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Experian Research:  UK SMEs Lax on Checking Credit

Almost 85 per cent of UK SMEs operating internationally do not check the credit reports of overseas customers and suppliers.  Experian’s SME Reputation Index highlights how SMEs trading abroad are risking exposure to bad debt and cash flow problems Almost 85 per cent of UK SMEs who operate internationally do not check the credit history of potential overseas customers or ... Read More »

Company Information Reveals World’s Most Profitable Firms

The twenty most profitable businesses, globally, have been revealed via business intelligence reports with Finance, Tech and natural resources companies dominating. The company with the highest profits in the world today is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China with revenues of $89 billion.  Despite its net income from continuous operations currently at $43 billion, profits at the Chinese bank ... Read More »

Australian Credit Demand Mixed with Hunger for Credit Cards

Overall consumer credit demand eased to -1.8% (vs September quarter 2013) Credit card applications up 7% on September quarter 2013 Personal loan applications fall 10% on September quarter 2013 Growth in mortgage applications cools nationally to +5.1% (vs September quarter 2013) The Veda Quarterly Consumer Credit Demand Index, which measures the volume of credit card and personal loan applications processed at ... Read More »

Baidu & Xiaomi Struck a US$300 million Deal in iQiqi Video Site

Xiaomi (now China’s biggest smartphone vendor and #3 worldwide) and Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) are each investing $300M in Baidu’s iQiyi video site, according to China Business Daily Baidu, Youku, SOHU, and Tencent have been battling fiercely in a Chinese Web video market that features no dominant YouTube-like player for user-generated/short-form content, nor any dominant Netflix-like player for TV shows and movies. ... Read More »

Expert System and WAND Partner in Enterprise Information Management

Expert System US, Inc., a leader in semantic technology, and WAND, Inc, the leader in the development of enterprise taxonomies, today announced a partnership that will enable businesses to implement a simpler, more accurate organization of data and documents. Making internal and external information more “findable” allows enterprises to be more innovative, to manage the relationships with their customers more effectively ... Read More »

Penton’s Aviation Week & Space Technology to Become a Daily Experience

Penton’s  Aviation Week, the leader in aerospace information and media, is expanding its flagship property, Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST), into a multi-platform, enhanced subscription model.  The full offering, in beta test now, will launch shortly. With subscribers in 180 countries, AW&ST decided to create a timely experience that is not mostly reliant on print.  Subscribers will soon also be able to have a ... Read More »

HG Data Expands Coverage Footprint to Asia-Pacific and Europe

A pioneer in reporting on the use of enterprise technology, HG Data Company is expanding its geographic footprint in 2015.  Initially with its launch in the U.S. in 2010, it became best known for its unique ability in tracking the presence of more than 4000 IT products and technologies at more than 1 million business locations in North America. Effective ... Read More »

UPU Adopts Ambitious Work Plan to Adapt to Growth in E-commerce.

In reaction to the phenomenal increase in parcel and small packet traffic in the international system, and the corresponding decrease in letter mail, the UPU’s Postal Operations Council last week adopted a multi-faceted E-commerce program.  This is known by the acronym “ECOMPRO” and calls for an aggressive set of activities.  Five categories of action have been identified: market development, postal electronic services, logistics, ... Read More »

Supply Chain Risks: Lack of Full Visibility

Nearly a quarter of respondents to a survey claimed their organization had suffered losses of at least €1m ($1.25m) during the previous 12 months (up from 15 percent last year) as a result of supply chain disruptions, according to a report from the Business Continuity Institute. Slightly more than 13 percent suffered a one-time disruption that cost in excess of ... Read More »

Callcredit Appoints Mike Gordon as CEO

Callcredit Information Group has announced that Mike Gordon will succeed John McAndrew as the company’s  chief executive officer. The transition is expected to take place at the year-end. Mr Gordon was previously executive vice president for sales, services, and marketing at Fair Isaac Corp.  Callcredit is a major player in the UK consumer credit data and marketing services industries.  Callcredit ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate:  Appetite for Business Credit Lifts

According to the Veda Business Credit Demand Index the appetite for business credit lifts in Q1 2014, led by non-mining sectors (BCDI July to Sept 2014) Overall business credit applications rose 3.6% for the September quarter 2014 (vs September quarter 2013) Growth in business loan and trade credit applications, particularly in non-mining sectors in September quarter Decline in asset finance ... Read More »

Equifax and Argus in Partnership to Launch Primary Impact™

Equifax and Argus Align to Optimize DDA Acquisition Strategies for Financial Institutions with Primary Impact™ Equifax Inc. announced at the BAI Retail Delivery conference that it has formed a strategic alliance with Argus Information and Advisory Services, a Verisk Analytics business and a leading provider of analytics, information, and solutions to consumer banks and their regulators.  The companies are excited to ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Kenya – currency weakness and investment liberalization; Nigeria – a plummeting naira despite new FX restrictions; Serbia – lower interest rates; Venezuela – a double whammy makes the government’s no-devaluation assurances implausible. BRAZIL:  Last month’s unforeseen interest rate hike has apparently persuaded some analysts to predict a pivot toward more market-oriented official policies, but this will likely turn out to ... Read More »

Connotate Announces Release of Connotate 4.3

New Release Features Improved Performance, User Experience, Speed, and Database Integration Connotate, Inc. announced the latest release of its industry-leading platform: Connotate 4.3. The new release includes significant enhancements to current functional capabilities, including a new browser engine that expands coverage to a broader array of dynamic websites, productivity advancements that make it faster to build and publish Agents, and for ... Read More »

Coop Norge Launches New e-commerce Solution from Apptus

Coop Norge selects Apptus’ solution for personalised shopping experiences, allowing customers to more quickly find relevant products. Apptus’ solution for behavioural and automated merchandising simplifies shopping experiences for Coop Norge customers in all channels. Apptus strengthens its position in the Nordic region’s fastest-growing e-commerce market.  “This is a breakthrough for Apptus on the business-critical Norwegian market,” says Michael Mokhberi, Apptus ... Read More »

Penton: Transforming into Business Information – From Print to Digital

Penton Marks Evolution to an Information Services Business, Rolls Out New Branding to Reflect Transformation.  Events Key Revenue Stream, Followed Closely by Digital and Marketing Services, Collectively Seeing Double Digit Growth David Kieselstein, CEO of Penton, announced at the Business Information Management Summit (c-level event for business information ecosystem), the launch of the Company’s new branding and website (penton.com), which marks the ... Read More »

Is Big Data the Best Preparation Against Natural Disasters?

Big Data and Open data and analytics have become fundamental tools in disaster preparedness, experts say. But public officials aren’t using them enough. Lucy Jones, a seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), is collaborating with Los Angeles city officials to draft a seismic-resilience plan. She said the city is a prime example of what happens when there’s an abundance ... Read More »