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Digital transformation: how does your business compare?

How well placed is your retail business when it comes to its digital transformation? Today we’ll look at some of the ways your competitors might be complementing their bricks and mortar stores with online empires. For some retailers, COVID-19 was the death knell for their business. For others, it gave a much-needed nudge to supplement in-store sales with thriving online hubs. So how well did you transform your business compared to your competitors in 2020? Well, Retail Express conducted a…...
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How will your business bounce back from 2020?

If you’re worried about how to recover from the horror show that was 2020, you’re not alone. Two-thirds of Australian small to medium businesses feel the same way, research shows. As SMEs look towards “COVID-normal” in 2021, many are wondering how they will rebound from the stresses and strains of the past year. In fact, as many as 65% of businesses are worried about having a clear recovery pathway, according to findings from business banking analysis firm East & Partners.…...
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What are Australia’s most popular vehicles? The 2020 results are in

Long gone are the days of Holden vs Ford. These days it’s all about the SUV vs the great Australian ute. So which vehicle type topped the list in 2020? Let’s wind back the clock a bit. It’s the year 2000: we’ve dodged Y2K (phew!), you can still photograph your kids sitting next to the pilot, and you’re either a fan of Peter Brock (Holden) or Dick Johnson (Ford) - never both. Back then the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon…...
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Happy New Year! Here’s to a prosperous 2021!

Well, that was a year for the history books. Time to start looking forward, we reckon! And the good news is 2021 offers plenty of promise. So what’s your New Year’s resolution? While we saw the national housing market dip throughout the middle of 2020, it's already started to recover, and many experts predict it'll rebound even stronger in 2021 as the COVID-19 vaccination is rolled out across the country. With that optimistic outlook in mind, now’s a great time…...
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Warning to SMEs: payment times have completely blown out

Small businesses are receiving payments from clients a month late on average - that’s 18 days longer than last year. Make sure your business's cash flow isn’t adversely impacted this holiday season. The blow-out in payment times is having a “devastating impact” on small businesses across the country, warns the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO). In October, small businesses were paid 31 days late on average, compared to 13 days late in October 2019, reveals CreditorWatch data…...
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8 ideas to improve your business’s cash flow over the festive season

The festive season is fast approaching and this year, more than ever, it’s important for businesses to ensure they have their cash flow management in order. Here are our top 8 ideas to help you through the upcoming period. While the holiday period is usually a boon for retailers, cash flow problems still hamper many businesses, as accounts departments across the country take a much needed holiday. With COVID-19 causing all sorts of headaches and heartaches for businesses big and…...
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RBA trims cash rate to new record low 0.10%

If you didn’t back a winner on Melbourne Cup Day then fret not: the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has delivered mortgage holders a win by cutting the official cash rate by 15 basis points to a new record low of 0.10%. RBA Governor Philip Lowe says the cash rate cut is part of a package of measures to support job creation and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Given the outlook for both employment and inflation, monetary and fiscal…...
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Responsible lending laws to be axed: what that means for you

You might have recently heard that ‘responsible lending laws’ are set to be scrapped early next year. Rest assured though that you'll still be able to borrow responsibly. Let us explain how. The planned scrapping of the responsible lending laws is the federal government’s latest key initiative to boost economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession. Now, the federal government (and the banks) say it will simplify the regulatory landscape and free up access to credit for home buyers and small…...
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JobKeeper 2.0 is about to begin: here’s what you need to know

Like most sequels, JobKeeper 2.0 won’t be as big a blockbuster as the original. But that’s not to say it won't help many SMEs navigate the difficult times ahead. Today we’ll cover what you need to know about making the transition for your business. It’s hard to believe that JobKeeper 2.0 is due to begin next week. But it’s actually been half a year (or 13 fortnightly payments) since the scheme was first launched, over which time around 42% of…...
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R U OK? We’re here for you, and here’s how you can support others

2020 hasn’t been an easy year for many Aussie households and businesses, which makes today an important one to check in on one another. COVID-19 and associated lockdowns have placed all sorts of new pressures on families and businesses across the country this year. In fact, more than 1.5 million Australians are currently suffering from mortgage stress - the equivalent of 40% of households. With today (September 10) marking R U OK? Day 2020, first and foremost we wanted to…...
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