DHL Delivers First Batch of Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccines and Diluents to the Philippines

Source: Media Outreach

Rigorous planning and testing were undertaken by DHL to ensure supply chains support the vaccine’s stringent temperature requirements 

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Media OutReach – 10 May 2021 – DHL Express, the world’s leading express service provider, today announced the successful delivery of Covid-19 vaccines to the Philippines. DHL Express arranged the arrival of the vaccines on a cargo flight from Belgium to the Philippines. At the same time, the diluents for the vaccines were delivered from the manufacturing site in the United States to an accredited warehouse in the Philippines a day before the vaccines arrived.

DHL delivers first batch of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines and diluents to the Philippines

“We are as much grateful to DHL for facilitating the safe transport of the donated vaccines and diluents as we are to the COVAX Facility for the additional supply. The additional supply will be critical as we seek to inoculate more of our high-risk individuals in the country. With more vaccines to come in the next few months, let us continue to put our trust in vaccines and in science. Together, we will be able to overcome this obstacle and rise again as a nation.” said Francisco Duque III, Secretary, Department of Health.

The vaccines were delivered in specially designed thermal shipper packaging and each shipment was packed with dry ice to regulate the temperature, enabling its use in locations that lack the physical infrastructure to otherwise maintain the required temperature. Temperature trackers equipped with sophisticated GPS technology are also packed within each thermal shipper box to provide full visibility throughout the shipment’s entire journey.

Ken Lee, CEO DHL Express Asia Pacific said, “Having crossed the one-million mark in Covid-19 cases recently, the Philippines is ramping up its vaccination efforts, with healthcare workers even making house visits to administer vaccinations for those who are unable to leave their homes. As the world’s leading express service provider, we are proud to leverage our capabilities and network to transport this life-saving cargo, in accordance to stringent logistics requirements, to the country. We are committed to supporting the Philippine government in getting through the pandemic and living up to our purpose of ‘Connecting People, Improving Lives’.”

More than 9,000 life sciences and healthcare specialists work across DHL’s dedicated global network so that pharmaceutical, medical devices, clinical trials and research organisations, wholesalers and distributors, as well as hospitals and healthcare providers are connected across the value chain and through digitalisation, from clinical trials to point of care, and every step in between.

“The Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact people’s health and livelihoods. We are privileged to make a positive contribution by partnering with the Department of Health in bringing the first vaccine shipment into the country,” added, Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines. “Our utmost priority is to ensure that the vaccines reach those in need and we are confident that our extensive network and experience position us well to take on this global challenge.”

DHL’s portfolio for the healthcare industry includes 150+ pharmacists, 20+ clinical trials depots, 100+ certified stations, 160+ GDP-qualified warehouses, 15+ GMP-certified sites, 135+ medical express sites, and a time-definite international express network covering over 220 countries and territories.
On a global scale, logistics providers are challenged to establish medical supply chain rapidly to deliver vaccines of unprecedented amount of more than 10 billion doses worldwide—also in regions with less developed logistics infrastructures, where approximately 3 billion people live. To provide global coverage over the next two years, DHL estimated in its vaccine logistics whitepaper that up to 200,000 pallet shippers and 15 million cooling boxes as well as 15,000 flights will be required across the various supply chain setups.
– Published and distributed with permission of Media-Outreach.com.

Raise the visibility of your Web Stories

Source: Google

Publishers and creators of all sizes are adopting Web Stories to create compelling narrative experiences for readers. As more people and publishers use the format, the Web Creator community will continue to be there to answer questions and provide guidance.  If you’ve been wondering whether you should add Web Stories to your own website, and how, then I have great news: We have a new playbook and design kit in Figma for you to help incorporate Web Stories into your website.

Web Stories are immersive, visually-driven narratives, designed to be highly engaging and easy to consume. Once a story is created, it’s important to help your readers discover your Web Stories through various entry points.  A key entrypoint is your own website, where Web Stories can enable you to create rich modern user experiences for your users. The  playbook comes with illustrative examples to inspire you to build great experiences on your site. These entry point designs are flexible and can work to showcase both one Web Story or multiple.

You can take the experience one step further by integrating  the Web Story Player into your site. The Web Story Player makes it easy for users to swipe between multiple Stories and even enables you to personalize what story to show next. When Stories are easy to discover, views and engagement can increase — offering more opportunities to monetize your content.

In addition, Web Stories can be embedded on any page of your site. This allows readers to view the Web Stories in context with the rest of your article or page. 

Learn more by visiting stories.google for resources, best practices and inspiration. Technical resources and tools to build these experiences can be found in this downloadable PDF here.  Also, if you want a crash course to learn the ins and outs of Web Story-telling, check out our educational YouTube series, Storytime, with a new episode arriving every week.

Our 54 Doodle for Google winners show their strength

Source: Google

In January, we kicked off the 13th annual Doodle for Google contest by inviting K-12 students across the country to submit their artistic interpretations of this year’s contest theme “I am strong because…”. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has truly shown me, and many of our contest applicants, how important it is to stay strong when you’re facing the unknown. The tens of thousands of pieces of beautiful artwork we saw from students were encouraging, uplifting and inspiring. Some pieces focused on honoring our medical heroes and essential workers, and others on finding hope amidst loss or on using this time to connect with family and loved ones. 

The strength, honesty and creativity these students shared has been humbling. Today, we’re  announcing our 54 state and territory winners. To celebrate our talented winners, we sent each of the 54 students  Google hardware and swag — as well as a very special congratulatory video message honoring their artistry from the Doodle for Google team.

Head to doodle4google.com to see the full gallery of all 54 state and territory winners and vote for your favorite Doodles. Your vote helps determine who will go on to become one of our five national finalists — one of which will become our national winner. 

Congratulations again to the 2021 Doodle for Google state and territory winners!

IMF Staff Update on Discussions with the Zambian Authorities on a New Extended Credit Facility

Source: International Monetary Fund

May 10, 2021

Washington, DC: The IMF mission has continued discussions with the authorities during April-May on their request for an Extended Credit Facility (ECF). Building on the earlier discussions in February-March, there was broad agreement on the macroeconomic framework. Notable progress was made in detailing the key policy measures to address the macroeconomic imbalances currently facing Zambia and to enable a return to sustained growth with enhanced fiscal space for social and development spending. The Zambian authorities reaffirmed their continued commitment to reforms. We look forward to continuing ECF discussions as key measures are taken.

Staff express their gratitude to the Zambian authorities for the constructive, determined, and frank engagement.

IMF Communications Department
MEDIA RELATIONS

PRESS OFFICER: Lucie Mboto Fouda

Phone: +1 202 623-7100Email: MEDIA@IMF.org

@IMFSpokesperson

CRN Recognizes 15 SAP Leaders

Source: SAP

Headline: CRN Recognizes 15 SAP Leaders

SAP is honored to announce Cathy Daum, senior vice president of Go-to-Market and Scale Partnerships in the SAP Global Partner Organization, has been named by the CRN editorial team as one of the annual Power 100 honorees based on her contributions, expertise, and dedication to supporting IT channel success.  

Additionally, SAP is proud to share that 14 SAP leaders have been named to CRN’s prestigious 2021 Women of the Channel Awards list. Each executive was selected by the editors at CRN for her contributions to channel advocacy, growth, thought leadership, and dedication.  

The Power 100 Award recognizes a select group of incredible women who have gone above and beyond — inspiring their peers through their leadership and unwavering commitment to the success of their partners, customers and the entire IT channel. 

We congratulate the following 15 leaders from SAP for their visionary leadership and commitment to the channel partner community:  

  • Angela Lee, cloud go-to-market lead for SAP in North America
  • Anja Bernardy-Raab, senior director, Partner Business Development
  • Anna Busch, senior director, Partner Business Management
  • Anna Masters, vice president, Global Platinum Resellers
  • Camilla Dahlen, global vice president, Software Solution Partners
  • Cathy Daum, senior vice president, Go-To-Market and Scale Partnerships
  • Denise Goncalves, senior global director, Business Development Cloud
  • Diane Pereira, head of Content Strategy, Global Partner and Midmarket Marketing
  • Emer Neville, chief operating and transformation officer, SAP Global Partner Organization
  • Lisa Ma, portfolio director, North America Partner Managed Solutions
  • Lorraine Maurice, senior director, Global Indirect Channel Marketing
  • Meaghan Sullivan, head of Global Partner and Midmarket Marketing
  • Nanette Lazina, vice president, Midmarket Channels
  • Roisin Monaghan, vice president, Software Partner Marketing
  • Shannon Platz, global vice president, Go-To-Market, Strategy and Readiness  

The 2021 Women of the Channel and Power 100 Award will be featured in CRN Magazine on May 10 and online at www.CRN.com/WOTC 


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AT&T to Webcast Talk with Igal Elbaz at UBS Future of 5G Event on May 17

Source: AT&T

*About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a diversified, global leader in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology. Consumers and businesses have more than 225 million monthly subscriptions to our services. AT&T Communications provides more than 100 million U.S. consumers with entertainment and communications experiences across mobile and broadband. Plus, it serves high-speed, highly secure connectivity and smart solutions to nearly 3 million business customers. WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content to global audiences through its consumer brands, including: HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Turner Classic Movies. Xandr, now part of WarnerMedia, provides marketers with innovative and relevant advertising solutions for consumers around premium video content and digital advertising through its platform. AT&T Latin America provides pay-TV services across 10 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean and wireless services to consumers and businesses in Mexico.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information is available at about.att.com. © 2021 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Omnichannel Insights for Marketing Decision Support

Source: SAP

Headline: Omnichannel Insights for Marketing Decision Support

An old adage goes like this: 50% of the money spent on marketing programs is wasted. But which 50%?

That question can finally be answered in the new era of advanced analytics – and by Adverity Marketing Data Analytics Platform. No more tedious number crunching on spreadsheets for marketing teams, thanks to this popular solution on SAP Store. Now, data-driven marketers can take advantage of fully automated data integration for a single source of truth on the performance of their programs and move past “point-in-time” performance monitoring toward insights that lead to tangible actions.

I spoke with Sven Woeltjen, partner manager with Adverity GmbH, to find out more about the solution’s impact on the life of a marketer.

“From every source – paid search, social media, direct demand-generation campaigns, events – you get different data in different formats,” Woeltjen said. “Everyone is asking for ROI, and no one has the answer. Many marketing teams work in silos. Harmonizing and cleansing the data from all the different sources is a labor-intensive process that’s prone to mistakes, and typically takes many days. As a result, marketers spend more time wrangling data than they do interpreting it, meaning they miss out on opportunities to optimize performance and improve ROI. They don’t have current info and can’t produce timely reports. Those are the problems Adverity solves.”

Reporting in Near Real Time

With the Adverity solution, marketers can create omnichannel overviews in near real time. Integration with SAP ERP and SAP Marketing Cloud allows them to enrich their insights by pulling in data from finance or HR or whatever interests them, Woeltjen continued. The ability to build ad-hoc reports on their own enables them to explain to the business the impact of what they’re doing whenever they’re asked. Report templates and data visualization tools make that even easier. “With tangible results based on real data, they can turn their attention to the next program or campaign rather than the next report,” he added. “By better understanding what works and what doesn’t, they can make decisions from a strategic standpoint.”

In fact, Woeltjen speaks from experience after spending his career in marketing, including tenure with an agency where he was using the Adverity solution himself. He ended up approaching the company about potential partner opportunities and, not long after, joined the firm and worked with its most important partner, SAP.

Understanding Marketing Challenges – as Marketers

I asked Woeltjen to tell me more about the company, which was established in 2015. Like him, the founders themselves were working in the marketing field, experiencing the data challenges , and saw an opportunity. The company has grown steadily since then, largely by building relationships, understanding customers’ needs, and building new features accordingly – as all good marketers do. For example, an augmented analytics module uses machine learning to analyze large amounts of data, identify trends and anomalies, and deliver suggestions for improvements that enable marketers to proactively address issues affecting performance.

Teamwork is a crucial factor for Adverity. The implementation team sits next to the developers to promote collaboration. Even as they have transitioned to working from home, the relationships are in place. Now with about 250 employees, based largely in Austria, the U.S., and the UK, the company plans to double in size this year. With offices in London and New York City already, Adverity plans to establish a presence on the West Coast of the U.S. and in the Asia-Pacific-Japan region. As a digital company with most employees working remotely, not just during the pandemic, he commented, “We can hire the best people.”

And speaking of the pandemic, Adverity has been in the position to cushion some of the fallout for customers suddenly making the transition to online marketing. “Here in Germany, for example, many stores have been closed for a full year,” Woeltjen remarked. “People have had to get used to buying more online, causing many smaller businesses – distilleries, for example – to sell directly to consumers and use their marketing budgets to acquire customers online. We can help them with our tool.”

Adverity Wins with SAP

Adverity’s customers run the gamut from small companies to large enterprises, which creates good synergy with SAP. In fact, the root of the partnership was a head-to-head competition for a customer that Adverity won. That got the attention of the folks at SAP, who wanted to know what business challenges Adverity could cover that SAP could not. That led to a stronger alignment with SAP and an invitation to sell its solution on SAP Store.

I asked Woeltjen about his experience with SAP Store and about lessons learned that he might share. “We’ve captured an audience that translates into real results,” he reported. “But I recommend thinking about the commitment and resources you can devote to it. Just having a Web page means nothing; you aren’t just pushing a button. I spend 80% of my time developing relationships with the SAP field team, building trust, and discussing how our integrated offering benefits the customer.”

And I would add that having good content on the site, including use cases, is key. Please check out Adverity Marketing Data Analytics Platform and its companion solution, Marketing Data Integration for SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, on SAP Store. And remember that with every transaction on SAP Store, SAP will plant a tree on your behalf. It’s spring and a perfect time to turn over a new leaf with these great solutions.


Bill Rojas is senior director of Business Development and Partner Alliances at SAP.

Omnichannel Insights for Marketing Decision Support

Source: SAP

Headline: Omnichannel Insights for Marketing Decision Support

An old adage goes like this: 50% of the money spent on marketing programs is wasted. But which 50%?

That question can finally be answered in the new era of advanced analytics – and by Adverity Marketing Data Analytics Platform. No more tedious number crunching on spreadsheets for marketing teams, thanks to this popular solution on SAP Store. Now, data-driven marketers can take advantage of fully automated data integration for a single source of truth on the performance of their programs and move past “point-in-time” performance monitoring toward insights that lead to tangible actions.

I spoke with Sven Woeltjen, partner manager with Adverity GmbH, to find out more about the solution’s impact on the life of a marketer.

“From every source – paid search, social media, direct demand-generation campaigns, events – you get different data in different formats,” Woeltjen said. “Everyone is asking for ROI, and no one has the answer. Many marketing teams work in silos. Harmonizing and cleansing the data from all the different sources is a labor-intensive process that’s prone to mistakes, and typically takes many days. As a result, marketers spend more time wrangling data than they do interpreting it, meaning they miss out on opportunities to optimize performance and improve ROI. They don’t have current info and can’t produce timely reports. Those are the problems Adverity solves.”

Reporting in Near Real Time

With the Adverity solution, marketers can create omnichannel overviews in near real time. Integration with SAP ERP and SAP Marketing Cloud allows them to enrich their insights by pulling in data from finance or HR or whatever interests them, Woeltjen continued. The ability to build ad-hoc reports on their own enables them to explain to the business the impact of what they’re doing whenever they’re asked. Report templates and data visualization tools make that even easier. “With tangible results based on real data, they can turn their attention to the next program or campaign rather than the next report,” he added. “By better understanding what works and what doesn’t, they can make decisions from a strategic standpoint.”

In fact, Woeltjen speaks from experience after spending his career in marketing, including tenure with an agency where he was using the Adverity solution himself. He ended up approaching the company about potential partner opportunities and, not long after, joined the firm and worked with its most important partner, SAP.

Understanding Marketing Challenges – as Marketers

I asked Woeltjen to tell me more about the company, which was established in 2015. Like him, the founders themselves were working in the marketing field, experiencing the data challenges , and saw an opportunity. The company has grown steadily since then, largely by building relationships, understanding customers’ needs, and building new features accordingly – as all good marketers do. For example, an augmented analytics module uses machine learning to analyze large amounts of data, identify trends and anomalies, and deliver suggestions for improvements that enable marketers to proactively address issues affecting performance.

Teamwork is a crucial factor for Adverity. The implementation team sits next to the developers to promote collaboration. Even as they have transitioned to working from home, the relationships are in place. Now with about 250 employees, based largely in Austria, the U.S., and the UK, the company plans to double in size this year. With offices in London and New York City already, Adverity plans to establish a presence on the West Coast of the U.S. and in the Asia-Pacific-Japan region. As a digital company with most employees working remotely, not just during the pandemic, he commented, “We can hire the best people.”

And speaking of the pandemic, Adverity has been in the position to cushion some of the fallout for customers suddenly making the transition to online marketing. “Here in Germany, for example, many stores have been closed for a full year,” Woeltjen remarked. “People have had to get used to buying more online, causing many smaller businesses – distilleries, for example – to sell directly to consumers and use their marketing budgets to acquire customers online. We can help them with our tool.”

Adverity Wins with SAP

Adverity’s customers run the gamut from small companies to large enterprises, which creates good synergy with SAP. In fact, the root of the partnership was a head-to-head competition for a customer that Adverity won. That got the attention of the folks at SAP, who wanted to know what business challenges Adverity could cover that SAP could not. That led to a stronger alignment with SAP and an invitation to sell its solution on SAP Store.

I asked Woeltjen about his experience with SAP Store and about lessons learned that he might share. “We’ve captured an audience that translates into real results,” he reported. “But I recommend thinking about the commitment and resources you can devote to it. Just having a Web page means nothing; you aren’t just pushing a button. I spend 80% of my time developing relationships with the SAP field team, building trust, and discussing how our integrated offering benefits the customer.”

And I would add that having good content on the site, including use cases, is key. Please check out Adverity Marketing Data Analytics Platform and its companion solution, Marketing Data Integration for SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, on SAP Store. And remember that with every transaction on SAP Store, SAP will plant a tree on your behalf. It’s spring and a perfect time to turn over a new leaf with these great solutions.


Bill Rojas is senior director of Business Development and Partner Alliances at SAP.

OECD – Economy: OECD household income falls in Q4 2020, but grows overall in COVID-19 affected year

Source: OECD – MIL OSI Alerts

 
OECD household income falls in the fourth quarter of 2020, but grows overall during COVID affected year  

Download the entire news release (including graphs and tables PDF)

6 May 2021 – Real household income per capita, which provides a better picture of people’s economic well-being than GDP, fell by 1.4% in the OECD area in the fourth quarter of 2020. This decline occurred despite a continued rise in real GDP per capita for the OECD area by 1.0%, following the sharp increase by 9.2% recorded in the previous quarter. Cumulatively however, since 2019 Q4, real household income per capita increased by 2.0% in the OECD area, while real GDP per capita declined by 3.4%.
Overall, the decline of 1.4% is the largest quarterly decline in real household income per capita since 2013 Q1 and reflects many governments across OECD countries reducing the level of COVID related transfer payments to households, after the unprecedented levels of support provided earlier in 2020.

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 Source: OECD Household Dashboard: cross country comparisons
 
> Household Dashboard for quarterly growth rates of real household income per capita and real GDP for all OECD countries (when available) and geographic groupings.> Non-financial accounts by economic sector for the full set of non-financial quarterly sector accounts 

‌ @OECD_STAT

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OECD – Economy: OECD household income falls in Q4 2020, but grows overall in COVID-19 affected year

Source: OECD – MIL OSI Alerts

 
OECD household income falls in the fourth quarter of 2020, but grows overall during COVID affected year  

Download the entire news release (including graphs and tables PDF)

6 May 2021 – Real household income per capita, which provides a better picture of people’s economic well-being than GDP, fell by 1.4% in the OECD area in the fourth quarter of 2020. This decline occurred despite a continued rise in real GDP per capita for the OECD area by 1.0%, following the sharp increase by 9.2% recorded in the previous quarter. Cumulatively however, since 2019 Q4, real household income per capita increased by 2.0% in the OECD area, while real GDP per capita declined by 3.4%.
Overall, the decline of 1.4% is the largest quarterly decline in real household income per capita since 2013 Q1 and reflects many governments across OECD countries reducing the level of COVID related transfer payments to households, after the unprecedented levels of support provided earlier in 2020.

‌‌‌‌ ‌
 Source: OECD Household Dashboard: cross country comparisons
 
> Household Dashboard for quarterly growth rates of real household income per capita and real GDP for all OECD countries (when available) and geographic groupings.> Non-financial accounts by economic sector for the full set of non-financial quarterly sector accounts 

‌ @OECD_STAT

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