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DHL eCommerce to Help Boost Japan’s Booming Cross-border E-commerce Landscape with New Distribution Center

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— The facility will offer reliable, value-for-money e-commerce logistics services for local e-tailers and marketplaces
— DHL Parcel International Direct service offers unprecedented 4-6-day delivery times from Japan to the United States of America and the United Kingdom
— DHL GlobalMail Packet Plus service provides industry-leading rates for shipping to Europe

TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — DHL eCommerce, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL Group), has announced its plans to build an Outbound Cross-Border eCommerce Distribution Center by April 2017. Located in Narita, Japan, the facility will broaden the range of e-commerce logistics services available to e-tailers and marketplaces operating in the country.

New shipping products specifically designed for e-tailers will offer greater choices to reach consumers in Europe, the United States (U.S.) and the United Kingdom (UK). Focused on reliability and value-for-money, the services are tailored according to the unique needs of e-tailers and marketplaces in the Japanese market. This latest development by DHL eCommerce will help drive Japan’s booming cross-border e-commerce market, which is growing at a CAGR of 16 percent and estimated to hit over EUR1.1 billion in 2018[1].

DHL Parcel International Direct, a cross-border shipping product, will offer affordable deliveries from Japan to the U.S. and the UK. This product promises transit times of 4 to 6 business days, a game changer in the current Japanese logistics landscape. Another cross-border shipping product, DHL GlobalMail Packet Plus will offer the best rates for Japan-Europe deliveries, with transit times of 5 to 10 business days and a high degree of visibility into the status of packages. These products will help Japanese e-tailers handle the increasing pressure when it comes to servicing more overseas customers, making timely deliveries, and keeping operating costs low. Major marketplaces will also be better equipped to handle rising volumes of e-commerce deliveries and offer Japanese e-tailers a global reach and value-added services.

With an estimated cross-border e-commerce value of USD40.8 billion (EUR38.5 billion), the U.S. is one the top export destinations for Japan’s e-commerce products[2]. Roughly 25 percent of digital shoppers in the country have made a cross-border purchase in the past 12 months[3]. Europe also presents a tremendous opportunity for Japanese e-tailers. There are currently 303.1 million digital buyers in the region and total e-commerce sales volume has hit USD370.3 billion (EUR349.4 billion)[4].

“We are seeing incredible growth in the Japanese cross-border e-commerce market and look forward to helping local players surmount their challenges. Our solutions offer easy one-stop gateway services for e-tailers, enabling them to deliver greater customer experiences while remaining in control of their costs. In addition, we will help them connect with overseas markets by partnering with popular marketplaces to deliver reliable services with a global reach,” said Yoshihiko Sasaki, Managing Director, DHL eCommerce Japan.

The distribution center will be co-located with the Japan Global Distribution Center in Narita established by one of DHL’s divisions. Leveraging a cross-divisional approach, this will help bring Japanese e-tailers to more customers overseas, and enable them to also tap into comprehensive supply chain solutions. This means that customers who utilize the new DHL eCommerce offerings will get access to more in-depth supply chain expertise and an extensive logistics network that serves over 220 countries and territories globally.

“The power of e-commerce lies in its ability to break physical barriers. E-commerce companies are not limited by geographical borders and have the flexibility to offer services and products to customers in other countries. By combining the deep understanding of the Japanese market which DHL eCommerce has, with the warehousing and transport management capabilities of our sister division, we will be able to explore operations such as fulfillment as part of a global partnership for our customers,” added Sasaki.

Expanding its regional e-commerce footprint

The expansion plans in Japan are part of a larger Asia Pacific strategy by DHL eCommerce. The company also recently revealed its EUR70 million investment in India to boost the capabilities of the Delhi and Mumbai air hubs to enhance B2C e-commerce delivery in India.

In June 2016, DHL eCommerce announced that it will grow its overall presence in China by 50 percent, with the expansion of the distribution centers in Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Along with the huge growth of e-commerce in China, the distribution centers will enable maximum volumes of over 130 million shipments a year combined.

Earlier in January 2016, DHL eCommerce launched domestic delivery operations in Thailand and announced plans to double its fleet and number of depots by 2017. Thailand, with its tremendous growth potential, fast e-commerce adoption, and high smartphone penetration rates, was identified as the first Southeast Asian country to launch the DHL eCommerce domestic delivery service — in line with the Group’s Strategy 2020.

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DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 340,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion euros in 2015.


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November 23, 2016 at 4:59 pm

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Planning and Design Team Looks to Boost Chinese Investment in Queensland

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BRISBANE, Australia /PRNewswire/ — Deputy Premier Jackie Trad today launched a new team dedicated to increasing Chinese investment in Queensland.

Headed up by Director Beth Toon (Brisbane) and Associate Sue Wang (Shanghai), the team will engage Chinese developers to promote investment opportunities within the Queensland property market; particularly in the areas of real estate, tourism and leisure, health and aged care, and infrastructure.

Place Design Group Director Beth Toon said the firm was thrilled to launch the taskforce, which would help stimulate investment in Queensland while at the same time providing valuable guidance and service to the firm’s Chinese clients.

“Being based in Brisbane and in Shanghai, we will be able to work closely with our existing clients in China who are looking at offshore investment, as well as with Chinese investors currently in Australia,” Beth said.

“Our experience and research tells us that Chinese developers believe the residential market is stabilising, which means they are now focusing more on long-term development projects and balancing their portfolio of residential development projects and commercial properties.

“In addition to this, Chinese investment in Australia grew more than twice as strongly as the global trend in 2015, which presents very real opportunities for the team to explore.

“We’re very excited to launch this team today at the Friends of Education Queensland Event in Shanghai, and we thank our education partners for working with us to deliver real outcomes for our business that we believe will aid investment growth in Queensland.”

Place Design Group’s International Investment Team was formed following strategic consultations with the UQ Business School and Fudan University in Shanghai as part of a joint initiative – the iLab Consulting Program.

UQ Business School Executive Education Executive Director Richard Kennerley said the iLab Consulting Program – made up of 10 MBA students and their industry mentors – worked with Place Design Group in 2015 to develop a three-year strategic roadmap for sustainable business in China.

“Our team of MBA students and mentors spent nine months working with Place to identify strategies for growing their business in this sector, and we’re very excited to see the outcomes of that project being brought to life,” Mr Kennerley said.

“Projects like this are great examples of how education can engage industry partners and help them with their export business expansion in China.”

Place Design Group is a leader in planning and design with proven capabilities in strategic planning, development facilitation, urban design and landscape architecture. Australian owned and led, the firm has teams throughout Australia, China and South East Asia who work with a host of Chinese investors within and outside of the Queensland market.

Source: PLACE Design Group

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November 23, 2016 at 4:25 pm

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HKSTP Embarks on Science Park Expansion to Enlarge Support Base for Hong Kong’s Innovation and Technology Ecosystem

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (“HKSTP”) today staged a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the official beginning of the Hong Kong Science Park Expansion Programme. The expansion will see the addition of two purpose-built R&D-fit office buildings that will provide extra capacity to sustain the vibrant growth of the innovation and technology (“I&T”) ecosystem in Hong Kong.

The ground-breaking ceremony was officiated by the Hon C Y Leung, GBM, GBS, JP, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; the Hon Nicholas W. YANG, JP, the Secretary for Innovation and Technology; and the Hon Mrs Fanny Law, GBS, JP, HKSTP Chairperson.

HKSTP received support from the HKSAR Government for the HK$4.4 billion expansion programme earlier this year. Under the programme, two buildings of 14 and 15 storeys will be built on a 1.18 hectare site west of Science Park Phase 3. The new towers are expected to provide an additional around 74,000 sqm or 22% more office space when completed in 2020.

The Government’s continuous investment in I&T infrastructure signifies a strong commitment to providing a favourable environment for a vibrant I&T ecosystem, which will benefit the society as a whole, with the industry in particular, in the long run.

HKSTP’s Chairperson the Hon Fanny Law, GBS, JP, said, “Today’s groundbreaking ceremony marks the commencement of a new phase of development of the Science Park which is a testimony of the HKSAR government’s commitment to the promotion of innovation and technology in Hong Kong. I am most grateful to the Government’s unwavering support and the funding approval from the Legislative Council for Science Park’s Expansion.”

“Thanks to our professional teams in HKSTP, we have an excellent track record of completing projects within budget and on time, and delivering high quality. The recently completed Phase 3 has achieved over 10% savings and won 10 prestigious building awards. I am sure my colleagues will keep up this record in the expansion programme,” said Mrs Law.

“Earlier this year, we celebrated the 15th anniversary of HKSTP. Given the encouraging progress over the past two years, I believe, if we continue on this path with the time-honored Hong Kong spirit and efficiency, and with all stakeholders working together in concert, Hong Kong would rank among the top 10 global start-up ecosystems, and be widely recognised as an innovation hub in Asia in future,” added Mrs Law.

HKSTP Chief Executive Officer Albert Wong said: “HKSTP’s goal is to double the size of the start-up community in the Park and attract more leading overseas technology corporations to our ecosystem in the coming few years. Even as we are beginning the expansion of the Park’s infrastructure, we already have many strategic initiatives in place to ensure our value-added services exceed the needs of all our stakeholders. We welcome local and international innovators to leverage the initiatives and facilities already in place at Science Park to ramp up their R&D work, and we endeavour to provide more of such tailor-designed support measures to fuel the growth of our ecosystem as our facilities expand.”

Ongoing development keeps Science Park in tune with evolving needs

The Science Park, having completed its three-phase development on the 22 hectare site this year as planned, currently provides a total of 330,000 sqm office area in 21 office blocks. The three-phase development, spanning 15 years as per the original plan, enables Science Park to contribute significant economic benefits to Hong Kong annually through empowering the vibrant growth of the I&T sector.

Catering to the growing needs of different forms of space to innovate, to inspire and be inspired through interacting with other creative minds in the ecosystem, HKSTP has introduced thematic collaborative work spaces within the Park such as the Robotics Garage and the Open Data Studio. Such developments show that Science Park will continue to be an organic being that will keep evolving in tune with the needs of the I&T ecosystem.

The international achievements of the Science Park community also reflect the ongoing success of HKSTP’s efforts — Science Park incubatees and graduates have accumulatively registered 907 IPs and obtained a total of about HK$1,650 million in angel funding and venture capital investment, and they have received 436 local and international awards and recognitions as at the end of October 2016.

About Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Comprising Science Park, InnoCentre and Industrial Estates, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) is a statutory body dedicated to building a vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem to connect stakeholders, nurture technology talents, facilitate collaboration, and catalyse innovations to deliver social and economic benefits to Hong Kong and the region.

Established in May 2001, HKSTP has been driving the development of Hong Kong into a regional hub for innovation and growth in several focused clusters including Electronics, Information & Communications Technology, Green Technology, Biomedical Technology, Materials and Precision Engineering. We enable science and technology companies to nurture ideas, innovate and grow, supported by our R&D facilities, infrastructure, and market-led laboratories and technical centres with professional support services. We also offer value added services and comprehensive incubation programmes for technology start-ups to accelerate their growth.

Technology businesses benefit from our specialised services and infrastructure at Science Park for applied research and product development; enterprises can find creative design support at InnoCentre; while skill-intensive businesses are served by our three industrial estates at Tai Po, Tseung Kwan O and Yuen Long.

More information about HKSTP is available at

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November 23, 2016 at 4:20 pm

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Vodien Introduces an Innovative Hybrid Cloud Email Solution that Allows Cost-Savings For SMEs

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Vodien, Singapore’s leading cloud hosting company, today announced the launch of its new hybrid solution for email services. Traditionally, only large enterprises were able to afford the cost and effort of transforming to the Office 365 cloud. With Vodien’s hybrid solution, it solves the problem of SMEs wanting to enjoy the affordability of traditional POP3/IMAP email solutions, and the enterprise capabilities of Office 365 cloud, by allowing SMEs to grow when they want, with an all-inclusive monthly subscription.

What is Office 365

Office 365 is a family of secure cloud-based products that are certified to comply to worldwide safety and privacy standards. The product family includes the following

Enterprise email services powered by Exchange Online
Microsoft Office Application Suite
Communication and Web conferencing powered by Skype for Business
Online Shared drive for file collaboration powered by OneDrive
Solo or Hybrid Email Solution

Solo Solution: Office 365 is traditionally operated in a solo solution where the entire organisation adopts Office 365 email services.

Hybrid Solution: In an Office 365 hybrid Solution, only some of the users in an organisation is hosted on Office 365 while the rest of the users who only need basic features can go on basic email services, which lowers the whole total cost of ownership (TCO). This allows an organization to move gradually and selectively from their on-premise or traditional POP3/IMAP email solutions to the cloud.

Vodien offers customers the ability to have both traditional POP3/IMAP email accounts and Office 365 accounts simultaneously in their organisation, making this a valuable and affordable choice for many businesses. Vodien Managed Office 365 comes with free non-obligatory consultations to find you the best fit at the right price.

“We are seeing more and more businesses making the move to the cloud, for email and for collaborative tools. A trusted provider is needed to help manage these services, so that they can focus on their core business,” said Alvin Poh, chief executive officer at Vodien. “Large costs savings can be realised from Vodien’s hybrid solution. A 80-man construction company on a solo solution would cost $10,000 a year. With Vodien’s hybrid solution, where only less than 20% of the workforce requires the features of the cloud solution, it would only cost $3,000 a year.”

Managed Office 365 by Vodien is available immediately.

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November 23, 2016 at 3:53 pm

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NetComm Wireless to Supply Distribution Point Units (DPU) for nbn’s Fibre-to-the-Curb project

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Master Equipment and Services Supply Agreement with nbn, (the company rolling out Australia’s national broadband network) for the supply of Distribution Point Units (DPUs) and related services, with the likely commencement of supply during FY2018.

NetComm Wireless will supply nbn with 1-port and 4-port DPUs that have been specifically designed for the nbn Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) project. They will be installed in the telecommunications pits outside premises to connect fibre to the household’s existing copper lines. This then allows nbn to remotely activate the service on request, offering convenience, speed and value.

Whilst no particular unit volumes are contained in the Agreement we are of the view that this will be a material contract to NetComm Wireless, and will have a material impact on the Company’s revenue in the coming financial years.

Peter Ryan, Chief Network Engineering Officer at nbn said:

“nbn is delighted to bring NetComm Wireless on board as our technology partner in making Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) technology part of the nbn™ network.

“We have tested FTTC over the last year and we’re confident we can now deploy the technology in areas where it makes better sense from a customer experience, deployment efficiency and cost perspective.

“Delivering FTTC will not only allow us to deliver speeds of up to 100/40Mbps using VDSL but will also allow us to offer even faster speeds in the future with some of the new technologies that are becoming available.

“nbn has a flexible and technology-agnostic approach to deploying the nbn™ network and we are confident that when we launch FTTC services we will deliver a great experience for end-users.”

David Stewart, NetComm Wireless CEO and Managing Director said:

“The nbn™ is an important national initiative and we are proud to be connecting Australians with our innovative technology. Our team specifically developed this FTTdp solution to help build out the nbn™ network in a faster more cost effective way. What’s exciting is that our solution for FTTdp has broader, global applications that will open up additional partnership prospects offshore, as we have done with NetComm Wireless’ fixed wireless solution.

“We have successfully bolstered our engineering talent and infrastructure to manage growth and pursue quality partnerships and contract opportunities. Winning this significant contract demonstrates we have a strong track record, solid capabilities and the scale to deliver.”

About nbn

nbn was established in 2009 to design, build and operate Australia’s new high-speed broadband network. Underpinned by a purpose to connect Australia and bridge the digital divide, nbn’s key objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices, and at least cost. To achieve this objective, nbn has been structured as a wholesale-only, open access broadband network available on equivalent terms to all access seekers. This is intended to level the playing field in Australian telecommunications, creating real and vibrant competition within the industry. nbn is a Government Business Enterprise (GBE) incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 and pursuant to the PGPA Act.

About NetComm Wireless

NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is a leading developer of Fixed Wireless broadband, wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M)/Industrial IoT and Fibre and Cable to the distribution point (FTTdp / CTTdp) technologies that underpin an increasingly connected world. Employing our Listen. Innovate. Solve. approach, we provide solutions for the unique requirements of leading telecommunications carriers, core network providers, system integrators, government and enterprise customers worldwide. For over 35 years, NetComm Wireless has engineered new generations of world first data communication products and is now a globally recognised communications technology innovator. Headquartered in Sydney (Australia), NetComm Wireless has offices in the US, Europe/UK, New Zealand and Japan. For more information, visit

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David Stewart, NetComm Wireless CEO and Managing Director, is available for interview.

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November 23, 2016 at 12:25 pm

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Holmusk Showcases a Digital Diabetes Management Program (GlycoLeap) at World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) in Doha, Qatar

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SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — Holmusk, a global digital health and data analytics company headquartered in Singapore, will present GlycoLeap – a digital diabetes management program – at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) ‘Innovation Showcases’.

GlycoLeap powered by Holmusk
GlycoLeap powered by Holmusk
The Innovation Showcases Gallery at WISH will feature some of the world’s most exciting healthcare innovations, ranging from practical devices to business models and design-based solutions.

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.

“This is a great opportunity for us to show our novel approach to improving care and outcomes for people with chronic disease,” said Nawal Roy, CEO and Founder of Holmusk. “It has been great working with the WISH team in the run up to the event and we are looking forward to meeting potential collaborators and partners through the WISH network.”

The event will be held from 29th to 30th November, 2016 in Doha, Qatar.

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.

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.

About WISH

WISH is a global initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. The 2016 summit will focus on seven specific challenges: Healthy Populations, Precision Medicine, Economic Benefits of Investing in Health, Cardiovascular Disease, Accountable Care, Autism and Behavioural Insights. WISH will also report on its ongoing impact locally and globally on issues previously highlighted at the conference, such as diabetes and patient safety.


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November 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm

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