Trans Global Projects launches two new offices in China
 
Aug 14, 2018
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Paddock Wood, 14 August 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Trans Global Projects (TGP) opened two new offices in China at the beginning of August to shift its Hong Kong branch to Shanghai and inaugurate a new location in Dalian.

With the Chinese logistics industry continuing its boom unabated in 2018, TGP, a U.K.-based international project logistics specialist, is aiming to further align its global network with the Chinese market to ensure that it has a vital presence in the world’s second-largest economy and the leading economic power in Asia.

TGP CEO, Colin Charnock, says that both new Chinese locations will offer TGP’s entire portfolio of services, including project logistics management, ship chartering, aviation logistics, supply chain management, logistics consultancy and procurement. However, he notes, “our main focus will be serving the export market from China for heavy equipment and machinery for the oil and gas, mining, power and renewables industries to project locations worldwide”.

The latest additions to TGP’s global family operate as Trans Global Projects China Limited. The new office in Shanghai serves as TGP's Chinese headquarters at the centre of the country’s shipping industry, while the second office in Dalian provides proximity to customers in northeast China. TGP chose the two new locations to place a stronger strategic focus on China’s heavy industry heartland. A dedicated team of experienced industry professionals serves clients from the new offices and supports liaison between TGP’s headquarters in Europe and other network locations, both throughout the Asia Pacific region and globally.

Despite a recent slowdown in overall economic growth, China nevertheless remains a key driver of both the regional and global economy, and industry experts have predicted a 6.5 percent year-on-year growth for the Chinese logistics market in 2018, with the total value set to approach 280 trillion yuan (USD 43.5 trillion) this year. According to Charnock: “The launch of our Shanghai and Dalian offices allows TGP not only to offer added value and services to our existing customers in China and the region, but also further expands our network and clientele in China”. The CEO adds that “China’s huge export industry continues to prosper – driving growth in the Asia Pacific region and globally. We are pleased to welcome our Shanghai and Dalian colleagues on board to support TGP in keeping ahead of customer demand in this vital market”.

Contact information:
TGP China’s contact details are available at www.tglobal.com/network and below:

Trans Global Projects China Ltd
155, West Fute No. 1 Road,
China Pilot Free Trade Zone
Shanghai, China
T +86 021 2089 1168
E shanghai@tglobal.com

Trans Global Projects China Ltd
Four Seasons Place,
Zhongshan District
Dalian, China 116000
T +86 0411 8276 0218
E dalian@tglobal.com

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Photo caption:
Trans Global Projects' Dalian team recently coordinated logistics for a shipment of equipment from China for a wind farm project in Thailand.

About the Trans Global Projects Group
The Trans Global Projects Group (TGP) offers project logistics management, supply chain management, ship chartering, aviation logistics, logistics consultancy and procurement, which are delivered through a global network of local offices. Since its foundation in 1988, TGP has become a global service provider with offices across five continents. TGP is headquartered in the United Kingdom. In 2018, TGP is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

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How Can a Small Business Sell Overseas
 
Aug 10, 2018
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With the economy in such a volatile position, selling something in your own country can be as hard as selling anywhere else. For that reason, many companies both big and small, choose to branch out their sales to include other countries. It gives you a much wider group of potential customers, and it can also give you access to more varied suppliers. As a small business, how can you take advantage of the global market?

Use Your Existing Website

One way that you can quickly and easily start to sell products overseas is via your website. A website had the advantage of being able to reach anywhere in the world on the internet. It means that people in other countries can see your products and buy them. There are a few things that you will need to do to make your website available to other countries and customers. One thing is to add payment systems that are available in all countries, this can be a good idea even for customers in your own country, but it is especially good for international transactions. You could also add international shipping to your website so that you can send your products around the globe easily.

Sell on an International Marketplace

Some small businesses use international marketplaces like eBay to sell their products for them. It can negate the need for having to do things through your own website, but there can also be limitations. For example, some require you to register as a business in the other country first before you can start selling. There is also the cost to place your products on those sites. There are many such marketplaces on the internet, so you might find one that meets your business needs.

Partner with Another Company

If you know about a company in another country that sells similar products to you or ones that can complement yours, then you might be able to strike an agreement. You can arrange to sell each other’s products in your own country which can dramatically cut costs. You might even want to employ someone in the other company to help liaise with them and vice versa. You can use software such as a paystub generator to help organize the overseas payments to make it easier.

Set Up a Franchise

For some companies, they find the best way to expand their business is to sell a franchise. A franchise is where you provide the idea and the set-up, and a business owner buys it from you and starts selling under your company name. Many large corporations use this idea to keep costs to a minimum as they don’t have to fund the workers or the property. However, it is important that you ensure your company name is being used in the right way. Your customers won’t always know it’s a franchise, so any problems will reflect on your brand.

These are just a few of the ways that your small business can start to sell on the global markets.

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COPC Inc. Partners with Quest Learning in Malaysia to Offer Customer Experience Management Training
 
Aug 09, 2018
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SINGAPORE & KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--COPC Inc., a global consulting firm that helps companies improve operations to transform the customer experience, is pleased to announce a partnership with Quest Learning in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to provide call centre and customer experience management training that qualifies for the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) subsidy. The first two COPC Inc. classes offered in partnership with Quest are COPC® Customer Journey Mapping Certification on 25-27 September 2018, and COPC® Best Practices for Customer Experience (CX) Operations on 29 October – 2 November 2018. Additional dates for these two classes will be available in 2019. Companies that participate in the Malaysian government’s HRDF program can take these classes and receive a subsidy on class fees under the HRDF guidelines.

“We have been working with clients in the Malaysian market for the past few years and this is the next step to helping companies improve both operational performance and the customer experience. Quest Learning has an excellent reputation within the Malaysian business community and we look forward to partnering with them to offer our call centre and customer experience training programs,” said Ian Aitchison, CEO Asia Pacific region, COPC Inc.

All COPC Inc. training offered through Quest Learning will be presented by Andy Cranshaw, director South East Asia operations, COPC Inc. Cranshaw is a call centre industry specialist with over 25 years of experience working with some of the largest call centres in South East Asia to drive performance improvement and increase customer satisfaction. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Cranshaw is a registered trainer through the HRDF.

“COPC Inc. is a global thought leader and has worked with many well-known companies to improve their customer experience operations. Their call centre management training is the best in the business, and we are pleased to partner with them. Working together, and with the benefit of the HRDF fund, we will help to enhance Malaysia’s regional and global competitiveness,” said K.C. See, founder and CEO, Quest Group of Companies.

Overview of the two COPC Inc. classes currently being offered by Quest:

COPC® Best Practices for CX Operations

This is a four-day, in-depth training program about how to deliver a world-class customer experience (CX) operation. A half-day exam is available on the fifth day for participants who want to become a Certified COPC Implementation Leader. Topics include:

How to apply real-world benchmarks, implementation tips and best practices for achieving high performance
Fundamentals of measuring the customer experience, including key metrics to accurately measure the customer experience for one channel or multiple channels, customer satisfaction benchmarks, and how to prioritize actions
Methods for gathering and analyzing customer feedback through a structured approach
Understanding key drivers of the customer experience and leveraging the customer care function as a listening post
A proven quality approach to drive customer experience improvements by ensuring quality is aligned with key drivers of customer satisfaction
COPC® Customer Journey Mapping Certification

This is a two-and-a-half day class that provides the knowledge and tools to lead a customer journey mapping project. The class features how to execute the COPC Customer Journey Mapping methodology, along with how to use the COPC Inc. customer journey mapping tools and techniques. At the end of the class and upon successful completion of the exam, participants will be certified in COPC Customer Journey Mapping. For more information about COPC Inc. training offered through Quest Learning, go to www.copc.com or www.qscasia.com. For more information about the HRDF program go to www.hrdf.com.my/.

About COPC Inc.

COPC Inc. provides consulting, training, certification and the RevealCX™ software solution for operations that support the customer experience. The company created the COPC Standards, a collection of performance management systems for call center operations, customer experience management, vendor management, and procurement. Founded in 1996, COPC Inc. began by helping call centers improve their performance. Today, the company is an innovative global leader that empowers organizations to optimize operations to deliver a superior customer experience across all channels. COPC Inc. is privately held with headquarters in Winter Park, FL, U.S. and with operations in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, India and Japan. www.copc.com

About Quest Learning

Quest Group has been established since 1984 and has enjoyed a leading position in the market place, covering the area of consulting, training and event management. The company’s goal is to help organisations improve performance, productivity and profits through result-based training, coaching and consulting. For over 30 years, Quest has worked with global brands and hundreds of organisations throughout Asia, bringing tangible results and improvement to their organisations. Quest provide organisation- and industry-specific solutions in 6 areas: Business Acumen, Leadership & Management, Persuasive Communication & Influence, Sales & Marketing, Service Quality, and Organisational Development. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Quest serves global clients throughout the region from offices in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia, providing their clients the opportunity to work on a regional platform.

Contacts
COPC Inc.
Lezli Harrell, 512-431-4481
lharrell@copc.com
or
Quest Learning
Mirza Izzudin, +603-8933 6219
mirza@qscasia.com

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OneSmart Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Huaying
 
Aug 03, 2018
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SHANGHAI, Aug. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- OneSmart International Education Group Limited (NYSE: ONE) ("OneSmart" or the "Company"), one of the largest premium K-12 after-school education service provider in China, today announced that it has through its affiliates acquired 100% equity interest of Tianjin Huaying Education Co. Ltd. ("Huaying"), one of the largest K-12 after-school education service provider based in Tianjin.

Mr. Steve Xi Zhang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OneSmart, commented, "I'd like to welcome Huaying to the OneSmart family where we will work together to realize strategic business synergies and improve education quality and operational performance. This transaction is part of our strategy to further consolidate China's fragmented educational market through both organic growth and acquisitions. Our systematic and disciplined approach to integrating acquisitions and developing synergies with our business will allow us to replicate the success of our acquisition of FasTrack English in January 2018.

Huaying has done a tremendous job in building a talented team and developing a strong and reputable brand in Tianjin which will help us expand our presence into Northern China. I believe the acquisition would create synergies in terms of product offerings and geography to OneSmart's business. The transaction demonstrates our significant move to the small class settings and lay the foundation to launching dual-teacher and online broadcasting model. I look forward to working closely with Huaying management to further strengthen our leading position in China's premium K-12 after-school education market.

Looking ahead, OneSmart would continue to seek opportunities to acquire and integrate regional leaders in K-12 after-school education market."

About Huaying

Founded in 1986, Huaying is one of the largest and most reputable after-school education service providers in Tianjin with approximately 20 learning centers and annual student enrollment of more than 70,000. Huaying's K-12 after-school programs cover full subjects traditionally taught in primary and secondary schools such as English, Chinese, and mathematics in class size of around 20 students.

About OneSmart

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Shanghai, OneSmart International Education Group Limited is the largest premium K-12 after-school education service provider in China in terms of revenue in 2016 and 2017, according to Frost & Sullivan. Since commencement of our business, our vision is to build the most trusted "Third Classroom" outside of home and school and our mission is to bring out the utmost learning power in each student by cultivating his or her study motivation, capability and perseverance, and enable our students to pursue their life-long success. Our company culture is centered on the core values of customer focus, execution, innovation and teamwork.

We have built a comprehensive premium K-12 after-school education platform that encompasses OneSmart VIP (exam preparation services for students from 3rd to 12th grade), HappyMath (kids mathematics services for children aged 3 to 8 years old) and FasTrack English (kids English services for children aged 3 to 8 years old). As of May 31, 2018, OneSmart operated a nationwide network of 302 study centers across 43 cities in China.

For more information on OneSmart, please visit http://www.onesmart.investorroom.com.

For more information, please contact:

OneSmart
Ms. Rebecca Shen
+86-21-5255-9339 ext. 8139
ir@onesmart.org

Christensen

In China
Mr. Christian Arnell
Phone: +86-10-5826-4939
E-mail: carnell@christensenir.com

In the US
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004
Email: lbergkamp@ChristensenIR.com

Source: OneSmart International Education Group Limited

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Food Expo, Tea Fair, Home Delights, ICMCM Open in August
 
Aug 01, 2018
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31 July 2018 — Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 29th Food Expo, the 10th Hong Kong International Tea Fair, the third Beauty & Wellness Expo and the fifth Home Delights Expo open on 16 Aug at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The International Conference of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products (ICMCM), jointly organised by HKTDC and the Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association Ltd, will also be held on 16-17 Aug. Last year, the four fairs attracted nearly 500,000 visitors. Gathering a total of more than 2,000 exhibitors this year, the four fairs will showcase a wide variety of delicacies and innovative products to provide an all-round shopping and sourcing experience for consumers and trade buyers.

At today’s press conference, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau introduced details of the five events. “The annual Food Expo is a grand feast for food lovers, and this year it will feature products from more than 20 countries and regions. For the concurrent Beauty & Wellness Expo, we are honoured to cooperate with the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) to set up the K-Beauty Expo Hong Kong pavilion for the first time, showing public visitors the latest Korean beauty products. Targeting industry players and trade buyers, the Food Expo’s Trade Hall, the International Tea Fair and the ICMCM will provide a platform for sourcing and networking, creating business opportunities among different sectors. In addition to bringing an international gourmet feast to visitors, we hope to enhance the cultural exchange between Hong Kong and other regions as well.”

Food Expo: Serving up Global Delicacies (16-20 Aug)

In its 29th edition, the Food Expo will feature a record number of more than 1,560 exhibitors from over 20 countries and regions. It comprises a Gourmet Zone, Public Hall and Trade Hall, bringing a wide range of international food and drinks to food lovers and trade buyers.

Being the highlight of the expo, the Gourmet Zone will gather more than 70 exhibitors to showcase delicacies from around the globe under four themes: Asian Cuisine, Western Delicacy, Sweet Delight and Green Palate. Open from 16-19 Aug, the zone will feature high-end products such as black truffle, crafted beer made in Hong Kong, plant-based Omnipork and award-winning low-fat cheese from the Netherlands.

The Public Hall (16-20 Aug) will gather about 600 exhibitors and feature five group pavilions from the Chinese mainland, Canada, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The highlighted Premium Food Zone will feature more than 30 renowned brands including Chewy International, Kee Wah Bakery, Maxim’s Group, Nissin Foods, On Kee Dry Seafood, Tai Pan, Vita Green, Sau Tao, Appolo and Aji-No-Chinmi. To promote local produce, the Hong Kong Vegetable Marketing Organisation and Fish Marketing Organisation will participate in the expo to introduce high-quality local products. Other special products available include the “made-in-Hong Kong” crispy fish skin, soya sauce crab from Korea and healthy chicken breast chips.

The Trade Hall will showcase international flavours from more than 900 exhibitors, with 12 group pavilions as well as the themed Halal Food Zone and Chinese Medicine Zone. Targeting trade buyers, it will provide a platform for business opportunities as well as market information exchange. It will open exclusively to industry professionals on 16-17 Aug, before opening its doors to public ticket-holders on the last day (18 Aug), enabling exhibitors to test the response from consumers and raise brand awareness. There will be seminars with industry experts to discuss such topics as business opportunities arising from the Belt and Road Initiative, halal food certification, innovative food technology, as well as food testing and certification, giving trade buyers the latest market information.

Public visitors can attend a number of exciting events. These include cooking demonstrations by more than 10 star chefs, such as Hui Mei Tak, Executive Chef of Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant; Bong Jun Choi, Executive Chef of Chinese Operations, City of Dreams Manila; Claudio Favero, Chef De Cuisine, Sabatini Ristorante Italiano, Royal Garden Hotel; Catherine Lai, Founder and Executive Chef of Kam Mun Jong; Will Leung, Sous Chef of French cuisine JUNON Restaurant; Atsushi Takahashi, Executive Chef of Kashiwaya Hong Kong; Edward Voon, Executive Chef of Le Pan; and Wong Wing Keung, Executive Chinese Chef of Yee Tung Heen.

Other events include the launch of the 2018-2019 Wan Chai a La Carte food and culture map, a seminar on herbal tea, product demonstrations and lucky draws. In sessions jointly organised by the HKTDC, the Food and Health Bureau and the Committee on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food, several star chefs will demonstrate “less salt, less sugar” recipes to promote healthy living. There will also be a “Hong Kong’s Action on Salt and Sugar Reduction” seminar to help visitors adopt healthy eating habits. Tech-savvy visitors can also join the launch event of augmented reality (AR) app “TastAR”, which allows users to view 3D images of gourmet dishes overlaid through the app.

Beauty & Wellness Expo: Presenting Stylish K-Beauty Products (16-20 Aug)

The third Beauty & Wellness Expo will bring together more than 100 exhibitors, featuring a wide selection of skin care, hair care and home-electronic beauty and wellness products. For the first time, the HKTDC will cooperate with Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) to launch a brand-new “K-Beauty Expo Hong Kong” pavilion, under the theme of “Stylish K-Beauty”. KINTEX will bring 30 Korean exhibitors to present their latest beauty products, including the “black peeling pad” black charcoal exfoliating wipe mask from the hot Korean brand RiRe All Kill, men’s skincare products from the popular brand Miviento, USB rechargeable eyelash curlers and organic skincare products suitable for users with sensitive skin.

There will be exciting activities such as product demonstrations, sharing sessions on summertime make-up tips and the latest hair-styling tips. Yoko Tsang, a dietary therapist and beauty expert, will conduct a cooking demonstration of fish maw, while the beauty key opinion leader Snowwhitewhite will share knowledge on skincare and make-up.

Home Delights Expo: Featuring Stylish Brands and Smart Bidding (16-20 Aug)

The popular Home Delights Expo will return in its fifth edition, featuring 180 exhibitors with a range of quality electric and kitchen appliances as well as household products. They include the IHC thermostat patented cooking pot and a filter bottle certified by the German technical inspection association TÜV. A highlight of the fair, the Avenue of Delights, will host 45 exhibitors featuring various renowned names including STAUB, CLP, Dyson, Kenwood, German Pool, OTO, Tiger, Philips and Towngas.

Visitors can bid for featured household appliances and products at the popular Smart Bidding event. Orange Tam, founder of Juppuk, a company providing a home tidy-up service, will share tips on reducing unnecessary household items and storage.

Tea Fair: Trading platform for Tea Business (16-18 Aug)

The 10th Hong Kong International Tea Fair will open exclusively to trade buyers on the first two days before welcoming public ticket-holders on the last day. The three-day fair will feature more than 240 exhibitors from seven countries and regions, with the debut launch of the Taiwan pavilion this year. One of the highlighted products is an oolong tea produced exclusively in Taiwan. It is unique in that a tea green leafhopper must bite the tea leaves to produce a unique aromatic honey-like sweetness. The fair will also feature other products such as a pair of Qing Dynasty covered bowls, a perfectly preserved 1950s Red Label Tea Cake and the Japanese Kyo-Hojicha Paste that can be mixed with other food ingredients for flavouring.

The International KamCha Competition 2018 Hong Kong Style Milk Tea – 10th Anniversary Special, organised by the Association of Coffee and Tea of Hong Kong, will hold its International Final at the Tea Fair on 18 Aug. Representatives from Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Melbourne and Toronto will compete for the KamCha title. Combining technology and traditional skills, an artificial-intelligence (AI) robotic arm will give a brewing demonstration on the spot. The International Yuan Yang Final will be staged on-site as well, with local participants competing for the winning title.

The highlighted Hong Kong International Tea Competition 2018 will see exhibitors compete for various awards, such as “The Best Aroma Award” and “The Best Taste Award” among seven tea categories. Visitors will be able to taste the award-winning teas free of charge on 18 Aug when the fair opens to public ticket-holders. Other activities include a series of tea forums delivered by industry experts on such topics as antique teaware and cooking with tea. Venerable Chang Lin will discuss “Tea and Zen” to provide an extraordinary experience for tea lovers. Events dedicated for trade buyers include tea tasting sessions, tea art performances, a seminar on “Capturing the Tea Business from the ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ Generation” as well as a buyer forum.

ICMCM: Unveiling the Latest Development of Ben Cao (16-17 Aug)

Organised by the HKTDC and Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association (MCMIA), the International Conference of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products (ICMCM) is open for free registration by industry players wishing to obtain the latest market insights. In commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the birth of Li Shizhen, author of Compendium of Materia Medica, the conference will share the development of Ben Cao (a pharmacopoeia of Chinese herbal medicine) and its potential expansion. There will be 17 distinguished speakers from renowned institutions in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the US. These include Hong Kong Baptist University, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Seoul National University, St Petersburg State University and the American Society of Pharmacognosy.

On 18 Aug, public ticket-holders can take part in the Chinese Medicine Health Public Forum sessions where professional practitioners will discuss Chinese medicine dietary therapy for skin problems, anaemia and blood pressure control, diabetes, gastroenteritis, respiratory care and seasonal healthcare diets.

Lead the Scene, Let’s Go Green!

To encourage visitors and exhibitors to reduce waste, the HKTDC will continue to cooperate with “Food For Good” and “Food Angel” to collect and recycle packaged edible food and food waste at the fairground, and invite exhibitors to donate food to needy communities after the fair. The HKTDC also encourages exhibitors and visitors to follow green tips such as sorting recyclable waste into recycle bins placed at the fairground. Visitors can also bring their own utensils, food boxes, water bottles and shopping bags .

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XIUS Unveils Machine Learning based Data Platform for MVNOs
 
JCN Newswire
Aug 01, 2018
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MVNOs Envisage Increased ARPU and Customized Customer Experience

HYDERABAD, INDIA - (ACN Newswire) - XIUS, a leading supplier of mobile technology, mobile payments and enterprise offerings has unveiled its 'vData Core', a patent-pending telco grade platform. This platform, the first of its kind, incorporates Machine Learning (ML) at the core and equips Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) to boost revenue and thrive.

Today, a majority of Communication Service Providers' (CSP) revenue is generated from data services. It is estimated that by 2021, the average data consumption will be 52 Exabytes per month with 70 percent of mobile data being video. This makes it necessary for CSPs to be well prepared in effectively monetizing the unimaginable surge in data usage.

With vData Core, XIUS will enable MVNOs to offer personalized data packages and enchant their end users with customized customer experience through Machine Learning and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). Additionally, vData Core's capacity optimization provides visibility into the entire infrastructure making it possible to meet changing service demands. MVNOs can leverage vData Core's capabilities to improve their operational efficiency, increase agility to market and deliver services to end users more effectively.

5G expects network slicing for various customers and classes of customer which MVNOs can now achieve through NFV. AI based slicing and crucial configuring of varied products, services and plans for each customer is made extremely simple by vData Core.

One of the key challenges faced by MVNOs is that a greater portion of Average Revenue per User (ARPU) is generated through data services but lack of innovation has led to flattened revenue and increased customer churn.

G V Kumar, CEO and Managing Director of XIUS said, "MVNOs have been fast to capitalize on the modern day consumer's data needs and understand that consumers often pick an operator based on data packages. It has also been proven that they can grow their business through customer-centricity. vData Core will enable MVNOs to understand their customer and innovate based on consumer needs. It will help them to efficiently manage and monetize data and ultimately enhance customer experience".

XIUS vData Core helps MVNOs beat competition with on-the-fly and quick launch of data plans, add-ons and combo packages. The Machine Learning (ML) driven auto-generation of personalized product / service offerings to individual subscribers improves customer loyalty and reduces churn. Over a period of time, with extended and vigilant use, it is likely to boost data ARPU by about 15 percent and transform product engagement by about 25 percent.

XIUS is offering highly attractive commercial models to interested customers.

About XIUS

XIUS is a mobile technology specialist focused on real-time transaction processing in Mobile Infrastructure & Services and Mobile Banking & Payments.

XIUS, a division of Megasoft Limited, brings together premium technology and outstanding value-added solutions for customers globally. Over 25 years of telecom expertise is proven by more than 230 deployments and customers that include Tier 1 mobile operators, MVNOs and large enterprises across 5 continents. Its strong belief in innovation reflects in the filing of 120 patents, with 35 awarded to date.

XIUS is adept in meeting its client expectations and their needs. The varied portfolio of MVNOs to which it has provided solutions and offers services comprise of rural-inclusive, digital, cable, banking, ethnic, M2M, youth, roaming, advertisement-based, retail and loyalty.

XIUS mobile infrastructure solutions process and manage in excess of 350 million calls / data sessions a day and the mobile payments solutions manage over US$ 1 billion worth of payment transactions monthly. To know more, please visit www.xius.com.

For more information, please contact marketing@xius.com.

 
 
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Changi Airport welcomes an infusion of local F&B brands
 
Jul 26, 2018
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SINGAPORE, 25 July 2018 – With 140 F&B options and growing, Changi Airport is a dining haven for every palate and occasion. From this month, foodies can look forward to nine fresh new food concepts from household brands - raising Changi Airport’s tasty credentials with five first-in-Changi brands and the airport’s largest 24-hour fast-casual dining concept.

Local food fare or Asian favourites that carry a local flavour have been well-loved by passengers and visitors who dine at Changi Airport’s public areas since it opened in 1981. Catering to the rising demand for local F&B brands while supporting Singapore F&B entrepreneurs, Changi Airport has been seeking more home-grown brands to set up shop here. In fact, more than half of the F&B operators at Changi Airport’s public areas are local brands.

“Singapore food is a reflection of our country as a melting pot of different cultures and ethnic groups. With more than 60 million passengers passing through our doors every year, Changi Airport is an ideal platform for sharing our rich culture, diversity and uniquely Singaporean cuisines with both locals and foreigners. There have been a tremendous amount of innovation and creativity in Singapore’s F&B industry in recent years. We look forward to continuing our support for like-minded local enterprises to showcase the best of Singapore brands at the airport and giving them a boost in reaching out to an international audience,” said Mr James Fong, Vice President for Landside Concessions, Changi Airport Group.

For its relentless efforts to curating the best dining experiences for all passengers and visitors, Changi Airport was recently recognised by the 2018 Airport Food & Beverage Awards (FAB) in three categories - Overall Airport Food & Beverage Offer Best Reflecting Sense of Place (for Terminal 4 Food Emporium), Asia Pacific’s Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year (for whole of Changi Airport), and Asia Pacific New Food & Beverages Concept of the Year (for multi-concept Japanese restaurant Sora).

Four new restaurants serving Asian delights will be welcoming passengers and airport visitors at T3’s Level 3. Feast your way through the line-up of authentic hawker and local western fares, Chinese claypot dishes and traditional Vietnamese cuisine at Colonial Club, COLLIN’s, A-One Signature and So Pho.

Colonial Club is a first-in-Singapore concept by the PappaMia Group, launching at Changi Airport. The 80-seater black and white restaurant pays tribute to Singapore’s rich culinary heritage in the colonial era, and serves an array of Hainanese-style western delights, Nyonya dishes, and local favourites with British-Colonial influence. Diners can look forward to savouring nasi lemak, nyonya laksa, Hainanese-style chicken chop and other old-school comfort food and unique specialty dishes.

A first-time operator at Changi Airport, COLLIN’S® is a household name synonymous with wholesome Western meals that are easy on the pocket. It started out as a Western food stall in a coffeeshop six years ago, and has since expanded to 23 outlets island wide. Available exclusively at the airport is a brand-new menu with almost 100 food items, including salmon dishes made with the finest quality King Salmon from New Zealand, a selection of steaks served on basalt plates, and a special spread of classic Western breakfast favourites that is served from 7am daily – a first for the brand. This restaurant also boasts a bar, an open kitchen concept with a fireplace oven for baking pizzas and even a charcoal oven that retains the unique flavours of the grilled dishes, adding a distinctive taste.

Two other new-to-Changi operators, A-One Signature and So Pho will also be joining the scene towards the end of 2018. Expect more than just their well-known steaming hot claypot and hotplate dishes, A-One Signature will be introducing exclusive menu items like the Claypot Porridge with Crab Roe and Prawn, Fried Rice in Hot Stone Bowl with Crab Meat, Roe and Shrimp and more.

For the first time, the Pezzo Group is bringing together five fast-casual concepts in a single space at Changi Airport’s T2 Arrival Hall. Established for their takeaway kiosks, the Pezzo Group has introduced their first 24-hour dine-in concept at an airport, with clusters of seating areas, that comprise Coffee Toast Express, Crave, Pezzo, Stuff’d and Yolé.

Debuting its first outlet in Singapore at Changi Airport, Coffee Toast Express is a new concept serving local Nanyang-style kopi, traditional toasts and local delights like Mee Rebus and Mee Soto. Diners can also indulge in the original Adam Road nasi lemak from Crave, delicious pizzas baked fresh daily at Pezzo, healthy Mexican and Turkish food and salads from Stuff’d and guilt-free desserts at Yolé.

T2 Departure Hall also welcomed three brands - Spanish yoghurt brand llao llao, Krispy Kreme and its delicious doughnuts and freshly brewed coffee, and Taiwanese bubble tea brand TP Tea’s first outlet in Singapore.

About Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.

Changi Airport is the world's sixth busiest airport for international traffic. It served a record 62.2 million passengers from around the globe and handled 2.13 million tonnes of airfreight throughput in 2017. More than 400 retail stores and 140 F&B outlets are situated across four terminals to cater to passengers and visitors. With over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 400 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 7,200 flights every week, or about one every 80 seconds.

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ODX Assembles All-Star Cast to Bring Free Internet to Emerging Markets
 
Jul 25, 2018
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Leading Global Funds and Tech Thought Leaders, Including Pantera Capital and BlockTower Capital, Team Up to Back New Blockchain-Based Data Marketplace

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ODX Pte. Ltd. today announced that it has more than $60 million in commitments for its private token sale. Early backers include a global list of very prominent names in the technology and blockchain space such as Pantera Capital, BlockTower Capital, DNA Fund, Kenetic Capital out of Hong Kong, Andromeda out of Switzerland, Hexa Labs out of Israel, Wavemaker Genesis, Strong Ventures in Korea, Jonathan Finch (advisor to Liquid Telecom out of Africa), Randy Kaplan (serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Akamai), Alexander Shulgin (Russian Blockchain Godfather), Christian de Faria (VP Special Advisor Orange for Middle East and Africa) and Brock Pierce (early global blockchain thought leader and venture capitalist).

Through its decentralized data marketplace, Open Data Exchange (ODX), ODX Pte. Ltd. is setting out to solve what is perhaps the most basic problem of all for consumers in emerging economies: internet access.

“Free and fair access to the web is a fundamental human right,” said Scott Walker, co-founder of DNA Fund. “The dynamic nature of emerging markets creates unique challenges that have never confronted the developed world but also opens up opportunities for innovation and growth. We are proud to be part of the elite group of early supporters of the ODX platform, which will leverage blockchain technology to enable the delivery of free mobile internet access to underserved populations across the world.”

In many emerging markets such as Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, the average user is online only through paid internet access less than ten days every month. Why? Because mobile data is expensive, free public Wi-Fi is scarce and DSL/cable options are limited.

This is an especially significant problem when you consider the fact that over 80 percent of the world’s internet population lives in emerging markets.

“Blockchain is a revolutionary technology, with extensive benefits to enterprises, government entities and private citizens alike,” said Nix Nolledo, founder and chairman of ODX Pte. Ltd. “It provides the perfect framework for our platform, which brings together internet service providers and publishers from around the globe in ways that have never previously been possible.”

ODX Pte. Ltd. is uniquely positioned to execute on this lofty endeavor. Its parent company is Xurpas Inc., the largest consumer tech company in the Philippines. With more than 900 employees across offices in Southeast Asia, Xurpas has already built a vast network of business relationships, which will be leveraged to fuel the growth and expansion of ODX.

For more information about ODX, please visit https://odx.network/ and join the conversation on Facebook, Reddit, Telegram and Twitter.

About ODX Pte. Ltd.:

ODX Pte. Ltd. powers the Open Data Exchange (ODX), a global marketplace where publishers and internet service providers (ISPs) can transact at scale to deliver free internet access to consumers in emerging markets. Leveraging blockchain technology, ODX creates a network of trust, generating a truly open ecosystem. ODX Pte. Ltd. was established by the co-founder of Xurpas Inc., the Philippines’ largest consumer tech company.

For more information, please visit www.odx.network and join the conversation on Facebook, Reddit, Telegram and Twitter.

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Russian Agricultural Bank, JCB and Panasonic launch first co-branded JCB card in Russia
 
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Jul 24, 2018
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Tokyo - (ACN Newswire) - Russian Agricultural Bank, Panasonic Russia and JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., have launched first co-branded bank card on the base of the international payment system JCB.

In partnership with Panasonic, Russian Agricultural Bank is now offering credit and debit cards that are issued and serviced free of charge. The co-branded cards will join the Club Panasonic Loyalty Program on special terms and receive 10,000 welcome bonus points.

For any purchases made with the card, the cardholders will be given bonus points which can be used to receive a discount up to 50% on Panasonic products at the official e-commerce store Panasonic Eplaza, 1 bonus point being equivalent to 1 rouble.

For any purchase at the Panasonic Eplaza, cardholders will receive 20% cashback in bonus points on their cards. For any other purchases of products or services they will be given 5%.

"Cooperation between Russian Agricultural Bank, JCB and Panasonic facilitates the development of trade and economic relations between Russia and Japan in a year of paramount importance for our two countries, the Year of Japan in Russia[1]. We have created a unique product to help Russian Agricultural Bank's clients make rewarding purchases and cement relationships between our countries. A key player on the Russian financial market with an extensive sales network, Russian Agricultural Bank continues to broaden its product line to stay up to date with the most recent trends and offers reliable servicing of international payment cards," said Irina Zhachkina, First Deputy Chairman of the Board of Russian Agricultural Bank.

"Our new co-branded card is unique for Russia in that it complements and expands the existing loyalty program, already joined by hundreds of thousands of Panasonic brand fans in Russia. It is crucial that we launched this project in 2018, the year of the 100th anniversary of Panasonic Corporation. I believe that this and other partnership projects will help lay a foundation for future success and prosperity in this century," said Junichi Suzuki, Director General of Panasonic Russia.

"We are confident that this project will become a landmark for us as we are working towards our goal of growing into one of the most dynamic and innovative players in the Russian payment industry. The market of payment solutions is expanding, and consumers now have broader expectations about card products and the privileges they give to cardholders. In partnership with Russian Agricultural Bank and Panasonic we are offering consumers an additional opportunity to pay and be rewarded. The new co-branded card is our response to the growing needs of the market," said Takashi Suetsugu, General Director of JCB International Eurasia.

Russian Agricultural Bank is the cornerstone of the Russian credit and financial system for national agribusiness. Established in 2000, it is the key lender to Russian agribusiness and one of the largest and most sustainable banks in the country by assets and capital. Ranked among the best Russian banks, Russian Agricultural Bank is 100%-owned by the Russian Federation.

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the company has expanded globally and now operates 591 subsidiaries and 88 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of Euro 61.4 billion (7.982 trillion yen) for the year ended March 31, 2018. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic:  https://www.panasonic.com/global/home.html

About JCB

JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. Currently, JCB cards are accepted globally and issued in 24 countries and regions. For more information, please visit: https://www.global.jcb/en/ or  http://www.ru.jcb/ru/
Note: Statistics about JCB are as of June 2018.

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JCB Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +81-3-5778-8353
Email: jcb-pr@info.jcb.co.jp

[1] 2018 has been declared by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "the Year of Russia in Japan and the Year of Japan in Russia". This undertaking has been a package of events in politics, economics, sciences, culture and art, as well as the sphere of student exchange. The aim is encouraging mutual understanding between the people of these countries and to develop neighbourly ties over the long-run.
 http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/57567
 https://tokyo.mid.ru/web/tokyo-en/-/opening-of-cross-years-of-russia-and-japan

 
 
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Capillary Technologies Leads Bata's Omnichannel CRM Journey to New Markets in Southeast Asia
 
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Jul 02, 2018
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SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - Capillary Technologies, a Singapore-based company that provides consumer insights, personalised engagement, omnichannel commerce and loyalty solutions, has been appointed as a strategic partner of Bata, a leading shoe brand. The partnership will help Bata strengthen their omnichannel CRM strategies in Philippines and Vietnam. Beyond these two markets, for more than three years Capillary has been acting as Bata's CRM partner in six Asian countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and also three African countries - Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Capillary powers Bata's loyalty program, develops targeted & personalised, omnichannel campaigns, and performs in-depth consumer and business analytics for over 2,000 stores across these markets. With the goal to provide a unified CRM platform for all its markets, Bata will be kicking off its game plan for Philippines and Vietnam in the second half of 2018.

"We want to bring together exceptional products, and best-in-class retail technology to realise our passion for customer delight and deliver an exceptional customer experience. To really improve our brand-customer relationships, we feel it is imperative for us to find ways to walk and talk with our consumers across the various channels and touch points they use in their buying journey. The engagement had to be consistent, connected and seamless," said Roberto Longo, President, Asia Pacific, at Bata. "Capillary has helped us achieve this, having been our trusted partner across six countries in Asia. There was no doubt about banking on Capillary's expertise and innovative technology to take us ahead in Philippines and Vietnam."

With Capillary, Bata has been able to achieve 2.2X higher returns from targeted campaigns in Singapore and as high as 57X ROI from Facebook campaigns in Malaysia. In other markets as well, the brand has seen 10X increase in ROI from its overall CRM investments. With Capillary's assistance, the brand has won multiple awards, most recently for the best use of analytics and also for their CRM and Loyalty program in Singapore and Malaysia respectively, in 2018.

"We didn't want to be just another shoe brand to our consumers. A brand they might be buying from once in a while. Instead, we wanted to build a close relationship with them and become a part of their lives. Thanks to Capillary, through targeted campaigns, insight backed CRM decisions, and omnichannel engagement, we believe we have made some lifelong customers," added Longo.

Abhijeet Vijayvergiya, President & Managing Director, Global Accounts and Asia Pacific, at Capillary Technologies, also expressed Capillary's delight in propelling Bata's expansion into new markets: "This year, we foresee that Capillary will continue to grow exponentially across the globe. Our association with leading brands like Bata, who have partnered with us in many markets, reinforces the fact that the trajectory we have chosen for the company is the right one. We are definitely thrilled to help Bata in expanding its footprint in the Asia region."

In Southeast Asia, Capillary is working with 14 million customers and has more than 14 hundred stores active on its platform, including Mitra10, Bata, Caring Pharmacy, TungLok Group and McDonald's. Fresh off a US$20m funding round led by existing blue chip investors Warburg Pincus and Sequoia Capital, Capillary also plans to use some of the new funds in strengthening its presence in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, after achieving a threefold growth in the region.

About Capillary Technologies
Capillary's technology solutions help businesses get ahead of the digital evolution and stay 'Always Consumer Ready'. Over 300 marquee brands across 30+ countries, including Pizza Hut, VF Brands, Walmart, Al-Futtaim, KFC, Starbucks, Madura Garments, Courts and Samsung, trust Capillary to enable easy and seamless consumer experiences. With over 300 million consumers and 25,000 stores on the platform, Capillary is Asia's leading SaaS product company. Over 700 Capillary associates across 11 global offices are continually innovating to find new ways for brands to make their consumers' lives easier, and experiences memorable. Explore more at https://www.capillarytech.com/

About Bata
Launched in 1894, Bata provides versatile quality footwear and accessories which are accessible for all. Having dressed your feet with elegance and class throughout the years, the family-owned business has been at the forefront of innovation in the design and production of new styles. The Czech brand currently has more than 5,200 stores globally in over 70 countries. In April 2017, Bata announced a modernized global brand direction with its new manifesto "Me & Comfortable With It", which focuses on empowering people to be beautiful and comfortable, no matter who they are, and what their style is. With this new strategy, the company now caters to the needs of today's consumers who are sophisticated and increasingly interested in the latest fashion trends. Explore more at https://www.bata.com.sg/

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