Friday, July 22, 2016

BWI: Delta Corp Chairman, Jaydev Mody, Buys 65% of FC Goa

 
Source : Jaydev Mody
Friday, July 22, 2016 8:58PM IST (3:28PM GMT)
 
Delta Corp Chairman, Jaydev Mody, Buys 65% of FC Goa
 
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

  • Acknowledges stewardship of Mr Dattaraj Salgaocar and Mr Shrinivas Dempo
  • Mr Mody restates commitment to Goan football
 
Mr Jaydev Mody, chairman of Delta Corp, has bought the 65% stake jointly held by Mr Dattaraj Salgaocar and Mr Shrinivas Dempo in the FC Goa football team, which is part of the ISL.
 
Mr Mody said: “This is an exciting time for us. Indian sport has come into its own and football is skyrocketing in popularity. The success of the league and the team has been extraordinary – and FC Goa has become a unifying brand for all Goans. It is to the credit of both, Mr Salgaocar and Mr Dempo, that this has happened. They showed wisdom and a pioneering spirit in their stewardship of the club, which comes from a deep love for the game. We hope to walk the same path and try and take the team to the next level.”

Mr Mody added that he is committed to Goan football and hoped to carry on the work done by Mr Salgaocar and Mr Dempo. He said he looked forward to working with the team, the entire coaching and support staff, and its management.

The remaining stake in the team continues to be held by the Videocon Group and India cricket captain Virat Kohli. In an earlier statement, they had lauded the contribution Mr Salgaocar and Mr Dempo and had thanked them for their support.

 
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BWI: Pepperfry Introduces Virtual Reality Tours of Studio Pepperfry

 
Source : Pepperfry.com
Friday, July 22, 2016 5:39PM IST (12:09PM GMT)
 
Pepperfry Introduces Virtual Reality Tours of Studio Pepperfry
 
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Pepperfry.com, India’s No.1 Furniture and Home marketplace has introduced ground breaking virtual reality tours of its Pepperfry Studios in Mumbai.
 
By using this virtual reality feature, Pepperfry customers can explore Pepperfry Experience Centers in Santacruz and Kanjurmarg in Virtual Reality and 3D on their laptop, mobile, and tablets from the comfort of their home. This uniquely-immersive experience allows customers to experience a real shopping environment without ever going into a physical shop.
 
To take the virtual walkthrough of the Studio, customers can head to Google and type “Studio Pepperfry” plus the location (for instance “Santacruz”) and start exploring Studio Pepperfry furniture by clicking on the “See Inside” option on the right hand side of the search result page. They can also open the Studio locations on the Google Maps application by clicking on the tiny compass on the upper right corner and navigate around by just moving their phone. Additionally, by using a Virtual Reality (VR) headset like Google Cardboard range, or the HTC Vive, or an Oculus customers can also check out the Studio Pepperfry furniture in VR. When accessed from Pepperfry.com, the products in the Studio are highlighted with little black + circles and linked to the product page on the website. These can be added to the Pepperfry wish list or shopping cart for future purchase.
 
Talking about this new feature launch, Deepak Sharma, Product Head, Pepperfry said, “Our Studios have been conceived as experience centers where we offer design inspirations to our customers. By providing an immersive panoramic view of these Studios virtually, we want customers to explore multiple home design options from anywhere, at any point in time.”
 
Pepperfry’s vision is to help 20 million customers create beautiful homes by 2020. The company plans to open 20 more Studios across key metros in the country by the end of 2016, and will provide virtual reality tours for all its Studios.
 
Links to the Virtual Reality Tour: Studio Pepperfry: Kanjurmarg and Studio Pepperfry: Santacruz
 
About Pepperfry.com
 
Pepperfry is India’s leading Furniture and Home products marketplace, offering customers an unparalleled selection of amazingly priced Home products and a consistently great shopping experience. The Pepperfry managed marketplace helps thousands of entrepreneurs and merchants sell to millions of discerning customers across India and the world.

 
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BWI: Magma Fincorp Ltd. Wins Customer Service Leadership Award- 2016 by Frost & Sullivan

 
Source : Magma Fincorp Limited
Friday, July 22, 2016 2:01PM IST (8:31AM GMT)
 
(NSE:MAGMA)
Magma Fincorp Ltd. Wins Customer Service Leadership Award- 2016 by Frost & Sullivan
 
Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Magma Fincorp Ltd., one of India's leading retail asset finance companies, has won the Customer Service Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan.

Frost & Sullivan presented the 2016 Customer Service Leadership Award in Vehicle Fleet Leasing to Magma Fincorp Auto Lease in recognition of the company’s exemplary customer service. Frost & Sullivan is a leading global strategy consulting company, headquartered in the US. Established in 1961, in New York City, the company today has 45 offices across the globe. It has six offices in India (Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune) and three offices in the Middle East (Dubai, Manama and Dammam).

The company has a domain knowledge approach to strategy consulting and has been working closely with multiple family run businesses/corporate groups in India, the KSA, and GCC, to develop their long term strategy and identify specific areas of business opportunity.

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies throughout a range of regional and global markets for superior leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development, by measuring their performance through independent, primary interviews, and secondary industry research in order to evaluate and identify best practices.

Magma Fincorp’s Auto Lease business was recognized for its market share in leasing market, revenue growth, and customer retention. The company has ensured personalized assistance, right from selection of vehicle till any Insurance Claim support in bringing better customer experience. The company and its officials put considerable efforts in handholding its customer and other stakeholders by educating them about benefits of leasing, awareness of the product & services. The company’s centralized customer services team handles the in-bound and outbound calls. E-mails related to any type of customer query is timely responded by the business and service teams with a suitable and customized solution. Frequent client visits and feedback via engagement with all stakeholders to ensure state of the art service to its customers is a priority in the mind of all Magma officials.

Magma has over the last three years of its short existence in this product line made significant changes and customization for its esteemed corporate customers through intensive training, well thought through campaigns to its clients, working closely with the car manufacturers to provide and end to end doorstep solution for the corporate customers. Magma’s strong legacy of expertise, a dedicated and enthusiastic executive team, and continuing commitment to excellence will enable the company to expand and enhance its presence across a highly dynamic and rapidly shifting fleet leasing market of India. With its strong overall performance, Magma Fincorp Auto Lease has earned Frost & Sullivan’s Customer Service Leadership Award in Vehicle Fleet Leasing. Significant to note that this set of customers is mainly MNC’s and large Indian corporates across various sectors mainly in IT, Pharma, Consulting and Manufacturing.

We are humbled by this achievement and honour that Magma has won this prestigious award by Frost & Suvillan, among other corporate entities who participated in this category. We at Magma design personalized strategies for improving customer service, through tailor-made customer experience to every single unique individual and we feel proud the efforts have duly been recognized”, said Mr. Sachin Khandelwal, Chief Sales Officer, Magma Fincorp Ltd.

About Magma Fincorp Limited

Magma Fincorp Limited (“Magma”) is a non-deposit taking non-banking finance company (NBFC), registered with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as an Asset Finance Company. The Company, having started operations over two decades back, is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange Limited and the National Stock Exchange in India.

Magma provides a bouquet of financial products including commercial finance, agri-finance, SME finance and mortgage finance and has a general insurance subsidiary. Magma with a focus on rural and semi-urban sector has a widespread coverage with a presence across 1,900 Talukas and 2,900 Locations. Magma has a live base of about 7 (seven) Lac plus customers and manages a Loan book of Rs 18,183 crore. The company has 234 branches in 21 states/ 1 UT and employs 9,073 people.

 
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BWI: Apollo Infinity: Where the Change You Want in Your Sofa, Changes the Game!

 
Source : Urban Ladder
Friday, July 22, 2016 2:04PM IST (8:34AM GMT)
 
Apollo Infinity: Where the Change You Want in Your Sofa, Changes the Game!
Yours truly, in more than a 1000 ways
 
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Love the sofa but absolutely hate the lack of choice in colours? Or worse, found the perfect design but it’s too huge for your space? Well, the change urban Indian homesteads were waiting for is finally here.


Urban
 Ladder, India’s largest online furniture and home décor company announced the launch of a completely configurable sofa that aims to meet the recurrent need for unique sofa design variations with ‘The Apollo Infinity’, a sofa you can make your own.

With a vision to design the perfect sofa which would appeal everyone, it took the design team at Urban Ladder months of research, designing and redesigning only to realise that there is no such thing as ‘the’ perfect sofa. Understanding that as people we are characteristically very different, the brand created a rather unique solution with the ‘Apollo Infinity’. As the name suggests, the sofa offers numerous exciting configurations, allowing new age sofa buyers to find their perfect match, the way they like it. The core fundamentals left un-assumed by Urban Ladder, the brand offers variations in colour, fabric, size, firmness and functionality helping people to find their own design answer.


With inferences gathered from customer feedback and research, Urban Ladder often received requests for sofa customisations in terms of functionality and design. According to Urban Ladder’s consumer research team, about 79% of Indian homesteads consider sofas to be the most important part of their homes, out of which 90% look for customisations.

“Over the years we have observed a pattern emerge with regards to the customisation requests for sofas and specifically our signature Apollo. Our answer to them and all our other thousands of Apollo loyalists is the Apollo Infinity. It is our Signature Apollo except now there are no limitations.”, shared Rushabh Sanghavi, VP Product Design and Strategy at Urban Ladder.

The ‘Apollo Infinity’ will allow Urban Indian homesteads to get one of India’s most popular sofa, Urban Ladder’s ‘Apollo’ with more than a 1000 configurable options, over 20 colours and many layout options. Also addressing to the space crunch in the urban cities of India, ‘Apollo Infinity’ offers compact solutions as well, making sofa purchase in the country a completely transformational experience. Adding to its charm, is the sofa’s good ground clearance, making maintenance and cleaning a no-worry!

Seemingly an unprecedented offering for the Indian sofa marketplace, Urban Ladder plans to make the make the configuration process seamless with its strong user interface. Depending on customer feedback and response, Urban Ladder plans to extend similar configurable solutions to their other sofa models.


About Urban Ladder

Urban Ladder was co-founded by Ashish Goel (CEO) and Rajiv Srivatsa (COO) in July 2012. The leading online furniture and home décor company provides a curated destination for home solutions, to help the Urban Indian build well-furnished, beautiful homes.

With over 5000 products and 35 categories such as wardrobes, sofas, beds, dining tables, storage shelves etc., Urban Ladder is India’s leading online furniture company. The furniture is closely curated with design inputs from Urban Ladder’s in-house team of experienced designers. At present, Urban Ladder delivers to 19 cities in India (Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi/NCR, Chennai, Goa, Pune, Hyderabad, Cochin Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Surat, Kolkata Mangalore, Jaipur & Baroda) and this number is expected to grow soon.

Please visit www.urbanladder.com  for more.

Photo Caption: Apollo Infinity

 
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BWI: Forevermark Redefines Branded Diamonds

 
Source : Forevermark
Friday, July 22, 2016 2:00PM IST (8:30AM GMT)
 
Forevermark Redefines Branded Diamonds
Announces new initiatives at the Forevermark Forum in Pune
 
Pune, Maharashtra, India

Forevermark, the diamond brand known for beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced diamonds, held a three-day interactive conference, The Forevermark Forum, from 19th July to 21st July 2016 in Pune. Each year, the Forum sees the attendance of prominent Diamantaires, Manufacturers and leading Jewellers from across the country, who come together, to ideate, transact and discuss the latest trends and developments in the industry. Themed around Pursuit of Brilliance™, the forum focused on the journey of a Forevermark diamond from the mine to the market.

 
The highlight of the gathering was the beautiful displays of cutting edge product and latest design collections from Forevermark which enabled the partners to place orders for the upcoming festive season.
 
Black Label Collection: The Black Label Collection, an exquisite new collection of diamonds in unique shapes like oval, square, cushion, heart and round shapes was showcased for the first time to exhibit unmatched brilliance, fire and scintillation comparable to round brilliant cuts.
 
Petit Programme: Another revolutionary development announced at the forum by Forevermark scientists was that they have made inscribing diamonds starting at 10 points possible. Also introduced at the forum were the Forevermark Petit diamonds which include diamonds under 10 points that meet the rigorous Forevermark selection process.  Though not inscribed, Petit diamonds boast of the same intense quality and standards as Forevermark diamonds that will allow wide range of price points into play for popular jewellery.
 
Exceptional Diamond Collection: This is a selection of the some of the most exquisite diamonds in the world. This collection represents the pinnacle of the Forevermark promise: some of the earth’s most magnificent creations, in carat weights that demonstrate just how magical and stunning nature’s beauty can be. Diamonds of superior standards that meet the stringent selection process and that have a weight of more than 5 carats are eligible for this programme.
 
10 points: Forevermark scientists have developed inscription technology that makes it possible to inscribe Forevermark diamonds starting at 10 points. This breakthrough helps Forevermark bring a wider range of price points into play for popular products that feature several Forevermark diamonds, such as line bracelets, diamond wedding bands, hoop earrings and other designed Forevermark Jewellery.
 
Design: On display were Forevermark’s recent design launches that included The Artemis collection by the acclaimed New York designer Bibhu Mohapatra and the bestselling Capricci Nose Pin Collection. The latest trends collections drawing inspiration from the world were on display, these included designs with themes such as Glow and grow, Spread your wings, Barock and Un fleur de peau.
 
The Forum showcased interactive presentations on different aspects like Forevermark Worldwide, Forevermark India, Beyond 4C’s of Forevermark beauty, Marketing, Retail & product and networking meetings.  Also presented was the ‘Millennial study’ with the objective to explore and understand the diamond buying behaviour of the future consumer. The session also threw light on the Forevermark Diamond Grading Report that provides the consumer an accurate blueprint of the qualities - cut, colour, clarity and caratage of each Forevermark diamond; Another report presented at the forum was ‘The Dossier’ - a succinct grading report for diamonds from 30 to 50 points. Amongst other highlights, the Design Competition was held for Forevermark Manufacturers & Diamantaires that witnessed some stunning designs and participation. 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Stephen Lussier, CEO Forevermark said, “It’s a matter of great pride for us to have all our partners here at the 5th Annual Forum. Our continued progress in India is a testament to their continued belief in the brand and the values we represent. At Forevermark, we are constantly striving to improvise on design, quality and service, with the support of our partners to make Forevermark diamonds a must have for Modern India.”
 
Sachin Jain, President, Forevermark shares plans, “The Forevermark Forum has emerged as the premier platform to stay connected and informed in the world of diamonds today. The beauty of a Forevermark diamond goes beyond the 4Cs and this year we have a great new line up of offerings that highlight this distinction and encapsulate diverse needs of the ever-changing consumer. At the Forum we showcased the Black Label, 10 Points, Exceptional Diamond Programme, One Carat Plus and trends collections to a great response from our partners. We have a new campaign coming up with the aim to grow consumer demand for Forevermark. We have two significant designer collaborations this year, Bibhu Mohapatra’s was launched in April and we will launch Sabyasachi’s exclusive collection in September this year. This is undoubtedly a year of partnerships and consolidating our efforts with our manufacturers, diamantaires and retailers to create a strong unified front as reflected in our theme for the year, The Pursuit of Brilliance™”
 
The 2016 Forevermark forum was attended by key industry influencers, retail chain owners, independent jewellers and opinion makers. TBZ, Joyalukkas, Orra, GRT, CKC, Malabar, M Notandas, AS Motiwala, Abaran, Neelkanth, VBJ, Tanishq, Gitanjali were some of the leading jewellers from across India present who were seen interacting and sharing knowledge at the platform.

The Forevermark forum has always been a great networking platform for diamond stalwarts setting the benchmark for the latest in the business of diamonds. The forum brought together speakers from diverse backgrounds to shed light on current trends in the market in ‘The Knowledge Series’. This year the interactive and fun-filled sessions by guest speakers included Argentinian-born, Diana Verde Nieto, Co-founder and CEO of Positive Luxury and Amruda Nair, Joint Managing Director & CEO of AIANA Hotels & Resorts.
 

For further information about Forevermark please visit www.forevermark.com 
 
Notes to Editors:
 
About Forevermark
 
Every Forevermark diamond is inscribed with a promise; a promise that it is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. Less than one per cent of the world’s diamonds are eligible to become a Forevermark diamond and be inscribed with the Forevermark icon and individual number. Forevermark is a diamond brand from the DeBeers group of companies and as such, benefits from over 125 years of diamond expertise. Forevermark diamonds are carefully selected and come from sources committed to high standards; are beautifully crafted by a select group of Diamantaires; and are exclusively available from select jewellers. 
 
Forevermark Inscription & Grading
 
Invisible to the naked eye, the inscription is made using bespoke technology from the DeBeers group. It is also recorded on the personalised Forevermark identification card which comes with each and every Forevermark diamond. The actual size of the inscription found on Forevermark diamonds is only 1/20th of a micron deep and can only be seen using a special Forevermark viewer which can be found in Authorised Forevermark Jewellers. It is confirmed by leading gemological institutes that the Forevermark inscription does not affect the internal quality of a diamond in any way.
 
Authorised Forevermark Jewellers are able to provide a Forevermark Diamond Grading Report.  It is an accurate blueprint of the qualities - cut, colour, clarity and caratage of each Forevermark diamond. The Forevermark Diamond Grading Report also features the individual identification number inscribed on the diamond and a specifically designed security hologram, providing reassurance that the Forevermark Diamond Grading Report is valid and genuine. For more information and to find your nearest Forevermark Jeweller offering Forevermark Grading Reports go to www.forevermark.com 

Photo Caption: 
From L-R: Mr. Sachin Jain and Mr. Stephen Lussier

 
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