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Kantar Health Expands National Health and Wellness Survey into South Korea and Taiwan

Kantar Health Expands National Health and Wellness Survey into South Korea and Taiwan

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA AND TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Media OutReach – 5 August 2020 – Kantar Health, a leading global healthcare data,
analytics and research provider, today announces the expansion of its National
Health and Wellness Survey (NHWS) into South Korea and Taiwan. NHWS is the world’s largest patient-reported
outcomes survey and provides a unique patient perspective into health needs and
experiences.

 

Over 40,000 patients and caregivers in South Korea
and Taiwan will join the survey, increasing the global sample size to 250,000
patients across 12 markets, which already include Japan and China. In its 23rd
year of reporting, NHWS covers 200 medical conditions using validated research
instruments and disease-specific measures.

 

NHWS
also has the flexibility to uncover timely, synergistic insights around global
healthcare events through Pulse recontact surveys. The survey found that the
proportion of patients reporting symptoms of moderate to severe depression in
South Korea almost doubled from 16% to 30% since the start of the Covid-19
pandemic. In comparison, the proportion of
respondents reporting these symptoms in Taiwan, a country which has been widely
praised for its response to the pandemic, did not significantly change during
the same period.

 

Lynnette Cooke, Global CEO, Kantar Health,
commented, “Our goal is to understand
patients’ unmet needs and provide guidance in the development of new therapies
to improve health outcomes and resource utilisation. The National Health and
Wellness Survey stands alone globally in providing robust evidence of the
burden of illness that patients experience and the value that different medical
interventions can deliver.”

 

“With Patient-reported outcomes (PRO)
increasingly being considered as part of regulatory submissions and
reimbursement decisions in South Korea and Taiwan, we are delighted to add
these important countries to our global knowledge pool,” added Questa Lin,
General Manager, Taiwan, Kantar Health.

 

About Kantar Health

Kantar Health, a
division of Kantar, provides data, analytics and research to the life sciences
industry. As real-world evidence and commercialization partners, Kantar Health
enables clients to bring safe and effective treatment to patients around the
world. The team has expertise across a myriad of therapy areas, including
unique thought leadership in oncology and rare diseases. For more information
on how to optimize commercial launch plans, demonstrate real-world
effectiveness and safety, and build ongoing value substantiation to unlock your
full potential, visit www.kantar.com/expertise/health. Kantar helps clients
understand people and inspire growth.

Infor CloudSuite Positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant of the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud ERP for Product-Centric Enterprises

Infor CloudSuite Positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant of the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud ERP for Product-Centric Enterprises

NEW YORK, US – Media OutReach – 5 August 2020 – Infor, a global
leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced that
Gartner Inc. has positioned Infor CloudSuite
in the Visionaries quadrant of the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud ERP
for Product-Centric Enterprises. Infor was positioned highest for ability to
execute in the Visionaries quadrant.

 

Download
a complimentary copy
 of the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for
Cloud ERP for Product-Centric Enterprises, published June 22.

 

“We believe Infor’s placement as a Visionary
in this Gartner Magic Quadrant recognizes our ability to provide CloudSuites
that are designed to serve certain specific needs of a variety of industries,
including manufacturing,
healthcare, distribution, public sector,
retail and hospitality,”
said Soma Somasundaram, Infor chief technology officer and president of
products. “Infor’s CloudSuites utilize our leading technology platform, Infor
OS to power next-generation user experiences, integrations and workflows, which
are designed to help increase productivity and collaboration.”

 

“Infor CloudSuites deliver back-office
operations, key industry analytics and reporting — along with mobile access and
implementation accelerators — in an effort to help lower companies’ risks and
help keep them current with the latest innovations,” he added. “This can
provide enterprises with agility and flexibility to help drive performance and
scalability and assist in reducing time-to-value.”

 

In its Magic Quadrant for Cloud ERP for
Product-Centric Enterprises, Gartner notes that, “By 2022, 30% of large
enterprises will have moved to a platform- and product-centric approach with
standardized ERP capabilities at the platform core.”

 

In addition, the report stated, “By 2025, the
top four ERP vendors will rebrand themselves as business platform providers.”

According to the Magic Quadrant report, “Gartner defines a product-centric
cloud ERP suite as a
set of loosely coupled products comprising:

  • Operational
    ERP — supply chain and manufacturing-related functionality such as demand
    management, order management, material requirements planning (MRP),
    inventory management, supply chain/direct procurement, manufacturing
    control capabilities, and distribution/logistics.
  • Financial
    management functionality (those vendors that provide only financial
    management as a suite are rated in a separate Magic Quadrant).
  • Purchasing
    focused on indirect goods, services and capital equipment.
  • HCM —
    for cost management as well as staffing for operational resources.
  • Specialized,
    industry-specific modules or applications including, but not limited to,
    modules such as configure-to-order (CTO) or make-to-order (MTO), and field
    service management (FSM), or broader application solutions like enterprise
    asset management (EAM) and product life cycle management (PLM).”

 

Tweet this:
@Infor CloudSuite positioned in Visionaries
quadrant of the @Gartner_inc June 2020 Magic Quadrant for #Cloud #ERP for
Product-Centric Enterprises http://ow.ly/BRhs30qTnWy

 

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud ERP for
Product-Centric Enterprises Tim Faith, Duy Nguyen, Denis Torii, Paul Schenck,
Christian Hestermann, 22 June 2020.

 

Gartner does not
endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications,
and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the
highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of
the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as
statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied,
with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or
fitness for a particular purpose.

 

Media contact:

Phyllis
Tan

Infor
Asia Pacific

+65
9799 9133

phyllis.tan@infor.com

 

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 www.infor.com.

 

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 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

 

This announcement
reflects the direction Infor may take with regard to the specific product(s)
described herein, all of which is subject to change by Infor in its sole
discretion, with or without notice to you. This announcement is not a
commitment to you in any way and you should not rely on this document or any of
its content in making any decision. Infor is not committing to develop or
deliver any specified enhancement, upgrade, product or functionality, even if
such is described in this announcement and even if such description is
accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,”
“may,” “plan,” “project,” “predict,” “should,” “will,” and/or similar
expressions. Many factors can affect Infor’s product development plans and the
nature, content and timing of future product releases, all of which remain in
the sole discretion of Infor. This announcement, in whole or in part, may not
be incorporated into any contractual agreement with Infor or its subsidiaries
or affiliates. Infor expressly disclaims any liability with respect to this
announcement.

Top Guns Join REBEL Fighting Championship

Top Guns Join REBEL Fighting Championship

  • Vivian Xia joins REBEL FC as Sponsorship
    Director, bringing with her a wealth of experience that includes 16 years at The
    Nielsen Company
  • Ophelia Yao
    comes onboard as Sponsorship Manager, having previously worked at AVIAREPS
    Group and IMG

SHANGHAI, CHINA – Media OutReach – 5 August 2020
 REBEL
Fighting Championship
(REBEL FC), a dynamic fightainment company, is not letting the COVID-19 pandemic get in
the way of its goal of becoming the first MMA promotion from Southeast Asia to
produce a full-fledged Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) reality show in China and
develop the next generation of China-grown MMA superstars.

REBEL FC already has
an ace in place with famed Chinese director Xie Dikui, as the executive
producer of the planned MMA reality show. Xie is a household name for his work
on one of China’s biggest reality shows in the past decade, Where Are We
Going, Dad? (Chinese:
爸爸去哪儿; pinyin: Bàba qù nǎr), on Hunan Television, which debuted in 2013 and is currently being filmed
for the sixth season. He was the director for the series’ first (2013), second
(2014), third (2015) and fourth seasons (2016), as well as two movie
adaptations of the series. The series attracted an average of 75 million
viewers per episode every week and an astonishing TV viewership of 190 million
people in the 2015 season finale.

REBEL FC’s Top Guns: Vivian Xia

 

REBEL FC’s Top Guns: Ophelia Yao

“Just like any
programme on terrestrial TV or streaming platform, the sponsorship team behind a
programme is its bedrock. Hence, REBEL FC is pulling out all the stops to
recruit the best in the business to give its reality show a strong boost.”
explains Justin Leong, CEO of REBEL FC.

“Our reality show
ties in with the REBEL FC’s core value of empowerment. We will empower our
fighters in and out of the ring as well as during and after their fight
careers. We want to empower our gym and brand partners. Our new sponsorship
colleagues will work towards a holistic partnership with our sponsors where
everyone will benefit — from everyday men and women who will be inspired by the
tales of the fighters’ determination to succeed against all odds in the reality
show to our brand partners who will be able to communicate the empowering
aspects of their products and services to the mainstream viewers,” emphasises
Leong. 

Vivian Xia, who
joins REBEL FC as sponsorship director, is the promotion’s most significant
appointment to date. She spent most of her career from 1999 to 2018 — 16 years
— at The Nielson Company, a global marketing research firm headquartered in New
York City, USA. Nielsen’s possibly best known creation is the Nielsen ratings,
an analytical system that measures television, radio and newspaper audiences in
their respective media markets.

The highlight of her
work with Nielsen was building up a sports and entertainment department for the
company from 2016 to 2018 as Associate Director. This new department is
responsible for the business and product developments of the sports industry in
China. Major clients she managed with this new department were Hebei China
Fortune Football Club (image branding to fans), Tencent Sports (evaluation of NBA
sponsor exposure in the media), HUPU (industry prospect evaluation), Foshan
Xiqiao Marathon (event performance evaluation) and JD (sports goods industry
research).

From 2018, Xia went
on to join OCEANS Sports & Entertainment Inc. as its Vice President. OCEANS
is one of the leading sports marketing agencies in China specialising in
integrated sports marketing, event organisation and promotion, sponsorship
development, and building relevant relationships across China’s fast-growing
sports industry. At OCEANS, she was responsible for managing new businesses in
the country. A major client she handled was ADK, whom she facilitated to
successfully obtain the title sponsor of the WTA Final in Shenzhen in 2019.

Joining Vivian Xia
is Ophelia Yao, REBEL FC’s sponsorship manager, who has experience from IMG, a
global events and talent management company headquartered in New York, USA,
under Endeavor Group Holdings. Endeavor is best known for acquiring UFC in 2016
for 4 billion USD.

At IMG, Yao was Sales
Support & Client Servicing Manager at IMG Golf Asia, focusing on client
relations and servicing for the WGC-HSBC Champions project, building corporate
partnerships with Mercedes Benz, WeChat, Dell and TutorABC.

“It is an honour for
me and Ophelia to be a witness and participant in innovative sports marketing with
REBEL FC’s planned reality show. I think it is an exciting platform to
communicate MMA as a professional sports in the language of mass entertainment
that will resonate with the mass audience in China. The attributes of MMA
conveyed through the reality show can encourage positive thinking and
enterprising fighting spirit as well as revitalising national pride in everyone
in China,” elaborates Xia.

We hope to inspire
more innovative ideas for event operations and make REBEL an industry benchmark
and leader not only in China but around the world in the time to come,” she
adds.

With Xia and Yao
onboard, REBEL FC adds another milestone in its course towards bringining its
ambitious MMA reality show into fruition.

For more information on REBEL FC, please visit www.rebelfightingchampionship.com


About REBEL Fighting Championship

REBEL Fighting Championship is a dynamic fightainment
company, committed to bringing exciting and engaging mixed martial arts and
live event entertainment to our customers around the world. We are focused on
pursuing the highest standards of excellence in our live event production, MMA
talent development and promoting awareness of MMA.

 

Founded in May 2013 and headquartered in
Singapore, the company comprises a group of vibrant and creative professionals
with diverse backgrounds in production, marketing, business development, event
management, public relations, and MMA matchmaking.

Leading Tech Brand Baseus Announces 72-h AliExpress Super Brand Day Starting on August 10th

Leading Tech Brand Baseus Announces 72-h AliExpress Super Brand Day Starting on August 10th

TOKYO,
JAPAN – Media OutReach – 5 August 2020 – Baseus, a leading
consumer electronics brand, announced a new promotional campaign called “Super
Brand Day” on its official AliExpress store featuring exclusive coupons and unprecedented
discounts up to 71% off. The event is set to start on August 10th (at 0:00
Pacific Time, USA – at 16:00 Japan Time) and end on August 13th. Users can
receive even more special deals and unique gifts by joining the live broadcast
events and signing in continuously to the Baseus
official AliExpress store
.
Baseus also welcomes its users to participate in its Facebook fan event to win
an iPhone gift pack.

Since
its establishment in 2011, Baseus has specialized in manufacturing phone
accessories, laptop docking stations, small household appliances, earphones,
phone chargers, screen hanging lights, and car accessories.

This
company is particularly famous for its GaN (gallium nitride) chargers, which
are physically smaller but more efficient than traditional chargers. A few
examples are the world’s smallest 120W
GaN Charger
, the world’s
first 65W three-port 2C1A GaN Charger, and the 10000-mAh
45W GaN Power Bank
.

Other
exceptional products are the A2
Car Vacuum Cleaner
and the i-wok
Screen Hanging Light
, which is
perfect for those staring at a computer screen all day. The USB-C
Hub for MacBook Pro
, in particular,
has even received the Japan Design Excellence Award. It works both as a HUB and
as a heat dispersing device with 9 port expansion, 40 Gbps transmission, and a
TB3 interface.

Despite being headquartered in Shenzhen (China),
Baseus has a growing global presence through its over 600 flagship stores in
more than 180 countries and regions worldwide.

Below is a more
detailed timeline of the Baseus Brand Day event:

  1. From July
    20th to August 9th: pre-selling activity, exclusive gifts, and special
    time-limited coupons for continuous sign-in and for sharing the link to
    the Baseus AliExpress store;
  2. On August
    10th: Brand Day event broadcast with even more appealing discounts;
  3. From August
    10th to August 12th: Brand Day event special discounts;

About Baseus

Baseus is a consumer electronics brand that
mainly manufactures mobile phone accessories, laptop docking stations, small
household appliances, and car accessories.

Singapore Celebrities Gather to Celebrate National Day at Madame Tussauds

Singapore Celebrities Gather to Celebrate National Day at Madame Tussauds

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 5 August 2020 – Stefanie Sun, JJ Lin and Dick Lee are just a handful of the local celebrities who have gathered together for National Day celebrations at Madame Tussauds on Sentosa.

The wax attraction full of famous fun has created a special National Day celebration where local icons come together in front of an Instagrammable wall. The figures are overlooking the famous nighttime skyline, where guests can set off fireworks on the movement activated, projection mapped interactive set. In this specially created zone, they can also relive classic National Day songs alongside the artists who sung them

 

Besides the National Day celebration, which will be featured for a limited period only, guests can enjoy the Marvel 4D cinema again, since it will reopen also this weekend! The Marvel 4D Experience is 1 of the 5 experiences Madame Tussauds offer.  For National Day, Sentosa is giving out free NDP Fun Passes, redeem your tickets for the world famous wax attraction now or visit the website of Madame Tussauds for great promotions.

The 55th National Day celebration will be like no other this year, if you are missing the National Day Parade and all the memorable performances that go with it then come to Madame Tussauds and take the stage yourself next to the nation’s most famous stars!

Twitter: @MTsSingapore

Instagram: @mtssingapore

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MadameTussaudsSingapore

About Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is the ultimate celebrity experience and the world’s best known and most popular wax attraction. There are currently 23 Madame Tussauds attractions around the world.  Each of the attractions is unique and tailored to the host city and visitor demographic to feature both local as well as international figures. These attractions are continually endorsed by celebrities, sports stars, royalty and global politicians.

Founded in London in 1835, Madame Tussauds’ amazing wax figures are so high quality and so lifelike that even the celebrities themselves do a double take when they see them — and all in stunning interactive themed sets designed to excite, amaze, and surprise, including some with unique animated features! And, with no bars, ropes or barriers around the figures, visitors will have no problem believing that they really are standing beside their heroes and the photographs taken with favourite stars will be a special memory for ever.

 

The result of 200 years of expertise and painstaking research every figure takes Madame Tussauds’ gifted sculptors a minimum of three months to make, and costs more than $300K (Singapore dollars). Most contemporary figures are also produced following sittings with the celebrities themselves and are the result of hundreds of separate measurements, hours matching skin tone, eye and hair colour — with every individual hair inserted separately. Celebrities and film studio wardrobe departments often supply clothing for their figures, or designers will reproduce significant or iconic outfits as exact replicas, only for Madame Tussauds. Inclusion in one of Madame Tussauds attractions around the world is seen as a huge honour and recognition of an individual’s contribution, status and achievement.


About Merlin Entertainments plc

Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. As Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates over 130 attractions, 19 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 25 countries and across 4 continents. Merlin’s purpose is to deliver memorable experiences to its 67 million guests around the world, through its iconic brands and multiple attraction formats, and the commitment and passion of its c.28,000 employees (peak season).


See www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information and follow on Twitter @MerlinEntsNews.

SugarCRM Named A Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation for 8th Consecutive Year

SugarCRM Named A Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation for 8th Consecutive Year

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA – Media OutReach – August
4, 2020 – SugarCRM Inc.®, the innovator of time-aware CX, today announced that
it was named a Visionary in the Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Sales Force
Automation for the 8th consecutive year. Sugar was recognized for its ability
to execute and completeness of vision.

In the report[1],
Gartner noted the top three reasons, which drove the 100 vendor reference
customers who use the SFA solutions reviewed in the Magic Quadrant, to purchase
from their vendor included: product functionality and performance (64%), competitive
costs (62%), and strong customer focus (52%).

 

“We believe SugarCRM is the clear choice for
sales automation based on technology, value and ease of use,” said Rich Green,
Chief Product Officer and CTO, SugarCRM. “With one of the highest customer retention
rates of all ranked vendors and high scores for both our customer experience
and service, companies of all sizes are adopting Sugar Sell to drive their
sales initiatives and deliver for their customers”. 

 

Sugar Sell is part of Sugar’s time-aware CX
solutions
that enable marketing, sales and service teams to gain a
clear, unified view of the customer and deliver a better experience across the
customer journey. Now is a period of rapid innovation for Sugar as the company
builds out its time-aware, no-touch CX platform with analytics capabilities and
new products including Sugar Integrate, a robust, integration
solution for 200 business processes and apps.

 

Sugar improved its position on the ability to
execute in the Visionaries quadrant for Sales Force Automation (SFA) compared
to the previous report and is also positioned on the “Completeness of
Vision” axis. The report evaluated 15 vendors.

 

A complimentary copy of the Gartner, Inc. 2020
Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation research report is available from the SugarCRM site here.

 

Gartner
Disclaimer

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product
or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise
technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other
designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s
research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact.
Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this
research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose.

About SugarCRM

SugarCRM’s time-aware sales, marketing and service software helps companies deliver effortless and predictable customer experience. For mid-market companies and anyone that wants a CX-driven platform, Sugar gives teams the time-aware customer data they need to create a seamless customer journey and increase customer lifetime value.

More than 4,500 companies in over 120 countries rely on SugarCRM. Based in Silicon Valley, SugarCRM is backed by Accel-KKR. 


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Amazon Singapore Shines a Spotlight on Local Retailers this National Day

Amazon Singapore Shines a Spotlight on Local Retailers this National Day

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 4 August 2020
To commemorate Singapore’s 55th
birthday, Amazon aims to recognize home-grown businesses and celebrate their
journeys by launching today dedicated “Shop
Local” storefront
on Amazon.sg. The
curated page features four local brands’ founding stories and a plethora of
products from local businesses in categories such as home and home improvement,
electronics, kitchen and dining, health and personal care, toys and games,
groceries and more.

 

“As Singaporeans come together to
celebrate the nation’s 55th birthday, we hope to help shoppers
discover and expand the support for local businesses through this new
initiative. We invite customers to learn more about the entrepreneurs behind
these homegrown businesses and check out their great products,” says Bernard
Tay, Country Leader, Amazon.sg Seller Services and Head of Amazon Global
Selling Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand
. “We are pleased to
welcome more local business onto Amazon.sg and look forward to helping them
expand their customer base and reach a global audience through our online
stores worldwide.”

Notable local brands featured on
“Shop Local” include: manufacturer of premium quality bedding with compostable
and bio-degradable fibers — EASVEN; local manufacturer of  plant-based products for babies with sensitive
skin — Happyganics; personal care brand for those aspiring to
enjoy clear and beautiful skin — Porcelain Skin; and non-medicated
solutions provider for menstrual cramps — Blood.

Getting to know the local retailers on Amazon.sg

 

EASVEN

Singaporean founder Chen Yan
started her career with her family’s bedding and household goods business but
soon left to study Design in Arts in the UK before moving to Singapore in 2004.
In 2019, Yan returned to her passion and love for textile, fabric, and the
environment to start EASVEN, a purpose-built brand which
manufactures premium quality bedding using TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers that are
certified compostable and bio-degradable. Amidst COVID-19, Yan started selling
on Amazon to reach a global audience with low shipment costs.

 

“With Amazon, we’re not only
selling products, but a service, building our brand reputation, growing our
community, and connecting with our customers. As a young brand dealing with the
pandemic, selling online has been essential. We’ve been able to continue the
business, adapt quickly, and maintain the high quality and service of our
products,” said Yan, founder of EASVEN.

 

Happyganics

Happyganics was founded in 2015 in Singapore by parents Dawn Teh and Leslie Wou after their
baby daughter started suffering from skin allergies. With pure plant-based
ingredients and natural products, ranging from detergent to hand sanitizer,
Happyganics manufactures locally and sells in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia,
Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

 

Dawn from Happyganics said: “With
Amazon, we have been able to reach many more customers without increasing our
operations cost. The warehousing and logistical support has allowed us to
streamline operations and offer same-day delivery to meet customer expectations.
Furthermore, joining Amazon through the E-Commerce Booster Package has meant
that we can leverage its global footprint without having to rent retail space —
a huge cost saver to grow rapidly!”

 

Porcelain Skin

Started by mother-daughter duo
Jenny Teng and Pauline Ng, Porcelain is a home-grown brand that
grew swiftly fueled by the mutual love for skincare and passion to correct, not
conceal, skin troubles. Over the last 10 years, since 2009, Porcelain Skin has
received more than 80 beauty awards for both service and products and has plans
to expand across Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia.

 

Daughter and Managing Director
Pauline Ng said: “While we grow as a company, we are constantly looking for
ways to continue listening to customer feedback and improve our service to
build long-term relationships. We’ve just joined Amazon in June and are looking
forward to connecting with consumers domestically and internationally to
address their needs quickly.”

 

Blood

Frustrated by the lack of good
quality non-medicated solutions for menstrual cramps, Singaporeans Tan Peck
Ying and Caleb Leow developed MenstruHeat — the flagship product of Blood
— to help and support women across the world through their period cycles. They
started selling on Amazon in 2015 and have since grown their business on Amazon
across the US, UK, EU, Canada, Japan, Australia with plans to expand in India.

 

“Selling internationally with
Amazon has given us exposure beyond our shores — this has been really important
for our brand building and awareness. In fact, more than 50% of our online
sales come through Amazon today. Thanks to Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA), since
our initial days, we have not had to worry about distribution and shipment
costs and can focus on managing inventory and growing the business,” said Peck
Ying, co-founder of Blood.

 

Discover the wide range of
selection from local retailers on Amazon.sg here.

 

Beyond the “Shop Local” showcase,
Amazon has launched Seller University so local businesses in Singapore can
access complimentary online tools and personalized support to better operate on
Amazon’s store. This is in addition to the E-Commerce Booster Package
collaboration with Enterprise Singapore where local retailers who sign up to
sell on Amazon.sg can avail a one-time grant of up to S$9,000 to enhance their E-Commerce
capabilities and reach more customers. 
Interested local retailers can find out more information and sign up by
30 September 2020 here: https://services.amazon.sg/esg-e-commerce-booster-package.html

 

To find out more about selling on Amazon, visit: https://www.amazon.sg/sell.

About Amazon

Amazon is
guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus,
passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term
thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations,
Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle,
Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and
services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit Amazon.sg.

Equatorial Guinea Hold Discussions with African Energy Chamber and Updates on Energy Developments During Covid-19

Equatorial Guinea Hold Discussions with African Energy Chamber and Updates on Energy Developments During Covid-19

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – EQS Newswire – 4 August 2020 – Last week, the African Energy Chamber held a bilateral discussion with the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea, led by H.E Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, alongside the Director of Hydrocarbons, Robustiano Eyegue Ndong and NJ Ayuk, the Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber.

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The Chamber sought to understand the state of the hydrocarbon sector in the country and was briefed by the Minister and the Director on immediate and near-term plans by the Ministry.

Equatorial Guinea has moved its Year of Investment program to 2021, with plans to add many more investments opportunities and projects, while taking into consideration the challenges of Covid-19. For instance, the Ministry is continuing its mining drive-in with a strong focus on the mainland and expects to drive new mining programs in 2021.

The Minister agreed with the Chamber that Covid-19 has been a great disruptor to the energy sector. The Chamber urges the Equatorial Guinean government to continue working with oil and gas operators to find ways to ensure operations continue.

The Minister advised the Chamber that the rapid development of the Alen unitization project operated by Noble Energy will be delayed until 2021. This is liquid-rich gas and condensate field is located in Block O, about 32km off the east coast of Bioko Island, in Equatorial Guinea. However, the Alen backfill gas project into EGLNG remains on track, with the project scheduled to come online in the first quarter of 2021.

When pressed on the rapid approval of Chevron acquisition of Noble Energy, the Minister advised the Chamber that the Ministry is currently studying the transaction as it pertains to Equatorial Guinea and will respond in due course taking into consideration compliance with the laws and regulations of the country as well as binding legal instruments like the Production Sharing Contract.

On the Gas Mega Hub, the Chamber was informed that Equatorial Guinea has contracted UK-based firm Gas Strategies to continue working on a revised Gas Master Plan as the Minister believes it is an important step towards the country developing a timely, economic and equitable plan for to monetise gas, and with a clear vision towards having a Gas Mega Hub anchored around Punta Europa.

The Chamber commends the development of gas, as LNG stands to be a game changer in the local, regional and international energy markets. It also puts Equatorial Guinea in line with other members of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, of which Equatorial Guinea is a member, when it comes to monetizing gas.

The Minister advised that exploration activity is still ongoing in the country, with Kosmos Energy likely to proceed with a drilling campaign in 2022. Furthermore, Trident Energy started a 4D seismic survey over its Block G assets, which contain the Ceiba and Okume fields offshore with a potential to drill three wells in 2021.

Finally, the Ministry is engaged in discussions with Venezuelan state company PDVSA on the upstream and the downstream sector.

“Equatorial Guinea is an important oil and gas player and continues to be a great partner in advancing the relationships with investors while promoting local content. The Chamber welcomes this dialogue and we remain committed to more engagements with African energy leaders because this is vitally important to the private sector.” said NJ Ayuk

“The African Energy Chamber, supported by leading energy companies, is confident that by working together, we will ensure win-win opportunities as well as engage candidly on serious issues with African governments. These frank, no-holds-barred conversations concerning our energy industry can guide African governments to create an enabling environment that is effective for investors and citizens alike.” concluded Ayuk

The African Energy Chamber periodically holds bilateral discussions with governments and institutions on energy issues in Africa. These discussions are important for leaders and investors to engage in discussions of the most important economic and commercial issues, including investment in oil and gas, infrastructure development, local content, and enabling policies that make in country operations better.

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Applications Open for the Asian Fund for Cancer Research’s BRACE Award Venture Competition

Applications Open for the Asian Fund for Cancer Research’s BRACE Award Venture Competition

First of Its Kind Investment Opportunity for Asia-Based Oncology Technology Start-Ups

 

HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 4 August 2020 – The Asian Fund for Cancer Research (AFCR) is now accepting
applications from oncology start-ups for the Bridging Research from
Academia to Cancer Entrepreneurship (BRACE) Award Venture Competition
. The event and program uniquely supports Asian entrepreneurs’
cancer technology commercialization and start-up business efforts.

 

The BRACE Award Venture Competition
offers financial and other support to oncology companies which most biopharmaceutical
corporations and investors deem as at too early a stage, including those
recently spun-out of cancer research laboratories. The program avails participants
to potential investment and cash awards, key opinion leaders, insightful
feedback from life sciences industry figures, increased visibility and
credibility, and opportunity to further tap into AFCR’s extensive global
network.

 

Accepted BRACE Award Venture
Competition applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of
leading cancer researchers and industry executives, investors and entrepreneurs.
Additionally, all accepted applications will have the opportunity to showcase
their companies and technologies in a short video to be voted on by the public
as the “People’s Choice.” Top applicants as determined by the selection
committee, along with the winning applicant of the online voting, will advance
as semi-finalists.

 

The semi-finalists will deliver virtual
private and confidential presentations to a world-class judging committee, and
two finalists will be selected and granted cash prizes of HK$10,000. Among the
finalists, professional due diligence will be performed in determining the
BRACE Award Venture Competition winner, which will receive up to HK$2,000,000 in
equity investment from AFCR and be announced and featured at the BIOHK2021 international
convention– scheduled for 10-13 March 2021 in Hong Kong.

 

With the BRACE Award Venture
Competition and infusion of investment into its winner, AFCR aims to raise
awareness of the importance of accelerating commercialization of cancer research
innovations that could save patients’ lives
” says Asian Fund for Cancer
Research Chief Executive Officer Sujuan Ba, Ph.D. “We also hope to build up
critically needed ecosystems helping life sciences entrepreneurs throughout the
Asia-Pacific region.

 

The BRACE Award Venture
Competition is an important addition to our region’s cancer technology and
biomedical industry environment, fostering ideas and approaches on the cutting
edge of research
” expressed AFCR Chairman of the Board Gary
Wong
, a partner of Hugill
& Ip Solicitors
, which is one of the event sponsors.
Few sources are willing to invest in high risk, pre-clinical start-ups and,
through the BRACE program, our organization is proud to be in the lead.

 

Learn more about the BRACE Award Venture
Competition and apply before 31 August at https://afcr.org/en/brace-award/.

 

About the Asian Fund for Cancer Research

The Asian Fund for Cancer Research (AFCR) is a
non-profit organization committed to curing cancers that have significant
impacts on Asian populations. Headquartered in Hong Kong, AFCR is uniquely
positioned to implement in Asia the newest cancer research discoveries and
technologies from around the world, investigate the distinct causes of cancer
in Asian populations through innovative genetic and molecular research, and
develop more effective therapies tailored to the region’s cancer patients. For
more information, visit https://www.afcr.org.

About Hugill & Ip Solicitors


Hugill & Ip
Solicitors is an independent law firm providing bespoke legal advice and
exceptional client service to individuals, families, entrepreneurs and
businesses, in Hong Kong and internationally. Hugill & Ip provides high
quality legal services with integrity, professionalism and respect for clients
and the community. For more information, visit https://www.hugillandip.com.

About BIOHK2021

BIOHK2021 is the upcoming annual international
convention organized by the Hong Kong Biotechnology Organization, introducing novel,
state-of-the-art biotech innovations from around the globe, with the purpose of
providing an extensive platform to allow pioneers of the industry to convene.
From infectious diseases like COVID-19, to the latest cancer treatments and
diagnostics, BIOHK2021 will cover relevant and timely topics in biotechnology.
For more information, visit
https://bio-hk.com.

Xinyi Glass Announces 2020 Interim Results

Xinyi Glass Announces 2020 Interim Results

  • Business Remains Resilient Amid Challenging Market Environment
  • Net Profit at HK$1.38 Billion
  • Maintains High Dividend Payout Ratio 
  • Interim Dividend at 17.0 HK Cents per Share

Prepares for Industry Recovery in the Second Half-Year; Releases Production Capacity to Capture the Opportunities Ahead


HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 3 August 2020 – Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited (“Xinyi Glass” or the “Group”) (stock code: 00868), a leading integrated automobile glass, energy-saving architectural glass and high-quality float glass manufacturer, has today announced its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020.

 

During the period under review, the outbreak of COVID-19 and the lockdowns in different countries led to the decline in both the demand and average selling price of certain glass products. Nonetheless, Xinyi Glass continued to maintain its leading position in the glass industry, while its core businesses achieved a stable performance. Revenue recorded at HK$7,134.0 million (1H 2019: HK$7,449.9 million). Gross profit amounted to HK$2,441.7 million (1H 2019: HK$2,688.9 million), with a gross profit margin of 34.2% (1H 2019: 36.1%). Net Profit was HK$1,382.4 million (1H 2019: HK$1,491.4 million, excluding the effect of the one-off gain in the total amount of HK$633.4 million recorded at the same period of last year arising from the disposal of certain shares in Xinyi Solar and the dilution of interests due to the of new issue of shares by Xinyi Solar), profit only mildly dropped. Basic earnings per share were 34.4 HK cents (1H 2019: 53.1 HK cents).

 

The Group has maintained a high dividend payout ratio to reward the support of shareholders. The Board of Directors declared the payment of an interim dividend of 17.0 HK cents per share (1H 2019: 25.0 HK cents). The dividend payout ratio was 49.6%.

 

Dr. LEE Yin Yee, B.B.S., Chairman of Xinyi Glass, said, “Due to the COVID-19 outbreak at the early of this year, the global economy has been unexpectedly hit and the glass industry has been inevitably affected. During the pandemic, we have actively taken measures in line with the anti-pandemic measures announced by the PRC government and have consistently implemented all related actions. By the end of March, production facilities of Xinyi Glass in the PRC have fully resumed operations, and our overall productivity has gradually returned to the level reached in the same period of last year. Hence, the effect of the pandemic on the Group is under control. In this ever-changing and challenging market environment, Xinyi Glass, the largest float glass manufacturer in Asia[1], has continued to lead the float glass, automobile glass and energy-saving low-emission (“Low-E”) architectural glass markets by leveraging its many years of experience and strong business foundation. Together with our competitive advantages such as the strategic location of our industrial parks and economies of scale, the Group has managed to flexibly adjust and overcome the challenges and continued to steadily expand its business.”

Business Review

Float Glass — Selling price of float glass exceeded the level at June of last year; a turning point was reached in industry fundamentals

Both the price and demand of float glass were in a weak range during the first half of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The business performance of the segment was consequently affected. During the period under review, revenue of its float glass business decreased year-on-year to HK$3,291.0 million. Gross profit was HK$812.7 million and gross profit margin was 24.7%. However, with the improvement in the pandemic situation in the PRC, markets have gradually reopened and more property construction projects are set to be completed, thus the demand of float glass has seen a V-shaped rebound. The price of float glass in June has exceeded the level of the same period of last year, and the upward trend is expected to continue in the second half of 2020, the traditional peak season. Moreover, production costs, such as soda ash and energy costs etc, have dropped significantly when compared to the same period last year, so the gross profit of float glass business has upside potential and thus the Group is prudently optimistic about the performance in the second half of the year.

 

Automobile Glass — Market expansion and marketing strategies have proven effective as orders resume growth trend

Owing to the outbreak of the pandemic and lockdowns in different countries, the Group’s automobile glass business has been slightly affected. In the first half of 2020, the Group has still maintained its position as the largest exporter of automobile glass in the aftermarket of China. Revenue slightly dropped by 2.0% to HK$2,161.1 million. Gross profit remained stable at HK$1,008.4 million and gross profit margin increased slightly to 46.7%, compared with the same period last year. As overseas markets have re-opened, the demand for automobile glass has improved. This, coupled with the Group’s flexible and dynamic marketing strategy, have contributed to a resumption of the growth trend in orders for automobile glass since May. Meanwhile, the Group is also gradually expanding the overseas market outside of North America, which could mitigate the impact of fluctuating tariffs on its export operations and could be favorable to the long-term healthy development of its business.

 

Architectural Glass — Favorable factors such as accelerated completion of property projects have emerged; Low-E and multi-layered glass products are expected to be growth drivers

Amidst the overall weak market sentiment in the first half-year, benefitting from the economies of scale supported by its nationwide market coverage as well as its strategies to expand the Low-E architectural glass business to complement the environmental protection developments in the PRC, revenue of the Group’s architectural glass business reported a mild decrease of 2.1% to HK$1,681.9 million. Gross profit was HK$620.6 million, while gross profit margin was 36.9%, which was mainly attributable to shipment delays due to the pandemic. Nevertheless, a growth trend in property sales and building completion rate in China began during May and June this year. With the pandemic under control, the economic activities are expected to gradually resume across the PRC. Given the rigid demand of housing, favorable factors such as accelerated completion and sales of property projects will progressively become evident. At the same time, apart from the continued growth in the demand of Low-E glass, the increase in the layers of architectural glass (increasing from a single-layer glass to double-glazed or triple-layer glass) has also spurred the twin growth in the area and volume of architectural glass. This could stimulate overall demand, therefore driving the recovery of the growth of the segment in the second half year and the next year.

Geographic Market Analysis

The Greater China region remained as the Group’s largest geographical market, recording revenue of HK$4,745.1 million and accounting for 66.5% of total revenue. Revenue from overseas markets decreased by 6.4% to HK$2,388.9 million. Revenue from North America increased by 7.3% to HK$953.1 million, making up 13.4% of the Group’s total revenue.

Prospects

Looking ahead, the Group will continue to pursue a development strategy aimed at creating a more diversified and differentiated product portfolio, such as expanding a high value-added product portfolio that includes specialty glass, with the aim of improving overall gross profit margin. Differentiated products accounted for more than 35% of float glass product sales in the first half of 2020. In the future, the Group will continue to implement related strategies and focus on increasing the proportion of quality special float glass, so that its overall product portfolio could better cope with the volatile market environment. In addition, the Group is also actively expanding upstream along the industrial chain. Production cost is expected to be further reduced as the Group’s in-house silica-sand mine commences operation.

 

Regarding production capacity, the Group will adhere to its global expansion layout, that is, to smoothly expand its production capacity in areas with rich resources and a stable supply of power. The annual production capacity of float glass has increased from 5.6 million tons in 2019 to 6.35 million tons at the end of this year, and the new automobile glass production lines located in Beihai, Guangxi is expected to boost the output to the replacement market to 20 million pieces, laying a sound foundation for future development. Besides, the Group has ordered four Low-E architectural glass production lines, increasing the production capacity of related products by over 30% after they start full operation, enabling it to seize the rising enormous market demand for Low-E architectural glass. 

 

Dr. Lee concluded, “Stepping into the second half of 2020, the market has started to revive. We believe that the worst moments of the glass industry have passed. In fact, decreasing material costs such as soda ash and natural gas have actually enhanced profitability. As the market expects the supply and demand of float glass products to become more balanced, and the rigid demand will be released, the management is optimistic about the Group’s business outlook. Looking ahead, as an industry leader, we will work hard to strive for excellence in various businesses, tap the emerging opportunities when the market warms up, and bring satisfactory returns to our shareholders.”


[1] In terms of daily melting capacity


About Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 868)

Established in Hong Kong and listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in February 2005, Xinyi Glass is one of the largest integrated manufacturers of high quality float glass, automobile glass and architectural glass in China and overseas. Xinyi Glass’ registered trademark was recognized as “China Well-known Trademark” by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce in 2017. Its automobile glass brand was named “China Top Brand” in 2007 by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the PRC. Xinyi Glass has established ten production complexes in various key economic zones in different provinces in all parts of China as well as Malacca in Malaysia. The Group is included as a constituent of 29 Hang Seng Indexes, including Hang Seng Composite Index, Hang Seng Stock Connect Hong Kong (“SCHK”) Index, Hang Seng High Dividend Yield Index, Hang Seng Mainland China Companies High Dividend Yield Index, Hang Seng Stock Connect Big Bay Area Composite Index etc., as well as MSCI Hong Kong Small Cap Index, MSCI Golden Dragon Small Cap Index, MSCI All Country (“AC”) Far East Ex Japan Small Cap Index, MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan Small Cap Index, and MSCI Zhong Hua Small Cap Growth Index,. Xinyi Glass is the single largest shareholder of Xinyi Solar Holdings Limited (stock code: 00968), holding 24.42% of the number of Xinyi Solar Shares in issue. Also, Xinyi Glass directly holds 6.34% of the number of Xinyi Energy Holdings Limited (stock code: 03868) Shares in issue.

 

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