Alex Wisdom

About Alex Wisdom

Communications Coordinator, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd
03 9329 3511

Coles joins the supply chain revolution

Coles have leveraged their partnership with Microsoft to launch a new ‘cloud platform’ called Azure to host all its applications and data collection processes. This brings it into line with Woolworths, who launched their own supply chain data platform with start-up Escavox earlier this year. Coles strategic aim is to use artificial intelligence to become [...]

By |July 16th, 2019|Chain of Responsibility, News, Technology and robotics|

How do I keep up with data?

The APAL Industry Forum that took place in Melbourne on June 24 hosted a number of speakers that canvassed the future of agricultural technology with a mixture of optimism and hard truths. Stefan Hajkowicz opened the day speaking about the changing tide as a literal ocean rip that can be fought in a futile struggle [...]

Q&A with Navid Yazdani

After attending the APAL post-harvest seminar in January, Navid Yazdani reached out to APAL in search of horticultral work in Australia. APAL's Alex Wisdom spoke with Navid in a short Q&A. Navid: First of all, I want to thank you for giving me a chance to share my story with apple and pear producers across [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|Opportunities|

Award winners aren’t slowing down any time soon

As the APAL Forum and Awards for Excellence approach in June, we caught up with some of last year's winners to see what they've been working on since winning the award. We spoke with David Williams, winner of last year's Lifetime Achievement award, and Nathan Barolli, winner of last year's Rising Star award. David Williams [...]

By |April 3rd, 2019|APAL, News|

5 places for Australians to study Agriculture

Tertiary study and further education have always been pathways to more technical roles and a way for new graduates to develop business skills and become more well-rounded professionals. While it may be tempting to rely on “learn by doing” experience, this will not necessarily equip the next generation to deal with a fast-changing world. With [...]

By |February 13th, 2019|Education, Opportunities, Scholarships, Training and workshops|

Orchards get sun smart in record heatwave

With temperatures soaring well above 40 degrees around Australia, the recent heatwave has once again raised the issue of sun protection for fruit. Options include everything from spray-on sun protection products, to shade netting, to overhead misting and sprinkler systems to bring orchard temperatures down. The maximum temperature of the sun-exposed fruit surface of apples [...]

Recent detections of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

United States Department of Agriculture photo by Stephen Ausmus. Australia is facing an increasing threat from one of the world’s most invasive pests. Six post-border detections have occurred in the current BMSB season (September to April) across Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia on a variety of imported cargo, from terracotta pots to tractors [...]

By |January 29th, 2019|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Differentiation key to export success

Tasmanian grower Howard Hansen has urged growers to develop their markets and seek differentiation if they want to drive profitability. Howard told the Fruit Growers Victoria conference in Shepparton last week there “are no silver bullets” to running a profitable orchard. A profitable orchard must be able to be a leader in at least two [...]

By |August 22nd, 2018|News|

Nielsen insights into snacking

Nielsen has released new statistics about snack choices, including mention of behaviours around consumption of apples and pears. Understanding the context around how shoppers make their snacking decisions can help growers and industry to work out how best to market their produce. The study identified seven key snacking profiles as a basis for better understanding [...]

By |August 8th, 2018|Marketing|