GS1 Australia buys DLibrary

GS1 Australia has acquired DLibrary, a digital product photography, online hosting and distribution services company from PMP Digital Pty Ltd.
GS1 Australia’s executive director and chief executive officer Maria Palazzolo said: “The acquisition is aligned with GS1 Australia’s mission to provide suppliers, retailers and industry with a state of the art solution to manage and share high quality product images and accurate consumer facing product data with trading partners.
“Our strategic mission statement also reflects the vision of GS1 Global to establish the GS1 Cloud as the largest source of trusted product data in the world, making it possible for businesses to meet the expectations of today’s digital world.”
The DLibrary customer base and digital asset library will be merged into GS1 Australia’s Smart Media platform, providing retailers and many other Smart Media subscribers with a wider range of data and digital content at one central location.
Ms Palazzolo added: “The acquisition of DLibrary also complements the recent Smart Media enhancements to meet Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) requirements, as well as the expanded Smart Media Content Creation service powered by Brandbank, a Nielsen Group company, to bring local legal compliance and international best practice within the Smart Media service.
“An enhanced Smart Media is for the benefit of GS1 Australia members of all sizes, from the small local brand owner right up to large multi-nationals. We believe that the acquisition of DLibrary, together with the other enhancements, will position Smart Media as the leading solution for providing digital content to Australian industry.”
For many years GS1 Australia and DLibrary have worked collaboratively to drive industry standards in digital photography, and beyond the acquisition both companies will continue to work in partnership on digital content projects. This collaboration will provide GS1 Australia members and Smart Media customers with a range of value-added services around creative content and production including stylised photography, CGI, video, social, digital and print.
General manager of PMP Digital Stephen Cuthbert said: “We are excited about the sale of DLibrary to GS1 Australia and will work with GS1 to transition all of our customers to the Smart Media service over the coming months. We also look forward to continuing our strong relationship with GS1 Australia and combining our expertise to deliver expanded digital solutions for the Australian industry.”
Smart Media information: view the video, register to attend a free webinar, call the Smart Media team on +61 3 8581 5959, visit the website or email SmartMedia@gs1au.org.
 

Achieve your enterprise’s full intelligence potential

Zebra Technologies Corporation has revealed the results of its inaugural ‘Intelligent Enterprise Index’. This global survey analyses where companies are on the route to becoming an intelligent enterprise, how they are connecting the physical and digital worlds to improve visibility, efficiencies and growth.
Globally, 48 per cent are on the path to becoming intelligent enterprises, scoring between 50-75 points on the overall index. Only five per cent exceeded 75 points. In comparison, Asia Pacific respondents scored above the global average, with 51 per cent of those polled scoring between the 50-75 points, but merely two per cent were above the 75-point benchmark that qualify them to be considered an ‘intelligent’ enterprise.
The Intelligent Enterprise Index measures to what extent companies today are meeting the criteria that define today’s intelligent enterprise. Some of the criteria include Internet of Things (IoT) vision and adoption plan, as well as business engagement in developing a return on investment for IoT. The criteria were identified by leading executives, industry experts and policymakers across different industries at the 2016 Strategic Innovation Symposium: The Intelligent Enterprise, which was hosted by Zebra in collaboration with the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH) last year.
“An ‘intelligent enterprise’ is one that leverages ties between the physical and digital worlds to enhance visibility and mobilise actionable insights that create better customer service, drive operational efficiencies or enable new business models,” said Tom Bianculli, chief technology officer at Zebra.
“This is a journey for enterprise organisations, so we wanted to see where most companies are in the process. Clearly, many are still forming their IoT strategies, but we are seeing segments that have identified targeted use cases and are aggressively deploying solutions.”
The framework of an Intelligent Enterprise is based on technology that integrate cloud computing, mobility, and the Internet of Things (IoT) to automatically ‘sense’ information from enterprise assets. Operational data from these assets, including status, location, utilisation, or preferences, is then ‘analysed’ to provide actionable insights, which can then be mobilised to the right person at the right time so they can be ‘acted’ upon to drive better, more timely decisions by users anywhere, at any time.
Asia-Pacific key survey findings

  • IoT vision is strong and investment set to increase. In APAC, 38 per cent of companies spend more than $1 million towards IoT annually, and 80 per cent expect that number to increase in the next one to two years. In fact, 67 per cent of APAC companies expect their IoT investment to increase by 11 per cent or more during this time. However, 39 per cent of companies today have not executed on their IoT plans or do not have any plans at all. Although only 36 per cent currently have company-wide deployment, it is expected that 65 per cent will have it deployed company-wide in the future.
  • Customer service is driving IoT. Seventy-one per cent of companies claim the largest driver of IoT investment is improving the customer service. In the future, increasing revenue (54 percent) and expanding into new markets (53 percent) are expected to be the largest drivers.
  • Business engagement is top of mind, but culture should be given more consideration. Eighty-one per cent of companies have a method in place to measure ROI from their IoT plan, and 73 per cent have IoT plans that address both the cultural and process changes necessary to implement it.
  • Many companies lack an adoption plan. Fifty-four per cent of companies expect resistance to adopt their IoT solution, yet don’t have a plan in place to address it. Only 27 per cent who expect resistance, have a plan to address it.
  • Companies keep employees informed, but there is room for more. Approximately 83 per cent of companies share information from their IoT solutions with their employees more than once a day, of which half of these employers share in real or near-real time. However, only 34 per cent provide actionable information to all employees, and information is provided either via email (69 percent) or as raw data (67 per cent).

Survey background and methodology

  • The online survey was fielded from 3-23 August 2017 across a wide range of segments, including healthcare, manufacturing, retail and transportation and logistics.
  • In total, 908 IT decision makers from nine countries were interviewed, including the US, UK/Great Britain, France, Germany, Mexico, and Brazil. Of these, about a third were from the APAC markets, including China, India, and Australia/New Zealand.
  • Eleven metrics were used to understand where companies are on the path to becoming an Intelligent Enterprise, including: IoT Vision, Business Engagement, Technology Solution Partner, Adoption Plan, Change Management Plan, Point of use Application, Security & Standards, Lifetime Plan, Architecture/Infrastructure, Data Plan and Intelligent Analysis.

 

Qantas Freight goes electronic

Qantas Freight has announced the roll-out of its e-Freight initiative in Australia by 2010, in conjunction with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the local airfreight industry.
 
Qantas Freight executive general manager Grant Fenn said the move was a significant step towards modernising and simplifying the air cargo industry, meeting the demands of international supply chains.
 
“Air freight at present is unnecessarily complex, relying on myriad outdated paper processes,” he said.
 
“We are looking forward to when paper airway bills and other documentation currently required in multiple copies can be replaced with a single electronic message that can be used throughout the life of the shipment."
 
Qantas Freight has already begun a multi-million dollar project to replace its IT systems to enhance the accuracy of data capture and handle demands for greater data sharing.
 
Mr Fenn said a key to improving the quality of information is collaboration among relevant sectors, including airlines, government agencies, forwarders and shippers.
 
"Ultimately, electronic messaging will mean better service for customers and a strengthening of the safety and security of air cargo, without disrupting speed of delivery,” he said.
 
"The e-Freight initiative will also deliver significant cost savings to the industry through the elimination of paper storage, a reduction in the incidence of delays from freight arriving at its destination without documentation, and improved data consistency."
 

Royal Mail goes electronic

The British post office, Royal Mail, has signed a contract with data capture technology provider Intermec to provide over 25,000 of its handheld CN3 mobile computers.

The partnership forms part of Royal Mail

Casio data capture products to enter Australian market

Casio DT-X7 portable barcode data terminal

Australian business technology company ASP Microcomputers is set to form a partnership with Casio Japan for a range of mobile business solution products.

ASP has been appointed as Casio Japan’s Australian partner to provide its technologies for the development of mobile barcode terminals and industrial PDAs.

Welcoming the alliance, ASP director Robert Kogoi said: “We intend to deliver the same level of professionalism and innovation to both the Casio brand and the respected range of mobile business solutions products in Australia.”

Casino Japan manager of Overseas Marketing and Sales Division Hiroshi Inami said partnering with an eligible local company has been a key factor in successful overseas operations. 

“We were looking for a company who had broad experience and knowledge in the integration of solutions using mobile products,” Mr Inami said.

“Casio is successful in many overseas countries where there is a partner who understands the ins and outs of the products and it is time for Australian businesses to gain the benefits that the Casio products can offer.”

With over 30 years’ experience, ASP has worked with government departments and businesses, such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Telstra Payphones, providing technologies including barcode, RFID, Ethernet, WiFi and GPRS & GSM data transfer.

For more information on the Casio range of mobile business solutions visit www.asp.com.au/casio.   

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