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EXPO 2020 Dubai – PepsiCo Pavilions Sneak Peek

SNEAK PEAK OF ICONIC PAVILIONS AS WORLD PREPARES TO COME TOGETHER TO FIND SOLUTIONS FOR PLANET’S MOST PRESSING PROBLEMS

With great strides being taken around the world in the fight against COVID-19, it is only three months until Dubai stages one of the first major events since the pandemic struck, putting in place every measure possible to make sure the Emirate can welcome people from around the globe safely to Expo 2020 Dubai, which will celebrate humanity’s potential to shape the future through innovation.

Expo 2020 Dubai aims to be the most impactful global incubator for new ideas on the planet, the catalyst for an exchange of new perspectives and inspiring real-life solutions for real-world challenges. The first World Expo to be staged in Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) will bring together more than 190 nations, businesses, multilateral organisations and educational institutions, with the aim of forming meaningful partnerships to impact global change in an unprecedented way. In short, it is about connecting minds and creating the future.

 

Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability are three core themes of the event, which runs October 1st – March 31st, 2022, coinciding with the UAE’s 50th anniversary in December.

Indeed, Expo 2020 Dubai is joining forces with the United Nations Global Compact to hold a Sustainable Development Goals Business Forum during Global Goals Week (January 16th – 22nd) to unite businesses and spur them on to achieve a sustainable and inclusive future. Furthermore, Expo 2020 Dubai’s goal to become one of the most sustainable World Expos ever has reached a major milestone, with leading civil engineering body CEEQUAL, the world’s first sustainability assessment, giving eight sites an excellent rating.

For the first time in 170 years of World Expo history, which began with London’s Crystal Palace staging the 1851 Great Exhibition, every country participating will have its own pavilion, housing ground-breaking technological advances and immersive experiences.  Visitors will not only get the chance to see some of the world’s biggest innovators and their inventions but also sample cuisines from around the globe, indulge in live performance, and soak up culture from every corner of the planet.

In doing so, PepsiCo has today revealed the blueprints for its participation as the official beverage and snack partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, headlined by Pepsi, Lay’s, Gatorade, and Aquafina. Three striking pavilions will be located in and aligned with Expo 2020’s three core sub-themes and Thematic Districts, Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

The visually arresting designs will be combined with creative one-of-a-kind activations that will enable the food and beverage company to communicate and execute its vision to challenge today, in order to change tomorrow, driving innovation and fostering change. These will offer interactive and engaging educational experiences, with a focus on fun and sustainability while trying to inspire all those who visit. Throughout the six-month event, PepsiCo will lead in showing millions of people what sustainable and innovative food and beverage practices look like.

Dubai is offering free COVID vaccinations to all 200+ official participants and their staff while thermal cameras and sanitisation stations are being installed across the 438-hectare (1,083 acres) site to further ensure everyone’s health and safety along with face-coverings and social-distancing being mandatory.

About Expo 2020 Dubai

From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it brings together the planet in one place to reimagine tomorrow.

With the purpose of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 will be the world’s most impactful global incubator for new ideas, catalysing an exchange of new perspectives and inspiring action to deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges

Expo 2020 will provide a visually striking and emotionally inspiring 182 days, as more than 200 participants – including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses, and educational institutions, as well as millions of visitors – create the largest and most diverse World Expo ever

Expo 2020’s sub-themes of OpportunityMobility and Sustainability will inspire visitors to preserve and protect our planet, explore new frontiers and build a better future for everyone

Expo is committed to building a more equitable and just world for everyone, while keeping visitors safe by following the latest guidance of the world’s leading medical, science and health experts

Expo 2020 is the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, located on a 4.38 sq km site adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $70 billion in net revenue in 2020, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business.  For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

THE PAVILIONS

Pepsi® + Lay’s® Plus Pavilion

·         Two of the biggest brands globally, Pepsi and Lay’s, will come together at The Plus pavilion, reconfirming PepsiCo’s commitment to collaboration, positivity and togetherness.

·         Located in the Opportunity District, the Plus pavilion, will outline how Pepsi and Lay’s together, are able to take bold steps to create positive change and generate more smiles with every sip and every bite.

·         The Equalization zone will empower everyone to score for gender equality through a sensorial football interaction, while learning how Pepsi supports equal rights for women in football to achieve success.

·         The expressive regeneration zone will champion a circular economy and showcase how Pepsi is tackling single-use plastics, by reducing, recycling, and reinventing.

·         The Pepsi experience will fizz with possibilities as a highly immersive and visually arresting showcase, encouraging visitors to look beyond their individual bubble towards a world of opportunity and possibility.

·         The Lay’s experience will reward curiosity, entice discovery, and bring joy, through immersive and unexpected sensory moments, inspired by Lay’s from around the world.

·         Joy pods will surround guests with 360º content for an immersive, interactive experience tied to the joy of seasons, football, and flavor

·         ‘Lay’s Replay’ will let visitors discover the imaginative ways empty Lay’s chips bags are being given a second life and transformed into football pitches where they can bring joy to places needing it the most

·         Another doorway showcases how we create opportunities and empower women farmers who are key to nurturing the earth and growing the potatoes used in every Lay’s chip.

 

Gatorade® Bolt Pavilion

·         The Bolt Pavilion will champion active lifestyle with interactive on-site games and activations, along with showcases such as the Hall of G.O.A.Ts (Greatest Of All Time world athletes)

·         Gatorade will use the Expo 2020 Dubai to democratize sports as a global force for good.

·         The Bolt Pavilion is designed in the iconic shape of Gatorade’s Bolt design and located in the Mobility District.

·         Attendees enter the experience at the top of the bolt, zig-zagging their way through a number of activations that ultimately teach them about what Gatorade stands for, the legendary athletes that use it, the sports science that goes into every bottle, and how Gatorade can make them a better version of themselves moving forward.

·         The Bolt will recreate the GSSI (Gatorade Sports Science Institute) lab to demonstrate Gatorade’s efficacy and illustrate how it works in the body, making both knowledge and the performance fuel accessible for everyone.

·         The Bolt visitors can put their skills to test with an interactive game which tests their reaction time and agility against fellow visitors.

·         When leaving The Bolt, an exhibit will show how Gatorade is shaping the future of sport, forming new products that increase athlete performance and developing youth sports programs to train the next generation of G.O.A.Ts around the world.

 

Aquafina® Drop Pavilion

·         Aquafina has long been PepsiCo’s flagship brand encouraging good water stewardship and working to safeguard water from how we drink it, use it, consume it, to how we contain it.

·         At The Drop pavilion, visitors will not only be immersed in the Aquafina brand experience, but also in PepsiCo’s efforts to help farmers worldwide with sustainable water practices, smart use of water in manufacturing, and the brand’s innovative efforts to reduce, recycle, and reinvent packaging.

·         The Drop is designed to look like a giant droplet and is constructed from recycled cans.

·         Located in the Sustainability District, The Drop will inspire and evoke action by educating visitors on how all of us play a role in making a positive impact of keeping water, and our overall environment, safe.

·         Visitors will learn about sustainable farming operations, through informative and fun installations such as matching fields with suitable crops and farming technology.

·         Visitors will also make the acquaintance of their own Aquatar to discover their body’s relationship with water, while discovering helpful tips to live more sustainably.

·         Visitors can capture some fun the moments with their very own splash selfie, a 3D printed silhouette that makes people look like they are submerged in water.

·         As visitors exit the space, they will have the opportunity to discover the new Aquafina water stations where they can customize their water experience sustainably.

All three pavilions have been ideated, developed, and implemented in partnership with INVNT GROUP – PepsiCo’s creative and implementation partner – a globally revered strategy, design, and execution agency. With offices in New York, Dubai, London, Singapore, Sydney, Stockholm, and Detroit, helps brands curate, activate, and engage authenticity locally.

WEBLINKS:

https://www.expo2020dubai.com/en/business/partners/pepsico

https://www.expo2020dubai.com/

Jul, 07, 2021

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Nissan unveils EV36Zero A £1bn Electric Vehicle (EV) Hub

SUNDERLAND, UK (1 July 2021) – Nissan today unveils Nissan EV36Zero, a £1 billion flagship Electric Vehicle (EV) Hub creating a world-first EV manufacturing ecosystem. 

Centred around the record-breaking plant in Sunderland, UK, Nissan EV36Zero will supercharge the company’s drive to carbon neutrality and establish a new 360-degree solution for zero-emission motoring.

The transformational project has been launched with an initial £1bn investment by Nissan and its partners Envision AESC, a global player in world-leading battery technology, and Sunderland City Council. Comprised of three interconnected initiatives, Nissan EV36Zero brings together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production, setting a blueprint for the future of the automotive industry. 

Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer, Makoto Uchida said: “This project comes as part of Nissan’s pioneering efforts to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the entire lifecycle of our products. Our comprehensive approach includes not only the development and production of EVs, but also the use of on-board batteries as energy storage and their reuse for secondary purposes.

“Our announcement today comes out of lengthy discussions held within our teams, and will greatly accelerate our efforts in Europe to achieve carbon neutrality. The experience and know-how gained through the project announced today will be shared globally, enhancing Nissan’s global competitiveness.

“Nissan will continue to leverage its strengths in electrification to become a company that continues to provide value to its customers and society.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Nissan’s announcement to build its new-generation all-electric vehicle in Sunderland, alongside a new gigafactory from Envision-AESC, is a major vote of confidence in the UK and our highly-skilled workers in the North East.

“Building on over 30 years of history in the area, this is a pivotal moment in our electric vehicle revolution and securing its future for decades to come. 

“Commitments like these exemplify our ability to create hundreds of green jobs and boost British industry, whilst also allowing people to travel in an affordable and sustainable way so we can eliminate our contributions to climate change.”

Unveiling Nissan EV36Zero at the Sunderland Plant today, Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer, Ashwani Gupta, said: “This is a landmark day for Nissan, our partners, the UK and the automotive industry as a whole. Nissan EV36Zero will transform the idea of what is possible for our industry and set a roadmap for the future for all.

“We reached a new frontier with the Nissan LEAF, the world’s first mass-market all-electric vehicle. Now, with our partners, Nissan will pioneer the next phase of the automotive industry as we accelerate towards full electrification and carbon neutrality.” 

Building on Nissan’s historic 35 years of manufacturing excellence in Sunderland, the projects announced today represent 6,200 jobs at Nissan and its UK suppliers, including more than 900 new Nissan jobs and 750 new Envision AESC jobs at its new smart, low-carbon battery plant. Longer-term, the transformational project modernises and expands Nissan’s EV production capability in the UK.

Envision AESC, the battery arm of global green tech company Envision Group, will deploy integrated AIoT smart technology to monitor and optimize energy consumption, manufacturing and maintenance at its new gigafactory, enabling it to rapidly increase production and provide batteries to power up to 100,000 Nissan electric vehicles a year.

UK Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “This fantastic investment by Nissan and Envision-AESC represents a solemn commitment to the people of Sunderland, bringing further high-skilled jobs and turbocharging our plans to level up the North East. This is a huge step forward in our ambition to put the UK at the front of the global electric vehicle race, and further proof, if any was needed, that the UK remains one of the most competitive locations in the world for automotive manufacturing.

“I am extremely proud that Nissan has not only reaffirmed its belief in Britain, but is doubling down on its long-standing commitment to our country. The cars made in this plant, using batteries made just down the road at the UK’s first at scale gigafactory, will have a huge role to play as we transition away from petrol and diesel cars and kick-start a domestic electric vehicle manufacturing base.”

A new-generation electric crossover 

As part of the £1 billion announcement, Nissan will invest up to £423 million to produce a new-generation all-electric vehicle in the UK. Building on Nissan’s expertise in crossovers and the worldwide success of the Nissan LEAF, it promises next-generation vehicle styling, efficiency and battery technology, making the switch to electric driving even more accessible.

Designed for global markets, UK production will be exported to the European markets traditionally served by Nissan’s Sunderland plant. The new crossover will be built on the Alliance CMF-EV platform, with a forecasted production capacity of up to 100,000 units to be installed.

Production in Sunderland will create 909 new jobs at the plant, and more than 4,500 in the UK supply chain, while safeguarding a further 75 R&D jobs. The transformational project takes the total capital investment by Nissan into the plant past £5bn, and also includes:

– R&D at Nissan’s European Technical Centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire

– Support for UK suppliers to transition to electric vehicles

– Plant competitiveness and environmental improvements

– Skills development in the Nissan workforce for future technologies 

Other production locations have not yet been confirmed. More details about the new vehicle, including pricing and technology, will be released closer to the car’s sales launch.

With next-generation EV batteries

Envision AESC already owns and operates Europe’s first battery plant in Sunderland, established in 2012 for the localisation of Nissan LEAF battery production. The factory’s UK team has nine years’ expertise from supplying batteries to the Nissan LEAF and eNV200, having produced enough cells, modules and packs to power over 180,000 electric vehicles in 44 countries, meeting global benchmark levels of quality, performance, safety, reliability and cost. 

Supporting this new model allocation, Envision AESC will invest £450 million to build the UK’s first gigafactory on the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), adjacent to the Nissan plant, powered by renewable energy and pioneering next-generation battery technology.

The formal planning process is about to begin for the new gigafactory, which represents an initial 9GWh plant, with potential future-phase investment of £1.8bn by Envision AESC, generating up to 25GWh and creating 4,500 new high-value green jobs in the region by 2030, with potential on site for up to 35GWh. The new plant will increase the cost-competitiveness of EV batteries produced in the UK, including through a new Gen5 battery cell with 30% more energy density which improves range and efficiency. This commitment will power Nissan’s new vehicles, supporting the continued localisation of vehicle parts and components with advanced technology. This will make batteries cheaper and EVs more accessible to a growing number of customers in the future.

The new gigafactory will create 750 jobs and safeguard the jobs of 300 current employees.

Lei Zhang, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Envision Group, said: “Envision Group’s mission is to be the net zero technology partner of choice for global enterprises, governments, and cities. We are therefore delighted to be a part of EV36Zero with Nissan and Sunderland City Council. As part of this, Envision AESC will invest £450m in a new, cutting-edge, low-carbon gigafactory in Sunderland creating 700 new jobs. , 

“This commitment builds on our long-term partnership with Nissan to achieve our global ambition to make high performance, longer range batteries for EVs affordable and accessible for millions more motorists. 

“Growth in demand could bring future investment of up to £1.8bn, additional capacity of 25GWh and 4,500 jobs by 2030. This will put the North East at the heart of a new EV hub in the UK, collaborating on R&D around the whole battery lifecycle, from storage, to second life use, V2G smart charging and closed loop recycling.”  

Zero Emission vehicles and Zero Emission Manufacturing

Bringing this ecosystem together, Sunderland City Council is leading a project that aims to deliver a 100% renewable electricity ‘Microgrid’ that will save 55,000 tonnes of carbon annually.

With the ability to incorporate the existing Nissan wind and solar farms, initial plans suggest there could be as many as ten solar farms created, with an anticipated 132MW generation, and with a direct connection to renewable energy from the UK grid for ‘firm’ supply to Nissan and automotive companies located on the adjacent International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP).  Plans will continue to be developed in close discussion with potential private sector green investors.  

A first-of-its-kind, this project is estimated to be an £80 million investment and also includes plans for a 1MW battery storage system using second-life Nissan/Envision AESC batteries, which will also allow for excess energy generated during daylight hours to be captured and used at another time, helping to balance demand on the grid. Additional infrastructure projects enabling the creation of the new EV Hub take the total initial investment above £1bn.

Sunderland City Council leader, Councillor Graeme Miller, said: “Sunderland is an ambitious city, and today’s announcement is game-changing one for us, for the region and for UK Plc, and the culmination of many months of partnership working with Nissan, Envision and UK Government to ensure that we landed this transformational project.

“We’re proud to be acting as a key enabler, working to secure an £80m infrastructure project that could be the first of its kind in the UK, bringing together energy generation, consumption and storage through a dedicated microgrid.

“We have a commitment to making Sunderland as a city carbon neutral by 2040 and electrification is a key part of that vision. Today’s announcement places Sunderland at the centre of electric vehicle production in Europe. It vindicates the unwavering belief this council has in the city’s ability to drive the electric revolution, working in partnership with the private sector and Government to bring nationally significant projects to fruition, creating jobs and prosperity for our people and businesses, and delivering cleaner, greener cars in the process.”

Nissan in the UK

Nissan started production in Sunderland in July 1986, 35 years ago this month. Since then the plant has grown into the biggest plant in the history of the UK automotive industry, supporting 46,000 UK jobs.

Also based in the UK are Nissan’s European Design Centre in Paddington, London (NDE) and R&D Centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire (NTCE), designing and engineering Nissan vehicles for customers across the region and beyond.

Current production in Sunderland includes the Nissan Qashqai, Juke and LEAF, most of which (70%) are exported to mainland Europe, with 20% sold in the UK and a further 10% exported to markets than span the globe, from South America to Australia, and from the Nordics to South Africa. 

The new £1 billion Nissan EV36Zero development heralds the next phase of Nissan’s electrification plan and its UK operations.

Introducing Windows 11

At a time when the PC is playing a more central role in our lives, Windows 11 is designed to bring you closer to what you love.

Windows has always existed to be a stage for the world’s innovation. It’s been the backbone of global businesses and where scrappy startups became household names. The web was born and grew up on Windows. It’s the place where many of us wrote our first email, played our first PC game and wrote our first line of code. Windows is the place people go to create, to connect, to learn and to achieve – a platform over a billion people today rely on.

The responsibility of designing for that many people is one we don’t take lightly. The past 18 months brought an incredible shift in how we used our PCs; we went from fitting the PC into our lives to trying to fit our whole lives into the PC. Our devices weren’t just where we went for meetings, classes and to get things done, but where we came to play games with friends, binge watch our favorite shows and, perhaps most meaningfully, connect with one another. In the process we found ourselves recreating the office banter, the hallway chatter, workouts, happy hours and holiday celebrations – digitally.

What was so powerful was the shift in the PC we saw and felt – from something practical and functional to something personal and emotional. This is what inspired us as we were building the next generation of Windows. To build you a place that feels familiar, where you can create, learn, play and most importantly, connect in all new ways.

Today, I am humbled and excited to introduce you to Windows 11, the Windows that brings you closer to what you love.

Redesigned for productivity, creativity and ease

We’ve simplified the design and user experience to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity. It’s modern, fresh, clean and beautiful. From the new Start button and taskbar to each sound, font and icon, everything was done intentionally to put you in control and bring a sense of calm and ease. We put Start at the center and made it easier to quickly find what you need. Start utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what platform or device you were viewing them on earlier, even if it was on an Android or iOS device.

Windows has always been about helping you work how you want, by offering flexibility of multiple windows and the ability to snap apps side by side. New in Windows 11, we’re introducing Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops to provide an even more powerful way to multitask and stay on top of what you need to get done. These are new features designed to help you organize your windows and optimize your screen real estate so you can see what you need just the way you want in a layout that’s visually clean. You can also create separate Desktops for each part of your life and customize them to your liking – imagine having a Desktop for work, gaming or school.

Windows 11 cuts through complexity and brings you simplicity.

A faster way to connect to the people you care about

Another critical part of bringing you closer to what you love is bringing you closer to the people you love. The last 18 months drove new behavior for how we create meaningful connections with people digitally. Even as we start to return to more in-person interaction, we want to continue to make it easy for people to stay close with each other no matter where they are. And we don’t want the device or platform you’re on to be a barrier.

With Windows 11, we’re excited to introduce Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated in the taskbar. Now you can instantly connect through text, chat, voice or video with all of your personal contacts, anywhere, no matter the platform or device they’re on, across Windows, Android or iOS. If the person you’re connecting to on the other end hasn’t downloaded the Teams app, you can still connect with them via two-way SMS.

Windows 11 also gives you a more natural way to connect with friends and family through Teams, allowing you to instantly mute and unmute, or start presenting directly from the taskbar.

Delivering the best PC gaming experiences yet

If you’re a gamer, Windows 11 is made for you. Gaming has always been fundamental to what Windows is all about. Today, hundreds of millions of people around the world game on Windows and find joy and connection with loved ones and friends through play. Windows 11 unlocks the full potential of your system’s hardware, putting some of the latest gaming technology to work for you. Like: DirectX 12 Ultimate, which can enable breathtaking, immersive graphics at high frame rates; DirectStorage for faster load times and more detailed game worlds; and Auto HDR for a wider, more vivid range of colors for a truly captivating visual experience. Nothing has changed in our commitment to hardware compatibility – Windows 11 supports your favorite PC gaming accessories and peripherals. With Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate, gamers get access to over 100 high-quality PC games with new games added all the time, and it’s still just as easy to find people to play with, no matter if they’re playing on a PC or console.

To learn more about what Windows 11 means for gamers, check out Xbox Wire.

A faster way to get the information you care about

Windows 11 brings you closer to the news and information you care about faster with Widgets – a new personalized feed powered by AI and best-in-class browser performance from Microsoft Edge. Even when we’re at our most focused and creative we still need breaks – a moment to check in with the outside world or give ourselves a mental reset. Today, we often pick up our phones to check the news, weather or notifications. Now, you can open a similarly curated view directly from your desktop. When you open your personalized feed it slides across your screen like a sheet of glass so it doesn’t disrupt what you’re doing. For creators and publishers, Widgets also opens new real estate within Windows to deliver personalized content. Our aspiration is to create a vibrant pipeline for global brands and local creators alike, in a way that both consumers and creators can benefit.

An all-new Microsoft Store where your favorite apps and entertainment come together

The new Microsoft Store is your single trusted location for apps and content to watch, create, play, work and learn. It’s been rebuilt for speed and with an all-new design that is beautiful and simple to use. Not only will we bring you more apps than ever before, we’re also making all content – apps, games, shows, movies – easier to search for and discover with curated stories and collections. We’re excited to soon be welcoming leading first and third-party apps like Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio, Disney+, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom and Canva to the Microsoft Store – all offering incredible experiences to entertain, inspire and connect you. When you download an app from the Store you have the peace of mind of knowing it’s been tested for security and family safety.

We’re also pumped to announce that we are bringing Android apps to Windows for the first time. Starting later this year, people will be able to discover Android apps in the Microsoft Store and download them through the Amazon Appstore – imagine recording and posting a video from TikTok or using Khan Academy Kids for virtual learning right from your PC. We’ll have more to share about this experience in the coming months. We look forward to this partnership with Amazon and Intel using their Intel Bridge technology.

Creating a more open ecosystem unlocking new opportunity for developers and creators

We are taking steps to further open the Microsoft Store to unlock greater economic opportunity for creators and developers. We’re enabling developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps regardless of whether they’re built as a Win32, Progressive Web App (PWA), or Universal Windows App (UWP) or any other app framework, creating an opportunity to reach and engage with more people. We’re also announcing a progressive change to our revenue share policies where app developers can now bring their own commerce into our Store and keep 100% of the revenue – Microsoft takes nothing. App developers can still use our commerce with competitive revenue share of 85/15. We believe creating a more open ecosystem ultimately benefits our customers – giving them secure, frictionless access to the apps, games, movies, shows and web content they want and need.

To learn more about the changes to the Microsoft Store, visit this Windows Blog post.

If you want to learn more about what Windows 11 means for developers, visit the Windows Developer Blog.

Faster, more secure and familiar for IT

For IT, Windows 11 is built on the consistent, compatible and familiar Windows 10 foundation you know. You’ll plan for, prepare and deploy Windows 11 just as you do today with Windows 10. Upgrading to Windows 11 will be like taking a Windows 10 update. The familiar management experiences you have in place today – like Microsoft Endpoint Manager, cloud configuration, Windows Update for Business and Autopilot – will support your environment of tomorrow as you integrate Windows 11 into your estate.

Just as with Windows 10, we are deeply committed to app compatibility, which is a core design tenet of Windows 11. We stand behind our promise that your applications will work on Windows 11 with App Assure, a service that helps customers with 150 or more users fix any app issues they might run into at no additional cost.

Windows 11 is also secure by design, with new built-in security technologies that will add protection from the chip to the cloud, while enabling productivity and new experiences. Windows 11 provides a Zero Trust-ready operating system to protect data and access across devices. We have worked closely with our OEM and silicon partners to raise security baselines to meet the needs of the evolving threat landscape and the new hybrid work world.

You can learn more about Windows 11 as the operating system for hybrid work and learning in the Microsoft 365 blog.

It’s a great time to buy a PC

Since day one of developing Windows 11, we have been working closely with our hardware and silicon partners for seamless integration across software and hardware. That co-engineering begins with innovation in the silicon. From AMD and the incredible graphics depth brought by the Ryzen processors to the incredible performance of Intel’s 11th gen and Evo Processors, to Qualcomm’s AI prowess, 5G and Arm support, the innovation of our silicon partners brings together the best of Windows 11 with the largest hardware ecosystem in the world.

And with Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Surface and others, we’ve worked to ensure most PCs* you can buy today will be ready for Windows 11 – across a variety of form factors and price points.

Together, we’ve tuned Windows 11 to not only be optimized for speed and efficiency, but to take advantage of improved experiences with touch, inking and voice.

When you use Windows 11 on a tablet without a keyboard, we’ve improved the experience for touch, creating more space between the icons in the taskbar, adding bigger touch targets and subtle visual cues to make resizing and moving windows easier, as well as adding gestures. We’re also enabling haptics to make using your pen even more engaging and immersive – allowing you to hear and feel the vibrations as you click through and edit or sketch. Lastly, we’ve brought forward enhancements in voice typing. Windows 11 is incredible at recognizing what you say; it can automatically punctuate for you, and comes with voice commands. This is a fantastic feature for when you want to take a break from typing and speak your ideas instead.

Windows 11 will be available through a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs beginning this holiday. To check if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, visit Windows.com to download the PC Health Check app. We’re also working with our retail partners to make sure Windows 10 PCs you buy today are ready for the upgrade to Windows 11. The free upgrade will begin to roll out to eligible Windows 10 PCs this holiday and continuing into 2022. And next week, we’ll begin to share an early build of Windows 11 to the Windows Insider Program – this is a passionate community of Windows fans whose feedback is important to us.

This is just the beginning

Windows is more than just an operating system; it’s a fabric woven into our lives and in our work. It’s where we connect with people, it’s where we learn, work and play. Over time it’s remained familiar and adapted to us. We hope you’re as pumped as we are for Windows 11.

We can’t wait to see what Windows 11 empowers people to do and inspires them to create.

*Look for PCs that indicate they are eligible for the free upgrade, or you can check with your retailer for more information.

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Rolls-Royce Unveils ‘Most Ambitious Car Ever Created’

    • Unique Boat Tail revealed with car rear shaped like a yacht deck
    • Just 3 have been made in collaboration with 3 ultra-wealthy clients
    • Price is a closely guarded secret

Story: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has used the launch of what it calls ‘the most ambitious motor car ever created’ to announce the creation of Coachbuild – a new division within the business.

For many years, Rolls-Royce has offered its high-net worth clients the opportunity to heavily bespoke their Dawn, Cullinan, Ghost, Phantom and Wraith models, allowing them to choose a range of options from the colour of paint to the interior design and furnishings and installations of works of art or high-tech gadgets.

However, Rolls-Royce Coachbuild will offer an entirely new service, allowing a small number of its most elite customers the opportunity to collaborate with the brand and build a unique car from the ground up.

The marque is the only luxury automotive brand that can offer this unique service.

After a four-year collaboration with three of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars most special clients today it reveals Rolls-Royce ‘Boat Tail’.

Only 3 will be made and the price for each is not being revealed.

It is a four-seat permanent drophead inspired by the Boat Tail typology popularised in the 1920s and 30s, where the hull of a yacht was grafted onto a Rolls-Royce chassis.

The three clients, who all share a love of J Class yachts, the world’s most elegant racing boats, told the designers, “Show me something I have never seen before.”

In consultation with these clients, an agreement was reached whereby three cars would share a common body, but each would then be individually, highly personalised.

The first of these three cars features a back deck that opens in a sweeping butterfly gesture, to reveal cocktail tables and a parasol.

The owner asked Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to work with the Swiss House of BOVET 1822 to create two unique reversible timepieces – one for the lady and one for the gentleman – that can either be worn on the wrist or placed within Boat Tail’s fascia as the motor car’s clock.

Boat Tail’s glove box is a hand-crafted case of aluminium and leather, designed to safely house another of the clients’ great passions, an antique Montblanc pen.

And a double refrigerator has been developed to house the client’s favourite vintages of Armand de Brignac champagne allowing it to be rapid-cooled to precisely six degrees – the optimum serving temperature of the preferred vintage.

The concept of Coachbuilding was first explored in 2017 with the creation of a ‘Sweptail’ model. This led to the three clients approaching Rolls-Royce about the creation of the ‘Boat Tail’.

Each has taken four intensive years of collaboration with Rolls-Royce’s designers and engineers to create. Pre-production engineering alone took 20-person years with a full-size clay sculpture being built first, from which the buck, or frame, is created and onto which body panels were hand-beaten from extensive, single, flat sheets of aluminium. 1,813 completely new parts were developed for the ‘Boat Tail’.

The next Rolls-Royce Coachbuild project is already underway, but no details are being released at this stage.

Entry to the programme is by invitation only with preference given to the luxury brand’s most significant clients.

 

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DHL Now Delivers On The River!

  • Daily riverboat freight service to transport small packages into central London for final mile delivery by bike
  • New river freight route through London, operated by Thames Clippers, is part of DHL’s commitment to reduce congestion

28 September 2020 – DHL Express, the world’s leading international express delivery service provider, has launched London’s first riverboat parcel delivery service, which aims to ease congestion and provide a reliable and efficient way of transporting deliveries across the capital.

The innovative service has been introduced as part of DHL’s commitment to using blended transport modes to improve access to urban areas and is an important step towards exploring the use of the river for small scale freight transport.

The riverboat service, operated by Thames Clippers, will run daily at7:30am, transporting packages into London. The shipments will be loaded from electric vehicles onto the riverboat at Wandsworth Riverside Quarter Pier before travelling at high speed along the Thames into central London, docking at Bankside Pier for final mile delivery on DHL courier bicycles.

DHL has proven the effectiveness of combining land and waterways through its established canal delivery network in Venice, but the service in London represents its first high speed service.

Ian Wilson, Chief Executive UK&I, DHL Express said: “With heavy traffic and poor air quality becoming an increasing problem in urban areas like London, we’re committed to finding a better blend of transport. This new and unique service, combining electric vehicles, riverboat and last-mile bikes creates fast and efficient access across the capital.”

Sean Collins, CEO, Thames Clippers said: “We’re thrilled to be facilitating this service alongside DHL. The river is a widely under-used natural source of transportation and as we have demonstrated over the last 21 years with our passenger services, the river has opportunity to innovate and evolve – this new high-speed parcel delivery service is a great example of this. As a business we strive to maximise the uses of the river as a mode of transport and will continue to reduce congestion on London’s roads.”

Robin Mortimer, Chief Executive, Port of London Authority said: “This project opens up the movement of small parcels as a new and potentially substantial area of river use.  The shipment of bulkier freight by river already takes more than 200,000 HGVs off the capital’s roads every year.  A river boat and emission free last mile delivery is a great innovation and the ideal combination for the city’s next evolution.”

David Panayiotou, Head of London River Services, TfL said: “Without the Thames London would not have become the city it is, so it is great to see it playing its part in the city’s economy in this new and innovative way. The reduction of lorries on the road complements our existing measures to improve road safety, and we are pleased to be part of an initiative that provides the consistent journey times that are so crucial to the successful delivery of parcels.”

The riverboat service is the latest addition to GoGreen,DHL’s group-wide environmental protection program. GoGreen is the cornerstone of DHL’s sustainability work and focuses on reducing and avoiding emissions of greenhouse gases and local air pollutants. Within this is Mission 2050, targeting a reduction of all logistics-related emissions to zero by the year 2050.

ABOUT DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfilment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 61 billion euros in 2018.

Sep, 28, 2020

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