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Fashion and Design Attract Well-known Buyers to Hong Kong

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Fashion Access and Cashmere World’s Spring / Summer 2017 edition culminated after three days of robust business. Exhibitors and buyers were satisfied with the fair itself and optimistic about the future of the economy in China and throughout Asia.

As a result buyers from well-known brands were attracted to source at both fairs and included the following companies: MetroCity from Korea, Li & Fung, French Connection, I.T Apparels from Hong Kong, Abahouse from Japan, Marmalato, Names.RU and PJSC Melon Fashion Group from Russia, Zalora from Singapore, Le Cashmere and Hircus from UK, The Sak Brand Group from USA and many more.

Some 150 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions were represented, with 30 exhibitors participating in Cashmere World, the only trade fair in the world dedicated to luxury fine fibres.

Top Brazilian footwear brands presented at Fashion Access:

Fashion Access trade show
Fashion Access trade show

Exhibitors from Brazil and Korea were big highlights this year, with the Korean pavilion attracting much attention. Stanley Lee, Sales Manager of the brand Three Dog Night (TDN) was optimistic about finding resellers and wholesalers to promote the brand in Europe and in the US. The products, using a mix of cotton, cow leather and scuba diving suit material are designed in Japan and produced in China and Vietnam.

Three Dog Night (TDN)
Three Dog Night (TDN)
South America and Brazil in particular were represented at Fashion Access. Three exhibitors came from Franca, a traditional men’s footwear producing region. Leandro Moscardini, International Sales Manager of Opananken said he chose Fashion Access to promote the “fashionably healthy” collection of the brand’s anti-stress footwear for men. The brand’s largest market is Japan. Moscardini believes that China is the next market for Opananken’s anti-stress products.

In contrast to Opananken’s sober footwear, the colourful bags or “Mochilas Wayuu” of the Colombian company El Jardin del Cielo (Heaven’s Garden) attracted much attention. The indigenous Colombian Wayuu people traditionally weave such bags by hand as a complex art form with colours and patterns that represent their view of nature and the cosmos. “It can take up to 10 days for a Wayuu family to make each bag. Each mochila is unique and cannot be replicated,” explained CEO Jonathan Gartner. Declining production and increasing demand have lifted the mochila to almost luxury status.

El Jardin del Cielo (Heaven’s Garden), Colombia
El Jardin del Cielo (Heaven’s Garden), Colombia

Modern consumer trends were discussed at well-attended seminars held alongside the trade shows. According to Jane Singer of Inside Fashion, quality, durability, fit, workmanship and authenticity, rather than price, are the criteria that Chinese consumers value when purchasing fashion items. “China’s consumers are more value-conscious than price-conscious. Price is not the dealmaker that it is in other markets,” she said, dispelling a myth that Chinese consumers are mostly price-oriented.

Jane Singer of Inside Fashion presenting a seminar on Chinese consumer attitudes
Jane Singer of Inside Fashion presenting a seminar on Chinese consumer attitudes

Twice a year, selected exhibitors are awarded for their product design excellence at the Best of APLF Awards (BOAA).

Shanghai Legend International won the Best Bag Collection Award for their high-end-looking and extremely cohesive collection of bags made of felt. The designer, Katherine Xu, fell in love with felt several years ago. “Taking inspiration from old traditional Northern European culture, we have added a modern element in our designs, using simple shapes and lines to give our products a stylish and special look,” explained Xu.

Other winners included young Russian designer and entrepreneur Bags Business Limited for their fresh take on classic silhouette ladies handbags; the Italian footwear manufacturer LSR International for its classic yet very young and urban collection of ladies footwear; and Ningbo Consinee Woolen Textile, for its elegant presentation of ladies garments made with the company’s yarns.


The creations of these young designers were also part of the Fashion Trends Space, elaborated by Creative Director and President of the Comite Francais de la Couleur, Olivier Guillemin. The underlying theme was “Playtime”. According to Guillemin, today’s social, economic, political and environmental tensions are counterbalanced by fashion’s playfulness, enjoyment and pleasure as was reflected in the wide variety of accessories and colourful bags displayed at the two fairs.

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About APLF Limited (
APLF Ltd is a joint venture between SIC Group and UBM Asia. For over two decades, Hong Kong-based APLF Ltd has been providing the global leather and fashion industries with its most important meeting and trading place.

About SIC Group (
SIC Group has been organising international professional events since 1926 for companies working in the leather sector. Its role is to support businesses in their development and offer them work platforms in areas of the world with high potential. With four shows organised each year, SIC Group and its partners can take advantages of expertise that is unique in the world.

About UBM Asia (
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.

UBM Asia was awarded ‘Asia’s Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award’ in Hong Kong’s Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.

About UBM plc (
UBM plc is a leading global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print. Our 5,000 staff in more than 20 countries are organised into specialist teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For more information, go to; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc and go to for more UBM social media options.

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October 4, 2016 at 6:14 pm

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Golden Tulip Jineng Resort – The New Icon of Sunset Road Opens

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BALI, Indonesia /PRNewswire/ — Discover the excellence, tradition and comfort of the Golden Tulip Jineng Resort Bali. Celebrated its official opening on October 1, 2016 with a tropical tinted ocean inspiration party, the resort combines a key location with the deep heritage and culture of Bali embodied in the resort’s contemporary design.

Resort entrance at night – Uniquely styled and exquisitely appointed, the Jineng Lobby is an architectural achievement in itself.
Resort entrance at night – Uniquely styled and exquisitely appointed, the Jineng Lobby is an architectural achievement in itself.
Golden Tulip Jineng Resort Bali provides versatile meeting rooms, wedding facilities with 190 deluxe rooms and suites. All guests have free access to Wi-Fi, and rooms are equipped with flat screens with an extensive international selection of TV Channels. The resort also features a spa, yoga studios, gym, kid’s club, two restaurants and pools, offering guests an uplifting experience for mind, body and soul.

“I’m very excited to be part of Golden Tulip Jineng Resort,” said Mr. Willy Suderes, General Manager of Golden Tulip Jineng Resort. “The brand is perfectly positioned for the market and I am sure we will see that demonstrated with the launch of Golden Tulip Jineng Resort Bali today,” he said.

Located at the central crossroads of South Bali, near Simpang Dewa Ruci, the resort is within easy walking distance to some of Bali’s most popular shopping centers – Bali Galeria Mall, Duty Free Shop and Lippo Plaza Sunset. The airport, world-famous Kuta beach, the shopping, nightlife and restaurants of Seminyak are all just 10 – 15 minutes away by car.

The resort is intrinsically linked to traditional Balinese themes combined with Sanskrit concepts which are creatively reflected in the architectural design. The resort’s centrepiece, which takes its name from the Sanskrit word for ‘lotus’, Nalini, is a stunning architectural masterpiece which symbolises the resort’s philosophy of spiritual purity. Its multi-level design represents the entire purpose of the resort: to provide a complete experience for mind, body and soul. It incorporates a pool bar & grill on the first floor, fitness centre on the second floor, Dedari spa on the third floor, while the top floor is a modern Ananta yoga studio. Panoramic windows on each of the floors invite you to become one with the world around the resort.

“We believe the unique concept of the resort will excite those who want to experience the charm of Bali’s heritage combined with modern comfort and excellence service of a team of professionals who are ready to handle any challenge,” commented Mr. Mark Van Ogtrop, Managing Director South East Asia for Louvre Hotels Group.

Golden Tulip Jineng Resort is now offering an opening rate, starting of IDR 895.000nett from now on to 30 November 2016. For bookings, please contact our reservation at +62361 4727488 or go to


About Golden Tulip Indonesia

Golden Tulip Indonesia currently operates over 12 hotels throughout the Republic of Indonesia under Brands: Royal Tulip, Golden Tulip and Golden Tulip Essential in Bali , Java, Kalimantan and Sumatra. The group has furthermore 8 more hotels in development and opening in 2016 – 2017 in the country.

About Louvre Hotels Group

Louvre Hotels Group is a major player in the global hotel industry which operates a complete portfolio of 6 brands ranging from 1 to 5 stars: Première Classe, Campanile, Kyriad, Tulip Inn, Golden Tulip and Royal Tulip. Louvre Hotels Group is a subsidiary of Jin Jiang International Holdings Co. Ltd., one of China’s largest tourist and travel conglomerates whose core business includes hotel operation and investment, travel services, transport and logistics. Together, Louvre Hotels Group, Jin Jiang Hotels and Plateno now represent more than 6,000 hotels and 640,000 rooms in 55 countries, putting them amongst the top 5 hotel groups in the world.

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Golden Tulip Jineng Resort Bali:
Ms. Ratna Budiarti (Marketing Communications Manager)
Jl. Sunset Road, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, 80361.
Tel: +62 (0)361 47 27 488, Fax: +62 (0)361 47 27 499,
Mobile: +62818559894
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October 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm

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Singapore Digital Health Company Launches New Smart Coach for Type 2 Diabetes

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GlycoLeap, developed by Holmusk, combines expert human coaching with mobile technology to empower people with Type 2 Diabetes to live a healthier life.

SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — A new smart coach supports people living with type 2 diabetes to make positive changes in their lives to prevent long-term complications. This solution combines human expertise and mobile technology to nudge patients towards healthier habits and a better quality of life.

Holmusk, a digital health and data analytics company, launched its flagship product, a smart coach for type 2 diabetes, in August 2016. Called GlycoLeap, it delivers human coaching via a mobile app and integrates connected health tracking tools. The app is available for iOS and Android.
“GlycoLeap is transformative for people with diabetes, especially in the way it brings diabetes care out of the clinics and hospitals and into people’s every day lives,” said Nawal Roy, CEO and Founder of Holmusk. “We want to contribute towards revolutionising the healthcare experience for people living with chronic disease.”
Diabetes affects more than 415 million people worldwide – a number that continues to rise each year. A 2015 study by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) found that Singapore has the second-highest proportion of people with diabetes among all developed nations – more than 10 percent of people aged 20 to 79. Three out of every 10 patients with diabetes develop the condition before age 40.
GlycoLeap uses concepts from behavioural science to drive positive health outcomes for people with diabetes. Through small and sustainable lifestyle changes, users can achieve moderate weight loss and improve glucose control (as measured by HbA1c) within 6-months of the GlycoLeap program.
As part of the program, users take photographs of their meals with Glyco app. A coaching team of qualified dietitians rate the meals and provide daily feedback and support. Users are also provided smart devices, including a wireless scale, glucometer and fitness band to track weight, blood glucose and physical activity. This gives the coaching team a 360-degree view of each user’s behaviour, allowing them to provide the right feedback and support at the right time.
“After using GlycoLeap for 6 months, my HbA1c was reduced from 8.7 to 6.2 percent,” said Singapore user Wen Shi. “The feedback provided by the dietitians on food rating has helped me realise what types of food are good at controlling my glucose.”
Healthcare costs associated with diabetes continue to be a major concern worldwide. Diabetes-related complications are a major cause of hospitalisation. According to a 2016 article in the BMC Public Health journal, Singapore’s healthcare spending for diabetes rose above $1 billion in 2010, and is expected to soar beyond $2.5 billion by 2050.
The high costs of diabetes – both for the individual and the healthcare system – and the personal nature of diabetes management, presents an opportunity for technologies that can provide scalable and engaging solutions for better diabetes management. GlycoLeap has the potential to fill this need.
Plans are currently in the works to develop tailored programs for people with prediabetes – as well as other chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol – in the next 6 months.
GlycoLeap is currently available in Singapore, and expected to become available in the United States, Malaysia and Hong Kong by early 2017.
For more information on GlycoLeap, please visit
About GlycoLeap
GlycoLeap is a smart coach for type 2 diabetes that you can access anytime, anywhere. It provides you with the support you need to reach your health goals in less time, such as better glucose control, a healthier weight, and keeping up with exercise and diet changes. We combine human expert coaching with smart technology – all from your smartphone. We believe that everyone has the power to transform their life in a sustainable way, if given the right support. Diabetes does not have to be complicated or difficult. And we’ve done this with GlycoLeap – beautifully designed, simple to use and convenient.
About Holmusk
Holmusk is a global digital health and data analytics company, focused on solving complex problems in healthcare for chronic diseases. We build innovative, scalable and cost-effective digital behaviour change programs that combine cutting-edge clinical research, technology and design to nudge people towards sustainable changes for better health. We develop powerful predictive algorithms that offer actionable insights for personalised care and population health management. We are based in Singapore and USA.
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October 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm

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Cassia Investments Invests in Ultimate Performance, an Internationally Acclaimed Personal Training Gym Company

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-The investment will help Ultimate Performance’s global expansion in key cities throughout Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and North America

HONG KONG and SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Cassia Investments (“Cassia”), a consumer-focused private equity firm which specializes in investing in lower middle-market companies across Greater China and Southeast Asia, today announced an investment of US$10 million in Ultimate Performance, a leading international personal training gym chain. Mayer Brown JSM served as legal advisor to Cassia for the transaction. The funds will be used to accelerate Ultimate Performance’s global expansion strategy of its personal training gyms and supplements business, based on a targeted city-by-city approach.

Founded in 2009 by Nick Mitchell, an internationally renowned body composition expert and personal trainer, Ultimate Performance has steadily built a highly-regarded brand name for itself and is one of the few international players in the personal training industry. Targeting consumers who value their health and wellbeing, it differentiates itself through its bespoke approach for each client, world-class personal trainers and facilities, and results-based training methodology, all of which combine to help consumers achieve their specific goals. With operations currently in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Manchester and Marbella, Ultimate Performance aims to deepen its penetration in existing markets while extending its footprint to major cities across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and North America – including Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney, Dubai, Los Angeles and New York – to broaden its presence and become a truly global player. In addition to personal training, Ultimate Performance is developing its own supplements line to meet the growing demand for quality nutrition intake.

Thomas Pugh, Principal at Cassia Investments, said, “We are delighted to partner with Nick Mitchell, an industry icon in personal training who has played a vital role in bringing professionalism and sophistication to the health and wellness industry. We are attracted to Ultimate Performance because of its unique positioning, experienced management, successful track record in multiple cities and its potential for international expansion to meet the growing demand in health and fitness services in main cities across the globe. In particular, a growing awareness of the benefits of fitness, dietary improvements, rising incomes and governments’ efforts to promote healthier lifestyles in order to combat rising levels of obesity and inactivity reinforce the strong growth prospects for the fitness industry in Asia, where gym attendance has had significantly lower penetration rates than in more developed economies — this gap is beginning to tighten. The UP model is an educational process both inside and outside of the gym which we believe creates a unique engagement with its clients.

The investment adds to our track record of successful investments in SMEs with proven business models, established market positions and significant growth potential. Cassia will create value by working closely with management to optimize its strategic direction and operating performance, while accelerating its expansion into new markets, particularly in Asia.”

Nick Mitchell, founder of Ultimate Performance, said, “We are thrilled to introduce Ultimate Performance to global institutional investors, and are proud of our strong track record and prospects. Ultimate Performance was founded to create and implement the most effective consultative health and fitness model in the personal training industry. The investment will help Ultimate Performance to seize the immense opportunities arising from the rapidly growing industry, and introduce our services to more consumers worldwide.”

About Cassia Investments

Cassia Investments is a consumer focused private equity firm specializing in lower middle-market companies across Asia-Pacific. Cassia’s strategy is to invest in companies with strong growth prospects, proven business models and defendable market positioning. In addition, the team at Cassia believes that identifying and partnering with strong and talented management teams who share the same values, vision and strategy is the core component of value creation. With extensive investing and operational experience in emerging markets (particularly Asia), Cassia’s team has developed a deep network of relationships within local markets and established a strong reputation as value-adding investors. Further information about Cassia Investments can be found at

About Ultimate Performance

Founded in 2009, Ultimate Performance is a highly acclaimed network of personal training gyms. Clients enjoy a tailored service from world-class personal trainers and facilities to help them achieve their specific goals. The Company’s reputation is built on the results it produces – attested by the numerous testimonials and remarkable before-and-after comparisons achieved. With operations across Europe and Asia already, Ultimate Performance is expanding its international presence to become a global leader in the health and wellness industry. For more information, please visit and

For further enquiries, please contact Hill+Knowlton Strategies:

Angela Kung

Charlotte Li

Tel: (852) 2894 6214

Tel: (852) 2894 6229



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October 4, 2016 at 3:26 pm

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Asia Plantation Capital’s Science Team Researches Oud Oil in Cancer Treatment

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GENEVA /PRNewswire/ — For thousands of years, agarwood, and the Oud oil derived from it, have been revered by a plethora of cultures and religions. Having become an essential aspect of the cultural and religious life for billions of people, scientific research is now beginning to reveal the extraordinary medicinal qualities of a substance cited in the world’s oldest written texts.

By using patented technologies and proven husbandry programmes, Asia Plantation Capital has been consistently researching on the many properties of Oud Oil.
By using patented technologies and proven husbandry programmes, Asia Plantation Capital has been consistently researching on the many properties of Oud Oil.
Oud Oil distillation process in Asia Plantation Capital’s distillery.
Oud Oil distillation process in Asia Plantation Capital’s distillery.
At the end of the 20th Century, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) designated the Aquilaria tree from which agarwood is produced as an ‘endangered species’ — such has been the extent of the illegal logging that has attended the valuable heartwood of the tree.

The tree itself is only of value for the resin contained within — produced naturally, in response to ‘injury’ – but its presence is not perceptible from mere observation. This has led to indiscriminate logging, and the previously parlous state of the species prior to the intervention of sustainable plantation companies such as Asia Plantation Capital.

By using patented technologies and proven husbandry programmes, species of Aquilaria tree are flourishing once again, and with sustainability in mind and environmental awareness acting as key precepts, many different parts of the Aquilaria plant (resin, stem wood, even the leaves) are now being used in a range of value added products.

Asia Plantation Capital has established a Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of leading academics, researchers and practitioners in the field of agarwood and its associated products, of which Professor Dr Yumi Zuhanis Has-Yun Hashim, from the Department of Biotechnology Engineering at Malaysia’s International Islamic University, is among the most notable.

Dr Yumi’s area of specialisation is in the ‘provision of healthy lifestyle and prevention of diseases through the development, use and or consumption of natural products’, and she has brought a wealth of experience and expertise to the Board that complements the plantation giant’s vertically integrated business model.

With Oud oil now in increasingly high demand in the fragrance industry, scientists are also assessing its medicinal efficacy, and early results have proven to be very encouraging.

Throughout history, apart from being feted for its rich, almost elemental aroma, agarwood has been used for the treatment of joint pain, inflammatory-related ailments and stomach disorders. It can act as a sedative, and even a mild stimulant, and evidence suggests that even its crude extracts and some of its isolated compounds demonstrate significant anti-allergic, anti-ischemic (cardioprotective), anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial qualities.(1) Agarwood also contains certain flavonoids that can contribute to the anti-ageing process, while agarwood tea is known to improve the digestive system and increase the stability of blood pressure.

Shown to have excellent pharmacological properties, and containing several bioactive compounds, extensive research is now underway to examine its effectiveness in the prevention and treatment of cancer.(2)

Agarwood has been used in traditional medicines throughout history, despite little previous scientific research or rigorous examination. Significantly however, its apparent treatment in the microbial infections that lead to diseases such as diarrhoea, cough, leprosy and dysentery has led scientists and researchers to look at ways in which the anti-oxidant qualities of agarwood can counteract the ‘oxidative stress’ that can lead to diabetes and cancer.

It is no coincidence that a substance older than recorded history has been lauded and treasured through generations for its health-giving attributes and the sense of wellbeing that it produces. With the help of modern science and the enquiring minds of researchers, agarwood could prove to be a significant ‘discovery’ in the treatment of cancer, along with a wide variety of ailments.

It also means that the need for sustainability in the cultivation and production of agarwood and its associated products has never been more important. Only through responsible and ethically sound practices will the precious substance be available to future generations, in the continuous quest to find viable treatments for life-threatening diseases.

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About the APC Group

Although operating privately since 2002, Plantation Capital was officially established in 2008 in the UK, before incorporation in Sri Lanka in 2009 as Asia Plantation Capital, followed by Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. The group expanded in 2015 to include Africa Plantation Capital in Kenya, and America Plantation Capital in Florida, US.

The Asia Plantation Capital Group now has a corporate presence, plantations and agricultural projects on four continents, with operations at various stages across the globe, making it one of the largest vertically integrated growers, manufacturers, and distributors of many end products such as Oud oil, agarwood, and bamboo.


1) Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 189, 2 August 2016, pages 331-360.

‘Aquilaria (agarwood) as source of health beneficial compounds: A review of traditional use, phytochemistry and pharmacology.’

Authors: Dr Yumi Zuhanis Has-Yun Hashim, Phirdaous Abbas, Hamzah Mohd Salleh – Department of Biotechnology Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia, Phillip G Kerr School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University.

2) Alexandria Journal of Medicine, Volume 52, Issue 2, June 2016, pages 141-150.

‘In vitro antimestatic activity of Agarwood (Aquilaria crassna) essential oils against pancreatic cancer cells.’

Authors: Saad Sabbar Dahham, Yasser M Tabana, Loiy E Ahmed Hassan, Mohamed B Khadeer Ahamed, Amin Malik Shah Abdul Hamid – EMAN Research and Testing Laboratory, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, and Aman Shah Abdul Majid – Advanced Medical and Dental Institute (IPPT), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

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October 4, 2016 at 2:46 pm

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Leading Customer Experience Framework Now in Australia

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-What it takes to lead customer-focused transformation
SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Mark Cameron, CEO of W3 Digital in Melbourne, recently became the 225th person in the world, and the first in Australia, to hold the qualification of “Certified Experience Economy Expert”. The Experience Economy frameworks and concepts are used by brands such as Disney, Ikea, Benetton and LEGO to create new experiences for their customers. Cameron is now bringing this thinking to the Australia and New Zealand region.

The Experience Economy Certification focuses on providing frameworks and models that can help businesses understand their customers and lead the change required to deliver breakthrough experiences. Mr. Cameron describes the key takeaways from the course below:

Do you know what your customers want?

For brands to differentiate in today’s market conditions, they must orchestrate memorable events for their customers. Over time, that memory itself can become the product — the “experience”.

Understanding your customers well enough that you can deliver an experience so good they would be willing to pay for it as a separate offering is at the core of the Experience Economy thinking.

Is your company prepared to deliver great experiences?

In delivering value to customers, companies are always moving through various stages of development. Initially there is a stage of invention, where a product, service or experience is designed. Then the company must extract value from the invention, so structure and efficient processes are put in place. Then, as the market evolves, the business must create cross-functional teams and agile processes to remain competitive. Finally, businesses can increase profit by delivering high margin customisations for individual customers.

Knowing where your business is on this continuum is vital for creating and delivering your customer experience in a structured way.

What it takes to lead customer experience change

High-quality, integrated, customer experiences have become the battleground for differentiation and business model evolution in today’s marketplace. Designing experiences requires a business to focus on the needs of the customers, take risks and reward innovation.

Leaders need to address all the core aspects of successful organisational change such as clear communications, capability development, well-designed reward programmes and employee engagement and participation.

There needs to be a strong narrative around the customer and experience design process. What is needed is a set of simple frameworks that all stakeholders can connect with. This is where the Experience Economy material becomes so powerful. The thinking can be applied to any markets or areas within a business.

When asked how how Australian business owners think about the experience economy frameworks, Cameron said: “Combined with digital innovation, the Experience Economy has the power to transform organisations and connect with customers in entirely new ways. It contains the concepts that enable businesses to design a clear, simply communicated path, in a very complex environment.”

Mark Cameron can be contacted through

Mark Cameron
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October 4, 2016 at 2:34 pm

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Dance Singapore Dance Returns for Season 2 on Zee TV APAC

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Popular reality show Dance Singapore Dance is set to return for its second season on October 2, 2016, to be aired on Zee Television Asia Pacific (Zee TV APAC). A localised version of the popular Dance India Dance (DID) series, Dance Singapore Dance brings together aspiring dancers from different backgrounds and cultures from across Singapore with an open category dance competition that aims to provide a platform for both amateur and experienced dancers to showcase their talent.

Commenting on Zee TV APAC’s decision to renew the show for a second season, Mukund, CEO Middle East and Asia Pacific at Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited said, “Following the highly successful debut season, we’re excited to present a bigger, better and more entertaining Season 2 of Dance Singapore Dance. Now that the auditions are complete, the top 12 contestants have been shortlisted and divided into two groups, each of which will train under the guidance of their mentors to win the title of Singapore’s best dancing star. We believe that the show will give a new dimension to the weekend television viewing experience.”

Format of the show

After the audition process, the shortlisted top 12 finalists will compete with one another through various rounds to win the title of “Singapore’s Best Dancing Star”. The winner will take home SGD 15,000 (USD 11,000), while the first and second runners-up will also be awarded cash prizes. In addition, the best performer each week will be awarded the “Performance of the Week” trophy

The 12 contestants will be split into two teams — Shyam’s Supersonics, mentored by Dance India Dance Season 4 and Boogie Woogie winner Shyam Yadav, and Sahil’s Stompers, mentored by famous Indian dancer Sahil Adanaya.

About the judges

In Season 2, Dance Singapore Dance has roped in Mudassar Khan, Bollywood ace choreographer of Dabangg fame, and the popular classical and contemporary dancer Sreedevy Sivarajasingam. They will be joined each week by a guest judge, who will be a renowned personality from Singapore’s lively performing arts scene. Some of the names include Zaini Tahir, Najip Ali, Haslinda Ali and Daisy Irani.

When to tune in

Season 2 will be co-hosted by Emcee KP, who presented Season 1, and Sehar Rida Hashmi, one of the inaugural series’ most popular contestants. The competition is divided into 11 weekly episodes which will be aired from Oct 2 every Sunday at 8pm, with two repeat telecasts on Wednesday at 5pm and Saturday at 8pm on Zee TV APAC.

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“With season 2, we continue our commitment to discover Singapore’s best dancing star,” said Tripta Singh, Senior Vice President International Business, Zee TV. “This year is all about #dancetoimpress. Dancers on the show come from different backgrounds and cultures, and showcase different genres, from Bollywood to contemporary to classical dance.”

“We’re also proud to welcome StarHub as the presenting sponsor for Dance Singapore Dance for the second consecutive year, further strengthening our relationship.” she added.

Ms Wang Li-Na, Head, Product & Marketing, StarHub, enthused, “Come October, one of the biggest dance reality shows will once again enliven viewing screens in Singapore. We are thrilled to showcase season 2 of Dance Singapore Dance (DSD) on StarHub TV. As a homegrown company, StarHub has always been supportive of nurturing local talents. Therefore, we are pleased that one of the contestants from the inaugural season has been selected to be the co-host in the upcoming season. That is a huge accomplishment and shows that DSD is a great platform for youths to shine and showcase their other talents, apart from dancing. We look forward to discovering a new batch of fresh talents in season 2!”

About Zee Television Asia Pacific

Launched in June 2004, Zee TV APAC is the Asia Pacific feed of the Flagship channel – Zee TV (India). Now available in 18 countries, Zee TV APAC showcases Indian content with English subtitles and airs all the programs with just one-day lag from India. Being a pioneer in the industry, Zee TV is also the first Indian channel to produce local shows like Dance Singapore Dance and Make It Snappy in Singapore and Dulha Dulhan Destination and Bangkok Buzz in Bangkok. The channel showcases a variety of genres for all audience segments including prime time drama series, comedy, reality shows and children’s programs.


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October 4, 2016 at 11:27 am

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Lazada Indonesia Enters Q4 with Volume Growth of More Than 150% — Significantly Benefiting SMEs

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JAKARTA, Indonesia /PRNewswire/ — Lazada Indonesia today revealed that current volume growth has accelerated to more than 150% compared to the same period last year. Key contributing categories are FMCG and Fashion, which are both increasing more than three times compared to last year. Furthermore, about 80% of the orders are placed from mobile devices validating Lazada’s investments into mobile as an increasing share of Indonesia’s population gets access to the Internet via their smartphones. Lazada Indonesia has been making significant investments in its platform for the benefit of the Indonesian consumers and sellers as it prepares to enter the last quarter of the year.

“Our rapidly growing orders in categories such as FMCG and Fashion shipped all across the country further demonstrates that Lazada has truly become the one-stop shopping destination of choice for all Indonesians,” said Florian Holm, co-CEO of Lazada Indonesia.

SMEs as biggest gainers

As Lazada becomes the online shopping platform of choice for more Indonesian consumers, its success is also helping local SMEs. To further support SMEs, the company recently made selling on its platform free of commission — an initiative which will ultimately also benefit consumers through a more competitively priced assortment. This initiative has strongly contributed to SMEs achieving sales growth of up to 10 times since the beginning of the year.

Partnering with global brands

Brands are also benefiting from the growth as they enter into close partnerships with Lazada Indonesia to provide access to exclusive products to consumers across the country. Recently, Lazada collaborated with L’Oreal Paris for the My Superstar Look campaign endorsed by celebrities Maudy Ayunda and Dian Sastrowardoyo, both followed by millions of fans on social media. The partnership resulted in a 10 times uplift in sales and thousands of new customers for L’Oreal Paris. Levi’s and Lazada are working together to create an engaging onsite experience including product story videos, and fit and size guides to educate consumers to find the right Levi’s. This season the companies are conducting joint marketing campaigns on the Levi’s® 511 Slim Fit Jean for men and Levi’s® 711 Asia Skinny Jean for women.

“After assessing the huge eCommerce potential for Levi’s in Indonesia, we decided to invest in the Lazada platform to successfully sell our products online,” said Daniel Sjogren, GM of Levi’s Indonesia. “Lazada has leading marketplace expertise as well as very strong logistics operations and multiple payment options to ensure Levi’s customers enjoy a best-in-class online shopping experience,” he added.

Driving customer experience

As part of its all-round effort to deliver the best customer experience, Lazada Indonesia has recently launched a free shipping service enabled by its last-mile logistics arm and its network of reliable Indonesian delivery partners. Product orders with free shipping are seeing significant uptake among customers in both big and small cities outside Greater Jakarta / Jabodetabek including Samarinda, Balikpapan, Makassar, Madiun, Medan, Palembang and Bandung. To complement this free shipping service, the company has also extended its cash-on-delivery option to more products to further enhance customer satisfaction.

Integration efforts with Alibaba initiated

Lazada Indonesia’s strong growth comes on the back of Alibaba Group’s investment announced in April this year. The two companies are very excited about recently initiated integration efforts to further improve the platform for the benefit of Indonesian consumers and sellers. The first results of the collaboration are already live. To reduce lead-time to the end consumer, Lazada has already started to use Cainiao (Alibaba’s 47% owned logistics network) to pick up parcels from Lazada merchants in China. Lazada has also entered into a partnership with UCWeb (an Alibaba subsidiary) to drive more traffic to the platform and hence higher sales for merchants across the country.

Online Revolution is coming

As we move into Q4, Lazada Indonesia is preparing for more initiatives and for the Online Revolution, the busiest online shopping and selling event of the year, to support sellers and consumers across Indonesia. From November 11 to December 12 (11.11 to 12.12), Indonesian consumers will enjoy a massive assortment of products with flash sales, special promotions, attractive deals and engaging activities. The campaign is a timely opportunity for Indonesian SMEs to participate and expedite their business growth.

“Since we created the Online Revolution in 2012 to introduce consumers to online shopping, the event has sparked a shopping frenzy that’s breaking records year after year. No other eCommerce player in Southeast Asia can claim a similar achievement. This year’s Online Revolution will bring our ecosystem of trusted brands, sellers and customers together to realize the huge potential of online shopping in Indonesia. We are highly confident that Lazada’s Online Revolution 2016 will be the most exciting retail event that will benefit consumers and partners immensely,” said Mr. Holm.


Lazada Group operates Lazada, Southeast Asia’s number one online shopping and selling destination, with presence in Indonesia (, Malaysia (, the Philippines (, Singapore (, Thailand ( and Vietnam ( Launched in March 2012, Lazada is pioneering eCommerce in the region by providing customers with an effortless shopping experience with multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, extensive customer care and free returns. Lazada features a wide product offering in categories ranging from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion and sports equipment. Lazada offers brands and merchants a marketplace solution with simple and direct access to about 560 million consumers in six countries through one retail channel.

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October 4, 2016 at 11:26 am

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Global Recognition Through the Young Accountants Employability Programme

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has launched the Young Accountants Employability Programme to provide an opportunity for youth in Myanmar to gain an internationally recognised qualification in management accounting. The Programme is initiated in collaboration with employers in Myanmar who will offer internship opportunities to these students, with a potential of permanent employment.

Participants who join this Programme will be required to pursue the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA). They have a choice of two pathways. In the first pathway, a student will receive a 90% scholarship on the CIMA fee and enjoy an internship placement of 12-18 months with an employer. In the second pathway, a student will receive a 60% scholarship on the CIMA fee without any internship placement.

The Programme is open to Myanmar citizens, aged 18 to 28, who have a Matriculation pass with a minimum of 60 marks for both English and Mathematics.

In conjunction with the Young Accountants Employability Programme, CIMA has also launched an updated Cert BA. The update consolidates the five subjects of the existing syllabus into four. The former Business Mathematics subject is now integrated across other subjects, allowing for a more practical application of Mathematics.

The Cert BA update was based on extensive research with employers and educators worldwide, ensuring that the syllabus continues to reflect the emerging issues faced by businesses and their need for competent professionals. Assessments under the updated syllabus will commence in January 2017.

Jason Chan, Country Manager of Myanmar, said: ‘We are excited to launch the Young Accountants Employability Programme in Myanmar as we see a need for the industry in Myanmar to nurture talented individuals who can contribute to the success of businesses and the growth of the economy in Myanmar.’

He added: ‘The Programme will benefit from the updated Cert BA qualification where employers have provided their feedback on the skills that they require at that level. It’s a standalone qualification designed to give anyone — not just those in a finance role — a solid grasp of the fundamentals of business and finance. The Cert BA is an entry route to the professional level of the CIMA qualification and I hope that the students will take advantage of this golden opportunity to become Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMAs) eventually.’

Wendy Tin Win Kyi
T. +959 425 320 504

Source: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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