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The Otto Group of companies, with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of waste-handling equipment with subsidiaries in more than 40 countries and factories on all continents. Founded in 1934, the group sprung from industrial origins. Its businesses interests in the environmental sector include waste handling equipment, environmental engineering, recycling, consulting services, and hauling. The Group also assumed a leadership position in the Germany's DSD program run by Der Grüne Punkt, and in plastics transformation. The group’s financial arm has been investing in private equity, venture capital, and real estate around the world for more than two decades. This activity includes an M&A and asset management division. Wikipedia.


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Communications of the ACM | Year: 2011

SOCIAL NETWORKING AND interfaces can be seen as representative of two characteristic trends to have emerged in the Web 2.0 era, both of which have evolved in recent years largely independently of each other. A significant portion of our social interaction now takes place on social networks, and URL addressable APIs have become an integral part of the Web.14 The arrival of OpenSocial7,8,13 now heralds a new standard uniting these two trends by defining a set of programming interfaces for developing social applications that are interoperable on different social network sites. Social network sites such as MySpace, Facebook, or XING are all examples of online communities that are technically accommodated through networking software that maps a social graph.1 This enables individual members to create and maintain personal profiles and to manage their connections to other members within a network community (for example, to friends, colleagues, or business contacts). The networking software often permits the sending and receiving of messages via the respective site as well as supporting socalled update feeds that let users know about their contacts' activity within a given network. In the context of social applications, networking sites are referred to as containers. By means of the OpenSocial API, the container grants its applications access to its social graph (such as profile and contact data), as well as to any messaging systems or update feeds. Used by collaborating people, these applications then create a far richer user experience than software that exists outside a social graph context. © 2011 ACM.


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: tech.eu

Berlin-based venture capital firm Project A has closed its second fund of €140 million with a follow up vehicle of €40 million expected to close soon. Investment in the fund was led by the European Investment Fund with participation from Axel Springer, Otto Group, ProSiebenSat.1, Jahr, Haniel, Ravensburger, and Oetker. Individual investors in the new German fund include Trivago CEO, Rolf Schrömgens; Internetstores CEO, Rene Köhler, dress-for-less cofounder Holger Hengstler; and AppNexus CEO Brian O’Kelley. “We are pleased to have such a diverse range of investors in our new fund,” said Thies Sander, founding partner of Project A, which intends to invest in areas like digital health, B2B, and Industry 4.0 through this new fund. It will invest up to €5 million per company and up to €10 million across several rounds. Founded in 2012, Project A’s portfolio includes WorldRemit, ZenMate, and Catawiki, with a total portfolio value of over €2.5 billion. It holds shares between 10% and 35% throughout the portfolio.


Security of Personal Data Online Remains High Concern for U.S. and UK Respondents as Newer Security Technologies are not Trusted New York - November 9, 2016 - Computop, a leading payment service provider (PSP), today released the findings from a recent study of consumers and their expected shopping behaviors this holiday season as well as their online security concerns. In a survey of over 1,900 consumers crossing the U.S. and UK, Computop found an overwhelming majority, 76 percent, planned to shop online this holiday season; however, 62 percent of those respondents overall don’t plan to shop on Cyber Monday, noting it doesn’t offer the deals it used to previously. For the overall holiday shopping season this year, 55 percent of respondents said that they plan to spend the same amount online as last year, with 19 percent planning to spend more. With regards to Cyber Monday, it was an even split in the U.S., with 50 percent noting they plan to shop online then, and 50 percent saying they won’t. The difference was much greater in the UK, with 77 percent of respondents saying they won’t shop online on Cyber Monday. When asked about purchasing products online from retailers outside of their own country this holiday season, 50 percent of respondents said they were not interested in doing this as they have enough options domestically. An additional 22 percent noted that they were concerned about the security of their payment data beyond their borders. The statistics above may point to a broader uncertainty about the safety and security of consumers’ payment information online. Following are additional findings from Computop’s study that also looked at consumers’ payment preferences and their thoughts on the security of their data when shopping online: “It’s not surprising to see the online shopping trend expected to continue this holiday season,” said Ralf Gladis, CEO of Computop. “What was particularly interesting is that despite the sustained interest in purchasing online, consumers continue to have significant concerns about the security of their personal information. However, they are not necessarily interested in taking extra steps to protect themselves - and in the case of the newer authentication technologies we agree. Before moving forward with features like these, it’s critical as an industry that we are able to ensure this data is stored securely before we potentially open up a possible new area for identify theft.” For a copy of Computop’s report detailing the findings of this survey further, visit https://www.computop.com/uk/holiday-shopping-2016/ Note to Editors Computop’s research was conducted online in October 2016 and included 1,036 U.S. respondents and 898 UK participants. About Computop Computop is a leading global payment service provider (PSP) that provides compliant and secure solutions in the fields of e-commerce, POS, m-commerce and Mail Order and Telephone Order (MOTO). The company, founded in 1997, is headquartered in Bamberg, Germany, with additional independent offices in China, the UK and the U.S. Computop processes transactions totalling $24 billion per year for its client network of over 14,000 mid-size and large international merchants and global marketplace partners in industries such as retail, travel and gaming. Global customers include C&A, Fossil, Metro Cash & Carry, Rakuten, Samsung and Swarovski. Following the recent asset deal with the Otto Group, Computop is now processing payments for merchants that previously used EOS Payment, including all 100 Otto retail brands. In cooperation with its network of financial and technology partners, which it has expanded over many years, Computop offers a comprehensive multichannel solution that is geared to the needs of today's market and provides merchants with seamlessly integrated payment processes. For further information, please visit www.computop.com. For further information please contact: Jessica Mularczyk Ascendant Communications, for Computop in the U.S. Tel: 508-498-9300 E-mail: jmularczyk@ascendcomms.net Charlotte Hanson Ascendant Communications, for Computop in the UK Tel: +44 (0) 208 334 8041 E-mail: chanson@ascendcomms.net


News Article | December 15, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Set against a backdrop of declining profitability and significant changes in consumer lifestyles, retailers are under pressure to deliver the best freshness and optimal availability to their customers without the ability to manage cost-to-serve. Typically, 40 per cent of grocery revenue is driven by fresh, according to the latest McKinsey report: get this right and the rest will follow, including the customer and profits. Grocery has traditionally struggled to deliver the right customer experience in fresh without forsaking margin. From today, this challenge can be overcome using Blue Yonder Replenishment Optimization. Its industry-leading machine learning solution supports improved grocery trading performances by optimizing replenishment decisions and processes for fresh assortments. Professor Feindt, Blue Yonder’s founder, says: “The real battle for grocery success lies in fresh and getting that right profitably. The struggle is unsurprising as ‘gut feel’ replenishment for fresh is still common. According to our survey of 750 grocery retail managers and directors across the globe, 46% grocery managers and directors still use manual processes for replenishment (Six Key Findings on Why Grocers Need to Speed Up Decision-making, Blue Yonder, September 2016). The new retail world has seen an increase in the complexity of effective decision-making. Gut feel – and decisions based on historical data – are not good enough. For the first time, Blue Yonder Replenishment Optimization will help grocery turn challenges to opportunity, delivering the perfect combination of best fresh, best availability without waste or missed sales – ultimately securing their future success.” Kemal Koeksal, Vice President Product Management, Blue Yonder says: “We have worked together with the industry to come up with additional functionality that we expect will reduce out of stock or waste scenarios by up to 50 per cent – importantly improving service levels and margin contribution. Let’s take tomatoes as an example – if they do not sell in time it is not just the inventory cost the grocer writes off, it is storage, transport, people costs; it’s the costs along the whole supply chain. On the flip side, if you don’t provide the best freshness, you risk customers going elsewhere and lose revenue.” Blue Yonder is the leading provider of cloud-based predictive applications for retail. Every day, we deliver decisions to our customers that boost revenues, increase margins and enable rapid responses to changing market dynamics. Our replenishment and pricing solutions are driven by sophisticated machine learning algorithms, developed by one of the largest teams of PhD-level data scientists in retail. Founded in 2008 in Karlsruhe, Germany, by former CERN scientist Professor Michael Feindt, Blue Yonder now operates in both Europe and the United States. We are backed by leading private equity firm Warburg Pincus and the Otto Group In 2014, we established the Data Science Academy to provide businesses with relevant data science know-how for retail. Blue Yonder has been awarded the Gartner Cool Vendor Award 2015, the Experton Big Data Leader Award 2016 and the BT Retail Week Technology Award, among many others.


News Article | December 6, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 6, 2016) - Amplience, the Big Content Cloud, today announced that Otto.de, the largest online store within the Otto Group, one of the world's largest retail groups, has selected Amplience to replace its existing dynamic media solution. The Amplience solution is now supporting the rich media delivery workflow, from asset ingestion through to high-performance delivery on the Otto.de website, enabling the company to streamline costs and improve the quality of the online shopping experience. Otto.de selected Amplience after a comprehensive evaluation process in which the provider was distinguished by its consistently superior media object delivery performance, backed by the industry leading 99.99% availability SLA, which was particularly important to Otto.de given the critical importance of image availability and performance to online revenue. In addition, Amplience's support and experienced management teams were recognized by Otto.de as a key differentiator. Migrating to the Amplience platform has enabled Otto.de to extend its ecommerce capabilities and enjoy greater flexibility in image and asset management. The dynamic media environment automates processes allowing Otto.de to provide more engaging shopping experiences without devoting significant resources to development and maintenance. The Amplience Big Content Cloud also ensures that video and imagery can be delivered responsively and optimized for all online experiences -- enabling Otto.de to cost-effectively meet the multichannel needs of its customers. "At Otto.de our online presence is our business," said Jürgen Holtschmidt, Head of Technical Product Development Marketing & Integration at Otto.de. "As a result, in our search for a dynamic media partner, performance was a critical factor. We conducted rigorous testing and it was evident that Amplience offered the power and capabilities we were looking for. In addition, we were impressed by the team's knowledge and expertise both before and after the migration. Amplience's customer success team has been excellent and we look forward to growing our partnership." "Otto.de is one of the industry's largest ecommerce sites and, as such, their team knows the importance of a high quality customer experience in driving better performance," said James Brooke, CEO and Founder, Amplience. "We're honored to have a role in helping Otto.de to further drive productivity to open up new opportunities to engage and inspire their shoppers." Otto.de is the largest of the Otto Group's 50+ ecommerce sites. In the future the relationship with Amplience may expand to support dynamic media and other content needs for additional properties in the Group. About Amplience The Amplience Big Content Cloud delivers rich content production, analytics, and publishing capabilities API first, on a single multi-tenanted cloud platform backed by unparalleled 99.99% uptime SLAs. Working with experienced Customer Success and Solutions teams plus detailed Big Content Index benchmarking enables more than 200 of the world's leading brands, including Mulberry, DFS, New Look and Shop Direct, to realize measurable content performance improvement. For more information, visit www.amplience.com.


News Article | September 3, 2014
Site: gutscheine.bild.de

Hier findet ihr den passenden Otto-Gutschein ! Schon mehrmals zur beliebtesten Website im Bereich Shopping gewählt, ist OTTO Deutschlands Versandhandelsunternehmen der „neuen Vielfalt“. Hier findet man ein 1,8 Millionen Artikel umfassendes Sortiment, welches für jeden Shoppingbereich eine vielfältige Auswahl anbietet. Ob Mode, Haushalt, Sport oder Beauty. Mit den zahlreichen OTTO-Gutscheinen ist es möglich, beim ausgiebigen Online-Shoppen sogar echte Schnäppchen zu finden und bares Geld zu sparen! Wer einen Versandhändler mit einer exklusiven Markenvielfalt und einem unkomplizierten Service sucht, bei dem man alles über die aktuellsten Trends erfährt, ist bei OTTO genau richtig. * Die Aktion wird dir auf der Seite angezeigt * Im Warenkorb auf Gutschein/Rabatt klicken * Gutscheincode eintragen & auf Einlösen klicken * Braun Rasierer auswählen, kaufen und sich überzeugen * Strichcode ausschneiden, Kaufbeleg kopieren und einsenden * Anschließend erhältst du den entsprechenden Cashback-Betrag zurück * Die Aktion wird dir auf der Startseite angezeigt * Der Betrag wird bereits reduziert angezeigt * Kein Gutscheincode notwendig * Gilt bei Kauf von Artikeln auf der Aktionsseite * Der Gratisartikel wird deiner Bestellung automatisch beigelegt * Kein Otto Gutscheincode erforderlich * Registriere dich * Im Warenkorb auf Gutschein/Rabatt klicken * Gutscheincode eintragen & auf Einlösen klicken * Klicke im Banner auf Jetzt Rabatt sichern * Melde dich an & dir wird anschließend der 10% Gutscheincode angezeigt * Der Code ist am folgenden Tag ab 16 Uhr aktiviert * Die Aktion findest du auf der Startseite  unter Neues & Besonderes * Der betrag ist bereits reduziert * Kein {SHOP} Gutschein notwendig * Einloggen bzw. Registrieren * Im letzten Bestellschritt auf Gutschein einlösen klicken & Gutscheincode eintragen * Auf Gutschein überprüfen klicken Auf gutscheine.bild.de hat man eine Übersicht über alle Otto Gutscheine, die das Einkaufen bei OTTO zu einem lukrativen Shoppingerlebnis macht. Ob Preisreduzierungen auf bestimme Produkte oder Vergünstigungen der Versandkosten – mit den zahlreichen OTTO-Gutscheinen und Coupons hat man die Möglichkeit, bei jedem Einkauf bares Geld zu sparen. Auch bei der Registrierung bei OTTO erhält man als Neukunde einen 5% Gutschein ohne Mindestbestellwert. Als OTTO-Kunde profitiert man also von vielen Rabatten und Sparmöglichkeiten. So macht Shoppen doch erst so richtig Spaß! Wem die kostenlosen Otto-Gutscheincodes zum Sparen nicht ausreichen, für den gibt es außerdem die OTTO-Card, mit der es möglich ist, für jede Bestellung 2€ und für jede Artikelbewertung 1€ gutgeschrieben zu bekommen. Man erhält außerdem ein Startguthaben von 5€. Um keine Chance auf ein Schnäppchen zu verpassen, im Internet nach folgenden OTTO-Coupons Ausschau halten: Um den OTTO-Gutschein direkt bei der Bestellung einlösen zu können sind nur folgende Schritte zu beachten: So wird Ihr Kauf direkt reduziert und Sie sparen unkompliziert und mit nur wenigen Schritten bares Geld! Ideenlosigkeit bei der Wahl von Geschenken für Familie und Freunde? Mit den OTTO- Geschenkgutscheinen wird jeder Wunsch erfüllt, denn damit verschenkt man die Möglichkeit, sich aus dem vielfältigen Sortiment des OTTO Onlineshops etwas auf eigenen Wunsch auszusuchen. So werden Fehleinkäufe vermieden. Der Gutschein kann mit einer Summe von 10 bis 250 € aufgeladen und vom Beschenkten direkt als Zahlungsmittel eingesetzt werden. Man findet sie auf der Website des OTTO-Shops und kann sie dort online erwerben. Da der Versand der Geschenkgutscheine nur binnen einer Woche möglich ist, ist es empfehlenswert, die Bestellung rechtzeitig aufzugeben, damit das Geschenk pünktlich ankommt. Das Sortiment des OTTO- Onlineshops umfasst 1,8 Millionen Produkte und erfüllt alle Shopping-Bedürfnisse. Ob man sich neu einkleiden, sein Heim neu einrichten will oder auf der Suche nach qualitativ hochwertiger Technik ist – bei otto.de wird man garantiert fündig. Mit 1000 namhaften Marken bietet der OTTO Onlineshop allen Shoppingbegeisterten eine Welt der extravaganten Mode, die für jeden Geschmack und für jedes Alter eine großzügige Auswahl bereitstellt. Ob sportlich, trendy oder elegant – im Otto Shop findet man alle neuesten Trends für Frauen, Männer und Kinder. Doch nicht nur in Sachen Mode, sondern auch im Elektronikbereich wird dem Kunden eine Vielzahl an hochwertigen Marken geboten. Die kostenlose OTTO-App gibt es für das iPad sowie für iPhone und Android. Damit wird man über aktuelle Trends und News in Sachen Fashion und Lifestyle auf dem Laufenden gehalten und kann sogar seinen Wunschartikel direkt in Bestellung geben. Die App wird kontinuierlich weiterentwickelt und aktualisiert, sodass der User regelmäßig über die neuesten Styles und Looks informiert wird. Auch aktuelle Angebote und das gesamte Sortiment des OTTO Onlineshops sind auf dieser App abrufbereit. Die Bestellung bei otto.de ist ganz unkompliziert und kann mit nur ein paar Mausklicks von zu Hause aus erfolgen. Dafür sind nur ein Besuch im Otto Onlineshop und ein Kundenkonto nötig. Da alle Produkte nach verschiedenen Kategorien sortiert sind, findet man schnell, was man braucht. Außerdem kann man seinen gesuchten Artikel in das oben angeordnete Suchfeld eingeben, um direkt zu seinem Wunschartikel zu gelangen. Wenn die virtuelle Shopping-Tour beendet ist und alle Wunschartikel im Warenkorb sind, drückt man nur noch den roten „Kasse“-Button und wählt die gewünschte Zahlungsart. Ist auch das erledigt, kann man den Bestellvorgang abschließen. Folgende Zahlungsarten sind bei der Bestellung möglich: Dank des schnellen und zuverlässigen OTTO-Versands, erhält der Kunde seine Bestellung binnen 2 bis 3 Werktage, professionell verpackt und in einem einwandfreien Zustand. Für besonders dringende Aufträge ist auch eine 24h-Lieferoption via Expressversand bei OTTO möglich. Mit dem Kauf bei OTTO erhält man für jeden Artikel ein 30-tägiges Rückgaberecht mit kostenlosem Rückversand. Bei einer Retoure ist es wichtig, den Artikel unversehrt und in Originalverpackung an die richtige Rücksendeadresse zu schicken. Diese ist immer die des nächstgelegenen Paketshops oder des OTTO-Shops in Ihrer Nähe. Achtung! Die Rücksendung ist nur mit dem beigelegten Adressaufkleber und Lieferschein kostenlos. Retouren sind an folgende Adresse zu richten:


Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global e-commerce Logistics 2017" report to their offering. The report takes a top-down approach and presents this analysis first from a broad, industry-wide perspective, and then delves further to examine the supply chains of major e-retailers and the logistics providers which support them. The growth of e-commerce has prompted a fundamental change in the operations that take place within logistics facilities, compared to the operations which feed brick and mortar outlets. Global e-commerce Logistics 2017, offers readers valuable insight into the development and future prospects of this market. In addition, as well as bespoke market size and forecasts at a global, regional and country level, this report is offering, for the first time, the data and analysis of e-commerce logistics costs as a % of sales for 20 online retailers. - Concise insight into how e-commerce continues to shape the global logistics market - Comprehensive profiles of the logistics strategies deployed by a variety of retailers - Analysis of how the role of the warehousing in the supply chain has evolved as result of changing consumer demands - Insight into the innovations and disruptive technologies within e-commerce logistics operations - Market size and forecast data for the global e-commerce logistics market, split by six regions and 27 countries What will you learn about e-commerce logistics market sizing and cost structures? - e-commerce logistics market sizes for the world, six regions and 27 countries - 2016 growth rates and forecasts to 2020 for all these markets - Data showing the e-commerce logistics costs as a % of sales for 20 online retailers between 2011 and 2015 - Analysis of the differences in e-commerce logistics cost structures by vertical sector (general goods, fashion, grocery, luxury goods), retail channels (traditional online retailer, multi/omni channel, online marketplaces) and geography (labour costs vs logistics efficiency) - Analysis of how logistics costs are divided between fulfilment and last-mile costs. Evidence from six companies. What will you learn about the effects of e-commerce on the warehousing industry? - This report examines how warehouses and the networks they sit within have developed and what changes may be seen in the future - LSPs and retailers operating e-fulfilment centres must drive economies of scale if they are to run profitable operations. - Warehousing features, locations and supporting technologies have come under strain as a result of changing consumer expectations, particularly within the last mile. Ti has examined the changes and provides examples of retailers' various e-fulfilment options. - Retailers' planning software has been optimised over the years for a single distribution channel: brick and mortar. Ti has examined the tech which has supported the industry so far and the tech which could disrupt it. 1.0 Introduction 1.1 Executive Summary 1.2 Key findings 1.3 What is e-commerce? 1.4 Recent developments in e-commerce 2.0 e-commerce warehousing and logistics networks 2.1 The effects of e-commerce on the warehousing industry 2.2 Warehousing requirements 2.3 Fulfilment network options 2.3.1 Low volumes 2.3.2 Volume growth 2.3.3 Dedicated facilities 2.3.4 Networked fulfilment 2.3.5 Hub stores 2.4 Inventories 2.4.1 US retail inventory to sales ratio 2.4.2 Inventory management 3.0 The last-mile 3.1 Progression of the last-mile 3.2 The scale and importance of the B2B e-commerce sector 3.3 The blurring of B2B and B2C 3.4 Last-mile networks 3.5 The cross-border e-commerce opportunity 3.5.1 Case Study: Cross-border e-commerce in the Americas 3.5.2 Case Study: Australian cross-border e-commerce market 3.6 Alternative delivery networks 3.7 Last-mile operations 3.8 Returns 4.0 Technology and the future of e-commerce 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Technology push 4.2.1 AI 4.2.1.1 Delivery flexibility 4.2.1.2 IoT 4.2.1.3 Autonomous vehicles 4.2.1.4 Warehouse automation 4.2.2 3D Printing 4.3 Market pull 4.3.1 Cross-border e-commerce 4.3.2 Returns 5.0 e-commerce logistics costs structures, market sizes and forecasts 5.1 Definition of e-commerce logistics costs 5.2 Summary of logistics costs structures in e-commerce 5.3 e-commerce logistics costs as a % of sales for selected retailers 5.4 Differences in e-commerce logistics cost structures 5.4.1 Vertical sectors 5.4.2 Retail channels 5.4.3 Warehousing/fulfilment costs vs Last-mile/outbound shipping costs 5.4.5 Other considerations 5.4.4 Geographies 5.4.6 Differences in e-commerce logistics cost structures:Store-based vs e-commerce 5.5 e-commerce logistics market sizing methodology 5.6 Global e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.6.1 Global e-commerce logistics market size and forecast by region 5.7 Africa e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.7.1 Africa e-commerce logistics market size and forecast bycountry 5.8 Asia Pacific e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.8.1 Asia Pacific e-commerce logistics market size andforecast by country 5.9 Europe e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.9.1 Central & Eastern Europe and CIS e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.9.1.1 Central & Eastern Europe and CIS e-commerce logistics market size and forecast by country 5.9.2 Western Europe e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.9.2.1 Western Europe e-commerce logistics market size and forecast by country 5.10 Middle East e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.10.1 Middle East e-commerce logistics market size and  forecast by country 5.11 North America e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.11.1 North America e-commerce logistics market size and forecast by country 5.12 South America e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 6.0 e-commerce logistics strategies 6.1 The role and development of accessibility 6.2 Big data and its effect on retail supply chain 6.3 Alibaba 6.4 Amazon 6.5 Argos 6.6 ASOS 6.7 eBay 6.8 JD.com 6.9 John Lewis 6.10 Macy's 6.11 Newegg 6.12 Otto Group 6.13 Rakuten 6.14 Tesco 6.15 Walmart For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/kpnl3x/global_ecommerce


News Article | February 23, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Saint-Ouen (France), 23 February 2017 - At its meeting on 23 February 2017, Gfi Informatique's Board of Directors, chaired by Vincent Rouaix, reviewed the condensed consolidated financial statements for the financial year ended 31 December 2016[2]. "2016 was marked by the strongest level of organic growth since 2009 and by the Group's successful international expansion. Following the acquisitions of Impaq in Eastern Europe, Efron in Spain and South America and Roff in Portugal, South America and Angola, international business now accounts for 25% of Group sales[3]. In 2017, like in 2016, the Group will continue to invest in innovation and new solutions and will continue to expand through both organic growth and acquisitions", said Vincent Rouaix, Chairman and Chief Executive. GROUP ACTIVITY: REVENUE UP BY 13.6% - EBITDA INCREASE OF 15.1% Group revenue broke through the one billion mark in 2016, ending the year at €1,015.4 million, up by 13.6% compared with 2015 on a reported basis and by 8.1% on a like for like basis. EBITDA totalled €80.1 million in 2016 versus €69.6 million in 2015. It was up by 15.1% and represented 7.9% of revenue. The Group's operating margin came to €61.7 million, i.e. 6.1% of revenue, compared with €58.7 million in 2015, corresponding to a 5.1% increase in value. Revenue in France, (which accounts for 82% of Group revenue and 75% of pro-forma revenue of acquisitions), grew by 9.0%, with organic growth of 7.5%, corresponding to its strongest performance of the past six years. This growth is attributable mainly to major contracts won at the end of 2015 and in 2016. Growth in 2016 also reflected the acquisitions of Ordirope and Business Document in software solutions, which were included in the consolidation scope during the year in 2015. Profitability in terms of EBITDA and operating margin declined slightly, by respectively 0.4 point and 1 point. This was the result of clearly identified factors, namely a time lag in telecom activities with foreign operators and a larger number of multi-year contracts at the start-up phase. Also, France invested heavily, more than in 2015, in solutions, innovation and security to prepare its future. Overall the fundamentals, such as activity indicators and billing rates, remained stable relative to the previous year. The transformation in France continued with major operations in 2016 such as the partnership agreement with 3SI (Otto Group). This enabled it to generate around €38 million of revenue with the Otto group, of which 60% was recurrent revenue. In the future it will enable it, thanks to the assets already in the Group, to extend its SAAS and BPO consulting and integration services to the retail sector and, more generally, to all the players concerned by digital trade. Lastly, in December 2016, Gfi Informatique acquired Metaware, a company specialised in modernisation of large systems. Metaware has around sixty top-class experts and excellent tools. This acquisition will enable Gfi Informatique to offer its customers modernisation and maintenance solutions adapted to their business challenges (agility) and to reducing costs. Revenue for the year soared by 40.5% to €183.3 million, with organic growth of 11.6%. All the regions except Morocco-Africa recorded organic growth, thereby confirming the Group's expectations. In 2016, international activity accounted for 18.0% of sales (around 25% pro-forma) compared with 14.6% the previous year. At €12.4 million, the operating margin accounted for 20.1% of total consolidated operating margin and corresponded to 6.8% of revenue compared with 4.1% in 2015. This very substantial improvement confirms the Group's strategy of massing operations in southern Europe and opening up markets in Eastern Europe. Impaq This acquisition gives Gfi Informatique a foothold in Eastern Europe. The Group is now in a position to offer its major customers a new alternative in terms of delivery and has enhanced its portfolio of solutions. Impaq has a workforce of more than 200 people at three sites in Poland, German-speaking Switzerland and England and generated around €15 million of annual revenue in 2016. It has been consolidated in Gfi Informatique's accounts since 1 April 2016. With this transaction, Gfi Informatique has considerable strengthened its market share in Spain (+30%) and its presence with key accounts such as Santander, BBVA, Telefonica, Mapfre and Quiron with which the Group intends to develop its portfolio of services and products. Efron is a reputed Spanish digital services firm with nearly 750 employees and annual revenue of €37 million in 2016. It generates more than €30 million of its revenue in the Spanish market and serves prestigious customers, particularly in the banking, insurance and healthcare sectors. Efron is also firmly established in America (20% of revenue), serving its customers in North America, Mexico and Columbia. Efron has been included in the Group's consolidation scope since 1 October 2016. Roff Roff significantly strengthens Gfi Informatique's SAP integration and maintenance offering. This acquisition gives Gfi more than 1,000 staff worldwide dedicated to SAP technology, grouped under the Roff banner. Roff is one of the leading European players in the SAP integration and maintenance market and its customer base includes big names such as EDP, Givaudan and Solvay. It generated an annual revenue of more than €60 million in 2016. Roff is based in Portugal but it exports its knowhow and nearly half of its sales are now generated with foreign customers, particularly in Switzerland, France, Northern Europe and Latin America. Roff's organisation, with nearly 90% of its production resources spread across its Portuguese sites, enables it to provide a competitive offer in terms of both price and quality. The group has also developed specific skills around the Outsystems platform. Gfi Informatique's acquisition of Roff and Efron have doubled the size of its activities in the Iberian Peninsula to more than €200 million as well as opening up new markets in America, with more than €12 million of revenue generated in this region, particularly in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. GROWTH IN OPERATING INCOME: 31% AND GROWTH IN NET INCOME: 46% Operating income came to €51.1 million, i.e. 31% more than in 2015. This €12 million increase was attributable in part to a rise in the operating margin and in part to lower non-current expenses. In 2015 the Group had booked charges totalling €7.7 million linked to costs arising on Mannai's entry into the capital and a very old VAT dispute. Moreover, restructuring costs remained under control in 2016 as they remained stable in absolute value despite the strong growth in activity and in the consolidation scope. Net income grew by 46% to €32.1 million while the diluted earnings per share rose from €0.34 in 2015 to €0.49 in 2016. Cash flow after debt servicing and tax was up by 18% to €50.2 million. Investment and capital expenditure increased strongly to €83.8 million compared with €37.2 million in 2015. The bulk concerned the acquisitions (Roff and Efron in particular) which represented €49.2 million, i.e. €30.3 million more than the previous year. At €32.5 million in 2016 compared with €16.9 million in 2015, capital expenditure was also up sharply due to the partnership agreement with 3SI which resulted in the takeover of software assets and greater investment in the development of software solutions. Taking net income into account, equity increased substantially, exceeding the €300 million mark for the first time (€300.6 million). More importantly, these acquisitions which transformed the Group in 2016 nonetheless leave it the possibility of carrying out other such transactions as the Group's net debt/equity ratio stood at 34% at 31 December 2016 and net debt/EBITDA stood at 1.26. At 31 December 2016, the Group had around 14,100 employees, including 9,600 in France. Staff at service centres totalled 1,600, compared with 1,100 at end-2015. 2016: A YEAR OF TRANSFORMATION AND A SPRINGBOARD FOR 2017 2016 was an exceptional year at three levels: organic growth in France and abroad, international expansion (Iberian Peninsula, South America and Eastern Europe) and the substantial increase in products/solutions investment to ensure the Group's future. For 2017, while remaining attentive to the fragile economic environment, the Group will draw on the progress made and a strong balance sheet to pursue its goal of growth and ongoing transformation, further international expansion and a stronger operating margin. - Next release: Wednesday 3 May 2017, revenue for the first quarter 2017. Disclaimer: The items in this press release other than historical facts are estimates. They do not constitute guarantees because of the inherent difficulties in forecasting results. Actual results may differ considerably from explicit or implicit forecasts. Gfi Informatique is a major player in value-added IT services and software in Europe, and through its differentiated approach occupies a strategic position between global firms and niche entities. With its multi-specialist profile, the Group serves its customers with a unique combination of proximity, sector organisation and industrial-quality solutions. The Group has around 14,000 employees and generated revenue of €1,015 million in 2016. Gfi Informatique is listed on the Paris Euronext, NYSE Euronext (Compartment B) - ISIN Code: FR0004038099. For more information: www.gfi.world [2]Audits have been performed on the condensed consolidated financial statements. The certification report will be issued after finalisation of audits on the consolidated financial statements, as well as those required for the publication of the annual financial report.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Dublin, Feb. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global e-commerce Logistics 2017" report to their offering. The report takes a top-down approach and presents this analysis first from a broad, industry-wide perspective, and then delves further to examine the supply chains of major e-retailers and the logistics providers which support them. The growth of e-commerce has prompted a fundamental change in the operations that take place within logistics facilities, compared to the operations which feed brick and mortar outlets. Global e-commerce Logistics 2017, offers readers valuable insight into the development and future prospects of this market. In addition, as well as bespoke market size and forecasts at a global, regional and country level, this report is offering, for the first time, the data and analysis of e-commerce logistics costs as a % of sales for 20 online retailers. This report contains: - Concise insight into how e-commerce continues to shape the global logistics market - Comprehensive profiles of the logistics strategies deployed by a variety of retailers - Analysis of how the role of the warehousing in the supply chain has evolved as result of changing consumer demands - Insight into the innovations and disruptive technologies within e-commerce logistics operations - Market size and forecast data for the global e-commerce logistics market, split by six regions and 27 countries What will you learn about e-commerce logistics market sizing and cost structures? - e-commerce logistics market sizes for the world, six regions and 27 countries - 2016 growth rates and forecasts to 2020 for all these markets - Data showing the e-commerce logistics costs as a % of sales for 20 online retailers between 2011 and 2015 - Analysis of the differences in e-commerce logistics cost structures by vertical sector (general goods, fashion, grocery, luxury goods), retail channels (traditional online retailer, multi/omni channel, online marketplaces) and geography (labour costs vs logistics efficiency) - Analysis of how logistics costs are divided between fulfilment and last-mile costs. Evidence from six companies. What will you learn about the effects of e-commerce on the warehousing industry? - This report examines how warehouses and the networks they sit within have developed and what changes may be seen in the future - LSPs and retailers operating e-fulfilment centres must drive economies of scale if they are to run profitable operations. - Warehousing features, locations and supporting technologies have come under strain as a result of changing consumer expectations, particularly within the last mile. Ti has examined the changes and provides examples of retailers' various e-fulfilment options. - Retailers' planning software has been optimised over the years for a single distribution channel: brick and mortar. Ti has examined the tech which has supported the industry so far and the tech which could disrupt it. Key Topics Covered: 1.0 Introduction 1.1 Executive Summary 1.2 Key findings 1.3 What is e-commerce? 1.4 Recent developments in e-commerce 2.0 e-commerce warehousing and logistics networks 2.1 The effects of e-commerce on the warehousing industry 2.2 Warehousing requirements 2.3 Fulfilment network options 2.3.1 Low volumes 2.3.2 Volume growth 2.3.3 Dedicated facilities 2.3.4 Networked fulfilment 2.3.5 Hub stores 2.4 Inventories 2.4.1 US retail inventory to sales ratio 2.4.2 Inventory management 3.0 The last-mile 3.1 Progression of the last-mile 3.2 The scale and importance of the B2B e-commerce sector 3.3 The blurring of B2B and B2C 3.4 Last-mile networks 3.5 The cross-border e-commerce opportunity 3.5.1 Case Study: Cross-border e-commerce in the Americas 3.5.2 Case Study: Australian cross-border e-commerce market 3.6 Alternative delivery networks 3.7 Last-mile operations 3.8 Returns 4.0 Technology and the future of e-commerce 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Technology push 4.2.1 AI 4.2.1.1 Delivery flexibility 4.2.1.2 IoT 4.2.1.3 Autonomous vehicles 4.2.1.4 Warehouse automation 4.2.2 3D Printing 4.3 Market pull 4.3.1 Cross-border e-commerce 4.3.2 Returns 5.0 e-commerce logistics costs structures, market sizes and forecasts 5.1 Definition of e-commerce logistics costs 5.2 Summary of logistics costs structures in e-commerce 5.3 e-commerce logistics costs as a % of sales for selected retailers 5.4 Differences in e-commerce logistics cost structures 5.4.1 Vertical sectors 5.4.2 Retail channels 5.4.3 Warehousing/fulfilment costs vs Last-mile/outbound shipping costs 5.4.5 Other considerations 5.4.4 Geographies 5.4.6 Differences in e-commerce logistics cost structures:Store-based vs e-commerce 5.5 e-commerce logistics market sizing methodology 5.6 Global e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.6.1 Global e-commerce logistics market size and forecast by region 5.7 Africa e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.7.1 Africa e-commerce logistics market size and forecast bycountry 5.8 Asia Pacific e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.8.1 Asia Pacific e-commerce logistics market size andforecast by country 5.9 Europe e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.9.1 Central & Eastern Europe and CIS e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.9.1.1 Central & Eastern Europe and CIS e-commerce logistics market size and forecast by country 5.9.2 Western Europe e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.9.2.1 Western Europe e-commerce logistics market size and forecast by country 5.10 Middle East e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.10.1 Middle East e-commerce logistics market size and forecast by country 5.11 North America e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 5.11.1 North America e-commerce logistics market size and forecast by country 5.12 South America e-commerce logistics market size and forecast 6.0 e-commerce logistics strategies 6.1 The role and development of accessibility 6.2 Big data and its effect on retail supply chain 6.3 Alibaba 6.4 Amazon 6.5 Argos 6.6 ASOS 6.7 eBay 6.8 JD.com 6.9 John Lewis 6.10 Macy's 6.11 Newegg 6.12 Otto Group 6.13 Rakuten 6.14 Tesco 6.15 Walmart 7.0 Logistics provider profiles 7.1 Aramex 7.2 Australia Post 7.3 Clipper Logistics 7.4 DHL Express 7.5 Post - eCommerce - Parcel 7.6 FedEx 7.7 Hermes 7.8 iForce 7.9 Japan Post 7.10 La Poste 7.11 S.F. Express 7.12 SEKO Logistics 7.13 Singapore Post 7.14 UPS 7.15 USPS 7.16 XPO Logistics 7.17 Yamato 8.0 Appendix 8.1 e-commerce logistics market size 8.2 e-commerce logistics market size forecast scenarios 8.3 Other retail sales data For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/tkhr6p/global_ecommerce


Bamberg and Hong Kong – December 15, 2016 – Computop, a leading payment service provider, and AsiaPay, one of Asia-Pacific’s most distinguished payment service providers, today announced their new strategic partnership. The relationship enables retailers to securely process payments in Asia-Pacific through Computop’s Paygate payment gateway using the payment methods that consumers in the region prefer and trust, helping to positively impact sales and the overall customer experience. A recent e-Marketer report noted that Asia-Pacific will remain the world’s largest retail e-commerce market, with sales expected to top $1 trillion in 2016 and more than double to $2.725 trillion by 2020. Findings also noted that the region will see the fastest rise in retail e-commerce sales, increasing 31.5% this year. In addition, according to a study by Kantar TNS, Asia-Pacific is leading the world in mobile payment with over half (53%) of connected consumers using their mobile phones to pay for goods or services at the point-of-sale via apps. As such, the Computop and AsiaPay partnership enables retailers to capitalize on the growth opportunity that Asia-Pacific presents. “Expanding business into foreign markets may seem daunting, but working with companies that have a strong foothold in those regions and that understand the payment behaviors and preferences of consumers in those countries is key to retailer success,” said Ralf Gladis, CEO of Computop. “Through our partnership with AsiaPay, Computop is able to provide merchant customers with the opportunity to take advantage of Asia-Pacific consumers’ appetite for e-commerce. With Computop Paygate integrated with AsiaPay, retailers benefit from the secure payment options that southeast Asian consumers expect and trust.” “We are very honoured to be a strategic partner of Computop,” said Joseph Chan, CEO of AsiaPay. “Our company has more than 16 years of experience in credit card processing and international business service, giving us a solid position as a premier e-Payment player in the region. Furthermore, we have a keen understanding of merchants’ payment requirements in the fast-paced e-commerce business environment. We believe that a strategic cooperation with Computop can help merchants improve their processing efficiency, thereby contributing to their business growth as well as support their global endeavor,” he added. Founded in 2000, AsiaPay offers secure and cost-effective electronic payment processing solutions and services to banks and e-businesses globally. The company offers a variety of card payments, online bank transfers, e- wallets and cash payments across over 16 countries, including Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. It is a certified international 3-D secure vendor for VISA, MasterCard, American Express and JCB. Computop Paygate is a PCI-certified omnichannel payment platform that provides retailers with secure payment solutions and efficient fraud prevention for international markets. Computop integrated AsiaPay into Paygate to offer merchants a wide range of payment methods in the Asia-Pacific region to support their cross-border and global commerce efforts. Payment methods available on Paygate include Alipay, American Express, JCB, Tenpay and WeChat, along with many other widely-accepted payment options that consumers in these countries use. About Computop Computop is a leading global payment service provider (PSP) that provides compliant and secure solutions in the fields of e-commerce, POS, m-commerce and Mail Order and Telephone Order (MOTO). The company, founded in 1997, is headquartered in Bamberg, Germany, with additional independent offices in China, the UK and the U.S. Computop processes transactions totalling $24 billion per year for its client network of over 14,000 mid-size and large international merchants and global marketplace partners in industries such as retail, travel and gaming. Global customers include C&A, Fossil, Metro Cash & Carry, Rakuten, Samsung and Swarovski. Following the recent asset deal with the Otto Group, Computop is now processing payments for merchants that previously used EOS Payment, including all 100 Otto retail brands. In cooperation with its network of financial and technology partners, which it has expanded over many years, Computop offers a comprehensive multichannel solution that is geared to the needs of today's market and provides merchants with seamlessly integrated payment processes. For further information, please visit www.computop.com. About AsiaPay Founded in 2000, AsiaPay, a premier electronic payment solution and technology vendor and payment service provider, strives to bring advanced, secure, integrated and cost-effective electronic payment processing solutions and services to banks, corporate and e-Businesses in the worldwide market, covering international credit card, China UnionPay (CUP) card, debit card and other prepaid card payments. AsiaPay is an accredited payment processor and payment gateway solution vendor for banks, certified IPSP for merchants, certified international 3-D Secure vendor for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB. AsiaPay offers its variety of award-winning payment solutions that are multi-currency, multi-lingual, multi-card and multi-channel, together with its advanced fraud detection and management solutions. Headquartered in Hong Kong, AsiaPay offers its professional e-Payment solution consultancy and quality local service support across its other 12 offices in Asia including: Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia and India. For more information, please visit www.asiapay.com and www.paydollar.com. For further information, please contact: Jessica Mularczyk Ascendant Communications, for Computop in the U.S. Tel: 508-498-9300 E-mail: jmularczyk@ascendcomms.net Charlotte Hanson Ascendant Communications, for Computop in the UK Tel: +44 (0) 208 334 8041 E-mail: chanson@ascendcomms.net

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