American-Chinese food chain Panda Express plans to make an India entry in partnership with JSM. Mumbai-based JSM had earlier brought international chains like Hard Rock Cafe and California Pizza Kitchen into the domestic market and is learnt to have inked a master franchise agreement with Panda Restaurant Group. According to sources, JSM is likely to roll out the first few outlets of Panda Express over the next 6 months starting with major metros. It plans to open around 50 outlets for the brand over the next 5 years.
Mobile-based property brokers network BroEx has tied up with JLL India’s housing arm for getting access to exclusive deals. JLL has recently announced its foray into e-commerce to market homes online through new platform JLLR.co.in. It had earlier this week tied up with online marketplace Snapdeal to sell homes. JLL India provides investors, developers, local corporates and multinational firms with a comprehensive range of services in the property sector.
BookMyShow and Uber have entered into a partnership to enable users to book cabs for a movie or for an event, once they have bought tickets. Uber has integrated a reminder service into the Bookmyshow app, where a customer will receive a notification to book a cab before the event. The services will be available to those customers who are also an Uber app user.
MyGov.in has launched a contest in partnership with NITI Aayog and the United Nations in India to recognise women who have contributed to the betterment of society. The contest is focused on the theme of ‘Women Transforming India’. It is inviting stories of women who have made a difference in the social and cultural fields, environment and economics. The winner of the contest, which is on until March 31, will be decided by a jury constituted by NITI Aayog. The winners may also have a chance to interact directly with the policy-makers in the government.
PayPal on Tuesday announced their tie-up with OYO Rooms. Under the tie-up, PayPal will help OYO Rooms source secured payments from global consumers and help Indian consumers make international bookings. OYO Rooms recently forayed into the international market by launching their operations in Malaysia. The partnership with PayPal will enable Oyo Rooms’ customers across the globe to pay for their bookings in Malaysia and other South East Asian countries via PayPal.
Digital payments platform FreeCharge has partnered with Cinepolis, a chain of movie theatres. With the partnership going live, customers can pay for movie tickets and Food & Beverages across 38 Cinepolis theatres in 28 Cities using the FreeCharge wallet. As part of the launch, the customers will also be able to avail offers and discounts rolled off by the FreeCharge.
Digital media technology brand Komli Media has renewed its partnership agreement with Twitter for India till March 2017. Komli signed this partnership for the first time with Twitter in 2012. Under the renewed agreement, Komli will continue to help Twitter expand its Promoted Products suite of advertising products and emphasise on the company’s monetization efforts. Komli Media is driving Twitter advertisement campaigns for some of the biggest Indian brands including Levi’s, Cathay Pacific, Zoomcar, Swiggy and Adani to count a few.
Rail ticketing service- IRCTC, and India’s branded network of hotels- Oyo, have partnered to provide passengers an added facility of booking OYO hotels on the IRCTC website. IRCTC OYO hotels will feature amenities just like any other oyo rooms and rooms will be available starting from Rs 999.
The device will allow users to make NFC payments, and will come with GOQii’s fitness related features like the coach etc. The band is expected to be launched over the next few months. Axis Bank is not the first bank looking to integrate payment systems into wearables, although Axis is the first to tie-up with an actual wearable maker. In April last year, ICICI Bank launched a number of banking applications called iWear for smartwatches to offer transactional and informational services for the bank’s customers.
HCL Technologies has entered into a partnership with Microsoft to launch an incubation centre for Internet of Things in Redmond, reports the Mint. The incubator will focus on solutions for machine-to-machine communication, like healthcare, fleet management, industrial manufacturing and life sciences. The companies are yet to reveal when the incubator will be operational, how many startups it will incubate, and if it will provide funding and to what extent.