Four Pillars to Maintain Business Productivity While Working Remotely

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Due to the current COVID-19 situation, companies around the world are adjusting to remote work and many are facing logistic and operational challenges as they convert their traditional models to fully – or majorly – remote models. However, companies that invest in the most accessible and adaptable tools are having less difficulty moving their entire teams to remote work. Having the right tools can make all the difference for your business.

To ensure transitioning to remote work runs smoothly, assess what your business can do to streamline logistics and operations. Here are a few four main pillars to make the transition as painless as possible:

Security Comes First
Security is a common challenge many companies are facing during this time of mass-remote work. Employees are working from different places through different internet connections with varying levels of security, making it difficult to manage from afar. Having a clear security policy in place before you transition will keep your employees from avoidable security issues. If possible, providing your employees with access to VPNs, ensure that the security policy is being followed strictly and only rely on secure applications that do not compromise your business.

Communications Software
Communication is essential to any workplace, but when working remotely, proactive communication is crucial. During the transition to remote work, it’s important to keep teams on the same page and on top of projects. If you aren’t able to collaborate and connect, you won’t be able to move forward. To keep things running smoothly, it helps to have a communication collaboration platform for your team to connect with each other throughout the workday. If your business does not already have communication tools outside of email, it’s worth looking into. Communication platforms allow for shared documents, project management tools, and even email to be streamlined, providing an easy platform to let everyone know what you’re working on – and accomplishing – every day.

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Audit your Hardware and Software
Audit available IT hardware and software and close any gaps your business. It is likely that you have not anticipated that the large portion of your employees will be working from home. This poses a challenge to secure enough laptops for your workforce for example. If your business is not already running on a cloud-based solution, invest in one to ensure your team’s transition is still productive. If new products are adopted, make sure the employees who need to use them are properly trained. A successful IT department should constantly be updated with information about which cloud-based solutions are reliable in order for you to make a swift decision.

Measure performance
Once you’ve established efficient communication channels, closed the gaps in software and hardware, and secured your business, it’s time to determine how departments and managers will measure performance from afar. Various strategies can help this, such as daily check-ins, time tracking applications, or measuring results. Setting firm expectations for employee’s new roles and responsibilities while working remotely will let them know how to meet productivity goals and what they should do if they find themselves struggling. While having a productive team right off the bat is ideal, it’s important to give your team – and yourself – some flexibility as the world adapts in these unprecedented times.

As your company eases into the new normal of remote work, you can periodically reassess and determine what isn’t working and why. As your business gathers data and changes policies or procedures to better align with remote work, you will slowly find your business functioning efficiently – possibly more than it was before. At a minimum, with remote work measures in place, your company will have an organized, flexible structure to ensure operational continuity at anytime, anywhere.

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New entrant AECO Energy launches business innovation to deliver ‘last mile of value chain’ to Singapore’s maturing open electricity market

  • AECO Energy announces the launch of its operations in Singapore to provide innovation to the open electricity market for businesses with generation 2.0 of its technology and service offerings.
  • The company will introduce three solutions as part of its initial portfolio, customisable to specific business needs.

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 13 April 2021 - AECO Energy, a new entrant to Singapore's electricity sector, has today announced the launch of its operations. AECO Energy will be the first-of-its kind energy technology and services company aimed at innovating customer-centric offerings in electricity and renewable energy markets.

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With over 12 years of experience in delivering open market electricity services and solutions to businesses in Australia under the Power Choice brand, AECO Energy is bringing its second generation of services and technology to Singapore for the first time. AECO's second generation delivers on two major offerings.

Firstly, AECO delivers the 'last mile' of value in Singapore Open Electricity Market (OEM) value chain by providing innovative services to assist businesses to manage, plan and make better buying decisions.

AECO is all about enabling increased profits for businesses. AECO has a customer-centric mission to use its low-cost proven technology and expert-led services to enable better business decisions within a complex electricity market with multiple providers and opaque medium- to long-term pricing information. This comes against the backdrop of Singapore's maturing OEM, which gives businesses and consumers the autonomy to buy and choose their electricity providers - the freedom to choose.

AECO Energy's technology platform, MarketPro™ with its unique, electricity futures market simulator Rate Watch™, delivers business and electricity efficiency and empowers businesses through relevant and timely pricing information, while also helping Singapore businesses make better buying decisions via automated tenders and reverse auctions. Moreover, for businesses who do not have the capability and capacity to manage and purchase its own electricity, AECO Energy Portfolio™ delivers scalable buying power with a fully-managed contract management and purchasing aggregation service for small, medium and large businesses.

Alan Jones, CEO, Chairman & Founder, AECO Energy, said: "We are incredibly excited and humbled to be joining Singapore's dynamic energy scene with our low-cost, high-value products and services. Our mission is clear: just like Amazon is revolutionising the 'last mile' of product supply chains with its same day delivery, we are also delivering the 'last mile' of the value chain in Singapore's OEM that enables more businesses better purchasing decisions, more business profitability and growing all of Singapore's economy."

Secondly, with SGX-listed entities, enterprises and multinational corporations (MNCs)' increasing emphasis on sustainability, AECO (through its SustainPro™ offering) will bring for the first-time in Singapore the benefit of AECO's direct relationship with generators of International Renewable Certificates (I-REC). This enables Southeast Asian markets the benefit of medium- to long-term low-cost and structured REC solutions to meet renewable energy targets and sustainability goals. This translates to more profits by providing more predictable costs for businesses in meeting their sustainability and renewable energy goals.

"As a specialised company, unburdened with corporate overheads and distractions from Singapore's local market participants, we can offer companies who are based anywhere in Southeast Asia, sustainability and renewable energy solutions that span markets and countries at a lower and more predictable price. We are honoured to play our part to bring sustainability and increased renewable energy throughout the world and to do so while benefiting our customers' cost structures," continued Mr. Jones.

AECO Energy is introducing three offerings as part of its electricity management solutions:

  • MarketPro™: Businesses can optimise costs and seize market opportunities with exclusive access to customised market price information through AECO Energy's integrated online procurement and management platform equipped with Rate Watch™, a market simulation and automated procurement technology from as low as SGD $149 per month.
  • Portfolio™: Businesses get exclusive access to economies of scale with better buying power through professional and expert-managed energy procurement portfolios overseen by AECO Energy experts. This allows enterprises to focus on their core business while AECO Energy experts will fully-manage their electricity contracts and make better buying decisions on their behalf from as low as an additional SGD $74 per month.
  • SustainPro™: SustainPro focuses on helping businesses meet their sustainability goals at the lowest cost. AECO Energy offers lower costs on the procurement of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and tailored REC supply solutions designed to meet transition needs towards a more sustainable business.

"With the understanding that business needs are unique for every organisation, our energy experts will work closely with customers here in Singapore to help them reduce costs, drive efficiency and make better buying decisions. By providing technology-enabled, insights-driven energy technology solutions, we want to create a profound impact on our customers' businesses to better position them for sustainable growth in the long-term," concluded Alan.

About AECO Energy:

Based in Singapore, the AECO Pacific Group owns and operates the Power Choice and AECO Energy brands. A leading pioneer for more than 12 years in electricity brokerage and consulting services in Asia Pacific focusing on deregulated electricity markets, AECO Pacific helps businesses with electricity procurement and management backed by market intelligence. Transforming and saving businesses more, AECO's combined experience in energy leadership and innovative technology solutions remain unmatched in dynamic and changing energy markets. For more information, visit and

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