It is a relationship that is often described in absolute terms of being a choice between one or the other, but according to Retex SpA, stationary and digital retail are not mutually exclusive. According to Retex Cofounder Fausto Caprini, the two sales models should not be seen as wholly separate entities but as two sides of the same coin. He predicts that, in the coming years, 80% of retail sales will still be made in brick-and-mortar shops and that that is where the competitive advantages of personal service and digital technology will come together.
Information & Communication Technology
Technology continues to develop at an astounding rate, and the latest best software solutions are quickly replaced by newer innovations in the industry. This fast-paced environment means that business owners and operators need a qualified IT team that is cutting edge and is invested in the client’s well-being. ACA IT-Solutions NV, headquartered in Belgium, is the answer to software success. The company is known for its high-quality consultancy, implementation and integration of individually built solutions.
Businesses have been run on computers since the 1970s. It is no wonder then that businesses that help firms move from so-called ‘legacy’ systems, to newer, more efficient platforms, are finding increasing demand. CTO Romke Wijmenga of Netherlands-based firm Asysco is leading his firm’s efforts to excel in this sector by offering an automated and guided migration process.
Imagine how it would be if you were able to not just watch your favourite football team play on television but see all of the relevant player statistics at the same time. When Bayern Munich take to the pitch, you can read all about goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s vital statistics and use that information to score points with family and friends. With Augmented Reality (AR), the Munich-based start-up eyecandylab transforms two-dimensional information into interactive content. European Business spoke to Managing Director and co-founder Robin Sho Moser about how you can bring AR into your own living room, how it can improve the viewing experience and what the future of AR in Germany holds.
As a member of the FomGroup, a worldwide market leader in aluminium and PVC working machinery, Italian company TEX Computer SRL has a solid foundation and an extensive network. Nevertheless, the supplier of solutions for industrial automation has achieved tremendous success in its own right through its innovative technology and customer focus.
Its customers include the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Lufthansa Systems, Budapest International Airport, Accor Hotels, T-Mobile, the US Department of Energy and many other high-profile organizations and businesses. H1 Systems Kft. is one of the most dynamically evolving enterprises in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe. European Business talked to CEO Mihály Németh about the company’s ambitious growth plans and exceptional commitment to happy, flourishing employees.
As one of SAP Full Service’s largest subsidiaries, FIS-ASP Application Service Providing and IT-Outsourcing GmbH is a comprehensive IT solutions provider, encompassing SAP software as well as data center operations, mail, banking, and human resources management for medium-sized enterprises. The company is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of SAP. With its extensive know-how in the field, FIS-ASP provides its customers with the flexibility to remain ahead of the curve in terms of superior quality IT operations and infrastructure.
It operates one of the most advanced and greenest computing centers in Germany. ODN OnlineDienst Nordbayern GmbH & Co. KG specializes in high-performance, high-availability, high-protection data center services. The company and self-described ‘home of data’ secures its customers unrestricted access to the most precious resource of the 21st century: data – a resource that is growing in volume all the time and needs to be properly safeguarded to deliver its full potential. ODN helps its customers unleash this potential – in a reliable, individual and goal-oriented way.
The French start-up Mainbot has developed a robot that teaches children the principles of coding and robotics in a fun way. Winky not only looks cute, but is designed to be both a teacher and a classmate for the next generations. European Business talked to Mainbot CEO and Founder Boris Kesler about a little robot that is meant to become a friend.