IBTM World 2018: Converging Technologies and Meeting Industry

IBTM World 2018: Converging Technologies and Meeting Industry

IBTM World 2018 the leading global event for the meetings and events industry closed on 29 November 2018. The three-day event set some new records both in terms of the number of pre-scheduled business meetings as well as the number of exhibitors. The annual event objective is to connect and inspire the meeting industry community and also showcase some of the new technologies related to the event planning and production. This was my second time attending IBTM World and I represented a trade association and my objective was to connect with exhibitors from different countries and to explore opportunities to host our future conferences in another part of the world. One of the interesting aspects of the show was the number of mobile app solution providers. There were 17 companies presenting solutions for delegate check-in, tracking, engagement, gamification, networking, appointment, and floor plan. The variety of apps prove the fact that the meeting industry has already benefitted from the digital tools...
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Workforce Challenges in Mining

Workforce Challenges in Mining

The mining industry is an unique industry. Over the past decade mining companies face critical workforce issues driven mainly by generational and career shifts. FIFO (fly in, fly out) workforces travel from across Australia and near abroad and encounter a number of challenges during their working cycles (or ‘swings’) ranging anywhere from 1 week on / 1 week off to 4 weeks on / 1 weeks off - sometimes longer. Their working and living conditions vary somewhat but can be extremely testing and even out-right dangerous with sometimes no access to the outside world, hundreds of miles from civilisation and on-site scarcity of bare essentials such as water. Given these circumstances, mining companies place special attention to workplace health and safety and expedite means including OH & S resources, processes and procedures, providing dedicated safety officers whom are tasked to train and enforce this upon the workforce and to manage any foreseeable risks. Securing the mental wellbeing of mining staff is a...
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Rise of DX economy and digital native industries in Asia

Rise of DX economy and digital native industries in Asia

Digital transformation (DT) – the use of technology to radically improve performance or reach of enterprises – is becoming a hot topic for companies across the globe. Digital transformation is a key topic for business leaders today as its impact is easily understood. In this new DX economy, organisations in every industry will compete based on their ability to hit and exceed a new set of demanding performance Blockchain, immersive interface and other technologies. ...
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MGR Report: Retail Digital Transformation Australia 2018

MGR Report: Retail Digital Transformation Australia 2018

Retail in Australia remains one of the most dynamic industries, despite facing increased uncertainty due to economic and social factors brought about by e-Commerce giants that set a new standard for consumer experience and engagement. The retail digital transformation in Australia is picking up speed, driven in large by intense competition from online marketplaces such as Amazon and Alibaba. ...
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5 Smart Ways to Engage Shoppers with Gift Card

5 Smart Ways to Engage Shoppers with Gift Card

With the end of the year fast approaching and shoppers getting stuck with Christmas shopping duties, retailers can help last-minute shoppers to buy a convenient gift card while increasing customer foot traffic into the store post-holiday season and fuel customer loyalty. It’s been almost two decades since the emergence of the pre-loaded plastic gift, and despite its popularity in the western world, many Asian retailers have not explored and benefited from the gift card programs. Read the full article...
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