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Acquisition reinforces Metro Supply Chain’s position as a leading North American and international strategic contract logistics service provider, while adding new verticals to its offering

MONTREAL, Jan. 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Metro Supply Chain Inc. (“Metro Supply Chain“), a strategic supply chain solutions partner to some of the world’s fastest growing and most reputable organizations, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SCI Group Inc. (“SCI“), a leading Canadian third-party logistics (3PL) company, from Canada Post Corporation (“Canada Post“) and Purolator Holdings Ltd.

This transformational transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2024, subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals.

“We are thrilled about the prospect of acquiring SCI,” said Chiko Nanji, Metro Supply Chain Founder and Group Chairman. “There is an excellent strategic fit between SCI and our existing operations and culture, and we are excited about the future as a combined entity. This acquisition will strengthen our position as a true champion in strategic contract logistics services.”

The combined entity, with deep Canadian roots and a shared focus on customers, will be ideally positioned to compete in the global supply chain sector.

“The strategic alignment between Metro Supply Chain and SCI is strong. We look forward to leveraging our complementary strengths and shared emphasis on operational excellence to generate growth for clients in multiple sectors, including technology and healthcare, and expand our e–commerce offering,” said Metro Supply Chain President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Fenton. “The addition of SCI to the Metro Supply Chain group will offer opportunities to enhance our expansion efforts south of the border.”

Headquartered in Québec, with significant regional support offices in the Greater Toronto Area and operations across Canada, the United States and United Kingdom, the combined entity will create a diversified supply chain solutions provider.

Metro Supply Chain is highly engaged and committed to its people and the communities in which it operates. It is mindful of its social, economic and environmental impact and seeks ways to work more sustainably and create a positive impact on the planet, customers, teams and communities.

Chris Galindo, President and CEO of SCI, will remain with the combined entity, ensuring the continuity of SCI’s commitment to excellence.

“There is a strong strategic alignment between Metro Supply Chain and SCI, from our strong people–first cultures to our focus on innovation, best-in-class systems, and contractual business models and complementary technology, client and vertical mix,” explained Galindo.

Metro Supply Chain is grateful to its existing and new financial partners, LDC Logistics Holdings Inc., CDPQ, Investissement Québec, and the National Bank of Canada, for their support in this transaction and the future growth of the combined entity.

“With this 10th acquisition by Metro Supply Chain since it began working with CDPQ in 2018, the company is actively pursuing its strategic development plan,” said Kim Thomassin, Executive Vice-President and Head of Québec at CDPQ. “We are proud to support the company in its efforts to strengthen its position as a Canadian leader, accelerate growth projects and expand activities, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom.”

To support its global strategic vision, Metro Supply Chain has concluded an agreement with the Government of Québec through Investissement Québec, for an investment by way of a private placement in Metro Supply Chain.

“To ensure the economic and sustainable development of Québec, it is essential that we be able to rely on Québec companies and robust supply chains. With this investment in Metro Supply Chain, we are helping a Québec company to become an international leader in the logistics sector,” stated Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy, Minister Responsible for Regional Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region.

“This transaction aligns with Investissement Québec’s mission to create a logistics champion and support its geographic expansion outside Québec. Metro Supply Chain is setting an example by making a significant investment to improve its productivity by automating its warehouses. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of supply chains, which are an essential link in the Québec economy,” said Guy LeBlanc, President and CEO of Investissement Québec.

“Metro Supply Chain welcomes Investissement Québec as one of its new strategic partners and is very pleased to be able to count on the continued support of LDC Logistics Holdings Inc., CDPQ, the National Bank of Canada, as we pursue our global growth ambitions,” stated Metro Supply Chain CFO Mathieu Descheneaux. “This strategic investment enables us to acquire high–quality companies like SCI to expand the range and depth of supply chain solutions we can offer.”

Together, Metro Supply Chain and SCI anticipate a bright future, delivering innovative supply chain solutions that meet the most challenging needs of their customers.

Advisors

TD Securities Inc. is acting as exclusive financial and financing advisor to Metro Supply Chain, while Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, and Stikeman Elliott LLP are acting as legal advisors to Metro Supply Chain.

About Metro Supply Chain

Metro Supply Chain is a strategic supply chain solutions partner to some of the world’s fastest-growing and most reputable organizations. For almost 50 years, it has excelled at tailoring integrated, data-driven solutions, fueled by advanced systems and technology, that fulfill complex and challenging distribution needs. Managing 15 million square feet in more than 100 sites across North America and Europe with a team of 6,000, it is one of Canada’s largest privately owned supply chain solutions companies. In 2023, Metro Supply Chain received the prestigious Best Managed Companies award for its strategic expertise, culture of innovation and commitment to its people and local communities.

About SCI

SCI makes North American businesses even better by offering its clients in the omni-channel retail, technology, health, beauty and wellness sectors a suite of end-to-end supply chain solutions. For 30 years, its deep-rooted, best-in-class logistics, supply chain, and transportation management expertise has continued to help mid-market clients coast-to-coast and across the border.

SCI manages more than $1 billion of inventory daily through a nationwide network across Canada. It operates more than 75 locations totalling over 4 million square feet and employs more than 3,000 team members.

SCI prides itself on adding value to clients’ business by removing friction points and seamlessly delivering on their business strategy. Through continuous improvement processes, business intelligence tools, data-driven insights, and progressive technology, its integrated team of experts are committed to reducing costs, risks and complexity within the supply chain. By optimizing supply chain operations, SCI’s clients gain the competitive advantage they need to scale their business.

Media inquiries, please contact: For Metro Supply Chain: Serge Vallières – NATIONAL Public Relations, Director, Corporate Communications, [email protected], (438) 372-3575; For CDPQ: Kate Monfette, Director, Media Relations, [email protected], (438) 525-2520; For Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy: Rosalie Tremblay-Cloutier, Policy Advisor, Office of the Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Energy, [email protected], (438) 777-3777; For Investissement Québec: Mathieu Rouy, Special Advisor, Media and Government Affairs, [email protected], (438) 827-4143

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Shanghai’s Lujiazui adds 5 global asset management institutions

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SHANGHAI, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Five global asset management institutions, including Aspect Capital and Schroders Capital, have signed agreements to settle in Shanghai’s Lujiazui Financial City, said local authorities.

According to Xiao Jian, head of Lujiazui administration bureau under the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, Lujiazui Financial City has so far attracted more than 8,000 financial institutions.

Lujiazui has become an important cluster for global asset management institutions in China. It now boasts about 80 percent of foreign-funded asset management institutions, 40 percent of foreign-funded corporate banks, nearly one-third of public fund management companies, and nearly one quarter of insurance asset management institutions of the total in the country, Xiao said.

More than 80 world-renowned financial institutions from 13 countries have established over 120 foreign asset management institutions in Lujiazui.  

“Lujiazui is an important gathering place and business expansion place for global asset management institutions in China. We are very honored to have the opportunity to join the Global Asset Management Partner Program. We also hope that through this signing, we can contribute to building Lujiazui into the core area of a global asset management center and accelerating Shanghai’s entry into the forefront of global asset management center cities,” Li You, Chief Compliance Officer of Aspect Capital (China) Limited.

Shanghai has made a great stride in pushing for financial openness and attracting more global financial institutions and investors. The next step could be to take advantage the special status of Shanghai Free Trade Zone and Lingang special area to develop an off-shore financial system, adopting the most advanced financial business models and regulatory regimes,” said Yan Hong, professor of finance of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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LAMPRO International Distributor Summit: A Feast of Gathering and Future Prospect

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-Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate

HUIZHOU, China, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On March 2-3, right on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of LAMPRO, the International Distributor Summit was successfully concluded in Huizhou. With the theme of “Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate”, the summit attracted more than 200 partners from all over the world, sharing the industry trend and advanced leading technology. During the summit, LAMPRO held an appreciation award ceremony and signing ceremony as well for partners to co-build a partnership system and create a brighter future together.

At the summit, Sichuan opera performances, band shows, and other entertainment sessions created a warm and comfortable homey vibe, so that every guest fully enjoyed the process. One of our partners even took the initiative to sing on stage.

To share business opportunities with partners and demonstrate the vision of prosperous development, LAMPRO has elaborately planned the “Tree of Dreams” launching ceremony and the 20th-anniversary sand painting video. In the beginning, Chairman Tiger Lin thanked all partners for choosing Unilumin and LAMPRO, and he emphasized, “It is vital to choose the right brand and bind with it, which will help you become an outstanding leader locally.” Afterwards, Mr. Lawrence Liu, General Manager of LAMPRO, shared the development strategy of LAMPRO partner system. The project director introduced and demonstrated LMini and other major product series in details, which greatly boosted the confidence of global partners.

Furthermore, to thank partners for their support and seek mutual development, LAMPRO also held an awarding session, a signing ceremony, and a visiting journey to the Daya Bay intelligent manufacturing base on March 3, which demonstrated the industry-leading intelligent manufacturing capabilities of LAMPRO and high quality of products. LAMPRO sincerely expects to establish a closer cooperative relationship with global partners. Partners said that they gained valuable friendship and cooperation opportunities at the summit, and highly recognized the manufacturing strength and product capability of LAMPRO.

Meanwhile, elaborately arranged lucky draws pushed the atmosphere to a culmination, in which prizes included electronic equipment of well-known brands. At the end of the dinner party, LAMPRO prepared unique souvenirs, including the 20th-anniversary mascot of LAMPRO, hoping to leave an unforgettable impression on every guest.

Looking ahead, we expect to share greater joys of success with more partners in subsequent distributor summits, create a bright future and display a better world together.

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Aptoide launches campaign for a truly open digital market with new DMA website

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LISBON, Portugal, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Aptoide, the pioneer in global alternative Android app distribution, has launched a new campaign website, Leveling the game, including an Open Letter from the Aptoide founders, to demand full compliance from gatekeepers with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) and to urge regulators to take further action against anti-competitive practices by digital gatekeepers. Since 2011, Aptoide has been a vocal advocate for fair competition in the mobile app market, consistently challenging the market dominance of tech giants like Google.

 

With the March 2024 deadline for complete DMA compliance from gatekeepers set for this week, Aptoide sees this as a critical juncture for achieving true fairness in digital markets. However, the company also points out that significant obstacles remain, particularly with Apple’s recent DMA-related proposals, which include the introduction of a Core Technology Fee (CTF) and restrictive terms that limit developers’ access to alternative platforms.

“Aptoide has always advocated for a digital marketplace where innovation thrives and fairness reigns”, said Paulo Trezentos, Aptoide’s CEO and co-founder. “The DMA is a landmark step in that direction, but it’s clear that some tech gatekeepers are reluctant to let go of their stranglehold on the mobile industry. We must continue to push for reforms that will truly level the playing field”.

Aptoide argues that Apple’s proposed changes mostly serve to preserve its market dominance rather than to foster genuine competition, maintaining control by imposing disproportionate fees on alternative app stores and discouraging users from exploring non-Apple ecosystems through complex installation processes and misleading warnings.

Álvaro Pinto, co-founder and COO of Aptoide, added, “We’re at a crucial moment where the actions of regulators will determine the future of digital markets. Apple’s half-hearted reforms under the DMA are simply not enough. We need to ensure that the spirit of the DMA is not lost in loopholes and half-measures”.

In response to these challenges, Aptoide calls on EU authorities to hold Apple accountable and to demand that they:

  • Eliminate or significantly reduce the CTF to reflect actual costs.
  • Offer developers the freedom to choose between distribution models without restrictions.
  • Simplify the app installation process for a better user experience.
  • Apply the CTF fairly across all market participants.
  • Remove misleading warnings about alternative payment systems.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of data from competing marketplaces.

Aptoide believes that real competition can only emerge if the EU takes decisive action to enforce open market principles, leading to a digital marketplace that values fairness and innovation. And that the fight for an open digital marketplace is far from over and requires a united front. That’s why the company urges developers, consumers and regulators to join in demanding more from both Apple and Google.

Aptoide invites all stakeholders to visit their new DMA advocacy landing page, Leveling the game, to learn more about the ongoing struggle for an open digital world and to join the movement against the outdated monopolistic tactics of dominant gatekeepers.

Read the Aptoide Founders’ Open Letter about the DMA and what we need for real digital freedom here:

Open Letter from the Aptoide Founders

About Aptoide

Aptoide is a game-changing app distribution and payment processing platform, with over 430 million users, 10 billion downloads and 1 million apps. Available on multiple channels including Android, Web, TV and automotive, Aptoide offers developers a trusted, experienced partnership with a deep understanding of all ecosystems.

Please contact: press@aptoide.com 

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