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Core Spaces Selects Pigment to Drive Smarter Business Decisions and More Efficient Data Analysis

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Pigment’s agile business planning tools to bring a more holistic view and greater reporting efficiency, freeing teams to focus on long-term growth and innovation

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Pigment, the business planning platform, today announced a collaboration with Core Spaces, a vertically integrated residential real estate developer, owner, and operator, to utilize Pigment’s intuitive modeling capabilities and collaborative workflows to support complex planning and reporting needs and rapid growth.

Prior to using Pigment, Core Spaces experienced a lack of reporting integration and workflow issues, which created significant inefficiencies. In fact, some teams spent as much as 80% of their time on reporting consolidation. Because of this, Core Spaces sought out a new solution to reduce time spent on budgeting and forecasting and to consolidate reporting functions into a single tool.

Pigment’s scalable platform will enable Core Spaces’ teams to streamline these functions with its easy-to-use interface, flexibility and innovation — creating quicker and more informed business decisions. Core Spaces will not only benefit from having an upgraded business planning solution in place but also from Pigment and Lionpoint’s strategic expertise to help its leadership deliver on its vision of providing purpose-built housing for consumers.

“As Core Spaces continues to experience swift growth, an integrated planning tool that puts everything in one place was long overdue to drive better efficiency, internal controls, transparency, reporting and analytics,” said Merritt Poole, managing director and head of FP&A at Core Spaces. “Pigment’s market-leading platform and approach to business planning will be transformative for us. We pride ourselves on using the best possible tools and like to find innovators in their own spaces that share our high growth and nimble mentality, making Pigment the perfect choice.”

“Pigment and Core Spaces share an innovative culture that recognizes the importance of the collaborative, agile mindset needed to grow a business in strategic and proactive ways,” said Eléonore Crespo, co-CEO and co-founder at Pigment. “With Pigment’s platform, Core Spaces’ teams can stop spending time on low-value tasks that don’t drive the business forward. Instead, they will benefit from our smarter and more accessible business planning tools, allowing them to align with their rising trajectory and focus on what matters most — bringing their customers a better experience for years to come.”

Now more than ever, leaders across industries need to make strategic business decisions, plan ahead accurately and mitigate risks while steering their business through challenging markets, amid increasing demands for increased results. Despite these pressures, a recent study showed that 53% of finance leaders feel they lack access to the right tools for the evolving needs of their business. To alleviate these unnecessary pressures, Pigment provides a 360-degree view, allowing them to efficiently collaborate and adapt to change.

“As Core Spaces continues to experience rapid growth and expand into new areas, they required an integrated planning system that would be both user-friendly and capable of handling complex scenario analysis without limitations. With its latest features, Pigment offers a platform that is easy to manage across teams,” said Mitch Max, Executive Director at Lionpoint Group, a global strategy, technology, and operations consulting firm specializing in the financial services market. “We believe that Pigment is an excellent fit for Core Spaces, and we expect that the implementation of this platform will be transformational and accelerate the pace of change within their organization.”

Pigment has doubled its customer base over the past year as it continues to expand its offerings with AI and other leading technology. Core Spaces joins a growing list of globally-known clients, including Klarna, Miro, PVH (including brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein), Airtable, Figma and more, who all use Pigment’s modern, flexible solution to plan, drive growth, and future-proof their business.

For more information about Pigment and its technology, please visit gopigment.com.

About Pigment
Pigment is a business planning platform that provides organizations with the tools needed to intuitively and intelligently build and adapt strategic plans. Industry-leading companies like Klarna, PVH, Webhelp, Figma, and Poshmark use Pigment every day to quickly get an accurate picture of their business, make better decisions, and focus more on executing strategy in a rapidly changing world. Learn more at www.pigment.com.

About Core Spaces
Core Spaces (Core) is more than a real estate company, it’s a people company. Where building relationships is just as important as building properties. From researchers and architects to designers and operators, Core is made up of risk takers and dreamers who are on a mission to invent the future of living. Everything Core does stems from this culture of collaboration and innovation, and the drive to constantly improve the resident experience. This unique approach has led to creating spaces and services that are redefining the way people live.

Founded in 2010, Core is a vertically integrated company, focused on acquiring, developing, managing, and lending across the student housing and build-to-rent (“BTR”) sectors. Its residential communities feature world-class amenities, progressive design, and hospitality-driven client service. In its award-winning student portfolio, Core currently owns and/or manages over 37,400 beds – and has a pipeline of over 35,000 beds in various stages of development. Core’s BTR division currently has approximately 4,000 homes under development and in its pipeline in high growth metros across the country. For more information, visit www.corespaces.com.

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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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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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