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Walmart Energy Efficiency Program Achieves Energy Savings of 20% across 210 Supplier Factories in China

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Walmart Energy Efficiency Program Achieves Energy Savings of 20% across 210 Supplier Factories in China

Walmart Asia achieves key sustainability goals in 2012

HONG KONG, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — “The Walmart Energy Efficiency program, started in 2009, has had a compelling impact on over 200 direct sourcing and private label factories in China through engagement and sharing of best practices within our supplier community. These factories have cut their energy consumption by a minimum of 20% as of December 2012, saving approximately 2.168 billion kWh, a number equivalent to powering 1.46 million homes for an entire year,” said Scott Price, CEO & President of Walmart Asia at the Asia release of Walmart’s sixth annual Global Responsibility Report (GRR) entitled “Responsibility to Lead”.

The GRR report encompasses Walmart’s global environmental, social and corporate responsibility efforts throughout the world. As one of Walmart’s most important markets, Asia has contributed significantly to the success of Walmart’s responsibility efforts in 2012, highlighted by milestone achievements in energy savings, food safety, hunger alleviation, and women’s economic empowerment.

As part of the Energy Efficiency Program, Walmart and its partners offered training, organized roundtables, shared best practices and engaged regularly with suppliers throughout the process. The project was also supported by Hong Kong Productivity Council, a Hong Kong based government organization whose International Performance and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) was adopted as the initiative’s data analysis methodology. The Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), an environmental NGO that aims to curb environmental pollution in China’s manufacturing hubs, also took part in the program. Based on the successful results, IPE recently ranked Walmart in the top-three amongst international and local companies that improve environmental compliance in the supply chain in China.

“We’re very proud of our supplier community for accepting this challenge and meeting its head on. Going forward, this is certainly a program we will look to expand on within our network of suppliers,” both in China and worldwide, stated Price.

Other key achievements in Asia

Food safety in China — As part of a sustained effort to ensure the safety of its fresh and packaged food products, Walmart China launched the China Mobile Lab program, a first of its kind initiative that outfits customized vans with highly advanced food safety inspection technology, and staffs them with specialists trained in food science and technology, biology, chemistry and agriculture. Currently, the Program covers 33 stores in Guangzhou, Dongguan and Shenzhen.

Price added, “Previously, this kind of technology was hidden away in laboratories. In order to conduct tests, items were brought to one of these facilities, taking up a great deal of time and resources. Now, we can literally drive up to one of our stores and conduct a world-class test in a matter of minutes.”

Environmental responsibility — Through energy reduction initiatives, the sourcing of renewable energy and the training of its associates on energy best practices, Walmart stores in China and Japan reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 11.3% and 20% respectively by the end of 2012 compared to a 2005 baseline. One recent example includes the installation of a roof-mounted solar system at Walmart’s store in Xiangmi Lake, Shenzhen, which now provides an estimated 18% of all of its electricity needs. In India, LED lighting has been installed in all cash and carry car parks while solar water heaters have been employed for washing and cleaning purposes.

Walmart has also championed a reduction in the use of plastic bags, achieving significant results against a 2005 baseline. By the end of 2012, Walmart reported an 86%, 90% and 40% decrease in the consumption of plastic bags in China, India and Japan respectively.

Food donation — Learning from its “Fighting Hunger Together” campaign in the U.S., Walmart Japan partnered with Second Harvest Japan, the longest-running food bank NGO in the country, to donate food from Walmart stores to local welfare facilities. In 2012, by utilizing backhaul, Walmart expanded its donation activities to 38 stores in the Kanto area from eight in 2011. In total, over 58,000 food items were donated during the year. In addition to donating food, Walmart launched an in-store fundraising campaign in July 2012, to further support Second Harvest Japan in its food bank activities.

Women’s Economic Empowerment — Walmart takes a leadership role in educating women and sourcing from women-owned businesses as a means of promoting improved living standards for entire families and communities. In 2012, Walmart partnered with the China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF) to further fund its Walmart Women’s Development Fund with a donation of RMB 2 million (over USD 320,000). The fund provides Chinese women in need with financial support they can use to start their own business or enhance their employment skills. Also in 2012, Walmart Japan contributed through grants and in-store fundraising activities to Jespere, a nonprofit organization that supports mothers affected by the 2011 Tohoku tsunami and earthquake. Thus far, the Tohoku Kosodate project has helped over 2,600 mothers through consultative sessions by professional midwives and home visits offering medical or psychological support.

In India, Bharti Walmart operates 18 training centers where to-date, over 21,000 previously un-employable youth have received training free-of-charge, opening up employment opportunities in leading companies, including Bharti Walmart and Bharti Retail. Overall, 33% of the students certified through these programs have been female. Also in India, Bharti Walmart has helped educate over 20,000 underprivileged students, 75% of them female, by adopting 50 schools and providing water filters, school furniture, stationery and school bags to schoolchildren.

“In addition to our charitable work in this area, Walmart Asia has taken a systematic approach to establishing a strong pipeline of female leadership, setting up Women in Leadership Councils in each market. The goal is to increase female talent by 30 to 40 per cent,” added Price. “In Japan, the Female Leadership Program we launched in 2010 has already ensured that 22% of senior leaders in Japan are female, more than double the national average of 9%.”

Anthony Rose, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Asia added, “Walmart is committed to its responsibility efforts and across Asia, we will continue to focus on meaningful programs. For example in India, we have set a target of empowering 100,000 women by 2016 through targeted interventions in education, training, sourcing from female-owned businesses and philanthropy. In Japan, we will expand our food donation activities to 150 participating stores by 2016.”

“The responsibility we carry to make meaningful social and sustainability contributions is uppermost on our minds as we plan for the future,” concluded Price.

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week under 69 different banners in 27 countries.

In Asia, Walmart currently operates more than 850 stores in China, India and Japan, serving 25 million customers every week. As of 2012, Walmart Asia employs close to 150,000 associates. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunities.

Media Contact (Walmart Asia):

Anthony Rose
Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Asia
Anthony.Rose@wal-mart.com
HP: +852-6307-0088

Media Contact (MSLGROUP Asia):

Eric Abelev
Director
Eric.Abelev@mslgroup.com
HP: +852-6383-9026
O: +852-2804-8107

Walmart Asia achieves key sustainability goals in 2012

HONG KONG, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — “The Walmart Energy Efficiency program, started in 2009, has had a compelling impact on over 200 direct sourcing and private label factories in China through engagement and sharing of best practices within our supplier community. These factories have cut their energy consumption by a minimum of 20% as of December 2012, saving approximately 2.168 billion kWh, a number equivalent to powering 1.46 million homes for an entire year,” said Scott Price, CEO & President of Walmart Asia at the Asia release of Walmart’s sixth annual Global Responsibility Report (GRR) entitled “Responsibility to Lead”.

The GRR report encompasses Walmart’s global environmental, social and corporate responsibility efforts throughout the world. As one of Walmart’s most important markets, Asia has contributed significantly to the success of Walmart’s responsibility efforts in 2012, highlighted by milestone achievements in energy savings, food safety, hunger alleviation, and women’s economic empowerment.

As part of the Energy Efficiency Program, Walmart and its partners offered training, organized roundtables, shared best practices and engaged regularly with suppliers throughout the process. The project was also supported by Hong Kong Productivity Council, a Hong Kong based government organization whose International Performance and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) was adopted as the initiative’s data analysis methodology. The Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), an environmental NGO that aims to curb environmental pollution in China’s manufacturing hubs, also took part in the program. Based on the successful results, IPE recently ranked Walmart in the top-three amongst international and local companies that improve environmental compliance in the supply chain in China.

“We’re very proud of our supplier community for accepting this challenge and meeting its head on. Going forward, this is certainly a program we will look to expand on within our network of suppliers,” both in China and worldwide, stated Price.

Other key achievements in Asia

Food safety in China — As part of a sustained effort to ensure the safety of its fresh and packaged food products, Walmart China launched the China Mobile Lab program, a first of its kind initiative that outfits customized vans with highly advanced food safety inspection technology, and staffs them with specialists trained in food science and technology, biology, chemistry and agriculture. Currently, the Program covers 33 stores in Guangzhou, Dongguan and Shenzhen.

Price added, “Previously, this kind of technology was hidden away in laboratories. In order to conduct tests, items were brought to one of these facilities, taking up a great deal of time and resources. Now, we can literally drive up to one of our stores and conduct a world-class test in a matter of minutes.”

Environmental responsibility — Through energy reduction initiatives, the sourcing of renewable energy and the training of its associates on energy best practices, Walmart stores in China and Japan reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 11.3% and 20% respectively by the end of 2012 compared to a 2005 baseline. One recent example includes the installation of a roof-mounted solar system at Walmart’s store in Xiangmi Lake, Shenzhen, which now provides an estimated 18% of all of its electricity needs. In India, LED lighting has been installed in all cash and carry car parks while solar water heaters have been employed for washing and cleaning purposes.

Walmart has also championed a reduction in the use of plastic bags, achieving significant results against a 2005 baseline. By the end of 2012, Walmart reported an 86%, 90% and 40% decrease in the consumption of plastic bags in China, India and Japan respectively.

Food donation — Learning from its “Fighting Hunger Together” campaign in the U.S., Walmart Japan partnered with Second Harvest Japan, the longest-running food bank NGO in the country, to donate food from Walmart stores to local welfare facilities. In 2012, by utilizing backhaul, Walmart expanded its donation activities to 38 stores in the Kanto area from eight in 2011. In total, over 58,000 food items were donated during the year. In addition to donating food, Walmart launched an in-store fundraising campaign in July 2012, to further support Second Harvest Japan in its food bank activities.

Women’s Economic Empowerment — Walmart takes a leadership role in educating women and sourcing from women-owned businesses as a means of promoting improved living standards for entire families and communities. In 2012, Walmart partnered with the China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF) to further fund its Walmart Women’s Development Fund with a donation of RMB 2 million (over USD 320,000). The fund provides Chinese women in need with financial support they can use to start their own business or enhance their employment skills. Also in 2012, Walmart Japan contributed through grants and in-store fundraising activities to Jespere, a nonprofit organization that supports mothers affected by the 2011 Tohoku tsunami and earthquake. Thus far, the Tohoku Kosodate project has helped over 2,600 mothers through consultative sessions by professional midwives and home visits offering medical or psychological support.

In India, Bharti Walmart operates 18 training centers where to-date, over 21,000 previously un-employable youth have received training free-of-charge, opening up employment opportunities in leading companies, including Bharti Walmart and Bharti Retail. Overall, 33% of the students certified through these programs have been female. Also in India, Bharti Walmart has helped educate over 20,000 underprivileged students, 75% of them female, by adopting 50 schools and providing water filters, school furniture, stationery and school bags to schoolchildren.

“In addition to our charitable work in this area, Walmart Asia has taken a systematic approach to establishing a strong pipeline of female leadership, setting up Women in Leadership Councils in each market. The goal is to increase female talent by 30 to 40 per cent,” added Price. “In Japan, the Female Leadership Program we launched in 2010 has already ensured that 22% of senior leaders in Japan are female, more than double the national average of 9%.”

Anthony Rose, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Asia added, “Walmart is committed to its responsibility efforts and across Asia, we will continue to focus on meaningful programs. For example in India, we have set a target of empowering 100,000 women by 2016 through targeted interventions in education, training, sourcing from female-owned businesses and philanthropy. In Japan, we will expand our food donation activities to 150 participating stores by 2016.”

“The responsibility we carry to make meaningful social and sustainability contributions is uppermost on our minds as we plan for the future,” concluded Price.

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week under 69 different banners in 27 countries.

In Asia, Walmart currently operates more than 850 stores in China, India and Japan, serving 25 million customers every week. As of 2012, Walmart Asia employs close to 150,000 associates. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunities.

Media Contact (Walmart Asia):

Anthony Rose
Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Asia
Anthony.Rose@wal-mart.com
HP: +852-6307-0088

Media Contact (MSLGROUP Asia):

Eric Abelev
Director
Eric.Abelev@mslgroup.com
HP: +852-6383-9026
O: +852-2804-8107

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April 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm

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Suncheon to Kick off The International Garden Exposition Suncheon Bay Korea 2013 on April 20

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SEOUL, South Korea /PRNewswire/ — The 184-day-long Suncheon Bay Garden exposition is scheduled to kick off the country’s southern tip on Saturday to highlight the importance of sustainable development, the committee of the International Garden Exposition, the event’s organizers said. The International Garden Exposition Suncheon Bay Korea 2013 will be held in Suncheon, 415 kilometers south of Seoul, from April 20 to October 20, under the theme of “Garden of the Earth”. The opening ceremony will be held at the venue 5:00 p.m., Friday. “The city aims to be recognized as one of the world’s top ecological areas after the event, as the six-month expo is anticipated to help transform Suncheon into a leader in the field of ‘green-growing cities’,” the organizers said.

The Suncheon Bay Garden Expo will be held in Suncheon, 415 kilometers south of Seoul, from April 20 to Oct. 20.
The festival will offer a wide range of exhibition content through four major districts — Arboretum Zone, Wetland Center Zone, World Garden Zone, and Wetland Zone — in its venue of 1.11 million square meters.
The venue will include 83 types of gardens, including 11 sites boasting exotic views, as well as the ECOGEO Greenhouse, Suncheon Literary Museum and Suncheon Bay International Wetland Center.
“Suncheon Bay, located near the exhibition site with its size reaching 2.6 million square meters, is also anticipated to take a role as one of the major tourists’ destinations during the six-month event,” the organizers said.
In 2006, Suncheon Bay became South Korea’s first coastal wetland to be registered with the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty on the protection of wetlands.
The organizing committee added the exposition will host 93 different kinds of performances which will run 3,993 times in total during the event.
The Korea Rural Economic Institute said Suncheon will yield 1.3 trillion won (US$1.15 billion) worth of production inducement effects through the international event, and generate 11,000 jobs. Suncheon invested 245.5 billion won to host this year’s event.
The city expects the number of attendees to break its goal of 4 million throughout the event, raking in 40 billion won just from admission fees.
Source: International Garden Exposition Suncheon Bay Korea 2013

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April 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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Nolek Launches Game Changing Portable Leak Detector

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NORSBERG, Sweden, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — In the past five years Nolek has spent considerable sums and time on the development of the proprietary SniffIT Technology®. First an analogue version of the product was released in the marketplace in 2010. Since that time, Nolek has been working on the digitalization of the product, the refinement of the measuring cell and other improvements based on customer feedback. The product is now ready to be launched in the marketplace.

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The new SniffIT Digital® series of portable leak detectors are truly redrawing the map of the leak detector marketplace. The SniffIT Digital® leak detectors are the most accurate high sensitivity mobile sniffers in the world today, yet they are the lowest priced leak detectors in the given sensitivity range.

“…The technology leap that Nolek has made with these sniffers can easily be visualized by comparing the difference between the first car-mounted cell phones to the modern-day iPhone. We have taken a product that the market generally knows as a big, expensive, heavy box with a hose connected to it into a product that is truly mobile, i.e. not bigger than a human hand and that weighs almost nothing in comparison. At the same time, the SniffIT Digital® series of leak detectors have higher sensitivity and can measure leaks faster, better, and with various additional functions that the old stone age technology can’t offer.

We are extremely proud of our new SniffIT Digital® series of leak detectors and we know that our customers will be happy to take this technology leap together with us. We have already gotten feedback from the marketplace that is truly remarkable and we look forward to offering this revolutionary product series to both new and existing customers world-wide…” Comments Par Thomaeus, Sales Manager of Standard Products at Nolek.

The SniffIT Digital® series of leak detectors will first be released in two versions. The SniffIT X1 Pro & Lite for detecting Helium and Hydrogen, and the SniffIT X3 Pro & Lite for refrigerant gases. The SniffIT X1 Digital® can detect Helium and Hydrogen down 1*10⁻⁶ mbar.l/s. The SniffIT X3 Digital® can detect refrigerant gases down to 0,5g/y.

In the coming year, new versions of the SniffIT Digital® series will be added to be able to detect other gases such as e.g. CNG.

For queries regarding the SniffIT Digital® series, please contact: par.thomaeus@nolek.com, +46-8531-94200

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April 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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11th Eurasian Media Forum

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ASTANA, Kazakhstan /PRNewswire/ —
The 11th Eurasian Media Forum will take place in the Kazakh capital city of Astana on April 25 and 26, 2013.
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The Eurasian Media Forum (EAMF) is a non-political organisation founded in 2002 on the initiative of Dr. Dariga Nazarbayeva to promote mutual understanding between the East and the West via a dialogue.
The venue for the EAMF 2013 will be the Kazakhstan Media Centre, a new building in the left bank area that was built and equipped in line with state-of-the-art world standards and houses all of the country’s leading mass media.
This year the Eurasian Media Forum expects to welcome over five hundred guests from fifty countries.
The 2013 EAMF’s agenda includes issues of regional security after the withdrawal of coalition troops from Afghanistan, information security amid rapid development of social mass media, discussion of the situation in the Middle East, EXPO 2017 prospects and the development of a Common Economic Space in Eurasia as well as a series of other pressing modern problems.
Outstanding public figures, journalists, politicians, writers, scientists and world-renowned public opinion leaders will be speakers at the 11th Media Forum conference. Among them are US Pulitzer prize winning journalist Roy Gutman, a bestseller author and the New York Times observer Greg Palast, Russia Today newscaster Oksana Derevyanko, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece and member of PASOK Theodoros Pangalos, President of American-Iranian Council (AIC) Hooshang Amirahmadi, TV presenter of In the Context programme Maksim Shevchenko, Al Jazeera English presenter Stephen Cole, Al Jazeera English TV presenter and producer Riz Khan and others.
Notable participants of previous conferences include former President of Iran Mohammad Khatami, Russia’s former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, former US National security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, former head of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe General Wesley Clark and many other guests.
The organising committee of the 11th Eurasian Media Forum is happy to welcome the participants of the forthcoming conference.
To obtain additional information and register for participation in the forum, please follow this link http://www.eamedia.org
To view a multimedia news release please click here – http://www.multivu.com/mnr/58721-eurasian-media-forum-meet-in-kazakhstan
Source: Eurasian Media Forum Organizing Committee

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April 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

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CBME China 2013 Unveils High-Quality Content and Visitor Activities

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SHANGHAI, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The 13th Shanghai International Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME China 2013) will welcome local and international suppliers to showcase their latest products on July 17-19, 2013 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The event will feature over 1,400 exhibitors representing 2,100 brands across 138,000 square meters of exhibition space, a 19% increase in exhibition scale from 2012. Over 60,000 children and baby products volume-buyers are expected to attend.

A number of world-known brands have already confirmed participation including 4 MOMS, Baby Coccole, Barcarola, Britax, BBC, CAM, Combi, Chicco, Cybex, Disney, F.S. Baby, Joovy, Kiddie, Karicare, Mayoral, Mustela, Nike Kids, Nuby, NUK, Nuna, Ok Baby, PALI, Piccolettas, Pigeon, Phillips Avent, Quinny, Silver Cross, STOKKE, Trasluz, Wyeth and more, covering a range of children, baby and maternity products from healthcare products to food, strollers and toys, clothing and accessories and services.

International brands from Australia, Italy, Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the United States are some of the countries to make up the various International Pavilions.

Focusing on Content that Matters to the Industry

Visitors and exhibitors attending CBME China will not only find new business partners and thousands of children, baby and maternity products, they will also get an inside look at what’s happening in the industry.

The Children Baby Maternity Products Industry Summit, on the other hand, will give attendees an overview of China’s children, baby and maternity products market, and educate them on how to grow their businesses in the region. The whole-day summit will cover topics include industry trends, retail success stories, supply chain and distribution processes, e-commerce and panel discussions with industry experts.

The Retail Seminar: Setting up Your Own Baby Product Store will educate would-be entrepreneurs in setting up a successful baby products store. Topics include site selection, purchasing and stocking, merchandise display, store operations, inventory management, advertising and promotions, affiliate marketing and management, staffing and more.

Brand owners and suppliers will take center-stage at CBME Supplier Seminars as they share their brand developments and demonstrate the latest in product innovation. Each two-hour session will help buyers gain a better understanding of the suppliers.

Recognizing Innovation and Design Excellence

Visitors can not only learn the latest trends in the industry and business know-how from the CBME China 2013’s educational sessions. They can also see first-hand the latest product innovation in the industry at the Innovative Products Awards Pavilion.

Originally conceived to encourage independent research and development on safer quality products for mothers and babies, the CBME Innovative Product Awards continue the tradition by providing a platform for inspiring innovative products that meet the highest industry standards.

The Innovative Products AwardsPavilion will showcase the latest product innovations in the baby, children and maternity products industry. Visitors can also cast their vote for the most innovative products, and get a chance to win fabulous prizes. Award Categories include: Best Baby Carriages and Car Seats; Best Children’s Beds and Furniture; Best Food and Healthcare Products; Best Baby Care Products; Best Toys, Educational Products. Winners will be announced at the CBME China Autumn Gala in September.

Providing Value-Added Service to Effectively Facilitate Trade

CBME China facilitates trade between volume-buyers and suppliers. Face-to-face negotiations and deals are made at CBME China.

At CBME China’s Private Buyer Meetings, a business matching service, buyers can meet pre-selected suppliers to explain their buying needs and make sure their requirements are met. This program is open to volume-buyers from retail stores who purchase children’s, baby and maternity products and meet a set of criteria.

CBME China is a perfect business platform for children’s, baby and maternity product buyers, retailers, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers to meet and do business in one venue.

Visitor registration is now open (www.cbmexpo.com/en/register) to all trade buyers. For a limited time, all visitors who pre-register will be eligible to win free hotel accommodation in Shanghai.

CBME China 2013 will take place from July 17-19 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. For more information on CBME China, visit http://www.cbmexpo.com.

About Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME) http://www.cbmexpo.com/en

Held annually in Shanghai, the Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME) is the world’s largest sourcing event for baby, children and maternity products in the world. This is the perfect business platform for buyers, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers in the industry to meet and do business in one venue.

CBME 2013 will be held from July 17-19, 2013 in Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The event is expected to host 2,100 brands and 1,400 exhibitors in 138,000 square meters of exhibition space in 2013. For more information, please contact cbmexpo@cbmexpo.com.

About UBM Asia http://www.ubmasia.com

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 18 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. We have over 200 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia’s leading exhibition organizer and the biggest commercial organizer in the two fastest growing markets in Asia, China and India, we stage the leading events of their kind across Asia. Our 150 events, 24 publications and 18 vertical portals serve 1,000,000-plus quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant news on market and industry trends and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. We have 1,000 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.

About UBM plc http://www.ubm.com

UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

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April 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

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CBME China 2013 Unveils High-Quality Content and Visitor Activities

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SHANGHAI, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The 13th Shanghai International Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME China 2013) will welcome local and international suppliers to showcase their latest products on July 17-19, 2013 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The event will feature over 1,400 exhibitors representing 2,100 brands across 138,000 square meters of exhibition space, a 19% increase in exhibition scale from 2012. Over 60,000 children and baby products volume-buyers are expected to attend.

A number of world-known brands have already confirmed participation including 4 MOMS, Baby Coccole, Barcarola, Britax, BBC, CAM, Combi, Chicco, Cybex, Disney, F.S. Baby, Joovy, Kiddie, Karicare, Mayoral, Mustela, Nike Kids, Nuby, NUK, Nuna, Ok Baby, PALI, Piccolettas, Pigeon, Phillips Avent, Quinny, Silver Cross, STOKKE, Trasluz, Wyeth and more, covering a range of children, baby and maternity products from healthcare products to food, strollers and toys, clothing and accessories and services.

International brands from Australia, Italy, Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the United States are some of the countries to make up the various International Pavilions.

Focusing on Content that Matters to the Industry

Visitors and exhibitors attending CBME China will not only find new business partners and thousands of children, baby and maternity products, they will also get an inside look at what’s happening in the industry.

The Children Baby Maternity Products Industry Summit, on the other hand, will give attendees an overview of China’s children, baby and maternity products market, and educate them on how to grow their businesses in the region. The whole-day summit will cover topics include industry trends, retail success stories, supply chain and distribution processes, e-commerce and panel discussions with industry experts.

The Retail Seminar: Setting up Your Own Baby Product Store will educate would-be entrepreneurs in setting up a successful baby products store. Topics include site selection, purchasing and stocking, merchandise display, store operations, inventory management, advertising and promotions, affiliate marketing and management, staffing and more.

Brand owners and suppliers will take center-stage at CBME Supplier Seminars as they share their brand developments and demonstrate the latest in product innovation. Each two-hour session will help buyers gain a better understanding of the suppliers.

Recognizing Innovation and Design Excellence

Visitors can not only learn the latest trends in the industry and business know-how from the CBME China 2013’s educational sessions. They can also see first-hand the latest product innovation in the industry at the Innovative Products Awards Pavilion.

Originally conceived to encourage independent research and development on safer quality products for mothers and babies, the CBME Innovative Product Awards continue the tradition by providing a platform for inspiring innovative products that meet the highest industry standards.

The Innovative Products AwardsPavilion will showcase the latest product innovations in the baby, children and maternity products industry. Visitors can also cast their vote for the most innovative products, and get a chance to win fabulous prizes. Award Categories include: Best Baby Carriages and Car Seats; Best Children’s Beds and Furniture; Best Food and Healthcare Products; Best Baby Care Products; Best Toys, Educational Products. Winners will be announced at the CBME China Autumn Gala in September.

Providing Value-Added Service to Effectively Facilitate Trade

CBME China facilitates trade between volume-buyers and suppliers. Face-to-face negotiations and deals are made at CBME China.

At CBME China’s Private Buyer Meetings, a business matching service, buyers can meet pre-selected suppliers to explain their buying needs and make sure their requirements are met. This program is open to volume-buyers from retail stores who purchase children’s, baby and maternity products and meet a set of criteria.

CBME China is a perfect business platform for children’s, baby and maternity product buyers, retailers, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers to meet and do business in one venue.

Visitor registration is now open (www.cbmexpo.com/en/register) to all trade buyers. For a limited time, all visitors who pre-register will be eligible to win free hotel accommodation in Shanghai.

CBME China 2013 will take place from July 17-19 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. For more information on CBME China, visit http://www.cbmexpo.com.

About Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME) http://www.cbmexpo.com/en

Held annually in Shanghai, the Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME) is the world’s largest sourcing event for baby, children and maternity products in the world. This is the perfect business platform for buyers, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers in the industry to meet and do business in one venue.

CBME 2013 will be held from July 17-19, 2013 in Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The event is expected to host 2,100 brands and 1,400 exhibitors in 138,000 square meters of exhibition space in 2013. For more information, please contact cbmexpo@cbmexpo.com.

About UBM Asia http://www.ubmasia.com

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 18 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. We have over 200 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia’s leading exhibition organizer and the biggest commercial organizer in the two fastest growing markets in Asia, China and India, we stage the leading events of their kind across Asia. Our 150 events, 24 publications and 18 vertical portals serve 1,000,000-plus quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant news on market and industry trends and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. We have 1,000 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.

About UBM plc http://www.ubm.com

UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

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April 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

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Tadashi Yanai Named One of TIME Magazine’s TIME 100

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TIME’S Annual List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World
TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — TIME has named Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President & CEO of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., to the 2013 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes appear in the April 29 issue of TIME, available on newsstands and tablets on Friday, April 19, and now at http://time100.time.com/.

Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President & CEO, Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.
Commenting on the recognition, Tadashi Yanai said, “I am pleased to have been named among this list of prestigious individuals, and wish to thank TIME for having included me this year. Fast Retailing and UNIQLO aim to positively impact the lives of people everywhere and change our world for the better, through the clothing that we produce. We are serious about our commitment, and it requires substantial influence. I believe that TIME’s acknowledgement is a reflection that as a company we are moving in the right direction.”
The list, now in its tenth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. As TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel has said of the list in the past, “The TIME 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world. It’s not a list of the smartest people in the world. It’s a list of the most influential people in the world. They’re scientists. They’re thinkers. They’re philosophers. They’re leaders. They’re icons. They’re artists. They’re visionaries. People who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people.”
Tadashi Yanai is Chairman, President & CEO of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., the leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under seven main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. Fast Retailing is currently the world’s fourth largest apparel retail company, with global sales of approximately JPY 928 billion (approximately US$ 9.5 billion) for the 2012 fiscal year ending August 31, 2012, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer. With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, the company is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere.
Mr. Yanai started with a single UNIQLO store in Hiroshima in 1984, building this to more than 1,200 UNIQLO stores today across 13 markets worldwide, including Japan, mainland China, France, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S. The newest market to welcome UNIQLO during summer 2013 is Indonesia.
Born February 7, 1949 in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, Mr. Yanai graduated from Tokyo’s Waseda University in March 1971, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics.
For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit http://www.uniqlo.com and http://www.fastretailing.com.
Follow @TIME for updates about the list on Twitter and at Facebook.com/TIME. Hashtag is #TIME100
For media queries, please contact: Fast Retailing, Corporate PR Department, Tokyo, Japan, Tel. +81 (0) 3 6885 0960
Source: Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.

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April 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

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MyCEB: Southeast Asia is set to witness the wrath of Barca

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Making an appearance for the first time in Southeast Asia, FC Barcelona will battle the Malaysian Tigers this August

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time, the highly acclaimed FC Barcelona will make its way to the shores of Malaysia as part of the FC Barcelona Asian Tour 2013.

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Organised by B.S.C.S.R.L. DTO. Futbol (M) Sdn Bhd (BSC) and supported by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the team will battle the Malaysian Tigers on 10 August 2013 at Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur. The event is expected to host 80,000 spectators and draw over 8,000 fans from across the region to Kuala Lumpur. The expected national economic impact generated through the event is more than RM 115 million.

Mr. Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of International Events Unit (IEU), Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) said, “We are excited that Malaysia was chosen for FC Barcelona’s debut tour to Southeast Asia. This is indeed a historic moment for the throngs of fans within the region especially fans from Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Australia, India, Myanmar and Vietnam who are expected to make their way to Kuala Lumpur this August. We are certainly delighted to bring these heroes to town given that Asia represents over 40% of the fan base of this legendary football club. With approximately 145million fans in the region, the anticipation leading up to the event will be nothing short of exhilarating.”

He added, “Malaysia is increasingly recognised as a destination of choice for such major events with the availability of world-class airports, venues, facilities and not to mention the warm, hospitable spirit of Malaysians. With years of hosting major events, Malaysia has certainly caught the world’s attention.”

“We are constantly looking for avenues to drive tourism into the country to support the Ministry of Tourism and Tourism Malaysia’s promotional campaign of Visit Malaysia Year 2014. Last year, Malaysia managed to attract RM916million in tourism spend from tourists visiting Malaysia for major events and with our support of FC Barcelona Asian Tour 2013, we hope to attract even more this year,” concluded Mr. Nagamaiah.

MyCEB’s International Events Unit (IEU) is a young, vibrant division of Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism that aims to successfully attract, stage and sustain exciting major events in Malaysia.

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Essence Communications +60-3-7493-5588 myceb@my-essence.com

 

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April 22, 2013 at 9:13 am