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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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>

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Lee Jian Xuan
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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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Shopee announces M2030 partnership and pledges commitment to defeat Malaria in the region
 
May 10, 2018
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Thailand, 9 May 2018 - Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announced its commitment to help defeat malaria in the region as part of a long-term partnership with M2030, a brand created by Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA), and supported by the Global Fund. M2030 brings consumers and companies together in a mission to end malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and in Indonesia by 2030. In support of this cause, Shopee will spearhead a series of campaigns and activations in the coming months. Other M2030 partners include the Tahir Foundation, DT Families Foundation, Yoma and the Dentsu Aegis Network.

Malaria is the world’s oldest and deadliest disease, taking nearly half a million lives every year, of which are mostly children under the age of five and pregnant women. Chris Feng, Chief Executive Officer of Shopee, said, "We are happy to be coming onboard as one of M2030’s pioneer brand partners in support of their mission to eliminate malaria in the Asia Pacific region by 2030. This issue strikes close to home, and as a company that is committed to using technology to improve the lives of consumers across the region, we are determined to play our part to help drive awareness and raise funds to support the elimination of malaria. We hope that all Shopee users can join us in supporting this cause.”

M2030 made its official launch announcement at an international Malaria Summit on 18 April in London, jointly hosted by the RBM Partnership to End Malaria and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Summit brought together major public, private and multi-sector entities announcing their commitments and plans to accelerate the fight against malaria. The summit saw around 700 participants in attendance, including Zhou Junjie, Chief Commercial Officer of Shopee, and keynote addresses from Bill Gates; Hon Penny Mordaunt, UK Secretary of State for International Development; Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia and other global leaders from the public and private sectors. During the launch conference, M2030 shared its commitment to work closely with its partners to drive awareness across the region and raise USD 5 million by 2020.

"Malaria used to impact millions of lives in Asia-Pacific. However, through smart investments and effective tools, we have halved the number of malaria cases and deaths over the past 15 years,” said Patrik Silborn, co-founder of M2030 and Senior Director Resource Mobilization at APLMA. “Now, for the first time ever, we’re bringing together businesses and consumers in Asia to defeat malaria in the region.”

“We’re delighted to have Shopee come onboard as one of our pioneer brand partners for this cause,” he added. “With Shopee’s extensive reach of over 115 million users across the region, we are confident that together we can make a positive difference.”

For more information, visit -https://shopee.co.th/M2030DefeatingMalaria
Visit the M2030 official website at -https://m2030.org/

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support. Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.

Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment.

Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across Greater Southeast Asia. Sea's mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.

For more information, please contact:

Shopee (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Vararat Chevavichavankul
Shopee Thailand
093-956-5563
au.chevavichavankul@shopee.com

Kanokwan Akkaranukul
Shopee Thailand
089-453-5630
katook.akkaranukul@shopee.com

Sikkhawan Chotpradit
Shopee Thailand
087-390-2159
gift.chotpradit@shopp.com
Triple Eight Ideas Co., Ltd

Kanokporn Yaovapongaree (O)
061-942-3635
kanokporn@888ideas.com

Natiprada Kaewmanee (Noon)
092-636-6516
natiprada888ideas.com

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Not afraid of no mosquito
 
May 04, 2018
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While most of us are trying our hardest to avoid the dreaded mosquito, Associate Professor Lok Shee Mei from the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School runs right towards them.

The dengue virus expert’s interest lies in studying the structural changes the virus particles undergo when infecting cells to aid in the design and delivery of targeted vaccines and therapeutics.

“I have enjoyed science for as long as I can remember. I was always in awe when people made breaking discoveries or pioneered exciting technologies,” said Assoc Prof Lok, who holds a joint appointment at NUS Biological Sciences.

However, its applications in the real world were not always as apparent to her from reading textbooks as a young girl. Hence, she made the decision to sign up for a biotechnology course at Ngee Ann Polytechnic after graduating from secondary school.

This proved to be the right step. It was not long before Assoc Prof Lok discovered the social benefits her research could provide — the dengue virus infects approximately 100 million people each year and with increased travel and climate change, there is an urgent need to develop safe and effective therapeutics and vaccines — and if her curiosity for science, particularly small flying insects, had been ignited earlier, now it burned brightly.

Her dedication to her work could not have been more evident than when she made the difficult decision to pursue her postdoctoral training at Purdue University in US, while her husband and young daughter remained in Singapore.

“I was torn between pursuing my research interest in the US and staying with my family in Singapore. It was a very difficult decision but I knew that this postdoctoral training opportunity in a very well-known laboratory would enhance my skills and help in my future career. I decided to take the plunge. I missed my family every day; it was the driving force for me to complete my training and to learn as much as possible in the shortest possible time,” shared Assoc Prof Lok, who also holds a PhD in X-ray crystallography from NUS.

She returned to Singapore in 2009, eager to start work on the next breakthrough, all while juggling the demands of raising a young family of her own.

I have enjoyed science for as long as I can remember. I was always in awe when people made breaking discoveries or pioneered exciting technologies.

In 2015, Assoc Prof Lok read about the Zika virus — a similar but more stable mosquito-borne virus — and its connections to microcephaly and thought she could contribute to understanding and tackling the disease. Importing the virus from the US and examining it under cryo-electron microscopy, her team raced against the clock to identify sites on the particle that provide the stability of the Zika virus. Disrupting these sites through the use of antibodies or drugs can help to weaken the virus and limit its spread.

The hard work paid off. The team made history as one of the first in the world to image the Zika virus, their findings published in the prestigious international journal Nature in April 2016, barely four months after receiving the virus samples.

Assoc Prof Lok hopes to investigate other important pathogens such as the chikungunya and hepatitis C viruses in the future.

Touted as “one of the most outstanding scientists in Singapore”, Assoc Prof Lok has been fascinated with science for as long as she can remember

Though the self-professed science geek initially faced some resistance breaking into the field, it was not long before the international scientific community sat up and took notice. In 2013, she was presented with the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Alumni Award for making a difference in science and technology. By 2016, she was featured as one of Asian Scientist’s “7 Scientists from Singapore to watch” and “one of the most outstanding scientists in Singapore” by the National Research Foundation. Today her laboratory is recognised as one of the leaders in the field of emerging infectious diseases.

The accolades motivate Assoc Prof Lok and her team to push themselves further. However, when asked what really makes her proud, she humbly answers that it is when her students are excited about their work and start teaching her things instead.

“The beauty of doing research is that each day is different and can unearth many surprises!” she enthused.

When she is not figuring out what makes insects tick, Assoc Prof Lok spends her hours reading, hiking with friends and family and whipping up a storm in the kitchen.

Optimistic about the changing nature of women in science, Assoc Prof Lok thinks that more women are steadily joining Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields but that it may take some time for them to reach the pinnacle of the hierarchy. “I believe in future there will be more women at the top. We just need to keep our eyes on the target,” she said confidently.

This is the second of a new five-part series by NUS News profiling some of the University’s prominent females making waves in STEM.

SOURCE / National University of Singapore

 
 
Five Tech-Driven Consumer Trends Reshaping Commerce
 
Apr 30, 2018
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29 April 2018 – Rapid advances in mobile technology and Internet accessibility are revolutionising shoppers’ behaviour at a breathtaking pace, with digital-savvy consumers driving fundamental change in businesses and the market. Five key relevant trends and the need for commerce to keep up with them to stay relevant were underlined at a 27 April seminar themed “Top 5 Global Digital Consumer Trends in 2018”, held during the 33rd HKTDC Hong Gifts & Premium Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The seminar was presented by Michelle Evans, Global Head of Digital Consumer Research, Euromonitor International, the world leader in global strategic research for consumer markets.

As the overseer of Euromonitor’s research on today’s digital consumers, she noted there are now 3.6 billion global Internet users, or half of the world’s population, with 53 per cent saying they would be lost without the Internet – a clear indication of “the Internet getting more and more entwined in our daily lives.”

Ms Evans defined three “Internet megatrends” that directly affect commerce: ‘Connected Consumers’, namely tech-savvy shoppers; ‘Shopping Reinvented’, the trend towards seamless shopping by smartphone; and ‘Experience More’, reflected by today’s consumers spending more on experiences than ‘things’.

Technology serves as an enabler of all these megatrends, she said, with 28 per cent of Connected Consumers using a phone to compare prices in shops on a weekly basis.

Ms Evan went on to identify five key trends on how technological advances are reshaping the way consumers shop and spend.

Trend 1: Digital life converges in super apps

The first of these trends is the so called ‘super apps’ – multi-functional, all-in-one apps such as China’s WeChat, combining almost every aspect of a consumer’s world from utilities, lifestyle and finances to shopping and communication into a single mobile platform.

“WeChat is this revolution’s posterchild, giving the world a preview of where the Internet is going,” said Ms Evans.

In the meantime, Western tech titans including Alphabet, Apple and Facebook are “tiptoeing into the area”, with Facebook the closest, she said.

China’s leadership is understandable, she noted, given the world’s most populous nation dominates mobile Internet subscriptions with more than 1.1 billion, approximately three times the number in the United States. With China’s “mobile first mentality”, WeChat is also the top social platform globally, with more than a billion users.

“Old habits die hard in the US, with an established way of doing things,” she said, “while Asia-Pacific consumers have embraced all-in-one super apps, because they offer a cohesive experience.” The implications for businesses is that a “new breed of competitors is emerging”, responsive to evolving consumer expectations.

Trend 2: Data as the new currency

There is a clear reason why tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook, along with Chinese counterparts such as Alibaba and Tencent, are valued highest in the world, said Ms Evans – because they possess the most data.

This means they can craft individually tailored experiences for consumers, in high demand because today’s consumers all “want to be seen as distinct from one another, and desire unique experiences and individually-tailored stories”, said Ms Evans, adding this is the second digital-age consumer trend.

Artificial Intelligence can greatly empower this personal touch, illustrated by Netflix recommending films or TV series based on what a viewer has recently watched; or Amazon recommending similar books, she explained.

On the flip side, she said “data privacy issues continue to plague data uptake”, with Facebook hitting the headlines and 50 per cent of consumers considering target ads an invasion of privacy. Empowerment is now shifting to consumers, she noted, as the European Union’s “sweeping new privacy laws” threaten fines of four per cent of global revenue, or €20 million, for infringement. “Even companies exporting to Europe can be at risk,” she cautioned.

Trend 3: Keeping the tab open

The new digital era is also boosting the business model of subscription purchasing, said Ms Evans. While baby boomers, Generation X and Generation Z have been wary of subscriptions, 50 per cent of Millennials are now embracing it – most notably for entertainment, such as movie streaming and gaming. This is another new trend, noted Ms Evans.

The boom in subscriptions like Netflix is now spreading to food and beauty. “Subscription is reinventing consumption,” she said. The day is coming when Artificial Intelligence in the forthcoming Internet of Things era will predict when we are running out of detergent, for example, based on past purchasing pattern, and know when we need to replenish.

But again, there is a flip side. “Machine-led commerce will re-define what brand loyalty means,” she cautioned. “By signing-up to automated orders, such as detergent, subscription locks-out other players, now left on the outside looking in. So it’s a bit frightening.”

Trend 4: Mobile wallets going global

Another consumer trend is the use of the mobile wallet, said Ms Evans. Consumers are in motion, traveling more than ever before, with China a major driver of growth as the world’s fastest-growing travel market – predicted to take 225 million international trips by 2030. Since they expect the same payment convenience wherever they go, the playbook of card networks opens for “global expansion, strengthening the upward trend of digital payments”, said Ms Evans.

Most prominently, Alipay, the mobile-based payment tool of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, is “moving west as Chinese spending power grows”, forging global partnerships to make spending easier on the go. Already supporting payments in 27 currencies across 30 countries, Alipay has even extended as far as Los Angeles taxis.

As such, Euromonitor expects US$3 trillion in payments expected to be made via mobile device by 2022, with China reaching US$2.1 trillion and the US accounting for US$1.6 million, together contributing to 75 per cent of the market. “Mobile payments are a big space to watch,” she said.

Trend 5: Outlets will get their tech injection

Despite the growth in e-commerce, physical outlets – such as shops, stores, restaurants and entertainment venues – will always “remain a critical part of the consumer journey”, said Ms Evans. “But digital is changing a number of competitive realities,” she said, as the trend moves towards outlets utilising various technologies to “reimagine the experience”.

Ms Evans predicted more and more near-field communication (NFC) tags, 3D imaging and virtual and augmented realities in retail outlets, noting that Britain’s Thomas Cook travel agency now enables customers a sneak preview of where they can book holidays with VR headsets. Tottenham Hotspur football club is this year opening a new state-of-the-art stadium promising the “ultimate game day experience”, complete with mobile entry and sales. Self-service pubs are pouring craft beer on tap via mobile, with waiting staff no longer present to serve, but mostly to provide IT tech support.

“Technology is re-inventing the way commerce is unfolding,” Ms Evans added. “Outlets are getting a tech injection, leveraging a plethora of technology re-imagining new spaces. It’s important that business and commerce keeps up with these trends to stay relevant in the future.”

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Singapore Equity Crowdfunding Platform FundedHere Raises Capital for F&B Mobile Ordering and Payments App Waitrr
 
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SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - Local crowdfunding platform FundedHere has raised a significant amount of capital for homegrown Waitrr - a first-of-its-kind 'mobile waiter' app which automates food orders to eliminate users' wait times when dining in restaurants or ordering takeaway food - in an oversubscribed 30-day campaign that surpassed its initial target.

Waitrr's campaign was funded by 12 registered FundedHere investors including reputable Singaporean investors Andy Lim, Founder and Chairman of private equity firm Tembusu Partners, and Steve Kek, CEO of OMG Venture. It is FundedHere's third oversubscribed campaign in recent months, following the platform's raise of S$516,000 for medtech start-up AEvice Health and S$300,000 for clean tech start-up EcoWorth Tech end-2017.

Waitrr speeds up services in restaurants across Singapore by letting diners order food and make instant payments on their smartphone devices. The app contains the full menu of its onboarded restaurants and orders on the app go directly to the kitchen. Staff can focus on preparing and serving dishes to customers instead of taking orders and fetching bills, effectively reducing manual error and slashing processing times. Waitrr also offers a takeaway option for many restaurants - a favourite feature particularly during lunch peaks. Users order and pay for their desired meal whilst still in the office and just pick it up by the time they reach their desired restaurant without the need to queue.

The app was conceptualised by Tim Wekezer for the 2015 INSEAD Venture Competition, where it won first place. It was registered as a company that same year and has since experienced consistent growth. It now boasts a user base of 15,000 customers and 110 restaurants.

Commenting on the campaign, Mr. Wekezer, Founder and CEO of Waitrr, said: "We are thankful for the enthusiasm and support of the community at FundedHere, which both validates our business model and proves that we are on the right track with our product. We will put these investments to good use in our journey to improve restaurant service and create seamless dining experiences for all."

Waitrr will use the funds from the campaign to ramp up end-user acquisition and promotions, develop new features and expand its business beyond Singapore. The company's future plans include leveraging synergies with sectors such as food delivery, e-payments, marketing, tourism and hospitality. Waitrr aims to become Asia's leading F&B mobile payments processor, as well as the industry's preferred point of reference for consumer data.

Mr. Daniel Lin, Co-Founder and Executive Director of FundedHere, said: "Our team's mission is to provide investors in Singapore with opportunities to grow disruptive start-ups in need of alternative funding. We are pleased to have provided Waitrr a platform to reach out to the investor community and very much look forward to its next chapter of growth."

Launched in March 2015, FundedHere is Singapore's first equity and debt-based crowdfunding platform. It obtained its Capital Market Services License from the Monetary Authority of Singapore in March 2016. Including Waitrr, it has helped 19 companies raise S$8.1 million in funding to date.

About Waitrr

Waitrr is a mobile ordering and payments solution that aims to create a seamless dining experience for our users and restaurant partners. Users can choose from a variety of over 110 F&B outlets across Singapore and order dine-in or takeaway food. Waitrr enables users to select, order and pay for their food in one go. For more information, visit:https://waitrr.com

About FundedHere

Launched in March 2015, FundedHere is a Singapore-headquartered equity- and lending- based crowdfunding platform targeting startups in Southeast Asia. In March 2016, it obtained its Capital Market Services License from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, permitting it to issue shares. To date, FundedHere has raised over S$8 million through 19 campaigns. For more information, visit:www.fundedhere.com

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