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CRU: Abidjan or Andalucía – NPK Trade Altered as OCP and PhosAgro Strategies Cross Paths

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OCP and PhosAgro are two of the preeminent global phosphate producers, with varying strategies. OCP has been targeting more market share across raw and finished phosphate products across the world, with ambitious plans for growth in Africa. PhosAgro has also expanded its global footprint over time. But strong domestic demand growth and a more conservative capacity expansion program mean its sales strategy is focused closer to home. However, some intriguing trade flows have developed in 2020, with PhosAgro nudging into OCP’s establish West African market, and OCP increasing its sales into Europe. This Insight elaborates further on these strategies and considers whether these changing trade flows will become more established over the long term.

PhosAgro gains in West Africa in 2020 Q1

PhosAgro is a low-cost and diverse phosphate producer. Its medium-term strategy focuses on increasing sales in the Russian and European markets, outlined at its 2019 Capital Markets Day in London. PhosAgro produces fertilizer at Balakovo, Metachem (Volkov), and Cherepovets, which are set to receive varying levels of investment over the coming years to increase capacity. The company plans to strategically re-organise its production assets to better match sales geography, mainly geared towards ‘close to home’ markets.

Despite this, it has also been pushing into other regions such as the West African NPK market, dominated by OCP in recent years.

This has been very evident so far in 2020. Total NPK (excludes NP and PK) exports to major West African countries of Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, and Nigeria rose by 50% y/y according to available 2020 Q1 trade data. Much of this increase is from the company winning a major Benin NPK tender. For the same reason, OCP’s traded market share in the region declined from a dominant 94% in 2019 Q1, to just 26% in 2020 Q1. This is surprising given OCP’s more competitive freight costs into West Africa, its recent dominance in the region’s NPK sales, and the company’s focus on African sales.

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Worldwide Smart Retail Industry to 2027 – by Solution, Retail Offering, System, Application & Geography

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Dublin, July 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Smart Retail – Global Market Outlook (2018-2027)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.SoftwareHardwareRetail Offerings Covered:Hardlines and Leisure GoodsFast-moving Consumer GoodsApparel and AccessoriesSystems Covered:Smart LabelVisual MarketingIntelligent SystemSmart Payment SystemOther SystemsApplications Covered:Brand ProtectionFoot-traffic MonitoringInventory ManagementLoyalty Management and PaymentPredictive Equipment MaintenanceSmart Fitting RoomRegions Covered:USCanadaMexicoEuropeGermanyUKItalyFranceSpainRest of EuropeAsia PacificJapanChinaIndiaAustraliaNew ZealandSouth KoreaRest of Asia PacificSouth AmericaArgentinaBrazilChileRest of South AmericaMiddle East & AfricaSaudi ArabiaUAEQatarSouth AfricaRest of Middle East & AfricaWhat our report offers:Market share assessments for the regional and country-level segmentsStrategic recommendations for the new entrantsCovers Market data for the years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2023 and 2027Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)Strategic analysis: Drivers and Constraints, Product/Technology Analysis, Porter’s five forces analysis, SWOT analysis, etc.Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimationsCompetitive landscaping mapping the key common trendsCompany profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developmentsSupply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancementsKey Topics Covered:Research and Markets also offers Custom Research services providing focused, comprehensive and tailored research.CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com
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Causality Link Adds Veteran IBM Natural Language Processing (NLP) Engineer Craig Trim as Senior Software Engineer – NLP

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Salt Lake City, July 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Causality Link, an advanced, artificial intelligence (AI)-driven investment technology provider, today announced the addition of veteran software engineer and natural language processing (NLP) expert Craig Trim as senior software engineer – NLP.Trim joins Causality Link having spent the majority of his 20-year software engineering career with IBM, during which time he contributed to over 200 filed patents. He was most recently a senior managing consultant, leading teams in the inception, creation and deployment of chatbots for top companies in the energy, telecommunications and automotive industries. Joining IBM as an intern in 2000, Trim has since been lead engineer for formal offerings in Watson Group, has led teams developing the auto-generation of knowledge graphs, and has led the design and implementation of large-scale e-commerce sites. In addition to his time at IBM, Trim was chief technology officer for Dristi, a cognitive computing company, where he led research and development to create a first-of-a-kind “Audience OS” and cognitive analytics platform. At Causality Link, Trim will lead efforts to enhance the company’s Research Assistant. This initiative will include increasing the number of data sources ingested, the speed at which the data is processed, the insights garnered from the data and more.“Causality Link is an exciting melding of tried and true technology and cutting-edge innovation that is rare to find and has been instrumental in their success thus far,” said Trim. “I look forward to developing and implementing ways to propel the platform even further to gather more insights from more sources in less time.”“Craig is a true trailblazer in the NLP space,” said Pierre Haren, co-founder and CEO of Causality Link. “During his prolific tenure at IBM, he pioneered the use of NLP in ontology learning to look for relationships between data, which is a critical part of our operation. We are thrilled to bring this inventive thinking to Causality Link as we drive our technology to the next level.”Causality Link’s unique, AI-powered research platform extracts the knowledge contained within millions of documents and other text-based sources to provide investors and analysts with a unique perspective on companies, industries and macroeconomic drivers. By aggregating explicitly stated cause-and-effect relationships between market indicators and company key performance indicators (KPIs), the Causality Link platform provides clients with more significant, longer-lasting, less emotional and more precise insights and forecasts.With the overall aim of improving transparency in financial markets, the Causality Link platform models the forces acting on the markets, leveraging machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP) techniques to weave together the insights and creativity of experts in understanding the causal relationships at work in the financial world. The solution is leading the next wave of AI innovation that leverages technology to combine human knowledge from thousands of authors.About Causality LinkWith its advanced AI-driven research platform, Causality Link helps investment research professionals produce smarter decisions by better understanding the “causal links” between their subjects and various market indicators. Causality Link was formed on the notion that long-term success in AI and Machine Learning requires a balance of human and machine collaboration that leverages the strongest qualities in each. Causality Link’s platform merges explicit expert knowledge of causation – not simply correlation – with the mathematical power of predictive analytics enabling professionals to gain big-picture understanding of the financial markets. Visit www.causalitylink.com to learn more. AttachmentCraig TrimMichael Kingsley
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FinTech Industry Expert Rates VantagePoint AI Software As “Highly Recommended”

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Legendary FinTech Editor Darrell Jobman Reviews VantagePoint Software in the latest edition of TradersWorld Magazine
Wesley Chapel, Florida, July 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NEWMEDIAWIRE — VantagePoint AI software has been reviewed by the legendary Darrell Jobman who declared it “Highly Recommended” in the latest issue of TradersWorld Magazine, the Official Magazine of Technical Analysis.  The recommendation is high praise from the highly-regarded former editor of Commodities Magazine.“VantagePoint features take the job of market forecasting beyond the ability of most humans,” writes Jobman, “[the software] now offers a larger range of U.S. and international stocks, futures and commodities, forex pairs, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and cryptocurrencies – in time frames that can be customized from three days to 10 years, all based on end-of-day data.”Mr. Jobman’s review is an easy-to-understand overview of the capabilities of the software.  He provides explanations of the various functions within VantagePoint’s interface along with charts to demonstrate how various functions are displayed and can be used.The review is also a good introduction to VantagePoint’s capabilities. It explains how the software uses artificial intelligence to provide independent traders with predictive forecasts up to 72 hours before a market movement or trend change with accuracy up to 87.4% and four points of confirmation.Jobman also writes, “VantagePoint has a long history of providing excellent customer service support and training, too. Applying the software along with training and recouping the cost should not take long.”To read the entire review, visit the Vantagepoint websiteTo see VantagePoint for yourself, attend a free, live, interactive, online training.Vantagepoint AI was the first company in the world to give independent traders the power of artificial intelligence for trading financial markets from their home computers. Since it was founded in 1979, Vantagepoint has been helping traders in over 120 countries find financial freedom.About Vantagepoint AI, LLC.  Vantagepoint AI, creator of VantagePoint Software, is a leader in trading software research and software development forecasting Stocks, Options, Futures, Forex, and ETFs with proven accuracy of up to 87.4%. See it in action!  Vantagepoint’s patented Neural Network processes predict changes in market trend direction up to three days in advance, enabling traders to get in and out of trades at optimal times with confidence. Vantagepoint regularly donates a portion of its revenue to Shriners Hospitals for Children and The Children’s Cancer Center along with its support of local charities.Lisa Moretti
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