• UPS expands My Choice service in Asia Pacific
  • MoU signing
  • Electric tuk-tuk dealer seeks drivers

At A Glance

Corporate October 16, 2018 01:00

By The Nation

Electric tuk-tuk dealer seeks drivers

Loxley and Government Savings Bank have joined hands to offer loans for tuk-tuk drivers to purchase new electric three-wheelers to create a new career opportunity.

Loxley’s Energy Strategic Business Group is an authorised dealer of the electric three-wheelers brand, TukTuk Factory (TTF), which distributes in Thailand and across Indochina.

Loxley’s tuk-tuk offers a high-performance engine and a car charger designed for use with a general household outlet (220 watts).

With machine parts that are made in Thailand, the firm can provide a maintenance service within 24 hours. Its electric model meets regulatory, technical and safety requirements, and likely to obtain approval from the European Union too.

“Our Tuk Tuk will help create a good image for the country,” said Loxley’s Nimit Prasertsuk, executive vice president, energy strategic business group. 

“At this stage, we have invited tuk-tuk drivers in Chiang Mai to apply for the loans. Later we will also focus on other business groups such as hotels, hospitals, serviced apartments, schools, and food trucks which need electric tuk-tuks for their business.”

A memorandum of understanding on the matter was recently signed between Loxley’s Nimit and Jiraporn Nugitrangson, GSB’s senior executive vice president, grassroots and public sector customers group.

MoU signing 

Pisit Rangsaritwuthikul, director-general of Thailand Professional Qualification Institute (Public Organization) or TPQI recently signed a memorandum of underdtanding with Ingo Imhoff, programme director, RECOTVET Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internatinale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. TPQI will serve as a technical training centre under the German Government for International Cooperation (GIZ) and its task is to help enhance professional qualification system for business sectors.

Ananda first developer to implement VR models

Ananda Development is the first property developer in Thailand to implement Virtual Reality (VR) Building Information modelling (BIM) - immersive digital models of devel

 opment plans. 

VR BIM models streamline the entire development process, allowing for reductions in both project costs and time.

Right after the launch of Ananda UrbanTech, the strategic plan of the publicly- listed property developer to improve the lives of urban-dwellers through innovation and technology, the company has spent the past 12 months designing and honing VR BIM models for a more accurate, user-friendly and streamlined alternative to traditional BIM models, previously considered as the gold standards of development plans.

This revolutionary technology allows those involved at every stage of a development, from contractors to designers and sales and marketing teams, to get a real feel for the property by ‘stepping into’ the development. This interactive approach offers a practical way for stakeholders to identify potential issues and to solve them quickly.

Ananda Development’s total investment of Bt1 million is expected to pay off quickly, having already produced tangible reductions in both the costs and time involved across the 13 developments it’s been used, including Ashton Rama9, Q Sukhumvit 36 and Ideo Sathon. Within 12 months of use, Ananda Development reported a marked reduction in requests for information (technical queries asked by those working on the project), saving the projects both time and cost.

UPS expands My Choice service in Asia Pacific 

UPS recently announced the global expansion of UPS My Choice service to 96 additional countries and territories, bringing the total to 112. 

 With the entrance into countries and regions in Asia Pacific, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, Caribbean and Central and South America, Middle East and Oceania, and an expansion in Europe, this package-delivery management service has the ability to help more busy consumers and consignees around the world to track, schedule, and redirect their packages—just in time for the peak holiday shipping season. 

In Asia Pacific, UPS My Choice will be introduced in 13 markets, including Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

This expansion, the largest since the service was launched seven years ago, comes as membership in UPS My Choice crosses the 52 million-member mark worldwide. This combination of scale and geography provides shippers a distinct advantage as cross-border shopping increases. 

“Online retail in Thailand has seen strong growth and is now the second largest e-commerce market in Southeast Asia,” said Russell Reed, managing director of UPS Thailand. 

“With the launch of UPS My Choice in this market, as well as several others in the region, we’re providing value towards a more seamless experience for shoppers, giving them greater visibility and control over their deliveries. 

“This service also provides Thai e-tailers with a clear point of difference in their shipping capabilities against their competitors, so it’s a win-win on both sides of the e-commerce coin.”