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Australian-wide transport business collapses

One of Australia’s largest privately owned transport companies has collapsed in receivership. by Kirsten Robb

Transport company with $10 million turnover collapses as industry remains under pressure

A transport and logistics company with a turnover of over $10 million a year and 50 employees has collapsed into administration. by Cara Waters

Qantas launches frequent flyer scheme for small business

Qantas has publicised a rewards scheme for SMEs so they can earn points as an individual consumer has done in the past, as it steps up its battle against Virgin for the business market. by Dan Moss

My business name, logo and brochures stink!

Would you go off to a business meeting in tracksuit pants and a tank top? Branding is important, so you need to get the visuals right. by Aunty B

Major transport and logistics firm placed in administration

Transport and logistics group 1st Fleet has been placed in administration, with the trucking industry continuing to suffer under massive pressure including higher fuel prices and rising costs. by Patrick Stafford

Retail lobby group slams Customs review over failure to consult with industry

The Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA) has labelled a review into Australian Customs as “incompetent” due to its failure to consult key industry stakeholders. by Cara Waters

Qantas grounds entire fleet in blow for business travellers, Government to intervene in strike dispute

National airline Qantas has taken the extraordinary step of grounding its entire fleet, saying that it cannot afford to continue absorbing losses of $15 million a week due to widespread industrial action. by James Thomson

Iconic US companies Kodak and American Airlines fight bankruptcy rumours

Two American business icons have been forced to defend themselves against rumours of impending bankruptcy as the US economy slides closer to what many predict will be a recession. by James Thomson

Qantas strikes to impact 6,000 passengers, 28 flights cancelled

Around 6,000 air travellers will have their flights cancelled or delayed today when about 4,000 Qantas baggage handlers and ground staff take part in a series of rolling strikes around the country. by James Thomson

Transport sector on a hard road

Rising costs, a weak economy and severe competition is making life difficult for transport companies not involved in the resources sector. by Patrick Stafford

Receivers blame collapse of Brisbane car dealership on floods

One of Brisbane's largest and best-known car dealers, Denmac Ford, has been placed into receivership after a sale slump caused by the Brisbane floods. by James Thomson

Receivers appointed over assets of transport company Viking Group

Insolvency firm McGrathNicol is acting as receivers over certain assets within Melbourne-based transport company Viking Group after being appointed by an as-yet-unnamed secured creditor. by James Thomson

Tiger Airways plays down regulator concerns, but unions dig in at Qantas

The famously volatile aviation sector is going through a rough patch at the moment in Australia, with budget carrier Tiger Airways warned by the aviation regulator over procedures and industrial unrest growing at the national carrier Qantas. by

Hotels shrug off higher Australian dollar to post price rises

Australian hotels managed to increase prices beyond the global average last year, despite a mixed performance across cities and the strong local currency putting pressure on domestic demand. by Madeleine Heffernan

Collapse of $3 billion Brisbane tunnel project raises questions about future toll road investments

The $1.6 billion collapse of Brisbane tunnel and toll road owner RiverCity Motorway has left a cloud over two new tunnel projects currently underway in the city. by James Thomson

Intrepid Travel forms $400 million adventure travel company with British travel giant

Leading Australian travel company Intrepid Travel will form a joint venture with British group, TUI Travel PLC, in a deal that will see Intrepid boss Darrel Wade take control of a portfolio of 20 travel businesses with $400 million in annual revenue. by James Thomson

Richard Branson loses $17 million as Virgin Blue takes $40 million sales hit

Virgin Blue’s shock announcement that it would take a $40 million hit due to floods and fragile consumer sentiment has sent the value of its shares down sharply in early trade. by James Thomson

No holiday for tourism operators

Intense competition in the global tourism sector means more tough times are ahead for Australian operators. by Robert Bryant, IBISWORLD

Corporate Travel Management to float on ASX in $21.7 million IPO

The Brisbane company forecasts turnover of $490 million next year. by James Thomson

Virgin Blue cancels flights as check-in system comes back online

Virgin Blue’s attempt to get its troubled computer check-in system under control hits a snag, with 16 flights cancelled today and major disruptions to Virgin’s booking and reservation processes. by James Thomson
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