Introducing the All-New Shopee Celebrity Squad
May 24, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 MAY 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches its brand new initiative, the Shopee Celebrity Squad, which allows users easy access to a curated collection of products by their favourite Malaysian celebrities. Today, with approximately 10 million users and around 400,000 sellers on the platform, Shopee Malaysia continues to rank as the number one shopping app on App Store and Google Play.

“Our users form the core of all our strategies, and we always strive to find new ways to connect with them on a deeper and more meaningful level. We know Malaysians adore their local celebrities, and with an increasing number of celebrities launching their own brands, we began to notice a rising demand for their products among users. Hence, we decided to launch the Shopee Celebrity Squad, a dedicated in-app space featuring a variety of celebrity brands, allowing shoppers to enjoy easy access to products sold by their favourite celebrities at the click of a button! In line with the launch, we also promise shoppers exclusive deals and special discounts across the celebrities’ collections,” said Ian Ho, Shopee’s Regional Managing Director at the launch ceremony.

Ho added, “We are pleased to announce the participation of six top Malaysian celebrities as pioneers of the Shopee Celebrity Squad. As a zero-commission e-commerce platform that provides free shipping nationwide, our commercial friendly trade terms allow for celebrities to tap on Shopee’s platform and features, dedicated support and extensive reach across Malaysia to further grow their online businesses. Moving forward, we aim to further expand the Shopee Celebrity Squad with the introduction of new celebrities every month.”

Featured in the debut of the Shopee Celebrity Squad:
● Malaysia’s top singer, YBhg. Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin, with her skincare and cosmetics line, SimplySiti
● Popular actress, Nora Danish with her brand Owl, which offers a modern twist to traditional Muslim fashion
● The much-loved actress, Izara Aishah who will be introducing her lip wear brand, Madame Izara on Shopee
● Star of hit drama Separuh Jiwaku, Elfira Loy, and Akademi Fantasia Season 5 finalist, Heliza Helmi, with their brand EL and Heliza Guzel Hive – selling traditional Muslim clothing
● Multi-talented Emma Maembong who is not only an actress and model, but also an entrepreneur with her skincare line, EMBS

In addition to having more celebrities join the Shopee Celebrity Squad in the coming months, Shopee users can also look forward to the special weekly Celebrity Squad campaigns, featuring not-to-be-missed deals and activities. The weekly campaign will feature exclusive online product launches such as YBhg. Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza’s SIMPLYSITI New Gold Edition range, with soft-focus technology and gold dust which will be available only on Shopee. Fans of the celebrities can also look forward to a series of upcoming community events and giveaways organised by Shopee, such as fan meet-and-greet sessions with the celebrities, as well as social media contests with cool prizes to be won.

The launch of the Shopee Celebrity Squad is part of Shopee’s expansion plan for 2018, as Shopee continues to grow from strength to strength and further solidify its position in the e-commerce segment. This follows after a strong start to the year, where Shopee achieved a regional Gross merchandise value (“GMV”) of US$1.9 billion in the first quarter - a year-on-year increase of 199.5% from US$648.3 million for the first quarter of 2017. Additionally, Shopee’s Gross orders for the quarter increased year-on-year by 217.4%, from 35.1 million for the first quarter of 2017 to 111.4 million.

Currently ongoing is also the Shopee Cahaya Raya campaign. From May 3 to June 17, users can stand a chance to snag prizes worth more than RM1.5 million by participating in Shopee’s exciting in-app games. In collaboration with Visa, Shopee’s popular Ketupat Raya game promises to reward lucky shoppers with a host of prizes including a ‘Rumah Impian’ (dream house) worth RM350,000, a Honda HRV worth RM100,000, a Volkswagen Polo worth RM80,000 as well as Shopee coins, vouchers, televisions, portable irons, hair-dryers and more. Additionally, Shopee will be giving out up to 28 million worth of Shopee coins through the Duit Goncang game, which will happen at 5.00am and 7.00pm daily from 17 May to 8 June.

Visit Shopee between May 24 to 27 for the best offers this Raya where shoppers can catch the Upsized Shocking Sale happening five times a day and steal better deals by getting your hands on vouchers with Shopee’s Beat the Clock campaign. Besides that, the all-new Campur-Campur Bundle allows shoppers to curate their own bundles of choice by mixing and matching from the menu of products available, and get them at a discounted price. Last but not least, look out for the Best of Cahaya Raya collection to score up to 90% discounts across a wide variety of preferred products.

For more information on the Shopee Celebrity Squad, visit

For more information on the Cahaya Raya campaign, visit

Download the Shopee App for FREE via the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

About Shopee
Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support. Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.

Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment.

Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across Greater Southeast Asia. Sea's mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.

For Shopee media enquiries, please contact:

Paris Ashiqin (Ms)
Sr. Marketing Associate, Public Relations,
Shopee Malaysia
Tel: +6010-407 9948

Sharon Roberts (Ms)
Sr. Marketing Associate ,Public Relations,
Shopee Malaysia
Tel: +6018- 917 2764

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UBM China Joins Hands With Beijing International Book Fair to Launch Licensed Exhibition Area
May 23, 2018

BEIJING, May 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A new milestone for China's licensing industry as UBM China and the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) work together to launch a licensed exhibition area in the Beijing International Children's Book Fair.

UBM China, as a partner of BIBF 2018, will provide full support to promote licensing market of children's books in China.

Margaret Ma-Connolly, Managing Director of UBM China and Vice President of UBM Asia, says, "As a world's leading exhibition organizer, UBM is committed to creating values for different industries through outstanding exhibition experience and in-depth understanding of industries. The cooperation with BIBF will give full play to the advantages of both sides in the fields such as publishing, child, baby & maternity products and services, and IP licensing, and explore the potential values in various industries through integration, extending the scope of industry chains and discover new opportunities.

BIBF, organized by China National Publications Import & Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC), is the second largest international book fair platforms in the world only behind Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. It will be held at the China International Exhibition Center (New Hall) on August 22-26 with a total exhibition space of 14,100 square meters and exhibitors from China, Japan and South Korea. The fair aims to create a new professional content-driven exhibition that covers the whole industry from content integration such as copyright of children's books, animation & anime, publishing licensing, IP licensing, education and digital works and more. Licensing Expo China is taking part in this fair as well.

Ms Liying Lin, Deputy General Manager of CNPIEC, the organizer of BIBF comments, "The integration of film and television, multimedia, IP licensing and publishing is developing rapidly, and the new children's fair will provide a platform for publishers and potential partners to explore business opportunities. The fair will also help publishers expand into new areas through professional forums, seminars and trade matchmaking activities. "

Licensing Expo China, organized by UBM, will be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Shanghai on July 25-27, 2018. It aims to connect the most influential entertainment, character, art and culture, and corporate brand owners and agents with consumer goods manufacturers, licensees, retailers and distributors to explore the huge potential of China's licensing market.

Licensing Expo China will invite licensors seeking opportunities with book publishers to participate in BIBF, BIBF will also invite publishing licensors to participate in Licensing Expo China. In addition to the exhibition, a series of industry lectures and licensing seminars will also be conducted to help publishers understand the basic knowledge and operation methods of licensing. A series of one-on-one and face-to-face business matching sessions will also be held as both fair organizers. will invite licensees from various fields to talk with publishing organizations. This is to help players in the industry understand the potential of the licensing market for publishing in China.

For more information, please visit the official website of Licensing Expo China 2018 (LEC) at:

About Licensing Expo China

Organized by UBM China, the Licensing Expo China aims to connect the most influential entertainment, character, fashion, art and corporate brand owners and agents with consumer goods manufacturers, licensees, retailers and distributors.

UBM is the organizer of Licensing Expo Las Vegas (United States), Brand Licensing Europe (London, United Kingdom), and the publisher of the licensing industry's most influential publication: License! Global.

Source: UBM China

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HH Global expands Shanghai office to sustain its continued growth
May 22, 2018

Shanghai, China (May 21, 2018) --( ASIA TODAY )-- HH Global, the world’s fastest-growing and most innovative marketing execution partner, is pleased to announce its move to a new larger office space in Shanghai, as part of its wider expansion plan inresponse to years of continuous success in the APAC region.

Located in the Xuhui district , the new location will accommodate print management, production logistics, premiums procurement, and a variety of quality digital media and creative services for its clients. Staffed by a highly professional team of marketing execution and business development experts to serve a growing network of existing partners, including Citibank, Goodyear, Sephora, HKT, as well as stakeholders across the nation, the site will provide the company with ample room for growth.

In addition to serving as the base for innovative marketing solutions, the new office represents a significant step toward leveraging prospective partnerships, as well as a location to pursue new opportunities from emerging local businesses that are aligned with the HH Global’s mission and strategy.

APAC CEO, Andrew Price is enthused by this next step for the APAC business. “During this time of rapidly evolving global marketing trends, HH Global is prepared to deliver sophisticated solutions and flexibility to our clients.The office expansion demonstrates our strong commitment to the growing Chinese market.”

The address of the new office is:
E2-11F Jun Yao International Plaza
No.789, Zhaojiabang Road
Xuhui district
Shanghai, China

About HH Global
HH Global Ltd., founded in 1991, is a leading, independent marketing execution partner to prominent brands in over 40 countries. The company offers innovative and tailored solutions for the outsourced procurement of all types of printed marketing materials, packaging, and creative production services, that drive down cost, speed time to market, improve quality, and increase sustainability.

Every HH Global solution utilizes HHub, a best-in-class marketing execution application, an expansive list of suppliers, proprietary processes, and the deep expertise of over 900 employees. The company also operates HH Labs, the center of its innovation program, that brings fresh, new ideas to clients. With more than $500M in spend under management, HH Global maintains a razor-sharp focus on cost and quality, combined with an industry-leading sustainability program, offering improvements that provide both fiscal and environmental value.

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Dany Antoun

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Starbucks First-Ever China Investor Conference Highlights Accelerated Store Growth in its Fastest Growing Market, Doubling to 6,000 Stores by End of FY2022
May 16, 2018
  • Starbucks accelerates net new store growth to 600 per year, expanding to approximately 100 new cities to reach 230 cities across Mainland China by end of FY2022
  • Expects to more than triple revenue and more than double operating income in China over the next 5 years, relative to FY2017
  • Announces the launch of new Starbucks® chilled cups this June as part of plans to expand Ready-to-Drink premium points of distribution to 125,000 in 400 cities
  • Nestlé Global Coffee Alliance to further extend Starbucks reach and scale throughout China
  • Purpose-driven Starbucks China and The Starbucks Foundation reaffirm $20 million USD (RMB 132 million) five-year commitment to social impact programs

    SHANGHAI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) presented the company’s key drivers that will fuel China’s market growth over the next five years at its first-ever China Investor Conference. Through the company’s purpose-driven growth agenda in China, Starbucks is focused on enhancing its immersive, coffee-forward approach to elevating the third place, building deeper customer relationships in digital and extending the Starbucks Experience to the on-the-go and at-home consumers. Supported by these initiatives, the company announced plans to build 600 net new stores annually over the next five years in Mainland China – a goal that will double the market’s store count from the end of FY2017 to 6,000 across 230 cities. The company also announced plans to more than triple revenue and more than double operating income in China by the end of FY2022, relative to FY2017 levels.

    “The power of our brand in China, the strength and momentum in our business, and the world-class Chinese leadership team give me great confidence in our ability to capture the enormous growth opportunities ahead in this dynamic market,” said Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and chief executive officer. “No Western company or brand is better positioned to evolve with the rapidly expanding Chinese middle class – and we continue to mindfully evolve a coffee culture in China where the reward will be healthy, long-term, profitable growth for decades to come. We are committed to long-term investment in China.”

    “Starbucks is committed to playing the long game in China and is proud to be an integral part of the local community for nearly 20 years. Our company has a strong, healthy, responsible business with purpose-driven values that celebrates our incredible 47 years of coffee expertise in sourcing, roasting, blending and handcrafting some of the world’s finest coffees,” said Belinda Wong, Starbucks China chief executive officer. “The strong trusted relationships between our partners and customers give me great confidence in our ability to deliver our long-term growth while continuing to make investments in China, for China.”

    Disciplined growth in China

    Today, Starbucks operates approximately 3,300 stores in 141 cities in China and employs 45,000 partners (employees). With a new store opening every 15 hours, Starbucks China’s steadfast commitment to disciplined growth, from real estate selection to partner training and operational excellence, has resulted in a store portfolio that has some of the company’s most innovative, efficient and profitable stores. Starbucks newest class of stores in China are delivering the highest average unit volumes, return on investment and profitability of any of the market’s prior store classes in its history – a clear demonstration that customers in China continue to embrace the Starbucks brand.

    Enhancing our multi-sensory approach to building the third place

    Starbucks has created a brand roadmap to deepen coffee knowledge and human connection – creating a Starbucks Discovery Journey that manifests itself into a unique store development process and respect for local heritage specific to China. This journey starts with locally curated core store experiences. In 2014, Starbucks built its first Starbucks ReserveTM Bar to deepen customer coffee engagement and provide immersive experiences. With more than 150 locations currently, the company plans to reach 200 ReserveTM Bar stores by the end of FY2018.

    Since opening the Starbucks ReserveTM Roastery in Shanghai nearly six months ago, it has become recognized as a highly dynamic and immersive coffee-forward retail experience, delivering premiumization to the coffee category and fueling the next wave of transformation that is elevating the Starbucks Experience in China.

    Next month, the company will open its newest multi-level flagship format – the Beijing Fun flagship store. Located inside the high-traffic Beijing Fun shopping area, this will be the largest store globally, aside from the Roasteries. It will deliver the immersive experience found at the Roasteries through three distinct craft bar experiences: Starbucks ReserveTM coffees, TeavanaTM teas, and mixology.

    Building deeper digital customer relationships further extending the experience of the third place

    Starbucks digital flywheel in China is the foundation that will help elevate the experience in stores and drive customer loyalty. It will enable the company to unlock many new features, such as personalization, Mobile Order and Pay (MOP) and delivery service.

    With the number of active past 90-day loyalty members nearly tripling over the past four years to almost 7 million, and 90 percent of members actively engaging via the Starbucks app, Starbucks China offers the most innovative mobile ecosystem of the Starbucks portfolio globally. Having pioneered “Say it with Starbucks,” a social gifting feature on WeChat less than 18 months ago, Starbucks today, announced “Say it with Starbucks” is now also available on the Alibaba platform, solidifying its leadership position as an experiential brand in China.

    Building on the first augmented reality experience at the Shanghai Roastery, Starbucks tested this technology in its core stores this past February during Chinese New Year. The company sees great opportunities to enhance the partner and customer connection through this digital feature.

    Among Starbucks global portfolio, China is leading in terms of digital payment, with greater than 60-percent digital tender mix, and 80-percent cashless, greatly improving the partner and customer experience alike.

    Extending the Starbucks Experience to the on-the-go and at-home consumer

    Over the next five years, the Starbucks Ready-to-Drink (RTD) business in China is expected to expand to more than 400 major Chinese cities across more than 125,000 premium points of distribution in partnership with Tingyi, a leader in China’s RTD beverage category.

    On June 12, the company will introduce the Starbucks® chilled cup platform with four flavors, introducing a new Starbucks category to the Chinese consumer. This beverage platform is expected to quickly become a preferred on-the-go format for coffee and tea in China. The chilled cup platform builds on the success of Starbucks DoubleshotTM RTD beverages which were introduced last month.

    In addition, Starbucks will look to leverage the recently announced global coffee alliance with Nestlé to provide even more at-home options to the Chinese consumer in the future. The alliance will enable Starbucks Channel Development to grow its reach and scale in the single-serve and foodservice businesses, leveraging Nestlé's reach to expand Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) presence from 28 countries to nearly 190 countries around the world. The alliance will also bring Starbucks Coffee to both the Nespresso and Nescafé Dolce Gusto machine platforms around the world.

    A purpose driven growth agenda with partners, social impact at the core

    Starbucks purpose-driven growth agenda in China is rooted in the belief that a company must do well to do good to make a bigger impact in the community. Core to this agenda is the company’s focus on its partners and social impact.

    Partner experience elevation

    Continuing to elevate the partner experience is foundational to driving long-term growth in China. The company holistically invests in benefits that are locally-relevant. This includes Bean Stock and comprehensive health insurance for all eligible Starbucks China partners and their families. In addition, Starbucks China partners receive housing allowance subsidies to help young retail partners overcome their financial challenges of living outside their hometowns. The importance of family values in Chinese culture is also embedded in the benefits eligible Starbucks China partners receive, as evidenced by the pioneering of critical illness coverage for more than 14,000 parents of Chinese partners. Collectively, these actions continue to yield results for the company with significantly lower partner turnover relative to industry benchmarks as well as increased labor productivity experienced over the past five years.

    Responsibility and commitment to the country’s future

    Starbucks is committed to using its scale and success to give back to communities as the company continues to grow in China. Undertaking a series of commitments, The Starbucks Foundation and Starbucks China are contributing meaningful and enduring social impact through poverty alleviation by creating opportunities for groups facing barriers, strengthening partner-driven and locally relevant community engagement, and improving the lives of Yunnan coffee farmers and their families through a $20 million USD (RMB 132 million) five-year commitment.

    “As a purpose-driven company, we have a strong responsibility to the future of China – this vision fuels our passion each day and drives us to exceed the expectations of our partners and customers,” said Wong. “These initiatives reaffirm the strategic role of the China market and highlight Starbucks ongoing aspiration to elevate our partners, customers and communities to create an environment where everyone can thrive.”

    Webcast Details

    The event webcast, including closed captioning, can be accessed on the company’s website: A replay of the webcast and slides shown during the presentations will be available on the company’s website. The webcast will remain available for replay through June 15, 2018.

    About Starbucks

    Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at or

    Forward Looking Statement

    Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “feel,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would,” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These statements are based upon information available to Starbucks as of the date hereof, and Starbucks actual results or performance could different materially from those stated or implied due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in U.S. and international economies and currencies, our ability to preserve, grow and leverage our brands, potential negative effects of incidents involving food or beverage-borne illnesses, tampering, adulteration, contamination or mislabeling, potential negative effects of material breaches of our information technology systems to the extent we experience a material breach, material failures of our information technology systems, costs associated with, and the successful execution of, the company’s initiatives and plans, the acceptance of the company’s products by our customers, the impact of competition, coffee, dairy and other raw materials prices and availability, the effect of legal proceedings, and other risks detailed in the company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section of the Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 1, 2017. The company assumes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

    Starbucks Corporation
    Investor Relations:
    Tom Shaw, 206-318-7118
    Marianne Duong, 206-318-7100

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    Office Etiquette – Don’t Be The Office Pain!
    JMAMONI Lifestyle & Etiquette Institute Pte. Ltd.
    May 11, 2018

    While working in an office, it is essential that you follow the Basic Office Etiquette. It is important for employees to maintain a professional atmosphere at the office, after all, this does not only help in making the company/brand look more professional, something that always attracts clients, but may also cost or help your career. It’s your choice! The more professional the environment the more respectable the company will look. Hire professionals and they’ll dress and behave professionally!

    Here are some of the basic office etiquette that everyone needs to be aware of!

    Firstly, take care of your attire, remember it is Dress for Success!

    While going to your workplace, you need to look your best. After all, it’s about displaying professionalism in everything you do and business is not a casual affair. You need to understand that office attire is completely different from what you might wear at home or while you hangout with your friends. Although some companies may not “force” their employees to follow a particular dress code, however, it is common knowledge that you dress to portray a professional look. If you don’t only want to rely on your mirror and may need a GPS to steer you in a fashionable direction, my Style Workshop can help you to get on the right track to dress for success!

    Remember to make a lasting impression and you’ll gain trust!

    Try not to goof around. You need to look as professional as you can. Don’t be loud, keep your head in your work, you don’t want to cause inconvenience for your co-workers (civility in the workplace). Make sure to meet and greet everyone you are introduced to and try to remember their names. Also, make sure that you are always polite and courteous. Just use the general phrases that we are all familiar with such as ‘excuse me’ when you want to grab someone’s attention or when you sneeze. Saying ‘please’ when asking for a favor and ‘sorry’ when you need to show that you didn’t mean for something to happen just makes others feel comfortable and respected. Thank the person when they help you out.

    Try not to borrow people’s things, even if it’s just a stapler, without their permission. Make sure you don’t interrupt people when they’re talking, whether it is during a meeting or a casual conversation. Also, you need to understand that you must respect others privacy. You should not walk into their cubicle without knocking. Remember, the more courteous you are the more people will like you and the more trust you can build.

    Be organized and well groomed!

    Another thing that you must take care of is cleanliness. Make sure your desk or your cubicle is not messed up. This will not only show how professional you are but will make it easier to keep things organized.

    Remember to wash your personal tea cup after you’re done with it and not just leave it in the pantry or on your desk. Remember to keep yourself groomed because the better you look the better you’ll feel and you’ll project a positive “well-put” image.

    Never be late, after all being late is not only unprofessional but also show how disrespectful you are and your credibility is at display. Lastly, do not do things that portray you feel bored or sleepy so watch out for your body language. We are constantly communicating without being verbal. Keep your head up high, don’t yawn or rest your head on the desk. Show your boss you are engaged in your work and the rest comes from alone referring your career ladder (Business Etiquette).

    Company JMAMONI Lifestyle & Etiquette Institute Pte. Ltd.
    Contact Juliana Mamoni
    Telephone +65 833 279 23
    Explore the techniques and discover the secrets of the world's most talented chefs
    May 10, 2018

    Chicago --( ASIA TODAY )-- The industry's most celebrated chefs and thought-leaders share their culinary prowess and industry insights at the 2018 National Restaurant Association, Restaurant Hotel Motel Show® in Chicago, USA, from 19-22 May. From the latest trends to mastered skills and techniques to fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, participants will get a little of everything at the World Culinary Showcase.

    World Culinary Showcase will feature internationally acclaimed chefs with a wide range of culinary specialties and runs all four days of the Restaurant Show.

    The 2018 World Culinary Showcase lineup includes:

    Masaharu Morimoto - @chef_morimoto - Japanese chef Morimoto stars in Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. He has opened more than 15 restaurants around the globe, earning critical praises that includes a James Beard award and a spot on Food & Wine's "Best U.S. Restaurant Openings."

    Govind Armstrong - @govindarmstrong - For the past two decades, Armstrong has been instrumental in the evolution of California’s local-focused regional cuisine. His Post & Beam serves California-inspired soul food that consistently tops annual "Best of Los Angeles" lists.

    Sarah Grueneberg - @chefsarahjayne - Grueneberg is currently chef/partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in Chicago’s West Loop. Since opening in 2015, Monteverde has won multiple accolades, including the 2018 "Restaurant of the Year" Jean Banchet Award.

    Rick Bayless - @Rick_Bayless - Since 1987 Bayless has been changing the way America eats Mexican, with four award-winning restaurants in Chicago, two quick-service brands and a retail line of sauces, salsas and more. He has won six James Beard Awards and his contributions to the community have garnered awards both at home and in Mexico.

    Anne Burrell - @chefanneburrell - Best known as the host of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America well as other shows, Burrell has worked at some of New York's top restaurants, competed on The Next Iron Chef, and written a New York Times best-selling cookbook.

    Michael Mina - @ChefMichaelMina - A 2013 inductee into the James Beard Foundation "Who’s Who of Food & Beverage," Mina has dazzled the culinary world with bold dining concepts and contributed to San Francisco’s reputation as a world-class epicurean destination for 20+ years.

    Charles Phan - @charlesphansf - Phan pioneered modern Vietnamese cuisine in America as executive chef and owner of the Slanted Door family of restaurants. His current restaurants in San Francisco are The Slanted Door, Out the Door, OTD, Hard Water, and the newly opened Rice & Bones in Berkeley.

    Barton Seaver - @bartonseaver - Seaver is on a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, land, and each other—through dinner. He has translated his illustrious career as a chef into his leadership in the area of sustainable seafood innovations.

    Takashi Yagihashi - @ChefTakashi - Takashi’s signature fusion of French, Asian, and American cuisines has delighted diners and critics for more than 35 years. In addition to winning Michelin stars for Takashi, Michelin Bib Gourmand Awards for Slurping Turtle, and countless “best of” accolades, he is a fan favorite on televised chef competitions.

    Antonia Lofaso - Lofaso's Scopa and Black Market Liquor Bar reflect her Italian-American heritage, creativity, and classic training. She has appeared on Iron Chefand Cutthroat Kitchen and is the author of The Busy Mom's Cookbook which offers recipes for quick home-cooked meals and shares her own story.

    Joe Flamm - @FlammJoe - The executive chef of Chicago’s Michelin-starred Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia, Flamm just won season 15 of Bravo’s Top Chef. Prior to joining Tony Mantuano at Spiaggia, Flamm worked alongside some of Chicago’s best-known chefs including Stephanie Izard, Art Smith, and Bill Kim.

    Chris Cosentino - @ChefCosentino1 - Best known as co-owner of San Francisco’s celebrated Cockscomb, Portland’s Jackrabbit, and Acacia House in Napa Valley, Cosentino is influencing a generation of chefs with his creative, whole-animal cuisine. Cosentino has authored two cookbooks and won season four of Top Chef Masters. He is a passionate cyclist and philanthropist.

    Successful foodservice professionals never stop learning. Join thousands as industry experts share their tricks of the trade. Besides getting up close with your favorite celebrity chef performing wonders on stage, experience hands-on classes, culinary sessions, and FABI Awardee Tasting events at Foodamental Studio. Foodamental Studio gives you direct access to the secrets behind the latest food trends. Throughout the four days of the Show, there will be more than 14 workshops. Detailed information about each session is already available online.

    Don’t miss the Bellavita Italian Pavilion as it lays Italy at participants’ doorstep with artisan products and demos by Italian chefs for four days of amazing food, extraordinary wine, and superb dishes. Chefs include three-Michelin-star recipient Massimo Bottura (@massimobottura), Iron Chef America Judge Mario Rizzotti (@RizzottiMari) John Coletta (@ChefJohnColetta – Gibsons Restaurant), Adam Weisell (Osteria Aurelia), Heidi Hedeker (Slow Food Chicago, Kendall College) and Mark Grimes (Che Figata).

    Emerging technologies. Trending products. Culinary inspiration. Industry education. Expert-led insights. ALL IN ONE PLACE. To learn more about the Restaurant Show and obtain information about exhibitors, education sessions and much more, please visit


    About the National Restaurant Association

    Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 14 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest annual trade show (Restaurant Show, May 19-22, 2018, in Chicago); the leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); and a unique career-building high school program (NRAEF's ProStart). For more information, visit and find us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

    Marc Lapides
    Vice President, Convention Marketing, Communications and Programming
    National Restaurant Association
    Phone: +1-312-853-2532

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    2018 MEDICARE TAIWAN & SenCARE Three New Themes Synchronizing the Latest Medical Trends
    May 09, 2018

    The 2018 MEDICARE TAIWAN (Taiwan International Medical & Healthcare Exhibition) and SenCARE (Taiwan International Senior Lifestyle and Health Care Show) create an international platform for traders in medical industry in Taiwan.

    To take place from June 21 to 24 at Taiwan World Trade Center, Hall 1(TWTC), these two trade shows will gather 400 key exhibitors in the medical industry to demonstrate their latest products in the categories of electro-medical equipment, diagnostic equipment, medical disposables, rehabilitation equipment, and mobility aids.

    With Taiwan's mature ICT and high-tech industries, many key industrial players have been keen to explore the medical and healthcare markets. The trend encourages the development of medical services, as well as increases medical tourism in Taiwan.

    Some new themes are set for 2018:

    Medical Technology & IoT Applications

    Taiwan's smart healthcare companies such as AVALUE, Manifold Health Tech, and SOMNICS will showcase intelligent systems, medical solutions and medical monitors.

    Factory of Intelligent Additive Manufacturing Medical Devices (FoiAM)

    Taiwan's first demonstration area focusing on 3D-printed implantable medical devices was established by Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

    Taiwan Medical Specialty Alliance

    Hospitals and clinics form partnerships to impress international visitors with high quality service and the first-class healthcare facilities, which attract overseas tourists to experience Taiwan's customized medical treatments.

    Several events will run simultaneously at the venue, including professional seminars, procurement meetings, and new product launches. These events are arranged to help our buyers discover more about our exceptional exhibitors and provide them with the opportunity to access the latest of the medical industry.

    NRI Upgrades I-STAR Suite for T+1 Settlement of Japanese Government Bonds
    May 09, 2018

    TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today NRI (TOKYO: 4307), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions completed the upgrade of its popular I-STAR Suite to support T+0 settlements of general collateral repurchase transactions which is promoted by Japan Securities Clearing Corporation (JSCC).

    I-STAR Suite has recently been updated to I-STAR/CORE to provide enriched real-time processing, reliability and expandability. This successful upgrade prepared I-STAR Suite to be ready for T+1 settlement of Japanese government bonds.

    I-STAR/LC, a functionality of I-STAR/CORE can now calculate and submit allocable balances stating the issues available for allocation and their balance by each netting account or fund (positive list) to JSCC in real-time. Real-time submissions enable I-STAR users to improve the efficiency of operations as well as to increase organizational transparency.

    As an application service provider (ASP) solution, NRI’s I-STAR Suite of solutions enables users to respond in a timely manner to regulatory changes in the industry, while also reducing the cost burden of upgrading the system each time.

    The JSCC is currently completing an initiative to enhance the competitiveness of Japanese capital markets and finance, as well as to secure post-trade processing infrastructure.

    “NRI has been working in parallel with the JSCC’s regulatory changes to ensure that financial institutions can transition their operations to the new regulations,” said Masaaki Yamazaki, Managing Director of NRI. “We’re excited to complete this new set of functionalities in one of our most popular solution suites to assure a smooth transition for our customers.”

    About NRI

    NRI (Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.), founded in 1965, delivers innovative solutions to your problems by providing insight-driven research, consulting and managed services. Leveraging our expertise, NRI caters to a wide range of operational needs of the international financial services community to establish new industry standard service. NRI empowers clients with a team of 13,000 skilled professionals in more than 50 offices globally.

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    Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and vCargo Cloud Launch World's First Blockchain-Based e-Certificate of Origin
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    May 08, 2018

    SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - The world's first blockchain-based platform for electronic certificates of origin ("eCOs") was unveiled in Singapore today to industry leaders by the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce ("SICC" or the "Chamber") and Singapore-based cross-border trade facilitation solutions provider vCargo Cloud Pte. Ltd. ("VCC").

    As the first chamber in the world to implement blockchain-based eCOs, SICC seeks to provide its members, trade-related agencies and users of complementary services such as trade financing and insurance with a trade facilitation system that offers higher security, efficiency and flexibility. The launch will see an initial group of users moving to the new system, with the remaining users transiting in subsequent phases.

    The solution was developed by VCC, SICC's technology partner and a 50.01%-owned subsidiary of SGX-listed DeClout Limited. The platform will vastly improve transparency, security and efficiency in authenticating trade documents. It permits instant verification of eCOs and runs on a private blockchain network that prevents fraud, alterations and third-party interference.

    SICC and VCC unveiled the platform at a ceremony officiated by Guest-of-Honour Mr Chua Taik Him, Senior Advisor of Enterprise Singapore, which was attended by over 100 senior officials from trade-related agencies and industry leaders.

    The platform represents a quantum leap in processing trade-related documents by hosting information of trade transactions on a tamper-proof distributed ledger system, which can be authenticated and accessed by various stakeholders of the platform.

    A certificate of origin ("CO") is an international trade document which certifies that the goods in a specific shipment have been wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in the stated country.

    VCC's platform utilises QR codes, allowing eCOs to be scanned using smart phones and then printed. The number of allowable prints is restricted to prevent unauthorised duplicates. This improves efficiency and minimises the costs of verifying COs, removing a major impediment in the process and a frequent cause of high insurance or trade finance costs.

    VCC intends to leverage on the Singapore launch to promote the platform globally, beginning with Asian countries that are substantive manufacturing exporters such as Japan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, using the pay-per-use model.

    The launch of the blockchain-based eCO platform comes amidst the Singapore Government's call for a Self-Certification regime through the ASEAN Single Window, which aims to expedite freight clearance and reduce manual paperwork across all 10 member countries. This new solution will also strengthen Singapore's position as a global innovation hub and reinforces the city-state's strong commitment to driving the digitalisation of trade to improve productivity.

    Mr Victor Mills, Chief Executive of SICC, said: "SICC is honoured and fortunate to have the opportunity to work with VCC on the launch of its platform. My team has provided input for the design of a 21st century system which will benefit customers, the Chamber and all authorised operators alike. This new eCO system revolutionises what are today still essentially 19th century processes, providing greater security for all users as well as a clear, unambiguous audit trail through the use of blockchain technology. I would like to congratulate VCC on its launch."

    Mr Desmond Tay, Chief Executive Officer of VCC, commented: "The launch of our smart eCO solution will make VCC the first in the trade and logistics industry to introduce the capability to make our eCOs immutable. This blockchain capability will be incorporated into other components within our CamelONE cross-border digital platform, making our platform even more secure and robust. As an industry leader with established partnerships and an extensive regional presence, VCC will strive to deliver continual improvements and innovations in our solutions to meet the rising global demand for the digitalisation of trade and logistics processes."

    About Singapore International Chamber of Commerce

    SICC was founded in Singapore in 1837 making it the city-state's longest serving voice of the private sector. More importantly, SICC today is Singapore's most inclusive Chamber and its best platform for business networking in the full sense of the word. The SICC engagement platform cuts across all potential silos of ethnicity, nationality and business sector. The Chamber represents over 600 companies, 40 nationalities and 20 business sectors. Membership is equally split between local and foreign multi-nationals and large organizations and medium, small and start-up companies. SICC's diverse members are a truly representative slice of the Singapore business community. An independent advocate for business, SICC shares its members' recommendations on government policy with policymakers and politicians. The Chamber focuses its activities on 4 main pillars: human capital, collaborative innovation, championing the circular economy and certification services. For more information, please visit

    About vCargo Cloud (VCC)

    Headquartered in Singapore, with offices in Kenya and China, VCC is one of DeClout's portfolio companies under the Vertical Domain Clouds ("VDC") segment. VCC is a leading e-trade and e-logistics platform provider that offers e-trade and e-freight solutions through its CamelONE platform to governments and companies worldwide.

    Backed by a team of experienced IT and logistics professionals, VCC revolutionizes the e-logistics marketplace by allowing businesses in the trade, supply chain and logistics industries to converge, exchange data, communicate and collaborate virtually on its cloud platform.

    VCC's key strategic partners include CAAS, IATA, IE Singapore, IMDA, Singapore Cooperation Enterprise, SPRING Singapore and various trade associations. For more information, please visit

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    How To Run A Greener Business
    May 03, 2018

    You may already think that you run a green and sustainable business, but the reality is that most business owners generate more waste than they might realize. As consumers are beginning to shift their mindset towards doing business with firms that not only have accessible environmental and sustainable policies but are also making changes to make their product line greener too, then it is up to you as a business owner to make sure that you do not get left behind in today’s green thinking world. If you thought that running a greener business was far too expensive for your business plan, then think again. You too can run a green and sustainable business that could even reduce your running costs, while making your sales targets soar.

    Change company culture

    If you want to make a move to run a greener and more sustainable business, then the chances are that you will need to make a few changes from within to shift your company mindset towards making green and ecological choices. Be sure to share your new business goals and targets with employees, as you will need to have your workforce on side and ready to help you to meet your new green objectives. Explain how and why you are going to make changes to improve your business and be prepared to answer any questions or concerns that your employees may have. Change company culture towards acting in a greener and more efficient way, and your entire company will benefit as a result.

    Save money

    Did you know that acting in a greener and more sustainable way could even save your business money overall? In fact, going green will have a marked impression on your overhead costs, as you reduce your expenditure on power and look to use more sustainable and ethical suppliers to keep your office supplies or even coffee cups stocked up. Choosing a different way of keeping your business essentials topped up, not only will ensure that you begin to make a positive difference to how your company is run, you may surprise yourself at how ethical suppliers or smaller companies may even be much cheaper than their big-name rivals.

    Rethink your business plan

    Finally, if you are looking to run a greener and more sustainable business, then you will also need to rethink your business plan to ensure that you incorporate this angle as one of your goals. Consider sites such as Investor Mint that provide information into loan providers such as kabbage review, essential you need to give your business finances a boost. Make sure that you factor in any costs or new green projects that you feel deserve your spending and investment. It will then be up to you to ensure that you follow your plan and make a difference in both your business and the planet.

    So, if you normally shy away from running a greener business then think again. You could be saving your company money and time, while you also are guaranteed to have a positive impact on the wider world also.

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