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Women in Toys Inventors Pitch New Products

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 settembre 2019

Women from around the world will pitch their latest toy, game and play product ideas on October 1st at the Women In Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) Empowerment Day in Dallas, Texas. More than 500 women have presented their products at this game-changing annual event where women receive personalized mentoring and support in face-to-face meetings with executive decision makers at Walmart, Hasbro, Spin Master, Play Monster, Jazwares, Basic Fun!, Wicked Cool Toys and Goliath Games.
At this year’s 8th Annual WIT Empowerment Day, held in collaboration with Walmart, more than 90 women entrepreneurs will pitch their products and ideas and benefit from feedback, advice and mentoring with industry leaders. This single mother, who sold her house to develop and launch Blinger, met with Walmart buyers and several toy companies at Empowerment Day, including Michael Rinzler, co-President of Wicked Cool Toys. Michael recalls, “The minute I met Angie, it felt electric. She was so passionate about her product. It’s fantastic that creators have this incredible opportunity to pitch their concepts and learn the in’s and out’s of the toy business.”After Empowerment Day, Angie signed a licensing deal with Wicked Cool Toys and in only a few months, Blinger was being manufactured. One year later, her product has landed on Walmart’s Top Rated by Kids Toy List, Amazon’s Top 100 Toy List, and is now available at all major US retailers including Target, Walmart and Amazon, in specialty stores including Claire’s and Justice, and is distributed in 35 countries.Past Empowerment Day mentors and speakers have included dozens of industry and entrepreneurial heavyweights, including Mark Cuban, billionaire business maverick and iconic serial entrepreneur, Melissa Bernstein, co-founder of an American manufacturer of children’s educational toys, Melissa & Doug, and Norma Rosenhain, founder and CEO of the global brand ideas and activation agency, Creata.

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Focused on building quality cancer care products

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 giugno 2019

Lugano, Switzerland, June 1, 2019 – Helsinn, the Swiss pharmaceutical group focused on building quality cancer care products, in conjunction with the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), today announces Allison Barz Leahy, MD, University of Pennsylvania, as the recipient of the Anna Braglia Endowed Young Investigator Award in Cancer Supportive Care for 2019.
Conquer Cancer’s Young Investigator Award (YIA) funds physicians who are in the final years of training to aid their transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment. The YIA is a one-year $50,000 grant that aims to promote quality research in clinical oncology.The recipient of this endowed YIA, Dr. Allison B. Leahy, received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate College of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Leahy is a recent alumna of the Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Research Training program managed by the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at CHOP and is currently finishing her thesis work for her Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Leahy’s clinical interests include investigating the benefits and barriers of using patient-reported symptom monitoring for children with cancer in an attempt to examine the impact of this type of monitoring on the quality of life, hospitalization rate and illness severity in childhood cancer. Dr. Leahy’s YIA project is entitled Symptom monitoring using patient-reported outcomes in newly diagnosed pediatric cancer patients.Established in 2016, the endowed YIA honors the life of Anna Braglia, the wife of Helsinn Group Founder and Chairman Gabriele Braglia and mother of Helsinn Group Vice Chairman and CEO Riccardo Braglia, who passed away in 2015. Helsinn endowed this award, which is part of Conquer Cancer’s ’s Grants and Award’s Program, to encourage more aspiring physicians to move into all areas of oncology by supporting them as they move from academia into research.Riccardo Braglia, Helsinn Group Vice Chairman and CEO, commented: “Dr. Allison Leahy is an exceptional candidate for this award. Her work on patient-reported outcomes in childhood cancer has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life for cancer care in children. At Helsinn, we strive to improve the standard of living for individuals with cancer. Dr. Leahy’s work aligns with our goals and visions to put the patient at the heart of the approach cancer care and we are delighted to be able to support her invaluable work. We wish Dr. Leahy the best with her project”
Helsinn is a privately-owned pharmaceutical group with an extensive portfolio of marketed cancer care products and a robust drug development pipeline. Since 1976, Helsinn has been improving the everyday lives of patients, guided by core family values of respect, integrity and quality. The Group works across pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and nutritional supplements and has expertise in research, development, manufacture and the commercialization of therapeutic and supportive care products for cancer, pain and inflammation and gastroenterology. In 2016, Helsinn created the Helsinn Investment Fund to support early-stage investment opportunities in areas of unmet patient need. The company is headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland, with operating subsidiaries in Switzerland, Ireland and the U.S., a representative office in China as well as a product presence in approximately 190 countries globally.

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Salem Church Products Acquires

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 luglio 2018

Salem Church Products, an online division of Salem Media Group (NASDAQ: SALM), has announced the acquisition of Children’s Ministry Deals offers a popular platform of creative and relevant Bible-based curriculum that meets the needs of children’s ministries in the local church.“ is an excellent source of quality Sunday School curriculum for churches,” said Bill Long, Vice President and General Manager of Salem Church Products. “We’re excited to add this fantastic resource to our growing portfolio of tools. This site complements our mission to help the local church raise a generation of children rooted in God’s word.”
“A strong need exists for engaging children’s ministry curriculum and we have been honored to fulfill that need,” said Nevan Hooker, founder of Children’s Ministry Deals. “I am excited to be passing the baton to Salem and am confident they will reach an even bigger audience.”Children’s Ministry Deals offers over 100 curriculum packages teaching about favorite Bible stories, allowing children’s pastors to find digital curriculum resources for Sunday School and kids ministry classes. Children’s Ministry Deals’ highly engaged customer base will be a welcome addition to the Salem family.
Salem Media Group is a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider and publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and conservative opinion content. The addition of Children’s Ministry Deals will complement Salem’s portfolio of sites for pastors and church leaders, including, the top worship media website providing resources for the creative church,, a popular resource for children’s worship media, as well as, a leading source for sermon outlines for pastors, and, an essential tool for church and ministry job seekers.

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Inthera premiata per la categoria “Business Products and Services”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 luglio 2018

Inthera, la data marketing company nata da Cemit e di recente acquisita dal Gruppo HCI, è stata premiata per la categoria “Business Products and Services” nell’edizione 2018 dei DMA Awards, la prestigiosa competizione tenuta ieri a Milano da DMA Italia (Association for Direct and Data Driven Marketing) per celebrare le migliori campagne di marketing ispirate dai dati.
Il riconoscimento è stato ottenuto con il progetto di inbound marketing omnicanale realizzato per Assistenza Casa, società di home servicing che fa parte di due grandi Gruppi: Edison e HomeServe, leader mondiale nell’assistenza per la casa da oltre 20 anni. “Abbiamo premiato la capacità di raccontare un servizio complesso e completamente nuovo per il mercato italiano, con un approccio fondato su dati e guidato da insight.” – questo il commento della giuria al momento della consegna del premio.Questo progetto è una testimonianza importante della capacità di raccogliere e interpretare i dati per conoscere gli interessi dei consumatori e creare per loro occasioni di relazione significative con i valori e servizi del brand Assistenza Casa.Al centro dell’attività il nuovo blog, arricchito da una strategia editoriale “data driven” e dalla partnership con il brand CasaFacile. Nell’ambito della strategia studiata da Inthera, il dato assume un ruolo importante, nella consapevolezza che promuovere contenuti costruiti sugli interessi delle persone produce maggiori risultati e permette di ottimizzare il budget pubblicitario. Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin e Youtube diffondono con cadenza quotidiana i contenuti istituzionali, di infotainment ed educational, creati per alimentare i blog e far conoscere i servizi di Assistenza Casa. Per amplificare i contenuti del blog, parte integrante del progetto è costituita da un media mix di DEM, SEO onsite, Link building, paid search e social ads. Inthera è la marketing company del Gruppo HCI nata per valorizzare la capacità dei dati di generare conoscenza e relazioni tra Brand e persone in maniera rilevante, misurabile e continuativa.Con un team di 60 professionisti in Direct e Digital marketing, Contenuti originali e Social & Digital PR, Inthera è un’azienda partner IAB, DMA e DNA con sedi a Segrate, Torino e Sassari.

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Nutrisystem to Present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2018 Consumer & Retail Technology Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 marzo 2018

Nutrisystem, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTRI), a leading provider of weight-management products and services including Nutrisystem® and South Beach Diet® brands, announced today that President and Chief Executive Officer Dawn Zier and Chief Financial Officer Michael Monahan will present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2018 Consumer & Retail Conference on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 1:50 p.m. ET. The conference is being held at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, NY.
The presentation will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of the Nutrisystem website at, and will be archived online through Friday, April 13, 2018.
Nutrisystem, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTRI) is a leader in the weight-loss industry, having helped millions of people lose weight over the course of more than 45 years. The Company’s multi-brand approach to weight loss includes multiple plans for 2018. For more information, go to and

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Pharma Security World 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 febbraio 2018

London, United Kingdom – March 20-21, 2018 The pharmaceutical industry has an array of duties of keeping up with technology and research as well as the unbridled counterfeit products that can thwart the efforts. The snide, intended to mimic the genuine products, have in many cases led to lack of effective healing, adverse reactions and now the diminishing confidence in medicines and the general healthcare systems and the providers of the same.
With sales ranging from 150 billion to 200 billion which is US$163 billion to $217 billion every year, as indicated by industry estimates, fake pharmaceuticals are the most lucrative segment of the worldwide exchange illicitly replicated merchandise. World Health Organization (WHO) approximates 30 percent of drugs that reach developing nations are counterfeit and this can have substantial effects for the brand as well as on the patients. Dealing in counterfeits is a criminal offence that not only harms legitimate businesses, but also leaves consumers with sub-standard goods that are often precarious.The US is driving the path with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) approved in 2013. DSCSA guide for end-to-end traceability is extended over a period of 10 years, with expectations sketched through out the supply chain. In the US, lot- level traceability started in January 2015 under the under the act with package-level serialization to be finished in November 2017. The complete supply chain is relied upon to be electronically incorporated and all hubs of traceability to be built up by November 2023. The E.U.’s Falsified Medicines Directive requires drug companies to adopt mass serialization and other anti-counterfeiting measures starting in 2019. Manufacturers who operate in the E.U. will have to add unique identification numbers to the outer packaging of all prescription drugs, and equip containers with tamperproof seals. To guide customers from illicit online drug stores that supply fake medications, the FMD requires approved legitimate Internet drug stores to show a logo distinguishing them as E.U. approved drug retailers.To protect your brand and build a genuine future, we invite you to Pharma Security World 2018 – An Anti-counterfeiting & Brand Safety Conference, which will have Pharma industry experts sharing various challenges faced, new strategies, case studies and use of innovative ideas and the conference will also offer opportunities to encourage partnerships and collaborations.

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ZOPO’s biggest milestone in 2017!

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 30 agosto 2017

ZOPO —Z5000 (PRNewsfoto/ZOPO)BERLIN,/PRNewswire/ CEO of ZOPO, Emma Liu, will be present to give keynote addresses at the conference. She will be attending the event to introduce to you our remarkable smartphone flagship, the Z5000 and the P5000. Together with the marketing team, she will present ZOPO’s new products from September 1st to September 3rd. If you are interested in attending our conference, you can find us at IFA Hall 7. 2C, Booth No 115.The new product conference’s theme is “coming back with more power”. ZOPO hopes to change the standard for modern smartphone power endurance by promoting power conservation in all its devices, without sacrificing the sleek appeal and cutting-edge technology found in the most current models. In a market where consumers are becoming increasingly numb to indistinguishable launches, ZOPO is redefining your expectation with the release of Z5000 and P5000. This is the first 18:9 smartphone with incredible full metal design. The two flagships will come with all necessary features and more. During the conference, we will also reveal to you our strategies for ZOPO brand. There are newly introduced user privacy mode and power management solutions. We will also provide a forum to interact with distributors who will represent ZOPO to the world. We would also wish to hear your thoughts about the company and any ideas on how we can forge ahead. (photo: zopo)

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Nordic Naturals® Receives Friend of the Sea Certification

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 giugno 2015

WatsonvilleCAWatsonville, CA (June 25th, 2015) – Nordic Naturals is pleased to be recognized with certification from Friend of the Sea (FOS), the international reference standard for producers of omega-3 fish oil. Nordic Naturals sources all of its fish from waters that are certified sustainable by FOS, and all omega-3 products are now FOS certified as well, a reflection of the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability.
This important certification verifies that Nordic Naturals complies with rigorous standards that ensure long-term, sustainable fish oil manufacturing. These criteria include:
Products are from fish stocks that are not overexploited
Fishing practices prevent bycatch of endangered species
Fishing practices reduce ecosystem impact
Manufacturing reflects energy efficiencies
Company practices include high standards for social accountability
According to Joar Opheim, Founder and CEO of Nordic Naturals, “Since our founding, we have been committed to the health of the oceans. Environmental stewardship is a core value for Nordic Naturals. Friend of the Sea certification is important for the environment, our company, and the confidence of our customers.”
Friend of the Sea is an internationally recognized, non-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to conserve the global marine habitat. FOS operates leading certification projects, which verify the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture, as well as fish and omega-3 fish oil products. Over 450 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainability of their seafood origins.
Founded in 1995, Nordic Naturals is celebrating 20 years of revolutionizing omega-3s—pioneering a new definition of fish oil as it relates to purity, freshness, taste, and dosage. Based in Watsonville, CA, the company also offers complementary nutrients essential to health. Their portfolio, which is distributed to over 35 countries, includes more than 200 products in a variety of flavors and formulations for adults, kids, athletes, and pets. Family owned, Nordic Naturals works passionately to see generations of healthier, happier people around the world—and they’re just getting started.

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Business Travel: Significant Restructuring Underway to Achieve Convergence of Fleet and Travel Management Functions

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 aprile 2015

martinLondon, UK Online webinar 3:00 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, 21st April, 2015SPEAKERS: Frost & Sullivan Industry Principal Mobility, Martyn Briggs as well as Consulting Director, Graeme Banister. The corporate mobility market is witnessing a shift in products and services being provided to business travellers and the way in which companies set up their mobility administration. Organizations are realigning their fleet and travel management processes, and adopting new integrated technology solutions to combine new functions alongside travel and expense management functions.In line with those developments the mobility team at Frost & Sullivan has undertaken a two-phased detailed customer survey on latest trends in the corporate mobility space and will present key findings during its upcoming analyst briefing “The Future of Corporate Mobility – Will Fleet and Travel Management Functions Converge?” The complimentary online briefing will take place on Tuesday, 21st April 2015, at 3:00 pm GMT.

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28 Revolutionary Enterprise and Consumer Technology Showcased at the first ever Techcircle DEMO India 2013

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 marzo 2013

Bangalore, India, /PRNewswire/ India’s first ever Techcircle DEMO India 2013, comes to an end with the unveiling of 28 revolutionary innovations by start-ups’. In the absence of a flashy verbose presentation, companies across consumer and enterprise technology categories were given six minutes to launch their products to investors and potential partners while truly demonstrating how their product will bring about a change in the market. The conference included 5 panel discussions with industry mentors on consumer, enterprise, mobile, building blue-chip product technology companies from India and developing world class product management, which were informative for all startup companies present at the event. The start-ups’ that launched interesting products were Tripstor, Citruspay, Cofferce, dMACQ, Travelsurf, Qualatia Software, Quickstudy, Canvera, Khemeia, Moxtra, MoEGIS, WebMobi, Relona, SysCloudSoft Private Limited, Tarnea Smartmile, Game, Your Video, Little Eye Labs, AVIT, Appacitive, VIKI, CircleItUp, Bizgain, DeltaX, AppSurfer, myPNR by iXiGO, Makemytrip, Zoom and Socoto. The Techcircle DEMO India 2013 was a perfect environment to launch, showcase, network and research while forming meaningful and strategic relationships. Investors and potential partners got a detailed look at the latest trend-setting technologies. The evening concluded with People’s Choice Awards for the most innovative technology product by open voting. Game Your Video from Udupi won the Techcircle DEMO India’s People’s Choice Awards. This startup, through its unique concept and magical one tap features, re-imagines the way people create/edit and share videos on mobiles. Game Your Video as a social video app takes sharing experience to the next level, creating the possibility of videos being close to mainstream as photos. As quoted by Mr. Rahul Khanna, MD, Canaan Partners, “DEMO is a global platform for all the companies to showcase their innovations. Forums at Techcircle DEMO raised the right questions to the right people to build the next billion dollar company. At Canaan, we believe that the next decade of entrepreneurship requires us to take a radically different approach to supporting the ecosystem. With time, we want to build a platform that catalyses’ the startup ecosystem on an interactive platform to learn, share and grow.”
The VCCircle Network, founded in 2005, is India’s leading online financial media and information services group. It owns business news websites and, and financial data platform VCCEdge. The network is owned by Mosaic Media Ventures Pvt Ltd, and is headquartered in New Delhi with offices in Mumbai and Bangalore., a news website launched in February 2011, is dedicated to covering the Indian technology startup ecosystem – such as tech startups, the people behind the companies, innovations, the products, strategies and the financing.

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Allergan Launches First EU Public Awareness & Education Campaign on the Importance of Quality in Medical Aesthetics

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 Mag 2012

Marlow, England, (PRNewswire) Allergan today announces the European launch of their landmark public awareness and education initiative highlighting the importance of quality in medical aesthetics. In the aftermath of the recent Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) breast implant scandal, consumers and healthcare practitioners have taken an increased interest in manufacturing standards and product safety within the medical aesthetics industry. As the leading manufacturer of breast implants and facial injectable products, Allergan has taken the initiative to develop this first-of-its-kind communications campaign designed to educate both consumers and healthcare practitioners about the importance of quality when making choices in medical aesthetics. The ‘Quality is Key’ campaign will be rolled out across eight European countries, with the aim of guiding over 150,000 conversations between consumers interested in medical aesthetics procedures and their healthcare practitioner.The ‘Quality is Key’ campaign consists of a variety of tools and resources for consumers interested in medical aesthetics, including five key questions to drive informed conversations with healthcare practitioners. By seeking answers to these questions from their chosen consultant, patients can feel more confident that they are choosing the best quality procedures and products. Simultaneously, Allergan are working with healthcare practitioners across Europe to provide them with the facts, information and tools they need to confidently address patients’ concerns.Dr Nigel Mercer, former President of BAAPS (The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) says “I believe this campaign has come at a crucial time, and I strongly feel that a good quality consultation is the foundation of every successful medical aesthetic procedure. The tools being put together for this campaign are a welcome aid to help patients ask the right questions of their healthcare practitioner are better able to have a meaningful conversation about so that together they can make a confident, informed choice.”
Allergan, along with experts from the medical aesthetics industry, have prepared five questions that are designed to highlight whether a company producing medical aesthetics products is committed to quality. These questions have been structured to help a consumer understand more about the products and how they are manufactured, what sort of investment the company has made to understanding these products, and what level of commitment the company has to quality control, as well as research and development.

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Export Exchange 2012 Set for Minneapolis

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 ottobre 2011


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Washington, D.C.The U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association are pleased to announce dates for the Export Exchange 2012, an international trade conference focused on the export of U.S. coarse grains and co-products, including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten. The conference and exhibition will be held Oct. 22-24, 2012, at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center. The Export Exchange is uniquely focused on connecting international buyers of U.S. coarse grains and DDGS with U.S. producers, suppliers and exporters. This event will bring together international buyers and end-users of U.S. DDGS and coarse grains with U.S. producers and agribusinesses. U.S. grain farmers and ethanol producers continue to reap benefits from last year’s highly successful meeting in Chicago. Sales negotiations were conducted at the conference and confidentiality was respected, yet one Taiwanese team announced a purchase of $2.6 million in DDGS at the conference. Further discussions and contacts also led to one of Morocco’s largest feed milling operations buying U.S. DDGS directly from a Midwestern ethanol plant. The plant representative ensured specific transportation for his buyer and since the initial transaction in October, the Moroccan company has purchased three additional vessels, each carrying 12,000-15,000 metric tons of U.S. DDGS. Purchases like these are a direct result of U.S. farmer-funded programs and events.“The Export Exchange series is an invaluable opportunity to foster greater understanding and establish new market opportunities for ethanol feed products,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen.Additional information regarding the Export Exchange 2012 will be posted at as it develops. Contact USGC membership coordinator Lyndsey Erb-Sharkey at to be added to a mailing list to automatically receive conference updates.
The U.S. Grains Council is a private, non-profit partnership of farmers and agribusinesses committed to building and expanding international markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum and their products. The Council is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 10 international offices that oversee programs in more than 50 countries. Financial support from our private industry members, including state checkoffs, agribusinesses, state entities and others, triggers federal matching funds from the USDA resulting in a combined program value of more than $28.3 million.

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Strategic marketing of high-tech products

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 Mag 2010

Shanghai. What drives consumer behavior with products like iPad and iPhone? What determines success and failure in hi-tech industries? How can marketers select creative strategies in an environment of continuous technological progress and a global market place  Dr. Jehiel Zif, a professor at the Hult International Business School in Boston, will lead a seminar in Shanghai on May 15 explaining these issues. By examining cases of new high-tech products and how they were marketed, Dr.Zif will clarify the process of marketing. “We have some understanding why some high tech products succeed and others fail,” said Dr. Zif. “Strategic marketing can make a difference.” The Shanghai seminar follows on the heels of a four-city Asian lecture tour last February by Hult professors Dr. Hitendra Patel and Joel Litman, which drew over 500 attendees. Hult has seen a huge increase in applications this year; in the last three months alone, Hult has met with over 2,500 candidates interested in studying for MBA and Master’s degrees at one of Hult’s five global campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, and Shanghai.  “The global nature of the academic program we offer is both unique and practical,” said Hult President Dr. Stephen Hodges. “Business leaders of the future can benefit from the international grounding that a Hult education provides.” Dr. Zif is on the faculty of Samat Business School in Israel and Hult International Business School in Boston. For many years he was a member of the faculty of Tel-Aviv University. He holds an engineering degree from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and an MBA and PhD from New York University. Professor Zif has twenty years experience in marketing and management consulting. Previously he was president of a start-up firm in Boston in the field of educational simulations.
Hult International Business School (formerly known as the Arthur D. Little School of Management) is the first global business school with operations in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, and Shanghai. The school offers a range of business-focused programs including MBA, Masters, and Undergraduate degrees. Hult is ranked 5th for International Mobility and 6th for International Business by the Financial Times, and is among the Top 50 best business schools in the world and Top 25 in the U.S. by the Economist. The school is a fully accredited member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of MBAs.

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To lower cost to market for new products

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 settembre 2009

London With the automotive industry facing unprecedented pressure to lower cost and reduce time to market for new products, open source can provide a compelling solution. GENIVI is a non-profit industry alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform using open source. Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Vishnu Muralidharan spoke recently with GENIVI President Graham Smethurst about the company’s unique vision and possible impact on the automotive industry. GENIVI was created to establish a platform that meets the requirements of a broad base of OEMs and first tier companies in order to capitalize on the volume effect while delivering a solution that does not have a single point dependency in the whole of the solution stack.  GENIVI 1 will be launched before the end of this year and will provide the basis for companies like BMW, GM or PSA to initiate their product development.
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Australian franchise

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 8 settembre 2009

Australian franchisor, Howards Storage World has plans to open more than 500 stores across Europe within the next 10 years, as part of its global expansion program. The retailer has already confirmed 205 stores will open in 10 countries in Europe including Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, The Netherlands, Brussels, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, following the signing of four master franchise agreements covering the regions of Ireland, the UK, Benelux and Scandinavia. Howards Storage World has its sights set on other European markets including France, Germany and Italy. “We plan to organise the world, one country at a time,” said CEO of Howards Storage World, Dirk Spence. Howards Storage World is synonymous with ‘organised living’, with the retailer specialising in innovative products and clever solutions that improve storage in the home. In October this year, two Howards Storage World stores will open in Europe following the success of the first European stores in Spain & Ireland. On 3rd October 2009, the first of 80 stores proposed for the Benelux region will open in Waterloo. This will be followed by a new store in Edinburgh, Scotland on 24th October 2009. Dirk Spence will visit both of these new store locations in late October and will also host a one day introductory program in Waterloo on 27th October, for parties who are interested in knowing more about the opportunity of owning a Howards Storage World Master Franchise. Whilst in Europe, Dirk will also meet with potential master franchisees, inspect proposed store locations and address events in Brussels and London. Howards Storage World Master Franchises have been granted in New Zealand, Spain, Singapore, the Middle East (GCC Territories), Philippines, Ireland, UK, Benelux (Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg) and Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark).

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Canon acquires 17% stake in I.R.I.S. Group

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 luglio 2009

Louvain-la-Neuve  I.R.I.S. Group, listed on EURONEXT Brussels and specialised in Intelligent Document Recognition , in electronic Document, Content and Process Management and in optimised IT infrastructure, announces that Canon, via its subsidiary Canon Europa NV, world-leader in imaging solutions, has acquired a 17% stake (314,790 shares) in the group for approximately €22 million.  The stake now held by Canon includes I.R.I.S. Group shares previously held by Sofinim NV (a subsidiary of Ackermans & van Haaren NV – AvH), Compagnie à Nationale de Portefeuille SA (CNP), and approximately 60% of the I.R.I.S shares which were held by Pierre De Muelenaere and Etienne Van de Kerckhove, who will remain the co-CEOs of the I.R.I.S. Group.  Two directors from Canon will join the I.R.I.S Group board, replacing the two directors currently representing AvH and CNP. The two existing independent directors will remain in place and a new third independent director will also be appointed. Canon is committed to developing its existing business partnership with I.R.I.S. on an EMEA basis, in the area of products and solutions sales. Such as providing its customers with an expanded portfolio of solutions for large volume scanning and indexing, document compression and OCR (optical character recognition), invoice recognition, digital mailroom, forms and free forms extraction. In addition, Canon is also interested in the expertise of I.R.I.S in large scale ECM solutions projects, particularly in pan European accounts.
I.R.I.S.’ mission is to increase our customers’ productivity and knowledge through helping them better manage their documents, data and information. I.R.I.S. Products & Technologies develops technologies and products for Intelligent Document Recognition and markets its portfolio on a worldwide basis through strong partnerships.I.R.I.S. Professional Solutions enables companies and administrations to find in one company the innovative expertise and hi-tech solutions to efficiently manage documents, information flows and IT infrastructure.In 2008, the revenue of I.R.I.S. Group was 109.325.772 €. I.R.I.S. has more than 600 employees based in Louvain-la-Neuve, Brussels and Antwerp (Belgium), Orly (France), Windhof (Luxemburg), Amsterdam and Maastricht (The Netherlands), Aachen (Germany), Delray Beach (USA), Hong-Kong (China) and Oslo (Norway).
Canon Europe is a subsidiary of Canon Inc. of Japan, a world-leading innovator and provider of imaging solutions for individuals and businesses. The main business focus for Canon Europe is in two clearly defined markets: Business Solutions (developing IT products, solutions and services for the office and professional print environments) and Consumer Imaging (photo, video, printers, scanners, fax machines and multifunction devices). Canon Europe also provides Industrial Products including broadcast lenses, semiconductor and medical equipment. Canon Europe employs over 11,000 people across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

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First guidelines on indoor air quality

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 luglio 2009

To day, WHO publishes its first guidelines on indoor air quality, addressing dampness and mould (. They are the result of a rigorous two-year review of the currently available science by 36 leading experts worldwide, coordinated by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The authors conclude that occupants of damp or mouldy buildings, both private and public, have up to a 75% greater risk of respiratory symptoms and asthma. The guidelines recommend the prevention or remediation of dampness- and mould-related problems to significantly reduce harm to health. The book is the first in a series of WHO guidelines on indoor air quality. They are intended for worldwide use, to protect health under various environmental, social and economic conditions. Future publications addressing selected chemicals and combustion products are being prepared. Together, the guidelines will comprise the first-ever comprehensive evidence-based recommendations to tackle indoor air pollution, one of the major causes of death and disease worldwide. Globally, about 1.5 million deaths each year, mostly among women and children in developing countries, are associated with the indoor combustion of solid fuels. In the European Union (EU) alone, combustion, chemicals from building materials and dampness cause an annual loss of over 2 million years of healthy life due to premature death or to chronic diseases, such as asthma and cardiovascular diseases.  In many EU countries, 20–30% of households have problems with dampness. Strong evidence indicates that this is a risk to health. In damp conditions, hundreds of species of bacteria and fungi grow indoors and emit spores, cell fragments and chemicals into the air. Exposure to these contaminants is associated with the incidence or worsening of respiratory symptoms, allergies, asthma and immunological reactions. Children are particularly susceptible. According to recent evidence, 13% of childhood asthma in developed countries in the WHO European Region could be attributable to damp housing. Knowledge of indoor air pollutants is the key to enabling action to prevent related health effects and maintain clean air. Many of these actions are beyond the power of individual building users and occupants, and must be taken by public authorities. The guidelines recommend measures to ensure that buildings are well designed, constructed and maintained, and to make adequate housing and occupancy policies. Building owners are responsible for providing healthy workplaces or living environments, free of moisture and mould, by ensuring adequate insulation. Occupants are responsible for managing the use of water, heating and ventilation to avoid excess humidity. (

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African can Lose the African Growth and Opportunity Act

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 giugno 2009

Washington, DC- U.S. African Chamber of Commerce Said that African can Lose the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) if not Better Organized. The staff of the Senate Finance Committee late last week continued its apparent preparation for a bill altering U.S. preference programs by discussing their importance and possible program changes with officials from Colombia, India, Brazil and Kenya, according to informed sources. In the June 19 meeting, officials from these countries provided insights into different aspects of the programs, under which the United States provides duty-free access to developing countries’ exports, sources said. They were asked for their views on the importance of these programs for their respective economies, and for their development, but also about the potential impact of graduating products from the duty free access provided by the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), these sources said. The official representing Brazil made a PowerPoint presentation which showed that the percentage of exports from Brazil benefitting from GSP have fluctuated over the past 10 years from 16 to 9 percent. He told the staff that the Brazilian private sector believes these fluctuations are being caused by the uncertainty of the reauthorization of GSP. He also emphasized the importance of GSP for the development of two poor regions of Brazil, but conceded there are no hard data to show the exact impact, according to sources. The Brazilian official also made the case that whenever Brazilian products were graduated from the GSP because they met the competitiveness threshold, they lost their footing in the U.S. market and were replaced by products from China or developed countries. He also argued that it would be a mistake to graduate products from GSP because they are not import-sensitive and 50 percent of the GSP imports are the result of intra-company trade between U.S. companies and their foreign subsidiaries. In the meeting, India was also asked to comment on the issue of graduating products from the GSP, sources said. Graduating products from India and Brazil from the GSP has been an important issue for Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA). Last week, Grassley said there should be a “clear policy” for graduating advanced developing countries from the GSP, and said the benefits of the program should be spread more evenly between the more than 130 countries that currently receive GSP trade benefits. In the June 19 meeting, the representative of Colombia focused on the importance of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act in terms of job creation and exports from that country, but also emphasized that a temporary program is less attractive than the permanent market access that would be provided through the free trade agreement that the U.S. and Colombia have negotiated, according to informed sources. The Colombian official also emphasized that even if that FTA were passed this year, Colombia would still need the APTDEA preferences until the FTA were implemented, according to these sources. The official did not address whether the ATPDEA should continue once the FTA is implemented, which is the case with the Peru FTA. This allows Peru to take advantage of rules of origin for apparel that are more favorable than those under the FTA. The ATPDEA is now scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2009, and Congress is expected to debate possible reforms to that program and the GSP this year. But congressional aides and other observers say they do not expect reform legislation to pass this year. Kenya is a beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and its representative requested that the AGOA preferences be extended at least 10 years beyond 2015 during the meeting with Finance staff. He also told the Finance briefing that preference programs should not be extended uniformly to all least-developed countries, since it would give them an unfair advantage over AGOA countries, particularly in terms of apparel exports to the U.S., according to a Kenyan official. He cited as such competitors Cambodia, Bangladesh and even some African countries, the official said. African countries often have higher production costs, due to factors such as infrastructure and supply-side capacities, than countries such as Bangladesh, the official said. These demands run counter to a proposal by an informal group of business associations and non-governmental organizations that want to create one preference program in the United States, with a more generous level of benefits for the world’s poorest nations, and GSP like benefits for developing countries. That proposal also foresees special treatment of AGOA countries through rules of origin and targeted capacity building. But in order for it to be considered a viable option by policymakers, it has to have the support of AGOA countries (Inside U.S. Trade, April 10 & April 24). The Finance Committee staff examination of preference programs is taking place at the request of Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), and has taken place over a number of weeks involving various stakeholders (Inside U.S. Trade, June 19). That process may lead to the introduction of a preference reform bill, if only to stimulate discussion on the issue for next year, sources said. Grassley last week said he would discuss his concrete ideas for preference reform in the summer with Baucus, and that the driver for such a bill should be changes to the GSP. In the House, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) has held off on introducing his version of a preference reform bill because he said he is now focused on the issues of climate change and health care reform. Ways and Means has discussed the possibility of a hearing on preference reform sometime this year.  The USACC is the leading advocacy organization for U.S. African relations and emerging African markets.  The USACC is the umbrella organization for African chambers of commerce and professional trade and business associations throughout the United States and abroad. (from Martin Mohammed

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