May 19, 2020

Amazon video-on-demand services enters Kenya market

kenya
Media
TV
Amazon
Polycarp Kazaresam
1 min
Amazon video-on-demand services enters Kenya market

Competition for Kenya’s pay-TV viewers will increase following Amazon’s entry to the market. Amazon is the third video-on-demand (VoD) service provider in the market.

US online retail company Amazon announced Prime Video’s launched in various countries globally, including Kenya. Amazon’s UK presence will rival internet TV giant Netflix and South African Internet video streaming service ShowMax.

“We are excited to announce that starting today, fans around the world have access to Prime Video,” said Tim Leslie, Vice President international of Prime Video.

The introductory price of Amazon Prime Video is $2.99 (Sh305.46) per month. After six months, the service will cost $5.99 (Sh611.94) per month. This is still less than a Netflix subscription, which starts from $7.99 (816.25) per month.

Competitors ShowMax Premium costs $8.80 (Sh899.00) a month and provides a full range of international and local content. ShowMax Select at $3.30 (Sh337.13) offers reduced data consumption with a specific focus on local content.

The launch of Amazon Prime Video in Kenya comes after Netflix entered the market earlier this year.  Amazon’s streaming service is available in more countries than Netflix, which launched in 130 markets including Kenya earlier this year.
 

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SOURCE: [Business Daily]

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Jun 16, 2021

Grupo Espinosa: 70 years of constant evolution

Macmillan Education
Grupo Espinosa
3 min
A proudly Mexican company servicing the publishing industry with best-in-class printing, storage and distribution facilities in the heart of Latin America

Founded in 1952, Grupo Espinosa has been relentlessly supporting the publishing industry with producing more than 100 million copies every year – whether its books, magazines, catalogues or single-order custom prints. No project is big or small for Grupo Espinosa, as the facility can scale up on demand and their turnaround times are highly competitive. Grupo Espinosa works with on-demand digital press or offset press, in paperback with glued softcover binding, PUR softcover binding, stitched paperback binding, binder’s board, hardcover, saddle stitched, Spiral or Wire-O. Equipped with the experience needed for a product to leave the plant ready for distribution, Grupo Espinosa delivers anywhere inside or outside Mexico. Traditionally starting off as a black and white printing press, Grupo Espinosa has experienced transformation first hand – from colour to digital offset printing. Currently, Grupo Espinosa is also looking at making capital investments into audio books to match with the increasing demand. 

So how did a seemingly local operation in Latin America become a world-renowned printing facility trusted by hundreds of clients? As Rogelio Tirado, CFO of Grupo Espinosa for the last six years says “It all comes down to our market experience and our dedication to quality”. With nearly 70 years behind them, and located in Mexico City, Grupo Espinosa has two major locations – one spanning 75,000 square metres and the other about 45,000 square metres. Both locations are controlled by a single ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensuring speed, consistency and quality of work. Tirado says this isn’t their only competitive advantage. He adds “Our competitive advantage is the relationship we have with customers and the trust they put in us with their intellectual property”. Speaking of trust, global publishing giant Macmillan Education exclusively partners with Grupo Espinosa for their Latin America operations, as part of Macmillan’s decentralized hub strategy. Having a facility that offered the full spectrum of service – from storing digital content to printing and distributing – was one of the major requirements for Macmillan, and Grupo Espinosa was recognized as the leading printing hub for providing this 360 infrastructure. Another factor that has led to success for Grupo Espinosa is the absolute focus on quality and time. The staff are committed to providing the best quality in the best possible time, without causing wastage of resources. Sustainability is a huge factor playing into Grupo Espinosa’s operations, and they’ve created a healthy environment with the sustainable use of paper and energy resources as well as keeping their employees – most of them associated with the organisation for over 10 years – happy. He adds, “In order to be truly successful, you need to be good to the environment, employees, suppliers, and your customers. But most importantly, you need to be sustainable, you need to have proper working conditions, pay proper salaries, proper prices for paper, source the paper from sustainable sources, pay your taxes,  basically be a good global corporate citizen and that's probably one of the biggest achievements that we have.”

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