New franchise concepts in Food, Education and Lifestyle highlighted at the Global Franchise Market Exhibition
 
Dec 08, 2018
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Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 6 December, 2018: The Global Franchise Market Exhibition (TGFM) - the official franchising event in Dubai, successfully concluded at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre today, with a remarkable participation from the leading franchise establishments from the region and abroad. The 2-day premier franchise event, held under the patronage of the Dubai Economy, showcased creative franchise concepts, analyzed the advantages of responsible franchising and explored latest methods to grow and expand businesses in the UAE, Middle East and North Africa region.

As new franchise concepts take root every day, the franchising industry is witnessing a wave of new opportunities in F &B, education, fashion, lifestyle, wellness, healthcare and service sectors. While the advantages of owning a franchise business are many, it is essential for investors to pick the right programs and partners as well as explore the latest trends and practices to maximize the fortunes of franchising.

The franchise market in the UAE and the Middle East market is growing rapidly with a number of key diversified sectors bracing themselves for new franchise businesses. This year, TGFM witnessed the participation of over 100 exhibiting brands from 80 countries including: Finland, Canada, France, USA, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE amongst others. In addition, the exhibition represented various key sectors of the economy including: Food and Beverage, Fashion and Lifestyle, Education, Health and Beauty, Retail and Service to name a few. Moreover, TGFM hosted 3 major pavilions representing Malaysia, Kuwait and Canada, which offered participating companies a unique opportunity to learn about the local market and interact with potential partners and investors.

While the UAE in general and Dubai in particular still remains a go-to destination for F & B brands to set up franchisees and leverage business expansion opportunities, TGFM witnessed a new trend as many fashion, lifestyle and educational brands were interested to explore the regional market. With a rich and diverse portfolio representing all the key sectors of the economy, TGFM offered a unique platform for all representing brands to expand and leverage business opportunities.

Speaking about their participation in the 3rd TGFM exhibition, Peh Yi Han, COO, Mulberry Learning, Singapore, said, “This was our first participation in TGFM and we were glad that our debut was successful. As a leading education provider in Singapore, our goal is to seek new business partners who could facilitate our expansion into the Middle East region and TGFM offered a perfect platform to meet our objectives. Franchising in the education sector in the UAE has entered its growth phase and is filled with opportunities for preschools. Today, more and more parents are starting to appreciate the value of quality early childhood education and we are hopeful that with the help of our franchise partners, we will be able to ride on this trend enabling our proprietary systems, to expand and grow their businesses.”

He added, “We have a unique preschool offering - not only have we been awarded as Singapore’s Best Preschool for 3 years running, we are also the first and the only preschool in the world to offer the Habits of MindTM, a framework for intelligent thinking and behavior. We believe that children in Dubai and the UAE will be able to benefit tremendously from our programs, similar to how thousands of children in Singapore, Australia and China have, over the years.”

On his part, Rajan Madhu, Chairman, Global Marketing Management- DWC LLC, said, “Recognized as a leader in the field of fashion, glamour and lifestyle, this year, GMM not only offered a product but a whole new lifestyle concept at TGFM, which is an affordable luxury segment. In addition, GMM showcased its biggest and most visible brands such as: F Salon, F Café, F Beverages and Indus Restaurant. We were greatly pleased that our brands appealed to discerning investors who wish to be associated with glamour and exciting business in the UAE.”

He added, “We were very impressed by some of the international franchise models and home-grown brands present in Dubai. There is a very big opportunity to expand franchise opportunities in this region. Our brand is in affordable luxury category and so we were seeking partners in this niche segment which is slowly establishing itself as a key segment in the region.”

From his side, Nathen Mazri, Co-Founder and Chief Entergage Officer, GarfieldEATS App, said, “GarfieldEATS proudly participated for the first time in TGFM in Dubai.. At the official franchise event in Dubai, GarfieldEATS launched the world’s first entertaining and engaging Quick Mobile Restaurant (QMR) app, which is a response to today’s digital trend, offering users an opportunity to watch and even play in augmented reality as they wait for the world’s only Garfield-shaped pizza.”

He added, “GarfieldEATS is more than just a restaurant app for ordering, and it is a health-conscious brand with strict Farm2Plate (F2P) guidelines on supply sourcing guaranteeing no Genetically Modified Organisms, no preservatives and no artificial colors. In a short period of time, GarfieldEATS has witnessed downloads increasing at an accelerating rate of 300% per month on all devices and 35% increase in sales monthly in Dubai. As part of our vision, GarfieldEATS quick mobile restaurant app aims to expand globally in 200 cities by 2025 with over 20 million downloads in total users.”

The Global Franchise Market (TGFM), is organized annually by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding with the support of Dubai Economy and under the strategic partnership of Franchise Souq and Francorp Middle East.

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Suzan Mounzer
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Over 1,400 E-tailers Join Asian E-tailing Summit
 
Dec 06, 2018
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6 December 2018 – The second Asian E-tailing Summit concluded yesterday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the one-day event offered a one-stop platform to explore the future development of e-commerce and was attended by more than 1,400 e-tailers and business professionals from various sectors.

The summit featured two plenary sessions in the morning, the first of which was chaired by Yew Hong Koh, Managing Director and Retail Lead of Greater China at Accenture. Mr Koh was joined by a panel of e-tailing experts from around Asia to discuss how the online retail ecosystem can fuel business growth and help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) build their brands.

E-tailing Ecosystem

The session began with each speaker explaining the part their company plays in the e-tailing ecosystem. Cassandra Girard, Global Vice President and Head of Consumer and Travel Industries at SAP Customer Experience, explained that she is in charge of both the consumer and travel areas because the two have a strong correlation. She said SAP has a long history of helping businesses transform from physical stores to e-tailing. “This requires a core transformation, not just a move online,” she said. Her main theme was that enhancing the customer experience was the new battleground. Her company’s goal is to get clients to put the customer first in everything they do. “This will result in improved marketing, sales and service,” she said.

Jenny Cheung, Head of Corporate Marketing for Microsoft Hong Kong, focused on how to get a clear picture of customer insights, needs and problems so that e-tailers can offer appropriate solutions. “Identifying customer insights with the help of technology and innovation is the key,” she said.

Clay Liao, Mobile Technical Solutions Consultant at Google, explained that Google’s role was to be a bridge between Google’s clients and their customers regardless of region, language or culture. “Google uses web technology behind the scenes to solve problems for its clients,” he said.

Josephine Chow, co-founder and Head of Expansion at ShopBack, explained the ShopBack concept, which involves helping companies market their products and services cost-effectively. They pay ShopBack a commission only when there is a successful transaction. ShopBack then gives part of the commission to the customers to encourage them to keep returning to ShopBack for the benefit of all 1,500 partners on its platform. She used the analogy of a mall, whereby ShopBack, the mall operator, provides expertise for the shops and brings in customers for a 10% commission, and then gives half of the commission back to the shoppers to encourage them to return for the benefit of all mall tenants.

Another speaker at the session was Sherry Zehr, Fashion and Toys Regional Lead for Regional Brand Partnerships at Shopee, a fast-growing online retail channel in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, which provides a platform for both small businesses and large bricks-and-mortar retailers that want to add an online presence. “Shopee provides a full-service lifestyle,” she explained. “It is a marketplace with social elements.” It is also a channel for e-tailers to attract mass traffic, which they could not possibly do on their own. The platform offers different features, with e-tailers chatting in real time with customers, for example. “The platform translates well from social media,” she said.

Online Marketplace Changes and Trends

Discussing the changes that are happening in the online marketplace, Ms Zehr said the key trend was the shift to mobile. In Southeast Asia, many customers skipped the personal computer era and went direct to mobile platforms. “The availability and affordability of smartphones has propelled the market to be mobile-driven,” she said. Shopee is a leader in the region because it adds features such as games, quizzes, loyalty programmes and interaction to build customer loyalty, she explained, adding “the mobile trend will continue to grow.” Shopee is also helping companies in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan enter the Southeast Asian market with full end-to-end logistics support, which is particularly important in countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines.

Ms Chow discussed interesting data trends in different countries, which e-tailers need to be aware of. For example, the largest volume of daily transactions in Malaysia is at lunchtime; in Indonesia, it is 3-4pm because internet access is better at work at that time; and in Singapore, more transactions take place in the late evening.

Ms Cheung said one growing trend is the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics to understand the customer. This is revolutionising online searching, she said. For example, customer only need to upload a picture of what they want and the computer will find a retailer of the product. “This streamlines the online shopping experience,” Ms Cheung said.

Focusing on Customer Experience

Ms Girard emphasised the importance of focusing on the customer experience. E-commerce is everywhere, so it is important to build a foundation to understand the customer and use this to engage them and respond to their needs and desires, she said. The goal is to transform the experience of the customer. “Being customer-centric is a culture,” she said. “It’s not simply a question of using tech. Companies must transform their organisations.”

In response to the question of how to drive growth, Ms Cheung said: “It’s really about understanding the customer.” The use of AI and big data allows e-tailers to improve their conversion rate. “When companies can predict what the customer wants, they can increase turnover and reduce inventory.”

Ms Chow said that data is useful, but making sense of it can be challenging. It requires an innovative approach. “Companies need to find a product that solves a consumer’s problem,” she said. It is also important for physical retailers to integrate the online and offline experience, since a lot of people still prefer to visit a physical store. So ShopBack offers cashback offline as well.

Ms Zehr said online channels can help retailers target and segment customers, so it is important to integrate the online and offline experience. “Shopee helps retailers become customer-centric,” she explained. With Shopee, they join a marketplace instead of being just one isolated store online. Each seller leverages the others to build and expand their customer base. This allows very small e-tailers to join the platform and leverage the popularity of the larger e-tailers.

Mr Liao shared some very important data on the importance of catching the customer’s attention immediately. According to Google’s findings, 53% of mobile users lose patience after only three seconds if what they see does not interest them, and every three seconds there is a 70% drop in revenue potential. “It’s important to make websites and mobile apps interesting,” he said. According to Mr Liao, the internet giants are all looking for the next big trend: for example, using Google Assistant not just to buy and sell things online, but also to run home appliances.

One question from the audience involved concerns about the vast amount of data companies are collecting from online customers. Ms Cheung said it needs to be built on a system of trust and privacy. “We are responsible for safeguarding this information, and if we abuse this trust, we will fail in the long run,” she said.

Other Technology-focused Events Create Synergy

The HKTDC is holding a total five events at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre this week – yesterday’s Asian E-tailing Summit, the HKTDC SmartBiz Expo (5-7 Dec), HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show (5-7 Dec), Business of IP Asia Forum (6-7 Dec) and DesignInspire (6-8 Dec). These events focus on new technology and cover various stages of the supply chain, including research and development, design, production, sales and marketing. They aim to help SMEs enhance their competitiveness and cost-effectiveness and develop new business areas and markets to adapt to the ever-changing economic landscape.

Fair websites:

HKTDC SmartBiz Expo: http://www.hktdc.com/smartbizexpo
Asian E-tailing Summit: http://www.asianetailingsummit.com
Business of IP Asia Forum: http://www.bipasiaforum.com
HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show: http://www.hktdc.com/hkifs
DesignInspire: http://www.hktdc.com/ncs/designinspire2018/en/main/index.html

Media Enquiries

Please contact the HKTDC’s Communication and Public Affairs Department:

Sunny Ng
Tel: (852) 2584 4357
Email: sunny.sl.ng@hktdc.org

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Huda Kattan shares star billing with Sir Richard Branson at The Retail Summit
 
Nov 09, 2018
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Inaugural event in Dubai draws biggest names in commerce to tackle convergence of retail with technology, experience and hospitality

Dubai, UAE, 7 November 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Beauty powerhouse Huda Kattan will join Sir Richard Branson in headlining The Retail Summit, a new business event for C-level retailers featuring an unrivalled stellar line up of speakers taking place at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai.

The founder and CEO of Huda Beauty, one of the most successful and fastest growing new brands to be launched this decade, will be accompanied by her sister Mona Kattan, co-founder and global president of the cosmetics line, who will take to the stage of The Retail Summit to discuss how their early adoption of social media platforms such as YouTube and Instagram helped support their stratospheric success.

With billionaire entrepreneur and Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson already confirmed to headline the inaugural event in Dubai, delegates will hear from more than 80 speakers to learn about how digital disruption and shifting consumer expectations are driving a profound transformation in retail.

Held in partnership with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Meydan One from 13-14 February 2019, The Retail Summit will bring together a new generation of retailers who are delivering a winning combination of outstanding service and ground-breaking use of technology to deliver memorable shopping experiences.

With a background as a professionally trained make-up artist to high profile celebrity and VIP clients, Huda Kattan launched her Huda Beauty blog in 2010, followed by her YouTube channel, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Today she is one of the world’s most followed on Instagram with 28.3 million fans.

In 2013, the Huda Beauty cosmetics line was launched with an initial collection of false eyelashes sold exclusively at Sephora Dubai Mall, and has since expanded into a full range of make-up products which have become instant best-sellers across the globe.

Sir Richard Branson and the Kattan sisters will all speak on the first day of The Retail Summit (13 February). With more than 800 attendees anticipated, the event has been designed for global CEOs and senior teams, bringing together the retail community’s brightest minds to examine the latest thinking of how to win in today’s hyper-volatile landscape.

Other industry heavyweights who have confirmed their participation in the event include:
• H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
• Fahad Kazim, Vice President of Meydan Malls, Meydan Group;
• Jo Malone, Founder, Jo Loves;
• Julie Hamilton, SVP, Chief Customer & Commercial Leadership Officer, Coca-Cola;
• Massimo Piombini, CEO, Balmain;
• Lyndon Cormack, Co-Founder, Herschel Supply Company;
• Patrick Chalhoub, Co-CEO, Chalhoub Group;
• Ken Meyer, EVP, Whole Foods; and
• Chris Davis, VP Global Marketing, New Balance.

The Retail Summit is supported by event partners Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Meydan One; other partners include Xpandretail, KPMG, BJSS, Cegid, CBRE and Lava Moments.

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California wine on track for extraordinary 2018 vintage following picture perfect weather patterns and harvest timing
 
Nov 08, 2018
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China trade dispute fails to dent confidence among U.S. participants at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair
due to booming home demand and robust exports elsewhere in Asia

Hong Kong --( ASIA TODAY )-- Wine makers in California’s Napa Valley are witnessing an almost picture-perfect growing season in 2018, with mild spring weather conditions delivering an extended bloom, grapes ripening steadily in the summer months and a long steady harvest continuing well into October. The net result is that the 2018 vintage is on track to be one of the best ever. Napa Valley accounts for a quarter of America’s wine produce and recorded US$119 million exports to Hong Kong and China last year.

With abundant supply, wineries from California participating at this year’s Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, are confident on stronger sales to the city and Southeast Asia, despite the ongoing trade tensions with China. California wine exports to China were up 14 percent, for the first 6 months of 2018, compared to the same time last year.

In fact, the ongoing trade dispute with China is proving highly beneficial to Hong Kong as supplies are routed elsewhere in Asia via the duty-free wine trading hub.

“We are expecting a bumper harvest from North America’s premier wine growing region, with perfect weather patterns characterized by warm, dry days and cool evenings,” said Jeffrey Williamson, Director, California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) who is leading the Wines of California Pavilion.

“Demand for top rated wines is also expected to remain strong on the back of a booming U.S. economy and robust exports overseas. Asia remains a promising market as the increasingly affluent urban middle class seek out new high-end products to try,” he said.

According to the Wine Institute, an advocacy group based in San Francisco, US wine exports reached US$1.5 billion in winery revenues in 2017 – 90 percent came from California. Exports to Hong Kong were up by 15 percent at US$119 million while China rose by 6 percent to US$77 million, compared with 2016.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rose and Zinfandel have always proven popular with Californian wine connoisseurs in Hong Kong. This year, 11 leading producers and distributors from well-known growing regions will be attending the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair at booth 3C-C14, Wines of California Pavilion this week.

These producers include Grand Napa Vineyards, Silvia Cellars, Guglielmo Winery, Hestan Vineyards, New World Wine Club, and California Wines for You. California is also introducing Gracias Madre, a pure Puerto Rican rum bottled in California, and MDT Services, a distributor of Southern California craft beer.

“The Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair will see California exporters showcasing quality-assured wine and spirits products with tasting sessions throughout the show,” added Williamson.

About California STEP

The California State Trade Expansion Program (California STEP) project leverages a statewide network of state, federal, private and non-profit trade promotion organizations to facilitate export promotion, activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses.

Managed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBIz) the network of STEP Partners implement a range of export promotion programs serving multiple sectors, including Information & Telecommunications Technologies, Green Technologies, Food and Agricultural Products, California Lifestyle Products, Aerospace, Medical and Scientific Instrumentation, Transportation Equipment and Industrial Machinery.

Issued on behalf of California State Trade Expansion Program by Newell Public Relations.

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Taiwan Excellence Pop-up Store 2018 makes its debut in Hanoi for the first time
 
Oct 11, 2018
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Hanoi – September 2018 - Being a part of the special event series of the Taiwan Excellence Campaign 2018, Taiwan Excellence Pop-up Store 2018 was officially introduced at AEON MALL Long Bien (27 Co Linh Street, Hanoi). This is the first time the event is held in Vietnam, marking the change from annual exhibitions to a more experimental, interactive and commercial one. Taking place in Hanoi, Taiwan Excellence Pop-up Store 2018 lasts for 3 days, from August 31st to September 2nd, 2018.

In Taiwan Excellence Pop-up Store 2018, not only having the chance to experience technology innovation from Taiwan, but Vietnamese customers in general and people in Hanoi in particular can also directly buy the high-quality products from 17 top brands spanning across five categories namely Information & Communications Technlogy, Smart Living, Transport, Smart Healthcare. These products are all integrated with intelligent technology, providing consumers with a more convenient and comfortable life and are honored by Taiwan Excellence award – an idea of Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA and Taiwan External Trade Development Council.

Taiwan Excellence Pop-up Store 2018 witnesses many leading brands such as ASUS, ADATA, Aver, Transcend, Johnson, GreenE, Derma Angel, KYMCO, Long Chen, etc. By entering the stores, customers can easily interact with brand representatives to possess the most updated and unfeigned overview about new trends in an intelligent life in the future

Mr. Cheng Kai Jen, Director, Taiwan Trade Center, Representative Office in Ho Chi Minh City remarks: “Nowadays, intelligent technology is becoming a new trend favored by many customers due to the convenience it brings to life. Thanks to continuous efforts of Taiwan businesses in developing products fitting with the most updated trend, Taiwan today can be proudly considered equal with other superpowers all over the world in the field of technology innovation. We also take responsibility in introducing and giving these products to consumers in Taiwan and also in other markets including Vietnam – a highly potential one that we want to focus on. ”

Also, beside product exhibition activities in Taiwan Excellence Pop-up Store 2018, there are many artistic performance featuring Taiwanese cultural identities. Moreover, Minh Hang – Taiwan Excellence Brand Ambassador will also appear in the event in September 1st with special music performances demonstrating the culture exchange between Vietnam and Taiwan.

Outstanding products appearing in Taiwan Excellence Pop-up Store 2018:

- Asus:

Asus ZenFone 5 Smartphone integrated with Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a really useful companion. Besides such wonderful features as image auto-adjusting, strong and smooth processing and impressive appearance with conveniently small design; Asus ZenFone 5 also possesses amazing functions which assists users with stunning experience beyond what are often expected in a normal smartphone.

- Adata

The couple EMIX H30 headset& SOLOX F30 amplifier expresses spectacular power and comfortable fidelity, equipped with virtual 7.1 surround for spatial, multi-directional audio. Switch between four preset sound modes depending on type of game or media being enjoyed.

- DermaAngel

DermaAngel Acne Care Intensive Gel contains ceramide addition to help anti-acne active ingredients be effectively absorbed by skin and enhance skin health. It also features 2% salicylic acid + 2% sulfur to treat acnes faster and prevent pimples from coming. Moreover, it can soften dead skin cells that caused pimples and improves uneven skin tone.

- Green E:

GreenE Nano Slim Belt with five different size fitting with different part of the body not only helps solving the problem of obesity but also improve the symptoms of menstrual pain, nocturia, poor metabolism/bad blood circulation, constipation, soreness/back pain/foot pain and relief fatigue.

- Johnson

Matrix Treadmill T70XIR is a personal fitness machine with supreme technical features and is also equipped with an HD Screen, turning the work-out process into a the totally relaxing and entertaining one.

- KYMCO

KIMCO Like 125 Motorbike possess amazing functions, elegance look and special Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) from Bosch. Moreover, it is also equipped with Noodoe system – a kind of technology integrated in the electronic clock screen of KYMCO motorbike with the help of an application on smartphone. The system informs drivers about time, driving speed, weather conditions, directions through a compass, notifications from social media or calls and messages;

- Transcend

Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110 provides users with a storage volume of up to 8TB and reliable data confidentiality. It features fast transfer speeds of up to 110 MB/s and centralized data management, allowing for efficient storage and rapid access to all your data even if you're miles away.

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About Taiwan Excellence Award

The Taiwan Excellence Award is jointly created by BOFT and TAITRA since 1992, with the aim of cultivating Taiwanese companies. Today, the Award of Taiwan Excellence is the highest accolade for Taiwanese Products. The symbol of Taiwan Excellence embodies Taiwan’s rise to the global ranks of quality manufacturers in terms of innovation, design and manufacturing, and represents the gold standard for Taiwanese products to compete on the global stage.

 
 
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.

For more information, please contact:

Monyaphat Klinmontha (Fern), +66 90 8978167, pr@brandnow.asia
Kittima Kaur (Tinny), +66 81 8262399, kittima@brandnow.asia
Pattaraporn (Pond), +66 94 4930069, event@brandnow.asia
Brand Now Asia, +66 2 105 4217, www.brandnow.asia

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Clientron Debuts Its Multi-Functional PST650 POS Terminal with Integrated Printer to Enhance Intelligent Retail and Hospitality Solutions
 
Jul 25, 2018
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TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Clientron Corp., a world-leading provider of POS, thin client and embedded systems, debuts the PST650, a fully integrated POS terminal, which features built-in the choice of major brand thermal printers to optimize your business operations and enhance user experience. With streamline and flexible design, the PST650 is armed at POS applications including ordering, checkout, and self-service solutions for hospitality and retail industries.

Multiple integrated thermal printer options

Designed with 15” bezel-free display, the PST650 offers 7H scratch-resistant and IP64 water & dust-proof front panel protection. It offers free space on the stand for multiple cube-type thermal printers and fits perfectly into environments, where counter space saving and flexibility is demanded. With screw-less rear cover assembly design, it allows for easy access receipt printing, and a built-in high speed thermal printer helps users to improve work efficiency.

Trusted & power-efficient embedded platform

With streamlined capability and innovation, the PST650 takes advantage of power-efficient Intel® quad-core processors with speeds up to 2GHz to deliver outstanding computing, graphical and media performance in a compact form factor and a fanless architecture. It gives forward-thinking businesses options for durable, endurance, and performance.

Variety Peripherals Configuration Options

Additionally, it comes with a wide range of easily connected modules, including iButton, magnetic card readers, 2D barcode scanner, VFD, 8, 10.4 or 15-inch customer displays options. The easy-access 2.5” HDD tray design allows users to conveniently install or replace HDD for maintenance and allows easy to install MSR and iButton via USB connector. The PST650 can be used in many different fields like retail, kiosk, convenience stores, fashion shops or hospitality locations.

The PST650 POS terminal is a valuable and practical addition to your POS solutions. For more products information, visit the Clientron website: www.clientron.com

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About Clientron

Clientron was founded in 1983. The company is dedicated to providing global intelligent solutions to our clients. With design, manufacturing and service abilities, Clientron offers high-quality and high-performance computing platforms including Thin Client, POS and Intelligent Systems. We are steadfast in our commitment to develop and provide even more advanced IoT client solutions and services for our partners and customers to build an intelligent e-World. Visit us at www.clientron.com .

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Clientron Corp.
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Alipay and Singapore Tourism Board join hands to boost Chinese tourist spending
 
Jul 16, 2018
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Partnership is aimed at increasing Singapore’s destination branding and awareness, driving visitor spend and enhancing STB’s understanding of a key consumer group

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alipay, the world’s leading mobile and online payment and lifestyle platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, together with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), have launched a series of joint marketing initiatives aimed at raising destination awareness of Singapore and driving tourist spending among Chinese visitors.

Alipay and STB signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in September 2017 to enhance Chinese tourists’ overall experience in Singapore. Under the MOU, both parties agreed, among other things, to explore co-investing in joint-marketing initiatives to encourage Chinese tourists to spend with Alipay while in Singapore.

Since signing the MOU, Alipay has experienced double-digit growth in user spending. China has also become Singapore’s top market in 2017 for both tourism receipts and visitor arrivals, contributing S$4.2 billion in tourism receipts and 3.2 million visitor arrivals.

The marketing activities are designed to incentivize Alipay users, through rewards and discounts, to spend across different types of tourism businesses such as retail, F&B and attractions, further boosting their spending in Singapore. Alipay and STB will also create tailored itineraries that are aligned with STB’s new Passion Made Possible brand. These itineraries will encourage Alipay users to pursue their passions by exploring and discovering new attractions, dining and shopping experiences. It will also give them more reasons to visit and spend more in Singapore.

Additionally, the partnership will deepen STB’s understanding of Chinese visitors’ consumer behavior and spending patterns, leveraging Alipay’s insights.

“With China being Singapore’s top source market for both visitor arrivals and tourist spending last year, we are pleased to partner with Alipay as their keen insights and deep understanding of Chinese consumers will help us to continue to grow in this critical market.

We hope to continue to broaden over time our partnership with Alipay to explore more innovative marketing initiatives in the areas of content, digital and technology to further enhance the Chinese visitor experience,” said Ms Jacqueline Ng, Director, Marketing Partnerships & Planning, STB.

“Singapore is a favorite destination for Chinese travelers. According to research released by Nielsen last year, it is one of Chinese tourists’ top ten preferred travel destinations in the world. Alipay is very pleased to be working together with the Singapore Tourism Board to ensure the consistent smart lifestyle for Chinese travelers in Singapore that they experience at home. At the same time, we are excited to connect more merchants in Singapore with Chinese tourists and be discovered by them through the app,” said Cherry Huang, General Manager, Cross-border Business for South and Southeast Asia, Alipay.

Alipay is committed to helping more local merchants be discovered by Chinese tourists and better supporting the needs of the Chinese travelers by providing a more efficient and convenient payment method via its platform. Mobile payment is gaining momentum among Chinese travelers overseas. According to the recent Nielsen report1, 65% of Chinese tourists used mobile payment platforms during their overseas travels, more than six times in comparison to non-Chinese tourists (11%). Over 90% of Chinese tourists would consider using mobile payments when traveling overseas if more overseas merchants accepted them.

About Alipay

Operated by Ant Financial Services Group, Alipay is the world’s largest mobile and online payment platform. Launched in 2004, Alipay currently has over 520 million active users and over 200 domestic financial institution partners. Alipay has evolved from a digital wallet to a lifestyle enabler. Users can hail a taxi, book a hotel, buy movie tickets, pay utility bills, make appointments with doctors, or purchase wealth management products directly from within the app. In addition to online payments, Alipay is expanding to in-store offline payments both inside and outside of China. Alipay’s in-store payment service covers more than 40 countries across the world, and tax reimbursement via Alipay is supported in 29 countries and regions. Alipay works with over 250 overseas financial institutions and payment solution providers to enable cross-border payments for Chinese traveling overseas and overseas customers who purchase products from Chinese e-commerce sites. Alipay currently supports 27 currencies.

About the Singapore Tourism Board

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore’s key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions. For more information, visit www.stb.gov.sg or www.visitsingapore.com or follow us on Twitter @STB_sg.

1 Nielsen Report <2017 OUTBOUND CHINESE TOURISM AND CONSUMPTION TRENDS>

Contacts
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Ant Financial / Alipay
Xinyun Yang
xinyun.yang@antfin.com
+86 138 1689 6301
or
Text100 Singapore
Faith Ng / Kelly Chiew
AlipaySG@text100.com.sg
+65 6603 9000
or
Singapore Tourism Board
Lee Jian Xuan
lee_jian_xuan@stb.gov.sg
+65 6831 3674

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New mobile payment gateway WeChat Pay launched at Changi Airport
 
Jul 12, 2018
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SINGAPORE, 12 July 2018 – Changi Airport Group (CAG) and WeChat Pay today announced a three-year marketing partnership, to launch and publicise joint shopping promotions at Changi Airport. This partnership will allow Changi Airport to better serve its passengers, by offering targeted and attractive promotions for WeChat Pay users.

WeChat Pay is an online payment platform integrated into the popular messaging platform WeChat, and a popular mode of payment for Chinese consumers. WeChat currently has more than a billion monthly active users, and this number is growing year-on-year. China is one of Changi Airport’s key passenger markets, with Chinese passengers accounting for about a third of Changi Airport’s total sales in 2017. The WeChat Pay platform will be able to provide added convenience for Chinese passengers when shopping and dining across Changi’s four terminals.

First airport in Southeast Asia to accept WeChat Pay airport-wide

With the launch, Changi Airport will be the first airport in Southeast Asia to launch WeChat Pay as a mobile payment platform on a large scale across its wide range of commercial offerings. Changi Airport will have the widest acceptance of WeChat Pay among all Asian airports, outside of China. Over 150 outlets – including Changi’s duty-free, luxury retail shops and online store iShopChangi, will accept WeChat Pay as a mode of payment.
To celebrate the introduction of the new payment platform, both parties have launched a shopping promotion where WeChat Pay users can enjoy discounts when shopping at Changi Airport, and on iShopChangi.

Mr Edwin Lim, General Manager of Changi Airport Group’s Advertising, Marketing and Promotions said, “We are pleased to be able to offer WeChat Pay as an additional payment platform for our passengers. This will provide an additional payment platform for our Chinese passengers, and will allow them to shop and dine with added convenience. Through this partnership, we will also be able to send targeted marketing messages to WeChat users. We will continue to explore other ways to offer customised services for our passengers, to ensure they have an unparalleled Changi Experience when travelling through Changi Airport.”

Ms Grace Yin, Operation Director of WeChat Pay said, “Singapore is an important part of the Belt and Road Initiative, and Changi Airport is the transportation hub of Singapore. Through this collaboration, WeChat Pay will provide a more convenient shopping experience to Chinese tourists in Changi Airport. We hope the collaboration will also provide fresh options and new perspectives to Changi Airport’s retail operations. We look forward to a long-lasting and stable partnership between WeChat Pay and Changi Airport.”

Changi Airport will work closely with WeChat Pay to roll out the payment platform to most of the airport’s merchants and brands by the end of this year.

About Changi Airport Group
Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.

Changi Airport is the world's sixth busiest airport for international traffic. It served a record 62.2 million passengers from around the globe and handled 2.13 million tonnes of airfreight throughput in 2017. More than 400 retail stores and 140 F&B outlets are situated across four terminals to cater to passengers and visitors. With over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 400 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 7,200 flights every week, or about one every 80 seconds.

About WeChat Pay
The cross-border payment solution offered by WeChat Pay helps merchants across the world draw Chinese travellers into their shops and serve as a lasting link to its 800 million users. Chinese tourists can make payment to the merchants in Chinese yuan, while enabling the merchants to receive the payment in their local currency, saving them the trouble of exchanging currencies and saddling the shopper with a small-denomination banknotes and coins in an unfamiliar currency. Even after they leave the shop, shoppers can still get promotion and after sales service through WeChat.

Through serving Chinese outbound tourists, WeChat Pay has established partnerships with an ever-growing number of overseas merchants with the ability to handle transactions in 13 different currencies in over 40 countries and regions

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The successful 2018 China International Self-service, Kiosk and Vending Show (CVS) will continue with the 2019 edition in Shanghai
 
Jul 10, 2018
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SHANGHAI, July 10, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Following the success of the China International Self-service, Kiosk & Vending Show (CVS2018), the organiser of the event - UBM Sinoexpo Ltd - has announced that the trade fair will again be held at Shanghai New International Expo Center, with the date set for April 2019.

Review of CVS 2018

Launched in 2004, the 2018 China International Self-service, Kiosk & Vending Show (CVS) delivered a high-value and high-impact experience for all attendees. As the premier event in the industry, the 15th edition of CVS (part of a comprehensive show under the umbrella of Hotel PLUS, organized by UBM Sinoexpo) attracted more than 300 exhibitors in 15,000 square metres of exhibition space, and hosted more than 20,000 visitors from 50+ countries and regions.

The exhibition provided attendees with vital business growth and relationship-building opportunities through education, networking and exposure to hundreds of new products and services. Well-known corporate brands were present, but the exhibition also gathered many industry rookies as vendors.

Exhibits include vending machines, coffee machines, machine accessories, self-service equipment, components and spare parts, services, currency recognition systems, self-service terminals and solutions, payment systems, mobile payment terminal equipment, self-help printing equipment, vended beverages, coffee and foods, remote data transmission, and other products and solutions.

CVS is leading the industry

After 15 years of development, the CVS show has earned a good reputation both home and abroad. 90%+ of industry leaders like FUJI BINGSHAN, EVOCA, KIMMA, TCN, LEIYUNFENG, BAIXUE, LE VENDING, CPI, ICT, JCM, ITL, MEI, LOTTE E&M, FUJITSU, KUBOTA, SANDAN, and U-BOX were present to showcase their unique products and solutions. The CVS Show provides an incomparable platform for all participants to exchange ideas, promote businesses and reinforce relationships.

A series of educational programs was conducted and presented by high-impact keynote speakers, who shared insights on emerging trends, innovations and customer experiences to help businesses achieve greater success. One highlight was the Shanghai International Smart Retailing High-end Summit, successfully held in Shanghai New International Expo Center between April 26-27, 2018. It attracted nearly 800 attendees, mostly industry leaders, who shared insights and innovations.

Early Bird Savings until August 31, 2018

As an essential show dedicated to vending, self-service and OCS industries for more than 14 years, the 16th CVS Show is worth looking forward to. The show will be held as part of Hotel PLUS, covering a total exhibition area of 200,000 square meters, and is expected to attract more than 100,000 professional buyers from various industries.

Attendees are encouraged to register now for early bird savings, available until 31 August. Visit www.chinavending.com.cn/en-us/home to learn more.

Source: UBM Sinoexpo Ltd

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