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Thomson Reuters Partners with NGOs to Fight Human Trafficking

Powerful data analytics will enable companies to identify sources of labor in their supply chains and avoid risk of involvement in exploitation Thomson Reuters announced new partnerships with two of the world’s premier anti-slavery organizations to turn the power of data analytics onto corrupt labor brokers and people traffickers.  Companies and financial institutions can become unwitting participants in slavery due ... Read More »

FINTECH at its Best: Goldman Sachs Enters the Fray

Goldman Sachs is entering online lending!  BIIA editorial comment. Six months ago Goldman Sachs was a lead underwriter on the initial public offering of Lending Club, the biggest and brashest of a new breed of online lenders.  There it got an inside view of how financial disrupters work.  Now this financial powerhouse is looking to disrupt the disrupters, launching its ... Read More »

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Lays Out U.S. Strategy

Alibaba’s U.S. strategy is about getting more American companies on its platform to sell to Chinese consumers — not about trying to market to U.S. consumers, the company’s founder and executive chairman, Jack Ma, emphasized on Tuesday. “We need more American products to go to China,” Ma said at Tuesday’s Economic Club of New York gathering at the Waldorf Astoria ... Read More »

LexisNexis India Acquires Universal Law Publishing

LexisNexis has acquired its Delhi-based rival Universal Law Publishing for an undisclosed amount.  LexisNexis India is the domestic arm of the USD 9-billion Anglo-Dutch Reed Elsevier group and claims to be the leader in the around Rs 500-crore legal publishing industry in India. While LexisNexis India employs around 200 people here, Universal Law Publishing has a headcount of around 50 ... Read More »

WAND Launches Fire Department Taxonomy

Fire Departments carry a lot of responsibility.  Not only do they fight the fires in our communities, they also rescue people from dangerous situations and provide a variety of fire and emergency safety education programs for everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens. Firefighters also spend many, many hours in training throughout their careers.  Unlike most of us, they also stay ... Read More »

Linking Data is the Biggest Challenge for Global Marketers

Annual global research identifies linkage, technology and organizational structure as the three key challenges in digital marketing Digital marketers are facing an on-going battle getting to grips with the huge amounts of data they have to work with. The biggest hurdles and key priorities for marketers this year are dependent on having accurate, enriched data, linked together in a central location ... Read More »

Worldbox Expands Hong Kong Office for Asian Operations

Worldbox Business Intelligence has expanded its Hong Kong bureau to serve as a hub for Asia-Pac co-ordination, as well as offering corporate solution services as an extension of its company information product line. The Swiss-based firm, specializing in international cross-border business information, has expanded its Hong Kong office to become the regional headquarters for the Asia Pacific region. Founder and ... Read More »

Alibaba launches Korea Pavilion on Tmall.com

Alibaba Group, has announced the launch of a Korea Pavilion on its Tmall.com platform.  Tmall.com’s Korea Pavilion opened on 18th May and allows any Korean retail goods to be listed. Tmall.com’s Korea Pavilion was introduced in a ceremony at the aT Center by Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, and Choi Kyunghwan, Deputy Prime Minister of Korea. ... Read More »

New PERC and TCAI Study: Is CROA Choking Credit Report Literacy

A newly released study finds that implementation of the Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA) discourages interested consumers from learning more about their credit reports and scores, creating conflicts with other federal laws and public policy objectives. The authors, from the Policy and Economic Research Council (PERC) and Take Charge America Institute (TCAI) at the University of Arizona, examined data from ... Read More »

Using Unreliable Data Won’t Help Credit Invisibles

American Banker recently published an Op-Ed from Jim Wehmann, head of FICO’s Scores business. In it, he delineates some of the risks associated with the approach being promoted by those claiming that tens of millions of previously “invisible” consumers can qualify for mortgages based on data that exists today in their credit bureau files. An important debate is occurring in the mortgage industry ... Read More »

Commercial Credit Bureau (SCCB) Singapore and Hospital Alliance Singapore to Launch Special Credit Reporting Service

A new credit report has been launched in Singapore to help hospitality firms in their risk management.  The SCCB Hospitality Credit Report is a joint effort by Singapore Commercial Credit Bureau (SCCB) and Hospitality Alliance Singapore (HAS).  It will be made available to members of seven key associations under HAS, benefitting some 80 hospitality firms. According to SCCB, payment performance ... Read More »

CRIF Acquires 30% Equity Stake in Economic Research Company Nomisma

CRIF will enter with a 30% stake in Nomisma’s share capital, becoming the largest shareholder as well as the only shareholder-industrial partner in the Bologna-based economic and industrial research company. The transaction involves the acquisition of a minority stake aimed at future industrial partnerships. The Bologna-based economic research company will maintain complete and unchanged operational independence. The new structure will ... Read More »

Creditsafe Launches Debt Chaser and Debt Collection

Recovering debts made easy Creditsafe, the business intelligence experts, has announced that it has included two useful services for subscribers to its online platform: Debt Chaser and Debt Collection. It has developed the services in response to customer demand for additional services that can be used as part of the overall customer credit and debt management process. Creditsafe Debt Chaser ... Read More »

Sinosure Signs Partnership Agreement with Serasa Experian

The China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) and Brazil’s largest credit report company, Serasa Experian, signed a long-term partnership agreement to collaborate on credit information and support services – the company’s first such agreement with a major Latin America-based company. Sinosure reportedly has partnerships in place with more than 120 credit information companies around the world. Source:  Xinhuanet.com Read More »

Dun & Bradstreet Shifts to Partnership Model in Australia/New Zealand Market to Focus on Core Commercial Strategy

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) today announced it is shifting its Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) business to a Worldwide Network partner model. Archer Capital, a leading Australian private equity firm – via its newly-formed Credit Data Solutions* business – will acquire the entirety of Dun & Bradstreet’s ANZ business, including consumer risk and debt collection, and commercial solutions, for AUD $220 ... Read More »

General Motors CIO Randy Mott Joins Dun & Bradstreet Board of Directors

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) today announced the appointment of Randall D. Mott, General Motors’ senior vice president and chief information officer, Global Information Technology, to the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mott will serve on the Board’s Audit Committee and Innovation & Technology Committee. In this role, he will provide guidance in a number of areas, namely working with executives on ... Read More »

Arachnys Launches Brazil Country Audit

A practical guide to Brazil’s data and regulatory landscape As regulators demand greater sophistication from AML and compliance operations, global institutions are having to up-skill their teams and develop strategies to keep on top of developing regulatory and data landscapes. While many companies are able to build diverse teams of country specialists resembling a ‘mini United Nations’ within compliance departments, ... Read More »