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Brown Living aims to make plastic-free living a reality

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Brown Living aims to make plastic-free living a reality

In a resolute effort to curb plastic pollution, India has imposed a ban on single-use plastic products from July 1, 2022, a move that synchronizes with Plastic Free July, an influential global campaign empowering people to cut down on plastic and make the planet more sustainable.

A breakthrough in this direction is Brown Living, India’s first and only plastic-free marketplace that consciously curates an array of everyday sustainable products – from apparel to home accessories, self-care and wellness – supporting sustainable, vegan, chemical-free and zero-waste lifestyles. Launched in 2019, Brown Living is the brainchild of Chaitsi Ahuja, a marketer and earth advocate, who has been living a plastic-free life for the past 5 years. Chaitsi, Founder and CEO of Brown Living, states, “Going plastic-free is a journey. It won’t happen overnight. I started with ‘use what you have first’ to ensure nothing goes to waste.”

Her mission to create awareness about conscious consumption is amplified by environmentalist and film producer Pragya Kapoor. “All of us have a role to play in conserving the earth and I believe we must make sustainable and kinder choices every day,says Pragya, Business Partner and Investor at Brown Living.

Every year, India alone produces 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste, of which 43% is single-use plastic. By 2050, global use of plastic could emit upto 56 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, aggravating the climate crisis. These alarming numbers require immediate action. Pragya adds, “If we stop single-use plastics completely, we would be able to delay the effects of climate change by a few years and also start managing our waste much better, reducing global temperatures, improving air quality and living conditions.”

At Brown Living, each product is made in India and selected through The Brown Lens, a proprietary framework that evaluates its environmental impact, fair trade, ethical sourcing and production. All orders are packaged and shipped plastic-free in biodegradable, plastic-free and recycled containers and shipped in 100% post-consumer boxes with plastic-free paper tapes. A share of profits is directed towards tree plantation drives. Labels and artisans who respect the people and planet feature exclusively on this platform. Till date, the aggregator hosts over 300 sellers with over 10,000 products from across India, with 72% women entrepreneurs.

Brown Living’s vision is to shift mindsets, make sustainable living mainstream and bust the myth that zero-plastic lifestyle is expensive or niche. “A lot of options for affordable plastic-free products are easily accessible now. Even if you go back to the traditional ways of shopping from kirana stores or buy produce by weight, in small batches, you will have fresher, healthier products both for you as well as the planet, while supporting local businesses. So, it’s an absolute win-win and completely guilt-free, Chaitsi adds.

Commenting on the plastic ban, she says, “The ban should have a tax-on-the-polluter component where manufacturers are held accountable for responsibly recovering and recycling the plastic they have put out in the market so far and changing packaging materials to be environment-friendly. Government funding and subsidies for companies producing biodegradable alternatives to single-use plastics could also prove to be a game-changer at the grassroot level.”

Overall, Chaitsi is optimistic about living plastic-free but added, “We need a systemic shift in our consumption habits, ask questions before we buy, and drastically reduce the amount of single-use plastic that we already create, consume and discard each year, while also finding intelligent ways to repurpose the plastic that already exists.”

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PayerMax makes its Southeast Asia debut at Singapore Fintech Festival 2022

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PayerMax makes its Southeast Asia debut at Singapore Fintech Festival 2022

“Collaboration is key to establish a secure and reliable digital payment ecosystem”

PayerMax, an omni-method global payments solution supporting more than 350 local payment methods across Southeast Asia, South Asia,  MENA and LATAM, made its Asia debut at the Singapore Fintech Festival earlier this month. Sharing the stage with key fintech players like Ant Group, GCash, and Coinbase, PayerMax shared expertise from its strategic playbook on post-covid cross border payments and navigating diverse regulatory landscapes.

Singapore Fintech Festival made its first return as an in-person event since the pandemic, with attendees belonging to key sectors like finance institutions, fintech solutions providers, blockchain, higher education and even policy makers and more. This year, along with SFF’s theme of  ‘Building Resilient Business Models amid Volatility and Change’, PayerMax spoke on the evolving digital habits of consumers spurred by the pandemic and how to be future ready. They highlighted that collaboration is the key to shaping the future of digital payments, especially stressing on the need for public and private sectors to work together in the ecosystem.

At a regional level, the digital payments landscape in Southeast Asia is expected to reach US$1.5 trillion by 2030, underscoring the saliency of cashless, contactless, and cross-border payments. Online businesses have mushroomed across Southeast Asia which has made it imperative for the governments to set up a digital payments infrastructure that ensures a safe, secure and reliable ecosystem for all. Leveraging on its partners across Southeast Asia and around the world, PayerMax intends to drive the industry forward by powering businesses to seize opportunities for growth within as well as beyond borders.

“Today, 6 in 10 Southeast Asians remain underbanked or unbanked. Technology is opening doors to newer solutions to enable financial inclusion and we expect to see the digital transformation of banking only grow with time,” says Rinkesh Sharma, Regional Director for PayerMax. “The on-going payments revolution has given way to growth opportunities for microbusinesses and SMEs. But to establish a secure and reliable digital payment ecosystem, collaboration is key. ”

PayerMax empowers global merchants to achieve borderless growth, by providing a full-stack solution where localized payment methods are accepted at scale, within a highly secure, robust and compliant environment.

About PayerMax

PayerMax is the world’s leading omni-method global payment solution, with over 350+ payment methods over 5 continents focusing on empowering the #borderless growth of the world’s top grossing digital merchants from developed markets.

Established in 2020, PayerMax is the emerging markets’ leading regulated digital payment provider servicing online merchants that have ambition beyond borders. PayerMax is headquartered in Singapore with head offices and presence in Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Brazil and China.

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United BioChannels Acquires ORFLO Technologies to Expand Market Share and Enhance Customer Engagement

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United BioChannels Acquires ORFLO Technologies to Expand Market Share and Enhance Customer Engagement

United BioChannels (UBC), a commercial strategy consultancy, announced its acquisition of ORFLO Technologies, LLC, from Gemini Bioproducts. The acquisition represents an opportunity for both ORFLO and UBC to collaboratively increase the commercial presence of ORFLO and build market share using UBC’s Modular Method of developing commercial strategy and tactical execution. ORFLO, a leading manufacturer of cell counting and characterization technologies, will be led by Varshal Davé, UBC’s Managing Partner, who will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. The acquisition is funded through a collaboration between UBC and BroadOak Capital Partners.

United BioChannels (UBC) Acquires ORFLO Technologies to Expand Market Share and Enhance Customer Engagement

“We are very excited to bring ORFLO Technologies into the United BioChannels family,” said UBC’s President Jeff Whitmore. “ORFLO has historically lacked a strong commercial focus, so our expertise presents an opportunity for a synergistic relationship. We believe that our processes will lead to increased visibility and revenue for ORFLO.”

“We have been tracking the progress of ORFLO Technologies for quite some time,” added Bill Snider, Partner at BroadOak Capital Partners, “and we see some great potential that the UBC team can unlock. ORFLO has a strong market presence and we think UBC’s leadership can only help the company grow.”

Cell and gene therapy, amongst other bioprocessing applications, require robust instrumentation as integral components of their workflow. Cell counters in particular serve critical quality control functions in multiple stages of these complex processes. Ketchum, Idaho, based ORFLO Technologies has excelled in these processes, having been implemented as standard instruments in regulated workflows for many leading bioprocessing companies. With a strong market presence having over 3,000 instruments installed worldwide, ORFLO has an established customer base that the company can build upon under UBC’s leadership.

About United BioChannels

United BioChannels is a global network of life sciences sales and executive professionals in strategic locations and science hubs. We are an experienced team with a diverse background in launching new technologies and with decades of commercial experience. We use a validated approach to get solutions to the right people. Through extensive due diligence to understand our clients’ unique situations, we can pinpoint the correct market segments to maximize success. We test market hypotheses and build messaging and sales tools, creating “win-win” relationships.

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OverIT provides remote assistance powered by Augmented Reality to Naturgy's field technicians

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OverIT provides remote assistance powered by Augmented Reality to Naturgy's field technicians

OverIT, worldwide reference company in the sector of Field Service Management software, has reached an agreement with Naturgy, leading multinational company in the gas and power sectors, through its electrical generation international subsidiary Global Power Generation (GPG) to provide remote assistance to maintenance staff working in the field on wind farms in Chile and gas combined-cycle power plants in Mexico, planning to extend the reach to other countries soon.

By using OverIT’s Next-Gen FSM Platform, GPG is planning to increase workforce’ safety, leveraging hands-free technologies (even in hazardous environments) and receiving real-time support powered by Augmented Reality, boost efficiency, relying on digital work instructions and accessing corporate knowledge base, and reduce travel times and costs dramatically, with the support of remote assistance.

This agreement forms part of Naturgy’s commitment to innovation for turning risks into opportunities and contributing to the creation of a smart company, aiming at maintaining its leadership position in a context characterized by constant transformation. The company has also adopted best practices, new business models, and modern technologies to be more efficient, competitive, and at the forefront of innovation, by placing the client at the center of its attention.

The trust that a worldwide leading company like Naturgy GPG has placed in OverIT represents a strategic partnership, strengthening, even more, our leadership position in the Energy & Utility industries”, said Javier Fraile, Sales Director at OverIT.

Naturgy is a multinational energy group operating in 20 countries with over 16 million customers and an installed capacity of 15.9 GW.

OverIT, backed by Bain Capital and NB Renaissance, is a multinational company with more than 20 years of international and cross-industry experience in Field Service Management software. The company is recognized by premier global advisory and consulting organizations as a leading FSM and AR industries vendor, according to its product offering and deep industry expertise. OverIT has over 300 customers in 30+ countries.

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