Altair Picks Malaysia As Hub In Southeast Asia

— Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur to Focus on Innovative Product Design

TROY, Mich., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of leading US-based simulation technology and engineering services company Altair, has chosen Kuala Lumpur as its new regional headquarters to spearhead its expansion plan in Southeast Asia. The new office in Plaza Sentral will also serve as Altair’s training and technical support center for the region.

Altair’s Managing Director for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, Australia and New Zealand, Srirangam Srirangarajan, explained, “The new office in Kuala Lumpur is significant to Altair’s future growth in Southeast Asia. We are confident that this expansion will enhance our local presence and help us penetrate new market segments such as electronics and aerospace. Malaysia’s robust infrastructure, open policy to foreign business, strong talent pool and connectivity with other ASEAN markets makes it the ideal location for Altair’s regional operation. In addition, Malaysia has the potential to produce innovatively designed products that can compete at an international level, and Altair is happy to lend its experience and expertise towards achieving this goal,” he said.

Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd is a MSC-status company and number one in computer-aided engineering (CAE) in Southeast Asia, providing both software and engineering services. Altair has served the Malaysian market since 2012, providing a rich portfolio of advanced engineering software and on-demand computing technologies to both private and public sector clients.

Commenting about the company’s expansion plans, Srirangam continued, “According to our market research, the CAE market is growing rapidly in Malaysia and throughout Southeast Asia. We are seeing CAE technologies moving aggressively into non-traditional domains like consumer products, architecture, civil engineering, and construction, to name a few.”

Local businesses are feeling increasing global competitive pressure to deliver reliable products quickly while keeping costs low. CAE solutions bridge the gap by reducing product design and development cycle time as well as testing and analysis time.

“As Malaysia moves towards establishing itself as a high-technology manufacturing hub, companies in the aerospace, biotechnology, electronics, and information and communications technology industries are turning to CAE software to improve the quality of innovation and maintain cost-efficiency. CAE software enables companies to analyze and test a product for reliability, durability and quality, which helps increase their competitive edge,” he added.

Commenting on local growth areas, Srirangam said, “In Malaysia, we see very good prospects in the automotive, manufacturing, and oil and gas sectors. Malaysia also has the capacity to become a major player in aerospace and electronics. Altair is committed to bringing innovation to our clients. We believe that sharing our expertise and technical know-how to help clients develop a design-based innovation culture within their organizations delivers increased return on investment and performance,” he concluded.

Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd’s new ASEAN regional headquarters is located at 3B-10-7, Tower 3B, Level 10, Plaza Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, KL Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.

About Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd

Founded in 2012, Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd is a MSC-status company providing enhanced engineering solutions, on-demand computing technologies and enterprise analytic solutions for companies across a range of industry sectors such as automotive, defense, oil and gas and consumer goods, all of which play a dominant role in Malaysia’s economy. Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Altair.

About Altair

Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,300 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 40 offices throughout 22 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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Rail Passenger Numbers Rise as Operators across the Globe Utilize Mobile Ticketing Options

Frost & Sullivan: Rail operators’ mobile presence develops easier ticket purchasing methods

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Travel and purchasing patterns of rail users globally are extremely dynamic in nature. Even though rail systems in the same geography are subject to similar environments, they tend to show hugely different ridership patterns as several social, economic, political and technological factors determine patronage.

A new database from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Dashboard of Global Rail Passenger Volumes, provides passenger volume metrics for 538 rail operators in 2013. Key figures such as passenger volumes, total passenger movement in passenger kilometer, revenues from rail tickets, and the minimum, maximum and average ticket price have been included in the database. In addition, detailed parametric modeling has been utilized to estimate the sales channel split based on social and economic factors as well as rail performance indicators.

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“Mobile ticketing is rail transport’s newest offering, which is quickly gaining presence and boosting passenger volumes,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Research Analyst Shyam Raman. “With the growth of application stores and the use of personal computing devices such as tablets and smartphones, rail operators across the globe have been pushed to increase their mobile presence.”

However, mobile ticketing has not quite taken off with some customers, who prefer to use familiar ticket procurement methods even if they are less convenient or involve more effort. This, along with server crashes and the lack of Internet access is dampening the adoption of mobile ticketing.

“Rail operators will have to strategize to deal with resistant customers in order to popularize mobile ticketing,” advised Raman. “They must also address server-related issues to support this endeavor.”

Strategic Dashboard of Global Rail Passenger Volumes is part of the Transportation & Logistics (http://www.transportation.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Executive Analysis of the Global Rail Industry 2014, Opportunity Analysis of the Eastern European Rail Market: A 360-degree Perspective, and Strategic Analysis of Light Rail Transit in North America. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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India to pilot Deutsche Post DHL’s e-commerce solutions for Asia Pacific

Investment in infrastructure and new delivery options to lay foundation for global e-commerce leadership in fastest-growing logistics sector

SINGAPORE and MUMBAI, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s leading mail and logistics group, has chosen India to pilot the development of its e-commerce business model for Asia-Pacific. Through its subsidiary Blue Dart Express, already a national leader in door-to-door delivery, DPDHL ‘s business unit DHL eCommerce  is investing in infrastructure and the development of fulfillment centers, multiple delivery and payment options as part of its aim to become the preferred global provider of e-commerce related services including e-fulfillment and e-facilitation.

Frank Appel, CEO, DPDHL, said:  “Globally, e-retail is rapidly evolving. Over the next five years, the global e-commerce sector is expected to grow by more than 10 per cent per annum with Asia Pacific leading the way. This region is expected to soon surpass North America and Europe as the biggest online market in the world. As the leading logistics company with an unsurpassed global footprint, there’s a huge opportunity for us to become the world’s leading provider of e-commerce logistics and we have a ready solutions infrastructure in India to pilot our solutions.”

Blue Dart Express is well positioned to pilot e-commerce in India and models for Asia Pacific.  The leader in door-to-door delivery solutions and South Asia’s premier express air and integrated transportation and distribution company, Blue Dart services over 34,154 locations in India.

Investing in infrastructure and new delivery options

By 2025, e-commerce share of overall trade volume of emerging markets will be up to 30 percent (40 percent in developed countries), according DPDHL’s report ‘Global E-Tailing 2025′[1].

Malcolm Monteiro, CEO, DHL eCommerce Asia Pacific said: “With 250 million Internet users, Indian e-commerce remains underdeveloped, with online shopping valued at EUR 2.3 billion in 2013. This is expected to grow to EUR 4.1 billion by 2018, a CAGR of 12.3 per cent in 5 years[2].  All countries across Asia are in different evolutionary stages when it comes to e-commerce. We need to adapt our service portfolio within the region accordingly.” 

In India, DHL eCommerce, working closely through Blue Dart will invest in developing multiple delivery options and cash on delivery capabilities. These two key needs were identified by India’s top online shoppers – male, high-income, young urbanites – as part of a 20-country consumer survey on international distance selling ‘Shop the World’, carried out by DHL eCommerce to provide a deeper understanding of the home shoppers’ journey.

Anil Khanna, Managing Director of Blue Dart Express Ltd, said: “Blue Dart’s unrivaled domestic delivery system and network capabilities in India provide the perfect base for piloting the development of region wide e-commerce solutions. We are working closely with leading brands, market place sellers and retailers to help them establish a sustainable e-commerce footprint. That’s why we are investing in the right infrastructure – including IT – to build the right model for consumers and sellers.”

Tapping India’s eCommerce potential with India-specific insights

According to ‘Shop the World’, online purchases in India are limited largely to consumer electronics, fashion and media products with shopping by smart phone the norm. Indians’ main reasons for online shopping are overcoming geographical restrictions on choice and unlimited shopping hours — although the biggest negative was unknown quality of online products. E-shoppers in India revealed delivery expectations that were higher than the global average. Despite the country’s size, Indian shoppers expect delivery within 5 days (global average 6.5 days), parcel tracking options and free delivery. The average rate of return of goods also scored higher than the global average at 29.5 per cent with poor quality or defects the number one reason for returns.

The survey also identified growth opportunities in the development of online payment systems — cash on delivery or cards being India’s top payment choice — and in international sales. The majority of Indian e-commerce is domestic with only a third of consumers having ordered overseas. This is set to grow with more than half planning to place an international online order with US being the number one target market.

[1]DPDHL, Z_punkt and See More, Global E-Tailing 2025 Study 2014 http://www.dpdhl.com/content/dam/global-etailing-2025_en.html

[2]DHL,Shop The World Study 2014 http://www.dhl.com/en/campaigns/globalmail/shop_the_world.html?WT.mc_id=SHOPTHEWORLD_GO_EN_OFFLINE_002   ((Source: The World Bank 2012 &Euromonitor International)

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DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics and CEP industry and “The logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, national and international parcel delivery, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation as well as contract and e-commerce related solutions along the entire supply chain. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and around 315,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenues of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.

Blue Dart Express Ltd.

Blue Dart Express Ltd., South Asia’s premier express air and integrated transportation & distribution company, offers secure and reliable delivery of consignments to over 34,236 locations in India. As part of the DP DHL Group (DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding & DHL Supply Chain), Blue Dart accesses the largest and most comprehensive express and logistics network worldwide, covering over 220 countries and territories and offers an entire spectrum of distribution services including air express, freight forwarding, supply chain solutions and customs clearance.

The Blue Dart team drives market leadership through its motivated people force, dedicated air and ground capacity, cutting-edge technology, wide range of innovative, vertical specific products and value-added services to deliver unmatched standards of service quality to its customers. Blue Dart’s market leadership is further validated by numerous awards and recognitions from customers for exhibiting reliability, superior brand experience and sustainability. Some of these include Superbrand and ‘Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Award’, one of ‘India’s Best Companies to Work For’ by The Great Place to Work® Institute five times in a row, ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Education’ – Global HR Excellence Awards 2011-2012, BSE Best CSR Practice Award and 22nd CFBP Jamnalal Bajaj Fair Business Practices Award – 2010 in the category of Service Enterprises (Medium) to name a few.

Blue Dart accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection (GoGreen), disaster management (GoHelp) and education (GoTeach).

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The Forefront of Japan’s Subculture — the Ever Evolving “Akihabara”

TOKYO, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — “Akihabara“is well known to those not only in Japan but also overseas as “the City/Mecca of Electronics & Home Appliances”. You will still see a lot of major home electronics retailers lined up side by side, and many people from the country and all over the world have made visits to the city looking for Japan’s electronic appliances for decades. However, the city has now evolved brilliantly throughout the changes of a new era. Nowadays, “Akihabara” not only represents a name of a city, but also became an iconic figure that embodies Japan’s own subculture. Japan’s unique subculture scene largely represented by this city attracts travelers from all over the world. Akihabara, which is continuously evolving its appearance every minute, also owns its very unique in-station facility that fittingly serves as an entrance to the city. Here we will introduce you to some of the newest faces in Akihabara you will likely encounter in the station or somewhere under an elevated structure:

Why don't you get Japanese souvenirs and the hot items in Akihabara?

Why don’t you get Japanese souvenirs and the hot items in Akihabara?

An art-turned train! Even a non-hardcore fan should stop by — TRAINIART

Atre Akihabara 1is connected directly to JR East Railway Akihabara station’s Electric Town exit (or “Denki-gai” exit). On the 2nd floor you will find TRAINIART, a  boutique shop selling railroad/train merchandises. Here you will find a vast variety of railroad/train designed goods, from stationaries to accessories, all focused on both [design] and [functionality]. You will notice most of these goods are well-suited for its own brand name -ART”, all richly designed, stylishly finished that one would definitely be tempted to pick them up in their hands, and are very popular among the females. You can also find a pair of train-designed T-shirts tailored for parent-child; you would definitely find a train-designed merchandise of your own that you would probably want to bring home.

CHABARA”NOMONO” – For those looking for tasting/bringing home Japan’s regional local gourmet foods

In Japan, you will encounter distinctive local gourmet foods in each region throughout the country. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could enjoy all sorts of gourmet foods from all regions in Japan even if you could only stay in Tokyo?

That’s when we highly recommendCHABARA, located under an elevated bridge connecting JR Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station. You will find a rich variety of specialty goods, seafoods, and soil foods delivered directly from local producers throughout the country. Perhaps, it’s a good idea to make gifts to your friends with soy-sauce, miso, tonkotsu (or pork bone soup) or other unique ramen noodles delivered from local producers, or for anybody, whose dad loves Japanese Sake, why not make a gift for him with a Japanese Sake processed with pure water and high quality grain of rice!

On the other hand, NOMONO, located inside Akihabara Station, is “A shop introducing the allure of Japanese food” that is always crowded with visitors as, albeit its somewhat limited space, it is conveniently located inside the station. At NOMONO Kitchenlocated on 2nd floor, you will enjoy the aspects of traditional local culture and all sorts of menu filled with highly selective and seasonal ingredients from the east regional Japan.   

In Akihabara, the city that constantly provides us with the latest cultural ingredients, its nearest station is equally unique as well. As the forefront of Japan’s cultural movement, we highly encourage you to visit there.

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Frost & Sullivan Applauds Parkmobile for Being One of the Largest Providers of Cashless Parking Systems in North America

— Parkmobile’s success stems not only from the depth of its services, but also its collaborations with other stakeholders

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, Aug. 20, 2014  /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the mobile payment solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Parkmobile USA with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year. In 2008, the Europe-based Parkmobile Group partnered with BCD Holdings and Fontinalis Partners to create a new North American subsidiary, Parkmobile USA. In just four years, the company replicated its success in Europe by establishing footprints in 37 American states, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

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Parkmobile is a leader in innovative and comprehensive mobile payment solutions provider in the parking industry. Parkmobile’s leadership in mobile payments for parking is evidenced by over 600 successful implementations throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to its mobile payment solution, Parkmobile also offers a permit management system, a parking reservation system, a centralized parking management database and an extensive reporting platform.

“Parkmobile’s first-of-a-kind mobile payment system allows motorists to pay for parking through an application on their phone. It eliminates the need to carry change, predict the length of stay, or repeatedly feed the meter to keep a parking session active,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Neelam Barua. “It even has a unique alert system that sends reminders 15 minutes prior to the expiration of a parking session, allowing the session to be extended remotely.”

Parkmobile USA’s services are used in airports globally, universities in the U.S., by private operators, municipalities, stadiums, hospitals, and other establishments. Its value propositions in cities include dynamic pricing, a central parking rights database, and the enabling of Big Data and holistic approaches, which mitigate congestion and CO2 emissions.

Parkmobile USA leads the market in presence and breadth of technology scope (apps, connected vehicles, interoperability, and reserved parking systems). The company has associated mobile payments for on and off-street integration, dynamic/demand-based pricing, and guidance for available parking in real time based on business analytics. It is also involved in congestion-charging solutions based on CO2 emission standards as part of a comprehensive parking and traffic strategy.

Its cutting edge mobile payment solution encompasses global positioning systems (GPS), quick response (QR) codes, near field communication (NFC), enhanced mobile apps (iOS, Android, Windows 7 and 8, and RIM), interactive voice recognition (IVR), and the Internet. Parkmobile USA’s open architecture (.net) enables seamless interface via application payment interfaces (APIs), as the system is based on a service-oriented architecture.

Parkmobile has taken its solution a step further by working with major automotive manufacturers to migrate the Parkmobile mobile payment experience into “connected cars” offering the ability to locate, drive to and pay for parking all through the car without the need for a mobile phone.

“Simpler integration with current as well as legacy systems, meter and enforcement equipment manufacturers and major credit card processing platforms makes Parkmobile the most innovative mobile app platform for parking payments solutions,” noted Barua.

Parkmobile USA is more than twice as large as its combined competition in the U.S. in terms of spaces, members, and transactions. More than 3 million members have signed up for Parkmobile in the U.S., of which 2 million members have downloaded the company’s apps, making it the most widely used mobile payment solution in the parking industry.

Since 2008 the company’s foray into the parking industry has led to more than 50 significant partnerships in the parking eco-system. This includes associations with smart parking companies like Streetline; the multi-space parking solutions provider, Parkeon; and an innovative leader in multispace electronic pay stations, Digital Payment Technologies. Recent additions of new and emerging payment options, such as PayPal and the Parkmobile Wallet, demonstrate Parkmobile’s innovation and level of engagement in the industry.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in terms of growth strategy and implementation. The award recognizes a high degree of innovation with products and technologies and the resulting leadership in terms of customer value and market penetration.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

About Parkmobile USA

Parkmobile is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking. Their services are used in more than 600 locations in the U.S. by millions of registered users. Parkmobile’s investors include Fontinalis Partners and BCD Group. Fontinalis Partners, with offices in Detroit and Boston, is a venture capital firm strategically focused on Next-Generation Mobility. With annual global revenues of $24 billion, including $9.2 billion partner sales, BCD Group is an international market leader in corporate and online travel and off-airport and mobile parking industry. For more information please visit www.parkmobile.com, facebook.com/ParkmobileUSA or on Twitter @Parkmobile.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the Global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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