Waking tiger, roaring cub: the effect of reform in Mexico
The Mexican economy is much like a slumbering tiger, writes
KPMG eyeing more M&A deals in China
KPMG China will maintain double-digit growth this year despite the economic slowdown and will be on the lookout for suitable merger and acquisition opportunities, a top company official said on Wednesday.
CBI Reaction to Scottish Referendum Result
A momentous day for UK – Union best for jobs, growth & raising living standards – CBI Chief John Cridland.
E-Mobility: Japan Regains The Technological Lead - Sales Remain Moderate Hoever
German OEMs have regained their leading position in e-mobility technology for electric and hybrid vehicles.
The Oliver Wight Conference returns to Brussels
Following the resounding success of last year’s inaugural Oliver Wight Conference, the business improvement specialists have announced their second annual European customer conference. The event, for Oliver Wight customers past and present, will take place at the Sheraton Hotel, Brussels airport, on November 18th and 19th 2014.
Jam-packed with motivational customer stories, and streamed interactive workshops, as well as an exclusive insight into the new, exciting AIMMS, Districon and Oliver Wight partnership, the event presents the opportunity for some of industry’s top executives to absorb latest industry best-practice, as well as to network and learn from one another.
The conference, which is by invitation only, will kick off with a gala dinner, featuring guest speaker Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE. Described by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Fiennes’ inspirational speech will aptly open the Class A awards ceremony, for those organisations which have summited the challenge of achieving Class A, the industry recognised standard for business excellence, in the past year.
“There is a lot we can learn in business from Sir Ranulph and his expeditions,” says Les Brookes, CEO of Oliver Wight EAME. “Companies constantly have to weather storms. But as Sir Ranulph once said ‘there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.’”
Themed around Oliver Wight’s ‘get fit for the future’ campaign, the conference will explore the latest thinking on Demand Management, Integrated Reconciliation and Segmentation, providing practical advice on how organisations can achieve business excellence, not just now, but in five, 10, even 15 years time. FMCG giant, Wrigley and global power leader, Cummins Inc. will be just two top companies to share the highs and lows of their journey to business excellence.
Furthermore, delegates will gain a profound understanding of the value of integrating people, processes and tools during the presentation from Oliver Wight partners, optimization technology and prescriptive modelling provider, AIMMS and logistics solutions consultancy, Districon. Together with Oliver Wight they make up a powerful fusion of world-leading supply chain optimisation practitioners.
For a full agenda and to book your place on the Oliver Wight annual conference, contact Zoe Davis: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01452 397209
Apple expected to face tough competition in mobile payments
Retailers and consumers alike are overwhelmed by the choice of dozens of different competing payment options.
This Friday the Apple iPhone 6 is set to hit the shelves in Europe amid much fanfare and media attention. As Apple’s share of the smartphone market faces stiff competition from the likes of Android and Samsung, the company has decided to enter the final frontier of eCommerce, which is mobile commerce, with Apple Pay. This bold move to enter an already crowded mobile payments market, has met with scepticism from some industry observers.
The eCommerce landscape in mobile payments is expected to be worth more than £721 billion by 2017. The sector is already saturated by a variety of different players including banks, retailers, and technology companies all offering their own solutions, leaving companies and merchants with a bewildering array of options.
Dan Wagner, eCommerce veteran, CEO and founder of Powa Technologies, comments: “Consumers are finding themselves increasingly swamped by mobile payment apps. They don’t want thousands of different apps that can each be used in a couple of different places - they want one universal app they know they can use anywhere. Just as wallets are stuffed with store cards, users are being asked to fill their smartphones with individual payment apps they will rarely use.”
“Retailers are likewise faced with the difficult decision of which mobile payment service to choose, with no assurance that the system will go the distance and be worth the investment. Without a clear and universal choice, how can they be sure they have picked a VHS and not a Betamax?”
Dan concludes, “Consumers will be seduced by the ease and convenience of using one app across all platforms and the winner will be the app that secures universal adoption right across the retail landscape.”
Powa Technologies’ PowaTag app offers a union of different technologies fused into one application - consumers need to only download one app and the service requires no infrastructure costs on the part of retailers, and allows for seamless adoption into current retailer infrastructure.
PowaTag gives shoppers the power to complete purchases anytime, anywhere using a variety of triggers, with sales finalised in just three seconds using pre-entered payment and address information. By using a variety of technology, including QR codes, java script, iBeacons, near field communication (NFC) and embedded audio tags to enable instant purchasing both in-store and on the move, PowaTag has the potential to be a ubiquitous app serving as a common standard for both retailers and consumers.
Such mass market potential has already resulted in the PowaTag working with over 800 international retailers and brands who are laying the foundations for the next wave of the retail revolution.
UK Manufacturing Growth Holds Up, But Orders Weaken - CBI
The UK’s manufacturers had a mixed month in September, with production continuing to rise steadily but order books deteriorating. That’s according to the CBI’s latest Industrial Trends Survey.
Increased Internet access expected to generate more consumer spend across the African continent over the next five years: PwC report
South Africa’s entertainment and media market is expected to grow by 10.2% compounded annually (CAGR) from 2014 – 2018.
Atos is once again awarded membership of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World
Atos, an international information technology services company, today announced that for the third year in a row, Atos has been selected as an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).
Alibaba IPO - expert comment
Warwick Business School Professor Qing Wang researches Chinese enterprises competing in the west and comments on Alibaba’s IPO.
Gartner names Atos a “Leader” in its Magic Quadrant for End User Outsourcing Services, North America 2014
Evaluation based on completeness of vision and ability to execute.
Accenture Study Shows Satisfaction with Business Outcomes from Big Data
Ninety-two percent of executives from companies that are applying big data to their businesses said they are satisfied with the results, according to new research by Accenture (NYSE: ACN).
More Jobs but at What Cost, Says KPMG
Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG reacts to the publication of the latest UK employment figures, which have seen unemployment levels fall by 146,000 to 2.02 million.
Energy Companies Hit Rock Bottom for Customer Service
New Which? research has found the Big Six energy suppliers are among the worst offenders when it comes to poor customer service, with Npower finishing bottom for the first time in our annual survey of the top 100 big brands.
Aon Hewitt Study Says Bonuses Are Back - but With Tighter Rules and Better Targets
Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc, has said that responses to its European Bonus & Sales Compensation Survey 2014 show that bonus plans and levels of payment are back on the increase, with the UK leading the way.
Our management consultancy columnist Mick James reviews Daniel Kahneman’s theories on how human beings make decisions and their application to business.
Why every presentation needs D.R.A.M.A.
Even presentation needs DRAMA if it’s to succeed. Meg Heyworth MBA of Toastmasters International advises that whether you’re terrified or super confident the DRAMA acronym will help you deliver a great speech every time.
How do you fix a plane while you’re flying it?
Hay Group creates first digital blueprint to help HR play a leading role in transforming organisations.
Growth of online clothing sales doubles in August, IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index reveals
Latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index has revealed that the UK online retail sector has experienced its strongest level of annual growth since November 2013, recording a year-on-year increase of 18% in August.
China's Next Wave of Global Business Giants Forecast in New Report
100 companies that could be household names in the next three to five years, including Lenovo and Alibaba.com, are just the tip of China's business iceberg.
Industrial Internet of Things offers growth opportunities for digital services
The Industrial Internet of Things represents a tremendous opportunity for innovative companies looking to unlock new revenue sources by packaging their products with new digital services, says Accenture (NYSE: ACN) in its new report, “Driving Unconventional Growth through the Industrial Internet of Things”.
Hitachi India Developed a Technology to Extract Precisely Designated Information from Electronic Medical Records
Hitachi team won 1st prize in a technical competition held by a European research forum for extraction of appropriate medical information from electronic medical records by achieving the precision of 86.8%.
Governance Trends Shaping the Board of the Future – Board Priorities and Practices
Second segment of PwC’s 2014 Annual Corporate Directors Survey sheds light on changing governance landscape.
A race to the middle in India
The Indian consulting market has a pretty dramatically polarised service offering with technology consulting at one end of the spectrum and strategy consulting at the other with very little happening in between, writes B.J.Richards of Source.
Digital Manufacturing is Transforming Factories Globally
The latest finding of the ongoing end-user analysis on Industrie 4.0 will be presented during Frost & Sullivan’s online conference.