foodpanda turns Rawalpindi & Faisalabad pink

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Faisalabad(Cliff foodpanda, the on-demand international food delivery service, has headed up north and opened up a world of excitingflavours to residents in Faisalabad with its distinctive pink colour. And thisWednesday evening, people from restaurant industry, the media, food & lifestyle bloggers and top customers offoodpanda, all overjoyed, came together to celebrate foodpanda’s official launch in the city.Faisalabadis will now be able to order a variety of food from over 80 restaurantpartners right to their homes, offices and even outdoor hotspots, increasing convenience for users and providing restaurant partners with a new avenue to reach customers. With the vision to deliver good food to people’s every day,Faisalabad is the fifth major city to enjoy the renowned service standards offered by foodpanda, following Karachi, Lahore,Islamabad and Rawalpindi.Aiming to deliver the best food the city has to offer to their customers no matter the craving or price range, foodpandaknows that it is not merely about eating a meal but savouring that very first bite of food with great discounts.“We are very excited to expand our service to Faisalabad and deliver good food right to our customers’ doorstep, especially with our enhanced app and website. This is the perfect city for us to continue doing what we do best and we look forward to partnering with more restaurants on foodpanda” said NaumanSikandar Mirza, CEO, foodpandaPakistan.The honourable chief guest, Mr. RazzakMalik, Mayor of Faisalabad expressed, “The residents of Faisalabad are excited for foodpanda’s launch in their city. With the ease of ordering food online, foodpanda is setting high standards of customer service and has revolutionizedhow the restaurant industry works. We wish foodpanda all the best!”foodpanda has over 80 specially curated restaurants that are available inFaisalabad, some of which include the international chains like KFC,McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Subway, Nando’s and Domino’s.To place your first order, visitfoodpanda.pk or download the new app on the App Store or Google Play now!

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About foodpanda:

foodpanda is dedicated to bringing food lovers around the world their favorite meals from curated local restaurants. Since its creation, the on-demand food delivery service has grown to more than 27,000 partner restaurants in more than 190 cities across 12 Asian and Central Europe countries globally. foodpanda is active in Pakistan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Romania and Bulgaria. It belongs to Delivery Hero, worldwide leader of the food delivery industry. For more information visit http://www.foodpanda.pk.

How it works:

Through the foodpanda website or via the new iOS and Android apps, customers can enter their area and view a curated list of restaurants serving theirneighbourhood. Once they have found their meal of choice, they can place an order in the comfort of their home or office, paying online throughfoodpanda’s secure platform. The order is then carefully prepared by the restaurant, picked up by the foodpandarider and delivered straight to their doorstep.

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LUMS and Nestle jointly organised seminar “Together for Water”

Lahore(Cliff News)Panelists while discussing World Water Day concurred that water resources, if managed properly, by all actors collectively, would ensure that everyone has access to it. They agreed that human behavior, social customs, institutions, and government policies heavily influence conservation of water.The discussion took place at a seminar “Together for Water”, held jointly by Nestlé Pakistan and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). The panelists represented a range of stakeholders; from think-tanks to academia and from government to private sector. The seminar highlighted issues faced by Pakistan, stressing possible solutions and a collaborative approach towards water conservation.Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all is also goal number six of sustainable development goals (SDGs) by United Nations which signifies its importance. Pakistan has the world’s fourth highest rate of water use. The water intensity rate the amount of water in cubic meters used per unit of GDP- is also the highest in the world, suggesting that the country’s economy is more water-intensive. This wastage of water must be halted to further dive into the pool of scarcity. Highlighting the importance of finding nature based solutions to water conservation, Hammad Naqi, CEO, WWF-Pakistan said “WWF-Pakistan is committed to promoting nature based solutions to conserving and restoring water resources of Pakistan. This encompasses a holistic approach of water stewardship, security and conservation combined.”He gave the example of how WWF is working with companies like Nestlé to implement an international water standard that promotes the use of water in a socially equitable, economically beneficial, and environmentally sustainable way, through a stakeholder inclusive approach.Nisar Memon, Chairman of Water Environment Forum, talked about water governance in Pakistan, saying, “People and Governments of Pakistan are together to protect, preserve and plan water assets of Pakistan such as: 7235 glaciars and our major rivers – Indus, Jhelum and Chenab. The climate change challenges are being met with our 2013 National Climate Change Policy and today as we meet here in LUMS Lahore, the Council of Common Interests meeting in planned in Islamabad to approve the National Water Policy to ensure water-energy-food for our over 210 million is well governed.”Dr Zakir Hussain, Principal Scientific Officer, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council said“Pakistan’s agriculture is increasingly vulnerable to the vagaries of climate change. Improving farmers’ resilience to climate change requires more efficient use and equitable distribution of irrigation water, agricultural insurance to protect farmers against losses, and support from the government in adopting climate-smart agricultural practices.”
Dr Abubakar from the Centre of Water Informatics and Technology, LUMS talked about how technology can be usedin agriculture for efficient water management. He also stressed the need for industry workingwith academia to find solutions, using Nestlé-WIT relationship as a model. The two partners are working on smart soil sensors that can help farmers to reduce water usage in agriculture and also avoid crop stress due to over and under irrigation.

GE launches innovative energy storage platform called “The Reservoir”

Karachi(Cliff News)With a commitment to deliver cleaner, more reliable power where and when it’s needed most, GE (NYSE: GE) has launched the GE Reservoir –  a comprehensive energy storage platform that delivers a suite of customized storage solutions to help customers address new challenges and seek new opportunities in a rapidly transforming power grid that is becoming more highly diversified and distributed.
An ideal fit for Pakistan, where renewable energy is becoming an increasingly significant part of the energy mix in line with the government’s vision to enhance energy independence, The Reservoir expands GE’s 10-year footprint in the energy storage space and builds upon recent successes and milestones.The Reservoir already has a 20 megawatts (MW), 80 megawatt hours (MWh) pre-launch commitment. Last year, GE introduced the world’s first hybrid-electric gas turbine to multiple accolades across the industry.  GE was the first-to-market with advanced applications for hybrid electric-gas turbines, wind hybrids and “Black Start” capabilities. Recently, GE also announced a new project with the Arenko Group to build one of the world’s largest energy storage systems in the UK.“The energy landscape is undergoing an unprecedented paradigm shift, as the growth of renewables, decentralization of power and digitization create both new challenges and opportunities in how power is generated, transmitted and distributed,” said Russell Stokes, President & CEO of GE Power. “GE’s Reservoir delivers the new type of energy system that customers are looking for to help manage electricity’s next chapter.”Eric Gebhardt, Vice President & Strategic Technology Officer of GE Power, said, “GE’s Reservoir platform enables cost-effective distribution, storage, and utilization of cleaner, more reliable power where and when it is needed most. It can fit into most any setting, from centralized grid systems to the most remote villages and communities. The Reservoir also allows energy providers new degrees of flexibility for more intelligently managing and getting the most out of all their power assets.”GE’s Reservoir platform, developed with innovative technology from GE’s Global Research Center, is a flexible, compact energy storage solution for AC or DC coupled systems. The Reservoir solution combines GE’s advanced technologies and expertise in plant controls, power electronics, battery management systems and electrical balance of plant – all backed by GE’s performance guarantees.The 1.2 MW, 4 MWh Reservoir Storage Unit, is the fundamental building block of GE’s Reservoir platform. It is a modular solution that integrates GE’s Battery Blade design (module stack design) with key technologies from across the company’s portfolio to achieve an industry-leading energy density, footprint and lifetime performance. GE’s proprietary Blade Protection Unit (BPU) actively balances the safety, life, and production of each battery Blade, extending battery life by up to 15% and reducing fault currents by up to 5X.
GE’s Reservoir platform leverages Predix and Edge controls technologies to provide data-driven insights that help energy operators enhance their systems.  These digital technologies leverage GE’s unique and unparalleled technical and industry domain knowledge across the entire energy ecosystem from generation to consumption.Put together, GE’s Reservoir delivers the most comprehensive energy storage platform to help meet the energy industry’s rapidly changing needs.  The ability to offer highly customized solutions through the platform offers customers unprecedented levels of flexibility, resilience and operational efficiency in hybrid generation, grid operation and energy management.GE’s Reservoir also enables other diverse applications that include: Managing higher levels of renewable power, grid stabilization, peak demand management and controlling energy flow. By enabling better asset utilization and overall system management, customers can realize new revenue opportunities and cost savings as well.Pakistan has set ambitious targets under Vision 2025 to increase the percentage of indigenous sources of power generation to over 50%, including through the growth of renewable energy. The Reservoir is a strategic complement to the long-term energy security  goal of the country.
GE is already supporting its customers in the country with advanced renewable energy and grid solutions. Today, up to 25% of Pakistan’s power can be generated through GE’s technologies and the company has supported the development of the power sector in the country for over 50 years.

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Notes to Editor

About GE: GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

Peek Freans Cake up sets magical world of Cupcakes

[Press Release] Peek Freans Cake Up Sets Up Magical Worlds of Cupcakes across Pakistan (5)

Karachi(Cliff News)One of the country’s most admired food brands, Peek Freans conducted a first-of-its-kind onground three days activation campaign at Dolmen Mall in Karachi in order to launch their newest addition in the family called “Peek Freans Cake Up,” which comprises of a range of centre-filled cupcakes. This followed similar activities across Lahore and Islamabad in previous weeks.Capturing the essence of #RealGoodnessInside, two different but very well connected activities were held at Dolmen Mall Clifton to deliver an exciting and fun experience to the visitors. The activation brought together kids and families who were engaged in various interactive games and entertaining exhibits.The Cake Up Factory, that had already been through three different cities and 4 malls, was set up at the mall, receiving loads of raving responses. The 3D game allowed kids and even their parents to create their own cupcakes by playing through the entire baking process. To take a chapter out of technology, the entire game was completely immersive, with pictures of consumers engaging in mixing, baking and filling having pictures emailed to them as memorabilia.As part of the first class experiential leg of the activation campaign, The Real Goodness Tunnel added more flavor to the experience by allowing visitors to immerse in a world of strawberry, caramel and chocolate scents as they glided through the tunnel. The consumers walking into the mall were bemused by the giant tunnel-like-structure that had propped up overnight atop the main escalator of the malls’ atrium, taking one on a 23-second journey through the world of Cake Up. Upon exiting the visitors received a free Peek Freans Cake Up to try out the delectable difference. In this way all of their senses of sight, sound, taste and touch were activated at the same time – a process referred to as sensory marketing.Being one of the leading brands on the block, Peek Freans has launched various exciting and memorable campaigns from time to time. From the instant classic advertising that launched the country’s largest biscuit brand Sooper to the recent innovations of Chocoliciousand Jam Delight, English Biscuit Manufacturers Pvt. Ltd. (Makers of Peek Freans in Pakistan) has held successful executions and promotional campaigns including advertising, outdoor, in-store activation as well as experiential, PR and digital elements.With a purpose to launch their latest brand Peek Freans Cake Up, an announcer campaign was executed earlier to build hype and trial around the product, which was later followed by Pakistan’s most viral TVC – #RealRishtey, with 20million+ views within 20 days on social media only.

[Press Release] Peek Freans Cake Up Sets Up Magical Worlds of Cupcakes across Pakistan (4)

The activation concluded at the end of the weekend, making sure that its visitors had a spectacular experience of #RealGoodnessInside the mall with lots of fun and entertainment.

About EBM:

Since 1966, English Biscuit Manufacturers Pvt. Ltd. has been one of the leading names in the food industry. Being one of country’s largest biscuit brands, each bite of its delicious biscuit carries the rich tradition of true grit and hard work that has been so essential to EBM’s journey. It has taken many achievements, big and small, for EBM to reach its position as the industry leader today. EBM has followed the legendary Pied Piper to quality and success in Pakistan’s branded biscuit business.

Metro Cash &Carry and P&G partner for children’s safe drinking water program

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Karachi(Cliff News)Leading up to World Water Day, Procter & Gamble (P&G) announces its continued collaboration with METRO Cash & Carry and Health Oriented Preventive Education (HOPE) to provide clean drinking water to Pakistani communities in need through its Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) program.P&G announced its commitment for the fourth year of its disaster-relief effort through this partnership to provide 11 million liters of clean drinking water to Pakistani communities during the year, reaching an estimated 50,000 people in need. P&G also announced its clean water cause program running at all METRO stores in Pakistan from 17th March 2018 till 30thApril 2018 enabling consumers to join this cause. During this time for every purchase of an Ariel, Safeguard, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Pampers and Always product at a METRO store, P&G will donate the equivalent of 1 day of clean drinking water to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund.This partnership stems from P&G’s commitment to the provision of clean drinking water for communities in need which is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 6 – to ensure access to water and sanitation for all. P&G, METRO and HOPE representatives came together at a press conference held at METRO Cash & Carry inGulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi,to raise awareness about the global clean drinking water crisis and reinforce their commitment to help save lives through the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water program.On this occasion, Astrid Teckentrup, Vice President Sales, P&G, said, “Lack of clean drinking water is a problem faced by millions of people worldwide on a daily basis. Clean water providespeople the opportunity to move beyond basic survival and as a result, thrive, through improved health and therefore the ability to attend school more regularly and better economic opportunities, especially for women. We are proud to share P&G’s water purification technology to help transform the lives of people in need.Through the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water program over 876 million liters of clean drinking water has been made available to Pakistani communities in need, with support from our partners since 2005.“She further added, “We are immensely pleased to have partnered with METRO Cash & Carry for the past 3 years on our Children’s Safe Drinking Water program here in Pakistan. Through the P&G-METRO-HOPE partnership, around 45 million liters of clean drinking water have been provided via P&G Purifier of Water sachets to disaster-struck families across the country, reaching an estimated 200,000 people with clean drinking water for 4 months. This partnership has reached families affected by the drought in Tharpakar, earthquake in the northern areas such as Swat, landslides in AJK and floods in Sindh, Punjab and KPK during the monsoon season.We are delighted that METRO has joined us once again, and encourage consumers to join is in this mission as well by participating in the P&G clean water cause program currently running at METRO stores.”Sharing his thoughts, Mr. Marek Minkiewicz, Managing Director METRO Cash & Carry Pakistan, said:“METRO is proud to be associated with P&G and its Children’s Safe Drinking Water program. METRO Cash & Carry employees in several countries are actively involved in activities to promote social and ecological projects under our global Corporate Citizen program Care & Share which was launched back in 2008. In Pakistan, under the umbrella of Care & Share, our purpose is to improve people’s lives, create awareness about global clean water crisis and motivate people to help provide those in need with clean drinking water. To support this year’s UN World Water Day, METRO is also running its own global “METRO Water Initiative” campaign to bring together all our water commitments and those of our suppliers just like P&G.It is our goal to use METRO’s direct reach to 21 million international customers, which translates to 1 billion end consumers, to increase awareness of the topic, and actively tackle the issue of water scarcity. Last year alone we collected more than 720,000 days’ worth of clean drinking water with the Children’s Safe Drinking Water program. We are proud to be partnering with P&G in this project as a part of our Care & Share program where we can help bring clean drinking water to children and families in the developing world.”Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla, Chairperson HOPE, said: “Water is a basic human right. It is unfortunate that a significantly overwhelming number of people all over Pakistan do not have access to clean drinking water. We have partnered with P&G, through its Children’s Safe Drinking Water program, to make clean drinking water available to communities across the country in times of natural disasters and through social markets. The P&G-METRO collaboration for disaster-relief over the past 3 years has been a much-needed intervention which has made a positive impact in the lives of disaster-struck communities. HOPE remains committed to continue to facilitate P&G and METRO in its endeavor to help disaster-affected communities in Pakistan.In celebration of World Water Day on March 22, P&G will also release a powerful documentaryin partnership with National Geographic to highlight the clean drinking water crisis and share the unique perspectives of three women from around the world who have benefitted from the CSDW program.P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water is one way the Company demonstrates it is committed to impacting communities around the world and working to be a force for good and a force for growth. Through the help of its more than 150 partners around the world, P&G has provided more than 13 billion liters of clean water since the program began in 2004 and is committed to delivering 15 billion liters of clean drinking water globally by 2020. Using P&G’s expertise in cleaning innovation and consumer research, P&G scientists packed the power of a water treatment plant into a simple four-gram packet. The technology is easy to use; with only a bucket, a spoon, a cloth and a small P&G packet, families can purify 10 liters of potentially deadly water in only 30 minutes. This is enough drinking water for a family of five for one day. To view the documentary on World Water Day, visit the P&G YouTube page. To learn more about CSDW, visit www.csdw.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Director British Council Pakistan Rosemary Hilhorst opens trading session at PSX

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Karachi(Cliff News)Rosemary Hilhorst visited the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) Limited, where she
opened the market with the bell ceremony to commemorate the British Council’s 70th Anniversary in Pakistan.
Having remained the best performing stock markets in the world, the Pakistan Stock Exchange stands a symbol of
prosperity in the country. The British Council is committed to the social and economic prosperity of the people of Pakistan. One of the first international organisations to start work in in 1947, over the last 70 years the British Council has worked  with people, institutions and Governments to support Pakistan’s success.Mr. Muneer Kamal, Chairman, PSX, while giving a brief to the Director Pakistan, British Council regarding the dynamics of Pakistan Capital Market highlighted the performance of stock market and the increasing role of foreign institutional portfolio investors whose holdings have now crossed 30% of the free float of listed companies’ shares. He outlined the eco-system of the capital market and the central role of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in
regulation of the capital market and the securities industry.Rosemary Hilhorst, Director Pakistan, British Council said:
“I’m very excited to open trading for the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi. Pakistan has made incredible strides over its 70 years and we are proud to have played our part. We all know that Pakistan has immense potential and we are committed to helping young people gain the skills, opportunities and knowledge to build a thriving, prosperous country.”Through cultural relations work and educational opportunities, the British Council creates friendly knowledge and
understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. This is achieved by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries the British Council works in. The British Council’s work is geared towards positively changing lives
by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust between the people of UK and Pakistan.
Throughout 2017 the British Council along with the British High Commission in Pakistan and the Pakistan High Commission in UK celebrated the strong ties between the people of the UK and Pakistan through diverse activities and programming ranging from cultural festivals to research reports to alumni events.

About the British Council :
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a
positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. In Pakistan, we have been working since 1947.

Riversong organised bloggers meetup in Lahore

362A5967Lahore (Cliff News)March 17, 2018: Riversong, one of the leading smartphone accessories manufacturer headquartered in China organized a bloggers and media meet-up at Faletti’s hotel today in Lahore. Through this meet up, Riversong aimed to enrich relationships with bloggers community in the region and inform them more about Riversong and its product offerings.At present, Riversong is available in 17 countries across the world with substantial customer base and just last month, Riversong launched officially in Pakistan. The company seeks to be recognized in the country as the providers of most affordable yet most innovative and premium in quality products to its customers.The prominent bloggers from Bloggers community attended this event. Riversong took it as an opportunity to not only give information about itsproduct range but also welcomed genuine feedback from the bloggers regarding company’s products.Syed Ali Yousuf, the global Riversong COO gave a brief presentation at the event describing the unique features of Riversong smart devices to the attendees. He also showcased a variety of Riversong products. He explained that Riversong seeks to provide innovative and technologically advanced products to its users. He further told the media and bloggers about upcoming products range of Riversong and their launch schedule in Pakistan.He also provided insight into the official distribution and retail network of Riversong in Pakistan and told that Riversong products are available at Hyperstar, Metro and Alfatah in Lahore.Mr Rizwan Younus, CEO at TikTech which is the official distributor of Riversong products in Pakistan were also present at this event.In the end, Bloggers asked different questions from Riversong team and gave their feedback.

About Riversong:

Riversong, a global award-winning premium-quality mobile accessories manufacturer, is the subsidiary of China-based IMG Group Communications Technology Ltd., an innovative high-tech enterprise working since 2001 specialized in mobile phone manufacturing, design & R&D.Riversong is registered and operating in more than 17 Countries including US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, UAE, India, Singapore, Japan, Australia, China, and now also in Pakistan. It offers an array of smart & innovative products for improving productivity in daily life. The products range include fitness bands, Bluetooth powered earphones, power banks and wi-fi adapters to give users a seamless travel, connectivity, and musical experience.

About Ali Yousuf:

Syed Ali Yousuf is a technology industry veteran with over 14 years of experience in managing innovative products’ cycles including their sales, marketing, business development, and product specialization. He is the VP Sales for IMG Group Communications Technology Ltd. which is specialized in OEM/ODM for Mobile Phone manufacturing since 2002 and acting as Chief Operating Officer of the globally renowned accessories brand Riversong present in over 17 countries including US, UK, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Dubai, India, Singapore, Japan, Australia, and Pakistan.Ali supervises overall Global Business for the brand like Smart Devices, Power Banks, Wireless Chargers, Fitness Tracker & Bands, Headsets, HDMI Adapters and Smart Watches. He is currently managing the challenging emerging markets such as South Asia, Central Asia, Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Previously he has partnered and worked for product & sales with international technology giants like Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, United Mobile (Voice) and Obi Worldphone.