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Sweden Based Startup LocalizeDirect Raises $1.1 Million for Gridly – a Headless CMS Tailor-made for Game Developers

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Sweden-based localization and software company LocalizeDirect announces an investment of SEK10,264,530 (USD1,130,802) from Entreprenörinvest, owned by The IKEA Family Foundation and a number of Swedish venture capital firms and private individuals, including Innovum Invest. Former investors also participated in the financing round. Jan Andersson, a founder and former CEO of ReadSoft (now Kofax), will join LocalizeDirect’s Board of Directors.

The funding will support the launch and development of Gridly – a collaborative headless CMS for multilingual game projects. Gridly is currently in beta and will be released in September 2020.

The trend we’ve seen for the last few years is a shift to a continuous development of games – games as a service. Instead of a one-time launch, developers now push out new content frequently, often on a weekly basis, in multiple languages. Managing game data (such as strings, IAP, gameplay variables) for agile multiplatform and multilanguage releases is time-consuming and can rapidly spiral out of control. Gridly facilitates this process, allowing the product teams to cooperate more efficiently time- and cost-wise,” says LocalizeDirect’s Managing Director Christoffer Nilsson.

Gridly has an open API, spreadsheet UI and features version control, branching, granular user access control and localization support. LocalizeDirect offers development companies plans depending on their project’s sizes, starting with a free tier.

The demand for agile, high-quality localization technology and services will continue to grow. It is already a key success factor in the game industry, but it is evident that the need for localization also grows fast in many other areas. LocalizeDirect is very well positioned to grow in this market and Gridly has the potential to become the preferred solution for many companies in many industries,” Jan Andersson, the Board Member of Entreprenörinvest and Innovum Invest underlines.

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H-E-B Opens Additional E-Commerce Fulfillment Center Featuring Swisslog Automation

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H-E-B recently announced the opening of a new e-commerce fulfillment center in Cibolo, Texas, to support curbside and home delivery orders throughout Cibolo, New Braunfels and surrounding cities around the San Antonio area.

The 55,000-square-foot facility marks H-E-B’s eighth e-commerce fulfillment center the company has opened since 2018 and features AutoStore empowered by Swisslog and operating on synchronized intelligence from Swisslog’s SynQ software. The most recent of these facilities was opened in Plano, Texas in July 2023.

Five members of the Swisslog team attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the facility and showcase the ongoing partnership between the two companies. Swisslog continues to help H-E-B achieve their automated fulfillment goals and provide unmatched service and support to their communities.

H-E-B said the e-commerce fulfillment center further expands the retailer’s commitment to integrate innovative technologies that drive omnichannel growth and provide a more convenient and better shopping experience for Texans. The company further explained that these facilities have enabled H-E-B to grow its supply chain capacity to help improve and power the expansion of its curbside and home delivery services, which are available at more than 270 stores in Texas.

With this facility now operational, H-E-B said it plans to continue to open additional facilities across the state to help support the retailer’s expansion plans.

About Swisslog

We shape the future of intralogistics with robotic, data-driven and flexible automated solutions that achieve exceptional value for our customers. Swisslog helps forward-thinking companies optimize the performance of their warehouses and distribution centers with future-ready automation systems and software. Our integrated offering includes consulting, system design and implementation, and lifetime customer support in more than 50 countries.

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RemotePass Simplifies HR and Payroll for UAE Companies with New Direct Employee Feature

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Abu Dhabi, UAE – June 5, 2024 – Leveraging its experience as a global platform offering contractor management and employer-of-record services in 150 countries, RemotePass, an HR and fintech platform, has launched ‘Direct Employee.’ This new solution empowers UAE companies, whether in free zones or the mainland, to onboard, manage, and pay their local and global employees through a single platform.

Direct Employee enables companies to instantly create compliant employment contracts, track expenses and time off, generate essential HR documents, and gain crucial insights through comprehensive analytics and reports. Additionally, the solution offers convenient approval workflows and seamless integrations with popular communication tools and finance systems like QuickBooks.

This product launch aligns with the UAE’s strategic goals to attract and retain top talent, both locally and internationally. The nation leads the Arab world in global talent competitiveness, according to the 2023 IMD World Talent Ranking, thanks to strong quality of life, high salaries, healthcare, education, and recent reforms. By addressing critical HR and payroll challenges, Direct Employee supports the UAE’s efforts to create a conducive environment for skilled professionals, enhancing the country’s attractiveness as a global hub for talent.

Kamal Reggad, CEO and Co-Founder of RemotePass, shares the inspiration behind Direct Employee: “As a UAE-based company, we have been able to identify unique challenges, which inspired the development of the Direct Employee product. Last year, we built this product specifically to support our local UAE employees and to centralize all of our HR & Payroll on RemotePass. After initially testing it with select clients earlier this year, we are now excited to make it available to all our UAE clients. We’re eager to see how this will transform the way UAE businesses manage their local & global workforce”

Existing RemotePass clients in the UAE can try Direct Employee for a free trial until September 31st, 2024, and experience the benefits firsthand.

About RemotePass:

RemotePass offers an all-in-one platform for companies to efficiently onboard, manage, pay, and retain remote contractors and employees in over 150 countries, ensuring compliance. The platform features HR tools like multi-currency expense management and time-off tracking with multi-level approval flows, along with mass payroll processing.

Additionally, remote teams get access to the RemotePass Super App, which offers financial services and benefits, including a USD Payroll card for instant payments, health insurance options, 7 payout methods, and 90+ currencies.

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Snowflake secures Dubai Electronic Security Centre certification, expanding provision of its Data Cloud in Dubai

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Snowflake, the Data Cloud company, has achieved the Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC) certification, enabling the company to extend its services to all markets within the Emirate of Dubai, including government and semi-government organizations.

The DESC certification is crucial for cloud service providers operating in Dubai, ensuring they meet the stringent cybersecurity standards necessary to serve government entities. Snowflake engaged with an assigned independent third-party assessor to complete the certification assessment. This accreditation involves a rigorous audit and is essential for providers who must demonstrate compliance with both international standards, such as ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27017, and ISO/IEC 27018, and local regulations outlined in the DESC Information Security Regulation (ISR).

With this certification in place and licensed by DESC, Snowflake is meeting the increased expectations of cloud service providers, and providing a framework for technical and governance measures to securely serve government entities in Dubai. The certification covers the company’s operations in the Azure UAE North region. For a full list of Snowflake regions, please refer to the Supported Cloud Regions page.

Mohamed Zouari, Regional Director at Snowflake, commented on the development, “As the Middle East rapidly advances its digital transformation and AI adoption, the need for reliable and secure cloud services is more critical than ever. Snowflake’s DESC certification not only underscores our dedication to meeting the highest standards of data security, but also positions us as a key player in supporting the region’s economic diversification and digital and AI strategies. This accelerates our growth and unlocks new business opportunities, while strengthening the cybersecurity posture of our services across the Middle East.”

This certification comes at a time when the potential for cloud computing and digital transformation in the Middle East is immense. The rapid adoption of cloud technology is supported by the governments’ increasing recognition of its benefits, and how the cloud is propelling AI adoption in the Middle East, with PWC estimating a $320 billion impact for the region.

For further information on Snowflake’s DESC certification or to inquire about security and compliance, visit the Snowflake Compliance Page.

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About Snowflake
Snowflake makes enterprise AI easy, efficient, and trusted. Thousands of companies around the globe, including hundreds of the world’s largest, use Snowflake’s AI Data Cloud to share data, build applications, and power their business with AI. The era of enterprise AI is here. Learn more at snowflake.com (NYSE: SNOW).

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