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Melbourne Puzzle Map Gaining Popularity Amidst COVID-19 Lockdown

Melinda Clarke had a surprising amount of people visiting their services page recently, as people took interest in her jigsaw, The Melbourne Map, a 1000-piece puzzle of a map of the city, a labor of love made by her and artist Lewis Brownlie.

According to her, she recently had a stockpile big enough to fill a 40-foot container sell out, which was supposed to be her entire stock for the rest of 2020. When asked about The Melbourne Map puzzle, she says that the demand just spiraled out of control, with their online channels and their services page overwhelmed by interested customers.

Ms. Clarke met Mr. Brownlie one day in Melbourne, sitting on a milk crate drawing the buildings in the city, in her words, and presented her idea for the puzzle map to him. The artist agreed, estimating a piece that would take 4-6 months.

The map that would become The Melbourne Map puzzle had details on Melbourne’s CBD, inner suburbs, waterways, and the like, with 8,000 hours of research, and two and a half years’ worth of sketching and coloring, with digital colorist Sean Rodwell handling the latter to ensure everything was properly shaded.

The map has since become popular to people staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with orders coming in by the dozens. The original agreement for the distribution of the map was to have 100 copies, but after a local outlet did a spread on it, the number bumped up 20,000.

Ms. Clarke put the project on hold for a decade and a half for her abalone farm at Indented Head, before coming back to the project in 2015, after having to clean out a shed full of unneeded stuff. She then invested her savings and partly crowd-funded the 2019 iteration of The Melbourne Map, which had to be re-done from scratch due to the huge changes in the city, with Deborah Young Monk taking over the illustration work.

In order to ensure that the new map was good, the team turned to developers to ensure that they got finished versions of unfinished developments on their map.

The plan, originally, was to support Aussie manufacturers, but the closest puzzle maker they could get was in New Zealand, which they got to the day before the country locked down. With New Zealand set to re-open for business, more puzzles are to be released.

Recruitment During Covid-19 Pandemic

Businesses usually adapt technology that suits their working environment. Changes are usually gradual so that they will have ample opportunity to prepare. You can read here about business automation services that can transform redundant tasks in the office. However, businesses are unprepared to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Businesses are facing something different today and they have to quickly adjust to the new normal. Employees have moved from offices to their homes because of social distancing and lockdown measures implemented by governments. Businesses are unable to operate as they have done previously. They have to adopt technology in order to stay ahead.

Recruitment is one of the most challenging tasks that HR has to undertake. Technology plays a big role in recruitment today and allows HR practitioners to attract new talent. Instead of the usual personal interview, HR can use video interviews through FaceTime or Skype. By adopting this virtual approach, companies can continue to engage with top candidates.

Aside from virtual meetings and conferences, companies can still create online events for promotion. Pre-built RSVP forms can be made from scratch and posted on the company’s website or social media platforms. Aside from members of the recruitment team, business users and partners can also participate with just a click on a button.

By automating events, the company can easily track and monitor signups and capture data in real time. Instant feedback from participants can alert the company on the applicants that must be prioritized. The most promising candidates can be nurtured through post event communication.

Businesses can calculate ROI by using reporting tools. They can track the effectiveness, costs, team efforts and conversion rates from the virtual events. New processes that automate recruitment have the potential to save money and time for the business. It also speeds up recruitment time without foregoing quality.

There is no shortage of tasks that can be automated to achieve predictable execution and results. You can read more on how to automate invoicing, payroll processing, client management and warehouse inventory. An IT team can learn about your business strategies and pain points so that a system can be developed according to your unique needs and requirements.