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Everledger Platform Update to Boost Post-Pandemic Recovery in The Diamond Industry

Everledger Platform Update to Boost Post-Pandemic Recovery in The Diamond Industry

New version of its blockchain platform supports demand generation, sustainability and compliance for manufacturers and jewellery retailers, also announces its new bridge funding through the UK government’s Future Fund and Tencent.


LONDON, UK – Media OutReach – 15 July 2020 – As the diamond industry adapts to the disruption of the
COVID-19 pandemic, Everledger has launched of a new version of the Everledger
Platform, with additional features that match the supply and demand of stones
based on criteria set by potential buyers. True to its mission, Everledger
brings additional transparency to the industry by capturing key characteristics
of the stones on the platform: diamond quality, sustainability footprint and
compliance standards.


Due to the lockdown in major cities across the world,
many jewellery retailers and diamond manufacturers closed and there was supply
chain uncertainty. To address this before markets begin opening up, and in time
for the peak season of Double 11, Christmas and Chinese New Year, Everledger is
providing a secure application that will help to improve recovery.


Commenting, Everledger CEO Leanne Kemp said: “For most
crises, there’s a life cycle. We are now beginning to see green shoots
especially in Asia and particularly China, significant signs of recovery as
demonstrated recently by the record breaking 618 sale. Consumption is on a steady rise in China
and particularly on ecommerce channels which have experienced a significant
sales boost over the lockdown period.”


The new version of the Everledger Platform
specifically aids demand generation for retailers searching for diamonds based
on their sustainability efforts, credentials and compliance standards. Of
course, this goes the other way, by matching suppliers who want to securely
share diamond, sustainability and compliance data with individual retailers,
brands or groups of retailers.


Ms Kemp complemented: “This enriched release of the
Everledger Platform is open for the diamond industry, as we work hard over the
next couple of months to provide the same level of transparency across the
other industries we work with, such as Wine and Spirits, Luxury and Apparel,
and Circular Economy, especially managing the life cycle of batteries in Electric
Vehicles and Portable Electronics.”


Like-minded partners


A key improvement in the platform is the increased
support for demand generation. Everledger offers a privileged networking tool
for connecting like-minded retailers and suppliers. The Search function
provides a match-making tool, allowing participants to search criteria across
three main categories: Diamond Quality, Sustainability Efforts and Compliance
Standards. This allows suppliers to boost their sales, while sharing data
around their efforts to reduce carbon impact and adhere to high compliance standards.


With Automated Data Sharing, suppliers can create
diamond data sharing rules to ensure new and updated diamond data is shared
with retailers automatically. This offers the opportunity to reach more
retailers as their ecosystem grows.


Ever more transparency


Transparency remains a bedrock of the updated
Everledger Platform. An exciting evolution is the introduction of Badges. These
proof-points (e.g. carbon offsetting certifications, Kimberley Process
certificate, invoices, etc.) reveal a diamond’s origin, characteristics, and
compliance standards, thus enabling the value chain to trade with higher
degrees of confidence.

Using the Access Control List, manufacturers and
retailers can determine different access rights for their data on the platform,
ensuring the highest levels of data privacy and control, both within their
company and to select partners. With
this upgraded platform, Everledger is enhancing its reputation for
blockchain-powered privacy and security. Everledger was certified ISO 27001 last
year, which represents the highest level of security management for sensitive


Today’s launch focuses predominantly on the diamond
industry and its key stakeholders, but the platform will soon carry
transferable features through to all verticals, including fine wines,
gemstones, e-waste, apparel and luxury goods.


Strengthening its position to
lead the future of transparency


The launch of Everledger’s new platform comes off the
back of a USD7 million funding round from the UK Government’s Future Fund and
Tencent. Tencent has continued its investment in Everledger, following the
company’s $20 million series A funding round at the back end of last year.


Ms Kemp emphasised the importance of China for
Everledger: “Last year we launched the world’s first WeChat Mini Program for
blockchain-enabled diamonds, and this year we’ll be announcing a partnership
with one of China’s largest e-commerce companies. Having Tencent on board is
invaluable for strengthening and extending our developments in China.”

VANZO Launches New Generation Sterilizing Air Freshener

VANZO Launches New Generation Sterilizing Air Freshener

Duo Series for Interior and Car


KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – 15 July 2020 – Malaysia’s
pioneering car perfume manufacturer VANZO ASIA has launched its New Generation
Sterilizing Air Freshener recently. This time, VANZO collaborates with artist
Lin Min Chen by naming her the brand’s ambassador once again. The collaboration
aims to promote high-quality fragrance products to provide a healthier and more
refreshing experience for the community.


Eddie Ng, founder cum CEO of VANZO, claimed that this latest
generation of air freshener is a brand new duo series that has been arranged
and developed by the company for one full year. The air freshener is not only
suitable for cars, but also fits perfectly as house fragrance, more the reason
it lives up the name as the product of a new generation.


“The last
product we launched is a series of car perfume made solely for women, it is
also the first female-oriented car perfume made in Malaysia. The launch is
successful and evokes huge
responses from our users, especially female drivers who have given us a lot of
positive feedbacks. This is the motivation that urged me to make another new
product — to lead a new trending tide in the industry once more!”


Eddie Ng revealed that VANZO is also the first brand in
Malaysia’s market that sends its product initiatively for assays. The New
Generation Sterilizing Air Freshener not only passed numerous tests which
proved it does not contain formaldehyde,
toluene, benzene, and other harmful substances but also successfully
acquire the only international SGS sterilization certificate in the market.
Thus, it is proven as a high-quality, double-function fragrance product.


The New Generation Sterilizing Air Freshener uses premium
ingredients produced by Japan fragrance company Ogawa & Co., Ltd. Users are
given choices to choose from classic floral, English pear and freesia as
their air freshener flavour. Apart from that, users can also adjust the density
of fragrance (thin, mild, dense) through the attach diffuser sticks. The
fragrance can last for 30 to 60 days.


 “In terms of packaging, we use the same
fashionable design like we always did. The product’s sophisticated appearance also
makes a wonderful decoration. Whether should you place it inside your car or house,
it will certainly boost the overall elegance of said location.”


Into the International Market


VANZO was founded in 2017 and collaborates with Japan
fragrance company, Ogawa & Co., Ltd., which has 125 years of history and is
ranked as one of the top 5 fragrance group in the world.


Apart from Malaysia’s market, VANZO has also successfully
established itself in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brunei, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Currently, VANZO has more than 3000 retail sites throughout Malaysia, including
AEON, car accessories stores, car wash, mini-markets and more.


“We plan to
increase our retail sites to 10,000 by next year, which includes shopping malls, petrol stations,
Family Mart, and many more. We hope to expand our market and push VANZO’s
products all over Malaysia. With this, our consumers will be able to purchase
VANZO’s product anywhere,


Malaysia, I also hope that VANZO can step onto the international market, so
that VANZO, a Malaysia brand that aims to promote healthy, elegant car perfume,
can be recognized by more people out there.”


with Numerous Awards


According to Eddie Ng, VANZO has received numerous awards
throughout the years since it was founded. Among these awards, the most
important is none other than the Consumer’s Choice Award issued by MTPN
(Majlis Tindakan Pengguna Negara). The award is a recognition that proves the
company’s relentless pursuit for greater quality, which is also the proof of
support and attention from the government and consumers.


Aside from having a strategic partnership with Malaysia’s
No.1 car site Carlist, VANZO also collaborates with GrabCar by promoting its
car perfume in the Grab Driver’s app. Currently, VANZO has established
partnerships with 11 government departments and is allowed to play its
advertisement in said departments.


The New Generation Sterilizing Air Freshener will be
released in each retail site successively in due course, users can also purchase
it through VANZO’s online official store:


For more information, please visit VANZO’s
Facebook page:


Shopmatic ends the first quarter with 200% growth in transactions, 200% growth in revenues, 200% growth in GMV

Shopmatic ends the first quarter with 200% growth in transactions, 200% growth in revenues, 200% growth in GMV

Amid the ongoing global pandemic, Shopmatic, leading Singapore-based e-commerce enabler registered tremendous growth in the April-June 2020 quarter


 – 15 July 2020 – At a
time when businesses are struggling to cope with the impact of COVID-19 pandemic,
international e-commerce enabler Shopmatic is set for a very promising growth
trajectory this year.  With its
tech-enabled solutions for the country’s SME sector, Shopmatic has registered a 2x
growth in transactions, GMV and revenues during the April-June quarter over the
previous quarter.


As an e-commerce solutions provider,
Shopmatic brings different elements of the e-commerce landscape onto a single
platform to help SMEs and individual entrepreneurs take their businesses
online. From creating a customized online store, selling through social &
chat commerce, selling on multiple marketplaces with integrated global payment
options and shipping solutions, creating & promoting digital advertising
Shopmatic makes it easy for anyone to sell online.


Owing to its customer-first approach,
Shopmatic has consistently rolled out unique initiatives to empower sellers on
its platform. Amidst the pandemic, Shopmatic expanded its offering to create
tailored solutions for India’s Kirana stores and Singapore’s Grocery stores,
enabling them to create an online presence with pre-developed catalogs and
more. Shopmatic allows local shop owners to build their web-stores easily
without the need for technical know-how, or design experience. This offering
covers all aspects of a successful online grocery store including pre-built
catalogs with unlimited listings, easy inventory management, secure and instant
online payments and, keeping in mind the need for the hour, contactless
delivery, and self-pickup options.


Speaking on the results of the first quarter,
Mr. Anurag Avula, CEO & Co-founder,
, said, “We are delighted
with our quarterly financial results, that we were able to achieve with the
support of our customers.  Going digital
is not an option anymore, but an imperative, and we have been able to
contribute to our merchants’ success by launching relevant solutions like the
Kirana/Grocery Store special. In the 5 years since we launched, we have been
driven by our vision to enable online and offline success for our merchants by
creating an omnichannel experience for our customers. I am delighted that it
has brought significant transaction growth to our customers. This inspires us
to deliver even more innovative and compelling game-changing solutions for our
merchants which we will be launching in the next few months.”


After launching its Transaction model in
April 2010, Shopmatic has more than 120,000+ active merchants on its platform
It continues to innovate to bring the latest tech advancements into its
platform, determined to enable the online success of small businesses and
aspiring individual entrepreneurs.


About Shopmatic

Founded in December 2014, Shopmatic has been
driving game-changing strategies in the ecommerce space and has engineered
itself to stay focused on helping its customers succeed.


With its acquisitions of CombineSell and
Octopus in 2019, Shopmatic is driving an omnichannel play for individual
entrepreneurs and businesses in emerging markets, by enabling the entire
ecommerce-&-retail-management ecosystems for them to succeed.


From a domain name to easy integrations with
domestic and international payment gateways and shipping partners, to getting
discovered via a unique, curated platform- Shopmatic World & multiple
marketplaces, to POS, Inventory Management and CRM solutions, Shopmatic helps
business owners manage the full spectrum of what is required to grow their


Shopmatic has 500000+ customers today.

Shopmatic is headquartered in Singapore with a
presence in India, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Philippines and UAE. The company
is quickly expanding to the rest of South-East Asia, this year.


Shopmatic has raised 20 M SGD from its
incorporation till date with August One, SEEDS Capital and a consortium of


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