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Ananda Development to Launch its Next Flagship “Ashton” Branded Project

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BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — Ashton Silom is a luxury project located in the prestigious CBD ofBangkok, situated directly on Silom road in what is the “Wall Street of Bangkok“. The 48 story building will stand as a centerpiece of the city utilizing a breakthrough “Interlocking Design” and lofty floor to ceiling space.

The luxury lifestyle condominium comprises 428 residential freehold units close to Chong Nonsi BTS station and luxury shopping malls Central Embassy and Siam Paragon, and dining and nightlife hotspots Vertigo and Ku De Ta.

About Ananda Development:

Ananda Development PCL is a real estate and property developer focused on projects in Bangkok and the Bangkokmetropolitan region. The company has developed the “IDEO” and “ELIO” brands of condominiums, offering a modern and functional take on contemporary urban living.

Ananda Development PCL’s projects answer the needs of modern city-dwellers in Bangkok. With strong branding and proven success in the competitive real estate market in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces.

Event Details

Ananda Development will hold an event to launch “Ashton” branded project at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel,Thailand.

  • 28-29 November 2015, 11:00AM – 07:00PM
  • Grand Hyatt, Residence Room 5, Level 3
  • Promotion: Discount 16,000SGD, 24,000SGD, 32,000SGD

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Benedict Choo
Tel: + (65) 9799 3883

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November 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm

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New Research Reveals Bacteria Associated With Feline Gum Disease for the First Time

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-Studies reveal the differences in species of bacteria found in cat and human plaque and pave the way for more effective treatment for one of the most commonly diagnosed health problems in cats

BRUSSELS/PRNewswire/ — Gum disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed health problems in cats, yet relatively little was understood about the bacteria associated with it – until now. Two collaborative studies have been conducted by researchers from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition together with expert veterinary dentists and the Harvard affiliated Forsyth Institute. The work, published in Veterinary Microbiology in February 2015 and PLOS ONE today, sheds new light on feline gum disease, identifying the most common bacterial species associated with health and disease in cats for the first time.


Using the latest DNA sequencing technologies, researchers identified 267 bacterial species present in feline dental plaque and built a database detailing the differences between bacterial populations in healthy cats and those in cats with gum disease.

“This knowledge is a first step in understanding the potential for improving oral health of cats through dietary interventions that target disease-associated bacteria,” said Dr. Ian Davis, Oral Health Researcher at WALTHAM, part of Mars Petcare.

The studies also revealed that the bacterial species in feline plaque were more similar to those observed in canine plaque than to those found in humans. This suggests that interventions targeted at bacteria which cause oral disease in humans are unlikely to be effective in cats, and there is more potential to learn from interventions that work well in dogs.

Dr. Davis added: “It’s important for pet owners to know that cats are just as susceptible to gum disease as dogs and understand the importance of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine; ideally including tooth brushing and dental treats or a specific dental diet.”

The latest study, published today in PLOS ONE, can be downloaded by clicking on this link

About the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition:
Celebrating over 50 years of innovative science, the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition serves as a leading scientific authority in advancing the frontiers of research into the nutrition and health of companion animals. Located in Leicestershire, England, the renowned state-of-the-art science institute for Mars, Incorporated generates knowledge that enables the development of innovative products that meet pets’ needs in a practical way. Since the publication of its first original research in 1963, WALTHAM has pioneered many important breakthroughs in the field of pet nutrition and human-animal interaction, resulting in more than 1,700 publications, including over 600 peer-review scientific papers. Today, WALTHAM continues to collaborate with the world’s foremost scientific institutes, driving Mars’ Petcare vision to create a better world for pets and providing the science and expertise that underpins leading Mars brands such as PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN®, Banfield Pet Hospital, and IAMS®, CESAR®, NUTRO®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and EUKANUBA®.

About Mars, Incorporated:
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company.  In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of  building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.For more information, please visit Follow us:,,

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November 27, 2015 at 5:37 pm

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Digital Payments Market to Leave Growing Pains Behind in 2016

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-The “year of alternate payments” will see consumers dictating which payment technologies gain buy-in from merchants in an overcrowded market

LONDON/PRNewswire/ — Worldpay predicts that the digital payments market will leave its growing pains behind in 2016. The payments leader said next year will herald “the third age of digital payments” now that eWallets are growing in popularity, NFC offerings from technology vendors like Apple, Samsung, and Google are fighting for mass appeal, and both banks and brands are rolling out their own mobile payment apps to compete for consumer loyalty.

2016 will also be a breakthrough year for Alternative Payment Methods (APMs), Worldpay predicts. In its latest Global Payment Report, Worldpay found that APMs inched past card payments for the first time ever with 51% of market share. Worldpay predicts this gap will widen in 2016 and beyond as more consumers opt for the convenience of “e” payment options over traditional plastic.

The report also predicts that eWallets will overtake credit cards in the global eCommerce market by 2019, accounting for 27% of global turnover compared with credit cards’ 24%. Additional APMs will account for a significant portion of the remaining market alongside traditional debit card, bank transfer and cash payments.

Worldpay also expects eWallets to come of age over the next five years, and consumers to play the largest role in dictating which payment technologies come out on top in an increasingly crowded and confusing environment.

Tang Kok San, Vice President of Business Development in China at Worldpay said: “The first age of digital payments kicked off with the eCommerce boom in the early 2000s when companies like PayPal and AliPay introduced eWallets to the mainstream. The second phase coincided with the rise of the smartphone at the beginning of the decade, and we’ve since seen a proliferation of new mobile apps that quickly raised the bar for convenience in payments.”

Kok San added: “However, with so many options being rolled out so quickly, a sense of app fatigue has begun to set in leaving both consumers and merchants unsure of which approach is best and questioning the convenience of using multiple eWallets. I expect the next few years will see a consolidation of the market as the public hones in on their preferred payment methods and conscientious merchants feel more confident buying into technologies that their customers have already embraced.”

About the data:
The Global Payments Report was compiled using a combination of Worldpay’s data and insights, external findings from Euromonitor, Datamonitor and, and secondary data from over 100 independent sources. The forward-looking statements and figures contained in the report are indicative predictions based on Worldpay’s own data and experience and should be treated as such.

For the full report visit:
Global Payments Report

About Worldpay:
Worldpay is a leader in global payments, processing millions of transactions every day. We provide an end-to-end service including card acquiring, treasury, gateway, alternative payments and risk management, all of which can be provided with a single integration to Worldpay. We make global payments simple for many of the world’s leading organisations.
Twitter: @Worldpay

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November 27, 2015 at 5:34 pm

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Dark Markets: Anonymity in Bitcoin

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-Vijay Michalik, Research Analyst for Digital Transformation at Frost & Sullivan analyses cryptography and security issues concerning Bitcoin

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — Bitcoin is a powerful and successful digital currency. Based on cryptography and a decentralized ledger, it has simultaneously been heralded as the future of finance and a gateway to the criminal underworld.  Governments around the world are pushing an agenda which would see the banning of end-to-end encryption on one hand and the anonymity of Bitcoin on another. End-to-end encryption has become increasingly popular across consumer software from Apple’s iMessage to WhatsApp.

Dark Markets: Anonymity in Bitcoin
Dark Markets: Anonymity in Bitcoin

The government argues it needs to be able to court-order access to private data in order to counter terrorism. This comes at the cost of both privacy and security for the general public. This threatens anonymity, one of the most powerful characteristics of Bitcoin, and the hope for crypto-anarchists who would see the Bitcoin protocol development continue along the path to true anonymity. Bitcoin’s ability to circumvent oppressive governments and offer a safe haven from the data harvesting of Google, Facebook and Amazon would disappear if de-anonymization occurred on a mass scale.

“True anonymity in Bitcoin is only a myth, currently,” notes Vijay Michalik, Research Analyst for Digital Transformation at Frost & Sullivan. “There is full visibility of all transactions. While they’re only linked to a pseudonym and not a real-world name or address, every transaction is viewable through a number of different blockchain browsers.”

Blockchain analysis, as a relatively new market sector within Bitcoin, demonstrates the weakness of pseudonymity. Its main function is a data source for exchanges other financial services businesses to comply with financial regulations. They collect metadata, incidental information attributed to transactions, and IP addresses linked to nodes and use these to identify and blacklist criminals.

True financial privacy doesn’t exist on the Bitcoin blockchain. Without a redesign, this should be a serious concern. Not only for the politically oppressed, criminals and crypto-anarchists. Blockchain analysis techniques can only improve. It’s believed that huge swathes of addresses could be de-anonymized over time. It doesn’t take much to put everything together once you have a few pieces of the puzzle. This would leave a complete history of your financial information publically available, forever.

“For most users, income and complete spending history would be available for anyone to see. From friends to colleagues, commercial businesses, governments and criminals,” comments Michalik. “For businesses operating in Bitcoin, cash flow, supply, demand and other competitive information would be exposed to their rivals. In this case, Bitcoin is a worse option than traditional finance channels.”

Despite these technical shortcomings, Bitcoin is a powerful tool, whether for payments, remittances, microfinance or government circumvention. Bitcoin’s secure peer-to-peer system provides important new capabilities to financial technology and cost savings for consumers. Comprehensive action, inspired by regulation, towards de-anonymization would minimize the potential benefits of Bitcoin.

Anonymity is a powerful promise of Bitcoin, which unencumbered, is a tool for transformation of business and finance. Heavy regulation or de-anonymization would stunt its growth irrevocably.

For more information on Bitcoin or should you like to interview our analyst, please contact Edyta Grabowska, Corporate Communications, at

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. 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? Contact Us:     Start the discussion


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November 27, 2015 at 5:21 pm

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Frost & Sullivan 2015 GIL Australia: Telehealth to Take Centre Stage in Australia’s Healthcare System

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — The total global healthcare industry is expected to grow at a rate of nearly 7% over 2015-2016. Latin America has the highest projected growth at 12.7%, and Asia, (excluding Japan), is second with growth projected at 11.5%.

Maz Khan, Industry Director, Australia & New Zealand, Transformational Health, Frost & Sullivan
Maz Khan, Industry Director, Australia & New Zealand, Transformational Health, Frost & Sullivan

Australia continues to face increased healthcare expenditure. In 2013-2014, total government funded healthcare was nearly 68%. Federal government healthcare expenditure declined from 43.5% in 2008-2009 to 41.2% in 2013-2014. In real terms, out of pocket expenditure increased by 6.2% from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014. Public hospital services accounted for 29.6% of total health expenditure, followed closely by primary healthcare spending.

Australia’s complex funding system with multiple sources of funding, such as, national insurance, private insurance and government and state funds that cover fragments of the care continuum have created redundancies and inefficiencies in the system. In a recent research, the State of Victoria highlighted the need for a complete overhaul of the insurance system.

Australia’s aging population is growing faster than the young and working age population. 63% of adult Australians are either overweight or obese and 1.1 million live with diabetes. 15% of all deaths in Australia stem from coronary heart disease, followed closely by cerebrovascular disease. Supporting an aging population and managing chronic diseases more efficiently are Australia’s most urgent needs; and combined with escalating costs, is a compelling case for convergence in the healthcare sector, said Maz Khan, Industry Director, Australia & New Zealand, Transformational Health, Frost & Sullivan.

Tapping into their low-cost development potential, an increasing number of healthcare products will be created in emerging markets and subsequently introduced into developed countries. These changing paradigms of product development and geographic rollouts are to mitigate the growing burden of healthcare costs of these regions.

Systemic inefficiencies are keen driving factors for technology in healthcare. Avoidable in-patient visits and readmissions can be reduced through effective monitoring and long-term management. This requires regular data capture, analysis and interpretation in a manner that the patient can take action based on the results. Telehealth can help improve healthcare access in remote and rural areas where 10.7% of the population struggle with limited healthcare-provider density because infrastructure development is lacking and physicians prefer to work in urban centres.

Advanced medical technology companies are looking for a creative platform that enables them to provide solutions along the continuum of care, adapting to the “owning the disease” approach by migrating from an intervention-focused business model to convergent care. Pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers are seeking means to improve patient interaction and engagement with their products to improve patient adherence, and ultimately, improve outcomes.

Connected Health

Australia’s Healthcare IT (HCIT) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.1% from 2015 to 2019, impelled by increasing investments seen in cloud and mobility, an industry-wide call for interoperability and the increasing need for compliance, transparency and performance benchmarking.

The telemedicine market in Australia and New Zealand is expected to record a CAGR of 43.5% from 2015 to 2019. The telemedicine market in Australia has been bolstered by government incentives in the past and is now moving towards integrated platforms and hardware-independent, vendor-neutral solutions.

Although a fragmented market targeted towards consumers, and with little participation from hesitant healthcare providers, Australia’s mobile health market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 57.1%, but needs to move towards an integrated solution-based approach in order to provide holistic care.

Australia has achieved some significant milestones in HCIT. The transition from the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) to the My eHealth Record involves an AUD485 million rescue package to revamp the national EHR and make it more patient-centric. This includes trialing an opt-out model. St. Stephen’s at Hervey Bay, operated by UnitingCare Health is Australia’s first digital hospital. The AUD96 million dollar facility leverages completely digital systems, including EMRs, patient management systems and drug dispensing,” stated Khan.

One key goal of the My eHealth Record is to improve patient engagement. This will involve integrating electronic medical records for oneself and those under one’s care across multiple care settings into a single platform, enabling patient action and ownership over health data and facilitating seamless and reliable information capture from devices, apps and wearables as well as provide regulations and guidelines that allow safe, secure and meaningful use of patient data, including health data.

To provide a more patient centric approach in healthcare delivery, a high level of patient engagement on the continuum of care is required. Telehealth platforms that enhance patients’ involvement in wellness and disease management will eventually take centre-stage in Australia. Consumers will be expected to play a major role in healthcare delivery; no longer simply passive recipients of care, they will be actively involved in decision making, and the first step in this direction would be giving patients data ownership and encouraging them to manage their own health information.

With increasing emphasis on community care and rehabilitative services, better care coordination, especially to support an aging population, will be a critical need. This will entail moving beyond the EHR to provide a vendor-neutral platform to collect comprehensive patient data on a regular basis  so vendors will have to move beyond the EMR and expand their value proposition to beyond hospital care.

In spite of the aggressive industry push and government mandates to improve interoperability, smooth, comprehensive and efficient information exchange continues to be a challenge globally. Software and devices from different vendors often don’t communicate and healthcare providers need to use multiple channels and interfaces as well as spend heavily on IT in order to access complete information. Data exchange between hospitals continues to be chaotic even in a country like the US where an estimated 75% of hospitals exchange data with other health institutions.

This situation will be further exacerbated in the next 5 years as the industry goes through the following transformation:

  • New industry stakeholders like academic researchers, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, insurance organisations, care coordinators, pharmacists and patients start playing a more active role in care delivery and thus, need access to health information.
  • New sources of health information emerge, such as, mobile apps, wearables, social media platforms, patient portals and connected devices creating an Internet of Things in healthcare, all of which generate both structured and unstructured data that can be rich in content and value.
  • New and innovative ways to use health information for advancing research and improving clinical outcomes are discovered that rely on information technology (IT) tools like Big Data, Advanced Visualisation and Analytics that have the power to make sense out of unrelated, diverse data sets.

Khan concluded, “Today, in healthcare individuals are often segmented into broad demographic caterogisations. This one-size-fits-all approach leads to initiatives that have low compliance, and often fail to achieve desired outcomes. By creating a more comprehensive profile of individual patients, healthcare stakeholders are discovering new ways to engage and truly impact healthy results.”

Maz Khan will be presenting these insights, ‘Telehealth, How It’s Transforming Healthcare Delivery’ at the 2015 GIL Australia congress ( to be held at the Hilton Hotel Sydney, Australia on 3rd December 2015. To enquire or register, please email directly with your full name, designation and company details.

Globally Frost & Sullivan conducts the Growth, Innovation & Leadership Congress (GIL) across more than 15 countries. More information about our global community is found here:

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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. 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? Contact us: Start the discussion


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November 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm

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Global Electronic Attack (EA) market growing to $8.5 billion, says Strategy Analytics

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-Market will grow at a CAGR of 3.8% through 2024

BOSTON/PRNewswire/ — RF-based Electronic Attack (EA) systems such as radar, communications and RCIED (radio controlled improvised explosive device) jammers will dominate the market for EA system spending, increasing to 70% of the total market in 2024. The Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service series of Electronic Attack (EA) forecasts, outline global defense expenditure trends segmented on a regional basis before breaking out the expected spend on EA incorporating systems, hardware, support and related services across the land, air and naval domains.

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  • The North American region, and specifically the US, will drive spending on EA systems especially for airborne and shipborne EA systems and account for the largest end market over the entire forecast period.
  • Land-based EA systems will represent the second largest market in dollar terms and dominate total shipments.
  • The total number of EA system shipments is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 3.9% through 2024 to reach 10,844 units.

Strategy Analytics Global Electronic Attack (EA) Market and Technology Forecast: 2014 – 2024 outlines analysis looking at the total EA sector providing segmentation detail related to form factors, platforms, frequency, power and associated enabling technology trends and component demand. The associated Land Electronic Attack (EA) Market and Technology Forecast: 2014 – 2024, Airborne Electronic Attack (EA) Market and Technology Forecast: 2014 – 2024 and Shipborne Electronic Attack (EA) Market and Technology Forecast: 2014 – 2024 data models provider a deeper dive into system shipments segmented across the different domains.

“There will be an increasing emphasis towards systems that can support multi-band and/or wideband operation to combat the increasingly complex spectrum environment. Key drivers for growth will include the upgrading of capabilities by leveraging the advantages of wideband materials such as gallium nitride (GaN) and digital RF memory (DRFM) capabilities,” notes Asif Anwar, Director at Strategy Analytics. “The associated market for component technologies will grow from $457 million to almost $1.2 billion in 2024. While vacuum tube-based solutions will continue to dominate, programs such as the US-based Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) and Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) programs will contribute to the market for GaN becoming a staple ingredient in the makeup of future EA systems.”

Strategy Analytics’ analysts will be available at the 52nd Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention to discuss trends and outlook for electronic warfare markets.

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

European Contact: Asif Anwar, +44(0) 1908 423 635,
US Contact: Eric Higham, +1 617 614 0721,

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November 27, 2015 at 4:51 pm

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First Anniversary Cheer as Fusionex Powered Trium Card Celebrates over 100,000 Members Nationwide

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia/PRNewswire/ — The TRIUM CARD, which is a loyalty programme powered by international software provider Fusionex for established fashion brands including nichii, kitschen and dressingpaula, celebrated its first year anniversary recently.

Mr. Chow Tze Teng, CEO of NFC Clothier (center) and Mr. James Houng, Senior Vice President of Fusionex (fourth from right) with some of the models at the fashion show held in Mid Valley Megamall Kuala Lumpur to celebrate TRIUM Card’s first anniversary.
Mr. Chow Tze Teng, CEO of NFC Clothier (center) and Mr. James Houng, Senior Vice President of Fusionex (fourth from right) with some of the models at the fashion show held in Mid Valley Megamall Kuala Lumpur to celebrate TRIUM Card’s first anniversary.

Launched in August 2014, the Trium Card Loyalty Programme now has more than 122,000 members – a testament to its usefulness and convenience. The TRIUM Card can be obtained in physical card form as well as an application on the Apple App Store, Android Google Play and the website

With ease of use (especially on a mobile device), it is no wonder why the TRIUM CARD app has been so well-received by shoppers of the retail brands under the TRIUM umbrella.

Under the TRIUM CARD Loyalty Programme, which is powered by the loyalty module under Fusionex’s Intelligence Data Management Platform, members are able to earn one point for every RM1 spent in participating merchants’ stores. Additional points can also be given out during special offer periods. The unique innovation of the system powering TRIUM CARD enables existing members to enjoy exclusive one-day 2X points in conjunction with the programme’s first anniversary celebration.

With mobile gadgets being an indispensable part of our daily lives, consumers are finding a loyalty programme based around a mobile app to be infinitely more convenient for gaining or redeeming points at the cashier. The TRIUM CARD Loyalty Programme has also been an invaluable asset for the retailers to broadcast new promotions as and when they are rolled out.

To constantly keep their brands in the public eye, the app has been a useful tool for the fashion brands to notify their members of fresh happenings and events. Some of the promotions include exclusive opportunities given to TRIUM CARD members to shop at new store locations.

In conjunction with its first anniversary, the Trium Card Loyalty Programme gave back to its loyal customers by awarding a RM300 TRIUM e-Voucher to each of their Top 20 TRIUM CARD shoppers. The second tier of the 30 Top Shoppers were awarded with RM100 TRIUM e-Vouchers each.

For Nichii, kitschen and dressingpaula, this programme affords them the ability to reward their registered members coupled with the fact that the loyalty of each shopper can be determined by the system. The top and most frequent shoppers can then be graded into different tiers and rewarded accordingly.

The Fusionex powered Loyalty Software System enables customer insights such as who the most loyal customers are, help retailers understand customer spending patterns, frequency and preferences in order to uncover and anticipate sales trends.

Upon accumulation of 500 TRIUM CARD points by members, a RM50 e-Voucher is rewarded to them. By incentivizing shoppers using this method, the e-Voucher is akin to a points-for-cash and attractive mechanism for new or existing customers.

In order to enable additional interaction with customers via a points reward system and advertising of promotional periods, Fusionex’s Loyalty System can be further enhanced with Fusionex’s Big Data Analytics technology stack, Fusionex Insights (GIANT).

Coupled with GIANT, the system provides data analysis to merchants who can identify useful trends in consumer spending and transaction spikes during promotional periods. Retailers would then be able to leverage such data for more informed business planning. By rewarding consumers and empowering merchants, the system provides a holistic approach towards enhancing the retail industry.

“We are very happy that we have found like-minded people in the Fusionex team who are very clear of where we want to head; this has definitely contributed to the success of the TRIUM CARD and as you can see today we are over 120,000 members strong,” said Tan Ai Lee, Head of Marketing for NFC Clothier.

Tan continued, “I think one of the key factors, apart from the fact that Fusionex comes with very strong credentials, is definitely the team behind Fusionex. Whenever we look for partners, we are very particular about whoever we work with. We tend to look for a solid team who can work hand-in-hand with us as a partner, to bring the programme to the next level. I really believe that we will move on very far from here. Both companies share a vision and we are very focused in delivering the best to and for the people.”

“First of all I would like to congratulate TRIUM for a fantastic first anniversary of its programme. The experience so far has been excellent and we are very excited to see the success of this programme,” said James Houng, Senior Vice President of Fusionex. “I am ecstatic to see its momentum and progress and we will continue to maintain our commitment towards the continuous success of this programme.”

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November 27, 2015 at 4:34 pm

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Carsharing Operators Move to Smartphone-based Car Access Systems to Win More Subscribers

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-Vehicle-sharing technologies: standalone smartphone-based virtual key solutions will improve user experience

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — Over the years, vehicle-sharing technologies have evolved from simple manual systems to increasingly complex computer-based systems. In the next three to seven years, the market will move away from off-the-shelf technologies toward open source software, plug and play systems and smartphone-based near field communications/Bluetooth low energy (NFC/BLE) technologies. By 2025, automated driving, connected mobility and electric vehicle charging technologies will form the crux of the vehicle-sharing technology market.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Analysis of the Vehicle-sharing Technologies Market, finds that the global carsharing user base will reach 26 million members by 2020. Carsharing operators (CSOs) in North America will lead the way in terms of technology deployments, followed by Europe. To meet the growing demand, partnerships among CSOs, technology companies and original equipment manufacturers will gather pace.

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“NFC based technologies are being incorporated as a basic standard in smartphones by the majority of the smartphone makers. This will unearth opportunities for cost-effective, smartphone-based remote vehicle control solutions,” said Frost & Sullivan Intelligent Mobility Senior Research Analyst Albert Geraldine Priya. “CSOs will also be able to deliver a superior ‘car ownership’ experience through automatic personalisation features such as rear-view mirror and seat adjustments configured in the smartphone.”

On the flip side, smartphone-based access control and vehicle tracking solutions have several inherent security issues. The risk of hacking, interception of communication signals, thefts, data corruption and viruses will delay the adoption of smartphone-based vehicle-sharing solutions.

Concerns surrounding the effective integration of third party hardware and software solutions with business processes deter most carsharing operators from subscribing to third-party services. In addition, legal regulations in some countries fail to create an environment conducive to the uptake of vehicle-sharing technologies. However, the advantages far outweigh the challenges.

“CSOs are looking to attract more subscribers by lowering costs and enhancing user experience through the integration of smartphone-based keyless access into carsharing solutions,” noted Priya. “Semi-autonomous and fully autonomous cars in vehicle-sharing fleets will become a reality by 2018 and 2025 respectively, further simplifying carsharing and opening up additional markets for participants in the vehicle-sharing technologies market.”

Strategic Analysis of the Vehicle-sharing Technologies Market (MB84-18) is a Strategic Insight that is part of the Automotive & Transportation ( Growth Partnership Service program. This Insight offers an overview of technology trends, drivers, restraints and market opportunities in the vehicle-sharing technology market. The research also provides a region-wise comparative analysis of vehicle-sharing technologies and case studies of top market participants, rounded off with strategic conclusions and recommendations.

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November 27, 2015 at 4:33 pm

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2015 ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade Comes to A Close

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-Singapore’s First and Only Boat Light Parade was held on 20 & 21 November 2015

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — 31 charmingly decorated boats sailed around Sentosa Island and towards Sentosa Boardwalk in front of HarbourFront and VivoCity area for the inaugural Boat Light Parade inSingapore held over last Friday and Saturday on 20 and 21 November 2015.

The ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade™ is an iconic annual event held at the Sentosa Cove, and is a ONE15 Marina Club initiative which underscores the Club’s commitment to growing the yachting lifestyle in Singapore. Forming a flotilla of 31 boats of all shapes and sizes each night, the Christmas Boat Light Parade is a stunning display of Christmas-lighted themed boats which set sail from ONE15 Marina Club towards the Sentosa Boardwalk in an effort to win the top prize of “Best of Show”. Along the parade route, the festive yachts passed by Siloso Beach, Fort Siloso, Resorts World Sentosa, and were finally judged along the Sentosa Boardwalk in front of the HarbourFront and VivoCity area.

“We are very proud to present the ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade for the second time, and this year, we have seen over 31 boats and over 400 people on the water. It is usual to see military parades and holiday parades on land, but never on water in Singapore, which is why this event is so unique and special. It certainly underscores our commitment to growing the yachting community here in Singapore,” said Mr. Brian E. Werner, General Manager of ONE15 Marina Club, the organiser of the boat light parade.

Participating boats were decked in a display of festive lights and decorations in the theme of “A Tropical Christmas on Water”. Based on a set of criteria, the boat with the most original and creative use of the decorations depicting the theme in each of the SIX categories won attractive cash prizes totalling over S$18,000! Boats were judged based on their creative use of lighting, music, crowd engagement, originality and depiction of the theme of A Tropical Christmas on Water.

“I particularly enjoyed admiring how each boat had a unique representation of the given theme. They each stood out in their own ways,” said Mr. Muhammad Khairul Bin Abdul Rahim, a participant onboard Pesca Vita. “It was undeniably an intriguing experience to be part of the flotilla and witnessing the mesmerising display of lights by the other boats. It felt like Chingay on waters!”

“It was heartening to see the creative use of lights and ornaments on the boats which gave a vibrant festive atmosphere when the boats lit up while cruising along the Sentosa Boardwalk. The participants certainly gave their all in this parade! Some even performed a short musical number in themed outfits as they sailed by the judges’ boat,” commented Ms. Merlissa Elvin, one of the judges and Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications of Pacific Star, a supporting sponsor for the parade. Other judges in the panel included Mr. Alex Poh, Head of Asia Sales of Peng Wine, Mr. Gael Burlot, CEO of YACHT STYLE, Mr. Keith Lin, a representative from Sony Singapore, Mr. Elisha Teo, a boat enthusiast, Ms. Alvina Neo, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications of Pacific Star and Mr. David Sim, the owner of Swift Integrated Marine Services.

The parade concluded back at ONE15 Marina Club for the Awards Ceremony where participants and guests indulged in a sumptuous spread of finger food, free flow of wine, beer, soft drinks and were entertained by “live” music.

Keeping up with the spirit of giving, guests at the Awards Ceremony did not leave empty-handed, they were surprised with a chance at the lucky draw prizes, such as the class-leading Digital Selfie Camera, the Sony High-Resolution Audio Headphones, courtesy of Sony Singapore; Executive Cases of Wines courtesy of Peng Wine; and spa retreat vouchers sponsored by Spa Rael.

Mr. Alister Brunskill, Regional Sales Manager from Princess Yachts Southeast Asia, contributing sponsor of the ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade, asserted, “I think ONE15 Marina Club has really outdone itself this time. From the impressive fanfare of lights on water to the festive ambience of the Awards Ceremony, added to the Club’s own stunning view of the marina, it was a really lovely way to start the holiday season.”

Crowned Best of Show and taking home the grand prize, Mr. Fintan Mc Kiernan owner of Sailing Vessel, Sea Monster, was beaming in delight as he shared, “The Christmas Boat Light Parade is a great experience, we got to invite our friends out for the parade. It was definitely a total surprise when we were named Best of Show. My wife and our friends had a wonderful time, from decorating the Sea Monster to seeing all the other participants with their amazing seasonal displays. I am already looking forward to the next Christmas Boat Light Parade!”

Please reference the other prize winners here in each of the categories:

Award Categories

Best of Show


Sea Monster

Power Boat First Prize

90 Ft. & Over


Hye Seas II

Power Boat First Prize

51 Ft. to 89 Ft.


Lady Quick Glow 1

Power Boat Second Prize

51 Ft. to 89 Ft.


Charter Me Too

Power Boat First Prize

32 Ft. to 50 Ft.



Power Boat Second Prize

32 Ft. to 50 Ft.


Xiao Lin

Power Boat First Prize

31 Ft. & Under


Pesca Vita

Sail Boat First Prize

89 Ft. & Under


Sea Monster

Sail Boat Second Prize

89 Ft. & Under



Added Mr. Werner, “We will continue to grow this iconic event in Singapore each year, so that more may join us to enjoy the soiree of lights on water and revel in the spirit of Christmas. We have already receive additional sponsor and boat inquiries for next year’s Christmas Boat Light Parade and will be looking into increasing the prize money in 2016.”

For more information, please email

The 2015 ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade is presented by the ONE15 Marina Club and the following sponsors:


·DBS Insignia Visa Infinite Card


Supporting Sponsors:

·Lagardere Sports

·Puteri Cove Residences & Quayside

Contributing Sponsors:

·Peng Wine

·Princess Yachts

Product Sponsors:

·Sjora by Nestle Singapore


·Spa Rael

Media Sponsor:

·Yacht Style Magazine

About ONE15 Marina Club

Since its inauguration in 2007, ONE15 Marina Club has won several international accolades including the Outstanding Hospitality Award at the Helm Magazine Singapore Yacht Show Awards 2013, Asian Marina of the Year at the Asia Boating Awards consecutively from 2012 to 2014, the prestigious FIVE Gold Anchor Award and was named Green Maritime Company of the Year at the Asia Boating Awards 2015. The Club has hosted upscale international yachting events including the Clipper 2013/14 Round the World Yacht Race and the Singapore Yacht Show 2011-2015. In addition, ONE15 Marina Club is also the proud venue host of the Singapore Straits Regatta from 2012 to 2015.

Located in Sentosa Cove, ONE15 Marina Club features a beautiful marina of 270 berths with facilities to accommodate megayachts of up to 200 feet. The well-appointed clubhouse encompasses world-class facilities including fine restaurants and bars, luxurious suite rooms, a modern spa, a well-equipped gymnasium, members’ and kids’ lounges as well as conference and meeting rooms. Evoking the glamour and elegance of Monte Carlo, ONE15 Marina Club is emerging to be Asia’s most desired waterfront leisure destination.

The ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade Trademark, logo, and service marks (collectively the “Trademarks”) are registered Trademarks of ONE15 Marina Club.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Sarah Cheow

Assistant Manager, Marketing & Communications

ONE15 Marina Club


Stephanie Pattiselanno

Director, Marketing & Communications

ONE15 Marina Club



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November 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm

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DHL triumphs at Supply Chain Asia 2015 Awards

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— DHL Global Forwarding named Sea Freight Partner of the Year
— DHL Supply Chain wins Overall Supply Chain Partner of the Year
— Yasmin Aladad Khan, DHL Express SVP, named Woman Supply Chain Professional of The Year

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, has emerged triumphant at the Supply Chain Asia Awards 2015, receiving awards in more categories than any other global logistics provider. DHL Global Forwarding was named Sea Freight Partner of the Year winning the title from three other nominees. DHL Supply Chain won a Special Corporate Recognition Award  being named Overall Supply Chain Partner  beating six leading competitors in Asia Pacific.

DHL Express Senior Vice President Yasmin Aladad Khan was named ‘Woman Supply Chain Professional of the Year 2015’. The prestigious accolade recognizes women who have excelled in the supply chain sector and have demonstrated initiative in driving the industry forward.

Yasmin Aladad Khan, Senior Vice President, Southeast Asia and South Asia, DHL Express, said: “It’s a great honor to be recognized for my contribution to DHL Express and the logistics industry. This award is particularly meaningful as it recognizes the significant driving force women can play in an industry that is traditionally deemed male-dominated. This is in line with Deutsche Post DHL Group’s global commitment to increasing the number of women in executive leadership positions.”

A member of the DHL Express Asia Pacific Management Board since 2005, Ms Khan heads the fast-growing South East Asia and South Asia regions and has played a key role in building DHL Express’ market leading position. DHL Express has a market share of over 40% in Asia Pacific and is industry leader in both value and volume.

Jerry Hsu, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific, said, “At DHL, our people are at the core of our success and as our most valuable asset, we consistently invest in them to increase their skills, talent and motivation. A talented workforce that constantly achieves results makes us a stronger organization that can achieve more. Developing a diverse talent pipeline is a priority and we are investing in our employees to ensure we continue to be the leader and innovator of the industry.”

DHL Global Forwarding took home the Sea Freight Partner 2015, making it the undisputed freight forwarding leader in Asia Pacific.

Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific, said: “Winning Sea Freight Partner of the Year is a recognition of our commitment to provide the best service offering to our customers, such as our recent expansion of freight options through innovative route development and investment in multi-modal networks and services  both intra-Asia and connecting Asia with the globe.”

Over the past year, DHL has continued to invest in a comprehensive multimodal network that includes air, rail, road and sea, and offers customers the widest possible array of shipping options in the market. Recent investments include an integrated road freight network that links five key Asian cities  Singapore, Penang, Bangkok, Hanoi and Shenzhen  launched this year along with a third route in the ChinaEurope multimodal network. Last year, DHL pioneered the first temperature-controlled ChinaEurope rail service, providing customers with temperature-sensitive products year-round access to this cost-effective route.

DHL Supply Chain was voted Overall Supply Chain Partner of the Year, a testament to its service consistency, highly customizable supply chain solutions and global expertise in specialized industries such as Automotive, Consumer, Life Sciences & Healthcare and Technology. To enhance its capabilities in Asia Pacific, DHL Supply Chain accelerated its investments in advanced warehouse facilities, transport networks and IT over the past two years. It now offers over 3.7 million sqm of warehouse space across 700 specialized facilities and operates domestic transport operations in 14 countries.

Oscar de Bok, CEO, DHL Supply Chain Asia Pacific, said: “DHL Supply Chain has a diverse portfolio of customers who face unique and ever changing sector challenges. It’s our mission to continue to evolve to meet those challenges and provide our customers with consistent, cost effective and innovative supply chain solutions. Being named Partner of the Year for the third year in a row tells us that our growth plan, our recent investments and the day-in and day-out dedicated expertise of our 36,000 strong team of professionals is paying dividends for our clients’ businesses and for our own.” 

For its logistics and supply chain excellence, DHL Supply Chain Asia Pacific was also recently awarded the Best 3PL for Automotive Supply Chain and Best 3PL for Chemical/ Hazardous Materials/ Oil & Gas Supply Chains at the eft APAC 3PL Awards.

Supply Chain Asia is a not-for-profit professional body that bring professionals from the logistics and supply chain industry together to share knowledge and create opportunities for collaboration. This year’s award ceremony was held in Singapore on 19 November and 26 awards will be presented to industry leaders.

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