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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 22 February 2021

 

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Mr Lawrence Lam, Consumer Business Manager of Citibank Hong Kong, introduces saving, investment and spending services of Citi Plus® that are designed to suit needs of the younger generation.

 

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Mr Lawrence Lam, Consumer Business Manager of Citibank Hong Kong, and Ms Josephine Lee, Head of Retail Bank at Citibank Hong Kong, unveil Citi Plus® at the official launch ceremony.

 

 

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Mr Lawrence Lam, Consumer Business Manager (third from left) and Ms Josephine Lee, Head of Retail Bank of Citibank Hong Kong (forth from left), exchange wealth management tips with singer Hins Cheung (fifth from left), Jason Chan (first from left), artist Elva Ni (second from left), and athlete Cecilia Yeung (sixth from left), and talk about how Citi Plus’ features can address clients’ pain points, supporting them to achieve investment goals.

 

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 22 February 2021 – 2020 proved to be a great year for Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs). The market saw more high-profile investors joining the party while a record number of companies went public through this unique structure. With a whopping US$80 billion raised by over 230 blank-cheque companies, SPAC IPOs not only represented approximately 50% of total IPO issuance in the US in 2020, the massive amount raised by SPACs even eclipsed traditional IPOs last year.

 

Mr. Dennis Tam, President and CEO

 

SPAC Trend Continues To Heat Up

 

While SPACs continue to be favoured by institutional and private investors alike in the US, they are also gaining momentum in Asia. Savvy investors in the East are catching up fast with the trend and among them is Black Spade Capital Limited, the family office of casino magnate Lawrence Ho Yau Lung.

 

“We aim to be one of the first Asian family offices to build an SPAC-themed portfolio,” said Mr. Dennis Tam, President and CEO of Black Spade Capital. He added that “of course, we have to be selective — only high-quality SPACs with great potential are considered”.

 

One catalyst, Two Criteria

 

Mr. Tam considers the current close-to-zero or, in some cases, negative interest rate environment as one of the catalysts that contribute to the success of SPAC IPOs. “Loose monetary policy means lower cost of funds and greater incentive for investors to look for new investments. SPACs enjoy a great start this year with over US$45 billion raised by more than 140 new SPACs to-date — the fact that both the number and size of SPAC deals in the first two months of 2021 represent some 56% of the full-year performance in 2020 reflects just how buoyant the SPAC market is. The whole SPAC trend has to do to a certain extent with the abundance of capital in the market seeking return. When the interest rate picks up, the trend may slow down” said Mr. Tam.

 

Mr. Tam commented that the family office places importance on the sponsors in terms of selection criteria. “There are two main criteria — sponsors’ reputation and their track record. Sponsors are the face of an SPAC. They set out the road map of the investment vehicle. Their track record gives us a glimpse of what the sponsors are capable of. I always find one-on-one investor meeting a good way to learn about the vision and strategy that the sponsors have for their SPACs. A reputable sponsor boosts investor confidence. Some people point out that sponsors typically receive 20% of the equity in the SPAC; in my opinion, this mechanism helps align sponsors’ interest with that of investors which is actually positive — as long as the sponsors deliver, they deserve a matching reward. After all, if the sponsors successfully acquire or merge with a promising target (i.e. de-SPAC), everybody wins” explained Mr. Tam.

 

The relatively straightforward structure of SPACs also begins to appeal to many family offices. “As the name suggests, an SPAC has the sole purpose of merging with a private company and taking it public. The tenor is usually capped at two years and the sector from which the SPAC identifies its acquisition target is announced before the SPAC is listed. The fund raised by an SPAC usually serves as a good indication of the size of the future target, which is typically 3x to 4x the size of the SPAC. This is the kind of clarity that investors appreciate,” explained Mr. Tam. “Also, SPAC issuers offer to redeem the shares from investors at a call price equivalent to the IPO price if they do not like the acquisition target. This capital protection mechanism affords greater assurance to investors” added Mr. Tam.

 

Mr. Tam believes that investor education will encourage more Asian family offices as well as other investors in the region to participate in this SPAC trend. “We had several rounds of in-depth discussions with various investment banks and private banks before making our first SPAC investment last year,” recalled Mr. Tam. “In the process, our bankers get to understand our investment appetite and selection criteria and are able to introduce different SPAC opportunities to us” said Mr. Tam.

 

In terms of Black Spade Capital’s target return with regard to SPACs, “We have seen some truly impressive performance of certain star SPACs, such as QuantumScape and Draft Kings, which have realized a return of close to 10x and 4x, respectively, in 2020. Naturally, we look for above average return and we believe the key to achieve this is to invest in quality SPACs at the time of IPO” said Mr. Tam.

 

About Black Spade Capital Limited (黑桃資本有限公司)

Black Spade Capital Limited is an established family office that manages the private investments of Mr. Lawrence Ho. Headquartered in Hong Kong, its global portfolio consists of a wide spectrum of cross-border investments as it consistently seeks to add new projects and opportunities to its investment mix. Black Spade’s investment strategy maximizes coverage of geographic regions and sectors whilst maintaining a portfolio of diversified asset classes, ranging from equity, fixed income, medical technology, leisure and culture, green energy, real estate to Pre-IPO investments.

 

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 22 February 2021 – Kerry Logistics Network Limited (‘Kerry Logistics Network’; Stock Code 0636.HK) is honoured to be named the Outstanding Global 3PL for the fourth time running at the Quamnet Outstanding Enterprise Awards (‘QOEA’) 2020. This was the sixth consecutive year that Kerry Logistics Network has been a winner of QOEA, which were announced in Hong Kong today.

 

Organised annually by leading Hong Kong financial news platform Quamnet, the QOEA aim to appraise and recognise the distinguished enterprises in Hong Kong and its spirit. Themed “Sagacity Built to Business Perfection” this year, the QOEA 2020 commended enterprises’ outstanding sagacity in times of challenge and change. Winning companies were nominated and selected by the judging committee made up of the Quamnet editorial team, the Quam Research team and independent financial analysts.

 

William Ma, Group Managing Director of Kerry Logistics Network, said, “2020 was a trying year filled with unprecedented challenges, which we strived to navigate and adapted to with ingenuity and flexibility. Therefore, we are particularly delighted to be awarded the Outstanding Global 3PL title again for the recognition of our efforts during the year. Logistics will continue to serve a crucial function globally in the times ahead. We will remain dedicated to excellence and innovation as we work hard to ensure smoothly-run supply chains.”

 

Kerry Logistics Network has been offering innovative solutions and expanding its geographic coverage to strengthen its service capability and diversify its business portfolio. It has launched new multimodal transport products to Mongolia, through its member Globalink Logistics, to provide alternative solutions to customers, as well as announced recently its development of a bonded logistics centre in the Hainan Free Trade Port in China to tap into the growing duty-free and inbound e-commerce market.

 

About Kerry Logistics Network Limited (Stock Code 0636.HK)

Kerry Logistics Network is an Asia-based, global 3PL with a highly diversified business portfolio and the strongest coverage in Asia. It offers a broad range of supply chain solutions from integrated logistics, international freight forwarding (air, ocean, road, rail and multimodal), industrial project logistics, to cross-border e-commerce, last-mile fulfilment and infrastructure investment.

 

With a global presence across 59 countries and territories, Kerry Logistics Network has established a solid foothold in half of the world’s emerging markets. Its diverse infrastructure, extensive coverage in international gateways and local expertise span across China, India, Southeast Asia, the CIS, Middle East, LATAM and other locations.

 

Kerry Logistics Network generated a revenue of over HK$40 billion in 2019 and is the largest international logistics company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

 

About Quamnet Outstanding Enterprise Awards

Instituted in 2009, QOEA is organised by Quamnet, a leading financial website in Hong Kong, to identify and praise the excellent performance of Hong Kong enterprises. It has developed into an annual event with wide recognition and support from independent investors, media and industries.

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Co-creating With Target Clients to Suit Their Banking and Investment Needs

Fostering Financial Education to Level-Up Digital Natives Through Mobile Banking

 

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 22 February 2021 – Citigroup Inc. (NYSE symbol: C) – Citibank announced today the official launch of Citi Plus®, a digital value proposition offering financial education and a novel banking experience to level-up digital natives through mobile banking. Citi Plus® clients can obtain personalized wealth management information and knowledge kits to accumulate their wealth and earn more through accomplishing fun tasks.

 

Having its pilot launch in early December 2020, Citi Plus® accumulated nearly 5,000 registrants, who are interested in the new service, in the first three weeks. “Citibank Hong Kong has shown strong determination in the development of digital banking in recent years. Citi Plus® is our latest initiative to bring digital natives a banking experience they admire,” said Mr Lawrence Lam, Consumer Business Manager of Citibank Hong Kong. “Millennials were invited to participate in research and the co-creation process, through which we could better address target clients’ pain points, and help them grow their wealth via the new service.”

 

Citi Plus® offers a range of investment products to clients including stocks, money market funds as well as an array of mutual funds primarily from Aberdeen Standard Investments, Allianz Global Investors and Franklin Templeton.

 

One of the key features of Citi Plus® is a series of financial wellness modules specially designed to educate clients and guide their thinking when it comes to making decisions about managing money, building wealth and achieving financial goals. These engaging modules enhance wealth inclusion, allow clients to build healthy financial habits and achieve targets responsibly.

 

 

  • Wealth Smart: A financial literacy guide covering a series of easy-to-follow courses and quizzes, with bite-sized content that helps clients level-up and approach investments with greater confidence. Clients can learn at their own pace, whilst keeping themselves abreast of the times and acquiring financial knowledge.
  • Wealth Digest[1]: A personalized series of news, articles and insights on wealth which are updated continually to help clients make informed investment decisions.
  • Money Goal[2]: A personal goal tracking tool that helps clients define financial objectives and track their progress towards these targets.

 

 

Alongside this step-by-step guidance providing clients with financial knowledge and resources, Citi Plus® also offers innovative features that engage clients and help them level-up along their financial journey.

 

 

  • Deposit: “Citi Interest Booster” enables clients to earn additional bonus interest (up to 1.8% p.a.[3]) on savings by completing simple missions. Beginning with a base interest rate of 0.3% p.a., clients can complete “missions” ­– such as maintaining balance, funding-in, spending with Citi Plus® cards, investment and currency exchange — to boost interest rates up to 1.8% p.a. [3]
  • Investment[4]: Citi Plus® offers a reliable investment platform that allows clients not only to trade stocks, but also to invest in mutual funds. With progressive self-learning resources and low investment thresholds, clients have the flexibility to choose their investment options.

 

 

o “Flexi Wealth” allows clients to start investing in money market funds with as little as HK$1, and to conduct transactions at their convenience, without any transaction charges or monthly service fees.

 

o Our suggested mutual fund portfolios based on clients’ financial goals and risk profiles will also be offered, featuring mutual funds primarily from Aberdeen Standard Investments, Allianz Global Investors and Franklin Templeton at a minimum of HK$100, thus giving clients a hassle-free investment experience.

 

 

  • Spending: Citi Plus® Debit Mastercard® and Citi Plus® Credit Card bring clients a world of privileged shopping rewards while spending with these cards also boosts their saving interest rate by 0.3% p.a [3].

 

 

o Spending with Citi Plus® Debit Mastercard® offers up to 1% cashback[5], and with Citibank Global Wallet, clients can exchange foreign currencies at preferred rates[6], and then spend with the debit card for online/ in-store shopping and withdraw cash overseas directly with foreign currency accounts. Citi does not charge any handling fees[7] for cash withdrawals made with the card at any overseas ATMs (including Citi and Mastercard® ATMs).

 

o Citi Plus® Credit Card is tailor-made for Citi Plus® clients and has no annual fee. Payments for online shopping and fitness memberships can earn up to 3X reward points, while clients can also instantly offset spending anytime with Citi Pay with Points and get free purchase protection insurance.

 

 

  • One App to do it all: Citi Mobile® App enables clients to transfer funds, invest, spend, and more at their fingertips. In-app messaging is also available 24/7 to offer customer support promptly.

 

 

From now until April 30, clients can team up with their families and friends to join Citi Plus® to unlock an additional bonus savings rate of up to 6% p.a. [8] via ‘Citi Interest Booster’. For more information, please visit https://www.citibank.com.hk/english/banking/citi-plus/.

 

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Investment in derivatives involves risks. Investors should understand the nature of the products before they make investment decisions.

 

To borrow or not to borrow? Borrow only if you can repay.

 



[1] “Wealth Digest” will be available soon, please visit citibank.hk/citiplus for updates.

[2] “Money Goal” will be available soon, please visit citibank.hk/citiplus for updates.

[3] Terms and Conditions for Citi Interest Booster: https://www.citibank.com.hk/english/banking/pdf/interest-booster-tnc.pdf

[4] Customer can enjoy the investment services by opening the investment accounts via the app separately.

[5] Enjoy up to 1% cash rebate for every point-of-sale purchase or online purchase for the first 6 months of card issuance, and up to 0.5% thereafter.

[6] Citibank Global Wallet supports 12 currencies: AUD, CAD, CHF, CNY, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB and USD. Before shopping at overseas shops or online, prepare sufficient foreign currencies in the account and this service will select the corresponding currency and directly debit from the account when the client spends. Citibank will not charge the foreign currency handling fee.

[7] For overseas withdrawals made with Global Wallet, the withdrawal amount, together with any surcharge levied by the overseas ATM operator, will be directly deducted from the relevant foreign currency account. For overseas withdrawals not made with Global Wallet, Citi does not charge any flat handling fee and charges a conversion spread up to 2.4% of the Hong Kong Dollar equivalent amount which includes the withdrawal amount and any surcharge levied by the overseas ATM operator. Please refer to the fees and charges for details.

[8] Terms and Conditions apply.

 

About Citi

Citi, the leading global Bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services and wealth management.

 

Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube:

www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi |

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi.

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 22 February 2021 – The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and the Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a strategic partnership in driving the adoption of emerging technologies in Hong Kong.

 

Mr Mohamed Butt, Executive Director of HKPC (left), and Ir Dr Ted Suen, MH, President of HKCS, sign a Memorandum of Understanding in which HKPC and HKCS will form a strategic partnership in driving the adoption of emerging technologies in Hong Kong.

 

Under the two-year arrangement, HKPC and HKCS will collaborate on talent development, education and promotion for emerging technologies to support the industry demand with focus in the areas of 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, cyber security, data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics. This collaboration also signals HKPC’s relentless drive to invest in and build technologies that matter for Hong Kong in areas including reindustrialisation, SME and start-up support, intelligent manufacturing, digitalisation and cyber security, FutureSkills and smart and green living. HKCS members and local IT professionals will definitely benefit from this collaboration.

 

Mr Mohamed Butt, Executive Director of HKPC, said, “Being the expert of Industry 4.0 and Enterprise 4.0, HKPC has a team of technical professionals with a good grasp of technology research and development and advanced technologies such as IoT, big data analytics, AI and robotics, smart manufacturing. Our professional knowledge and acute technology sense will certainly help achieve more effective use of this collaboration.”

 

Dr Ted Suen, MH, President of HKCS, said, “With the continuous expansion of emerging technologies such as 5G and AI, coupled with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many enterprises need to accelerate digital transformation to meet actual situation needs. The signing of the MoU will further strengthen collaboration between both parties, especially in the promotion of the application of emerging technologies.”

 

HKPC will set out a framework with HKCS to promote technology training courses organised by HKPC to its members and offer its government funding advisory support through SME ReachOut. HKCS, in turn, will recognise the relevant technology training courses offered by HKPC as continuing professional development activities and share the insights of the skills demand from the industries for HKPC to design training courses. Both sides also pledge to jointly promote and co-organise events related to emerging technologies such as seminars, webinars and workshops.

 

To mark the launch of the new collaboration, a webinar was held today with HKPC and HKCS experts sharing their insights of the Agile approach, intelligent automations and how they could enable enterprises to accelerate digital transformation.

 

About Hong Kong Productivity Council

The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) is a multi-disciplinary organisation established by statute in 1967, to promote productivity excellence through integrated advanced technologies and innovative service offerings to support Hong Kong enterprises. HKPC is the champion and expert in facilitating Hong Kong’s reindustrialisation empowered by i4.0 and e4.0 — focusing on R&D, IoT, big data analytics, AI and Robotic technology development, digital manufacturing, etc., to help enterprises and industries upgrade their business performance, lower operating costs, increase productivity and enhance competitiveness.

 

The Council is a trusted partner with comprehensive innovative solutions for Hong Kong industries and enterprises, enabling them to achieve resources and productivity utilisation, effectiveness and cost reduction, and enhanced competitiveness in both local and international marketplace. It offers SMEs and startups immediate and timely assistance in coping with the ever-changing business environment, accompanying them on their innovation and transformation journey.

 

In addition, HKPC partners and collaborates with local industries and enterprises to develop applied technology solutions for value creation. It also benefits a variety of sectors through product innovation and technology transfer, with commercialisation of multiple market-driven patents and technologies, bringing enormous opportunities abound for licensing and technology transfer, both locally and internationally.

 

For more information, please visit HKPC’s website: www.hkpc.org.

 

About Hong Kong Computer Society

 

Founded in 1970, the Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS) is a recognised non-profit professional organisation focused on developing Hong Kong’s Information Technology (IT) profession and industry. Their members come from a broad spectrum of Hong Kong’s IT community, from corporations to like-minded individuals, all coming together to raise the profile and standards of the IT profession and industry. As a well-established IT professional body, the Society is committed to professional and industry development as well as community services to ensure the IT sector continues to make a positive impact on peoples’ lives with three main goals, namely, 1) talent cultivation and professional development, 2) industry development and collaboration, and 3) the effective use of IT in our community.

 

For more details, please visit HKCS’s website http://www.hkcs.org.hk

 

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Giving impetus to the development of SMEs with digital strategies to maintain their competitiveness under the ‘new normal’

 

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 22 February 2021 – As a developer and service provider of innovative digital and technology products, Nexstgo provides PCs, loT innovations, Artificial Intelligence application solutions, Information Technology solutions and more. Stepping into the new year, the “new normal” commercial environment continues to affect business IT purchasing decisions. In order to help SMEs be successful in their digital transformation and adapt to the new reality of remote working, Nexstgo has enhanced its business solutions available through the NEXSTMALL BIZ platform to provide a more comprehensive technology application strategy focusing on the business and commercial field. These include one-stop professional IT services, remote conferencing and VPN security systems, together with a wide range of branded NEXSTGO, VAIO and AVITA mobile computing products. Nexstgo ensures enterprises of any size and industry can find the most suitable software and hardware solutions on NEXSTMALL BIZ, helping businesses maintain the strongest performance under the continuously transforming business environment during the new year.

 

 

 

For more information on NEXSTMALL BIZ business solutions and exclusive offers for corporate clients, please visit:

https://www.nexstmall.com/collections/nexstmall-business-solution

 

Comprehensively monitoring the network security of customers, providing the most robust backing of IT consulting services at any time

 

With the routinization of “new normal” working practices, remote-work, WFH, online and cloud-based processes have become ubiquitous. Nexstgo has launched technological solutions specifically for network security management, including the installation of bank-level encryption software by Norton VPN for customers in business areas that require remote-work with a high level of integrated protection. When customers access the Internet on public Wi-Fi hotspots, these systems provide safe and effective online privacy. With the Veeam data encryption backup system, customers can work in any environment confidently. To enhance provision of security technology strategies, the company is also launching further products on NEXSTMALL BIZ, including the latest Targus Docking Station, which supports multiple USB interfaces and screen configurations; Targus Privacy Screen Filter, designed to protect high-value information; and Targus Security Cable Lock that locks the connection end of the transmission line to protect valuable resources on the device. Corporate clients who purchase designated VAIO notebooks on NEXSTMALL BIZ will also get the above-mentioned products and other valuable accessories designed to protect their business privacy. This enables customers to experience the most secure workflows, ensuring business privacy of the whole organization in the era of digital commerce.

 

As a strategic partner to SMEs, Nexstgo’s elite team also provides customers with professional IT support and technology operation consulting services, helping companies confidently achieve digital transformation and adapt to the “new normal”. These supporting services undertaken by the professional specialist team handle inquiries regarding computer products and software systems, and provide product management and technical support. Customers who purchase any NEXSTGO or VAIO laptop on NEXSTMALL BIZ with a subscription to a one-month IT support service will receive one-time free Data Migration support, allowing corporate clients worry-free activation of new computer equipment without affecting daily operations. Customers benefit from the strongest backing brought by the Nexstgo team whenever they need it, for peace-of-mind and smooth business operations ensuring productivity and performance.

 

Up-to-date video conferencing and mobile communication solutions: easily connect with customers online, anytime and anywhere

 

Understanding that many companies and employees have adapted to working at home or working without a fixed workplace, Nexstgo provides online and video conference software and hardware; such as NEXSTGO laptop products with dedicated functionality for online meetings equipped with a high-quality Dolby voice system, and Artificial Intelligence camera lens Huddly-IQ designed for remote video conferencing, etc. This offering provides the most accurate facial recognition and the clearest sound and picture performance, helping customers complete meetings more productively. NEXSTMALL BIZ also offers combination packages of software/hardware available at discounted rates. For example, customers can redeem a Huddly-IQ lens at a discounted price when purchasing a designated VAIO laptop; get 3-year on-site warranty and Jabra headset for free when purchasing a NEXSTGO SU03 laptop, a conference-specific model with FHD IR webcam and Dolby ATMOS. The choice of different combinations of software and hardware help managers select the most effective process strategies according to their business needs.

 

Nexstgo recognizes that companies must be able to achieve instant interaction and clarity of communication with customers as a key to being competitive. Therefore, Nexstgo has collaborated with outstanding customer service cloud platforms to launch cooperative business solutions. For example, corporate clients who buy any NEXSTGO or VAIO laptop on NEXSTMALL BIZ can enjoy a free service trial of customer interaction at Maaiiconnect platform, including free conversations with end customers on its platform for up to 5000 minutes and real-time web conversations. The package helps companies of all sizes to deliver excellent customer service, and to keep pace with fast-changing business environments. By taking advantage of these solutions and transforming into an e-commerce business – with the realities of the ‘new normal’ replacing traditional face-to-face service – companies can greatly increase their revenues, productivity and cost management performance.

 

About Nexstgo Company Limited

 

Established in 2016, Nexstgo Company Limited was co-founded by Mr. Wilson Leung, Chairman & CEO, Alco Holdings Limited (SEHK: 0328), and Mr. Alex Chung, out of a shared passion and pursuit of quality tech-innovation. Nexstgo is committed to bringing new revolutionary experiences in technology through introducing a wide product range, which includes PC, Smart home, IoT, artificial intelligence and corporate solutions. Nexstgo is growing steadily in the Asia Pacific region. In August 2016, its Hong Kong headquarters and Taiwan Design Centre were set up. In just four years, the company has expanded its business to 22 areas, and is fully committed to the development of the Tech Market. In June 2018, Nexstgo was authorized by VAIO Corporation to participate in the production, sales, marketing and after-sales services of VAIO notebook products in Asia, covering markets such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia and Singapore.

 

www.nexstgo.com

 

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SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 22 February 2021 – The Canadian International School (CIS) in Singapore is delighted to announce the expansion of its unique French-English bilingual programme at the Lakeside campus with the opening of a class in grade 1, 2 and 5 starting in August 2021. Going forward, the programme will now be available to students at its Lakeside campus from grade 1 through to grade 5.

 

“We are extremely excited about the programme’s expansion as we are the only international school in Singapore to offer a French-English bilingual program fully aligned to the International Baccalaureate PYP framework, ” says CIS Head of School Pete Corcoron. “We are delighted students can now take advantage and enjoy the programme’s unique benefits for a longer period.”

 

The decision to open up an additional class underscores CIS’ reputation as one of the most experienced and trusted international schools in Singapore to offer bilingual programmes. In addition to CIS’s French-English bilingual programme they also offer a Chinese-English bilingual programme for students in junior kindergarten to grade 6.

 

The French-English bilingual programme objective

To educate students to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural in both French and English.

 

Key features of the French-English bilingual programme

Each class has two qualified teachers — one English speaker and one French speaker. Instruction is inquiry-based and fully aligned to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). Students have equal exposure to both languages — classes are in English one day and French the next.

 

CIS’ teaching approach

All learning is done through inquiry. Wherever possible, CIS uses authentic materials (such as songs, stories, TV and websites) instead of textbooks, and engage students in active, hands-on activities like acting out plays, cooking and participating in quizzes. The school places a strong emphasis on creating authentic experiences where learning mirrors real-life activities. CIS don’t do any translating. All learning is done through immersion.

 

Who can enrol?

While language requirements do apply, CIS welcomes students from all backgrounds. Some students are French native-speakers while others have been educated in a French-speaking school or have a strong connection and passion for the French language.

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN Media OutReach22 February 2021 – Appier, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company, today announces its viewpoints of challenges and opportunities when adopting Machine Learning as a Service in the real world. Machine learning (ML) is a vital technology for companies seeking a competitive advantage, as it can process large volumes of data fast that can help businesses overcome challenges such as more effectively make recommendations to customers, hone manufacturing processes or anticipate changes to a market. Machine Learning as a Service (MLaaS) is defined in a business context as companies designing and implementing ML models to provide a continuous and consistent service to customers.

 

Businesses today are dealing with huge amounts of data and the volume is growing faster than ever. At the same time, the competitive landscape is changing rapidly and it’s critical for commercial organizations to make decisions fast. Business success comes from making quick, accurate decisions using the best possible information. This is critical in areas where customer needs and behaviours change rapidly. For example, in 2020, people had to change how they shop, work and socialize as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and businesses have had to shift how they service customers to meet their needs. This means that the technology they are using to gather and process data also needs to be flexible and adaptable to new data inputs, allowing businesses to move fast and make the best decisions.

 

Appier observes that one current challenge of taking ML models to MLaaS has to do with how we currently build ML models and how we teach future ML talent to do it. Most research and development of ML models focuses on building individual models that use a set of training data (with pre-assigned features and labels) to deliver the best performance in predicting the labels of another set of data (normally we call it testing data). However, if we’re looking at real-world businesses trying to meet the ever-evolving needs of real-life customers, the boundary between training and testing data becomes less clear. The testing or prediction data for today can be exploited as the training data to create a better model in the future.

 

Based on Appier’s years of practical experience, the data used for training a model will no doubt be imperfect for several reasons. Besides the fact that real-world data sources can be incomplete or unstructured (such as open answer customer questionnaires), they can come from a biased collection process. For instance, the data to be used for training a recommendation model are normally collected from the feedback of another recommender system currently serving online. Thus, the data collected are biased by the online serving model.

 

Additionally, sometimes the outcome we care about most is the hardest to evaluate. Let’s take digital marketing for ecommerce as an example. The most straightforward customer journey would be ‘click item, view item, add item to cart, purchase item’. However, the process is rarely this simple- people might look at an item several times on different devices, and they may remove it from the cart before putting it back in or abandon the purchase altogether.

 

Usually, the actions in the deeper funnel (i.e. purchase) are much harder to obtain than the ones on the upper funnel. For example, If the consumer does not complete the purchase on your platform, you will never know if he has lost interest in the product, or if there’s another reason he didn’t buy the item. If an MLaSS model relies only on the simplest metrics (i.e. clicks and view), its suggestion (e.g. when to send out marketing messages) will not align with the ultimate business goal.

 

Finally, for a B2B AI company that provides machine learning services, they normally need to serve thousands or even more customers from different domains. This means there will always be at least multi-thousand models serving online. Furthermore, for those models to consistently perform to meet ongoing and constantly shifting business goals, they need to be retrained or updated every day to keep up with evolving real-world scenarios. To achieve those goals, one needs to design not only an automated training pipeline but also to guarantee that models will have close to zero probability to converge to a bad local optimal.

 

In many cases when an unexpected outcome is delivered by Machine Learning model, it’s not the machine learning that has broken down but some other part of the chain. For example, a recommendation engine may have offered a product to a customer, but the connection between the sales system and the recommendation could be broken, and it takes time to find the bug. In this case, it would be hard to tell the model if the recommendation was successful. Troubleshooting issues like this can be quite labor intensive and is a capability that companies adopting MLaaS need to have in place.

 

Ensuring the overall stability and robustness of MLaaS models is critical. It requires significant ongoing investment, research and experimentation, but the rewards for businesses can be huge, allowing them to quickly adapt and pivot to changing business environments and allowing them to stay ahead of the game. For more artificial intelligence and machine learning information, please refer to the Appier blog.

 

About Appier

Appier helps businesses solve their most challenging problems with artificial intelligence. It is a partner to some of the world’s leading brands, providing a suite of enterprise-grade products to support data-driven decisions and accelerate business growth. Established in 2012 by a passionate team of computer scientists and engineers, Appier now has more than 450 employees across 15 offices in APAC and Europe, and is recognized as a Top 50 AI company by Fortune Magazine. Appier has raised US$162 million in funding from investors including Sequoia, Softbank, and Line. Learn more at www.appier.com.

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Rigorous planning and testing were undertaken by DHL to ensure supply chains support the vaccine’s stringent temperature requirements

 

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA Media OutReach21 February 2021 – DHL Express, the world’s leading express service provider has successfully delivered the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines to Malaysia today. From door-to-door in just three days, DHL Express worked with Malaysia Aviation Group’s cargo subsidiary MABkargo Sdn. Bhd. (MASkargo) to fly the vaccines in and subsequently arranged for it to be sent directly to designated facilities across Kuala Lumpur.

 

DHL Express delivers first batch of COVID-19 vaccines to Malaysia

 

“In the past year, our teams across the world have truly embodied the As One spirit, coming together to deliver personal protective equipment, medical necessities and daily essentials to communities in need. We have now come full circle to elevate our purpose of connecting people and improving lives with the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines to countries everywhere including the very first of shipments to Middle East, and now to Malaysia,” said Ken Lee, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific.

 

“We are proud to have the opportunity to make a difference and I can assure you that no effort is spared in ensuring that our well-established DHL Medical Express solution adhere to the stringent requirements of speed, quality, security and reliability when it comes to transporting these precious cargo,” he added.

 

One of the key challenges faced in the shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine is the stringent temperature requirements of the vaccine. The vaccine was delivered in specially designed thermal shipper packaging customised by the manufacturer. Each shipment was packed with dry ice to regulate the temperature, enabling its use in locations that lack the physical infrastructure to otherwise maintain the required temperature. Temperature trackers equipped with sophisticated GPS technology are also packed within each thermal shipper box to provide full visibility throughout the shipment’s entire journey.

 

“As COVID-19 continues to devastate lives and livelihoods, the vaccines represent hope for a better 2021,” said Julian Neo, Managing Director of DHL Express Malaysia and Brunei. “Organising their distribution to so many people in such a short time will be an extremely complex operation that we are well-equipped and proud to contribute to. Since the onset of the pandemic, DHL Express has leveraged our broad experience and expertise to help maintain the integrity of the healthcare supply chain, ensuring vital supplies and protective equipment reach communities and medical stakeholders in need.”

 

More than 9,000 life sciences and healthcare specialists work across DHL’s dedicated global network so that pharmaceutical, medical devices, clinical trials and research organisations, wholesalers and distributors, as well as hospitals and healthcare providers are connected across the value chain and through digitalisation, from clinical trials to point of care, and every step in between.

 

DHL’s portfolio for the healthcare industry includes 150+ pharmacists, 20+ clinical trials depots, 100+ certified stations, 160+ GDP-qualified warehouses, 15+ GMP-certified sites, 135+ medical express sites, and a time-definite international express network covering over 220 countries and territories.

 

On a global scale, logistics providers are challenged to establish medical supply chain rapidly to deliver vaccines of unprecedented amount of more than 10 billion doses worldwide–also in regions with less developed logistics infrastructures, where approximately 3 billion people live. To provide global coverage over the next two years, DHL estimated in its vaccine logistics whitepaper that up to 200,000 pallet shippers and 15 million cooling boxes as well as 15,000 flights will be required across the various supply chain setups.

 

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global sustainable trade flows. With specialised solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing and energy, auto-mobility and retail, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

 

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros in 2019. With sustainable business practices and a commitment to society and the environment, the Group makes a positive contribution to the world. Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to achieve zero-emissions logistics by 2050.

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SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 19 February 2021 – Ohmyhome, homegrown one-stop Property Technology company, today officially launched its renovation services adding to the company’s suite of end-to-end services. From property searching to post-purchase services, Ohmyhome users can engage in quality and trusted services at every step of their housing journey without leaving the app.

 

Despite being one of the most important steps to achieving their dream homes, property owners still face perennial renovation woes such as unclear costing, inconsistent communication, delays, and renovation disputes. With high quality and consistency as its cornerstone, Ohmyhome Renovation effectively tackles these issues to deliver a simple, convenient, and quality experience for homeowners.

 

Ohmyhome has also assembled an experienced team of in-house interior designers, led by Demi Goh. A Top 15 finalist for Upcycled Architecture in the Fentress Global Challenge in 2014, Demi brings an impressive portfolio that emphasizes modern aesthetics with timeless and liveable design. Coupled with high quality materials from their partners, Ohmyhome Renovation is primed to exceed the discerning tastes of today’s condominium and landed property owners.

 

The Ohmyhome Renovation Experience

 

The process of engaging Ohmyhome renovation services is simple and transparent. When a customer expresses interest, they are put in touch with one of Ohmyhome’s in-house interior designers who will help translate the homeowner’s vision into concrete designs. Customers will receive a complimentary design proposal with fully transparent costing so that they will know exactly what they pay for. Once the proposal is confirmed, materials are ordered and the renovation is carried out with Ohmyhome’s trusted partners.

 

Renovation packages start from $9,888 and come with a one-year warranty.

 

With the official launch of Ohmyhome renovation, the proptech company extends its ethos of simplicity, convenience, and customer-oriented service to this important post-purchase process. Race Wong, co-Founder and CPO of Ohmyhome, shared “Renovation is an integral step to turning a house into a home, every corner matters to us and customer satisfaction is paramount. That’s why we’ve gathered experienced in-house design and project management teams along with a network of trusted and reliable partners so that every renovation project will be seamless, timely, and of the highest quality. At Ohmyhome Renovation, our business is making your dream home into a reality”.

 

To make an appointment for Ohmyhome renovation services call the hotline at 6886 9009, or visit https://renovation.ohmyhome.com/en-sg/

 

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Winning five core categories reaffirms Vetter as a trusted solution provider, particularly during globally challenging times

 

 

  • Vetter reaffirms its high performance in customer-critical aspects
  • Results reflect the positive experience of pharma and biotech companies in their daily work with the service provider — particularly during a pandemic
  • Winning five awards mirrors the company’s core value of customer partnership

 

 

RAVENSBURG, GERMANY – Media OutReach – 19 February 2021 – Vetter, a globally operating Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), was granted the 2021 CMO Leadership Awards in five core categories — quality, expertise, compatibility, capabilities, and service. The award, now in its tenth year, was given by the leading trade press publication, Life Science Leader. Vetter was also the recipient of the award in a variety of categories in previous years.

 

 

“Yet again, Vetter is honored to be a winner of the CMO Leadership Awards as determined by our most important judges — our global customers,” said Vetter Managing Director Peter Soelkner. “This recognition is of particular importance given the challenging and turbulent times we are all experiencing with the global Covid-19 pandemic.” Carsten Press, Vetter’s Senior Vice President Key Account Management/Supply Chain Management/Marketing added, “Winning this award in five key categories is a direct reflection of what we strive to project to our customers. It further demonstrates our stable performance for them and especially their patients.”

 

Unlike other awards where an application process takes place, winners of the CMO Leadership Awards are chosen according to a customer ranking system. The basis for this is their hands-on experience with the service providers they have actually worked with. Using this method of validation means results are not able to be influenced in any manner. As such, the awards honor true customer performance and signify that winning companies have distinguished themselves through a leading level of support for the needs of their pharma and biotech customers.

 

“These past months reinforced the criticality of the services and partnership models provided by CDMOs to biopharma organizations of this size,” said Louis Garguilo, Chief Editor and Conference Chair, Outsourced Pharma. “In fact, much of the drug development and manufacturing industry was sustained by reliable outsourcing in the face of a horrible pandemic. That reliability was a result of constant dedication to customers, and perhaps, one attribute above all — flexibility.”

 

Find the Vetter press kit and more background information here.

About the CMO Leadership Awards

The CMO Leadership Awards is an annual event now in its tenth year. In determining the award recipients, Life Science Leader teams up with Industry Standard Research (ISR) which conducted the research. For the 2021 award, more than 70 contract manufacturers were assessed by 23 performance metrics in ISR’s annual Contract Manufacturing Quality Benchmarking survey. Participants were recruited from pharma and biotech companies of all sizes and screened for decision-making influence related to working with contract manufacturing partners. Respondents only evaluate those companies with which they have worked on an outsourced project within the past 18 months. Through this level of qualification, survey responses are based on actual involvement with contract manufacturers and clear experiential data.

 

About Vetter

Headquartered in Ravensburg, Germany, Vetter is a family-owned, global leading contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) with production facilities in Germany, Austria and the United States. Currently employing more than 5,000 individuals worldwide, the company has long-term experience in supporting biotechnology and pharmaceutical customers both large and small. Vetter services range from early stage development support including clinical manufacturing, to commercial supply and numerous packaging solutions for vials, syringes and cartridges. As a leading solution provider, Vetter appreciates its responsibility to support the needs of its customers by developing devices that contribute to increased patient safety, convenience, and enhanced compliance. Great importance is also given to social responsibility including environmental protection and sustainability. Learn more about Vetter at www.vetter-pharma.com.

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Struggling to get a clear picture of their customers, 49% of sales leaders in Australia say their CRM is costing them revenue

 

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA – Media OutReach – 19 February 2021 – Fueled by lack of visibility into customer data, companies are facing a customer relationship crisis. Fifty-two percent of sales professionals in Australia believe that their CRM systems are unfit for purpose, while customer churn is costing mid-market companies an average of US$5.5M per year each, according to a new CRM and Sales Impact Report from SugarCRM.

 

The research reveals that many businesses lack the necessary tools to provide the kind of customer experience that will keep them competitive. Besieged with status quo CRM systems, sales leaders are struggling to ensure their sales teams are spending enough time with customers and can access the data required to build and maintain these vital relationships. The report surveyed 1,000 sales decision-makers in the US, UK, Germany, and Australia, and found that 49% of Australian sales professionals believe their CRM systems are costing them revenue — demonstrating the extent of the issue.

 

“Customer behavior has fundamentally changed and businesses around the world are facing a customer relationship crisis,” said Craig Charlton, CEO of SugarCRM. “Sales teams are bogged down with administration and stuck with an inaccurate picture of the customer with little advance notice or insight into customer churn. These findings are a wake-up call for companies relying on the market-leading incumbents in CRM with software that is tuned to steady-state and known customer behaviors.

 

The research found that 53% of sales leaders are fatigued and frustrated with the CRM admin burden placed on their sales teams, which is taking them away from customer-facing activities. Indeed, sales reps are only spending 54% of their time selling. The CRM and Sales Impact Report also revealed over half of sales reps in Australia (52%) reported their customer churn increased in the last 12 months, with 52% of respondents having trouble predicting when customers would churn. And upon reflection, almost half (48%) of those sales professionals reported not knowing why customers churned.

 

In addition, 50% of Australian sales leaders admit that they cannot access customer data across marketing, sales, and service systems, leaving customer-facing team members without a clear picture of their customers. The gap in customer data, the millions of dollars lost to churn, and the lack of insight, prevents sales and business leaders from acquiring the intelligence they need to make both vital strategic and tactical decisions. Companies that close the data gaps and improve the accuracy and completeness of their customer data, stand to improve retention, increase revenue, and gain more predictable business outcomes.

 

To download the full CRM and Sales Impact Report from SugarCRM, including regional data for the US, UK, Germany, and Australia, visit:

https://www.sugarcrm.com/au/hd-cx/content/crm-sales-impact/.

 

About SugarCRM

The SugarCRM sales, marketing and service platform helps businesses deliver a high-definition customer experience by eliminating the blind spots, roadblocks and busy work that plagues legacy CRM. For growth companies and anyone who wants to work smarter not harder, Sugar provides the clear view of the customer that teams need to reach new levels of business performance and predictability.

 

More than 4,500 companies in over 120 countries rely on SugarCRM. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SugarCRM is backed by Accel-KKR.

 

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Under Patrick’s leadership, Cryptology intends to build Europe’s leading publicly listed company for blockchain- and crypto-related business models.

 

VALLETTA, MALTA – EQS Newswire – 18 February 2021 – Cryptology Asset Group (ISIN: MT0001770107; Ticker: 4UD), a leading European investment company for blockchain- and crypto-related business models, co-founded by Christian Angermayer and crypto-legend Mike Novogratz, announced that Patrick Lowry has been appointed as the new CEO. An experienced manager with substantial capital markets experience, Patrick will succeed Jefim Gewiet, who will step into the role of COO for the company.

 

Patrick is an accomplished asset manager with extensive experience managing crypto assets and blockchain-based venture capital investments. He is the founder and CEO of Iconic Holding, an asset management group and portfolio company of Cryptology. Prior to founding Iconic Holding, Patrick was a member of the Deutsche Börse venture capital team, a Senior Associate at Philadelphia-based private equity firm, Graham Partners, and a former auditor at PwC within the Asset Management Assurance Services practice.

 

“With the eyes of the world now intensely focused on Bitcoin and crypto markets, Patrick as CEO is the perfect addendum to an already strong team. I am convinced Patrick and Jefim will jointly take Cryptology to the next level,” said Christian Angermayer, Founder and Advisory Board member of Cryptology. “Patrick’s experience managing both a portfolio of crypto venture investments and regulated investment vehicles positions him well to deliver on our shared vision of Cryptology being Europe’s leading investment company for blockchain technology and crypto companies.”

 

At Iconic Holding, Patrick launched sub-brands Iconic Lab, a seed-stage crypto venture capital group, and Iconic Funds, a licensed and regulated crypto asset management firm. Patrick will continue working with Iconic Holding, an important strategic component of Cryptology’s portfolio.

 

Patrick received an MBA from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in 2017 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Delaware in 2011. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

 

“Cryptology, with one of the world’s strongest blockchain- and crypto-related balance sheets, boasting inspired investments in the likes of block.one and Northern Data, is a sleeping giant ready to wake,” said Patrick. “I am humbled and excited to be tasked with leading Cryptology to realize its untapped, and unlimited, potential.”

 

Earlier this year, Cryptology shares started trading on several German exchanges including Börse Düsseldorf, Gettex and Tradegate. In order to increase trading liquidity and open up to new shareholder groups, Cryptology is exploring an international listing.

 

About Cryptology Asset Group p.l.c.

Cryptology is a leading European crypto asset and venture investment company. Founded by Christian Angermayer’s family office, Apeiron Investment Group and crypto-legend Mike Novogratz, Cryptology is the largest publicly traded holding company for blockchain- and crypto-based business models in Europe. Noteworthy portfolio companies include crypto-giant and EOS publisher block.one, leading HPC provider Northern Data, commission-free online broker nextmarkets, and crypto asset management group Iconic Holding.

 

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VAIO® unleashes the first 3-D molded, carbon fiber laptop in the world

 

The new VAIO®Z has a lighter yet durable design engineered with VAIO®

 

TruePerformance to make mobile computing effortless.

 

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Media OutReach – 18 February 2021 – VAIO® is the first company in the world[1] to successfully mass produce a 3-D molded, carbon fiber laptop with the Uni-direction carbon fiber. Using technology only previously available to the car racing industry, molded carbon fiber makes the new VAIO®Z lighter at just under 1kg^. Moreover, with all around carbon fiber protection, the VAIO®Z offers exceptional toughness, and its turbo charged with unprecedented speed. In fact, the new VAIO®Z features the same powerful processing speed previously only found in the PCs of the most demanding fields.

 

 

Although previously gaining popularity, mobile computing has never been more essential. With more professionals and students having to work and collaborate remotely these days, their mobile computing needs have increased.

 

Of course, there are inherent risks with mobility as seen with mobile phone usage, for example. Everyone is well acquainted with the challenge of keeping mobile devices from getting damaged and now, more so with laptops. Both have become indispensable investments that make work, learning and connecting socially possible. So, when they are damaged, it can disrupt users’ needs.

 

The new VAIO®Z was designed for today’s mobile computing needs. The VAIO®Z’s lighter yet more durable design makes mobility less cumbersome, more practical and safer for work and learning needs.

 

No more having to carry a heavy laptop from place to place or even room to room. No more worrying that this valued work partner and learning tool will get damaged, and no more worrying about securing your privacy.

 

The VAIO®Z offers incredible power through 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H series processors and new Intel® integrated graphics on its 14-inch, high-def 4k LCD panel.

 

Additional features include crystal clear sound with Dolby Audio speakers. No more struggling to hear teammates or teachers on video conferencing calls.

 

Camera shutter and mic mute shortcuts for privacy, 180-degree open/close screen for easy collaboration and increased battery life to keep you connected for hours.

 

Plus, the VAIO®Z will get to know you. It is VAIO® User Sensing engineering combines human sensing technology and biometrics to make the VAIO®Z a truly personal experience. The VAIO®Z uses face authentication to log you in when you are seated before it, and it keeps you logged as long as you are seated in front of it. No more having to remember your password or worrying someone will use it. When you are away, it locks automatically to secure your privacy.

 

Kaoru Hayashi, Director, Vice President and Head of PC Business at VAIO® Corporation proudly states, “It is with great pleasure that we introduce VAIO®Z to the world. With over a decade of relentless carbon fiber research, VAIO has succeeded in creating and mass producing the world’s first 3D molded full carbon chassis for laptop PCs.

 

VAIO has developed a unique process of working with carbon fiber to achieve beautifully contoured lines and the flexible molding of carbon fiber, that was previously difficult to mass produce. The achievement of harnessing carbon fiber’s full potential of lightness and durability is both revolutionary and evolutionary as we continue looking ahead. With this evolution, the new VAIO®Z offers exceptional performance, lightness, endurance, now with true ruggedness, and without compromise, all converging into one elegant design. With VAIO®Z as our flagship model, we hope it is the start of VAIO®’s future array of laptop PC developments.

 

We also want to use this proud moment to share VAIO®’s redefined mission. Like VAIO®Z, we have reshaped our mission statement to show our commitment to our technical ingenuity that is deeply engrained in our DNA. Therefore, our renewed mission statement is “Illuminate your spirit with VAIO. Accelerating innovation through design and technology.”

 

Our vision is to make VAIO® PCs a valued partner to customers who, like VAIO®, are the world’s innovators, creators, and relentless leaders in their fields. It is our hope that our VAIO® PCs become an enduring presence that inspires our customers as they forge ahead to meet and exceed their goals no matter the challenge.

 

VAIO®Z Launch Event Link: https://youtu.be/Xj-_auONVwY

Photo Download Link: http://bit.ly/2LZy29B

 

For further product information, please visit https://hk.vaio.com, registered as VAIO® Member bit.ly/vaiotw_reg

 

 


[1] Made with the material that has been three-dimensionally molded on all sides of a laptop PC housing. Confirmed by Stella Associa. January 6, 2021

^ Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability

 

About VAIO Corporation

VAIO’s HQ and factory are located in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, surrounded by beautiful forest and mountains known as the Japanese Alps. VAIO®Z innovations were born here, and all VAIO®Z’s are shipped directly to the world from here. VAIO will continue to strive in delivering cutting-edge computing experiences, so that, “Made by VAIO in Azumino, Nagano, Japan” is equated with innovation.”

 

VAIO Corporation, which inherited the VAIO PC business from Sony Corporation, was established on July 1, 2014, headquartered in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. VAIO Corporation is dedicated to planning design, development, manufacturing and sale of PCs and related products labelled with the VAIO trademark.

 

About Nexstgo Company Limited

Established in 2016, Nexstgo Company Limited was co-founded by Mr. Wilson Leung, Chairman & CEO, Alco Holdings Limited (SEHK: 0328), and Mr. Alex Chung, out of a shared passion and pursuit of quality tech-innovation. Nexstgo is committed to bringing new revolutionary experiences in technology through introducing a wide product range. In June 2018, Nexstgo was authorized by VAIO Corporation to participate in the production, sales, marketing and after-sales services of VAIO notebook products in Asia, covering markets such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East, and India.

 

www.nexstgo.com

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VAIO® Build The World’s First[1] Contoured Carbon Fiber Laptop

 

Japan’s VAIO®, a leader in innovative technology, unleashes the first 3-D molded, carbon fiber laptop in the world

 

Engineered with VAIO TruePerformance to make mobile computing effortless

 

DUBAI, UAE – Media OutReach – 18 February 2021 – VAIO® is the first company in the world to successfully mass produce a 3-D molded, carbon fiber laptop with the Uni-direction carbon fiber. Using technology only previously available to the car racing industry, molded carbon fiber makes the new VAIO®Z lighter at just under 1kg^. Moreover, with all around carbon fiber protection, the VAIO®Z offers exceptional toughness, and its turbo charged with unprecedented speed. In fact, the new VAIO®Z features the same powerful processing speed previously only found in the PCs of the most demanding fields.

 

 

Although previously gaining popularity, mobile computing has never been more essential. With more professionals and students having to work and collaborate remotely these days, their mobile computing needs have increased.

 

Of course, there are inherent risks with mobility as seen with mobile phone usage, for example. Everyone is well acquainted with the challenge of keeping mobile devices from getting damaged and now, more so with laptops. Both have become indispensable investments that make work, learning and connecting socially possible. So, when they are damaged, it can disrupt users’ needs.

 

The new VAIO®Z was designed for today’s mobile computing needs. The VAIO®Z’s lighter yet more durable design makes mobility less cumbersome, more practical and safer for work and learning needs.

 

No more having to carry a heavy laptop from place to place or even room to room. No more worrying that this valued work partner and learning tool will get damaged, and no more worrying about securing your privacy.

 

The VAIO®Z offers incredible power through 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H series processors and new Intel® integrated graphics on its 14-inch, high-def 4k LCD panel.

 

Additional features include crystal clear sound with Dolby Audio speakers. No more struggling to hear teammates or teachers on video conferencing calls.

 

Camera shutter and mic mute shortcuts for privacy, 180-degree open/close screen for easy collaboration and increased battery life to keep you connected for hours.

 

Plus, the VAIO®Z will get to know you. It is VAIO® User Sensing engineering combines human sensing technology and biometrics to make the VAIO®Z a truly personal experience. The VAIO®Z uses face authentication to log you in when you are seated before it, and it keeps you logged as long as you are seated in front of it. No more having to remember your password or worrying someone will use it. When you are away, it locks automatically to secure your privacy.

 

Kaoru Hayashi, Director, Vice President and Head of PC Business at VAIO® Corporation proudly states, “It is with great pleasure that we introduce VAIO®Z to the world. With over a decade of relentless carbon fiber research, VAIO has succeeded in creating and mass producing the world’s first 3D molded full carbon chassis for laptop PCs.

 

VAIO has developed a unique process of working with carbon fiber to achieve beautifully contoured lines and the flexible molding of carbon fiber, that was previously difficult to mass produce. The achievement of harnessing carbon fiber’s full potential of lightness and durability is both revolutionary and evolutionary as we continue looking ahead. With this evolution, the new VAIO®Z offers exceptional performance, lightness, endurance, now with true ruggedness, and without compromise, all converging into one elegant design. With VAIO®Z as our flagship model, we hope it is the start of VAIO®’s future array of laptop PC developments.

 

We also want to use this proud moment to share VAIO®’s redefined mission. Like VAIO®Z, we have reshaped our mission statement to show our commitment to our technical ingenuity that is deeply engrained in our DNA. Therefore, our renewed mission statement is “Illuminate your spirit with VAIO. Accelerating innovation through design and technology.”

 

Our vision is to make VAIO® PCs a valued partner to customers who, like VAIO®, are the world’s innovators, creators, and relentless leaders in their fields. It is our hope that our VAIO® PCs become an enduring presence that inspires our customers as they forge ahead to meet and exceed their goals no matter the challenge.

 

VAIO®Z Launch Event Link: https://youtu.be/wsOjBEXxeYo

Photo Downloading Link: http://bit.ly/2LZy29B

 

For further product information, please visit https://hk.vaio.com, registered as VAIO® Member bit.ly/vaiome_reg



[1] Made with the material that has been three-dimensionally molded on all sides of a laptop PC housing. Confirmed by Stella Associa. January 6, 2021

^ Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability

 

 

About VAIO Corporation

VAIO’s HQ and factory are located in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, surrounded by beautiful forest and mountains known as the Japanese Alps. VAIO®Z innovations were born here, and all VAIO®Z’s are shipped directly to the world from here. VAIO will continue to strive in delivering cutting-edge computing experiences, so that, “Made by VAIO in Azumino, Nagano, Japan” is equated with innovation.”

 

VAIO Corporation, which inherited the VAIO PC business from Sony Corporation, was established on July 1, 2014, headquartered in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. VAIO Corporation is dedicated to planning design, development, manufacturing and sale of PCs and related products labelled with the VAIO trademark.

 

About Nexstgo Company Limited

Established in 2016, Nexstgo Company Limited was co-founded by Mr. Wilson Leung, Chairman & CEO, Alco Holdings Limited (SEHK: 0328), and Mr. Alex Chung, out of a shared passion and pursuit of quality tech-innovation. Nexstgo is committed to bringing new revolutionary experiences in technology through introducing a wide product range. In June 2018, Nexstgo was authorized by VAIO Corporation to participate in the production, sales, marketing and after-sales services of VAIO notebook products in Asia, covering markets such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East, and India.

 

www.nexstgo.com

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VAIO® Build The World’s First[1] Contoured Carbon Fiber Laptop

 

The new VAIO®Z has a lighter yet durable design engineered with VAIO® TruePerformance to make mobile computing effortless.

 

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – 18 February 2021 – VAIO® is the first company in the world to successfully mass produce a 3-D molded, carbon fiber laptop with the Uni-direction carbon fiber. Using technology only previously available to the car racing industry, molded carbon fiber makes the new VAIO®Z lighter at just under 1kg^. Moreover, with all around carbon fiber protection, the VAIO®Z offers exceptional toughness, and its turbo charged with unprecedented speed. In fact, the new VAIO®Z features the same powerful processing speed previously only found in the PCs of the most demanding fields.

 

 

Although previously gaining popularity, mobile computing has never been more essential. With more professionals and students having to work and collaborate remotely these days, their mobile computing needs have increased.

 

Of course, there are inherent risks with mobility as seen with mobile phone usage, for example. Everyone is well acquainted with the challenge of keeping mobile devices from getting damaged and now, more so with laptops. Both have become indispensable investments that make work, learning and connecting socially possible. So, when they are damaged, it can disrupt users’ needs.

 

The new VAIO®Z was designed for today’s mobile computing needs. The VAIO®Z’s lighter yet more durable design makes mobility less cumbersome, more practical and safer for work and learning needs.

 

No more having to carry a heavy laptop from place to place or even room to room. No more worrying that this valued work partner and learning tool will get damaged, and no more worrying about securing your privacy.

 

The VAIO®Z offers incredible power through 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H series processors and new Intel® integrated graphics on its 14-inch, high-def 4k LCD panel.

 

Additional features include crystal clear sound with Dolby Audio speakers. No more struggling to hear teammates or teachers on video conferencing calls.

 

Camera shutter and mic mute shortcuts for privacy, 180-degree open/close screen for easy collaboration and increased battery life to keep you connected for hours.

 

Plus, the VAIO®Z will get to know you. It is VAIO® User Sensing engineering combines human sensing technology and biometrics to make the VAIO®Z a truly personal experience. The VAIO®Z uses face authentication to log you in when you are seated before it, and it keeps you logged as long as you are seated in front of it. No more having to remember your password or worrying someone will use it. When you are away, it locks automatically to secure your privacy.

 

Kaoru Hayashi, Director, Vice President and Head of PC Business at VAIO® Corporation proudly states, “It is with great pleasure that we introduce VAIO®Z to the world. With over a decade of relentless carbon fiber research, VAIO has succeeded in creating and mass producing the world’s first 3D molded full carbon chassis for laptop PCs.

 

VAIO has developed a unique process of working with carbon fiber to achieve beautifully contoured lines and the flexible molding of carbon fiber, that was previously difficult to mass produce. The achievement of harnessing carbon fiber’s full potential of lightness and durability is both revolutionary and evolutionary as we continue looking ahead. With this evolution, the new VAIO®Z offers exceptional performance, lightness, endurance, now with true ruggedness, and without compromise, all converging into one elegant design. With VAIO®Z as our flagship model, we hope it is the start of VAIO®’s future array of laptop PC developments.

 

We also want to use this proud moment to share VAIO®’s redefined mission. Like VAIO®Z, we have reshaped our mission statement to show our commitment to our technical ingenuity that is deeply engrained in our DNA. Therefore, our renewed mission statement is “Illuminate your spirit with VAIO. Accelerating innovation through design and technology.”

 

Our vision is to make VAIO® PCs a valued partner to customers who, like VAIO®, are the world’s innovators, creators, and relentless leaders in their fields. It is our hope that our VAIO® PCs become an enduring presence that inspires our customers as they forge ahead to meet and exceed their goals no matter the challenge.

 

VAIO®Z Launch Event Link: https://youtu.be/AzySaBo-_5w

Photo Download Link: http://bit.ly/2LZy29B

 

For further product information, please visit https://hk.vaio.com, registered as VAIO® Member bit.ly/vaiomy_reg

 

 


[1] Made with the material that has been three-dimensionally molded on all sides of a laptop PC housing. Confirmed by Stella Associa. January 6, 2021

^ Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability

 

About VAIO Corporation

VAIO’s HQ and factory are located in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, surrounded by beautiful forest and mountains known as the Japanese Alps. VAIO®Z innovations were born here, and all VAIO®Z’s are shipped directly to the world from here. VAIO will continue to strive in delivering cutting-edge computing experiences, so that, “Made by VAIO in Azumino, Nagano, Japan” is equated with innovation.”

 

VAIO Corporation, which inherited the VAIO PC business from Sony Corporation, was established on July 1, 2014, headquartered in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. VAIO Corporation is dedicated to planning design, development, manufacturing and sale of PCs and related products labelled with the VAIO trademark.

 

About Nexstgo Company Limited

Established in 2016, Nexstgo Company Limited was co-founded by Mr. Wilson Leung, Chairman & CEO, Alco Holdings Limited (SEHK: 0328), and Mr. Alex Chung, out of a shared passion and pursuit of quality tech-innovation. Nexstgo is committed to bringing new revolutionary experiences in technology through introducing a wide product range. In June 2018, Nexstgo was authorized by VAIO Corporation to participate in the production, sales, marketing and after-sales services of VAIO notebook products in Asia, covering markets such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East, and India.

 

www.nexstgo.com

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VAIO® Build The World’s First[1] Contoured Carbon Fiber Laptop

 

Japan’s VAIO, a leader in innovative technology, unleashes the first 3-D molded, carbon fiber laptop in the world.

 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 18 February 2021 – VAIO® is the first company in the world to successfully mass produce a 3-D molded, carbon fiber laptop with the Uni-direction carbon fiber. Using technology only previously available to the car racing industry, molded carbon fiber makes the new VAIO®Z lighter at just under 1kg^. Moreover, with all around carbon fiber protection, the VAIO®Z offers exceptional toughness, and its turbo charged with unprecedented speed. In fact, the new VAIO®Z features the same powerful processing speed previously only found in the PCs of the most demanding fields.

 

 

Although previously gaining popularity, mobile computing has never been more essential. With more professionals and students having to work and collaborate remotely these days, their mobile computing needs have increased.

 

Of course, there are inherent risks with mobility as seen with mobile phone usage, for example. Everyone is well acquainted with the challenge of keeping mobile devices from getting damaged and now, more so with laptops. Both have become indispensable investments that make work, learning and connecting socially possible. So, when they are damaged, it can disrupt users’ needs.

 

The new VAIO®Z was designed for today’s mobile computing needs. The VAIO®Z’s lighter yet more durable design makes mobility less cumbersome, more practical and safer for work and learning needs.

 

No more having to carry a heavy laptop from place to place or even room to room. No more worrying that this valued work partner and learning tool will get damaged, and no more worrying about securing your privacy.

 

The VAIO®Z offers incredible power through 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H series processors and new Intel® integrated graphics on its 14-inch, high-def 4k LCD panel.

 

Additional features include crystal clear sound with Dolby Audio speakers. No more struggling to hear teammates or teachers on video conferencing calls.

 

Camera shutter and mic mute shortcuts for privacy, 180-degree open/close screen for easy collaboration and increased battery life to keep you connected for hours.

 

Plus, the VAIO®Z will get to know you. It is VAIO® User Sensing engineering combines human sensing technology and biometrics to make the VAIO®Z a truly personal experience. The VAIO®Z uses face authentication to log you in when you are seated before it, and it keeps you logged as long as you are seated in front of it. No more having to remember your password or worrying someone will use it. When you are away, it locks automatically to secure your privacy.

 

Kaoru Hayashi, Director, Vice President and Head of PC Business at VAIO® Corporation proudly states, “It is with great pleasure that we introduce VAIO®Z to the world. With over a decade of relentless carbon fiber research, VAIO has succeeded in creating and mass producing the world’s first 3D molded full carbon chassis for laptop PCs.

 

VAIO has developed a unique process of working with carbon fiber to achieve beautifully contoured lines and the flexible molding of carbon fiber, that was previously difficult to mass produce. The achievement of harnessing carbon fiber’s full potential of lightness and durability is both revolutionary and evolutionary as we continue looking ahead. With this evolution, the new VAIO®Z offers exceptional performance, lightness, endurance, now with true ruggedness, and without compromise, all converging into one elegant design. With VAIO®Z as our flagship model, we hope it is the start of VAIO®’s future array of laptop PC developments.

 

We also want to use this proud moment to share VAIO®’s redefined mission. Like VAIO®Z, we have reshaped our mission statement to show our commitment to our technical ingenuity that is deeply engrained in our DNA. Therefore, our renewed mission statement is “Illuminate your spirit with VAIO. Accelerating innovation through design and technology.”

 

Our vision is to make VAIO® PCs a valued partner to customers who, like VAIO®, are the world’s innovators, creators, and relentless leaders in their fields. It is our hope that our VAIO® PCs become an enduring presence that inspires our customers as they forge ahead to meet and exceed their goals no matter the challenge.

 

VAIO®Z Launch Event Link: https://youtu.be/tp-QII9J7Yw

Photo Download Link: http://bit.ly/2LZy29B

 

For further product information, please visit https://hk.vaio.com, registered as VAIO® Member bit.ly/vaiosg_reg

 

 


[1] Made with the material that has been three-dimensionally molded on all sides of a laptop PC housing. Confirmed by Stella Associa. January 6, 2021

^ Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability

 

About VAIO Corporation

VAIO’s HQ and factory are located in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, surrounded by beautiful forest and mountains known as the Japanese Alps. VAIO®Z innovations were born here, and all VAIO®Z’s are shipped directly to the world from here. VAIO will continue to strive in delivering cutting-edge computing experiences, so that, “Made by VAIO in Azumino, Nagano, Japan” is equated with innovation.”

 

VAIO Corporation, which inherited the VAIO PC business from Sony Corporation, was established on July 1, 2014, headquartered in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. VAIO Corporation is dedicated to planning design, development, manufacturing and sale of PCs and related products labelled with the VAIO trademark.

 

About Nexstgo Company Limited

Established in 2016, Nexstgo Company Limited was co-founded by Mr. Wilson Leung, Chairman & CEO, Alco Holdings Limited (SEHK: 0328), and Mr. Alex Chung, out of a shared passion and pursuit of quality tech-innovation. Nexstgo is committed to bringing new revolutionary experiences in technology through introducing a wide product range. In June 2018, Nexstgo was authorized by VAIO Corporation to participate in the production, sales, marketing and after-sales services of VAIO notebook products in Asia, covering markets such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East, and India.

 

www.nexstgo.com

 

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Japan’s VAIO®, a leader in innovative technology, unleashes the first 3-D molded,

carbon fiber laptop in the world

 

The new VAIO®Z has a lighter yet durable design engineered with VAIO® TruePerformance to make mobile computing effortless.

 

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 18 February 2021 – VAIO® is the first company in the world[1] to successfully mass produce a 3-D molded, carbon fiber laptop with the Uni-direction carbon fiber. Using technology only previously available to the car racing industry, molded carbon fiber makes the new VAIO®Z lighter at just under 1kg^. Moreover, with all around carbon fiber protection, the VAIO®Z offers exceptional toughness, and its turbo charged with unprecedented speed. In fact, the new VAIO®Z features the same powerful processing speed previously only found in the PCs of the most demanding fields.

 

 

Although previously gaining popularity, mobile computing has never been more essential. With more professionals and students having to work and collaborate remotely these days, their mobile computing needs have increased.

 

Of course, there are inherent risks with mobility as seen with mobile phone usage, for example. Everyone is well acquainted with the challenge of keeping mobile devices from getting damaged and now, more so with laptops. Both have become indispensable investments that make work, learning and connecting socially possible. So, when they are damaged, it can disrupt users’ needs.

 

The new VAIO®Z was designed for today’s mobile computing needs. The VAIO®Z’s lighter yet more durable design makes mobility less cumbersome, more practical and safer for work and learning needs.

 

No more having to carry a heavy laptop from place to place or even room to room. No more worrying that this valued work partner and learning tool will get damaged, and no more worrying about securing your privacy.

 

The VAIO®Z offers incredible power through 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H series processors and new Intel® integrated graphics on its 14-inch, high-def 4k LCD panel.

 

Additional features include crystal clear sound with Dolby Audio speakers. No more struggling to hear teammates or teachers on video conferencing calls.

 

Camera shutter and mic mute shortcuts for privacy, 180-degree open/close screen for easy collaboration and increased battery life to keep you connected for hours.

 

Plus, the VAIO®Z will get to know you. It is VAIO® User Sensing engineering combines human sensing technology and biometrics to make the VAIO®Z a truly personal experience. The VAIO®Z uses face authentication to log you in when you are seated before it, and it keeps you logged as long as you are seated in front of it. No more having to remember your password or worrying someone will use it. When you are away, it locks automatically to secure your privacy.

 

Kaoru Hayashi, Director, Vice President and Head of PC Business at VAIO® Corporation proudly states, “It is with great pleasure that we introduce VAIO®Z to the world. With over a decade of relentless carbon fiber research, VAIO has succeeded in creating and mass producing the world’s first 3D molded full carbon chassis for laptop PCs.

 

VAIO has developed a unique process of working with carbon fiber to achieve beautifully contoured lines and the flexible molding of carbon fiber, that was previously difficult to mass produce. The achievement of harnessing carbon fiber’s full potential of lightness and durability is both revolutionary and evolutionary as we continue looking ahead. With this evolution, the new VAIO®Z offers exceptional performance, lightness, endurance, now with true ruggedness, and without compromise, all converging into one elegant design. With VAIO®Z as our flagship model, we hope it is the start of VAIO®’s future array of laptop PC developments.

 

We also want to use this proud moment to share VAIO®’s redefined mission. Like VAIO®Z, we have reshaped our mission statement to show our commitment to our technical ingenuity that is deeply engrained in our DNA. Therefore, our renewed mission statement is “Illuminate your spirit with VAIO. Accelerating innovation through design and technology.”

 

Our vision is to make VAIO® PCs a valued partner to customers who, like VAIO®, are the world’s innovators, creators, and relentless leaders in their fields. It is our hope that our VAIO® PCs become an enduring presence that inspires our customers as they forge ahead to meet and exceed their goals no matter the challenge.

 

VAIO®Z Launch Event Link: https://youtu.be/3bl_g1WIFnw

Photo Downloading Link: http://bit.ly/2LZy29B

 

For further product information, please visit https://hk.vaio.com, registered as VAIO® Member https://hk.vaio.com/tc/register

 

 


[1] Made with the material that has been three-dimensionally molded on all sides of a laptop PC housing. Confirmed by Stella Associa. January 6, 2021

^ Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability

 

About VAIO Corporation

VAIO’s HQ and factory are located in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, surrounded by beautiful forest and mountains known as the Japanese Alps. VAIO®Z innovations were born here, and all VAIO®Z’s are shipped directly to the world from here. VAIO will continue to strive in delivering cutting-edge computing experiences, so that, “Made by VAIO in Azumino, Nagano, Japan” is equated with innovation.”

 

VAIO Corporation, which inherited the VAIO PC business from Sony Corporation, was established on July 1, 2014, headquartered in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. VAIO Corporation is dedicated to planning design, development, manufacturing and sale of PCs and related products labelled with the VAIO trademark.

 

About Nexstgo Company Limited

Established in 2016, Nexstgo Company Limited was co-founded by Mr. Wilson Leung, Chairman & CEO, Alco Holdings Limited (SEHK: 0328), and Mr. Alex Chung, out of a shared passion and pursuit of quality tech-innovation. Nexstgo is committed to bringing new revolutionary experiences in technology through introducing a wide product range. In June 2018, Nexstgo was authorized by VAIO Corporation to participate in the production, sales, marketing and after-sales services of VAIO notebook products in Asia, covering markets such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East, and India.

 

www.nexstgo.com

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 18 February 2021 – As a professional Australian real estate agency, Right Key Investment has now expanded its business scope to the United Kingdom, providing overseas investors with global investment opportunities. Last year, the British Government introduced several tax reduction measures that have been successfully driving the growth of the British real estate market. In light of this, Right Key Investment has expanded its operations into the UK to provide one-stop real estate investment services to overseas investors interested in UK property and help overseas buyers make wise investment choices.

 

Overseas investors need a trustworthy estate agent to analyze the market and make appropriate recommendations. Composed of registered lawyers, accountants, and real estate developers, Right Key Investment’s team is both professional and reliable. They have years of experience with international real estate investment, and firmly grasp trends in the market, providing accurate market analysis for overseas buyers. In addition, Right Key Investment also offers one-on-one consulting sessions, first analyzing personal finances and goals before tailoring exclusive investment plans. This way, they can help provide the most suitable and appropriate investment plans for each customer.

 

One-stop British real estate services make investments more stable and assured. Right Key Investment provides comprehensive real estate investment services from consulting to financial planning, as well as rental and management services. Right Key Investment’s property managers will not only conduct regular rent reviews and routine inspections, but they will handle rent arrears to allow for a smoother and less stressful overseas investment process.

 

After expanding into the United Kingdom, Right Key Investment can provide more comprehensive and reliable global investment support. Right Key Investment even offers legal consulting, mortgage loans, and immigration referrals for those looking for the easiest and most secure method of investing in overseas property.

 

About Right Key Investment

Right Key Investment is an Australian real estate investment firm. Its parent company, Ernestoa Holdings Limited, was established in 2014 in Hong Kong and provides a complete suite of real estate services in Hong Kong. They also help provide services for local Australians and overseas buyers who want to invest in the Australian market, offering reliable real estate information and advice. For one-stop solutions to all your real estate needs, including real estate market data analysis, project marketing, legal consulting, financial planning, and immigration referral services, get in touch with Right Key Investment today. For more information, please visit www.rightkeyinvestment.com

 

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JAKARTA, INDONESIA – Media OutReach – 18 February 2021 – Herbalife Nutrition (NYSE:HLF), a premier global nutrition company, today announced the appointment of Dr. Rimbawan (Ph.D) as its first Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB) member in Indonesia.

 

 

Nutrition expert Dr. Rimbawan joins Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board

 

Dr. Rimbawan is an expert in biochemistry and nutrition, and lectures at the Public Nutrition Department of the Bogor Agricultural University.

 

“As a highly-regarded expert in the field of nutrition and dietetics, Dr. Rimbawan is a valuable addition to our team of experts in nutrition, science and health,” said Dr. Kent Bradley, chief health and nutrition officer at Herbalife Nutrition. “We look forward to working with him to inspire people to take steps towards positive nutrition and lifestyle changes and help address key health-related issues.”

 

Dr. Rimbawan was the author of a book for the public “Food Glycemic Index – Easy Ways to Choose Healthy Foods), published in 2004. He has contributed papers to public health journals, including “Influence of glycemic index-based menu on endurance performance of athletes” (Asian Social Science, 2014) and “The effect of feeding with a different glycemic index on the performance of 5 km running endurance for student athletes” (Journal of Nutrition and Food, 2013).

 

Dr Rimbawan is also a certified peer reviewer for The Indonesia National Agency of Drug and Food Control (Badan Pengawasan Obat dan Makanan Republik Indonesia).

 

The Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB) comprises leading experts from around the world in nutrition, science, and health. The NAB helps educate and train the Company’s Independent Members on leading a healthy, active lifestyle and getting proper nutrition. Herbalife Nutrition’s NABs in Asia Pacific currently include Dr Zhen-Yu Chen (Hong Kong), Dr Chin-Kun Wang (Taiwan), Dr Korakod Panich (Thailand) and Dr Wang Jae Lee (South Korea).

 

The appointment of Dr. Rimbawan to the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board reflects the Company’s continued dedication to furthering the cause of inspiring positive nutrition habits in Asia Pacific, by fostering close partnerships with leading nutrition experts in the region.

 

About Herbalife Nutrition

Herbalife Nutrition is a global company that has been changing people’s lives with great nutrition products and a proven business opportunity for its independent distributors since 1980. The Company offers high-quality, science-backed products, sold in over 90 countries by entrepreneurial distributors who provide one-on-one coaching and a supportive community that inspires their customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through the Company’s global campaign to eradicate hunger, Herbalife Nutrition is also committed to bringing nutrition and education to communities worldwide.

 

For more information on nutrition, visit Herbalife.com

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The newswire continues growing its foothold in Asia by opening its 7th office in the region

 

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 18 February 2021 – Media OutReach, the first global newswire founded in Hong Kong in 2009, today announces its business expansion into China. The partnership with Xinhua Finance Agency (XFA) is a strategic one as XFA has a thorough understanding of local client needs from working closely with the business community in the country.

 

XFA has a close partnership with Xinhua News Agency and is a member of the Belt and Road Economic Information Partnership (BREIP). The BREIP was initiated by Xinhua News Agency and co-founded by more than 30 news and information service agencies in countries along the Belt and Road (B&R) routes, with the aim to promote communication and cooperation among the B&R countries through information services. As a member of BREIP, XFA has an extensive connection to the news and information industry and is well positioned to provide comprehensive press release distribution across China in its alliance with Media OutReach.

 

“It is our great pleasure to represent Media OutReach in China. Combining XFA’s market knowledge and Media OutReach’s worldwide media network is a harbinger of success. We are confident this new venture will bring about a higher level of professional service to the news distribution industry in China with increased cost efficiency. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation with Media OutReach,” said Mr. Nick Ng, president of XFA.

 

This partnership is further strengthened with XFA’s commitment to act as Media OutReach’s content partner in China and across the B&R countries. All news releases distributed by Media OutReach will be posted on all news sites of XFA comprising three different languages, ensuring high visibility among business communities.

 

“For some clients, our service has brought business partnerships and investment opportunities for them when a story by the media based on the news they received through our press release distribution service built investors’ confidence in fund raising activities by the clients,” explains Ms Jennifer Kok, founder and CEO of Media OutReach.

 

Media OutReach brings PR professionals, journalists, and editors in China closer together to foster an all-inclusive system of information distribution. This helps PR professionals build media relations with journalists and editors in their target regions.

 

“We have a vast database of media contacts where we deliver clients’ news directly to the email inbox of journalists and editors across unlimited news categories to help optimise news write ups and support them in building relations with the media in their target countries. Our distribution will connect communication professionals in China directly to the media in Asia Pacific, USA, UK, and other strategic regions and vice-versa, adds Ms Kok.

 

Media OutReach is also the first newswire in the industry that offers guaranteed online news postings on established media by language depending on the country the news is distributed to. For each distribution in China, the newswire provides close to 300 online news postings that includes key news sites such as Netease (网易网) ,Sohu (搜狐网), Sina China (新浪看点), Tencent (腾讯企鹅号),TouTiao (今日头条), iFeng (凤凰网), Zhong Guo Wang (中国网), Xueqiu (雪球), EastMoney (东方财富), Xinhua Finance (新华财金社), Xinhua Business (新华商讯), China Finance (中华财经), The Xinhua (新华在线) and many others.

 

“To support our clients in China, we have translated all our post-news release distribution reports from English to Simplified Chinese to demonstrate our commitment to the China market and local clients. With this service enhancement, we will be the only global newswire that offers post release report in Simplified Chinese,” emphasises Ms Kok.

 

Media OutReach’s proprietary post news release reports with ‘Media and Journalist Insights’ provides PR professionals with information on how many editors and journalists have accessed their press release by publication and by country for Asia Pacific, USA, and UK. This information is especially important for Chinese companies looking to make an impact on the international stage. These insights demonstrate how much media attention their press releases have garnered and set the foundation for building their relations with the journalists and editors from the country they have been building their communication program.

 

About Media OutReach

Media OutReach Newswire was founded in Hong Kong in 2009. Media OutReach is a technology company that distributes multimedia, multilingual press releases directly to targeted editors and journalists, and automate the reporting process. The company’s news release service supports the public relations, social marketing and digital agencies and introduces groundbreaking refinements to their distribution service by offering guaranteed online news postings on authentic news media.

 

From Hong Kong, the company has expanded across the region and internationally with offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, and Taiwan, as well as international reseller partnerships in the USA, Canada, and Europe. Today, Media OutReach has grown to be the first global newswire founded in the Asia Pacific region and the only one with its own distribution network in 24 countries across Asia Pacific region, possessing a database of more than 130,000 journalists and 460 media partnerships to provide authentic, guaranteed news postings online and pioneering post release reports with insights and measurements.

 

For more information on Media OutReach, please visit https://www.media-outreach.com/.

 

About Xinhua Finance Agency

Xinhua Finance Agency (XFA) devotes itself to providing global financial institutions with news, materials and information concerning China’s business world, and aims to become a Fintech company bridging China and overseas countries. Main businesses of XFA include news and data, enterprise public relations service, forum & investment promotion conference, and enterprise cross border investment consultation service.

 

XFA is the gateway for the global community to gain true access to the heart of China’s business world. XFA empowers global investors with information to help them succeed in today’s China business world.

 

For more information on Xinhua Finance, please visit: http://en.xfafinance.com/html/About/background.html

 

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Putting People First: TeamSpirit Inc celebrates its second anniversary of its listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by revamping its core values to prepare for the next stage of growth.

 

TOKYO, JAPAN – Media OutReach – 17 February 2021 – TeamSpirit Inc has been selected as one of the “Best Companies For Work” in the 15th edition of the Great Place To Work® Institute Japan (hereinafter referred to as “GPTW Japan”) for the medium-sized category (100-999 employees) 2021 Best Workplaces ranking.

 

 

Statement from Koji Ogishima, CEO and President of TeamSpirit Inc:

 

“We are very pleased to be awarded and recognised as one of the best companies to work for in the Medium-Sized Business category in Japan. This is in spite of the drastic changes in the business environment triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that happy employees result in happy customers, and we have been working hard to create an environment where each and every employee can feel fulfilled.

 

We have more than 1,400 customers, and in order to meet the increasing demand, we have actively recruited about 40 new employees in fiscal 2020. As we continue to add new members, we will continue to pursue our corporate mission of “Make Everyone An Innovator”. We will strive to improve productivity so as to enable a culture of innovation. “

 

Statement from Yasufumi Yamashita, Director of Strategic Planning of TeamSpirit Inc:

 

“We are very grateful to be awarded as the Best Company to Work For in the 2021 edition of the Best Companies to Work For Ranking, which is based on the evaluation of the responses to the Employee Questionnaire and the Company Questionnaire.

 

With the mission of “Make Everyone An Innovator,” we have been working hard to achieve our goals. With this mission, we have been supporting our customers’ work style reform through TeamSpirit. We work hard to strengthen our human resource system and organizational capabilities to build a strong team that can draw out the professional strengths of each individual in the company. We will continue to work on a variety of measures to improve the job satisfaction of our teams.”

 

Statement from Go Nakano, Managing Director of TeamSpirit Singapore Pte Ltd

 

“I believe that employee engagement is by far the most important contributing factor towards employee satisfaction and productivity. Strong engagement can only be built on a culture of trust, respect and fun. Therefore, we always encourage members to embody those values in all aspects at TeamSpirit Singapore.”

 

About “Great Place to Work” Ranking and Certification

 

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on building, sustaining, and recognizing high-trust, high-performing workplace cultures. They have crafted our perspective by learning from great leaders, surveying millions of employees, and examining thousands of the best workplaces around the globe. They thrive on sharing the insights they have gleaned from their work with organizations of all industries and sizes in order to help organizations around the world build, sustain and scale their great workplace culture.

 

GPTW Japan surveys and certifies the “Best Workplaces” among Japanese companies. The survey has been conducted in more than 50 countries around the world based on the same criteria, and this year marks the 15th time that the survey has been conducted in Japan since its inception in 2007.

 

New TeamSpirit Core Values To Prepare For The Next Stage of Growth

 

In August last year, TeamSpirit Inc celebrated the second anniversary of our listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Correspondingly, we renewed our core values to welcome the new stage of growth for the next ten years. As our organization expands, we also began to see signs of the big company disease.

 

In order to realize our mission, “Make Everyone An Innovator”, we formulated the following core values with the aim of transforming the factors that hinder innovation from within the organization.

 

 

  • Customer Value

 

A commitment to create value that our customers are not aware of.

 

  • TeamSpirit

 

A circle of contribution with our stakeholders with integrity and respect.

 

  • Innovation

 

Create an ideal vision, experiment at the speed of light, and learn from our mistakes.

 

  • Re:Start-up

 

Every day we go back to the first day of the startup and explore the unknown.

 

In addition, as a foundation for spreading these values throughout the company and to encourage employees to embody them, we have launched an initiative called “Hidden Heroes”. Employees vote internally on a set of good internal initiatives that align with the TeamSpirit new core values, and the results are announced at a company-wide meeting.

 

This enables employees to recognize the specific actions that are indicated by the core values, which are abstract concepts, and to visualize themselves embodying the core values and incorporate them into their daily actions. Even though in-person communication opportunities are decreasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this initiative has been very well received by employees.

 

About TeamSpirit Inc

TeamSpirit, Inc. is a B2B SaaS company that provides the work style reform platform “TeamSpirit”. Our company’s mission is to “Make Everyone An Innovator”. TeamSpirit is a B2B SaaS company that provides a platform that revolutionizes the way people work. We aim to create a world where everyone can make a difference by drawing out the professional strengths of each individual and building strong teams.

 

Corporate website: https://corp.teamspirit.com/en-jp/

 

About TeamSpirit Singapore Pte Ltd

 

TeamSpirit is a fast-growing software-as-a-service company (SaaS) offering a wide range of workforce management services. This includes time tracking, expense reporting, attendance and custom workflow.

 

As part of TeamSpirit’s ambitious internationalisation plans, we set up TeamSpirit Singapore as the first subsidiary company outside of Japan to mark ourselves for rapid global expansion. TeamSpirit serves more than 270,000 users in over 1400 companies, and currently employs more than 100 staff in both our Japan and Singapore offices.

 

TeamSpirit is also a Salesforce Partner since 2010. In August 2018, we successfully completed our IPO on Tokyo Stock Exchange. We look forward to realising our vision of “Stronger Individuals, Stronger Teams” with you.

 

TeamSpirit Singapore Engineering Blog on Medium

https://medium.com/teamspirit-engineering/

TeamSpirit Singapore Instagram

www.instagram.com/teamspiritSG

TeamSpirit Singapore LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/company/teamspirit-sg

TeamSpirit Singapore Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TeamSpiritDX

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TOKYO, JAPAN – Media OutReach – 17 February 2021 A drive tour plan for the Mt. Sanbe area was introduced on the tourist information website “Ra-Chi-Go” for those in Taiwan and Hong Kong. As well as the spots with seven must-try local dishes, you can also find traditional Japanese “fireplace” experiences, an abundant number of activities, and Instagram-worthy photo spots at the farmhouse “Mikuniya”. The tourist attracting power of Mt. Sanbe appears to be receiving a lot of attention currently.

 

 

The Sanbeyama area, located in the centre of the Shimane Prefecture, includes Oda City, Iinan Town, and Misato Town. It takes about an hour by car to reach famous sightseeing spots such as Izumo. “Ra-Chi-Go” has a list of 7 local dishes that you definitely want to eat in this area, such as Shimane beef, Iwami beef, Okuizumo Wagyu beef, and Yamakujira hamburger steak. For instance, “Iwami no Mori Starry Sky Restaurant” opened in October 2019. At the outdoor restaurant directly managed by Iwami Winery, meals can be enjoyed in the wilderness, and their homemade wine, made using home grown grapes, is recommended as a souvenir.

 

The Mt. Sanbe area is brimming with outdoor activities and atmosphere of the four seasons can be seen. “Ra-Chi-Go” also introduces the cherry blossom trees along the Ushio Sakura Highway situated around the former Ushio Station on the JR Sanko Line, a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. In spring, the pink cherry blossom tunnel is a must-see. In autumn, apple picking can be experienced at “Akagi Kogen Kanko Apple Garden” or chestnut picking at “Noma Kanko Kurien”. At the mega-luxurious open-air hot spring at “Kokuminshuku Sanbeso”, going in the hot spring while gazing at the starry sky is a luxurious experience that can only be had at Mt. Sanbe.

 

Click for the full article below.

“Ra-Chi-Go” Introduction to Mt. Sanbe, Shimane Article [Local cuisine edition]

https://chugoku.letsgojp.com/archives/466446/

Ra-Chi-GoIntroduction to Mt. Sanbe, Shimane Article [Activities]

https://chugoku.letsgojp.com/archives/466807/

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New facility targets growth sectors in Australia and New Zealand

 

 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Media OutReach – 17 February 2021 – Henkel Australia has officially opened the upgraded Innovation and Application Lab in Seven Hills, Sydney, Australia. As a global leader in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings, the upgraded facility positions Henkel at the forefront of innovation for key growth sectors in Australia and New Zealand, namely food and beverage, packaging, engineered wood and general manufacturing and maintenance.

 

Aamir Qureshi (left), Operations & Supply Chain Manager, and Stephen Liu (right), Product Development Chemist, cutting the ribbon to mark the official opening of the upgraded Innovation and Application Lab of Henkel Adhesive Technologies in Sydney.

 

Daniel Rudolph, President of Henkel Australia and New Zealand, said, “Henkel’s customers are looking for the latest innovations to increase performance and efficiency, and improve their sustainability footprint. The upgrading of our Innovation and Application Lab allows us to test and tailor solutions to meet the requirements of the local market, ranging from the latest in product design and food safety standards to adapting to a circular economy.”

 

Mark Dorn, President of Henkel Asia-Pacific and Global Head of Craftsmen, Construction and Professional Division, Henkel Adhesive Technologies, said, “As a global market leader in the global markets for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings we continue to grow our innovation capabilities across the Asia Pacific. Our upgraded Innovation and Application Lab in Sydney enables us to offer the latest product innovations to the market. From food safety and sustainability for the packaging industry to raising the standards in engineered wood production, we are excited to offer game-changing solutions to our customers.”

 

The Innovation and Application Lab is co-located at Henkel’s adhesive manufacturing facility. This facilitates a rapid transition and reduces the time to market from product concept and development to volume production.

 

Micheal Hajj, Head of Technical for Adhesive Technologies at Henkel Australia and New Zealand, highlighted several advanced technical capabilities of the lab.

 

  • Using state-of-the-art equipment, the lab conducts performance testing of customers’ samples to meet the international standards for engineered wood, namely AS/NZS 1328 for glue laminated timber and AS 5068-2006 for timber finger joints in structural products. Henkel is also able to validate the performance of new primer and wood species with our adhesives.
  • With the Anton Parr rheometer, Henkel chemists can stringently test complex rheological behavior in food packaging solutions.
  • Tapping into its polymerization capability, the lab is looking into developing customized water-based technologies for the Australia and New Zealand markets.
 
The upgraded lab is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, allowing Henkel to test and tailor products to the requirements of customers in key growth sectors in Australia and New Zealand, namely food and beverage, packaging, engineered wood and general manufacturing and maintenance.

The Innovation and Application Lab is co-located at Henkel’s adhesive manufacturing plant in Sydney. This facilitates a rapid transition and reduces the time to market from product concept and development to volume production.
 
 

 

About Henkel

Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market — across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2019, Henkel reported sales of more than 20 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of more than 3.2 billion euros. Henkel employs more than 52,000 people globally — a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, please visit www.henkel.com.

 

Photo material is available at www.henkel.com/press

 

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Dr. Tobias Burger to head the ASL EMEA business unit, Ralph Riehl to take over the ASL Americas business unit

 

KEMPTEN, GERMANY / HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 16 February 2021 – Dachser Air & Sea Logistics (ASL) has reorganized the management of its business units in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Americas regions.

 

The position of Managing Director ASL EMEA has been assumed by Dr. Tobias Burger, who is already responsible for the strategic development of the business field Air & Sea Logistics as Deputy Director ASL. Before moving to the air and sea freight business, the 43-year-old was head of Corporate Governance & CEO Office at Dachser. Dr. Burger succeeds Thomas Krüger, who has led the air and sea freight business in the EMEA region since 2016.

 

With immediate effect, Dachser Air & Sea Logistics has assigned responsibility for the ASL Americas business unit to Ralph Riehl (55). Before joining Dachser, the experienced manager worked for the logistics group Panalpina, now DSV Panalpina, for over 30 years, holding management positions in France, Singapore, and the United States. Most recently, Riehl was Senior Vice President of Sales, responsible for all DSV Panalpina sales in North and Latin America. Riehl assumes the position of Managing Director ASL Americas from Guido Gries, who has led Dachser’s business in the region since 2012.

 

“We would like to thank Thomas Krüger and Guido Gries for their many years of dedicated work in the business development and integration of our air and sea freight network, and we wish them all the best for their professional and personal future,” says Edoardo Podestà, COO Air & Sea Logistics at Dachser.

 

“Dr. Tobias Burger and Ralph Riehl will provide new impetus for the sustainable and profitable development of Dachser Air & Sea Logistics in their regions through their optimal combination of in-house and external expertise. As a result, they will consistently drive the development of globally integrated, value-added solutions for our customers.”

 

About Dachser

Headquartered in Germany, Dachser is one of the world’s leading logistics providers. Using its own in-house developed IT-systems, Dachser incorporates transport, warehousing, and value-added services to provide comprehensive supply chain solutions. Thanks to some 31,000 employees based in 393 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated a consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.7 billion in 2019. The same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 80.6 million shipments weighing 41.0 million metric tons. Country organizations represent Dachser in 44 countries.

 

In Asia, Dachser employs more than 1,696 people in 48 locations in 12 Business Areas. Its Asia Pacific Regional Head Office is located in Hong Kong.

 

For more information about Dachser, please visit www.dachser.hk

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JAKARTA, INDONESIA – Media OutReach – 16 February 2021 – According to L.E.K. Consulting‘s latest insights, Indonesia’s e-groceries market is nearing a turning point in drivers of penetration. In the broader Asian context, operators in the space have enjoyed success in markets like China and South Korea.

 

COVID-19 is likely the catalyst that leads to a step-change in Indonesia’s e-grocery penetration that could be worth USD 5B-6B Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) by 2025, with possible upside risk. Against the backdrop of developing trends in the market, the pandemic likely propelled adoption of online groceries by 2-3x in 2020. With ~65% of the population lying below the age of 44 years and an urban population demonstrating an impulsive buying behaviour, favourable customer demographics is a key contributor to the success of e-groceries penetration. The report further delves into customer demographics, explaining that ~65% of buyers opt for convenience — a salient feature of e-groceries. Digital enablement is also an underlying driver for its growth as 96% of the population has a mobile phone and 76% can access the internet.

 

“As observed in other Asian markets like China and South Korea, younger shoppers are more likely to make online purchases and with improving internet access and digital enablement, this savvy consumer type, has bolstered demand for online groceries. These markets have reached critical mass of 5% penetration or more. With similar trends observed in the dynamic Indonesian economy, the e-grocery market is poised to grow further accelerated by the pandemic” explained Manas Tamotia, head of the technology practice at L.E.K. Consulting’s Southeast Asia office.

 

Moreover, e-commerce penetration in Indonesia hit 6% in 2019, as compared to less than 1% in 2014. On the supply-side, a range of players and models have emerged to meet consumers’ needs. Across the offline-to-online model, online market model and aggregator model, prominent names like Carrefour, Alfaonline.com, happyfresh and more have stimulated demand.

 

A global consultancy firm, L.E.K.’s research points out that modern retailing is nascent in Indonesia relative to other markets, nonetheless, it is a USD ~20B industry with USD ~9B spent in hyper- and supermarkets. As COVID-19 catapults global sectors into the digital era, it is highly likely that e-groceries take up more share in the market in the coming years, given the higher prevalence of technology and e-commerce adoption today.

 

Click here for the full report.

 

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AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – EQS Newswire – 16 February 2021 – Notice is hereby given to inter alia certain creditors (“Scheme Creditors“) of Steinhoff International Holdings Proprietary Limited (“the Company“), of a proposed scheme of arrangement and compromise (the “Scheme“), and of the availability of the proposal / Scheme document (the “Proposal“).

 

1 ACCESSING THE PROPOSAL AND ITS ANNEXURES

The Proposal and its annexures are available at www.SteinhoffSettlement.com, and by completing a request form from the Registrar of the High Court of South Africa, Western Cape Division, Cape Town.

 

2 FURTHER COMMUNICATIONS

If the Company communicates further with Scheme Creditors, it shall do so:

2.1 on Steinhoff International Holdings N.V.’s website (www.steinhoffinternational.com);

2.2 at www.SteinhoffSettlement.com;

2.3 on the Stock Exchange News Service and the equivalent service of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange;

2.4 by email to the legal representatives of the active claimant groups, alternatively by email directly to the active claimant groups;

2.5 by email to the known legal representatives of Scheme Creditors, alternatively by email directly to the known e-mail addresses of known Scheme Creditors; and

2.6 otherwise in accordance with any publication requirements as may be directed by the Western Cape High Court.

 

3 ACTION REQUIRED

 

3.1 A Scheme Meeting will in due course be convened by notice to Scheme Creditors eligible to attend and vote at the Scheme Meeting.

3.2 If eligible Scheme Creditors wish to attend and vote at the Scheme Meeting, they should take note of the Important Dates and Times posted on www.SteinhoffSettlement.com, provide the Claims Administrator with the necessary supporting documentation evidencing their status as a Scheme Creditor and, subject to the dispute resolution process contained in the Proposal, provide substantiation of the value of the claim they assert, and follow the process set out in the Proposal.

 

4 SUMMARY OF THE PROPOSAL

The Proposal contemplates a compromise between the Company and Scheme Creditors, defined in the Proposal, and who are envisaged to be settled in accordance with the terms of the Proposal.

 

4.1 The Proposal shall become effective if (i) it is adopted by the statutory required majorities of the Scheme Creditors; (ii) it is thereafter approved and sanctioned on a final and non-appealable basis by the High Court and (iii) all of the Suspensive Conditions are satisfied. Following the Proposal becoming effective, compromises will become effective and distributions will be made to the Scheme Creditors who are entitled thereto.

4.2 Scheme Creditors comprise what are defined in Annexure A to the Proposal as –

4.2.1 the Contractual Claimants;

4.2.2 the Financial Creditors; and

4.2.3 the SIHPL Market Purchase Claimants,

who are envisaged to be settled in accordance with the terms of the Proposal.

4.3 The Proposal shall become effective if (i) it is adopted by the statutory required majorities of the Scheme Creditors of the Company that participate in the filing and voting procedures; (ii) it is thereafter approved and sanctioned on a final and non-appealable basis by the High Court of South Africa as contemplated in section 155(7) of the Companies Act; and (iii) all of the Suspensive Conditions (as defined in Annexure A to the Proposal) applicable to the Proposal are satisfied. Following the Proposal becoming effective, compromises will become effective and distributions will be made to the Scheme Creditors who are entitled thereto in accordance with the provisions of the Proposal. If the Proposal does not become effective, it shall be of no legal force or effect, shall not constitute a compromise of any claims of Scheme Creditors, and shall not constitute an offer of any kind on the part of the Company capable of acceptance by Scheme Creditors.

4.4 If you are a Scheme Creditor of SIHPL, you are invited, in accordance with the terms of the Proposal, to file a claim and participate in the voting procedures set out therein, as you may be eligible to receive a payment based on the Proposal.

4.5 The Proposal shall be put to a vote at a virtual meeting or meetings, convened for such purpose.

4.6 The Proposal does not constitute, on any basis whatsoever, an admission of any liability on the part of SIHPL towards any party that has instituted legal proceedings against SIHPL, or intends to institute such legal proceedings or has threatened to institute such legal proceedings or who may assert a claim of whatsoever nature and howsoever arising, in legal proceedings.

4.7 The Scheme Creditors are encouraged to contact their respective advisers regarding the filing and voting procedures set out in the Proposal and, in addition, to consult www.SteinhoffSettlement.com for further information.

4.8 As a number of the matters set out in the Proposal are complex and technical in nature, all interested persons are encouraged to consult with an independent legal advisor, accountant, financial advisor or any other professional advisor who may be of assistance to interested persons in respect to the contents of the Proposal.

 

5 TRANSLATIONS OF THIS NOTICE

(e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com)ستتم إتاحة نسخة مترجمة من هذا الإشعار بـ “]اللغة العربية[“عند الطلب.
Преведена версия на тази декларация при поискване ще бъде достъпна на български език (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Prevedena verzija ove Obavijesti bit će dostupna na zahtjev na hrvatski (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Přeložená verze tohoto Oznámení bude na vyžádání k dispozici v Čeština (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
En oversat version af denne meddelelse vil blive gjort tilgængelig efter anmodning på dansk (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Een vertaalde versie van deze mededeling zal op verzoek beschikbaar worden gesteld in het Nederlands (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Selle teadaande eesti keelde tõlgitud versioon tehakse kättesaadavaks vastava taotluse esitamisel (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Une version traduite en français de cette notice sera fournie sur demande (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Eine übersetzte Version dieses Hinweises wird auf Anfrage auf Deutsch zur Verfügung gestellt (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Η μετάφραση της παρούσας Γνωστοποίησης στα Ελληνικά θα είναι διαθέσιμη κατόπιν αιτήματος (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
גרסה מתורגמת של הודעה זו תהיה זמינה לפי בקשה בעברית. (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com)
Ennek az értesítésnek a lefordított változata kérésre elérhetővé válik Magyar nyelven (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Þýdd útgáfa af þessari tilkynningu verður fáanleg samkvæmt beiðni á Íslensku (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Una versione tradotta del presente Avviso verrà resa disponibile su richiesta in Italiano (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Pēc pieprasījuma tiks nodrošināta šī Paziņojuma tulkota versija latviešu valodā (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Išverstas šio pranešimo variantas pareikalavus bus pateiktas lietuvių kalba (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
本通知的翻译版本将根据所需提供[简体中文]版本。(e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com)
En oversatt versjon av denne merknaden vil bli gjort tilgjengelig på forespørsel på Norsk (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Tłumaczenie tej informacji na język polski zostanie udostępnione na prośbę (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Mediante pedido, será disponibilizada uma versão traduzida do presente Aviso em Português (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
O versiune tradusă a acestei notificări va fi pusă la dispoziție la cerere în limba română (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Preložená verzia tohto vyhlásenia bude na požiadanie k dispozícii v slovenčine (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Prevedena različica tega obvestila je v slovenščini na voljo na zahtevo (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Toleo lililotafsiriwa la Notisi hii litatolewa endapo litaombwa katika kiswahili (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Vid behov kommer en översatt version av detta meddelande att göras tillgänglig på svensk (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Se pondrá a disposición de los interesados una versión de este Aviso traducida al español (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Bu Bildirimin Türkçe çevirisi talep üzerine sağlanacaktır (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).

Further notice is hereby given to inter alia certain creditors of Steinhoff International Holdings Proprietary Limited, of an addendum to and amendment of the Proposal (the “Addendum“), and of the availability of (i) the Addendum and (ii) the Proposal as amended by the Addendum, together with the annexures thereto (the “Amended Proposal“).

 

1 ACCESSING THE ADDENDUM AND THE AMENDED PROPOSAL

The Proposal and its annexures, as well as the Addendum and the Amended Proposal and its annexures, are available at www.SteinhoffSettlement.com, and by completing a request form from the Registrar of the High Court of South Africa, Western Cape Division, Cape Town.

 

2 TRANSLATIONS OF THIS NOTICE

(e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com)ستتم إتاحة نسخة مترجمة من هذا الإشعار بـ “]اللغة العربية[“عند الطلب.
Преведена версия на тази декларация при поискване ще бъде достъпна на български език (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Prevedena verzija ove Obavijesti bit će dostupna na zahtjev na hrvatski (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Přeložená verze tohoto Oznámení bude na vyžádání k dispozici v Čeština (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
En oversat version af denne meddelelse vil blive gjort tilgængelig efter anmodning på dansk (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Een vertaalde versie van deze mededeling zal op verzoek beschikbaar worden gesteld in het Nederlands (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Selle teadaande eesti keelde tõlgitud versioon tehakse kättesaadavaks vastava taotluse esitamisel (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Une version traduite en français de cette notice sera fournie sur demande (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Eine übersetzte Version dieses Hinweises wird auf Anfrage auf Deutsch zur Verfügung gestellt (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Η μετάφραση της παρούσας Γνωστοποίησης στα Ελληνικά θα είναι διαθέσιμη κατόπιν αιτήματος (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
גרסה מתורגמת של הודעה זו תהיה זמינה לפי בקשה בעברית. (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com)
Ennek az értesítésnek a lefordított változata kérésre elérhetővé válik Magyar nyelven (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Þýdd útgáfa af þessari tilkynningu verður fáanleg samkvæmt beiðni á Íslensku (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Una versione tradotta del presente Avviso verrà resa disponibile su richiesta in Italiano (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Pēc pieprasījuma tiks nodrošināta šī Paziņojuma tulkota versija latviešu valodā (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Išverstas šio pranešimo variantas pareikalavus bus pateiktas lietuvių kalba (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
本通知的翻译版本将根据所需提供[简体中文]版本。(e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com)
En oversatt versjon av denne merknaden vil bli gjort tilgjengelig på forespørsel på Norsk (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Tłumaczenie tej informacji na język polski zostanie udostępnione na prośbę (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
Mediante pedido, será disponibilizada uma versão traduzida do presente Aviso em Português (e-mail: info@SteinhoffSettlement.com).
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BANGKOK, THAILAND Media OutReach – 16 February 2021 – Professional recruitment services Michael Page Thailand launched the Talent Trends 2021 Report, with a keen eye on the Thai job market. While hiring activities dipped 37% in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, optimism is starting to show, with 33% of companies in Thailand looking to increase their headcounts and 32% maintaining status quo in 2021.

 

Kristoffer Paludan, Regional Director of Michael Page Thailand

 

Kristoffer Paludan, Regional Director of Michael Page Thailand says, “Like other markets in the region, Thailand’s technology sector stayed afloat and resilient, particularly for e-commerce and other internet-based businesses. Food production, too, proved to be a bright spot, which in turn carried other associated industries, such as chemical, agriculture, as well as agritech.”

 

In view of the economic demands, the sectors earmarked for highest hiring activity are industrial/manufacturing, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), technology & telecommunications, healthcare/pharmaceutical as well as retail.

 

According to the report, the COVID-19 pandemic also served to hasten the adoption of digitisation. Over the course of the year, companies in Thailand have adapted to digitisation demands within impressively short timeframes. Technologies like virtualisation and cloud access have allowed many businesses to get as close to ‘business as usual’ as possible.

 

According to the report, 67% of employed technology professionals in Thailand anticipate looking for new opportunities in 2021 while another 31% is passively open to new ones, suggesting increased employment activity. Considering the competition for high-potential tech professionals, Kristoffer Paludan advises, “Candidates move jobs primarily due to the dynamic nature of the business, which is constantly adapting to changing market demands and practises. These are agile organisations that provide a steep learning curve and the opportunity for regional mandates in the medium-to-long term.”

 

As a viable option to bridge skill gaps arising from their move to business recovery in 2021, 42% of companies in Thailand cited their continued investment in employees by providing training to upskill the workforce while 46% turned to the use of automation for basic processes.

 

Thai professionals have also been empowered with the wealth of information available to them when considering a new job offer. 40% of the study’s respondents claimed they did extensive research on the company before applying for a job.

 

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Rigorous planning and testing to ensure supply chain supports vaccine’s stringent temperature requirements

 

TOKYO, JAPAN – Media OutReach – 16 February 2021 – DHL, the leading global brand in the logistics industry today announced the successful delivery of the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on a cargo flight from Belgium to Japan. The first of numerous shipments that will be delivered throughout the year, the vaccines were packed with sophisticated GPS and temperature trackers in each thermal shipper box to provide full visibility throughout the shipment’s entire journey. DHL Global Forwarding also handled the customs clearance in Japan, and will dispatch the vaccines to vaccination facilities across Japan.

 

“We are proud to play a role in helping the people of Japan receive their vaccinations for COVID-19, which has upended lives and businesses here. While DHL Global Forwarding’s well-established cold-chain network and pharmaceutical logistics expertise were key to the success of the shipment, our dedicated employees were the true unsung heroes who meticulously planned every last detail to manage an extremely complex operation seamlessly,” said Kelvin Leung, CEO DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.

 

To safely store the vaccines at -70 degrees until the final domestic delivery, freezers were installed at the storage facility, where additional workers have been employed to support the operations.

 

Charles Kaufmann, CEO, North Asia & South Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding and President/ Representative Director, DHL Global Forwarding Japan K.K. added, “We have more than 9,000 life science and healthcare specialists across our global network. Over the past few months, our specialist teams in Japan, together with our global counterparts have spent countless hours planning, strategizing and stress-testing our network and infrastructure to ensure we have the capability to move vaccines safely in accordance with the strictest requirements.”

 

Across the globe, DHL has been entrusted with the shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to Singapore, Israel, and European countries including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Romania and Sweden.

 

DHL’s portfolio for the life science and healthcare industry includes 150+ pharmacists, 20+ clinical trials depots, 100+ certified stations, 160+ GDP-qualified warehouses, 15+ GMP-certified sites, 135+ medical express sites, and a time-definite international express network covering 220 countries and territories.

 

Globally, logistics providers are challenged to establish medical supply chains rapidly to deliver vaccines of unprecedented amount of more than 10 billion doses worldwide, including in regions with less developed logistics infrastructure, where approximately three billion people live. To provide global coverage over the next two years, DHL estimated in its vaccine whitepaper report that up to 200,000 pallet shippers and 15 million cooling boxes as well as 15,000 flights will be required across the various supply chain setups.

 

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global sustainable trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing & energy, auto-mobility and retail, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

 

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros in 2019. With sustainable business practices and a commitment to society and the environment, the Group makes a positive contribution to the world. Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to achieve zero-emissions logistics by 2050.

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Industry-Leading 180-Degree Field-of-View with Square 1:1 Aspect Ratio Delivers Most Complete Front-Entry Protection, With Direct-to-Mobile Video Calls for Faster Response

 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 16 February 2021 – Arlo Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ARLO), one of the leading internet-connected camera brands, today announced the launch of its all-new Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free which brings the award-winning features of its popular Wired Video Doorbell to an easy-to-install, wire-free, battery-powered design. Arlo’s latest front-entry solution — which joins a robust ecosystem of home security products and services — captures what conventional video doorbells can’t. An industry-leading, 180-degree viewing angle with a square, 1:1 aspect ratio ensures users can see packages on the ground or visitors from head-to-toe on their mobile devices. HD video resolution combined with direct-to-mobile video calls, clear, two-way audio and personalised alerts, allow users to quickly reply to guests or take action. Able to connect directly to WiFi, the latest solution can be powered by its rechargeable battery1 or be hardwired for continuous charging2. With a RRP of S$329, the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free is now available at major retailers including Harvey Norman, Challenger as well as the official Arlo stores on Lazada Singapore and Shopee Singapore.

 

“In today’s world, having a smart video doorbell at your front door is more valuable than ever,” said Brad Little, Vice President & Managing Director APAC. “Unlike other video doorbells that can lag in response time, our new Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free leverages the latest hardware and software advancements for swift, comprehensive monitoring. Industry-leading picture and audio quality combined with our AI-based subscription service, Arlo Smart, enable complete front door protection. Users can receive smart notifications and secure, simple access via the Arlo App, allowing them to quickly and easily live stream or respond to guests.”

 

Direct-to-mobile video calls, clear, two-way audio and pre-recorded quick-reply messages all enable convenient, in-the-moment communication with visitors. Traditionally, video doorbells require users to take multiple steps to view and respond to guests once receiving a notification, causing delays where a user could easily miss their visitor. The Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free solves this problem by sending a live, HD video call right to the user’s smartphone once the doorbell is pressed, enabling them to quickly take action by deploying a response.

 

Features of the all-new Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free include:

 

 

  • 180° Viewing Angle: Optimised for the front door with a 1:1 aspect ratio so you can see a person from head to toe or a package on the ground
  • Direct-to-Mobile Video Call: Calls your phone directly so you never miss a visitor
  • Multiple Powering Options: Install without wires using the rechargeable battery1, or hardwire to existing wiring for continuous charging2
  • Motion Detection and Alerts: Receive alerts when motion is detected
  • Angle Mount: Easily adjust viewing angle to fully and clearly see visitors
  • 2-Way Audio: Hear what matters with clear, noise-cancelling audio
  • More Ways to Answer: Quick Reply Messages enable users to play pre-recorded messages for instant response to guests
  • Visitor Messaging: Guests can leave you a voice message if you’re unable to answer the door, and you can listen remotely at your convenience
  • HD Video with HDR: Capture vivid detail in bright and dark areas with HDR
  • Night Vision: See who’s at your door at night, even without a light on
  • Weather Resistant: Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun
  • Platform Compatibility: Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT for easy interaction, automation, and control
  • Direct to WiFi: Connects directly to WiFi for simple setup allowing it to function as a standalone home security solution without the need for a separate base station
  • Built-In Smart Siren: Trigger your siren automatically or manually from the Arlo app during an event
  • Silent Mode: Temporarily disable incoming calls, Arlo Chime melodies, and/or traditional chime rings
  • Notifications that Matter: Get alerts when your Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free spots people, vehicles, animals or a package with Arlo Smart via an included three-month trial with rolling 30-day cloud recordings

 

 

The purchase of an Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free unlocks a complimentary three-month trial to Arlo’s AI subscription-based service, Arlo Smart. Users will receive access to 30-days of rolling HD video recordings to store and view video clips. Notification settings can be adjusted, enabling Arlo Smart subscribers to fully customise their experience to spot people, vehicles, animals or packages3. Controlled entirely through the Arlo app, users can easily view live streams and recordings, adjust their camera settings or access cloud recordings.

 

For more information on the full range of Arlo smart home security products and services, visit https://www.arlo.com/asia/.

 

 

1 Rechargeable battery lasts from three to six months on one charge

2 If choosing to hardwire, users will need existing electrical/doorbell wiring with voltage between 8V AC and 24V AC

3 Personalised alerts made available through the complimentary three-month Arlo Smart trial subscription

 

 

About Arlo Technologies, Inc.

Arlo is the award-winning, industry leader that is transforming the way people experience the connected lifestyle. Arlo’s deep expertise in product design, wireless connectivity, cloud infrastructure and cutting-edge AI capabilities focuses on delivering a seamless, smart home experience for Arlo users that is easy to setup and interact with every day. The company’s cloud-based platform provides users with visibility, insight and a powerful means to help protect and connect in real-time with the people and things that matter most, from any location with a Wi-Fi or a mobile connection. To date, Arlo has launched several categories of award-winning smart connected devices, including wire-free smart Wi-Fi and 4G-enabled security cameras, audio and video doorbells, and floodlight.

 

With a mission to bring users peace of mind, Arlo is as passionate about protecting user privacy as it is about safeguarding homes and families. Arlo is committed to supporting industry standards for data protection designed to keep users’ personal information private and in their control. Arlo doesn’t monetise personal data, provides enhanced controls for user data, supports privacy legislation, keeps user data safely secure, and puts security at the forefront of company culture.

 

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Knowledge aims to accelerate recent improvements in math attainment levels, across all age groups, in Australia. The Learner First to distribute Knowledgehook technology across Australia.

 

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – News Direct – 16 February 2021 – Knowledgehook, the world’s most comprehensive mathematics learning platform, has launched in Australia as the nation’s teachers turn a corner in addressing low maths attainment levels for young people. It is now available to schools across the country for children in Year 3 to Year 10 classes, through The Learner First, a consultancy working with schools across Australia.

 

The latest TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) found that Australia’s achievement in mathematics has improved since 2015. However, Year 4 mathematics achievement has not changed since 2007. One of the biggest challenges facing educators is to find better ways to meet the learning needs of the many students who fall behind in schools, failing to meet year-level expectations (often year after year) and, as a consequence, become increasingly disengaged.

 

Knowledgehook’s proprietary technology harnesses the power of data to track where students are on their math journey. Their programmes connect a child’s at-home learning with in-school education, providing real-time insights to teachers on learning gaps. This empowers teachers to develop an understanding of the maths concepts related to their students’ challenges, enabling them to adjust instruction and monitor student progress.

 

Knowledgehook: The Instructional Guidance System for teachers

 

As Knowledgehook launches across Australia, former Australian Mathematics Curriculum leader, Margaret Bigelow, commented: “Australia’s results in international testing are improving. The impact of a national approach to teaching and learning Mathematics has impacted on this improved outcome. Teachers need to be supported to maintain this trajectory of improvement by having the ideas and tools to enhance the engagement of their students to develop critical and creative thinking and further mathematical skills. This will enable students to adjust to the ever-changing demands and challenges of life in the future.”

 

“Knowledgehook was inspired by my own struggle with maths as a child,” explained CoFounder and CEO of Knowledgehook, Travis Ratnam. “Having the right, personalised guidance makes all the difference and every student deserves to have a teacher who has access to the best pedagogical tools, and parents who have insights into their learning. Our platform is not a game, it pulls together a 360 view on a child’s learning journey enabling people around them to improve the child’s math experience and outcomes.

 

Knowledgehook founders: (L to R) Travis Ratnam and Qamar Qureshi

 

In launching Knowledgehook across Australia, Joanne McEachen, Founder and CEO of The Learner First commented: “I love the fact maths support is available 24/7 so when a learner struggles with a math’s concept, the teacher can access professional learning and development to help support both the learner and the teacher on the spot. Moreover, it helps teachers retrace their approach and identifies what may have been missed allowing them to recover and embed essential skills and concepts. Quite simply, it is what we have been missing for years and it will certainly complement the current trajectory of further improving math’s performance and disposition in Australian students.”

 

Knowledgehook’s AI-enabled platform has grown to support schools across the US, Mexico, and the UK. It is designed to scale across multiple countries and languages developing teacher capacity while engaging students and providing actionable insights for parents. Over the years, Knowledgehook’s research-based solution has garnered industryleading partnerships and investments from the most recognised global education bodies, notably from the University College of London (UCL), the global leader in education research.

 

Knowledgehook actively collaborates with governments around the world while also working directly with schools and their suppliers, to offer curriculum-aligned solutions. The company currently empowers teachers in more than 100,000 schools. In 2021, it is anticipated the solution will reach 50,000,000 students globally. “We have received growing interest for our technology and expertise to be applied to other subjects and we look forward to expanding our solution to empower more educators and support the learning of students to become the problem-solvers of tomorrow,” Qamar Qureshi, President and Chief Business Officer added.

 

About Knowledgehook

Knowledgehook, a leading educational technology company, empowers hundreds of thousands of teachers and parents to collaboratively support the mathematics learning journey of millions of students worldwide.

 

Winner of Google’s Game Changer Award and named Top Disruptor by BNN, its platform analyses student understanding through engaging assessments, providing real-time personalised solutions to close learning gaps between classroom teaching and at-home learning.

 

Designed by leading numeracy and research experts, Knowledgehook’s Instructional Guidance System is known for reinventing how online technology supports education and educators, while inspiring the problem solvers of tomorrow.

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The MOD620 Combines bitsensing’s Groundbreaking Radar Technology with Infineon’s Industry Leading Chipsets

 

SEOUL, KOREA – Media OutReach – 16 February 2021 – Today, bitsensing, a South Korean imaging radar technology startup, announces a partnership with world leader in semiconductor solutions Infineon Technologies to revolutionize the in-cabin experience with the launch of the 60GHz MOD620 radar. The MOD620 was designed by bitsensing and enabled by Infineon to provide a powerful safety monitoring solution that drivers can trust.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Heatstroke Deaths of Children in Vehicles, Jan Null, San Jose State University, since the 1990s, 54% of children dying in hot cars was because they were forgotten by their caregivers. The MOD620 prevents this type of casualty by efficiently detecting the presence and vital signs of in-cabin occupants and sending the driver alerts if a child is left unattended inside a car. Designed by bitsensing engineers and enabled by Infineon, the MOD620 comprehensive monitoring solution matches the specific in-cabin requirements for any vehicle offering continuous and limitless detection, regardless of clothes or blankets.

 

“Our partnership with Infineon demonstrates the significant progress we are making towards building safer smart cities and elevating connected living by designing radar solutions for all. This is an important moment in our company’s history as we have dedicated the last three years to strategically engineering advanced radar technology that can utilize existing top tier chipsets to address this need in the market,” said Dr. Jae-Eun Lee, CEO of bitsensing. “bitsensing is the first and only Korean startup that can deliver all aspects of auto grade radar solutions, in-house. Our world-class engineers designed the MOD620 with the Infineon Chipset to offer a new level of confidence in safety for an industry that demands excellence, reliability, and unmatched intelligence.”

 

To build the premier in-cabin sensing radar, bitsensing rearranged the hardware configuration and redesigned the antenna. Powerful computing is achieved through the MCU making it possible for radar data to be signal-processed and calculated. The MMIC transmits and receives signals through electro-magnetic waves for detection while the antenna is integrated with RF energy from the radar transmission line into the propagation medium and vice versa. These components work together seamlessly for an advanced caliber of radar performance.

 

“The engineers of bitsensing have years of experience in optimizing chipsets. Working with Infineon’s state of the art radar offering, this allowed them to strategically and systematically arrange components for the MOD620’s best-in-class radar performance,” says Mr. How Cheen Ng, Director, Partnership Management & Digital Marketing Communication, Infineon Asia Pacific. “Leading in innovation and committing to meaningful partnerships to develop cutting-edge technologies is at the core of what we do at Infineon. This powerful partnership produced a solution that truly transcends safety and creates a better quality of life for all.”

 

Versatile Single Radar Solution Featuring Safety Performance

 

The MOD620 reliably detects in-car passenger presence and location. It can also detect in real-time the presence of a child left in a car, even when the car is shut down and locked as well as monitor the vital signs of occupants and send an alert if there are any abnormalities. bitsensing’s in-house specialists partnered with various labs from top universities to obtain the most accurate data to produce this radar that can accurately detect. The MOD620 offers a safe monitoring solution that is necessary for the optimal autonomous driving experience.

 

Limitless Detection

 

bitsensing’s MOD620 captures all rear-seat space maintaining the top quality for in-cabin solutions. The 120-degree field of view combined with the customizable detection range up to 2.5m provides an increased level of performance. Privacy concerns are also eliminated with the MOD620 as it does not rely on cameras for presence detection.

 

Customizable Antenna Design

 

The rearrangeable antenna in the MOD620 allows for customization in channel length compensation, Field of View, and matching circuits for transmitters and receivers. bitsensing’s unique expertise in customizable antenna design allows for a quick and efficient process in matching specific in-cabin requirements for any vehicle. The MOD620 is a customizable cost-efficient radar that works in high-speed cars, day or night, with no interference to seatbelts.

 

To view the MOD620 informational product video, please visit https://youtu.be/hGI7vuXEzNI. If you are interested in learning more about our radar solution offerings, please visit www.bitsensing.com.

 

About bitsensing

 

bitsensing is an imaging radar technology company committed to building safer smart cities and elevating connected living by designing cutting-edge sensor fusions and AI solutions bringing an unprecedented level of intelligence to smart living. Founded in 2018 by seasoned automotive experts, bitsensing is one of the only startups delivering optimal technologies that meet and exceed the high level of safety and convenience that the industry demands with automotive grade radar technology. bitsensing is transforming possibilities to bring democratization of smart life in mobility, smart home and building, robotics, security, healthcare, and beyond.

About Infineon

 

Infineon Technologies AG is a world leader in semiconductor solutions that makes life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon are the key to a better future. In the 2020 fiscal year (ending 30 September), Infineon reported revenue of more than €8.5 billion with a workforce of some 46,700 people worldwide. Following the acquisition of the US company Cypress Semiconductor Corporation in April 2020, Infineon is now a global top 10 semiconductor company. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY). Further information is available at www.infineon.com.

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – 15 February 2021 – Vivocom Int’l Holdings Berhad (‘Vivocom’) has expressed its ‘appreciation’ to Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad for its approval of the multiple proposals submitted in on 30th December 2020, a corporate move that would usher in an exciting period for as well as strengthening the overall corporate structure of Vivocom.

 

 

Vivocom CEO Dato Seri Chia Kok Teong believes that Vivocom shares will grow strongly over time and will be worth a lot more than the pre-Chinese New Year price of 89 sen.

 

 

Its CEO Dato Seri Chia Kok Teong praised Bursa for its constant efforts to create a vibrant equity market, and personally attested to the exchange’s pledge of ‘creating opportunities, growing value’ as “one that’s real and more than just a tagline”.

 

“Like many other companies, Vivocom is indeed grateful to Bursa’s for its continuous efforts in fostering a conducive capital market for its members to grow and create wealth for the nation,” said Dato Seri Chia.

 

“We had submitted our proposals in December 2020, and Bursa had reverted promptly and approved them; an impressive turnaround time. Accordingly Vivocom is now ready to begin its journey of transforming itself, as an Investment Holding company.”

 

Last Thursday, Vivocom had announced that Bursa had approved the various proposals submitted which can be read here or the link in full: https://www.bursamalaysia.com/market_information/announcements/company_announcement/announcement_details?ann_id=3128515 .

 

Dato’ Seri Chia also expressed his profound gratitude to all shareholders for having supported the company, and is looking towards stronger support to continue into the long term.

 

“My Board and Management team are totally committed to building Vivocom into a reputable public company, with sound and sustainable fundamentals of solid profits and healthy cashflow,” he said.

 

“We are very focussed in transforming Vivocom into a behemoth Conglomerate, via organic or inorganic growth, including expansive M&A (merger and acquisition) activities which may result in us acquiring strategic stakes in other Public Listed Companies for investment holding purposes,” Dato Seri explained.

 

“We shall always act in Shareholders’ best interests and, as a priority, would work towards getting Vivocom elevated to the Main Board of Bursa soonest possible,” he added.

 

“We will also do our utmost to maximise Vivocom’s earnings in the coming years in order to reward our shareholders with a handsome dividend pay-out at the earliest opportunity,” Dato Seri continued.

 

To show his dedication, Dato Seri Chia has committed to a voluntary self–imposed moratorium (or SIM) in that he will not dispose his personal stakes in Vivocom for the next 3 years.

 

“I am strongly focussed on ‘building the Vivocom legacy’ while creating wealth for all shareholders of Vivocom for the long term,” he promised.

 

“My SIM means that I won’t be cashing in on my personal stakes in the immediate term or at least for the next 3 years. I’m supremely confident of maximising the wealth of Vivocom in the long run.

 

“In other words, I believe Vivocom shares will grow strongly over time and will be worth a lot more than the pre-Chinese New Year price of 89 sen,” concluded Dato Seri Chia.

 

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Charity arm of Cambodian conglomerate engages local community as key stakeholders for upcoming 834-ha project

 

SIHANOUKVILLE, CAMBODIA – Media OutReach – 15 February 2021- Prince Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of Prince Holding Group (‘Prince Group’), one of Cambodia’s largest and fastest growing conglomerates, has distributed care packages to 500 families living at Ong village in Prey Nob district, Cambodia. The village is situated near the site of the Ream City project, an 834-hectare project being developed on reclaimed land near the Sihanoukville International Airport that is set to transform the region. The gesture of goodwill took place last week and senior management from Canopy Sands Development, a member of Prince Group, also took the opportunity to consult local leaders to understand the community’s needs. The aid campaign at Ong Village is the latest environment, social and governance (ESG) initiative of Prince Group.

 

Each care package contained 25 kilograms of rice, one mat, one blanket, two pillows, one mosquito net and one Khmer Krama (traditional scarves woven in the countryside). It will be the first of many efforts to support the local community, especially as Prince Group envision an important role for residents in the development of the coastal project. Upon completion, Ream City aims to house up to 130,000 residents and will potentially bring housing estates, themed shopping malls, schools and hospitals, bringing a boost to the local economy.

 

Prince Group has focused on providing items to help residents with their daily needs at a time when rural Cambodians are facing considerable economic challenges. “We are serious about engaging with local communities and establishing a good relationship with them — they are key stakeholders for the Ream City project. Not only do we consider it our duty as a responsible corporate actor to provide assistance in these challenging times, we believe local residents will play an important role as part of our workforce due to the scale of the Ream City project,” said Mr. Khong Weng Fook, Managing Director of Canopy Sands Development. “Currently, about 70 locals are employed at the Ream City project. In time, we will look to impart the necessary skills through upskilling and other human empowerment efforts to further engage local residents for the project.”

 

Over the course of the aid campaign, management from Prince Group liaised with Mr. Sor Kakada, District Chief for Prey Nob, to better understand the needs of residents. They were advised that there is a need for better healthcare facilities. As Prey Nob is situated outside Sihanoukville, basic medical facilities are not readily available. As such, Prince Group will investigate the feasibility of establishing healthcare dispensaries for the local community.

 

Ream City will lead to substantial employment opportunities for Cambodians and support the growth of the Sihanoukville International Airport, which is expected to see its capacity increase from 3.6 million passengers to 10 million passengers by the end of the decade. Through the distribution of essential aid, Prince Group hopes that a constructive dialogue can be established between local communities and the developers to ensure a productive long-term relationship.

 

Prince Group’s ESG strategy has a three-prong focus on healthcare, education and community engagement. Last year, the Group made several large-scale donations to help in the fight against the pandemic and assist flood victims in Cambodia. Till date, the Prince Charitable Foundation Organization has organized more than 240 charitable events and donated funds and other materials worth more than US$11 million, benefitting more than 320,000 people. Neak Oknha Chen Zhi, Chairman of Prince Group, has also personally donated US$3 million to help Cambodia purchase 1 million COVID-19 vaccines.

About Prince Charitable Foundation Organization

Being dedicated to public charity, advocating corporate duty, and promoting social harmony and progress, Prince Charitable Foundation Organization, a member of Prince Holding Group, focuses on social welfare projects, including municipal development and ecological protection with specific attention towards helping school dropouts, disabled, and the elderly. With a national mandate, Prince Charitable Foundation was seeded with US$1 million by Prince Holding Group, with the sum procured from the sales revenue of properties. It has also attracted a significant amount of donation from other individuals and organization. Prince Charitable Foundation Organization has launched more than 240 charity events, benefiting 320,000 people, with donations exceeding $11 million.

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Partnership will also aim to drive premium category growth with launch of Sulwhasoo regional campaign on Shopee Premium

 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 15 February 2021 – Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, and Amorepacific, Korea’s leading beauty company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen regional partnership and accelerate the growth of K-beauty in the booming online beauty category in Southeast Asia. This year, Amorepacific will not only be focusing on growing its online presence in Southeast Asia, but have also included Taiwan as a new market within the partnership to boost its reach and share in the wider region.

 

Mr Michael Youngsoo Kim, Head of Amorepacific APAC Regional Headquarters and Mr Chris Feng, Chief Executive Officer, Shopee, signing the MOU at Shopee’s Regional Headquarters in Singapore

 

Since launching on Shopee Mall in 2018, Amorepacific has recorded more than 13x of growth in Gross Merchandise Value (GMV), and doubled its e-commerce business regionally, in 2020. The leading Asian beauty brand aims to take its success further on Shopee with data-driven strategies, joint marketing efforts and more co-branded collaborations. Amorepacific also aims to expand the coverage of its current portfolio of brands on Shopee to more markets, in order to meet untapped demand and provide more assortment to consumers. These brands include Sulwhasoo, Laneige, Mamonde, Ryo, Mise en scene, innisfree and Etude.

 

Michael Youngsoo Kim, Head of Amorepacific APAC Regional Headquarters, said, “As our key e-commerce partner in the region, we are glad that we have seen strong and successful results with Shopee, and want to take it further by collaborating on new and innovative initiatives. With Shopee’s deep understanding of the local market landscape in the region, engaged users, and data expertise, we believe that Amorepacific and Shopee together, will be able to better serve the needs of consumers by bringing more of our world-class products to them. We also look forward to the first regional campaign of Sulwhasoo on Shopee Premium, which will help to expand our brand presence with the growing online luxury beauty shoppers.”

 

Chris Feng, Chief Executive Officer at Shopee, said, “As one of the invited brand partners of Shopee’s newly launched Regional Champion Brands Programme[1] , we are confident of helping Amorepacific capture more growth and opportunities regionally with priority access and support on all regional initiatives and resources. This partnership will also enable us to tap on their vast portfolio and industry expertise to strengthen Shopee’s beauty and personal care offering, giving our shoppers more choices, as well as upgrading the online shopping experience. We look forward to working with Amorepacific to achieve even greater success than before, as they scale their presence and investment on e-commerce this year forward.”

 

Exclusive regional campaign for Sulwhasoo to drive premium category growth

 

With the growth in demand of premium beauty brands exceeding mass beauty brands on Shopee , Amorepacific will be launching the first regional campaign for Sulwhasoo on Shopee Premium this April, to drive online sales and premium category growth on e-commerce. This follows the exemplary performance of Sulwhasoo’s launch in Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand on Shopee last year.

 

Sulwhasoo can curate brand content and tap on the differentiated user experience on Shopee Premium to enhance its brand storytelling, and deepen engagement with the growing number of premium and luxury consumer segments. The beauty brand will also explore launching a brand membership programme on Shopee to reward loyal shoppers.

 

Engage users with personalised and unique content

 

Amorepacific also aims to leverage Shopee’s market leadership and deep data insights into consumer shopping trends and behaviour, to help pre-launch new exclusive products that serve existing brand lovers and acquire new users. In addition, Amorepacific will also explore introducing its brand ambassadors such as popular Korean celebrities and artistes, into its Shopee campaigns, strengthening its brand affinity and awareness with consumers across the region.

 

Korean beauty and skincare continues to attract a huge following in Asia and beyond[3]. In Shopee’s annual mega campaigns from 9.9 to 12.12, Amorepacific brands such as Laneige and innisfree consistently ranked in the top five of the beauty category. This is driven by consumers’ preference toward skincare products made with unique, natural ingredient formulas[4] and personalised beauty solutions, as well as the global rise of Korean pop culture, particularly throughout Southeast Asia.



[1] Regional Champion Brands Programme is an exclusive, by-invite only program open to top brand partners, aimed to better support brands in accelerating their growth on the regional and local levels. We currently have 17 brands on board this programme.

[2] Bain & Company report, Eight Themes That Are Rewriting the Future of Luxury Goods: https://www.bain.com/insights/eight-themes-that-are-rewriting-the-future-of-luxury-goods/

About Amorepacific

Since 1945, Amorepacific has had a single, clear mission: to present its unique perception of beauty– namely what it calls ‘Asian Beauty’ — to the world. As Korea’s leading beauty company, Amorepacific draws from its deep understanding of both nature and human to pursue harmony between inner and outer beauty. With its portfolio of over 20 cosmetics, personal care, and health care brands, Amorepacific is devoted to meeting the various lifestyles and needs of global consumers around the world: Asia, North America, Europe, Oceania and the Middle East. Amorepacific’s research hubs located around the world are dedicated to sustainable R&D that combine the best of natural Asian ingredients and advanced bio-technology. With its world-class products, Amorepacific is acclaimed for the innovative ways in which it is transforming global beauty trends.

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It was launched in 7 markets in 2015 to connect consumers, sellers, and businesses in the region.

 

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. It offers a wide product assortment, supported by integrated payments and logistics, as well as popular entertainment features tailored for each market. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

 

Shopee is a part of Sea Limited (NYSE:SE), a leading global consumer internet company. In addition to Shopee, Sea’s other core businesses include its digital entertainment arm, Garena, and digital financial services arm, SeaMoney. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology.

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MUNICH, GERMANY – EQS Newswire – 12 February 2021 – windeln.de SE (“windeln.de”, “Group” or “Company”; ISIN DE000WNDL201 and DE000WNDL128) has launched its own WeChat mini program (accessible directly via WeChat) and the corresponding affiliate program, thereby further expanded its offering to customers in China. WeChat mini program is a shopping platform by the popular messenger app WeChat that is used by over 900 million people in China.

 

WeChat mini program has been growing tremendously in the past years. Since the mini program is directly linked to the messenger app WeChat (app within app), users can easily share interesting products they find on WeChat mini program with their friends and family. WeChat Mini Program also offers several attractive marketing tools like live chats with customers or special promotion offers that can be shared with friends. This saves huge customer acquisition and marketing expenses for companies offering their products on WeChat mini program, representing the enormous potential this sales platform has.

 

This new sales channel is served through the existing efficient logistics network that windeln.de built over the years. windeln.de primarily sells high quality German baby nutrition, drugstore items and toys via the WeChat mini program. Since the launch in January 2021, the mini program was well accepted by windeln.de WeChat group users and is developing very favorably so far.

 

Matthias Peuckert, CEO of windeln.de: “We are proud to see that the hard work of our teams in the past year is now paying off. With the launch of the WeChat mini program, we were able to launch yet another sales channel in China. This will help us to diversify our Business in China further, make it stronger and build our success on several pillars in this very attractive but everchanging market.”

 

About windeln.de

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  • Achiko signs agreement with PT Indonesia Farma Medis to establish a new joint venture, including a contract with PT Mitra Asa Pratama and a memorandum of understanding with PT Pharos Indonesia, completion subject to formal approvals
  • Test kits will be integrated with Achiko’s Teman Sehat (Health Buddy) mobile app to address growing demand for Covid-19 testing in Indonesia
  • The joint venture and the contracts are a precursor to product registration, currently planned to be filed in the next few weeks

 

 

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – EQS Newswire – 12 February 2021 – Achiko AG (SWX: ACHI, ISIN CH0522213468) (“Achiko”, the “Company”) and PT Indonesia Farma Medis (“PIFM”) have signed an agreement to establish the joint venture company PT Achiko Medika Indonesia (“PAMI”) for the production, distribution and marketing of its testing platform developed from Project Gumnuts for Indonesia.

 

Khairudin Gustam, Chief Executive Officer of PIFM said: “As Covid-19 cases across Indonesia have surged past the one million mark and the contagiousness of the disease continues to severely disrupt the economy, the need for mass market testing becomes apparent. The economy needs to find a way to function, but given the size and population of Indonesia, reliance on PCR testing is not enough. Additional testing methods for Covid-19 are needed and we believe the Project Gumnuts technology is a key solution to help the country and the economy get back on their feet.”

 

Indonesia is a country of over 270 million people spread across several thousand islands. It is currently recording the highest number of cases, rates of positivity and fatality rates in Southeast Asia.

 

Phase 1 testing for Project Gumnuts has been concluded recently, achieving preliminary values of 91% sensitivity and 85% specificity. Further optimisation studies are currently being conducted in Spain and Indonesia to meet the World Health Organisations’ (WHO) standards.

 

“We are proud to be involved with Achiko’s development and look forward to the availability of Gumnuts for Indonesians, as most low cost rapid tests are too expensive for daily testing. The price point and convenience that Gumnuts can offer will enable tens of millions of people the ability to test almost daily. This will be a powerful tool in stopping the spread and beating Covid-19 and other pathogens,” said the Mayor of Pekanbaru in Indonesia, Dr. H. Firdaus S.T., M.T.

 

Achiko holds 50% of the PT Achiko Medika Indonesia joint venture registered today. PIFM and Achiko will jointly manufacture and assemble Project Gumnuts test kits for the Indonesian market, with PIFM tasked with the distribution and marketing, and Achiko earning a 10% licensing fee from gross sales. As new tests are developed, they will be similarly assembled and sold in the country.

 

Part of the joint venture is a contract with PT Mitra Asa Pratama (“Mitra”) and a memorandum of understanding with PT Pharos Indonesia (“Pharos”), along with several other companies, which are all subject to regulatory approval. Mitra is a leading distributor of medical and diagnostic devices in Indonesia, with vast network reach into government, healthcare institutions and retail markets, and will help with further distribution and marketing. Pharos is one of Indonesia’s largest pharmaceutical conglomerates with reach into two of the biggest pharmacy groups in the country, developing and marketing innovative products in Indonesia and other countries in Southeast Asia, with manufacturing facilities in Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam.

 

They will be responsible for assembly, distribution and marketing. The Company has also started to engage in several other commercial arrangements in Indonesia.

 

“We are excited to be part of the fight against Covid-19 and all its successors and look forward to working with Achiko and PIFM to get this platform to market in the first half of 2021 as soon as the approval from the Ministry of Health is secured,” said Ida Nurtika, Director of Corporate Communication at PT Pharos Indonesia.

 

“The need for an effective and efficient diagnostic tool is increasing dramatically. We are proud to be able to use our expertise in healthcare distribution to help Achiko’s team deliver on this very important initiative, to collectively help the people of Indonesia manage this pandemic,” said Mitra’s Chief Executive Officer, Victory Theodorus.

“This joint venture is a major milestone for Achiko and a precursor to an imminent filing for product registrations and approvals in Indonesia,” said Steven Goh, Chief Executive Officer of Achiko. “Through PT Achiko Medika Indonesia, we have some of the best possible partners we can have to make a testing platform based on Projects Gumnuts, first with version 1.5 of our product and then many more to come. With comprehensive low-cost rapid and near universal testing, we can help Indonesia beat the Covid-19 pandemic.”

 

Next steps see the completion of regulatory approvals, getting the technology into test kits and moving them into the market as soon as practicable.

 

The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

 

About Achiko AG

We harness ground-breaking science with innovative technology to create solutions that provide a great user experience for patients, physicians and governing bodies alike, leading ultimately to the transformation of the healthcare industry.

 

The current development of our patent pending diagnostic testing for Covid-19 (Project Gumnuts) provides an easy and effective way that enables people to obtain the information they need and require. Complemented by our mobile check-in app (Teman Sehat), we empower users to manage their diagnostic experiences on their own terms, safeguard their privacy, share experiences, obtain passport verification and find community.

 

Achiko holds exclusive commercialisation rights to the technology underlying Project Gumnuts from Regenacellx.sl. It may be used to detect all types of Covid-19, but also many other pathogens. Achiko is looking forward to the completion of regulatory approval and getting the technology to market as quickly as possible, applying it in an array of test kits and other assay formats.

 

Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore and Seoul.
http://www.achiko.com

 

About PT Indonesia Farma Medis

PT Indonesia Farma Medis (“PIFM”) is a medical device and pharmaceutical distribution company with a large network of relationships and distribution channels that includes hospitals, pharmacies and clinics across the main islands of Indonesia.

PIFM provides supply chain solutions for distributing medical products and helps companies seeking market entry navigate the complexities of the Indonesian market.
https://indofarmamedis.com

 

About PT Mitra Asa Pratama
Mitra Asa Pratama collaborates with various international medical device brands to bring innovations to market and has been improving the overall healthcare technology in Indonesia for more than 20 years. With an extensive distribution network built by working closely with our sub-distributor partners, we cover hospitals, clinics, public health centers and offices, medical professionals, as well as the retail market.

It has been a long-standing part of our strategic vision to be able to build a vertically integrated company, where every business unit shares the same dedication to customer service. We firmly believe that service levels must always exceed expectations so that our clients, the medical professionals, can concentrate on the very important business of caring for patients.
https://mitraasa.co.id/

About PT Pharos Indonesia
PT Pharos Indonesia is a major regional pharmaceutical company that develops and markets innovative products in Indonesia and other countries in South-East Asia.

The company was established on 30 September 1971 by Dr. Eddie Lembong, a visionary entrepreneur who wanted to build a modern, efficient, high quality, Indonesian pharmaceutical company. Dr. Lembong’s plan was realized early and today Pharos remains one of Indonesia’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

 

On June 30, 1990 Pharos became the first Indonesian company to receive a certification of the local version of GMP (CPOB), confirming Pharos’ ‘no compromises’ manufacturing standards.

 

Currently, Pharos and its subsidiaries employ more than 5,000 talents across Indonesia.
http://www.pharos.co.id/

 

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 11 February 2021 – As Valentine’s Day is coming soon, many florists launched some exclusive editions of bouquets although orders have been full booked. In this special Valentine’s Day, Give Gift Boutique joint Van Gogh S.E.N.S.E.S to launch Van Gogh Senses 2021 Valentine’s Day Art Bouquet.

 

 

Van Gogh Senses & Give Gift Boutique launched ” 2021 Van Gogh Masterpiece series Valentine’s Day bouquets”

 

Van Gogh Senses, which was exclusively authorized by the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands in 2016, is a company that strives to bring art to the public, and to create an innovative space of art appreciation in Hong Kong. Committed to integrating art into daily life and paying attention to the connection between people, Van Gogh’s works are no longer just exhibits in the museum. Give Gift Boutique provides European-Japanese style bouquets, the idea of the bouquets is to link the relationship between each other and act as a caring messenger. With the long-time preparation, whole-heartedly devised, and the craftsmanship of experienced florists, the Valentine’s Day bouquets present the art of Van Gogh through his story, and the artistic taste of life.

 

2 styles are available of the Valentine’s Day Bouquets

 

There are 2 styles of the bouquets to choose, both are combined with vivid and full blooms of South African red roses, and Japanese Blue Daze. The bouquets are all designed by famous florists from Europe and Japan. It is surprising that the wrapping paper of the bouquets is printed with two famous paintings of “Almond Blossom” and “Harvest” by Van Gogh, which incorporates the inspiration of famous paintings to the bouquet design .

 

“Harvest” Valentine’s Day bouquets of Van Gogh series

 

The warm-colored “Harvest” Valentine’s Day bouquets have red roses surrounding pink hydrangeas, with eucalyptus leaves as lining leaves, blue daze as embellishments, and fit perfectly with the red ribbons . Warm colors present warm feelings, and passionate love.

 

“Almond Blossom” Valentine’s Day Bouquet of Van Gogh Series

 

The blue package of the “Almond Blossom” bouquets are wrapped in a white ribbon with red roses, and purple hydrangea. The blue color means purity, and red roses represents love, and the bouquets present the purity, and the nobleness of love. Paired the enchanting fresh flowers and the artistic feelings through the brushworks of Van Gogh, the bouquets are stunningly romantic and exquisite.

 

The time of sales and the purchasing method

 

As it happens on the same day of both Valentines Day and the third day of the Chinese New Year, don’t forget to prepare Valentine’s Day bouquets for your loved ones besides purchasing flowers for the Chinese New Year. Valentine’s Day bouquets of Van Gogh series will be on sale on the official website of Give Gift Boutique, and all stores on February 11, filling the Valentine’s Day with love and art! With the online sales boom caused by the epidemic, you had better be an early bird before the rush. Mr. Huang, the founder of Give Gift Boutique, said that Valentine’s Day this year is closely linked to the Lunar New Year, so orders for online flower have increased a lot. In previous years, Valentine’s Day bouquets were sent to the office, but this year they are mainly sent to residential areas.

 

About S.E.N.S.E.S and Give Gift Boutique Flower Shop

SENSES is a top art florist. It is an enterprise dedicated to bring art to the public. It presents the art of Van Gogh through the first-class dining experience, the exquisite gifts and personalized weddings.

https://www.facebook.com/vangoghsenses/

 

Give Gift Boutique Flower Shop is managed by senior florist designers in the Netherlands and Toronto. It is operated as a Boutique Workshop professional studio. It serves corporate and individual customers throughout the year and provides European Japanese style high-quality bouquet gifts and related services. https://www.givegift.com.hk/valentines-flower-florist

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SINGAPORE Media OutReach – 10 February 2021 – By offering quality organic foods that are 100% natural, Nature’s Superfoods changes the conversation around the value these superfoods bring to everyday living. From berries and leafy greens to various nut types, superfoods are better understood as power-packed foods that load your meals with important nutrients that can encourage a healthy diet.

 

 

Are superfoods as good as their billing? Truth is, superfoods alone cannot compensate for a bad diet. However, when combined with a healthy diet, they can encourage healthier eating patterns. More than just superhype, these foods are a game changer for a wide range of consumers – from fitness enthusiasts and to individuals who are practicing diet consciousness – who are strengthening their personal well-being, especially post-pandemic.

 

Offering natural, organic, and nutrient-dense whole foods, Nature’s Superfoods only provides the highest quality and least processed organic foods from the respective country of origins, at the best possible prices. Free from gluten, refined sugars, and additive preservatives, the well-being of consumers is kept top priority.

 

Committed to bringing consumers nature’s superfoods at affordable prices, there is also a variety of options sold in all forms for easy integration into everyday living. From grains and seeds to easy bite-sized snacks, incorporating a superfood into your diet every now and then is easier than ever. The conversation on superfoods is best managed through intentional education. And, Nature’s Superfoods recognises that. Through creative recipes and informative blog resources, consumers get better insight into how and what superfoods can best supplement their diet. Likewise, these resources are also offered in focus-specific ways, such as immunity, energy and stamina. As a knowledge hub, Nature’s Superfoods is raising the bar in the sphere of superfoods and the like.

 

As consumers enter a period of recovery in the post-pandemic era, a renewed focus on health and well-being takes priority. With lifestyle habits changing, Nature’s Superfoods provides affordable and accessible organically-grown products that can ease transition into healthier eating habits.

 

Media Contact

Y.K. Lee, Business Director

Email: trading@actspand.com

Tel: +65 68415476

 

About Nature’s Superfoods

Nature’s Superfoods is an organic foods brand created by Actspand Pte Ltd and owned by Nature’s Superfoods LLP. At Nature’s Superfoods, we believe in building lasting good health through 100% natural, organic and nutrient-rich whole foods. We chose the name ‘superfoods’ as these refer to foods abundant with nutrition and health-protecting benefits, which fit perfectly with our commitment to offer our clients nature’s best sources of nutrition.

 

For more information, visit our website here.

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 10 February 2021 – During the first week of his presidency, President Biden has executed six immigration-related executive orders, including rescinding the Muslim ban, restoring the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and halting construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall. This marks a return to policy where immigrants are welcomed and valued for their contributions to the economy and society.

 

Even though the Biden administration’s proposed immigration reform bill, The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, doesn’t mention EB-5 specifically, the program and EB-5 investors do stand to benefit from some of the measures in the proposed bill, which favor economic growth and employment-based visa categories including EB-5. These measures aim to clear employment-based visa backlogs, recapture unused visas, and reduce lengthy wait/processing times.

 

Over the past 20 years, the EB-5 program has been a very popular pathway among Chinese communities to obtain green cards by investing in the U.S. The popularity has created a more than 10-year wait time for mainland-born investors. Hongkongers, on the other hand, still enjoy a separate immigration line from the mainland investor without the long wait, making EB-5 an attractive option.

 

With a minimum investment of US$900,000, the EB-5 program appeals to high net-worth individuals aiming to obtain permanent resident status in the U.S. While the Trump administration cracked down on immigration, experts anticipate positive impact on the program with the new Biden administration in charge and President Biden has already pledged to undo many of Trump’s anti-immigration policies.

 

The EB-5 visa program grants investors the opportunity to live and work anywhere in the U.S. and allows investors to return to their country of origin for personal or business purposes if they maintain U.S. residency. For families looking to educate their children in the U.S., there are even admission advantages and reduced tuition costs available. “CanAm has always applied the investor-first mindset when managing our investors’ immigration and investment capital,” said Mr. Tom Rosenfeld, President and CEO of CanAm Enterprises. “We look forward to seeing the Biden administration bringing more positive changes to the program, and CanAm will continue to provide qualifying projects and top-notch services to our investors globally.”

 

CanAm has 30 years of experience exclusively promoting and administering immigration-linked investment funds with a proven track record in assisting investors achieve their immigration and investment goals. Having raised more than US $3 billion of EB-5 capital for 60 projects, CanAm leads the EB-5 industry in capital repaid to investors. As of December 2020, more than $1.75 billion in EB-5 capital from 45 completed CanAm projects has been successfully repaid to 3,500 investors — representing their full loan amounts. Over 2,300 investor families have already achieved their permanent resident status in the U.S. through CanAm’s EB-5 projects with 7,200+ permanent green card issued to CanAm’s Investors and their families.

 

CanAm believes that trust is born out of transparency and provides a fully audited immigration and investment track record to our partners and investors. It is one of the first EB-5 Regional Centers to establish its own FINRA-registered Broker-Dealer to ensure full regulatory compliance. A third-party escrow bank is also set up for each investment project to safeguard the investment funds. Headquartered in Manhattan, New York, CanAm has local representatives in Beijing, Shanghai, New Delhi, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.

 

“Despite the turmoil in the previous years, the U.S. remains one of the top migration destinations for Hongkongers. Key appealing factors are the comparable salary packages, living standard and quality of education. Yet it is crucial to choose a credible Regional Center with sound repayment track record to partner with, and it is exactly why we choose to represent CanAm for our local clients,” said Belinda Chan, Managing Partner of CCGi, local partner of Global Migration Solutions and CanAm Enterprises in Hong Kong.

 

CanAm helps Hongkongers achieve their path to citizenship by offering a “full service” support and management role in going through EB-5’s six step process, with the track record, financial infrastructure and legal expertise to offer full regulatory compliance and investment security. CanAm is uniquely positioned as a bridge between qualifying projects and accredited investors, and with a responsibility to both, investors trust that CanAm is also invested in the success of every investment. The process will take approximately 24 months for a conditional Green Card, and another 21 to 45 months for a permanent green card.

 

Upcoming FREE webinar on latest EB-5 program updates:

Date: 26th February 2021 (Friday)

Time: 7pm HKT

Platform: Live on Zoom

To register, please sign up with this link: https://bit.ly/3cSOLqm

 

About CanAm Enterprises

With three decades of experience promoting immigration-linked investments in the United States and Canada, CanAm has a long and established track record. Basing its business on a reputation of credibility and trust, CanAm has financed 60 projects and raised nearly $3 billion in EB-5 investments. More than $1.4 billion in EB-5 capital from over 2,800 families has been repaid by CanAm’s 42 projects to date. CanAm exclusively operates seven USCIS-designated regional centers that are in the city of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the metropolitan regions of New York & New Jersey, the states of California, Hawaii, Florida, and Texas. For more information, please visit www.CanAmenterprises.com.

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES Media OutReach – 10 February 2021 – Professional recruitment services, Michael Page Philippines launched the Talent Trends 2021 Report, with a keen eye on the Filipino job market. Data from the study suggests a growing optimism with 35% of companies in the Philippines looking to increase their headcounts and 45% maintaining status quo in 2021.

 

Olly Riches, Managing Director of Michael Page Indonesia & Philippines

 

Olly Riches, Managing Director of Michael Page Indonesia & Philippines, says, “We are seeing positivity increase across the board with regards to recruitment and hiring in the Philippines. While the country’s e-commerce and logistics sectors aren’t as developed as other Asia Pacific markets, the traditional consumer markets have remained robust and are assisting in the economic recovery.”

 

In view of the economic demands, the sectors earmarked for highest hiring activity are e-commerce, financial services, healthcare & life sciences, technology & telecommunications as well as fast moving consumer goods (FMCG).

 

According to the report, there is a strong demand for technology professionals at all levels where companies have adjusted to the rapidly evolving business landscape, often bringing in external skills sets to accelerate these changes. Separately, we’re seeing an increase in hiring across e-commerce particularly within fintech, logistics and consumer platforms. “Acquiring and retaining high potential talent will be crucial to enable companies to build sustainable operations to position for future growth,” observes Olly Riches.

 

According to the report, 76% of employed technology professionals in the Philippines anticipate looking for new opportunities in 2021 while another 20% is open to new ones. When securing a new position, Olly Riches advises professionals, “Companies are looking for technology hires with proven capabilities via third-party assessment, as well as those with solid experience working on different projects.”

 

As a viable option to bridge skill gaps arising from their move to business recovery in 2021, 56% of companies in the Philippines cited their continued investment in employees by upskilling the workforce with training while 56% turned to the use of automation for basic processes.

 

Filipino professionals have also been empowered with the wealth of information available to them when considering a new job offer. 1 in 3 of the study’s respondents claimed they did extensive research on the company before applying for a job.

 

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Potential weight gain poses many underlying health risks

 

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – 10 February 2021 – It is crucial for the neutered pet cats to be fed a specific diet, and ROYAL CANIN® FHN Sterilised — is catered to control the body weight of felines. It helps to limit the risk of excess weight gain as it contains moderate levels of fat and adequate daily rations.

 

According to Dr Dylan Choy, Royal Canin Malaysia Scientific Communication Manager, neutering your pets is important to keep control of the stray population in your neighbourhood, and also for health benefits.

 

“Numerous studies have proven that neutered cats are healthier and have a longer lifespan as neutering cats helps prevent uterine infections and mammary gland tumours while also decreasing the risk of testicular cancer and prostrate problems in male cats,” said Dr Dylan Choy.

 

Neutering cats can also reduce the risk of contracting the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) which is spread through saliva and blood when they fight and bite each other. Similarly, more lethal Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) can also be transmitted through saliva or nasal secretions. The retrovirus, if not fought off by your furkid’s immune system may result in diseases that could be fatal.

 

The daily energy requirements reduce post-neutering and the lack of proper nutrition or control could lead to obesity in felines that in turn, could result in other issues like joint problems, urinary tract issues and an increased risk of contracting diabetes. There is also a risk of digestive problems due to inactivity and excessive self-grooming habits that are usually found in sedentary or indoor cats.

 

“The biggest complication that may arise is the health risks stemming from the potential weight gain of your neutered cat. It is normal for a cat’s food intake to increase within 48 hours of the sterilisation process,” she adds.

 

ROYAL CANIN® FHN Sterilised supports a healthy urinary system by providing an adequate mineral balance thus minimising the risk of developing urinary stones. Besides, ROYAL CANIN® FHN Sterilised is packed with high-protein which is essential to maintain muscle mass. It also contains L-Carnitine which is involved in fat metabolism.

 

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ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – EQS Newswire – 10 February 2021 – Mondia (www.Mondia.com), a leading technology company that specialises in the marketing and distribution of digital content, announced the launch of a new gaming service for Ufone, a leading telecommunications provider in Pakistan, to bring customers a unique gaming experience.

 

The new gaming portal, Ubox by Ufone, will offer customers an ‘All-You-Can-Eat’ gaming experience which includes thousands of premium games. The dedicated gaming platform will be available as a web portal – countering barriers of legacy devices, as well as an app for smartphone users. Mondia will deploy the latest portal and application, as well as manage premium content.

 

“Telcos today are looking for unique ways to strengthen the relationship with their online audiences which makes Mondia a partner of choice, as we are an industry leader in content and platform services, lifecycle management and in driving engagement,” said Dr Amadeo Rahmann, Chief Executive Officer of Mondia. “Ufone is a successful telco operator, and we are looking forward to supporting their mobile gaming portfolio by providing innovative and engaging digital experiences to their customers through a world-class ecosystem of games and content.”

 

The mobile game offering will enable Ufone mobile users to access unlimited content, offering hundreds of games from well-known and top gaming publishers through a monthly subscription.

 

“Gaming is a growing content segment and our partnership with Mondia is an endorsement of our commitment to deliver an enriching digital experience that our customers want,” said Ufone’s spokesperson. “We continue to build our value proposition around our customers, and we are excited to partner with Mondia as they have the same business ethos,” he concluded.

 

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Mondia.

 

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About Mondia

Mondia (www.Mondia.com) is a leading technology company specialising in the marketing and distribution of digital content. Mondia has deep insight into where the markets are headed and the role of technology to solve business challenges while enabling the best user experiences. Mondia, through its content-agnostic platforms creates personalised digital experiences for people by providing them with the latest world-class digital content, accessible anywhere and anytime; including health, entertainment, lifestyle, gaming, music and sports. Mondia is well-positioned to enable its enterprise customers to grow their user engagement and maximise their monetisation potential through payment connectivity, customer acquisition and life cycle management services.

 

With 18 locations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Mondia reaches over 1.4bn end-users across over 60 countries. The company partners with more than 80 telco operators from around the world, over 1,000 content providers and 200 merchants. Mondia services are available in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Pakistan through mondia.cell. For more information please visit: www.Mondia.com.

About Ufone

Ufone (www.Ufone.com) is a Pakistani Cellular Company with its presence in all the major cities of Pakistan along with a comprehensive coverage across all major towns, villages and tehsil headquarters of the country. The company employs more than 3,850 people and operates with a network of more than 320 franchises and company-owned customer service centers along with a distribution network of 150,000 outlets nationwide.

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China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia among leaders in global logistics ranking

 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 10 February 2021 – Asia-Pacific nations lead all emerging market regions with China, India and Indonesia being the world’s top emerging markets in the 12th annual Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, a broad gauge of competitiveness based on logistics strength and business fundamentals.

 

The Index ranks 50 countries by factors that make them attractive to logistics providers, freight forwarders, shipping lines, air cargo carriers and distributors. Among ASEAN countries, Vietnam climbs three spots to No. 8 overall. Indonesia (3), Malaysia (5), Thailand (11) are strong; the Philippines rises one spot to No. 21.

 

China and Vietnam were virtually alone in the world in 2020, posting positive GDP growth for the year after being hit early by economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Early 2020 supply disruptions in China prompted some to question whether it would experience an exodus of manufacturing by multi-nationals seeking to diversify sourcing and production. But the 1,200 logistics industry executives surveyed for Agility’s Index indicate little desire to uproot from China or other markets, preferring by a two-to-one margin to protect their supply chains by accelerating adoption of digital tools and technology (41.3%) as opposed to pursuing multi-shoring, near-shoring or reshoring strategies (21.9%).

 

Of those who would consider moving out of China, more respondents chose Vietnam as a preferred production hub than any other country (19.6%). Other Asian markets — India (17.4%), Indonesia (12.4%), Thailand (10.3%) and Malaysia — are the next leading choices. Only 7.8% of industry executives say relocating production from China would mean reshoring to their home countries.

 

Asia-Pacific is the region that more respondents believe will recover from the global pandemic by the end of 2021. Of those surveyed, 55.9% predict an Asia-Pacific economic recovery in 2021; 53.1% believe Europe will rebound.

 

“Asia Pacific experienced great turmoil in the beginning of 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, but it has rebounded strongly, led by the powerful performance of China and Vietnam. The region is on track for a full recovery this year,” says Andy Vargoczky, SVP of Sales & Marketing Asia-Pacific, Agility GIL. “India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam continue to improve their supply chain infrastructure and capabilities, showing why they are leaders in domestic and international logistics.”

 

Across 50 countries, China, India and Indonesia rank highest in the Index for domestic logistics. China, India and Mexico are on top for international logistics with Vietnam 4th, Indonesia 5th, and Malaysia 7th. UAE, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia have the best business fundamentals.

 

Transport Intelligence (Ti), a leading analysis and research firm for the logistics industry, compiled the Index.

 

John Manners-Bell, Chief Executive of Ti, says: “The strength of the Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index has always been to differentiate between those emerging markets which demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity and those which are more fragile. This year is no exception. Although some — especially China and Vietnam — have been able to rebalance around domestic industrial and consumer demand, the majority are still highly dependent on international markets and investment. As the COVID crisis finally unwinds over the next two years, those most resilient will bounce back the fastest. Inevitably, those which have failed to embrace market, trade, governmental and social reforms will be hardest hit by the fallout from the pandemic.”

 

2021 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index: www.agility.com/2021index

 

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About Agility

Agility is a global logistics company with $5.2 billion in annual revenue and 23,000+ employees in more than 100 countries. It is one of the world’s top freight forwarding and contract logistics providers, and a leader and investor in technology to enhance supply chain efficiency. Agility is a pioneer in emerging markets and one of the largest private owners and developers of warehousing and light industrial parks in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Agility’s subsidiary companies offer fuel logistics, airport services, commercial real estate and facilities management, customs digitization, and remote infrastructure services.

 

About Transport Intelligence (Ti)

Ti is one of the world’s leading providers of expert research and analysis dedicated to the global logistics industry. Utilizing the expertise of professionals with many years of experience in the express, road freight and logistics industries, Transport Intelligence has developed a range of market-leading web-based products, reports, profiles and services used by many of the world’s leading logistics suppliers, consultancies, banks and users of logistics services.

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New threat defense platform provides centralized risk visibility and prioritizes alerts for faster detection and response

 

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 10 February 2021 – Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity, combats security alert overload and resource constraints with an extensible platform that provides visibility and response from a single console. The new platform, Trend Micro Vision OneTM, has extended detection and response (XDR) at its core and raises the bar with new capabilities to help security teams to see more and respond faster.

 

Organizations are struggling with siloed tools, disjointed alerts and stealthy, sophisticated threats, whether they have a Security Operations Center (SOCs) or are relying on stretched IT security teams for SOC functions. Trend Micro has helped hundreds of organizations identify and reduce cyber risk by correlating alerts across the entire IT environment, with the industry-first XDR solution launched in 2019. Now, with Vision One, Trend Micro is solving more complex security challenges with enhanced XDR, new risk visibility, new third-party integrations, and simplified response to threats across security layers.

 

“Our team had previously been simply overwhelmed with threat alerts they couldn’t prioritize, hitting productivity and exposing our organization to extra cyber risk,” said Aaron Cunningham, Vice President of IT, Glazer’s Beer and Beverage. “We can count on Trend Micro to provide more context and less noise so they can react faster to the threats that matter. Their integration with our third-party SIEM provider means we can also drive value from existing investments.”

 

With Trend Micro Vision One, organizations can maximize efficiency by making less sophisticated security resources operate at a more expert level. The new platform allows them to faster dissect security incidents, identify critical threat patterns and complex attacks and understand their overall security posture and trends, so organizations can proactively identify and assess potential security risks.

 

According to Gartner, Innovation Insight for Extended Detection and Response, March 2020, “Two of the biggest challenges for all security organizations are hiring and retaining technically savvy security operations staff, and building a security operations capability that can confidently configure and maintain a defensive posture as well as provide a rapid detection and response capacity. Mainstream organizations are often overwhelmed by the intersectionality of these two problems.”

 

The holistic threat defense platform is true to its name, offering:

 

  • Visibility and threat intelligence: Cross-layer detection models, along with security risk visibility supported by Trend Micro Research insights, enable enterprises to see complex attacks and particular points of security risk that siloed solutions miss. In preview, are new insights into SaaS application usage, their risk levels and trends over time.
  • Purpose-built sensors: Native integrations with Trend Micro security stack across critical security layers.
  • Fit with existing infrastructure: Out-of-the-box, API integrations with existing third-party solutions already in use to compliment workflows.
  • Simplified management: Ability to adjust security policies and drive response actions across security layers from a single console instead of swivel chair management.

 

 

“Standing upon three decades of innovation, Trend Micro was at the forefront of the fast-growing XDR space. But as XDR solutions flood the market, we are going further and offering more,” said Trend Micro COO, Kevin Simzer. “Our Trend Micro Vision One platform helps make good security teams great by easily identifying critical needs and enabling quick actions. This threat defense platform will continue to evolve in response to the changing threat landscape, and the infrastructure of our customers.”

 

In addition to the layered security from Trend Micro, customers can easily connect this new platform into other security technologies such as third-party endpoint protection platforms and SIEM and SOARs, including new integrations with Fortinet, Microsoft Sentinel and Splunk just to name a few. Early adopting customers are ready to act on the developing opportunity to integrate beyond SIEM and SOAR, with solutions like firewalls, ticketing solutions, identity and access management.

 

This new blog from IDC resulted from a briefing prior to launch and goes into further detail on the new Trend Micro platform. To find out more about Trend Micro Vision One, please visit TrendMicro.com.

 

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro, a global leader in cybersecurity, helps make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Leveraging over 30 years of security expertise, global threat research, and continuous innovation, Trend Micro enables resilience for businesses, governments, and consumers with connected solutions across cloud workloads, endpoints, email, IIoT, and networks. Our XGen™ security strategy powers our solutions with a cross-generational blend of threat-defense techniques that are optimized for key environments and leverage shared threat intelligence for better, faster protection. With over 6,700 employees in 65 countries, and the world’s most advanced global threat research and intelligence, Trend Micro enables organizations to secure their connected world. www.trendmicro.com.hk

 

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SINGAPORE – Media Outreach – 10 February 2021 – The benefits of automation in Managed Services are well understood, but the diverse requirements of end-clients have meant that manual operations were still the norm. The complexity in implementing automation is increased with the hybrid workload (servers spread across the Big-3 cloud providers Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure) and hence most providers were forced to rely on manual operations.

 

 

This changes with InfraGuard.io which is bringing in an era of Platform-backed Managed Services with in-built automation and self-governance features. Singapore-based Cloud Comrade is one of the first partners to adopt this new way of working.

 

InfraGuard’s CEO, Deepak Sharma said, “InfraGuard is built by converging our decade-long experience in Cloud Managed Services into a single product. Imagine a server management solution that works seamlessly across all Cloud Providers & Data Centres and supports all flavours of Windows & UNIX Operating Systems. One that brings central access policies, automation and scalability right from Day 1 and is backed by world-class support. Too good to be true? Well, it is a reality now. InfraGuard is today being used by some of the world’s largest Public Cloud MSPs.”

 

Cloud Comrade, one of the fastest-growing managed service providers (MSPs) in Southeast Asia, has been the first partner to adopt InfraGuard as the platform of choice to deliver automated Managed Services to all its clients.

 

Andy Waroma, Co-Managing Director & Co-Founder of Cloud Comrade, commented, “Cloud Comrade is constantly enhancing and expanding our product offerings and capabilities to deliver new value to our customers. We are excited to partner InfraGuard to bring a unique automated cloud server management solution to our customers. InfraGuard’s automated features with stringent compliance and audit monitoring standards minimise common maintenance and security pitfalls and enable us to create a uniform server management environment that is highly scalable and secure.”

 

The core features of InfraGuard reside in three major segments of Access Management, Patch Management and SOP Automation with value add-ons such as Encrypted Key Vault, Script Repository and Security Lockdown among others. InfraGuard also comes with an Open API and ready integrations with many third-party software.

 

With InfraGuard, apart from enhanced efficiency, Cloud Comrade can also create Centres of Excellence for each service scope, ensuring that the end-clients are always benefiting from industry-standard governance and operation frameworks.

 

About InfraGuard

InfraGuard is global server management software with offices in Singapore, Australia, UK and India. Both, as a standalone solution and in conjunction with its MSP partners, InfraGuard provides automation and functionality across Access Management, Patch Management & SOP Automation. To know more visit: infraguard.io

 

About Cloud Comrade

Cloud Comrade is a Singapore-based cloud computing consultancy company with a presence also in Indonesia and Malaysia. The company offers a comprehensive range of services from strategy and design to deployment, migration, and management of customers’ IT infrastructure. It has implemented hundreds of cloud projects with over 400 customers around the ASEAN region. Cloud Comrade partners with the best solution providers in the field of cloud computing and holds top-tier certifications with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. In January 2019, ST Telemedia (sttelemedia.com), an active strategic investor specialising in communications & media, data centers, and infrastructure technology businesses, acquired a majority stake in the company. More information on Cloud Comrade can be found at cloudcomrade.com.

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Industry-Wide Cross Border Cyber Intelligence Sharing Mitigated Impact

 

 

SINGAPORE – Media Outreach – 10 February 2021 – FS-ISAC, the only global cyber intelligence sharing community solely focused on financial services, announced today that last year, more than 100 financial services firms were targets of a wave of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) extortion attacks conducted by the same threat actor. The criminals sent extortion notes threatening to disrupt the firms’ websites and digital services. The threat actor methodically moved across jurisdictions in Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific, hitting dozens of institutions within weeks. They targeted the full gamut of financial services companies: banks, fintechs, exchanges, card issuers, payments companies, insurance companies, credit bureaus, asset managers, money transfer companies, and payroll companies.

 

 

DDoS Attacks by Sub-Vertical

  1. Retail Banking

41%

  1. Exchange

15%

  1. Payments

13%

  1. Securities & Investments

10%

  1. Insurance

7%

  1. Critical Utility

3%

  1. Credit Reporting Agency and Ratings

2%

  1. Core Back Office Supplier

1%

 

DDoS Attacks by Region

  1. North America (Us, Canada)

43%

  1. Europe, UK, Middle East & Africa

38%

  1. Asia

15%

  1. Latin America

3%

 

 

FS-ISAC credits its members’ willingness to share cyber intelligence with mitigating the impact and threat for the financial services industry. Members were able to keep up with the rapid pace of attacks using the FS-ISAC Intelligence Exchange’s secure chat and intelligence sharing capabilities, which enables industry collaboration and discussion in real time.

 

To increase industry-wide cross-border cyber intelligence sharing, FS-ISAC launched the Global Leaders award program. This is a company effort to elevate the profiles of members in the financial services community who actively share cyber intelligence and best practices across borders.

 

“Today’s cyber criminals know no borders. An attack on a bank in Asia could be a harbinger for an attack on an insurance company in the US, a stock exchange in Latin America, or a fintech in Europe,” said Teresa Walsh, Global Head of Intelligence at FS-ISAC. “This wave of attacks has shown how critical global cyber intelligence sharing is. Members sharing specific details of attacks enable other members to prepare and defend against them, lowering the return on investment for threat actors. Our Global Leaders program builds on these network effects by elevating those who share to benefit the entire community.”

 

The attacks have slowed but the recent boom in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, which cyber criminals use to demand payment, could incentivize other attacks.

 

“In 2021, we have already seen new cyber threats in the form of supply chain attacks, which we can expect to proliferate and evolve quickly. The only way to stay ahead of these ever more sophisticated threat actors is to collaborate,” said Jerry Perullo, CISO at ICE/NYSE and FS-ISAC Chairman of the Board. “Now more than ever, we need Global Leaders to model what effective sharing looks like to the rest of our community as well as the industry at large.”

 

To learn more about the Global Leaders program visit fsisac.com/globalleaders.

 

 

About FS-ISAC

The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) is the only global cyber intelligence sharing community solely focused on financial services. Serving financial institutions and in turn their customers, the organization leverages its intelligence platform, resiliency resources, and a trusted peer-to-peer network of experts to anticipate, mitigate and respond to cyber threats. Headquartered in the United States, the organization has offices in the United Kingdom and Singapore, and members in more than 70 countries. To learn more, visit www.fsisac.com.

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 10 February 2021 – S.F. Holding Co., Ltd. (‘S.F. Holding’; Stock Code 002352.SZ) and Kerry Logistics Network Limited (‘Kerry Logistics Network’ or ‘the Company’; Stock Code 0636.HK) are pleased to announce the proposed strategic investment and cooperation between the two companies.

 

Subject to satisfaction of certain pre-conditions, the Offeror, being an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of S.F. Holding, will make a Partial Offer to obtain 931,209,117 ordinary shares of Kerry Logistics Network, representing approximately a 51.5% stake (on a fully-diluted basis) of the Company at a cash offer price of HK$18.80 per share (the ‘Partial Offer’). In conjunction with the Partial Offer, Kerry Logistics Network’s warehouse assets in Hong Kong will be disposed of to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kerry Holdings Limited to unlock its shareholder value, and for the Company to operate under an asset-lighter model comparable to international industry peers. Subject to the completion of the warehouses sale, substantially all of the proceeds from the warehouses sale will be distributed to all those shareholders of the Company who are shareholders of record on the record date as a special dividend of HK$7.28 per share. The total amount of offer price plus special dividend to be received by a shareholder of the Company for every share that the shareholder tenders and is accepted under the Partial Offer would be HK$26.08, comprising the offer price of HK$18.80 per share and the special dividend of HK$7.28 per share.

 

To facilitate the transaction, the Company’s business in Taiwan, including the interest in Kerry TJ Logistics Company Limited, which is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (‘Kerry TJ Logistics’; Stock Code 2608.TW), will also be sold to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kerry Holdings Limited in compliance with the laws and regulations in Taiwan. The proceeds from the Taiwan business sale will be retained by the Company for its ongoing growth and developments.

 

The Partial Offer is subject to fulfilment of certain pre-conditions including, amongst others, the disposal of the Hong Kong warehouse assets, and the disposal of the Taiwan business becoming unconditional under their respective sale agreements, and upon independent shareholders’ approvals being obtained at a Special General Meeting and the relevant regulatory approvals in various jurisdictions in connection with the Partial Offer being obtained.

 

The cooperation will bring together the core competencies of S.F. Holding and Kerry Logistics Network across multiple verticals to create a leading Asia-based global logistics platform to meet ever-changing demands.

 

Under the strategic cooperation, Kerry Logistics Network will be positioned as S.F. Holding’s platform for international business. S.F. Holding and the Company will also collaborate with each other in Greater China to better align their respective businesses. By tapping into different customer segments, S.F. Holding and Kerry Logistics Network will coexist as separate entities in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. The Company will continue to grow its logistics businesses, both in terms of scale and coverage. The partnership is expected to create significant synergies to boost both companies’ growth and leadership in the logistics sector with clear business focuses and complementary strengths to bring value to investors.

 

Subsequent to the completion of the proposed transaction, Kerry Logistics Network’s listed status on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange will remain unchanged. The Kerry Group of companies will still hold a significant interest in the Company, which will continue to operate under the “Kerry” names with a clear brand identity and be managed by its current core leadership team across all markets.

 

 

About S.F. Holding (Stock Code: 002352.SZ)

S.F. is a leading integrated logistics service provider in China with services ranging from express delivery, e-commerce parcel, freight, cold chain, international express, intra-city delivery and supply chain management. With one of the most comprehensive networks of aviation and ground capacities in China, S.F. is able to provide high-quality logistics services at the distribution end and also extends its services to front-end processes of the value chain, including production, supply, marketing, and distribution.

 

S.F. advocates to leverage the use of advanced information technology and innovative solutions to improve operation efficiency and add value to customers. Based on consumer demands and leveraging big data analysis and cloud computing technologies, S.F. offers its customers holistic logistics services such as warehouse management, sales forecasting, big data analysis, and financial management.

 

About Kerry Logistics Network Limited (Stock Code: 0636.HK)

Kerry Logistics Network is an Asia-based, global 3PL with a highly diversified business portfolio and the strongest coverage in Asia. It offers a broad range of supply chain solutions from integrated logistics, international freight forwarding (air, ocean, road, rail and multimodal), industrial project logistics, to cross-border e-commerce, last-mile fulfilment and infrastructure investment.

 

With a global presence across 59 countries and territories, Kerry Logistics Network has established a solid foothold in half of the world’s emerging markets. Its diverse infrastructure, extensive coverage in international gateways and local expertise span across China, India, Southeast Asia, the CIS, Middle East, LATAM and other locations.

 

Kerry Logistics Network generated a revenue of over HK$40 billion in 2019 and is the largest international logistics company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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