The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-05-30T04:50:22Z Keep them closed 2020-05-30T04:50:22Z keep-them-closed The Editor Dear Editor, Frigid temperatures and cramped conditions have made meat-processing plants COVID-19 hotspots. Cedar Meats in Melbourne was recently closed down for a month after it recorded 111 cases of the disease. Meanwhile, Queensland’s Dinmore beef processing plant has closed for a week, citing market volatility and a shortage of victims to kill. The slaughterhouse normally kills about 13,700 cows per week. Isn't it time now to shut down each and every one of these facilities – and filthy, rotten factory farms too? As long as they remain open, tens of thousands of animals will be killed and workers, their families and the whole community will be put at increased risk of contracting the coronavirus. No one needs meat. In fact, the consumption of animal flesh is linked to a host of health problems that are among the leading causes of death, including heart disease, cancer, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. For the sake of animals, workers, and the public, let's close these dangerous facilities. And then let's keep them closed after lockdown by choosing vegan meals, for which no one had to die. Sincerely, Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Adviser PETA Australia PO Box 20308, World Square Sydney NSW 2002 (08) 8556 5828 mimib@peta.org.au Shelley Beeston joins Groworx as the new Associate Director for Customer Experience 2020-05-29T05:00:08Z shelley-beeston-joins-groworx-as-the-new-associate-director-for-customer-experience     Groworx, an exciting global consulting and outsourcing firm, is taking its Customer Experience capabilities to the next level with the addition of Shelley Beeston, their new Associate Director for Customer Experience. Shelley will lead client engagement teams to further enhance the strategic and delivery leadership capability in the region.   Shelley Beeston is a strategic and innovative thought leader in customer experience, digital transformation and digital product service design and delivery. She has over 19 years experience across a number of industries & countries within senior management and principal consulting roles.   Shelley will be spearheading Groworx’s newly launched “CX in Action”. This new service aims to help organisations design and connect their organisational CX and Digital strategies and then drive them into action.    Groworx Co-Founder & CEO, Dan Sandiford said:  “I’ve worked with Shelley for many years and admire her values-driven approach and passion for linking strategic creativity to operational execution. Shelley’s thought leadership and experience will combine our enhanced CX in Action capability with Groworx’s broader Technology and Contact Centre solutions. Together, these capabilities provide a single place for businesses to think and deliver the entire customer experience. For me, it’s putting the entire customer at the centre of our mission to help organisations and communities achieve their potential.” “I’ve worked with Shelley for many years and admire her values-driven approach and passion for linking strategic creativity to operational execution. Shelley’s thought leadership and experience will combine our enhanced CX in Action capability with Groworx’s broader Technology and Contact Centre solutions. Together, these capabilities provide a single place for businesses to think and deliver the entire customer experience. For me, it’s putting the entire customer at the centre of our mission to help organisations and communities achieve their potential.”   According to Shelley, with the current crisis, organisations are rapidly adapting how they service their customers. For many retail businesses, this could mean investing much more into digital channels to support the surge of demand as customers have been forced from retail channels to online-only channels. While for essential services, this could mean designing the physical environment to ensure the safety of staff and customers, as well as relating to each other in a more empathetic and engaging way.    Under Shelley’s lead, Groworx CX in Action helps these businesses quickly and effectively design and implement these changes in a measured way for lasting impact.     In regards to Shelley’s decision to join Groworx, she said: “I wanted to join a company that wasn’t just modern. It had to be a business with a conscience that cared about its people and worked to make a difference in society. GroWorx is one of those companies and I am excited to be part of the team.”   Her passion has always been about the human experience and why we do what we do. What she loves most is helping people and organisations see what great looks like and helping them work towards that.   With Shelley taking the lead on Customer Experience Strategy, Groworx is enhancing its world-class solutions for clients that will enable them to increase revenue, improve both customer and employee experience, while enjoying the cost advantages of offshore delivery centres.   About Groworx Launched in 2018, Groworx builds and operates modern technology platforms and outsourced customer engagement centres for Australian organisations. Groworx leverages its strong presence in Australia and the Philippines to operate multidisciplinary customer engagement centres across a range of customer sales, support and technology operations as well as general back-office administration. To learn more, send an email to info@groworx.com.au or visit the Groworx website.Groworx helps organisations thrive in the modern world using its unique blend of consulting and global outsourcing solutions. We connect the digital and the human in all of our technology and business solutions. We combine advanced technologies with the latest ways of working approaches and offshore teams to cut down costs. Whether it's co-creating the next digital product sensation, transforming your Customer Experience capability, or wanting to grow your business with our digital marketing solutions, we build, operate and grow businesses that co-create innovation, create customers for life and help scale the truly modern business.   Bartercard Explain How Trade Dollars Can Benefit Your Business 2020-05-29T02:48:03Z bartercard-explain-how-trade-dollars-can-benefit-your-business Given the current situation, Bartercard feel it is important to explain the huge benefits to your business of maximising cash flow, by buying and selling using Trade Dollars, and want to remind you of the different ways to use your Trade Dollars to maximise the benefits and grow your business. They also wish to point out the interest-free line of credit that is offered to all members which could be a real win for many businesses.    Maximising cash flow, retaining customers and keeping stock moving are important elements of all businesses. That’s where Bartercard comes in. Buying and selling using Trade Dollars offers advantages to business owners, across several key areas, treating Trade Dollars as a supplement to a cash-paying business. Bartercard gives members complete control over which products and services they sell through the network. When you add Bartercard to your business, you essentially allow other members to utilise your goods and services with Trade Dollars, which can help create new business, customer loyalty and increase profits.  You can use Trade Dollars to convert downtime (such as during the COVID-19 lockdown) and spare capacity into new revenue by utilising inventory, equipment, and employees. Businesses also have the ability to sell excess stock or slow-moving inventory, without the need to discount heavily. Members receive Trade Dollars as payment, which they can then spend on other goods and services within the Bartercard community.  Again, keeping good staff members during this time is very important, so use your Trade Dollars as employee bonuses, incentive schemes or gifts. Similarly, through referrals and word-of-mouth marketing, members have an advantage over their competitors, as every time a Trade Dollar member spends, it will come back to them in the form of new business from another member’s business.  As we are all experiencing reduced cash flow during the COVID-19 lockdown, use your  Trade Dollars like a credit card or bank account, using electronic currency instead of cash so you can continue to make purchases even when cash flow has slowed. Trade Dollars can be transacted via EFTPOS, online over the phone, using an app like the Bartercard App, or by transaction vouchers.  Bartercard can open up your business to new customer markets, improve cash flow, reduce business expenses and clear idle and excess stock without having to discount. It’s easy to use and acts no differently to a normal bank account or line of credit.  You can find out more about how Bartercard can work for your business by downloading their free eBook, ‘How to Use Bartercard to Grow Your Business’, and for  more information on Bartercard business benefits, Bartercard mobile apps, increasing customer retention and Bartercard marketplace please go to www.bartercard.co.nz . Bitglass reports 84% of organisations will go on supporting work from home, but most aren’t secure 2020-05-28T00:22:44Z bitglass-reports-84-of-organisations-will-go-on-supporting-work-from-home-but-most-arent-secure SYDNEY, May 28. Bitglass, the next-gen cloud security company, has released its 2020 Remote Work Report, which analyses how organisations have adjusted to support remote workers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Bitglass partnered with a leading cyber security community and surveyed IT professionals to understand how prepared their businesses are for the sudden shift, what actions they are taking in cyber security, and what their top security concerns are now. Currently organisations are struggling to adjust to the new normal. 41% have not taken any steps to expand secure access for the remote workforce, while 50% are citing proper equipment as the biggest impediment to doing so. Consequently, 65% of organisations now enable personal devices to access managed applications. Asked what their organisations are primarily concerned with securing while employees work remotely, 65% of respondents said securing network access. This was followed by securing access to SaaS apps like Slack (55%) and bring your own device/personal devices (55%). For the most concerning threat vectors for remote work, respondents cited malware (72%) and unauthorised user access (59%). “This research indicates that many organisations are not implementing the security measures necessary to protect their data in the current business environment,” said Anurag Kahol, CTO of Bitglass. “For example, while respondents said the pandemic has accelerated the migration of user workflows and applications to the cloud, most are not employing cloud security solutions like single sign-on (SSO), data loss prevention, zero trust network access, or cloud access security brokers. “On top of that, 84% of organisations reported that they are likely to continue to support remote work capabilities even after stay at home orders are lifted. To do this safely, they must prioritise securing data in any app, any device, anywhere in the world.” Key findings include: Malware is the most concerning threat vector, with 72% of respondents citing it as their top concern. From a remote work perspective, the application types that organisations are most concerned about securing include file sharing (68%), web applications (47%), and video conferencing (45%). At 77%, anti-malware is the most-used tool to secure remote work. However, this and other tools like single sign-on (45%), data loss prevention (18%), and user and entity behaviour analytics (11%) are still not deployed widely enough. 63% of respondents said that remote work was likely to impact their compliance with regulatory mandates; 50% named GDPR, specifically. To see all of the findings, download the full report here: https://pages.bitglass.com/CD-FY20Q2-RemoteWorkforceReport_LP.html?&utm_source=pr About Bitglass Bitglass, the Next-Gen Cloud Security company, is based in Silicon Valley with offices worldwide. The company's cloud security solutions deliver zero-day, agentless, data and threat protection for any app, any device, anywhere. Bitglass is backed by Tier 1 investors and was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution. Contact David Shephard Bitglass ANZ dshephard@bitglass.com Manage Pandemic Risks with The Covid-19 Risk Assessment Module 2020-05-27T04:09:10Z manage-pandemic-risks-with-the-covid-19-risk-assessment-module The purpose of the COVID-19 Reporting Module is to allow people to report either a suspicion of or actual COVID-19 illness. It is designed to facilitate effective communications to HR and provide advice to affected individuals based on government guidelines. How does it work? Risks can be assessed by category eg health, financial, legal, and reputational. Once identified, risks are evaluated through risk rating. Control strategies are then evaluated and corrective actions assigned. Viking Analytics provides a visual guide to your overall Covid-19 Risk Assessment Compare initial and residual risk ratings by category View risk assessments by status, assigned persons, and category. View actions assigned, completed and outstanding risk assessments by status, category and assigned persons. Join a Webinar on June 2nd, watch a short video or request a quote https://myosh.com/modules/covid-19-risk-assessments/ Radware helps HT Media protect its news and photographic archives from attacks 2020-05-27T00:30:37Z radware-helps-ht-media-protect-its-news-and-photographic-archives-from-attacks SYDNEY, May 27, 2020 —Radware® (NASDAQ: RDWR), a leading provider of cyber security and application delivery solutions, today announced that HT Media selected Radware’s Attack Mitigation Solution to protect the data centres that house its archive of news and photographs, and added cloud DDoS protection to its on premise DDoS protection. Founded in 1924 with its flagship newspaper inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, HT Media (BSE, NSE) has more than 3.7 million readers across India. It’s flagship property, Hindusian Times reaches around 950,000 readers. The company also owns other successful properties like Livemint.com, Desimartini.com, HTCampus.com and Shine.com. It depended on a combination of on-prem and ISP based Cloud Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection for its data centres, where it housed many of its legacy systems as well as its archived content. The media company began to see a steady increase in the frequency and volume of attacks and turned to Radware for help. It needed a hybrid DDoS solution that combined on-prem and cloud DDoS protection more effectively than its existing set up. Radware’s hybrid DDoS solution integrates always-on detection and mitigation (on-premise and cloud) with cloud-based volumetric DDoS attack prevention, scrubbing, and 24-7 emergency support. Combining on-premise with cloud solutions, takes advantage of the low latency and advanced functionality of Radware’s appliances with the scalability and multi-terabit capacity of its cloud-scrubbing service. Once Radware put a proof-of-concept in place for HT Media, the solution began immediately and efficiently blocking the attacks. “Radware’s automatic policy adjustments made the system easy to deploy compared to other systems,” said Rajiv Mishra. Group CIO for HT Media. “The Radware solution was incredibly fast at mitigation. It was able to instantly block zero-day attacks as they occurred.” “We are proud to protect HT Media’s history and legacy,” said Anna Convery-Pelletier, Radware’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Our market-leading data centre security allows companies like HT Media to automatically detect and mitigate even the most complex DDoS attacks.”About RadwareRadware® (NASDAQ: RDWR), is a global leader of cyber security and application delivery solutions for physical, cloud, and software defined data centres. Its award-winning solutions portfolio secures the digital experience by providing infrastructure, application, and corporate IT protection and availability services to enterprises globally. Radware’s solutions empower more than 12,500 enterprise and carrier customers worldwide to adapt to market challenges quickly, maintain business continuity and achieve maximum productivity while keeping costs down. For more information, please visit www.radware.com.Radware encourages you to join our community and follow us on: Facebook, LinkedIn, Radware Blog, Twitter, YouTube, Radware Mobile for iOS and Android, and our security centre DDoSWarriors.com that provides a comprehensive analysis on DDoS attack tools, trends and threats.Media ContactDeborah SzajngartenRadware1-201-785-3206deborah.szajngarten@radware.com RiseXperience - A New Digital Contact Centre Solution 2020-05-26T02:36:48Z risexperience-a-new-digital-contact-centre-solution [Melbourne, 26th May 2020]: In an Australian market-first release, Rise.CX is today announcing the launch of RiseXperience, a new Digital Contact Centre Solution integrated directly with Amazon Connect. RiseXperience is a feature-rich, omni-channel CX platform natively built on AWS, and offers a new way for organisations to connect with their customers. ‘We’re the first movers launching this technology in Australia – a digital contact centre solution living on Amazon Connect and AWS, and completely integration-ready with any tech ecosystem, out-of-the- box. With powerful omni-channel and analytics capabilities inbuilt, it’s the fastest way for organisations to adapt their business,’ says Guy Elliott, industry veteran and co-founder of Rise.CX. Josie Willis, Managing Director and fellow co-founder of Rise.CX, agrees. ‘As an Australian startup, we really wanted to create something different in the industry, that was focused on people. Any change – no matter how brilliant – generates anxiety. What’s special about RiseXperience is we not only have a robust technology solution that’s unique in the market, but also a proprietary delivery approach that focuses on readying people and culture for this adoption.’ Features and benefits of the RiseXperience platform include: A full-featured on-demand Digital Contact Centre, with powerful omni-channel and analytics capabilities Native built on Amazon Connect and AWS Cloud infrastructure A robust and highly usable inbound IVR and CTI Solution Per-minute, consumptive billing model with no minimum commitments A proprietary change and implementation methodology that up-skills teams and supports adoption. For further information, please visit https://rise.cx/ to find out more about RiseXperience. About Rise.CX: Founded in 2018, Rise.CX is one of Australia’s largest customer experience professional service providers. Rise.CX seeks to change the way organisations in Australia connect and engage with their customers and teams – and provides the tools, technology and support needed to do so.  Brisbane PropTech Startup Adds Value for Buyers, Sellers and Investors 2020-05-25T22:33:35Z brisbane-proptech-startup-adds-value-for-buyers-sellers-and-investors Brisbane, AUSTRALIA, 26 May 2020 – PropTech startup TrueMarket wants to take the guesswork out of property transactions for buyers, sellers and investors by making professional e-valuations a mainstream consumer service. The company offers customised online property assessments completed by fully qualified valuation experts. Informed by property-specific metrics and market research, the e-valuation reports provide objective sale price assessments, rental estimates, sales comparisons and risk profiling.   TrueMarket valuers use a range of online and mobile technologies, including user video uploads, digital imagery, verified house/unit plans and satellite mapping to complete virtual property viewings. These innovations allow the e-valuations to be based on a visual inspection of customers’ properties while expediting the assessment process and significantly reducing report costs. The e-valuations are designed to assist clients with property negotiations and sales decisions. From an investor standpoint, the reports are also suitable for capital gains tax assessments and self-managed super fund reporting requirements.   Company director Julian Chapman developed the concept after working in the property valuation industry for more than fifteen years. ‘I was completing these property reports for banks, who relied on our assessments for their own due diligence and thought that they could also be a useful information resource for buyers and sellers in pre-contractual negotiations’. He says that after many conversations with friends and associates, the market demand for the service was clear. ‘Prior to TrueMarket, if a consumer wanted to obtain property price information, they either had to rely on the word of a real estate agent or use generic online appraisal tools, which lack any real accuracy or reliability.’ Alternatively, ordering a formal property valuation was expensive and time-consuming. This is where Mr Chapman saw an opportunity to transform the service and make it appealing to consumers. He says the focus of TrueMarket is to ‘provide fast, low-cost property assessments that are accurate, informative and objective.’ Delivering on this goal, the company offer their e-valuations for just $149 and strive for same-day report delivery.   Whilst the service is currently only available in the Greater Brisbane region, the company’s mission is to provide greater transparency in real estate dealings across Australia. Accordingly, TrueMarket is planning to expand to other regional centres and capital cities as demand grows. Head to www.truemarket.com.au for more information about the service and to download a sample report.   Media Contact Julian Chapman 0404 730 040 julian@truemarket.com.au www.truemarket.com.au Can You Direct Your Employees to Download the COVIDSafe App? 2020-05-25T10:40:48Z can-you-direct-your-employees-to-download-the-covidsafe-app As organisations grapple with the various challenges presented by COVID-19, employers are being reminded that they cannot legally direct employees to download the COVIDSae mobile app. The controversial COVIDSafe app is part of the federal government’s initiative to slow the spread of coronavirus and is marketed as a key tool in protecting users, their family and friends, as well as means to “save the lives of other Australians.” The purpose of the app is to alert users when they have been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. From a workplace safety perspective, it could be used to quickly determine which workers, or customers, have been put at risk. And as many workplaces begin to reopen, some employers are undoubtedly wondering whether they have the ability to direct their employees to download COVIDSafe in the name of workplace safety. The short answer is no. The fact is that the app is not mandatory and requiring a person to download it is prohibited at law. And the penalties for a breach are significant – a maximum of five years imprisonment or 300 penalty units ($63,000), or potentially both. The Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements—Public Health Contact Information) Determination 2020 (Determination) makes it clear that a ‘Person’ (which includes an employer) cannot require anyone (including employees) to: download COVIDSafe; or have COVIDSafe in operation on a mobile telecommunications device; or consent to uploading COVID app data from a mobile telecommunications device to the National COVIDSafe Data Store; collect, use or disclose any data from the COVIDSafe app (unless they are one of the authorities permitted to do so in the Determination) This determination holds true even when the phone in question is owned by the company. Employers must also ensure that they do not treat any employees adversely because of their decision not to download the app. A person (including an employer) must not: refuse to enter into, or continue, a contract or arrangement with another person (including a contract of employment); or take “adverse action” (as defined by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)) against another person; or refuse to allow another person to enter premises; or refuse to allow another person to participate in an activity; or refuse to receive goods or services from another person; or refuse to provide goods or services to another person; because the other person: has not downloaded COVIDSafe; or does not have COVIDSafe in operation on a mobile telecommunications device; or consent to uploading COVID app data from a mobile telecommunications device to the National COVIDSafe Data Store. However, while it is currently illegal for employers to direct workers to download COVIDSafe, many employers are expected to strongly encourage workers to download the app as part of their general requirement to ensure the safety of the workplace and workers. https://myosh.com/blog/2020/05/21/can-you-direct-your-employees-to-download-the-covidsafe-app/ Cleaners Not Receiving Key Resources During COVID-19 2020-05-25T10:31:00Z cleaners-not-receiving-key-resources-during-covid-19 Despite the increased need for high-quality cleaning of workplaces and public areas during COVID-19, a new survey has found nine in 10 cleaners are having to rush essential cleaning work and eight in 10 do not always have enough equipment to complete the job. The survey from the United Workers Union (UWU) also found that 74 per cent of cleaners report not having enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to do their job safely, and that 70 per cent receive no face-to-face training. UWU director of property services, Lyndal Ryan, said the coronavirus crisis has highlighted the importance of cleaners, who are doing “essential work in a broken system.” “The crisis has shown everyone that high-quality cleaning that protects public health and safety cannot be delivered on a shoestring budget. Too often cleaners are asked to do too much, in not enough time, without the right training and equipment – because for years and years the contract system has driven cleaning wages and costs down.” “Re-opening the economy is contingent on cleaning – quality cleaning is essential to the management and prevention of COVID-19. We cannot have cleaning that is inadequate for the day to day protection of people as we rebuild public confidence in returning to public spaces.” Ryan said the focus on cleaning and hygiene during COVID-19 would propel a wider industry movement toward cleaners getting the resources and equipment they need. “The survey results show the current reality for our cleaners – rushing work, without enough cleaning equipment to do a quality job and without enough PPE to do their job safely. In the post-COVID world it is time for a reset, for too long contractors have been cutting corners, then cleaners bear the brunt.” “Federal, state and local Government, universities, big building owners, airports and shopping mall owners buy cleaning services and they need to understand that the cleaning of their buildings and services cannot be delivered on the smell of an oily rag. Quality cleaning requires trained cleaners, with the right equipment and enough time to do the job.” Main survey findings: 91% of surveyed cleaners always, often or sometimes have to rush their work because they don’t have enough time 80% of cleaners do not have enough cleaning equipment to do a quality job 74% do not have enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to do their job safely 70% receive no face-to-face training Issues reported by cleaners in the survey: Not having enough time to finish work, constant rushing is very stressful Not having enough time to do a more detailed job, always being short-staffed Employers skimping on chemicals supplies and equipment, or diluting chemicals Not having safety issues taken seriously Not supplied with enough training, or with correct working equipment and PPE https://myosh.com/blog/2020/05/20/cleaners-not-receiving-key-resources-during-covid-19/ Outstanding Leadership Awards championing great leadership across Australia and New Zealand 2020-05-24T21:45:15Z outstanding-leadership-awards-championing-some-of-australia-and-new-zealand-s-greatest-leaders 2020 has indeed become the year we need courageous leadership A number of leaders, businesses and teams have come together to create a movement of courageous and kind leadership around the inaugural Outstanding Leadership Awards in Brisbane.   This month, more than one-hundred leaders across government, community, private and not-for-profit sectors became finalists in the prestigious Outstanding Leadership Awards. Spearheaded by Brisbane leadership authority, Sonia McDonald, the awards recognise the exceptional achievement by courageous and kind leaders across various disciplines. Since notifying finalists, Ms McDonald's inbox has been flooded with messages of gratitude from nominees who've spent the past few weeks, navigating the complex reality of being caught up in a worldwide health pandemic. "On quite a few occasions, finalists have literally burst into tears after being notified they had made it to the final round of judging," said McDonald. "It’s been incredibly rewarding to be the bearer of good news at a time when leaders are facing the biggest crisis of their lives - 2020 has indeed become the year we need courageous leadership." The inaugural awards ceremony has attracted dozens of high-calibre leaders including the founders of Orange Sky, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, Instyle Solar’s Karl Brown, Students from the JT Academy, King Kong's Sabri Suby and Netball Queensland's Catherine Clark. "We initially set out to host the awards ceremony in May, but we've now pushed it back to the 4th September in the hopes things will return to normal by then," said McDonald. "Until then, we are doing everything we can to showcase the incredibly kind and courageous leaders who have made it through - because right now, good leadership is essential. "We're doing regular social media posts highlighting their stories and we've partnered with the Leadership Review Magazine and Yellowpanda PR to help create even more noise. We are gaining more and more momentum with the awards with over 150,000 views of our posts," she said.  Proudly sponsored by McDonald Inc, Central Queensland University (CQU) and DHL Express, the award categories include CEO - Private Sector, Public Sector Leader, Courageous Team Award, Future Leader, Men in Leadership, Women in Leadership, Student Leader, SME Business Leader, Community Leader, and Start-up Leader.  The awards night will be held on 4th September from 6:30pm to 11.30pm at the Royal International Convention Centre, with retail leadership superstar Guy Russo as the guest of honour and radios, Bianca Dye as the Master of Ceremonies.  For more information visit: www.outstandingleadershipawards.com.au Contact Sonia McDonald Phone 0424 447 616 Perth Start-Up Growth Agency Lands Webby Honours 2020-05-22T05:37:30Z perth-start-up-growth-agency-lands-webby-honours Bud has been named an honouree in this year’s Webby Awards – the leading international awards honouring excellence on the internet – in its 24th Annual Webby Awards.  Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honour” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honouring excellence on the Internet. IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of Internet industry experts including Instagram Co-founder Kevin Systrom, Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker, 23andMe Co-Founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki, PBS CEO Paula Kerger, Headspace Founder Andy Puddicombe. “Honourees are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,000 entries we received this year.” Bud received recognition for its work in the best visual design category for it’s agency website, rubbing shoulders with projects from industry heavyweights Apple, Google, Squarespace and the Washington Post. “When we started this project we knew we needed to create something visually disruptive and unique to tell our story and engage people to look deeper, to receive this level of recognition for such a young company blew us away.” “It’s inspiring that great work can get recognised and be disruptive, even at this level, no matter who you are.” – Tom Smolarek, Director @ Bud. You can watch the 24th ceremony and all the winners at webbysfromhome.com hosted by Patton Oswalt.   Original article: bud.agency/bud-webby-honours Game-changing LegalTech platform helps Australian lawyers create client legal documents in minutes 2020-05-22T00:31:26Z game-changing-legaltech-platform-helps-australian-lawyers-create-client-legal-documents-in-minutes Sydney, Australia — 21 May 2020 — One startup company aims to revolutionise Australia’s legal industry by leveraging technology to help lawyers create a wide array of legal documents in minutes.   DocuStream Pty Ltd is harnessing the power of automation to help lawyers create legally-sound documents for a range of purposes using a smart client instruction wizard. Contract Instructor™ renders the time-consuming and expensive process of gathering information from clients and then drafting accurate legal documents simple and fast. The user-friendly platform helps lawyers create attractive, legally-sound documents in minutes instead of hours using an online wizard to gather data from clients.   Every document delivered to the lawyer through the platform is an editable document professionally formatted with page numbering and cross referencing. Lawyers also have the option to complete the wizards independently of the client.   Contract Instructor gives lawyers an edge over DIY legal software competitors by combining the power of automation with the expertise of real lawyers who can provide a legal review after a document is created to ensure it is effective and legally binding. The platform covers a wide range of legal documents, including personal documents like powers of attorney and corporate documents like deeds of novation and release; general documents including non-disclosure agreements and company policies; contracts and forms applicable to online businesses, such as customer agreements and terms of use; privacy compliance plans and documents; services agreements for different types of situations and industries; software agreements for app developers; startup company documents; policies and waivers for telecommunications companies and much more.   A single legal document can be created with Contract Instructor for under $30, or the equivalent of a six minutes of work for a lawyer who typically charges $300 per hour. Documents can be purchased a la carte, without the need for a monthly subscription. Any contract generated is only paid for upon completion of the wizard.   According to company founder Alan Arnott, the Contract Instructor platform is proving helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the way the software quickly turns client information into usable legal documents without the need for client meetings. With the Contract Instructor system, a lawyer can easily email clients a personalised wizard to collect the data they need to generate a document quickly.   “Our platform is especially useful for lawyers in the age of social distancing,” Arnott said. “We look forward to revolutionising legal practices across Australia with our groundbreaking legal software.”   Contract Instructor is currently only available for lawyers practicing in Australia. Search Contract Instructor's precedent library and learn more at https://www.contractinstructor.io/precedent-library.php.      For more information about Contract Instructor, go to https://www.contractinstructor.io.   # # #   New Vapers on the rise - Caktus Vape 2020-05-21T03:37:11Z new-vapers-on-the-rise-caktus-vape “We saw a 35% jump in order volume during Alert level 4 & 3 with tobacco e-liquid and beginner pod kits being the largest contributor to these sales. Our data tells us that many smokers are transitioning to vaping at a time when money is tight,” says Jo Einarsson, Director of Caktus Vape - one of New Zealand’s largest online vape retailers. The rising costs of cigarettes in New Zealand has seen the vape industry take-off, Caktus Vape being an online-only retailer can offer customers a quick & easy buying process and prices online that are hard to beat in stores.  “Our business has always been geared to online first, during the lock-down we were able to reach a wider customer base seeking vape products online as traditional brick & mortar stores were not able to open,” he says. Mr Einarsson says one of the key parts to getting online e-commerce right is fast dispatch and just as fast delivery.  “We were able to maintain our same day dispatch and even with the expected delays, the majority of our customers saw a delivery in 1-3 Business Days. Covid-19 has demonstrated how important our courier network is. During the lockdown, our business and customers relied on the services New Zealand Post provides,” Funding of $130 million from Budget 2020 will allow New Zealand Post to maintain service levels as it positions itself for the future. E-commerce will be a huge factor in their success as online sales continue to grow post-lock-down. Caktus Vape continues to see steady sales moving into Alert Level 2, “We pride ourselves on providing easily accessible information on our website for anyone new to vaping” says Jo Einarsson. NZ caktusvape.co.nz AU caktusvape.com Strata industry shakeup 2020-05-21T03:35:26Z strata-industry-shakeup Strata Management is proving to be an interesting and difficult to navigate industry during the global pandemic. Firms have faced the same pressures as other businesses, trying to get large workforce's to provide a high-quality service while working remotely. Strata firms are not immune to financial challenges and stresses during the pandemic. If anything, the workload has risen immensely for body corporate/owners corporation managers. But one difference is they are now facing issues as some owners in bodies corporate are struggling financially and yet expecting the full service for free. The client facing staff are experiencing stressful workloads with a negative sentiment from those they are providing a service to. Now this is obviously not every client, others have presented some positive,F community spirit – showing a lot of appreciation for their managers. With such a rise in workload, a negative perception from clients who may not fully grasp how the strata industry operates and their own business impacts – strata firms are facing a make or break moment. While they want to show a lot of empathy, without getting paid, they may fall. One business consulting/outsourcing firm has been the saving grace for helping some of Australia’s leading strata firms stay on top. The fundamental to any good business is your people, process design and technology. These resources equip you to better navigate challenges, provide the best quality service and become an adaptable and resilient business. That is where APT comes in. We are more than just outsourcing, we become an extension of your business and your people, processes and technology. We have been able to deploy new processes and assist in ensuring work from home is efficient. The most important role we have been playing in this crisis is taking some of the administrative work load off the client facing staff so they can better support and manage their communities. The firms we work with have been able to adapt quickly and efficiently to ensure they can continue to provide the high-quality service they always do. Through process design, people and technology – APT can help you today and into the future. www.aptbusinessservices.com.au