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PR Newswire’s inaugural interview series “Inspire Conversation” features Asia Plantation Capital’s Group Marketing Director, Adrian Heng

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — In the inaugural interview of the Inspire Conversation series, PR Newswire spoke to Adrian Heng who is the Group Marketing Director of Asia Plantation Capital (APC) Group which is the owner and operator of commercial plantations and other environmentally sustainable businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. APC provides social and cultural support, as well as investment, to promote the use of sustainable and certified wood to prevent deforestation and illegal logging activities, protect biodiversity and combat poverty in tropical rainforest regions.

With PR Newswire’s close working relationship with the PR and marketing communications community, an interview series called “Inspire Conversation” was developed. The aim of the series is to promote the sharing of personal lessons, experiences and insights among PR, Marketing and Communications professionals which they have accumulated throughout their careers. The interview clip is now available for viewing.

“Although our clients come from different industries, our contacts are mainly in PR and marketing communications functions. And during our interactions with them, we found that our clients have an abundance of knowledge and unique insights on PR, marketing and communications related topics such as the latest trends, best practices and most importantly the challenges they faced and lessons they learned with the continuing blurring of lines in the media landscape — all of which could be shared with their peers,” said Fern Cheng, Senior Marketing Manager of PR Newswire for Asia Pacific region excluding China. “This mooted the interview series idea, and we are pleased to have Adrian be our first featured guest.”

During the one hour interview, Adrian Heng spoke about his role at APC and his views on the ever evolving marketing and PR trends, and how these changes have impacted him as a PR and Marketing professional. Some of his takeaways include:

  • While there are major changes in the way we handle PR, marketing and communications nowadays, what hasn’t changed is the engagement and experience that we need to give to our audience. Using APC as an example, Adrian explained that his company not only usesvideos and photos to complement their communications efforts, they also regularly fly their customers to plantations to create a real life experience.
  • With marketing teams becoming leaner and their budgets restricted, it is important for marketers, especially those in niche markets such as in the case of APC, to be targeted and focused in their marketing activities so as to reach the audiences who have short attention spans in the most efficient manner.
  • With the increasing demand and expectation of audiences towards brands, brands need to think and act outside of the box so as to evolve and change the way they have been communicating with their audiences. Adrian used the airline industry where low-cost carriers are pushing boundaries in their marketing efforts to grab audience’s attention away from the full commercial airlines.
  • Homogenous communication does not work in the Asia-Pacific region which exhibits multi-cultural and multilingual characteristics. A successful ad in the United States might work in Singapore but does not guarantee the same success in Thailand or Myanmar. Global key messages are essential but it must be adaptable with in-market input to meet the local market’s expectations.
  • Sending out vanilla media communication and invites is no longer enough to attract media pick up and attention. Besides incorporating video and images, brands must deliver an experience to their audience, which includes journalists, for them to tell their brand stories more easily and interestingly.

Adrian Heng, who has vast PR and marketing communications experience, both in-house and agency, considered careers in government and the financial sector before starting his PR career with Ogilvy Public Relations (which was Ogilvy & Mather Public Relations at the time).

About PR Newswire

PR Newswire is the premier global provider of news release distribution and multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, public relations officers and investor relations professionals to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry in 1954, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, distribute, target and measure text and multimedia content across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, we enable the world’s enterprises to tell their stories to the world. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and is a UBM plc company.

About Asia Plantation Capital

Quick facts:

  • US$ 600 million – combined value of assets owned and under management
  • US$ 53.5 million – turnover in the last financial year
  • US$ 100 million – turnover forecast for current financial year
  • 2,000,000 – Aquilaria trees today, on Agarwood plantations.

Asia Plantation Capital (APC) is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Its focus is on multicultural and diverse plantation projects geared to the domestic and commercial demands of the countries in which it operates. Working closely with, and supporting local communities, is an underlying core principle of the APC business, providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions of Asia. Established officially in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002) the group now has plantation and agricultural projects on four continents, with operational projects at various stages in Thailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, North America and Europe.

Promoting the use of sustainable and certified wood is the best way of preventing deforestation, protecting biodiversity, and combatting poverty in the tropical rainforest regions. For the yachting sector (a major user of teak) which strives for excellence and which is already involved in environmental efforts, this is also a way of ensuring that no wood from illegal logging is used.

Source: PR Newswire

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July 22, 2015 at 6:19 pm

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TerraForm Global Announces Proposed $800 Million Offering of “Green Bonds”

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BETHESDA, Md., July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — TerraForm Global, Inc. (“TerraForm Global”) today announced that its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, TerraForm Global Operating, LLC (the “Issuer”), intends to offer, in a private transaction, up to $800 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2022 (the “Notes”). The offering is subject to market conditions and other factors.

The Notes will be senior unsecured obligations of the Issuer and on the issue date will be guaranteed by the Issuer’s direct parent, TerraForm Global, LLC (“Global LLC”). Following the issue date, the Notes will be guaranteed by any domestic subsidiaries of Global LLC that guarantee the Issuer’s revolving credit facility or any other material indebtedness. TerraForm Global will not guarantee the Notes.

The Issuer intends to use the net proceeds of the offering of the Notes to fund in whole or in part, renewable energy projects (“Eligible Green Projects”), which includes the financing or refinancing of, or investments in, equipment and systems which generate or facilitate the generation of energy from renewable sources, such as solar, wind and hydroelectric energy.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell nor the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which, or to any person to whom, such an offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. Any offers of the Notes will be made only by means of a private offering memorandum to qualified institutional buyers under Rule 144A and to persons outside of the United States under Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

The Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

Forward-Looking Statements
This communication contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the completion and timing of the offering of the Notes, the terms of the Notes, the planned use of any proceeds from the offering, including the ability to fund Eligible Green Projects, and the Issuer’s ability to enter into a revolving credit facility. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and typically can be identified by the use of words such as “will,” “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “forecast,” “plan,” “believe,” and similar terms. Although TerraForm Global believes that its expectations are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct, and actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated above include, among others, risks and uncertainties related to the capital markets. Any forward-looking information presented herein is made only as of the date of this press release, and TerraForm Global does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

Source: SunEdison, Inc

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July 22, 2015 at 6:04 pm

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The Red Flag Group Partners with Compliance Mentor(TM), Which Provides Low-Cost Compliance Solutions Especially Designed for Small-to-medium Companies

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PHOENIX /PRNewswire/ — Global integrity and compliance firm The Red Flag Group today announced its partnership with the low-cost solution provider Compliance Mentor™ to build, improve, leverage and certify third parties’ compliance programmes.

Compliance Mentor(TM)
Compliance Mentor(TM)

Unethical business dealings are a major concern for multinational corporations around the world, and there are increasing expectations for third parties to have compliance programmes in place. However, small companies — especially those in emerging markets — may not understand compliance, let alone have compliance programmes or codes of conduct.

Compliance Mentor™ is the solutions provider for third parties’ compliance programmes. By offering simple and easily-implemented solutions at affordable prices, Compliance Mentor™ makes compliance management an easy affair for small-to-medium companies, no matter where they are located.

Leveraging experience and resources from The Red Flag Group, Compliance Mentor™ has designed low-cost solutions for small-to-medium companies to show their existing and potential clients that they are committed to ethical business practices and have solid management of compliance risks and business integrity. This results in reduced compliance and integrity risks for small-to-medium companies and their clients.

Compliance Mentor™ will help small-to-medium companies make compliance a competitive advantage, enhancing their reputation for ethical business dealings and standing out from competitors who do not place importance on compliance.

Scott Lane, Chief Executive Officer of Compliance Mentor, Inc., remarked, “Compliance Mentor™ targets small-to-medium companies — a very large segment of the market that is often overlooked when it comes to those requiring help in managing compliance risks.”

Chief Executive Officer of The Red Flag Group David Youngson said, “Compliance Mentor™ is invaluable for helping our clients and other multinational companies relieve some of the financial burden associated with managing their third parties. Using our experience and expertise in this field, The Red Flag Group is confident that this partnership can improve how small and medium enterprises manage their integrity and compliance.”

The key solutions that Compliance Mentor™ offers are:

  • Compliance Kits™
    Compliance Kits™ are designed to enable small-to-medium companies with limited or no compliance programmes to quickly implement compliance programmes in certain key areas, without significant review or modification. Each Compliance Kit™ provides step-by-step guidance on how to get started on some of the simple but important areas of a compliance programme.
  • CCO Connect™
    CCO Connent™ is a virtual CCO solution that is designed to help maintain and manage compliance programmes for companies with limited resources, as well as deal with complex compliance challenges. CCO Connect™ uses industry best practices and proven compliance standards to solve operational compliance issues for clients.
  • IntegraSeal™
    The IntegraSeal® | Integrity & Compliance Certification is a certification that indicates that a company has effectively demonstrated its commitment to integrity and to conducting business in accordance with global compliance standards. The IntegraSeal® — for key areas of compliance — is only given after an intense review and investigation into the company. Areas reviewed include the effectiveness of the company’s compliance programme and the commitment to ethical business dealings by senior management.

Visit www.compliancementor.com now, and make compliance competitive advantage.

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Source: The Red Flag Group

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July 22, 2015 at 5:01 pm

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SunEdison, Inc. Announces Commencement of Initial Public Offering of TerraForm Global, Inc.

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. and BETHESDA, Md., July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, TerraForm Global, Inc. (“TerraForm Global”), intends to commence an initial public offering of its Class A common stock on July 20, 2015.  Application has been made for listing of the Class A common stock of TerraForm Global on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “GLBL.”

J.P. Morgan and Barclays are serving as lead bookrunning managers and structuring advisors in the offering.  Citigroup and Morgan Stanley are serving as active bookrunners.  Goldman, Sachs & Co., BofA Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank Securities are serving as joint bookrunners in the offering.  Additionally, BTG Pactual, Itau BBA, Kotak Mahindra, Inc., SMBC Nikko and Societe Generale are serving as co-managers in the offering.

The proposed offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. When available, copies of the preliminary prospectus related to the offering may be obtained from: J.P. Morgan, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Attention: Prospectus Department, or by telephone at (866) 803-9204 FREE; from Barclays, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717 or by calling (888) 603-5847 FREE or by emailing barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com; from Citi, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717 or by calling (800) 831-9146 FREE; or from Morgan Stanley, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014, Attention: Prospectus Department.

The registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (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 when the registration statement becomes effective. Copies of the registration statement can be accessed through the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, 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.

About SunEdison

SunEdison is the world’s largest renewable energy development company and is transforming the way energy is generated, distributed, and owned around the globe. The company develops, finances, installs, owns and operates renewable power plants, delivering predictably priced electricity to its residential, commercial, government and utility customers. SunEdison is one of the world’s largest renewable energy asset managers and provides customers with asset management, operations and maintenance, monitoring and reporting services. Corporate headquarters are in the United States with additional offices and technology manufacturing around the world. SunEdison’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SUNE.” To learn more visit www.sunedison.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements that may state SunEdison’s or TerraForm Global’s or their respective management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or predictions for the future. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and typically can be identified by the use of words such as “will,” “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “forecast,” “plan,” “believe,” and similar terms. Although SunEdison and TerraForm Global believe that their expectations are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct, and actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated above include, among others, risks and uncertainties related to the capital markets. Any forward looking information presented herein is made only as of the date of this press release, and SunEdison and TerraForm Global do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

Source: SunEdison, Inc.

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July 22, 2015 at 4:19 pm

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Microchip adds two new PIC(R) MCU Families with Core-Independent Peripherals that Enable Functions for A Broad Range of Applications

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-PIC16F18877 is the first MCU With ADC computation and the first PIC16 with new low-power modes; PIC16F1579 is the first 8-bit PIC MCU with 4 independent time-based 16-bit PWMs

BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — Microchip Technology Inc. [NASDAQ: MCHP], a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, has announced from ESC Silicon Valley two new 8-bit families that expand its growing portfolio of innovative PIC® MCUs with Core-Independent Peripherals (CIPs). 8-bit MCUs can now be used in a much broader range of applications, due to the growing number of these intelligent, interconnected CIPs that combine to perform functions autonomously, without the core. Because these functions are deterministically and reliably performed in hardware instead of software, CIPs enable system performance that is far beyond typical 8-bit MCUs while simplifying the design experience and reducing memory cost. Additionally, these two new families are available in 8 to 40-pin packages, reducing board space while serving a wide 1.8 to 5.5V operating range. Both families offer the Peripheral Pin Select feature, which enables flexible pin mapping and PCB routing to minimise EMI and crosstalk. Example applications include consumer electronics, the Internet of Things (IoT), wearable technology and safety-critical systems.

Microchip Core Independent Peripherals Enable Functions for Various Applications
Microchip Core Independent Peripherals Enable Functions for Various Applications

Learn more about the PIC16F1579 family at http://www.microchip.com/PIC16F1579-072015a, and the PIC16F18877 family at http://www.microchip.com/PIC16F18877-072015a, and watch short overview videos, here:http://www.microchip.com/Videos-072015a. To view a brief presentation, visithttp://www.microchip.com/Presentation-072015a.

The four new members of the PIC16F1579 family are offered in 14 to 20-pin packages with up to 28 KB of flash and feature CIPs that enable functions in a broad range of applications, such as LED lighting and motor control. They are the first 8-bit PIC MCUs with four 16-bit PWMs that each has independent timers, for flexible output and signal generation functions, including edge, center-aligned and other output modes. System-communication functions are supported via serial interfaces for LIN and DMX connectivity, while the family’s intelligent analog integration enables signal and sensor interface functions.

The first 10 members of the PIC16F18877 family are available in 8 to 40-pin packages with up to 56 KB of flash and feature CIPs that enable functions in a broad range of applications, such as consumer electronics, IoT and safety-critical systems. They are the first MCUs to integrate an ADC with computation, which performs input and sensor interface functions such as accumulation, averaging and low-pass filter calculations in hardware instead of software, enabling the CPU to sleep or execute other tasks. They’re also the first PIC16 MCUs to augment Microchip’s eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology with the IDLE and DOZE modes for reduced active power consumption.

Additionally, they’re the first 8-bit MCUs with peripheral module disable, which completely removes peripherals from the power rail and clock tree for zero power leakage. Other integrated CIPs, such as the hardware limit timer, combine for the easy implementation of safety-critical functions.

“These two new families are the latest examples of Microchip’s leadership in the 8-bit MCU market, with the continued expansion of innovative CIPs and intelligent analog that enable functions and capabilities far beyond what traditional 8-bit MCUs could perform,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip’s MCU8 Division. “These families also exemplify Microchip’s ‘Flexible Intelligence Made Easy’ philosophy, as they provide designers with a broad range of intelligent and configurable peripheral options in many low pin count packages and a wide operating voltage range. Development is made easy via our comprehensive platform of software and hardware tools, integrated under our singular MPLAB® X IDE.”

Development support

The Curiosity Development Board (part # DM164137) is available today (http://www.microchip.com/Curiosity-072015a), to enable easy system design. The freely downloadable MPLAB Code Configurator generates code with the click of a button. It provides a visual representation of an MCU’s peripherals, eliminating the need to read data sheets. Additionally, it enables the easy setup of CIPs and provides production-ready code, speeding the development efforts of both new and experienced users. Microchip’s MPLAB XC8 compiler and standard programmer/debuggers are also available for purchase.

Availability

Please click on the following links, to view tables summarising the availability, and packaging and memory options for the new PIC16F1579 (http://www.microchip.com/PIC16F1579-Table-072015a) and PIC16F18877 (http://www.microchip.com/PIC16F18877-Table-072015a) 8-bit MCU families. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorised worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s website athttp://www.microchip.com/CIPs-072015a. To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go tomicrochipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorised distribution partners.

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About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide.  Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.  For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/Homepage-072015a.

Note: The Microchip name and logo, PIC, and MPLAB are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

For more information, please contact:

Daphne Yuen (Microchip): (+852) 2943 5115
(email: daphne.yuen@microchip.com)

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Source: Microchip Technology Inc.

Related stocks: NASDAQ-NMS:MCHP

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July 22, 2015 at 3:03 pm

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DHL eCommerce Expands in China, Fuelled by Strategic Partnerships like FC Bayern Munich

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— Soccer club’s Summer Tour sees significant demand for team’s merchandise in China
— DHL eCommerce profits from new Shanghai Terminal for outbound goods and plans to launch drop off centers in North and South China

SHANGHAI /PRNewswire/ — DHL eCommerce, a division of the world’s leading logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL Group, has expanded its operations inChina focusing on cross-border and domestic e-commerce services. The company today announced the launch of a new DHL eCommerce Shanghai Terminal located in Jiuting and plans to launch additional drop off centers in North and South China by end of 2015 to benefit manufacturers in China. The company announced its eCommerce plans at a press briefing in China coinciding with FC Bayern Munich’s Audi Summer Tour taking place from 16 to 24 July 2015 in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Enhancing DHL eCommerce’s Footprint in China

The new terminal in Shanghai is a dedicated facility for DHL eCommerce to tap on the burgeoning e-commerce sector in China. The facility functions as the central point of consolidation of e-commerce goods from China for global distribution. The company already operates its own center out of Hong Kong, but establishing a base inShanghai will help reduce transit time by up to three days for manufacturers, particularly in eastern and northernChina. “We’re excited by China’s e-commerce sector where the trade volume in the first five months of 2015 was already equal to the whole of 2014[1]. With about 95% of outbound logistics volume expected to come from nine provinces, we will continue to invest to grow our footprint in China and support the rising market demand. By the end of the year, the Shanghai Terminal will be complemented by a network of drop-off centers in North and South China. These centers will help provide regional consolidation of the large volumes, aggregating the shipments before they move to the Shanghai Terminal for final distribution around the world,” said Thomas Kipp, CEO, DHL eCommerce.

FC Bayern Munich Summer Tour a Boon for Online Retail

According to FC Bayern Munich, the Summer Tour has generated a significant spike in interest and transactions in the Club’s online flagship store, its first international online store outside Germany.

Launched in May on Tmall Global, an overseas platform and an extension of Alibaba Group’s B2C Tmall business inChina, the FC Bayern Munich’s online flagship store offers a range of the team’s merchandise, including the 2015/16 home jersey, ready to be shipped by DHL eCommerce to fans in China.

“The FC Bayern Munich online store was launched to provide our 90 million local Chinese fan base a means to access the same, quality merchandising worn by their favorite international soccer stars. Since the grand opening in May, we’ve seen more than 7,100 online purchases on our new web shop and expect our Audi Summer Tour inChina will expand our touch points with our Chinese fan base even further. We’re delighted that our fans will be watching our games, rooting for their team in their home jerseys”, said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Executive Board Chairman of FC Bayern Munich.

DHL’s strategic partnership with FC Bayern Munich, Germany’s most successful football team and one of the world’s leading clubs, has provided the logistics company a key platform to showcase and grow its capabilities in the e-commerce sector.

DHL is the official platinum partner and new international logistics and e-commerce full-service partner of FC Bayern Munich. DHL helps the club expand its international presence and capitalize on its global merchandising potential. The six-year partnership between DHL and FC Bayern Munich sees DHL as its exclusive logistics partner and full service provider for international e-commerce with a focus on international markets, and as an end-to-end service provider in China, as well as a roll-out across Asia-Pacific.

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DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With more than 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, they connect people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-Commerce, technology, life science and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 56 billion euros in 2014.

http://www.dhl.com/en/press.html

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Source: DHL

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July 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

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L.E. Hotels Rewards, a member of the VOILA Hotel Rewards Network, Charts a Course for London with Recent Addition of Sunborn London Yacht Hotel

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — L.E. Hotels Rewards, a member of the VOILA Hotel Rewards global network, today announced the exciting new addition of Sunborn London (http://www.lehotels.com/sunbornlondon) to the L.E. Hotels Rewards loyalty program.  Participating members of both L.E. Hotels Rewards and VOILA will enjoy the rare opportunity to earn and redeem points for stays aboard a luxurious yacht hotel permanently moored in London.

The L.E. Hotels Rewards program, powered by VOILA Hotel Rewards, provides members with a vast array of rewards. L.E. Hotels Rewards members enjoy special privileges including priority check-in, access to exclusive amenities, complimentary room nights, as well as redemption opportunities with a number of partners including airlines, premier retailers and charitable contributions. Members can enjoy their redemption opportunities at participating L.E. Hotels including the most recent addition: Sunborn London.

Sunborn London is a sleek yacht that delivers a unique hotel experience that combines the intimacy of an ocean-going yacht with the appointments of a four-star hotel. The impressive 108-metre floating hotel has over five floors, 136 guest rooms including junior and executive suites with bespoke furnishings, an elegant restaurant, lounge and day spa. Rooms open onto private balconies that afford panoramic views across the Thames towards the spires of Canary Wharf and dome of the London O2 Arena, while the top deck affords an impressive 360-degree view of the city.

“Our members’ loyalty and absolute satisfaction is very important to us,” said L.E. Hotels chairman and CEO,Efrem Harkham. “The recent addition of Sunborn London to our constantly growing network demonstrates our commitment to rewarding our members with enhanced benefits and increased exposure to a variety of premier boutique hotels worldwide.”

“We’re excited to see the dramatic growth the VOILA Hotel Rewards network is experiencing globally,” said Peter Gorla, managing director of VOILA Hotel Rewards. “Through our partnership with L.E. Hotels Rewards, and their impressive portfolio of properties, our members have an even greater chance to enjoy fresh approaches to travel like those offered by the Sunborn London.”

Located within close proximity to the legendary ExCel Exhibition Centre, guests of the Sunborn can easily access a variety of international events and conferences. The Sunborn London is moored across the Thames from the O2 Arena, one of the world’s most legendary live music venues that also features a bowling alley, cinema, club and restaurants. Popular attractions like The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London and Royal Museums Greenwich are also all within a short distance.

Joining L.E. Hotels Rewards is free. For more information, visit http://lehotelsrewards.com.

About L.E. Hotels

L.E. Hotels is a global hospitality representation company comprised of a premier collection of independently owned and operated properties in 18 countries.  These properties feature a signature distinction and one-of-a-kind individuality rarely found among hotel chains.   Each hotel has its own distinctive personality, often located near historical sites while having compelling design and authentic architectural elements. Led by visionary veteran hotelier, Efrem Harkham, L.E. Hotels provides its member properties an undisputed global sales advantage through its 14 international sales offices. L.E. Hotels is committed to maximizing business opportunities for individual members. Properties benefit from an extensive variety of valuable reservations and marketing services, all of which increase each hotel’s viability, visibility and sales. L.E. Hotels, www.lehotels.com, is a brand of Harkham Hospitality, Inc.

About VOILA Hotel Rewards

VOILA is the world’s number one loyalty program that unites a network of more than 250 select independent hotels comprising over 20 select global hotel brands. The program first launched in 2008 and has developed a reputation among travelers who like to stay in original, up-market independent properties for its compelling promotions, ease of use and simple, quick redemption process.

VOILA’s co-branded, fully customized guest loyalty programs support travelers who frequent Al Areen Palace & Spa, Atlantica Hotel Halifax, Casa Lucila, Chesapeake Beach Resort And Spa, Copley Square Hotel, Grand Beach Hotels & Resorts, HB Hotels, Hotéis Deville, Husa Hotels, Impiana Hotels & Resorts, Inn At Fox Hollow, K + K Hotels, KC Hotels and Resorts, KeyLime Cove Resort, L.E. Hotels, Luxe Hotels, Lexington Hotels, LivINN Hotels, Matsubara Hoteis, Mamaison Hotels & Residences, Oro Verde, Othon Hotels, Riande Hotels, Ritz Lagoa da Anta, St Giles Hotels – New York, The St. Regis Hotel, Sutera Harbour Resort, Tcm Athens, Trust Hospitality – The Red Frog Beach Resort and The Indura Golf & Beach Resort, The Media Hotel and Towers, TIME Hotels, and Hotel Woodbridge At Metropark.

VOILA’s points-based frequency guest program provides recognition benefits and room redemption opportunities at participating network hotels. But unlike big chain programs, VOILA enables independent hotel groups to maintain their branding and unique qualities. To achieve this, VOILA provides hotel- or group-branded solutions for our partner hotels, with VOILA acting as the supporting brand (similar to Star Alliance or OneWorld for frequent flyer programs). VOILA’s global presence allows members to earn and redeem points across a wide variety of hotels and redemption partners in the VOILA global network.

A selection of VOILA’s current redemption partners include airline programs such as Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, TudoAzul by Azul Brazilian Airlines, TrueBlue by JetBlue, Virgin America Elevate Program, Flying Blue (Air France / KLM), Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards, Virgin Atlantic flyingclub, EarlyReturns Hawaiian Miles, Iceland Air Saga Club, and US Airways Dividend Miles; retail partners such as Amazon.com, Overstock.com, Visa Incentive Cards, Multiplus Fidelidade, RewardsPay, Smiles, Mango, iTunes™, Emaar, iFly Dubai, Ski Dubai, and Thanks Again; and charitable causes such as Kula, Worldreader.org, and Kiva.

From the consumer’s perspective, this means members can enjoy the rich experiences and extraordinary qualities independent hotels offer while earning points and receiving benefits typically tied to big chain loyalty programs.

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Media Contact:
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Direct: +1 (949) 260-9538
Email: peter@vhr.com
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/petergorla

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July 22, 2015 at 12:40 pm

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Entertainment apps resonate globally in June but established brands suffer finds Strategy Analytics

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— Top apps include Dubsmash, InstaCollage and Netflix but the top apps include many unknowns

BOSTON /PRNewswire/ — New data from the June Application Strategies’ Monthly iPhone Entertainment App Tracker – covering 150 individual countries – indicates that established entertainment brands are being outshone by less well known applications potentially creating new media powerhouses across the globe.

Entertainment Category Popularity on iPhone per Region - June '15    Source: Application Strategies
Entertainment Category Popularity on iPhone per Region – June ’15 Source: Application Strategies

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Of the top ten most popular free and grossing apps – based on number of appearances globally in June – only Netflix and Vine make the list as established global brands. This is partially due to the confusion about what the entertainment category actually is. The category includes streaming apps – such as Netflix and HBO Now but also content creation apps such as Action FX and personalization apps such as Wallpapers for iOS8.

For entertainment companies – such as HBO, Cinemax and Starz – seeking a global audience the ability to break through the noise of the category could be challenging and may account for the steep decline between the strength of the entertainment category in the free list and its weakness in the grossing list. While a well-known brand helps with customer acquisition it does not totally solve the discovery issue and could be the reason why HBO NOW and others do not appear amongst the most popular apps.

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According to Joshua Martin, Chief Researcher of the Application Strategy group, “Content owners should be heartened by the strength of entertainment in the top paid apps list – especially in emerging markets. However a deeper evaluation makes it clear that entertainment means something very different globally and brands must understand this in order to find success. This could include working with established brands to gain a foothold in new markets. More importantly it may require a new category – as Apple added when it created Food and Drink in – 2012 to aid in the discovery of these global brands and their content.”

The June tracker will be updated monthly and released across several vertical markets and track changes to various categories across the globe. Already published tracker(s) include travel and subsequent tracker(s) will look at health and fitness.

About Strategy Analytics
Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com

US Contact: Joshua Martin, +1 617 614 0770, jmartin@strategyanalytics.com

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July 22, 2015 at 12:37 pm

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Asia-Pacific Hospital Market Evolves into Fertile Ground for Inventive Business Models, Finds Frost & Sullivan

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— Private healthcare providers are offering multiple pricing options for services to reach ‘value’ customers

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — A growing aged population as well as the burden of increasing chronic and infectious diseases are creating tremendous opportunities for the hospital sector in Asia. The rise of medical tourism has further spurred the revenues of private hospitals in Thailand, Singapore, Indiaand Malaysia.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Asia-Pacific Hospital Outlook 2014(https://www.frost.com/p889), finds that total healthcare expenditure in Asia-Pacific stood at US$1.602 trillion in 2014 and is expected to grow at 9.6 percent over next five years. Profit margins in hospitals across Asia can run up to 20 percent to 25 percent in contrast to the high single digits in the United States or United Kingdom.

For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit:http://corpcom.frost.com/forms/APAC_PR_Jeremiah_P889-54_04May15.

“Improved operational efficiency and higher economies of scale have contributed to the spectacular financial performance of several private hospital chains in Asia-Pacific,” said Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Industry ManagerNitin Dixit. “Real estate trusts and private equity firms, followed by pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers, play a significant role in strengthening the investment and consolidation projects of private hospitals.”

However the private hospital industry, in general, continues to grapple with challenges such as the shortage of qualified medical personnel and lack of private medical insurance. Currency fluctuations and policy uncertainty also remain threats to steady investments.

Nevertheless, the increasingly competitive market that is flooded with new domestic players and foreign healthcare providers is the ideal launch pad for business model innovations.

“Private healthcare providers in the region are targeting ‘value’ customers by offering multiple pricing options for services,” observed Dixit. “Healthcare institutions with scalable business models will see huge fund inflows from foreign and domestic investors.”

Eventually, expansion will move to tier II and tier III cities in countries with a high under-served population, such as India and China, thus opening up additional avenues for revenue generation in the hospital market.

Asia-Pacific Hospital Outlook 2014 is part of the Advanced Medical Technologies(ww2.frost.com/research/industry/healthcare/advanced-medical-technologies) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Indonesia Healthcare Outlook, Healthcare IT Spending in Australia, and Multi-parameter Patient Monitoring Market in Asia-Pacific. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
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P: +61 (02) 8247 8927
F: +61 (02) 9252 8066
E: djeremiah@frost.com

Carrie Low
Corporate Communications – Asia Pacific
P: +603 6204 5910
F: +603 6201 7402
E: carrie.low@frost.com

Melissa Tan
Corporate Communications – Asia Pacific
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F: +65 6890 0999
E: melissa.tan@frost.com

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July 22, 2015 at 12:33 pm

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Asia-Pacific Healthcare Industry Shifts Focus to Preventive Medicine, Finds Frost & Sullivan

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— Wellness, nutraceuticals and health supplements make rapid headway into the mass market

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — As the integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC) fast-tracks intra-ASEAN trade, regulatory harmonization and free trade of goods will pave the way for opportunities worth US$160 billion in the Asia-Pacific healthcare industry by 2016. Digitization, decentralization and democratization of data will enable patients to take better responsibility of their health, widening scope in the preventive health and wellness markets.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, 2015 Asia-Pacific Healthcare Industry Outlook(https://www.frost.com/p85a), finds that companies will look to differentiate themselves through pricing, positioning and distribution channels in order to capitalize on the widespread demand for preventive healthcare. Consequently, wellness, nutraceuticals and health supplements will become a mass market phenomenon.

“Asian companies will strengthen their position and acquire larger market shares than multinational companies (MNCs), especially in the low- to mid-tier technology space,” said Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Industry ManagerNitin Dixit. “The trend of private companies managing public hospitals and new private hospitals serving public insurance patients will gain traction in India, China and Indonesia.”

Several factors will shape the Asia-Pacific healthcare industry over the next few years:

  • To tackle corruption, countries in Asia-Pacific will introduce price transparency measures and innovative procurement models such as e-catalogues, which will help control medical device prices and generate healthy competition among suppliers
  • IT adoption in primary and community care settings will increase, chiefly in Australia, Singapore, Malaysiaand Japan
  • Cell therapy, especially stem cell therapy for adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells, will be the most attractive market in South Korea and Japan
  • MNCs will prioritize R&D and launch strategies for the Asia-Pacific market over the needs of markets in the West, primarily to fight challenges such as infectious diseases in the region
  • Singapore is emerging as one of the most attractive hubs for biologics in Asia-Pacific

“International providers are establishing sales subsidiaries in Asia-Pacific countries to widen their operational reach,” added Dixit. “Customizing products to cater to local market needs will be another crucial strategy for companies to bolster their standing in the Asia-Pacific healthcare industry.”

For more information on this research, please email Donna Jeremiah, Corporate Communications, atdjeremiah@frost.com.

2015 Asia-Pacific Healthcare Industry Outlook is part of the Connected Health(http://www.connectedhealth.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Healthcare IT Spending in Australia and Multi-parameter Patient Monitoring Market in Asia-Pacific, Global CRO Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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2015 Asia-Pacific Healthcare Industry Outlook
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Contact:
Donna Jeremiah
Corporate Communications – Asia Pacific
P: +61 (02) 8247 8927
F: +61 (02) 9252 8066
E: djeremiah@frost.com

Carrie Low
Corporate Communications – Asia Pacific
P: +603 6204 5910
F: +603 6201 7402
E: carrie.low@frost.com

Melissa Tan
Corporate Communications – Asia Pacific
P: +65 6890 0926
F: +65 6890 0999
E: melissa.tan@frost.com

Twitter: @FrostSullivanAP
Facebook: FrostandSullivan
Linkedin: http://bit.ly/FrostSullivanAPAC

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July 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm

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