The last-mile delivery is expensive and difficult. It’s also high stakes, a failed delivery attempt is enough to damage the customer’s perception of the entire shopping journey. In an attempt to ease these pain points, technology companies, retailers and logistics businesses have been piloting autonomous delivery robots to transport packages

The boys’ club is as entrenched as ever. Companies with all-female founders attracted less than three per cent of Australia’s venture funding last year. That compares to over 60 per cent for companies with all-male founders. What gives? On panels, in the media and inside accelerator programs, female founders are

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Last year venture capital investments in Australia hit a record high, skyrocketing 36 per cent to US$899.05 million. Globally VC investments set a new record, jumping from US$175 billion in 2017 to US$255 billion. The figures come from the quarterly report, Venture Pulse Q4 2018 published by KPMG. In the last quarter,

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Australia’s US$1.15 billion alt-fi market including peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding grew 88 per cent in 2017, surpassing US$1 billion for the first time and consolidating its position to become the second largest market in Asia-Pacific, according to a comprehensive research of the online alternative finance market. The study, titled “Cultivating Growth:

Digital transformation is the top priority for Australian business leaders although many are still struggling with strategy and confusion remains over what exactly it entails, according to new research from KPMG. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter The consultancy firm’s research group, KPMG Acuity, polled more than 220 c-suite

KPMG International and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, plan to form a global alliance to provide digital transformation to businesses of all sizes and across multiple industries initially in Asia-Pacific and Europe. The alliance, announced at Alibaba’s largest global customer and partner event, the Computing Conference

Digital transformation is taking hold in the superannuation sector as funds make more use of data to add value for members. Adam Gee, partner in KPMG’s super advisory business says there has been a change of pace in the last 12-18 months as firms invest in member analytics and market

Former Publicis Communications Chairman and Publicis Australia CEO Andrew Baxter is joining KPMG’s brand and marketing advisory business. Based in Sydney, Baxter will take up the role of senior adviser to the firm’s entrepreneurial Customer, Brand and Marketing Advisory (CBMA) business later this year. Sign up to Which-50’s Digital Marketing

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KPMG Australia Partner Paul Howes is head the advisory business’s new specialist Customer, Brand & Marketing advisory venture. The company also announced this week that it had acquired independent market research firm, Acuity Research and Insights. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter Gary Wingrove, CEO of KPMG Australia, expects

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While uncertainty is making business and IT planning difficult for many organisations, evidence suggests digital strategies have infiltrated businesses across Australia at an entirely new level. According to the 2017 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey, the proportion of organisations surveyed that have enterprise-wide digital strategies increased 21 per cent in just