LuLu Group launches maiden US venture

Mayor Robert B. Giangeruso, Mayor Michael J. McPartland and Vinai Thummalapally, executive director of Select USA, open LuLu Group’s new food processing and logistics facility in New Jersey, in the presence of the group’s Chairman Yusuffali M.A., CEO Saifee Rupawala, Executive Director Ashraf Ali M.A., COO Saleem V.I. and directors - Mohammed Althaf and Salim M.A.
Updated 04 November 2016
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LuLu Group launches maiden US venture

LuLu Group International, a retail and hospitality group headquartered in Abu Dhabi, has opened its food processing and logistics bases in the United States.
Y International, a wholly owned subsidiary of the group, launched its operation in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
The world-class export center will purchase, process, re-label and export food, non-food, chilled and frozen products made in the United States.
In the first phase, there are 75 employees and the staff strength is expected to eventually grow to 200 to 250 within a year.
The facility was inaugurated jointly by Mayor Robert B. Giangeruso, Mayor Michael J. McPartland and Vinai Thummalapally, executive director of Select USA, in the presence of Yusuffali M.A., chairman, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali M.A., executive director and Mohammed Althaf, director of LuLu Group.
Attendees at the ribbon cutting, including local and foreign officials as well as members of the Indian-American business community from around the country, were thrilled by the impact the company can have throughout the state.
In his remarks, Yusuffali thanked the officials of Select USA, Choose New Jersey and state and county officials for their great support in helping LuLu launch its maiden US venture.
“Our group has been importing US products for a long time to cater to more than 700,000 shoppers who come to our 131 hypermarkets daily," Yusuffali said, highlighting the longstanding relationships between LuLu, and farmers and manufacturers in the country, with a special emphasis on California.
“There has been growing demand for US products throughout our retail chain stores, across the GCC, India and the Far East,” he added.
Speaking to media during the ceremony, Choose New Jersey CEO and President Michele Brown said: "In addition to bringing new jobs to our state, Y International's export center will give New Jersey and the US manufacturers the opportunity to reach new markets in the Middle East and beyond.”
Brown said New Jersey is a perfect fit. "Our state is so diverse; we have populations from so many different countries,” she said.
“We felt they would feel both welcome and at home. The business they will be conducting out of this site is meeting American companies to buy goods and products to then export to their own consumer base,” she added. “We have literally thousands of companies in food in New Jersey."
New Jersey, Brown said, is also home to companies in the apparel and consumer goods industries, which could serve the needs of the company’s hypermarkets.


Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”