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Mirakl & Havas Announce Global Partnership

Paris & Boston: Today, Mirakl – the pioneering and leading SaaS solution to empower businesses in their digital transformation through platform innovation – and Havas – one of the world's largest global communications networks – announced a unique global partnership to accelerate eCommerce and retail media growth. Harnessing the synergies of both organizations' clients and partners, this partnership will create the most powerful independent retail media network for brands and retailers, leveraging Mirakl's unique AI-powered advertising technology optimized for marketplaces and eCommerce. This partnership will also make Mirakl's suite of solutions seamlessly available to Havas clients to sell on Mirakl-powered Marketplaces and position Mirakl as a strategic partner to help Havas clients launch and grow their marketplace.Retail media allows retailers to monetize the 97% of website visitors that do not convert to sales – unlocking a new source of revenue and profitability that is expected to reach a value of over $160 billion globally by 2027. This global partnership gives Mirakl and Havas clients the tools to take advantage of this highly profitable opportunity by uniting Mirakl's award-winning technology suite of solutions with the expertise of Havas' full-service eCommerce offering, Havas Market. Mirakl Ads is the only retail-first, marketplace-ready ads solution also optimized for eCommerce. It brings together unique AI-powered technology with a powerful international network of fully integrated clients and sellers, representing nearly 1.3 billion monthly website visits across Mirakl's top 200 clients alone.The new brand-agnostic platform will allow retailers to easily monetize their audiences, and will empower brands to optimize their digital advertising spend on eCommerce websites without compromising their data. By natively embedding this new solution in the Mirakl suite, 400+ companies around the world will have access to Mirakl Ads in all formats – from banners to sponsored search – that have been designed to create engaging, enhanced experiences for customers.In addition, brands supported by Havas Market will have seamless and dedicated access to the 400+ marketplaces powered by Mirakl through Mirakl Connect. The suite of flexible onboarding solutions and the tools developed by Mirakl Connect will help these brands to easily manage and accelerate their eCommerce strategy on multiple Mirakl-powered marketplaces.In turn, Mirakl will be a partner of choice for Havas in helping to launch and grow marketplaces among its network of clients through a joint offer.Since 2012, Mirakl has been powering the platforms of more than 400 of the most trusted B2B & B2C companies, generating over $6bn in Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) in 2022. With an ecosystem of 65,000 third-party sellers selected for their quality and performance, Mirakl supports market leaders across all sectors, including Leroy Merlin, B&Q, Auchan, Catch, Decathlon, Macy's, Madewell, NBCUniversal and Galeries Lafayette, to launch, operate and grow their platforms in more than 40 countries.Since launching in 2020, Havas Market, a strategic full-service eCommerce offering, has grown to over 200 eCommerce consultants and 500+ retail media experts servicing a vast range of industries across more than 23 countries. The offering saw triple-digit growth in new business in the first half of 2023, with new appointments and projects for 80+ brands, entering new markets including Brazil, Argentina, Poland, Sweden, and Hong Kong."With Havas Market we're committed to taking a holistic, customer-centric view of our clients' businesses to find the best solutions to create meaningful shopping experiences for consumers and drive incremental revenue for brands across all sales channels. Enabling our clients' retail transformation requires partnering with the leading providers in the industry, and with Mirakl we're building a truly synergistic offering that will deliver growth for both our clients and our organizations," shared Yannick Bolloré, Chairman and CEO of Havas."B2B and B2C companies have no other choice but to further digitize their activities. Platform models such as marketplaces and dropship as well as Retail Media are among the strongest levers to generate new sources of growth and profitability. By joining forces with Havas, we will together accelerate the adoption of the platform models at a global scale for the benefits of Consumers, Operators and Third-party sellers. The strength of the network and the expertise of Havas and Mirakl combined will create a global leader in Retail Media extending the value creation for our common customers," said Philippe Corrot, co-CEO & cofounder of Mirakl.
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GACA issues license to CJ Logistics for e-commerce GDC in Saudi

Riyadh: The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in Saudi Arabia has today signed an agreement with CJ Logistics to build a dedicated e-Commerce Global Distribution Center at Riyadh Integrated the Kingdom’s first Special Integrated Logistics Zone by 2024.CJ Logistics, a leading provider of logistics solutions worldwide, will build a Global Distribution Center at Riyadh’s Special Integrated Logistics Zone by 2024. The proposed facility is a state-of-the-art logistics center with a gross floor area of 18,000 square meters and a daily throughput capacity of 15,000 boxes. It will serve as a forwarding base and hub for logistics in the region, connecting the Middle East, Africa and Europe.CJ Logistics recently signed an eight-year long-term contract with iHub before establishing the Global Distribution Center. The new Center will offer international delivery of iHerb products to the Middle East, one of the largest online retailers for health and wellness products.Commenting on the issuance of the license, GACA President Al Duailej said:“On behalf of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, I am delighted to be issuing CJ Logistics with a license to operate today, which marks an important milestone for Riyadh Integrated - Saudi Arabia’s Special Integrated Logistics Zone. We look forward to CJ Logistics having a strong presence in the Kingdom, with this Global Distribution Center being their main hub in the region.“Riyadh Integrated is a testimony to the Saudi Aviation Strategy under Vision 2030, positioning the Kingdom as a global logistics hub connecting three continents to the Kingdom as our logistics sector is transformed.                                  “As a vital enabler for Saudi Arabia’s logistics sector, the Special Integrated Logistics Zone will strengthen Saudi Arabia’s position as the largest, fastest growing market and leading strategic trading nation in the Middle East and continue Vision 2030’s mission to connect the Kingdom to the world.”Kang Sin-ho, CEO of CJ Logistics, added:“The Saudi e-commerce market has the richest growth potential in the Middle East and the geographical advantage of connecting Africa, Middle East and Europe."We will spare no support for state-of-the-art logistics technology and infrastructure so that the GDC can become a logistics hub that leads the Middle East e-commerce market."The Special Integrated Logistics Zone was launched in October 2022 in Riyadh by HE the Minister of Transport & Logistics and the General Authority for Civil Aviation. The Zone is truly integrated, with a value proposition that has been developed alongside its first batch of investors.The strategically located Special Integrated Logistics Zone will serve billions of potential customers in easy reach in Africa, Asia and Europe and help to significantly increase Saudi’s cargo capacity to more than 4.5 million tons per annum. It will also strengthen Saudi Arabia’s competitive position as the largest, fastest growing and leading trading nation in the Middle East, continuing Vision 2030’s mission to connect the Kingdom to the world.As part of the wider transformation of the Kingdom’s logistics sector, by 2030 Saudi Arabia is significantly increasing its cargo capacity to more than 4.5 million tons per annum and increasing the contribution of the transport and logistics sector to national gross domestic product from the current six per cent to 10 per cent. This will help to fuel business growth, attract inward investment, and increase the sector’s non-oil revenues to about SR 45 billion ($12 billion) a year by 2030.
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INDEX Conferences to probe technology’s impact on design & retail leadership

Dubai: The impact of technology on the transformation of the architecture, design and retail sectors will be explored in two mainline conferences taking place at INDEX 2023, in Dubai next month – the ultimate meeting place for the interior design and fit-out industries.The show’s Design Talks and Retail Leadership Forum will gather experts who are driving the future of the sectors where AI, the Metaverse, data analytics and e-commerce are transforming every facet of the industries, including talent nurturing and recruitment, logistics, design processes, customer engagement, and inventory management.“Our conferences are essential to all working in industries which face operational and supply changes which could ultimately lead to business success or failure,” commented Elaine O’Connell, Vice President Design & Leisure of dmg events, the organisers of INDEX which will run at the Dubai World Trade Centre from May 23-25. “INDEX will host a series of open and lively discussions where delegates can absorb inspiring insights from the industries’ most prominent movers and shakers, including renowned regional architects, creative thinkers, and leading retail operators.”The INDEX Design Talks, sponsored by Geberit, Cosentino, Presto, and Kohler, will touch on the transformative impact of technology as sector trendsetter Firas Alsahin, Co-Founder and Design Director at 4space, will address essential issues including ‘The Revolution Impact of AI on the Architecture and Interior Design Process."Artificial intelligence is transforming the way we approach design, from enhancing our creativity to revolutionizing the way we construct and inhabit our physical and digital spaces. As we explore the potential of AI and the metaverse, we have the opportunity to create a new era of design that is both more efficient and more visionary" said Alsahin.Also on the agenda will be scrutiny of the design industry’s role in assisting the attainment of sustainability goals. It’s an issue that, Esra Lemmens, Founder of The Esra Lemmens Agency and Chairperson of Design Talks, says is vital to the industry’s own survival and reputation.“Design for Environment—it’s exactly as it sounds. Architects and designers are designing new products with greater responsibility keeping the environment in mind. The process starts with simply asking questions, lots of questions. What renewable materials could designers use in this project? How can they avoid creating a lot of waste? How can we reduce the carbon footprint, how can we do better and make sure our planet sustains for the generations to come?“Throughout the Middle East, nations have been laying out their net zero and sustainability goals, and it is up to all in the design sector to respond responsibly. Designers have to pose important questions, including how they can ensure their products perform well without exhausting resources and that those products can stand the test of time in terms of both functionality and aesthetics,” commented, Esra Lemmens.The Talks will also feature dedicated sessions investigating ways of inspiring young Emirati talent in the design sector and present the work of the Top 10 projects of the INDEX student competition, which saw young talent win internships with the region’s leading design houses.New to INDEX this year, is the Stones and Surfaces Summit. Sponsored by Asian Paints Berger and tailor made to discover the vital role of stones, surfaces and paints in contemporary design and architecture. The Summit will focus on key topics including - Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring vs Luxury Vinyl Tiles, Stone and Surface Applications in Interior Design, Trends in Surface Design and more.Meanwhile, the Retail Leadership Forum will bring into focus current consumer trends, logistics strategies, and procurement techniques to help industry go-getters improve their business tactics and boost profitability. The Forum will see the biggest industry names join in discussions around furniture trends and retail design for furniture stores, the role of digital marketing and e-commerce in enhancing sales and the customer experience, as well as long-term customer loyalty.“The retail industry is at a crossroads when it is facing key challenges of staff recruitment and retention, shifting consumer behaviour, rising data security threats, and the blurring of lines between physical and digital online shopping,” explained keynote speaker Dr. Ali Hammoud, CEO, Midas Furniture “The Retail leadership Forum will give delegates the opportunity to gain insights which will enable them to better navigate these issues to ensure the sector is capable of transforming challenges into opportunities.”
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Telr Payment Gateway a Bronze Sponsor at Dubai FinTech Summit 2023

Dubai: Telr, the award-winning online payment gateway, has announced its participation in the Dubai FinTech Summit 2023 as a Bronze Sponsor, which will take place on May 8-9, 2023, at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. Telr will showcase its latest advanced payment services and methods as part of the event.The summit, organized by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), is a platform for thought leaders and industry experts to discuss the most pressing challenges and technological advancements in the financial services sector. Telr's participation as a Bronze Sponsor is a testament to its commitment to innovation and its mission of enabling customers to go cashless and digitize how they accept payments.Khalil Alami, Founder, and CEO of Telr, expressed his enthusiasm about participating in the Dubai FinTech Summit 2023, stating that "Dubai is one of the world's top FinTech hubs, and we are thrilled to be part of that. At Telr, we constantly strive to innovate and offer our customers the most advanced and secure payment solutions." Alami added, "We are looking forward towards engaging with a diverse pool of fintech players and forming new partnerships at the Dubai FinTech Summit 2023."Telr's team will be at booth B2, interacting with consumers and demonstrating how Telr's one-stop-shop mindset provides comprehensive solutions for the e-commerce world. Their solutions include payment links, QR Codes payments, digital invoicing, Buy Now Pay Later service (BNPL), a merchant financing program, and an easy-to-use tool called Telr shops for creating an online store in five minutes.With a mission that entails contributing towards the transition to digital payments and achieving a cashless society, Telr continues to be at the forefront of the UAE's FinTech sector, providing its customers with access to over 120 currencies and 30 languages with the highest level of security.
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Botim becomes the world’s first “Ultra app”

Dubai: Astra Tech (Astra), the leading consumer technology holding group in MENA, has announced the launch of Botim 3.0, the world's first "Ultra app”. The term “Ultra App” has been coined to distinguish the platform from the crowded super app space. The platform aims to become an all-inclusive digital platform for its users by incubating fintech, e-commerce, GPT, and communications into a single user experience.Botim is a powerful digital tool meant to ease every user's life through access to services such as Botim Money for peer-to-peer transactions and international transfers, Botim Stores with access to 100,000+ stores including, and advanced video services such as tutoring and telemedicine later this year. Botim 3.0 is available to users around the world providing the world’s only seamless and open access to communicate and transact to and from the MENA region.The Ultra platform differs from super platforms in that it is built on top of a more frequently used case, communication, which eliminates the need for users to learn new behaviors to adapt to the platform. Through communication, many other services are enabled, leading to very high adoption rates from users.Abdallah Abu Sheikh, Co-Founder and CEO of Astra Tech, Botim’s parent company, stated: “The app space has become overcrowded over the past few years, with many platforms that are now causing a serious case of app noise and fatigue to users. We believe that a chat-based approach to offer all our services, on top of BOTIM, will provide users of all backgrounds and demographics with a single access point to the services they need, making our services inclusive and scalable.”BOTIM launched its first fintech service and the world's first in-chat international money transfer a few weeks ago with tremendous success in the UAE, India, and the Philippines, changing the remittance landscape regionally and showcasing the power of the Ultra platform. With millions of users now able to transfer money easily and securely, BOTIM is revolutionizing how people manage their finances. BOTIM is now expanding its financial services through its sister company, PayBy, to offer a fully integrated wallet that includes peer-to-peer, payments, and personal financial solutions. With licenses from the Central Bank-UAE and the largest user base in the region, BOTIM is cementing its position as a leading financial technology platform.BOTIM continues to demonstrate its innovative approach and establish itself as a top technology player by introducing the world's first executional Arabic GPT. This groundbreaking system will enable users to easily execute a wide range of tasks within the Botim ecosystem, including booking airline tickets, ordering coffee, initiating international money transfers, scheduling tutoring sessions, sending meeting invites, and more. With a global user base of over 150 million, BOTIM's executional Arabic GPT will redefine how people access and use digital services.Astra Tech holds the position of being the region's largest platform by number of users and amount of transactions. Its unrivaled technical capabilities are a direct result of its strategic acquisitions of some of the region's most important tech, communications, and e-commerce companies. The company continues to launch new innovative and cutting-edge solutions in its ambition to consolidate the consumer space under one platform.
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Cultos Global launches Web3 rewards platform

Dubai: Cultos Global Inc (Est. with HQ in Dubai) has been established to scale up the global operations for its web3 rewards platform, where customers can launch branded tokens to incentivize their customers, fans or followers to drive various actions. Cultos provides custodial wallets, NFT minting and liquidity off-ramps for branded tokens through API or e-commerce integrations.Cultos cuts across segments and works with partners and businesses in Retail, Automotive, and Hospitality segments to support business growth objectives from customer acquisition, engagement and retention, thus enabling the full end to end customer journey. Mr Pavan Govindan - currently an Advisor at Cultos US Inc will take over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cultos Global Inc. Pavan brings 15+ years of experience and has been a Product Leader in his previous roles working in Bosch, Suzuki Digital and running different successful entrepreneurial ventures. Joining him in the leadership of Cultos Global Inc. is Mr Adib Samara who will assume the role of Chief Business & Marketing Officer (CBO and CMO). Adib has supported the growth of several notable UAE startups such as Swapp, SugarMoo Desserts and Laundrybox. Prior to that, he was the CMO at Sweetheart Kitchen, a subsidiary of Delivery Hero, and the Director of Business Development & Head of Partnerships at Careem, a UAE-based Startup that sold to Uber for 3.1 Billion USD. He has been a mentor at Techstars and is currently a consultant for Alpha Wave Incubation (AWI), a fund under Abu Dhabi’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, ADQ. Completing the leadership team and the Board will be Mr Andrew Yang, the Founder & CEO  of Cultos Inc US, recognized for being one of Forbes 30 under 30
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Etisalat by e& launches new business post paid plans with productivity tools

Dubai:  etisalat by e& today announced the revamp of its business mobile plans to meet customers' evolving needs in the changing business ecosystem with more data and other benefits than ever before at no additional charge. Business First Plus and Business Xtreme are plans designed to meet the growing demand for data businesses where customers enjoy increased data allowances, enabling them to stay connected and productive wherever they go. As the hybrid working environment becomes more prevalent, with more employees working outside the office using collaborative work tools, the new plans will add immense value to small businesses, enterprise and government customers.Esam Mahmoud, Senior Vice President, SMB, etisalat by e& UAE said: “The evolution of business plans is a testament to our commitment to providing our customers with innovative and value driven products and services. At etisalat by e&, we understand that our customers need more data to stay connected and productive in today’s fast-paced world. These plans are designed to provide our customers with the data they need for no additional charge on the most frequently used apps for collaboration like Microsoft Teams, Zoom and emails. With the new plans, customers can enjoy seamless connectivity with non-stop data and stay productive wherever they go.”Business First Plus comprises high-performing, affordable plans designed specifically for business needs, offering huge data allowances, local, international and CUG minutes, Flexi SMS, and the unique Carryforward feature, which enables customers to carry all unused local and international minutes across three months.Business Xtreme is a suite of plans designed to give customers more power with unlimited local and international minutes, huge data allowances, roaming data, and flexi SMS, among many other benefits.etisalat by e&’s existing valued customers will be able to experience these new features on their current plans. They can enjoy the new set of add-ons available with flexible payment options of one, six and 12 months starting as low as AED 15.
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Prism Digital launches a new e-commerce website for Neo Front Furniture

Dubai : Headquartered in China, Neo Front Furniture, a leader in sustainable furniture production, hired a Dubai-based full-service digital marketing company to design a completely new mobile-first e-commerce website.Prism has built the bespoke e-commerce website on WordPress with WhatsApp as the primary lead generation module. The multi-device responsive website also has cross-browser compatibility ranking the current score of the website at an A grade. In addition, the home furniture and office furniture products are showcased in a way that will gauge the consumer's purchase intent providing a simple 2-Step gateway for customers to like and buy their furniture of choice.Commenting on their partnership with Prism Digital, WEI YUAN, Managing Director of Neo Front Furniture, said, “It has been an amazing experience working with Prism. From the design to the execution, everything was done systematically and with our complete approval. As a result, the website was built and launched even before the deadline. We will also work with Prism for all our digital marketing campaigns and SEO projects to ensure we generate the number of leads we require to grow our business.”  Speaking on the website launch, Mr. Lovetto Nazareth, Managing Director, Prism Digital, commented, “To achieve the business and design objectives for Neo Front Furniture, we recognized the need for a custom-made clutter-free website that is easy to navigate, slick and speed bound. In addition, we understand the modern-day dynamics of customer demand for an enhanced user experience, ranking high on the search engine with SEO-optimized content driving substantial organic traffic. Given our extensive work tailoring website development requirements, we look forward to adding strategic value to Neo Front Furniture’s vision. Neo Front Furniture has been an official distributor and supplier of SAOSEN in GCC since 2007 and endeavors to introduce product quality enhancement and design innovation from China. The Neo Front Furniture website has been designed to make the shopping experience as smooth, easy, and secure as possible. Furthermore, Prism has ensured that the website will generate as many leads as possible because the entire website works as a lead-generation funnel. This latest innovation by Prism ensures that all the websites we build work as a click funnel, driving and converting leads completely automatedly.