Opinion

Retail – Some Things Never Make Sense

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Opinion | Comments Off on Retail – Some Things Never Make Sense

Retail – Some Things Never Make Sense

Some things just don’t make sense; it doesn’t matter which way you look at them; how many times you do – they don’t make sense! For me, open refrigerated and freezer display cabinets in supermarkets have always fitted into this category.  It’s like “we have done this for 100 years, it’s how we do it” is the possible defence to such absurdity. Just think about this.  It’s mid-winter and cold, and these open cabinets are actually cooling the supermarket while the store is being heated to counteract the additional cooling load being generated because the refrigerated cabinets don’t have...

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A Sustainable Business Model for Utility Companies.

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Opinion | Comments Off on A Sustainable Business Model for Utility Companies.

A Sustainable Business Model for Utility Companies.

Recently my wife, Paula spent about 20 hours on the phone with Origin Energy, attempting to sort out our electricity bills.  After building a house, we received a number of bills that appeared to be in conflict with each other e.g. we were charged at one point for electricity usage when there was no electrical supply connected to the block; irregular bills (in complete contradiction) kept arriving. She collected all of the bills and attempted to reconcile them (which was impossible).  Then she proceeded to call….and call…..and hold for Origin Energy.  Most calls took a couple of hours with...

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Sustainable Competitive Advantage for Australian Farmers

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Opinion | Comments Off on Sustainable Competitive Advantage for Australian Farmers

Sustainable Competitive Advantage for Australian Farmers

I don’t know what it is, I just feel better about buying seafood grown in Australia. Well actually I do know what it is, I have traveled a lot and seen a lot of factories and I think I would prefer something produced under Australian Food Standards. The reason for this is that very little imported food products are stringently tested to ensure they meet Australian Standards.  Getting back to the seafood, the Australian product is generally about 10% more expensive and I am sure Australian prawns would outsell the imported equivalent (over the counter) – wholesale may be another story. A long...

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Foyer Art

Posted by on Jul 20, 2013 in Opinion | Comments Off on Foyer Art

Expensive foyer art is designed to set the tone of the building as well as provide a welcoming feel and communicate a message to visitors and staff of the building. It’s a bit like, “market positioning” for the building; it needs to be prominent and grandiose to have desired impact. Wouldn’t an entrance that displayed graphically and simply the real-time environmental performance of the building, deliver a strong and convincing message?  I guess this would only be true if the building was highly efficient?

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How Smart is Smart?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Opinion | Comments Off on How Smart is Smart?

How Smart is Smart?

Once upon a time, buildings were assessed based on location and structure, these days it’s a bit more like an IQ test for buildings! How smart is your building? Can it heat and cool itself, can it breathe… What about those older buildings, or I guess these days, those dumb buildings? Clearly the technology is now substantially more advanced; but why are all those lights left on afterhours in those smart new buildings?  Sometimes I think things have become too smart; so smart in fact that the design intent of the building is a long way from its day-to-day operation. To ensure that technology...

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Eco-labelling Yes or No?

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Opinion | Comments Off on Eco-labelling Yes or No?

Eco-labelling Yes or No?

There is always a lot of discussion about the green credentials of companies; the motives, the reality, the actual outcomes etc!  Often companies promote eco-labels or standards and third party endorsements.   Although this certainly is a step in the right direction, they are often too confusing. Some are better than others, but what do they really tell the consumer? It is quite difficult for a consumer to know or understand; or to distinguish between authentic claims and those that are simply phoney; or evaluate between valid green claims to decide which product or service may be better?...

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