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RMG in Bangladesh: Changes in the horizon

The impact of the RMG industry on our national economy has been mostly positive; at least on the surface. Implementation of relatively new technology like data science and machine learning is shifting business practices today.
The RMG sector might be in for big changes. And they might be vastly different from your expectations.

How it has worked

RMG and textile industries in Bangladesh have been mostly local in the past. They were efficient at the time, based on the nature of customer demands and buying behavior. And the production schedule matched the seasonal buying behavior of consumers of apparel in the country.

The business model has worked so far so well based mostly on the lower wage demands. The mixture of these few factors, along with many more variables created a favorable environment for textile businesses in the country. And the subcontinent by extension.

How RMG has changed

Automation brought on the biggest string of changes in the textile industry in Bangladesh. We moved on from hand sewn products to a more mechanical approach. But the dexterity of workers in operating machines remains an important factor to this day.

However, the workers are not dexterous enough it would seem. While we remained productive in comparison to our neighbors; hourly productivity remains relatively low from a global perspective. This in addition to rising wage demands and global competition is making our RMG industry less lucrative.

In addition, customer behavior is evolving. We have moved on from seasonal buying to more intermittent strings of purchases. This is driven by online presence of companies and prompt response times of platforms like Daraz or Aliexpress. We want things fast, and we want them all the time.

Factors of the next big change in RMG

Data analytics and AI is shaping the business environment and taking all business across the world in different directions. New supply chain designs based on Big Data about consumer behavior is shifting processes to a more predictive direction.

Businesses are forecasting demand patterns in consumers and filling demands before they are made. This calibrating of customer demands is affecting textile and even fashion industries by extension.

In addition, machine learning and AI is taking fashion modelling and textile demand in newer, weirder avenues. And all things point to the next big change in textile being brought on by data science and machine learning. By the way, check out this neat article on AI doing funky and potentially kinda bad stuff.

Huawei’s super flagship Mate 30 Pro launched

Huawei announced the launch of the Mate 30 Pro in Bangladesh’s marketplace on Sunday, March 01, at a hotel in the capital. Guests such as Beyond Zheng, GTM Director, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group (Bangladesh), Junior Salahuddin Sanjee, Sales Director, Huawei Consumer Business Group (Bangladesh), Mohammad Zahirul Islam, Managing Director, Smart Technologies (BD) Ltd, Suman Saha, Senior Public Relations Manager, Huawei Consumer Business Group (Bangladesh) were present at the event.  

Beyond Zheng, GTM Director, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group (Bangladesh) said “Huawei has brought Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) supported phone Mate 30 Pro for the first time in Bangladesh. Huawei Mate 30 Pro has already lauded by the consumers in the global market due to its affluent features. We hope that Mate 30 pro will fulfill our valued customers’ demand in local market.”

The mate pro comes with OLED ‘Horizon display’ with 6.53-inch full HD plus. This is an Ingress Protection IP (Ingress Protection) 68-certified smartphone. As a result, the phone extremely resistant to sand and dirt will be protected and can survive up to five feet of water.   

The phone has also been recognized for its high-quality camera configuration. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro stands at the top with a photo score of 132 in DXO mark ranking. Two rear cameras with 40-megapixel have been used on this phone. One is ‘super-sensing’ and another one is ‘cine camera.’ The video and picture can be captured in very low light with the help of the ‘cine camera’.

The Ultra Slow-Motion and Ultra Wide Angle time-lapse video features will also be available. With the use of super-sensing cameras, a sharp reflection can be obtained on any night and day images.

Apart from these two cameras, there is an 8-megapixel telephoto camera and a 3D depth sensor. Digital zooming facilities will be applied up to 30 times. There would be optical zooms of 3 times and hybrid zooms of 5 times. The phone has three cameras in front such as– a camera with 32-megapixel, a 3D depth sensor camera and one swing gesture camera.

Mate30 Pro will run on EMUI 10 software which is based on the operating system of Android 10. The phone will be available in two colours; black and space silver in Bangladesh and it comes with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage.

The Mate 30 Pro processor is equipped with the latest Kirin 990 chipset which will allows the users to experience the joys of faster speed and lower latency.

This phone uses a powerful 4500 mAh battery. Due to the supercharging facility of 40 watts, the phone will be charged in a very short time. 

This phone has an android operating system but it is not pre-installed with Google Play. Users can download apps from Huawei AppGallery. Meanwhile, Huawei has already announced to invest US$ 100 crores to enrich its App Gallery.           

realme officially enters the Bangladesh market

realme, the fastest growing smartphone brand, has made its step into Bangladesh mobile market. A brand launch event was held at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden on Monday to officially announce their arrival.

In the occasion, Tim Shao, Managing Director, realme Bangladesh, said, “In realme, we offer technological advancement to the market with our mobile phones and services. We are committed to bringing products to accommodate the daily needs of the tech-based youth community.”

Regarding their entrance to the Bangladeshi mobile market, Tim Shao expressed his plans saying from the very beginning, ‘Made in Bangladesh’ smartphones will be marketed. A factory in Gazipur has already been set up to facilitate this endeavour.”

Among others, Neon Xie, Branding Director, South-East and South Asia Region, Mr Rimon, Factory Director, Tahmidul Alam, Channel Manager, Zuhana Islam Tisha, Event Manager also attended the brand launching event. In the event, it was announced that Bangladesh-made realme phones will be available in the market from the middle of next month.

Adhering to the spirit of ‘Dare to Leap’, realme possesses deep insight of the global smartphone market and the needs of the young users and bringing products with astonishing experience beyond expectation. Globally realme has launched 9 smartphone models including realme 3 series, realme 5 series, realme C series and realme X series. These products have won over 60 world-renowned awards throughout 2019. Widely recognized in terms of both brand concept and product experience, realme has created a benchmark not only for outstanding performance but also for a fashionable design.

Throughout their journey realme has globally launched 9 smartphones, including realme 3 series, realme 5 series, realme C series, and realme X series. These phones have earned over 60 international awards in 2019, which brought them worldwide recognition.  

In just 18 months since its emergence in the tech market, realme has reached Top 7 in the global smartphone shipments ranking and became the fastest-growing smartphone brand around the world. By the end of 2019, global users have exceeded 25 million with a year-on-year increase by over 500%. Meanwhile, realme has quickly entered 25 markets around the world, and gradually completed the overall layout of the global strategic market and recently reached top 5 mobile companies.

realme holds a position of a popularizer of 5G and brings affordable and trendy 5G smartphones for the youth. The company has built close cooperation with the supply chains represented by Qualcomm, enabling it to offer global consumers with the most advanced technologies and products promptly. In the months of January and February 2020, realme has already launched two 5G enabled smartphones: realme X50 and realme X50 Pro.

With trendy products which allow strong performance at a fast-growing speed, equipped with premium hardware-software synchronization and service, realme will be a pioneer in the trendy tech-lifestyle to the young generation of Bangladesh.

All in one elevator control solution for your organization by ZKTeco

ZKTeco offers one of the best comprehensive all in one elevator control solution in the market. This top of the line elevator control system allows different user to access doors, assign door access rights, and restrict floors to unauthorized users.

The users have to present card on the elevator, and the elevator will allow the user to reach the assigned level allowing security management of the whole building. The Elevator Control is able to limit elevators’ operation in a specific time. This elevator control system also comes with a global interlock that enhances the security level by interacting with different security areas. It prevents persons from opening more than one door at a single time even the persons have multiple door access authorities. It also is able to precisely appoint access authorities including activations of access authorities of specific doors only when the correlated doors are locked up properly. The solution also comes with easy to use software solution. The users can just simply click out the corresponding date and time via ZKBioSecurity software’s web-based platform and get approval by pressing a hand or finger to a scanner. 

This proven and recognized biometric procedure ensures that the person is authorised and has a right to book a room and working time of the elevator. ZKTeco elevator control can either operate in online or online mode too. There are multiple tiers to the alert process of this system including output point, video linkage, active time, email notification and linkage voice prompts.

For details about the product, visit: www.zkteco.com.bd

Samsung Galaxy S20 series arrives in Bangladesh

 Today, Samsung Bangladesh has launched the Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra, Flagship powerhouses which pack unprecedented specs with cameras that will rewrite the history of photography.

Two models of Galaxy S20 series will be available for pre-order: the 6.7-inch Galaxy S20+ and the 6.9-inch Galaxy S20 Ultra. Each features a revolutionary design that is topped off by the latest innovations of Samsung’s mobile display leadership and mobile camera craftsmanship.

The smartphones will be available for pre-order in two eye-catching colours. Galaxy S20+ will come in Cosmic Black and Cloud Blue, whereas Galaxy S20 Ultra will come in Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black. The Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra are offered at a price of BDT 99,999 and BDT 129,999 respectively.

The most unique feature of the camera of S20 Ultra is the ability to use the telephone lens to get up to 100X Zoom. With a larger image sensor available on the Galaxy S20 series, camera resolution is significantly increased, for more detailed images with added flexibility for editing, cropping, and zooming. Galaxy S20+ has a 64MP primary camera while S20 Ultra has an astonishing 108MP primary camera.

A first for the industry, the Galaxy S20 series also offers stunning 8K video shooting so that users can capture their world in true-to-life colour and quality. Along with 8K video shooting, the S20 series also brings the capability to capture 33 MP images from 8K video.

Each phone comes with 128GB of storage by default, which is expandable via microSD. Galaxy S20+ has 8GB of RAM and powered by 4,500mAh battery, whereas Galaxy S20 Ultra has 12GB of RAM and is powered by 5,000mAh battery.

Upon pre-order, customers will get either a pair of free Galaxy Buds+ or Cashback of BDT 10,000.

City Bank Amex Cardholders will get an additional Tk. 3,000 cashback on Galaxy S20 Ultra, when bought with EMI. This offer is only valid for customers receiving the product on the first day of delivery. Amex cardholders can also avail up to 24 Months 0% EMI. Additionally, cardholders with over 27,000 Membership Reward (MR) points can redeem their points to get another Tk. 10,000 off. MR Points redemption is available is selected retails only.

Samsung Bangladesh is providing exchange offers and an additional BDT 10,000 exchange value will be added to the regular exchange price of selected models.

The company is also providing up to 18 months of EMI for Galaxy S20+ and up to 24 months of EMI for Galaxy S20 Ultra. EMI is available on cards from selected Banks. Grameenphone is offering 24 months of EMI on both the devices.

On this occasion, Md. Muyeedur Rahman, Head of Mobile, Samsung Bangladesh, said, “As we enter a new decade, how we communicate and how we experience the world has evolved. Samsung is, therefore, providing a next-generation device for transforming people’s lives. With a revolutionary camera, our customers now will be able to capture the moments as they happen and connect more seamlessly with the people they love.”

Both the smartphones can be pre-ordered from Samsung’s official stores and online through www.s20preorder.com from February 20 – March 14, 2020.

Foodpanda launches Bangla app on Intl. Mother Language Day

Foodpanda, Bangladesh’s leading online delivery service, announces the launch of the Bangla app today. The latest edition of the fully optimized Bangla language app anticipates that more and more Bangladeshis will be able to use and enjoy the simple and fast food delivery services offered by the company.

The announcement comes on International Mother Language Day; a day which celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity. Foodpanda resonates with the core message of this day by having the vision to create an online delivery service for all people living in Bangladesh, championing the multi-cultural region. Striving for excellence for all its customers, Foodpanda’s new Bangla app brings more accessibility and more resonance with Bangladeshis, to bring the food they love right to their doors.

The latest feature to the app makes it simpler for those wishing to navigate Foodpanda in the local Bangla language; with all menus, deal pages and navigation screens optimised fully. As Foodpanda aims to service more customers across the region; ensuring all needs are met has been a top priority to enabling all to order the food they love, anytime, anywhere.

“We’ve been working towards optimising the app fully for Bangla, to have alongside the English version, to ensure all our customers have the option to use the app in the language that works best for them. We are committed to bringing the best in online food delivery service to Bangladesh – listening to our customers needs and building that into our product. By the end of 2020, we plan on being present in over 60 cities in Bangladesh, and with the new offering we expect to facilitate further uplift in app downloads across the region.”

Ambareen Reza , Foodpanda’s Managing Director explains

To experience the new Bangla version of Foodpanda, customers who already have the Foodpanda app will be able to seamlessly switch between English and Bangla by going to the top left tab then to settings and selecting Bangla for language. For those who are new to Foodpanda, and would like to experience Bangladesh’s leading online food delivery service in Bangla – they can download the app available for both iOS and Android, or use the web services to browse from a large variety of big chain, and well-loved local restaurants to find the perfect meal.

With the ability to track meals, explore new restaurant options, and toggle simply for any deals or specialities required – Foodpanda is simplifying food delivery at every step; as they know it is not merely about eating a meal but savouring the experience from start to finish. Customers will also be able to find out the best-selling dishes at each eatery, and read user reviews to aid in their decision-making process.

Samsung #danceAwesome takes social media by storm

A catchy tune and an affiliated dance have always been proved effective to attract and engage consumers, and apparently, it can help to achieve a lot more than a few fluffy advertising words can. Korean tech giant Samsung has rocked the social media platforms with its recently initiated campaign #danceAwesome. ‘Dance and Awesome,’ these two words with the hashtag are now trending on and TikTok, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

Samsung, with one of its ambassadors, popular K-pop group BLACKPINK, released the upbeat campaign for their ‘Galaxy A’ featuring its formidable screen, staggering camera, robust and long-lasting battery. The catchy tune which goes like “Awesome Screen, Awesome Camera, long-lasting Battery Life” has already created waves. Almost anyone who listens to this invariably says, “Ok, now that tune is in my head!!”

The campaign, launched through the ultra-popular Tik-Tok, invites the participants to dance to the #awesome song. With Blackpink, Samsung also made a tutorial for the dance, where the chorus is used with high octane dance moves that repeat the virtues of the new phones – ‘Awesome Screen, Awesome Camera, Long-Lasting Battery Life.’

So far, #danceAwesome has more than 12 Billion, yes, that’s right, Billion, views on TikTok. To add to this, over 4 million unique posts have been made by participants from all around the world related to #danceAwesome. India also recently launched it. Bangladesh is also joining in the party very soon. Samsung Bangladesh has commented that the new Galaxy A51 & A71 will be available soon in the Bangladesh market. And yes, these are the phones which are supposed to have Awesome Screen, Awesome Camera, Long Lasting Battery life!

To join in the hype: https://www.samsung.com/my/explore/samsung-within/team-galaxy/dance-with-blackpink/?CID=afl-ecomm-cjn-cha-09211853011&cjevent=63222485402211ea825a01fe0a18050c.

Samsung brings door-to-door customer service in Chattogram

Samsung Bangladesh has expanded its unique customer service initiative, known as ‘Samsung Service Van’ for the consumer across Chattogram, bringing its world-class service to the doorstep of rural and semi-urban customers. The Service Van will cover 17 Thanas in Chattogram.

This service van will roam around the cities on a weekly basis delivering services to customers, especially to those who called Samsung helpline and specifically asked for their services. The service vans will also stop in front of Samsung showrooms to provide advice on how to use Samsung products efficiently and ways to increase their product life. Once a customer calls Samsung helpline and asks for their service, the van will directly go to the customer’s house to provide the value-added after-sales service for all Samsung products; consumer electronics and mobile handsets. The van will provide repair support for Samsung home appliances such as Televisions, Refrigerators, Washing machines, Air Conditioner and Microwave Ovens upon customers’ request at Samsung helpline.

Unique customer service initiative, known as ‘Samsung Service Van’ for the consumer across Chattogram has been inaugurated by Senior Director of Samsung Bangladesh Mr Lee Hae Duck and other senior officials of the organization.  

Furthermore, the van will collect mobile handsets from remote areas and after the repair is completed, it will be returned to the customer on the next visit in that area.

Regarding this, Mr Seungwon Youn, Country Manager, Samsung Bangladesh said, “All our previous initiatives regarding Service Vans has been a huge success. We have been able to provide satisfactory services to all customers who seek for help. We are delighted to expand our services to Chattogram Market. This expansion will ensure all divisional coverage in Bangladesh with Samsung Service Vans.”

Currently, 9 Service Vans from Samsung are providing after-sales service in rural areas in Bangladesh, by becoming a pioneer of Service Vans support of the country. These service vans will be on the go from one point in the division to another ensuring quick services to customers living in different parts of Bangladesh. Each van will have a multi-skilled engineer for providing quick response and on-spot resolution of any issues. Moreover, Samsung is the only company in Bangladesh who provides in-home doorstep service to the customers through Service Vans.

ZKTeco’s industry leading biometric full height turnstile available in Bangladesh

FHT2400D leads the way in local full height turnstile market with stylish products

ZKTeco has recently launched FHT2400, biometric full height turnstile in Bangladeshi market. FHT2000 series has stainless steel casing, which provides corrosion resistance and durability. The mechanical system of the full height turnstiles includes a mainframe box and a frame. The direction indicator, core, control panel, access controller and lock are installed in the mainframe box. The core component mainly consists of two solenoids, a spring and a transmission mechanism. The frame supports the entire mainframe box. The electronic control system of the full height turnstile is composed of reader, control panel, access controller, direction indicator, horn, and transformer.

The product is perfect for industrial facilities, corporate security, government security, public transportation etc.

For details about the product, visit: www.zkteco.com.bd