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African Pilot’s responsibility during the 21-day lockdown period
From Friday 27 March until Friday 17 April African Pilot’s offices located in Kyalami, Midrand will be closed. All members of our staff will have their computers at home so that they can continue to work remotely and naturally I will also be working from my home office throughout this period. Adrian and I will be available on our respective e-mails and cell phones:
Athol Franz Cell: 082 552 2940 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrian Munro Cell: 079 880 43 59 E-mail: email@example.com
What we will be doing remotely:
• APAnews: To continue through this period to be published every Monday. Please ensure that your banners are with both Adrian and me by the Sunday before. Thank you.
• African Pilot’s May edition: This will be a digital only edition that will be ready for distribution on 25 April. Our team will be preparing this edition over the shutdown period so that when we return on Friday 17 April, we can place the finishing touches on the magazine.
Advertising costs for digital magazines: As a team we have decided to cut the costs of advertising in future digital magazines from the May edition onwards and this will be communicated to ALL advertisers over the next few days. Please be advised that these prices exclude Agent’s Commission and VAT.
African Pilot’s annual Services Guide: To be postponed until later in the year.
When will African Pilot return to printing? Once we have a clear indication that this COVID-19 disease is cleared throughout the world in three to six months’ time we will re-visit the printing of African Pilot.
How does the digital edition work? 14 years ago, African Pilot was the very first aviation magazine in the world to add the digital aviation magazine option. However, since then, we have brought the entire process in-house so that we have complete control of who receives the digital edition, which has already been sent out today.
a) Subscriptions to anyone anywhere in the world at R180 per annum or for 12 editions
b) All subscribers of paper copies have already been sent digital editions from the April edition.
c) If this is not the case already, all advertisers and aviation companies in South Africa and the world will be receiving the digital edition.
d) Our team will be working closely with specific advertisers that have supported African Pilot over many years to target their customers and potential customers with the digital edition.
e) As an APAnews subscriber, we will offer you a special price on subscribing to the digital edition. Please send an e-mail to me so that I can apply this process to your requirement.
Advantages of African Pilot’s digital edition: There are numerous advantages of receiving your copy of African Pilot via e-mail every month:
a) Transmission to your personal e-mail address is immediate and guaranteed on the 25th day of every month.
b) We cut out the significant expense of printing and postage. Over the years, we have experienced many problems sending paper copied to subscribers when the SA Post Office has been on strike. Even when the Post Office is not on strike, every month we receive complaints when a subscriber did not receive the magazine in the post.
c) The digital edition is easy to archive, bookmark and to store for future reading or reference.
d) Every advertiser’s message is digitally enhanced to the advertiser’s website with the click of the mouse or the touch on a smart device.
What other services will African Pilot be offering in future?
a) Digital photography and video photography to all our customers.
b) Website development as part of the great service to ensure that all customers have quality websites and digital information – this is the future of business anyway.
c) Copywriting services to greatly enhance your company message in the market.
d) Development of illustrated corporate digital newsletters for external and internal use.
e) Digital presentations and aviation specific product drawings including wall papers.
COVID-19 is forcing ALL businesses to go digital
The global onset of the Covid-19 virus will have a drastic impact on the way organisations interact with their staff members, businesses, suppliers and customers. According to Immersion Group, this event is a wakeup call for organisations on the vital importance of digitalisation throughout every touchpoint of their business. It is not just about the way in which you manage your operations and production, but digital innovation has become critical to how you interact with your customers and as the Covid-19 virus has shown now, how you interact with your own staff. This event more than any, will rapidly show businesses which meetings and processes should have been digitalised by now.
We live in a global world, where business can be done anywhere and interaction needs to be fast, seamless but also user-friendly to the point where it’s easy for anyone to interact and communicate. The complicated must become simple. Meetings no longer need to be face-to-face, nor does customer interaction. The value of digital channels, products and operations is now obvious to organisations everywhere. A wakeup call to those who have placed too much focus on daily operational needs at the expense of investing in digital for long term resilience.
Businesses have begun shutting down and sending employees to work from their homes in the hopes to stop the spread of the virus and flatten the curve of impact. In the ideal digital world, this should have minimal impact on a business. The technology and solutions are already available. Switching to a digitally enabled organisation doesn’t have to involve a complete re-engineering of business processes; rather it’s a re-imagining of the business processes. Businesses that can shift technology capacity and investments to digital now, will be able to mitigate the impact of the outbreak and keep their companies running now and in the long term.
Not only will businesses need to re-engineer the way they interact with their customers, they will also need to redesign internal communication and collaboration frameworks, leveraging technology and digitally-enabled processes to allow for business to continue as usual and have the resilience to continue despite economic threats and challenges.
COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the global economy as it increasingly disrupts production, supply chains and travel. With that in mind, organisations should consider any potential legal risks and how to protect themselves against them. Now with the increased demand of remote working, it is crucially important to simulate or create an imitation of operations similar to the environment your employees are used to. Businesses need to prepare IT systems now in order to safely and reliably handle the vast increase in remote working and the digital fulfilment of market demand.
As the virus continues to spread, economic symptoms are emerging. Dozens of large-scale organisations, especially the world’s airlines have already begun announcing they won’t be achieving their financial goals. These announcements coupled with the impact of supply-chain disruptions and dampened consumer demand will see a drastic drop in economic performance. Organisations need to take themselves out of their comfort zone and fully embrace appropriate technology and digital solutions in order to make the impossible possible.
With the coronavirus pandemic declared a national disaster in South Africa, businesses need to consider how they are going to maintain normal operations if employees are quarantined or asked to stay home for whatever reason. Amidst fears of possible food shortages and the like, businesses are considering more urgent things – such as who will answer the office phone if we are all asked to stay home for a few weeks? How will my call centre keep operating if no-one is allowed into it? Technology can help, in a number of ways, says John Woollam, CEO of Euphoria Telecom. “Remote and / or mobile working are well understood but have not been adopted widely in South Africa to date,” he says. “Aside from providing an option for companies looking to manage the impact of COVID-19, mobile / remote working also offers opportunities to keep employees off congested roads during peak hours, provide them with flexible work hours that enable higher quality of life and reduce expensive office space costs by moving some workers home permanently.” Here’s how you can do this for your business:
If you have an analogue phone system your landline number is tied to your physical location. However, if you have a cloud-based PBX this will not be the case. Which means your provider will give you a virtual number that is accessible from anywhere the cloud can reach; you just have to set your call forwarding options in your management console. Cloud-based telephony means employees can literally pick up their handsets from the office and connect to their ADSL / fibre line at home to work normally as if they were at their desks. For office staff and call centres, this is a business continuity option that is both easy and cost-effective. If your cloud telephony solution comes with a mobile app, you can turn your mobile phone into your office phone and work wherever you are – at home, on the go, in a remote location, wherever you need to be.
Electrical power continues to be an issue across the country but you can take advantage of solar power solutions, as well as inverters and home generators to keep home offices running. Where these are not viable, employees should keep an eye on load shedding schedules and plan to charge devices and batteries when they can to keep them as connected as possible during outages.
Connectivity – mobile networks provide LTE connectivity, which is adequate for day to day business use, for employees who do not have fibre or ADSL at home. Dongles with dedicated data SIMs can also be purchased and issued to keep employees’ personal and business use separated and manage costs. Managing a remote / mobile workforce is no longer the daunting task it was ten years ago. With modern technology, many companies elect to work virtually; only ever meeting online or for a quarterly or annual get together. For more traditional organisations this could be an opportunity to explore more flexible work hours, to meet the needs of their employees and work around ongoing considerations like load shedding and high traffic volumes.
In the future African Pilot intends to fully explore all the above options. However, in the interim we are all digitally connected so that the magazine layout and marketing functions will continue as before. Finally, I wish you all well during this difficult time. No more than ever before at African Pilot we have recognised the importance of supporting our valued customers, readers and all aviation enthusiasts.
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Until next week, please be ‘Serious about flying’.
Athol Franz (Editor)