Businesses respond to inflation with investment in tech transformation
Financial decision-makers across regions are investing in automation (37%) and supply chain tech (37%) as businesses respond to inflation and lingering concerns about a recession, according to research from Taulia, the working capital management solutions provider. The survey, which was carried out amongst more than 500 senior financial decisions-makers in the United States, the UK, Germany and Singapore found that businesses in Singapore and the U.S. are more likely to invest in technology and infrastructure than undertake cost-cutting measures, such as seeking cheaper suppliers, reducing staff expenses, and working more efficiently with raw materials and energy, as economic uncertainty continues.
Optimism for businesses is low nearing 2023, Grant Thornton finds
Grant Thornton International's recent International Business Report (IBR) research has revealed that there is a downturn in overall general business confidence countrywide among Australians as we enter the new year of 2023 – dropping 17 per cent (17%) from the first half of 2022.
Corporate FX strategies will be tested in the year 2023, Convera study finds
Corporate foreign exchange strategies will be tested to new levels in 2023, due to continued pressure from rising interest rates, geopolitical tensions, and a worsening energy crisis, according to the new ‘Are You Ready for 2023?’ Report published recently by Convera.
Aussies ask for extra shifts due to the rising costs of living, Qualitrics reveals
Workers in Australia are looking for new jobs, asking for extra shifts, and switching to cheaper brands as everyday expenses eat up a bigger chunk of their paychecks, new research released recently from Qualtrics shows.
New report reveals what Aussie Zillennials look for in a workplace
Despite the rising cost of living, and contrary to popular belief, a new study from Afterpay reveals that Zillennials (Gen Z and Millennials) are one of the most financially savvy generations with almost three quarters (70%) saying they use thrifty saving techniques to balance spending priorities whilst keeping up with lifestyles.
NZ consumers to spend more on telco services despite economic headwinds
Venture Insights latest New Zealand (NZ) consumer telco survey shows that telco spending looks robust going forward. The survey showed that more consumers expected to increase their usage of SVOD services, suggesting they see it as a choice for entertainment that could potentially replace more expensive options such as going to the movies, dining out, etc.
Bloated business profits make up 60% of inflation, finds Sparrow Loans
The spike in inflation isn't coming from input cost pressures, despite the rate rises; it comes from businesses broadening their profit margins while claiming higher energy costs and wage rises. Rising profits are the primary driver of inflation, not the cost of inputs or excessive demand. Many corporates say 'they've got no choice' but to lift prices when costs rise.
Kaohsiung smart harbors forum launched to foster global tie-ups
The southern city of Kaohsiung, known as the Maritime Capital and the Harbor Capital of Taiwan, serves as the best base for Taiwan to venture into marine technology. In recent years, with time evolution and industrial changes, the City Govt has been striving to promote the transformation of the Port of Kaohsiung from an industrial harbor to a people-oriented hub, while implementing strategic intelligence solutions in the advanced semiconductor industry and 5G-enabled applications and services with the aim of meeting the needs of future industrial transformation and achieving tech leadership in various fields.
Red and green tape is strangling Australia’s farming future, finds IPA
In a keynote address at the Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western Australia in Perth, Daniel Wild released a new research report by the IPA, Australia’s Green Tape Army: A comparative analysis of the growth of the environmental bureaucracy and the agricultural sector. The research report reveals that since the year 2000, the size of the federal environmental bureaucracy has grown three times faster than the agricultural sector itself.
Inflation worries 85% of workers, a third moved jobs for less than $5K
One of the main focuses of the Job and Skills Summit this week will be how Aussie workers can get wage increases while companies find and keep talented employees. Data from an RMIT Online survey released reveals inflation is pressuring workers to ask for pay raises and that the talent war hasn't been enough to make them satisfied with their current paychecks.