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Grocery Shopping Goes “New Normal”

Few industries have been as impacted by the COVID-19 disruptions as the grocery industry, and new technologies are featuring heavily as the sector strives to adapt.

The subsequent lockdowns forced Australian supermarkets to respond by initially reverting to online channels and home delivery, and then — as the restrictions eased — they had to cope with social distancing in-store which blew out queues and waiting times.

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Woolworths rolls out new service to allow customers to avoid crowds

Supermarket shoppers are now able to track foot traffic in their local Woolworths store to help them avoid peak times, making social distancing easier.

The new feature also allows customers to book a time slot to shop at some locations, so shoppers can avoid long queues.

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How Woolies plans to bust long shopper queues

As panic-buyers flock back to supermarkets, Woolworths has unveiled a new feature that will combat spikes in customer traffic and bust long queue times. This is how it will work.

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Hate queues? New tool lets shoppers track crowds, book supermarket slot

Risk-averse shoppers will be able to monitor the foot traffic at their local supermarket or book a time slot to jump the queues as Woolworths unveils its latest measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

The supermarket giant’s new real-time online shopping tool is being introduced as other retailers ramp up social distancing measures and hygiene practices in a bid to ensure shoppers feel safe in their Melbourne stores.

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Woolworths brings in queue-monitoring technology for shoppers looking to escape the crowds

Supermarket giant Woolworths has implemented new technology that allows shoppers to view real-time queue lengths and avoid peak-hour shopping windows.Known as Q-Tracker, the new tool monitors the approximate wait time of queues for stores that have heavily restricted capacity in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions.

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Monthly parking – the best value for regular commuters

For the regular commuter, a monthly parking booking offers the ultimate in value and convenience. But make sure you get in quick – monthly parking is so simple, handy and affordable that spaces fill up fast. 

Best value 

Booking your parking ‘in bulk’ with a monthly booking means you secure a reduced rate. For full-time commuters, there is no better value than monthly parking.

So convenient 

A monthly parking commitment saves you the time and bother of finding and paying for a new parking space every day. If you have offsite meetings or appointments, with a monthly booking you can leave and return to your parking space throughout the day without penalty or hassle. And there’s no need to fiddle with payment machines; your monthly parking is prepaid and completely cashless.  

Nice and easy  

When you’re booking your monthly parking on the DIVVY app or website, be sure to search at least three days in advance to ensure that all available parking is displayed in the results. Once you’ve made your booking, you can cross parking off your to-do list for weeks.

DIVVYs Monthly parking options 

DIVVY offers affordable and handy monthly parking options in sought-after central locations.  

Monthly parking can be booked with DIVVY at more than 15 car parks across Sydney city, from Circular Quay to Surry HillsBarangaroo to Darling Harbour. There are also centrally-located monthly parking choices in Parramatta and Melbourne city.  

Because it offers such good value and is so convenient, monthly parking is popular. Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. 

List your unused parking spaces with DIVVY 

Your business could be generating revenue from unused parking spaces by listing them with DIVVY Marketplace booking platform.  

DIVVY Marketplace connects drivers with convenient parking spaces and converts underutilised parking spaces into revenue for businesses. With a database of 80,000 parking customers, DIVVY reaches a lot of Australian drivers looking for a parking space.  

DIVVY Marketplace parkers and businesses have access to dedicated customer support staff via phone, live chat or email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They can solve problems on the ground with their ability to operate boom gates and roller doors remotely.  

Monthly parking is very popular with DIVVY customers. If you have a parking space sitting idle, maximise that asset and list it with DIVVY Marketplace. 

To find out more about listing your parking spaces with DIVVY, contact sales@divvy.com.au.  

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Daily parking – the best choice for longer stays

Going somewhere for more than a few hours? Daily parking is your best bet.

More adaptable than monthly parking and offering better value than hourly parking, daily parking offers a great mix of flexibility, convenience and affordability.  

Good value

If you’re planning on staying a while, daily parking is the most cost-effective parking choice. For stays longer than a few hours, daily rates represent better value than hourly rates. Evening, weekend and motorbike daily rates are even more affordable. If you’re a part-time commuter only parking a few days a week, daily parking will cost you less than monthly parking.

Saves time

Pre-booking your daily parking with DIVVY is a time saver. Not only do you save time spent looking for somewhere to park, but because you’ve pre-paid you don’t need to waste any time at the payment machine when it’s time to leave either. Booking via the DIVVY app or website is quick and simple.

Contactless parking

Avoid ticket machines and cash payments when you book your daily parking with DIVVY. DIVVY’s QR code technology means entering and exiting the car park is contactless, and because your parking is pre-paid, it’s cashless too.

Peace of mind

You can relax when you pre-book your daily parking with DIVVY. Rest easy knowing your car is parked in a monitored, secure and well-lit car park. For added convenience, your parking receipt is emailed to you, making it easy to find at tax time or to claim reimbursement from your employer.

DIVVY’s daily parking options in Sydney city, Parramatta and Melbourne

DIVVY offers drivers affordable and convenient daily parking in sought-after locations like Parramatta, Surry Hills, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Sydney city and Melbourne city.

Check out our website or the DIVVY app for daily parking near you.

The benefits of listing car parking spaces with DIVVY

In cities across Australia, DIVVY Marketplace connects drivers with underutilised or empty car spaces. If your business has car spaces that are sitting empty, you could be generating revenue by listing parking spaces on DIVVY Marketplace to be booked by the public.

The system is completely flexible, allowing businesses to set the parameters around which spaces are available for booking, and when. Businesses can even decide to whom the spaces are made available for booking.

DIVVY marketing reaches a database of 80,000 parking customers looking for a car space. DIVVY Marketplace is supported by a dedicated customer support team on hand for parkers and businesses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year via phone, live chat or email. With their ability to operate boom gates and roller doors remotely, they can solve problems on the ground.

To find out more about listing your parking spaces with DIVVY, contact sales@divvy.com.au.

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Fringe Benefit Tax changes are coming to the parking

There is a prospective change coming to fringe benefits tax (FBT) and car parking. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has prepared a draft taxation ruling that proposes to treat any car park that offers all-day parking as a commercial car park for FBT purposes. 

This is even if the car park’s fees are so high as to discourage all-day parking. Under that definition, shopping centre, hospital, airport and university car parks could all be considered commercial car parks.  

Businesses whose staff parking facilities are both in the vicinity of the workplace and within one kilometre of such a car park may now have to pay FBT on the taxable value of employees’ car spaces, where previously they did not. 

Any business that provides employees with car parking but is currently exempt from FBT on that parking needs to assess whether these changes will impact them, and make that assessment sooner rather than later. 

Businesses in areas like Sydney’s Macquarie Park and North Ryde, home to car parks associated with Macquarie University and Macquarie Centre shopping centre, will potentially be impacted by these changes. 

Local transport management association Connect Macquarie Park & North Ryde is helping to educate their members about the prospective changes. Some of these businesses may be liable for thousands of dollars in car parking fringe benefits tax for the first time, and it is important that they determine now whether their liability is going to change.  

The prospective changes have the potential to affect any business in Australia within a kilometre of a shopping centre, airport, university or hospital car park. Those in areas like Melbourne’s Carlton and Parkville, with their plethora of car parks associated with the University of Melbourne and RMIT, could be affected. 

Businesses in Eagle Farm, Hendra and Nundah within a kilometre of the numerous Brisbane Airport parking facilities should assess whether they will be impacted by the changes. Organisations in proximity to Adelaide’s largest shopping centre Westfield Marion and its car parks, need to do the same. 

If businesses determine now that they will be affected by the changes, they can get ahead of the game and invest in smarter parking technology that can save them money at tax time. The ATO calculates how much FBT is payable on a car parking space based on its utilisation.

If a business can show, with thorough, accurate, real-time reporting, that utilisation is low – perhaps whilst their employees are working from home, for example – they can reduce their FBT liability. To be able to demonstrate this when FBT is due, businesses need to put the smarter parking systems in place now. 

For a few years now, DIVVY has been working with Connect and several Macquarie Park and North Ryde businesses, including Downer, Boral, Novartis and DXC Technology, to help them get the most out of their car parking and other bookable assets.  

Even our existing clients might not know that DIVVY’s fringe benefits tax reporting has been given the thumbs up by Deloitte Private, who acknowledge that using DIVVY’s reports can, in the relevant circumstances, result in a reduction to the car parking fringe benefits tax payable.  

The ATO’s final ruling is expected later this year and the changes will take place from April 2021.  

Car parking fringe benefits tax change is almost certainly coming, so make sure you take those proactive steps now. 

This is general information, and we recommend that you seek professional taxation advice relevant to your circumstances.  

For more information, please contact Kat Fowler, DIVVY’s Marketing and Communications Manager at kat@divvy.com.au.  

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Hourly car parking – affordable, convenient and easy

In a city like Sydney, the easiest way to get around is often in your own car. But where to park? Find out how DIVVY’s hourly parking makes parking in Sydney so simple.

It’s affordable

Some car parking operators charge a premium for hourly parking, especially in areas of high demand like the Sydney CBD. DIVVY is different. Our weekday Sydney city parking starts from $5 an hour, and weekend and evening rates are even lower. It’s almost certainly cheaper than a taxi or a ride share, and you might even find that DIVVY’s hourly parking is cheaper than taking public transport.

It’s quick

Pre-book your hourly parking on the DIVVY app or website before you leave home, and you’re good to go. No more time wasted driving the streets looking for a park. The booking process itself is super quick and easy too.

It’s convenient

Use the DIVVY website or app to book a park where you need it, when you need it. It’s that simple. Only book the amount of time you need – no need to pay for a whole day if you’re only staying an hour. Your receipt is automatically emailed to you, giving you an easy-to-find record of your parking if you want to claim reimbursement from your employer or for use at tax time.

It’s secure

DIVVY car parks are well-lit, monitored and secure. No more worrying about your car left parked on the street, or fumbling for your keys in the dark.

It’s contactless

When you pre-book your hourly parking with DIVVY, you’re securing yourself a cashless, contactless parking space. DIVVY’s unique QR code technology means no ticket machines.

Why list car parking spaces with DIVVY?

Maybe your business has more car spaces on its lease than it needs, or perhaps your car spaces are going temporarily unused whilst your employees work remotely. Businesses can list their unused parking spaces on DIVVY Marketplace for booking by the public. Every parking space booked returns revenue to your business.

DIVVY markets to a database of 80,000 parking customers, saving businesses from having to invest in marketing of their own to fill parking spaces. Businesses have the option to exercise discretion around who can access listed spaces, thereby eliminating any security concerns. Support is available to all parkers and businesses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year via phone, live chat and email, and DIVVY customer support staff can solve problems on the ground with their ability to operate boom gates and roller doors.

To find out more about listing your parking spaces with DIVVY, contact sales@divvy.com.au.

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DIVVY’s new Back to Work Module

In many parts of Australia, people are returning to work. Whether it’s full time, or just a day or two a week, employees are going back to their workplaces.  

To help businesses bring their staff back to work safely, we’ve developed our new Back to Work module.  

Optimising bookable assets through smarter technology 

Contactless access has never been more in demand. The booking platform technology that makes DIVVY’s contactless parking such a breeze can be adapted to many different functions. Indeed, for more than twelve months now, our own employees have been entering and exiting our offices using contactless DIVVY access technology.  

After witnessing the challenges faced by businesses during COVID-19, we designed our tailored Back to Work module to allow businesses to safely transition their staff back to their workplaces.   

How does It work? 

It’s simple. Staff use the DIVVY app to book a day and time to come into work. The booking parameters – how many staff can access the workplace, on which days and at which times – are set by the business. Just like the DIVVY parking experience, staff use a QR code on their phone for contactless entry to the workplace. 

It’s perfect for any workplace not accessible to the public, such as offices. For publicly accessible workplaces, see our Queuing and Contact Tracing Platform

How can ihelp? 

By allowing businesses to manage how many staff will be in the workplace at any one time, the module helps businesses to meet physical distancing guidelines. It even has the capacity to allow businesses to manage different spaces within their workplaces.  

It also takes care of the record keeping required of businesses under governmental COVID Safe rules. It maintains a digital record of all staff and visitor attendance in the workplace. 

The Back to Work module makes it easy and cost-effective for businesses to meet public health directions and comply with COVID safety plans in their workplaces. 

The module also has the capacity to generate valuable business insights with the data it collects. The customised reports portal can help with making informed business decisions. The module is bolstered by DIVVY’s 24/7 phone, email and live chat customer support, which itself has a 97% customer satisfaction rating. 

Whether or not DIVVY parking is already enabled in your building, the Back to Work module is simple to install.

To find out more about getting your staff back to work with DIVVY, contact our helpful team at sales@divvy.com.au.