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Ackenting Group Moves To Digitalise Its Data Amid COVID-19

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 23 April 2021 - Ackenting Group has announced its plans to digitalise its accounting data in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means having access to data source for employees to do their work without having to sight physical documents and compromise their performance. With the current travel restrictions, this technological solution also solves cross border consultations for its clients. The COVID-19 crisis has also resulted in various local businesses looking to switch to more cost-efficient service providers. With Ackenting Group's position as a mid-tier audit firm, it is able to cater to the changing market and provide cost-effective accounting services in Singapore. The onboarding of these new clients and the work from home arrangement have shaken up the way Ackenting Group operates, necessitating the integration of technology into all aspect of the company's operations. With the pandemic pushing business consultations online, the digitalisation of Ackenting Group's data facilitates easy sharing of documents during client meetings. Focusing on employee welfare is part of the firm's greater efforts to address another challenge it faces: the high turnover rate in the industry. Beyond providing digital convenience and accessibility for employees to carry out their work, Ackenting Group has also implemented various policies to retain its talents. By introducing a more work-life balance working environment and reduction in its staff's project portfolio, the firm is looking at a 30% reduction in staff overtime. The company is also working to reward them with performance incentives and staff remuneration package that are 10-20% higher than its peers in the industry. As numerous businesses look to embrace technology, Ackenting Group hopes its digitalisation strategy will complement its strong employee welfare policies to further develop the company's brand in Asia. Currently, the firm has a te ......read more

Nanyang Gifts' Business Operation Changes During COVID19

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 23 April 2021 - Nanyang Gifts has seen a change in their business operations during COVID19 in order to keep up with the challenges posed by the global pandemic. Through versatility and innovative approaches, the corporate gift supplier is introducing custom hampers and gift packs with home delivery as an alternative source of income. On top of offering its extensive range of quality and affordable customised corporate gifts, the company has channeled their efforts to designing custom hampers and gift packs that can be delivered to homes. With this, organisations can purchase these wholesale care packs and deliver them to every of their employee's homes, some even going up as many as 5000 pax. As part of an industry that heavily relies on customer-facing activities, Nanyang Gifts has seen a decline in their sales. Their main business is dependent on events, such as dinner and dance, corporate trade shows and exhibitions, which have temporarily ceased during the onset of COVID19. Nanyang Gifts also faced another challenge wherein companies have slashed their budgets on corporate gifts for staffs and new hires. The significant decrease in events, compounded by the reduced marketing budgets caused Nanyang Gift's sales to take a prominent dip. The company recognises the need to implement a new approach to adapt to the changes. With the changes in business operation, they are able to see a significant growth in their sales and client base. As to date, their large clientele spans various industries, with some notable ones being Singapore Management University, British American Tobacco, Singapore Pools, IKEA, Motorola and many more. For more information, please visit https://nanyanggifts.com...read more

Ultimaker transforms into a platform business driving innovation and growth globally

New platform strategy and software plans, launched at Ultimaker Transformation Summit, leverage unique Ecosystem SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 23 April 2021 - Increasing volatility in global markets, driven by events such as the current pandemic, highlight the need for businesses to increase the flexibility of their operations. Some turned to 3D printing technology and solutions to stay on top of their supply chains. Ultimaker, a leader in the professional 3D printing industry, today enables companies to make the most of their operations by bundling all Ultimaker 3D printers with Ultimaker Essentials software. This gives customers one platform to fully leverage the Ultimaker Ecosystem, offering the largest diversity of products and services in the industry. Today's announcement at the Ultimaker Transformation Summit also includes the launch of two new software subscription plans, Ultimaker Professional and Ultimaker Excellence, to help businesses globally scale and professionalize 3D printing. The Platform The 3D printing platform launched by Ultimaker enables the development, nurturing and orchestration of Ecosystem products and services including hardware add-ons, materials, software, and other services. To ensure the best customer experience Ultimaker will certify Ecosystem products and services that have been tested with the platform. Ultimaker will provide open interfaces, APIs and other tools for the development community and support these communities to drive further innovation and use cases. The platform focuses on the end-to-end workflows, from enabling engineers to collaborate on a design, to storing applications, and printing on demand. Jürgen von Hollen, CEO at Ultimaker: "Ultimaker is uniquely positioned as a leader in the professional 3D printing segment, delivering both hardware and software solutions. The platform is the evolution, elevating our current capabilities and enabling our partners and diverse ......read more

S&P and Moody’s Assign First-time "B" and "B2" Ratings respectively to Datang

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - Chinese property developer - Datang Group Holdings Limited ("Datang" or the "Company"; together with the subsidiaries, the "Group"; HKEx stock code: 2117) is pleased to announce that S&P Global Ratings ("S&P") has assigned a "B" long-term issuer credit rating to the Group with a stable outlook and Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's) has assigned a "B2" corporate family rating to the Group with a stable outlook. These are the first-time ratings granted to the Group by authoritative international rating agencies.S&PS&P says the rating reflects Datang's progress in its ambitious plan to expand beyond its home markets, transforming from a small operating scale mainly focused around lower-tier cities. The Company's good market position and sales execution in its home market Nanning and improving geographic diversification temper its risks.S&P forecasts Datang's 2021 contracted sales to be RMB47 billion to RMB49 billion based on a sell-through rate of 65%-68%, in line with 66% in 2020. In S&P's view, the Company made solid progress in contracted sales in the first quarter of 2021 because its sales of RMB93.5 billion already accounted for about 19% of its full-year estimate. As the Company increases its presence in the Yangtse River Delta, S&P expects a gradual increase in sell-through rate. S&P also believes Datang will maintain a satisfactory cash collection rate of around 90% for the next 12 months, as the company has seen a solid rebound in cash collection in the first quarter of 2021.The stable outlook reflects S&P's view that Datang will maintain steady sales growth, while expanding into the Yangtze River Delta region. S&P also expects the Company to sustain solid revenue growth over the next 12 months on the back of its adequate sold but unrecognized revenue.Moody'sMood's says the rating reflects the Company's growing operating scale and good execution capability in its key mar ......read more

CPP Investments and ESR upsize joint investment in Korea Income JV to US$1 billion

New capital will fund further opportunities in Korean logistics real estate SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ("CPP Investments") and ESR Cayman Limited ("ESR"; SEHK Stock Code: 1821) today announced an expansion of their Korea Income Joint Venture ("Korea Income JV"). CPP Investments and ESR will collectively upsize their investment in the vehicle by a further US$500 million, with CPP Investments contributing the majority of the capital. The new capital will effectively double the size of the venture to US$1 billion in total equity allocation. The Korea Income JV was established in 2018 to focus on investments in income producing logistics assets located in major metropolitan areas of South Korea. The portfolio, which is managed by ESR Kendall Square, consisted of 12 institutional-grade modern logistics facilities with an aggregate GFA of 774,666 sqm. Six of the 12 assets were divested to ESR Kendall Square's Korea Logistics REIT in December 2020.Jimmy Phua, Head of Asia Real Estate at CPP Investments, said, "Korea is already one of the most developed e-commerce markets in Asia and the pandemic has accelerated the growth in the past year, further fuelling the demand for quality logistics facilities. By expanding our successful joint venture with ESR, we are able to meet the fast-growing demand and strengthen our leadership position in the market, ultimately delivering long-term value for CPP contributors and beneficiaries."Thomas Nam, CEO of ESR Kendall Square, ESR's South Korean platform, remarked, "The upsize of the Korea Income JV is a reflection of the solid performance the vehicle has achieved in the past several years. The positive results demonstrate the strength of our investment strategy and asset management capability as well as the continued confidence of our long-standing capital partner, CPP Investments. The demand and long-term prospects of high quality logistics facilities ......read more

Media OutReach Named A Top Press Release Distribution Service Provider In Asia

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - Media OutReach, the first global newswire founded in Hong Kong in 2009, was named by TMCnet as one of the leading press release distribution services in Asia by TMCnet in its Top 7 Asia Press Release Distribution Services Reviewed feature report. TMCnet is a full-service news portal providing thousands of articles and features covering today's most dynamic technologies, including, IP communications, wireless, CRM, cloud computing, WebRTC, contact center, and information technology.In the report, TMCnet assessed and ranked the press release distribution services on key metrics such as distribution network and proven ability to deliver results; partnership agreements with Asian media outlets, newswires and top news organizations; and return on investment (ROI), with scores based on measurement and analysis tools for benchmarking results with target audience. Under these criteria, Media OutReach was acclaimed as "...the most important and influential Asian PR distribution service" with a "... world-class Asia-Pacific distribution network."Media OutReach is a global newswire whose success is attributed to a number of key factors including: (1) its proprietary technology-led distribution platform that delivers multimedia assets and multilanguage content directly to the inboxes of journalists and editors; (2) its precise journalist and editorial targeting capabilities, thereby maximizing interview and write up opportunities; (3) it is the only press release distribution service that guarantees online postings on real news media thus enhancing online visibility, SEO and empowers social media sharing; (4) its pioneering Media and Journalist Insights dashboard which directly addresses the vexing question of whether journalists open client press releases - by tracking when releases are opened and conversion to write ups. These key factors combined with Media OutReach's in-depth understanding of the media landscape in Asia Pacif ......read more

CPP Investments and ESR upsize joint investment in Korea Income JV to US$1 billion

New capital will fund further opportunities in Korean logistics real estate SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ("CPP Investments") and ESR Cayman Limited ("ESR"; SEHK Stock Code: 1821) today announced an expansion of their Korea Income Joint Venture ("Korea Income JV"). CPP Investments and ESR will collectively upsize their investment in the vehicle by a further US$500 million, with CPP Investments contributing the majority of the capital. The new capital will effectively double the size of the venture to US$1 billion in total equity allocation. The Korea Income JV was established in 2018 to focus on investments in income producing logistics assets located in major metropolitan areas of South Korea. The portfolio, which is managed by ESR Kendall Square, consisted of 12 institutional-grade modern logistics facilities with an aggregate GFA of 774,666 sqm. Six of the 12 assets were divested to ESR Kendall Square's Korea Logistics REIT in December 2020.Jimmy Phua, Head of Asia Real Estate at CPP Investments, said, "Korea is already one of the most developed e-commerce markets in Asia and the pandemic has accelerated the growth in the past year, further fuelling the demand for quality logistics facilities. By expanding our successful joint venture with ESR, we are able to meet the fast-growing demand and strengthen our leadership position in the market, ultimately delivering long-term value for CPP contributors and beneficiaries."Thomas Nam, CEO of ESR Kendall Square, ESR's South Korean platform, remarked, "The upsize of the Korea Income JV is a reflection of the solid performance the vehicle has achieved in the past several years. The positive results demonstrate the strength of our investment strategy and asset management capability as well as the continued confidence of our long-standing capital partner, CPP Investments. The demand and long-term prospects of high quality logistics facilities ......read more

Oyen Launches Digital-First Pet Insurance Platform

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - Malaysians love their furry friends and are increasingly investing in a burgeoning range of pet-related products such as pet hotels, pet grooming services, pet tracking/monitoring gadgets and many more. But pets can also be a heavy responsibility for caring owners, if they get ill or unfortunately suffer an accident. This is why Oyen Sdn Bhd created a digital-first insurance platform - oyen.my - with MSIG Malaysia partnering to underwrite the pet insurance policy. This new platform allows caring pet owners to digitally buy and manage medical insurance for their cats and dogs, quickly and conveniently. Kevin Hoong, Oyen Founder & CEO, said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has fuelled an increase in pet ownership around the world. More people are now working from home and increasingly look to pets to provide companionship and help manage their stress. Many of these new pet owners are first-timers and often millennials, who are more digitally savvy." In the US, the Animal Medical Centre has seen a 25% increase in new pet dogs and cats ownership compared with the previous year prior to the pandemic. An overwhelming percentage of pet owners (74%) in the UK had also said that their pet had helped them with their mental health while they were coping with the lockdowns. "As a busy working adult living on my own, the remote working arrangement limits my physical interactions, which can feel demotivating. I am happy to have my cats, Budi and Nadi, as companions to keep me positive. Oyen provides me with the peace of mind that my cats are always protected. Major plus point - it took me just a few minutes to apply with Oyen online!" Aiman Kamal, 32, a banker & recent customer of Oyen Sdn Bhd. Kevin continued, "Medical costs for pet care can be surprisingly large and an unexpected and unwelcome expense for many owners should their pets get ill or suffer an unfortunate accident. That ......read more

Media OutReach Named A Top Press Release Distribution Service Provider In Asia

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - Media OutReach, the first global newswire founded in Hong Kong in 2009, was named by TMCnet as one of the leading press release distribution services in Asia by TMCnet in its Top 7 Asia Press Release Distribution Services Reviewed feature report. TMCnet is a full-service news portal providing thousands of articles and features covering today's most dynamic technologies, including, IP communications, wireless, CRM, cloud computing, WebRTC, contact center, and information technology. In the report, TMCnet assessed and ranked the press release distribution services on key metrics such as distribution network and proven ability to deliver results; partnership agreements with Asian media outlets, newswires and top news organizations; and return on investment (ROI), with scores based on measurement and analysis tools for benchmarking results with target audience. Under these criteria, Media OutReach was acclaimed as "...the most important and influential Asian PR distribution service" with a "... world-class Asia-Pacific distribution network." Media OutReach is a global newswire whose success is attributed to a number of key factors including: (1) its proprietary technology-led distribution platform that delivers multimedia assets and multilanguage content directly to the inboxes of journalists and editors; (2) its precise journalist and editorial targeting capabilities, thereby maximizing interview and write up opportunities; (3) it is the only press release distribution service that guarantees online postings on real news media thus enhancing online visibility, SEO and empowers social media sharing; (4) its pioneering Media and Journalist Insights dashboard which directly addresses the vexing question of whether journalists open client press releases - by tracking when releases are opened and conversion to write ups. These key factors combined with Media OutReach's in-depth understanding of ......read more

Tsim Sha Tsui Ranked #1 as the Most Expensive Shopping Street in Asia Pacific Despite Biggest Rent Drop in Hong Kong’s History

Rent Declined by 43% for Causeway BayHong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney ranked Top 3 in Asia PacificHONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - Two-thirds of retail strips in Asia Pacific saw rental declines in 2020, with Causeway Bay in Hong Kong experiencing the steepest decline at 43%, according to Cushman & Wakefield's latest Asia Pacific Main Streets Report. Causeway Bay had been #1 across the globe in retail rental value in the last 2 years. Yet, its position was taken over by Tsim Sha Tsui in 2020. Retail rental dropped by 42% and 35% year-on-year for Central and Tsim Sha Tsui respectively. On average, retail space rental value citywide has fell by 38% in Hong Kong over the course of 2020. "Ownership diversity is the key differentiator between Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay retail rental performance. Ownership of Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, the main shopping area, is more centralized when compared with Russell Street of Causeway Bay. In times of crisis, centralized ownership allows for more flexible measures to retain tenants, thus maintaining a more stable trade mix with a cluster of renowned brands with optimal brand impact," said Mr. Kevin Lam, Cushman & Wakefield's Executive Director, Head of Retail Services, Hong Kong. "Looking ahead, with international travel made possible again towards the later part of 2021, together with a stable trade mix, we would expect retail rental performance to recover first in Tsim Sha Tsui district for the same reason," Mr. Lam continued. However, the retail sector in Mainland China had the least disruption amongst all the markets in the region, with average rental declines of 5%. In contrast to the Beijing Central Business District (CBD) which had a 14% decrease in rental in 2020, the Luohu district in Shenzhen saw the largest rental growth of 5%. Mr. Keith Chan, Cushman & Wakefield's Director, Head of Research, Hong Kong, commented, "Hong Kong remained in the to ......read more

AXA becomes the first insurer to join Green Monday ESG Coalition

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - AXA Hong Kong and Macau ("AXA") is proud to be the first insurer to join the "Green Monday ESG Coalition" ("Coalition") as a founding Mission Partner, rendering our full support to combat climate change for a sustainable and resilient future. The Coalition is led by Green Monday Group, a leading green social enterprise headquartered in Hong Kong. It aims to unify businesses with concrete carbon emission reduction actions to achieve the global "Net Zero" goal. As the first and only insurer joining the Coalition, AXA has pledged to combat climate change through a series of innovative green actions and co-creating social education and community projects with Green Monday. Sally Wan, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Hong Kong and Macau, said, "Climate change is our century's biggest challenge. As a global insurance leader, AXA is committed to being a catalyst for action to build a green and sustainable future. We are very pleased to join forces with Green Monday and other like-minded leading firms in this Coalition to take action for our planet. This again brings to life AXA's Purpose - Act for human progress by protecting what matters." AXA Group has been at the forefront of the fight against climate change for years. In the AXA Group "Driving Progress 2023" strategy which was announced in December 2020, reinforcing our climate leadership position is one of the five key strategic actions. With our commitments and actions towards sustainability, we were recognised as the second most responsible insurer in the world by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2020. To learn more about the "Green Monday ESG Coalition", please visit https://greenmonday.org/en/corporate-solutions/. About AXA Hong Kong and Macau AXA Hong Kong and Macau is a member of the AXA Group, a leading global insurer with presence in 54 markets and serving 105 million customers worldw ......read more

Reckitt, Makers of Dettol, Partners with Hilton Hotels in Hong Kong for Hilton CleanStay Programme to Ensure Enhanced Levels of Hygiene for Guests

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - In its partnership with a hospitality group, Dettol maker, Reckitt (previously known as RB) has collaborated with Hilton, one of the world's largest global hospitality companies, to deliver an industry-leading standard of cleanliness and disinfection to Hilton properties with its Hilton CleanStay programme globally. The programme, which continues its roll out in Hilton's hotels in Hong Kong, Conrad Hong Kong and Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok, will enhance the already high safety standards of Hilton's hotels across its 18 brands globally. Reckitt's years of research has led to the development of effective hygiene and disinfection formulas for its products. Dettol, one of the most trusted brands in the industry, was developed over 80 years of expertise and science-based knowledge. Under the Hilton CleanStay programme, guests will experience enhanced protection from Dettol's products in the hotels. As part of the hygiene measures, guests will experience the following: Enhanced protection from Dettol's products such as Dettol Disinfectant Wipes which are used for deep cleaning of high touch-point areas such as elevator panels. Elevated cleaning protocols of high-traffic areas in public spaces to give guests additional peace of mind.The Hilton CleanStay room seal, which will be placed on room doors after the rooms are thoroughly cleaned. Additional disinfection with Dettol products will be applied on high-touchpoint areas in the rooms such as light switches, door handles, TV remotes, thermostats and others. In addition, across Hilton's hotels, guests will see the following implemented as part of the Hilton CleanStay programme: Physical distancing signage in high-traffic areas ensuring guests move around in a safe way. Increased frequency of cleaning high-traffic areas and stations with hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes for public use available throughout hotels at entranc ......read more

Strong Vision towards Carbon Neutrality Brings NEFIN and Mondelez International Together

3,060 state-of-the-art solar panels to be installed on rooftop of Mondelez Thailand plant  BANGKOK, THAILAND & HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 – The leading solar photovoltaic developer and investor in carbon neutrality solutions, NEFIN Group, and leading global snacking company, Mondelez International, signed a Power Purchase Agreement today to kick-off a meaningful partnership allowing the over 7000 sq.m. Mondelez manufacturing facility in Thailand to embrace clean energy. Left: Jirapong Jaroensri, Plant Manager, Mondelez International (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Right: Glenn Lim, CEO of NEFIN Group NEFIN Group is commissioned to design and build a total of 3,060 solar panels with a full capacity to generate 1,346.4 kWp. It is estimated that system can produce an annual solar energy output of 1,988,741 kWh, equivalent to 1,566 tons CO2 offset per annum. "We choose the Earth Day to announce this partnership as it helps convey a deeper meaning than just a PPA project for NEFIN," said Glenn Lim, CEO of NEFIN Group. "We believe all corporates, large and small, should play a key part in combating climate change and embracing sustainability. By announcing the kick-off of this project today, we wish to engage with more decision-makers and stakeholders who want to make a positive change for the environment and for their businesses in the long-run." Mondelez International has an on-going commitment to lead the future of snacking by making snacks the right way to deliver positive impact to the world and the communities where its business operates. As part of the company's mission, Mondelez International focuses its purpose-driven strategy on well-being and sustainability, including reducing environmental impact. The company has established clear sustainability goals and measurable environmental targets. As a result, it had delivered all of its 2020 environmental reduction goals on CO2, wa ......read more

Han Ji-hyun Of SBD Entertainment, Wholly-Owned by Spackman Entertainment Group's Associated Company, Spackman Media Group, Featured in W Korea Magazine for Luxury Brand Gucci

Han Ji-hyun of SBD Entertainment featured alongside Lee Young-dae as their roles as twins from popular K-drama PENTHOUSE in the May edition of W Korea magazine for luxury fashion brand Gucci SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("Spackman Entertainment Group" or the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups, wishes to announce that Han Ji-hyun of SBD Entertainment Inc. ("SBD Entertainment"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group's associated company, Spackman Media Group Limited, is featured in the May edition of W Korea magazine for luxury fashion brand Gucci. Donning Gucci apparel and handbags, Han Ji-hyun of SBD Entertainment and Lee Young-dae posed as twins from their roles in popular K-drama PENTHOUSE in the pictorial for Gucci in W Korea magazine. Other than Han Ji-hyun, SBD Entertainment also represents Son Suk-ku who shall be starring in OTT media service Watcha's original content, UNFRAMED PROJECT. About Spackman Entertainment Group Limited Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("SEGL" or the "Company"), and together with its subsidiaries, (the "Group"), founded in 2011 by Charles Spackman, is one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups. SEGL is primarily engaged in the independent development, production, presentation, and financing of theatrical motion pictures in Korea. According to Variety, Korea was the world's fourth largest box office market in 2019, behind only North America, China and Japan. The Group also invests into and produces Korean television dramas. In addition to our content business, we also own equity stakes in entertainment-related companies and film funds that can financially and strategically complement our existing core operations. SEGL is listed on the Catalist of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited under the ticker 40E. Production Labels SEGL's wholly-owned Zip ......read more

Blue Cross launches brand-new LovePet Outpatient Insurance

Market-first flexible and cost-saving “Sharing Plan” covers up to 3 insured pets  HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - For pet owners, pets are not just animals; they are the loving center of the family, and owners go to great lengths to make sure their pets live healthily and happily. Blue Cross (Asia-Pacific) Insurance Limited understands that most pet owners need simple and practical coverage at an affordable premium, and so its new insurance plan, LovePet Outpatient Insurance (the "Plan"), is a dedicated product set to be the standalone pet insurance plan with coverage exclusively for vet consultation and third-party liability. The Plan provides market's first "Sharing Plan" in Hong Kong, which is available for pet owners who have 2 or 3 pets at a time, with coverage shared by all insured pets, thereby pet owners do not need to take out a separate insurance policy for each pet individually, offering flexibility and cost-effective scheme benefits. The Plan also includes an unlimited number of vet visits per period of insurance. Furthermore, up to HK$300,000 of third-party liability is provided to cover accidental death, bodily injury or illness to a third party, and/or accidental loss of or damage to the third party's property. Customers who successfully enrol in LovePet Outpatient Insurance during the promotional period can also enjoy a 30% discount on the first year premium. The average cost of premium for Sharing Plan is below HK$1[1]per day for a pet. 95% of pet owners have not bought pet insurance; financial concern and unfamiliar with pet insurance are key barriersThere are over 240,000 households[2] with dogs and cats in Hong Kong. In order to further understand the needs of pet owners, Blue Cross conducted a survey[3] on pet insurance last year and interviewed over 1,000 pet owners, and found that the vast majority of pet owners have not bought pet insurance. The key findings of the survey are highlighted below:95% of respondents have not ......read more

CPA Australia: One-third of Indian small businesses turn to technology to combat COVID-19

Indian small businesses are more confident than their Asia-Pacific counterparts.Investment in technology helped combat the impact of COVID-19 and increase profitability.Nearly two-thirds of Indian small businesses grew in 2020 and most expect to grow this year.Indian small businesses were most likely to seek external finance in 2021. NEW DELHI, INDIA - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - Nearly two-thirds of Indian small businesses experienced growth in 2020 through technology investment and adoption. They maintain a confidant outlook despite the impact of COVID-19, according to CPA Australia's 2020-21 Asia-Pacific Small Business Survey. The survey canvassed 4,227 small businesses in 11 markets across the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Mainland China, Singapore and Vietnam. Five hundred and twelve participants from Delhi/Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad in India participated in the survey. Sixty-five per cent of Indian small businesses reported growth last year, the highest survey result. Reflecting this finding, 56 per cent of respondents increased staff numbers and 58 per cent sought external funds for business growth; both results were the highest in the survey. "Indian small businesses outgrew their Asia-Pacific counterparts last year. However, small business growth varied widely in different cities. Delhi/Gurgaon recorded extremely positive results but other cities like Mumbai were below average," said Mark Chau, Regional General Manager of Business Development International at CPA Australia. "The recent wave of COVID-19 infections may weigh on small businesses' growth prospects and confidence. However, India's small businesses have demonstrated the necessary resilience to rebound once infection rates are brought under control." The survey showed that high growth small businesses are more likely to invest in new technologies and Indian small businesses demonstrated th ......read more

Twitter appoints new Vice President of JAPAC, unifying all revenue markets across the Asia Pacific region

Yu Sasamoto will succeed Maya Hari as she is promoted to lead Twitter’s Global Strategy and Operations SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - Today, Twitter announces that Yu Sasamoto has been appointed to Vice President for the unified region of Twitter Japan, South Korea and Asia Pacific (JAPAC), effective from 1 May 2021. Yu has been promoted to this newly expanded regional role, succeeding Maya Hari, who has been promoted to a global role as Twitter's Vice President of Global Strategy and Operations (GSO). Yu Sasamoto, Vice President of Japan & Asia Pacific, Twitter Yu has led Twitter Japan and South Korea for the past seven years and will now be responsible for Twitter's advertising business across the JAPAC region; including Australia, Greater China, Japan, India, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and South Korea. Yu will move to Twitter's Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore for this expanded regional role. He will continue to serve as the General Manager of Twitter Japan and head of Twitter Client Solutions in Japan until his successor is hired in Tokyo. Yu Sasamoto, VP of Japan and Asia Pacific, Twitter added, "I'm thrilled and honoured to be tasked with leading the powerhouse that is the new unified JAPAC region for Twitter, and working closely with our world-class talent across the region. Not only does Asia boast a rich, diverse culture and society, it also breathes innovation and vibrancy - and being at Twitter means we get to be on the pulse of everything that's happening. I'm looking forward to bringing more people, communities, brands and partners to Twitter as we build on the incredible business momentum from Maya's leadership across the region." Embeddable Link: https://twitter.com/yusasamoto/status/1385035734277496838 Before joining Twitter, Yu's previous experience includes serving as CEO of MTV Japan, Managing Executive Officer of Microsoft's Greater Asia Pacific Region for two years, and COO of restaurant search eng ......read more

Fossil Launches Pro-Planet Cactus Leather Tote Bags and Limited-Edition Solar Watch in Malaysia in Celebration of Earth Month

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - As part of a continued commitment to sustainability, and in celebration of Earth Month, Fossil is proud to launch our latest pro-planet assortment. This collection includes brand new cactus leather tote bags made in partnership with Desserto®, and our second iteration of the limited-edition Solar Watch. The launches follow commitments that Fossil announced in 2019 as part of our ongoing Make Time For Good initiative, dedicated to making change in communities throughout the world through pro-planet materials, products and packaging, as well as reducing our footprint in water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The cactus leather totes and Solar Watch are an example of new materials and sustainable partners that Fossil has cultivated in an increased push towards leaving a lighter footprint for a more sustainable future.Fossil Pro-Planet Cactus Leather Tote Bags Fossil is proud to be one of the first retailers to introduce vegan cactus leather, an innovative material new to the industry, through the collection of Kier Cactus Leather Totes. Each bag is designed with material made from organically grown cactus leaves developed by Desserto®, a Mexico-based company with a focus on sustainable materials. The leaves come from cactus plants that require only rain water and Earth minerals for growth. Once harvested, the leaves are dried in the sun for three to six days, which removes the need for any additional energy source for the drying process. Not only is this an energy-efficient processing technique, but no herbicides, pesticides or irrigation systems are used in the production of the cactus. As a result of this innovative process, each Kier tote saves 7.5 liters of water — the equivalent of fifteen 500 milliliter water bottles. Additionally, each cactus' trunk is left intact to enable repeat harvesting, as the leaves regenerate every six to eight months. The collection will include four stunning colorways — ......read more

Fossil Launches Pro-Planet Cactus Leather Tote Bags and Limited-Edition Solar Watch in Australia in Celebration of Earth Month

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - As part of a continued commitment to sustainability, and in celebration of Earth Month, Fossil is proud to launch our latest pro-planet assortment. This collection includes brand new cactus leather tote bags made in partnership with Desserto®, and our second iteration of the limited-edition Solar Watch. The launches follow commitments that Fossil announced in 2019 as part of our ongoing Make Time For Good initiative, dedicated to making change in communities throughout the world through pro-planet materials, products and packaging, as well as reducing our footprint in water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The cactus leather totes and Solar Watch are an example of new materials and sustainable partners that Fossil has cultivated in an increased push towards leaving a lighter footprint for a more sustainable future.Fossil Pro-Planet Cactus Leather Tote Bags Fossil is proud to be one of the first retailers to introduce vegan cactus leather, an innovative material new to the industry, through the collection of Kier Cactus Leather Totes. Each bag is designed with material made from organically grown cactus leaves developed by Desserto®, a Mexico-based company with a focus on sustainable materials. The leaves come from cactus plants that require only rain water and Earth minerals for growth. Once harvested, the leaves are dried in the sun for three to six days, which removes the need for any additional energy source for the drying process. Not only is this an energy-efficient processing technique, but no herbicides, pesticides or irrigation systems are used in the production of the cactus. As a result of this innovative process, each Kier tote saves 7.5 liters of water — the equivalent of fifteen 500 milliliter water bottles. Additionally, each cactus' trunk is left intact to enable repeat harvesting, as the leaves regenerate every six to eight months. The collection will include four stunning colorways — moss ......read more

Fossil Launches Pro-Planet Cactus Leather Tote Bags and Limited-Edition Solar Watch in Singapore in Celebration of Earth Month

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - As part of a continued commitment to sustainability, and in celebration of Earth Month, Fossil is proud to launch our latest pro-planet assortment. This collection includes brand new cactus leather tote bags made in partnership with Desserto®, and our second iteration of the limited-edition Solar Watch. The launches follow commitments that Fossil announced in 2019 as part of our ongoing Make Time For Good initiative, dedicated to making change in communities throughout the world through pro-planet materials, products and packaging, as well as reducing our footprint in water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The cactus leather totes and Solar Watch are an example of new materials and sustainable partners that Fossil has cultivated in an increased push towards leaving a lighter footprint for a more sustainable future.Fossil Pro-Planet Cactus Leather Tote Bags Fossil is proud to be one of the first retailers to introduce vegan cactus leather, an innovative material new to the industry, through the collection of Kier Cactus Leather Totes. Each bag is designed with material made from organically grown cactus leaves developed by Desserto®, a Mexico-based company with a focus on sustainable materials. The leaves come from cactus plants that require only rain water and Earth minerals for growth. Once harvested, the leaves are dried in the sun for three to six days, which removes the need for any additional energy source for the drying process. Not only is this an energy-efficient processing technique, but no herbicides, pesticides or irrigation systems are used in the production of the cactus. As a result of this innovative process, each Kier tote saves 7.5 liters of water — the equivalent of fifteen 500 milliliter water bottles. Additionally, each cactus' trunk is left intact to enable repeat harvesting, as the leaves regenerate every six to eight months. The collection will include four stunning colorways — moss, wine, ......read more

Arlo Essential Indoor Camera with Automated Privacy Shield for Added Peace of Mind Now Available in Singapore

Award-winning solution gives users the power to decide when their camera is monitoring a room and recording  SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - Arlo Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ARLO), a leading smart home security brand, today announced its all-new Essential Indoor Camera, now available for those who want superior video surveillance and security. Featuring an easy-to-control, automated privacy shield, the camera allows users to automatically activate the privacy shield that covers the camera lens, extending Arlo's commitment to user privacy by delivering unparalleled peace of mind. The versatile Essential Indoor Camera enables users to monitor babies, pets, elderly family members, restaurants, stock rooms and more, with 1080p HD video, a 130-degree diagonal field-of-view, motion and audio detection and full-duplex audio for two-way conversations. With a RRP of S$199, the Essential Indoor Camera is now rolling out in major retailers including Harvey Norman, Challenger, Best Denki and the official Arlo store on Lazada Singapore, Shopee Singapore, Amazon and Arlostore.sg. The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera's unique automated privacy shield is a reassuring feature designed to ease privacy concerns around having a security camera indoors. When the privacy shield is in the disarm mode, recording, motion and audio detection is disabled and won't be enabled until the shield is opened by the user via the Arlo app. Users can also signal the privacy shield to open automatically and begin recording by starting a live stream or changing the camera to arm mode. This gives users the power to decide when their camera is monitoring a room and recording video/audio, and when it is not. "Arlo holds user privacy in the highest regard and the all-new Essential Indoor Camera further supports that commitment," said Brad Little, Vice President & Managing Director APAC. "Unlike competitive indoor monitoring solutions, we designed the Essential Indoor Camera with a clearly vis ......read more

Fossil Launches Pro-Planet Cactus Leather Tote Bags and Limited-Edition Solar Watch in Hong Kong in Celebration of Earth Month

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - As part of a continued commitment to sustainability, and in celebration of Earth Month, Fossil is proud to launch our latest pro-planet assortment. This collection includes brand new cactus leather tote bags made in partnership with Desserto®, and our second iteration of the limited-edition Solar Watch. The launches follow commitments that Fossil announced in 2019 as part of our ongoing Make Time For Good initiative, dedicated to making change in communities throughout the world through pro-planet materials, products and packaging, as well as reducing our footprint in water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The cactus leather totes and Solar Watch are an example of new materials and sustainable partners that Fossil has cultivated in an increased push towards leaving a lighter footprint for a more sustainable future.Fossil Pro-Planet Cactus Leather Tote Bags Fossil is proud to be one of the first retailers to introduce vegan cactus leather, an innovative material new to the industry, through the collection of Kier Cactus Leather Totes. Each bag is designed with material made from organically grown cactus leaves developed by Desserto®, a Mexico-based company with a focus on sustainable materials. The leaves come from cactus plants that require only rain water and Earth minerals for growth. Once harvested, the leaves are dried in the sun for three to six days, which removes the need for any additional energy source for the drying process. Not only is this an energy-efficient processing technique, but no herbicides, pesticides or irrigation systems are used in the production of the cactus. As a result of this innovative process, each Kier tote saves 7.5 liters of water — the equivalent of fifteen 500 milliliter water bottles. Additionally, each cactus' trunk is left intact to enable repeat harvesting, as the leaves regenerate every six to eight months. The collection will include four stunning colorways — moss ......read more

Galaxy International Convention Center Builds Award-Winning Foundation with Multiple Accolades Ahead of Opening

The Highly Anticipated Event Venue Becomes First in Macau to Receive Silver Certification for Environmental Design from Earthcheck  MACAU SAR - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - Poised to be one of the most advanced MICE destinations in Asia when it opens in the second half of this year, Galaxy International Convention Center (GICC) has already garnered multiple awards for MICE and Environmental Design. GICC and Andaz Macau, a vibrant new luxury lifestyle hotel located within the event facility, both received awards from leading MICE publications in China. GICC has also become the first in Macau to receive the coveted Silver Certification for Environmental Design from EARTHCHECK, the world's leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. Galaxy International Convention Center"We are excited to see GICC building an award-winning foundation by achieving multiple accolades in advance of its opening this year," Kevin Kelley, Chief Operating Officer, Macau at Galaxy Entertainment Group said. "Receiving recognition from China's MICE industry reaffirms the demands of meeting planners searching for new and innovative destinations to host their events. We are also pleased to be the first in Macau to earn Silver Certification for Environmental Design from EarthCheck. This is a significant milestone, as EarthCheck recognizes the innovative thinking and meticulous technical designs behind GICC to ensure sustainability well into the future." Celebrating MICE Renowned as "The Oscars of China's MICE industry", the Golden Five Stars awards recognized GICC with the 2020 Golden Five Stars – Most Anticipated Convention Center award and presented Andaz Macau with the 2020 Golden Five Stars – Most Anticipated Hotel honor. The Golden Five Stars awards are organized by China International Conference and Exhibition (CICE) magazine, China's first MICE publication and member of UFI, the Global Association ......read more

Japanese juice bar HONEY'S BAR opens the first outlet in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - A new healthy and refreshing beverage option in town to quench your thirst and restore your energy. HONEY'S BAR Singapore, will commence its operation on 15th April 2021 with its very first store located at Jurong Point, Level B1-85, just along the SHOKUTSU TEN Japanese Food Street. HONEY'S BAR is a Japanese juice bar from Japan with approximately 30 outlets across JR East stations like Tokyo station and other major station in the Tokyo area. It offers premium fruit juice using fresh fruits and honey as key ingredients, mixing with vegetables, fresh milk and yoghurt to form a healthy beverage that offers the authentic taste of the original fruit. Maintaining at a good selection of 8 juice options at all times, all of HONEY'S BAR juices are made with honey exclusively imported from Japan as its base ingredient with no added sugars. Honey is easily digested by the human body, making it an excellent energy absorption ingredient, thereby the best supplement to be used in a drink for energy replenishment. It also contains vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for everyone. In line with the seasonality of Japanese food production cycle, HONEY'S BAR also offers seasonal juices that are specially curated with seasonal Japanese fruits. From the classic 'Mixed Juice', 'Carrot & Apricot', 'Melon' menu to the premium seasonal menu like 'Japanese Strawberry Mix Yoghurt' and 'Japanese Seasonal Citrus, Mango and Apple', it aims to offer Singaporeans the taste of 'Japan' with Japanese fruit ingredients that are imported directly from Japan. Coming in 3 different sizes for all 8 menus – Small, Regular and Large. Every cup of fresh fruit juice offered by HONEY'S BAR are served with a controlled sweetness from honey to ensure an enjoyable 'sipping' experience. Operated as a franchise chain business in Singapore, HONEY'S BAR is managed by JRE Ya Kun Food Service Pte. Ltd, a local joint venture company formed by ......read more

Phu Quoc United Center - Vingroup’s super tourism-resort-entertainment complex officially launched

HANOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - On April 21st, Vingroup officially opens Phu Quoc United Center – the brand new super tourism-resort-entertainment complex of in Southeast Asia. Setting 5 national records, featuring thousands of annual grand multimedia shows, mini-shows and offering one-of-a-kind experiences, Phu Quoc United Center - Vietnam's "Sleepless City" - is poised to become a must-go destination in the global tourism map.Covering over 1000 ha in northern Phu Quoc Island, Vingroup's new "tourism-entertainment universe" is said to be comparable to global tourist hotspots like South Korea's Jeju, Singapore's Clark Quay, or Las Vegas in the US.On the occassion of its launch, Phu Quoc United Center also kick-starts a series of boisterous 24/7 events, including 7,200 grand multimedia shows and 12,000 mini-shows every year. Notably, this super tourism complex is holding 5 national records recognized by the Vietnam Record Association, namely Vietnam's largest complex with diverse entertainment and resort forms, Vietnam's largest bamboo construction, Vietnam's first Teddy Bear Museum, 3D multimedia show with the most Vietnamese historical references, Vietnam's largest floating multimedia show inspired by European culture.Vietnam's largest bamboo construction - Bamboo Legend - was designed by world-acclaimed architect Vo Trong Nghia and built from more than 32,000 bamboo trunks. Its dome patterns reflect the communal house in Vietnamese villages - a unique, recognizable national trait. Right next to the Vietnamese national pride Bamboo Legend is the world-renowned Teddy Bear Museum. This 1500-square-meter museum is the eighth version of its kind in the world and the very first in Vietnam, housing bears of all kinds and all sizes that can thrill everyone from the very young to the young at heart. Bamboo Legend, designed by architect Vo Trong Nghia, is Vietnam's largest bamboo constructionThe show "The Elite of Vietnam" has been recognized as 3D multime ......read more

ASMPT Announces 2021 First Quarter Results

Record Bookings of US$1.01 Billion in Q1 2021 Backed By Broad-Based Demand Highlights(in HK$ million)Q1 2021QoQYoYBookings17,827.6(US$1.01 billion )+86.4%+73.4%Revenue14,336.9(US$559.3 million)+0.6%+45.6%Gross Margin1, 2 (%)39.6%+412 bps+268 bpsNet Profit1, 2, 3528.4+52.9%+1,972.2%Net Profit Margin1, 2, 3 (%)12.2%+416 bps+1,133 bpsNotes1 excluding contribution from Materials Segment, which was deconsolidated and equity accounted since 29 December 20202 excluding one-off items and related tax impacts recorded in Q4 20203 including share of Q1 2021 results from Advanced Assembly Materials International Limited (AAMI), a joint-ventureHighlights for Q1 2021­ Revenue of HK$4.34 billion (US$559.3 million) exceeded top end of revenue guidance­ Record bookings of HK$7.83 billion (US$1.01 billion) surpassed guidance and generated: o A strong backlog of HK$9.38 billion (US$1.21 billion), a 58.2% QoQ increase o A book-to-bill ratio of 1.80­ Gross margin improvement of 268 bps YoY and 412 bps QoQ­ Net profit of HK$528.4 million, including share of results from AAMI­ Record cash and bank deposits of HK$4.61 billion as of 31 March 2021Revenue Guidance for Q2 2021­ US$600 million to US$650 millionHONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - ASM Pacific Technology Limited ("ASMPT" / the "Group") (Stock code: 0522) announced its quarterly results for the three months ended 31 March 2021. ASMPT's technologies enable its diverse range of customers to create a wide range of semiconductor and electronic products and services for the digitally-enabled world. Amidst stronger signs of improving macro-economic conditions, and a slow and uneven global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Group was able to achieve a strong financial performance. The Group reported revenue of HK$4.34 billion (US$559.3 million) for the quarter from its continuing operations (2020 Q1: HK$2.98 billion, or US$382.6 million). The Group's consolidated profit after taxation ......read more

SHOPFEVER – Well-Established Integrated Solution to Tap into China's Core Ecommerce Platforms

Oversea Natural Beauty Brands Shines A Spotlight in the China Market JERUSEALEM, ISRAEL & WARSAW, POLAND - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - Mobfever, a leading service provider of one-stop China marketing solutions and on list distributor of Bytedance, announced the launch of its new e-commence solution, SHOPFEVER. SHOPFEVER provides a comprehensive e-Commerce service for foreign internationals brands, allowing seamless integration into the Chinese market. SHOPFEVER owns and operates the most influential and popular e-commerce platforms in China, such as Taobao, Douyin, T-mall, JD.com and XiaoHongShu. The Solution to Breaking into the China Market SHOPFEVER is the cost-effective way to entry Chinese market, it's 90% less than the normal. China represents a huge potential for foreign companies yet until now, the market is extremely challenging to penetrate. This is due to the stringent legal requirements, cultural barriers, complex logistical arrangements, sales and distribution management models as well as language barrier. Our Wealth of Knowledge in China Marketing SHOPFEVER prides itself in providing exceptional services to their clients. From content creation, to marketing and from logistical solutions to customer service satisfaction, the team of leading marketing experts have an extensive wealth of knowledge required to address and fulfil the expectations of the Chinese Market. Innovative Marketing Solutions SHOPFEVER provides customised solutions for the client to adopt their brand's eCommerce design and ideology for the Chinese market, propelling the brand into the right direction for success in China. SHOPFEVER not only increases brand awareness via KOL marketing strategies, the Company also utilises live-streaming on social media platforms to engage with customers, promote products as well as direct potential customers to official eCommerce platforms (ie T-mall, Douyin,etc). It is without a doubt that SHOPFEVER can assist ......read more

Cisco Webex Innovation Breaks Through Language Barriers with Real-Time Translation for More Inclusive Meeting Experiences in Vietnam

News Summary:Webex customers can preview real-time translations from English into 100+ languages including VietnameseWebex AI-powered, real-time translation drives more inclusive collaboration through virtual meeting experiences that are 10x better than in person interactionsWebex innovation paving the way for real-time translation beyond EnglishHO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - Eliminating language barriers is a key step to enabling a truly hybrid workforce. To help, Cisco recently announced the availability (currently in preview) of its real-time translation feature while also dramatically expanding the language library from 10+ to more than 100 languages including Vietnamese. As part of the all new Webex, organizations across Vietnam can provide employees with inclusive and seamless collaboration experiences, which is essential to supporting the needs of a workforce that is more dispersed than ever before. Users can create their own personalized Webex meeting experience by quickly and easily self-selecting the language of their choice from the most commonly used languages, such as Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish, as well as more localized languages such as Danish, Hindi, Malay, Turkish and Vietnamese. The personalized language experience provides a path through one of the major hurdles in global business – the language barrier. Now users can engage more fully in meetings, translating from English to 100+ other languages, enabling teams to communicate more effectively with each other, and opening new opportunities for businesses to build a more inclusive, global workforce. For businesses, there's a talent and cost benefit. The feature enables businesses to focus on finding the best talent regardless of wherever they call home or their native language. And a recent report from Metrigy on intelligent virtual assistants found that nearly 24% of partic ......read more

Check out the New-Look 7-Eleven x Carlsberg Crossover Themed Store in Discovery Bay

Play a brand-new interactive game to win exclusive prizes and get limited-edition freebies when you buy selected Carlsberg beer products! HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - More surprises are coming your way at 7-Eleven! 7-Eleven launched the first-of-its-kind 7-Eleven x Carlsberg crossover themed store in Hong Kong in March last year. This unique store concept is decked out with Carlsberg brand imagery throughout and features a Carlsberg Wall - a breathtaking display of the brand's iconic products and the perfect backdrop for Instaworthy selfies! Since its launch, customers have been able to be the first in town to experience a number of Carlsberg beer varieties and enjoy exclusive giveaways. And now, in 2021, more exciting promotions are on the cards with the debut of a brand-new interactive game in store where successful players can win awesome Carlsberg merchandise. During the promotion, you can also get your hands on limited-time only freebies when you buy selected Carlsberg products. So, make a trip to Discovery Bay and take part in the fun and games at the 7-Eleven x Carlsberg crossover themed store! Challenge yourself in a new interactive game and win exclusive prizes Carlsberg Smooth Draught is longer matured and brewed using an innovative brewing method so the foam is smoother than a regular Pilsner, giving the beer its signature smoothness and easy finish. From now until 27 April, customers can play the "How Smooth Can You Be?" game on a giant TV screen in store*. Use your smartphone to direct the ice bucket on the screen to catch the cans of Carlsberg Smooth Draught – the more you catch, the higher your score. And if you get enough points, you stand to win the following prizes. *Participants must be aged 18 or above. If you score 3600 points or more, you win: A Draught Dispenser44cm (H) x 21cm (D) x 12cm (W) This draught dispenser uses micro bubble technology to create a creamy hea ......read more

Cisco Webex Innovation Breaks Through Language Barriers with Real-Time Translation for More Inclusive Meeting Experiences in Thailand

News Summary:Webex customers can preview real-time translations from English into 100+ languages including ThaiWebex AI-powered, real-time translation drives more inclusive collaboration through virtual meeting experiences that are 10x better than in person interactionsWebex innovation paving the way for real-time translation beyond EnglishBANGKOK, THAILAND - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - Eliminating language barriers is a key step to enabling a truly hybrid workforce. To help, Cisco recently announced the availability (currently in preview) of its real-time translation feature while also dramatically expanding the language library from 10+ to more than 100 languages, including Thai. As part of the all new Webex, organizations across Thailand can provide employees with inclusive and seamless collaboration experiences, which is essential to supporting the needs of a workforce that is more dispersed than ever before. Users can create their own personalized Webex meeting experience by quickly and easily self-selecting the language of their choice from the most commonly used languages, such as Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish, as well as more localized languages such as Danish, Hindi, Malay, Turkish and Vietnamese. The personalized language experience provides a path through one of the major hurdles in global business – the language barrier. Now users can engage more fully in meetings, translating from English to 100+ other languages, enabling teams to communicate more effectively with each other, and opening new opportunities for businesses to build a more inclusive, global workforce. For businesses, there's a talent and cost benefit. The feature enables businesses to focus on finding the best talent regardless of wherever they call home or their native language. And a recent report from Metrigy on intelligent virtual assistants found that nearly 24% of participants have meetin ......read more

Cisco Webex Innovation Breaks Through Language Barriers with Real-Time Translation for More Inclusive Meeting Experiences in Indonesia

News Summary:Webex customers can preview real-time translations from English into 100+ languages including Bahasa IndonesiaWebex AI-powered, real-time translation drives more inclusive collaboration through virtual meeting experiences that are 10x better than in person interactionsWebex innovation paving the way for real-time translation beyond EnglishJAKARTA, INDONESIA - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - Eliminating language barriers is a key step to enabling a truly hybrid workforce. To help, Cisco recently announced the availability (currently in preview) of its real-time translation feature while also dramatically expanding the language library from 10+ to more than 100 languages, including Bahasa Indonesia. As part of the all new Webex, organizations across Indonesia can provide employees with inclusive and seamless collaboration experiences, which is essential to supporting the needs of a workforce that is more dispersed than ever before. Users can create their own personalized Webex meeting experience by quickly and easily self-selecting the language of their choice from the most commonly used languages, such as Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish, as well as more localized languages such as Danish, Hindi, Malay, Turkish and Vietnamese. The personalized language experience provides a path through one of the major hurdles in global business – the language barrier. Now users can engage more fully in meetings, translating from English to 100+ other languages, enabling teams to communicate more effectively with each other, and opening new opportunities for businesses to build a more inclusive, global workforce. For businesses, there's a talent and cost benefit. The feature enables businesses to focus on finding the best talent regardless of wherever they call home or their native language. And a recent report from Metrigy on intelligent virtual assistants found that nearly 24% of part ......read more

Exceptional Attack Protection Proven in Rigorous MITRE Engenuity ATT&CK® Evaluations

Trend Micro’s flagship threat detection and response platform proves its advantages in sophisticated simulations HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global cybersecurity leader, excelled in the latest ATT&CK Evaluation performed by MITRE Engenuity. The Trend Micro Vision OneTM platform quickly detected 96% of attack steps from the simulation that mimicked the behavior of two infamous APT groups. Unlike other industry organizations that test a product's ability to detect and prevent various malware samples, MITRE Engenuity's ATT&CK Evaluations appraise a solutions' ability to detect targeted attacks leveraging known adversary behavior. This approach more closely mirrors real-world attacks that are most critical. MITRE Engenuity focused on techniques associated with notorious threat groups Carbanak and FIN7 in this year's simulations. Click here to read the full MITRE Engenuity ATT&CK Evaluation for Trend Micro Vision One: https://resources.trendmicro.com/MITRE-Attack-Evaluations.html. "Security has been about spotting the tools used in an attack: MITRE Engenuity adds the dimension of recognizing rather the patterns of an attacker, no matter when different tools are used," said Greg Young, vice president of cybersecurity for Trend Micro. "MITRE ATT&CK is, like the attacks it models, complex. Doing well on a third-party test like this is satisfying – and with 96% visibility, we did very well here – especially considering it models techniques used by two of the world's most capable threat groups. An even bigger success is helping educate organizations that ATT&CK isn't just about the test but that ATT&CK can be a part of the everyday playbook for SOCs, which is reflected in our solutions." This year's test included two simulated breaches, one at a hotel and one at a bank, using typica ......read more

SUSE Appoints First Chief Technology Officer for Asia-Pacific and Japan and Greater China regions

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - SUSE®, a global leader in innovative, reliable and enterprise-grade open source solutions, today announced the appointment of Vishal Ghariwala as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ), and Greater China regions. A visionary expert in the IT industry, Vishal's appointment will underpin and strengthen SUSE's expansion plans in these regions. He brings to SUSE a demonstrated track record and more than 20 years of experience in cloud computing, cloud native applications and middleware. He has spent half his career working in open source companies. As the new CTO for APJ and Greater China, Vishal will focus on executive level engagement with key customers and partners and growing SUSE's mindshare in the industry. Vishal's vast technical experience will also see him support the global Office of the CTO's objectives in identifying and driving innovative technologies and opportunities in Enterprise Linux, Kubernetes Management and Edge solutions to benefit SUSE and its customers. He will be based in the Singapore office. "I am proud and thrilled to be joining SUSE," shares Vishal. "From digitization of processes to rapid changes in consumer patterns and trends, keeping up with technology can be pressurizing on organizations. However, with the flexibility of open source, possibilities are endless. Whether businesses are starting small or enterprises that are becoming hyperscalers, open source presents a dedicated and meaningful solution for every business need and that is what intrigues and excites me. I look forward to helping SUSE to achieve greater heights and empowering more enterprises and partners in their future-proof business journey." Thomas Di Giacomo, Chief Product and Technology Officer, SUSE, continues, "Vishal is a passionate leader who brings with him a wealth of experience in the tech sector. He has an admirable record of success in propelling ......read more

Samsonite Unveils Sustainable ‘Magnum Eco’ Luggage Collection

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - On Earth Day (April 22), Samsonite is launching Magnum Eco - a durable, lightweight luggage collection that harnesses the innovative advancements of recycled material Recyclex™. The launch takes Samsonite a step further on its responsible journey to becoming the most sustainable luggage company. Recyclex™ material technology is applied to Magnum Eco. The exterior shell uses recycled polypropylene (PP) while the inside fabric is made from recycled PET bottles. But the Magnum Eco collection does not compromise on quality or strength – upholding the reliability that is built into Samsonite's core DNA. This durability only adds to the sustainability efforts of the Magnum Eco range by ensuring each suitcase keeps on the road, and out of landfill, for as long as possible. This new collection is the fruit of years of research and development and close collaboration with Quality Circular Polymers, the plastics recycling joint venture of SUEZ and LyondellBasell. Antoine Grange, CEO of SUEZ Recycling and Recovery in Asia, commented "We are delighted to provide Samsonite with solutions that cover the whole value chain to produce high-quality secondary raw materials and satisfy the highest standards, from industries to consumers." "We are honored to be a part of the solution to end plastic waste and welcome the opportunity to partner with Samsonite," said Ken Lane, Executive Vice President, Global Olefins & Polyolefins of LyondellBasell. "The Magnum Eco is a perfect use for our recycled material because it gives new purpose to this valuable resource by providing travelers with a long-lasting product." Magnum Eco also boasts lightweight and impact-resistant qualities. The suitcase has been through all the rigorous strength tests that Samsonite is famous for and is amongst the lightest in its category. The collection offers five desirable colour options, each inspired by na ......read more

Son Suk-ku of SBD Entertainment, Wholly-Owned by Spackman Entertainment Group’s Associated Company, Spackman Media Group, Stars In OTT Media Service Watcha’s Original Content, UNFRAMED PROJECT

Son Suk-ku of SBD Entertainment to participate in OTT media service Watcha's original content, UNFRAMED PROJECT UNFRAMED PROJECT set to carry out filming throughout the year and release exclusively on Watcha in December 2021 as an original series SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("Spackman Entertainment Group" or the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups, wishes to announce that Son Suk-ku of SBD Entertainment Inc. ("SBD Entertainment"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group's associated company, Spackman Media Group Limited, shall star in OTT media service Watcha's original content, UNFRAMED PROJECT. UNFRAMED PROJECT will have the actors take on the role of directors in terms of writing scripts and actual directing. Other than Son Suk-ku of SBD Entertainment, Park Jung-min, Choi Hee-seo and Lee Je-hoon will also participate in UNFRAMED PROJECT. This is the first time these four actors challenge themselves in directing. UNFRAMED PROJECT is expected to carry out filming throughout the year and release exclusively on Watcha in December 2021 as an original series. Previously, Son Suk-ku starred in K-drama MATRIMONIAL CHAOS (2018) and DESIGNATED SURVIVOR: 60 DAYS (2019). About Spackman Entertainment Group Limited Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("SEGL" or the "Company"), and together with its subsidiaries, (the "Group"), founded in 2011 by Charles Spackman, is one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups. SEGL is primarily engaged in the independent development, production, presentation, and financing of theatrical motion pictures in Korea. According to Variety, Korea was the world's fourth largest box office market in 2019, behind only North America, China and Japan. The Group also invests into and produces Korean television dramas. In addition to our content business, we also own equity stakes in entertain ......read more

A1 Workman Provides All-around Services To Solve Various Problems With Air Conditioners

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - As hot summer is coming, the sales of air conditioners are fast-growing as well as the demand for cleaning and repairing service of air conditioners. Based on past experience, insufficient cooling and loud noise are the most common problems of air conditioners. Therefore, A1 Workman launched all-around services including cleaning, maintenance, online purchasing, and installation of air conditioners to solve different kinds of problems when using air conditioners. Regular detection and maintenance become vital as air conditioner problems appear more often in hot summer In boiling hot weather in summer, air conditioners become a necessity for the people in Hong Kong. However, many people have just realized the air conditioners are not cool enough at this time but they do not know what the problem is and whether they need to buy a new one or not. In fact, it may not be the quality issues when the air conditioner is not cool enough, it may just be that the filters of the air conditioner have covered too much dirt. The CEO of A1 Workman said: "Insufficient cooling is one of the most common problems when using air conditioners. When the air conditioner has not been cleaned for a long time, there will be a lot of dust accumulates inside the machine, the dust blocks the airflow, affects cooling and heating, and makes the energy consumption increased. In addition, the dust and bacteria accumulated in air conditioners will make the machine blows harmful air, which causes health problems such as allergies, asthma, and air-conditioning disease. Other problems with the machines such as low refrigerant, severe machine aging, and component failure also occur during use, and it needs to identify whether the machine is damaged or not." In addition, he pointed out that most air conditioner problems are not serious, and they can be solved by detection, cleaning, or repairing. Therefore, he believes that it is important to ......read more

Avnet Customers, Suppliers and Employees Reach Further Together to Make a Difference in the World During the Company's Centennial Year

New corporate sustainability report highlights company strategy and 100 Acts of Giving campaign propels employee giving further PHOENIX, US - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - As it continues its year-long centennial celebration, Avnet (NASDAQ: AVT), a leading technology solutions provider, is focused on helping its customers, suppliers and employees reach further together to make a difference in the world. Avnet's latest corporate sustainability report demonstrates how this principle is a cornerstone of the company's way of doing business and outlines the company's environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy. To celebrate the centennial, Avnet is launching a new employee giving campaign, 100 Acts of Giving, to recognize and reward its employees' charitable efforts. An ongoing article series will also highlight Avnet customers that are leveraging technology to make a positive impact on our world. "Avnet is entering into its second century in business deeply rooted in the same principle that helped us succeed in the first – we stay situated at the center of the technology value chain – constantly adjusting our position as this center morphs and grows with time," said Phil Gallagher, Avnet CEO. "One of the critical elements of our continued success is building strong relationships with our many stakeholders so that we're not only meeting their needs, but we are doing the right things right. The principles of resiliency and sustainability have been the bedrock of Avnet's business for 100 years, and we are proud to do work that makes a difference in the world."HIGHLIGHTS FROM SUSTAINABILITY REPORT As part of Avnet's ongoing ESG initiatives, the company published its latest sustainability report highlighting efforts completed in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. The report outlines the company's strategy and key areas of focus, based on a materiality study Avnet administered in early 2020. It includes letters from both the CEO and Chair of the Board, detailed infor ......read more

DHL Supply Chain on track to meet zero carbon emissions target by 2050 in Thailand

The company most recently installed solar panels valued at approximately US$1.2 million (?36 million) in four warehouses to optimize energy consumptionCements commitment to continue focusing on green warehouse logistics and transport operationsBANGKOK, THAILAND - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - In a move to optimize energy consumption, DHL Supply Chain, the global market leader for contract logistics solutions, has installed solar panels valued at approximately US$1.2 million (?36 million) on the rooftops across four warehouses at its Bangna Logistics Campus in Samutprakarn. The total surface area of the solar panels is approximately 11,000 sqm, the size of almost three football fields. By converting solar energy into usable electricity, the solar panels will power up the facilities and reduce the amount of energy consumption. These solar panels are expected to generate enough energy to fulfill 38 % of total energy requirements in the facilities, and will reduce energy usage by 20% annually. "Sustainability is always on the top on our agenda. Over the years, DHL Supply Chain Thailand has implemented a number of innovations in Thailand within our transport and warehousing operations to achieve energy consumption efficiency. This solar project has contributed significantly to our agenda of operating in carbon neutral buildings and aids us to meet Deutsche Post DHL Group's (DPDHL Group) mission to reduce all logistics-related emissions by 2050," said Mike Davies, COO of DHL Supply Chain Thailand Cluster. Other green warehouse logistics solutions and technologies deployed by the company include:Motion sensor LED lights, which are activated only at the specific time and operation areas. Solar panel lights which are installed around the campus for exterior lightingWaste management to drive our customers' businesses towards zero-waste through the principles of reduction, recycling and reusing. Effective implementation of recycling will minimize waste produ ......read more

Microsoft Cloud will accelerate Asia’s post-pandemic economic growth, creating tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue in the next four years

Microsoft launches virtual datacenter tour to enable everyone to experience the foundation of work, life and play SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - As Asia moves out of the pandemic, cloud is not only a critical foundation for business resilience but will also be a key driver of the region's next wave of economic growth. Recent research by IDC, shows that Microsoft's most recent datacenter expansions in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan alone, in partnership with its ecosystem, are set to generate more than $21 billion in new revenues and will create 100,000 new jobs in the next four years[1]. Microsoft is also unveiling an immersive virtual datacenter tour to empower every individual to experience the foundation for today's work, life, and play – the Microsoft Cloud. Over the past year, we have seen digital transformation on an unprecedented scale. Entire industries have been reimagined, people have connected differently to work, live, learn and be entertained, resulting in real structural change that will outlast the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Microsoft has accelerated the growth of its cloud datacenter footprint in Asia, expanding from seven to eleven markets to better support and co-innovate with customers and partners. As part of this expansion, the company announced the addition of cloud regions to four new markets across Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and New Zealand. This expansion was combined with additional cloud infrastructure investments, empowering customers with faster access to the cloud and allowing for in-country data residency. "There is no doubt that during the past year we have seen the acceleration of digital transformation efforts across all industries," explains Ahmed Mazhari, President, Microsoft Asia. "Asia now accounts for sixty percent[2] of the world's growth and is leading the global recovery with the digitalization of business models and economies. Cloud will continue to be a core foundation empowering ......read more

Qumulo Expands Global Presence to Asia Pacific; Expands Strategic Partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Unprecedented Customer Demand for Managing Enterprise File Data at Scale Fuels Global Expansion SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - Qumulo, the breakthrough leader in radically simplifying enterprise file data management across hybrid-cloud environments, today announced the expansion of its global operations to Asia-Pacific (APAC). Driven by increased demand in Australia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore, Qumulo also announced an expansion of its strategic partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to deliver simplicity and performance to customers across the region including the People's Majlis, Republic of Maldives. "The Qumulo and HPE Solution has provided us the ability to seamlessly record live video streaming of our Parliament sessions. With its scale-out architecture, we do not have to worry if we run out of capacity," said Ibrahim Yashau, CIO of the People's Majlis, Republic of Maldives. "And thanks to Qumulo and InfoSight Management these tools help us to have real-time insights for both our data and hardware." The investment comes less than nine months after Qumulo announced its Series E round of funding, during which the company noted its plan to dedicate a portion of funds toward expanding its global operations. The expansion to APAC builds on the increasing demand for the Qumulo® File Data Platform in each of these countries from customers across major verticals, including healthcare, industrial manufacturing, automotive manufacturing, government, media and entertainment, and research computing. "Our decision to expand to the Asia Pacific region was in response to strong demand from customers that are quickly building applications that generate enormous amounts of unstructured data to meet the needs of their businesses," said Bill Richter, CEO of Qumulo. "Together with HPE, Qumulo is rapidly transforming the way customers manage their file data at scale by of ......read more

Cityneon Raises S$235 Million; Well Positioned for Next Growth Chapter

The global experience entertainment company gets a S$235 million shot in the arm, closes its private fund raising in April 2021Investors both new and existing include Singapore's Pavilion Capital, Seatown Holdings International and EDBI, Qatar's Doha Venture Capital and financial institutions and family offices in Singapore and ChinaThese now join other existing Cityneon shareholders CITIC Capital, veteran entrepreneur and investor Mr. Johnson Ko, and Executive Chairman & Group CEO Mr. Ron TanFunding comes just after the Group acquired multi-year licensing rights for James Cameron's AVATAR touring exhibition, and two original artefacts IP on the ancient civilization Machu Picchu from Peru and Ramses the Great (Ramses II) from EgyptInvestments position the Group well to bring experiences across the globe, targeting to launch six experiences in China and five in the U.S. by the end of 2021, with more in other parts of the worldSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 21 April 2021 - Cityneon Holdings ("Cityneon", the "Company"/collectively with its subsidiaries, the "Group") raised S$235 million in the most recent round of private funding. The latest round of funding adds seasoned investors to Cityneon's already strong stable of shareholders. This funding round was led by Singapore's Pavilion Capital, Seatown Holdings International, EDBI, and Cityneon's Executive Chairman & Group CEO, Mr. Ron Tan. EDBI and Pavilion Capital are existing shareholders of Cityneon whilst new investors include Seatown Holdings International, Qatar's Doha Venture Capital, which will now own approximately 4 per cent of the Group, and other financial institutions and family offices in Singapore and China. These now join other existing Cityneon shareholders CITIC Capital, veteran entrepreneur and investor Mr. Johnson Ko, and Executive Chairman & Group CEO Mr. Ron Tan to form a new and strong shareholder base for the Group. Mr. Johnson Ko and Mr. Ron Tan remain as the largest shareholders of th ......read more

Sunlight Real Estate Investment Trust Operational Statistics for the Third Quarter of the Financial Year 2020/21

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 20 April 2021 - Henderson Sunlight Asset Management Limited (the "Manager"), as manager of Sunlight Real Estate Investment Trust ("Sunlight REIT"), announces the operational statistics of Sunlight REIT for the third quarter of the financial year 2020/21. At 31 March 2021, the occupancy rate of Sunlight REIT's portfolio was 92.7% as compared to 91.5% at 31 December 2020. Office occupancy rate increased to 91.2% (31 December 2020: 90.1%), while retail occupancy rate also exhibited a mild improvement to 96.0% (31 December 2020: 94.5%), principally led by new letting activities at Metro City Phase I Property ("MCPI"). The overall passing rent of Sunlight REIT's portfolio was HK$48.1 per sq. ft. at 31 March 2021 (31 December 2020: HK$48.7 per sq. ft.). During the quarter under review, the office and retail portfolios registered negative rental reversions of 4.1% and 14.9% respectively, reflecting the still difficult business environment due to COVID-19. In respect of the office portfolio, Dah Sing Financial Centre (previously known as Sunlight Tower) registered a steady occupancy rate of 88.5% at 31 March 2021 with a negative rental reversion of 1.5% for the quarter. Meanwhile, higher occupancy rates at the office properties in Sheung Wan/Central had been witnessed, illustrating the gradual recovery in demand for inexpensive spaces from local small-to-medium enterprises. On the retail front, occupancy rates of Sheung Shui Centre Shopping Arcade ("SSC") and MCPI were 93.4% and 96.7% respectively. The passing rent of SSC recorded a 2.0% quarter on quarter decline to HK$103.5 per sq. ft., mainly reflecting lower committed rents for certain fashion and jewellery tenants, the performance of which were heavily impacted by the absence of tourists' spending. On the other hand, MCPI maintained a relatively stable passing rent of HK$56.8 per sq. ft.. Remarks: Attached operation ......read more

TuneCore Expands Operations into Southeast Asia, Spearheaded by Cyrus Chen

The leading digital music distribution service provider for independent artists worldwide continues its global expansion, making its debut in Southeast Asia BANGKOK, THAILAND - Media OutReach - 20 April 2021 - TuneCore, a global leader in digital music distribution for independent artists worldwide has officially launched operations across Southeast Asia (SEA). TuneCore is owned by Believe, one of the world's leading digital music companies based in Paris. Believe currently operates in 50+ countries and together, the two companies distribute a significant share of the world's digital music. Earlier this year, TuneCore launched operations in LATAM and Africa, bringing its total presence to 14 countries in 4 continents, and thereby making the company the independent DIY distributor with the largest global footprint. TuneCore distributes music to a network of more than 150 digital stores and streaming services worldwide, including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, JOOX, KKBox, Amazon Music, TikTok, QQ Music and Netease. The company boasts 14 localized and fully translated websites, including Southeast Asian languages Thai and Bahasa (Indonesia). The Vietnamese and Mandarin (simplified and traditional) versions of the website are expected to be added later this year, bringing the total to 16 languages for 2021, by far the most of its competitors. TuneCore's operations in Southeast Asia will be spearheaded by Cyrus Chen, who joined the company in late 2020. Prior to joining TuneCore, Cyrus worked with organizations such as Changi Travel Services and eatigo International, where he was responsible in conceptualising and orchestrating strategic plans that reinforced brand image and helped companies develop integrated business strategies to scale across regions. Said Faryal Khan-Thompson, Vice President, International, TuneCore to whom Cyrus will report, "In the Southeast Asia market, the music industry is growing at a ......read more

TuneCore Expands Global Operations into Southeast Asia Region, Spearheaded by Cyrus Chen

The leading digital music distribution service provider for independent artists worldwide continues its global expansion, making its debut in Southeast Asia JARKARTA, INDONESIA - Media OutReach - 20 April 2021 - TuneCore, a global leader in digital music distribution for independent artists worldwide has officially launched operations across Southeast Asia (SEA). TuneCore is owned by Believe, one of the world's leading digital music companies based in Paris. Believe currently operates in 50+ countries and together, the two companies distribute a significant share of the world's digital music. Earlier this year, TuneCore launched operations in LATAM and Africa, bringing its total presence to 14 countries in 4 continents, and thereby making the company the independent DIY distributor with the largest global footprint. TuneCore distributes music to a network of more than 150 digital stores and streaming services worldwide, including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, JOOX, KKBox, Amazon Music, TikTok, QQ Music and Netease. The company boasts 14 localized and fully translated websites, including Southeast Asian languages Thai and Bahasa (Indonesia). The Vietnamese and Mandarin (simplified and traditional) versions of the website are expected to be added later this year, bringing the total to 16 languages for 2021, by far the most of its competitors. TuneCore's operations in Southeast Asia will be spearheaded by Cyrus Chen, who joined the company in late 2020. Prior to joining TuneCore, Cyrus worked with organizations such as Changi Travel Services and eatigo International, where he was responsible in conceptualising and orchestrating strategic plans that reinforced brand image and helped companies develop integrated business strategies to scale across regions. Said Faryal Khan-Thompson, Vice President, International, TuneCore to whom Cyrus will report, "In the Southeast Asia market, the music industry is growing at ......read more

TuneCore Marks Southeast Asia Expansion, Led by Cyrus Chen

The leading digital music distribution service provider for independent artists worldwide continues its global expansion, making its debut in Southeast Asia MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Media OutReach - 20 April 2021 - TuneCore, a global leader in digital music distribution for independent artists worldwide has officially launched operations across Southeast Asia (SEA). TuneCore is owned by Believe, one of the world's leading digital music companies based in Paris. Believe currently operates in 50+ countries and together, the two companies distribute a significant share of the world's digital music. Earlier this year, TuneCore launched operations in LATAM and Africa, bringing its total presence to 14 countries in 4 continents, and thereby making the company the independent DIY distributor with the largest global footprint. TuneCore distributes music to a network of more than 150 digital stores and streaming services worldwide, including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, JOOX, KKBox, Amazon Music, TikTok, QQ Music and Netease. The company boasts 14 localized and fully translated websites, including Southeast Asian languages Thai and Bahasa (Indonesia). The Vietnamese and Mandarin (simplified and traditional) versions of the website are expected to be added later this year, bringing the total to 16 languages for 2021, by far the most of its competitors. TuneCore's operations in Southeast Asia will be spearheaded by Cyrus Chen, who joined the company in late 2020. Prior to joining TuneCore, Cyrus worked with organizations such as Changi Travel Services and eatigo International, where he was responsible in conceptualising and orchestrating strategic plans that reinforced brand image and helped companies develop integrated business strategies to scale across regions. Said Faryal Khan-Thompson, Vice President, International, TuneCore to whom Cyrus will report, "In the Southeast Asia market, the music industry is growing at a steady pac ......read more

Cyrus Chen Leads TuneCore’s Expansion Into Southeast Asia

The leading digital music distribution service provider for independent artists worldwide continues its global expansion, making its debut in Southeast Asia KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 20 April 2021 - TuneCore, a global leader in digital music distribution for independent artists worldwide has officially launched operations across Southeast Asia (SEA). TuneCore is owned by Believe, one of the world's leading digital music companies based in Paris. Believe currently operates in 50+ countries and together, the two companies distribute a significant share of the world's digital music. Earlier this year, TuneCore launched operations in LATAM and Africa, bringing its total presence to 14 countries in 4 continents, and thereby making the company the independent DIY distributor with the largest global footprint. TuneCore distributes music to a network of more than 150 digital stores and streaming services worldwide, including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, JOOX, KKBox, Amazon Music, TikTok, QQ Music and Netease. The company boasts 14 localized and fully translated websites, including Southeast Asian languages Thai and Bahasa (Indonesia). The Vietnamese and Mandarin (simplified and traditional) versions of the website are expected to be added later this year, bringing the total to 16 languages for 2021, by far the most of its competitors. TuneCore's operations in Southeast Asia will be spearheaded by Cyrus Chen, who joined the company in late 2020. Prior to joining TuneCore, Cyrus worked with organizations such as Changi Travel Services and eatigo International, where he was responsible in conceptualising and orchestrating strategic plans that reinforced brand image and helped companies develop integrated business strategies to scale across regions. Said Faryal Khan-Thompson, Vice President, International, TuneCore to whom Cyrus will report, "In the Southeast Asia market, the music industry is growing a ......read more

China Dongxiang Announces Operational Results for Q4 and Twelve Months of FY2020/21

The Retail Performance for the Overall Platform Registered a Mid-Sixties Growth yoy in Q4 Same-Store-Sales Grew by High-Single-Digit yoy in Q4 HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 20 April 2021 - The leading international sportswear brand enterprise in the PRC, China Dongxiang (Group) Co., Ltd. ("China Dongxiang" or "the Company", together with its subsidiaries, "the Group", HKEx stock code: 3818) announces the operational data for the three months ended 31 March 2021 (''FY2020/21 Q4'') and the twelve months ended 31 March 2021 (''Twelve Months of FY2020/21''). For the FY2020/21 Q4, the retail performance of Kappa stores (excluding Kappa kids' apparel business) for the overall platform registered a mid-sixties growth on a year-on-year basis, of which the offline business recorded a low-seventies growth, while the e-commerce business recorded a high-thirties growth. The retail performance of the overall platform for the Twelve Months of FY2020/21 registered a mid-teens growth on a year-on-year basis, of which the offline business recorded a low-teens growth, while the e-commerce business recorded a low-thirties growth. As for the same-store-sales ("SSS"), for the FY2020/21 Q4, in respect of Kappa stores (excluding Kappa kids' apparel business) which have been in operation since the beginning of the same quarter the previous year, the SSS for the overall platform registered a high-single-digit growth on a year-on-year basis. Among them, the offline business recorded a mid-single-digit growth, while the e-commerce business recorded a high-thirties growth. The SSS for the overall platform for the Twelve Months of FY2020/21 registered mid-teens growth on a year-on-year basis, of which the offline business recorded a mid-to-low single-digit decrease, while the e-commerce business recorded a low-thirties growth. For the Q4 ended 31 March 2021, the number of retail stores of the Group under the Kappa brand was 1,170 (excl ......read more

Fortinet Advises Macau Organizations to Step Up Cybersecurity on Three Fronts

MACAU - Media OutReach - 20 April 2021 - COVID-19 has been a catalyst for faster digital transformation across all sectors. As organizations have overcome the uncertainties and difficulties of the pandemic and achieved greater efficiency, new ways of working have also led to new cyber threats emerging to take advantage of the current situation. On a typical day in 2020, Macau's Cybersecurity Incident Alert and Response Centre received 1,600 initial cybersecurity risk alerts. It also issued 38 warnings to critical information infrastructure operators last year. Macau recognizes the importance of cybersecurity and introduced the Macau Cybersecurity Law (MCSL) in 2019. Under the MCSL, public and private critical infrastructure operators have to maintain adequate management and security levels for their information networks and computer systems, adopt cybersecurity systems and establish reporting mechanisms. To safeguard Macau organizations from cyberattacks while they push forward with digital transformation, Fortinet suggests three measures to step up cybersecurity capabilities. 1. Adopt Zero-Trust Access and segmentation strategies Ransomware remains a prevailing threat that can cause enormous loss of money and reputation, especially for healthcare, professional services, consumer services companies, public sector organizations and financial services firms. FortiGuard Labs data shows a sevenfold increase in ransomware activity in the second half of 2020 compared to the first half, with multiple trends responsible for this increased threat. To effectively deal with the evolving risks of ransomware, organizations will need to ensure data backups are timely, complete, and secure off-site. Adopting zero-trust access and segmentation strategies can minimize risk and segmentation is especially critical when collecting and correlating large amounts of data in single and multiple network environments. Consistent polic ......read more



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