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Strong U.S.-France Relationship Good for Global Economy

Muriel Pénicaud - 18-avr.-2016 20:41:21
As the world continues to recover from the Great Recession and further unites against global threats to our security and the safety of our citizens, the importance of growing and bolstering the global economy is an increasing priority for many nations. It is a logical conclusion for those who recognize that an invigorated economic foundation is vital and is in the best interest of the entire planet. In that light, France has made it a top priority to create an environment that is welcoming to business—whether startups or established, French created or multinational. To shine a spotlight on the latter, Business France recently released its “ 2015 Annual Report: Foreign Investment in France—The International Development of the French Economy. “ Findings from the report demonstrate that the efforts we are making in France to attract foreign business are working. For example, in 2015 we saw a 27 percent increase in jobs generated by foreign investment over 2014 figures, and 53 different countries invested in 2015, up from 47 in 2014. Broadly, we have 19 new investment decisions per week. As a reminder, 20,000 foreign companies are operating in France and employing almost 2 million people. Read the full editorial and learn more about France’s appeal on the Huffington Post’s website .

France shows the way to doing e-commerce !

martine.joly - 05-juin-2014 16:49:51
Interview : Alain CIMAZ, Retailing and Services Department Project Manager at Ubifrance We all use e-commerce (and some of us all of the time), but do we fully realize in our economic crystal balls what the virtual universe of the Internet can do for a business? France does, to the tune of €51,1billion in 2013.   With broadband internet feeding households like never before, this trend is accelerating, up 13.5% this past year, even while traditional sales outlets are declining. Naturally, French e-commerce is part of a European phenomenon: sophisticated, well-educated consumers shopping and comparing on-line, whether it is for train tickets, fashion items, books and downloaded films, not to mention concert tickets or even electronic products and vacations. In fact, France finds itself positioned right in the middle of more mature on-line markets such as the UK and Scandinavia, while catering to fast-growing cyber-markets in Southern Europe.   Impressive numbers – and then there’s Christmas! The typical cyber-consumer in France spends on average €1400 annually, with a choice spanning 138,000 merchandizing sites, clicking to satisfy 33.7 million purchasers, each one with his or her own very personalized criteria. This represents a 17% growth rate for the number of sites in 2013, fueled by a rise of 5% in on-line buyers last year. Christmas frenzy often spells financial success for many e-commerce sites. For France, December 2013 accounted for a whopping €10 billion   of the year’s total results.   The Best in Class go international 15% of French sites export, generating 10% of their sales internationally. The really successful sites, representing over €10 million   in turnover, are able to boost these international sales by up to 20% of their total turnover. For 2013, the champions are Vente Privée, with € 1,6 billion, Showroom Privé, €350 million, Sarenza at €150 million   and in 29 different countries, while Spartoo out-does them by €130 million in 20 countries throughout Europe.   Cross-channel strategies Traditional companies such as Darty, Auchan and even Air France have grasped the importance of developing interfaces with e-commerce, selling cross-channel, from virtual to POS (Place of Sale). Tourism is an especially heavy-hitter, with Opodo and Go Voyages receiving avid travelers. Even SNCF-Voyages is also getting into the trend with offers covering car rentals and hotels, not just trains, and not just trains in Europe! E-commerce allows companies to envision doing business in entirely refreshing and international ways.   In B to B, the office supplies segment is active, with Bruneau and Viking modeling their entire business on-line, a lesson not lost on Manutan for its equipment.   The rules to play by With smart-phones now in every pocket, French companies are alert to adapting to international opportunities: respecting local-country consumer legislation, marketing with multi-lingual sites, regularly upgrading to be ergonomic, enriching their offers constantly. The usual rate of transformation from visit to virtual shopping cart is 2.5%; so New Age merchants must be quick to adapt to this new breed of impatient, demanding clientele. The e-consumer wants easy, practical and totally secure payment solutions ranging from credit card to Paypal. They also expect EU legislation on profiling and reimbursements to be strictly adhered to by the e-commerce site.   Up and coming events where Ubifrance can leverage exhibition opportunities for French e-commerce companies will be in Milan on May 20 th , in the UK and Ireland, from September 16 – 18 th , followed by San Paolo, October 6 – 7 th , with BtoB meetings dedicated to private sales.     For Further information about French companies in the e-commerce Sector, news technologies, innovation and services :   > Electronics and IT   > Telecommunications and Space   > Trade and distribution   > Services   > Audiovisual content, Multimedia  

The French Tech Tour 2014 Introduces the Best Innovative Tech Companies in its 2nd Year on Tour

Anne-Laure GERVAIS - 03-avr.-2014 23:44:40
  The French Trade Office - UBIFRANCE Hosts 10 French Startups for Packed Week of business meetings, training and events to help them to kick start their businesses in Canada Toronto and Montreal – April 3rd, 2014 – The French Trade Office - UBIFRANCE in Canada announced today the 10 selected companies of the 2014 French Tech Tour (FTT) that will be held June 2-6, 2014. Starting Monday, June 2nd in Toronto, 10 companies from all over France will land in Canada to attend this business acceleration program. More than 25 companies applied to be part of the Tour. The final 10 companies were selected by the Tour’s supporting companies, including Bell, Telus, BlackBerry, Air Canada, Emerillon Capital, CGI, KPMG… 10 Participants Bridging the gap between technology innovation and expertise, while fostering new alliances between France and Canada, the FTT has introduced many successful companies to Canada. This year’s class brings innovation in the fields of Big Data, Digital Marketing, Business Intelligence SaaS and Connected TV, to name a few. This year’s startups include: frenchtechtourcanada@ubifrance.fr - Anne-Laure Gervais - +1 (416) 977-1257 Bittle is a new generation reporting platform in a SaaS mode that aimed at any kind of businesses that are looking for a complete, packaged and ready-to-use BI solution allowing to generate and easily share dashboards in an entirely secured environment. Dotscreen is a Multi-screen developer & a User Interface specialists that creates, designs and develops interactive apps for connected TV, tablets and smartphones. Followanalytics provides brands with solutions to launch, measure, optimize and extend their presence in the mobile world, in order to better identify and convert leads. DSIA is an innovative provider of supply chain technology solutions, services and consulting which develops Logistar™ , an integrated Saas solution that focuses on the management and optimization of complexes supply chains. Ivalua is a provider of web based Spend Management solutions (Ivalua Buyer) that responds to the essential needs of its users: quick access to information, collaborative work, dialogue with suppliers, real time reporting, information exchange with other systems, etc. Sentinelo develops additional traffic generation solutions for retailers and gives a global overview of all products sold locally in a given perimeter. Stardust is an expert of digital products testing by experimented testers on real devices. StarDust develops “StarDust Label”, which is dedicated to brands and developers to maximize their revenues. Pixeliris develops CopSonic, a Contactless Mobile Payment technology solution using sonic ways through speakers and microphones to exchange the secured data and is compatible with 100% of mobiles phones including featured phones. Spideo creates personalized recommendation engines that make it easier for viewers to discover and access video-on-demand (VOD) and TV content. Systancia offers software for cloud computing mobility and BYOD with total security. Systancia is specialized in virtualization, desktop applications, and cloud computing. The French Tech Tour’s goal is to prepare companies for launching onto the Canadian market. To achieve this, the tour consists of a series of one-on-one meetings with sponsors and other blue chip companies in Canada, training and advisory sessions, and evenings packed with events where the companies are able to pitch in front of business communities. This event is part of French Tech initiative brought by Fleur Pellerin (the former French Minister delegate for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy) to promote "la French Tech" in France and abroad. To learn more about the companies or attend an event to see companies pitching, visit: http://frenchtechtourcanada.ubifrance-events.com "Every year, it is exciting to see the new and disruptive technologies that come through the French Tech Tour. Their levels of enthusiasm as well as the maturity of their products makes them companies that our team and our sponsors think are ready to go to market in Canada. Even more so, it is great to see the lasting partnerships that grow out of the tour and tie our two tech regions together", said Stéphane Alisse, Managing Director, Technology and Services Practice for North America at UBIFRANCE. About UBIFRANCE - the French Trade Office UBIFRANCE is France’s public agency for international business development and it is represented in 70 countries by the French Trade Offices – UBIFRANCE. UBIFRANCE provide French startups with consulting and business development services, in order to promote their products/services and assist in establishing partnerships with Canadian companies. The French Tech Tour is one of our most comprehensive services, formed through a unique partnership with the business and corporate development teams of some of the largest technology corporations in Canada.

Canada – 4th annual French Trade Delegation in the digital media industry

Omar Janjua - 22-févr.-2012 15:51:12
Ubifrance Canada is organising for the 4th consecutive year a trade delegation in digital and interactive media sector with 10 innovative French companies which will be visiting Montreal and Toronto from the 12th to the 15th of March 2012. This trade event provides great business opportunities for companies belonging to the Canadian entertainment, digital content, special effects and e-learning industries. This trade delegation is being organised in partnership with the Québec Film and Television Council, Interactive Ontario and the Office Franco-Québécois pour la Jeunesse. The digital media industry in Canada is a dynamic industry with huge business potential comprsinig of over innovative 3200 companies representing yearly turnover of over 7 billion CAD.

HOT DOCS 2010

julien Grisoni - 30-juil.-2010 00:13:23
Toronto : May 1st to May 7th - HOT DOCS is a documentary festival taking place in Toronto from April 29 until May 9. For the first time, a delegation of eleven French producers of documentary films was at Hot Docs for the 2010 edition. They had also the chance to visit Montreal  to meet with local producers and commissioning editors thanks to a partnership with SODEC.   This mission, labeled by Ubifrance, is co-organized by iconoval, the Alsace Image Cluster and the regional Chamber of Commerce Alsace-Export thanks to the financial support of Ubifrance. A whole week was enough time to get some contacts with local partners, meet Canadian, American, but also European producers.The French producers attended collective presentations and a networking cocktail and were able to meet with Telefilm Canada, Radio Canada,National Film Board, TFO, CanWest, WNED and CBC Radio Canada.
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