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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

South African Tourism Trade Delegation visits Bangalore

Bangalore, 31 January 2017: The four-city initiative hosted by South African Tourism offers travel agents in Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai a chance to interact with a variety of suppliers. Hotel chains, airlines, products, attractions, destination management companies and local tourism offices keen on networking and deal-making with Indian agents, have brought to the table a host of exciting updates.

SA Tourism India is confident that the 14th edition of the annual event will set the pace for growth during the year ahead. Speaking on the side-lines of the event, Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager, SA Tourism India said: “It helps us get a feel of the market and through B2B exchange acts as a catalyst for conversion to bookings in the coming months.” This year’s roadshow is especially significant because this is the first time that the delegation also includes the participation of the South African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) and the Tourism Grading Council South Africa (TGCSA). “These bodies can provide a certain quality assurance to travellers and travel agents, which is imperative as the market grows and begins looking at newer locations within the destination. It is also important when return travellers come into the fray as they might want to book direct.”

Elaborating, Hannelie Du Toit, COO, SATSA said “With growing demand for the destination, one has to assume that travel agents of all sizes get queries and bookings for holidays to South Africa. As a result, in addition to India’s big travel brands, small travel companies are also showing interest in selling the destination. SATSA is here to provide them with reassurance and guidance on their partnerships with South African travel service providers. “

Darryl Erasmus, Chief Quality Assurance Officer, TGCSA, which is a business unit of South African Tourism, explained that star grading is of special significance in a value-conscious, price-sensitive market as it equips travellers with the ability to identify appropriate accommodation options and are assured of value, comfort and service standards.  “We are here to inform the Indian market of our critical role in the South Africa Tourism sector and to promote our accessible and beneficial tools available to select quality assured accommodation in South Africa.  Our quality assurance efforts also extend to venues and we encourage all MICE planners to select products that have been accredited with the TGCSA’s grading system.”

Regional tourism offices that are part of the on-going roadshow include Joburg Tourism, Cape Town Tourism, Durban Tourism, Buffalo City, Oudtshoorn Tourism, Plattenberg Tourism and Gauteng Tourism.

Encouraged by the success of prior editions and by the prospect of being on the right platform to target the Indian market, many new product and accommodation brands were part of this year’s roadshow. Their interest emerges from the fact that Indians are now looking more qualitative experiences ie South Africa is witnessing higher spend travellers who are also more exploratory in nature rather than touristy. New entrants include boutique hotel chain Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges and whale-watching attraction Ocean Odyssey and DMC Africa Incoming, car-rental company Multilayer Trade Corporation (tapping into the burgeoning self-drive market from India) and domestic airline Safair (tapping into the increasing number of Indians exploring various new parts of South Africa.) Additionally, Air Seychelles (which many Indians use to fly to South Africa via Mahe) that is said to be starting a flight to Durban starting March is also present.

SA Tourism estimates that 600-1000 agents will have been updated on the destination through the roadshow, which is estimated to see over 10,000 meetings over 4 days. “We expect this to have a multiplier effect on arrivals in the coming months of 2017.” Slabber said.

Monday, January 23, 2017

RS Components opens new office for Electronics sector Focus

RS Components (RS), the global distributor for engineers, is shoring up its India operations by setting up a new office in Bengaluru. The high-service level distributor plans to invest close to $ 15 million over the next two to five years in order to better support electronics customers in the region.

The new 2000 Sq feet office in the heart of Bengaluru will primarily support electronics design engineers and buyers who are looking to order small quantities for design and prototyping or are manufacturers seeking to fulfil their bill of materials.

The Bengaluru office will have technical marketing and support teams as well as a specialized sales force that will focus on specific industry verticals such as IoT, Medical Electronics, Aeronautics, Automotive and the R&D sector.

The Bengaluru office will play a central role in the RS goal of providing technical training and assistance to engineers throughout the industry. RS will offer value-added services to the design community including:
•    Organizing workshops on new technologies and solutions
•    Running training programs for EDE & Academia
•    Holding engineer meet ups
•    New product launches in collaboration with suppliers, among others.

The team at the Bengaluru office will also be actively involved in building up the design engineering community through DesignSpark provides its community of over five lakh engineers with free access to:

•    Easy-to-use professional CAD software including:
•    DesignSpark PCB, the world’s most accessible, free electronics design software, turning your circuit ideas into testable boards, faster.
•    DesignSpark Mechanical, a free mechanical CAD software, which enables users to rapidly prototype or reverse engineer any physical object.
•    DesignSpark Electrical, a free electrical CAD software that gives electrical CAD solutions for engineering professionals looking to save time and create error-free designs.
•    Design in the palm of your hand with the RS Toolbox App
•    Build your parts list, manage your lifecycle risk, and select alternative parts with RS Obsolescence Manager
•    A comprehensive online database of 2D & 3D CAD models
•    Wide range of technical content, articles and projects created for engineers, makers and students.
•    Latest news and new products for design engineers
•    Technical forum

Betting on electronics manufacturing and design
Speaking about the Bengaluru operations Mr. Shiv Bhambri, CEO RS India says: “The Bengaluru centre reaffirms our commitment to support the growing electronics manufacturing and design sector in India.”  The Indian Electronic Systems Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) sector was estimated at US$94.2 billion in 2015, expanding at a CAGR of 10% from 2011 to 2015. The ESDM sector is regarded as India’s manufacturing driver, given the huge local demand (Source: IESA - Ernst & Young Report).

Design centers are designing chips for major industry verticals including telecommunications, networking, consumer electronics, industrial, healthcare and automotive, etc. Several leading PSUs in strategic electronics have their manufacturing facilities and R&D centers in Karnataka as well as other prestigious R&D institutes and labs being located here.

According to Mr. Bhambri, the Bengaluru office “is the next chapter in our long relationship with electronics design and manufacturing in India.” The distributor has been serving the needs of the Indian ESDM community for over 20 years. The Indian subsidiary of the global giant caters to the needs of over 10,000 diverse businesses. With massive investments in electronics, RS is further positioning itself as a major electronics player in addition to having market leadership in maintenance, repair and operations (MRO).

Elaborating on RS’s unique value proposition to Indian manufacturers Mr. Bhambri says: “The key to our strategy is that we are a high-service level distributor. No order is too small, as we believe in supporting every aspect of the business from design to production through to maintenance.” He further says: “We offer our customers a choice of over 500,000 products from 2,500 leading brands along with technical datasheets to help them make an informed buying decision.” RS offers its customers a number of advantages including:

•    Free delivery within 5-6 days across the country
•    0% sales tax
•    No minimum order quantity/minimum order value
•    1 year replacement warranty
•    Production packaging for 75K products
•    Rapid bills of material support
•    Multichannel sales and marketing

With eCommerce at the heart of its business strategy, RS India has one of the most advanced transactional websites offering benefits like parametric search and around 5,000 new product introductions every month.

“We offer the broadest range of semis, passives, interconnect and electromechanical components, test & measurement equipment and essential tools to support every design engineer’s job. We are committed to providing value-add solutions to electronic design engineers at every stage of the design life cycle from concept to pre-production,” says Mr. Bhambri.

Introducing Burger King’s NEW Shanghai Whopper - Surprisingly Chinese. Surprisingly Whopper

Bangalore,  21 January, 2017: BURGER KING™ - International fast food giant is all set to send your taste buds into a tizzy by creating a NEW out-of-the-world gastronomic experience. Introducing the all-new ‘Shanghai Whopper’, a limited period lip-smacking Chinese take on your favourite Whopper.

Chinese is the second most preferred cuisine after local Indian flavours. The Shanghai Whopper has a never before combination of the signature Kung Pao Sauce and Crispy fried noodles for the authentic yin-yang flavors of Chinese cuisine. The mouth-watering Whopper continues to have the soft Sesame buns along with a flame-grilled patty made from 100% chicken for non-veg lovers and pure veggie patty for the vegetarians. This unique burger is topped off with cheesy jalapeno sauce, onions, fresh tomatoes, crunchy lettuce and a slice of cheese making it an ultimate foodie’s delight.

Burger King™ believes when it comes to food, taste and innovation are of prime importance. Authentic flavors and newer experiences are always exciting and the new Shanghai Whopper is just that – Surprising Chinese, Surprisingly Whopper.

The Shanghai Whopper will be available across all Burger King™ outlets starting 17th January and is priced at just Rs. 159 (Veg), Rs.169 (Chicken) & Rs. 219 (Mutton).


Burger King India Private Limited is the master franchisee for BURGER KING® in India, operating BURGER KING® restaurants nationwide. Burger King India opened its first restaurant in India in 2014 and operates 72 restaurants across Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Vijaywada, Kochi, Chandigarh and Punjab.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Tata Hexa Launch in Bangalore

Bangalore, January 19, 2017: - Tata Motors today announced the commercial launch of its much awaited "lifestyle vehicle" HEXA- a power packed feature loaded and adrenaline pumped vehicle in Bangalore. Based on the new versatile platform - The HEXA is a complete vehicle package with exceptional combination of design,luxury, off-road and on road capabilities, boasting plush interiors and next generation connectivity and performance related features, enhancing the functionality of the vehicle.
The HEXA is introduced at a staring price of INR 12.25 lakhs ex showroom Bangalore for the Manual transmission variant and INR 15.16 lakhs ex showroom for the Automatic variant and will be available across 300 sales outlets across the country.
With an emphasis on design and drivability, the HEXA boasts aggressiveness delivering absolute comfort, personifying Tata motors newly "IMPACT design " language.

The Vehicle features a new first-in-segment "SUPER DRIVE MODES" system to provide customers with a pleasurable , comfortable and dynamic driving experience.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NetApp opens new Engineering facility in Bangalore

BENGALURU, India, January 18, 2017: Expanding its leadership in helping customers thrive in a changing technology landscape, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced the opening of its Bengaluru, India, Global Center of Excellence to further innovation in data management for the hybrid cloud era.
The new engineering facility, located in the technology hub of Whitefield, is home to one of the company’s largest research and development (R&D) teams. It also houses the company’s first startup accelerator program, called Escape Velocity, which will help nurture technology startups. As one of the first all-steel buildings in India, the facility and its surrounding campus are a model for sustainable design. 

Startup Accelerator Program Expands Data Fabric Ecosystem

The new NetApp startup accelerator program, Escape Velocity, will house and help nurture technology startups. The digital revolution is creating a need for partnerships to fully support customer needs,” said Deepak Visweswaraiah, managing director of NetApp India and head of NetApp’s worldwide Data Fabric and Manageability Group. “As we evolve our Data Fabric approach, the Escape Velocity program will help to share our technology expertise and business acumen with innovative startups, which will add to the robust cloud data management ecosystem our customers need. With our support, these startups will be on a path to win in a dynamic global IT environment.” 

New Facility Designed for Collaboration and Sustainability
The Global Center of Excellence is uniquely designed to create a collaborative environment that inspires employees to be their best. With a 12,000-square-foot data center and engineering laboratory, employees can access the latest and most sophisticated technologies across the world. The 15-acre campus incorporates a million square feet of workspace that support multiple collaborative options with high-tech conferencing capabilities, a 1,000-seat auditorium, and informal meeting areas to foster teamwork.

Monday, January 9, 2017

OnePlus opens its first experience store in Bangalore

Bangalore January 7, 2017- OnePlus , the global mobile technology startup today ingurated its first of its kind single brand retail store in Bangalore and will be the one stop destination to experience the complete range of OnePlus products.

Spread over 14000 sq. ft. the OnePlus Experience Center is one of the biggest storeson the most popular Brigade Road in Bangalore. The store will provide the customers with the first hand opportunity to come and have an immersive experience on all the products including smartphones,accessories and lifestyle merchandise.