1. MDEC eyes 20 per cent e-commerce growth by 2020
  2. Over 200 domestic flights in Japan expected to be cancelled as Krosa hits Japan
  3. US aviation regulator bans select MacBook Pro laptops from flights
  4. Sensorflow, the smart energy management start-up for the hotel industry expands into Malaysia

MDEC eyes 20 per cent e-commerce growth by 2020

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) aims to achieve a 20 per cent growth year-on-year in the e-commerce sector by 2020 from 12.5 per cent in 2017. MDEC director of e-commerce Song Hock Koon is optimistic that the target can be achieved with continued intervention by the government. He said before the government intervention, the e-commerce contribution to the gross domestic product recorded a growth close to 11 per cent. “But, with the National E-Commerce Strategic Roadmap in place, we hope this figure will double in 2020 as the plan helps them reduce their cost.

Over 200 domestic flights in Japan expected to be cancelled as Krosa hits Japan

Tropical storm Krosa is expected to hit southern Japan along with flooding rainfall and strong winds. Japan airlines will suspend an estimated 222 domestic flights on Wednesday and Thursday. Most of the suspended flights are in and out of Kyushu.  The airlines say more flights may be cancelled and are advising passengers to check their websites for the latest information. Krosa will be the third tropical cyclone to make landfall across mainland Japan in as many weeks following Typhoon Francisco and Tropical Storm Nari. Millions of people would be in the storm’s path, and will be impacted by travel-disrupting downpours to flooding and mudslides. Krosa, which is packing maximum gusts of 144 kilometers per hour, was expected to hit the southwestern Shikoku on Thursday before moving across western Japan, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said. The agency warned of the risk of landslides and flooding due to heavy rain.

US aviation regulator bans select MacBook Pro laptops from flights

US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned certain models of Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops on flights, after the company recalled select units which had batteries posing fire risks. “The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops,” the agency’s spokesman said in an emailed statement on Monday, adding that the agency has “alerted airlines about the recall”. Apple said in June it would recall a limited number of 15in MacBook Pro units as their batteries were susceptible to overheating. The units were sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

Sensorflow expands into Malaysia

SensorFlow, the smart IoT solution for hotel room environment management has been officially launched in Malaysia. Headquartered in Singapore, SensorFlow’s solution monitors, analyses and automates hotel room environments to optimise energy efficiency and reduce operational costs. Following its success and growth in other markets such as Hong Kong and Thailand, SensorFlow is expanding its services to Malaysia to empower more hotels to improve their energy efficiency and sustainability. SensorFlow’s expansion to Malaysia follows their recent success, securing RM10.98 million (US$2.7 million) in Series A funding from private investor Pierre Lorinet in February 2019.  With SensorFlow, hotels can save up to 30% in energy consumption by automating empty guestrooms and reducing unnecessary wastage. SensorFlow’s entry to the market is aligned with Malaysia’s sustainability reform agenda as Malaysia is emphasising on green growth and sustainable development as a top priority for 2019 and beyond. Coupled with eco-conscious millennials that make up 50% of travellers today, SensorFlow’s smart green solution will help to drive the sustainability agenda across an expanding number of travel and hospitality corporations.  In the last few months alone, SensorFlow has signed on about 2,200 rooms across Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore with another 70,000 in its sales pipeline across Asia.

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