Huawei Gets Better Connected, Appoints New Distribution Partner

Huawei Technologies Australia today announced its intention to grow its channel business with the appointment of DNA Connect as its national distributor.

Huawei Head of Enterprise, Daniel Lin said the company had firm plans to extend its reach beyond its established communications technology into the server, storage and data centre business across Australia.

“Huawei has identified synergies and strengths with DNA Connect that will help us grow existing channel relationships and win new business,” Mr Lin said.

With more than 20 years experience in the distribution business DNA Connect highlighted its proven success with a range of innovative channel offerings including its focus on pre-sales architect solutions, demand generation, partner technical enablement and certification and sales support.

“Disruptive trends have seen big changes in both the ICT and distribution landscape in recent times, but the old adage still applies – ’get big, get niche, or get out’. We’re big and they’re niche – a recipe for success,” Mr Lin said.

Confirming the new partnership, DNA Connect Executive Director, Munsoor Khan said Huawei was leading the ICT charge.

“The innovation Huawei is bringing to the Australian market is truly impressive,” Mr Khan said.

“We always send our technical team to evaluate the products of any potential vendor we consider partnering with and our team was impressed with what they saw at Huawei.

“Not only does Huawei have the broadest range of products from a single vendor that we’ve seen, the products themselves are technically world class.”

Mr Khan said Huawei employed over 70,000 people in R&D alone and invested over 10% of sales back into R&D.

“Anyone who tries out these products will agree that this investment is paying off,” Mr Khan said.

“We’re excited to be the distributor for the Huawei Enterprise range in Australia and look forward to supporting channel partners who want to differentiate and take these products to market.”

DNA Connect will be formally introduced to the reseller community at Huawei’s ‘Better Connected’ Symposium in Sydney on 15-16 July at Randwick Racecourse.

HSBC Continues To Invest In Its Australian Retail Network With Launch Of New Branch

HSBC continues to expand across Australia with the opening of its latest branch in Ashfield – HSBC’s 15th in New South Wales and 32nd in Australia overall. The launch reinforces the bank’s commitment to investing and growing its footprint in Australia.

Graham Heunis, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management for HSBC Australia, said “As the leading international bank in Australia, building relationships with globally-oriented and affluent customers is the cornerstone of HSBC’s retail and wealth business – and expanding our branch presence is a significant part of this strategy.”

“Ashfield is one of Sydney’s most international suburbs and we see significant opportunity to put our strong service and global banking proposition to work for customers in this community.”

“Ashfield boasts a Chinese community five times larger than the rest of NSW and half of households speak two or more languages, with Mandarin leading the way. Beyond its international flavour, Ashfield is also growing in affluence with weekly wages surpassing the state and national averages1.”

“We believe HSBC Premier, our global banking and wealth management proposition, will resonate in the community. Whether customers are from mainland China, Ashfield or Hong Kong, HSBC has the network to meet their international banking needs,” he said.

HSBC Premier is an international retail banking and wealth management proposition for affluent customers facilitating access to international banking products and services as well as a dedicated relationship manager. The HSBC Premier proposition complements HSBC’s broader range of mortgages, deposits, credit cards and wealth management offerings.

The new branch occupies 300 square metres on the ground floor of Ashfield Mall Shopping Centre and is a full retail service centre.

Deloitte Digital Wins Digital Marketing Partner of the Year

Deloitte Digital has won Adobe’s Digital Marketing Partner of the Year 2014 Award for Australia and New Zealand. The announcement was made at the Adobe Digital Marketing Symposium in Sydney, where over 1,500 marketers gathered to hear the latest innovations in digital transformation.

Deloitte Digital national leader Frank Farrall said: “We are thrilled to receive this award as the market place is continuing to tell us that digital has become the core of many business service offerings. The customer is the main focus and the ability to understand what, how and where they are engaging with a brand is paramount. This is why we believe the Adobe Marketing Cloud is a great alignment for our clients as they look to maximise their returns on marketing spend through personalised content managed experiences and data driven insights.”

“Deloitte Digital has more than 200 dedicated digital experts in Australia and is broadening its digital capability to assist business and public sector organisations grapple with the transformative reality of digital disruption.”
“Today digital business represents a rapidly growing portion of our economy. The evidence is mounting that digital will permeate more than two thirds of all business activity within five short years and will be central to the productivity gains our country aspires to,” added Mr Farrall.

Deloitte Digital is shaping the digital market place by supporting the idea of 21st century organisations transforming around digital business models, by investing in the next generation of technologies that sit at the heart of their business and government clients.
“We will continue to challenge the tired and outdated approaches by bringing digital strategy, design, engineering and integration services to our clients, focussing on mobile technologies and social for the next generation of digital customers.”
Adobe’s Asia Pacific Director, Partner engagement, Damon Scarr, said the award acknowledges Adobe’s top performing digital marketing partner in 2014.

“This award recognises a partner who is making a true commitment to technical innovation, achieving remarkable year-over-year business growth, and successfully supporting Adobe Digital Marketing customers,” said Mr Scarr. “Deloitte Digital has a long history providing leading brands with world-class interactive, web-based solutions.”

Commonwealth Bank Backs Home Owners With Most Competitive 5-Year Fixed Rate

Today the Commonwealth Bank is set to help more Australians buy their own property by offering the most competitive 5 year fixed rate home loan in the market. The new 4.99 per cent per annum offer is the lowest five year fixed rate ever offered by the Commonwealth Bank and is 0.7 per cent lower than the previous rate.

This is the first time CBA has offered a 5 year fixed rate below 5 per cent.

The new rate will be effective for new and existing customers from 23 July, 2014 and apply to Wealth Package and Mortgage Advantage Package products.

Lyn Cobley, Executive General Manager Retail Products and Third Party said, “This is a great opportunity for customers to lock in an extremely competitive rate for five years.”

“It’s just another way Commonwealth Bank is helping more Australians own their home.”

The new competitive rate, along with the support, tools and flexibility offered by the Commonwealth Bank, helps make our customers’ home buying experience even easier.

Our home buying experts help customers understand the buying process and assist customers with all the information required about buying property in Australia with the free Property Guide app and many other tools.

AMP Capital Unveils Stage One Of Macquarie Centre’s Redevelopment

AMP Capital has opened the first stage of its $440 million development of Macquarie Centre at North Ryde, Sydney.

The project is part of AMP Capital Shopping Centres’ $2.8 billion development pipeline, which includes major redevelopments underway at Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast and Perth’s Ocean Keys, and proposed at Garden City, Booragoon and Karrinyup shopping centres also in Perth.

AMP Capital Shopping Centres Managing Director Bryan Hynes said the development transforms Macquarie Centre’s retail offering and customer experience and provides a compelling opportunity for investors.

“The redevelopment of Macquarie Centre responds to the strong growth in the Ryde region. With a total trade area of 337,770 people, expected to unleash $6 billion in retail spending by 2021, the north-west corridor is considered the new capital of household wealth in Sydney and by the end of the year the area will have a new-look shopping centre to match,” Mr Hynes said.

“Today we have unveiled, ahead of schedule and on budget, more than 37 food and specialty retailers, 29 of which are new to Macquarie Centre. The centre will offer our customers a one-stop-shop for fresh food, specialty Asian food stores and market-style restaurant options from local producers.”

Stage one of the redevelopment includes a Fresh Food Market precinct featuring new Coles and ALDI supermarkets alongside a refurbished Woolworths. It also includes a range of market-style eateries such as Costis Seafood Market Macquarie, Inlakesh Living Foods and F & L Gourmet.

In a first for Australia, the centre boasts an innovative 21-metre curved iconic digital panel, which delivers both ambient content and advertising. Partnering with Spinifex Group, creative specialists behind the Sydney Vivid Festival, the panel is part of AMP Capital Shopping Centres’ focus on creating unique places and experiences for shoppers.

Mr Hynes said: “Consumers are savvier yet more time poor than ever before and are craving distinct experiences in unique environments where they feel special. We’re transforming Macquarie Centre into a leading contemporary urban centre, offering diverse experiences to the students, residents and workers in the area.”

The second stage of the project will be completed in time for the Christmas shopping period and will provide one of the finest retail and leisure destinations tailored to residents and the expanding Macquarie University and Macquarie Business Park. The centre will grow by around 38,000 square metres to be approximately 138,500 square metres in size on completion, making it the largest suburban shopping centre in Sydney.

Mr Hynes said: “When it is complete, Macquarie Centre will house a new fashion galleria featuring Australian and international designers and a two-level David Jones, which will be the department store’s first new premises in Sydney for seven years.

“The centre will include a number of international, large-format, fashion brands as well as established local brands, aspirational fashion retailers, unique leisure and lifestyle retailers, and the best fresh food offering in the area.

“The Macquarie Centre development delivers a great product for our customers, retailers and investors and demonstrates AMP Capital’s capability as an investment manager in real estate. AMP Capital identified the project as a market-leading investment opportunity, raised the required capital and has managed all aspects of the development.”

Macquarie Centre is managed by AMP Capital and owned by the AMP Capital Shopping Centre Fund (ASCF), the Australian Core Property Portfolio (ACPP) and the AMP Capital Retail Trust.

For more information about the redevelopment at Macquarie Centre, please visit www.macquariecentre.com.au

About AMP Capital Shopping Centres and Macquarie Centre:

AMP Capital Shopping Centres combines world-class experience and specialist capabilities with a deep understanding of local property markets. Supported by the strength of AMP Capital and the experience of the AMP Group, we are uniquely positioned to provide premium property management services to some of Australia and New Zealand’s most successful and high-performing retail centres. Established in 1971, AMP Capital Shopping Centres has a portfolio comprising 26 centres throughout Australia and New Zealand, which generate more than A$6 billion in annual sales and attract more than 170 million visitations annually. AMP Capital Shopping Centres employs more than 275 people and has more than 3,000 individual retailer relationships*.

*As at December 2013. Includes internally and externally managed centres.