Asda Stores Ltd Selects TrueCommerce to Manage its Business Transformation Initiative as It Separates from Walmart

COVENTRY, United Kingdom, June 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TrueCommerce, a leading global cloud provider of supply chain and trading partner connectivity, integration and omnichannel solutions, announced today that Asda is now using TrueCommerce’s EDI-based supplier enablement solution to manage supplier communications.

As the third-largest supermarket chain in the UK, Asda operates over 600 retail stores. The brand also offers their products online via, which serves 98% of UK homes. To do so, Asda is supported by 37 distribution and fulfilment centres and thousands of suppliers.

In February 2021, Asda was sold by Walmart to the Issa Brothers and TDR Capital. That sale led the company to choose a new EDI provider that would support its future as a standalone business: TrueCommerce.

“TrueCommerce was part of a comprehensive RFP process and was selected on the basis of four key factors: its ability to understand and meet the Asda capability requirements, its confidence in adhering to programme timelines, its deep knowledge and expertise, and its overall commercial competitiveness,” said Jenny Hopkins, Senior Director at Asda.

As part of the agreement, TrueCommerce will implement a supplier enablement platform catering to the needs of the over 2,000 suppliers that make up Asda’s entire supplier community, with integration into the business’s SAP ERP system. As an SAP Silver Partner, TrueCommerce’s solution offers the highest level of integration and automation with the SAP system.

The solution offered by TrueCommerce features key capabilities that will enable thousands of Asda suppliers, regardless of their size or technical maturity, to easily communicate with the retailer. In addition to supporting EDI transactions, the supplier enablement platform also includes a web-EDI portal for use by non-EDI capable vendors. TrueCommerce’s platform also includes fully managed supplier onboarding and communications management for EDI-related supplier queries.

TrueCommerce’s expertise in the market and experience in managing complex supply chain communications for enterprise-grade businesses will enable a seamless transition for Asda and its supplier community. It will encourage higher rates of adoption that will, in turn, underpin the company’s ongoing supplier communication efforts.

Jenny highlighted that, “By partnering with TrueCommerce, Asda will offer a strong, stable, fully reliable and excellently managed EDI programme to our highly valued Asda suppliers, no matter how big or small they are!”

David Grosvenor, Managing Director, TrueCommerce Europe said, “I’d like to thank Jenny and the team at Asda for their cooperation in this process. Our teams at TrueCommerce are delighted to begin working with Asda and help further strengthen their business in the UK retail landscape.”

About Asda Stores Ltd

Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is Britain’s third largest supermarket. Dedicated colleagues serve customers from its network of stores and online services, including supercentres, superstores, supermarkets, living stores, petrol filling stations and depots across the UK. Asda was acquired by Issa TDR from Walmart in 2020.

About TrueCommerce

TrueCommerce is the most complete way to connect your business across the supply chain, integrating everything from EDI to inventory management, to fulfilment, to digital storefronts and marketplaces. We’ve revolutionised supply chain visibility and collaboration by helping organisations make the most of their omnichannel initiatives via business P2P connectivity, order management, collaborative replenishment, intelligent fulfillment, cross-functional analytics, and product information management.

The TrueCommerce Global Commerce Network can connect businesses to over 160,000 retailers, distributors, and logistics service providers. As a fully managed services provider, we also manage new trading partner onboarding, as well as the ongoing management of partner-specific mapping, labeling changes, and communications monitoring. That’s why thousands of companies—ranging from startups to the global Fortune 100, across various industries—rely on us.

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Clinique d’Oncologie 16 Novembre Becomes First Site in Africa to Deploy Varian’s Ethos Therapy System for Adaptive Cancer Treatment

Innovative system from Varian incorporates artificial intelligence for the efficient delivery of personalized treatments that adapt to changes in the patient’s anatomy

DUBAI, UAE, June 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Advancing the treatment for cancer patients in Morocco, Clinique d’Oncologie 16 Novembre has acquired and installed the Ethos™ therapy system – the first of its kind in Africa – from Varian, a Siemens Healthineers company.  Ethos therapy, which is uniquely powered by artificial intelligence (AI), provides cancer patients with a personalized, adaptive radiotherapy treatment within a typical 15 to 30-minute time slot.

The Clinique d'Oncologie 16 Novembre clinical team with their new Ethos™ therapy system.

Adaptive therapy customizes the patient’s treatment based on tumor and anatomical changes that occur over a multi-week course of treatment. The goal is to better target the tumor, reduce doses to healthy tissue, and improve overall outcomes.

“We are proud to be the first cancer center in Africa to offer Ethos therapy treatment,” said Dr. Mounir Bachouchi, medical oncologist and CEO at Clinique d’Oncologie 16 Novembre.  “Adaptive therapy has so many benefits for both the patient and the clinician, and Varian’s Ethos system is at the leading edge of this technology, enabling our clinical team to adapt every treatment to changes in a patient’s anatomy from day to day, potentially improving overall outcomes.”

“Every patient deserves access to the best and most personalized cancer care,” said José-Manuel Valentim, Director of Africa operations at Varian. “Clinique d’Oncologie 16 Novembre is a very forward-thinking cancer center focused on offering state-of-the-art cancer care with the most advanced technologies available.”

By providing an up-to-date view of the patient’s anatomy—and the ability to use that information to adapt the treatment— Ethos therapy provides clinicians the confidence to make more informed treatment decisions. The solution is built on Varian’s latest treatment delivery technology and provides fast imaging and treatment delivery without compromising quality.

“Adaptive therapy is the future of personalized radiation therapy, and we are excited that this center is taking on a leadership role by offering Ethos to the cancer patients of Morocco,” added Valentim. “This is a transformational moment for cancer care in Northern Africa.”

About Clinique d’Oncologie 16 Novembre 

The Clinique d’Oncologie 16 Novembre was established in Rabat, Morocco to offer integrated and comprehensive multidisciplinary care for cancer patients, ranging from screening to the most innovative treatments, with full patient support and accompanying care.  It offers personalized care, emphasizing a human approach to oncology, where close relations between patients and the medical professionals are an essential component of care.

About Varian 

At Varian, a Siemens Healthineers company, we envision a world without fear of cancer. For more than 70 years, we have developed, built, and delivered innovative cancer care technologies and solutions for our clinical partners around the globe to help them treat millions of patients each year. With an Intelligent Cancer Care approach, we are harnessing advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics to enhance cancer treatment and expand access to care. Our 11,000 employees across 70 locations keep the patient and our clinical partners at the center of our thinking as we power new victories in cancer care. Because, for cancer patients everywhere, their fight is our fight. For more information, visit and follow @VarianMedSys on Twitter.

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International NASH Day Highlights a Common – But Unfamiliar – Liver Disease

Global Liver Institute Convenes Communities Around the Globe Today to Reverse the Growing Trend of Fatty Liver Disease

Washington, D.C., June 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Liver Institute (GLI) calls attention to NASH by leading the 5th annual International NASH Day on June 9. The number of people with this advanced liver disease is expected to double by 2030, but #NASHday aims to prevent this growth. Join the movement to #StopNASHNow by listening in as 24 expert panelists from around the globe share the latest updates about the disease or adding to the conversation on social media (#NASHday). The movement permeates the globe through many locally-organized events to educate about, screen for, and prevent NASH.

NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis) is a serious, progressive condition in which too much fat accumulates on the liver, leading to its inflammation and injury. It is the severe form of NAFLD (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease). Modern lifestyle and dietary patterns have contributed to increased prevalence of NASH and NAFLD around the world, and it is becoming the most common cause of liver disease. Given its widespread impact and the possibility of prevention in most cases of this disease, NASH emerges as a global health priority.

“With over a hundred million people worldwide already who have NASH and several times more in the earlier stages, people have reason to know about this progressive condition and what they can do today to combat it,” shared Donna R. Cryer, president and CEO of GLI. “Collective action is imperative to be certain that individuals in each community, no matter their background or environment, are informed and equipped to prevent fatty liver disease. The momentum that we build together today must advance and sustain the global fight against NASH.”

If you didn’t know, then now you know! Even though NASH is common, it remains relatively unknown, leaving much work to be done to increase public awareness. This year, GLI and its partners join with the theme to #StopNASHNow: Even as therapies for NASH are being developed, there are many steps that people and their doctors can take today to prevent, reverse, or slow the progression of fatty liver disease. For the 25% of adults already affected worldwide, it is due time for this life-changing knowledge.

  • An estimated 1 in 4 adults around the world already has NAFLD.
  • As many as 1 in 20 people has NASH.
  • The prevalence of NAFLD is increasing among all global regions and among all ethnicities in parallel with diabetes and obesity.
  • NASH can progress to cirrhosis or liver cancer – which may necessitate a liver transplant.

“International NASH Day demonstrates the potential that is realized as all stakeholders in NASH come together worldwide,” said Jeff McIntyre, NASH Programs Director at GLI. “From in-person screenings in at-risk communities to educational materials in 16 languages to challenging conversations with researchers, providers, and patients – today the world joins to create meaningful solutions for patients at every stage of NAFLD and NASH.”

International NASH Day has garnered the endorsement of prominent organizations from around the globe: American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD); Association of Black Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists (ABGH); Asociación Latinoamericana para el Estudio del Hígado (ALEH); Associazione Italiana Studio del Fegato (AISF); Asociación Mexicana de Hepatología (AMH); Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL); Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL); Conference on Liver Disease in Africa (COLDA); European African Treatment Advocates Network (EATAN); European Fatty Liver Conference (EFLC); European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN); EU Patient-Centric Clinical Trial Platforms (EU-PEARL); Fondazione Epatocentro Ticino; Hepatology Society, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Hepatology Society of the Philippines (HSP); Indian National Association for the Study of the Liver (INASL); North American Society For Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (NASPGHAN); Sociedad Argentina de Hepatologia (SAHE);Turkish Association for the Study of the Liver (TASL); United European Gastroenterology (UEG); World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO); and World Patients Alliance (WPA).

Get Involved

To view the expert panels throughout the day today, visit Panels are available in English, French, Hindi, Mandarin, and Spanish throughout the day.

For additional information on International NASH Day, visit

Support the NASH Day social media campaign using hashtags #NASHday #StopNASHNow. Please direct any additional questions to

International NASH Day and its logo are registered trademarks of Global Liver Institute.

About Global Liver Institute

Global Liver Institute (GLI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in the belief that liver health must take its place on the global public health agenda commensurate with the prevalence and impact of liver illness. GLI promotes innovation, encourages collaboration, and supports the scaling of optimal approaches to help eradicate liver diseases. Operating globally, GLI is committed to solving the problems that matter to liver patients and equipping advocates to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by liver disease. Follow GLI on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube. GLI is the global host of International NASH Day.

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CBE Eyes to Massive Expansion Whilst Siinqee & Abyssinia Banks to Open Branches in Djibouti

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia has opened its eyes for massive expansion whilst Siinqee and Abyssinia Banks are about to open new branches in Djibouti, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A delegation from the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia and Siinqee Bank led by their respective Presidents paid a three-day working visit to Djibouti and they held discussions with various public and private stakeholders in the country this week.

During the visit, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia President and head of the delegation, Abie Sano acknowledged the considerable progress that CBE Djibouti Ltd has made over the past two years.

Abie further stressed the need for scaling up efforts to expand the presence of CBE in Djibouti and the region at large.

Along with his delegation, the president conferred with relevant public and private sector entities in Djibouti including with the Governor of Djibouti Central Bank, Ahmed Osman and representatives from other banks.

He also met and discussed with clients working in the import-export sector at the Freezone on ways forward to improve the service of the bank.

Representatives from the recently established bank dubbed Siinqee were also on site to discuss the possibility of creating a subsidiary in Djibouti.

Siinqee Bank, previously known as Oromia Credit and Saving Share Company (OCSSCo), has been actively working to establish its foothold in Djibouti though it is new entrant to the industry.

Siinqee Bank founding President, Niway Megersa and its CEO Zewdie Tefera met with Secretary General of the Ministry of Trade and Tourism Ali Daoud,, Governor of the Central Bank, Chamber of Commerce representatives and representatives of Khat importers association in Djibouti.

They also visited the ports of Djibouti and relevant freezone companies.

Abyssinia Bank, on its part, has continued its efforts to open a branch in the same country that began with its visit in July 2021, adding that the bank has completed its preparations to tap Djibouti’s Market.

The representatives of the banks also discussed with Ethiopian Ambassador to Djibouti, Berhanu Tsegaye and Ethiopian diplomats of the Ethiopian embassy in Djibouti; and finally they commended the embassy for its unwavering support in their efforts to best maximize visibility.

With 14 banks in Djibouti, coupled with the two governments’ commitment to promoting trade and investment, the potential and opportunity for Ethiopian banks to thrive is tremendous.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

State Minister of Finance Confers with IFAD Associate Vice President

State Minister of Finance, Semereta Sewasew received a delegation led by Guoqi Wu, the Associate Vice President Corporate Services Department of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at her office today.

The associate vice president acknowledged the reform agenda of the government of Ethiopia, notably the new agricultural and rural development policy and planned reform for the financial sector and opening of the economy to increase the private sector participation.

The vice president further noted the IFAD’s participation in the development process, through the National Rural Economic Development and Food Security Platform under Ministry of agriculture.

State Minister Semereta Recognized the close working relationship between the Government of Ethiopia and IFAD for over 40 years and requested the fund to scale up its funding and explore new approaches for resource mobilization.

IFAD, a specialized agency of the United Nations, is supporting five on-going projects with the total investment of 240 million USD, according to Finance Ministry.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Ethiopian Chief of Staff of Army Holds Discussion with His Türkiye Counterpart

Ethiopian Chief of Staff of Army Field Marshal Birhanu Jula and his delegation arrived in Türkiye on Wednesday to take part in EFES 2022 Military Exercise organized by the Turkish government.

Field Marshal Birhanu Jula has also discussed with Türkiye’s Chief of Staff of Army General Yasar GÜLER on bilateral issues of mutual concern.

The two discussed ways how to bolster cooperation between the two countries in the military sector.

Furthermore, they have agreed to work together in capacity building and military support, it was learned.

Field Marshal Birhanu Jula has also met with the Minister of Defense of Türkiye, Hulusi Akar to discuss military cooperation between the two countries, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Chinese Company Keen to Invest in Green Development Projects in Ethiopia

Chinese company called CGCOC Group expressed keen interest to invest in green development projects in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Ambassador to China, Ambassador Teshome Toga today held a fruitful discussion with the vice president of CGCOC Group and Managing Director of East African Branch, Gao Lei.

The two sides exchanged views on ways that the company can make investments on the Green Development Projects focusing on Solar Energy, Electric City Bus and Juncao Techonolgy, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On the discussion, Ambassador Teshome noted that Ethiopian Government is committed to carry on Green Development Projects and in doing so encourage companies like CGCOC to invest in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is gifted with significant renewable energy resources, with huge potential of hydro, solar, wind, and geothermal power and called on the company to work in a joint venture with Ethiopian investors who have interests on related areas, he added.

Ethiopia as the home of largest livestock population in Africa, the embassy will provide the necessary support to CGCOC to realize ”Juncao Technology ” which is reputable project that works mainly on animal fodder and mushroom productions, the ambassador stated.

CGCOC Group Managing Director Gao Lei on his part said that his company is an international enterprise with businesses covering over many countries around the world.

According to him, as Ethiopia prioritized working on Green Development Projects, the company presented three new matching projects in the area.

The company is committed to execute those projects by working together with Ethiopian local businesses, he underscored.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency