Brazilian entrepreneur Marcelo Salviati, who migrated to Adelaide last year, has launched an Australian business to import products including a nifty electric bug-catching device.
Mr. Salviati’s new business, Zebra Import & Export, is leveraging the extensive international supply network he developed while building his Brazil-based import business into a successful enterprise.
Due to the high crime rate in his home city of Sao Paolo, Mr. Salviati moved to Australia to provide a better lifestyle for his young family.
Zebra Import & Export imports a range of products for sale to discount variety stores, especially chains with as many as three stores. One of his most popular products is an electric mosquito swatter that can electrocute bugs without posing any hazard to the person using it. Other products include jewellery, photo frames, tempered glass chopping boards and personal shopping trolleys.
Mr. Salviati said he had received an encouraging number of orders from SA-based stores in the run-up to Christmas. “For them, it’s always a risk to take on a new supplier,” he said.
“However, I’m confident that once they’ve sold these initial products, they’ll be keen to order more because they are low-cost and high quality.
Wirra Wirra has launched a free iPhone app called Saturday Afternoon, in what is possibly a first for a winery. The Mrs. Wigley label is behind this lively new app which was created to support the popular new website, www.saturdayafternoon.com.au.
The app is the best possible resource for all things great and small in the world of ‘what’s on this weekend’, and now it can be carried in your pocket.
The Saturday Afternoon app can be your personal city guide, with ideas ranging from the best live music in Adelaide, a perfect spot for a summer time dip in Sydney, a comedy show in Brisbane, or an off-the-wall art show in Melbourne. If it’s happening, chances are it can be found at www.saturdayafternoon.com.au.
This app offers the best of the www.saturdayafternoon.com.au with a just bit more intelligence - the iPhone GPS will recognise your location and customise your leisure time options, making it easy to get information fast. The site is loaded with unique content and great ideas on how to spend your time that can’t be found on any other website or at any other place.
A pioneering plan for a portable biodiesel manufacturing unit has collected the top prize in the 2010 eChallenge, a South Australian competition to encourage entrepreneurship.
The University of Adelaide's Entrepreneurs' Challenge (eChallenge) - run by The Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) - is an annual business planning contest that offers aspiring entrepreneurs the chance of global exposure as well as a share in $50,000 in cash and prizes.
Teams of between two and six people, including at least one tertiary-enrolled student in South Australia (including TAFE), compete in the eChallenge to develop a business plan for a new, previously unfunded concept.
Announced at the 2010 eChallenge Awards Dinner, the first prize was awarded to South Australian Biofuels, a team that has developed a portable biodiesel manufacturing unit which uses the latest in processing technology to produce diesel fuel.
The SA Biofuels unit utilises unique ultrasonic wave creators to boost the efficiency of production. One unit, which can produce about five million litres of biodiesel per year, will fit on a 6x4 trailer or the deck of a small truck.