality, such stalls help you to communicate with your clients effectively. Starting their career over a decade ago, Panache Exhibitions is among the pioneers in the exhibition stall designing and fabricating industry offering supreme quality exhibition stall design services. The exhibition booth design company has an unmatched expertise in stall designing and construction techniques and takes exhibition stall design to the next level.  Being a team of in-house professionals, Panache Exhibitions never fails to understand the importance of participating in an exhibition and provides you with unique stall design ideas to add value to your business and amplify the marketing efforts. Numerous clients both in India and abroad vouch for the unique approach of exhibition stand designing and fabrication carried out by Panache Exhibitions.  Mohd Razi Shakir, the founder of Panache Exhibitions says, “Participating in an exhibition gives tremendous exposure to your brand and helps you create the desired impact on the audience. We at Panache Exhibitions come up with brilliant exhibition stall design ideas to help you address your target audience more effectively and bring out the message more clearly. Right from stall designing, booth designing to fabrication, we provide a wide range of exhibition design services. Our team strives to make the presence of your business impressive and memorable. ”  The exhibition design concepts and themes that this company uses are nothing short of incredible. Focusing on visitor engagement, they deliver contemporary, interactive yet completely uncluttered exhibition stalls perfect for showcasing your products and services. Being the leading stall fabricators in Bangalore, they combine innovative designs and clever use of colors to draw visitors to your booth.  The founder of Panache Exhibitions further adds” Known as the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is a tech city. Thus, the organizations participating in trade shows need to install creative and innovative stall designs to engage masses. Using the best possible graphics, signage and audio visual technology, exhibition stall designs by Panache leave a lasting impression and ensure future business. This is the precise reason why Panache Exhibitions is regarded as the best stall fabricators in Bangalore for tailored services.” Till date, Panache Exhibitions has worked with various clients from diverse industries and sectors and helped them showcase their business in an impressive manner. Not only has the company garnered attention for their interactive and 3D exhibition stall designs, but it has also been acknowledged for its creativity as well as out-of-the-box concepts. If you are looking for descriptive yet attractive exhibition stalls and state of the art facilities and workshops, Panache is the team to trust.  About: Panache Exhibitions has contributed to the success of various businesses hailing from diverse industries and sectors. This Delhi based company is recognized by various government and non-governmental entities for its unmatched excellence in tailoring and installation of exhibition stalls in India. Keeping in mind the theme of the exhibition and exhibitor’s vision, they offer a wide spectrum of services to help boost marketing communication and lead generation activities. For more information visit: https://www.panache-worldwide.com/ Follow us on: https://www.instagram.com/Panache.Exhibitions https://twitter.com/Panache_india https://in.linkedin.com/company/panache-exhibitions https://facebook.com/PanacheExhibitions/ NEW FINTECH APP CREATING EASE FOR THE RIDESHARE INDUSTRY 2019-11-19T04:26:19Z new-fintech-app-creating-ease-for-the-rideshare-industry Founded by qualified accountants, Selda Kaplan and Michael Kambouridis, Rideshare Tax has now officially launched to the Australian rideshare community and it already has the support of rideshare giant, Uber. The fintech app, which simplifies and demystifies tax requirements for rideshare drivers, was created after a disgruntled rideshare driver vented to Selda about his tax woes and the lack of support available.   With rideshare drivers having to pay GST and lodge quarterly BAS statements from the moment they start driving, Selda and Michael realised there was a gap in the market for a streamlined, compact and easy-to-use app that could guide drivers through their tax journey. From applying for ABN and GST, to tracking and managing expenses, Rideshare Tax is an in-hand accountant, without the costly fees.   The free app, which is the first of its kind directed at the rideshare industry, is available for both Android and iOS users and allows drivers to download income, track earnings and access a digital logbook. For maximum ease, Rideshare Tax has also partnered with rideshare leader, Uber to allow their riders’ data to be downloaded directly into the app. The team has plans to organise similar arrangements with Ola, Shebah, DiDi and Bolt in the future.   App users can download BAS reports for free, or seamlessly and securely lodge them through the app for a small price of $49 per quarter. With the ATO cracking down on the sharing economy, Rideshare Tax provides a simplified solution, with access to qualified accountants, that can save drivers hundreds of dollars per year.   With over 1300 signups to the platform so far and plans to launch an equity crowdfunding campaign at the start of 2020 to push further growth and awareness across the country, Rideshare Tax is set to revolutionise the way rideshare drivers manage their tax for good.   “The sharing economy is booming, but drivers are becoming overwhelmed with the bookkeeping and tax requirements. Rideshare Tax is a one-stop-shop for rideshare drivers. We’re here to ensure they can drive more and worry less,” says Michael.   www.ridesharetax.com.au   - ENDS -   For further information, or to speak with co-founders Selda Kaplan and Michael Kambouridis, please get in touch:   Megan Chambers || megan@moderncurrency.com.au How to get your rental application to the top of the list 2019-11-19T03:21:30Z how-to-get-your-rental-application-to-the-top-of-the-list-1 On the hunt for a new dream home rental but keep getting knocked back by the Real Estate Agents? Kate Sommervelle, Principal and Director of Ayre Real Estate – Millers Point shares her insider advice on what agents are looking for and tips to get an application to the top of the list. With over 22 years’ experience in Property Management, Kate knows exactly what she’s looking for when marrying a rental property to a new tenant. Kate says, “It’s pretty simple, do your homework and be prepared before you start inspecting properties and submitting your applications. “The more proof you can provide of your income status, past tenancy history and any other items that help to support your character as an ideal tenant choice for the landlord, the better. Also, make sure you speak to the agent at the open, introduce yourself and talk to them about your requirements. At the end of the day, when all the boxes are ticked if it’s between you and another applicant, the decision is likely to be decided by the owner based on the information at hand, so make sure you put your best foot forward,” said Kate. Kate’s top tenancy application tips include: Written references – The more the better. Include both personal, business, employment and previous agents you’ve rented from. Plus, bonus points if you can provide one from someone with a bit of clout. Tenant ledger – This should be a simple request for your previous rental agency, it gives a good indication of the type of renter you are. Also ask for a reference from the owners of the property you rented. Proof of home ownership – This only applies to those who have not rented before but is crucial to prove that you have the ability to pay the rent. Bank statements – The past six months is ideal. Three recent payslips – Make sure they are actually recent and not from months or years ago. Employment history – Include your resume to demonstrate your employment history, we can also find this on LinkedIn so be honest. Great personality! “It can be very competitive to secure a rental property in a competitive marketplace, so do your due diligence and it will pay off,” adds Kate. About Ayre Real Estate: Ayre Real Estate has been founded by multi-award-winning Real Estate Agent, Adrian Wilson, a pioneer in the Sydney City apartment market with nearly 20 years’ experience and perhaps one of the most strategic thought leaders in the industry. The Sydney City apartment specialists, delivers apartment focused services that are smarter and simpler, yet deliver beyond expectations for both owners and landlords while elevating the lives of the clients and communities they work in. ayre.com.au How to get your rental application to the top of the list 2019-11-19T03:21:29Z how-to-get-your-rental-application-to-the-top-of-the-list On the hunt for a new dream home rental but keep getting knocked back by the Real Estate Agents? Kate Sommervelle, Principal and Director of Ayre Real Estate – Millers Point shares her insider advice on what agents are looking for and tips to get an application to the top of the list. With over 22 years’ experience in Property Management, Kate knows exactly what she’s looking for when marrying a rental property to a new tenant. Kate says, “It’s pretty simple, do your homework and be prepared before you start inspecting properties and submitting your applications. “The more proof you can provide of your income status, past tenancy history and any other items that help to support your character as an ideal tenant choice for the landlord, the better. Also, make sure you speak to the agent at the open, introduce yourself and talk to them about your requirements. At the end of the day, when all the boxes are ticked if it’s between you and another applicant, the decision is likely to be decided by the owner based on the information at hand, so make sure you put your best foot forward,” said Kate. Kate’s top tenancy application tips include: Written references – The more the better. Include both personal, business, employment and previous agents you’ve rented from. Plus, bonus points if you can provide one from someone with a bit of clout. Tenant ledger – This should be a simple request for your previous rental agency, it gives a good indication of the type of renter you are. Also ask for a reference from the owners of the property you rented. Proof of home ownership – This only applies to those who have not rented before but is crucial to prove that you have the ability to pay the rent. Bank statements – The past six months is ideal. Three recent payslips – Make sure they are actually recent and not from months or years ago. Employment history – Include your resume to demonstrate your employment history, we can also find this on LinkedIn so be honest. Great personality! “It can be very competitive to secure a rental property in a competitive marketplace, so do your due diligence and it will pay off,” adds Kate. About Ayre Real Estate: Ayre Real Estate has been founded by multi-award-winning Real Estate Agent, Adrian Wilson, a pioneer in the Sydney City apartment market with nearly 20 years’ experience and perhaps one of the most strategic thought leaders in the industry. The Sydney City apartment specialists, delivers apartment focused services that are smarter and simpler, yet deliver beyond expectations for both owners and landlords while elevating the lives of the clients and communities they work in. ayre.com.au Beware of Black Friday – Bitglass cautions SMBs 2019-11-18T22:10:06Z beware-of-black-friday-bitglass-cautions-smbs Data security firm Bitglass has cautioned small to medium businesses (SMBs) of the perils of Black Friday on November 29. The company’s CTO, Anurag Kahol, said: “Black Friday and the following Cyber Monday present a great opportunities for retailers to collect customer data that can be analysed to provide insight into buyer behaviour. However, while ramping up efforts to collect this data, it is even more important to store it safely in order to meet data privacy regulations. “While complying with data privacy laws can be particularly challenging for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the demands for SMBs are still the same as larger companies and they must take full responsibility for securing their customer data.” Kahol said there is no excuse for negligent security practices such as leaving databases of customer information exposed. The consequence of failing to protect sensitive data can result in massive fines, not to mention the resulting damage to brand reputation. “SMBs should focus on flexible, cost-effective solutions, that can prevent data leakage; for example, cloud access security brokers (CASBs) that provide features like cloud security posture management (CSPM), data loss prevention (DLP), user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA), and encryption of data at rest. Only with these types of capabilities can an SMB be certain that the data it is storing is truly safe.” 5 ways to be a better leader in 2020 2019-11-18T00:21:35Z 5-ways-to-be-a-better-leader-in-2020 Each year Dana Lightbody, CEO of The Leadership Institute, hosts 35 leadership summits, presents over 500 high profile speakers and educates more than 2500 attendees looking for that golden nugget to become a better leader within their business or organisation. Today, she shares her top five ways to achieve just that in 2020, no matter what stage of the journey you’re at. Dana advises, “Leadership isn’t something that you’re born with, it’s a learnt skill that needs constant nurturing and development throughout your life and career. Combine this with the fast paced, technologically advanced world we live in, where there seems a new gadget, app or way of doing things everyday - it can become very overwhelming. “It’s time to get back to the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) way of doing things and put a plan together for your leadership journey in 2020. The key thing is to make sure it’s realistic and something you will stick too,” said Dana. Dana Lightbody’s top five ways to be a better leader in 2020 and KISS, include: Create an Executive Toolkit: Start with your values and write them down, this will give you a way to measure yourself against the qualities your ‘ideal leader’. Knowing who you are and what you stand for will assist your team in measuring themselves in a positive way, leading them to feel valued, and as a by-product, even more motivated. Allocate time: Block out time in your calendar and schedule the events and training sessions you want to attend throughout the year. If you schedule it in advance, you’re more likely to attend and follow through. Get educated: Book in formal training, internally or externally and make time to attend it. Conferences for straight from the source learning, deconstructed university courses or one day industry focused trainings. Whatever it is, make time for it. Compile a selection of books to read throughout the year, if reading is not your thing – try an audiobook on the way to work. I’d start with my favourite business author Brené Brown and aim for one per month. Engage a mentor or sponsor: You’d be surprised how many experienced CEO’s, entrepreneurs and educators are looking to mentor or sponsor upcoming talent. Simply make a list of the people who inspire you and reach out. Network: Attend networking events! You should find that a lot of courses and summits include a networking session at the end of the first day. Plan to stay for the duration, and although it’s like speed dating, you never know who you might meet or what opportunity might arise. The Leadership Institute have released their 2020 calendar of events here. With key highlights of the line-up including: Authentic Leadership Summit: 10-20 March 2020 The Empowered Woman Summit: 26 March 2020 The SME Success Summit: 13 May 2020 Indigenous Leadership Summit: 26-29 May 2020 Women in Public Sector Leadership Summit: 16-19 June 2020 Disruptive Innovation Summit: 18-21 August 2020 Business Transformation Summit: 23 September 2020 The 5th Women In Leadership Summit: 20-23 October 2020 Executive Leadership Summit: 24-27 November 2020 “I truly believe that what got you here, won’t get you there. So, don’t be complacent and think that where you’re at right now is good enough, because sadly that when’s you get left behind. Chase the desire to be best in practice and be open to learning from others to stay ahead of the game,” said Dana. For further information, images or to request an interview with Dana Lightbody, contact: Rachel King – 360 PR – rachel@360pr.com.au – 02 9571 4448 Mining industry super duo prove job sharing’s a win-win 2019-11-15T05:26:12Z mining-industry-super-duo-prove-job-sharing-s-a-win-win Brisbane, 13 November 2019. Part time work. Work from home days. Job Sharing. Flexible working arrangements are on the rise in Australia … and they’re here to stay. But many Australian employers, particularly large organisations, are hesitant or struggle to implement job sharing. Citing concerns such as lowered productivity, lack of supervision and feelings of unfairness among other employees, as well as IT security, possible impacts on customer service and the implications of flexible working on team dynamics. Catherine and Kristy are set to prove them wrong. Catherine and Kristy have been job sharing since 2017. As part of Australia’s rising share of part time workers (31% in 2018, up from 25% in 1998), they’re on the leading edge of the flexible working arrangements wave. And they’re on the leading edge of how to make job sharing really work. ‘From day one, everything we did, said or delivered was from ‘us’’, says Catherine. ‘We trust each other. If we didn’t, this relationship definitely wouldn’t work!’ Both Kristy and Catherine were working in the mining industry in senior roles, Kristy as a Project Management Office (PMO) Lead and Catherine as a Senior Advisor Project Finance, when they met. Like many women, they were reluctant to return to full time work after having families, but they also didn’t want to lose the careers they had worked so hard to obtain. When Kristy was approached for a job-sharing role, she accepted on the condition she could work with Catherine. So, what makes it work? ·      They have a professional charter. ‘We understand who our customer is, we know our expectations, we provide service and we are reputable’, say Catherine and Kristy. ·      They have systems in place to ensure that to do items are carried over and prioritised as needed. ·      They respond as one. They use a single mailbox so that all work items and necessary emails can be actioned by either one of them. ·      They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. And the benefits to both themselves and their employer have been more than they could even have imagined. Rather than being less productive, their mining employer now has the benefit of a larger range of skills across two people, as well as a ‘get the job done’ mentality which far exceeds the average worker who generally has a five-day work week to accomplish projects. When either Kristy or Catherine take annual leave, there is still a person available who understands what is necessary for the role and is able to manage things while the other is away. Plus, they keep each other accountable. ‘Our output is far higher with much greater visibility than with your average full-time worker, but without the need for management micromanaging’, Catherine adds. ‘In fact, our management is absolutely speechless by how successful our job share has been.’ Of course, job sharing has had benefits for Catherine and Kristy as well, allowing them time with their families, while still maintaining their careers. It’s also given them the flexibility to follow other passions in their lives. In this case, those passions are in the form of a children’s design and décor shop, Homely Creatures. In fact, Homely Creatures is actually their second job share as they own and run it together. ‘We were looking for a gap in the children’s industry, something that we could feel good about aligning ourselves with’, Catherine says. ‘The opportunity to buy Homely Creatures arose and we decided it was a risk worth taking!’ Kristy and Catherine are passionate about bringing awareness and hope to others that may want to job share, as well as educating companies about the benefits and the process that can make job sharing a true success. Catherine says, ‘I have heard so many men and women complain about how hard it is to find part time work or a company that is willing to discuss job sharing opportunities with them. So many just find it too difficult.’ ‘The job sharing arrangement is still very immature within our company, but we are determined to help move it out of our department and into the global company and then out of the company into other companies in Australia’, Kristy adds. ‘Job sharing allows valuable workers who may only want or be able to do part time work back into the workforce. It makes us smarter and stronger as a whole. And it brings more skills and opportunities to businesses as well’, Kristy says. About Catherine and Kristy: Catherine Goos grew up on a cattle crop farm in Central Queensland riding dirt bikes and sliding down the banks of a clay dam. She relocated to Brisbane (a long time ago!) and now calls New Farm home. She started her working life in the tourism industry, but it wasn’t long before she jumped ship for the finance world. She has a passion for interior design, renovating homes and her family, including husband Kris and three-year-old son, Jack. Kristy Wong was born in Adelaide but made her way to Darwin via the middle of Australia, living in an underground house in Coober Pedy as well as Alice Springs. She came to Brisbane for university and this is where her love of technology was born. Her first ‘real’ job was at the Queensland Police where she started as a Graduate Database administrator but quickly moved up the corporate ladder to senior positions, including Quality Assurance Officer and Project Manager. This sent her to her current role in the mining industry. Kristy also has a passion for supporting families with premature babies, as her and her husband Ivan’s own twin girls were born in 2016 at only 27 weeks and 6 days.     *Catherine and Kristy are available for interviews.* Media enquiries Kristen Lowrey M 04 1286 4088 E kristen@kmlowrey.com Other enquires Homely Creatures M 0417 892 283 (Kristy) M 0418 735 550 (Catherine) E catherineandkristy@homelycreatures.com.au or visit the website, https://www.homelycreatures.com.au             Is Your Safety Data Safe? 2019-11-15T01:23:43Z is-your-safety-data-safe n a world where companies handle increasingly large amounts of data, it’s vital that sensitive company information remains secure and risk management processes are extended to data security. Companies need to check if their providers are ISO 27001 compliant and not just their data centres that provide the hosting.  ISO 27001 is a global standard that outlines the requirements for an information security management system (ISMS). The standard is an internationally recognised best practice model for mitigating data security risks. Organisations use ISO 27001 to securely manage assets including financial information, intellectual property, employee details, or information entrusted by third parties.   When you entrust your data to a third-party company, you should request independent verification that its information systems are ISO 27001 certified – not just data centres that provide the hosting. This means that if an information system runs on cloud infrastructure, both environments must be ISO 27001 certified. Too often, businesses claim ‘data security’ simply by piggybacking on the certifications of their cloud infrastructure provider.  Organisations certified to ISO 27001 have developed a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information. This involves applying a risk management process to its people, processes and IT systems so that data remains secure. So do a quick check to ensure your cloud based software providers have your back when it comes to your data security. Original Article here: https://myosh.com/blog/2019/11/14/is-your-safety-data-safe/ 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 https://www.aiia.com.au/membership/aiia-membership-online-application # # # 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 https://www.aiia.com.au/influence-And-leadership/policy-priorities Media Contact For more information please contact: Carmelle Pavan GM Marketing & Communications – AIIA M: 0402 099 349 Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au China Customs adopts GTIN reporting function in single window declaration system 2019-11-14T02:17:16Z china-customs-adopts-gtin-reporting-function-in-single-window-declaration-system Imports and exports to China will be streamlined using Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN) thanks to a resolution by Chinese Customs. The General Administration of Customs of China (GAC) rolled out a GTIN reporting function for its single window declaration system on 1 August 2019, marking a significant step toward adopting GS1 barcodes in customs clearance. The decision comes in response to recent rapid growth in cross-border trade, both in type and volume. Improving the efficiency of supervision and customs clearance has become a significant challenge for customs agencies around the world. There is great interest in the role GTIN can play to meet these growing needs. Global Trade Item Numbers are the numbers used to create barcodes within the GS1 system, the system used on consumer products globally. The system is administered by GS1, a group of member organisations operating in 114 individual countries. Customs agencies all over China have implemented GTIN declaration for the single window system and enterprises can enjoy an intelligent auto-fill feature by using GTIN. This simplifies and speeds up the declaration process and improves accuracy. "Declaration by GTIN" provides a convenient and fast method for enterprises to complete the declaration form "within a second" through intelligent autofill, instead of the normal manual entry previously required by China Customs. Based on the recently established GTIN information database, which covers multi-dimensional commodity information, including ingredients, brand, specification, country of origin, uses and other critical business information, an imported or exported product can be automatically identified and its declaration elements such as classification, country of origin and specification can automatically appear in the "single window" system as long as its GTIN is provided and related product information has been populated in the database. "This is great news for all GS1 Australia members trading with China," said Marcel Sieira, GS1 Australia's Head of Customer Engagement and Business Development. "GS1 standards and data can be leveraged for faster clearance and shorter cycles. GS1 Australia continues to work with Australian agencies in adopting similar approaches locally." According to a customs specialist at Taicang TuoHai Customs Clearance Co Ltd, an experienced customs broker of infant formula milk powder, it is very difficult for them to complete the declaration form due to the complexity and terminology of ingredients which amount to six or seven on average, and sometimes more than ten in a single product. From now on, once a GTIN has been entered and confirmed, all its ingredient information will enter the system immediately. In addition, the system has a batch import function for product series, which greatly improves efficiency. About GS1 Australia GS1 Australia is the Australian member of GS1, a not-for-profit global organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used supply chain standards in the world and a leader in facilitating efficient international business. GS1 Australia currently serves 22 industry sectors and supports more than 20,000 members nationally to improve supply chain efficiency and cost effectiveness by adopting best practice GS1 global standards. For more information visit www.gs1au.org or follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter Media Enquiries: If you wish to interview Marcel Sieira, please contact: Caterina Slade Marketing Program Manager GS1 Australia T: (03) 9550 3415 or 1300 227 263 E: Caterina.Slade@gs1au.org New art installation uses ‘brainwaves’ to create personalised artwork 2019-11-14T00:12:48Z new-art-installation-uses-brainwaves-to-create-personalised-artwork Dexus has launched its ‘Brainwaves’ art installation at 100 Mount Street, North Sydney. To demonstrate the benefit of an inspiring physical environment to employee wellbeing, the ‘Brainwaves’ installation is open to the public in the lobby of 100 Mount Street. Users are encouraged to enter the installation and focus on a moment of mindfulness. Using cutting edge wearables, brain activity is detected and transformed into pulsing and undulating unique artworks on the 16-metre lobby video wall. “An inspirational work environment can be a positive catalyst for organisational and cultural innovation and change, and has a direct impact on employee wellbeing,” says Su Lim, Principal – Workplace Consulting at Six Ideas by Dexus which specialises in workplace strategy and solutions. According to research undertaken by Dexus, more than 70% of office decision makers[1] recognise a great workspace has a positive impact on productivity, job satisfaction, team engagement and culture. “As organisations are increasingly focused on the importance of employee wellbeing to business success, they are understanding the benefits to be gained by improving their workspace. The presence of art can be one change an organisation can make,” says Lim. Other improvements include improved access to natural light and aspect, choice of spaces in which to work, plants, sleep/relaxation pods, sit/stand desks and personal workspace temperature control. “However, it’s important the investments you make reflect the purpose, values and culture of your organisation,” Lim says. “It’s not about following trends or doing what others are doing, but taking a strategic approach to providing the workplace that is appropriate for the future of your organisation.” Find out what your brainwaves look like and visit 100 Mount Street, North Sydney. 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday from now until 22 November 2019. For more information on improving your workspace for productivity, visit: www.dexus.com/brainwaves.  Images are available for download, here or you can view and embed this video.  [1] Dexus Report: Back to Work Insights January 2018 Introducing Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland – Plus A Great Booking Special 2019-11-12T20:00:37Z introducing-boutique-lifestyle-photography-in-auckland-plus-a-great-booking-special Boutique Lifestyle Photography are award-winning portrait photographers based in Auckland, New Zealand. Established in 2007, the team have formed and further developed their signature style of portraiture; timeless images of your loved ones that artistically tell your story. Since their inception, Boutique Lifestyle Photography have continued to expand their professional photography services. From stunning family photography to beautiful maternity portraits and graduation photography, all photo shoot bookings are held in their upmarket Auckland studio location. More recently, a range of commercial photography services have been introduced including professional product photography as well as professional head shots. As part of their services, all portraits receive the team’s acclaimed professional portrait retouching. From scars to scratches, any imperfections or blemishes that you may have can be removed at your request. The team are also pleased to announce a fantastic $79 photo shoot sitting special. Included in this package is your in-studio photo shoot with your Auckland photographer, valid for our portrait services (excluding glamour), as well as a bonus $50 studio credit towards your chosen portraits. If you’ve been considering a professional photo shoot, then now is the perfect time. You are encouraged to contact the friendly team to discuss your requirements. In-studio consultations are available to discuss in advance your photo shoot aspirations and begin planning your session. Bookings are available Monday to Saturday by appointment. The Boutique Lifestyle Photography Philosophy As a family owned and operated business, the team at Boutique Lifestyle Photography go to great lengths to ensure your satisfaction. From your initial contact with the team, throughout your photo shoot to the final delivery of your treasured images, you are sure to be impressed. Having worked with countless families and individuals over the years, we are proud to have worked closely with people from all walks of life. Irrespective of your requirements, we offer you an in-studio portrait service that is both relaxed and professional with amazing results. We also offer a great range of flexible gift voucher options, perfect for any occasion or milestone. In addition, we also encourage charities or fundraising groups to contact us regarding any upcoming events or promotions we can assist with. Please visit our website and contact us with any queries relating to your event and how we can help. We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us with any booking enquiries or general questions and we will be happy to assist. Boutique Lifestyle Photography(09) 522 5123https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz Digivizer Joins Shopify Partner Program To Help On-line Retail Businesses Grow 2019-11-12T01:15:36Z digivizer-joins-shopify-partner-program-to-help-on-line-retail-businesses-grow Sydney, 12 November 2019: Digivizer has joined the global online platform Shopify, as part of the Shopify Partner Program, expanding its established partner program that already includes being Ad and Data Partners of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google, and partnerships with start-up investors Investible and Remarkable. By joining the Shopify Partner Program, Digivizer has access to Shopify’s developer API, and to partner programs that include training, documentation, Shopify's product roadmap, previews of upcoming features, and priority partner support. “Businesses can really only thrive by understanding everything their customers do as a single, consistent customer journey - across their digital offering , social media engagement, website and store,” said Emma Lo Russo, CEO and co-founder of Digivizer. “It’s only by having this single view that retailers can maximize customer demand and conversion.  “So this is an exciting addition to our expanding list of technology platforms that offer Digivizer solutions, and that we support. And it’s another value point to our promise to help businesses of all sizes grow and improve their returns on their digital investment.  “Businesses are looking for exactly the type of digital marketing programs, supported by analytics, that Digivizer delivers through our SaaS platform and our added-value digital marketing agency and content services. Joining the Shopify Partner Program puts our platform in front of a very large number of potential new customers. Shopify has more than 800,000 businesses in 175 countries, including a number of existing Digivizer users.  “Online businesses want to invest precious marketing dollars where they will work best. Digivizer gives them the insights they need to drive the performance of their paid, owned and earned marketing across all the main search and social platforms in real-time. By adding Shopify, Digivizer extends how we help businesses make informed decisions about content, channels and offers - and see a comprehensive view of what is working to drive sales.” Digivizer offers real-time digital marketing analytics and additional data-driven agency services. Businesses seeking to generate a powerful ecommerce site through Shopify, to enhance existing sites, or to increase conversions off web traffic, should contact Digivizer at digivizer.com/shopify  ENDS About Digivizer Digivizer, founded in 2010, is Australia’s leading digital marketing analytics company. Digivizer helps businesses measure the performance of their digital and social marketing investment across owned, earned and paid media. Businesses can then use these insights to make better business decisions and improve their marketing ROI.  Digivizer delivers its digital analytics platform as Software as a Service (SaaS), also supported by optional content, creative and media services. Digivizer starts at US$89 per month, and offers the past 30 days of data immediately, and the first 30 days free.  Digivizer is an ad partner, development partner and technology partner to the major social and search platforms including Facebook (incorporating Instagram), Twitter, LinkedIn, Google (incorporating YouTube and Display), Investible, Remarkable and Shopify. Contacts Digivizer is at: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Digivizer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Digivizer LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/company/digivizer Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Digivizer Web: www.digivizer.com For more information:  Alan Smith, Head of Strategic Business Communications, Digivizer.  Phone: +61 404 432 700. Email: alan.smith@digivizer.com. Twitter: @alansmithoz   How Much Does A Professional Business Website Cost? 2019-11-11T04:27:30Z how-much-does-a-professional-business-website-cost To succeed as a business online, a virtual shop front that merely describes your company will no longer cut it; your business website should be constantly working to attract customers and generate revenue. A professionally designed small business website in Australia, depending on size and complexity, can range anywhere from $5,000- $20,000. Yes, there are cheaper website options out there, however: end of the day, as the good old saying goes “you get what you pay for”. Cheap web design can say more about your business as a first impression that you’re willing to admit. Sure, the website may function and list your services, but with no marketing, lead generation, email nurturing or conversion strategies in place – you simply have wasted money on an ‘online brochure’ and left crossing your fingers, hoping someone will call you, or fill out an online enquiry. Read the full article: https://www.lethal.com.au/how-much-does-a-professional-business-website-cost/