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Welcome to our ‘News In Brief’ column in which we digest all the news releases for you in no more than five paragraphs. Below are snippets of all the media releases that we received from Sept 12 till the end of the week.

Re Partners With Divipay 

Re partners with Divipay to scale up business for international growth.

Sydney, Sept 12:  Divipay, Australia’s leading spend management platform, has rolled out its new brand identity and name ‘Weel’, created in partnership with design and experience business Re which is part of the M&C Saatchi Group.
The bold new brand reflects Weel’s strategic trajectory amid substantial growth and includes an entirely new visual identity and revitalized direction as the fintech company looks to scale up and expand internationally.
With growth top of the agenda for Weel, Re developed a brand strategy, new name, key messaging, tone, and identity system around a simple, yet powerful idea, ‘Collective Accountability’.
As Australia’s leading spend management platform for small to midsize companies, Re refined Weel’s purpose, repositioning finance teams in collaboration with company’s employees to create a culture of trust through collective accountability.
“Over the past six months, we’ve had the privilege of partnering with our friends at Weel to help take their business to the next level and define their point of difference. The rebrand positions Weel as so much more than just another small to midsize fintech offering a virtual corporate credit card for expenses,” Practice Director Gerald Torto who leads Re’s scale-up offering in the high-growth tech space said.
“Their solutions are an employee experience that puts the finance team and the rest of a business on the same page about spend management from day one.”

Teleport To Add Three A321 Freighters To Its Cargo Fleet

Three A321 Freighters to strengthen its intra-ASEAN network and extended connectivity into APAC countries like China and India.

Kuala Lumpur,  Sept 12: Teleport, the logistics venture of Capital A (formerly AirAsia Group Berhad) has announced the expansion of its fleet today with the addition of three Airbus A321 Freighters (A321F).
This increases Teleport’s cargo-only fleet to four freighters in total, in addition to over 200 exclusive AirAsia passenger aircraft belly.
The three A321Fs will be operated by AirAsia and will be delivered in stages starting in Q1 of 2023.
The addition of the A321F’s into Teleport’s fleet provides the unique loadability and body composition where it allows for containerised loading in both the main deck and lower deck.
These narrowbody freighters will greatly strengthen Teleport’s cargo network and address the diversifying market demand within Southeast Asia and the overall Asia-Pacific region.

Vendfun Launches Self-Ordering Kiosk for F&B Outlets

Benny Wee, founder and CEO of Vendfun, in front of self-ordering F&B Kiosk.

Kuala Lumpur, Sept 12: Vendfun recently launched F&B Kiosk, a self-ordering system for restaurants, cafeterias, and food courts.
The F&B Kiosk, which features a point-of-sale software, supports drive-in ordering, QR table ordering, and dine-in ordering.
Vendfun also announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dolce Mart PLT from Malacca.
In this partnership, Dolce Mart is responsible for training Vendfun customers on how to automate front end operations using Vendfun F&B Kiosk and its managed restaurants are also allowed to use Vendfun F&B Kiosk for the same mission.
Vendfun F&B Kiosk was introduced to help business owners to manage outlets more efficiently using automation.
As it makes it simple for customers to access a digital menu, personally customise orders and make secure payments directly into the system – all contactless.  

Bupa Customer’s Pre-Christmas Present 

Sydney, Sept 13: Bupa has today more than doubled its previously announced cashback, with customers now to share in a $315 million pre-Christmas cashback from COVID-19 related savings.
The $315 million total cashback represents an extra $160 million announced today on top of the $155 million committed in June this year. 
This takes Bupa’s total announced financial support to customers since the start of the  pandemic to about $800 million.
Bupa will start paying the cashback in October, with Bupa’s 1.7 million eligible policyholders  to receive between $35 and $314, depending on their policy and location.
Bupa Health Insurance Managing Director Chris Carroll said Bupa made a pledge to its  customers at the start of the pandemic that it would not benefit from COVID-19 and is honouring this commitment.
“We know many Australians are doing it tough because of higher inflation and rising cost of  living pressures,” Carroll said. 

Macca’s Provide $200,000 In Grants

Macca’s to provide $200,000 in grants to 150 local sporting clubs across Victoria and Tasmania.

Sydney, Sept 13: Applications are now open for Macca’s On Your Team, a local grants program that will provide over $200,000 in grants to 150 local community sporting clubs across Victoria and Tasmania.  
Each grant is valued at $1,500 and the program is open to any community sporting organisation located in Victoria or Tasmania with under 500 participants.
Since the initiative’s launch in 2016, McDonald’s has delivered more than $1.68 million worth of equipment and funding to local community organisations across Victoria and Tasmania.
“We are proud to play an active role in local communities and support organisations that make a positive difference to the lives of Australians, McDonald’s Market Director for Victoria and Tasmania, Kelly Nardella said. 
“Macca’s On Your Team is a great initiative that provides much-needed funding and support to local community sporting clubs.
“The grants are designed to help sporting clubs continue to offer accessible, inclusive and safe programs to members of the local community.
“Whether it’s purchasing new equipment or renovating the club’s facilities, we look forward to seeing the positive impact these grants can have.”
Applicants are encouraged to visit mcdonalds.com.au/maccasonyourteam to apply before the deadline of Sept 30.

Maybelline Launches TikTok Shop

Maybelline launches live beauty shopping channel on TikTok Shop.

Kuala Lumpur, Sept 14: Maybelline New York, part of the L’Oreal Group, the number one cosmetic brand in Malaysia, officially goes live on TikTok Shop with daily live shopping hosted on the platform. 
Momentum Commerce, an eCommerce enabler and TikTok Shop Partner is the official eCommerce agency for the brand and is tasked to drive brand engagement, customer loyalty and online shopping for Maybelline through meaningful content alongside daily livestreams.
“TikTok has become an essential instrument in the marketing toolbox to keep our brand top-of-mind and close to customer’s hearts,” Maybelline Marketing Director Julian Tan said.
“As the app has become the primary search engine for Gen Z’s hunt for new trends & content, it is imperative that we keep closely connected and relevant to its target audience.”
Nearly half (48 per cent) of TikTok users are interested in making a purchase on or from TikTok in the next three months and half of TikTok users have bought something after watching TikTok LIVE. 

MR D.I.Y. Supports “Beli Buatan Malaysia”  

Well-known Malaysian brands on offer include Shieldtox eight-Hour Nights Free 20 per cent (525ml + 20 per cent) at RM5.80 each,
Softlan Fabric Softener Refill Assorted (1.4L/1.6L) at only RM9 for two units, and Glo Dishwashing Liquid Assorted (900ml) at RM5 each

Kuala Lumpur, Sept 14: It’s always a good time to support homegrown businesses and brands, but never more so than the months of August and September, when we celebrate Hari Merdeka on August 31 and Hari Malaysia on September 16 respectively.
Iconic Malaysian home improvement retailer MR D.I.Y. Group [MR D.I.Y.] is calling on Malaysians to step up their support of locally-made products, with their “Beli Buatan Malaysia” initiative currently running at their MR. D.I.Y. and MR. DOLLAR stores nationwide. 
“It’s all about Malaysians helping Malaysians, and celebrating the best of Malaysian products as a homegrown brand ourselves, MR D.I.Y. has always endeavored to play our part in supporting local brand products,” MR D.I.Y.’s Head of Marketing Alex Goh said.
The one-month initiative features more than 40 Malaysian-made products across the household, hardware, daily essentials, and other product categories, with discounts of up to 30 per cent at MR D.I.Y. stores nationwide.
And it’s not only limited to MR D.I.Y.’s own-brand products and MR. DOLLAR’s RM2 and RM5 range.  

DOC2US, Tejani Sign MoU  

Caption (From Left): DOC2US Deputy Medical Director Dr Ashwini Nair, Chief Medical Officer Dr Ng Ming Lee, First  Tejani Ambulance Director, Dr Jaianand Tejani and Business Development Manager, Mohd Ridhwan. Supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Sept 12:  Malaysia’s first and largest e-prescriptions provider, DOC2US  and Malaysia’s largest private ambulance operator, First Tejani Ambulance Services (FTAS) sign MoU to  provide on-demand non-emergency ambulance services to the general public, as well as both public and  private establishments.
For patients in non-life-threatening situations requiring ambulance services and healthcare facilities, our  collaboration will serve to provide them with an accessible alternative for healthcare transportation  services in their time of need.
Users of the DOC2US platform who require ambulance services can make their first engagement with DOC2US through the DOC2US mobile application, where the service can be found on the homepage.
The patient’s situation will then be evaluated and assessed before being directed to FTAS.
“We are honoured to be  collaborating with the largest private ambulance operator in Malaysia. As a digital health service provider,  we have always set our sights on providing responsive, integrated and comprehensive healthcare services  to the public in a more inclusive manner.  DOC2US Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Dr Raymond Choy said.

Instagram Launches Family Center


Kuala Lumpur, Sept 13: As part of its ongoing initiative to promote youth safety online, Instagram is rolling out its Parent Supervision Tools and the Family Center, which is a place for parents and guardians to access helpful articles, videos and tips on topics like how to talk to teens about social media, and how to use the supervision tools available on Instagram. Through the Family Center, parents and guardians have access to insights about how their teens use Instagram.
Meta’s Family Center will serve as a hub where parents and guardians can access resources to help young people build positive online habits.
The Family Center was launched after extensive consultation with parents, guardians, young people and experts from government, academic and non-profit organizations in Asia Pacific including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Experts were convened to discuss best practices towards empowering teens to make healthy decisions for self-supervision, building trusted networks of support for help with supervision and supporting families to create boundaries for safe use together.
“Today’s updates are in addition to the improvements we’ve made over the last year, including helping teens have safer and more private experiences, restricting how advertisers can reach young people, understanding users’ real age, and providing teens with more tools to better manage their Instagram experience. Over time, we hope the Family Center will allow parents and guardians to help their teens manage experiences across Meta technologies from once central place,” Philip Chua, Head of Instagram Public Policy, APAC said.
“We want young people to have an experience that is both fun and safe when using our apps, and we want to support their parents to assist them in doing this. Our intention is for these tools and resources to strike the right balance between young people’s expectations for autonomy, whilst allowing for parents and caregivers to support their teen online,” he said.

Pentanet Wins National Award 

Pentanet has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2022. Supplied.

Sydney, Sept 15: Pentanet has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2022 for the company’s work in cloud innovation for its cloud-based products that provide innovative solutions to both business and market needs.
Now in its seventeenth year, The Australian Business Awards acknowledge organizations that represent the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement, and employee engagement.
Pentanet Managing Director Stephen Cornish said the award demonstrates national recognition for the company’s work pioneering the cloud gaming industry within Australia in partnership with global gaming giant NVIDIA to launch the GeForce NOW Powered by Pentanet platform.
“Pentanet was chosen as the exclusive Australian NVIDIA GeForce NOW Alliance partner ahead of a number of larger telecommunications companies because gaming has always been a core part of the company’s identity,” Cornish said.
“The development of our gamified user management portal, Cloud.GG, has enabled Pentanet to conduct extensive research that has informed the successful rollout of cloud gaming infrastructure across Perth and Sydney.” 

M&C Saatchi Open House returns

 M&C Saatchi Open House returns, open to original thinkers from anywhere but advertising. Image supplied.

Sydney, Sept 15: M&C Saatchi Group has announced its Open House program is back, following a hugely successful inaugural year.
Launched by M&C Saatchi Group in 2021 and was further substantiated this year by the findings of Advertising Council Australia’s Create Space census which made it clear that a more diverse, inclusive and equitable industry was needed to accelerate positive and lasting change. 
Open House’s eight-week training program is delivered via live, weekly interactive webinars which are also recorded and available on demand.
Each week an M&C Saatchi Group speaker will provide specialist knowledge and insights. Speakers from across the business include Justin Graham, Group CEO ANZ; Melinda Lofts, Head of CX Strategy and Saynaree Oudomvilay, Senior Account Director from M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment.
Mentors will guide participants as they apply these learnings to a real client brief.
Open House gives everyone the opportunity and tools to harness their original ways of thinking whether it be through data, design, storytelling, media, strategy, or any other skill participants learn about throughout the course.
The program begins on Oct 11 and on completion, participants will receive an M&C Saatchi Group certificate of completion that can be taken with them into future applications or careers.
The participants will also have the opportunity to apply and be assessed for a future role within the M&C Saatchi Group.
For more information, go here.

Bintai Kinden Shareholders Approves All Resolutions

Petaling Jaya, Sept 15Bintai Kinden Corporation Berhad, a mechanical and electrical (“M&E”) engineering services specialist, shareholders have approved all resolutions at the 28th Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) of the Company held today on a virtual platform. 
Shareholders passed the resolution to receive the audited financial statements for the financial year ended March 31 (“FY2022”) as well as to re-elect Ooi Jit Huat and Mohd Shakir Shahimi, the directors who were retiring in accordance with Clause 8 of the Company’s constitution.
Directors retiring in accordance with Clause 113 of the Company’s constitution, Mohd Idzwan Izuddin Datuk Ab Rahman and Ku Chong Hong, who, being eligible, had offered themselves for re-election, were also re-elected.
The resolution to allow the board of directors the authority to allot and issue shares that does not exceed 10 percent of the total issued shares of the Company at the time of the issue to be in force up to the conclusion of the next AGM was also approved by shareholders.
In addition, shareholders also waived statutory pre-emptive rights to be offered Bintai Kinden shares ranking equally to existing issued shares in accordance with Section 85 of the Companies Act, 2016 and with Clause 52 of the Company’s constitution.

New Trauma-Infused Workplace Burnout Trends

Cara de Lange

London, Sept 15:  Softer Success, a wellbeing company that provides burnout solutions to organisations globally, today announced emerging trauma-infused workplace burnout trends revealed by qualitative and quantitative analysis. 
Softer Success® together with Sheffield University and Affinity Health conducted innovative new research to assess the risk of moral injury in organisations and whether it can contribute to, and even cause burnout.
The study, which looked at how morally injurious events affect people in the workplace and how moral injury can contribute to burnout, revealed that moral injury and moral stress is causing a more intense type of trauma-infused burnout in people across many business sectors, which is far more challenging for people to overcome.
The findings revealed that whilst participants’ experiences of moral stress differed in source, severity and length, in the vast majority of cases, people felt they had no other option but to resign from their jobs because of it.  
“This study is a further sign that we need to change the way we work by addressing moral injury and burnout structurally, Cara de Lange, Founder of Softer Success said. 

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