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Ras Al Khaimah to host OTOAI’s 17th annual conference

Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) is organising its 17thannual conference in Ras Al Khaimah. Around 170 travel partners from India will participate in this annual conference,which is going to take place from September 12-14, 2017.

OTOAI is a national, not-for-profit organisation comprising India’s outbound tour operators and travel agents as its members. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed byHaitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and Guldeep Singh Sahani, President of OTOAI, during the press conference held in Delhi in April, 2015.

Mattaris very hopeful of the convention. He says,“India is currently our fourth largest international source market with year-on-year growth of 22 per cent in the first half of 2017. It will be an important contributor to our vision and Destination 2019 tourism strategy. We have seen a growing trend from Indian inbound tourism for short leisure stays, MICE, and weddings. Our aim is to promote the full breadth of unique activities and events that can be enjoyed in the emirate, with a view to encourage Indian travellers to lengthen their stay in the destination. We are optimistic that through focused efforts and participation in various MICE and trade events, tourism from India will continue to develop in the coming years.”

The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is still largely unexplored. OTOAI’s annual conference will present an opportunity to travel partners to meet many potential sellers from Ras Al Khaimah, like Waldorf Astoria, Hilton Hotels, Sky Max Holidays, and Desert Adventures who will be a part of this prestigious event.

The Rising Tennis Star Daria Kasatkina Becomes the New Brand Ambassador for InstaForex

International Forex brokerage company InstaForex announced one of the most talented tennis players in the world, Daria Kasatkina, as the new Brand Ambassador. Daria is only 20 but she is already a holder of the “Kremlin cup” in doubles and junior, the “Roland Garros”. She also has 2 WTA and 7 ITF titles. Sports Illustrated wrote in 2015, “Daria is the best player of those whom you have not heard about yet, however, soon Kasatkina will be much more popular”, and that was true – now Daria is famous across the globe.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:

https://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8160851-daria-kasatkina-ambassador-instaforex/

“We do have experience of cooperation with World Top athletes, including famous tennis players. However, Daria is the perfect match with our ideals and aspirations. Youthfulness, persistence and constant self-improvement are Daria’s qualities we like. And these are the qualities our company has. So we are looking forward to a perfect synergy and cooperation with Daria”, said Pavel Shkapenko.

Daria Kasatkina enjoys the new position, and she is sure that the new mission will not be impossible for her. “I don’t have a lot of experience yet as a Brand Ambassador, but I’m sure that remaining true to yourself is the key to success here. People are interested in athletes not only because of their achievements, but also because of their personalities. So I’ll just continue to do the thing I enjoy most – playing tennis. And I hope that being an InstaForex Brand Ambassador will make my fans happy with new tennis achievements”, says Daria.

At the starting point of cooperation with InstaForex, Daria Kasatkina is the world number 30 in WTA. Both sides of the contract see this as a positive side: “we have achieved a lot but there is a lot more to come!”

 

Video:
https://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8160851-daria-kasatkina-ambassador-instaforex/

SOURCE InstaForex

CONTACT: Nadezhda Zuevich, nadezhda.zuevich@instafxgroup.com, +7-981-45-800- 85

Arkk Solutions: Survey Shows Senior Tax Managers Are Lacking Clarity Over Country by Country Reporting Submissions

– The XML conversion remains one of the biggest challenges facing filers

 The majority of senior tax managers are concerned that there be no additional business benefit for the OECD measurement 

 78% of surveyed firms feel somewhat prepared for the reporting requirement, however none have selected their XML conversion solution

Respondents to Arkk Solutions’ Country by Country Reporting survey shows that MNE’s are at varied stages of readiness. 46% felt that aggregating the data for OECD template population would be the greatest challenge, followed by 29% concerned about producing the XML report, and 25% unsure how to obtain data from subsidiaries. Firms also vary in the time they’ve been working on the submission; whilst 30% began in 2015 and 2017, 40% of respondents started work on their CbC Report last year.

In terms of local tax authorities, an overwhelming number (94%) felt that guidance is not clear enough around the submissions process. Respondents commented that the measurement “feels rushed”, and that local tax authorities were not providing more than “a repetition of the OECD guidelines”. All respondents expressed concerns that the broader measurement would not offer any benefit beyond completing a regulatory requirement. Country by Country differs from day-to-day management reporting, and some feel that submission will divert attention away from year-end activities.

Whilst 97% of respondents were aware of the XML submission format, none had selected a vendor for conversion. To submit to HMRC by December 31st, the final report must use the latest XML schema and be free from validation errors.

You can view the full results here.

The first Country by Country Reporting deadline is December 31st. Firms filing in the UK this year must submit intent to file to HMRC by September 1st.

About Arkk Solutions

Arkk’s mission is to help firms comply with regulations and strive to make financial reporting simple. Our clients include banks, multi-nationals and members of the FTSE 350. All of our customers experience our high-quality solutions and world-class customer support.

We believe in simple and robust solutions, and our Country by Country Reporting tool allows you to convert your data to XML in one click. All you need to do is populate the Excel template, and our cloud based conversion technology does the rest.

Contact: enquiries@arkksolutions.com
Phone: +44-0207-036 2758

 

SOURCE Arkk Solutions

Finalists Announced for 2017 LogiPharma Supply Chain Awards

Industry awards celebrating projects and teams that have transformed supply chains inpharmaceutical companies. https://logipharmaawards.wbresearch.com/

LogiPharma announces 2017 Finalists for this year’s LogiPharma Supply Chain Awards

LogiPharma is delighted to announce this year’s finalists at the inaugural LogiPharma Supply Chain Awards after a rigorous shortlist process.

Representing the best of Supply Chain ambition, organisations of all sizes from both the Pharma industry and Academia have shown their innovation and excellence in supply chain and logistics.

Philippe Hemard, Vice President, Logistics, Amazon and LogiPharma Awards’ Judge, explains: If logistics is about having the right product, at the right time, at the right place in the fastest and more efficient way, I cannot think of a better industry than the one curing illness. The LogiPharma Supply Chain Awards is an important event for the industry as we come together to celebrate those pharma companies which exhibit innovation and excellence in making our world safer.

 

2017 Finalists

Distinction in Global Temperature Control

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG

Controlant with Teva

AstraZeneca PLC.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries LTD

SmartCAE

Distinction in End to End Supply Chain Planning

Bristol-Myers Squibb

GSK Research Chair Team, Research Center of Operations Management, KU Leuven

bioMérieux

Pfizer

Columbia University with Sanofi Pasteur

Best Distribution Network Strategy

AstraZeneca PLC.

Salomon Levin & Elstein Ltd.

Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.

Best Application of Digital Pharma

Pfizer

Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.

Best Supplier Collaboration

Sanofi Pasteur Vaccines Global Business Unit

AstraZeneca

Salomon Levine & Elstein Ltd.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

Bluefish Pharmaceuticals AB

Columbia University with Sanofi Pasteur

Most Innovative Supply Chain Strategy 

Sponsored by SmartChain International LLP

AstraZeneca

Luzern University of Applied Science and Art

Salomon Levine & Elstein Ltd.

Columbia University with Sanofi Pasteur

Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.

Best End to End Supply Chain Visibility

Merck Limited

bioMérieux

Pfizer

Supply Chain Team of the Year

Bristol-Myers Squibb

AstraZeneca

bioMérieux

Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.

Supply Chain Leader of the Year

Gregory Debuchy, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, bioMérieux

Markus Kholer, Senior Director, Pharma Network Operations, Merck KgaA

The winners will be announced at the LogiPharma Supply Chain Awards, a glittering ceremony for 200+ supply chain leaders from the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies on Thursday 9thNovember 2017 at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Tickets will be available from the 7thof August.

For more information on the event and the LogiPharma Supply Chain Awards, please visit: http://www.logipharma-awards.com

 

ABOUT LOGIPHARMA

LogiPharma is the longest-running pharma supply chain event celebrating its 17th consecutive year in 2017. Since its inception thousands of supply chain professionals from the top pharma, generics and animal health companies took their careers to new levels by learning new skills and making new contacts onsite. Over the years the LogiPharma network of past attendees has grown and grown providing those new to the event access to the most senior pharma supply chain leaders for unique professional development opportunities. For more information on the LogiPharma events, please visit: http://logipharmaeu.wbresearch.com/

Contact: Nicole Dominguez
Phone: +44-(0)-207-368-9742
Email: nicole.dominguez@wbr.co.uk

SOURCE LogiPharma

Landmark GARFIELD-AF Data to be Presented at ESC 2017 Congress Will Feature 1-year Outcomes on 52,000 Prospective Patients and the First Insights From the Registry on Health Economics in Atrial Fibrillation (AF)

  • One-year stroke/systemic embolism and major bleeding rates for all five cohorts will be discussed, as well as the impact of comorbidities
  • Global data are expected to show significant geographical variation in the amount and type of health services used by patients
  • The results will confirm that premature mortality adds substantially to the already considerable direct cost of AF

The latest results from the Global Anticoagulant Registry in the Field – Atrial Fibrillation (GARFIELD-AF) will be presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2017, to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from August 26th to 30th. Data will be presented during congress sessions as well as at a dedicated Satellite Symposium.

The registry has started to yield health economic data, which will be presented for the first time at ESC Congress 2017, confirming the high financial, economic and human burden AF imposes on societies, and the vast amount of healthcare resource utilised. Based on data from around 40,000 patients with atrial fibrillation from 35 countries worldwide, the poster presentation will describe the geographical variation in the amount and type of health services used by patients, which is potentially associated with the actual availability of services and different models of organisation of care.

“With GARFIELD-AF data showing how the significant burden of AF in terms of morbidity and mortality from stroke and heart failure translates to significant effects on healthcare costs and resource use, we need clinical strategies that can reduce AF-related hospitalisations, improve clinical outcomes and reduce the economic burden,” said Rt Hon Professor the Lord Ajay K. Kakkar, Professor of Surgery at University College London and Director of the Thrombosis Research Institute (TRI), UK.

GARFIELD-AF is the largest ongoing prospective registry of patients with AF. It is a pioneering, independent outcomes research initiative led by an international steering committee under the auspices of the TRI. In total, 57,262 patients have been enrolled, of which 52,000 are prospective. This is the first time 1-year outcomes data from all of the prospective patients will be presented.

Key results will be unveiled during the TRI Satellite Symposium and at an ESC Congress Best Poster session:

Atrial fibrillation  a bystander or cause of morbidity and mortality: insights from the GARFIELD-AF registry

  • Satellite Symposium
  • Saturday 26th August 2017 at 15:30 – 17:00 (all times CEST),  Beirut – Village 3

Members of the GARFIELD-AF Steering Committee will present a range of results, including 1-year outcomes for 52,000 prospective patients and perspectives on the comprehensive treatment of AF with comorbidities such as heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, chronic kidney disease and obesity.

TRI will also be broadcasting the Satellite Symposium live via Periscope. Follow the GARFIELD registry @GARFIELD_reg on Twitter to tune in and be part of the conversation.

One-year clinical outcomes and management of patients with ischaemic vs non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy and newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation: results from GARFIELD-AF [P3237]

  • Best Posters
  • Monday 28th August at 08:30, Best poster screen – Poster Area

Professor Ramon Corbalan will report that the one-third of patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) who also had ischaemic cardiomyopathy had worse outcomes compared to those with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy. In addition, they were less frequently anticoagulated, more frequently received antiplatelet therapy, and were prescribed fewer CHF medications than patients with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy.

This poster will be on display at 08:30 – 12:30 on a Best Poster plasma screen, and during the viewing time (10:05 – 10:55) a discussant will lead a discussion on the poster.

An additional six GARFIELD-AF posters will also be presented on Monday 28th August. They will be on display either in the morning session (08:30 – 12:30) or in the afternoon session (14:00 – 18:00). Presenters will be by their posters at 10:00 – 11:00 and 15:30 -16:30, respectively.

Poster Session 4  Poster Area (08:30  12:30)

Impact of body mass index in newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation in the GARFIELD-AF registry [P3569]

Professor Samuel Goldhaber (BostonUSA) will describe how patients with morbid obesity (and associated metabolic syndrome) were almost 10 years younger (median) than patients of normal weight when diagnosed with AF. As body mass index increased, mortality paradoxically decreased in GARFIELD-AF. Furthermore, underweight patients were at higher risk of death (versus normal weight patients) in the 2 years after AF diagnosis.

Which definition of hypertension best defines thromboembolic risk in patients with atrial fibrillation? Data from the GARFIELD-AF registry [P3609]

Professor John Camm (London, UK) will explain that the majority of patients with newly diagnosed AF had a history of hypertension. This history conferred a higher risk of stroke than observed in those without a hypertension history. Trends in unadjusted event rates indicate that increasing severity of uncontrolled hypertension may contribute to the risks of stroke and major bleeding, but not all-cause mortality in this population.

Poster Session 5  Poster Area (14:00  18:00)

Global healthcare resource use in 39,670 patients with AF: perspectives from GARFIELD-AF [P4594]

Dr Paolo Cozzolino (Monza, Italy) will review the vast amount of healthcare resource utilised in nearly 40,000 patients with AF from 35 countries worldwide as well as the significant geographical variation in the amount and type of health services used by patients.

Differences in 2-year outcomes according to type of atrial fibrillation: results from the GARFIELD-AF registry [P4601]

Professor Dan Atar (Oslo, Norway) will report that persistent and permanent AF were associated with higher mortality risk versus paroxysmal AF but had similar adjusted risks of stroke/systemic embolism and major bleeding during 2 years of follow-up.

Similar clinical outcomes of asymptomatic and symptomatic patients with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation: results from GARFIELD-AF [P4602]

Dr Harry Gibbs (Melbourne, Australia) will discuss the one-fifth of patients newly diagnosed with AF who had no symptoms. Prescription of antithrombotic therapies was similar in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients. Adjusted 1-year mortality, stroke/systemic embolism and major bleeding were similar in each group, indicating that asymptomatic newly diagnosed AF is not benign. This supports systematic approaches to detect and treat asymptomatic AF.

The burden of atrial fibrillation in the more populated European countries: perspectives from the GARFIELD-AF registry [P4603]

Professor Lorenzo Mantovani (Monza, Italy) will explain that AF imposes a high financial, economic and human burden to societies – and that, based on population dynamics, the burden is likely to grow in the future. Premature mortality substantially adds to the already considerable direct cost of the disease.

National Data Showcases

Data showcases for ChileGermanyJapanSpain and the UK are also scheduled throughout ESC Congress 2017 at the TRI exhibition stand (Stand G500 – Village 3):

  
    Sunday 27th August
    11:00 - 11:30    UK data showcase         Professor David A Fitzmaurice
    13:00 - 13:30    Japan data showcase      Professor Yukihiro Koretsune
    
    Monday 28th August
    12:00 - 12:30    Chile data showcase      Professor Ramon Corbalan
    14:00 - 14:30    Spain data showcase      Dr Xavier Viñolas
    
    Tuesday 29th August
    12:00 - 12:30    Germany data showcase    Professor Harald Darius

 

About the GARFIELD-AF registry

GARFIELD-AF is the largest ongoing prospective registry of patients with AF. 2016 marked the end of the enrolment phase for GARFIELD-AF, with 57,262 patients enrolled of which 52,000 are prospective. The real-world insights that continue to be gathered from the GARFIELD-AF registry are being converted into real-world evidence that helps inform and identify areas where the medical community can continue to improve patient outcomes.

GARFIELD-AF is a pioneering, independent academic research initiative led by an international steering committee under the auspices of the TRI, London, UK.

It is an international, non-interventional study of stroke prevention in patients with newly diagnosed AF. Patients were enrolled from over 1,000 centres in 35 countries worldwide, including from the Americas, EuropeAfrica and Asia-Pacific.

Contemporary understanding of AF is based on data gathered in controlled clinical trials. Whilst essential for evaluating the efficacy and safety of new treatments, these trials are not representative of everyday clinical practice and, hence, uncertainty persists about the real-life burden and management of this disease. GARFIELD-AF seeks to provide insights into the impact of anticoagulant therapy on thromboembolic and bleeding complications seen in this patient population. It will provide a better understanding of the potential opportunities for improving care and clinical outcomes amongst a representative and diverse group of patients and across distinctive populations. This should help physicians and healthcare systems to appropriately adopt innovation to ensure the best outcomes for patients and populations.

The registry started in December 2009. Four key design features of the GARFIELD-AF protocol ensure a comprehensive and representative description of AF; these are:

  • Five sequential cohorts of prospective, newly diagnosed patients, facilitating comparisons of discrete time periods and describing the evolution of treatments and outcomes;
  • Investigator sites that are selected randomly within carefully assigned national AF care setting distributions, ensuring that the enrolled patient population is representative;
  • Enrolment of consecutive eligible patients regardless of therapy to eliminate potential selection bias;
  • Follow-up data captured for a minimum of 2 and up to 8 years after diagnosis, to create a comprehensive database of treatment decisions and outcomes in everyday clinical practice.

Included patients must have been diagnosed with non-valvular AF within the previous 6 weeks and have at least one risk factor for stroke; as such, they are potential candidates for anticoagulant therapy to prevent blood clots leading to stroke. It is left to the investigator to identify a patient’s stroke risk factor(s), which need not be restricted to those included in established risk scores. Patients are included whether or not they receive anticoagulant therapy, so that the merit of current and future treatment strategies can be properly understood in relation to patients’ individual risk profiles.

The GARFIELD-AF registry is funded by an unrestricted research grant from Bayer AG, Berlin, Germany.

For more information, visit our website: http://www.garfieldregistry.org

The burden of AF

Up to 2% of the global population has AF,[1] including around 8.8 million people in Europe[2] and 5-6.1 million in the United States.[3] It is estimated that its prevalence will at least double by 2050 as the global population ages.[3] AF is associated with a five-fold increase in stroke risk, and one out of five strokes is attributed to this arrhythmia.[1] Ischaemic strokes related to AF are often fatal, and those patients who survive are left more frequently and more severely disabled and have a greater risk of recurrence than patients with other causes of stroke.[1] Hence, the risk of mortality from AF-associated stroke is doubled and the cost of care is 50% higher.[1]

AF occurs when parts of the atria emit uncoordinated electrical signals. This causes the chambers to pump too quickly and irregularly, not allowing blood to be pumped out completely.[4] As a result, blood may pool, clot and lead to thrombosis, which is the number one cardiovascular killer in the world.[5] If a blood clot leaves the left atrium, it could potentially lodge in an artery in other parts of the body, including the brain. A blood clot in an artery in the brain leads to a stroke; 92% of fatal strokes are caused by thrombosis.[5] Stroke is a major cause of death and long-term disability worldwide – each year, 6.5 million people die[6] and 5 million are left permanently disabled.[7] People with AF also are at high risk for heart failure, chronic fatigue and other heart rhythm problems.[8]

About the TRI

The TRI is dedicated to bringing new solutions to patients for the detection, prevention and treatment of blood clots. The TRI’s goal is to advance the science of real-world enquiry so that the value of real-world data is realised and becomes a critical link in the chain of evidence. Our pioneering research programme, across medical disciplines and across the world, continues to provide breakthrough solutions in thrombosis.

For more information, visit: http://www.tri-london.ac.uk/.

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  2. Krijthe B P, Kunst A, et al. Projections on the number of individuals with atrial fibrillation in the European Union, from 2000 to 2060. Eur Heart J 2013; 34:2746-51.
  3. Colilla S, Crow A, Petkun W, et al. Estimates of current and future incidence and prevalence of atrial fibrillation in the U.S. adult population. Am J Cardiol 2013; 112(8):1142-7.
  4. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. What is Atrial Fibrillation? Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/af/ . [Last accessed: 1 August 2017].
  5. World Thrombosis Day. Know Thrombosis. Available at: http://www.worldthrombosisday.org/issue/thrombosis/ . [Last accessed: 1 August 2017].
  6. World Stroke Organization. World Stroke Campaign. Available at: http://www.worldstrokecampaign.org/ . [Last accessed: 1 August 2017].
  7. Stroke Centre. Stroke Statistics. Available at: http://www.strokecenter.org/patients/about-stroke/stroke-statistics/ . [Last accessed: 1 August 2017].
  8. American Heart Association. Why Atrial Fibrillation (AF or AFib) Matters. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/AboutArrhythmia/Why-Atrial-Fibrillation-AF-or-AFib-Matters_UCM_423776_Article.jsp . [Last accessed: 1 August 2017].

 

Thrombosis Research Institute
Emmanuel Kaye Building
Manresa Road
Chelsea
London SW3 6LR
United Kingdom

Media Contact
Rae Hobbs
RHobbs@tri-london.ac.uk
+44(0)7753-825-217

 

SOURCE The Thrombosis Research Institute

Western Lotto Partners Linda Ikeji’s Blog – Doles out N2m Worth Airtime

Nigeria’s wave-making gaming brand, Western Lotto Nigeria Limited, has entered into a partnership with Nigeria’s leading lifestyle blog, Linda Ikeji’s Blog to reward visitors to the blog as well as its fans.

Western Lotto will give customers N2m worth of airtime across networks in collaboration with Linda Ikeji’s blog as part of its Thank God It’s Friday giveaway. The event would be held on Friday, August 25, 2017.

To participate, visitors to Linda Ikeji’s Blog would log on to http://www.westernlotto.com/register and register using the promo code LIB2017+preferred network (for example LIB2017GLO or LIB20179MOBILE or LIB2017AIRTEL or LIB2017MTN).

This TGIF giveaway promo is open between 9am to 9pm daily until the draw. Only the first 2000 persons to register would get the N1000 free airtime.

Mr. Elvis Krivokuca, Managing Director, Western Lotto, said the TGIF giveaway promo aligns with its plans to change the landscape of gaming in Nigeria and empower customers.

“This TGIF giveaway promo is part of our mission to empower people. We have the Mega Upgrade Promo being driven by about 15 A-list ambassadors in the music and movie industry where players can win cash prizes valued at N175m and two brand new cars.”

A thousand customers would win N50,000 each; another thousand would grab N100,000 while 30 patrons would go home with N500,000 each. Another 10 people will win N1 million and two lucky winners will drive home a brand new car each.

Western Lotto is Nigeria’s largest gaming and entertainment brand with a franchise to offer five international lottery games in partnership with world renowned UK firm, Lot.to

Games on offer at Western Lotto include Powerball, Euro Millions, Euro Jackpot, UK Lotto and Mega Millions.

While the Powerball is an American lottery game played every Wednesday and Saturday, the Euro Millions is a transnational lottery played across Europe every Tuesday and Friday.

The Euro Jackpot is also played across Europe, just as the UK Lotto is also known as the UK National Lottery. It is played every Wednesday and Saturday. Draws for MegaMillions are held on Tuesdays and Fridays.

SIGNED

Rosemary Takor, Brand Management, Western Lotto Nigeria Limited

For additional information or enquiries, please contact:

Rosemary Takor, Western Lotto, on 08032335814

Chido Nwakanma, Blueflower Limited, on 08037231111

SOURCE Western Lotto

CONTACT: Celestine Achi, Celestine.achi@gmail.com, +234-8037197175

Broadway Retail – The Next Fashion Destination for the Young Generation

Broadway, the new fashion destination, is a start-up by four young dynamic youths, is a multi-brand factory outlet store in Zirakpur, with over 25 fashion brands from across the world under one roof like Guess, Giant, Nautika, Jack & Jones, Flying Machine, Levis, Ed Hardy, US Polo etc. People do not have to wait for the seasonal sales anymore, because at Broadway it’s a sale on all 365 days with awesome offers.

Everybody has different set of rules for all the game changers in the society. People love them a little more, respect them a little more, give them different names like: celebrities, business tycoons, captain of the industry and the list goes on. What makes such people different is their zeal towards turning their dream into reality, with a bit of magic and luck. As the saying goes, God and luck also favour those, who help themselves. And the same has been earned by the owners of the new multi-brand factory outlet ‘Broadway’.

As said by owner, Ramandeep, on the launch day of the store, “We dared to grow and were determined to use our strength and mind in the right direction. We are no different from others, neither we were born with silver spoons in our mouth, but yes we made (and are still making) sure that we earn it and are working hard for turning it into a gold one.”

Broadway’s fashion products are unique and have a high utilitarian quotient. Their range of shirts, polos, jackets and hoodies give time-honored classics a fresh look. The shirts, besides being high-on comfort and style also bring with them functional features which are addictive in nature; a feel people miss while wearing a non-‘Broadway’ apparel.

Unlike other me-too labels, ‘Broadway’ provides a combination of authentic functional design, distinct identity and fair pricing with an eye on building a socially-conscious ecosystem.

“The huge factory outlet store has a dedicated team of 25-30 professional sales staff and a highly qualified and experienced store manager, all of them being completely focused and concerned about making the customer experience one-of-its-kind at Broadway. It makes us extremely proud when our clients appreciate us for the collection and quality we have it in here,” added Ramandeep.

Talking about the idea of Broadway becoming a reality, it was there from a long time. Ramandeep says that he had been to many international markets and he really liked the idea of having all things being available under one roof. Broadway was always there in the mind of the owners. They worked day and night on each and every aspect before actually initiating the project. They took surveys, planned about the brand, and the products. All the four young passionate enthusiasts of Broadway – Prateek Lohchab, Ramandeep SinghSahaj Cheema, and Ramneet Singh are called the ‘Four Pillars’ of the fashion outlet, Broadway.

Apart from passion and dedication of the four partners, there was one most important factor for making the business successful, and that was ‘knowledge’. Primarily, they had less knowledge about this business, but Broadway was their dream and they decided to work upon achieving it. They worked hard and didn’t leave any stone unturned. And after six months of sheer hard work, this multi-branded factory outlet store, with around 25 famous brands, stand proudly in Zirakpur. ‘Broadway’ apparels are available at http://www.broadwayretail.com and all popular marketplaces. The collection comprises business, smart, every day and fashion casuals for men. Exclusively created for millennials and the young at heart, ‘Broadway’ aims to adorn every Indian with great quality products that are high on style and functionality.

It’s just the starting and the team has an aim for becoming one of the biggest chains of the multi-brand store across India. They plan on opening their stores covering pan India, with an aim to open 10-12 stores more by the end of 2020. To conclude Broadway is a full-line, upscale multi-brand factory outlet store. It showcases a wide-range of brand portfolios representing the latest and most desirable brands under one roof in Zirakpur (Tricity). Broadway delivers a unique shopping experience on one platform. It has the world’s finest selection of luxury designer apparels for both men and women. Broadway’s aspiration is to be the best fashion brand with an outstanding price-value proposition.

About Broadway Retail:

Broadway is a full-line, upscale multi-brand factory outlet store, showcasing a wide range of luxury brands. The brands have clothes from conventional ethnic wears to classy formals to dashing casuals. The store is located in Zirakpur, Mohali.

For more details, please visit: http://www.broadretail.com

Media Contact:
Prateek Lohchab
Broadway Retail™
Ground Floor, Cosmo Plaza, Zirakpur
140603 Mohali, India
Tel: +91-911-550-1211
Email: info@broadretail.com

 

SOURCE Broadway Retail

First Licensing Expo China Debuts with Great Success with more than 35,000 Trade Visitors in Attendance

The first Licensing Expo China attracted more than 35,000 global professional visitors at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) with the industry in attendance. Licensing Expo China 2017 debuted with more than 80 exhibitors and 230 brands and licensing properties placing China front and center as it enters a new era of licensing.

Industry professionals gathered under the same roof for Licensing Expo China

Licensing Expo China is part of UBM Licensing Group, the organizer of Licensing Expo Las Vegas (United States), Brand Licensing Europe (London, United Kingdom), Licensing Expo Japan (Tokyo, Japan), and NYC Summit (New YorkUnited States), and the publisher of the licensing industry’s most influential publication: License! Global.

The debut of Licensing Expo China 2017 has attracted many leaders at the forefront of the industry. The opening ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Charles M. Riotto, president and CEO, the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA); Hong Ying, general manager, Licensing Unit & Entertainment Business, Alibaba; Claire Gilchrist, vice president, Asia-Pacific Marketing, Hasbro; Bo Zheng, chairman, China Brands Group; Xiaoxing Luo, general manager, Licensing Business Division, Alpha Group Co., Ltd.; Wolfram Diener, senior vice president, UBM Asia; Margaret Ma-Connolly, managing director, UBM China, vice president, UBM Asia and Jessica Blue, senior vice president, Licensing, Global Licensing Group at UBM plc.

Brands/ licensing properties across categories participated at the event

Licensing Expo China 2017 gathered a number of popular entertainment and cartoon characters from Mattel, Hasbro, Alpha, Fanta and many others. Diverse categories includes the British Museums, Chengdu Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Dunhuang Academy (Art & Culture), Lamborghini, Budweiser (Brands/Trademarks), BBC Earth (TV), LPGA (Sports), Paul Frank, Pancoat (Lifestyle), Angry Birds (Games) and more.

Educational sessions to explore the huge potential of China’s licensing market

Licensing Seminars cover topics on global licensing trends including sports, art and movies, and the licensing of lifestyle properties in China. 33 speakers presented at 13 sessions of licensing seminars which provided in-depth information on best practices and market trends on diverse industries such as licensing, games, TV/films, sports, art and lifestyle.

Speakers and panelists included, Mr. Charles M. Riotto, President, LIMA; Mr. Kermid Rahman, Vice President & General Manager, Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media; and top officers from Oriental DreamWorks; Rovio (Shanghai); Mattel; Smithsonian Institution; Alfilo Brands; Wekids Interactive; and Promotional Partners Worldwide.

2,999 sessions of business matching with more than 230 brands and licensing properties to explore a wide variety of business opportunities.

Organized by LIMA and Licensing Expo China, the first ever China Licensing Awards is the industry’s most anticipated award ceremony hosting 35 finalists from 7 categories who were hand-picked at the show. Winners were announced at the China Licensing Awards Night on July 18, 2017.

  • Best China Property of the Year: Super Wings (Owner/Agent: Alpha Group Co., Ltd.)
  • Best Licensed Promotion of the Year: Angry Birds Movie X McDonalds Promotion in 2016 (Promotional partner: McDonald’s)
  • Best Corporate Brand/Fashion/Lifestyle Program of the Year: Paul Frank (Owner/Agent: Saban Brands/CBG Original Culture (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.)
  • Best Location-Based/Experiential Initiative of the Year: Goats Steps (Property: Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf)
  • Best Licensee of the Year: Saban Brands/CBG Original Culture (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (Property: Paul Frank)
  • Best Character/ Film/ Television/Entertainment of the Year: Super Wings (Owner/Agent: Alpha Group Co., Ltd.)
  • Best Retailer of the Year Award: Tmall.com (Property: Barbie)

“Undoubtedly, China is one of the fastest growing licensing markets,” said Ms. Margaret Ma-Connolly, Managing Director, UBM China, Vice President, UBM Asia. “We cover a comprehensive range of licensing to showcase brands and licensing properties in the same place to engage with industry stakeholders for effective, efficient and high-quality business matching to explore the huge potential of China’s licensing market.”

Licensing Expo China 2018 will be held from July 25-27 2018, at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai). Learn more about the annual event: www.licensingexpochina.com.

Media Contact:

Louise Kathryn Yu
Marketing Director
Tel: (+852) 2585 6101
louise.yu@ubm.com

SOURCE UBM China

Frost & Sullivan raises S$90,000 for charity through annual Frost the Trail 2017 in Singapore

Together with the support of its business partners and associates, Frost & Sullivan’s 12th Corporate Challenge raised S$90,000 for its designated charities – Peace Connect and Bright Hill Evergreen Home. 100% of the proceeds raised will go directly to the charities.

Held on Saturday, August 19 at the MacRitchie Reservoir Park, the event saw 500 runners participating in the charity run, popularly known as Frost the Trail. Runners participated in one of two categories – the 4 km team race as well as the 8 km individual race

To find out more about Frost the Trail Singapore Corporate Challenge and its beneficiaries, please visit http://www.frost-apac.com/FTT/index.php/sg

After the race, runners enjoyed the lively carnival onsite complete with mini stalls, music and a dance performance by the residents of Peace Connect followed by the prize giving ceremony and cheque presentation.

“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to support our beneficiaries– Bright Hill Evergreen Home and Peace Connect and are thankful for the warm support of our partners and associates, without which this event would not be possible. Most importantly, we applaud the enthusiasm of our runners whom made this run even more special,” noted Mr Satish Lele, the organizing chairman for Frost the Trail Singapore.

The winners for Frost the Trail Singapore Corporate Challenge 2017 are as follows:

4km race (Team)

First Place: Dell
1st Runner-Up: Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories Asia Pte Ltd
2nd Runner-Up: Cisco Systems (USA) Pte Ltd

8km race (Overall Male)

First Place: Michael Costevec, Teleperformance Singapore
1st Runner-Up: Koon Kim Huat
2nd Runner-Up: Anthony Loh, Dell

8km race (Overall Female)

First Place: Sim Lay Peng, MSD International GmbH
1st Runner-Up: Fredalyn M. Japson, Whampoa Kang Fishhead Steamboat
2nd Runner-Up: Mariana, Polycom Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Platinum donors include CenturyLink, Citic Telecom, Singapore Pools, Teleperformance, Tote Board and RSM. Jabra was recognized as the Gold Donor. Supporting Partners included Alpen, Eagle Brand, Skittles and TripleFit. Salomon and World of Sports were the Official Sports Partner whilst Spritzer was the Official Bottled Mineral Water. To find out more about Frost the Trail Singapore Corporate Challenge and its beneficiaries, please visit http://www.frost-apac.com/FTT/index.php/sg

Frost the Trail 2018 is scheduled for August 2018 and advance expressions of interest from corporate companies for sponsorship, donations, runners and contributions in kind are welcome.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies? Contact us: Start the discussion

Media Contact:

Melissa Tan
Corporate Communications, Asia Pacific
P: +65 6890 0926
E: melissa.tan@frost.com

www.frost.com

 

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Lectra’s Versalis® Digital Leather Cutting Solution with Product Leadership Award

Lectra walked away with the 2017 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership at Frost & Sullivan’s Excellence in Best Practices Awards, an annual black-tie event celebrating the achievements of the industry’s best innovators, disruptors and leaders. Marc Douay, Worldwide Automotive Marketing Director accepted the award on behalf of Lectra on Wednesday, 28 June at the Jumeirah Carlton, London.

Click here for the full multimedia experience of this release – http://bit.ly/2vLJxEZ

Currently, almost 90% of leather used for automotive applications is cut using manual die presses, which require designers to build a physical prototype and finalize the design through trial and error. Lectra resolves these challenges with the Versalis®, its innovative, digital, leather-cutting solution featuring a powerful nesting system for overall improvements in efficiency. When used in combination with Lectra’s 3D prototyping and pattern-making software, Versalis enables a 12-16 week reduction in development and launch cycles for vehicle seating models.

During the leather-cutting phase, the latest release of Versalis LeatherSuite allows automotive leather suppliers to achieve up to 15% greater productivity. It further guarantees optimal uptime through an extensive worldwide support network of field engineers and technical experts.

“Lectra focuses on a consultative approach that allows it to fully understand the customer’s needs before building a solution comprised of software, hardware, consulting, training, and after-sales support,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Kamalesh Mohanarangam. “Lectra’s equipment is fitted with more than 200 sensors that predict failure and immediately report issues to its call centres. This product feature and service has resulted in 98% uptime and very fast mean time to repair.”

Although digital leather cutting solutions require substantial investments, leather cutters and Tier-1 suppliers have begun to recognize the value of these products. On average, Lectra’s solutions help customers achieve up to 7% savings on leather compared to manual die-press methods by minimizing human error and variability in the cutting room. A test of leather trim cutting for door panels using Versalis’ tool demonstrated a 3.5% gain in materials over conventional methods, translating to potential savings of €9 million per year.

Lectra invests significantly in R&D in order to support their customers’ transition to Industry 4.0. As part of a transformational plan, Lectra spent more than €50million on R&D between 2011 and 2015 and will increase the share of revenues dedicated to R&D to 10% for the period from 2017 to 2019.

“Digitalization opens up a range of opportunities, from improving operations to building new business models. The emergence of Industry 4.0 and better capabilities for mass production has enabled large-scale personalization and a more profitable manufacturing set-up,” noted Kamlaesh Mohanarangam. “With more than 10 years of experience in IoT connectivity for industry, Lectra has a tremendous competitive advantage, especially with the rising number of suppliers adopting digitalized processes.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a product with innovative features and functionality and is gaining rapid market acceptance. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it supports.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Lectra

Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions (software, automated cutting equipment, and associated services) specifically designed for industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials to manufacture their products. It serves major world markets: fashion and apparel, automotive, and furniture as well as a broad array of other industries. Lectra’s solutions, specific to each market, enable customers to automate and optimize product design, development, and manufacturing. With more than 1,550 employees, Lectra has developed privileged relationships with prestigious customers in more than 100 countries, contributing to their operational excellence. Lectra registered revenues of $288 million in 2016 and is listed on Euronext.

For more information, please visit www.lectra.com and demandmore.lectra.com

® Versalis is a registered trademark of Lectra.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector, and the investment community. Contact us: Start the discussion.

Contact:

Frost & Sullivan

Lectra

Ana Arriaga

Nathalie Fournier-Christol

P: 210.247.3823

Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 64 42 37

F: 210.348.1003

Email: n.fournier-christol@lectra.com

E: ana.arriaga@frost.com

 

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360-degree Virtual Reality Videos Promote Travel to Tokyo & Yamaguchi, Japan

Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, affiliated with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, has released 360-degree virtual reality videos via the CHUGOKU+SHIKOKU x TOKYO Website. This Japan travel website introduces recommended locations in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions of Japan as well as Tokyo. The new virtual tour videos offer future tourists more immersive introductions to recommended locations.

In addition to recommended location information, the site also suggests easy overnight trips from Tokyo to encourage travelers to venture beyond Tokyo to the Chugoku and Shikoku regions to experience more aspects of Japan. These two fascinating regions are particularly well-known throughout Japan for their historically significant sites as well as more contemporary cultural attractions.

Two immersive 360-degree virtual reality videos promote recommended locations in Yamaguchi Prefecture, in Japan’s Chugoku region on the southwest side of Honshu Island, as well as Tokyo:
1. Cherry/YAMAGUCHI features Chidorigafuchi (Tokyo) and Kintaikyo Bridge (Yamaguchi);
2. Drive/YAMAGUCHI features Rainbow Bridge (Tokyo) and Tsunoshima (Yamaguchi).

Virtual Tours of Yamaguchi Prefecture and Tokyo in 360-degree Virtual Reality
Video: http://www.chushikokuandtokyo.org/virtualtour/

CHUGOKU+SHIKOKU x TOKYO Website: http://www.chushikokuandtokyo.org/

From the CHUGOKU+SHIKOKU x TOKYO Website:
http://www.chushikokuandtokyo.org/route_15/
Panoramic View: After exploring Tokyo from an open-top double-decker bus…take a trip to Tsunoshima Island in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The scenery from the Tsunoshima Bridge connecting Tsunoshima Island to Honshu Island is a must-see! A great trip to feel at one with sky and ocean…

Travel Information from Tokyo to All Regions:
http://www.tourism-alljapanandtokyo.org/?lang=en

SOURCE Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau

CONTACT: Yoshikazu Takagi, Dentsu Public Relations Inc., Tel: +81-3-5565-6764, Email: yoshikazu.takagi@dentsu-pr.co.jp

KamaGames Announces First HTML 5 Title to Appear on VK.com’s Direct Games Gaming Platform

Global developers and publishers of social casino games for mobile platforms the KamaGames Group, today announced the first of its titles to release on HTML5 through one of Europe’s leading social media platform, VK.com.

To coincide with the launch VK.com’s Direct Games gaming platform, KamaGames are pleased to confirm that they will be one of the first apps appearing on the new platform from day 1 with the brand new HTML5 version of the publisher and developer’s flag ship title Pokerist.

VK.com is the largest social media network in Europe and is the most visited website in Russia ranking it higher than google, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. The network’s messenger service is also hugely popular giving it more users than other well-known services including Skype, WhatsApp and Viber.

Due to the game being built completely from the ground up with social media and HTML5 platforms in mind, unlike many similar games released through social media and messenger platforms, Pokerist will launch with all of the main features enjoyed by players on mobile devices. This means the game will contain daily bonuses, quests, Sit N Go tournaments and multiple achievements to unlock. In app purchasing and monetisation is also possible with users being able to purchase chips and other in-game items via VK currency which can be easily purchased via the AppStore and Google play.

Daniel Kashti, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer for KamaGames said, “We are pleased to be able to bring our flagship title Pokerist to yet another new platform and also to be working with one of the biggest social media channels in the world. Our development team have been working hard to give the VK.com’s 410 million account holders the best possible gaming experience and have managed to deliver just that with a full version of the game.”

“VK always selects the best in terms of quality, graphics and integration when it comes to social network projects, and we feel that working with one of the market leaders in the Social Casino landscape, KamaGames, represents just that commitment to quality,” said VK.com’s Head of Games, Maxim Babichev.

To learn more about KamaGames and its portfolio of titles visit http://www.KamaGames.com.

About KamaGames

The KamaGames Group are global developers and publishers of social card games designed for mobile, social, consoles and smart TVs.

Established in 2010 and employing over 220 staff, the KamaGames Group has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland as well as offices in London and Dubai. The group is also present either directly or through its network of partners in all global markets including USA, Europe ASIAPAC, and the Middle East and CIS countries.

Bringing together creativity, proprietary technology and a passion for games, KamaGames has built a portfolio of premium social card games designed to deliver real-life entertainment to the masses. KamaGames’ Random Number Generator (RNG) is certified by iTech Labs and meets the highest standards to guarantee fair play.

KamaGames portfolio is localised into 29 languages and reaches over 90 million gamers worldwide with over 1 million daily active users.

For further information on KamaGames’ portfolio of titles click here: https://www.kamagames.com/coporate_assets

About VK.com

VK is the largest European social network. Each month, the network is visited by over 97 million users, with the number of users on mobile devices reaching 80 million. 82 million users actively use VK’s built-in instant messenger monthly.

About Direct Games gaming platform

VK recently launched Direct Games, a mobile game platform based on HTML5 where games work within VK mobile applications and therefore do not require separate installation. There are many ways for users to instantly join games: through a link on the page, an invitation in a private message or by finding a game in the “Games” section.

Going forward, any game developer will be able to offer HTML5 based project by submitting an application for review via the application’s management portal.

SOURCE KamaGames

CONTACT: For more information contact Sam Forrest Director of Global Communications & Content KamaGames UK S.Forrest@KamaGames.com +44(0)7960-706171

360-degree Virtual Reality Videos Promote Travel to Tokyo & Okayama, Japan

Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, affiliated with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, has released 360-degree virtual reality videos via the CHUGOKU+SHIKOKU x TOKYO Website. This Japan travel website introduces recommended locations in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions of Japan as well as Tokyo. The new virtual tour videos offer future tourists more immersive introductions to recommended locations.

In addition to recommended location information, the site also suggests easy overnight trips from Tokyo to encourage travelers to venture beyond Tokyo to the Chugoku and Shikoku regions to experience more aspects of Japan. These two fascinating regions are particularly well-known throughout Japan for their historically significant sites as well as more contemporary cultural attractions.

Two immersive 360-degree virtual reality videos promote recommended locations in Okayama Prefecture, in Japan’s Chugoku region on the southern side of Honshu Island, as well as Tokyo:

  1. Garden/OKAYAMA features Shinjuku Gyoen (Tokyo) and Korakuen (Okayama);
  2. Night Walk/OKAYAMA features Golden Gai (Tokyo) and Kurashiki (Okayama).

Virtual Tours of Okayama Prefecture and Tokyo in 360-degree Virtual Reality Video: http://www.chushikokuandtokyo.org/virtualtour/?language=fr

CHUGOKU+SHIKOKU x TOKYO Website: http://www.chushikokuandtokyo.org/?language=fr

From the CHUGOKU+SHIKOKU x TOKYO Website:
http://www.chushikokuandtokyo.org/route_12/?language=fr
Pleasure Boats: After seeing the wonders of Tokyo by modern sightseeing boat on the Sumida River, take a trip to Kurashiki, an area that prospered under the rule of the Edo Shogunate (1603-1867). As you ride in a nostalgic rowboat, you’ll feel as if you’ve slipped back in time from Tokyo to the Edo Period.

Travel Information from Tokyo to All Regions: http://www.tourism-alljapanandtokyo.org/?lang=en

 

SOURCE Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau

CONTACT: Yoshikazu Takagi, Dentsu Public Relations Inc., Tel: +81-3-5565-6764, Email: yoshikazu.takagi@dentsu-pr.co.jp

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Lectra’s Versalis® Digital Leather Cutting Solution with Product Leadership Award

Lectra walked away with the 2017 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership at Frost & Sullivan’s Excellence in Best Practices Awards, an annual black-tie event celebrating the achievements of the industry’s best innovators, disruptors and leaders. Marc Douay, Worldwide Automotive Marketing Director accepted the award on behalf of Lectra on Wednesday, 28 June at the Jumeirah Carlton, London.

Click here for the full multimedia experience of this release – http://bit.ly/2vLJxEZ

Currently, almost 90% of leather used for automotive applications is cut using manual die presses, which require designers to build a physical prototype and finalize the design through trial and error. Lectra resolves these challenges with the Versalis®, its innovative, digital, leather-cutting solution featuring a powerful nesting system for overall improvements in efficiency. When used in combination with Lectra’s 3D prototyping and pattern-making software, Versalis enables a 12-16 week reduction in development and launch cycles for vehicle seating models.

During the leather-cutting phase, the latest release of Versalis LeatherSuite allows automotive leather suppliers to achieve up to 15% greater productivity. It further guarantees optimal uptime through an extensive worldwide support network of field engineers and technical experts.

“Lectra focuses on a consultative approach that allows it to fully understand the customer’s needs before building a solution comprised of software, hardware, consulting, training, and after-sales support,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Kamalesh Mohanarangam. “Lectra’s equipment is fitted with more than 200 sensors that predict failure and immediately report issues to its call centres. This product feature and service has resulted in 98% uptime and very fast mean time to repair.”

Although digital leather cutting solutions require substantial investments, leather cutters and Tier-1 suppliers have begun to recognize the value of these products. On average, Lectra’s solutions help customers achieve up to 7% savings on leather compared to manual die-press methods by minimizing human error and variability in the cutting room. A test of leather trim cutting for door panels using Versalis’ tool demonstrated a 3.5% gain in materials over conventional methods, translating to potential savings of €9 million per year.

Lectra invests significantly in R&D in order to support their customers’ transition to Industry 4.0. As part of a transformational plan, Lectra spent more than €50million on R&D between 2011 and 2015 and will increase the share of revenues dedicated to R&D to 10% for the period from 2017 to 2019.

“Digitalization opens up a range of opportunities, from improving operations to building new business models. The emergence of Industry 4.0 and better capabilities for mass production has enabled large-scale personalization and a more profitable manufacturing set-up,” noted Kamlaesh Mohanarangam. “With more than 10 years of experience in IoT connectivity for industry, Lectra has a tremendous competitive advantage, especially with the rising number of suppliers adopting digitalized processes.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a product with innovative features and functionality and is gaining rapid market acceptance. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it supports.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Lectra

Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions (software, automated cutting equipment, and associated services) specifically designed for industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials to manufacture their products. It serves major world markets: fashion and apparel, automotive, and furniture as well as a broad array of other industries. Lectra’s solutions, specific to each market, enable customers to automate and optimize product design, development, and manufacturing. With more than 1,550 employees, Lectra has developed privileged relationships with prestigious customers in more than 100 countries, contributing to their operational excellence. Lectra registered revenues of $288 million in 2016 and is listed on Euronext.

For more information, please visit www.lectra.com and demandmore.lectra.com

® Versalis is a registered trademark of Lectra.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector, and the investment community. Contact us: Start the discussion.

Contact:

Frost & Sullivan

Lectra

Ana Arriaga

Nathalie Fournier-Christol

P: 210.247.3823

Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 64 42 37

F: 210.348.1003

Email: n.fournier-christol@lectra.com

E: ana.arriaga@frost.com

 

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KamaGames Announces First HTML 5 Title to Appear on VK.com’s Direct Games Gaming Platform

Global developers and publishers of social casino games for mobile platforms the KamaGames Group, today announced the first of its titles to release on HTML5 through one of Europe’s leading social media platform, VK.com.

To coincide with the launch VK.com’s Direct Games gaming platform, KamaGames are pleased to confirm that they will be one of the first apps appearing on the new platform from day 1 with the brand new HTML5 version of the publisher and developer’s flag ship title Pokerist.

VK.com is the largest social media network in Europe and is the most visited website in Russia ranking it higher than google, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. The network’s messenger service is also hugely popular giving it more users than other well-known services including Skype, WhatsApp and Viber.

Due to the game being built completely from the ground up with social media and HTML5 platforms in mind, unlike many similar games released through social media and messenger platforms, Pokerist will launch with all of the main features enjoyed by players on mobile devices. This means the game will contain daily bonuses, quests, Sit N Go tournaments and multiple achievements to unlock. In app purchasing and monetisation is also possible with users being able to purchase chips and other in-game items via VK currency which can be easily purchased via the AppStore and Google play.

Daniel Kashti, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer for KamaGames said, “We are pleased to be able to bring our flagship title Pokerist to yet another new platform and also to be working with one of the biggest social media channels in the world. Our development team have been working hard to give the VK.com’s 410 million account holders the best possible gaming experience and have managed to deliver just that with a full version of the game.”

“VK always selects the best in terms of quality, graphics and integration when it comes to social network projects, and we feel that working with one of the market leaders in the Social Casino landscape, KamaGames, represents just that commitment to quality,” said VK.coms Head of Games, Maxim Babichev.

To learn more about KamaGames and its portfolio of titles visit http://www.KamaGames.com.

About KamaGames

The KamaGames Group are global developers and publishers of social card games designed for mobile, social, consoles and smart TVs.

Established in 2010 and employing over 220 staff, the KamaGames Group has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland as well as offices in London and Dubai. The group is also present either directly or through its network of partners in all global markets including USA, Europe ASIAPAC, and the Middle East and CIS countries.

Bringing together creativity, proprietary technology and a passion for games, KamaGames has built a portfolio of premium social card games designed to deliver real-life entertainment to the masses. KamaGames’ Random Number Generator (RNG) is certified by iTech Labs and meets the highest standards to guarantee fair play.

KamaGames portfolio is localised into 29 languages and reaches over 90 million gamers worldwide with over 1 million daily active users.

For further information on KamaGames’ portfolio of titles click here: https://www.kamagames.com/coporate_assets

About VK.com

VK is the largest European social network. Each month, the network is visited by over 97 million users, with the number of users on mobile devices reaching 80 million. 82 million users actively use VK’s built-in instant messenger monthly.

About Direct Games gaming platform

VK recently launched Direct Games, a mobile game platform based on HTML5 where games work within VK mobile applications and therefore do not require separate installation. There are many ways for users to instantly join games: through a link on the page, an invitation in a private message or by finding a game in the “Games” section.

Going forward, any game developer will be able to offer HTML5 based project by submitting an application for review via the application’s management portal.

SOURCE KamaGames

CONTACT: For more information contact Sam Forrest Director of Global Communications & Content KamaGames UK S.Forrest@KamaGames.com +44(0)7960-706171

UiPath 2017.1 Rolls out Scalability Upgrades That Will Meet the Demand for Large Deployments

New product version allows customers to smoothly scale their workforce by thousands of robots, enabling more automation with zero disruption 

UiPath announces its latest product release, 2017.1, that will allow its customers to scale their RPAdeployments rapidly and smoothly. The release enables faster adoption of more robots, real-time tracking of job status, quicker retrieval of performance data, easier reuse of existing automation, and better security. The new release follows a period of rapid expansion of UiPath customers’ digital workforce, resulting in hundreds of software bots automating more processes.

“Our customers are now increasing their workforce by hundreds of robots at a rapid rate. Having already proven that we offer the fastest implementation speed in the industry, this release enables UiPath to meet our clients’ demands looking to scale up, and ensures the process is smooth and fluid,” says Daniel Dines, Founder and CEO of UiPath.

Key upgrades include:

  • Automatic Robot Deployment – robot deployment steps have been streamlined and now in just a few clicks customers can automatically deploy any number of robots to Orchestrator which will immediately license and assign them to begin their work;
  • Status tracking – progress checkpoints can be placed anywhere in an automated workflow, tracking job progress in real-time;
  • Universal Search feature implemented to easily search in Studio for activities, variables, arguments, imports and Library snippets – all in one place;
  • Custom code is now implemented 5 times faster than before;
  • Integration with trusted leader in Privileged Account Security, CyberArk, with Robot login credentials stored in the CyberArk® Enterprise Password Vault®;
  • Privacy and security – automation packages can now be separated from each other, providing an additional layer of privacy and security.

About UiPath

UiPath is a leading Robotic Process Automation vendor providing a complete software platform to help organizations efficiently automate business processes. UiPath specialises in creating software robots that are non-invasively integrated into the systems of their client organizations to replace the laborious and repetitive clerical tasks freeing employees from the daily routine of rote work. UiPath has been named a global Leader and Star Performer in RPA by Everest Group, and an RPA industry leader in the “Forrester Wave Robotic Process Automation, Q1 2017″.

http://www.uipath.com – Twitter – LinkedIn – Facebook

CONTACT:
Anna Ghica
+40744312457
anna.ghica@uipath.com

SOURCE UiPath

Embedded Safety and Security Summit (ESSS) 2017 Addresses the Interdependence of Safety and Security in Mission

Draws over 800 technology professionals as delegates, 22 industry experts as speakers, and major industry players and associations as partners

LDRA Technology Pvt. Ltd., a global provider of software analysis, test and requirements traceability tools for both public and private sectors, together with its partners, hosted the 3rd edition of Embedded Safety and Security Summit (ESSS) 2017 today at the Hotel Park Plaza, Bengaluru. In keeping with this year’s futuristic theme of ‘Are we Secured to be Safe?’, the summit featured tracks focused on each of the Aerospace & Defence (A&D) and Automotive industries, along with a third track dedicated to technical workshops.

ESSS 2017 attracted industry leaders, government representatives, regulators, aviation and defense representatives to share their thoughts on the need for addressing safety and security as a single subject while developing systems for mission critical markets. The summit extended its established role as a focal point for the ‘Certification Ecosystem Development Program’ (CEDP), which was initiated by LDRA to help Indian companies establish adherence to international standards and compete on a level playing field with their counterparts across the world.

The summit opened with a keynote address on ‘Building Defect Free Systems: Safety & Security Perspectives’ by Dr. Mike Hennell, Founder and Technical Director, LDRA UK. His talk highlighted the current global industrial demand for safety and security in the connected world, and on the market readiness for capability enhancement in response to future technology trends.

Mr. Vincent Braibant, VP MBSE Strategy, Siemens, handled the first industry keynote session on ‘Extending Digital Twin Concepts to Integrated Software Engineering.’ The second industry keynote, entitled ‘Holistic Security Analysis and the link with Safety’ was delivered by Mr. Eric Schacherer, Director of Sales, Southern Europe & India, Green Hills Software.

The two industry tracks at the summit were divided into sub-themes and supported by case studies, ensuring that each phase of the software development lifecycle received proportionate focus. The technical workshop track involved ‘deep-dive’ seminars on best practices for building safe and secure embedded systems.

Industry leaders and influencers representing prominent organizations such as LDRA, Green Hills Software, Siemens, ANSYS, MathWorks, SYSGO, ETAS, Honeywell, Intel, Infineon, KPIT Technologies and Harman International referenced both safety and security in their sessions showcasing new technologies and tools in the embedded space.

“The future of the embedded space hinges on how the industry understands this interdependency between safety and security, as we can no longer afford to consider them as two separate subjects,” reflected Shinto Joseph, Director – South East Asia Operations, LDRA India. “The 3rd edition of this successful summit has brought the whole industry together to explore barriers, discuss solutions and witness innovative technologies designed to develop this unique challenge into an opportunity for all,” he concluded.

Reflecting its ambition to contribute to a world class embedded product ecosystem, ESSS 2017 was an initiative of LDRA, supported by platinum partners Green Hills Software and Siemens, silver partners ANSYS and FTD, and exhibitors ETAS, MathWorks and CoreEL. Significant contributions were also made by active partner associations including IESA, CLIK and SIATI, and media partners such as the EFY Group, Auto Tech Review, ELE Times, Aeromag Asia and Electronics Maker.

To know more about the summit, visit http://www.embedded-safety-security.com.

About LDRA

For more than 40 years, LDRA has developed and driven the market for software that automates code analysis and software testing for safety-, mission-, security-, and business-critical markets. Working with clients to achieve early error identification and full compliance with industry standards, LDRA traces requirements through static and dynamic analysis to unit testing and verification for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. Boasting a worldwide presence, LDRA is headquartered in the United Kingdom with subsidiaries in the United States and India coupled with an extensive distributor network. For more information on the LDRA tool suite, please visit http://www.ldra.com.

Please send reader inquiries to:
Durgaprasad Talithaya
LDRA Technology Pvt. Ltd.
durgaprasad@ldra.com
+91-9108952148/+91-8040808707

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CGI Makes All Cash Offer for Affecto Plc, A Leading Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Services Firm in Northern Europe

CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) today announced an all cash tender offer of €4.55 per share to acquire through its wholly-owned subsidiary CGI Nordic Investments Limited, all outstanding shares of Affecto Plc, a leading provider of business intelligence and enterprise information management solutions and services. Affecto’s Board of Directors is unanimously recommending that its shareholders accept CGI’s offer, which represents a total price of €98 million, or approximately C$146 million, a 29.3% premium to its closing price on August 21, 2017. The company currently trades under the symbol AFE1V on the Nasdaq Helsinki exchange. The tender offer is subject to a number of conditions, including approval by the relevant regulatory authorities, such as competition authorities, and CGI gaining control of more than 90% of the outstanding shares of Affecto. The transaction is expected to close in Q1 F2018.

Adding to CGI’s recognized digital expertise in analytics and data science, Helsinki-based Affecto would bring more than 1000 highly-skilled professionals from across 18 offices in FinlandSwedenNorwayDenmark as well as PolandLatvia and Lithuania. With robust strategic consulting, system integration, cloud, data analytics and digital transformation capabilities, Affecto will further complement CGI’s global expertise across several in-demand digital transformation areas. Over the last twelve months, Affecto has generated revenue of €119.8 million.

“The offer to merge with Affecto aligns with CGI’s plan to profitably double the company in five to seven years through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth,” said George D. Schindler, CGI President and Chief Executive Officer. “In turn, for the benefit of our respective clients, CGI brings Affecto depth and end-to-end capabilities, including access to a network of global and onshore delivery centers, robust intellectual property portfolio, managed services and high-end IT consulting. We will continue to implement an established build-and-buy strategy that adds to our strength in the Nordics and around the globe.”

“We look forward to welcoming Affecto professionals into the CGI family as member-owners, sharing and collaborating as highly skilled innovators that are focused on delivering value to clients,” said Heikki Nikku, CGI President of Nordics operations. “By merging with the global reach and resources of CGI, the powerful combination creates unique career opportunities for CGI professionals in the Nordics as we pursue profitable future growth together.”

About CGI in the Nordics

With nearly 8,000 professionals in 55 offices across DenmarkEstoniaFinlandNorway and Sweden, CGI has a strong local presence across the Nordic IT services market. With a deep commitment to being the best in our industry across the Nordics and around the world, CGI serves as a market leader in end-to-end IT and business consulting services, solutions and outsourcing services. CGI’s Nordic operation serves thousands of clients in public and private organisations to help them achieve operational efficiencies while harnessing innovation to better serve the digital needs of their customers and citizens.

This press release is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision. It does not constitute an offer or invitation for the sale or purchase of any securities, businesses and/or assets or any recommendation or commitment by CGI or any other person and neither this press release, nor its contents nor any other written or oral information made available in connection with the transaction shall form the basis of any contract. This press release has been prepared without reference to the particular investment objectives, financial situation, taxation position or particular needs of the reader.

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 70,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as 150 IP-based services and solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com .

About Affecto

Affecto is a Northern European full-stack data house with expertise in data intensive technologies. Their expertise ranges from enterprise information management to artificial intelligence. Affecto creates business value for its customers by helping them become data driven, thus transforming their businesses. Affecto has long term, committed customer relationships with a large number of essential Northern European companies as well as public institutions. Affecto has a local presence with 18 offices forming a powerful grid, and is a unique home for our 1000+ employees.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are “forward-looking information” within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. These statements and this information represent CGI’s intentions, plans, expectations and beliefs, and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, of which many are beyond the control of the Company. These factors could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. These factors include but are not restricted to: the timing and size of new contracts; acquisitions and other corporate developments; the ability to attract and retain qualified members; market competition in the rapidly evolving IT industry; general economic and business conditions; foreign exchange and other risks identified in the press release, in CGI’s annual and quarterly Management’s Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”), in CGI’s Annual Report, in CGI’s Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (filed on EDGAR at www.sec.gov), and in the Company’s Annual Information Form filed with the Canadian securities authorities (filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com), as well as assumptions regarding the foregoing. The words “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “foresee,” “plan,” and similar expressions and variations thereof, identify certain of such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. In particular, statements relating to future performance are forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. CGI disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements or on this forward-looking information.

 

For more information

Global
Lorne Gorber
Executive Vice-President, Global Communications and Investor Relations
lorne.gorber@cgi.com
+1-514-841-3355

Nordic 
Jarkko Virtanen
Director, Marketing and Communications
jarkko.virtanen@cgi.com
+358-40-759-3603

SOURCE CGI Group Inc.

2017 Customer Experience Asia Excellence Awards – Annoucement of Finalists

Customer Experience Management Asia (CEM Asia) is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2017 Customer Experience Asia Excellence Awards.  Returning for a 3rd year, the Awards have now become a must-attend affair for CX professionals in Asiaand for organisations that have put customer at the heart of their businesses.

This year we received a record number of 148 entries from 65 companies across 12 categories. After extended review by our esteemed Panel of Judges, we are proud to share with you the complete list of organisations that have made the cut. The winners will be celebrated at the Gala Dinner Awardstaking place at Marina Bay Sands on Tuesday, 12th September 2017.

Best Brand Experience Award

Best Customer Experience Team Award

DBS Singapore
Himawari
Maybank Malaysia
Siam Commercial Bank
Shiseido

 

CIMB Niaga
IndusInd Bank
Orchard Turn Developments Pte Ltd
Mumbai International Airport
Philippine Savings Bank
SingTel
VFS Global
Volkswagen Group Australia

Best Contact Centre Award

Best CX Personality Award

AIA Berhad
CIMB
DBS Group
Maybank Malaysia
SingTel
SP Group
Volkswagen Group Australia

Dr. Piyawat George, CIMB Thai Bank
Mary Felicia Sim, Orchard Turn Developments Pte Ltd
Dr. Yew Ker Ling, SingTel

 

Best Customer Experience Award
AIA Berhad
Central Provident Fund Board
CIMB
CIMB Thai Bank
DBS Group
Farrer Park Hospital
Orchard Turn Developments Pte Ltd
Maybank Malaysia
Mobitel
Philippine Savings Bank
Ping An Group
Servion Global Solutions

CX Vendor Excellence Award

Accenture
DSI Academy
Jirnexu
Terragni Consulting

Best Digital Experience Award

DBS Singapore
Farrer Park Hospital
Hong Leong Bank Berhad
Mahindra Comviva
Siam Commercial Bank
SingTel

Best Omni-Channel Experience Award

DBS Group
Maybank Malaysia
SingTel
Sino Club

 

Best Employee Engagement Award

Blue Dart
CIMB Thai Bank
DBS Group
Dhiraagu
OCBC Bank
SP Group

Best Social Media Strategy Award

China CITIC Bank International Limited
DBS Group
Dell
HP Customer Support APJ Care Center Kasikornbank
Maybank Malaysia
Ooredoo Myanmar
Philippine Savings Bank

Best Use of CEM Technology Award

AXA Hong Kong
Hong Leong Bank Berhad
Johnson & Johnson Medical Asia Pacific
Servion Global Solutions
SingTel
SMART Communications
Volkswagen Group Australia

About The Awards

Part of our flagship 5th Customer Experience Asia Summit, the 2017 Customer Experience Asia Excellence Awards form the industry’s benchmark in terms of best practices and provide an opportunity for CEM professionals to gain recognition for their achievements and initiatives. Judged by our Executive Panel of Experts, each Award will celebrate the success of pioneers in this space.

The winners will be announced during the Gala Dinner Awards on 12th September taking place at Marina Bay SandsJoin us and celebrate in style as we shine the spotlight on great customer experience and service delivery in Asia.

To secure your table, please contact our Awards Team at cemasiaawards@iqpc.com.sg or at +65 6722 9388. For further information on the awards and the 5th Customer Experience Management Asia Summit, please visit www.customerexperienceasia.iqpc.sg.

About CEM Asia

Customer Experience Asia (CEM Asia) is part of the CX Network, a leading online resource for senior customer experience, service, insight, digital and marketing decision-makers. Our value-rich content includes industry news, market reports, the latest trends and challenges, CX TALK videos, interviews and podcasts with CX leaders best practices, digital events, and much more.

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CGI makes all cash offer for Affecto Plc, a leading data analytics and business intelligence services firm in northern Europe

CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) today announced an all-cash tender offer of €4.55 per share to acquire through its wholly owned subsidiary CGI Nordic Investments Limited, all outstanding shares of Affecto Plc, a leading provider of business intelligence and enterprise information management solutions and services. Affecto’s Board of Directors is unanimously recommending that its shareholders accept CGI’s offer, which represents a total price of €98 million, or approximately C$146 million, a 29.3% premium to its closing price on August 21, 2017. The company currently trades under the symbol AFE1V on the Nasdaq Helsinki exchange. The tender offer is subject to a number of conditions, including approval by the relevant regulatory authorities, such as competition authorities, and CGI gaining control of more than 90% of the outstanding shares of Affecto. The transaction is expected to close in Q1 F2018.

Adding to CGI’s recognized digital expertise in analytics and data science, Helsinki-based Affecto would bring more than 1000 highly-skilled professionals from across 18 offices in FinlandSwedenNorwayDenmark as well as PolandLatvia and Lithuania. With robust strategic consulting, system integration, cloud, data analytics and digital transformation capabilities, Affecto will further complement CGI’s global expertise across several in-demand digital transformation areas. Over the last twelve months, Affecto has generated revenue of €119.8 million.

“The offer to merge with Affecto aligns with CGI’s plan to profitably double the company in five to seven years through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth,” said George D. Schindler, CGI President and Chief Executive Officer. “In turn, for the benefit of our respective clients, CGI brings Affecto depth and end-to-end capabilities, including access to a network of global and onshore delivery centers, robust intellectual property portfolio, managed services and high-end IT consulting. We will continue to implement an established build-and-buy strategy that adds to our strength in the Nordics and around the globe.”

“We look forward to welcoming Affecto professionals into the CGI family as member-owners, sharing and collaborating as highly skilled innovators that are focused on delivering value to clients,” said Heikki Nikku, CGI President of Nordics operations. “By merging with the global reach and resources of CGI, the powerful combination creates unique career opportunities for CGI professionals in the Nordics as we pursue profitable future growth together.”

About CGI in the Nordics
With nearly 8,000 professionals in 55 offices across DenmarkEstoniaFinlandNorway and Sweden, CGI has a strong local presence across the Nordic IT services market. With a deep commitment to being the best in our industry across the Nordics and around the world, CGI serves as a market leader in end-to-end IT and business consulting services, solutions and outsourcing services. CGI’s Nordic operation serves thousands of clients in public and private organisations to help them achieve operational efficiencies while harnessing innovation to better serve the digital needs of their customers and citizens

This press release is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision. It does not constitute an offer or invitation for the sale or purchase of any securities, businesses and/or assets or any recommendation or commitment by CGI or any other person and neither this press release, nor its contents nor any other written or oral information made available in connection with the transaction shall form the basis of any contract. This press release has been prepared without reference to the particular investment objectives, financial situation, taxation position or particular needs of the reader.

About CGI
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 70,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as 150 IP-based services and solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com.

About Affecto
Affecto is a Northern European full-stack data house with expertise in data intensive technologies. Their expertise ranges from enterprise information management to artificial intelligence. Affecto creates business value for its customers by helping them become data driven, thus transforming their businesses. Affecto has long term, committed customer relationships with a large number of essential Northern European companies as well as public institutions. Affecto has a local presence with 18 offices forming a powerful grid, and is a unique home for our 1000+ employees.

Forward-Looking Statements
All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are “forward-looking information” within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. These statements and this information represent CGI’s intentions, plans, expectations and beliefs, and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, of which many are beyond the control of the Company. These factors could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. These factors include but are not restricted to: the timing and size of new contracts; acquisitions and other corporate developments; the ability to attract and retain qualified members; market competition in the rapidly evolving IT industry; general economic and business conditions; foreign exchange and other risks identified in the press release, in CGI’s annual and quarterly Management’s Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”), in CGI’s Annual Report, in CGI’s Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (filed on EDGAR at www.sec.gov), and in the Company’s Annual Information Form filed with the Canadian securities authorities (filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com), as well as assumptions regarding the foregoing. The words “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “foresee,” “plan,” and similar expressions and variations thereof, identify certain of such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. In particular, statements relating to future performance are forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. CGI disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements or on this forward-looking information.

 

SOURCE CGI Group Inc.

CONTACT: Global: Lorne Gorber, Executive Vice-President, Global Communications and Investor Relations, lorne.gorber@cgi.com, +1 514-841-3355; Nordic: Jarkko Virtanen, Director, Marketing and Communications, jarkko.virtanen@cgi.com, +358 40 759 3603

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Wirecard Offers Merchants More Global Insights Into Payment and Risk

  • Detailed data analytics enable merchants to understand payment performance
  • Powerful BI tool that empowers businesses with unique insights into fraud and risk

Today the leading payment and internet technology company, Wirecard, announces an extension of the recently presented Omnichannel ePOS Suite with innovative technology for payment and risk optimization. With this update, Wirecard offers merchants even more added value, as the tool enables merchants to analyze customer value and churn rates as well as fraudulent behavior in the past and learnings for the future.

With the extension of the Omnichannel ePOS Suite, Wirecard once again asserts its position as leader in the field of risk management solutions. With over years of experience and leading products such as the Fraud Prevention Suite (FPS), the exploitation of innovative technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence are the next logical steps. Significantly increased conversion rates and sales are the result of these new technologies, as they are combined with a year-long data history. With the new fraud management tool, merchants can easily adjust fraud settings individually to user specific patterns and have all relevant Key Performance Indicators in real-time at their fingertips.

Carlos Häuser, Executive Vice President Payment & Risk at Wirecard, says: “We are proud to extend our innovative Omnichannel ePOS Suite with this advanced risk management tool to help merchants understand and optimize their business. The dashboards give them the freedom to decide how they react to the recommendations from our machine learning algorithms and how to optimize conversion rates. This is all seamlessly integrated into a proprietary state-of-the-art analytics tool for omnichannel data.”

For example, insights about payment performance show, how various product categories perform from country to country and how the approval rate develops within specific timeframes. With this information merchants are able to decide with just a click at which rate between risk and profit they want to operate. Thanks to the AI algorithms, merchants get additional recommendations for future settings.

For further information on the new risk optimization feature, please visit Wirecards booth atGamescom in CologneEuropes largest exhibition for interactive games and entertainment, in hall 2.2 stand 045  from 22nd to 24th of August.     

About Wirecard: 

Wirecard AG is a global technology group that supports companies in accepting electronic payments from all sales channels. As a leading independent supplier, the Wirecard Group offers outsourcing and white label solutions for electronic payments. A global platform bundles international payment acceptances and methods with supplementary fraud prevention solutions. With regard to issuing own payment instruments in the form of cards or mobile payment solutions, the Wirecard Group provides companies with an end-to-end infrastructure, including the requisite licences for card and account products. Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt Securities Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE0007472060, WDI). For further information about Wirecard, please visit http://www.wirecard.com or follow us on twitter @wirecard.

Wirecard media contact:

Wirecard AG
Jana Tilz
Tel.: +49(0)89-4424-1363
E-Mail: jana.tilz@wirecard.com

SOURCE Wirecard AG

Bristlecone and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ILP Partner to Promote Technology Collaboration for Consumer Benefit

Silicon Valley-based supply chain advisory firm Bristlecone (part of the $19B Mahindra Group), a premier supply chain management solutions and services firm helping clients increase visibility and reduce operational costs, today announced it has entered into an agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (‘MIT‘) to formalize membership in the institute’s revered Industrial Liaison Program (‘ILP’)-a program devoted to promoting collaboration and technology transfer between industry and academia for customer benefit. Under the agreement, the ILP will provide Bristlecone-facilitated access to MIT and its resources, including technology conferences, training, and potential collaborative research in new technologies.

Bristlecone concurrently announced that the third annual global conference ‘Pulse’ will be held at the historic MIT campus in Boston from October 25-27, 2017. The event will draw global leaders from Fortune 500 companies, analyst community and academia. The theme of Pulse 2017 is ‘Your Roadmap to Antifragility,’ with the revered conference providing a platform for ground-breaking discussions around the changing landscape of technology in business, including issues surrounding supply chain, procurement and analytics. The two-day event will also feature solutions that help make supply chains anti-fragile.

“The era of disruption and digitization is not only upon us, but continuing to force evolutionary changes in the business landscape at a rapid pace,” said Bristlecone President and CEO, Irfan Khan. “Those companies that are aptly positioned to adapt fast can survive, but forethought and proactive measures must be put in place to best assure that. Change and innovation are actually critical success factors that make supply chains anti-fragile, companies just need to be prepared to respond to marketplace dynamics in-kind.”

Khan continued, “To help drive and facilitate this kind of preparation, we are greatly excited to partner with MIT on our Pulse event platform, intended to help industry and academia come together to ideate real-world solutions for our customers. This event duly reinforces our commitment to Mahindra’s ‘FutuRise’ philosophy of accepting no limits and embracing alternative thinking to fundamentally change the paradigm for success.”

Attendees of Bristlecone Pulse will have a unique opportunity to interact one-on-one with high-level industry experts, analysts and academic thought leaders, including but not limited to Dr. Federico Casalegno, Director of MIT Mobile Experience Lab; David Simchi-Levi, Engineering Systems Professor; Michael Casey, Senior Advisor, Blockchain Research at MIT Media Lab; Dr. Abel Sanchez, Executive Director of the MIT Geospatial Data Center.

Khan will be among the revered speakers at the conference. Attendees will benefit from his specialized insights curated over his 20 years spearheading the profitable growth, competitiveness, and market leadership of emerging and mature businesses on a global scale. At Pulse 2017, attendees will learn from an industry pundit whose uniquely combined background in business leadership, strategic planning, field execution, people leadership, and customer-facing operations has resulted in Khan repeatedly transforming, growing and optimizing organizations-whether driving turnaround, building new lines of business, or creating foothold in new markets.

Poised for what’s sure to be a fruitful event, Ron Spangler, officer of the MIT Industry Liaison program, noted, “We’re pleased to welcome Bristlecone to MIT for their next edition of Pulse. There is no better place to convene this impressive mix of academic and industry thought-leaders, and the MIT Industrial Liaison Program exists to support activities just like this one.”

Those interested in attending Pulse and securing additional information can visit http://www.bcone.com/BristleconePulse for information on this year’s venue, speakers, agenda and more.

About Bristlecone

Bristlecone, a subsidiary of the $19B Mahindra group, is a premier supply chain advisory firm focused on enabling digitally connected and anti-fragile supply chains. It has been rated by leading industry analysts as one of the supply chain management firms consistently over the last decade, with a singular focus on successfully addressing customer’s Procurement, Supply Chain and Analytics challenges.

Headquartered in California’s Silicon Valley, Bristlecone also has offices located across the United StatesGermanySwitzerland, UAE, IndiaMalaysiaSingapore and Australia. To learn more visit: http://www.bcone.com.

Press Contact:
Rebecca Nerad
Global Marketing, Bristlecone
+1-802-999-7641
rebecca.nerad@bcone.com

SOURCE Bristlecone Inc.

Leap Forward: Engage and Serve Your Customers on Their Own Terms

Digital transformation has ushered in an era of unprecedented change. Innovation and disruption are leading to continuous demand for business and their customer service team to be more operationally efficient and effective. Frost & Sullivan, in collaboration with Genesys, will host the “Leap Forward: Engage and Serve Your Customers on Their Own Terms” event to explore opportunities in bridging the digital divide between customers and organizations to improve customer engagement in the digital age on Thursday, 7 September 2017 at the St. Regis Bangkok.

In today’s digital age, consumers are knowledgeable about the technologies they own, and are becoming more demanding. By 2020, customer engagement is projected to overtake price and products as key brand differentiators. Enterprises need to engage with customers in a more personalized, predictive and productive manner to be ahead of the competition.

According to a recent Frost & Sullivan survey, over 80% of customers in Asia-Pacific buy more from companies that make doing business with them easier while over 60% of customers are willing to pay higher for good quality services. More than 71% of customers consider timeliness essential to delivering excellent services and more than 45% of APAC customers rate personalized services among the top three aspects defining better customer experience (CX) for them, while 70% expect organizations to treat them uniquely.

“The digital revolution will not only change what we are doing, it will change us,” said Manoj Menon, Senior Partner and Asia-Pacific Managing Director at Frost & Sullivan. “Globally, customers’ expectations are being influenced by emerging technologies and innovative delivery standards set by leading organizations. These trends are placing greater pressure on organizations across verticals to deliver on customer demands for timely, personalized services, anywhere, anytime, and through any device.”

Digital channels and platforms are transforming the way customers gather information and interact with organizations. As 90% of customer behavior data is digital, organizations should focus on strengthening analytical capabilities in gathering insights on an integrated platform.

Join industry experts at the “Leap Forward: Engage and Serve Your Customers on Their Own Terms” event to learn how to plan for the “must have” people, process, and technology you need in order to meet the expectations placed by your customers as well as key stakeholders. The strategies offered in this session can serve as a guide to better understand the challenges of change, while offering proven effective solutions.

Highlights of the event include:

  • Insights on current and future customer expectations in Thailand.
  • Best Practices in delivering personalized experience and desired outcome in real-time.
  • Case Studies of proven ways to improve your customer effort.
  • The importance of Journey Mapping and Journey Management.
  • How to migrate from legacy infrastructure to full omnichannel in a cost effective way.
  • How to develop engagement strategies in an omnichannel world and critical factors in the relationship between support, reduction in returns and customer retention.
  • How to get more out of your organizations – action steps for optimization.

For more information on the event or if you would like to participate, please contact Patsorn Ketlekha at patsorn.ketlekha@frost.com.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Contact us: Start the discussion

Contact:
Carrie Low
Corporate Communications – Asia-Pacific
P: +603 6204 5910
F: +603 6201 7402
E: carrie.low@frost.com

http://ww2.frost.com

 

SOURCE Frost & Sullivan

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CloudCodes for Business Offers Additional Security for GST Compliant Zoho Books

CloudCodes Software, an expert in cloud security solutions, announces seamless, additional security solutions for Zoho Books.

CloudCodes is a well-recognized name in the cloud security space. CloudCodes CASB solution offers a unique combination of Single Sign On, Data Leakage Prevention (DLP), Identity Management, Anti Phishing Control, Browser Restriction, Device restriction, Time restriction features to enterprises.

CloudCodes for Business, the cloud security solution, supports Single Sign On (SSO) for cloud applications like G Suite, Office 365, Dropbox, Zoho, Salesforce etc. CloudCodes for Zoho provides robust end-to-end security mechanism for Zoho Books, a cloud-based accounting and invoicing package of the Zoho Finance Plus suite. Currently, several businesses in India are struggling to adapt to GST. They are turning to Zoho Books for hassle-free accounting and compliance, however, the biggest concern of these businesses still remains unaddressed – security of this financial data on the cloud. Although Zoho Books is secured, CloudCodes offers an additional layer of security control and compliance to its users.

“Financial data of an enterprise is very sensitive information and should be safeguarded well. While more and more enterprises are turning to Zoho Books, we understand the security risks associated with it. Unauthorized access to the books of accounts could lead to a potentially huge loss or even result in a serious cyber threat to one or many companies. Our CloudCodes for Zoho, which is a subset for CloudCodes for Business solution, offers strong security to Zoho Books at multiple levels and acts as a gateway between the cloud and the company,” says Debasish Pramanik, CEO, CloudCodes.

Key Features of CloudCodes for Business –

– Security Control: restricts access to IP, browser, time, geo-location and devices as specified by the IT admin

– Single Sign On (SSO): enables a single gateway for all the integrated cloud apps. This prevents unauthorized access by users

– Identity Management: provides multi-level user authentication to manage and control access to sensitive data

– Data Leakage Prevention (DLP): ensures data is not shared outside the corporate network by end users

– Shadow IT: maps and identifies potential threats to the organization and sends alerts to the IT

About CloudCodes

CloudCodes is a cloud security solution provider founded in 2011. It focuses on providing cloud security solution to enterprise customers through its Single Sign On solution. Its objective is to provide simple, effective and efficient platform for securing cloud applications for an enterprise. CloudCodes is a recipient of NASSCOM League of 10 for Emerge 50 awards and RedHerring Asia Top 100 finalist awards. CloudCodes is a SOC Type-II certified company and is also recognized by analyst firm Gartner as one of the sample vendors for Cloud Security and SaaS Security in multiple published reports.

Website: https://www.cloudcodes.com/

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Indonesia’s Top Industry Body Appoints TUV Rheinland to Test Toys

The leading independent international provider of technical services for testing, inspection, certification, consultation and training, TUV Rheinland, has been authorized by the Indonesian Ministry of Industry to test and certify toy products to the country’s national SNI standard.

Located at Infinia Park, South Jakarta, TUV Rheinland Indonesia’s Toy Testing Laboratory delivers 35 different types of toy testing, from small part tests to free-wheeling and brake performance and drop testing. Tests are conducted in accordance with a range of SNI specifications, including SNI 8124-1:2010 for mechanical testing, SNI ISO 8124-2-2010 for flammability tests, and SNI IEC 62115:2011 for electrical toy safety.

“Toys contribute to a child’s development and are an essential part of the growing up process. However, safety is a paramount concern, due to hazards that an untested toy may cause to kids. With this latest accreditation, TUV Rheinland’s Indonesia laboratory will be able to reassure manufacturers, traders, buyers and parents that the toys we test and certify to SNI standards will enrich children’s lives, without harming them,”said Mr. Holger Kunz, Executive Vice President Products at TUV Rheinland.

The ministry recognition follows accreditation by the National Accreditation Committee of Indonesia(KAN) in December 2016, which certified TUV Rheinland to deliver mandatory SNI tests for toy products.  It is further proof of TUV Rheinland’s commitment to offer global clients a one-stop market access service.

“This appointment, combined with our investment in this Toy Testing Laboratory and training expert personnel, demonstrates TUV Rheinland’s strong support for the government’s SNI program and protecting consumers — especially children — from product failures and injuries,” said Mr. I Nyoman Susila, Managing Director of TUV Rheinland Indonesia.

Ultimately, it is vital that all toys sold on the market meet stringent safety standards to ensure they are safe for children to play with.

“TUV Rheinland’s Toys Testing Laboratory will support all stakeholders in the value chain by improving toy safety, minimizing the chance of recalls, returns and complaints, and helping to establish a brand good reputation,” said Mr. Kunz.

About TUV Rheinland

TUV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, founded 145 years ago. The group employs 19,700 people around the globe. Annual revenue is more than EUR1.9 billion. The independent experts stand for quality and safety for people, technology and the environment in nearly all industrial sectors and areas of life. TUV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, and oversees projects, processes and information security for companies. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and industries. To this end, the company operates a global network of approved labs and testing and education centers. Since 2006, TUV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.www.tuv.com

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S P Jain Global Launches Six New Professional Programs in Emerging Technologies

The programs in Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Virtual Reality, Big Data, Digital Marketing, and Fintech are aimed at working professionals who wish to upskill and develop new competencies without interrupting their full-time careers

S P Jain School of Global Management (S P Jain Global) has announced the launch of six new Professional Technology Programs, exclusively for working professionals. The duration of each course is 9 months, with a mix of online and offline classroom sessions every weekend, taking cognizance of the professionals’ work schedule.

Program Offerings:

– Machine Learning
– Cybersecurity
– Virtual Reality
– Big Data & Visual Analytics
– Digital Marketing & Metrics
– Fintech (Financial Technology)

Speaking on the launch, Mr. Nitish Jain, President, S P Jain School of Global Management, said, “In 2006, we were amongst the first to build a school which focused almost exclusively on an international tri-city educational model, transforming our students from ordinary graduates to 21st century global business leaders. Today, in 2017, the world is advancing and so are we. With technology taking over the world as we know it, we felt that the time was right to pioneer such innovative Professional Technology Programs that will help professionals stay relevant.”

“The World Economic Forum in one of its reports suggests that the transformed job market in the next five years will lead to a net loss of over five million jobs in 15 major developed and emerging economies. The change is already upon us. Robots are taking over surgeries, AI bots are creating new languages, VR is bringing new experiences to the convenience of people’s homes, banks are acquiring new customers using sophisticated technology. Software professionals in these new areas are in short supply and as a result, much sought after,” he added.

All of these programs have the unique distinction of being designed and delivered by world-class faculty, many of whom are themselves technology leaders and innovators who will bring with them a wealth of research, teaching, industry experience and knowledge of current technologies into the classroom. Furthermore, the school has tied up with various reputed international universities and technology providers to broaden the scope and delivery of these programs. The Cyber Security program is offered in partnership with a top Israeli University. And for the Virtual Reality, the school has tied up with the world’s leading VR technology platform ‘Unity Technologies’ to provide globally recognized certification for the program.

Classes for these programs will be conducted at S P Jain’s state-of-the-art campus in Kohinoor City, Mumbai. To be considered for any of these programs, applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s degree, and have at least two years of relevant work experience. S P Jain is currently accepting applications to these programs for the November 2017 intake.

For more information about the various programs offered, please log on to http://www.spjain.org.

About S P Jain School of Global Management (SPJSGM)

S P Jain School of Global Management is a business school of Indian origin that offers an Australian degree. It has campuses in DubaiSingaporeSydney and Mumbai. Their Full-time MBA and Global MBA programs have significant recognition as evinced through global rankings.

– Forbes: Top 10 Best International 1 Year MBAs (2015 – 16)

– The Economist: Top 100 Full-time MBAs worldwide (2015)

– Forbes: Top 20 Best International Business Schools (2013 – 14)

– Financial Times: Top 100 Global MBA programs (2011 and 2012)

The school is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency in Australia and is licensed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority of the Dubai government.

The S P Jain School of High Technology offers career certification programs in emerging technologies such as virtual reality, machine learning and cyber security.

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