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The Emprende Lunares contest already has winners

 

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The Cajasol Foundation and the fashion and communication agency Doble Erre have selected the winners of the V edition of the Fundación Cajasol Emprende Lunares contest with SIMOF , a training program aimed at entrepreneurs of flamenco fashion that aims to boost their careers within the market business.

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ACIMIT Opened Textile Technology Training Center In Pakistan

ACIMIT Opened Textile Technology Training Center In Pakistan

The inauguration ceremony for the Italy-Pakistan Textile Technology Center (IPTTC) was held this past November 16th in Faisalabad, Pakistan at the National Textile University (NTU). The training center, which is the first of its kind for Italian textile machinery technology in Pakistan, was inaugurated by the Italian Ambassador to Pakistan, Andreas Ferrarese, and by Rizwan Shafi, CEO of Crescent Bahuman Limited.

Intervening at the ceremony in a video conference call from Italy was Alessandro Zucchi, the President of ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, as a partner in the project together with the PISIE (International Polytechnic for Industrial and Economic Development). Zucchi remarked that, “With the creation of the Italy-Pakistan Textile Technology Center, ACIMIT wishes to strengthen previously existing fruitful relations with the Pakistani textile industry” Continue reading ACIMIT Opened Textile Technology Training Center In Pakistan

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Positive balance at Ortovox, positive outlook at Deuter

The topic of ski touring has the greatest potential before a ski season with question marks. Ortovox could benefit from this.

The outdoor division of the Schwan Stabilo Group got through the first few months of the Corona crisis relatively lightly. Although the lockdown in spring also had a negative impact on their business, the decline in sales for the 19/20 financial year (June 30) is moderate at 5.1%. This decline was solely due to the lockdown weeks from mid-March to early May, it said. After EUR 168.3 million in the previous year, the group with the brands Deuter, OrtovoxMaier Sports and Gonso generated EUR 159.7 million in the past financial year.

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Lisa launches its first online fashion accessories store

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LIASA , a member of the cluster, inspired by the cord, their reason for being as manufacturers for other textile, fashion or packaging companies, came up with the Twist-Twist.

It is about an ear guard that has quickly become the Best Seller of a new e-commerce project that they presented in November: Cord-on Shop .

The Twist – Twist became an icon and bestseller and has been the beginning of a large collection of accessories that are already on its website.

“The success of our Twist-twist ear guard, added to the fact that this year we have not been able to leave home to look for gifts with the calm and enthusiasm they deserve, have inspired us to create our digital boutique. Accessories make fashion. The reason for being of Cord-on Shop are sets and sets created by our stylists and external fashion consultants, so that you can combine colors and textures. And the most interesting, with the trends shown by the best international magazines and brands.

We can’t travel, but Cordon Shop, with its international network, does it for you. Bringing a century of history to the world of trends is an exciting challenge that has flowed fabulously “- Says Jaime Cabré, Vice President of the Liasa group and 4th generation at the helm.

In the online store you can find collections for women, men and children. Christmas sets, collections for father and son, or mother and daughter to have the same look, and fashion accessories with great detail. Maximum quality, multiple ideas and with shipments throughout Spain.

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Standard Chartered India’s Credit Card Billing Software is having faulty ‘system logic.’ Charges interest when it should not.

We are here giving you a classic example of how a leading multinational bank is having a secret trick (they call it ‘system logic’) in it’s credit card billing software. This system logic is configured in such a way that it will NOT transfer any credit balance available in your Primary Credit Card to your Supplementary Card even if you are getting a combined statement every month and pay the Total Amount Due as shown in their Payment Coupon. The Total Amount Due is shown in the statement after deducting the credit balance. But the bank officials are not bothered to explain that. Just have a look at the following statement.

The cardholder had spent INR 8453.52 on July 17, 2020 on an item which was returned. This expense was covered in the JULY Statement dated 19th July. As a result a refund of INR 8453.52 was received. This refund is recorded in the SEP Statement dated 19th Sept. The statement shows that this refund was received on July 18, 2020 (i.e. before the JULY Statement date of July 19th. It is strange that the credit for the refund was not passed on in the JULY Statement itself. Hence the credit balance of the cardholder of this refund is with the bank from July 18th. According to the bank this credit balance doesn’t get automatically transferred to the Supplementary Card for paying towards the expenses incurred through the Secondary Card.

Background information provided by the cardholder

Statement dated 19 AUG; Due Date 6 SEP
Total Payment Due as shown in the payment coupon INR 1176.85;
Minimum Payment Due INR 250.00

The Credit balance of INR 3,048.67 is lying in the Primary Card account from July 18, 2020 as shown in the above statement. But the bank would not use it for paying the Total Amount Due in the Supplementary Card’s August 19 Statement. The bill for July was dated 19th July.

As told by the cardholder

The card holder paid INR 1180 (to round off the figure) against the Total Amount Due INR 1176.85 on 4 Sept. which is reflected in the September month’s statement.

Now can anybody imagine that the payment paid was NOT as per the Bank’s statement? Was it a partial payment? Should there be any interest charges levied in the next month’s statement in the above case? It is not only shocking but beyond any one’s imagination.

Now let’s have a look at the statement dated 20 SEP having due date of 8 OCT.

On receipt of the e-statement on 20 SEPT, the card holder complained about the interest charged saying that he paid the Total Amount Due as shown in the AUG Statement. This was his first email which is reproduced below:

The card holder thought it was perhaps a mistake and accordingly wrote the above letter on the day the statement was received. But on 22 SEP, he received two system generated replies and the third one from the customer care officer which was much more shocking for him. Here are the replies received:

This autogenerated reply says that the card holder’s fee waiver request (?) has been submitted for processing. Their system seems to be quite intelligent. From the card holder’s complaint email letter it automatically recognized that it was for a fee waiver! The email was sent for processing without even any human involvement. This reply’s time stamp shows 17.53 dtd. SEP 22. In next two seconds (at 17.55), the card holder gets 2nd reply (system generated) informing him that his fee waiver request has been approved and processed. Not only that, the system replies that “If any trailing interest would be levied in your subsequent statement, the same would be proactively waived off and the credit would reflect in your next statement generated.”

What an impressive high-tech process of waiving off the fee charged by the bank. Absolutely without any human involvement. Surely, the bank must be using an advanced Artificial Intelligence technology.

Now comes the third reply coincidentally with the same time stamp as that of second one i.e. 17.55 (Only the bank can explain how this can happen). This reply has a name of the customer care officer but the reply is quite vague. However, when understood clearly, it is alarming for the card holder. It should be equally disturbing for all those who have either experienced this situation or have missed to notice and have probably paid such unscrupulous fees. There no documentary evidence to show that such a charge can be levied. Have a look at the third answer from the bank.

The above response is totally baseless. Nowhere they have mentioned such a rule. The August Payment Coupon as shown above (full statement); below: only payment coupon. The payment was made as per the statement.

The bank has NOT mentioned anywhere that the cardholder has to pay INR 4225.52. The above coupon clearly shows that the system has deducted the credit balance of INR 3,048.67 from the Supplementary Card’s total dues of INR 4225.52 and shown INR 1176.85 as the Total Payment Due.

The bank’s only defense is that they have reversed the interest charged and the matter is over. They have failed to answer the cardholder’s specific pointed questions that relate to the mechanism of levying such baseless charges without any rule having any documentary evidence. It seems to be their policy to levy the charges and reverse if any customer objects to it. Those who don’t notice must be ending up paying such dishonest charges.

The Bank’s only defense

Below, we are providing replies received from the customer care of the Standard Chartered Bank. You will find them vague. They are giving varying reasons for such type of charges levied. Just have a look. First card holder’s pointed questions to the bank.

“My precise queries are:

  • You write “We would like to inform that the credit balance available in the primary card will not be automatically adjusted towards the outstanding in linked cards.” I want to know whether this is your current policy? If yes, it’s not mentioned anywhere. It cannot be an error because this can only happen if your billing software is configured like that.
  • My question “Am I supposed to pay for the each card – Primary and Supplementary – separately?” remains unanswered.
  • Did I violate any of the T&C by paying Rs. 1176.85 for the statement dated August 19, 2020 which led you to impose the interest of Rs. 353.01? You have considered Rs. 1176.85 as a part payment. Why?

These are straight questions arising out of your communications with me and are concerned with your policy. You should be frank and honest enough to let me know the answers to the above questions.

But the bank customer care officers have varying answers. One such imaginative answer came from their social media team. She perhaps had no knowledge about my other communications with the bank but her reply shows that she was quite authoritative and confident. Look at it below:

Different Reason: The payment apportionment was not processed due to different payment due date across your card accounts. Hence, as per system logic the payment not apportioned. Laughable! The due date is same. The cardholder gets combined statement as shown above.

Cardholder’s response to the above reply of the bank:

The reply to the above email was an assurance not the clarification sought. Not bad! This letter from the bank also indicates that the practice of NOT transferring the credit balance to clear the balance in the associated card is a normal one. It’s a rule not an exception.

So, the bank says it’s internal teams have been asked to assess cardholder’s ‘valuable inputs’. The bank considers serious complaints of it’s customers merely ‘valuable input’ for further assessment by their internal committees! The cardholder replies back and requests to provide reason for the charge levied not assurance. They seem to be hiding something. Something they are doing that they shouldn’t. More likely, they can’t.

Another customer care officer explained how the cardholder’s Primary Card credit balance shown in the AUG Statement was used. She doesn’t bother to tell why this balance was NOT transferred to the Supplementary Card to settle the outstanding. In fact, according to her, the Primary Card was practically converted to a Debit Card because the credit amount was adjusted towards the purchase done in the Primary Card.

The bank will allow the credit balance of Primary Card only for purchases in that card. This converts the Credit Card into a Debit Card.

Tired with different answers, the cardholder wrote he wants to know under which rule the interest was levied.

The Trailing Interest: Now the cardholder receives OCT Statement and came across what is trailing interest, something he never heard about. In one of the responses this word was mentioned but the cardholder’s notion was that the bank would take proactive action so that the matter of interest charge in the SEPT Statement was settled. The matter of clarification of the charge levied, however, was open and the cardholder’s expectation was that the bank should voluntarily accept the shortcoming in it’s billing software (the so called ‘system logic’ which functioned illogically) and make the necessary disclosures accordingly which might involve refund of such fees levied and collected from different cardholders. In response to the cardholder’s inquiry about the trailing interest, he got the following reply. First the OCT Statement then the communication:

The cardholder sent an email complaining about the above interest charge in the OCT Statement. He came to know later that the bank calls it trailing interest.

The response to the above letter was given providing reference to, and covering the original complaint. blah-blah-blah…. They reversed the charge, as usual.

Bank’s roadmap for implementation of payment adjustment from a Card with credit balance before the statement date post April 2021. (Great favour to card customers?)

We wish to inform you that the said change for payment adjustment from a Card with credit balance before the statement date is under internal review and the same is part of our roadmap for implementation post April 2021. Until the implementation of the said change, we request you to kindly call the customer care or write to us for assistance in transferring the credit balance to your linked card account.

The very next day, a more creative customer care officer comes with another novel reason for the levy of the interest in the SEP Statement, and for NOT transferring credit balance in the AUG Statement. Please have a look what kind of secretive rules the bank follows which you will not find anywhere including their website.

“We would like to inform that as per the system logic any credit balance available on the card will be automatically transferred to the linked card on the Payment Due Date plus 2 days. In your case, we note that the credit balance of INR 3,048.67 got adjusted towards your purchases made on 21st & 22nd August 2020. Hence, the system has not transferred the credit balance to your supplementary card and owing to partial payment towards the supplementary card dues, the interest of INR 353.01 has been levied in Sep 2020 statement and the trailing interest of INR 191.51 levied in Oct 2020 statement.”

In the above email the customer care officer is more precise with her information as to when my ‘Credit-Card-Turned-Debit-Card’ was actually used i.e. against which purchases the credit amount was used. A new information revealed regarding when the credit amount is transferred! on the Payment Due Date plus 2 days. Wonderful….

“We would like to inform that the system implementation to transfer the credit balance before the statement date is under internal review.

We thank you for bringing this to our attention, as your feedback/suggestion has enabled us to introspect and reinforce our internal efforts in this direction, to avoid recurrence of such instances in future.

We confirm having already reversed the aforesaid charges basis your earlier interaction with us. We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused. We value your relationship with the Bank and assure to serve you with the best of our services at all times.”

Customer Care Officer on 21st October 2020

But in the above email, she refrains to inform me that she herself had written in the email one day earlier (given above) regarding the bank’s roadmap for implementation post April 2021. Checked it was from the same customer care officer.

“We wish to inform you that the said change for payment adjustment from a Card with credit balance before the statement date is under internal review and the same is part of our roadmap for implementation post April 2021.

Until the implementation of the said change, we request you to kindly call the customer care or write to us for assistance in transferring the credit balance to your linked card account.”

The same Customer Service Officer one day before on 20th October 2020

The card holder did send his reply to the above response from the Office Of the Head, Customer Service. But there is no response to that. For the record, the cardholder’s last letter is given below:

Conclusions:

From the responses of various customer service officers, following key conclusions may be drawn:

  • The bank seems to be following an unwritten rule or practice of charging interest in situations like the one the above cardholder was facing. A tweak in the billing software in the name of ‘system logic’ gives the bank a way to charge interest when actually they should not. The bank’s policy may be to revert any such charges levied immediately without any argument in the name of ‘service gesture’ to all persons who notice this dishonest charge and complain about it.
  • Another thing that emerges from their responses is that the bank follows an unwritten secretive policy of NOT transferring the credit balance before the statement date. This amounts to ‘wrongful billing’ because there is no explanation or documentary evidence to show that this is a part of the Terms & Conditions. There is totally a blackout on this information that their system is configured to transfer the credit balance only after 2 days from the due date of the payment. In above case the credit balance resulted because of a refund of Rs. 8453.52 on July 18, 2020 but this appeared NOT in the August Statement dated 19th August but in the SEP Statement dated 19th September. The credit has been denied in July and August statements. By not adjusting the credit balance in the August statement expenses of the Supplementary card, the bank has tried to earn an interest of Rs.INR 353.01. This is totally unethical and amounts to a malpractice. There cannot be any justification for levying any charge whatsoever.
  • Although the bank has conveyed to the cardholder that they are considering system implementation to transfer the credit balance before the statement date. But they are NOT admitting that the practice being currently followed is wrong, unwritten and undocumented. There is not a single word on it. Rediculously, they claim that the new system implementation is part of their roadmap for implementation post April 2021! This is height of their arrogance.
  • Their advise “Until the implementation of the said change, we request you to kindly call the customer care or write to us for assistance in transferring the credit balance to your linked card account” also proves that customers can, through verbal or written request, get the credit balance transferred and avoid any penal interest. That means if the cardholder under the present review would have called the bank or written them to transfer the credit available in his Primary Card (as shown in August Statement) to pay for the outstanding in the Supplementary Card and pay off the dues, there would have not been any interest imposed in the September Statement. Such verbal or written request should have been made before the due date which was 6 September.
  • The bank’s above advice is unwritten and undocumented which against the regulatory norms of credit card billing. There is absolutely no way to know that such a practice is being followed by the bank. They have not mentioned it anywhere. Not even on the payment coupon. But there is no way they can do it transparently because it would never be accepted by the customers. Not only that it would be against all norms, rules and regulations. India, too, has strict and effective regulators. No bank should dare to forget this fact.

In short, in this digital world a bank like Standard Chartered is telling it’s customers to give their requests for carrying out a very obvious routine operation verbally or in writing. Their computer system is NOT capable of doing it automatically for them. Very disgusting behavior, indeed.

We are sure that such malpractice going on in one of very reputed multinational banks cannot be tolerated by the concerned regulators.

As of now we have no information if similar practice is being followed by any other bank. If readers of this piece know similar instances of customer abuse, they are encouraged to share the relevant information in public interest.

Rieter Wins Patent Dispute in Chinaa

Rieter protects its innovations and products with patents and registered designs. The company takes consistent action against patent and design infringements. In mid-July 2020, in a legal dispute, the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court of the People’s Republic of China ruled in favor of Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH (Germany). 

Rieter machines stand for outstanding quality, high operational safety, excellent performance and user-friendliness as well as unique design. In order to benefit from these characteristics, competitors copy the successful Rieter machine concepts and even adopt the coveted Rieter design.

Rieter protects its innovations by means of patents and registered designs. The company takes consistent action against companies that infringe Rieter patents or designs and copy products or machines. In 2018, Rieter registered design infringe-ments by Shenyang Hongda Textile Machinery Co., Ltd. in relation to double-head draw frames, and decided to file a lawsuit against the Chinese company.

In mid-July 2020, the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court of the People’s Republic of China determined that the double-head draw frames JWF1316 and JWF1316T of Shenyang Hongda Textile Machinery Co., Ltd. are similar to and fall within the scope of protection of the design patent concerned. The defendant Shenyang Hongda Textile Machinery Co., Ltd. was sentenced to compensate the plaintiff Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH for financial losses and expenses.

About Rieter

Rieter is the world’s leading supplier of systems for short-staple fiber spinning. Based in Winterthur (Switzerland), the company develops and manufactures machinery, systems and components used to convert natural and manmade fibers and their blends into yarns. Rieter is the only supplier worldwide to cover both spinning preparation processes and all four end spinning processes currently established on the market. Furthermore, Rieter is a leader in the field of precision winding machines. With 16 manufacturing locations in ten countries, the company employs a global workforce of some 4 570, about 21% of whom are based in Switzerland. Rieter is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange under ticker symbol RIEN. www.rieter.com

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Roland EJ-640 DECO Water-based Decoration Printer: Now Available at a List Price of £17,999

The EJ-640 DECO. Designed for décor.

The EJ-640 DECO is the most economical décor solution on the market, with the potential to reduce your costs by an average of up to 50% on ink alone. Cut your costs even further – the EJ-640 DECO delivers truly stunning results on more economical media so you can reduce overheads with no compromise on quality.

Whether you’re a print service provider or web-to-print graphic supplier looking to expand into new profitable applications; a wallcovering manufacturer wanting to differentiate with on-demand, eco-luxe collections; a designer looking to bring production in-house to reduce lead times; or an interior decorator with an eye on the latest trends, the EJ-640 DECO is compatible with a range of medias to create a host of stunning décor applications to make home, corporate and public spaces unique. Continue reading Roland EJ-640 DECO Water-based Decoration Printer: Now Available at a List Price of £17,999

Rossari Biotech Limited: IPO Listing Wishes

Message of Mr. Sunil Chari, Managing Director, Rossari Biotech Limited, on Linkedin

Rossari’s IPO was oversubscribed and was up 80% on listing day. We bow to all our investors, our esteemed board, employees, distributors, customers, suppliers, friends, our partners and associates and well wishers for this stupendous success
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The market cap of Rossari is now 3750 crores and this puts us in the top 400 companies in India by market cap. We promise to work harder to ensure good return for all our shareholders and make you proud of your company. This was the first public issue after corona, first virtual IPO, amongst the all time top gainers on listing day in recent times.

Overwhelmed, humbled and grateful.

Great Success of IPO of Rossari Biotech Limited: Congratulatory messages pour in

(Source: Rossari Biotech Limited)

Tailored Brands is no longer in compliance with the NYSE continued listing criteria

FREMONT, Calif. JULY 24, 2020 – Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD) today announced that it received notification from the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) on July 22, 2020 that the Company is no longer in compliance with the NYSE continued listing criteria that requires listed companies to maintain a 30-trading day average market capitalization of $50 million coupled with stockholders’ equity of at least $50 million and an average closing share price of at least $1.00 over a consecutive 30 trading-day period. Continue reading Tailored Brands is no longer in compliance with the NYSE continued listing criteria