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ESG Redefining Scalable Operating Model in Online Grocery Industry – Astra ESG Solutions

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SAN FRANCISCO, June 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Grocery CEOs, consumers and grocers envisage online shopping as the next big thing, spurred by technological advancements and greater convenience. The COVID-19 onslaught was partly attributed to online grocery flooding the market. While leading players and startups jumped on the bandwagon, ESG watchdogs were wary of the sustainable impact the industry would have on the planet. Stakeholders are expected to harness gender equality, fair wages, waste reduction, responsible sourcing of farm produce and sound corporate governance.

The ease of browsing, getting items ticked off and quick delivery have been a revelation—a delivery service delivering to multiple homes has negated the need to drive to the store. More than 17 million metric tons of CO2 pollution are attributed to weekly household trips to the grocery store, a report cited by the U.S. EPA claimed. Incumbent players have furthered investments in electric vehicles (EVs) to offset greenhouse gas emissions. In April 2022, India-based Swiggy, a food delivery company, joined forces with EVIFY to enable grocery and food delivery through EVs in Surat, Gujarat.

Industry leaders are likely to emphasize upstream transportation (farm-to-retail) and foster last-mile transportation—pushing for deliveries and offsetting personal trips. Centralized grocery delivery services and fulfillment centers have brought a paradigm shift in minimizing GHG emissions and food loss. State-of-the-art technologies, including predictive analytics, can provide the silver bullet to prevent pilferage and streamline sourcing. Besides, boosting access to affordable and high-quality fresh food, along with the focus on diversity, integrity and transparency, will remain instrumental for a circular economy.

Learn more about the practices & strategies being implemented by industry participants from the Online Grocery Industry ESG Thematic Report, 2023, published by Astra ESG Solutions

Kroger and BigBasket Invest in Climate Strategy for a Sustainable Future

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The online retail boom and an emphasis on speed and user experience—instant delivery—have disrupted e-commerce business models. Brands with sustainability strategies appeared resilient during the COVID-19 outbreak, banking on online shopping to conserve raw materials and minimize GHG emissions. Kroger is poised to establish a new Scope 3 goal for supply chain emissions reduction in line with its Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) commitment. The American retail giant has set 2030 sustainable packaging goals, such as using 100% recyclable, reusable and/or compostable packaging.

Amidst emerging climate risks and opportunities, Kroger inferred using infrared refrigerant leak-detection technology in 2,000 stores. Meanwhile, in 2021, Bigbasket, a TATA Enterprise-owned online grocery retailer, teamed up with New Leaf Dynamic to install a biomass-powered chiller that can save 186 tons of CO2 annually. The Indian giant cited in its Green Report 2022 that it produced 5,457,000 kWh of solar power (reducing 1,670 tons of GHG emissions) in 2022 and 5,458 electric delivery vehicles helped minimize 7012 tons of CO2 emissions during the period.

Amazon Fresh Navigates Changing Social Landscape

Amidst rampant layoffs and the prevalence of workplace injuries, grocery warehouses and fulfillment centers have prioritized the social pillar. In January 2023, Amazon announced over 18,000 job cuts, denting workers across industry verticals, including grocery stores. People employed as supply chain managers, program managers, software engineers and store designers bore the brunt in online grocery delivery and fresh stores businesses. That said, the American behemoth inferred in May 2023 that it had poured CDN 25 billion since 2010 in its Canadian operations, including job creation and establishment of data centers and fulfillment centers. In September 2021, the U.S. giant committed USD 1.2 billion to offer 300,000 employees education and skills training programs till 2025.

Incumbent players have upped investments to make the workplace safer and foster a healthy environment. Amazon has a team of health coordinators, physiotherapists and advisors. The occupational doctors perform medical checks and report trends in major risk areas.

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The U.S. e-commerce company has augmented diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts to underscore its sustainability quotient. In 2021, it committed to a 30% rise year over year in hiring U.S. black employees in level 4 through level 7 from the preceding year’s hiring. The multinational company warrants 100% of employees to take inclusion training.

Is your business one of participants to the Online Grocery Industry? Contact us for focused consultation around ESG Investing, and help you build sustainable business practices 

Governance Key for Relentless Sustainable Goals of Rakuten and Walmart

Sound corporate behavior is second to none for an agile business process and an inclusive global system that complements ethical business practices. Rakuten creates a list of ESG themes with the assistance of external experts and refers to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Materiality Map.

The Japanese company has appointed Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) to undergird compliance management. It has banked on a risk-based approach to define high-risk issues and implement measures, such as prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing; prohibition of bribery and corruption; and adherence to competition, antitrust and other related laws.

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Rakuten has propelled board diversity—outside directors account for 58.3% of the BoD, while 25% are foreign directors. Meanwhile, Walmart expects Board members to disclose their race/ethnicity and gender annually. Its board had 27% women and 18% directors who are racially/ethnically diverse (as of April 2023).

Millennials and Gen Z want the e-commerce sector to foster social contributions, operate in a responsible supply chain and bolster transparency. ESG reporting could be pronounced, prompting online incumbents to further their investments in sustainability. Grand View Research anticipates the global online grocery market size to depict upward growth through 2030. Investments in the circular economy can create momentum and be a differentiating factor in an ever-growing competition in the online grocery business.

Browse more ESG Thematic Reports from the Technology Sector, published by Astra – ESG Solutions

About Astra – ESG Solutions by Grand View Research

Astra is the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) arm of Grand View Research Inc. – a global market research publishing & management consulting firm.

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Astra offers comprehensive ESG thematic assessment & scores across diverse impact & socially responsible investment topics, including both public and private companies along with intuitive dashboards. Our ESG solutions are powered by robust fundamental & alternative information. Astra specializes in consulting services that equip corporates and the investment community with the in-depth ESG research and actionable insight they need to support their bottom lines and their values. We have supported our clients across diverse ESG consulting projects & advisory services, including climate strategies & assessment, ESG benchmarking, stakeholder engagement programs, active ownership, developing ESG investment strategies, ESG data services, build corporate sustainability reports. Astra team includes a pool of industry experts and ESG enthusiasts who possess extensive end-end ESG research and consulting experience at a global level.

For more ESG Thematic reports, please visit Astra ESG Solutions, powered by Grand View Research

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JANONE CONFIRMS NAME CHANGE TO ALT5 SIGMA CORPORATION AND NEW TICKER SYMBOL TO ALTS

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LAS VEGAS, July 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — JanOne Inc. (Nasdaq: JAN), a multidisciplinary organization with a focus on fintech and healthcare, confirmed today that, as of market open on Monday, July 15, 2024, the Company’s new name will be “ALT5 Sigma Corporation” and its Nasdaq common stock ticker symbol will change to “ALTS”. This will replace the Company’s current ticker symbol “JAN”. Further, the Company’s website address will change from “janone.com” to “alt5sigma.com.”

The Company’s change of name, ticker symbol, and website address aligns with the Company’s realignment to focus on its recently acquired, ALT5 Sigma fintech as its core engine for revenue growth.

This realignment and changes in corporate name and the ticker symbol were previously announced on July 10, 2024. No action by the Company’s stockholders is required with respect to the ticker symbol change. The Company’s CUSIP number and transfer agent will remain unchanged.

Marking the changes confirmed today, Tony Isaac, Company CEO, observed, “We are pleased to complete the changes to our name and ticker symbol as the initial steps in our previously announced diversification into fintech, while keeping our biotech’s trajectory on track, all for the benefit of our stockholders.”

About JanOne/ALT5 Sigma

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The Company is a unique Nasdaq-listed multidisciplinary organization with a focus on healthcare and fintech. The Company is one of the constituents of the Russell Microcap Index, starting June 28, 2024.

Through its fintech activities, the Company provides next generation blockchain-powered technologies to enable a migration to a new global financial paradigm for the trading, clearing, settlement, payment, and custodianship of digital instruments. Through its fintech subsidiaries, the Company offers two main platforms to its customers: “ALT5 Pay” and “ALT5 Prime”. The subsidiaries processed over US$1.2 billion in cryptocurrency transactions in 2023.

ALT5 Pay is a crypto-currency payment gateway that enables registered and approved global merchants to accept and make crypto-currency payments or to integrate the ALT5 Pay payment platform into their application or operations using the plugin with WooCommerce and or ALT5 Pay’s checkout widgets and APIs. Merchants have the option to convert to fiat currency (s) automatically or to receive their payment in digital assets.

ALT5 Prime is an electronic over-the-counter trading platform that enables registered and approved customers to buy and sell digital assets. Customers can purchase digital assets with fiat and, equally, can sell digital assets and receive fiat. ALT5 Prime is available through a browser-based access mobile phone application named “ALT5 Pro” that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, from Google Play, through ALT5 Prime’s FIX API, as well as through Broadridge Financial Solutions’ NYFIX gateway for approved customers.

Through its biotech activities, the Company is developing innovative, actionable solutions intended to help end the opioid crisis. The Company is dedicated to funding resources toward innovation, technology, and education to find a key resolution to the national opioid epidemic, which is one of the deadliest and most widespread in the nation’s history. Its drugs in the clinical trial pipeline have shown promise for their innovative targeting of the causes of pain as a strategic option for physicians averse to exposing patients to addictive opioids.

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Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements as defined within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements relating to the profitability and prospective growth of ALT5’s platforms and business, that may include, but are not limited to, international currency risks, third-party or customer credit risks, liability claims stemming from ALT5’s services, and technology challenges for future growth or expansion. This press release also contains statements and links relating to risks that JAN 101 will treat PAD, that JAN 123 will treat CRPS, the timing of the commencement of clinical trials, that the FDA will permit approval through a 505(b)(2) pathway for JAN 123, that upon approval JAN 101 will immediately disrupt the PAD market, and other statements, including words such as “continue”, “expect”, “intend”, “will”, “hope”, “should”, “would”, “may”, “potential”, and other similar expressions. Such statements reflect the Company’s current view with respect to future events, are subject to risks and uncertainties, and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political, and social uncertainties, and contingencies.

Many factors could cause the Company’s actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements described in this press release. Such factors could include, among others, those detailed in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the assumptions set out in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s filings with the SEC underlying those forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law. The Company cannot assure that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Individuals are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.

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Battle for Glory at Bybit Web3’s Ultimate Memecoin Arena: Compete to Win $50,000 in Prize Pools

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DUBAI, UAE, July 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bybit, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, is thrilled to announce the launch of its blockchain clash competition: the Ultimate Memecoin Arena (UMA). This event will showcase a thrilling showdown between two heavyweight meme tokens, Ponke and Brett, representing Solana and Base — two blockchains battling to be the main venue for memecoin launches and trading.

Kicking off on Jul. 11, 2024, at 10AM UTC, and running through Jul. 25, 2024, participants will engage in an epic clash between Solana and Base by supporting their favorite coin from their chosen blockchain. This trading competition is not just for the individual, by siding with the top team, participants will grab the Ultimate Prize Pool for their team.

Prize Pools:

  1. PONKE Prize Pool: $12,500 worth of PONKE tokens
    1. Eligibility: Trade at least $300 worth of PONKE tokens to qualify for a share of this pool.
  2. BRETT Prize Pool: $12,500 worth of BRETT tokens
    1. Eligibility: Trade at least $300 worth of BRETT tokens to qualify for a share of this pool.
  3. Ultimate Prize Pool: $25,000 worth of PONKE & BRETT tokens
    1. The pool with the highest trading volume will win the entire Ultimate Prize Pool.
    2. Rewards will be distributed among participants who have traded at least $300 of the winning token.

How to Participate:

  1. Prepare your Bybit Cloud Wallet or any Seed Phrase Wallet.
  2. Transfer SOL to your wallet for the PONKE Prize Pool or WETH for the BRETT Prize Pool.
  3. Swap at least $300 worth of PONKE or BRETT tokens to be eligible for their respective prize pools.
  4. Engage in trading to contribute to the Ultimate Prize Pool.

The trading competition is the first to be held on Bybit Web3 DEX Pro, a revolutionary decentralized exchange with over 1 million tokens to trade modeled after Bybit’s institutional-grade trading interface. Bybit Web3 DEX Pro surpasses typical CEX offerings, equipping users with i-SMART data intelligence technology. This powerful suite provides traders with on-chain and social media data, allowing them to make informed and smarter decisions.

“This competition is about embracing the excitement and community spirit of the crypto world,” said MK Chin, Bybit Web3 evangelist. “We’re excited to see how participants strategize and trade their way to victory in this thrilling competition.”

Don’t miss your chance to participate in the Ultimate Memecoin Arena and compete for glory and substantial rewards. Join Bybit in the battle of the meme tokens and trade your way to victory!

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About Bybit

Bybit is the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, serving over 33 million users. Established in 2018, Bybit provides a professional platform where crypto investors and traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, 24/7 customer service, and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions: the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

For more details about Bybit, please visit Bybit Press.

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Bybit Web3 and Ignition Join Forces to Bridge the Gap Between Bitcoin and Ethereum

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DUBAI, UAE, July 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bybit, the world’s second-largest web3 platform by trading volume, breaks down barriers between Bitcoin and the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) ecosystems with its partnership of Ignition. Supported by core contributors Mantle and Antalpha Prime, Ignition is paving the way for a low-friction and interoperable future. It extends Bitcoin’s functionality beyond its traditional role as a store of value and transforms it into a reliable asset for cross-chain integrations and diverse yield opportunities.

Bybit Web3 Wallet will support FBTC, an omnichain Bitcoin asset pegged 1:1 to BTC, introduced by Ignition. This strategic collaboration empowers users to unlock the full potential of Bitcoin within the thriving EVM ecosystem, reflecting Bybit Web3’s philosophy of openness, simplicity, and equality.

“We are thrilled to partner with Ignition, which aligns with Bybit’s mission to provide users with innovative and seamless DeFi solutions. By integrating Ignition and FBTC, we are not only enhancing liquidity and interoperability but also paving the way for a more inclusive and dynamic crypto ecosystem,” added MK Chin, Bybit Web3 Evangelist.

FBTC: Bridging the Divide between Bitcoin and non-Bitcoin Ecosystems in Web3

Introduced by Ignition, FBTC is an omnichain Bitcoin asset pegged 1:1 to BTC aimed at elevating Bitcoin’s accessibility and utility. As a secure, decentralized, and composable liquid Bitcoin asset with deep liquidity, $FBTC can be used at scale and easily integrated into various yield enhancement strategies like liquidity pooling, collateral, and staking.

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Under Ignition, $FBTC’s growth will be driven by a comprehensive roadmap and strong developer support, ensuring its long-term success and sustainable growth.

Bybit Web3: A Partnership for Enhanced DeFi and User Opportunities

Bybit is at the forefront of adopting the Ignition ecosystem, reinforcing Bybit’s commitment to pioneering innovative solutions for the crypto community. Bybit Web3 users will now have access to a multitude of products and opportunities within the burgeoning Ignition space. 

This integration unlocks a range of benefits for users:

  • Enhanced Liquidity: FBTC opens the door to increased liquidity, allowing users to trade and invest in Bitcoin with greater ease within the EVM ecosystem.
  • Diverse Yield Opportunities: Users can explore a variety of attractive yield-generating strategies with FBTC, maximizing the earning potential of their Bitcoin holdings.
  • Seamless Interoperability: FBTC bridges the gap between various blockchain networks, ensuring users can move their assets freely and efficiently.

Coming Soon: Swap and Staking on FBTC

Bybit Web3 users can look forward to using their Bybit Web3 Wallet to swap and stake on FBTC in the later half of July. For more information, please visit: https://www.bybit.com/en/web3/home

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About Bybit Web3

Bybit Web3 is redefining openness in the decentralized world, creating a simpler, open, and equal ecosystem for everyone. We are committed to welcoming builders, creators, and partners in the blockchain space, extending an invitation to both crypto enthusiasts and the curious, with a community of over 10 million wallet users, over 20 major ecosystem partners, and counting. 

Bybit Web3 provides a comprehensive suite of Web3 products designed to make accessing, swapping, collecting and growing Web3 assets as open and simple as possible. Our wallets, marketplaces and platforms are all backed by the security and expertise that define Bybit as a top 3 global crypto exchange, trusted by 33 million users globally.

Join the revolution now and open the door to your Web3 future with Bybit.

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For more details about Bybit, please visit Bybit Web3.

About Bybit

Bybit is the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, serving over 33 million users. Established in 2018, Bybit provides a professional platform where crypto investors and traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, 24/7 customer service, and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions: the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

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