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Frost & Sullivan: Omni-Channel Strategy to Revolutionise Future of Car Retailing

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 Mag 2013

LONDON – In a futuristic scenario automotive retail will be influenced by social media, fashion, apparel and the consumer electronics industry. While new cars today are sold via traditional bricks & mortar dealerships, a revolutionary, omni-channel approach will evolve, operating one unified integrated channel of ‘bricks and clicks’, with the entire new car buying process being carried out online as well as mobile and/or non-mobile. This will include finance and insurance deals, with minimal to possibly no need for brick & mortar dealerships. In the future, car retailers are therefore expected to operate both: brick & mortar as well as online or mobile showrooms in independent silos.In an upcoming complimentary web conference, entitled The Future of Car Retailing, taking place on Wednesday, 8 May 2013, at 3.00 p.m. BST, Frost & Sullivan Partner and Global Practice Director Automotive & Transportation, Mr. Sarwant Singh, and Growth Consulting Director, Mrs. Julia Saini, will give a comprehensive analysis of a new omni-channel retail strategy in the automotive industry and discuss opportunities for an every growing value chain. In a recent study, they found that about 4 per cent of all future new cars could be sold completely on-line by 2020, amounting to about 4.5 million cars.To participate in this complimentary web conference, please email Katja Feick at with your full contact details. Upon receipt of the above information, a registration link will be e-mailed to you. You may also register to receive a recorded version of the briefing at anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.The web conference will focus on success stories of automotive OEMs in online retailing and future focus points for retailing in an open opportune market. It will also look at digital retailing and how it impacts hard and soft KPIs.
Frost & Sullivan will be hosting its two-day interactive workshop on 19-20 June 2013 for the 5th time this year, taking place at the House of Lords and the Siemens Crystal Building in London. Day 1 will feature a high-level debate on the “Death of the car and rise of new mobility business models in an Urban Environment”. Day 2 will consist of 5 different panels, focussing on mega trends and their impact on mobility, new business models, such as mobility integration, car sharing, and new fleet/leasing models, urban logistics and online retailing, the future of public transport, including HSR, BRT buses, PRT and hybrid/electric buses, as well as autonomous driving and infrastructure trends. For more information, visit:
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure. The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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“Austrian Company Leads Development of the La Quinta Trade Gateway”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 Mag 2013

Corpus Christi, TX – Port Commissioners and voestalpine Texas Holdings, LLC., representatives officially signed the lease agreement for part of the La Quinta Trade Gateway on a special commission meeting held Tuesday, April 30, 2013.The official signing of the lease agreement made voestalpine Texas Holding, LLC., the anchor investor for the development of the Port’s La Quinta Trade Gateway. The Austrian company will lease approximately 475 acres of upland property and about 11 acres of submerged land for an initial lease term of 50 years with two 15-year options. voestalpine will construct the Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI) plant and a 1,060-foot long high-performance dock on the easternmost portion of the PCCA’s waterfront, capable of unloading iron ore pellets and loading HBI. In his speech Bernarhard Schlattl, voestalpine Texas Holding LLC., CEO said; “Everything begins with an idea. An idea whose time has come. There’s nothing more powerful. But ideas need fertile ground on which to grow and flourish. And, above all, an idea needs passion. Only then it will develop into a dream, a vision, a reality. The signing of this lease agreement is an important step of turning our dream into reality.” Schlattl continues, “Our dream is about building and operating the most modern, environmentally-friendly and successful direct reduction plant. One and a half years ago we set off, highly motivated, to search around the world for the most suitable location. We wanted to set benchmarks in our site selection, both in terms of time and quality. I believe we have mastered this step with flying colors! Apart from the excellent framework conditions, it was the people at POCCA, the CCREDC, the elected officials from San Patricio County and the City of Corpus Christi who finally made the difference. We were very impressed by your openness, hospitality and professionalism.”Headquartered in Linz, Austria, The voestalpine group is a steelmaking, processing, and technology group that operates worldwide and manufactures, processes and develops high-quality steel products. With 500 production and sales companies in more than 50 countries on five continents, the group has been listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since 1995. With its top-quality flat steel products, the group is one of the leading partners to the automotive and domestic-appliance industries in Europe and to the oil and gas industries worldwide. The voestalpine group is also the world market leader in railway switch technology, special rails, tool steel, and special sections. In the 2011/12 business year, the voestalpine group staffs roughly 46,500 employees worldwide. “Port Commissioners and staff as well as representatives of the Coastal Bend Region involved in the evolution of the project look forward to the full development of voestalpine Texas Holding, LLC. We were impressed with the values of the organization and the creation of this strong relationship needed to move forward. It gave all of us a level of trust about the project.” Said Mike Carrell, Chairman of the Port of Corpus Christi Commission.Port Corpus Christi acquired the La Quinta property (1100 acres) in 1998. In 1999, Port and U.S. Corp of Engineering (COE) initiated a feasibility study for Ship Channel Improvements including extending La Quinta Channel. The U.S. Congress authorized la Quinta Channel Extension to reach the La Quinta Property. In 2007 The Gulf Cotton Compress became the first tenant on La Quinta Property – anticipating the container terminal in the future. La Quinta Channel Extension project was possible through a $58 million Congressional appropriation in 2010. Extension to be complete summer 2013. The construction of the La Quinta Channel extension, supports the development of the La Quinta Property as a multi-purpose container terminal.
As the primary economic engine of the Coastal Bend, Port Corpus Christi is the fifth largest port in the United States in total tonnage. The Port’s mission is to “serve as a regional economic development catalyst while protecting and enhancing its existing industrial base and simultaneously working to diversify its international maritime cargo business.” Strategically located on the western Gulf of Mexico, with a straight 45’ deep channel, (with a channel improvement project permitted and authorized to 52’) the Port provides quick access to the Gulf and the entire United States inland waterway system. The Port delivers outstanding access to overland transportation with on-site and direct connections to three Class-1 railroads and uncongested interstate and state highways. The Port is protected by a state-of-the-art security department and an award-winning Environmental Management System. With outstanding management and operations staff, Port Corpus Christi is clearly “The Port of the Lone Star State.”

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Euronet Launches Prepaid Card Issuing, Processing and BIN Sponsorship Solutions Across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 Mag 2013

LEAWOOD, Kan. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Euronet 360 Finance Ltd., a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide (Nasdaq:EEFT), announces the launch of end-to-end prepaid card issuing, processing and BIN sponsorship solutions in Europe.Euronet 360 Finance Ltd., under the supervision of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is now providing both electronic money and payment services through card issuing, BIN sponsorship and payment card acquiring. By passporting the e-money license across the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) territory (except Monaco), Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. is able to issue cards and process transactions across the entire European Economic Area (EEA).Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. is also a member of MasterCard Europe sprl., thus allowing issuing of open loop products across the SEPA region containing MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus brands. Open loop cards provide cardholders the ability to use electronic funds at any MasterCard branded locations around the world.The European prepaid cards market is forecast for year-on-year double digit growth and widely acknowledged as the sector with the greatest growth opportunities in the next five years. Euronet’s complete prepaid card solution provides non-FCA licensed organizations with the ability to quickly, easily and cost effectively enter the prepaid card arena. Card users have the optimal ability to reload their cards using the vast POS, ATM and partner bank network of Euronet Worldwide in addition to its epay and RIA subsidiaries throughout Europe.Standard features of Euronet’s prepaid card solution include the support of physical and virtual cards, for one-time, gift card or reloadable use. Contactless functionality is also supported by MasterCard Paypass, allowing low value transactions to be performed on appropriate devices without the need to insert a card or PIN into a terminal. With prepaid card solutions live or under implementation in 10 European markets, Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. understands the underlying needs of each individual EEA market and is at the forefront of developing relevant and profitable features to meet customer needs.”Euronet Worldwide’s technological infrastructure, combined with the reach, capability and proven track record of its existing client base, clearly positions Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. and its partners to monetize the projected growth of this sector,” stated Ian Dickinson, Managing Director of Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. “Euronet’s processing pedigree, combined with our extensive capability and geographic footprint provides our customers and prospects with an opportunity to offer solutions to their clients without any material up-front expenditures, ensuring their ability to protect, grow and evolve their business and market share with speed and security,” added Nikos Fountas, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Euronet Europe EFT Division.Euronet Worldwide is an industry leader in processing secure electronic financial transactions. The Company offers payment and transaction processing solutions to financial institutions, retailers, service providers and individual consumers. These services include comprehensive ATM, POS and card outsourcing services, card issuing and merchant acquiring services, software solutions, consumer money transfer and bill payment services, and electronic distribution for prepaid mobile phone time and other prepaid products.

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EU fight against organised crime: first set of legislative measures and other actions to be approved

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 Mag 2013

The next meeting of the Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (CRIM) will take place on Tuesday 7 May, in room JAN 4Q2. The committee will vote on the interim report drafted by CRIM rapporteur Salvatore Iacolino. Almost 750 amendments have been tabled.
The committee will also hold an interparliamentary committee meeting with representatives from the relevant national parliaments’ committees to debate their experiences and role in the fight against organised crime, corruption and money laundering. The keynote speech will be given by Ms Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs. Mr Iacolino will also address the meeting.

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