Trade and distribution

France shows the way to doing e-commerce!

Viparda Sombatwachara - 11-juin-2014 04:53:39

  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 :   > Electronics and IT   > Telecommunications and Space   > Trade and distribution   > Services   > Audiovisual content, Multimedia

Siam Makro

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 06-mai-2013 11:51:06

"Siam Makro"     CP All, Thai operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores led by billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont signed a purchase agreement with Stephan Nanninga, director of SHV Nederland to acquire Siam Makro, cash-and-carry wholesales centres. SHV Nederland is the major stake of Siam Makro and agreed to sale more than 64% of its shares for around 189 bn baht. Korsak Chairasmisak, chief executive officer of CP All said « to cash in on the AEC, we will be able to open Makro centres in any market in Asean and beyond, such as China and Pakistan and the rest of the world »( The Nation , 24/04/2013) […] « Laos and Vietnam are the top two priority markets for Makro stores» ( Bangkok Post , 24/04/2013).       Photo Credit: Bangkok Post

HGH receives the Innovation 2010 trophy for its unique infrared panoramic vision system

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 07-févr.-2011 10:02:58

VIGISCAN was developed to address new security requirements. Featuring infrared panoramic vision, this complete system combines viewing, detection and tracking software. With its simple and intuitive interface, the software offers 360° day and night coverage, while simultaneously tracking an unlimited number of sea, aerial or land-based targets. Thanks to top-of-the-range infrared technology, the camera boasts high thermal sensitivity and a very long detection range. The VIGISCAN can scan all the space in real time, thanks to its high-speed rotating head, which completes one revolution every two seconds.   Operational night and day, the system uses advanced technologies to deliver a high quality image despite its compactness. The ultra-wide panoramic field of view and its constant control guarantee detection of any event within a very extensive range in fog, smoke or total darkness.   VIGISCAN was initially designed to address surveillance problems for sensitive industrial sites, airports, borders, military bases, etc. Thanks to its long-range focusing version, the VIGISCAN can now scan very extensive areas. It can also be used for land-based maritime applications, such as surveillance of ports or coastlines, but also for on-board applications on ships thanks to a gyro-stabilized platform. It can be used as a night-time navigation or collision prevention aid. This effective watchman can report any attack (pirates, terrorists, etc.) on a ship or offshore oil rig. It is a true passive and undetectable optical radar. VIGISCAN can detect a man 3 km away, a rubber dinghy 6 km away, and a tanker 20 km away.   On the fast-growing infrared technologies market, HGH Infrared Systems has successfully implemented a policy of differentiated products dedicated to "niche" applications.   Already well-established in several parts of the world, HGH allocates a high proportion of its resources to innovation, thereby preserving its technological lead and product differentiation. Based in the Paris area, HGH is located in the centre of the "Vallée de l’Optique" (optics valley), alongside the leading research and industrial laboratories in the optics sector. This exceptional environment is a key asset that guarantees the technical prowess and quality of the products the Company makes.   For any further information, contact                                                                                                                       HGH Systèmes Infrarouges Mr Edouard CAMPANA Tel: +33 1 69 35 47 70 Email: Website:                                                                                                                           Press Contact in Thailand: French Trade Commission – UBIFRANCE, French Embassy in Thailand Ratchaneekorn Mekchai Tel: +66 (0)2 352 41 19 Email: / Website:

                       Business France Thailand, Myanmar and Laos With offices and branches in Bangkok, Yangon and Vientiane , Business France -The French Trade Commission of the Embassy of France- assists French companies who want to export to Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and local companies who want to invest in France. Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E international internship program. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in

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