NHK WORLD-JAPAN Presents “3.11 – Ten Years On,” a Collection of New and Encore...

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TOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 5 March 2021 - NHK WORLD-JAPAN, the English-language international service of Japan's sole public broadcaster, NHK, today announced it will present a collection of premiere and encore programming to mark the 10-year anniversary the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, which spurred a tsunami, a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and mass destruction along Japan's east coast. The programming event airs throughout March and April. Descriptions of all programs in "3.11 -- 10 Years On", including multilingual videos (Burmese, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese) are available on this special web page



One of the highlights is the international TV premiere of Ken Watanabe - A Copassionate View: The Decade Since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Japanese Hollywood star Ken Watanabe ("Last Samurai", "Batman Begins", "Godzilla", "Transformers") raised international attention for the disaster and has listened to the stories of more than 20,000 people in the past decade. The documentary follows the actor as he visits the communities most affected by the disaster and gets to know its victims. The program airs Saturday, March 6. (UTC)


Another international TV premiere, Generation March 11: Their 10 Years Journey, tells the stories and follows the progress of the lives of children born in the disaster areas. Part of the anniversary programming is also a new documentary on one of Japan's most prolific and award-winning stop-motion animation artists, Tomoyasu Murata, and his work commemorating the victims of the disaster, broadcast as a special edition of the Anime Supernova series.

Among the encore programs marking the 10-year anniversary of the disaster is 3/11-The Tsunami, a two-part documentary that made its international broadcast premiere in January 2021. (Thai subtitles available.) (Indonesian subtitles available.) The series combines footage from NHK camera crews with mobile phone and other video captured by citizens who were on scene during and after the earthquake and tsunami, and the country's recovery efforts of the following year.


About NHK WORLD-JAPAN

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan's sole public broadcaster, operating the nation's largest domestic and international television network. In Japan, NHK broadcasts six TV channels including 4K and 8K along with three radio stations. NHK also transmits two international television channels, NHK WORLD-JAPAN (English, HD, 24/7) and NHK WORLD PREMIUM (Japanese, HD, 24/7), as well as international radio services in 18 languages. NHK WORLD-JAPAN reaches over 380 million households in 160 countries and regions via local satellite and cable TV providers. Online live streaming and VOD (video-on-demand) services through the free mobile app and the website, give viewers access to NHK WORLD-JAPAN anywhere and anytime. You can also connect through Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Presenting an extensive range of Asia-centered programming, NHK WORLD-JAPAN is your window to Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world. For more details, visit nhk.jp/world.

Galaxy Entertainment Group Continues Expansion with The Development of The Legendary Raffles at Galaxy...

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New All-Suite Tower at The Galaxy Resort Has Topped Off; Looks To Raise The Bar with Heritage Luxury Brand, Curated Digital Art, Bespoke Dining Experiences and Exclusive Entertainment

 

MACAU SAR - Media OutReach - 5 March 2021 - Galaxy Entertainment Group ("GEG"), one of the world's leading integrated resorts, hospitality and entertainment companies, is pleased to announce the signing of a collaboration with Accor for Raffles, the legendary brand that has set the standard in luxury hospitality for more than 130 years. Galaxy Macau™, a world-class luxury integrated resort will welcome the iconic brand with the addition and opening of an exclusive all-suite tower, Raffles at Galaxy Macau in the second half of 2021.



The stunning Raffles at Galaxy Macau exterior

Raffles at Galaxy Macau, featuring approximately 450 suites, is the latest chapter in the storied history of the legendary Raffles brand and will soon introduce a new level of sophistication and refinement to Macau. Since 1887, the brand has been synonymous with the very best of luxury travel and experiences while defining the essence of thoughtful, personal and discreet service. Each Raffles hotel across the globe tells its own unique story while staying true to the brand's rich history in the most relevant and modern ways, and Raffles at Galaxy Macau seeks to elevate the customized guest experience.


Located on the resort's east promenade, Raffles at Galaxy Macau is a stunning architectural landmark featuring a glass airbridge connecting the two towers on every floor. The design of each suite draws inspiration from a modern palazzo, with a selection of suites even featuring their own private pools and gardens, and also a small number of unique loft suites featuring double-storey windows. The famed Raffles butlers, renowned for their thoughtful and discreet service, will personally deliver a level of enlightened hospitality that is both gracious and intuitive for each and every guest.


In a world first, Raffles at Galaxy Macau will turn its guestrooms into a multi-usage canvas -- with Samsung The Frame Hospitality in every room, switching from globally curated art to in-room entertainment features with just one click. This <Art embraces Technology> concept will delight guests with customized experiences and a personalized ambience. Guests who manage to secure these highly sought-after suites in this new luxury tower, may enjoy Raffles' legendary signature afternoon tea experience or unwind in a secretive twist on the Raffles' hallmark Long Bar -- provenance of the iconic Singapore Sling -- where they can sip a new iconic Sling tailored for Macau, or escape to The Glass House for breakfast or an elegant snack to enjoy the outdoors, in an indoor environment. The Glass House, set amidst a Mediterranean-inspired garden, is within a few steps of the Raffles' private infinity edge pool. Details on a luxury Spa, and a specialty restaurant whispered to be helmed by a multi-Michelin-starred Japanese chef, both located conveniently close to the lobby of this new luxury tower, are still under wraps.


Raffles at Galaxy Macau will offer bespoke comfort and privacy, designed intuitively around the needs of each guest, from thoughtfully tailored relaxation and intimate fine dining to an exciting array of bespoke leisure activities, entertainment and luxury shopping at Galaxy Macau, directly connected to the lobby podium.


Mr. Francis Lui, Vice Chairman of GEG, said, "The Raffles brand and heritage is perfectly complementary to our strategy of delivering greater, elevated experiences, and true to our 'World Class, Asian Heart' mantra. This collaboration with Raffles and Accor in the development of Raffles at Galaxy Macau brings yet another differentiated luxury perspective and dimension in GEG's growing portfolio and estate. Aside from offering more diversity in our luxury accommodations at Galaxy Macau, we expect it will also raise the bar to new heights throughout the region."


Mr. Gary Rosen, Chief Executive Officer with Accor Greater China, said, "We are incredibly proud to be collaborating with GEG for the Raffles located at Galaxy Macau, the most ultra-luxurious experience in Macau. As a key destination on the global map, Macau is ideal for our next Raffles. The Raffles at Galaxy Macau will invite guests to experience Raffles' legendary service and impeccable design, offering an oasis of luxury, glamour and adventure in one of the world's most exciting destinations -- it will no doubt become the preferred choice for the most discerning guests."



Mr. Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor meets with Dr. Lui Che Woo, Chairman of GEG


Mr. Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with Accor, said, "This collaboration with GEG marks an important milestone for Raffles Hotels & Resorts and creates a stunning addition to the excitement in Macau. As a future flagship of Accor's luxury portfolio, we are confident that Raffles at Galaxy Macau will exceed our guests' expectations."


As one of the world's leading integrated resorts, hospitality and entertainment companies, GEG offers the largest collection of luxury hotels in Macau -- StarWorld Hotel, Banyan Tree Macau, Galaxy Hotel™, Hotel Okura Macau, JW Marriott Hotel Macau, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, Broadway Hotel, and Andaz Macau to be unveiled in the second half of 2021. The arrival of Raffles at Galaxy Macau will further solidify Galaxy Macau's leading role as a highly sought-after leisure integrated resort destination. Guests who stay at the Raffles at Galaxy Macau will also have easy access to more than 1.1 million square meters of one-stop entertainment, shopping, dining and leisure attractions within the resort.


As Raffles at Galaxy Macau prepares to open, GEG is creating a wide range of new job opportunities for the community. Beyond offering internal transfer positions to current GEG team members, local residents will also be given first priority for employment.


In 1887, the first Raffles Hotel opened in Singapore and since then, has set the standard in hospitality for luxury hotels throughout the world. The Raffles brand is renowned for introducing private butlers, the creation of the Singapore Sling and its enduring, legendary service. Raffles at Galaxy Macau joins 15 distinctive and ultra-luxurious hotels meticulously built in prestigious locations throughout its 133 years of history including Shenzhen and Hainan in Greater China along with Paris, Istanbul, Dubai, Warsaw, Jakarta, Seychelles and other world-renowned destinations. Queen Elizabeth II, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor and many more illustrious celebrities who have stayed with Raffles over the years, add even more color to the legend of the brand.


AOC named as no.1 in Gaming Monitors worldwide in 2020

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For a second consecutive year, AOC has been ranked no.1 in the increasingly competitive gaming-monitor market

 

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 5 March 2021 - Gaming monitor specialist AOC has again been named by IDC as the global market-share leader in gaming monitors*. This impressive achievement validates AOC's ability to tune into the design, innovation, aesthetic and performance needs that are demanded by today's and tomorrow's gaming generation. In particular, it consolidates AOC's strong and consistent brand alignment with the aspirations of a new generation of gaming enthusiasts, at all skill levels.

Meeting fierce industry competition, AOC has successfully developed and marketed monitor models that answer customer requirements at all levels, from casual gamers to full-blooded esports experts, from leisure to professional. Cutting-edge design, leading performance, and cleverly conceived features all play key roles in how AOC is leading the gaming monitor pack, whether it's for entry-, medium-, or high-level gamers. Its 2020 collaboration with renowned Porsche Design to create the PD27 monitor, a perfect fusion of form and function, was a perfect illustration of this, while the striking AG273FXR 'Pink Power' Agon monitor dared to challenge design boundaries while fostering empowerment among its gaming audience.

AOC's drive to work in sync with current performance trends has resulted in higher refresh rates, now up to a whopping 360Hz, larger panel sizes, 1000R curvature, mini-LED backlighting, and, in answer to increasing demand, "Super Wide" and "Ultra Wide" (21:9 and 32:9) monitors. Add in all the benefits of the 240Hz refresh rates selected in many models and Nvidia G-SYNC Ultimate and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro anti-tearing technologies and it is clear to see users get the very best gaming experience. Positive peer reviews across the board in trade and consumer publications have been further evidence of the fundamental success of AOC's market and product strategy. With AOC carrying off prestigious design awards such as RedDot Design Awards in 2020, the strategy is clearly working.


Said Kevin Wu, General Manager of MMD Singapore, "We feel this achievement is a significant recognition of the design and brand excellence that we strive to maintain, even in a situation where this high-growth sector has been given an unexpected boost by the pandemic. Populations worldwide looked for answers to the boredom of being forced to stay home, while many also needed to invest in new equipment for Working from Home (WFH). Going forward, we are determined to continue our leadership role in this hugely competitive field."

As evidence of AOC's success in meeting its audiences' needs, the company launched its own highly popular 'AOC Masters Tournament' esports event in Asia in 2020, quickly gaining an enthusiastic online following, with tens of thousands of participants and followers tracking the fortunes of the esports teams as they battled for the inaugural Masters crown. In this space, AOC further enhanced its brand recognition through collaborations with champion esports teams such as G2 and RNG as well as a long-term event partnership with Redbull and collaboration with the IeSF (International Esports Federation).

Continued Kevin Wu, "AOC's ongoing advancements in monitor technologies have been key to our market successes, and we're particularly proud of some of the high-end monitor ranges that we've launched, such as the premium Agon4, the Porsche Design collaboration, and the G3 Series. These will provide benchmark platforms for our efforts to consolidate our current market position in gaming monitors, with ongoing success a real goal, as we continue to listen and work with the gaming community, and in particular its new members, globally."


*Source: IDC Quarterly Gaming Tracker - Gaming Monitor 2020Q4 (≥100Hz)


About Agon:

To match the increasing demand for a competitive edge and top-tier performance, AOC launched Agon -- AOC's specialist gaming monitor brand. Named after the Ancient Greek word for "struggle" or "contest", the Agon brand represents AOC's engagement with the world of gaming. In addition to embracing new technologies, we've put our money where our mouth is by sponsoring many leading eSports events and teams -- actively driving the emergence of gaming as the global profession it has become today. Whether you're an eSports professional or an aspiring home gamer, Agon's performance-driven specifications and convenient features will eliminate any obstacle encountered on the path to glory.


About AOC:

Sold in over 120 countries, AOC is a market leader in electronic displays and is positioned to be one of the top global brands in providing the best display technology to users worldwide. With nearly 50 years of experience in market analysis and consumer feedback, AOC is dedicated to designing products that address rising technological trends, as well as the diverse and changing needs of different consumers. Our commitment is emphasized through AOC's slogan: 'Vision at Heart' -- at AOC, we've kept the hearts of our users in our vision, and we've kept their vision in our heart. Find out more about AOC at www.aocmonitorap.com


7-SELECT Collaborates with PABLO, the Cheese Tart Bakery from Japan, To Launch 5 Brand-New...

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HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 5 March 2021 - Many of us are big cheese fans and cheese-based desserts are all the rage at the moment. In this update, 7-Eleven's own brand 7-SELECT is collaborating with PABLO, the renowned cheese tart bakery from Shinsaibashi in Osaka, to launch a series of exclusive, limited-edition crossover items. We are proud to present five brand-new 7-SELECT x PABLO creations inspired by PABLO's signature cheese tart including Cheese Bread, Cheese Swiss Roll Cake, Cheese and Mango Flavour Mousse Cake, Apricot Jelly and Cheese Cream Puff, and Apricot Jelly and Cheese Cream Roll Cake. You can now enjoy the unforgettable cream cheese taste of this must-try Japanese souvenir right on your doorstep anytime, anywhere at 7-Eleven!




For more details, please refer to the below table:

Lusciously Creamy

7-SELECT x PABLO Cheese Bread

($10)

This soft and fluffy bun is made using 100% Japanese flour. With every bite, you'll love its smooth and rich cream cheese filling. It tastes even better warmed up!


Made in Japan

7-SELECT x PABLO Cheese Swiss Roll Cake

($13)

A swirl of cream cheese runs through this featherlight swiss roll cake that is made using 100% Japanese flour. Savour the combination of the sponge's buttery flavour and the slightly salty taste of cream cheese.


Tastes as Good as it Looks!

7-SELECT x PABLO Cheese & Mango Flavour Mousse Cake ($23)

This adorably cute mousse cake is shaped just like a cartoonish chunk of cheese. Totally Instaworthy, it boasts perfectly balanced mango and rich cream cheese flavours that are a pure delight to the senses!

Made in Japan

7-SELECT x PABLO Apricot Jelly and Cheese Cream Puff

($15)

These custardy puffs are filled with PABLO's signature cream cheese and a sweet yet slightly sharp apricot jelly - a simply sensational combination of flavours!


Made in Japan

7-SELECT x PABLO Apricot Jelly and Cheese Cream Roll Cake ($15)

The appearance of this soft and custardy dessert takes inspiration from PABLO's iconic cheese tart. The rich and smooth cheese-flavoured cake is topped off with apricot jelly, so both mouth-wateringly sweet and tangy.


The above prices are valid from 3 - 16 Mar 2021. Prices may change without prior notice. The product price at the store shall prevail.


4 in 5 Businesses Affirm That Workflow Automation Enhances Employees’ Work Rather Than Replace...

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  • 81% of employers say that workflow automation will enhance employees' work instead of replacing them, though 63% highlighted lack of background knowledge to utilise workflow automation being a major challenge.
  • They highlight the reasons for adopting Workflow Automation being 'better utilisation of resources' (74%), 'carrying out mundane or tedious tasks' (70%), 'reducing operational risks' (58%) and 'improving company's business performance' (53%).
  • 75% of Singapore employers say their organisations have experience with workflow automation while 25% of survey respondents plan to adopt workflow automation in the next 12 months.


SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 5 March 2021 - Despite four in five (81%) employers saying that workflow automation will enhance employees' work instead of replacing them, a number of challenges are still holding these organisations back. About two in three of them highlighted obstacles related to knowledge gaps such as 'a lack of background knowledge to utilise workflow automation technologies' (63%), and 'the inability to establish the correct workflow' (62%).




These are some of the key findings from the recently launched NTUC LearningHub (NTUC LHUB) Industry Insights Report on Workflow Automation in Singapore. The report is based on in-depth interviews with industry experts, UiPath and NTUC LHUB, and a survey involving 300 business decision-makers across industries in Singapore.


In addition, while a majority of businesses (75%) say their organisations have experience with workflow automation, almost half (43%) of them say that they lack buy-in from employees to adopt these technologies. In the job market, more than half (56%) of employers are willing to offer a premium to hire talent in workflow automation, but three in five (58%) employers highlight that there is inadequate interest among job seekers.


The contrast between employers' positive attitudes towards workflow automation and employees' ambivalent views highlights the need to showcase to the public a different perspective about how such technologies benefit both organisations and staff members, such as achieving 'better utilisation of resources' (74%), 'carrying out mundane or tedious tasks' (70%), and 'reducing operational risks' (58%).


Anthony Chew, Director of ICT Product Division at NTUC LHUB says, "In a turbulent COVID-19 environment, the imperative for a company to invest in efficiency and productivity is as weighty as educating its workforce. With that in mind, it is key that business leaders assuage any anxiety their workers might have of new technologies so that they can truly harness the power of automated systems. Employees must also see the adoption of workflow automation as an opportunity to thrive in areas involving critical thinking and decision-making -- skills which are irreplaceable by machines. This is why we urge workers to learn about workflow automation in order to fully understand and best utilise it, rather than to fear it."


"The pandemic has reinforced the importance of building agility and resilience and Singaporean companies are seeing the cost benefits and versatility that automation solutions such as RPA (Robotic Process Automation) provide," says Chris Loo, Managing Director, Southeast Asia, UiPath. "This will continue as more companies digitise and Singapore attracts companies from high-growth sectors such as fintech, biotechnology, renewable energy and others. Employees who are skilled in deep tech areas such as RPA, AI/ML and cybersecurity will add significant value, and be in high demand."


To download the Industry Insights: Workflow Automation report, visit https://www.ntuclearninghub.com/workflow-automation-2021.


About UiPath

UiPath has a vision to deliver the Fully Automated Enterprise™, one where companies use automation to unlock their greatest potential. UiPath offers an end-to-end platform for automation, combining the leading Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities that enable every organization to rapidly scale digital business operations. Visit www.uipath.com


About NTUC LearningHub

NTUC LearningHub is the leading Continuing Education and Training provider in Singapore which aims to transform the lifelong employability of working people. Since our corporatisation in 2004, we have been working employers and individual learners to provide learning solutions in areas such as Cloud, Infocomm Technology, Healthcare, Employability & Literacy, Business Excellence, Workplace Safety & Health, Security, Human Resources and Foreign Worker Training.


To date, NTUC LearningHub has helped over 25,000 organisations and achieved over 2.5 million training places across more than 500 courses with a pool of over 460 certified trainers. As a Total Learning Solutions provider to organisations, we also forge partnerships and offer a wide range of relevant end-to-end training solutions and work constantly to improve our training quality and delivery. In 2020, we have accelerated our foray into online learning with our Virtual Live Classes and, through working with best-in-class partners such as IBM, DuPont Sustainable Solutions and GO1, asynchronous online courses.


For more information, visit www.ntuclearninghub.com.


Working together, the Akita Shirakami area rethinks tourism in the age of Covid-19 through...

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AKITA PREFECTURE, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 5 March 2021 - Focusing on community collaboration, DMO Akita Shirakami Tourism announced two new projects to promote safe travel to the Akita Shirakami area. Their newest PR video highlighted the safety of the area's vast wilderness, and their Kamashi Meshi project mobilized restaurants committed to Covid-19 safety precautions, to create new menu items that concentrated on local ingredients to attract new visitors amidst a pandemic that has greatly affected small business.


New PR video shows how travel in Akita is safe:

Akita prefecture has some of the lowest numbers of Covid-19 cases in Japan. The small population and boundless natural setting are reflected in the newest PR video which shows that travelers to the Akita Shirakami area are guaranteed a safe and authentic Japan experience all to themselves. Watch here: https://visitshirakami.com/news/4424/    

Kamashi Meshi Project helps small businesses affected by the pandemic through new menu items and Covid-19 safety:

In addition to the UNESCO recognized nature, travelers can taste the bounties of the Akita Shirakami area and support small businesses that have been affected by the pandemic through the Kamashi Meshi project. Restaurants got together to create a series of menu items that followed criteria such as using over four local ingredients. In the Akita dialect, kamashi means "to mix." Paired with meshi (food), the hearty dishes are packed with flavors that meld together and can be transformed with original toppings. Dishes feature luxury ingredients like abalone, watershield, and a local beef called Tsurugata-gyu. All restaurants have adjusted their spaces to ensure safe dining. Learn more: https://visitshirakami.com/news/4223/

The Akita Shirakami area is a hidden gem for adventurous nature and food lovers. For travel inspiration, the Visit Shirakami Facebook page run by Akita Shirakami Tourism frequently posts the area's charming attractions.

About Akita Shirakami Tourism

Akita Shirakami Tourism is a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) that was created by locals in 2019 to revitalize Noshiro city and the surrounding towns of Fujisato, Mitane, and Happo through inbound tourism. Home to UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site Shirakami Sanchi, they promote authentic travel experiences for travelers through their partnership with community businesses, and use of online platforms. Their Facebook page has over 10,000 followers!

Amazon Singapore empowers women-owned small businesses this International Women’s Day

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Amazon Singapore encourages consumers to shop from small businesses and bolsters support for sellers by shining the spotlight on women entrepreneurs, including founders of maternity needs brand Hegen, social enterprise HoneySpree, and skincare label Porcelain

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 5 March 2021 - This International Women's Day (IWD), Amazon Singapore is celebrating women who are the driving force behind successful homegrown small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). From creating jobs and enabling financial independence in their communities to championing eco-friendly business practices, the founders have been persevering through challenges to create a better future for all. By sharing their inspirational stories and unique product offerings on a dedicated storefront, Amazon Singapore hopes to inspire more entrepreneurs and consumers to #ChooseToChallenge gender stereotypes and empower local business owners, regardless of their gender, to sell online and scale globally.

Amazon Singapore has long been supportive of Singapore's journey to become a global e-commerce hub. While local businesses continue to play a central role in the company's DNA and success, Amazon recognizes that empowering women and supporting their businesses is the key to maximizing Singapore's economic potential, with research showing that increasing gender equality in the workforce could add up to S$26 billion to the country's GDP by 2025[1].

The dedicated storefront on Amazon.sg will showcase stories and products offered by 12 women-owned businesses over the next 4 weeks -- from craft supplies to baby and maternity essentials. Starting today, customers can read more about the journey and motivations of the featured entrepreneurs, shop their offerings on Amazon.sg and enjoy promotions on selected products as part of the IWD celebration.



Featured sellers include Yvon Bock, founder of baby and maternity lifestyle brand Hegen; Beth Candice Wu, founder of local gift company and social enterprise HoneySpree; Pauline Ng, founder of cult-premium skincare brand Porcelain; Suzanne Vetillart, CEO of sustainable handcrafted jewelry brand Boma Jewelry; Trimongsowati Sekarpantjawati, founder of holistic wellness brand Botanica Culture; Connie Tan, founder of creative craft supplies shop Glittery Garden; and Sarah Jean Rodrigues, founder of local wine company Wine with Us.


Bernard Tay, Country Leader, Amazon.sg Seller Services and Head of Amazon Global Selling Southeast Asia, said: "Women are a critical force for Singapore's economic progress and the growth of their businesses fuels our collective success. At Amazon, we are committed to offering equal opportunities for all sellers to help them unleash their entrepreneurial potential, regardless of their gender and background. Amazon is proud to mark this year's International Women's Day by celebrating the resilience of women entrepreneurs and showcasing their success stories. We hope that their experiences will resonate with other entrepreneurs, encouraging them to #ChooseToChallenge gender conventions and grow their businesses globally with us."


"As an advocate for women upliftment and a mother myself, my mission has been to empower stay-at-home moms (SAHMs) to achieve financial independence while caring for their children," said Beth Wu, founder of HoneySpree.

Founded by Beth Candice Wu, HoneySpree is a social enterprise specializing in customizable mini honey jars. The company employs stay-at-home moms (SAHMs) to ease their financial burden, giving back 30 cents to their network of SAHMs for every mini honey jar sold. To keep operational costs low and focus on growing her business by reaching more consumers, Beth decided to sell online and turned to Amazon for her logistics and order fulfillment needs.


In addition to the dedicated storefront, Amazon is teaming up with Enterprise Singapore to help local retailers, including women-run businesses, sell online and scale globally. Enterprise Singapore will support these efforts through the Market Readiness Assistance (MRA) scheme, offering S$100,000 maximum per new country, for up to 70% of eligible costs for overseas promotion, overseas business development and overseas country set up. Female entrepreneurs can thus avail tools and resources to sell online with Amazon.sg, expand their business across Amazon's 20 stores worldwide, and reach more customers anywhere.

Check out Amazon.sg's storefront featuring women-owned SMBs here. To find out more about how SMBs can sell on Amazon, visit https://www.amazon.sg/sell.


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Other women entrepreneurs featured on Amazon.sg's dedicated storefront include:

Boma Jewelry

Jewelry

In 1981, Boma Jewelry was founded by the parents of current-day CEO Suzanne Vetillart in Seattle, Washington, offering customers accessible, sustainable, and ethically-made fine jewelry. Suzanne aims to continuously improve the brand's supply chain and champion environmentally-friendly practices.

In addition, she founded the Boma Girl Fund in 2016 to donate proceeds to community programs for the company's workers and their families.

Boma Jewelry started selling on Amazon.sg in 2020 to gain access to the local consumer market and leverage Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) to reduce operational costs and expand on a global scale.

Botanica Culture

Personal Care

Botanica Culture is a holistic wellness brand founded in Singapore in 2011, offering organic and cruelty-free personal care products such as organic toothpaste and skincare oils. Founder Trimongsowati Sekarpantjawati leaned on her expertise as a chemist for 25 years to develop safe and effective products.

The brand aims to empower women by employing single mothers in a village in Indonesia so they can provide their children with a better education.

Botanica Culture has recently started selling on Amazon.sg to broaden their customer reach and tap on the local seller community. The brand also plans to expand the business internationally with the help of Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA).



Glittery Garden

Arts & Craft

Glittery Garden is an online craft supplies store that designs, produces and sells creative and budget-friendly party and DIY craft items.

Founder Connie Tan turned her passion for crafts into a small business when she noticed the lack of party decoration options in the market.

Since 2016, within a year of selling internationally on Amazon, business sales grew by 400% and with Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA), Glittery Garden expanded from the US marketplace to Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia and Singapore.


Hegen

Baby & Maternity

Launched in 2015, Hegen is a baby and maternity brand that offers multifunctional and revolutionary baby products to enhance the breastfeeding experience for mothers.

Founder Yvon Bock aims to support working mums and make a difference in their lives by positively impacting their breastfeeding journey.


In 2016, Hegen began selling on Amazon.com and has since expanded to Amazon.uk and Amazon.sg after finding success in the US market. Selling on Amazon has opened the brand to marketing and selling globally -- allowing Hegen to reach mummies around the world.


Porcelain

Skincare

Porcelain is a cult-premium skincare brand from Singapore established in 2009, with the vision to marry craftsmanship and technology to create the future of skincare. 

Founder Pauline Ng was inspired by her mother's passion for helping others achieve healthy skin and decided to turn her family knowledge into a full-time business.

Last year, Porcelain began selling on Amazon.sg to extend its reach online, grow its customer base and leverage Amazon's onsite solutions to manage business accounts easily.

Wine With Us

Wine & Spirits

Wine With Us is a local wine company that offers high-quality imported wine at affordable prices.

Founder Sarah Jean Rodrigues saw a glaring lack of selection in the local wine industry and decided to start her company 'Wine With Us' to offer consumers a bigger portfolio of quality wine.

Last year, Wine With Us started selling on Amazon.sg to reduce operational costs, reach a wider customer base online, and gain more exposure for their product offerings.




[1] McKinsey Global Institute: The power of parity: Advancing women's equality in Asia Pacific

https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/gender-equality/the-power-of-parity-advancing-womens-equality-in-asia-pacific


About Amazon

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

Yuexiu REIT Announces 2020 Annual Results

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Guangzhou IFC sees rapid recovery in 2H2020 and revenue up 31% compared to 1H2020;Yuexiu REIT's overall performance strongly rebounded

 

The overall operation remained with end-of-period occupancy grew higher

  • Revenue and net property income for 2020 were RMB1.759 billion and RMB1.323 billion respectively.
  • Total assets wasRMB36.260 billion, and property valuation reached RMB34.488 billion.
  • The overall end-of-period property occupancy rate was approximately 92.8%, up by 0.2 percentage points from 92.6% in 2019 despite adverse market conditions. Of which, 91.3% was for office, 98.0% for retail and 94.0% for wholesale.

Guangzhou IFC continued to play key role in business, with a rapid rebound in 2H2020

  • Revenue of Guangzhou IFC was RMB931 million, accounting for 53% of total income, and revenue in 2H2020 increased by 31% compared to 1H. Guangzhou IFC's office operation team mitigated the pressure from substantial tenancy early termination, and offices maintained a 29% premium over comparable market rental price, of which the unit rental price of renewed leases increased by 6.3% year on year. The operation of Guangzhou IFC shopping mall restored to the pre-pandemic level, with revenue growth of 12.2% in 2H2020, as compared with first half of the year. Performance of Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou rebounded in 2H2020, with revenue increasing by 157.7% compared with 1H. The average occupancy rate of Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou was 80.1% in 2H2020, representing an increase of 45.9 percentage points. Its average annual occupancy rate that was 2.4 percentage points higher than its competitors, and an average daily room rate 40% higher than its competitors. Ascott Serviced Apartment recorded revenue growth of 12.4% in 2H2020 compared with 1H2020. The average occupancy rate in 2H2020 was 86.7%, representing an increase of 9.2 percentage points from 1H2020. Its annual occupancy rate was 13 percentage points higher than its competitors, and the average daily room rate was 44.7% higher than its competitors. Ascott Serviced Apartment ranked first both in operating revenue and GOP in Ascott China for five consecutive years.

Remarkable performance of growth properties in consecutive three years

  • Wuhan Properties and Hangzhou Victory are the growth properties of the REIT. Operating income of Wuhan Properties was RMB179.3 million, representing a year-on-year increase of 5.7%. In which, the end-of-period occupancy rate of Wuhan Yuexiu Fortune Centre was 87.1%, representing a year-on-year increase of 12.1 percentage points. Rental price was RMB96.3 per sq.m., up 1.0% year on year.
  • Revenue of Hangzhou Victory separately was RMB32.5 million, up by 1.6% year on year. The end-of-period occupancy rate increased 3.8 percentage points year on year to 95.9%. Rental price was RMB119.6 per sq.m., up 1.5% year on year.

Effective cost controls from operation and taxation

  • Operating and management cost of hotel and apartments decreased 22% year on year.
  • Through active and effective tax management, tax expenses decreased 28% year on year.

Sufficient financial resources to ensure the needs of operating and distributions

  • As at 31 December 2020, the Group's cash and cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits amounted to approximately RMB1.8256 billion, demonstrating that the Group has sufficient financial resources to satisfy its financial commitments and working capital requirements.

Optimized the structure of long- and short-term debt refinancing and active refinancing plan persued

  • The Group enjoyed the benefit of low financing costs by maintaining appropriate exposure to floating interest rate. As at the end of 2020, the overall average financing interest rate was 3.01%, a decrease of 119 basis points from 4.20% at the beginning of the year.
  • Successfully issued USD400 million 5-year corporate bond with a coupon rate of 2.65% in January 2021. The issuance was well received by the market and was oversubscribed by more than 8 times. The Group effectively reduced its financing costs and optimized its debt structure.

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 4 March 2021 - Yuexiu Real Estate Investment Trust ("Yuexiu REIT ", which together with Yuexiu REIT Asset Management Limited, is referred to as the "Fund", HKEX stock code: 00405) announced its annual results ended 31 December 2020.

Effective response to the impact of COVID-19 to maintain stable overall operation

The year 2020 is an unprecedent year in which China is the only major economy in the world which recorded a positive growth amid adversities. The year 2020 also marked the 15th anniversary of the listing of Yuexiu REIT. By successfully overcoming the impact at the onset of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and leveraging on its excellent operating capacity and good underlying assets, the Manager delivered a highly commendable results to the unitholders with a stable recovery in operating results in the second half of the year and a high occupancy rate of office buildings. Yuexiu REIT has demonstrated its strong operating resilience and vitality. Meanwhile, in order to maintain the momentum, stabilize existing tenants and introduce quality brands, the Manager rolled out a plan to renovate some of the properties for the purpose of value preservation and asset appreciation. As at 31 December 2020, the valuation of Yuexiu REIT's portfolio amounted to approximately RMB34.488 billion. Distribution to each unitholder for the year of 2020 was RMB0.1985 which is equivalent to HK$0.2293 per unit, representing a yield of approximately 6.07% based on the closing price of HK$3.78 per unit as at 31 December 2020 (2019: 5.14%).

Guangzhou IFC

Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, rental demand for Grade A offices shrank conspicuously and tenants' ability to afford high rentals diminished, which led to an ongoing high risk of lease termination and a reduced willingness in tenants to expand their leased area. GZIFC's office operation team made flexible adjustments in business solicitation strategies to acquire tenants, endeavored to build up a reputation for its effective property management service in pandemic prevention to increase tenants' viscosity and actively explored the demand of existing tenants to expand their office area. Meanwhile, through the introduction of quality tenants via multiple channels, the operation team effectively mitigated the vacancy pressure from tenancy termination and ensured a long-term and stable existing tenant base. In 2020, GZIFC successfully brought in an array of renowned enterprises such as CCB Fintech, Hyundai Insurance and Mango TV, and the unit rent as at the end of 2020 of GZIFC maintained a 29% premium over comparable market rental level, among which, the unit rental price of renewed leases increased by 6.3% year on year. GZIFC shopping mall conducted intensive themed activities and introduced differentiated commercial resources to vigorously facilitate customer flow recovery and boost operating income. As a result, the footfall in 2020 rebounded to nearly 80% of that in the previous year. The sales amount in 2020 restored to over 80% of that in the last year.


Hotel and serviced apartment were the two sectors that were the most impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, various measures were taken to control cost, explore customer sources and optimize catering, with an aim to speed up operation recovery and enhance performance. As a result, in 2020, Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou recorded an average annual occupancy rate that was 2.4 percentage points higher than its competitors, and an average daily room rate 40% higher than that of the peers, while the RevPAR index of the hotel reached 145.9. An occupancy rate of 83.3%, and daily room rate of RMB1,930 was recorded by the Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou in December 2020. Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou was awarded, for six consecutive years, "Forbes Travel Guide 2020 Five-star Hotel Award" by Forbes Travel Guide. Ascott Serviced Apartment Guangzhou demonstrated a strong risk resistance capacity during the pandemic, and adopted the operation strategies targeted to stabilize long-term tenants and increase short-term tenants throughout the year. The occupancy rate of apartment was 82.2%, 13 percentage points higher than its competitors. The average daily room rent stood at RMB979, and approximately 44.7% higher than its competitors. The RevPAR index hit a record high of 171.8.


Wuhan Properties

Yuexiu Fortune Center successfully overcame the predicament in the post-pandemic period by strengthening tenants acquisition, reinforcing online marketing, responding to customers' needs efficiently and proactively managing risky tenants. Yuexiu Fortune Center achieved newly contracted area of 41,000 sq.m. in 2020, and successfully brought in tenants such as China Resources Snow Breweries and Taikang Life Insurance, both being in the Fortune Global 500 enterprises, as well as ten other industry-leading enterprises. Yue Xiu Fortune Center's occupancy rate in 2020 increased by 12 percentage points to a record high of 87.1%, making it on the first league in Wuhan.


Starry Victoria Shopping Centre has proposed differentiated lease restructuring schemes to its 49 premium tenants. Taking into account the consumer vouchers issued by the government and the actual operation of the tenants, it offered targeted assistance with an aim to unleash the rental value of principal tenants. During the year, eight additional categories including new energy vehicles were introduced. Through a sustained structural optimization in products operation, the second floor in Mall B attained a year-on-year increase of 41% in operating results and a 163% year-on-year increase in sales amount of new brands, making the shopping mall increasingly attractive to customers. With regard to marketing and promotion, it fully managed the online and offline activities to promote sales of tenants, and the sales amount at year end restored to 97.3%.


White Horse Building

The management team of White Horse Building actively explored customer resources and made vigorous efforts in acquiring potential tenants and transformation of premium brands, which accumulated a reserve of 981 potential tenants, among them, a number of strong brands became the tenants of White Horse Building. As a result, at the end of 2020, it recorded an occupancy rate of 94% which was higher than the market average and a unit rental price of RMB535 per sq. m. which continued to rank first in this business district. It also implemented differentiated leasing policies to support tenants' operation, and effectively stabilized the key premium tenants. Besides, it smoothly carried out the optimization and adjustment in lease renewals on the sixth floor and strategic lease extension on the second floor, which led to an optimization in brands on the sixth floor by phasing out the brands not in line with the floor positioning, ensured a stable operation and laid down a good foundation for future optimization of tenant mix.


Shanghai Yue Xiu Tower

Shanghai office leasing market continued its downward trend, with a continued rise in vacancy rate and a fall in rental rate in Small Lujiazui Area and Zhuyuan Area. In this context, Yue Xiu Tower attempted to ensure good operation and stabilize occupancy rate through enhancement in four aspects including channel, product, price and property management, the occupancy rate climbed from 81.1%, the lowest point during the pandemic, to 92.6%, continuing to lead in Zhuyuan Area.


Fortune Plaza, City Development Plaza

Fortune Plaza successfully introduced premium customers with high net worth such as Guangdong Nanyue Bank and China Guangfa Bank, and the newly contracted area for the year was over 10,000 sq.m.. In addition, it also conducted proactive screening for existing risky customers, aimed at striving for new opportunities for a better position in acquiring future tenants and building up the customer reserve. City Development Plaza successfully introduced well-known enterprises as its tenants such as Covance, Spectris and China Audit Asia Pacific CPA, which rapidly filled up the vacant area. Furthermore, it also completed the lease renewal of approximately 8,000 sq. m. for a visa centre on its podium, thus stabilizing the occupancy rate of the building.


Victory Plaza

The Victory management team conducted a quick survey on post-epidemic consumption and brand expansion needs, formulated timely adjustment strategies and measures, and precisely and efficiently attracted targeted potential tenants. Victory Plaza introduced a number of top brands of diverse business formats, so as to achieve the enrichment of business formats and the optimization of brands on the first two floors, as well as the re-positioning and brand promotion of the food & beverage outlets on the fifth and sixth floor in the mall. A total of approximately 7,000 sq. m. of newly contracted area was accomplished during the year, and the renewal rent for expiring area increased by approximately 4%.


Hangzhou Victory

Hangzhou Victory made great effort in expanding its customer resources. Through utilizing the favorable opportunity arising from the presence of Hangzhou Customs as its significant tenant, it also rapidly renewed the lease with Qiantang Wisevalley, its first anchor tenant, and successfully introduced two Fortune 500 companies, China Railway Construction and China Communications Water Conservancy, and a number of high-quality enterprises. The newly signed and renewed lease area was approximately 9,000 square meters for the year, and retained multiple core tenants of the building.


Active promotion of asset appreciation projects to achieve value preservation and appreciation of properties

In the year of 2020, the Manager continued to invest in a number of asset renovation and upgrading projects, which included carrying out the unit decoration of GZIFC office buildings of about 4,300 sq.m. in total, upgrading projects on the image of Ascott Serviced Apartment, replacing fresh air ventilators and upgrading video surveillance system of City Development Plaza, the generator refitting project of White House Building, upgrading video surveillance system and renovating washrooms in Shanghai Yue Xiu Tower and decorating its leasing units of about 4,800 square meters, decorating the office area around 2,000 square meters at Wuhan Yuexiu Fortune Center. Total investment was approximately RMB47 million. The vacancy periods for the renovated office units of each projects were effectively shortened and increased the level of rent, which improved the operating efficiency and business environment of the projects on a continuous basis.


Mr. Lin Deliang, Chairman, Executive Director and CEO of Yuexiu REIT said, "In 2021, China will continue to lead the world in economic recovery. The after-effect of the pandemic will gradually abate. The market can expect to improve. Yuexiu REIT will capitalize on the recovery in both consumption and the market as well as the economic restructuring by continuously taking the initiative in management, adjusting its property rental strategy flexibly and fully unlocking the potential value. Yuexiu REIT is committed to triggering off a second wave of growth in its business. Meanwhile, Yuexiu REIT will continue to seek for quality projects that fit in with its investment strategy, grasp opportunities for investment with growth potential, optimize its asset structure and improve the quality of its assets with a view to generating returns consistently for the unitholders.


About Yuexiu REIT

Yuexiu Real Estate Investment Trust ("Yuexiu REIT", HKEX stock code: 00405) was listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited on 21 December 2005. It is the first listed real estate investment trust in the world investing in properties on the mainland of the People's Republic of China. Yuexiu REIT's properties portfolio consists of eight high-quality properties including Guangzhou International Finance Center, White Horse Building, Fortune Plaza, City Development Plaza, Victory Plaza, Shanghai Yue Xiu Tower, and Wuhan Properties (including "Wuhan Yuexiu Fortune Centre", "Starry Victoria Shopping Centre" and certain Carpark Spaces) and Hangzhou Victory, with a total area of ownership of approximately 973,000 square meters.


Cryptology Asset Group: Leads $30 Million Series B Funding Round of Neobroker nextmarkets

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The Alan Howard and Peter Thiel-backed fintech has grown at an average rate of 207% (CAGR) since its launch in 2018.

 

VALLETTA, MALTA - EQS Newswire - 4 March 2021 - Cryptology Asset Group (ISIN: MT0001770107; Ticker: 4UD), a leading European investment company for blockchain- and crypto-related business models, announced it has led a $30 million Series B funding round of nextmarkets, alongside Alan Howard. Since going live in 2018, the innovative FinTech company from Cologne has grown at an average rate of 207% (CAGR), executing well over one million securities transactions in its second full financial year. Nextmarkets is also one of the easiest ways for European retail investors to trade Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.


As a major shareholder in nextmarkets, the closing of the Series B fundraise has a positive effect on Cryptology's NAV/share of €7.85, demonstrating how quickly the innovative fintech has grown. Cryptology announced today that overall NAV, as of February 28th, 2021, is estimated to be €172.54, well above the price/share it is currently trading at.


The additional capital is intended to further accelerate the European expansion of nextmarkets, founded in Cologne in 2014, and establish the growing fintech as the leading neobroker in Europe. In addition to Germany and Austria, six further countries - the United Kingdom, Portugal, the Netherlands, France, Spain and Italy - were launched at the end of 2020. The financing round seals a successful 2020 financial year in which the company was able to multiply all key KPIs such as the number of executed transactions, customer deposits, as well as the number of customers.


Cryptology's founding investor, Christian Angermayer, said "We are just at the very beginning of a new retail boom on stock markets. However, the crisis of confidence towards other neobrokers in connection with the Gamestop phenomenon has shown how important it is to choose the right partner. Nextmarkets is 100% transparent, stands completely on its own two feet including its own banking license, and offers true zero-commission trading in stocks, with no hidden fees or limited investment universe. And investors can also trade Bitcoin easily and conveniently with nextmarkets."


"The closing of this fundraise shows our commitment to empower the most innovative crypto-related companies in the world," said Patrick Lowry, Cryptology's newly appointed CEO. "Less than two weeks on the job and we have already made two new investments in amazing companies, with many more in the pipeline. The sleeping giant that is Cryptology is waking!"


Earlier this year, Cryptology shares started trading on several German exchanges including Börse Düsseldorf, Gettex and Tradegate. In order to increase trading liquidity and open up to new shareholder groups, Cryptology is exploring an international listing.


The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.


About Cryptology Asset Group p.l.c.

Cryptology is a leading European crypto asset and blockchain-related business model investment company. Founded by Christian Angermayer's family office, Apeiron Investment Group and crypto-legend Mike Novogratz, Cryptology is the largest publicly traded holding company for blockchain- and crypto-based business models in Europe. Noteworthy portfolio companies include crypto-giant and EOS publisher block.one, leading HPC provider Northern Data, commission-free online neobroker nextmarkets, and crypto asset management group Iconic Holding.


About Nextmarkets:

Nextmarkets is Europe's commission-free neobroker. In addition to truly commission-free trading of shares and ETFs for €0 via the stock exchange, the Fintech company boasts an advanced, highly flexible proprietary technology platform, as well as an extensive set of hard-to-get licenses and regulatory approvals, giving it full control over its own product and flexibility to innovate in ways that other online brokers cannot. The platform also hosts professional investors who generate up to 300 curated investment ideas for users every month - free of charge and in real time. Nextmarkets, with offices in Cologne, Lisbon and Malta, currently employs a team of 39 and is backed by leading venture capitalists such as Peter Thiel, Christian Angermayer, Founders Fund, Axel Springer, Falk Strascheg and the publicly listed FinLab AG.


Advanced Energy Unveils 48-Volt DC-Input Power Supply for Telecom and Computing Applications

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DENVER, COLORADO - Media OutReach - 4 March 2021 - Advanced Energy (Nasdaq: AEIS) -- a global leader in highly engineered, precision power conversion, measurement, and control solutions -- today unveiled a new 48-volt DC-input power supplies designed for compute, storage and networking applications. The new Artesyn CSU2000ADC-3 joins the company's market-leading CSU series of AC-DC power conversion solutions and broadens AE's product portfolio to meet data center power supply needs for telecommunications, data communications, cloud infrastructure and enterprise IT customers.




The CSU2000ADC-3 has 48 V input and 12 V output at 2000 W. This new DC-DC power supply is the industry's only 2 kW carrier-grade power supply, providing unmatched scalability and a path for power capacity flexibility while satisfying unique carrier requirements for input cabling. It features an industry standard common redundant power supply (CRPS) form factor, making it simple for customers to design into their systems. Designed to serve a wide range of applications in traditional AC data centers, DC telco central offices, as well as increasingly-common DC data centers, the CSU2000ADC-3 delivers universal usage across these three environments, which reduces customers' development time, cost and risk.


"Our customers want a one-stop partner for power conversion solutions and this introduction of a 48-volt DC-input power supply is the next important milestone in building our complete CSU series portfolio," said Brian Korn, vice president and general manager of data center computing, telecom and network products, Advanced Energy. "Our new CSU2000ADC-3 provides our customers with the predictable performance and future-proof system designs they've come to expect from AE."


The introduction of the CSU2000ADC-3 comes at a time of exponential growth in data computing, storage and networking, fueled by accelerated adoption of cloud computing and Internet usage, as well as growing investments in hyperscale data center infrastructure, as the world experiences the 4th industrial revolution. To meet the growing demand, today's data centers require increased compute density and that in turn requires a higher level of power density, where AE continues to lead the industry.


For detailed product information and technical specifications, visit the CSU2000ADC-3 product web page and the product data sheet.


About Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy (Nasdaq: AEIS) is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of highly engineered, precision power conversion, measurement and control solutions for mission-critical applications and processes. AE's power solutions enable customer innovation in complex applications for a wide range of industries including semiconductor equipment, industrial, manufacturing, telecommunications, data center computing and healthcare. With engineering know-how and responsive service and support around the globe, the company builds collaborative partnerships to meet technology advances, propel growth for its customers and innovate the future of power. Advanced Energy has devoted more than three decades to perfecting power for its global customers and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, USA. For more information, visit www.advancedenergy.com.

Advanced Energy | Precision. Power. Performance.


Kinaxis Named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning...

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Kinaxis evaluated on both execution and vision with furthest placement for completeness of vision in the Leaders quadrant

 

OTTAWA, CANADA - Media OutReach - 4 March 2021 - Kinaxis® Inc. (TSX:KXS), the authority in driving agility for fast, confident decision-making in an unpredictable world, today announced it has been named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning Solutions. The company is recognized for both the ability to execute and its completeness of vision. Kinaxis is positioned furthest on the Completeness of Vision axis amongst those in the Leaders quadrant 1.

A complimentary copy of the report can be downloaded from Kinaxis. This is the seventh consecutive time Kinaxis has been named a Leader in a Gartner Magic Quadrant related to supply chain planning 1 .

"In the face of the unprecedented level of disruption over the past year, corporate supply chains have never been more relevant and doing nothing to improve planning has become the biggest risk. Supply chain leaders at companies of all sizes have recognized a need for a transformational shift to agility and resiliency based on a new planning technique -- concurrent planning, that only Kinaxis can provide," said John Sicard, CEO of Kinaxis. "Kinaxis uniquely combines AI, analytics and human intelligence to empower innovative manufacturers to eliminate functional silos and cost-effectively optimize the potential of their supply chains in just a few weeks."

Continued Sicard, "We believe we are the leading innovator based on vision in the market and are thrilled with our positioning for our current, proven RapidResponse platform. Kinaxis takes pride in our talented team, the collaborative relationships we have with our customer and partner community and helping advance the craft of supply chain planning for the benefit of the planet."

Top-tier manufacturers around the world use Kinaxis in the aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer products, high-tech and electronics, industrial, life sciences and retail industries, including Unilever, Schneider Electric, Flex, Merck, Technicolor, Alstom and Honda, and many others.

"Schneider Electric's supply chain digitalization journey, including our work with Kinaxis, has allowed us to function as a truly global enterprise," said Mourad Tamoud, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Schneider Electric. "Through our engagement with Kinaxis, we have found them to be industry-leading, and the partnership has enabled us to have greater transparency, wider collaboration and increasingly autonomous high-quality decision-making throughout the organization."

Kinaxis RapidResponse® is a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform purpose-built for planning, leveraging patented in-memory database technology and always-on algorithms. Combined with Kinaxis' unique concurrent planning technique and AI, RapidResponse helps global manufacturers gain agile and resilient supply chains. The Kinaxis suite of ready-to-deploy planning applications (S&OP / IBP, Demand, Supply, Command & Control Center, Inventory, Live Lens Insights) is optimized with industry best practice processes and robust analytics that are synchronized across long and short-term planning and across the end-to-end network from customers to suppliers. The RapidResponse platform is uniquely extensible to build, access or connect to custom applications, algorithms and external systems across the supply network ecosystem.

Kinaxis helps customers accelerate value realization with multiple deployment options to go-live in as little as six weeks. These seamlessly expandable options allow companies to start now and focus on the most important initiatives. All based on RapidResponse, these options can grow over time to meet budget, team and change management needs along the digital transformation journey.

"Gartner defines a supply chain planning (SCP) solution as a platform that provides technology support which allows a company to manage, link, align, collaborate and share its planning data across an extended supply chain. It supports demand creation through to the detailed supply-side response and from strategic planning through tactical-level planning. An SCP solution is the planning decision repository for a defined end-to-end supply chain and is the environment in which end-to-end integrated supply chains are managed. It establishes a single version of the truth for the plan data and decisions, regardless of the underlying execution technology environment." 1

The SCP market was worth $5.2 billion in 2019 and is projected to grow at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5% according to the Gartner Forecast: Enterprise Application Software, Worldwide, 2018-2024, 4Q20 Update. 2

According to Gartner, "Leaders demonstrate strong SCP solution vision and execution capabilities. They have a broad, deep and differentiated functionality that addresses a broad range of user requirements. Their coverage across the three categories of planning capability -- configure, optimize and respond -- is good enough, with a good balance across the categories now and/or planned for the future. They have a reasonable range of features to support a user's maturity journey. Their visions for supporting the three paradigms of SCP -- algorithmic SCP, digital supply chain planning and resilient planning -- align with Gartner's vision. When these three paradigms are blended together, they build the foundation to support a Level 5 SCP environment. Leaders anticipate where customer demands and markets are moving and identify how innovative technologies can be applied to planning applications. They have strategies to support these emerging requirements to build a future-proof SCP solution. Because leaders are well-established in leading-edge complex user environments, they benefit from a user community that helps them remain in the forefront of emerging needs." 1

For further information, you can access a complimentary copy of the full Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning Solutions report here.

1 Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning Solutions, A. Salley, T. Payne, P. Orup Lund, Feb. 22, 2021

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning System of Differentiation, T. Payne et al, May 7, 2019; Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record, Payne, Tim, Pradhan, Alex, & Salley, Amber, 21 August 2018

2 Gartner, Forecast: Enterprise Application Software, Worldwide, 2018-2024, 4Q20 Update, Amarendra, N. Gupta, B. Abbabatulla, A. Woodward, C. Pang, C. Roth, E. Hunter, J. Hare, K. Quinn, J. Poulter, Y. Dharmasthira, J. Kostoulas, December 22, 2020

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


About Kinaxis Inc.

Everyday volatility and uncertainty demand quick action. Kinaxis® delivers the agility to make fast, confident decisions across integrated business planning and the digital supply chain. People can plan better, live better and change the world. Trusted by innovative brands, we combine human intelligence with AI and concurrent planning to help companies plan for any future, monitor risks and opportunities and respond at the pace of change. Powered by an extensible, cloud-based platform, Kinaxis delivers industry-proven applications so everyone can know sooner, act faster and remove waste. For more Kinaxis news, visit Kinaxis.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements include statements as to Kinaxis' growth opportunities and the potential benefits of, and demand for, Kinaxis' products and services. These statements are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties, including our view of the relative position of Kinaxis' products and services compared to competitive offerings in the industry. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Kinaxis' actual results, performance, achievements and developments may differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements. Risk factors that may cause the actual results, performance, achievements or developments of Kinaxis to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements can be found in the public documents filed by Kinaxis with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Kinaxis assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.

Design Spectrum of Hong Kong Design Centre Presents PLAY LIVES Exhibition

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Playtime Now! Explore the Infinite Possibilities of Play and Design

 

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 4 March 2021 - Play Attention! One may "recognise play when one sees it", yet one may not be able to describe it. Many still harbour the preconception that play is a waste of time for adults. Design Spectrum, the public-facing platform of Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), sponsored by Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, has launched its latest exhibition under the theme PLAY LIVES at 7 Mallory Street. Opens to the public for free from now to 30 April 2021, the exhibition takes visitors on a playful journey for them to rediscover the fundamental concepts of play and design, and how the concepts complement each other to better our futures. Enter the rabbit hole: toying with the concept of play as a positive agent in people's lives, the exhibition takes visitors through design for play's wonderland.


PLAY LIVES opens to the public for free from now to 30 April 2021, the exhibition takes visitors on a playful journey for them to rediscover the fundamental concepts of play and design, and how the concepts complement each other to better our futures.

Co-curated by Rémi Leclerc (right), Founder of PolyPlay Lab, and Chi-wing Lee (left), Founder and Creative Director of Milk Design, PLAY LIVES illustrates why play is beyond entertainment.

Play opens minds, design shapes futures

Co-curated by Rémi Leclerc, Founder of PolyPlay Lab, and Chi-wing Lee, Founder and Creative Director of Milk Design, PLAY LIVES illustrates why play is beyond entertainment, and how it is an integral part of our lives and can be designed to better our futures. New Zealand play theorist Brian Sutton-Smith once quipped that "The opposite of play is not work. The opposite of play is depression". As Leclerc explains, "While play generates culture, design shapes culture: just about everything around us is designed. As a friendly 'Trojan hobby horse', play makes design accessible. Referring to play's attributes enhances designers' practice because people are naturally apt at play: realising design is like play makes it easier to understand design... Play allows design to connect to life more naturally, igniting creativity, hence bettering design practice." By showcasing play through a design perspective, PLAY LIVES extolls the value of design in shaping contemporary play, and recognises the role of play in enhancing design.


PLAY LIVES SHOWTIME: A journey to explore play through design

PLAY LIVES Exhibition showcases more than 90 play and design projects from Hong Kong, the Mainland, Japan, Korea, and the USA, offering visitors a 360-degree view on the types and functions of playthings, and unveiling the cultural value of designing play for everyday life. Visitors will be able to chart their own maps of the meaning of play to ascertain the value of design for play: Room 1 showcases eight whimsical fixtures which invite visitors to explore the attributes of play through engaging experiences, thus toying with "Design Play DNA". Building on visitors' explorations in Room 1, Room 2 demonstrates the value of play and design and how they shape cultures through four displays: demonstrating the relevance of play and design in shaping culture: IMAGE Play Lives, a street newspaper stall; OBJECT Play Lives, a toy storefront display shelf; BODY Play Lives, along a two-tiered circular catwalk; and SPACE Play Lives, an open virtual skyscraper.

Room 3, the "Cabinet of Design Play Curios", stages seven critical design projects to showcase how play enhances designers' speculative practice. Visitors can learn to appreciate the value of play and design as the exhibits address issues such as information and technology, environment, identity, and corporate culture, and witness how play can create a desirable future. In Room 4, the "Playroom", displays works created by local participants at 6 pre-exhibition "playshops" to illustrate how people interpret play in different ways. Finally, at the Toymaking Playbench in Room 4, visitors of all ages can create their own toys using components obtained from a capsule vending machine, such as PLA plastic clips manufactured onsite by a tabletop 3D printer (sponsored by beets3d.com).

Rolling Fun -- Community Playground: Explore the Tube & Wave Zone to Ignite Your Creativity

Invited by the curators of PLAY LIVES Exhibition , Making on Loft, a local social design and research team will present their commissioned work Rolling Fun -- Community Playground at the Public Open Space of 7 Mallory Street from 31 March to 11 April 2021. Comprising a Tube Zone, Wave Zone and Play Share Kiosk, the playground will open for free admission during the said period. During which, public visitors and residents in the neighbourhood can drop by anytime to play or to relax a little. With game instructions inside the tubes, "Tube Zone" suggests various ways of play from battle games to ball games. At "Play Share Kiosk", visitors can find simple playthings like balls and rackets for enjoying fun competition games. "Wave Zone" features wavy long wooden benches for resting, jogging or hosting remote-controlled car races. Visitors are also invited to design new ways to play and give suggestions on best uses of the playground. Later in April, Making on Loft will host a Design Festival at 7 Mallory Street, featuring a series of play experience workshops suitable for different ages. Details will be announced on our website in due course: https://www.designspectrum.hk/

Free Playshops and Guided Tours: Be a player now!

To reinforce the theme "PLAY LIVES" of the exhibition, Design Spectrum will also host a series of playshops, guided tours, and other activities during the exhibition period. Under the themes Shadow Art, Forbidden Fruit, Toymaking and more, the playshops encourage participants to incorporate play into their everyday lives and unleash their creativity. Besides, public guided tours are available to help visitors explore the Pop-up Showcase on the ground and third floors of 7 Mallory Street, to learn more about the exhibits' design concepts.

Further details of PLAY LIVES Exhibition & Event Information are available in the attachments. For reservations for public guided tours and playshops, please visit www.designspectrum.hk.

Attachment: Event Happenings of PLAY LIVES Exhibition

PLAY LIVES Exhibition

Date:

23 February to 30 April

Time:

10am to 7pm, Monday to Sunday

Location:

3/F, 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai

Free Admission


Rolling Fun -- Community Playground by Making on Loft

Date:

31 March to 11 April

Time:

10am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday

Location:

Public Open Space, 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai

Free Admission


*In light of the current COVID-19 situation and for the health and safety of participants, precautionary measures will be adopted for the PLAY LIVES Exhibition and its extended events, and the above schedule is subject to possible change or adjustment. For the latest updates, please visit the official website at https://www.designspectrum.hk/.