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Dun & Bradstreet Shifts to Partnership Model in Australia/New Zealand Market to Focus on Core Commercial Strategy

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) today announced it is shifting its Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) business to a Worldwide Network partner model. Archer Capital, a leading Australian private equity firm – via its newly-formed Credit Data Solutions* business – will acquire the entirety of Dun & Bradstreet’s ANZ business, including consumer risk and debt collection, and commercial solutions, for AUD $220 ... Read More »

Acxiom Launches LiveRamp Connect across Australia & New Zealand

Connects the Digital Marketing Ecosystem Acxiom a customer data solutions and marketing services company, acquired privately held San Francisco based LiveRamp in 2014, the leading service for onboarding customer data into digital marketing applications, for approximately $310 million. Together, Acxiom and LiveRamp became the industry-leading solution for bringing offline customer data online accelerating Acxiom’s vision of a connected ecosystem that delivers ... Read More »

Veda launches VedaScore VedaScore Apply®

New Service helps credit providers minimise risk, maximise approval rates and ease transition to comprehensive reporting Veda, a leading provider of credit information and analysis in Australia and New Zealand announced the launch of VedaScore Apply®, a new service designed to help lenders better assess the risk profile of individuals applying for a loan. VedaScore Apply® leverages the new comprehensive ... Read More »

Veda Acquires ‘The Prospect Shop’

Veda announced the acquisition of direct marketing and data agency The Prospect Shop (TPS).  The investment is part of Veda’s growth strategy for its marketing services division, Inivio. The acquisition of TPS expands Inivio’s offering into the not-for-profit market sector and business to business marketing. TPS provides target marketing services to improve return on marketing investment (ROMI) for their customers ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: D&B Trade Payments Analysis Q3 2014

Australian payment times return to pre-GFC levels (Global Financial Crisis) The average time taken for Australian businesses to pay their invoices has fallen to the lowest level since the third quarter of 2007, in signs that operating conditions have strengthened this year and the business sector’s cash position is improving. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s Trade Payments Analysis, businesses settled ... Read More »

Veda New Zealand First to Launch Passport Verification Service

New Zealand’s leading credit bureau, Veda, has extended its extensive suite of electronic identity verification products to include a real-time Passport Verification Service via the Department of Internal Affairs. Veda is the first to launch a Passport Verification Service to market in New Zealand enabling its customers to quickly and cost-effectively verify their customers’ identities, reduce risk and enhance their ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Bulgaria – a caretaker government with a slew of pressing challenges; Central African Republic – a truce agreement broken before the ink was dry; Italy –in the third recession since 2008; Korea (South) – a corporate surtax to stimulate the economy? ARGENTINA:  Just months after the government unveiled a new inflation index to address accusations that it was cooking the ... Read More »

Australia Risk Climate: Business Concerned about Impact of Federal Budget

Business expectations for the start of the new financial year are mixed across industries, with the outlook from manufacturers and wholesalers continuing recent positive gains, while retailers in particular anticipate a sharp drop in profitability on the back of falling consumer confidence. In addition to the segmented outlook, Dun & Bradstreet’s Business Expectations Survey for Q3 2014 has found that ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Consumer Stress to Worsen

Financial stress was heightened during April and is set to worsen in the next three months as slow wages growth, high household debt and costs of living impact consumers’ capacity to manage their finances. After improving through the second half of 2013 as record-low interest rates and a focus on savings improved the financial position of Australians, Dun & Bradstreet’s ... Read More »

Veda Steps up Growth Strategy with Datalicious Investment

Veda Group Limited (Veda) announced that it has invested in data and analytics agency Datalicious, acquiring a controlling position in the company.  The investment is part of Veda’s growth strategy for its Marketing Services division, Inivio.  Veda Chief Executive Nerida Caesar said the investment was consistent with Veda’s growth strategy to make targeted bolt-on acquisitions and investments. Datalicious, founded in ... Read More »

Alibaba in Deal with Melbourne IT

Alibaba has appointed Melbourne IT as a reseller.  The agreement lets Melbourne IT expand the range of online services it offers to its small and medium business customer base in Australia and New Zealand. Melbourne IT provides domain names, web sites, email marketing and search engine optimisation. Theo Hnarakis, Melbourne IT CEO, says the Alibaba.com service will add to the ... Read More »

PERC Releases Study on Comprehensive Credit Reporting in Australia

PERC released a new study detailing the impacts of more comprehensive credit reporting in Australia and New Zealand. The report, Credit Impacts of More Comprehensive Credit Reporting in Australia and New Zealand, summarizes the results from a joint undertaking by PERC and Dun & Bradstreet Australasia using credit data from 1.8 million Australians. “The results of the analysis provide strong ... Read More »

BIIA Applauds New Zealand Credit Reporting Reform

Voxy News Engine  Thursday, 16 December, 2010 – 11:45:   Dun & Bradstreet has today welcomed credit reporting reforms announced by the Privacy Commissioner as an important step in improving lending decisions and access to credit for both consumers and small business. The reforms, which largely reflect the proposals of Dun & Bradstreet when they introduced competition into the credit reporting ... Read More »

RISK CLIMATE NEW ZEALAND: 20,000 NEW ZEALAND FIRMS HAD THEIR COMPANY RISK RATING REVISED IN THE MARCH QUARTER 2010

Close to 20,000 New Zealand firms had their risk profile revised in the first three months of 2010, according to new research released today by credit reporting agency Dun & Bradstreet. The research reveals that close to 9,000 firms had their rating downgraded and are now more likely to experience financial distress over the coming year despite the economic recovery. ... Read More »