The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-20T02:04:48Z Homes found for orphan e-scooter credits. 2019-05-20T02:04:48Z homes-found-for-orphan-e-scooter-credits Monday, 20th May 2019                                                         Media Release Homes found for orphan e-scooter credits. Riders with e-scooter credits they can’t use in Adelaide now have a solution. Beam is offering to save the orphan credits and find them a home by giving riders more chances to use a Beam e-scooter. Riders with credits from another provider simply need to fill in a form and Beam will add credits to their accounts, matching the value of the credits that were orphaned when Beam arrived on the streets. Riders can visit https://tinyurl.com/BeamCredit and fill in the form and save a screenshot of their credit balance with the other providers. Beam will credit their accounts with a matching amount subject to terms and conditions. *Terms and Conditions apply see application form for more detail. Applications for redemptions can be made up to and including the date of 18th June 2019. No cash equivalent will be offered. No personal data collected in this form will be used for any other purpose other than validation of credits offered by Beam to applicants who also download the Beam application. Beam’s Head of South Australian Operations Locky Cooper said that many e-scooter riders had raised concerns about leftover credits that could not be used or refunded. “Riders were telling us they had left over credits, we wanted to make sure these credits were not lost so we found a way to convert them into rides with Beam.” “It’s really easy to claim the credits, we want to make it as simple and user friendly as possible, and we want people to know that we listen to their feedback and do everything we can to improve their experience:”  Mr Cooper concluded. For media enquiries about Beam Brad Kitschke Head of Public Affairs (Australia and New Zealand) M - 61 401 809 630  w - www.ridebeam.com E - brad@ridebeam.com Dynama appoints Andrew Lloyd as Managing Director with a focus on growth 2019-05-15T13:39:26Z dynama-appoints-andrew-lloyd-as-managing-director-with-a-focus-on-growth Dynama, an Allocate company and a global supplier of workforce and resource management solutions, today announced the appointment of Andrew Lloyd as Managing Director. Lloyd has over two decades of senior executive experience working for technology companies and specifically in the workforce management sector.  Andrew Lloyd joins Dynama from Corero Network Security Plc and was previously Chief Customer Officer for private equity-backed Workplace Systems, where he was instrumental in the growth, turnaround and subsequent strategic sale of the company. Nick Wilson, CEO of Allocate Software Group, said, “Andrew brings with him proven experience of leading companies in the workforce management sector.  His understanding of Dynama’s market and the importance of delivering on our commitments to customers will be invaluable in the coming years.  Dynama’s track record in the defence and maritime industries has given it a loyal customer base. This combined with proven delivery of evolving and innovative technology provides an excellent foundation to grow the business. Andrew’s credentials and customer-focused philosophy puts us in a firm position to achieve our long-term goals.” Andrew Lloyd has spent his career at a number of companies in the technology sector with a focus on customer delight. While at Workplace Systems, he led the commercial transformation from on-premise solutions to a cloud-based product, resulting in significant new customer acquisitions, industry leading customer retention rates, high levels of customer advocacy and positive financial returns for the investors. Andrew Lloyd, Managing Director at Dynama said, “Dynama is poised for growth and with the right strategic focus we can be central in helping our customers meet their workforce goals today and tomorrow. Joining at this time enables me to help accelerate the impact of Dynama’s Software-as-a-Service solution, OneView.  We will concentrate on delighting and retaining customers such that they become our strongest advocates. “Dynama has a wealth of experience in workforce management gained as the result of the dedicated work by its talented team.  Combining this rich experience with our graduate cohort, at the start of their careers, provides a dynamic environment that will both challenge and keep us moving forward. Our workforce truly mirrors that of our customer base, including making sure that we have the right people in the right place, who are engaged and focused on delivering a great customer experience. I’m looking forward to taking the helm at this exciting time and working with the global Dynama team.” Andrew Lloyd’s previous appointments include President, Director, EVP-Sales & Marketing at Corero Network Security Plc, Vice President-Security Management at CA Ltd and e-Business Program Director at Oracle Corp. He is a graduate of Heriot Watt University.   National Group’s Port-to-Pit Approach 2019-05-15T04:12:31Z national-group-s-port-to-pit-approach The National Group comprises of leading companies servicing the mining, resource, logistics and personnel supply industries. The National Group takes a port-to-pit approach to their operations, with national and international transport an integral part of their business. “Our port-to-pit approach is pivotal to our success” suggests Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director. “With mining often being undertaken in remote locations which are difficult to access, we regularly face the challenge of transporting from their source to their final destination, cost-effectively, timely and safely. The complexities of transport logistics are often miss-understood and cannot be underestimated.” Taking this port-to-pit approach, the National Group regularly delivers equipment nationally and internationally through in-house subsidiaries such as National Heavy Haulage (NHH) and International Global Logistics (IGL). National Heavy Haulage (NHH), part of the National Group transports large and heavy equipment of any size to the remotest locations throughout Australia. NHH regularly conducts route surveys in order to adequately assess the risk and identify the scope of the project. Along with basic necessities such as measuring and securing loads with restraints, considerable planning and transport logistics goes into every haul. There is a standard restriction of 15 tonnes per axle with permit approvals often required from Government authorities such as Main Road Engineers, Inter-State Police and Rail. “We regularly conduct route surveys to ensure the safe passage of large and heavy machines with unusual dimensions” explains Ian Scott, NHH General Manager. “Route planning can help identify and map out potential hazards such as low bridges, low hanging electrical wiring or river crossings that carry weight restrictions.” For example, in late 2018 NHH delivered five Ultra-Class Liebherr T 282 C Dump Trucks to BHP’s Peak Downs mine site in Central Queensland. These ‘mammoth’ mining trucks required police escort and road closures to accommodate for the immense size of vehicle components, with hauls taking place over five separate trips throughout the months of September and October 2018. Due to immense size and weight of these vehicles, additional prime movers were attached to ensure load safety, with two truck chassis pulling and one truck pushing the load up the Eton range, with road closures and QLD Police escorts leading the way. “The trucks are some of the largest in the world and have an empty vehicle weight of more than 260 tonnes so when you put that into perspective, they each weigh more than 130 standard cars” added Mark Ackroyd. “This is not your every-day type of haul, so to manage and deliver a haul of this size is a testament to the professionalism of our team.” NHH regularly liaises with third parties such as Ergon Energy in order to avoid high voltage, low hanging electricity wires during hauls. Due to the intense heat in the Australian summer, power lines can expand, sag and stretch, resulting in low hanging wires that pose a safety hazard. NHH therefore engages the use of a high wire escort that involves raising low hanging wires in order to ensure safe passage of the load. “We are always on tight schedules, with delivery often required in order to meet its next port of call” notes Ian Scott. “We regularly liaise with our sister company International Global Logistics (IGL) as equipment is often en-route to and from international locations. If we experience any type of delays, this has a knock on effect that incurs significant additional costs. We have extensive experience in the heavy haulage of equipment of any size and due to the high stakes involved with heavy haulage, it’s in everyone’s best interest to leave it to the professionals.” International Global Logistics (IGL) is part of the National Group and provides worldwide transportation service for heavy equipment and larger cargo. “IGL is a key link in the transport and logistics chain, we rely heavily on our suppliers and in turn, they rely heavily on us” suggests Dean Sterling, IGL General Manager. “There is a chain of responsibility and any weak link could sabotage the whole operation, pose a significant safety risk or cause expensive and timely delays. Therefore measures must be put into place to manage this inherent risk.” Along with adhering to International Shipping laws, IGL also follows general standard safety procedures that are ‘controllable’, with shipment specific strategic planning also undertaken. IGL also has to take into account natural forces that are ‘uncontrollable’ such as rising and falling tides, large and dangerous swells and extreme weather conditions such as cyclones. “When loading large, heavy and expensive equipment onto a vessel, having a strong relationship with cargo owners, vessel captains and vessel planners is important” notes Dean Sterling. For example, during the recent vessel loading operations of six Komatsu 830E Dump Trucks, IGL had to work with vessel owners and planners in order to lift large heavy equipment in a safe and efficient manner. Exhaustive risk management plans were set in place that involved tandem crane lifts for trucks weighing as much as 140 tonnes, with two cranes required to lift trucks in up to 90km/hour gusting winds. Precision is key and timing is critical in the field of international logistics, with fines for vessel detention upwards of USD $20,000 per day when vessel delays occur. During the development of a vessel charter plan, stages are developed in order to plan for load weights along with lifting diagrams to plan load distribution throughout the vessel. Ballast water is pumped into certain areas of the vessel. This water within the vessels water tanks is used to improve the stability and balancing of the vessel during loading and unloading operations. Uneven weight distribution could cause a vessel to list and sink, which would be catastrophic. This could have a dramatic impact on the wider community or cause disruptions to eco-systems and marine life in extreme cases such as hazardous chemical or oil spills. “Having the timing and planning right from the get go for our port-to-pit approach is essential and this is what we strive to exceed. We make every effort to ensure things run as precise and as smooth as possible, however there are always contingency plans in place to manage and adequately respond to forces that occur beyond our control. Operations are carried out in a proactive and not a reactive manner, with a safety first and a zero harm approach paramount” concludes Dean Sterling. Click here to view the haul from port-to-pit. Click here for more news from the National Group and 'Subscribe' to receive news and updates to your email inbox. Komatsu 830E Haul Liebherr T282C Haul National Group’s Port-to-Pit Approach 2019-05-15T03:31:32Z national-groups-port-to-pit-approach National Group’s Port-to-Pit Approach The National Group comprises of leading companies servicing the mining, resource, logistics and personnel supply industries. The National Group takes a port-to-pit approach to their operations, with national and international transport an integral part of their business. “Our port-to-pit approach is pivotal to our success” suggests Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director. “With mining often being undertaken in remote locations which are difficult to access, we regularly face the challenge of transporting from their source to their final destination, cost-effectively, timely and safely. The complexities of transport logistics are often miss-understood and cannot be underestimated.” Taking this port-to-pit approach, the National Group regularly delivers equipment nationally and internationally through in-house subsidiaries such as National Heavy Haulage (NHH) and International Global Logistics (IGL). National Heavy Haulage (NHH), part of the National Group transports large and heavy equipment of any size to the remotest locations throughout Australia. NHH regularly conducts route surveys in order to adequately assess the risk and identify the scope of the project. Along with basic necessities such as measuring and securing loads with restraints, considerable planning and transport logistics goes into every haul. There is a standard restriction of 15 tonnes per axle with permit approvals often required from Government authorities such as Main Road Engineers, Inter-State Police and Rail. “We regularly conduct route surveys to ensure the safe passage of large and heavy machines with unusual dimensions” explains Ian Scott, NHH General Manager. “Route planning can help identify and map out potential hazards such as low bridges, low hanging electrical wiring or river crossings that carry weight restrictions.” For example, in late 2018 NHH delivered five Ultra-Class Liebherr T 282 C Dump Trucks to BHP’s Peak Downs mine site in Central Queensland. These ‘mammoth’ mining trucks required police escort and road closures to accommodate for the immense size of vehicle components, with hauls taking place over five separate trips throughout the months of September and October 2018. Due to immense size and weight of these vehicles, additional prime movers were attached to ensure load safety, with two truck chassis pulling and one truck pushing the load up the Eton range, with road closures and QLD Police escorts leading the way. “The trucks are some of the largest in the world and have an empty vehicle weight of more than 260 tonnes so when you put that into perspective, they each weigh more than 130 standard cars” added Mark Ackroyd. “This is not your every-day type of haul, so to manage and deliver a haul of this size is a testament to the professionalism of our team.” NHH regularly liaises with third parties such as Ergon Energy in order to avoid high voltage, low hanging electricity wires during hauls. Due to the intense heat in the Australian summer, power lines can expand, sag and stretch, resulting in low hanging wires that pose a safety hazard. NHH therefore engages the use of a high wire escort that involves raising low hanging wires in order to ensure safe passage of the load. “We are always on tight schedules, with delivery often required in order to meet its next port of call” notes Ian Scott. “We regularly liaise with our sister company International Global Logistics (IGL) as equipment is often en-route to and from international locations. If we experience any type of delays, this has a knock on effect that incurs significant additional costs. We have extensive experience in the heavy haulage of equipment of any size and due to the high stakes involved with heavy haulage, it’s in everyone’s best interest to leave it to the professionals.” International Global Logistics (IGL) is part of the National Group and provides worldwide transportation service for heavy equipment and larger cargo. “IGL is a key link in the transport and logistics chain, we rely heavily on our suppliers and in turn, they rely heavily on us” suggests Dean Sterling, IGL General Manager. “There is a chain of responsibility and any weak link could sabotage the whole operation, pose a significant safety risk or cause expensive and timely delays. Therefore measures must be put into place to manage this inherent risk.” Along with adhering to International Shipping laws, IGL also follows general standard safety procedures that are ‘controllable’, with shipment specific strategic planning also undertaken. IGL also has to take into account natural forces that are ‘uncontrollable’ such as rising and falling tides, large and dangerous swells and extreme weather conditions such as cyclones. “When loading large, heavy and expensive equipment onto a vessel, having a strong relationship with cargo owners, vessel captains and vessel planners is important” notes Dean Sterling. For example, during the recent vessel loading operations of six Komatsu 830E Dump Trucks, IGL had to work with vessel owners and planners in order to lift large heavy equipment in a safe and efficient manner. Exhaustive risk management plans were set in place that involved tandem crane lifts for trucks weighing as much as 140 tonnes, with two cranes required to lift trucks in up to 90km/hour gusting winds. Precision is key and timing is critical in the field of international logistics, with fines for vessel detention upwards of USD $20,000 per day when vessel delays occur. During the development of a vessel charter plan, stages are developed in order to plan for load weights along with lifting diagrams to plan load distribution throughout the vessel. Ballast water is pumped into certain areas of the vessel. This water within the vessels water tanks is used to improve the stability and balancing of the vessel during loading and unloading operations. Uneven weight distribution could cause a vessel to list and sink, which would be catastrophic. This could have a dramatic impact on the wider community or cause disruptions to eco-systems and marine life in extreme cases such as hazardous chemical or oil spills. “Having the timing and planning right from the get go for our port-to-pit approach is essential and this is what we strive to exceed. We make every effort to ensure things run as precise and as smooth as possible, however there are always contingency plans in place to manage and adequately respond to forces that occur beyond our control. Operations are carried out in a proactive and not a reactive manner, with a safety first and a zero harm approach paramount” concludes Dean Sterling. Click here or on the video below to view the haul from port-to-pit. Click here to view more news from the National Group and 'Subscribe' to receive news and updates to your email inbox. Komatsu 830E Haul Liebherr T282C Haul Bridgestone Mining Solutions Announce The Inaugural National Tyre Fitting Training Program 2019-05-13T01:04:19Z ridgestone-mining-solutions-announce-the-inaugural-national-tyre-fitting-training-program Bridgestone Mining Solutions Australia Pty Ltd (BMSA) are pleased to announce the inaugural National Tyre Fitting Training Program based at the recently opened Hunter Valley Mining Solutions Centre. BMSA continues to be a leading service provider in the tyre industry and this training program provides the opportunity to educate individuals who are pursuing a career in the OTR tyre industry at an entry level. The comprehensive package being offered will provide the skills required to work at the highest industry standard and will be achieved through our experienced trainers sharing their knowledge and skills to assist in tyre fitter development to the safest level. The first intense 6 week program commenced on the 6th May 2019 with a second program to be run later in the year and 3 to 4 programs expected to be run in 2020. The program participants will be new to the tyre fitting industry and therefore require additional time and resources to learn the fundamentals of tyre fitting, extensive knowledge of BMSA products and services along with industry best practices from experienced tyre fitters.  BMSA is a Registered Training Organisation which provides National Accredited Training. The formal qualifications obtained are industry recognised and demonstrate BMSA’s commitment to the national standard when training. Modules in the National Tyre Fitting Program include: ·       Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) and Environment ·       “Bridgestone Essence” and “Our Way to Serve” ·       9 core Training Units - Certificate II Surface Extractions ·       Rim and Wheel training ·       Truck and Bus tyres ·       Forklift accreditation ·       Use of power and hand held tools Additionally, BMSA offers training services to our customers improving their knowledge of Tyre Management to maximise tyre life and a reduction in their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). From 2020 there will be an increase in the courses run by BMSA to further invest and upskill our workforce through Procedural and Systems Training and Leadership and Technical Training courses.Steve Niho Chief Executive Officer Bridgestone Mining Solutions Australia   For further media information please contact: johnportelli@bsem.com.au Mirvac’s premium logistics hub Calibre opens in Western Sydney 2019-05-09T22:00:22Z mirvacs-premium-logistics-hub-calibre-opens-in-western-sydney-1 Mirvac’s premium logistics hub Calibre opens in Western Sydney Mirvac Group (Mirvac) has today celebrated the official opening of its premium logistics hub Calibre, in Eastern Creek. The strategically located industrial precinct delivers high-quality built form and employment outcomes for Western Sydney and sets a new benchmark for industrial and warehouse facilities in Australia. The Treasurer of New South Wales, The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP officiated at the opening ceremony and cut the ribbon, alongside Mirvac CEO & Managing Director, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz. Calibre’s thriving business community, together with the Mirvac team and project partners, turned out to celebrate the exciting milestone. Calibre’s 22-hectare site includes a mix of flexible warehousing, A-grade office space and advanced specifications with 110,000sqm of floor space across five buildings. Ideally placed to cater to logistics, warehousing and manufacturing companies, Mirvac secured premium brands CEVA Logistics, Miele, Pet Circle, Sheldon & Hammond and ACFS e-Solutions at Calibre, with the Estate 100 per cent leased ahead of its practical completion. General Manager, Industrial at Mirvac, Richard Seddon said, “At Calibre we’ve elevated the standard for industrial and warehouse facilities in Sydney with our focus on quality, functionally and flexibility which will futureproof the estate for years to come. Mirvac drew on its uniquely integrated business model and cross-sector experience to bring the best of office and residential design to an industrial asset, to exceed customer and industry expectations. “We are proud to open this landmark facility which provides our customers with a significant competitive advantage, contributes to the sustainable, long-term growth of e-commerce and logistics in Australia and generates vital long-term employment opportunities for Western Sydney. “Through our investment in placemaking, design and amenity we have already seen a community and a shared economy coming to life at the Estate.” Treasurer of NSW, The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP, said the logistics hub was boosting employment in Western Sydney creating hundreds of jobs during construction and on a permanent basis. “NSW has the leading economy in Australia with the lowest unemployment rate, and investments like this one are at the heart of that success. “This is a key infrastructure building block for Western Sydney, and will attract more businesses to the region, boost job opportunities for locals, and help shape the future.” Mirvac Group said approximately 450 construction jobs were generated during the development phase with 480 permanent jobs resulting. Supply Chain Director at Pet Circle, Nick Bennett said, “We’re excited to relocate our operation into the new facility at Calibre in Eastern Creek. The advanced specifications, new standards of amenity and bespoke warehouse features of the Estate will deliver long-term efficiency and flexibility for Pet Circle, ultimately boosting business growth. The custom designed facility at Calibre, which blends flexible warehousing and exceptional office space, was delivered beyond our expectations.” “After seeing the high-quality workspace and amenity of the facility, it allowed us the flexibility to have employees based here that are not traditionally warehouse employees such as a customer service team. The recruitment drive post move allowed us to hire the majority of workers from the Western Sydney area.” The site is perfectly positioned as a distribution hub for the eastern seaboard with excellent transport links at the interchange of the M4 and M7 motorways, and under an hour drive to the Sydney CBD, Port Botany and the new Western Sydney International airport. Calibre has been built for ultimate flexibility with service provisions in two of the warehouses for a second office component allowing for split tenancies. It’s also equipped to accommodate a range of uses, with a nine tonne racking post load internal slab with armoured joints to support future automation requirements, generous space for loading and a 20 metre cantilevered awning system across the length of the loading face for the majority of the buildings. Displaying best practice design and sustainability, Calibre has energy efficient lighting, rainwater harvesting, photovoltaic solar, cyclist and end-of-trip facilities and 100 per cent natural lighting to reduce energy bills and create savings for customers. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Calibre is located at 60 Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek at the centre of Australia’s national supply network within the Eastern Creek logistics hub. In August 2018, Mirvac sold a 50 per cent stake in the Calibre Estate to the Mirvac Industrial Logistics Partnership (MILP) a partnership between Mirvac and an investment vehicle sponsored by Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing. - ENDS - About Mirvac Mirvac is a leading Australian property group, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (“ASX”). Mirvac’s investment portfolio has interests in office, retail and industrial assets, while its development business has exposure to both residential and commercial projects. With over 45 years of experience, Mirvac has an unmatched reputation for delivering quality products and services across all of the sectors in which it operates. Rebranding and Major Acquisitions Force Change 2019-05-08T23:30:26Z rebranding-and-major-acquisitions-force-change Australian IoT tech provider for the industrial sector announces acquisition and rebrand from Fleet Effect to Kynection. In 2018 the business undertook its first merger by acquiring a 44% share of Kontrol4 into their business which resulted in tripling their employee headcount and diversification of their software portfolio with new Quality Management System offerings. The figureheads of the new entity are two bots called Ky and Kim who are helping bring the company into a new world of chat and voice led technology innovation. Courtney Smith (Managing Director) said, “The company has been planning an identity change for months to signify a brand new and exciting direction. Following the integration of Kontrol4 customers, an announcement of our new software and service offerings will be presented for the first time at the Brisbane Truck Show on May 16th, 2019". He also stated, “We need to show a stronger presence to ensure current and future clients understand we are on the path to provide software and hardware products the market has been dreaming about for years. Kynection will remain true to our focus on customer service, custom development and face to face training which goes against the tide of “off the shelf” applications out there which generally don't meet customer needs". Within the last 6 months, this entity has made large investments in staff, training and R&D, by focusing on a “One System” approach to help their customers grow and comply to industry rigours set by clients and government. When asked to clarify this vision Courtney responded, “We have undertaken significant investment over the last 2 years to develop an application that can be rapidly customised to customer needs. Unlike our competitors we use the same technology in our business and it has allowed us to achieve ISO9001, AS4801 and ISO14001 in less than 3 months using 100% digital platforms. We can confidently perform software miracles for a range of vertically integrated industries like: Transport, Building Services, Manufacturing and Agriculture where people and assets are critical to operational success." Courtney shared, “Our rebranding solidifies our commitment to expand our client and industry based solutions deeper than our traditional Fleet focus. We chose the new name to signify how we are able to connect business systems, people and assets on a much broader scale for a much wider audience.” The company aims to become the benchmark for quality, safety and environmental management and drive remarkable results for our customers into the future. DXT Boosts Freight Capacity in the New England Region with New Tamworth Facility 2019-05-08T07:15:02Z dxt-boosts-freight-capacity-in-the-new-england-region-with-new-tamworth-facility Tamworth – May 2019 – NSW’s premier freight company, DXT has opened an impressive new 4,500m2 facility to better service the existing freight customers and allow for growth for the entire New England region. The new secure site is double the size of the existing facility and includes wide drive-through access for B-Double vehicles, which means more capacity for the movement of goods within the region. Matt Collier, General Manager at DXT, opened the site and welcomed the opportunity this brings to the local community of Tamworth. He said, “Moving to the new site strategically positions us closer to our customers for greater network coverage and enables us to better support our customers as they grow in regional NSW. “It’s been a tough time for the region with the prolonged drought and we’re committed to supporting the local community and businesses recover through a difficult period. Our investment will hopefully ensure a better outcome for the region. “With the shift in more consumers supporting local companies and the growth in online shopping, more people are moving more goods than ever before. Our new site, combined with our extensive network reach ensures our customers continue to receive a first class delivery experience. “It’s an exciting time in the NSW freight landscape at the moment.” He said. Located close to the Tamworth regional airport, the new site builds on DXT’s extensive network reach across NSW providing customers with greater access to the New England Region from Sydney and Brisbane. The DXT facility will be able to support the industry demand and drive growth for the region supporting customers in the retail, agribusiness, and food and beverage industries. The new site features a secure yard and an awning for loading and unloading, offering maximum protection from weather for all freight. New Zealanders would happily catch a driverless car home from the pub, but wouldn’t splash as much cash to buy one 2019-05-06T22:22:06Z new-zealanders-would-happily-catch-a-driverless-car-home-from-the-pub-but-wouldn-t-splash-as-much-cash-to-buy-one New Zealanders would happily catch a driverless ride home after a big night out but are slightly more tight-fisted than their Australian counterparts when it comes to how much they would spend on buying their own. The latest survey commissioned by leading industry group – the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative - is arguably the most comprehensive of its type ever undertaken in New Zealand, with the results to be showcased tomorrow on the second day of the T-Tech19 conference in Christchurch. Ms Rita Excell, ADVI Executive Director says it is more important than ever to keep a pulse-check on community views and expectations of driverless vehicles because the industry is on the commercialisation cusp, and NZ has opportunity to grab its share of the estimated $7 trillion to be created in the global economy and to prevent road deaths and injuries. “Nearly 400 lives were lost on New Zealand roads in 2018, making it the country's worst annual road toll in a decade – so it is great to learn that New Zealanders are more open to accepting driverless technology as part of their daily lives than Australians and are less concerned about having their vehicle connected to and communicating automatically with other vehicles and road infrastructure (5.7% more Australians),” she said. “Different car ownership models and greater connectivity with the network means less congestion – which is sure to be great news for the Aucklanders who were identified in the 2018 AA Congestion Report as wasting an average 78.6 hours sitting in motorway traffic each year. In Auckland alone congestion is estimated to cost the city around $2 billion in lost productivity each year.” One area where New Zealanders did fall below par to Australians was whether they would be willing to pay more for the privilege, with Australians showing a greater median amount extra ($AUD 5,000 extra) for a fully-automated vehicle than their current car compared to New Zealand respondents ($AUD 4650 extra). New Zealanders emerged as more prepared to use driverless public transport or ride sharing if it helped to reduce congestion (7.1% more respondents from New Zealand). More said they would use a driverless vehicle when physically or mentally unable to drive manually (10.3% more New Zealanders), after consuming alcohol, drugs or taking medication (9.1% more new Zealanders) and (c) when they are tired or fatigued (6.2% more New Zealanders). The Gen-Y’s came into a league of their own, with younger respondents saying they were more likely to do personal grooming (such as apply make-up), eat or drink, work or be on their mobile phone or iPad when travelling in a driverless vehicle. Overall, however, most people said that while they were happy to look out the window and chat with others, going to sleep wasn’t a popular option. “Most New Zealanders have now heard about driverless vehicles, but a lack of direct experience saw high levels of concern on people’s legal and financial responsibility if a vehicle has a crash when in full driverless mode. Most respondents are comfortable with a driverless vehicle doing most normal driving functions, but flagged concern about letting the technology change lanes or follow too closely to the vehicle in front,” Ms Excell said. “People understand the very significant congestion, health and safety benefits on offer, but also recognise that the technology could provide greater mobility for people with driving impairments or restrictions, reduced insurance premiums and less overall repair costs,” she said. The ADVI-commissioned survey – which involved 5,102 Australians and 1,049 New Zealander answering 93-questions – provides an intriguing insight into the trust levels of driverless vehicle technology, what people would be prepared to pay to own one and what types of activities they are most likely to do when travelling. T-Tech19, presented by Intelligent Transport Systems New Zealand, is being held in Christchurch for the first time as home to some of New Zealand's most innovative transport solutions. T-Tech aims to inform on the future of transport and mobility, debating the value and applicability of solutions. The 2-day event is an opportunity for delegates to learn more about government policy, major projects and initiatives, and provides industry and academia with crucial insight into how New Zealand is approaching transport now and towards 2050. An overview of T-Tech19 keynote speakers, including Rita Excell can be found at the T-Tech19 website. Media are to note that the dedicated hashtag #ttech19 can be used for social media activity. ### About the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) ADVI is the peak body that spans the wide ecosystem of driverless vehicles in Australia and New Zealand. With a membership of more than 120 leading organisations across a wide range of sectors, ADVI offers a unique opportunity for partners to collaborate with Governments, Industry and researchers, to position Australia and New Zealand amongst the world leaders in the development and deployment of driverless technology. ADVI’s education, advocacy and demonstration efforts help to inform and raise awareness, encourage community acceptance, and ensure understanding of the economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits of driverless vehicles. Continuing the Conversation 2019-05-05T22:55:01Z continuing-the-conversation In the changing world of work, forecasting “future skills” is vital to ensure people are trained appropriately now, and for the future. Australian Industry Standards (AIS) on behalf of the Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) it supports produce annual Skills Forecasts to report on industry outlook, new and emerging skills and associated training needs for each sector they represent.   Facilitated by SBS journalist Ricardo Goncalves, AIS will host an event in Melbourne this week with representatives from all 11 IRCs it supports. The event will co-launch the 2019 draft IRC Skills Forecasts and a special eBook titled - Future Skilling Our Workforce – a national conversation. The launch will be followed by a round of discussions about skills and workforce policy impacting the 11 industries.   The eBook is the culmination of a round of national Industry Skills Forums and Industry Leaders’ Dinners held by AIS in late 2018. It outlines a series of key messages that arose from these consultations with industry and highlights the importance of a continuing conversation at the leadership level about cross-industry workforce development issues.   Other messages addressed in the eBook include: the demand for more effective pathways between the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and University sectors; the role that digital transformation might play in flexible working arrangements for women juggling family responsibilities; and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to the delivery of education and training in a country that is so geographically and culturally diverse.   This event in Melbourne provides a rare opportunity for representatives of all 11 IRCs to be present in one room to harness their collective experience and insights. The industries covered by these IRCs include: aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, Defence and corrections. With such a diverse portion of Australia’s workforce represented, the conversation will provide a platform for this group of leaders to talk about the role of industry moving forward in a world of change – whether it be policy change, digital change impacting job roles or other demographic change in the workforce.   The eBook can be accessed at www.futureskilling.org.au/ebook.   The 2019 IRC Skills Forecasts were submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) on Tuesday, 30 April 2019. To view the 2019 draft IRC Skills Forecasts visit the AIS website.   New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. CBH Group appoints ORIX Australia as outsourced Fleet Management and Leasing provider in Western Australia 2019-04-30T00:54:41Z cbh-group-appoints-orix-australia-as-outsourced-fleet-management-and-leasing-provider-in-western-australia Sydney, Australia – April 30, 2019 – ORIX Australia Corporation Limited (ORIX) today announced that, following a competitive process, CBH Group has appointed ORIX as its outsourced Fleet Management and Leasing provider. The CBH Group is Australia’s largest co-operative organisation and a leader in the Australian grain industry, with operations extending along the value chain from grain storage, handling, transport, marketing and processing. Owned and controlled by more than 4,000 Western Australian grain growing businesses, the core purpose of the CBH Group is to sustainably create and return value to growers*. ORIX is a trans-Tasman Fleet Management and Leasing Organisation, currently employing over 300 people and managing assets valued in excess of A$1 billion. ORIX’s offer to CBH Group includes traditional fleet management and leasing services to support CBH’s fleet of vehicles. The offer was complemented by enhanced Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) capabilities tailored for CBH Group and designed to optimise the cost of managing mobility within the Group. Further, by accessing ORIX’s innovative technology package, CBH Group and ORIX were able to develop a support package that allows CBH Group to extend industry best practice fleet management and leasing capabilities to its substantial network of growers and suppliers. ORIX will engage CBH Group in the near future to further extend its offer to include Novated Leasing and a Vehicle Buying Service to its members and employees. *www.cbh.com.au/about-cbh <ENDS> About ORIX Australia Corporation Limited ORIX Australia Corporation Limited (ORIX) is one of the world’s leading fleet management companies. In Australia and New Zealand, we’ve provided fleet management, commercial vehicle rentals and leasing and novated leasing for more than 30 years. Through our innovative solutions, including the award-winning OneView platform, ORIX Share and ORIXi, we help our clients get more value from their vehicles and manage the evolving risks of a mobile workforce. IFS named a Major Player among SaaS and Cloud-enabled ERP Vendors in IDC MarketScape 2019-04-16T00:40:14Z ifs-named-a-major-player-among-saas-and-cloud-enabled-erp-vendors-in-idc-marketscape MELBOURNE, APRIL 16, 2019: IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that its enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite has been positioned as a Major Player in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SaaS and Cloud-Enabled Operational ERP Applications 2019 Vendor Assessment*. IFS provides one complete ERP solution for global businesses that manufacture and distribute goods, maintain assets and manage service-focused operations. Recent cloud ERP customers include ÅF, the international engineering and design company, Thetford, world market leader in mobile sanitary systems, Samhall, one of Sweden’s largest service providers, and Jackon Group, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of polystyrene products. The IDC MarketScape positioned IFS in the Major Players category, based on a comprehensive analysis of the company’s strategies and capabilities. The research study notes the following strengths in IFS’s suite of technology: Customer intimacy: IFS recognises that deep industry knowledge is key to its customers' success because manufacturing experts have for decades worked closely with customers to perfect their solution, resulting in some customers achieving twice the ROI improvement. AI was applied to the IFS Dynamic Scheduling Engine for a transportation company, which increased the availability of working machines by 20%—allowing more contracts to be completed without the addition of staff. Flexible product: IFS has multimode manufacturing capabilities, visual drag-and-drop functionality for operational planning and scheduling, integrated eco-footprint functionality, integrated service management, and complete functionality for product life-cycle management. Cloud first and innovation: IFS Applications strategy is to have a cloud-first mindset. IFS does major investments to adapt and engineer IFS Applications for the cloud. IFS currently enables IoT, data imaging, data integration, and BI/advanced analytics. IFS also supports in its IFS Labs blockchain, artificial intelligence/machine learning, RPA, AI, HoloLens, VOX, and conversational UI. “Reports like this IDC MarketScape validate the industry-leading product capabilities of which IFS is proud to deliver to ERP customers around the globe,” said Antony Bourne, President, IFS Industries Business Unit. “Our entire organisation, including product management and development, is architected to serve the current and future needs of our customers. By maintaining a direct line of communications with customers, prospects and partners, we can offer an ERP platform that delivers the kind of business value our customers expect from IFS.” Access the IDC MarketScape excerpt here: https://info.ifsworld.com/2019-IDC-MarketScape-ERP.html. Learn more about IFS Applications here www.ifsworld.com/corp/solutions/ifs-applications/. *IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SaaS and Cloud-Enabled Operational ERP Applications 2019 Vendor Assessment, IDC #US43702818, March 2019 About IDC MarketScape: IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilises a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors. About IFS IFS™ develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with commitment to our customers, has made us a recognised leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,500 employees supports more than 10,000 customers worldwide from a network of local offices and through our growing ecosystem of partners. For more information, visit: IFSworld.com Follow us on Twitter: @ifsworld Visit the IFS Blog on technology, innovation and creativity: https://blog.ifsworld.com/ Lone workers now have a lifeline with innovative new mobile app 2019-04-12T06:18:04Z lone-workers-now-have-a-lifeline-with-innovative-new-mobile-app Imagine receiving a phone call informing you one of your workers has died, alone, on their shift. It’s a real concern for employers and families of remote and isolated workers. And it happened to security company owner, Jonti Sarak, who received the dreaded call that a lone security guard had died from a stroke while on duty. Immediate investigations revealed the guard who passed was employed by another security firm, but that did not relieve Mr Sarak’s stress at the thought it could happen again. “I was really affected by this incident, and the possibility of receiving another call like that, so I started to look for a way to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again,” he explained. At first, Mr Sarak would drive between his sites, personally checking on his guards’ wellbeing. But he realised this was not practical for every company – and it wouldn’t prevent lone worker incidents occurring between site visits. Seeking an automated, less time-consuming option, Mr Sarak developed a better way to manage the safety of his workers. He created an app that offers a much-needed solution to an issue affecting not only security guards, but any isolated workers across industries. TeLoRa is an automated, user-friendly, time-saving and cost-effective app which is available now. A potential lifesaver, TeLoRa (standing for The Lonely Ranger), is an easy way for employers of isolated workers, their clients, and the workers themselves, to stay connected. Much more than a safety check app, TeLoRa provides regular, automated check-ups, live tracking, and direct messaging, so isolated workers always feel help is at hand. The app also assures employers that their workers are safe, and stay on shift, on site, on schedule. Mr Sarak explained, “All the app features came from consulting with my managers, and through testing with my team on the ground, who suggested features important to them. That was important to me, because we’re all very concerned about our team on the ground. And companies have a legal, moral and ethical responsibility to make sure their isolated workers are safe.”   Some of TeLoRa’s key features include:   ●       Employers add shifts that start automatically, saving the worker from doing it. ●       Users received automated safety check-ups. If they do not respond to these, the employer and their Incident Managers get notified. ●       Final destination alerts ensure workers get home safely after a long shift. ●       Full transparency: clients can see that users are actually on-site and exactly where. ●       Alerts triggered when users leave a designated geofence (a pre-set GPS site boundary). ●       Incident responders are allocated to find and help a user in need. Access last known locations, maps, medical information, medications and next-of-kin details. ●       Easy communication flow. Incident managers stay up to date with incidents and the steps needed to resolve them. ●       TeLoRa can be monitored internally by the employer or externally by TeLoRa itself, meaning TeLoRa can monitor alerts and dispatch response units if required, meaning your users are safe 24/7. “The workers are very grateful for this app. They’ll go eight to twelve hours without seeing another person, so if anything happens to them, it can become a real issue and they’re concerned about it.” Mr Sarak said. “The best thing about the app is it’s not only for security guards. Building managers, construction workers, machine operators, home visit care workers, delivery drivers, installation technicians or even plumbers and electricians working out there by themselves can use the app allowing the app to protect so many lives.” Creating TeLoRa is the culmination of Mr Sarak’s lifelong desire to help people. “That’s why I have a security company, because it allows me to help and protect people,” he said. “My whole life’s work, my reason for being, has brought me to this point – TeLoRa may be able to save someone’s life. To be the person that’s developed this app is special. I’m going to be so proud the day it does save someone’s life, somewhere in the world, because I feel it will.” For further information, visit http://telora.com.au/ or download from The App Store or Google Play. For interview opportunities, please contact Jonti Sarak on email: jonti@telora.com.au or phone: +61 2 8339 0207 or +61 405 423 405. Camp Quality Convoy Victoria returns to the road again for children’s cancer 2019-03-19T03:44:28Z camp-quality-convoy-victoria-returns-to-the-road-again-for-childrens-cancer I hope you're having a good day. We're reaching out to you today to see if you can help us generate interest for a very valuable children's charity... Camp Quality. The charity is once again hosting its Camp Quality Convoy Victoria to raise much funds to help children and families touched by cancer. Can you help us spread the word and generate some registrations amongst truck drivers and motorcyclists? A full press release is below (and attached). Below the press release is a dropbox link for images, and associated captions. If you need any of these images compressed and emailed direct please don't hesitate to ask. Kind regards, Alison Treloar Senior Account Manager Seftons 0422 093 639 alison.treloar@seftons.com.au Issue date: 19 March 2019 Camp Quality Convoy Victoria returns to the road again for children’s cancer It’s back! The Camp Quality Convoy Victoria will hit the road again on Sunday 7 April after a year off, with dozens of trucks and motorbikes expected to join the fun at Avalon Airport. Australia’s leading provider of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, Truckline has announced it will continue its generous support of the event and is also entering a special guest in the Convoy. The new International Pro-star demonstration truck will take a break from its tour around Victoria to feature in the day’s activities and is expected to draw a lot of interest from truck enthusiasts. For Truckline’s Territory Business Manager (VIC/TAS) Casey Stewart, this event holds special meaning for her and her family, after sadly losing her niece to childhood cancer at just five years of age. “I’m proud that Truckline is continuing their support of and involvement in this event and to see it back again after a hugely successful 2017 Convoy. It was a terrible tragedy for my family when we lost my niece, so I’m keen to do anything I can to support other families living with cancer,” Casey said. “Camp Quality is an incredible organisation that does so much for children growing up with cancer and their families. The programs and services offered to these children and their parents and siblings have a lasting impact and are such a great help through such a difficult time.” Camp Quality State Manager for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, Kendra Overall acknowledged that continued support from Truckline and other sponsors allowed the event to return and focus on raising as much money as possible. “With the ongoing support from Truckline and principal partner Viva Energy, we wouldn’t be able to hold an event like the Convoy and raise the money we do. Having corporate sponsors means all the funds raised by the truck drivers, the motorbike riders and the community at large supports Victorian kids to help children 0-13 deal with their own diagnosis, or the diagnosis of someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum or dad. We are there for them through the daily ups and downs of cancer. We create opportunities for the kids to be kids again: in-hospital, at home, at school and away from it all.,” Kendra said. “In the words of a family member: Camp Quality provides us with the opportunity to escape the daily treadmill of everyday life. To have smiles and laugher in the midst of a dark time is priceless.” Kendra told us. After a year off, this year’s Convoy will proceed slightly differently from earlier events, including the introduction of a Show and Shine following previous feedback. Registration fees for trucks and motorbikes in the Convoy are also substantially reduced this year, making the convoy accessible for participants, with all Convoy entrants encouraged to use the event to drive fundraising from their own networks. The Convoy will start from Avalon Airport at 8:00am on April 7, arriving back at the airport around midday where the Show and Shine and a range of family-friendly events will take place, including face painting for the kids, courtesy of sponsor Truckline. General entry is a gold coin donation, which includes the family activities on-site, and a raffle will be conducted to support the fundraising initiative. The day will conclude at 3pm. To register for the Convoy, go the website convoy.org.au ENDS About Truckline Truckline is Australia’s largest retailer of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, supporting all makes and models of North American, European and Japanese commercial vehicles. During the company’s 60 years servicing the Australian trucking industry, Truckline has built an extensive network of 22 company owned stores nationally, all with warehousing facilities. Owned by CNH Industrial, Truckline sources renowned products from leading suppliers around the world to cater for Australia’s unique conditions and climate. With a catalogue of more than 25,000 competitively priced parts and accessories, Truckline caters for all road transport needs. Whatever the age, make or model of the truck or trailer, Truckline’s highly skilled team is dedicated to providing parts to fulfil each customer’s requirement. Truckline is committed to keeping its customers moving. PHOTOS A dropbox link for photos is here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b03o5kzh1imzddx/AAAgtw51eknvp4dInvpXWE2na?dl=0 Captions are as follows (easily referenced with filenames): 1. Sponsor Truckline will be entering the new International ProStar demonstration truck in the convoy 2. Truckline’s Casey Stewart whose family has experienced their own childhood cancer tragedy 3. Truckline VIC TAS Territory Business Manager Casey Stewart with Truckline Hallam Manager Ian Miles 4. Truckline's Casey Stewart with the International ProStar demonstration truck which will join the Convoy 5. On the road at past Camp Quality Convoys 6. The line up from past Camp Quality Convoys 7. All parked up at previous Camp Quality Convoys 8. Truck drivers and motorbike riders alike gather for Convoy