Water Philippines 2019 Expo is coming back with RE EE Philippines 2019 to strengthen the country's water-energy nexus
Feb 16, 2019

PASAY CITY, Philippines, Feb. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In support to the country's commitment towards water sustainability and energy security, the 5th edition of Water Philippines Expo and 2nd edition of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE EE) Philippines 2019 are coming back on 20-22 March 2019 to once again showcase a 2-in-1 mega event under one roof.

Water Philippines 2019 Expo -- the country's fastest-growing B2B water technology event is presenting the best water technologies and solutions for water supply, sanitation, industrial wastewater and purification. RE EE Philippines 2019, on the other hand, is bringing thousands of opportunities to develop the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors by promoting new advancements on solar power, energy efficiency and green technology. Over 500 exhibiting companies--including 9 international and regional pavilions from mainland China, European Union, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands and USA will converge to showcase their technologies and innovations to an expected 10,000+ trade visitors from different parts of the globe.

As emphasized by Mr. Dexter Deyto, General Manager of UBM Exhibitions Philippines, "An increase in economic activities gives rise to higher water and energy demand, thus creating more challenges in the Philippines' water and energy security. One of the main goals of Water Philippines 2019 and RE EE Philippines 2019 is to encourage both the government and private sectors to strive more in exploring various new methods and find the best solutions in addressing our water and energy challenges."

For the first time, the Environment & Water business mission under the EU Business Avenues in South East Asia Programme will bring over 50 European companies to Water Philippines 2019 Expo. The EU Business Avenues in South East Asia Programme is an EU-funded initiative aims to help European companies establish long-lasting business collaborations through matchmaking and business support services. A bigger presence of 15 participating companies from Singapore is also highly-anticipated. In addition, K-Water from Korea will also bring 10 participating companies in their pavilion.

The 3-day event will also feature a high-level Water Philippines 2019 Conference with the theme "Addressing Climate Change Through Resilient, Sustainable Water and Sanitation Development" in which participants can earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. There are also free-to-attend Water Philippines and RE EE Philippines Expert Dialogues, Technology Symposia and the comprehensive Energy Efficiency (EE) Conference by the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) with the theme "The New Energy Efficiency (EE) Law as Game Changer in the Philippines".

Water Philippines 2019 and RE EE Philippines 2019 will be coinciding with the annual UN World Water Day and co-located with specialized events namely Pumps and Valves (P&V) Philippines and Pipes and Tubings (P&T) Philippines. It is supported by key associations including Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA), Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers (PSSE), Philippine Society of United Master Plumbers (PSUMP), Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2), Renewable Energy Association of the Philippines (REAP) and Philippine Independent Power Producers Association (PIPPA).

Admission to the exhibition is free by pre-registering online at www.waterphilippinesexpo.com or www.renergyphilippines.com.

Source: UBM Asia

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Local designers launch collections at New York Fashion Week
Feb 14, 2019

14 February 2019 – The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) took three Hong Kong fashion labels to launch their Fall/Winter 2019 collections at New York Fashion Week on 8 Feb. The Fashion Hong Kong runway show was attended by a packed audience, attracting more than 500 buyers, media representatives and fashion experts. The event was also streamed live, allowing fashionistas around the world to catch the show online.

Fashionistas turn out in force for Fashion Hong Kong

The three Hong Kong labels featured at this year’s Fashion Hong Kong runway show were ANVEGLOSA, established by Annette Chan; HEAVEN PLEASE+, formed by the design duo of Yi Chan and Lary Cheung; and Mountain Yam’s label 112 mountainyam. Scores of fashionistas and celebrities attended the event, including Hong Kong fashion celebrity Daisy Toi, actresses Francesca Curran and Nicole Kang, and Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin. Media representatives from respected publications including Daily Front Row, Elle, FashionWeekOnline.com, Marie Claire, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) and Xinhua News attended and reported on the show.

Following the Fashion Hong Kong runway show, the HKTDC organised a networking reception at the Arlo Roof Top (A.R.T.) of the Arlo SoHo hotel on the same day, connecting Hong Kong designers with fashion industry representatives. More than 100 buyers, industry players and media reporters were treated to a fashion presentation at the event, with Loren Nadres, Director of Economic Development, New York City Mayor’s Office, coming along to show the city’s support.

Fashion Hong Kong Showroom facilitates business exchange

Fashion Hong Kong is a series of international promotional events organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) to promote Hong Kong fashion designers and labels in the global fashion arena. Since 2015, Fashion Hong Kong has actively participated in international fashion weeks and renowned events – in cities such as New York, London, Copenhagen, Tokyo and Shanghai − to showcase Hong Kong's unique and diversified designs.

To further promote the city’s fashion brands and foster exchange and collaboration between Hong Kong designers and international buyers, the HKTDC is running the Fashion Hong Kong Showroom from 1 Feb to 31 March at FTL Moda, one of the major professional showrooms located on New York’s Seventh Avenue, also known as the “Fashion Avenue”.

In addition to the three designer labels showcased at the runway show, 10 other budding Hong Kong fashion brands − BIG HORN and Ejj Jewellery (both returning for another year), ANDREW KAYLA, ARTINI, Berayah, Blank Concept, FAVEbyKennyLi, Jade in Style, Jewcells, and NoBeing – are being featured in the Fashion Hong Kong Showroom.

New channels help promote Hong Kong brands

Continuing the momentum of New York Fashion Week, different brands are seizing the opportunity to showcase their new collections. To maximise exposure for the Hong Kong fashion brands during their time in New York, Fashion Hong Kong will take part in COTERIE − the premier global event and trade platform for contemporary fashion brands in New York − for the first time. Participating brands, including ANVEGLOSA, HOUSE OF V, Methodology and more, will showcase their collections in COTERIE from 25-27 Feb to help them connect with international buyers.

Fashion Hong Kong, for the first time, is collaborating with international fashion trade journal Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) to produce a “Hong Kong Style Guide”. The guidebook introduces Hong Kong fashion brands that have showcased their collections during New York Fashion Week, including ANVEGLOSA, HARRISON WONG, HEAVEN PLEASE+, Hidy N.G. and Loom Loop. The guidebook was distributed during New York Fashion Week to promote Hong Kong’s advantages as an innovation hub and centre for fashion design.

The event has received support from DHL Express, Evian, Antalis Paper and AVEDA.

Fashion Hong Kong website: www.fashionhongkong.com

Fashion Hong Kong Instagram: www.instagram.com/hktdcfashionhk

Media Enquiries:
Please contact the HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:

Agnes Wat
Tel: (852) 2584 4554
Email: agnes.ky.wat@hktdc.org

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Exhibition and business meeting event providing the latest information to supermarkets and the food distribution industry
Jan 18, 2019

The National Supermarket Association of Japan [Head Office: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, President: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)] will hold the 53rd SUPERMARKET TRADE SHOW 2019 from February 13 (Wed) to 15 (Fri), 2019, in Makuhari Messe. The event provides a venue to disseminate the latest information on supermarkets and the distribution industry.

With the environment surrounding supermarkets in a state of constant change, a diverse range of issue has drawn attention. Reaching the 53rd time of the holding Supermarket Trade Show has continued to play a key role in finding solutions to such varied issues. Setting "SOU NIPPON – Creation Japan" as the main theme, we hope the tradeshow will contribute to the building of abundant regional communities in Japan through the efforts of the exhibitors and visitors from throughout the country.

With 2,134 companies and organizations exhibiting with 3,547 booths (as of November 1, 2018) the tradeshow is expected to surpass the previous year in scale. This year, 1,526 Japanese regional product manufacturers more than last year will exhibit thanks to the coordination of municipalities and local financial institutions from across Japan. A total of 74 overseas companies from 18 countries are participating with 155 booths introduces a wide selection of products from various countries.

As the organizer’s project, two new attractions will be introduced. In the movement of promoting an international standard- HACCP,“Food Safety and Sanitation”zone is established to aim at disseminating information on safety and safety of food supermarkets. At “Overseas foods to Japanese table”zone, several recipes using unfamiliar overseas food products will be suggested to create additional demands from retailers who are looking for new items. Continuing from last year, organizer’s project “Future Store “NOW” –Study of Continuing Future Supermarket”-will be held.

The results and solution of information gathering and research according to the theme of last year will be shown. At the theme zone “Handmade in Japan” displaying alcoholic beverages made in Japan, local producers focusing on “Japan Quality” will exhibit in this zone. Japanese wines, whose display standard had been changed in October, 2018, are newly added to existing brewers- Japanese sake, shochu and craft beer. We look forward to your visit at Supermarket Trade Show 2019.

◆Name:The 53rd Supermarket Trade Show 2019
◆Date:February 13(Wed.), 14(Thu.), 15(Fri.), 2019
10:00a.m.–5:00p.m. Closes at 4:00p.m. on the last day
◆Venue:Makuhari Messe
◆Theme:"SOU NIPPON – Creation Japan"
◆Organizer:National Supermarket Association of Japan
◆Official website: http://www.smts.jp/en/index.html
◆Official Support: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries / Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare / The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Agricultural Trade Office, The Embassy of the United States of America / Embassy of Italy Trade Promotion Section / Embassy of Canada / Economic and Commercial Office, Embassy of Spain / Office of Commercial Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy / the Royal Danish Embassy / New Zealand Trade and Enterprise / French Embassy - Business France Japan Office / Embassy of Belgium / POLISM INVESTMENT & TRADE AGENCY TOKYO OFFICE / Embassy of Malaysia in Tokyo / Economic Division, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa / Trade Commission of Mexico in Japan / Taiwan Trade Center, Tokyo / Food Marketing Institute Japan

Organizer’s Project
Food Safety and Sanitation (Hall 3)
This is a corner aimed at disseminating information on food safety of food supermarkets as food-related companies will introduce HACCP two years later.

Overseas foods to Japanese table (Hall 8)
There are many opportunities for overseas products especially which are still unfamiliar in Japan. We present several easy recipes using unfamiliar overseas food products in order to create additional demands from retailers who are looking for new items. Cooking demonstration and free food sampling will be available.

Handmade in Japan- Theme zone displaying alcoholic beverages made in Japan (Hall 1)
We will introduce the "techniques" and "sentiments" of the creators who prioritize local regions and focus on quality that respect the traditions of Japan. We propose newly adding "Japanese wines and fruit wines" to existing brewers (craft beer, sake, shochu).

New product pickup exhibition (focused on Japanese Regional Product) (Hal 9-11, Esplanade)
We will exhibit new products that will be displayed in the "SMTS 2019 Japanese Regional Product Zone" for each product category rather than by region, and this will be used as a tool for visitors to efficiently explore the halls.

Future Store “NOW” - the continuous near future supermarket research (Hall 2)
The continuous near future supermarket research gives you ideas and possible solutions toward social environment changes such as aging population with declining birthdate, decrease in population and labor shortage. Supermarkets can be one of the essential elements for vitality life and urban development support in near future.


A press conference for Supermarket Trade Show 2019 was held in South East Asia (Vietnam and Taiwan). In order to promote the show and entice visitors, media related to food industry and local retailers were invited. Collected local retailer surveys will be utilized to broaden overseas sales channels for Japanese products in the future. (Outsourced to The Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS) )

This program broadens Japanese exhibitors’ possibilities to expand sales channels not only in Japan but also in overseas countries. Overseas buyers such as importers, retailers and restaurateurs from South East Asia are invited, and business matching meetings and consultation will be held based on pre-registration.

This is especially optimized for overseas buyers. It will surely help the buyers to find the desired producers and they will find exactly what they are looking for.

Business Matching @FTJ2019 [Hall 9]
Business matching meeting with distribution buyers will be held.
Feb.13 (Wed.) ~Feb. 15(Fri.) Pre-registration is required.
The organizer: National Supermarket Association of Japan and The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Stage Programs [Hall 8 Seminar Stage]
Feb.13 (Wed.)
10:10a.m.~11:20a.m. <SMTS Speaks>
Title: Impermanence in the field of distribution
Speaker: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (Chairman of National Supermarket Association of Japan / CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)

* Other specialized lectures, panel-discussion and etc. will be organized during the 3 days.
* Free attendance
* Pre-registration is not necessary. Please come to the venue directly.
* Capacity: about 250

* Each seminar will be provided with real time subtitles in English by using speech recognition technology "UD Talk". UD Talk is a communication support and conversation visualization application.

By installing the free application UD Talk on your smartphone, you can view subtitles in nearly 30 languages other than English.

About Organizer
National Supermarket Association of Japan
Sakurai Bldg.4F, 3-19-8 Uchi-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047
Tel:+81-3-3255-4825  Fax:+81-3-3255-4826
Foundation: 1958 (Became an Incorporated Association in 1963. Renamed from Japan Self Service Association to New Supermarket Association of Japan in Sep. 2010. Renamed again to the present association name in Sep. 2018)
Chairman: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)
Members: 313 regular members, 940 supporting members (as of Oct. 2018)
Contents of Business Operation: Conducting surveys, research, educational training and qualifying examination, issuing publications, organizing exhibitions, business matching project and etc. all concerning supermarkets.

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AIME Partners with Guide Dogs Victoria, World-first industry sensory experience at 2019 event
Jan 15, 2019

15 January 2019: Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the leading meetings and conventions event in the Asia Pacific region, has announced an innovative partnership with Australia’s most-trusted charity, Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV), to launch a pop-up sensory experience workshop.

In an industry first, Guide Dogs Victoria will run its award-winning program, Dialogue in the Dark, as part of AIME’s refreshed Knowledge Program, sponsored by the Melbourne Convention Bureau.

Participants can expect an immersive experience designed to offer them the opportunity to kick-start AIME by challenging their own limits, overcoming boundaries, and discovering their hidden potential – all while being led through tasks in complete darkness by facilitators who are blind and vision impaired.

“The Knowledge Program is all about community, diversity, innovation and inclusivity, and we’re thrilled to partner with GDV. Between us, we can highlight the extraordinary ability rather than the disability within this community and how we can learn from them.”

“Inclusivity and accessibility must always remain top of mind in the meetings and events industry, across employment considerations and for those attending the event. By working closely with GDV, we are able to demonstrate how straightforward it is to be inclusive for the visually impaired – and not just talk about it,” said Matt Pearce, Director, Talk2 Media & Events.

Founded by social entrepreneur Andreas Heinecke in Hamburg in 1988, Dialogue in the Dark has been experienced by more than 10 million visitors across 39 countries and employed upwards of 10,000 people with blindness or partial blindness.

“It’s extremely rewarding seeing people’s reactions after they experience Dialogue in the Dark for the first time. Through this encounter, they often find a new appreciation of the unique skills of people with a disability, and they challenge their own personal perceptions and values. To be able to run an industry-first experience at an event founded on connections and community is really special,” said Charlie Spendlove, GM Marketing and Communications, Guide Dogs Victoria.

Dialogue in the Dark will be held exclusively for participants at AIME 2019, running across four sessions throughout the Knowledge Program on Monday 18 February.

Running from 18 to 20 February, AIME is the first event to kick off the 2019 MICE calendar and will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more details on Dialogue in the Dark, visit dialogueinthedark.com.au, or to submit interest in attending AIME in 2019, visit aime.com.au


For more information, contact:
• Media enquiries: Emily Perry, Emily.perry@elevenpr.com.au, +61 401 630 505
• Sales enquiries: charles.beyer@talk2.media or deen.haniff@talk2.media

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Omanexpo welcomes Andy White as new General Manager
Jan 14, 2019

Muscat, Oman, 14 January 2019—Omanexpo, Oman’s biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer, has recently welcomed Andy White as its new general manager. This new milestone bolsters the pioneer company’s steadfast commitment to establish its presence and status more firmly as an emerging regional and global key player in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) industry.

Mr. White is a seasoned professional in the exhibitions industry, having started his exhibitions career in 1992 with Blenheim Exhibitions in the United Kingdom, organizing events in the furniture and interiors sectors. Soon after giant organizer UBM acquired Blenheim Exhibitions, he went on to hold several senior positions across the construction and interior divisions.

Following his 10-year tenure at UBM, he joined Clarion Events where he launched several events in the financial services market, playing a vital role in the private equity financed buyout of Clarion Events from Earls Court & Olympia in 2004.

He was thrust into tougher environments when he took over the senior vice president reins of the construction division of DMG Events, where, over a 10-year period, he led the team that grew the division from one event, The BIG 5 Dubai, to over 16 events across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Mr. White is looking to build Omanexpo’s long-term growth and sustainability, continuously enhance its business processes, structures, systems and resources on the back of aggressive efforts to steadily expand its event portfolio, locally and internationally.

His short-term plans center on attracting more international exhibitors, broadening strategic agent networks, and delivering outstanding value for customers.

“On the home market, attracting key buyers through improved services and marketing and guaranteeing return on investment (ROI) for our exhibitors and visitors are crucial at this time. This is Omanexpo’s priority initiative as we move forward into an increasingly competitive and dynamic exhibition market and industry,” Mr. White remarks.

Omanexpo stands as the leading event organizer in Oman. It is recognized as a professional company that organizes world-class events and major international exhibitions, which have rightfully earned their place in their respective industries.

Through the years, it has slowly but surely established a respectable status in the market, locally, regionally and internationally. It currently has 12 active events in its portfolio.


Contact: Melissa Daleja
T: +968 24660122 l M: +968 99471704
Email: melissa.daleja@omanexpo.com

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid begins the countdown to its 69th event, to take place in January
Jan 07, 2019

Madrid, 3 January 2018. The countdown for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid has begun in earnest, with the 69th event taking place at IFEMA-Feria de Madrid (Hall 14.1) and at other locations in the city from January 24 to 29. Less than a month after its celebration, the details of the latest of these IFEMA-organised event, y, have been finalised. Once again, the main aim is to promote and support talent and the Spanish fashion industry.

For six days, this new event, the biggest international reference point for Spanish design, will welcome the presentation of proposals from the most outstanding and trending creators, both the well-established and the new. January 24 will be dedicated to Samsung EGO’s young design, while from the 25th to the 29th, the programme for well-established creators will be held. The full programme of catwalks at the new MBFWMadrid edition, as well as its interesting off-site programme, will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to the presentations of collections, the event programme will include other activities which will further enrich the concept of fashion from different perspectives.

In January and July 2019
For 2019, MBFWMadrid will maintain the same calendar schedule – January and July – which it introduced in 2018, bringing forward its usual dates within its strategy of internationalisation to avoid any coincidences with other international catwalk events and ensuring that more buyers and foreign press to attend.

About twenty buyers and fifteen international journalists from different parts of the world who are interested in getting up-close to find out about the Spanish creators’ collections have already confirmed their attendance in January 2019.
Once again, the next edition of MBFWMadrid will receive significant support from the sponsoring brands. So far, 21 leading firms have confirmed their support for this year's event. Mercedes-Benz, L'Oréal Paris and Inditex are the main sponsors; Samsung, Dyson, Iberia, Royal Bliss, Cîroc, Font Vella and G.H.Mumm, sponsors, while Only YOU Hotels, Santander Bank, Silestone by Cosentino, Kaiku Caffe Latte, ESNE, Spanish Fur Association, 21 Buttons and GPS Radar are partners. Also present will be Anaconda, IED Madrid, Xyon Revolution – which will supply the shoes for the team of catwalk stewards and stewardesses – and the Rey Juan Carlos University. Fashion TV will also once again be the international television channel that will be covering the event.

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Comprehensive fringe programme at Asiamold to present innovative moulding and 3D printing solutions
Dec 31, 2018

Concurrent events have always been one of the key features at Asiamold. This year, almost 20 presentations that cover an array of moulding and additive manufacturing products, technologies and development trends will be delivered in the three-day event programme to share the latest market insights and innovations with industry players.

The 13th edition of Asiamold will be held from 10 – 12 March 2019 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, China. It will be held in conjunction with SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF). The two fairs are expected to host over 950 exhibitors and utilise more than 60,000 sqm of exhibition space collectively. Professional buyers ranging from manufacturers and product suppliers to distributors and end-users will source the latest and most in-demand mould making, die casting, metalworking, 3D printing, laser and automation technologies during the three-day shows.

Devoted to providing 3D printing, metalwork and mould-making solutions for manufacturing-based industries in South China, Asiamold will include a comprehensive selection of seminars and summits in order to offer a more engaging experience to both exhibitors and visitors. As in the past, the Agora and Seminar Asiamold 2019 will provide local industry experts and those from abroad the opportunities to share their latest research findings on the first day of the show. Some of the highly anticipated presentations include:

• Topic: Introduction of Internet+ Cloud ERP and Studies of Classic Mould Case
Presented by: FinderSoft Group

• Topic: Progress in the Development and Application of New Type Die Steel in Metal Additive Manufacturing
Presented by: Material Technology Innovations Co Ltd

In addition, the organiser of Rosmould, one of the sister events of Asiamold, will conduct a special session immediately after the Agora and Seminar to introduce the policies and local market demands and to share their experiences for doing business in Russia, allowing interested parties to gain a glimpse of the upcoming trends of the Russian market. The details are as follows:

• Topic: Mould and Additive Manufacturing Business in Russia
Date: 10th March 2019
Time: 15:40 to 16:40

Furthermore, continuing the success of the previous edition, the China 3D Printing Industry Technology Application Summit will make its fourth appearance at the 2019 fair. Assorted topics discussing the current developments and future trends in the 3D printing industry will be presented by industry experts to facilitate high-level technical exchange within the industry across the second day and the third of the fair. Some of the confirmed topics include:

• Topic: Additive Manufacturing in Tool and Die Making: Process Chains of Tomorrow
Presented by: ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing GmbH

• Topic: The Manufacturing and SLM Application of SS-PREP 18Ni300 Powder SS-PREP 18Ni300
Presented by: Sino-Euro Materials Technologies of Xi’an Co Ltd

• Topic: Digital Light Synthesis for Plastic Parts Production
Presented by: PADT Inc

• Topic: Application of Industrial Metal 3D Printing
Presented by: Z Rapid Technologies Co Ltd

Apart from the seminar and the summit, the 3D Printing Gallery will once again be another highlight of the show this year. In a new move this edition, the gallery will be assimilated into the conference area for the first time, allowing visitors to locate various kinds of 3D printing products more conveniently. A number of enterprises have already expressed their interest in showcasing their products at the newly placed gallery, including ACAM, Guangdong Fenghua Zhuoli Technology Co Ltd, 3DCERAM and others.

Asiamold is organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd and forms part of a series of international events including formnext and Intermold Japan. The next edition of formnext will be held from 19 – 22 November 2019 at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds in Germany. Intermold Japan will take place from 17 – 20 April 2019 in Tokyo and 19 – 22 June 2019 in Nagoya. The next edition of Rosmould will take place from 18 ‒ 20 June 2019 in Moscow.

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New Technologies Enhance Franchise Management
Dec 15, 2018

10 December 2018 – The fourth HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show and the second edition of the HKTDC SmartBiz Expo, both organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), were held last week (5-7 Dec). This year’s Franchising Show featured more than 130 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions. In addition to showcasing franchising opportunities across different industries, a series of seminars provided practical information to entrepreneurs interested in becoming franchisors or franchisees to help them succeed. A seminar titled “How Technology is Leveraging Franchise Management?” featured industry experts to share how franchised convenience stores, restaurants and vending machines can leverage technology to enhance their management and improve profitability.

Product Variety is Key for Small Convenience Stores

Stories shared by seminar speakers showed how technology can help Hong Kong retailers address one of their biggest challenges – rental cost. Dallas Cheung, Franchise Director, 7-Eleven Hong Kong & Macau, said research has shown that 85% of people in Hong Kong shop at 7-Eleven, which has 959 stores across the city, including 373 are franchisees. This massive group of consumers consists of a wide variety of consumer segments, including retirees, working men and women, and students. Stores in different locations have different target customers.

Mr Cheung shared that the average number of consumers that each 7-Eleven store in Hong Kong services is more than 7,000, “yet the average size of each shop is only about 500 square feet, which makes selecting the right products very important.” He said his company handles more than one million customers in Hong Kong every day, and for the 900-plus shops to serve such an enormous number of consumers, the use of technology to manage inventory is crucial.

All the shops transmit their sales data to a data centre, which then compiles the data for various departments to analyse and help the shops formulate their product strategies, Mr Cheung said. This means that even when the shops are limited in size, they can still accurately match their products with the needs of consumers in different districts and avoid wasting precious space stocking slow-moving items. This will help to improve sales and profitability.

Restaurant Cash Registers Hold Big Business Opportunities

Franchising is a common business model in the food and beverage (F&B) industry, yet operating a restaurant can be a daunting task, and restaurateurs do not always have the time to review their sales data and adjust their strategies. Michael Yung, co-founder of Everyware Limited, said that information technology can be used to resolve this pain point and lead the future development of the F&B and retail industries. He said that, for the F&B industry, the “cash register” is one of the most important tools for conducting business. “Today’s cash registers are no longer limited to calculating transactions. In fact, they can help a company achieve higher returns,” Mr Yung said. “Take an F&B group with multiple franchisees as an example. It used to be difficult to get the latest status of each franchisee, such as turnover, customer traffic and product sales, but with today’s cloud computing, restaurateurs can easily keep track of the data for all franchisees in real time and monitor each restaurant remotely.”

In addition to helping to assess the health of a business, smart technologies can also be used to enhance the consumer experience. Yung anticipates that self-ordering will become a bigger trend in the F&B industry. At present, many restaurants have tablet computers at tables for diners to self-order, while some have set up self-ordering and self-payment kiosks. Yet these business models invariably involve hardware investments. Yung expects that in the future, diners will use chatbots on their phones to place orders and settle payments by scanning the bills with their phones. Throughout this process, from the placing of orders to the settling of bills, all data will be recorded in the cloud to provide restaurateurs with real-time information. Yung described this revolutionary model as the “last mile” for restaurant operations.

Smart Vending Machines Offer New Opportunities for Operators

Sophisticated technologies are also behind the new generation of smart vending machines. Kong Yiu-chi, Product Evangelist of Gritus Technology Limited, pointed out that vending machines are no longer the simple soda machines of the past. His company’s smart vending consoles can support different products, such as snacks and beverages, lifestyle products, toys, and skincare and beauty products. More important than offering product diversity, these smart vending consoles are connecting businesses and consumers digitally. The vending consoles can become mobile billboards that show advertisements and generate additional income for console franchisees. In addition, brands can access data through the cloud to quickly update product pricing and promotions and optimise marketing strategies. They can also analyse the data collected to formulate targeted promotional campaigns.

Kong added that cloud computing can help businesses to get instant market feedback. “Cloud technology makes it easy to monitor the status, inventory and turnover of smart vending consoles. Operations teams can monitor the consoles in real-time and arrange restocking or after-sales services accordingly.” Mr Kong explained that these new technologies will help brands meet customers’ needs by providing personalised services and more engaging experiences. This approach is set to become a new direction in the marketing strategy for vending machine operators.

The fourth Hong Kong International Franchising Show featured four key zones, including the Hong Kong Food and Beverage zone, the Hong Kong Non-Food and Beverage zone, the Chinese Mainland zone and the International zone, displaying franchising opportunities across different sectors. The second edition of the SmartBiz Expo, which was held concurrently with the Franchising Show, attracted more than 520 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions to offer a variety of business solutions and innovative business ideas.

Fair Websites
SmartBiz Expo: www.hktdc.com/smartbizexpo
Hong Kong International Franchising Show: www.hktdc.com/hkifs

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:

Billy Ng
Tel: (852) 2584 4393
Email: billy.km.ng@hktdc.org

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New franchise concepts in Food, Education and Lifestyle highlighted at the Global Franchise Market Exhibition
Dec 08, 2018

Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 6 December, 2018: The Global Franchise Market Exhibition (TGFM) - the official franchising event in Dubai, successfully concluded at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre today, with a remarkable participation from the leading franchise establishments from the region and abroad. The 2-day premier franchise event, held under the patronage of the Dubai Economy, showcased creative franchise concepts, analyzed the advantages of responsible franchising and explored latest methods to grow and expand businesses in the UAE, Middle East and North Africa region.

As new franchise concepts take root every day, the franchising industry is witnessing a wave of new opportunities in F &B, education, fashion, lifestyle, wellness, healthcare and service sectors. While the advantages of owning a franchise business are many, it is essential for investors to pick the right programs and partners as well as explore the latest trends and practices to maximize the fortunes of franchising.

The franchise market in the UAE and the Middle East market is growing rapidly with a number of key diversified sectors bracing themselves for new franchise businesses. This year, TGFM witnessed the participation of over 100 exhibiting brands from 80 countries including: Finland, Canada, France, USA, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE amongst others. In addition, the exhibition represented various key sectors of the economy including: Food and Beverage, Fashion and Lifestyle, Education, Health and Beauty, Retail and Service to name a few. Moreover, TGFM hosted 3 major pavilions representing Malaysia, Kuwait and Canada, which offered participating companies a unique opportunity to learn about the local market and interact with potential partners and investors.

While the UAE in general and Dubai in particular still remains a go-to destination for F & B brands to set up franchisees and leverage business expansion opportunities, TGFM witnessed a new trend as many fashion, lifestyle and educational brands were interested to explore the regional market. With a rich and diverse portfolio representing all the key sectors of the economy, TGFM offered a unique platform for all representing brands to expand and leverage business opportunities.

Speaking about their participation in the 3rd TGFM exhibition, Peh Yi Han, COO, Mulberry Learning, Singapore, said, “This was our first participation in TGFM and we were glad that our debut was successful. As a leading education provider in Singapore, our goal is to seek new business partners who could facilitate our expansion into the Middle East region and TGFM offered a perfect platform to meet our objectives. Franchising in the education sector in the UAE has entered its growth phase and is filled with opportunities for preschools. Today, more and more parents are starting to appreciate the value of quality early childhood education and we are hopeful that with the help of our franchise partners, we will be able to ride on this trend enabling our proprietary systems, to expand and grow their businesses.”

He added, “We have a unique preschool offering - not only have we been awarded as Singapore’s Best Preschool for 3 years running, we are also the first and the only preschool in the world to offer the Habits of MindTM, a framework for intelligent thinking and behavior. We believe that children in Dubai and the UAE will be able to benefit tremendously from our programs, similar to how thousands of children in Singapore, Australia and China have, over the years.”

On his part, Rajan Madhu, Chairman, Global Marketing Management- DWC LLC, said, “Recognized as a leader in the field of fashion, glamour and lifestyle, this year, GMM not only offered a product but a whole new lifestyle concept at TGFM, which is an affordable luxury segment. In addition, GMM showcased its biggest and most visible brands such as: F Salon, F Café, F Beverages and Indus Restaurant. We were greatly pleased that our brands appealed to discerning investors who wish to be associated with glamour and exciting business in the UAE.”

He added, “We were very impressed by some of the international franchise models and home-grown brands present in Dubai. There is a very big opportunity to expand franchise opportunities in this region. Our brand is in affordable luxury category and so we were seeking partners in this niche segment which is slowly establishing itself as a key segment in the region.”

From his side, Nathen Mazri, Co-Founder and Chief Entergage Officer, GarfieldEATS App, said, “GarfieldEATS proudly participated for the first time in TGFM in Dubai.. At the official franchise event in Dubai, GarfieldEATS launched the world’s first entertaining and engaging Quick Mobile Restaurant (QMR) app, which is a response to today’s digital trend, offering users an opportunity to watch and even play in augmented reality as they wait for the world’s only Garfield-shaped pizza.”

He added, “GarfieldEATS is more than just a restaurant app for ordering, and it is a health-conscious brand with strict Farm2Plate (F2P) guidelines on supply sourcing guaranteeing no Genetically Modified Organisms, no preservatives and no artificial colors. In a short period of time, GarfieldEATS has witnessed downloads increasing at an accelerating rate of 300% per month on all devices and 35% increase in sales monthly in Dubai. As part of our vision, GarfieldEATS quick mobile restaurant app aims to expand globally in 200 cities by 2025 with over 20 million downloads in total users.”

The Global Franchise Market (TGFM), is organized annually by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding with the support of Dubai Economy and under the strategic partnership of Franchise Souq and Francorp Middle East.

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Suzan Mounzer
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HKTDC's "RetroInnovations" Exhibition Opens at Harbour City
Nov 30, 2018

Young Designers Integrate Local Culture into Installations
27 November 2018 – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), DesignInspire returns next week (6-8 Dec) to promote design and innovation through an array of interactive exhibits, creative designs and award-winning projects. As a prelude to DesignInspire, and as part of the event’s citywide promotion, the “RetroInnovations” exhibition opens today and runs until 3 Dec at the Gallery by the Harbour at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui.

“RetroInnovations” Showcases Hong Kong’s Creativity

For the show, 19 young local design talents from various disciplines – including architecture, interior design, product design and fashion/accessories design – were invited by the HKTDC to create a series of contemporary installations under the theme “RetroInnovations” to pay tribute to and reinterpret the city’s culture and traditional craftmanship. Designs, inspired by such leisure activities as tea-drinking and bird-walking, are deployed in the creative works of young designers in various art forms including ironwork, ceramics and rattan weaving. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to interact with the installations and experience how creativity improves living and contributes to a happier city, bridges the past and future, and helps promote a positive spirit among city dwellers from all walks of life.

The project is supported by the Design Council of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Interior Design Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.

DesignInspire Opens Next Week

The second edition of DesignInspire runs from 6-8 Dec at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 220 exhibitors will be featured at the signature event, bringing more than 620 designs and projects that will showcase the latest design concepts and innovations from around the world. Melbourne, the Partner City for this year’s DesignInspire, will feature the works of more than 100 designers from Victoria State in Australia, spanning themes that show how design interacts with Play, Making, Wellbeing, Identity, Invention and Learning. Not to be missed is a five-metre-long running baby T-Rex dinosaur brought in by Melbourne animatronics firm Creature Technology Co.

In addition to global creativity, the expo will showcase hundreds of local design projects and

installations, demonstrating Hong Kong’s design excellence. Highlights include 10 miniature models featuring Hong Kong’s unique cityscape and festivals, such as the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance and Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree; various origami paper art works, including a 50-centimetre-long dragon folded from a single piece of paper; and a live graffiti performance.

Meanwhile, a series of interactive events will take place during DesignInspire to promote design and innovative thinking, such as design master talks, STEAM and design workshops and the Robot Boxing League competition.

DesignInspire is open to the public, with free admission over all three days of the event.

RetroInnovations Roadshow


27 Nov-3 Dec 2018




Harbour City (Gallery by the Harbour, Shop 207, Level 2, Ocean Centre), Tsim Sha Tsui



6-8 Dec 2018 (Thursday to Saturday)

Opening Hours:

6-7 Dec: 9:30am-7pm

8 Dec: 9:30am-6:30pm


Halls 3DE, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre



Free admission

Media Enquiries

Please contact the HKTDC's Communications and Public Affairs Department:

Banbi Chen
Tel: (852) 2584 4525
Email: banbi.yc.chen@hktdc.org