Gym chain Virgin Active has over 160,000 members across Italy but its vast geographic dispersion poses challenges to staff who need to work together. By way of response, the company has built a cloud-based collaborative infrastructure, reorienting its entire employee culture.
Fashion brand GANT, operating in a highly competitive lifestyle retail environment, has dramatically improved its employees’ productivity using cloud-based tools.
The company faced the challenge of having 800 employees who needed to log into several different systems, and who could not easily be productive in the locations they needed to be. Its main email system had become a key productivity tool, which was expensive to maintain and difficult to work with.
For many businesses, a mixed economic environment, unease over tariff introductions and Brexit uncertainty may be rightfully viewed as causes for concern. However, bigger ticket European merger and acquisition (M&A) volumes appear to be holding up remarkably well. In this, our 13th Consumer Products M&A Insights report, we highlight several fresh trends driving the largest activity, which remains strong in spite of a backdrop of total annual deal volumes falling by over 10% from their September 2015 high of 1,500 to now around 1,100 on a rolling four quarter basis.
The traditional car purchase could soon be a thing of the past. According to the consultancy firm PwC, by 2030, shared or autonomous vehicles will be responsible for up to 37 per cent of mileage driven globally. The era of cars on demand is here, and manufacturers must respond now.
In the last two years, luxury car manufacturer BMW has dramatically broken with tradition in an effort to reduce reliance on vehicle sales. The German company has been growing ReachNow, a program described as ‘Airbnb for cars’, which allows people to rent BMW vehicles from owners without all the typical costs. Rentals are made on demand via a peer‐to‐peer app. Ford and General Motors have created similar services.
The potential application of virtual and cross reality in enterprise is enormous, particularly when visual and engaging experiences clinch sales.
As a result, the real estate industry will see some of the biggest growth in its use, given its need to demonstrate what properties will be like to walk around and live in, before they are built. Its normal practice remains remarkably low tech, with sellers promoting properties with glossy brochures and generally quite basic information. The same is true for architects and interior designers wanting to demonstrate their ideas much better.
Chief financial officers (CFOs) are acutely aware of the fast-changing geopolitical situation, but they may not have fully considered their own crucial role in mitigating resulting procurement risks.
There are multiple emerging challenges to business stability worldwide, from rapidly shifting policies being pursued by US President Donald Trump, including tariffs on Canada, China and the European Union, to the threatened response of those who fail to abide by US sanctions on Iran.
Embedded SIMs (e‐SIMs) are poised to transform the ways in which businesses manage their assets in the field and how they onboard employees, giving a strong competitive edge. Meanwhile, device manufacturers can differentiate themselves substantially by incorporating e‐SIM based connectivity into their products.
e‐SIMs offer obvious benefits for consumers, including easier device setup and enhanced experiences with network operators and phone/device manufacturers, as well as access to a range of small, robust and secure Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices.
Shipping hubs will soon have much more efficient systems and a truly collaborative culture, with ports in the UK and Europe leading the way.
For port operators worldwide, business as usual will no longer do. Increased efficiencies are required as a matter of urgency across maritime supply chains and technology is inevitably at the forefront of emerging transformations.
It is now widely accepted that there is an environmental crisis gripping the Earth. Climate change affects people living across continents and is expected to worsen as the global population nears nine billion by 2050.
Product-makers have an urgent responsibility in helping ensure sustainability and they are increasingly doing so, motivated by the environmental challenge, customer preferences and, in some cases, regulation. But they need an all-encompassing approach.
One in two people in the UK are expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Fast access to diagnosis and expert treatment, along with holistic support, is essential.
Despite accessible information on common cancer symptoms and innovation in treatment, those diagnosed with the condition face numerous obstacles in their care.
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