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Caltex Launches Singapore’s First Fuel Payment App

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

The CaltexGo mobile payment app offers fast, hassle-free fuel payment from the comfort of your car.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron Singapore, which operates the retail brand Caltex, has introduced Singapore’s first fuel payment app.

“As part of its new digital transformation, Chevron has opted for an agile approach to its first mobile payment solution, listening closely to user feedback and learning from industry best practices towards developing a minimum viable product for fuel payment,” said Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, when I chatted with him during the app’s launch.

The CaltexGO mobile payment app is the front-end of an integrated digital eco-system that offers cashless payments and helps consumers locate a service station, enjoy automatic loyalty LinkPoints collection, exclusive mobile offers, and electronic receipts at their fingertips.

CaltexGO responds to key consumer pinch points identified in the retail brand’s recent consumer insights analysis.

Chevron notes that refueling can be seen as a chore which drivers strive to mitigate.

Having to wait for a pump, long payment queues, and the complexity related to loyalty and payment systems were the top inconvenience grouses by drivers at service stations.

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CE China 2018 – Successfully bridging brands to consumers

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Today, CE China 2018 draws to a close after three days of connecting brands to manufacturers, retailers and consumers in the pan-Asian region. Tech4tea.com reports as an official media partner for CE China 2018.

CE China 2018 show floor at Hall 9 of the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Panoramic photos taken with a Sony Xperia XZ2.

CE China 2018 show floor at Hall 9 of the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Panoramic photos taken with a Sony Xperia XZ2.

In total, 146 companies from 12 countries presented their brands, showcasing consumer electronics and home appliances products.

On top of that, 25 prominent speakers from 9 countries shared their market knowledge with retailers, trade visitors and prosumers.

tech4tea.com is an official media partner for CE China 2018.

tech4tea.com is an official media partner for CE China 2018.

CE China 2018 demonstrated a clear growth in quality compared to previous installments.

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CE China 2018 – Opening & Day 1 with IFA Retail University

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

CE China kicked off its third installment this morning in an opening ceremony attended by Shenzhen Vice Mayor Chen Biao. The first of three days for CE China 2018 saw the successful completion of the new IFA Retail University.

Ribbon cutting at the opening ceremony of CE China 2018 at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center in China.

Ribbon cutting at the opening ceremony of CE China 2018 at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center in China.

IFA Retail University is a new format in CE China where international exhibitors at trade show presents their latest products and share their brands’ strategies and visions in short 20-minute “power briefings” in the IFA-GPC style.

From right: Guest-of-Honour for the opening of CE China 2018, Chen Biao (Shenzhen Vice Mayor) with Dai Fengjun (EVP, South China, Suning.com Group).

From right: Guest-of-Honour for the opening of CE China 2018, Chen Biao (Shenzhen Vice Mayor) with Dai Fengjun (EVP, South China, Suning.com Group).

Industry analysts from GfK and IHS Markit also presented their findings on trends and forecasts for the region.

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CE China 2018 – Welcome reception marries brands & retailers

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Representatives of government, business, media, sponsors and partners networked at the welcome reception prior to tomorrow’s opening of the third edition of CE China 2018.

“Suning has been the chief strategic partner of CE China for the past three years. The show has provided a very good platform for domestic and oversees businesses and consumers. That is one of the reasons we are cooperating with CE China,” said Dai Fengjun, South China Executive President and General Manager of Guangzhou Suning Group.

“Suning has been the chief strategic partner of CE China for the past three years. The show has provided a very good platform for domestic and oversees businesses and consumers. That is one of the reasons we are cooperating with CE China,” said Dai Fengjun, South China Executive President and General Manager of Guangzhou Suning Group.

Jens Heithecker, Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin welcomed the nearly 100 attendees of the evening.

“CE China is about a highly efficient convention to support international brands as well as retailers. With this approach that made IFA the globally leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, we are convinced that we serve the Chinese consumer market more effectively and that we correspond well with the initiatives by the Chinese government,” said Jens Heithecker, Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin.

CE China is designed to link up global brands with Chinese retailers who are keen to introduce new products to their customers.

Retail giants such as Suning, Tmall/Alibaba and JD.com – who are official partners of CE China 2018 – offer international brands a complete spectrum of services, simplifying access to the Chinese market.

Heithecker explained during the reception that the key idea for CE China 2018 is “really to get high quality trade visitors, combined with the public who are really interested in new technology”.

To him, “it’s not about mass, or the largest number – it’s all about the right number”.

By way of key performance indicators for CE China 2018, Heithecker explained that he will try measure how many retailers are addressed, how many retailers are in the room, and the atmosphere between the retail and the brands.

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Event forecast: CE China 2018 in Shenzhen, China

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Currently in its 3rd installment, CE China this year will be from 3 – 5 May, 2018. The annual consumer electronics & home appliances show is a “prolongation” of IFA for the Chinese market.

* IFA is one of the world’s most significant trade show for consumer electronics and is taking place from 31 August to 5 September 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

As a “global IFA” event, CE China is an addition to Messe Berlin’s portfolio for the Chinese market.

As a “global IFA” event, CE China is an addition to Messe Berlin’s portfolio for the Chinese market.

Based on the IFA concept, CE China focuses on comprehensive cooperation with leading trade groups, global industrial partners, and the presentation of innovative branded products.

In 2017, 120 exhibitors presented their latest products, innovations, and services to more than 11,500 visitors from 38 countries, covering 15,000 square meters of exhibition space.

More than 140 journalists visited the show, 15 percent of which came from abroad.

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IFA GPC 2018 – Global Press Conference for IFA 2018

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

The actual press conference for IFA 2018 in Berlin (31 August – 5 September) will be held at 11am today in Rome, Italy. Stay tuned for the excerpt and press release.

“Technology mega-trends are driving innovation, with components that are ever smaller and ever more powerful, which in turn power emerging technologies like voice control and artificial intelligence. IFA is the convener for all this innovation, it’s the connecting tissue for the global technology ecosystem. That’s because it’s not just one sector innovating, but seven, eight or nine different industries that all try to solve the same problems and push the edge of innovation. Each industry brings its own knowledge, insights and skills to the table. All these industries learn from each other, they inspire each other. That’s co-innovation at its best,” said Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin.

Smart devices, artificial intelligence and 8K television will be among the big trends for IFA 2018.

“We expect an ongoing positive market development for both segments of home appliances. Growth will continue in almost every country around the world, because the middle classes around the world keep increasing their spending. At the same time, new technologies and design trends are driving the growth potential in many product groups. A great example is the kitchen, where we see innovation in nearly every product category,” said Georg Walkenbach, Member of ZVEI Managing Board of Directors.

Technology megatrends are driving a new wave of innovation in consumer electronics and home appliances.

Smart and connected devices for the home, powerful AI applications that are deeply integrated in consumer electronics and wellness products, and TVs with ever better screen quality are among the big trendsetters that will dominate IFA 2018, the trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances.

At IFA’s Global Press Conference in Rome, fellow journalists here had a chance to get an early sneak peek of some of the products that will wow trade visitors and consumers alike when the show opens its gates to the public from 31 August to 5 September 2018.

Read more below from the press release.

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IFA GPC 2018 – Day 1: Power briefings from brands & analysts

Friday, April 20th, 2018

The first day of the IFA GPC 2018 comprises a series of power briefs by industry leaders and analysts on the latest trends and products in consumer electronics and home appliances. Here is a rundown on what transpired in those proceedings.

Day 1 of the IFA GPC 2018 kicks off with the MC, Dave Graveline, handing the mic over to Jens Heithecker, Executive Director (IFA) & EVP (Messe Berlin Group), for the opening address.

This year, there are altogether 13 power briefings – a marked increase from last year, which saw eight power briefs and one discussion panel.

As I attend these sessions, I will post a brief synopsis of each session on Instagram and consolidate all the synopsis here.

So stay tuned!

Power briefing 1

Power briefing by Philips on innovative solutions for a healthy and joyful life.

Highlight is the new-to-world #SmartSleep solution that will change the way the world sleeps. Philips is positioned to pair clinical research, the latest digital health technologies and design capabilities to create tools that help consumers take better care of themselves and lead a balanced, healthy and energetic lifestyle through nutrition, a clean environment and sleep.

Presenting were Liat Ben-Zur, Senior Vice President, Head of Connected Digital Platforms Propositions; and Bernd Laudahn, Market Leader Personal Health DACH – from Philips.

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Event coverage: IFA Global Press Conference 2018 in Rome, Italy

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

IFA Global Press Conference 2018 is happening this weekend in Rome, Italy. I will be covering this consumer electronics and home appliances showcase, as part of a small group of media the show organisers invited from Singapore.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

IFA this year will be from 31 August 1 to 5 September, 2018.

As a lead-up to the actual trade show in September, the organisers have gathered some of the key exhibitors and media from around the world in a preview mini-show, featuring product showcases, as well as briefs and presentations on the latest trends on consumer electronics and home appliances.

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A day of walking and sightseeing in the ancient city of Rome to get the blood flowing in the veins after the long-haul flight from Singapore. Photo taken with Canon 5DX Mark IV fullframe DSLR.

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Insight Vacations partners AIQ to use Visual Recognition Technology

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

The Insight Vacations 40th Anniversary (IV40) app enables users to scan photos to access additional information – on their smartphones – of selected European destinations that Insight Vacations offers.

“We are delighted to partner AIQ to interact with guests at the travel fairs. As Insight Vacations celebrates 40 years of innovation, we wanted to find a creative way to inspire travel and engage customers. We have been creating magical experiences for travellers and with AIQ’s Visual Recognition Technology, we have now managed to transform a visit to our booth into a magical experience with a chance to win prizes!” said Evon Ler, President, Insight Vacations, Asia.

“We are delighted to partner AIQ to interact with guests at the travel fairs. As Insight Vacations celebrates 40 years of innovation, we wanted to find a creative way to inspire travel and engage customers. We have been creating magical experiences for travellers and with AIQ’s Visual Recognition Technology, we have now managed to transform a visit to our booth into a magical experience with a chance to win prizes!” said Evon Ler, President, Insight Vacations, Asia.

The Visual Recognition Technology replaces the use of QR codes while the app enables companies to interact with their customers by embedding additional information on each still image.

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Travel platform KKday secures Series B funding from H.I.S (US$10.5m)

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

KKday, Asia’s largest online travel-experience ecommerce platform, has raised US$10.5 million in additional funding led by Japanese travel industry leader H.I.S. with participation from existing investor MindWorks Ventures.

* This story first appeared on The Travel Memoir.

Research by Phocuswright projects that the travel tours and activities industry will reach US$183B by 2020 from US$135B in 2016. Photo: Ming Chen, KKday CEO.

Research by Phocuswright projects that the travel tours and activities industry will reach US$183B by 2020 from US$135B in 2016. Photo: Ming Chen, KKday CEO.

The alliance and funding is expected to help KKday expand its regional presence and further improve its variety of affordable product offerings to travelers.

“H.I.S. is not just a financial investor, but is valued as a strategic investor. By utilising H.I.S.’s global resources and integrating it with KKday’s strong marketing and big data programs, we will be able to change the in-destination travel operations model. KKday will be focusing on improving the customer experience and strengthening our relationship with our suppliers. These two strategies are highly related. You can’t improve customer experience without having an amicable relationship with the supplier,” says Ming Chen, KKday CEO.

KKday curates more than 10,000 travel-related experiences from more than 500 cities and 80 countries with over 4 million unique visitors and serves a few hundred thousand travellers each month.

The company applies big data analytics to drive business decisions and to refine current offerings to optimise customer experience.

Headquartered in Tokyo, H.I.S. has offices located in over 130 cities around the world.

As the in-destination travel industry is fragmented, managing supply chain is a major challenge.

This is why KKday focuses on developing a strong Supply Chain Management (SCM) system that allows all types of suppliers, big or small, to communicate with customers and manage orders without any IT investment.

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