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Dorsett Hotels & Resorts Reveal Partnership with Kidzania London

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hot on the heels of its recent first hotel opening in London, Dorsett Hospitality International is pleased to announce a new outpost in the UK’s capital city…one only open to children! Opening in early 2015 at Westfield London, just across the way from the newly opened Dorsett Shepherds Bush hotel, KidZania London will be the UK’s first educational entertainment experience, offering children the opportunity to learn over 60 unique and exciting professions in a fun and safe environment. Dorsett Hospitality International is delighted to announce that it will be the exclusive hotel partner at KidZania London, amongst a group of widely respected global brands.

Inside the 75,000sq ft. life-like city, kids will find the streets lined with real-world establishments, each offering real-life role play adventures in a fun and safe environment. As the manager or a vital staff member of Kidzania’s Dorsett Hotel, children will learn front desk operations and housekeeping skills. On Front of House duty, children will take reservations and welcome guests arriving at the hotel, whilst housekeeping members of staff carry out a Turn Down service.

The skills and expertise of the team at Dorsett Shepherds Bush are being drawn upon in the creation of the Dorsett Hotel at Kidzania.

“Dorsett Shepherds Bush is proud to partner with KidZania as THE HOTEL to introduce the exciting hospitality profession to children, through interactive and fun role play, demonstrating Dorsett’s renowned Asian inspired hospitality to guests in our hotels located in United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Malaysia and Singapore.” Commented Hilary Cross, General Manager at Dorsett Shepherds Bush.

Speaking at a press preview, held on Wednesday 22nd October, KidZania London Chairman Joel Cadbury announced the first six Industry Partners confirmed as establishment hosts: Dorsett Hotels & Resorts, Renault, British Airways, innocent, Global Radio, and Golden Tours. Each Industry Partner has committed to one or more establishments within KidZania, in which visiting kids will undertake an role play crafted to replicate real-world experiences. Further details on other Industry Partners will be available as KidZania builds to its 2015 launch.

www.dorsetthotels.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

Dorsett Hospitality International owns and manages three brands – Dorsett Hotels & Resorts, d. collection, and Silka Hotels:

Dorsett Hotels & Resorts

Dorsett Grand is a portfolio of 400 to 600 room hotels for the contemporary, urban and aspirational business and leisure travellers looking for a tailored offering in their hotel choice. Dorsett Grand properties enjoy city centre and resort locations and often have two to three restaurants to choose from. The properties also have full-range MICE facilities with state-of-the-art amenities as well as a swimming pool. At Dorsett Grand, Asian warmth will meet British elegance to provide guests with a tasteful and rich hospitality experience that is inviting and refined.

Dorsett is a collection of contemporary urban properties with 150 to 300 hotel rooms that are centrally located equipped with one restaurant. The hotels offer a blend of Asian hospitality with modern British edginess and feature playful decor, eclectic influences, a sense of surprise and flamboyance. Each Dorsett hotel promises guests a hospitality experience to remember and caters to both business and leisure guests.

d.Collection

The d Collection brand focuses on the traveller in search of inspiration, excitement and something a little more extraordinary.  Comprising of a selection of wonderfully charismatic boutique hotels timed with the locality and ease of a large city.  d Collection are chosen purely for their proximity to the pulse of each city with exciting dining opportunities, shopping and entertainment within easy reach.

Silka

Silka hotels are designed with the value-savvy and smart traveller in mind.  They feature an excellent service and focus on the customers who are looking for the basics without compromising on value.  Silka offer the best in comfort as well as convenience whilst providing a hassle – free hospitality escape.

About KidZania London

Opening in early 2015 at Westfield London, KidZania is the UK’s first educational entertainment experience where kids can learn real-life skills in a fun and safe environment.

Inside the 75,000sq ft. life-like city, kids can learn over 60 unique and exciting professions. Watch the excitement on their faces as they become a Pilot, TV Presenter, Dentist, Policeman, Beauty Therapists and many more.

Having welcomed over 38 million visitors worldwide, KidZania is a global phenomenon and one of the world’s fastest growing educational entertainment brands  and now for the first time KidZania is coming to London.

KidZania London will be the 19th KidZania to open globally and will be located in Westfield London. Longshot Kids Ltd will develop and operate the facilities in an exclusive license agreement with KidZania, which covers Great Britain & Ireland.

Where else could your child be a Pilot?

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Full Partnership Details

British Airways: All visitors to KidZania London will be greeted by the sight of a British Airways A319 fuselage, measuring over 18 meters long and weighing over 16 tonnes, in which the Aviation Academy & Flight Attendant Training School are hosted.

Dorsett Hotels: As the manager or a vital staff member of the biggest hotel in KidZania, kids will learn front desk operations and housekeeping skills.

Global Radio: Broadcasting live from KidZania, kids take on all the roles of a radio programme to present their own ten-minute show.

Golden Tours: Kids can explore KidZania in style with a trip on the Golden Tours Hop-on, Hop-Off tour bus.

Innocent:Visitors to the innocent Smoothie Factory will undertake a step by step introduction to manufacturing.

Picture Air: Responsible for capturing stills photography of visitors to KidZania London, they will be creating mementos of the day and ensuring the memory lives on, once a visit has ended.

Renault: Renault will partner on three establishments within KidZania London  the Engineering Centre, Pit Lane Challenge and will also supply all the vehicles you will see in KidZania such as the Ambulance, Fire Engine & City Tour Bus.

Source: Dorsett Hospitality International

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November 4, 2014 at 6:47 pm

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Cnova N.V. Launches Initial Public Offering

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AMSTERDAM  /PRNewswire/ — Cnova N.V. (“Cnova”), one of the largest global eCommerce companies, announced today the launch of its initial public offering of 26,800,000 ordinary shares. The initial public offering price is expected to be between $12.50 and $14.00 per share, which would result in a total offering size between $335,000,000 and $375,200,000. All of the shares are being offered by Cnova. In addition, Cnova has granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to 4,020,000 additional ordinary shares to cover over-allotments, if any.

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The offering is being made pursuant to a registration statement on Form F-1 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Cnova has applied to list its ordinary shares on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “CNV”.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. are acting as joint book runners for the offering, and BNP Paribas Securities Corp., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., Natixis Securities Americas LLC and SG Americas Securities LLC are acting as co-managers for the offering.

The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus filed with the SEC. This announcement does not constitute a prospectus and is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any securities of Cnova nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

A registration statement (including a prospectus) relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time that the registration statement becomes effective. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement (File Number 333-196521) and the other documents that Cnova has filed with the SEC for more complete information about Cnova and this offering. You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov or by contacting:

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
Attn.: Prospectus Dept.
180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10014

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions
1155 Long Island Avenue
Edgewood, NY, 11717
Attn.: Prospectus Dept.

No offer to buy these securities can be accepted and no part of the purchase price can be received until the registration statement has become effective, and any such offer may be withdrawn or revoked, without obligation or commitment of any kind, at any time prior to notice of its acceptance given after the effective date.

About Cnova

Cnova N.V. is one of the largest global eCommerce companies, operating Cdiscount sites in France, Brazil,Colombia, Ecuador, Thailand, Vietnam, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Belgium and the sites Extra.com.br, Pontofrio.com and Casasbahia.com.br in Brazil. Cnova offers its over 12.9 million active customers access to a wide assortment of more than 12 million product offerings through a combination of attractive pricing and highly differentiated delivery and payment solutions. Cnova N.V. is part of Groupe Casino. Information on, or accessible through, the sites referenced above is not part of this press release.

Groupe Casino, listed on the French stock market, is a retail group that specializes in the sale of food and non-food products, generating EUR49 billion in consolidated net sales in 2013, through more than 14,000 retail outlets including 10,000 in France, with 329,000 employees worldwide.  In 2013, 60% of consolidated net sales were recorded in fast-growing countries, mainly in Latin America (GPA and Via Varejo in Brazil and Grupo Exito in Colombia) and South East Asia (Big C in Thailand and Vietnam). In France, Groupe Casino has successfully applied its multi-format, multi-banner, multi-channel model through a network of hypermarkets (Geant), supermarkets (Casino), urban supermarkets (Monoprix, Franprix, Leader Price) and convenience stores (Casino Shop, Vival, Spar) and eCommerce. GPA, listed on the Brazilian stock market, is the largest retailer in Brazil withEUR11 billion of net sales in 2013 (food only), 156,000 employees and a distribution network comprising more than 2,000 points of sale (Pao de Acucar, Extra, Assai, Minimercado) as well as eCommerce. Via Varejo, listed on the Brazilian stock market, is one of the largest retailers of electronics and appliances in the world, with net sales of EUR7.6 billion in 2013, 67,000 employees and more than 900 stores serving approximately 50 million customers through the Casas Bahia and Pontofrio banners. Grupo Exito, listed on the Colombian stock market, is the leading retailer in Colombia, with net sales of EUR4.2 billion in 2013, almost 37,000 employees and 739 stores. Exito utilizes a multi-brand, multi-format, multi-industry and multi-business strategy under the Exito, Carulla, Surtimax and Super Inter brands.

Source: Cnova N.V.

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November 4, 2014 at 6:14 pm

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Eversight(TM) and Periscope(TM), a McKinsey Solution, announce a partnership

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— Periscope and Eversight to bring Promotion “Offer Innovation” capabilities to leading retailers and consumer goods companies

PALO ALTO, Calif. and NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Eversight™, the leading provider of cloud-based software designed to improve promotion effectiveness and make better use of trade promotion dollars, andPeriscope™, a McKinsey Solution focused on Commercial Performance Optimization including Price-, Promotion-, Assortment-, and Category Optimization, today announced a partnership to bring Promotion “Offer Innovation” to a broad set of retailers and consumer goods manufacturers in the US and internationally.

Through this partnership, Periscope and Eversight will deliver a comprehensive set of software and service solutions which enable companies to innovate in-store promotions by digitally testing unique offers with real shoppers. The result will be tremendous value for clients: by uncovering the most effective offers through real-world-testing of thousands of promotion variations, manufacturers and retailers can work together to roll out more effective promotions in brick-and-mortar stores, leading to substantial top- and bottom- line improvements.

“Periscope has always been about delivering and sustaining insight-driven commercial performance for our clients,” said Brian Elliott, CEO of Periscope. “The Eversight solution delivers a step change in insight unique in the marketplace — allowing our clients to find the best promotional offers and adapt with changing consumer behavior through ongoing micro-testing. Combining Eversight’s Offer Innovation with Periscope’s Revenue Management Suite of Solutions, especially with Periscope Promotion Advisor™, will help organizations execute promotions with higher impact. We are excited about partnering with Eversight to take this new insight to the consumer goods companies and retailers we serve around the globe. ”

“The test-first approach at the core of Offer Innovation represents a paradigm shift for in-store promotions, moving them from hunch-based art to data-driven science,” said David Moran, Eversight Co-founder. “We believe every single promotional offer a company puts forward should be tested before it is rolled out. Periscope’s global reach, complementary suite of solutions, and distinctive expertise in supporting transformational change management programs makes them an ideal partner to deliver these capabilities to more companies, more quickly.”

Greg Girard, Program Director, Merchandise Strategies at global market intelligence firm IDC, described the unique value of the partnership. “Retailers and manufacturers struggle on two fronts: innovating promotion offers and predicting how consumers will react to different pricing, promotion and marketing programs,” said Girard. “Combining rapid, high-volume micro-testing with capabilities to better implement, scale, and sustain the new test-first approach inside promotional planning processes of retailers and manufacturers can reduce the risk of promotional offer innovation. This means that decision-makers do not need to take their best guesses when developing promotional plans as they’ll have real evidence up-front that they can rely on.”

Periscope will be Eversight’s sole Preferred Support Services Partner and Eversight will be Periscope’s solePreferred PromotionOffer Innovation Partner.

Executives from both Periscope and Eversight will be presenting at the Collaborative Promotion Optimization & Continuous Improvement Summit, hosted by the Promotional Optimization Institute on November 2-4 in Dallas, Texas. For more information and a program, please visit http://poinstitute.com/events/upcoming-event/

About Periscope
Established in 2007 as a wholly owned subsidiary of McKinsey Solutions, Periscope™ enables customers to embed the world’s leading revenue management IP into their everyday way of working to deliver and sustain insight-driven return on sales (ROS) improvements of 2-7%. Periscope continually sources the leading IP from its partnerships and acquisitions; codifies it; and scales the new capability across industries and around the globe. Notably, Periscope builds on McKinsey’s acknowledged thought leadership and experience in both revenue management and deep transformational change management that improves success rates of transformation from 30 to 90%. Periscope embeds these capabilities through a comprehensive suite of insight-driven commercial performance solutions and services that help leading companies on all continents improve pricing, promotion, assortment, and performance management. In addition to partnering with McKinsey, Periscope has acquired two other insight leaders in online intelligence and assortment optimization with more acquisitions and partnerships to come — like this new one with Eversight™. Visit http://periscope.mckinseysolutions.com to learn more.

About Eversight
Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. and founded in 2013, Eversight provides Offer Innovation software that helps retailers and consumer goods companies dramatically improve promotion effectiveness and make better use of trade-spend dollars. Eversight disrupts the $300B+ world of trade promotions by combining the latest in predictive analytics, cloud software, data science, and behavioral economics. Eversight Cloud™ enables customers to remove the guesswork and risk from trade promotions by micro-testing thousands of unique offers with real shoppers to find the best performing ones. Eversight serves as a strategic partner to some of the largest CPG brands and retailers, including Unilever and BIC. Promotions based on Offer Innovation have yielded an unprecedented 20-50 percent improvement in volume sales over traditional promotions. Visitwww.eversightlabs.com to learn more. Follow Eversight on Twitter at @Eversightlabs and on LinkedIn.

Contacts:
For Eversight: Lauren Curley, lauren@outright360.com, +1 617-529-6463,
For Periscope: General information, Christian Koestler, christian_koestler@mckinsey.com, +43-1-5370 6342. Media contact: Stacey Schulte, stacey_schulte@mckinsey.com, +1 312-795-7114

Source: Periscope

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November 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm

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Teleperformance Recognized for its Innovative and Visionary Anti-fraud Solutions

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— Frost & Sullivan presents the company with the 2014 Visionary Innovation Leadership Award in Contact Center Security

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the contact center market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Teleperformance with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Visionary Innovation Leadership. As a Tier 1 leading outsourcing provider, Teleperformance has built a security-conscious culture within the entire organization. This reinforces customer trust and establishes a competitive advantage in a crowded field.

The globalization of the contact center industry makes for more complex security challenges as clients operate in cross-border environments. “Teleperformance offers a unique fraud risk assessment as part of a four-phase security enhancement program. It relies on knowledge of fraud trends, common vulnerabilities among client applications, and ways an agent could circumvent controls,” said Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Michael DeSalles. “This extensive security report is customized for each client. It often highlights potential security breaches that the client’s own security team has failed to address.”

With Lyle Hardy (CIO) and Bruce Wignall (CISO) at the helm, the team has over 100 security analysts that are CISSP-certified, ensuring that they are information security experts. Team members are distributed across three major geographic regions, globally. Teleperformance is able to meet individual security requirements by assigning a certified information systems security professional to each client. Unique within the industry, the security analyst is responsible for identifying resources, tools and processes to enforce and manage client security rules.

Teleperformance is a pioneer in contact center compliance. The company focuses on individual site accountability within the region in which Teleperformance operates delivery sites. The company establishes and maintains its own set of compliance standards. In North America, this means that local, state and federal regulations are documented and then scored.  These efforts have propelled the company to become the first in the outsourcing industry to achieve VISA Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance for its U.S. and Mexicooperations.

“Given its proactive efforts to design and continually improve internal controls, Teleperformance goes far beyond simply being compliant with recognized security standards,” noted DeSalles. “The strong cultural thread of performance and excellence that runs through Teleperformance’s innovative security tools, processes and products places the organization at the top tier of outsourcing service providers in North America.”

Acknowledging its unparalleled excellence in contact center security, Frost & Sullivan is pleased to recognize Teleperformance with the 2014 Visionary Innovation Leadership Award for its security practice in the North American contact center outsourcing market.

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for outstanding achievement in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research.

About Teleperformance

We are the worldwide leader in multichannel customer experience. We’ve been providing superior customer care services for leading companies throughout the world since 1978, with expertise in many markets and verticals.

We work with people and for people to bring passion and excellence to our businesses like our own business. That is what we do. We transform passion into excellence. With a large global footprint, we bring together best practices and experience from several countries worldwide combined with continuous innovation, the best mix of agents, efficient processes, intelligent analytics and strategic locations. This means rapid team assignment and a variety of solutions to provide a seamless and enriched customer experience wherever you need us.

We are moved by passion. It defines us. It motivates us. It moves us forward. And it is part of everything we do.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

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November 4, 2014 at 4:24 pm

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Videology Expands Newly Launched Global TV Practice to APAC

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— New Practice Synthesizes Its Expanding Cross-Screen Expertise and Solutions for Advertisers and Media Companies
— New Division Led Globally by Rhys McLachlan, and by Kristian Claxton in APAC

NEW YORK  /PRNewswire/ — Videology, one of the world’s largest video advertising technology platforms, today announced the expansion of its dedicated TV Practice to the APAC region, as the company continues its focus on bringing cross-screen advertising solutions to its clients, including agencies, advertisers and media companies. While currently more than 50% of Videology’s internal revenue comes from television budgets, the company estimates that the TV Practice could represent as much as a $250 million opportunity in 2015 across the globe.

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The division will help advertisers and media companies–Videology’s key client groups–capitalize on the massive new opportunity to engage with audiences across different screens, capturing linear TV, smart-TV and online video viewers as they shift between viewing platforms. The division will bring together the company’s diversifying television expertise spanning business development, partnership marketing and product innovation, to focus their efforts and provide overarching strategic direction in one of the fastest moving segments of programmatic advertising.

“We’re proud to be the first and only video ad tech company with an entire practice dedicated to television. While the practice may be new to the industry, we see this as a logical and much needed strategic move in the current media landscape,” said Scott Ferber, Chairman and CEO of Videology. “In speaking with clients on both the demand and supply side of the house, they are ready to implement and act upon the convergence of TV and video. As a technology provider, we must be able to provide them with the tools and expertise they need to efficiently plan, buy and sell ads across screens. We’ve already made tremendous progress, but this new alignment will allow us to work smarter and move faster in order to meet the evolving needs of our clients.”

Videology’s new practice speaks to the company’s unique capabilities in providing television-centric, cross-screen advertising technology upon which the company was built. The practice will encompass all of Videology’s television initiatives, including products designed to plan, execute, measure and optimize cross-screen linear television and digital video advertising campaigns, as well as its industry-leading work in advanced, addressable television.

The new practice will be led by Rhys McLachlan, formerly Director of Corporate Development for Videology, who has been instrumental in expanding the company’s video footprint across Europe and the APAC region, and further establishing its partnerships with agencies and broadcasters in the U.K. A television and emerging media veteran, McLachlan led broadcast implementation before becoming Managing Partner, Futures, for MediaCom U.K. prior to joining Videology in 2011.

Videology has also named Kristian Claxton, based in Singapore, to lead its APAC television practice. Claxton, currently Videology’s head of commercial accounts for the region, will be taking on responsibility for leading the APAC execution of the company’s television strategy, with a focus on on-boarding local data sets to support the suite of TV-centric tools that have been developed to support the initiative. Prior to joining Videology, Claxton worked in broadcast media for both MEC and Channel 4 in the U.K.

Further team expansion across APAC and other regions will continue throughout 2015.

About Videology
Videology (videologygroup.com) is one of the world’s largest video advertising technology platforms. By simplifying big data, we empower marketers and media companies to make smarter advertising decisions to fully harness the value of their audience across screens. Our math and science-based technology enables our customers to manage, measure and optimize digital video and TV advertising to achieve the best results in the converging media landscape.

Videology, Inc., is a privately-held, venture-backed company, whose investors include Catalyst Investors, Comcast Ventures, NEA, Pinnacle Ventures, and Valhalla Partners. Videology is headquartered in New York, with key offices in Baltimore, Austin, Toronto, London, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney and sales teams across North America. For more information, contact Michele Skettino at Michele@videologygroup.com or +1-212-231-7853.

Source: Videology

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November 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm

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Flabuless Makes Fitness Social For Companies

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-First fitness rewards program in Singapore hopes to incentivise healthy lifestyles

SINGAPORE, Nov. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Corporate perks management service Rewardz has launched a first-in- Singapore online corporate fitness platform called Flabuless, that motivates users into pursuing healthy lifestyles with fitness challenges that can reap real-world rewards.

The Flabuless program encourages staff participation and competition for groups and individuals, and is targeted at medium to large organisations looking to reduce their company’s medical costs, boost morale and productivity, and improve staff health.

According to a JobsCentral survey conducted earlier this year, more than three in five Singaporean workers gain a considerable amount of weight after starting work, with 76% of weight gainers citing a lack of time to exercise due to their busy schedules as the cause.

“There is a growing concern among human resource professionals about hectic or irregular work hours contributing to a lack of an active lifestyle among working adults,” said Rewardz co-founder Nicole Seah. “With Flabuless, we hope to create a healthy and inclusive company culture, and build a happy, productive workforce.”

Flabuless aims to help companies motivate employees with prizes and perks through fitness events and challenges such as stair-climbing or cycling. Employers can also organise workshops, seminars, health screenings, fitness clinics and cooking demonstrations to drive their company workforce towards active, healthy living.

The online application can also be integrated with popular fitness tracking apps and devices, so users can track their physical activity and earn points on the Flabuless platform to win prizes such as vouchers and monetary rewards. Flabuless also acts as a social networking platform for sharing status updates, photos, healthy recipes and more, and is also integrated into the Rewardz perks ecosystem as well, allowing companies to enjoy corporate benefits provided by Flabuless’s parent program.

Following its successful implementation in the National University Healthcare System (NUHS), who has seen over a thousand participants covering a total of 4360km through the platform, or 493 times the height of Mount Everest, Nicole sees many other companies following suit in the name of achieving a healthy and productive workforce with happy employees.

“We see systems like Flabuless as a much better long-term solution to human resource healthcare provisions, rather than tweaking traditional employee health benefits,” said Nicole. “We want to create a win-win scenario for both employer and employee, by helping organisations build a cost-effective, productive work environment through a healthy and active workforce.”

About Rewardz

Rewardz is a corporate perks service based in Singapore that complements human resource (HR) efforts for medium to large organisations. The mobile and web-based platform helps organisations acquire company benefits from third-party vendors, as well as organise company events, handle corporate bookings and deliver customised push notifications for the organisation’s HR activities.

In just under two years, Rewardz has garnered more than 30 clients, including National University Healthcare System (NUHS). Courts, Crocs, Fuji Xerox, Aetos, SPRING Singapore, and the Public Utilities Board (PUB). Rewardz has also received recognition as “Best in Benefit Technology” during the Benefits Asia 2013 Conference.

By July 2015, the Rewardz platform is also expected to have more than 500 rewards from its growing vendor pool.

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Daniel Yap

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Andy Lim

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(*Statistics of the survey may be found here: http://goo.gl/QbH5zS)

NOTES TO EDITOR

WHAT IS FLABULESS?

Flabuless is a social health and engagement platform that makes it super easy to organise fun health challenges.

Newsfeed allows employees to share status updates, photos, healthy recipes and more.

Personalised experience for every employee with a view of how others are performing.

Seamlessly connected with Rewardz platform to reward healthy behaviour.

Fully integrated with some of the popular fitness tracking devices to track and reward a range of fitness activities

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November 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm

DHL’s CO2 Efficiency Program Paces Asia Pacific Volume Growth

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— Region notches up 6 per cent carbon efficiency[1] improvements in 2013 over 2012 with star performer China achieving 17 per cent

SINGAPORE, Nov. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DHL Express, the world’s leading cross-border express services provider, has improved its carbon efficiency year-on-year inAsia Pacific for the 5th consecutive year despite a double-digit growth in volume of 10 per cent. Standout country performer was China with a 17 per cent improvement in CO2 efficiency followed the Philippines (15 per cent) and Australia (12 per cent).

In total, Deutsche Post DHL, parent company of DHL, has now achieved a 18 percent improvement in its carbon efficiency since the GoGreen program’s baseline year 2007 and is over halfway to meeting its target of a 30 per cent CO2 efficiency improvement by 2020.[2] In 2013, via its GoGreen-program which DPDHL provides for its customers, about 2.4 billion GoGreen shipments were sent and more than 190,000 tons of CO2 were offset.

Jerry Hsu, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific, said: “We’ve crossed the halfway point in our group-wide program to achieve a 30 per cent CO2 efficiency improvement by 2020. Across Asia Pacific we have accelerated our investment in new vehicles, in more fuel-efficient engines with lower emissions including electric and battery operated ones. These have contributed to keeping us on track but what is making an equally powerful contribution — and one that will become even more significant as the program enters its later stages — is the commitment shown by our staff in every country to adopt practices, offer suggestions and solutions that make our business more sustainable despite increasing volumes by 10 per cent across the region.”

In Asia Pacific, modernizing transport fleets region-wide to employ new vehicles with cleaner technology and better fuel efficiency continues to yield CO2 success particularly in China, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. In China, DHL Express replaced 405 vehicles with Euro IV engines, while over 22 per cent of the fleet in the Philippines have been upgraded to more fuel efficient units. Campaigns to promote fuel-efficient eco-driving and better route planning continue to motivate staff and garner great support in countries such as Vietnam with its Best Fuel Saver competition and Australia’s Efficient Driving campaign.

In addition to targeting all vehicles, efficiencies have also been achieved region-wide through more efficient ground operations, energy-efficient buildings, better climate-control management and new IT equipment from printers to servers. In Australia and New Zealand, an IT server consolidation program removed over 100 servers (physical & virtual) from the system. As well as reducing maintenance cost, power savings were considerable leading to a 31 per cent reduction in power in Australia’s server room, equivalent to 56,000 kilograms of CO2 per year.

Among other top performers of CO2 efficiency improvement are Singapore (11 per cent), India (11 per cent), andVietnam (6 per cent).

In 2012, CO2 efficiency improvement over 2011 registered 7.4 per cent[2] across Asia Pacific with top performing countries Thailand and Australia. DHL Express Asia Pacific started the assessment of its carbon footprint from energy consumption in real estate and ground transport to measure and improve carbon efficiency through abatement programs. This program was first introduced by DHL Express in 2008 and now covers over 1,000 facilities in 27 markets across Asia-Pacific.

Notes:

[1] Includes Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Scope 1 & 2 CO2 emissions on the ground, but excludes all aviation CO2 emissions.

[2] Reduction is for the Group’s own operations and those of its transportation subcontractors, compared to 2007 levels

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DHL The logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics and transportation industry and “The logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, national and international parcel delivery, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation as well as contract and e-commerce related solutions along the entire supply chain. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and around 315,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their shipping and supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenues of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.

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November 4, 2014 at 3:37 pm

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Campaign to Cut Work Cancer Deaths Launched

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LEICESTER, England  /PRNewswire/ — An industry-wide campaign to cut the number of deaths from occupational cancer will be launched today (Monday 3 November) in London.

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According to conservative estimates, some 8,000 people die from cancer and around 14,000 contract the disease each year in the UK because of exposure to a work-related carcinogen, such as diesel exhaust fumes, silica dust or asbestos fibres. Worldwide, occupational cancer claims the lives of more than 666,000 a year – one death every 47 seconds.

The figures far outstrip those for fatal incidents in the workplace, but the invisibility of carcinogens, the long latency of their effects and a lack of knowledge continue to produce this staggeringly high number of preventable deaths and cancer registrations.

Led by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and backed by business leaders, academics and charity Macmillan Cancer Support, the No Time to Lose campaign will call for a collaboration of government and employers “to beat occupational cancer”.

A national database of work-related carcinogen exposure, more research into the potential cancer risks of new technologies, a greater focus on work cancer in medical courses and awareness training for apprentices are all part of the call to action.

IOSH, the world’s largest professional organisation in occupational safety and health, will also publish new guidance today for employers to help them identify and deal with cancer risks. And the Chartered body wants businesses to sign a pledge demonstrating their commitment to controlling carcinogenic exposures in their workplaces.

IOSH head of policy and public affairs Richard Jones said: “We need a concerted joint effort to educate and protect future generations from work-related cancer. Simple actions today will save lives tomorrow – there really is no time to lose in tackling this global tragedy.”

Findings of a survey of its members by IOSH found 80 per cent of respondents felt industry was doing too little to tackle occupational health issues, due to a lack of awareness and resources.

Dr Lesley Rushton, of Imperial College London, is lead researcher behind the most recent study into the UK’s work cancer burden. She said: “There’s no excuse for young people entering into work today and being exposed to carcinogens. And we need innovative ways to get key messages to the self-employed and those working in smaller businesses.

“If we don’t do something now, we are going to have thousands of occupational cancers annually, but if we take action now we can beat occupational cancer.

“We know there are problems with exhaust fumes and shift work, sun exposure is a problem. We know what the problems are, and we know how to reduce the risks. Now, we just need action.”

For more information about the campaign, this afternoon’s House of Commons launch, and the No Time to Losecall to action, visit http://www.notimetolose.org.uk.

Source: Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

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November 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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Siemens LOGO! 8 Logic Controllers, Now in Stock at RS Components, Add Ethernet and More for Best-in-class Capabilities

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-Latest-generation intelligent logic modules deliver unprecedented connectivity, clarity and remote controllability

HONG KONG, Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has added further fresh choices to its industrial control portfolio by introducing Siemens LOGO! 8 nano-PLCs, the latest generation of the popular intelligent logic modules for small-scale automation projects.

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Key improvements in the new LOGO! 8 include a larger display, full communication options via Ethernet, a built-in web server, and extra outputs on digital and analogue modules. The new 6-line display has 16 characters per line, which allows twice as many characters per message permitting more detailed text notifications.

The Ethernet interface and web server are exceptional features in this device class. The Ethernet interface extends communication capabilities while also simplifying installation by eliminating the need for additional programming cables or LOGO! TDE text-display cables.

The web server allows remote monitoring and control of the logic module via the Internet. Creating web pages requires no special programming skills: basic LOGO! or text-display options can be selected with a simple click. The web server is easy to configure using the latest Soft Comfort V8 software, with no HTML programming required, and users can freely select their preferred display options.

In addition, two new add-on modules are available. The CSM module allows expansion of the Ethernet interface for setting up small local Ethernet networks, while the CMR2020 cellular module allows sending system-status alerts by text as well as GPS tracking for asset monitoring.

The new Soft Comfort V8 software builds on the user-friendly program creation, project simulation, and documentation capabilities popular with LOGO! users, and adds new features including simple operation in network mode, automatic configuration of communication with a display in the network view, and the ability to open as many as three programs at once. In addition, users can easily drag and drop to transfer a signal from one program to another. Soft Comfort V8 also aids smooth and easy migration of programs from previous versions.

The LOGO! 8 range is now in stock worldwide at RS Components, and comprises eight basic units, seven digital modules and three analogue modules. The units have the same 72mm width as the LOGO! 6 family, which enables space-efficient installation, and external connections are compatible with previous versions to allow easy upgrading.

For pricing information, and online ordering, please visit the website at http://hkcn.rs-online.com.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-components.com.

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0

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Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
http://hkcn.rs-online.com

DesignSpark
www.designspark.com

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November 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm

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Exegy Couples Embedded Ticker Plant and Data Feed Products

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ST. LOUIS  /PRNewswire/ — Exegy Inc., a premier provider of market data normalization and distribution solutions, has released a new version of its Trading Application Platform (TAP) product that allows customers to leverage the Exegy Data Feed for operational resiliency and access to broader content. “By coupling our embedded ticker plant and consolidated feed products, we have the ability to provide the best of both worlds,” says chief technology officer David Taylor. Launched by Exegy in January of 2014, TAP is an embedded ticker plant product that normalizes direct market data feeds on the same server that hosts a trading application. TAP delivers subscribed-to updates to applications written to the Exegy Client API (XCAPI) with single-digit microsecond latencies. The Exegy Data Feed delivers normalized market data to globally deployed applications as a “data anywhere” service. This normalized market data is derived from direct market data feeds for the US equities, options, and futures markets. Exegy now provides a connection to the Exegy Data Feed for every deployed instance of TAP. “The offering provides a compelling combination of speed, efficiency, flexibility, resiliency, and breadth of content,” adds Taylor.

“An embedded ticker plant model is great for speed and deployment agility, but it can present challenges when designing for operational resiliency,” says chief information officer Scott Parsons. Typically, firms deploy an additional embedded ticker plant and application on a redundant server to act as a backup. This significantly increases the cost and complexity of deploying and managing the trading infrastructure. The latest version of the Exegy TAP allows applications to automatically failover to the Exegy Data Feed when there is a disruption from direct feeds. This allows applications to achieve market data resiliency without deploying additional hardware and managing redundant application instances. “Automated failover to the Exegy Data Feed makes TAP a cost-effective enterprise-class market data solution that is differentiated from other embedded ticker plant offerings in the marketplace,” adds Parsons.

The combined offering also allows applications to efficiently access broad market data content. Embedded ticker plant products consume a subset of the computing resources on the host server to normalize data from direct market data feeds. Often, this is an acceptable tradeoff for a small number of direct feeds that originate from the data center in which an application is deployed. However, significant challenges arise when an application requires market data from additional feeds that originate in other data centers. “The combination of TAP and Exegy Data Feed addresses these challenges far more elegantly and efficiently than the complexity and cost of backhauling additional direct feeds from remote data centers,” says Taylor. The Exegy Client API delivers all content, local from TAP and remote from the Exegy Data Feed, through a common interface with a consistent data model. For remote content, applications receive only the updates they need, minimizing the network bandwidth required to deliver the data. “We believe that the combination of TAP and Exegy Data Feed is a revolutionary new way to deliver normalized market data,” adds Taylor.

About Exegy, Inc.
Exegy provides ultra-high performance hardware-accelerated computing solutions that efficiently process and enrich the handling of market data for the world’s leading financial organizations. Exegy’s unique products respond to financial organizations’ growing demands for capacity, low latency, reduced cost of ownership and flexibility. Exegy’s products are compatible with leading operating systems and interconnects. For more information, please visit www.exegy.com.

The data rate monitoring features of Exegy appliances provide all of the updates for www.MarketDataPeaks.com,www.MarketDataPeaks.eu and www.MarketDataPeaks.ca, the first public websites that provide minute-by-minute accounts of the aggregated volume of market data messages across major exchanges in the United States,Europe, and Canada, respectively.

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November 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm

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