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The 9 traits of successful business transformations in Retail

The Retail sector is going through profound, fundamental and on-going change. High street shops are closing at an accelerating rate while fierce online competition is squeezing already tight margins. Many retailers are responding by restructuring and transforming their businesses in different ways, but with such complex programmes there are many things that can go wrong. Emanuel Modrovic from 4C Associates summarized the 9 traits of successful transformation programmes in retail.

Swiss Post Solutions named as one of the world's best outsourcing companies by the IAOP

Swiss Post Solutions announced that it has been named to The Best of The Global Outsourcing 100. The list is compiled by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP®), recognizing the world’s top outsourcing service providers.

TE Connectivity named a 'Top 100 Global Innovator' for eighth consecutive year

TE Connectivity Ltd. is a world leader in connectivity and sensors. The Swiss company has again been named a Derwent Top 100 Global Innovator 2018-19 by Clarivate Analytics.

Baufritz model homes once again distinguished with the rating ‘very good’

As part of the Model Home Report, published annually, the 20 largest model home parks in Germany and Switzerland were put under the microscope during the period from July to September 2018. A total of 470 model homes from over 100 house suppliers were examined in the process.

OJ Electronics sees opportunities in new growth strategy

OJ Electronics sees opportunities in new growth strategy

OJ Electronics is about to enter a new strategy period. The objective of the strategy period is to create an effective, market-oriented approach to the development of the company's products and the development of staff competences. There will be particular focus on high innovation ability and high product quality as means of ensuring the company's continued positive growth.

Vorwerk Flooring Wins coveted good design award 2018

Superior quality, sustainable innovations and global award-winning design. With the EXCLUSIVE 1015 carpet floor covering, Vorwerk flooring has won the GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2018 and can thus prove that its flatweave, which has already won numerous German awards, is also able to stand up to international competition.

TYROL AIR AMBULANCE aquires new, proven leadership

TYROL AIR AMBULANCE aquires new, proven leadership

From the beginning of the year, Tyrol Air Ambulance and Welcome Air – both subsidiaries of the Swiss firm Remi Finanz- und Verwaltungs AG – will receive new strategic guidelines. According to Urs Peter Koller, owner of Remi Group, "Our airlines will start the year with renewed vigour by drawing on their existing strengths", because "we will be concentrating on our core businesses: Tyrol Air Ambulance will continue to reinforce the number of offerings for global air ambulance flights conducted at the highest level of medical standards and Welcome Air will concentrate on charter flights and cooperating with Austrian Airlines on the Linz-Vienna route".

Opening of new Premiere office in Vietnam

Opening of new Premiere office in Vietnam

In conjunction with the establishment for Premiere Vietnam, Premiere Group has a strong foothold in the South East Asia Region. Premiere Group has 4 offices in Southeast Asia, which are Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam aside from other offices all around the world. With the setting up of Premiere Offices in Southeast Asia now, Premiere Group has a chain of branches that is able to link all trades within these regions more strongly and with stability.

Sono Motors Announces Bosch as Partner for Car Connectivity

German mobility provider Sono Motors announced its partnership with Bosch. The technology and service company will provide the Sion’s central control unit and a software-based solution for its intelligent networking. The electric car with solar integration – the first ever to go into series production – has been designed with maximum efficiency for the user, offering car, ride, and power sharing.

Encouraging first half 2013 for Feintool

Encouraging first half 2013 for Feintool

With an additional cash inflow of CHF 33 million for investment, further major orders from premium manufacturers and new development projects, Feintool can look back on an encouraging business performance in the first half of 2013. The long-term strategy of concentrating on fineblanking and forming, coupled with continued internationalization and technical innovation, was systematically continued. In the period from 1 January to 30 June 2013, Feintool increased its net sales by 14.7 percent on a year-on-year basis to CHF 225 million. EBITDA rose 3.5 percent in the same period to CHF 22.4 million. Thanks to the capital increase, the equity ratio improved to 42.8 percent.

Feintool posts double-digit growth in sales

Feintool posts double-digit growth in sales

Feintool increased its sales by 15.4 percent year-on-year in the first nine months of the current financial year to CHF 310.5 million. Excluding the effects of the acquisition of forming specialist Herzing + Schroth and the disposal of IMA Automation Berlin, sales growth amounted to 8.7 percent. Due to the weaker economic situation in Europe, orders received fell by 7.4 percent to CHF 297.2 million in the same period. Including the acquisition, orders in hand were up 9.8 percent at CHF 206.5 million.

Feintool Technologiezentrum in Shanghai eröffnet

Feintool Technologiezentrum in Shanghai eröffnet

Sowohl Verantwortliche der lokalen Behörden, den Vizekonsul der Schweizer Botschaft in Shanghai Anna Mattei sowie chinesische und internationale Kunden wurden von der Feintool-Geschäftsleitung und der lokalen Feintool-Crew unter der Leitung von George Honegger in den neuen Räumlichkeiten auf ca. 2000 m2 begrüsst. Die insgesamt über 100 Gäste aus ganz Asien erlebten eine traditionelle Zeremonie.

Feintool exhibits X-TRA Fineblanking press with peripherials

Feintool exhibits X-TRA Fineblanking press with peripherials

Feintool Technologie AG is presenting fineblanking as an end-to-end process at this year’s EuroBLECH. The centrepiece is its FEINspeed X-TRA servo-hydraulic fineblanking press with integrated ejector system and stock feeder. The technology and global market leader will be exhibiting end-to-end peripheral systems that are designed to be fully compatible with its high-performance, energy-efficient presses.

STABILUS produces one million POWERISE drive units in Mexico

STABILUS produces one million POWERISE drive units in Mexico

STABILUS GmbH, world market leader in gas springs and hydraulic vibration dampers headquartered in Koblenz, Germany, has produced one million POWERISE drive units in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, in just three years. STABILUS built its first Mexican factory in 1991, and it has already been extended several times. Assembly started there in September 2009. Exactly three years after production started, the one-millionth POWERISE drive unit rolled off the production line. This positive development is supported by the strong demand for technology, quality and service from STABILUS.

Sustainable Long Life solutions from Aura Light at Wexiödisk

Sustainable Long Life solutions from Aura Light at Wexiödisk

Wexiödisk in Sweden is replacing the majority of their luminaires to Aura Light’s sustainable Long Life solutions and is lowering the wattage from 58W to 45W. “It’s great if we can save energy while being sustainable”.

Successful co-operation between BELIMO Automation AG and OJ Electronics A/S

Successful co-operation between BELIMO Automation AG and OJ Electronics A/S

For a long time, the market has demanded complete solutions for cost-effective mounting, troubleshooting, commissioning and maintenance of Air Handling Units. With the OJ-Air2 concept, OJ Electronics has an attractive solution, where the components within the Air Handling Unit communicate with each other via Modbus.

APR dryer: a more compact Anjou dryer

APR dryer: a more compact Anjou dryer for a more flexible production organization and higher production capacities

Ceric Technologies which has initiated a large number of the most significant inventions for the past 30 years in the heavy clay engineering sector (casing kiln, Anjou dryer, hydrocasing, dry and semi-dry preparation), has brought a new innovation to the heavy clay sector with its quick dryer with reduced tray spacing (APR).

Feintool increases its capital by 6 million Swiss Francs for the definitive acquisition of Herzing+Schroth

Feintool increases its capital by 6 million Swiss Francs for the definitive acquisition of Herzing+Schroth

Feintool has significantly strengthened its position in the market for sophisticated fineblanking and forming technology by acquiring the German group Herzing+Schroth. Metal forming specialists Herzing+Schroth will enable Feintool to further increase the technological potential with related process. The industrial Group is increasing its Equity by CHF 6 million to partially finance the acquisition.

Nordic ID signes a cooperation agreement with Russian Future Store Project

Nordic ID signes a cooperation agreement with Russian Future Store Project

In June 2011, the three largest Russian companies – Corporation “RUSNANO”, OJSC “SITRONICS” and the leader of the Russian retail X5 Group - , signed the “Future Store” Project Investment Agreement in St. Petersburg. The key objective of the project is the creation of technological solutions for RFID technology implementation and operation for retail, and the investment for the project will reach 350 Million rubles.

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