ABM Advisor: The ABM Blog

  • May 12 2016

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    The Australian food industry in close-up

    The Australian food industry is in a vibrant and profitable place currently, as good sentiment and positive financial returns grow steadily around importing, exporting, production and manufacturing. Following the ebbs and flows of such a dynamic industry is crucial in order to stay ahead of developments in new markets, legal developments and advancements in procedure and software.Demand for Australian products throughout AsiaThe Australian Trade and Investment Commission (ATIC) reports that a rise in living standards and a greater diversity of choice are two factors that play into the increased demand for products outside of China. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Tran Bao Minh, a chief executive of International Dairy Products, said that Australian food suppliers need to move quickly and operate at full efficiency to capture and deliver to the Asian markets."Demand is changing fast and consumers are constantly looking for new and better products," Mr. Minh said.The ATIC reports that the fastest-growing food and beverage market in Asia is China, with an impressive average annual growth rate of 35.4 per cent from 2011 to 2014."Demand is changing fast and consumers are constantly looking for new and better products," The opportunity is huge; China has a population of over 1.3 billion, as reported by Euromonitor, and is undeniably a strong market for the Australian food industry. Therefore, as demand for Australian products throughout Asia remains strong, Australian food and beverage businesses should be looking to manufacture and deliver in a smooth, timely fashion.Positivity across the Australian PMI index for food manufacturingAs a sub-index, the food industry has been performing well on the Australian Industry (Ai) Group's Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI). The index overall slightly dropped by 4.7 points to 53.4 points in April.This figure means that expansion has been at a slower rate than in March, as results on the Ai PMI that are above 50 points indicate expansion and a reading a below 50 suggests a decline in expansion. The PMI generates results from a monthly rotating sample of around 200 manufacturing companies.A drop of this size can be ignored for the most part, as it is small and sits within a wider upwards trend, and the PMI April result was the highest since April 2004. This manufacturing trend sits within the longest period of unwavering growth for the Australian PMI as a whole since September 2006.According to the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, food and beverage is a major industry sector for the Australian economy both because of its employment and its financial contribution. The various players differ in size, which provides the opportunity for niche products and large scale manufacturing of bulk items to both exist in fulfilling local and overseas needs.Ai Group's chief executive, Innes Willox, said this growth is a positive turn for an industry that has, until recently, been battling the choppy post-global financial crisis (GFC) economic seas. The Australian food industry is performing well on the PMI index. "While margins remain tight, recovering domestic market share and building momentum in a variety of export markets provide a strong foundation for the lift in confidence required for the sector to move up another gear. A budget that boosts incentives for business investment and innovation would come at just the right time for manufacturers to capitalise on recent gains," Mr. Willox said.According to the PMI April release, the Australian dollar as slightly appreciated, but the overall drop in the value of the Australian dollar across recent years is the main reason for the strength seen within the index. This depreciation assists sales in exporting and importing, providing room for growth.This is a positive outlook for the...

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  • Apr 9 2016

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    Australian companies show confidence to expand

    Australian small business owners have always been an entrepreneurial and inventive bunch, weathering the storm of the global financial crisis and its aftermath with a calm focus on the future. Now that things have settled down in the Australian economy, the future is bright for both small and large businesses.Like all living things, small businesses must grow steadily to be healthy and prosperous. From the expansion of technology, for example small business management software, to the purchasing of new structures, such as a new warehouse to increase production. An increase in capacity can boost efficacy, sales and progress across the whole company.

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  • Apr 13 2016

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    Why increased capacity is good for business

    There are a number of reasons why a business may not be operating at 100 per cent capacity utilisation: lower demand, inefficacy and an increase in capacity that does not match an increase in demand, to name a few. Some of these potential issues are ultimately out of the control of the business, yet their effects can be mitigated with careful planning at the right kind of smart business intelligence software. It is important for any sized business, if they are serious about growth, to look into the various ways they can expand their production and efficiency. Why increase capacity?It is important for any sized business, if they are serious about growth, to look into the various ways they can expand their production and efficiency. In the Australia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Small Business Survey for the December Quarter of 2015, stats showed that Australian businesses overall were expanding on their acquisition of structures and equipment, thus expanding on their capacity. This is a positive sign as we all know a business must expand capacity to grow, and reflects a confident market place.By increasing and expanding on vital components growth, such as production or manufacturing software, a business is showing innovation and postive risk taking - both signs of future growth. Therefore, increasing the maximum possible output for any small business is essential to survival in today's tough economy, and will usually require the purchasing and implementation of new technologies and software.But in some specific industries, such as manufacturing, capacity growth has begun to stall. As Professor Roy Green from UTS Business School reported in his May 5, 2015 feature in The Conversation, there are more than 80,000 manufacturing businesses in Australia - and most are small to medium business with under 100 employees. Being successful in the manufacturing industry requires innovation and investment in capacity. These companies have experienced a fall of $5.6 billion in manufacturing investment between 2005/06 and 2013/14. The latest statistics for the September quarter 2015 from the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science show this trend is continuing, with a documented decline in manufacturing gross domestic product from 6.4 per cent to 6.3 per cent.The information at hand suggests the issue is a complex one, made up of global economic circumstances and at-home attitudes to capacity and expansion. The manufacturing industry, if it wishes to stay competitive in a global market, must implement new technology, and fast.Business intelligence software is a sound investmentA small manufacturing firm would benefit from the introduction of Advanced Business Management software to improve efficiency, leaving room for expansion in other areas of the business. Designed to be the next generation of accounting software, it is a foundational business-wide IT solution, geared towards the future of small business management.

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  • Apr 28 2016

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    The ABM Service mobile application allows iOS and Android device users to receive logged calls in the field, and to record all aspects of the job from acceptance to completion.

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  • Apr 28 2016

    ABM 9 is now available!

    If you would like to discuss ABM 9 please get in touch with your local support partner.

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  • Apr 27 2016

  • Feb 11 2016

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    Food standards vital for Australian manufacturing industry

    In any industry, maintaining high production standards is one of the keys for success. If your customers and clients trust what's on the shelves and how it is manufactured, there is no doubt that return business will be plentiful.Of course, an example where quality is essential is the food manufacturing industry. According to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the food, beverage and tobacco manufacturing industry was worth $25.4 billion as of the 2013-14 financial year. In fact, this calculated to more than half (25.5 per cent) of the total manufacturing GDP and 1.6 per cent of Australia's total GDP worth.It is important to note that these figures mainly correlate to food products exported offshore. However, the domestic market is just as critical, and food manufacturing business leaders would be wise to keep Australians content.There are have been countless examples in the past of Australian food manufacturing businesses coming up short with local customers - potentially spooking international markets. This is the last thing that enterprises want, highlighting the need to establish strong production standards and improving process management.Lettuce salmonella scare

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  • Feb 5 2016

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    Manufacturing industry receives timely windfall

    There is no doubt the global manufacturing industry continues to go from strength to strength. With emerging markets in both the Middle East and Asia, it is important that Australian businesses keep up with latest trends and investments.According to Research and Markets, the global manufacturing execution system market has the potential to reach US$12.6 billion over the next five years. This marks a compound annual growth rate of 10.85 per cent - highlighting the ever-changing nature of this sector.

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  • Jan 20 2016

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    Six straight months of expansion for the manufacturing industry

    The festive season was a positive one for many business leaders in the manufacturing industry, with reports from the Australian Industry Group/ Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index showing that the sector finished the year in expansion.For the sixth straight month, the industry finished above the 50 point mark, a sign that the sector is in expansion rather than contraction. This despite a small decline of 0.6 points to 51.9 points in the final month of the year.

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  • Dec 22 2015

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    Will the food manufacturing industry be a catalyst for economic growth?

    In recent years, it is fair to say that the Australian economy has been in fits and starts. With a continuing hangover from the last global financial crisis and domestic political uncertainty, many experts are looking towards 2016 as a shining light.According to the most recent Roy Morgan Business Confidence Survey, the number of businesses that believe that the next 12 months will be great for enterprise growth and investment is above the five-year average and continues to be positive.However, with various elements of the national economy not firing on all cylinders, it is important to pick out certain industries which are primed for activity heading into the new year, one of which is food and agriculture.SA agribusiness poised for big futureBased on BankSA's economic bulletin published with Deloitte, the state of South Australia could be in line for a significant economic windfall over the coming years thanks to its flourishing food and agriculture industry. The bulletin noted that the sector contributes a growing 6.5 per cent of employment opportunities - higher than both the car and defence manufacturing sectors combined."South Australia's premium food industry is already a success story which has enormous potential to expand even further."BankSA Chief Executive Nick Reade explained that the agribusiness sector is seeing positive demand for food from overseas, a trend that will continue well into the next decade. As such, the industry could become the largest workforce across South Australia."Agribusiness is a future growth industry and South Australia's enviable reputation for producing clean, green food for the premium food sector is a strength that can't be readily replicated in many other parts of the world," Mr Reade said."The opportunities in selling to Asia's rising middle class are enormous, and they have been further enhanced by new Free Trade Agreements with Japan, Korea and China."According to BankSA, the state's agricultural commodities topped $5.9 billion in total value in the 2013-14 financial year. This included everything from seafood and dairy to livestock and crops. Making up 5 per cent of the state's economic output, there are certainly expectations that this will soar in the months and years ahead."South Australia's premium food industry is already a success story which has enormous potential to expand even further," Mr Reade added.Innovation - key to continued success Food is a growing part of the Australian economy. Of course, potential will stay potential if businesses within this industry don't innovate and continue to advance their operations. To help in this regard, the move from the federal government to create the National Innovation and Science Agenda should help leaders make the most of this advancing sector.This announcement certainly captured the imagination of AUSVEG, which represents the thousands of vegetable and potato growers. In a December 8 statement, AUSVEG spokesperson Shaun Lindhe described the commitment as "exciting" with the hope that Australia will turn into a country of technological innovation and ideas."This commitment to innovation can also be hugely beneficial for Australian growers, who are already considered world-leaders in applying ground-breaking research and development (R&D) in the field and in their businesses," he said."The future in agriculture will be driven by further innovations in productivity and technology, with incentives such as the National Innovation and Science Agenda an important driver for agribusinesses, researchers and other entrepreneurs to bring new and creative ideas to life."Food and beverage sector continues to growAs the innovation policies take shape, understanding the state of the food manufacturing sector is important for business leaders. By analysing the Australian Industry Group/Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index, enterprises can get a good gauge on their industries' overall performance and where possible improvements could be made.In the latest...

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