The week in brief March 31 2015

All the smaller - and occasionally bizarre or humorous - business newspieces from Australia and abroad from the past week.

All the smaller - and occasionally bizarre or humorous - business newspieces from Australia and abroad from the past week. 

If you enjoyed our recently published special feature story on 3D printing and manufacturing, then get this - China’s first 3D-printed car has just rolled off the production line – with a handy price tag of a mere $2,250 to manufacture. It’s not pretty (see right), but in unveiling the car, maker Sanya Suhai hopes to put Chinese commuters on the road to much-needed energy saving transportation measures. Read more here.

With 13 million Australian active users, Facebook is no longer a platform just for the young and tech-savvy. But despite claims to the contrary over the last year, Facebook's latest study on Australian usage claims just because mum might be using it too, Aussie teens aren't logging off the social platform. A new Nielsen study, Aussies On Facebook, commissioned by Facebook, has found that 83 per cent of 16-24 year olds use the platform on a daily basis. When that metric is narrowed to students under 25 years of age, it increases to 92 per cent. 
In terms of total users, 13 million Australians are active Facebook users, while 10 million log on every day. Out of that 10 million, 9 million access the platform on mobile. Read more here. 

PayPal Australia has launched Free Return Shipping, a new service that allows customers to refund their shipping costs on eligible online purchases. The announcement comes in response to research from Ipsos and PayPal, which finds that concerns around high return shipping costs are discouraging over half of online shoppers from making repeat purchases. According to research from Ipsos and PayPal, overall ecommerce spend is forecast to grow by 10 per cent in 2015 to $50 billion, however for over half of Australian shoppers, expensive return shipping costs are considered a disincentive to shopping online.

The rate of injuries in Victorian workplaces has reached a new record low, according to the half-yearly results released today by WorkSafe Victoria. As of December 31, 2014 there were 7.32 claims per million hours worked (MHW) in Victorian workplaces, a reduction on the 7.37 claims per MHW recorded at the end of 2013/14. Read more here.

In a major crime against all things Australian, the Independent Liquor Group (ILG) has paid a penalty of $10,200 following the issue of an infringement notice by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in relation to its “Aussie Beer” product. From March 2014 to August 2014, ILG supplied a product named “Aussie Beer”, with labelling that incorporated the statement “100% owned” within a map of Australia and the statement “Australia’s finest malt”. The packaging also featured green and gold colours, which are colours closely associated with Australian sporting teams. The ACCC considered that, by its packaging and labelling, ILG represented that its “Aussie Beer” product was a product made in Australia when in fact the product was made in China. That’s just not cricket…

A publication (CEDA’s Top 10 Speeches: Women in Leadership 2010-2015) reflecting on five years tackling the issue of increasing gender equality in the workplace and increasing the number of women in leadership positions in Australia suggests little progress has been made but there has been a marked shift in how the issue is viewed.

Launching CEDA’s Top 10 Speeches: Women in Leadership 2010-2015 to mark five years of CEDA’s Women in Leadership event series, CEDA Chief Executive Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin said while there has been some progress on this issue it has been too slow. Read more here.

And in case you were wondering, the preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at September 30, 2014 was 23,581,000 people. This reflects an increase of 354,600 people since 30 September 2013, and 90,300 people since June 30, 2014.


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