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ComBank powers Findmyfare

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Findmyfare, Sri Lanka’s largest online travel company, has begun accepting online payments via Quick Response (QR) codes following the Commercial Bank of Ceylon introducing the LANKAQR option to the company.

Customers purchasing flight tickets, movie tickets, hotel stays or mobile reloads on findmyfare.com can now settle their payments through the ComBank Q+ App, Sri Lanka’s first QR based payment App under LANKAQR.

This QR payment option is listed alongside other wallet payment options such as Visa and Mastercard, enabling the website to process transactions across multiple product verticals.

The ComBank Q+ App is the first QR based payment application launched under LANKAQR, the National Quick Response (QR) standard for local currency payments introduced by LankaPay under the guidance of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL).

The ComBank Q+ App allows merchants to accept payments through any QR based application compliant under LANKAQR by enabling customers to scan the merchant’s QR code with their mobile phones, and select their Credit Card, Debit Card, current account or savings account to be used to pay for the transaction. The App has been developed based on interoperable standards where merchants and consumers of different issuers and acquirers can transact through LANKAQR.

The ComBank Q+ application provides several unique features such as an option to check/verify the transaction, support of both Static and Dynamic QR options, real-time updates via a text or in-app message, real time credits to the Merchant Account that brings convenience to both the merchants and customers, mass printed QR (in Statements/ Bills Etc.), dynamic QR on demand and system integrations.

The QR code integration with the e-Commerce site will enable customers make convenient and secure purchases via the findmyfare web site, without running the risk of accidental payments, the Bank said. QR payments are safe as the customer initiates the payment process by scanning the QR code of the merchant and the transaction must be confirmed and authorised before the amount is debited.

Apart from the QR payments, the Internet Payment Gateway service provided by the Commercial Bank to Findmyfare to accept online card payments covers the authorisation of Credit and Debit cards, and processing of direct payments through Visa, Mastercard and UnionPay branded cards.

The online payment processing of www.findmyfare.com will be facilitated by the Bank through Mastercard Payment Gateway Services (MPGS) which is fully-compliant with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) requirements. It is a secure e-commerce solution as merchants are provided with ‘server-hosted pages’ whereby card details are processed on the Payment Server and not at the merchant’s end.

Since its launch in 2012, findmyfare.com has become Sri Lanka’s largest online travel company, providing the best travel deals. The portal allows customers to search, compare and book cheap flights and hotels around the world. The company was the very first in Sri Lanka to provide an online reservations facility that enabled customers to confirm bookings without a credit card payment. Findmyfare.com, made a unique mark in Sri Lanka’s travel industry by giving customers a quick, easy and reliable new way of making travel reservations.

The first Sri Lankan Bank to be listed among the Top 1000 Banks of the World and the only Sri Lankan bank to be so listed for 10 years consecutively, Commercial Bank is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Bank, which won more than 50 international and local awards in 2019, operates a network of 268 branches and 873 ATMs in Sri Lanka.

 

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‘A supermarket in your pocket’

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For large corporates, understanding the pulse of one’s stakeholders assures longevity and relevance. From serving a few to serving many, Cargills has undergone numerous changes as a corporate entity throughout its rich history of over 175 years. Reflecting on its journey thus far, Cargills transformed from a primarily wholesale and retail business to a pivotal player across multiple sectors within the food and beverage industry in Sri Lanka.

From introducing the first bona fide supermarket, Cargills Food City which revolutionised modern retailing in the country, to acquiring long-standing food brands and elevating them to new heights, Cargills has never shied away from diving into new ventures.

At its core is a deep intrinsic understanding of its stakeholders, from farmers to customers across all 25 districts. While the looming pandemic in March 2020 sought to disrupt the normal, this same understanding, a pulse if you will, directed a new norm.

Like many other businesses, Cargills was compelled to adapt. While it has a wide network of supermarkets across the island which were in fact operational during this time, there were no customers to be served due to the imposed lockdown. Almost overnight, the Cargills Rewards website was transformed to a new system for customers to order their groceries. It was a simple solution, that leveraged its supply chain to help facilitate hyperlocal delivery for customer’s within a 5km radius of its outlets.

Furthermore, container trucks carrying well displayed groceries were dispatched to neighborhoods, pioneering Asia’s first mobile supermarket, ‘Cargills 2 Home’. This ingenuity was driven by the top brass, who too feel the pulse of their stakeholders and so brought the supermarket experience to the customer’s home.

(Cargills)

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Raddella Holdings launches first biotech insulin manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka

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Raddella Holdings introduce yet another revolutionary first with the launch of Sri Lanka’s first and only biotech insulin manufacturing plant. The recently concluded groundbreaking ceremony was held on September18, at the Koggala Export Processing Zone. The landmark event was attended by a host of dignitaries and guests including the State Minister of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply, and Regulation – (Prof.) Channa Jayasumana, Minister of Tourism – Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of Plantation – (Dr.) Ramesh Pathirana, State Minister of Rural and School Sports Infrastructure Development – Thenuka Vidanagamage and many more.

The operation of the new plant will involve a joint venture between the Premium International Injectable Company (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of Raddella Holdings and the State Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Corporation (SPMC). All new products manufactured as a result of this venture will be done under the SPMC brand name, with full government supervision.

The biotechnology manufacturing plant is a Rs. 3.5 billion, 100% local investment, which will employ over 200 specialized and highly trained professionals. All technology used in manufacturing will be state-of-the-art and conform to the highest tier of European standardization. This new plant has the capacity to meet 100% of projected local demand for next 15 years. The surplus produced thereafter will be exported and provide a valuable source of foreign revenue.

The new plant will utilize world famous SCADA systems to monitor and control the plant, all equipment, and the entire manufacturing process. This will guarantee the highest level of quality control, where all records of manufacture are completely automated and thus tamper-proof. Other quality control methods include adhering to the European Union Goods Manufacturing Practice (EUGMP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), while also complying with the strict standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The extensive planning for the plant happened over the last two years, in this time all designs, technology transfers, and specialist training have been completed, with all approvals and certification having been obtained. With construction completed soon, the plant will commence operations shortly.

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AIA Insurance Platinum Sponsor of Sri Lanka’s Most Admired Companies

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AIA Sri Lanka is proud to partner as Platinum Sponsor, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL) in presenting ‘Sri Lanka’s Most Admired Companies Awards 2020’.

This is the third year of the prestigious Awards ceremony for which AIA has been the Platinum Sponsor. The awards are intended at recognizing companies that are a cut above the rest in terms of not just their financial performance but also on the value they create in a sustainable and ethical way for their employees, customers, investors and the general community.

Companies that have been in business for over 5 years as at June 30 2020 and are 30% or more of Sri Lankan ownership are eligible to enter this Awards competition which is open to both listed and unlisted companies in Sri Lanka. (AIA)

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