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Albertsons Companies to Join Blockchain-based IBM Food Trust Network to Pilot Increased Transparency for Romaine Lettuce

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Albertsons Companies, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, is joining the blockchain-based IBM Food Trust network and will begin piloting the technology to improve how food is traced from farm to store shelf. The addition of Albertsons Companies to the Food Trust ecosystem of more than 80 brands brings blockchain-based food traceability to more consumers and industry players – from producers to suppliers to retailers – by helping enable greater transparency and collaboration, and ultimately, a safer food supply.

Blockchain is a system of record that establishes a shared environment for food transactions in which all participants can collaborate in a highly secured and transparent way to build trust. Food Trust enables network members to share digital, distributed and immutable data, so that stakeholders across the supply chain can work together to trace and authenticate products or optimize supply chain processes. The solution creates a digital record of transactions or interactions – from a packaging date, to the temperature at which an item was shipped, to its arrival on a grocery shelf.

The growing number of participants using the technology helps address a broad range of food system issues, such as supply chain efficiency, freshness, waste reduction, sustainability and participants’ ability to verify certifications, such as fair trade and organic. It is being used to make the end-to-end food ecosystem more transparent and trustworthy, and has the potential to transform broad, nationwide food recalls into efficient, precise eliminations of recalled products. Already, more than five million food products digitized on the solution are on retail shelves.

Albertsons Companies, which operates nearly 2,300 stores across the U.S., will pilot Food Trust for tracing bulk romaine lettuce from one of its distribution centers, then will explore expanding to other food categories throughout its distribution network. Albertsons Companies plans to pilot the solution to help overcome the obstacles that have existed when a traceback is initiated for a product like romaine and is evaluating ways to use the technology to highlight the provenance of its extensive Own Brands portfolio.

“Blockchain technology has the potential to be transformational for us as we further build differentiation on our fresh brand,” said Anuj Dhanda, Chief Information Officer, Albertsons Companies. “Food safety is a very significant step. In addition, the provenance of the products enabled by blockchain — the ability to track every move from the farm to the customer’s basket — can be very empowering for our customers.”

“Multiple high-profile consumer advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration demonstrate the need to find more efficient ways of tracing products and identifying likely sources of contamination in a timely manner,” said Jerry Noland, VP of Food Safety & Quality Assurance, Albertsons Companies. “Consequently, retailers are exploring new technologies to improve the infrastructure that underpins the global food supply chain.”

A blockchain network is strongest when it includes multiple, diverse members that form a transacting ecosystem. That is why the solution can enable an ecosystem of companies from across the food industry to onboard and share data. Already, members are recommending or mandating that their supply chain partners, such as downstream suppliers, join the network. This is intended to bring a more complete view of the entire lifecycle of a food product.

“Establishing IBM Food Trust and opening it to the food ecosystem last year was a major milestone in making blockchain real for business,” said Raj Rao, General Manager, IBM Food Trust. “Today, we are focused on ensuring that the solution scales and is accessible to participants across the food ecosystem, such as Albertsons Companies. By bringing more members into the network and enabling them to share greater cross-sections of data in a secured environment, we believe our vision of a transformed food ecosystem using blockchain is closer than ever.”

By creating a transparent, secured information-sharing platform, the food ecosystem can benefit from greater efficiencies and lower barriers to critical information access to help make the food supply chain safer. Built on Hyperledger Fabric-based open source technology, the solution uses permissioning to ensure companies can set rules about who can see the data they upload to the solution and for how long, and that they maintain control of their data even after it has been uploaded to Food Trust.

Food Trust is one of the largest and most active non-crypto blockchain networks in production today. It is available as a subscription service for members of the food ecosystem to join. For more information on availability, please visit here.

 

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i-exceed’s Appzillon Powers Canara Bank’s Omni-Channel Consumer Banking – A Comprehensive Solution for Cutting-Edge Mobile and Internet Banking Experiences

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i-exceed’s Appzillon Powers Canara Bank’s Omni-Channel Consumer Banking – A Comprehensive Solution for Cutting-Edge Mobile and Internet Banking Experiences

 

For some time now, Canara Bank, one of the leading public sector banks in India has been working with i-exceed for a successful digital transformation.

The bank started its digital transformation journey in 2017 by launching CANDI – India’s first truly digital banking branch that offers various banking services to the customers including instant digital on-boarding.

The next phase of digital transformation took place in the form of Omni-Channel Consumer Banking. Here, the bank wanted to provide a consistent user experience to its customers across all mobile and Internet channels.

i-exceed’s Appzillon Omni-Channel Consumer Banking proved to be the right fit for Canara Bank’s requirements because of its capabilities to function as a stand-alone system and also perfectly integrate with existing legacy systems. Customers can now use common credentials and access a unified beneficiary database, limits, etc. across different solutions offered by the bank. i-exceed’s offering also ensured quick time to market of all the project deliverables in an agile manner.

Omni-Channel Consumer Banking has been built using Appzillon Digital Experience Platform. A unique differentiator of the platform is its micro-app based architecture. It enables app developers to combine as well as customise micro apps from Appzillon Digital Repository to build complex apps much faster than other platforms in the market. Apps developed using Appzillon follow a ‘code once deploy anywhere’ approach that significantly reduces development and deployment effort for a wide range of environments (operating systems, browsers, and device form factors). The scalable architecture of the platform played an integral role in the app’s success as it could swiftly adapt to the large volumes of transactions taking place on Canara Bank’s Internet banking channel.

Recently, leading global FinTech-focused analyst firm IBS Intelligence recognized i-exceed at the Global FinTech Innovation Awards for ‘Most Innovative Digital Banking Implementation’ at Canara Bank.

S Sundararajan, Executive Director at i-exceed commented, “We are proud to be associated with Canara Bank for almost three years in their digital transformation endeavours. We are very excited to partner with them on their multiple digital initiatives as they become a digital-first bank. We wish Canara Bank all the best in their initiatives and look forward to our continued engagement as there is a tremendous opportunity to bring more customers to perform all their transactions digitally.”

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Ping An Completes First Venture Investment in India to Enhance Auto Services Ecosystem

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Ping An Insurance (Group) of Company of China, Ltd. (hereafter “Ping An” or the “Group”, HKEx:2318; SSE:601318) announced that Ping An Global Voyager Fund, its overseas investment arm, has led a US$70 million Series D in Indian auto technology company CarDekho, alongside Sequoia Capital and Hillhouse Capital. This is Ping An’s first venture investment in India.

CarDekho Group, founded in 2008, is one of India’s leading autotech companies. It has successfully digitized the auto ecosystem in India and is aggressively pursuing the vision to own the personal mobility space by helping customers across their entire car buying and ownership journey. CarDekho Group currently has operations in IndiaIndonesia and Philippines and operate leading Indian auto sites such as CarDekho.com, Gaadi.com, ZigWheels.com, BikeDekho.com, InsuranceDekho.com and PowerDrift.com.

Based in ChinaPing An is one of the world’s largest financial services companies. Ping An has been investing heavily in technology and building five ecosystems covering financial services, health care, auto services, real estate services, and smart city services. The Group is the majority shareholder of China’s largest auto portal Autohome (NYSE: ATHM).

“Auto services are a core component of Ping An’s ‘finance + ecosystem’ strategy, reflected in our majority shareholding in Autohome in China. We have been extremely impressed with the business CarDekho has built in India, particularly its success in developing different types of financial services offerings to address car buyers’ needs,” said Donald Lacey, Managing Director and COO of the Ping An Global Voyager Fund. “The Global Voyager Fund’s stake in CarDekho represents Ping An’s first venture investment in India, and we are delighted to partner with an organization of CarDekho’s caliber.”

“It’s a matter of great pride for us at CarDekho that Ping An is choosing us as their first Indian investment. As a leading full stack autotech company in India, we at CarDekho are committed to help consumers throughout their car buying journey. Our unique auto ecosystem provides us a competitive edge in reaching out to consumers and engage with them through our various transaction models at one platform. With the latest fundraise, we will continue to strengthen our domestic and international businesses and will aggressively work towards becoming the largest personal mobility player in the country,” said Mr Amit Jain, CEO and Co-Founder, CarDekho Group.

 

SOURCE Ping An Insurance Group Ltd.

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Broadridge Announces Pricing of $750 Million Senior Notes

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Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR) (“Broadridge”) today announced that it has priced $750 million aggregate principal amount of 2.900% senior notes due 2029 (the “Notes”) in an offering registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  Broadridge intends to use the net proceeds of this offering to repay the outstanding indebtedness under its revolving credit facility and for general corporate purposes.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, BofA Securities, Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., BNP Paribas Securities Corp., TD Securities (USA) LLC. and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. are acting as the joint book-running managers for the offering.

The Notes are being offered pursuant to an effective registration statement only by means of a prospectus and related preliminary prospectus supplement, copies of which may be obtained from: J.P. Morgan Securities LLC collect at 212-834-4533, BofA Securities, Inc. toll-free at 800-294-1322, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC toll-free at 866-718-1649 and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC toll-free at 800-645-3751.

You may also visit www.sec.gov to obtain an electronic copy of the prospectus and related preliminary prospectus supplement.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

 

SOURCE Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

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