In the digital economy shift work is becoming more popular for both workers and employers due to both needing more flexibility. OneShift started in Australia in 2012 aiming to create a market for jobs and solve the recruiting problems. At that time getting a job as a shift worker was very old-school: you printed out your resume and took it to employers. Often these employers wanted someone but not right now. One Shift's solution is a platform to let people work the shifts they want to work. Gen George, the Founder, won the AFR Westpac Women of Infuence Award 2015 https://au.oneshiftjobs.com
Right2Drive's mission is to uphold the rights of drivers to ensure uninterrupted motoring when they are deprived of the use of their car as a result of a motor accident. Many do not know of the Australian legal precedent under which Right2Drive operates that provides:
"In the event of a multiple car collision, it is an obligation by law for the at-fault party, or the at-fault party?s insurer, to bear the cost of a like for like replacement vehicle for the no-fault party." Regardless of who was at fault in your motor accident, Right2Drive can get you back on the road without fuss for the duration of your vehicle repairs, or until you receive your total loss settlement. If you?re not at-fault or if you have optional replacement vehicle cover, there is no cost.?Right2Drive was recently taken over by the listed company Eclipx. www.eclipxgroup.com
TOM is a non-profit organization that hosts Makeathons to inspire people with tech abilities to help people with disabilities who are challenged in their everyday lives. The Makeathons are 72-hour events that are held to meet a ?call for challenge? and a ?call for talent? and are planned months in advance. Organised and run by volunteers, the Makeathons use open source design and coding to create new, customised and practical solutions, that are a direct response to personal needs. www.tomglobal.org
Most manufacturers of drink coasters and placemats refuse small orders because the product cost to the end user is far too high, however Activeways developed a new way to produce small runs of bar coasters and table placemats economically. You just email them your favourite photos and they'll quote to copy them on quality timber. I loved the idea and had small quantities of many photos made into coasters of our kids growing up which we use often for family dinners. Activeways is now owned by Thre3 Australia.
Last year Rio Tinto, the multinational miner with head offices in Australia and the UK, rolled out fully automated driverless truck fleets at two of its iron ore mines in the Pilbara Western Australia, in what it said was a world first. Recently a convoy of self-driving trucks drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. While robot replacement of human labour is still being discussed, it's already happening with driverless trucks. With labor representing an estimated 75 percent of trucking costs the cost savings are potentially huge. While drivers are restricted by law from driving more than set hours per day without a break, a driverless truck can drive nearly 24 hours per day. It's been estimated that the technology could double the output of a transportation network at 25 percent of the cost. And the savings become even more significant fuel efficiency gains are included. In times of low growth these productivity gains are particularly significant.