Drone Express, a commercial drone delivery service and a division of TELEGRID Technologies, Inc., has partnered with FarEye, an Intelligent Delivery Management Platform, to power autonomous drone deliveries for leading retailers in the United States.
As the e-commerce delivery economy rapidly increases, retailers are under pressure to evolve faster in the last mile to meet the growing demand while providing a great customer experience. These expectations lead to driver shortages, complexities in carrier partnerships, and order fulfillment in the retail market. Autonomous drones have been identified as a viable, more sustainable and cost-efficient alternative mode of delivery to ensure the overall customer experience is not negatively impacted by these challenges.
Drone Express operates as a logistics company, working with companies to strategically introduce drone package delivery into their supply chains and service offerings. The company has partnered with FarEye to enhance the drone delivery customer experience. FarEye provides Intelligent Delivery Orchestration solutions helping retail enterprises provide new delivery experiences. End-to-end visibility is achieved by optimizing routes resulting in a positive customer experience.
In May, Drone Express and the leading grocery retail provider in the United States announced a pilot to offer a drone delivery service as part of the grocery retailer’s continuing efforts to transform e-commerce. The first grocery retail store is expected to offer the drone delivery service in early summer.
“The time has come for drone deliveries to become the new reality. Retailers are facing new pressures due to the delivery boom and consumer demand and are showing interest in innovative delivery solutions like autonomous drones. Customers are used to Amazon-Prime-like experiences where they can schedule and track their deliveries in real-time. We are excited to take this market-first offering to retailers in partnership with Telegrid and transform modern-day retail deliveries,” said Gaurav Srivastava, Co-founder at FarEye.
With the combined capabilities of Telegrid and FarEye, retailers can achieve:
- Contactless deliveries with the help of drones
- Delightful customer experience keeping customers informed at every step of the delivery journey
- More flexibility to the customer to pick date and time of deliveries
- Improved on-time delivery performance by avoiding traffic delays
- Faster ways to fulfill same-day and same-hour deliveries
- Improved sustainability utilizing an alternative delivery method reducing overall carbon emissions
- Reduced operating costs by savings in driver and fuel costs
“Our landmark drone technology means consumers can now order a Gatorade to the soccer field, sunscreen to the beach, aspirin to the office or chicken soup for a sick friend,” said Beth Flippo, Chief Technology Officer, TELEGRID Technologies, Inc. “We are excited to partner with FarEye. The company plays a critical role in shaping the delivery experience to customers with optimized routing and real-time tracking. Together, we are moving commercial drone delivery beyond hype and making it a reality.”
Cano Health Acquires University Health Care for $600 Million and Increases 2021 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance to Over $100 Million
Cano Health, Inc. (“Cano Health”) (NYSE: CANO), a leading value-based primary care provider for seniors and underserved communities, and University Health Care and its affiliates (“University”), a private medical provider dedicated to comprehensive, dependable medical services in local communities, today announced Cano Health has acquired University and its affiliates for $600 million. The bolt-on acquisition to Cano Health’s proprietary population health management platform leverages Cano Health’s high quality operational and clinical care services to improve health outcomes for University patients while strengthening the company’s position in the fragmented Florida market.
Cano Health also now estimates full year 2021 adjusted EBITDA between $100 million and $110 million and reaffirms its full year 2021 membership guidance of 154,000 to 162,000 members and revenue guidance of between $1.4 billion and $1.5 billion.
“This transaction is a significant step forward for Cano Health and our patients, as it will allow us to bring our brand of affordable, high quality primary care to more patients in the Florida market and accelerate Cano Health’s profitable growth,” said Dr. Marlow Hernandez, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Cano Health. “University is a premier provider of value-based care, and we are thrilled to welcome the world-class University team to the Cano Health family. Our model has proven effective at providing industry-leading outcomes while controlling costs, and we look forward to delivering care at a larger scale than ever before.”
“Protecting the legacy of our family-owned business, our relationships with providers, and our deep ties to the local community has always been important to us. Our priority every step of the way was the wellbeing of our patients and the job security of our employees,” said Maggie Quevedo, Co-Founder of University.
Michael Quevedo, President of University and son of its Co-Founders commented, “In Cano Health, we immediately recognized a partner who shares our values and can help us build upon the legacy left by my father, Felix Quevedo, Sr. My brother Felix Quevedo, Jr., and I, together with our family and the entire University team, look forward to building America’s Primary Care with Cano Health. We are confident that our shared vision enables a winning combination for our patients, employees, and partners.”
University’s services align with the Cano Health model, which provides members access, quality, and wellness through a high-touch and high-tech model of care. Both companies share a similar culture, and both companies’ staff seek to build lifelong bonds with their members. Estimated standalone full-year 2021 University revenue is approximately $355 million and adjusted EBITDA is $37 million.
With this combination, Cano Health expects to continue to grow by serving its combined approximately 143,000 members in 88 medical centers, with over 1,000 staff and affiliate providers across the country.
Combining with University will:
- Add approximately 24,000 Medicare Advantage members.
- Increase Cano Health’s capitated Medicare organic membership and revenue growth due to a significant increase in clinical capacity and leveraging of Cano Health’s robust brand in the markets in which University operates.
- Create synergies by adding affiliate providers to the CanoPanorama platform and medical center operations.
- Improve University’s medical claims expense ratio through operational enhancements such as Cano@Home, a 24/7 urgency line, and care management programs.
- Leverage Cano Health’s proprietary population health management technology platform (CanoPanorama), delivering improved health incomes to a larger set of patients.
- Expand Cano Health’s leading market share in Florida, the number one Medicare Advantage market in the US.
- Deliver on Cano Health’s strategic objective to build, buy, and manage medical practices. Cano Health continues to pursue three key initiatives to realize the massive opportunity in value-based primary care: 1) organic growth, 2) new market entry and 3) targeted acquisitions.
- Cano Health acquired University with $540 million in cash and $60 million in equity. The transaction was financed through cash on hand and common equity issued to University’s shareholders.
Singapore based eCommerce platform Lazada launches public bug bounty program upto $10,000 with YesWeHack
Focused on vulnerabilities of personal data, Lazada will pay out up to US$10,000 in rewards to ethical hackers
Southeast Asia’s leading eCommerce platform Lazada announces the launch of a public bug bounty program with YesWeHack to identify vulnerabilities, after running a successful 18 month-long private program. Since January 2020, Lazada has been working with ethical hackers to detect security vulnerabilities in its IT environment as part of a private bug bounty program, and is now opening the program to the entire cybersecurity community.
With the launch of this public Bug Bounty program, Lazada is making a statement to the eCommerce industry, and highlighting the priority it places on security and transparency for its customers and partners, by offering security researchers up to US$10,000 per bounty.
Protecting customer data is a top priority
Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Singapore, Lazada is one of the leading e-commerce platforms in Southeast Asia and was acquired by Alibaba Group in 2016. The company, which has operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, also offers logistics, retail technology and payment services solutions, in addition to LazMall, the region’s largest virtual mall with over 18,000 brands.
Since the launch of its private bug bounty program, Lazada has worked with over one hundred ethical hackers to surface vulnerabilities, and has awarded over US$150,000 in bounties to security researchers. This includes a pre-launch event for the public program conducted that saw hackers from the YesWeHack community identify vulnerabilities in 48 hours.
“Given the importance of data and personal information, Lazada takes great care in protecting our customers and we have worked to patch these vulnerabilities, to ensure a safe shopping platform. With the evolving nature of data security, as well as the aggressive nature of hackers who exploit technology to steal data, we believe in working with the larger cybersecurity community to strengthen our IT ecosystems,” says Alan Chan, Chief Risk Officer of Lazada Group.
“Since working with YesWeHack, we have improved our security by enhancing our Secure Software Development Process, to avoid the same type of vulnerability coming up again. It has been very useful to verify with the wider researchers that our security monitoring can catch exploitation of vulnerabilities.”
Up to US$10,000 reward for reports on critical vulnerabilities
Lazada is now taking additional steps in providing transparency and security to its customers, by transferring the areas previously tested in the private program to a public program. This allows cybersecurity researchers from all over the world to participate in the program and report vulnerabilities to the eCommerce platform.
Furthermore, special attention will be paid to vulnerabilities that affect personal data and have severity levels of “high” or “critical.” For submitted reports on critical vulnerabilities, Lazada will pay out up to US$10,000 to security researchers. More information of the public bounty program can be found here.
“By launching this latest public bug bounty program, we are sending a clear message to everyone, that we value the importance of data in our possession. We believe in the expertise of the YesWeHack community and are excited to continue to work with ethical hackers in identifying new attack methods and countering them. This is about protecting our data, protecting our employees and protecting our customers against vulnerabilities,” says Franck Vervial, Head of Cyberdefence at Lazada.
“YesWeHack is delighted to partner with Lazada and expand our market in Asia, ensure their e-commerce platform and its customers are protected against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats,” says Kevin Gallerin, Managing Director, APAC at YesWeHack. “The switch to a public program follows over 18 months of collaboration, during which our global community of researchers has demonstrated its effectiveness and broad spectrum of skills. By reaching out to a broader community, Lazada strengthens its security, champions transparency and data privacy and protection. Ultimately, building and maintaining the trust and experience of the several million users across APAC.”
ComplySci Announces $120 Million Growth Investment From K1 Investment Management
ComplySci, the leading provider of regulatory technology and compliance solutions for the financial services sector, announced today that it has received a growth capital investment of approximately $120 million from K1 Investment Management, a leading private equity investment firm focused on high-growth enterprise software companies.
ComplySci is a widely recognized leader in offering innovative compliance software that creates a robust employee compliance function. The company’s solutions deliver scalable identification and mitigation of employee regulatory and compliance risks, at a high degree of precision and on a cost-efficient basis.
ComplySci partners closely with C-suite teams as well as in-house compliance, legal and technology professionals to deliver technology-enabled employee compliance solutions for broker-dealers, registered investment advisers (RIAs), hedge funds, private equity firms, investment advisors, venture capital firms and other businesses across the financial services sector.
Amy Kadomatsu, Chief Executive Officer of ComplySci, said, “We are thrilled that K1 shares our passion about the opportunities ahead for our business and our excitement around the future of innovation in the RegTech industry. With K1 as our partner, ComplySci looks forward to continuing to build out our products and services, and to driving additional growth through acquisitions. This investment underscores the enormous momentum that ComplySci has generated as the leading provider of innovative technology-driven employee compliance solutions across the financial services sector.”
$120 Million Investment Supports Ongoing Robust Growth
ComplySci will leverage K1’s investment to further build out its platform including existing modules, such as Political Contributions Verification, Senior Managers and Certification Regime, and Compliance Program Management and the recently-launched Compliance Control Room and Conflict Checking products, which track firm activities along with employee activities to proactively identify potential conflicts of interest and market abuse through a single integrated solution.
“As reflected in our record financial results for the first quarter of this year, which represented a new high-water mark for our already rapidly growing firm, we are leaders in a fintech segment where proven solutions from experienced providers are always in demand, regardless of market, economic or industry cycles,” stated Ms. Kadomatsu. “For our customers, business partners and employees, our new partnership with K1 underscores this key take-away: The best is yet to come as we harness the significant new investment in our company with the talent, energy and innovative spirit that our entire team brings to each customer relationship. We are setting the standard for the future of tech-empowered employee compliance.”
Existing investors in ComplySci will retain their stakes in ComplySci following K1’s investment.
K1 Expands Reach in Fintech Software
K1 has established itself as a leading investor in the enterprise software and software-as-a-service (SaaS) sectors, combining proprietary transaction sourcing capabilities with the experience and expertise of its operations team, K1 Operations, LLC. The firm has a robust track record in partnering with enterprise software providers including Smarsh, Digital Reasoning, Entreda, FMG Suite, and others to drive substantial growth in the wealth management space, an area where K1 believes particularly strong expansion opportunities exist for ComplySci.
Roy Liao, Senior Vice President at K1 Investment Management, said, “In this environment of ever-expanding regulatory complexities, financial services firms recognize how crucial it is to have technology-enabled, sophisticated and reliable employee compliance solutions. ComplySci has successfully positioned itself as a leading and trusted partner to these firms, providing them with indispensable capabilities that give them the visibility and confidence they need to operate their businesses, on a scalable yet effective basis. We’re delighted to partner with Amy and the ComplySci team to further expand the company’s ongoing growth and success.”
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