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FC LeoGaming Pay CEO Alona Shevtsova: New payment habits that will stay with us when the world leaves the period of pandemic

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FC LeoGaming Pay CEO Alona Shevtsova

In recent years, all the habits of the customers all around the world were located “in the street” as a result of such megatrends as urbanization, high prices for rental housing, small apartments, the availability of Internet connection through on virtually any device, perfect availability of the network, and so on. Financial company LeoGaming Pay CEO Alona Shevtsova talks about this in her blog hosted at Obozrevatel that is the most visited Ukrainian information website.

“For example, in Germany, the number of people who went out for lunch or dinner in public catering places once in a while increased from 9.9 million in 2015 to 11.8 million in 2019. However, the coronavirus pandemic has transformed the most basic processes in our lives and forced most consumers to adapt to new ways of working and relaxing. In short, all the ideas mentioned above are an attempt of a serious justification for the “everything has moved to our homes or online” phrase. Today, when we are already talking about the effective vaccines, it is important to understand whether all these processes were forced by a short-term trend, or whether new habits will remain with us in the long term,” – says Alona Shevtsova, CEO of FC LeoGaming Pay.

According to her, the coronavirus has become a key development factor in the history of the e-commerce market. While quarantine restrictions were imposed around the world and physical retail stores were closed, more and more people were getting used to buying things online, and businesses were building the most convenient way to work with customers in the current circumstances. So, according to the Shopify report, more than half (54%) of customers worldwide have increased their spending on online purchases since the onset of the coronavirus, and 4 out of 5 (79%) people plan to buy something online in the next six months. Users in the age group from 18 to 34, who are deeply involved in digital technologies, are the main participants of the trend and influence the way of business development. Many people are used to making purchases through social networks, thus making marketers in the field of e-commerce increase the cost of promotion in social networks. Many stores have done a lot of work to offer high-quality services. For example, they bring the items chosen on the website to the client’s home for fitting. I think that many people who do not have time to go to the stores will like this opportunity to make purchases. This year, people actively bought food, furniture for the arrangement of the workplace at home, sports equipment, medicines, and clothing online. According to a Deloitte report, people plan to continue to make more purchases online even after the pandemic.

“I think everyone knows about the positive trends in the development of delivery services in 2020. Even when you are walking down the street, especially in the center of Kyiv, it is difficult not to notice the number of people with bright backpacks working for delivery services. According to Glovo, the market in Ukraine grew by 6-7 times compared to last year in 2020, while the number of deliveries from supermarkets increased by almost 15-18 times in 2020. During the lockdown, people got used to ordering food and other goods through apps. And now, when authorities lift restrictions, people continue to use convenient and fast apps. Delivery services noticed the trend, and rapidly added new cities, expanded the area of activity, and implemented various functions, showing more and more people all the advantages of the delivery through applications. This habit has become so popular this year, that it is expected to increase the number of deliveries of ready-made food from restaurants by 3-4 times, and products from supermarkets by 6-8 times and other goods in 2021,” – says Alona Shevtsova, CEO of LeoGaming, CEO of LeoGaming Pay.

Besides, according to the expert, the need for various payment methods resulted in total rejection of cash payments, and mass adoption of cashless transactions, online payments, and contactless payments in 2020. By 2021 all these methods will be transformed into a convenient and favorite habit. Today, users need seamless solutions and new payment methods. In addition to the fintech field, this habit is also important for the retail sector. In 2020, the advantages of multi-channel business became obvious, and a significant part of retail stores opened online stores to increase sales. These days, digital sales channels must include the maximum variety of payment methods and a seamless way of purchasing for the customer. Customers are used to cashless payments, and this habit will only become more and more popular.

According to the CEO of LeoGaming Pay, Alona Shevtsova, the closure of cinemas, concert halls, museums, and other entertainment centers made people actively look for ideas for leisure at home. According to Deloitte, 38% of consumers say that during the pandemic, they subscribed to a new digital media, a streaming service for movies and TV series, or, for example, played video games for the first time. Two-thirds of these people said that they will continue to use services after the pandemic, and 27% of consumers plan to add more subscriptions. Games became the most popular way of entertainment. According to a Deloitte survey, 48% of those surveyed have played video games since the middle of March. As a result, the volume of “cloud” gaming in 2020 amounted to $585 billion, which is three times higher than just a year ago.

Talking about sports, it is worth noting that a significant number of people have successfully adapted to training sessions at home or on the street. Moreover, it turned out to be less time-consuming and quite effective. The demand for workout apps has more than doubled.

In 2020, people have learned to have fun and spend time at home. Research shows that new habits will stay with us for a long time.

We have to highlight the fact that many other habits were developed during this pandemic, such as remote communication, the constant use of masks and antiseptics, and so on. However, these habits are unlikely to remain with us for long after the stabilization of the epidemiological situation. For example, only 16.5% of those surveyed by Deloitte will continue to communicate with friends and family through various applications. For better or for worse, people strive for live communication and discussion of issues. Even the companies that permanently moved employees to remote locations still use their offices for meetings.

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Alternative meat startup Next Meats Co., Ltd and microalgae biotech company euglena Co., launch "NEXT Euglena Yakiniku EX" containing microalgae

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Alternative meat startup Next Meats Co., Ltd and microalgae biotech company euglena Co., launch "NEXT Euglena Yakiniku EX" containing microalgae

Next Meats Co., LTD, the controlling shareholder of Next Meats Holdings, Inc. (“NXMH”) announced that they had signed a joint product development agreement with euglena Co., a biotech company also from Japan which specializes in cultivating Euglena and Chlorella (types of microalgae) and developing the biofuel business.

It was announced that their first joint product “NEXT Euglena Yakiniku EX” is now available for pre-sale at the official online store of Next Meats (In Japan only).

The companies had signed a joint product development agreement in December 2020, aiming to offer consumers more sustainable diet options and lifestyle choices.

The “NEXT Euglena Yakiniku EX” is a plant-based meat containing 500 mg of Euglena and 500 mg of Chlorella extract. The product, which combines the strengths of both companies, is a plant-based meat packed with protein and a great balance of other vital vitamins and minerals. The Euglena Yakiniku EX, like all other Next Meats products, uses no artificial additives and has no cholesterol because no animal derived materials are used, and has significantly less of an environmental impact than regular meat.

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Data & Analytics Startup 9fin Announces Partnership with European Leveraged Finance Association (ELFA)

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Data & Analytics Startup 9fin Announces Partnership with European Leveraged Finance Association (ELFA)

9fin, the AI-powered data and analytics platform for fixed income, announces its partnership with the European Leveraged Finance Association (ELFA). The partnership will allow ELFA members to benefit from 9fin’s expertise in covenants and related market trends.

ELFA is a trade association for European leveraged finance investors. It aims to create a more transparent, efficient and resilient leveraged finance market by establishing and enhancing industry best practice, promoting transparency and facilitating engagement between market participants.

Steven Hunter, Co-founder and CEO of 9fin commenting on the partnership said: “9fin’s raison d’etre is to bring transparency to the leveraged finance market, so we were delighted when the opportunity arose for us to partner with the ELFA. We believe our technology, data, and analysis can help ELFA members shape a more transparent and better functioning credit market.”

Sabrina, CEO of the ELFA, commented: “9fin’s ability to deliver fast, actionable covenant information to investors will provide significant value to our members, and supports our mission to deepen market engagement on important issues. Its market insights and understanding of the implications of covenants will also be used to complement our educational resources. We look forward to working with them in the coming year to increase transparency for leveraged finance investors.”

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Health Carousel Announces Acquisition of MEDPATH

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Health Carousel Announces Acquisition of MEDPATH

Health Carousel, a premier provider of healthcare staffing and workforce solutions, announced today they are strengthening the power of the Health Carousel Locum Network further with the acquisition of MEDPATH.

MEDPATH, located in Trumbull, CT, was founded in 2012 by Timothy Kouble who will continue to lead the company after the acquisition.  MEDPATH will continue to operate under its own brand in Health Carousel’s growing portfolio of locum tenens brands.

MEDPATH is an innovative physician workforce management company that is mission driven to help healthcare organizations improve patient care and save lives.  They partner strategically with their clients and bring an ecosystem of powerful physician staffing resources, capabilities, and horsepower designed to get physicians to patients faster – with the goal of containing costs.  It has a hyperlocal physician network and strong loyalty with providers who can deploy quickly to provide coverage when needed.

MEDPATH joins a strong family of HCLN brands, including NEXTLocums, Onyx M.D., Lucidity, and Vitruvian Medical, which are expected to become the 10th largest locum tenens company in the country, according to the most recent estimates from Staffing Industry Analysts. This is Health Carousel’s 6th acquisition in the locum tenens space since 2015.

“We are pleased to welcome MEDPATH to our Health Carousel family and are confident that this addition will further increase our track record of service excellence with our customers,” said Bill DeVille, Chief Executive Officer of Health Carousel. “Our healthcare facility partners trust us to solve their staffing problems by delivering high-quality healthcare staff to positively impact their patient care, staff morale, cost of staffing and revenue. The addition of the MEDPATH team and their unique RPO/MSP model will enhance our offerings to clients.”

Health Carousel has a proven track record of helping clients solve their workforce challenges by delivering easier, faster access to a nationwide pool of highly qualified physician and advanced practice providers, demonstrated by winning a 2020 Best in Staffing Client Award for providing superior service to their clients.  MEDPATH is dedicated to that same level of partnership with their clients.

“MEDPATH is incredibly excited to become a part of the Health Carousel Locum Network as we continue to build our unique Physician workforce solutions program,” said Tim Kouble, Founder of MEDPATH. “We connected strongly to Health Carousel’s higher purpose of improving patient lives and making healthcare work better. We’re looking forward to advancing our relationships with healthcare organizations across the country to ensure every patient gets access to quality providers when and where they need them.”

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