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Avis Singapore Introduces Three New Service Points

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SINGAPORE, Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Avis, one of the world’s leading car rental companies, further expands its footprint in Singapore by providing access to rental vehicles at three new city locations in the Central Business District. Conveniently located at the Regus Business Centers at One Fullerton, Marina Bay Financial Center and Centennial Tower, Suntec, the new service points will serve to meet the growing demand for domestic car rental and leasing by both visiting and resident business travellers.

“Singapore’s robust economy and leading position in the financial, oil and casino gaming industries have resulted in an increased demand for car rental and leasing services,” said Patric Siniscalchi, president, Latin America/Asia Pacific, Avis Budget Group. “We’re thrilled to deliver against a key strategic initiative and once again, expand our global footprint in this region.  Travellers will benefit from Avis’ world-class products and services and commitment to serving business and leisure customers in Singapore for more than 40 years.”

The new Avis service points will serve as a “one-stop” mobility solution for the Singapore business community via state-of-the-art iPad car rental booking kiosks and free vehicle delivery services at the three Regus locations. Through this innovative service, Avis Singapore shows its commitment to provide world-class services that include short and long-term car rental (self-drive), personal or corporate car leasing, and chauffer-drive/transfer services using its young and modern fleet.

Starting today, Avis will be serving customers at the above-mentioned Regus locations.  Until now, Avis Singapore operated in the three terminals of the Changi Airport — Terminal 1, 2 and 3; at the Waterfront Plaza on Havelock Road, and at the Marina Square Shopping Center.  The three new CBD locations provide accessibility to Avis’ reliable and efficient car rental, chauffeur drive and leasing services for corporate accounts and individuals with tight work schedules.

About Avis in Asia

In Asia, Avis is a leading provider of vehicle rental; vehicle leasing and limousine/chauffeur drive services operating in more than 300 locations through a network of wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensee agreements in 18 markets. Avis opened its first operations in Asia in 1970 in Hong Kong. Throughout the 70’s Avis grew steadily in the region, with operations launched in Singapore, the Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia. More recently, developments have included openings in India, Mainland China, Vietnam and Taiwan.

About Avis

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,200 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information, visit www.avis.com.

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December 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

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Walk Free Calls on Big Business to End Slavery Worldwide

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YANGON, Myanmar /PRNewswire/ — Walk Free: The Movement to End Modern Slavery launched its global campaign, Putting Slavery out of Business, from Myanmar today.
Walk Free members globally will call on theworld’s major corporations to work together to end modern slavery by identifying, eradicating and preventing forced labour in their operations and supply chains.
“Business has always been a key driver of social change, shaping modern life through innovation and new technology. If Corporate Giants – 25 of the world’s top businesses whose net worth make up US$5 trillion – prioritise the abolition of modern slavery as their next major innovation, we could quickly deal a major blow to the slavery industry in this generation,” said Nick Grono, CEO of Walk Free.
“Forced labour does not exist in isolation, it encourages related abuses such as fraudulent recruitment. It is time for Corporate Giants to collectively address their responsibility to make modern slavery a priority for their global agenda.”
Walk Free is asking the world’s major companies to make a Zero Tolerance for Slavery Pledge by 31 March 2013. The campaign aims to set an example for every business; giving consumers the information they need to make informed choices and ending the nightmare of modern slavery for millions around the world.
Sir Richard Branson signed Walk Free’s pledge and sent a message of support to the campaign launch in Myanmar saying, “I am delighted to be able to sign this pledge on behalf of all the Virgin group of companies and I would urge other businesses to do the same.”
While many think of slavery as a relic of history, experts estimate that there are currently 20.9 million people living under threat of violence, abuse and harsh penalties[1]. Within this massive number, the majority of people — more than 14.2 million — are in a forced labour situation, used to source raw materials, and create products in sectors such as agriculture, construction, manufacturing and domestic work.
Some companies rely on goods that are sourced from countries where business accountability and government regulation are weak, and factors such as poverty, discrimination and conflict create opportunities for exploitation. Without consistent supply-chain monitoring, suppliers are exploiting the system — and people — to turn a profit.
The campaign Putting Slavery out of Business was launched in Yangon at an event led by Walk Free CEO Nick Grono, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Combat Trafficking In Persons Luis CdeBaca, Fortescue Metals Group founder and Chairman Andrew Forrest, UNICEF specialist on trafficking and migration, Dr Susu Thatun, and Free the Slaves founder Kevin Bales.
Click here to DOWNLOAD video footage and photos of Walk Free’s event and their supporters (clips of Andrew Forrest, Luis CdeBaca, Jason Mraz, Kevin Bales, Dr Susu Thatun).
Zero Tolerance for Slavery Pledge:
We pledge zero tolerance for slavery. We commit to prevent forced labour from finding its way into our products. We pledge that our operations are free of forced labour, and will carefully monitor our supply chains and subcontracting arrangements to ensure the same. We will take responsible steps to respond to any problems found.
The Campaign for Putting Slavery out of Business – Companies asked to sign:
Apple
Exxon
Mobil
Microsoft
Wal-Mart Stores
Shell
General Electric
Google
IBM
Chevron
Berkshire Hathaway
Nestle
AT&T
Johnson & Johnson
Procter & Gamble
Pfizer
HSBC
Coca-Cola
Roche
Samsung
Oracle
Novartis
Merck & Co.
Vodafone
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Toyota
http://www.walkfree.org
Twitter: @walkfree
Media Contact:
Ranya Alkadamani
ranya@walkfree.org
+95 9419 87875 (Myanmar) / +61 434 664 589 (Australia)
[1] International Labour Organization Global Estimate on Forced Labour, 2012
Source: Walk Free

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December 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm

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Wincor-Nixdorf and RS2 Asia Collaborates on the First IFX Implementation in South East Asia

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SINGAPORE, Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Deploying Wincor-Nixdorf Standard IFX protocol and RS2 Asia’s Card Management System – bankworks®, a predominate financial institution in Asia, went ‘live’ with Wincor-Nixdorf ProCash2000xe FL and ProCash280 ATMs.

IFX is a content rich, well-designed financial messaging protocol built by financial industry and technology leaders with decades of combined experience, which has been indorsed by numerous financial institutions globally to better serve their customers using self-service channels.

Mr. David Yip, Regional Director of Business Development, Wincor Nixdorf Asia Pacific, said: “Wincor Nixdorf has been active in promoting the IFX standards among financial institutions in Asia. We are very excited and honoured to partner with RS2 in this project. We believe that it will serve as a benchmark for more opportunities in the near future as banks are reviewing their back-end ATM host systems and exploring new and better technology in this area.”

Mr. Reinhold Schaeffter, President, RS2 Asia, said: “this further underscores RS2 Asia’s commitment to the financial industry in offering the best available technology so our customers can provide competitive card products and services in their chosen markets”.

About Wincor-Nixdorf:

Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world’s leading providers of innovative IT solutions and services to retail banks and retailers. The company is headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, and is publicly traded on the Frankfurt Securities & Stock Exchange. The company has a global presence in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.wincor-nixdorf.com.

About RS2 Asia:

RS2 Asia is a global provider of Card Management Systems and related services to international and domestic banks, service providers, and other financial organizations.

RS2’s solutions are focused on the bankworks® suite of application modules. bankworks® is a powerful modular high-end card management system designed to meet current and future requirements in the international payment card industry. The system meets processing requirements defined by banks, service providers, as well as other organizations participating in diverse card businesses. The system’s modules include Card Issuing, Merchant Acquiring, Transaction Processing, Clearing, Settlement, Reporting, Dispute Management and Analytics.

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December 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm

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TeamQuest Partners with IntelliMagic to Expand into Storage Arena

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CLEAR LAKE, Iowa /PRNewswire/ — TeamQuest Corporation announced a partnership with IntelliMagic, known for its storage performance management expertise. Through this partnership, TeamQuest adds a new storage dimension to its integrated capacity management solution.
“Until now, companies had no way of easily understanding the relationship between services and storage,” said TeamQuest Director of Business Development Edsar Calaguas. “This new storage solution allows customers to easily see which services are waiting for I/O and the specific storage devices causing the delay. By combining detailed storage data with business service, application, virtual server, and physical server data, we provide one solution that can optimize all the major cost drivers in today’s data centers.”
Companies can expect the following benefits:
Service performance optimized against storage costs
Accelerated “root cause” analysis
Business and service aligned views of IT infrastructure performance and capacity
Gilbert Houtekamer, founder and CEO of IntelliMagic, said, “We are very pleased to have our Storage Performance Management software included as a key component in the TeamQuest CMIS for Storage solution. This combination brings unprecedented performance management capabilities to the industry.”
TeamQuest CMIS for Storage completes the TeamQuest suite of integrated products that help organizations optimize IT services. The suite includes capabilities ranging from performance management and reporting to performance monitoring and capacity modeling.
About TeamQuest Corporation
TeamQuest Corporation is the global leader in IT Service Optimization (ITSO), specializing in Capacity Management software. TeamQuest helps IT organizations consistently meet service levels while minimizing costs and mitigating risks. By combining performance data and business metrics, TeamQuest software enables IT organizations to provide accurate, objective information as input to critical business decisions. Companies around the world trust TeamQuest software to help them proactively improve service delivery and support best practices.
For more information, visit http://www.teamquest.com or call +1-641-357-2700. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, call +46 31 80 95 00, and in Asia Pacific call +852 2824 8510.
About IntelliMagic
IntelliMagic takes pride in providing the industry’s most advanced and reliable products for performance analysis and configuration planning of enterprise storage. Our fundamental principle is that with proper Storage Performance Management, companies can enhance their application users’ satisfaction, reduce risks and decrease costs all at the same time. By applying truly pro-active and predictive performance management, time is spent on preventing problems instead of on fire-fighting, and companies can invest in optimized rather than oversized storage configurations.
For more information, visit http://www.intellimagic.net or call +1-877-815-3799. In Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific call +31715796000
Source: TeamQuest Corporation

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December 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm

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Live Case at TCT Mirrors PRS Patient Specific Simulation Rehearsal

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CLEVELAND /PRNewswire/ — The Simbionix PROcedure™ Rehearsal Studio (PRS) was put to the test when Barry T. Katzen, MD, FACR, FACC, FSIR, Founder/ Medical Director of Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute utilized the technology to pre-operatively plan and rehearse for a Live Case he performed at the 2012 TCT Conference. Following the rehearsal done in advance of the surgery, Dr. Katzen performed the EVAR endovascular intervention live at the TCT. This “Future Techniques for Endovascular Therapy” session demonstrated new techniques for possible improvements on a variety of procedures in the endovascular space.
(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120502/529202-a )
The practice session involved the pre-operative review of the patient’s anatomy, selection of tools dedicated for EVAR procedure, including deploying a Gore C3 Excluder endoprosthesis. The patient had challenging anatomy with a lot of iliactortuosity and a fairly big flow lumen which posed technical challenges for the group of physicians doing this procedure.
The patient’s CT scan was downloaded into the PRS which allowed Dr. Katzen to create a patient-specific 3D virtual anatomical model. Dr. Katzen used it to plan and practice the endovascular intervention which included the identification of the appropriate access strategy, selection of tools, guide wires, catheters, endoprosthesis as well as choosing the effective fluoroscopic views.
At TCT, Dr. Katzen showed the practice video and then performed the actual surgery on the patient they had rehearsed earlier. The live case replicated the rehearsal. http://simbionix.com/simbionix_videos/tct-2012-evar-live-case-video/
“The patient presented several anatomic challenges that were realistically demonstrated in the simulator,” said Dr. Katzen.
“As a result of the PRS simulation, we reevaluated our measurements and modified the right side of the limb. We verified, went back and recalculated everything and basically adjusted the right limb size. We felt that it was going to work and it did,” said Dr. Katzen. “The simulation has predicted type Ib endoleak in the right limb which we actually corrected with a balloon and didn’t have to put in another graft.”
“I find the rehearsing part of the simulation incredibly interesting,” said Dr. Katzen. “This will be great for a surgeon or an Interventionalist because it is all about better outcomes.”
About Simbionix:
Simbionix is the world’s leading provider of medical simulation training and education products for medical professionals and the healthcare industry. Visit: http://www.simbionix.com Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Contact: Susan Vetrone, North American Director of Marketing susanv@simbionix.com, +1-216-2292040
Source: Simbionix Ltd.

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December 17, 2012 at 11:59 am

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OSG Corp., Japan Selects Infosys CommerceEdge to Transform its e-Commerce Portal

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BANGALORE, TOKYO, LONDON and NEW YORK/PRNewswire/ —
– New Platform to Deliver Superior Customer Experience and Lower Costs by up to 40%
OSG Corporation., one of Japan’s leading cutting tool manufacturers, today announced that it has selected Infosys CommerceEdge to transform its legacy e-Commerce platform. The new digital commerce platform will provide OSG with a robust merchandizing support and offers a range of tools to engage with their customers through online and mobile channels. The Cloud-based platform will reduce operating costs by up to 40% as compared to other available systems.
Infosys CommerceEdge will allow OSG to have better visibility and control over their inventory and pricing. This social commerce platform will provide each customer a personalized online transaction experience. The advanced analytical features of the platform will help OSG get real-time visibility into customer buying behavior and patterns to drive more effective marketing campaigns
The new social commerce platform is key to OSG’s global expansion plans. CommerceEdge comes equipped with pre-built accelerators and integrators and is capable of multi-language support. This makes it easy and cost effective to roll out in new geographies. In the first phase of deployment, the platform will support OSG’s customers in Japan, with plans in place to extend support to its customers across South East Asia and Europe.
“Our e-Commerce portal is one of the centerpieces of our business. That’s why Infosys CommerceEdge is such a valuable tool for us. This innovative platform gives us both the flexibility and functionality we need to make it easier for our customers to do business with us,” Koji Sonobe, Managing Director, OSG Corp., said. “Better still is the fact that Infosys hosts and manages the CommerceEdge platform. So there are no incremental investments for OSG.”
“OSG made the right choice when it selected Infosys CommerceEdge to transform their eCommerce initiative,” Samson David, Vice President and Head of Business Platforms, Infosys, said. “Digital commerce is becoming increasingly critical to manufacturing companies such as OSG. Infosys with its suite of innovative products and platforms is playing an important role in helping manufacturing companies in Japan and elsewhere engage with their digital consumers more effectively.”
About OSG
OSG Corporation is a comprehensive cutting tool manufacturer specialized in the manufacture and sales of taps, end mills, drills and rolling dies. In its mainstay area of taps and threading tools, it holds the world’s largest market share. Since the Company’s foundation in 1938, it has consistently focused on offering products of high added value by combining a proactive response to customer needs with high-grade manufacturing capabilities. This philosophy is the corporate DNA of OSG, and a key driver of our global business operations and development of world-leading products in the area of cutting tools.
About Infosys
Infosys partners with global enterprises to drive their innovation-led growth. That’s why Forbes ranked Infosys 19th among the top 100 most innovative companies. As a leading provider of next-generation consulting, technology, and outsourcing solutions, Infosys helps clients in more than 30 countries realize their goals. Visit http://www.infosys.com and see how Infosys (NYSE: INFY), with its 150,000+ people, is Building Tomorrow’s Enterprise® today.
Safe Harbor
Certain statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding fluctuations in earnings, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, our ability to manage growth, intense competition in IT services including those factors which may affect our cost advantage, wage increases in India, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, industry segment concentration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks or system failures, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies in which Infosys has made strategic investments, withdrawal or expiration of governmental fiscal incentives, political instability and regional conflicts, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, and unauthorized use of our intellectual property and general economic conditions affecting our industry. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our United States Securities and Exchange Commission filings including our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 and on Form 6-K for the quarters ended December 31, 2011, June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012.These filings are available at http://www.sec.gov. Infosys may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. The company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the company.
For Further information please contact:

Asia Pacific
Abhijith Karthikeya D
Infosys, India
Phone: +91-80-41563373
Abhijith_Damodar@infosys.com

The Americas
Danielle D’Angelo
Infosys, US
Phone: +1-925-719-7602
Danielle_Dangelo@infosys.com

Japan
Jo Ando
Infosys, Japan
Phone: +81-355453257
jo_ando@infosys.com

EMEA
Paul De Lara
Infosys, UK
Phone: +44-20-7516-2748
Paul_deLara@infosys.com
Source: Infosys

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December 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

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World’s Favorite Cookie (Ice)Caps off 100 Years with First-Ever Trip to Antarctica

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One-Of-A-Kind Delivery Unlocks The Magic of OREO Cookies For Those On The Seventh Continent
…And The Magic of Antarctica For The World
DEERFIELD, Ill. /PRNewswire/ — Never before has OREO delivered the world’s favorite chocolate sandwich cookie to all seven continents. Until now. As a final hoorah to end its 100th birthday celebration, today OREO surprised scientists living at Palmer Station in the Antarctic Peninsula with a first-of-its-kind delivery — 5,000 OREO cookies, enough for everyone there to enjoy a twist, lick and dunk.
The timing couldn’t be more perfect. This special cookie delivery comes on the heels of the 100th anniversary of the first time people set foot on the South Pole. Both OREO and Antarctica can celebrate through the playful and imaginative eyes of OREO as they cap off their centennial celebrations.
And it gets sweeter – the brand also made a donation that will give the world a chance to experience the wonders of the seventh continent for years to come. OREO donated Antarctica’s first solar-powered Penguin Cam to the scientists and researchers at Palmer Station with the help of Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy. Like the magic that’s unlocked when you twist open an OREO, scientists hope the camera will unlock the Antarctic for kids of all ages who will soon be able to watch penguins live in their natural habitat.
“This is the exclamation point that ends what’s been an exciting year of celebration,” said Cindy Chen, marketing director, OREO. “In March we set out to help everyone, everywhere celebrate the kid inside and with this special delivery we can say we’ve achieved that! Now people on every continent can experience the delight of an OREO twist, lick and dunk.”
Setting sail from South America, the cookies traveled on the expedition ship, ‘Le Boreal’ under the careful watch of luxury adventure travel leaders, Abercrombie & Kent. Dr. James McClintock, endowed professor of polar and marine biology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham has conducted research in Antarctica for 30 years and was on-hand to serve as an honorary Antarctic OREO explorer, taking the delivery from OREO Man on behalf of the “residents” of the continent.
“Having the chance to enjoy an OREO cookie and glass of milk is like having a little piece of home here in the station,” said McClintock. “We can’t thank OREO enough for being able to join the rest of the world in such a special celebration.”
The Cookie with a Passport
OREO is no stranger to groundbreaking world travel. Prior to its voyage to Antarctica, OREO has earned a place in the hearts of fans in six other continents. OREO remains the top-selling biscuit to this day and has expanded to include culturally relevant products including: TRIPLE DOUBLE OREO (U.S.) adapted from OREO x3 in Argentina, Green Tea Ice Cream OREO in China, OREO Orange Ice Cream from Indonesia and OREO Dulce de Leche flavor in Colombia.
“The OREO cookie has been pivotal in giving kids of all ages moments of delight in the United States for 100 years,” said Chen. “But nothing brings us more joy than being able to create new, unexpected moments across the world in fresh and exciting ways.”
Celebrating With a Mission in Mind
In keeping with the OREO birthday mission, fans can visit Facebook (Facebook.com/OREO) to share a photo, story or video in OREO Moments Gallery showing how they’ve celebrated their inner kid. So far, OREO fans from around the world have shared more than one million moments this year.
To learn more about OREO and for additional ways to bring out the kid inside of you, including online games and OREO recipes for the upcoming holidays, visit OREO.com or Facebook.com/OREO.
ABOUT MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL
Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is a world leader in chocolate, biscuits, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages. The company comprises the global snacking and food brands of the former Kraft Foods Inc. following the spin-off of its North American grocery operations in Oct. 2012. Mondelez International’s portfolio includes several billion-dollar brands such as Cadbury and Milka chocolate, Jacobs coffee, LU, Nabisco and Oreo biscuits, Tang powdered beverages and Trident gums. Mondelez International has annual revenue of approximately $36 billion and operations in more than 80 countries. Visit http://www.mondelezinternational.com and http://www.facebook.com/mondelezinternational.
ABOUT OREO
OREO is the world’s favorite cookie, enjoyed by families and friends in more than 100 countries around the world. As one of Kraft Foods’ 12 “billion-dollar” brands, OREO is the best-selling biscuit of the 21st century with more than $2 billion in global annual revenues. The OREO cookie twist, lick and dunk ritual has become the signature way to enjoy this iconic cookie for many different cultures around the world. OREO has a Facebook community of more than 27 million OREO lovers around the globe, representing 200+ countries and dozens of different languages. OREO ranks among the top 10 brand Facebook pages in the world. OREO celebrated its 100th birthday on March 6, 2012.
ABOUT ABERCROMBIE & KENT
Abercrombie & Kent pioneered luxury adventure travel with our first African safaris in 1962, and today our award-winning travel services extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K’s custom itineraries and small-group journeys offer one-of-a-kind inspiring experiences, while our 50 on-site offices ensure invitation-only access to the people and places that make every destination unique. A&K Philanthropy is dedicated to preserving natural habitats, protecting wildlife and promoting the welfare of indigenous communities throughout the world. Join the world of A&K by following us on Facebook and Twitter: @AKTravel_USA or visit http://www.abercrombiekent.com.
Source: Mondelez International, Inc.

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December 17, 2012 at 10:39 am

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Luxup Opens in Hong Kong & Macau

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ —
and Launches the Luxury Sector’s First Global Rewards Scheme
Luxup, the members-only club giving privileged access to the world’s leading fashion and luxury brands, has opened in Hong Kong and Macau.
As one of the world’s most important fashion capitals, Hong Kong is Luxup’s latest destination city, following successful launches in London and New York. Hong Kong and Macau mark the start of Luxup’s roll-out to other Asian fashion capitals in Mainland China, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, to follow in the coming months.
Through a unique selling platform, which combines the best elements of online and in-store shopping, Luxup collaborates with world famous luxury brands to offer its members “Brand Passes” for exclusive, limited edition products and VIP shopping experiences, all alongside Luxup’s newest development – the luxury sector’s first global rewards scheme, earning luxury shoppers Luxup Rewards Points that are redeemed for more products or value added services including the company of world-class personal stylists and complimentary chauffeurs, while they shop in brands’ flagship stores including Dunhill in Hong Kong, Balenciaga in London or Marni in New York.
Current brands include Akris, Alfred Dunhill, Balenciaga, Belstaff, Lanvin, Liberty, Loewe, Marni, Nicholas Kirkwood, Paul Smith, Roland Mouret and Valentino, with more joining week by week, Luxup’s “Brand Passes” are purchased online and redeemed in-store by the member. The experience is supported by high level member services, Chinese, Portuguese and English language websites, and support both online and in-store. Additionally, Luxup provides members with magazine quality editorial content, overseen by Creative Director, Phil Poynter, one of the world’s leading fashion photographers and Editorial Director, Harriet Quick, formerly fashion features editor of Vogue UK.
Tourist spend is one of the key sources of growth in the Hong Kong luxury goods market, currently accounting for more than 50% of spending, with forecasts predicting travel spend to contribute over 80% of luxury growth by 2015. The Hong Kong personal luxury goods market alone is forecast to reach EUR12 billion in 2015.
Luxup is run by a team that combines respected fashion talent and business strategists with a proven record of online success. From the world of fashion, Catherine Gaynor (Managing Director, Hong Kong), Averyl Oates (Commercial Director), Phil Poynter (Creative Director), Harriet Quick (Editorial Director) and Anita Borzyszkowska (Communications Director) are joined by Phil Ley (Global Marketing Director) and Sarah Mower (Fashion Curator). The team is led by founders and joint CEOs, James Corsellis and Mark Watts.
James Corsellis, Joint CEO, commented:
“Luxup offers its members unique passes into the insider’s world of fashion, wrapped up in the world’s first global rewards scheme for the luxury sector, as well as providing luxury goods retailers with a platform to target the high growth travelling customer segment. We are thrilled to be opening doors for our discerning members to shop in Hong Kong and Macau – the latest fashion capitals on the Luxup map.”
Source: Luxup

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December 17, 2012 at 10:35 am

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