K-Safety Expo 2018: A collaboration between safety industry and technology of Korea, ICT leader
 
Aug 13, 2018
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SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- South Korea has recently suffered from disastrous calamities, such as 5.4 magnitude earthquake in the city of Pohang, fire at a sports center in Jecheon, and gigantic forest fire. Owing to these incidents, "safety" has become Korea's major concern and its government aims to foster and develop the overall industry of safety.

For this reason, Ministry of the Interior and Safety of South Korea is holding K-Safety Expo (Korea International Safety and Security Expo) this November to present the convergence of advanced technology and safety industry. K-Safety Expo is Korea's largest trade fair focused on the safety and security industries. This year marking the 4th edition, K-Safety Expo will be held at Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) from November 14 to 16, 2018.

K-Safety Expo is in steady growth with 345 companies and government agencies plus 46,000 visitors participated for last year; in addition to delegations and overseas buyers of 26 companies from 21 countries and regions including UAE, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Cambodia as well.

This year, with Korea being one of the world's leading nations for ICT, K-Safety Expo will introduce the latest safety and security technologies as well as the trends based on cutting-edge technology. Various products and services combining safety industry, in the areas of disaster prevention, security, transportation, and construction, with 4th industrial revolution technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) would be available.

For general or participation related inquiries, please contact K-Safety Expo 2018 Secretariat at +82- 44-205-4192/+82-31-995-8209 or visit the official website at www.k-safetyexpo.com. There will be special benefits exclusively for those who want to have a business meeting with Korean companies or visit as a foreign buyer; thus, it is advised for buyers to pay special attention.

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RetailEX ASEAN 2018 Press Conference Reveals How Event is 'Transforming the ASEAN Retail Landscape'
 
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Aug 13, 2018
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BANGKOK, Aug 13, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - RetailEX ASEAN 2018 ("RetailEX"), the largest annual international trade exhibition and conference in Southeast Asia, catering to retailers and brands focused on succeeding in ASEAN markets, is set to return better than ever before this September; with brand-new zones and content rich conferences over the three-day event.

RetailEX, under the theme "Transforming the ASEAN Retail Landscape" will be held on 19 to 21 September 2018 at Halls 3 and 4, at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Over 4,000 attendees from diverse industries such as e-commerce and entertainment, healthcare, design and hospitality are expected to attend.

The three-day event is co-organised by the Thai Retailers Association ("TRA"), together with Clarion Events and IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd. ("IMPACT"), and is supported by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau ("TCEB"). Dr Chartchai Tuongratanaphan, Executive Director, TRA, emphasised at the press conference, how RetailEX ASEAN 2018 is defining retail within ASEAN. "Retail possibilities, expectations, behaviour and opportunities in the ASEAN community are evolving fast. Sharing our insights, knowledge and experience is absolutely essential; as is making those valuable connections and sourcing new products, services and even ideas. Retail beyond 2018 is unchartered territory and retailers and brands need to know how to navigate these newly emerging landscapes."

"RetailEX showcases the very best in cutting-edge retail technology innovation and solutions; acting as a must-visit, go-to marketplace as well as an insightful, industry knowledge-sharing platform with keynote speakers, workshops and invaluable networking opportunities," shared Mr. Loy Joon How, General Manager, IMPACT.

Mr. Charkrit Direkwattanachai, Vice President, Marketing Activation & Public Relations, Marketing Association of Thailand, adds "This is the first time that the Marketing Association of Thailand has partnered RetailEX to organise the 'Marketing in Retail' seminar. The objective of this seminar is to provide latest marketing trends and updates to retail brands. The seminar will feature many topics from various perspectives. This include consumer insights; how brands can differentiate themselves at point of sales; utilising big data for marketing strategy; case studies on omni channel; and how to integrate offline to online to revolutionise the retail industry."

Ms. Kanokporn Dumrongkul, Director of Exhibitions Department, TCEB, states "TCEB has been supporting RetailEX for four consecutive years. This year the bureau supported overseas marketing of the event and attracted trade buyers from ASEAN+6 countries through the Connect Businesses Campaign. The campaign aims to boost business matching between ASEAN+6 countries with the exhibitors, which will expand business opportunities in the event. TCEB expects that this support will generate more than 70 million baht revenue to the country. RetailEX will have a role in making Thailand an exhibition platform of ASEAN, in line with TCEB's policy. In 2017, TCEB-supported exhibitions experienced 126% growth in ASEAN trade visitors and 42.8% increase in ASEAN exhibitors."

New features at RetailEX

RetailEX is introducing several new features this year, to cover every aspect of retail from start-up to creating an outlet and succeeding online. These new highlights include:

- Design Pavilion, showcasing the latest concept store designs to create greater customer engagement and experience;
- Vending Machine & Self-Service Facilities Expo, primarily targeting the F&B industry, as well as offering payment and remote monitoring systems; photo booths; phone charge boxes; laundry room self-service equipment and more;
- Inaugural ASEAN Retail Excellence Award, acknowledges the best retailers and retail initiatives in ASEAN;
- Dedicated Concierge Business Matching Programme, connecting regional and local buyers with exhibitors and sponsors; and
- Launched Start-up Zone with the RetailEX Elevator Pitch, 10 shortlisted start-ups are given two minutes to pitch their ideas to 10 seasoned investors.

More varied content at RetailEX Conference

The RetailEX Conference promises more varied content, featuring a distinguished speaker panel of local and international industry who's who, including the CEO of 11Street; CTO of Central Group; COO of City Mart Holdings; Chief Strategy Officer of The Mall Group; Head of eCommerce from Unilever and many more, to share the latest retail trends and insights in Thailand and beyond. There will also be free on-floor seminars over the 3 days such as the Retail Training Program, organised by TRA, which explores industry trends, business models, branding and design development. The inaugural Marketing in Retail Seminar, held in conjunction with RetailEX, covers topics of interest for brands and marketers to build stronger brand identity and better scaling for their businesses.

RetailEX features more than 80 exhibitors and sponsors including Zendesk, Workplace by Facebook, AsiaPay, Insider, SpotOn Interactive, System Form, Thai Foretaste, SELF Electronics, Turbon (Thailand), AJIS (Thailand), Moderate, Quikframe, Secure Solution Asia, Smart ICT, Shenzhen COSUN Sign Engineering, Canon Ball Manufacturing, Changshu Hongda Business Equipment, and many more. Registration is open to business visitors.

About RetailEX ASEAN

RetailEX ASEAN is an annual international trade exhibition and conference that caters to retailers and brands focusing on the ASEAN market, one of the fastest growing regions of the world. The exhibition serves as a marketplace for buyers to source for the latest retail related technology and solutions whilst the conference is an educational and knowledge-sharing platform for industry players to learn about the latest retail trends, helping companies to scale their businesses through practical case studies and insights from movers and shakers of the industry.

The 3-day event, happening in Bangkok will attract 4,000+ key retail stakeholders and is designed to help brands and retailers transform their operations with various solutions and innovative technologies.The event will take place from 19-21 September 2018 at Hall 3-4, IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center. For more show information and details, please visit the official website: www.retailexasean.com

About the Organizers

Thai Retailers Association has been established more than 30 years. At first the group was called the "Department Store Retailers Club", it was gathered by a group of department store entrepreneurs who realized that they must be corporate other stand individual in order to exchange ideas and share their visions as to developing an industry strategies as a whole. www.thairetailer.com

Clarion Events is one of the world's leading event organisers, producing and delivering innovative and market-leading events. Founded in 1947, its 760 employees based in 13 offices worldwide specialise in delivering first class marketing, networking, and information solutions in high value sectors, both in mature and emerging geographies. Clarion's customers use our range of exhibitions, conferences, tradeshows, and websites to target new business, demonstrate their products, build deeper relationships with their clients and identify new opportunities for performance improvement. Some of our most important core markets include Energy, Defence and Security, Telecoms, Payments, Retail, Infrastructure, and Resources. www.clarionevents.com

IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd. is the leading exhibition organizer in Thailand. IMPACT organizes and manages professional trade and public exhibitions, conferences, meetings and training, working in hand with international trade associations, organizers and corporations across a board spectrum of industries. We create effective market platforms and offer a comprehensive range of turn-key event management solutions ranging from market research, exhibition and visitor promotion and sales, advertising and promotion, public relations, operation to on-site logistic management for exhibitions and conferences of all sizes and industries. www.impact.co.th.

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Vietnam's Economic Miracle Unabated – New Tiger Is Born, Report Says
 
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Aug 12, 2018
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A latest commentary by Qatar National Bank (QNB) on Asian economies stated that Vietnam has become one of Asia’s, as well as the world’s fastest growing economies and can been seen as Asia’s latest “tiger” nation in the tradition of Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea in the 1970s and 1980s and the so-called “tiger cub” economies of the following generation, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and, more recently, India.

QNB names a range of indicators for Vietnam’s booming economy. GDP growth was 7.1 per cent in the first six months of 2018 as compared to the first half of 2017, which makes it the fastest growth since 2011. The manufacturing sector is leading with output up 13.1 per cent in the period, while construction is also playing a strong supporting role with output in that sector up 7.9 per cent.

According to QNB analysts, Vietnam’s manufacturing boom brings surging exports. Monthly trade statistics can be highly volatile but the latest data show goods exports up over 20 per cent in the first half of the year, following growth of over 17 per cent in 2017 as a whole.

Manufacturing and export success has been driven by Vietnam’s ability to attract large foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into sectors such as clothing, footwear and, above all, electronics. It is now estimated for example that one in ten smartphones worldwide are now made in Vietnam. Latest data show FDI inflows also booming. These were worth an estimated $13 billion in the first half of 2018 with an 11-per cent year-on-year growth. To put these FDI inflows in context, Vietnam’s GDP in 2017 was worth around $220 billion, according to the latest data from the International Monetary Fund.

The foundation of Vietnam’s success is obvious: favourable demographics and low wage rates. Political stability also helps as does the country’s geographical location. Vietnam is also close to major global supply chains, particularly in electronics, which have emerged over the last decade or so.

But these factors are far from specific to Vietnam and so only explain a portion of its success. Recent research from the Brookings Institute think tank in the US highlights that it has been the ability to build on these solid foundations through good policies is what really sets Vietnam apart.

Three factors in particular have been critical. First, while many in the West are questioning the benefits of free trade, Vietnam has zealously pursued trade liberalisation on both a multilateral and bilateral basis. Vietnam, for example, has recently concluded a free trade agreement with the European Union which eliminates nearly all tariffs between the two. Trade agreements have dramatically lowered the external tariffs its exports face, helping integrate Vietnam into the global economy and further accelerating FDI investments.

Second, Vietnam’s investments in human capital, i.e. education, have been impressive, helping the country maximise its demographic potential. A stand out is that the OECD’s latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which tests high school students in mathematics, science and other subjects, ranked Vietnam an impressive 8th out of 72 participating countries; ahead of many leading OECD economies, let alone of many of its Southeast Asian peers.

Third, investments in human capital have been supported by progress in improving the country’s business climate. Vietnam has steadily moved up in both the World Economic Forum’s competitiveness index and also the World Bank’s ease of doing business survey. Investments in physical infrastructure such as power generation, roads and bridges and container port capacity have been vital in supporting Vietnam’s rich human capital.

 
 
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China's BAT companies ramp up competition in streaming sports content
 
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Aug 08, 2018
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Aug 07, 2018 (China Knowledge) - Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are recognized as China's top three tech giants—the so-called "BAT". Baidu-backed online video portal Iqiyi announced on Monday that it had inked a deal with Super Sports Media Inc. to set up a joint venture specialized in sports streaming, kicking off even fiercer competition among BATs for dominant market shares in sports businesses.

Iqiyi is expected to grab streaming rights for 2018/2019 English Premier League soccer with the founding of new joint venture. Increasing costs for purchasing copyrights of series and entertainment TV shows, and attempt to absorb new subscribers are two dominant drivers for Iqiyi to shift focus to sports streaming business.

According to a recent report by Iqiyi, it has spent nearly RMB 4.7 billion (USD 690 million) on content in Q2, up 47% YoY, accounting for 77% of total costs. Against the backdrop of across-the-board rising content spends, the once unacceptable prices of sports copyrights seem less forbidding.

Sports streaming will also help absorb new subscribers, especially male users. Statistics provided by QuestMobile shows that Youku's daily active users (DAV) hit record 100 million in June thanks in part to its digital broadcast of the 2018 World Cup.

Major streaming sites have pumped an increasing amount of money to win sports streaming rights since 2014. Ahead of Iqiyi's move to tap into sports streaming market, Alibaba-owned Youku won Chinese digital streaming rights to the 2018 World Cup. Tencent, the first mover of BAT to provide exclusive sports broadcast services, has held the rights to live stream NBA and CBA game series.

 
 
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iFlytek AI Hospital is Ongoing in Anhui and Beyond
 
Aug 03, 2018
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In the outpatient hall of Anhui Provincial Hospital of China, an artificial intelligent (AI) robot named “Xiao yi” is wandering around to assist doctors with making initial diagnosis for patients.

Artificial Intelligence Aided Diagnosis and Treatment Center, which is established jointly by Anhui Provincial Hospital of China and iFlytek, has been operated for almost a year since August 20, 2017. “Xiao yi” is one example of the AI programs applied in the hospital to help with medical cases.

LU Xiaoliang, deputy general manager of iFlytek, said, “I’m glad we chose to research on application of AI in the medical sector rather than medical informatization or internet-based medical treatment. We believe it can improve both efficiency and ability of the doctor.”

iFlytek has multiple advantages of high technology, such as voice technology, image recognition and natural language processing. Moreover, they recognized that medical problems root in the lack of high-quality medical resources which can be settled by AI through empowering doctors.

“Yun Yisheng”, meaning cloud doctor, is another clinical application of iFlytek in the form of APP. It integrates several systems including medical advice entry, image data examining and medical record writing to improve physician’s productivity.

QI Yinbao, a doctor from neurosurgery department, said, “ Yun Yisheng not only makes us more efficient by reducing medical record writing time, but also provides us a platform to learn by ourselves through reading latest research and comparing our diagnosis with intelligent diagnosis. Besides, it has high security level to prevent data from divulging.”

Image diagnosis cloud platform also enables Doctor QI to help rural practitioners remotely, and this is vital for speeding up diagnosis and preventing misdiagnosis in diseases concerning lung and breast.

The number of “Yun Yisheng” views by clinicians increased from 1500 in 2017 to 2260 in first half year of 2018 alone, in other words, there is an average increase from 1.15 to 1.5 per day, indicating that more and more clinicians are using this APP.

Challenges do occur as YAN Guang, the vice president of the hospital, put it, “It is difficult to establish a standard for Intelligent Hospital, but we are trying to make it according to the development of hospital and its classification. Furthermore, administrative obstacles should be overcome for the sake of the patients.”

LU Xiaoliang shared similar view, for iFlytek needs to develop related technologies as well as build up a business mode. “Government’s support is crucial for promoting the program”, he said, “AI medical treatment first needs to pass the audit standards, such as the standard set by CFDA, then it should be industrialized through a certain business mode, such as putting AI project into medical insurance.”

Challenges come along with opportunities. Since the establishment of Intelligent Hospital, the government has invested 3.8 million yuan and a team is formed special for AI application developing.

Besides Anhui Provincial Hospital of China, iFlytek is also cooperating with more than 100 third class hospitals nationwide,and looking for more in the future.

(Written by Mairebaha, Edited by GUO Jianjian, USTC News Center)

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Serving Clients Like Starbucks and Nike, Arthur Huang Makes Recycling Popular
 
Jul 29, 2018
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He has turned rice husks into clothing, and kitchen waste into business cards. From furniture at European Starbucks stores to a mobile upcycling unit on the Tibetan Plateau, he is all about exploiting the capitalist production system to make recycling sexy.

In the pursuit and practice of the circular economy, Miniwiz, the company founded by Arthur Huang, has given Taiwan a prominent position within a hot global trend.

Thirteen years ago, Huang led a team that, beginning with designs for portable wind-powered generators, constantly developed new materials, secured patents, turned rice husks into clothing, kitchen waste into business cards, made recycled Nike sneakers into fixtures for upscale Nike stores, and used recycled plastic bottles to make the Taipei Flora Expo’s EcoARK Museum.

From trendy Nike flagship stores in New York, London, Berlin and Milan to his original furniture brand and Starbucks furnishings, and a movable upcycling system on the Tibetan Plateau encircled by joyful school children, Huang and Miniwiz have a knack for creating mind-blowing things. Not just their astounding R&D and design capacities, but also their completely fresh eye and tremendous ambition are transforming the way people think and act about waste and trash.

“As far as having a positive influence and the future shape of the industry, Arthur Huang is a maverick. He is already a leading figure, but I think he’ll be even more influential in the future, and he shouldn’t be underestimated,” says Jack Tsai, partner in the CID investment group. Huang has identified the opportunities present in the circular economy, and leverages R&D to develop methods to convert waste into new materials with hip looks and fashionable flair. “He is very firm in his value system, and reserves special antipathy for those who would destroy the circular economy,” Tsai adds.

In the past, people saw recycled materials as expensive, lacking durability, and ugly. Yet Miniwiz has not only proven that recycled materials can be inexpensive, but also that they are even more durable and even “sexy.” And the company’s client base, which consists nearly exclusively of Fortune 500 companies, seems to agree, tasking Huang to transform waste into eco-friendly materials. The company’s latest product is modular furniture for Starbucks outlets in Europe, for which it has secured a structural design patent. Even more remarkable, all the material is made from coffee cups recycled from Starbucks shops.

“We’re a company that creates value, not just added value,” says Huang, who pulls no punches and gets straight to the point when speaking his mind in Chinese - perhaps the result of having been educated abroad from a young age. Despite emigrating to the United States at the age of 11, frequent references during conversations to such Chinese literary classics as the History of the Three Kingdoms and the Dao De Jing show his appreciation of the wisdom of the ancients to go with his embrace of youthful rebelliousness.

“A lot of people don’t get what we’re doing. We’re trying to fool the global capitalist system of production,” says Huang, who is looking for ways to make the planet a little better, changing the world a little while people go about happily consuming and enjoying stylish living. Like a true believer, he even chats up strangers at nightclubs about the merits of recycling.

Aligning the Industrial Chain

Considering the essence of each issue lets Huang tackle things from a totally different perspective. The company of nearly 90 staff runs the gamut of expertise from materials to architecture, from structural knowhow to design applications and brand marketing. Miniwiz’s research and development places the entire industrial chain in alignment, becoming the company’s chief strength. Command over an integrated technology platform allows the company to be open to all kinds of possibilities.

Last year he teamed up with Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan to take the 16-ton Trashpresso, the world’s first mobile plastic and fabric waste upcycling treatment system, to the Tibetan Plateau. There, at 4,500 meters above sea level, they gave local elementary school students a hands-on demonstration of how to make waste sustainable. The entire journey was documented by the National Geographic Channel for worldwide broadcast as part of the Jackie Chan Green Hero series.

Although it might seem a bit crazy, the Trashpresso project is tremendously educational. Currently there are two mobile upcycling units: one that has made the journey from Shanghai to Qinghai, demonstrating the upcycling process; and one that tours Europe, appearing at Design Week events from Milan to London.

Perhaps, like his various projects, Arthur Huang keeps blowing people’s minds while strengthening his own convictions.

By Yueh-lin Ma
Translated by David Toman
Edited by HanSheng Huang

 
 
INDEX director Samantha Kane-Macdonald looks ahead to September's second show of 2018
 
Jul 29, 2018
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DUBAI, UAE --( ASIA TODAY )-- INDEX – the Middle East’s largest interiors exhibition – is gearing up for its second design event of the year, and will offer a fully rounded creative experience by running alongside its new sister show, FIM.

While INDEX will continue to provide a sourcing platform for designers, architects and buyers from across the residential, retail, hospitality and commercial design sectors to find exclusive interiors products, FIM will showcase the base materials, parts and fittings required to manufacture those products from scratch.

Together, the co-hosted exhibitions will cater to the whole design industry in a new way, offering a one-stop shop for finding both high-end and value driven furniture and décor – plus the wood, metallics, hinges and joints that will bring bespoke pieces from concept to reality.

Event Director Samantha Kane-Macdonald is behind both shows. She said: “September’s INDEX – our second of the year – and FIM running adjacent to one another makes it easier than ever for designers, architects, buyers or manufacturers to come and absorb an all-encompassing design showcase put together to help them achieve all their client ambitions.

“That can be from acquiring lighting, furniture or bedding for a hotel, villa or shop’s interior, to discovering the parts and fabrics needed to create that one-off armchair, pouf or walk-in-wardrobe. To be able to serve-up all of that for our visitors in one place is a real source of excitement for us – and our exhibitors.

“Our shows always attract a wide range of buyers, from designers to retailers and manufacturers, and by bringing two separate events like this together we’re hopeful we’ll open up many of our exhibitors to a whole new market.”

While autumn’s INDEX will be a more compact edition of its flagship annual show which took place in March of this year, the three-day exhibition will be held with its own theme: an exploration of the old Silk Road and its role both in the past, and in 21st century trade and design. The famous cross-continental design pathway opened-up new markets for Asian and European design philosophies, and that East meets West narrative is behind how September’s show – taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre – will be presented.

By bringing value-driven products and premium brands together in the Middle East, the show is presenting itself as a modern-day Silk Road, where value-driven products from the East will be exhibited alongside premium Western brands.

It is set to welcome more than 400 furniture and décor design and supply companies from across the continents, all specialising in fit-out and interior products for commercial, hospitality, retail and residential design projects. Renowned international brands including A Casa K, Alain Saint Joanis, Cristal de Paris, Gasparri Design and Minardi Piume are all confirmed, plus exciting new brands such as CIELLO from Sri Lanka and LISOWSKI Glass Studio from Cyprus, amongst others.

Samantha Kane-Macdonald elaborated: “The Silk Road started over 2,000 years ago, and through its many routes became the first way that Europe and the West was introduced to the likes of silk, dyes, precious stones, porcelain, spices and perfumes. In return, the route took western goods like glassware, woollen textiles, rugs, carpets animal firs and skins to a new market in the East, making it the world’s first and then premiere trade route – at the heart of which was design and creativity.

“Its path ventured through the deserts of the Middle East. Two millennia on and the region – the UAE especially – plays equally as central a role now as being the hub between the two continents.

“The INDEX show will focus on individual designs and value driven products from Asia, sat alongside premium products from Europe, with design houses from the likes of Italy, India and China giving us great variance. Together, they will allow the show to present a wide selection of interior products to suit the taste and budgets of all our visitors, covering every buyer’s needs as the design industry heads into the final quarter of the year.”

INDEX will come alive with the colours, patterns and textures that encapsulated The Silk Road when it was its most densely trodden, and will be brought alive with a number of live features. Highlights include the Trend Hub – an interactive platform for designers and retailers that will feature seminar sessions on topics including 2020 design and colour trends, experiential design, social media for business development and visual merchandising.

The show floor will also host a curated showcase of local talent compiled by Tashkeel, plus a collaboration between Boxmark and South African designer Ronel Jordaan that will culiminate in the creation of a ‘Wool Waterfall’.

Running simultaneously, FIM will unite local furniture-makers, interior designers and architects with international providers of materials, tools and components who are looking to expand their reach across the Middle East.

According to a 2017 market report by analysts Ventures Middle East – citing the United Nations Commodity Trade Database – the annual export value of furniture and parts thereof out of the region is estimated to be worth AED 1.5billion (US$400million) each year. Of that, the UAE accounted for roughly AED 750million (US$200million), half the total figure.

It is that mammoth industry that FIM seeks to benefit, promoting the skill and value of the experts fuelling that booming market. Firms including Hafele GmbH & Co, Simonswerk, Plamac Spa, L&S, Sedil Curvi, Seven Italia and Viterie will all be taking part.

Samantha Kane-Macdonald said: “From wood, fabric and materials, to fittings, structural parts, 3D printing and upholstery tools, FIM will bring manufacturing to life in a way that compliments its position alongside INDEX. Where INDEX can provide inspiration and direct product sourcing, FIM will be the place where the creative minds behind our region’s growing catalogue of new build and refurbishment projects can source every part of any furnishing product they are trying to bring to life.

“This is the first time we have been able to incorporate these two separate design elements together in the same place, so September’s event is going to be something different for all our visitors. We feel it allows our exhibitors to provide an essential one-stop shop that hasn’t existed up until now.”

Following September’s show, the full flagship INDEX experience will return in September 2019 as the show in its entirety sits alongside The Hotel Show Dubai, together offering a complete insight into the Middle East’s surging design and hospitality industry.

To find out more about INDEX and FIM, taking place September 16th – 18th, visit www.indexexhibition.com

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5 Surprising Ways Digital Technology Is Changing Childhood
 
Jul 22, 2018
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According to recent studies, 21% of children aged three and four have their own tablet. How is digital technology influencing modern childhood?

When even tech veterans such as Napster founder Sean Parker critique how smartphones are affecting childhood development, you know a shift is coming. In 2017, Parker warned that social media "literally changes your relationship with society, with each other…God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains." Parker has two young children, so he's surely familiar with the universal tactic of handing over a screen to buy a moment's peace - the so-called "digital pacifier".

The Council of Europe recently issued recommendations on children's rights in the digital environment, building on GDPR's legal framework, which establishes the limits of children’s consent to use of their data. There's more awareness than ever that technology in childhood needs to be policed properly, by both governments and parents. To help you weigh up some of the issues involved, here are five ways in which the screen is reframing children's lives.

1. Physical Changes

The evidence is still anecdotal, but it's likely that technology's ubiquity from the earliest years onwards - a fifth of children aged three and four have their own tablet - is reshaping our bodies. Short-sightedness has doubled since the 1960s, and obesity is increasing. Only half of seven- and eight-year-olds get the recommended daily hour of exercise in the UK. Spine surgeons have reported an increase in young patients with neck and back pain, likely related to bad posture during long periods of smartphone use. But with the increasing number of apps and devices to monitor physical activity levels, the solution could be digital, too.

2. Rewiring the Brain

The addictive design of many video games and apps could be rewiring children's brains. Many of them are structured around "reward loops", which regularly dispense incentives, including a biochemical dopamine hit, to keep playing. Autoplay functions on YouTube and other video websites reinforce these rhythms.

"Almost all digital interactions, social media particularly, are deliberately designed to make an individual want to undertake the cycle again, immediately and repeatedly, whatever the time of day or night", stated a recent landmark report on Digital Childhood by the UK-based 5Rights foundation. It believes that tech companies need to adjust the design of their products for children - for example, by switching off Autoplay.

3. Space, Not Time

Amid the hand-wringing about cognitive decline, it's worth remembering that perhaps technology is just making children different to us. Even early studies of the effects of video games suggested they improved spatial reasoning. While verbal skills, logical argument and attention spans may now need more offline encouragement, most toddlers will benefit from accelerated hand-eye coordination and image recognition abilities, as well as the general digital literacy that is now essential to growing up.

4. The Definition of Childhood

Just as the pressures of industrialization created the concept of "childhood" in the Victorian age, and post-war consumerism gave birth to the idea of the "teenager", the digital era is shaking up life boundaries once again. While the first year of high school may be regarded as a default age for a child to receive their first smartphone, 39% of 8-to-11-year-olds already have them.

Entry into the world of social media suddenly gives immature children a relatively independent space in which to test out "risky behaviours" that they can't necessarily understand or cope with, according to the 5Rights report. The collision between incongruous age groups and behaviours that social media entails means that both children and adults need to understand their respective responsibilities under the new digital compact.

5. Crowdsourcing Mental Health

There has been much discussion of the growing sense of inadequacy and loneliness fostered by social media, and its impact on young people’s mental health. Teenagers who spend more than three hours a day online are 35% more likely to be at risk of suicide, according to a recent US study. But perhaps that's confusing cause and effect. The last decade has seen a growing awareness of and sensitivity to mental health issues. Much of this discussion is being held by young people in the environment that is most natural - as well as discreet - for them: the internet.

There's no doubt that the new digital frontier is drastically redrawing childhood, threatening tender bodies and minds. But perhaps we can meet these challenges if they are handled in the spirit of the internet's original precept: free and frank discussion.

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By Anna Bruce-Lockhart
Edited by Shawn Chou

 
 
Innovation, Regional Cooperation to Take the Spotlight in Mekong Forum 2018
 
Jul 20, 2018
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Innovation and regional cooperation are the central themes in this year’s Mekong Forum, an annual gathering of opinion leaders from the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) organized by Mekong Institute (MI), an intergovernmental organization working in human resource development based in Khon Kaen, Thailand. The Forum, which is set for August 3, 2018 at Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre, Khon Kaen, Thailand, expounds on the theme: Turnarounds and Takeoffs: Speeding Up Competitiveness and Connectivity in the GMS.

“In this year’s forum, we will strive to answer how innovation can be harnessed, what kind of strategic policy and incentives we can use to promote innovation, and how development cooperation can improve the connectivity of the people in the region,” explains MI’s Executive Director Dr. Watcharas Leelawath.

This year’s Mekong Forum is the sixth since MI began hosting the one-day event in 2011. “The Mekong Forum is a milestone event both for MI and the development actors in the GMS. It is an occasion for networking, linkaging, and sharing of ideas and solutions that can help realize the development goals and aspirations of the region,” Dr. Leelawath further added.

Mekong Forum 2018 will feature discussion sessions that will focus on the three central ideas of this year’s theme: challenges in the growth momentum of the GMS; initiatives and mechanisms to scale-up competitiveness through innovation; and harnessing development cooperation strategies to promote strengthened regional connectivity.

Dr. Narongchai Akrasanee, former Minister of Energy and Minister of Commerce of Thailand, is this year’s keynote speaker, while Mr. Kensuke Tanaka, head of the Asia Desk of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is delivering a special address. Joining them as session speakers are experts from the government, academe, business and civil society and development cooperation agencies, working in and outside the GMS.

Mekong Forum 2018 is made possible through the support of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Open Development Initiative (ODI), Thai Smile, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

About Mekong Forum

Initiated by Mekong Institute, the Mekong Forum:
• Brings together opinion leaders to discuss the most pressing issues in the GMS;
• Engages multiple stakeholders in collaborative efforts to shape the development agenda of the region; and
• Serves as a platform for interaction, dialogue and networking among scholars, business and government leaders and development experts and practitioners.

Mekong Institute has successfully organized five Mekong Forums in the past. Previous forums have offered discussions on topics such as narrowing the development disparities between nations in the GMS and ASEAN; modernizing the GMS in light of the post-ASEAN Economic Integration; the role of development partners in the region; and the challenges and mechanisms to respond to the new geo-economics.

About Mekong Institute

Mekong Institute is an intergovernmental organization that is owned and operated by the six member countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) that it serves namely Cambodia, P.R. China (Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Our mission is to provide capacity development services and products that enhance regional development cooperation and integration. For more information, visit www.mekonginstitute.org.

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DB Schenker signs Memorandum to set-up state-of-the-art Logistics Center in the City of Pinghu
 
Jul 18, 2018
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Shanghai, July 18, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- DB Schenker, one of the world’s largest logistics service providers, and the Eastern China city of Pinghu concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of a state-of-the art logistics center in Pinghu, Zhejiang province.
Due to its convenient location near the metropolitan areas of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou, and its proximity to the deep-water port of Yangshan and the port of Zhapu, the city of Pinghu is a strategic location for a logistics center. Besides its economic strength, Pinghu also has a long and impressive history of more than 6,000 years as one of the birth places of the Chinese culture.

With over 50 years of experience in China, DB Schenker is one of the biggest 3PL companies in the local market operating extensive freight forwarding business by Air, Ocean, Road and Rail. In addition, the logistics giant provides integrated contract logistics services, a business area with huge development potential in China.

DB Schenker’s future logistics center in Pinghu will provide state-of-the art operations and management systems for both existing and new customers of DB Schenker from various industries comprising Industrial, Healthcare, e-Commerce and Electronics.

“With our decision to invest in Pinghu and our existing presence and partnerships with our own warehouses in Beijing and Shenyang, we will add our first 100% owned logistics center in Pinghu to our warehouse portfolio. This is an important milestone for DB Schenker, manifesting our growing footprint in China’s contract logistics market”, says Thomas Sørensen, CEO North/Central China, Schenker China Ltd.

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