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Infor Discusses Digital Transformation in China in Newly-Launched IDC Talk Podcast

Infor Discusses Digital Transformation in China in Newly-Launched IDC Talk Podcast

Deep insights and rich exchange by industry experts; current environment to pave the way for growth of contactless business


CHINA – Media OutReach – 8 July 2020 – Infor, a global leader in
business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced that it took part
in the pilot episodes of IDC Talk in China, an all-new
podcast of the International Data Corporation (IDC), bringing together the
exchange of deep industry insights and the sharing of successful enterprise
application of ICT technology. A recurring theme is leveraging innovative
technologies and exploring unique business models in a post-pandemic


During the first three episodes
of IDC’s new podcast, which went online on June 22, Infor executives – managing
director of Greater China and Korea region, Boon Khoo; vice president of sales
for Greater China and Korea, Becky Xie and director of business consulting for
Greater China and Korea, Chong Lu shared tips and insights on the state of digital
transformation of Chinese enterprises.


The coronavirus pandemic has
stimulated demand for digital transformation among small- and medium-sized
enterprises. This is coupled with a strong desire to turn crisis into
opportunity by leveraging innovation and technology to find new ways to empower
a safer, stronger and more integrated business.


Wu Lianfeng, vice president
and chief research analyst of IDC China explained, “This pandemic has caused
people’s work, lives, and consumption habits to go digital, driving the growth
of contactless business. This is on track to becoming a long-term and
far-reaching trend. IT technology is invaluable in response to the pandemic.
What technology transforms is not the power of the present, but the future.”


Over the past two decades, Infor
has provided digital transformation solutions to manufacturing enterprises spanning
the logistics, distribution, automotive, healthcare, food and beverage, hi-tech
and electronics fields. In this, Infor has implemented plans of action aimed at
key application scenarios in specific industries.


During the podcast, Infor
executives noted that Chinese equipment manufacturing company, Equipment
Company of Dongfeng Motor implemented Infor LN, Infor ERP and CloudSuite EAM systems to standardize its business, processes
and data management. The company was also able to establish a real-time
production system, business and financial integration, full-spectrum quality
control, and comprehensive traceability. During the pandemic, they were able to
quickly transition to producing protective masks.


“We feel fortunate to have Infor as our
partner in digital transformation,” said Fang Mingqiang, chief engineer of information systems
planning at Equipment Company of
Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. “We sought to streamline our workflows and get rid of
any obstacles that had arisen to enable us to better keep up with the latest
industry trends. With Infor ERP and EAM, now we can manage end-to-end business processes,
standardize all data, as well as ensure real-time visibility of production,
finance, and quality control. As a result, Dongfeng Motors has greatly
increased our performance while lowering costs, and customer satisfaction is up
Now we are able to provide clients with digitalized products and expand our
scope of operations.”


By working together with Infor, another pharmaceutical
company was able to integrate its global supply chain and service departments.
It also moved its logistics and customs businesses to a single platform and
deployed a centralized supply chain control hub aligning its manufacturing
network across its technological platforms. In this way it is now able to
flexibly respond to black swan events such as this pandemic, and increase its
market share while boosting sales growth through daily operations.


In 2020, China is making a
national effort to develop what has been dubbed “new infrastructure”, which
includes new and emerging technologies such as 5G, the industrial internet and
cloud computing. At the same time, data is becoming a key factor of production
and is being marketized. Given these trends, companies will be focusing more on
the aggregation of their own data resources and strengthening the establishment
of data management capabilities, which will spur business innovation.


Infor managing director of
Greater China and Korea region, Boon Khoo, said, “As enterprises work to catch
up to the fast-paced development of new infrastructure, they not only need to
build a multi-level supply chain network, but also to better integrate and
utilize human resources, data and machines, while fortifying their hardware
with the proper software to achieve better flexibility and resilience.”

Media contact:

Phyllis Tan

Infor Asia Pacific

+65 9799 9133

About Infor

Infor is a global leader in
business cloud software specialized by industry. With 17,300 employees and over
68,000 customers in more than 170 countries, Infor software is designed for
progress. To learn more, please visit

Infor customers include:

  • The top 20 aerospace companies
  • 9 of the top 10 high tech companies
  • 14 of the 25 largest U.S. healthcare
    delivery networks
  • 19 of the 20 largest U.S. cities
  • 18 of the top 20 automotive suppliers
  • 14 of the top 20 industrial distributors
  • 13 of the top 20 global retailers
  • 4 of the top 5 brewers
  • 17 of the top 20 global banks
  • 9 of the 10 largest global hotel brands
  • 7 of the top 10 global luxury brands

ESR completes APAC’s largest logistics warehousing project

ESR completes APAC’s largest logistics warehousing project

388,570 sqm state-of-the-art distribution centre in Japan’s Greater Osaka to set new standards for modern logistics properties


HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 8 July 2020 – ESR Cayman Limited (“ESR” or the “Group”; SEHK Stock Code: 1821), the largest APAC focused logistics real estate platform, today announced the completion of ESR Amagasaki Distribution Centre (“ESR Amagasaki DC”) in Greater Osaka which, with a GFA of 388,570 sqm (117,542 tsubo), is the largest domestic consumption logistics warehousing project in Japan as well as in APAC[1].

Strategically located in the Greater Osaka Metropolitan area, the six-storey, state-of-the-art facility epitomises the highest quality specifications as well as the human-centric and sustainable designs for which ESR properties are renowned. The development is a landmark project for ESR’s RJLF2 Japan development fund and key co-investment partners.

Stuart Gibson, Co-founder and Co-CEO of ESR, said, “The development of ESR Amagasaki DC marks a milestone for ESR. It further cements our position not only as APAC’s leading logistics real estate platform, but as a company that consistently leads the industry with the highest standards of innovation. The state-of-the-art operational design and visionary elements that the ESR team have crafted for this facility are ground-breaking.”

“This property provides an important new platform to service the logistics industry, especially given the current social and economic environments. The pandemic has accelerated the structural shift toward online consumption. We believe this trend will continue for the foreseeable future and drive even greater demand for high quality logistics space among e-commerce and 3PL companies. We will continue to invest in advanced, modern facilities like ESR Amagasaki DC to support our global and domestic tenants, allowing them greater capacity and agility of delivery for the rapidly evolving needs of their customers,” continued Mr. Gibson.

In line with the cutting-edge design, architecture and top international standards that the Group’s best-in-class properties emulate, ESR Amagasaki DC has been awarded a CASBEE (Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency) Class A certification and an ABINC (Association for Business Innovation in harmony with Nature and Community) certification. In addition to a wide array of sustainable elements such as energy-saving features, onsite solar energy generation and ample green space, the facility boasts a suite of human-centric features underpinning ESR’s design philosophy, including a child day-care centre (BARNKLÜBB), a private lounge (KLÜBB Lounge), a retail shop, communal amenities and open space for onsite workers.  

ESR continues to accelerate its efforts to provide scalable and efficient space and solutions for its customers, underscored by a focus on strategic investments in key cities of Japan. The total AUM of its Japan business grew 48% to US$7.7 billion as of 31 December 2019. The Group manages approximately 3 million sqm of GFA in the country and holds the largest development pipeline in Greater Tokyo and Greater Osaka.

In the wake of
the Covid-19 pandemic, e-commerce
and related businesses are displaying a strong appetite for expansion amid
rising online consumption of food and daily necessities. As a result, the
vacancy rate for large multi-tenant properties has been in decline, 3.7% in
Greater Osaka and 0.5% in Greater Tokyo, according to CBRE Research[2]. Approximately 70% of the newly
completed facility, representing over 270,000 sqm of space, has already been pre-leased
to some of ESR’s largest global tenants, further reinforcing the trend in
demand for high quality, well-located and innovative logistics warehouses.

Flourishing as one of the most advanced gateways to Japan and a major
base for global businesses, Greater Osaka will continue to see multiple
catalysts including a number of large-scale infrastructure projects. Built at
the centre of the country’s key logistics network, ESR Amagasaki DC is
well-placed to service the Japanese domestic market, with exceptional access to
Osaka CBD, large national ports and international airports.

[1] The largest single-phase, single-asset
logistics warehousing project in terms of GFA, as of July 2020. Sources: CBRE
data and ESR research.

[2] Asia Pacific MarketView Q1 2020, CBRE Research

About ESR

ESR is the largest APAC focused logistics real estate platform by gross floor area (GFA) and by value of the assets owned directly and by the funds and investment vehicles it manages. Co-founded by its senior management team and Warburg Pincus, ESR and the funds and investment vehicles it manages are backed by some of the world’s preeminent investors including APG, SK Holdings,, CPP Investments, OMERS, PGGM, Ping An and Allianz Real Estate. The ESR platform spans across the People’s Republic of China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia and India. As of 31 December 2019, the fair value of the properties directly held by ESR and the assets under management with respect to the funds and investment vehicles managed by ESR recorded approximately US$22.1 billion, and GFA of properties completed and under development as well as GFA to be built on land held for future development comprised over 17.2 million sqm in total. ESR has been listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited since 1 November 2019.


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