Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but pearls have been enchanting tourists and consumers visiting Willie Creek since 1989. Willie Creek Pearls offers a complete experience – from witnessing how pearls are created, to purchasing the final product. The company grows its own pearls, designs and manufactures its own jewelry, and distributes the jewelry through its own retail shops. CEO Tony Maio reports that this system gives the company complete control over every part of the pearl jewelry production process. “We’re doing it ourselves every step of the way,” he says. “And we know exactly what every product is and how it’s made.”
Is the tourism glass half-full or half-empty? It is a tradition in the travel industry, not just here, to moan about the paucity of prospects and the problem of making a buck. The strong dollar means every Australian is hell-bent on leaving to explore the rest of the world instead of Coober Pedy. The recession in Europe means no-one arrives from there anymore and there just are not enough New Zealanders to make up the difference.
Technology has revolutionised the world in which we live. The drama of everyday life is posted on Facebook, tweeted and blogged about relentlessly. It seems like just about everything has an iPhone app that can be downloaded with a smart phone. Consumers are hungry for gadgets. Modern society has become televised 24/7, for better or for worse.
Courage is a concept that holds a special place in the human condition. If life is a kaleidoscope filled with moral shades of grey, courage is one of the few lodestones that bring contrast to humanity’s vision.
Think back 20 years. There were some 5,000 “newsagencies” on the high streets and in the shopping centres of Australia. Many, perhaps most, took the form of a small shop. Someone might be serving you wearing a vest with a fag in his mouth and a pair of thongs on. But things have changed since then.
The Bestlan Group knows how to weather a storm. Last year, Cyclone Yasi hit the company hard. So hard, in fact, that Sales Director Nadia Moulds admits that mere survival was the goal for 2011. Bestlan’s core values played a key role in its survival, as well as in its transformation from a humble banana grower to a leading supplier of value-added fruit products for the food industry.
How does one make the transition from a motor mechanic to managing director of a multimillion dollar corporation? How does one begin a relationship with Variety, The Children’s Charity as an annual basher and go on to chair one of its most successful fundraising activities? Well, for Ron Barton, it was a combination of hard work, ingenuity, and resourcefulness – qualities that he has put to great use as Managing Director of Yellow Corporation, guiding the company through the tough economic times that have hit much of the world recently.
In 1925, Roy Bayley Russell won a contract to distribute motor spirit for Dalgety & Co, who had just been appointed the Queensland agent for the Commonwealth Oil Refineries. It was the start of a dynastic transport business that nowadays has expanded to incorporate cranes, warehousing and customs / quarantine services. The family business still remains primarily a family transport business with the third generation of Russell Family members taking the reins in 2007.
Bottled water is a $600 million a year business in Australia and yet the nation’s consumption of bottled water is well below the average for developed nations. Australians consume some 12 litres per year, around one eighth of what an average Swiss or Austrian guzzles. This has nothing to do with whether tap water is potable, or whether a country has an abundance of springs, and (perhaps unfortunately for a certain stereotype) likewise it’s not because Australians are always imbibing the amber nectar instead.
PETstock is a large franchise that services all pets and their owners. It has expanded so thoroughly that virtually all pet needs can be met in the store. PETstock has evolved by constantly innovating and listening to its customers, offering the many benefits of its Member’s club, and providing a wonderful store experience.