August 12, 2013
In these days when so much of the dried fruit on supermarket shelves are imported it is nice to know that there are Australian grown choices like the dried fruit from Tropical Harvest…
Tropical Harvest QLD pty ltd is the business name of Kelvin and Linda Abell’s fruit-drying operation in rural North Queensland.
They process 100% Australian raw fruit into delicious, sulphur-free and additive-free bitesize pieces to be enjoyed as a snack or used in a variety of cooking and baking methods. As the processor of the fruit, they are in a position to offer these delicious dried fruits directly to you, the customer.
Located just outside of Tully, named as “Australia’s wettest town”, in the foothills of the beautiful Wet Tropics of North Queensland World Heritage Site. Their rural location allows them to source the majority of their fruit from local growers, reducing the environmental impact of transport all of the excess water!
Tropical Harvest has been in business for a decade, gradually converting their banana and papaya plantation into a series of dryers and processing rooms. Over the years, their independent status has allowed them to experiment with different fruits and methods of drying – always ensuring that the fruit was dried without additives, preservatives or sulphur.
The online business has traditionally been a side project to their primary wholesale and face-to-face businesses; however, with more and more customers contacting them directly, they decided to offer a direct selling platform and www.tropicalharvestqld.com.au was born!
And aren’t we ALL glad of that!!!!
Visit the Tropical Harvest BAM brochure, HERE. Click the brochure to visit the Tropical Harvest website.
August 12, 2013
Over twelve months ago now, the team from tommyrough had this mad idea that they’d start an online menswear store with a few loose guidelines
Tommyrough.com is now well into their second year and the feedback and response that they get from their customers has been overwhelmingly supportive. They often hear from their customers…
“We want to buy Australian made”
Alan from tommyrough had this to say ”it’s been pretty obvious that if given the opportunity Australians want to buy Australian product and price is not always the deciding factor.
Our online collection has evolved over the past 12 months and I’m happy to say that all our socks are Australian made, in fact just recently tommyrough teamed up with Humphrey Law® and now offers luxurious men’s sport socks that cater to cycling, running or simply walking.”
And I can vouch for Humphrey Law socks, I own a number of pairs and they are fantastic.
Tommyrough has other great menswear on the go so keep checking the tommyrough website to time to see what’s on offer.
Click HERE to visit the tommyrough’s BAM brochure, click the brochure to visit their website.
July 26, 2013
padpod essential for all tablet users
padpod perfectly describes this must have accessory for people who use a tablet device like an iPad, eReader or smartphone to watch movies, play games, read books or attend to emails. You will do it a lot more comfortable with a padpod wherever you are.
A padpod can even be used to support books…. that’s right REAL BOOKS made from paper.
As with everything featured on the BuyAustralianMade website and BuyAusMAde app the padpod is made in Australia.
One of the many advantages with the padpod is that they are fully adjustable, so everyone can make the padpod perfectly fit their style.
Not only is the padpod story is a great one, the story starts by the padpod being invented by a 13 year old girl to help her grandmother use a tablet more easily. As the say the rest is history, with padpods now being sold both online and in outlets all around Australia.
If you want to use your tablet, smart phone or e-reader more comfortably then CLICK HERE to find out more and to order yours online…
April 12, 2013
Helping Australian businesses Connect, Inform, Grow
ManufactureLink is owned and operated by AMTIL (Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited) who are the peak body representing the advanced manufacturing industry in Australia. I am pleased to have ManufactureLink as a BuyAustralianMade member and to assist them in increasing awareness of their services that they offer Australian businesses.
Anyone who has ever had to source manufacturing services or technology knows that the process is difficult, time consuming and full of risk. The traditional methods of using phone, fax and even internet searches are slow, inefficient and provide insufficient information to make informed decisions.
ManufactureLink has 3 core powerful online tools to achieve this:
- Australia’s most comprehensive Industry Capability Directory where participants can locate providers of custom manufacturing processes, manufacturing services, service providers to industry participants, as well as suppliers of Manufacturing Technologies.
- A Request For Quote (RFQ) system where your manufacturing requirements or general enquiry can be broadcast online to the ManufactureLink provider (supplier) community in a secure and controlled manner who have the opportunity to respond with quotes or answers to your queries. Visit the ManufactureLin to register your free seeker (buyer) account today and start submitting RFQ’s in seconds.
- An intelligent and intuitive Newsfeed which provides not only the latest Industry News but also product/process news and manufacturing technology news.
To find out more about how ManufactureLink can help find Australian made components and Australian delivered services see the ManufactureLink brochure on the BAM website . . . HERE
March 27, 2013
Prime Minister tours Tindo factory
Tindo Solar, the Australian designer and manufacturer of photovoltaic solar panels has joined BuyAustralianMade to help raise awareness of their Australian made solar panels.
The Tindo solar panels are made in a purpose built factory which was officially opened late 2012 by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Honorable Julia Gillard. Also present were the SA Premier The Honorable Jay Weatherill, Federal Member for Makin Tony Zappia and SA Minister Tom Koutsantonis.
The Tindo solar panel is a world class, high quality and innovative panel that is new to the Australian public. Managing Director Mr. Adrian Ferraretto describes the key attributes of the AC module as;
1. Enhanced electricity production – traditional DC panels need to wired in “strings” with the performance of each string reduced by the lowest performing panel in each string. Research evidence confirms at least 15% additional performance with an AC panel.
2. Owners of an AC module system can observe real time the performance of each and every panel via the internet or smart phone
3. The micro inverter has an industry first 25 year warranty
The Prime Minister stated that two myths had been put to rest;
1. that Australia cannot create a new innovative high quality manufacturing business and compete with overseas products. Tindo Solar’s success shows that our future lies in a high skills, high wage, high innovation economy
2. that the world class Tindo Solar manufacturing plant shows that something could be done in the face of climate change through installation of a solar system like the Tindo Karra 240 which assist the environment while creating new manufacturing jobs in Australia .
The Prime Minister also acknowledged the impact of cheap imported products on a business like Tindo Solar and stated that “I am aware of the issue and the Australian Government is currently exploring options to remedy”.
Tindo’s Manager of People and Business says that “the interest received so far by the public across Australia confirms our believe that Australians want to select an Australian made solar module that has quality and performance embedded in each panel and at a price not a great deal different to imported panels.
Mr. Inwood said “that above all we are proud to be offering the Australian public a panel that is made by Australian’s”.
It is a natural fit that Tindo Solar has joined BuyAustralianMade to promote and increase awareness of their Australian made solar panels. To see the range of solar panels made by Tindo – CLICK HERE
March 26, 2013
Unique gifts, Unique experiences
CLICK HERE to see video
1000′s of great gift ideas for birthdays, anniversary’s, Christmas, Mothers Day, Fathers Day or just as a THANK YOU. Including rally car driving, hot air ballooning, cooking classes, gift boxes, romantic dinners or jumping off a cliff and everything in between.
Red Balloon is the newest BuyAustralianMade member. BuyAustralianMade helps Australian businesses like Red Balloon promote their Australian made products, Australian grown produce and Australian delivered services.
Red Balloon was established in 2001 by Naomi Simson and since then has collected a host of awards and accolades. Red Balloon aggregates 1000′s of gift ideas and experiences and makes it easy for people to buy that something special for an anniversary, birthday, Christmas, Mothers Day, Fathers Day or for no real reason at all apart from you want someone to experience something very special.
Red Balloon focuses on delivering a unique experience and unique gift ideas and making it easy for people to purchase and to use the voucher. The founder Naomi Simson has recently received accolades such as winning the 2008 national Telstra Business Womens Awards – Innovation, and 2011 BRW finalist for Entrepreneur of the year. She is particularly proud as being voted by her team as one of the top ten Great Places to Work in Australia and Hewitt ranking RedBalloon with a 90% employee engagement score for the past three years. RedBalloon delivered one million experience gifts in less than 10 years and is well on its way to changing gifting in Australia forever.
To find out what unique experiences Red Balloon offers check out the Red Balloon brochure page on www.BuyAustralianMade.com.au/clients/749-redballoon
March 25, 2013
This category will introduce new BAM members to you, giving a brief description of their business and the products they make, the produce they grow or the services they deliver.
CLICK HERE to see the newest BAM Members listing, click the listing to visit the BAM Members website.
November 9, 2012
Click here to see video clip explaining BuyAustralianMade Direct
BuyAustralianMade Direct will be officially launched by founder Stephen Gately and Federal Senators John Madigan and Nick Xenophon on November 13 in Melbourne.
Also attending the launch will be the inaugural group of BAM Direct shoppers and a number of manufacturers participating in the BAM Direct initiative.
Founder Stephen Gately said there is a large number of shoppers growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of choice of Australian made items on the shelves of large retailers.
“The idea of connecting shoppers directly to the Australian Manufacturers made a lot of sense. By shoppers buying in bulk direct from participating Australian manufacturers not only are the shoppers buying products at a discount they are directly supporting Australian manufacturers. This is a win for shoppers and a win for Aussie manufacturers,” he said.
“BuyAustralianMade Direct not only makes it easy for shoppers and other businesses to find Australian made products, it helps farmers promote their produce and also provides the Australian services sector with an effective way to reach users. ”
Senator Madigan was proud to be a supporter of the cause, saying Australian manufacturers deserved the support and recognition of consumers.”
“Australian manufacturers deliver great products while paying work cover, superannuation and penalty rates,” he said.
“I believe we should be supporting Australian manufacturers and companies that give back to the community.”
“Local, state and federal government should have procurement policy that takes into account the value sociable, economic and environmental benefits that come from purchasing Australian manufactured products.”
Senator Nick Xenophon, who will be unable to attend the launch, said the initiative was imperative that both politicians and the public supported the BuyAustralianMade project.
“In the past few years we have seen scores of job losses in the Australian manufacturing industry,” Nick said.
“It’s becoming increasingly important that we do all we can to support locally made products and services.”
BuyAustralianMade founder Stephen Gately said the company “began in 2009 and now promotes hundreds of businesses, employing tens of thousands of people making thousands of products and delivering hundreds of services.”
“The website BuyAustralianMadeDirect showcases everything from Tshirts and socks through to tea, olive oil, biscuits, detergents and other household items. Even more Australian made manufacturers and Australian made items will be added to BAM Direct.”
May 6, 2012
BuyAusMade app - making it easy to find Aussie made products
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) May 06, 2012
Online shopping is on the lips of millions of Australians, but it was not always this way. Online retailing was made possible by technological innovations that occurred over time, and it took years for online retailing to attain the scale, credibility and reliability that now see it storming after shopfront retailing models in a variety of Australia’s retail industries. Online shopping has evolved into a secure, efficient and viable method of shopping for time-poor and tech-savvy consumers. Revenue generated by Australian Online Shopping industry is expected to increase 8.6% per annum over the five years through 2011-12 to be worth $10 billion. This will include growth of 9.1% in 2011-12. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Naren Sivasailam, ‘Demand over this period has been driven by growth in disposable incomes, greater consumer confidence about shopping online, an increase in the range of goods on offer, better efficiency across the transaction process and an explosion in the number of online retailers’. Although growth has slowed recently, the industry has become a leading sales platform for many retailers.
As online retail moves to become a normal retail method, growth will slow marginally. Over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is expected to increase. ‘Industry players are expected to place greater focus on their marketing techniques in a bid to differentiate themselves from the growing number of competitors’, Sivasailam adds. Anticipated growth in disposable incomes and continued increases in the IT literacy of the Australian population are expected to bode well for online retailers.
Market share concentration on the Online Shopping industry has grown over the past five years due to the continued consumer acceptance of the internet as a valid shopping medium. A multitude of new operators have flooded the industry over the past five years, all vying for a share of the online market. The resulting growth in enterprises has led to a rapid expansion in the range products and services offered online. Concentration is set to strengthen over the five years through 2016-17. This will occur as operators become better equipped in their supply of goods and consumers overcome fears associated with purchasing something without physically touching or seeing it and credit card safety. To this end, the industry is poised to experience further mergers and acquisitions as a growing number of businesses recognise the growth potential of online enterprises. The largest players in this industry include Woolworths and Apple.
For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Online Shopping report in Australia industry page.
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February 13, 2012
Julia Gillard – Saving our manufacturing sector is possible! by Roger La Salle
Only a change in Government policy can save our manufacturing sector!
Despite Julia Gillard’s recent commitment to the future of manufacturing in Australia, the fact is that with current policy our manufacturing base is largely unsustainable, except in some key strategic areas where subsidies may be important to maintain some capability. Military application and the like may fall into this category, so too agriculture, if we can categorise this as the manufacturing of food which is essential to our survival.
As for the rest, the future seems bleak under the present government policy.
Innovation can be the solution
Innovation has often been cited as the saviour of Australia’s declining manufacturing base. Indeed we do need to support innovation and the development of new products, technologies, processes and systems but this alone will not sustain our manufacturing sector, as long as present government policies prevail.
Is IP Protection the answer – perhaps!
New products and innovations that are the subject of IP protection can lead to sustainable manufacturing. But ask yourself this question, “why would you manufacture any new product in Australia (or any other product for that matter) when you can make it for much less in China and import it (with little or no duty) then sell it at a much greater profit?
In short it is simply uneconomic to manufacture most items in Australia, and to do so is little more than an act of altruistic patriotism. An obvious answer is to impose duties to protect our manufacturing base, but with both the Labor and Liberal commitment to “free trade agreements” this is unlikely to happen. A different solution needs to found.
One possible solution
If the government were to offer a tax holiday, for perhaps 5 years, on inventions and innovations that are made in Australia it would have a trickle through effect. It would kickstart local manufacturing, create jobs and stimulate and support Australian innovation. The cost to the Government would be negligible and further revenue would flow to government from taxes on employees, reduction in unemployment and the activities surrounding the creation of new facilities to support these new ventures.
The incentive to develop and localise industries with new products would be profound.
Is anybody listening?
I wonder if those in the Government would consider this suggestion for without a drastic change in policy it seems likely that manufacturing in Australia will cease to exist within the next decade.
Roger La Salle, is the creator of the “Matrix Thinking”™ technique and is widely sought after as an international speaker on Innovation, Opportunity and business development. He is the author of four books, Director and former CEO of the Innovation Centre of Victoria (INNOVIC) as well as a number of companies both in Australian and overseas. He has been responsible for a number of successful technology start-ups and in 2004 was a regular panellist on the ABC New Inventors TV program. In 2005 he was appointed to the “Chair of Innovation” at “The Queens University” in Belfast. Matrix Thinking is now used in more than 26 countries and licensed to one of the world’s largest consulting firms. www.matrixthinking.com