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International Business Report (IBR) di Grant Thornton su Industria 4.0 e leadership del futuro

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 giugno 2019

Il mondo imprenditoriale sta attraversando un’ondata di cambiamenti dirompenti che sembrano ormai destinati ad innescare una Quarta Rivoluzione Industriale. Nell’era dell’Industria 4.0 sarà la tecnologia a determinare le trasformazioni più rilevanti influenzando praticamente tutti i settori e modificando gran parte delle professioni. Secondo l’International Business Report (IBR) di Grant Thornton del 2019 – ricerca globale effettuata sui dirigenti di imprese del mid-market – l’avanzamento del mondo digitale sarà il fattore di cambiamento più influente secondo il 42% degli intervistati. A seguire l’intelligenza artificiale e i big data (40%) e un maggior utilizzo dell’automazione e della robotica (35%).
Per Michele Milano, Vicepresidente e Partner di Ria Grant Thornton, “tra i cambiamenti in corso la tecnologia non sarà l’unico settore ad influenzare il mondo del lavoro e le capacità di imprenditori e manager di guidare imprese innovative e competitive. Il 32% degli intervistati dell’IBR cita la globalizzazione di risorse quali i mezzi finanziari e la proprietà intellettuale mentre il 30% dichiara rilevanti gli effetti sul lavoro legati ai cambiamenti demografici e generazionali. Altri elementi in gioco fondamentali di cui tener conto saranno le aspettative in merito alle buone pratiche etiche e di sostenibilità ambientale realmente adottate dalle aziende, in relazione all’Agenda ONU 2030 dei 17 obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile post gli storici Accordi di Parigi del 2015. Queste variabili stanno stimolando un complessivo cambiamento dei valori sociali e aziendali e del modo di fare impresa. Recentemente la Grant Thornton, con i nostri soci in Italia, ha sostenuto il Premio Industria Felix col patrocinio di Confindustria e abbiamo partecipato a premiare le migliori 170 aziende PMI in termini di performance aziendale nelle Regioni Lombardia, Emilia Romagna e Lazio sulla base dell’analisi di 55.000 bilanci 2018. Parlando con gli imprenditori premiati è emersa l’attualità di molti degli argomenti citati in questo International Business Report (IBR) di Grant Thornton e di altri aspetti strategici vincenti come la capacità del senior management di saper adottare comportamenti nuovi per coinvolgere ed ascoltare di più e meglio le generazione più giovani che entrano nelle organizzazioni lavorative e che sono più allenate alla velocità e a saper anticipare le innovazioni nei mercati e ad intercettare le domande di nuovi servizi e prodotti. Il network Grant Thornton nel mondo è presente con 53.000 professionisti in 140 nazioni, tra cui l’Italia con uffici in 18 città. Il dna professionale e di mentalità imprenditoriale e orientamento al business dei soci è molto simile a quello dei clienti che sono principalmente PMI ad alto tasso innovativo e di crescita sui mercati domestici e internazionali”.Per Gabriele Labombarda, Partner e IBC Director di Bernoni Grant Thornton, “l’innovazione tecnologica, l’intelligenza artificiale applicata ai Big Data, l’automazione e la robotizzazione dei processi sono ormai divenuti asset strategici per le imprese, in assenza dei quali è difficile restare competitivi. Data la continua evoluzione che questi fattori impongono ai processi aziendali, è fondamentale che chi riveste un ruolo di guida possegga forte propensione al cambiamento e all’innovazione. La curiosità e la capacità di adattamento sono le doti che oggi non possono mancare in un leader: il successo sarà il risultato della tensione al cambiamento e della propensione a innovare. Dare ai giovani talenti la possibilità di sbagliare” prosegue Labombarda – “seguendo strade innovative, imparando dagli errori, in un ambiente che li stimoli a rivoluzionare modus operandi consolidati nel passato, sarà certamente vincente”.

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Parts Town Cracks Top 20 in Crain’s Chicago Business “Fast 50”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 giugno 2019

Crain’s Chicago Business announced that Parts Town, a leading parts distributor in the foodservice equipment market, has been named a 2019 Fast 50 honoree, ranking 18, up eight spots from their 2018 appearance. Parts Town was also listed within the Top 10 for Most Local Employees within the Chicagoland business community. Since 2007, this honor gives attention to Chicago metro businesses with impressive and “astronomical” five-year revenue growth. Parts Town reports $534 million in revenue in 2018, a 27% increase in one year and an 84% increase since 2013. In addition to high revenue growth, the company is rapidly expanding its team member count and facility size. In the next month, Parts Town will put the finishing touches on expanded automation technology in its 300,000-square-foot distribution center and office space at its Addison headquarters. The “Parts Wranglers,” as the distribution team members are known, help the company ship foodservice equipment parts to all 50 states and more than 200 countries.“Our culture remains our most significant competitive advantage. We have an amazing team that demonstrates our core values every day, which allows us to innovate rapidly to serve our partners,” said Parts Town CEO Steve Snower. “We are excited for another year of high growth ahead as we continue to invest in our business, our team and our community.”
Known for its integrity and innovation, Parts Town launched its Serial Number Lookup tool in January 2019. It uses model serial number level detail from a variety of foodservice equipment manufacturers to create a more precise search and order process for buying replacement parts for commercial kitchen equipment. The tool provides a seamless experience for Parts Town customers, and manufacturers benefit by increased OEM parts sales, higher equipment uptime and fewer technical support calls. The company’s mobile app has also seen more than 98,000 downloads since its launch in 2008.This year’s award marks the seventh time Parts Town has received this honor. To be eligible for the award, companies must be at least six years old, have had at least $15 million in revenue in 2018 and be headquartered in the seven-county Chicago area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake (Ill.), Lake (Ind.), McHenry and Will counties). The publication selects and ranks honorees by comparing revenues over a five-year growth period, enabling them to gauge which industries are continually growing and which companies are emerging as the region’s front-runners.
Rankings for the 50 honorees were unveiled at the Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50 luncheon on June 21. Honorees will be featured in a special section of Crain’s Chicago Business on June 24.

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FollowUp Italia Serbia Business Forum

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 giugno 2019

Roma Mercoledì 10 Luglio dalle ore 17.00 alle ore 20.00, presso l’Ambasciata di Serbia in Via dei Monti Parioli 20 FollowUp Italia Serbia Business Forum. E’ un workshop dedicato ai Programmi Finanziari disponibili per la Serbia ed ai Settori di maggiore interesse per il Paese: infrastrutture, ambiente, hightech. Per l’occasione saranno presentate due proposte operative:
la costituzione a Belgrado di un “Digital Innovation Hub / Competence Center” con Aziende e Università Italiane e Serbe
la costituzione di una rete di imprese finalizzata alla partecipazione ai Bandi nei settori della tutela e del recupero ambientale. (by Francesco Marcolini)

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Nasce l’Executive Master Operations & Supply Chain Management di CUOA Business School

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 giugno 2019

Altavilla Vicentina (VI) CUOA Business School, da oltre 60 anni all’avanguardia nell’interpretare le esigenze di formazione delle imprese grandi e piccole, integra la propria offerta formativa con un nuovo executive master. In partenza il prossimo 20 settembre, l’Executive Master Operations & Supply Chain Management è rivolto a manager, responsabili di funzione e professionisti, che vogliono apprendere le strategie necessarie per rendere efficace la gestione della catena di costruzione del valore verso il cliente finale.
La globalizzazione non implica solo che i mercati di vendita siano sempre più internazionali, ma soprattutto che lo diventino i mercati di fornitura. La competitività va necessariamente cercata, quindi, a livello di global supply network. A ciò si deve aggiungere l’elemento della trasformazione digitale che agisce in tutti i processi coinvolti e che impatta sulle diverse strategie di produzione messe in atto dalle aziende del supply network.Il percorso proposto da CUOA è modulare, con il corso JobLeader Operations & Supply Chain Management, che ne costituisce asse portante, e prevede oltre 300 ore di attività d’aula. I percorsi specialistici, tra i quali i partecipanti potranno scegliere sulla base delle proprie esigenze, sono tre: Procurement, Supply Chain Planning & Control, Lean Transformation, e sono sempre integrati con un modulo dedicato allo sviluppo di soft skills.Fattori distintivi del master sono la centralità di metodi didattici esperienziali, quali visite aziendali, testimonianze di professionisti e manager, e l’utilizzo di una Faculty eterogenea, composta da docenti universitari, formatori esperti, manager, consulenti, che assicura concretezza e aderenza alle reali esigenze delle aziende e rappresenta un canale preferenziale per l’aggiornamento professionale dei partecipanti. Inoltre, ogni partecipante sarà seguito singolarmente da un coach durante il percorso. Le selezioni sono aperte fino al 13 settembre 2019.

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Ascentis Named One of 2019’s Best Places to Work by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 giugno 2019

Ascentis, a leading provider of cloud-based human capital management solutions, has been recognized as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2019 Best Places to Work. Ascentis was recognized as one of the top businesses in the medium company category, according to research by Quantum Workplace and the Business Journal. This achievement recognizes Ascentis’ commitment to its employees and dedication to delivering unparalleled customer service.These top companies were selected by surveying employees on various organizational elements including the company’s culture, internal communication endeavors, the company’s leadership and the benefits they offer.“We are honored to be part of such a strong community of local companies that work to create best of the best workplace cultures,” said Brian Provost, CEO of Ascentis. “Our company functions on the belief that our people are our best assets. Through that shared value, Ascentis is able to foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace where all employees share and contribute to our collective passion and mission to provide the most advanced HCM technology solutions, and commitment to be the best in breed in customer service.”With a record number of participating companies this year, the Best Places to Work awards celebrates its 21st year as the oldest awards program in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.“We challenge ourselves every day to create an experience that enables our employees to thrive. This is especially unique at Ascentis because we leverage our own HR technology to demonstrate how it can ignite a workforce’s potential,” said Jennifer Ho, vice president of human resources at Ascentis.Ascentis and other 2019 honorees will be recognized on Aug. 1 at The Renaissance Depot in Minneapolis and featured in the Aug. 2 Best Places to Work publication.

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Advaxis to Host Business Update Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 6 giugno 2019

Advaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADXS), a late-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of immunotherapy products, announces that the company will host a business update call on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. ET. During the call, Advaxis’ senior management will review the company’s clinical development programs and recent financial results, and provide a general business update. The company intends to issue a news release summarizing financial results for the fiscal second quarter ended April 30, 2019 after market close on Monday, June 10, 2019.
For those unable to participate in the live conference call or webcast, a digital recording will be available beginning June 11, 2019 two hours after the completion of the call. To access the recording, please dial (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and provide the operator with the conference ID: 6199489. In addition, an audio webcast will be archived on the Company’s website for a period of time at http://www.advaxis.com.

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PDI Acquires CStorePro, Providing Single-Store Operators Software to Run and Grow Their Business

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 maggio 2019

PDI (http://www.pdisoftware.com), a global company with leading enterprise software solutions serving the convenience retail, petroleum wholesale and logistics industries, has acquired CStorePro Technologies Inc., a provider of simple, self-provisioning and cost-effective mobile software designed to give single-store operators centralized visibility into sales, pricing and promotional data with real-time dashboards. The CStorePro software powers over 2,500 locations, enabling owners to easily monitor and manage their pricebook and store operations from anywhere. Paired with PDI Marketing Cloud Solutions, this acquisition positions PDI to help operators run better and grow store profits.
A key part of the value proposition for operators is the ability to access and execute CPG-funded promotions and offers, and pairing the CStorePro pricebook with the PDI Marketing Cloud Solutions Loyalty Management Portal, which brings national brand dollars to local stores. In addition, CPG brands gain access to the hard-to-reach, coveted, single-store operators, and major oil companies and petroleum wholesalers can look forward to an optimized network of sites that can finally take full advantage of their marketing and loyalty programs.According to newly released NACS State of the Industry data, there are 97,643 single-store operators in the U.S. Many of these businesses have not realized the value of engaging with their consumers through loyalty programs because they lack a cost-effective option for managing their promotional strategy with their pricebook and sales data. The acquisition of CStorePro accelerates PDI’s ability to bring more value to single-store operators.

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Commerzbank Partners with GTC to Further Digitize and Automate its Trade Finance Business

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 maggio 2019

Commerzbank has entered into a strategic partnership with GlobalTrade Corporation (GTC), a leading Canadian application services provider of innovative multi-bank trade finance solutions. The bank plans to utilise GTC’s @GlobalTrade™ platform to strengthen its digital trade finance product range. As one of Europe’s leading trade finance banks, Commerzbank holds the digitalisation and automation of processes as key priorities. This partnership leverages Commerzbank’s unique network footprint and GTC’s multi-bank technology, coupled with SWIFT connectivity, to meet the trade finance needs of corporate clients across the globe more efficiently and effectively.
GlobalTrade Corporation (GTC) is a software developer and application service provider whose product solutions improve the world of trade finance and trade services. The @GlobalTrade systems help buyers, sellers, traders, and financial institutions communicate faster and more efficiently while reducing risk and improving monitoring and control. Their customers include both business enterprises that need consolidated access to multiple banks as well as financial institutions that require supply chain finance solutions to meet their clients’ needs

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Abeona Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Business Highlights

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 12 maggio 2019

NEW YORK and CLEVELAND (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Abeona Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: ABEO), a fully-integrated leader in gene and cell therapy, today announced first quarter 2019 financial results and business highlights, which will be discussed on a conference call scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET. “We’ve had a great start to 2019, with continued progress across our pipeline, including the completion of CMC work in advance of initiating our Phase 3 VITAL™ clinical trial evaluating EB-101, our gene-corrected cell therapy for patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa,” said João Siffert, M.D., Chief Executive Officer. “The study, which will utilize clinical material produced at our Cleveland manufacturing facility, is on track to start mid-2019 following completion of ongoing FDA review.”“We have continued to advance our lysosomal storage disease programs. Our increased efforts around patient recruitment are starting to bear fruit as we observe an uptick in patient screening for both MPS programs. In addition, we have submitted the IND for our CLN1 program.” added Dr. Siffert.First Quarter Financial Results:
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of March 31, 2019 were $68.3 million, compared to $85.0 million as of December 31, 2018. The decrease in cash of $16.7 million was driven primarily by the net cash used for operating activities of $15.1 million.
Research and development expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 were $11.7 million, compared to $8.2 million for first quarter 2018. The increase in research and development expense was primarily attributable to increased R&D headcount, related facility costs and internal manufacturing costs.
General and administrative expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 were $5.7 million, compared to $2.9 million for the first quarter 2018. The increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily attributable to increased headcount and related facility costs.
Net loss was $0.39 per share for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $0.22 per share in the same period of 2018.

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Future of business: Marketing transformation e Credit revolution

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 maggio 2019

Milano 6 giugno 2019 al Megawatt (via Watt 15), in collaborazione con IAB Italia e ACMI (Associazione Credit Manager Italia) si snoderà la seconda edizione di Cerved Next, l’appuntamento italiano dedicato alla cultura data-driven e alla digital transformation. che quest’anno Cerved.
Un’occasione per contribuire a immaginare il futuro costruito sui dati, una giornata in cui gli ospiti – imprenditori e business decision makers di ogni settore, appartenenti a grandi imprese così come a PMI, a micro aziende e startup, a banche e istituzioni finanziarie, a pubbliche amministrazioni – potranno scegliere tra lasciarsi ispirare da keynote speaker di fama internazionale, ascoltare interventi di esperti su casi di successo, partecipare a tavole rotonde, seguire sessioni demo, fare networking o lavorare negli spazi di co-working.L’agenda della giornata è molto ricca e affronterà tre temi chiave dell’economia, su cui dati e tecnologie impatteranno sempre di più. Il primo è quello del “Future of business”, in cui si parlerà dei mega trend e di tutto ciò che è intelligenza artificiale, trust economy, big data, blockchain, data visualization, digital transformation impact; il secondo riguarda invece la “Marketing transformation”, dunque vi troveranno spazio programmatic advertising, Seo e Cro, web analytics, customer journey transformation, growth hacking, human-based marketing; infine, la “Credit revolution”, dunque PDS2, open banking, alternative lending, fintech,, intelligenza artificiale applicata al credito, gestione efficace dei crediti in bonis, UTP e NPL.
Alla prima edizione hanno preso parte imprese di ogni dimensione, provenienza geografica e settore: da ICT e telco (24%) a banche e assicurazioni (15%), dal commercio (16%) alla consulenza (9%). Tra il pubblico, il 23% erano top manager, il 10% advisor o liberi professionisti ed erano rappresentate tutte le funzioni aziendali: 20% sales e business development, 18% marketing e comunicazione, 12% amministrazione, finanza e controllo, 17% digital e IT.
Tra gli speaker attesi a Cerved Next: Geoff Mulgan, CEO di Nesta; César Hidalgo, professore associato al MIT e guida del Collective Learning Group del MIT Media Lab; Peter Sondergaard, fondatore ed Executive Advisor di The Sondergaard Group; Cristina Pozzi, co-fondatrice e CEO di Impactschool; Darya Majidi, imprenditrice tecnologica, fondatrice e CEO di Daxo Group; Nicola Palmarini, Program Manager, AI Ethics Lead e Aging & Longevity Lead di MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab a Cambridge, Augusto Fazioli, Business angel IAG, consultant Singularity University & Partner Bip – Business Integration Partners.
L’evento è organizzato insieme a un parterre selezionato di partner, protagonisti del mondo della trasformazione digitale data-driven – Gruppo TIM, Bip – Business Integration Partners, Credimi, Nexi, Experian, Claranet partner AWS, Fincons, Generali, Neo4J, Relabora, Sourcesense – e a numerose associazioni, ACMI, AICS, Angaisa, Assosport, Assirm, Assolombarda, Fintech District, IAB Italia, Unione Industriale di Torino.

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I modelli di business innovativi

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 aprile 2019

Digital Magics, Auchan Retail Italia, Cisco, Do different, Nava Design, Nexi, RDS 100% GRANDI SUCCESSI, SisalPay e UBI Banca hanno decretato le 6 startup innovative vincitrici di “Magic Wand Retail Revolution”: il primo acceleratore in Italia dedicato all’innovazione tecnologica in ambito retail.Dopo aver concluso la prima fase con oltre 300 ore di formazione qualificata e advisoring – raggiungendo interessanti performance di crescita – Dilium, Disignum, Eligo, Impossible Minds, InTribe e Wenda accedono alla seconda fase del programma, che consentirà loro di validare i modelli di business sviluppati nel corso degli ultimi due mesi e di entrare a far parte del portfolio di Digital Magics, il più importante incubatore di startup digitali “Made in Italy” attivo su tutto il territorio italiano.Ognuna delle 6 startup riceverà un investimento iniziale di 90.000 Euro e parteciperà ai due eventi esclusivi, organizzati a Londra e a Milano, presentando le loro innovazioni a importanti investitori italiani e internazionali.Gli obiettivi di “Magic Wand Retail Revolution” sono innovare il settore retail, migliorare l’esperienza dei clienti e creare il negozio del futuro connesso e omnicanale.Al termine del programma di accelerazione, è previsto un ulteriore round di investimento, sempre con la partecipazione di Digital Magics. Grazie alla collaborazione con 200Crowd, piattaforma di equity crowdfunding, gli investitori interessati a partecipare ai round d’investimento avranno la possibilità di investire in tutte le startup vincitrici tramite un veicolo costituito ad hoc.

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Roma: settima edizione del suo “Lean Startup Program”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 aprile 2019

Roma Il 26 aprile è previsto il lancio del nuovo “Lean startup Program” di Roma (https://peekaboo.vision/lean-startup-program-roma-2/), un programma di pre accelerazione unico in Italia per creare una startup e validare il relativo modello di business sul mercato. “Come Google e Facebook – afferma Paolo Napolitano, CEO di Peekaboo – siamo nati anche noi in un campus, ma in Italia, a Roma Tor vergata. Tre anni fa, insieme ad altri soci, avevamo un’altra startup e tantissime persone ci chiedevano consigli su come lanciarne una e come svilupparla. Da quello spunto è nato Peekaboo”. Dopo 3 anni, Peekaboo è divenuta la community più rilevante in Italia sui temi dell’Open Innovation, con più di 3000 membri, 1000 talenti seguiti, centinaia di posti di lavoro creati, più di 40 mentor attivi e oltre 30 startup facenti parte del network.“Il nostro Team supporta gli aspiranti imprenditori e founder nel passaggio più difficile – continua Napolitano – quello che definiamo From Zero to One, ossia il passaggio dall’inerzia allo stato di moto. Il percorso dell’innovazione è ignoto ai più, il nostro obiettivo è contribuire alla creazione di startup e alla formazione di persone con il mindset giusto”.Il programma in avvio a Roma a breve consiste in 22 incontri suddivisi in 4 moduli con mentorship continua, una piattaforma di eLearning per rivedere quanto appreso in classe, workshop verticali per apprendere la strumentistica, hackathon per sviluppare il progetto ed un Pitch Day per presentare l’idea ad una platea di investitori.Si tratta di un percorso di altissimo livello, che passa attraverso varie fasi (conoscenza dei trend tecnologici, validazione attraverso il metodo Lean Startup, execution e sviluppo ed infine la realizzazione del Pitch da proporre ai potenziali investitori). La mission di Peekaboo è “dare luce alle idee”, supportando le persone sia con metodologie innovative sia nell’aspetto psicologico accompagnandole nella strada ignota dell’innovazione, fuori dalla propria zona di comfort. Vogliamo creare un luogo – conclude Napoletano – dove le persone possano sviluppare il proprio talento e le proprie passioni attraverso la creazione di nuovi modelli di business, vogliamo creare una ” Disneyland delle startup”, per dirla con Olivetti “un luogo dove le persone possano andare incontro con gioia alla propria missione”.
Peekaboo community più rilevante in Italia sui temi dell’Open Innovation, con più di 3000 membri, 1000 talenti seguiti, centinaia di posti di lavoro creati, più di 40 mentor attivi e oltre 30 startup facenti parte del network.Attiva con due sedi fisiche a Roma e Milano, supporta talenti ed aziende nello sviluppo delle loro skill tecnologiche al fine di trasformare le loro idee in business model funzionanti e performanti. Web: http://www.Peekaboo.com

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Sodexo expands its UK home care business with the acquisition of The Good Care Group

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 aprile 2019

Paris / London. Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, announces the acquisition of The Good Care Group, a leading player in the live-in care market in the UK.
Founded in 2009, The Good Care Group provides tailored live-in care services to consumers, in their homes, who require assistance to live independently, or, have complex care needs. It is one of the few businesses of its type to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in the UK.The acquisition enables Sodexo, present in the UK home care market through Prestige Nursing + Care, to expand its offer, while meeting the needs and preferences of consumers by providing high quality live-in care services, with the expertise to tailor the care for those individuals living with dementia or other specialist conditions.As the growing aging population seeks more personalized and more personable care solutions, that often means staying in the home. With this acquisition, Sodexo is expanding its services in the UK live-in care market and will be ranked second nationally in the live-in care market and among the top five in the private-paid care market.
Following the acquisition, Jonathan Bruce, currently Managing Director of Prestige Nursing + Care, will become CEO of Sodexo’s home care business in the UK, supported by Belinda Berkeley, currently Managing Director of the Good Care Group, as Managing Director. Together they will lead the strategic development of Sodexo’s UK home care business comprised of Prestige Nursing + Care and The Good Care Group. Dominique Kent, currently COO of The Good Care Group, will lead the continued growth of The Good Care Group as Managing Director and continue her role as Vice Chair of the UK Home Care Association.
Sarosh Mistry, CEO Sodexo Home Care Worldwide, said: “Both Sodexo and The Good Care Group share a common mission to help our consumers age in their homes as independently and comfortably as possible. This cultural alignment is key to Sodexo and it is its core values that makes The Good Care Group such a natural fit into Sodexo’s Worldwide Home Care business. The Good Care Group has built a very successful business in the UK, based on delivering high quality live-in care. Together, we see tremendous opportunity to offer a choice of home care solutions to consumers with complex care needs.”

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Assessing Business Partners’ Financial Health Got Easier

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 aprile 2019

When it comes to choosing business partners, financial viability is a critical factor. And SAP Ariba and RapidRatings just made it easier to assess. RapidRatings’ Financial Health System now integrates with SAP Ariba Supplier Risk to incorporate financial viability data into overall vendor risk profiles making it even easier to make smart, informed business decisions.Customers around the world rely on SAP Ariba Supplier Risk to make well-informed business decisions that help them to avoid unnecessary risk and prevent supply chain disruption. RapidRatings has joined the ever-expanding ecosystem of SAP Ariba partners leveraging open APIs to extend the value of SAP Ariba Supplier Risk with its financial health data and analysis. Now with integration to financial health scores from RapidRatings, customers can further round out their view of suppliers and incorporate financial viability information in vendor risk profiles to make timely and contextual business decisions and improve collaboration with trading partners.RapidRatings’ Financial Health System conducts sophisticated analysis of financial health – analysis most category managers have neither the time nor the expertise to conduct – enabling more informed business decision making. The foundation of the analysis is a single numerical financial health rating of 0-100 called FHR®. RapidRatings creates the FHR by measuring every company against its global industry peers, whether publicly traded or privately held. Its process is to source and integrate the financial statements of third-party companies, suppliers, vendors, customers and securities issuers to ensure accuracy and scalability.

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WP Engine Named a WordPress Recommended Partner for Adobe Business Catalyst Customers

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 aprile 2019

WP Engine, the WordPress digital experience platform, today announced that it has been selected as a WordPress recommended partner for Adobe Business Catalyst customers transitioning to a new digital experience platform. Adobe Business Catalyst is an all-in-one hosted Content Management System (CMS) for digital agencies and business owners. Adobe announced the end of development for its Business Catalyst program as of March 26, 2018 and will cease the Business Catalyst program as of March 21, 2021. As part of the change process, Adobe named WP Engine a recommended partner to smooth the process of transitioning for Business Catalyst customers based on its WordPress digital experience expertise, award-winning support and Agency Partner Program.
WP Engine is the WordPress digital experience platform that gives companies of all sizes the agility, performance, intelligence, and integrations they need to drive their business forward faster. WP Engine’s combination of tech innovation and an award-winning team of WordPress experts are trusted by over 90,000 companies across 150 countries to provide counsel and support, helping brands create world-class digital experiences. Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has offices in San Francisco, California; San Antonio, Texas; London, England; Limerick, Ireland and Brisbane, Australia.

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Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Announces Stock Purchase Agreement; Other Business Updates

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 marzo 2019

Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) (“Navidea” or the “Company”), a company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics, today announced execution of a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with an existing investor, John K. Scott, Jr. (the “Investor”), pursuant to which the Company will issue to the Investor in a private placement (the “Private Placement”) up to $3.0 million in shares (the “Securities”) of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”).
From time to time, on such date or dates to be determined by the Company and the Investor, which date will not be later than June 15, 2019 (each a “Subsequent Closing Date”), the Investor agrees to purchase such amount of Securities agreed upon by the Company and the Investor, at a per share price to be determined in good faith by the Company and the Investor which price may be less than the greater of book or market value of one share of Common Stock within the meaning of the NYSE American standards, provided that the total amount of Securities sold at any Subsequent Closing shall not exceed (i) $3.0 million worth of the Securities less the aggregate purchase price paid by the Investor to the Company for any Securities purchased at any prior Closing, (ii) the number of shares that may be issued without violating the rules and regulations of the NYSE American, and (iii) the amount of shares that would result in the beneficial ownership in the Company by the Investor and his affiliates being equal to or less than 33.0% of the then issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock.The Securities are subject to a 180-day lock-up and there are no registration rights. The Company plans to use the proceeds from the Private Placement for general working capital purposes, including, without limitation, research and development, and other operating expenses.

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Rabobank Announces Plan to Strengthen U.S. Rural Banking Business

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

Rabobank announced that it will transfer the food and agriculture loan portfolio from its California retail banking operation, Rabobank, N.A., to Rabo AgriFinance, further positioning the U.S. operation to become the leading nationwide production ag lender in the U.S. As a result, the food and ag finance company will be positioned to grow considerably in the U.S. food and agriculture sector, the most important growth region for the bank globally.The move comes as part of an agreement to sell the retail, business banking, commercial real estate, mortgage, wealth management and other non-Food and Agribusiness assets of Rabobank, N.A. to Walnut Creek, CA-based Mechanics Bank, a full-service community bank with 44 branches and $6B in assets in California.“Rabobank is committed to supporting leading food and ag producers around the world. In North America, we have seen rapid growth in our rural banking business and by combining our California F&A portfolio into Rabo AgriFinance, we will be positioned to continue our substantial investments in North America,” says Paul Beiboer, CEO of Rabobank North America.Rabo AgriFinance focuses on financing leading U.S. farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses and traces its roots back more than 115 years to its parent company, Netherlands-based Rabobank Group. When this transition is complete, Rabo AgriFinance will be the only U.S. lender to offer a broad, nationwide view of agriculture coupled with local expertise and global resources. The financing capacity, access to networks and sector-specific knowledge offered by Rabo AgriFinance are unmatched in the U.S. ag lending industry.“Our clients appreciate the access to global financing, knowledge and networks we are able to offer as an international finance company,” said Curt Hudnutt, Head of Rural Banking, Rabobank North America. “When we couple that global perspective with the knowledge and relationships offered by our local teams, our clients have a significant advantage in the food and ag space.” Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Rabo AgriFinance currently has more than 40 offices across the U.S. and will open ten offices in California to continue supporting our staff and clients.“Approximately 170 employees who are currently supporting food, agriculture and renewable energy at Rabobank, N.A. will become employees of Rabo AgriFinance, ensuring the continuation of the high quality of service to which our California clients are accustomed,” notes Beiboer.The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals, the approval of Rabobank Group and the completion of various closing conditions, and is anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2019.

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Coffee Roaster Julius Meinl Doubles UK Business with Acquisition Deal

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 marzo 2019

Viennese coffee roaster Julius Meinl is significantly expanding its UK operation with the acquisition of a coffee distributor in the Midlands.The Austrian premium coffee business, currently marketed in over 70 countries, expects to see its UK turnover double following the purchase of Aroma & Gusto.With Aroma & Gusto’s pre-existing customer base in major cities such as Nottingham and Sheffield, the acquisition has provided Julius Meinl with a strategic foothold as it seeks to expand its presence outside of London.The deal, which was completed in January, will see around 140 new clients added to Julius Meinl’s UK portfolio, with the business opening a new office in Nottingham in addition to its London office. Globally the brand is headquartered in Vienna.Julius Meinl first entered the UK in 2014, focusing its business on London, where its tea and coffee packages are currently sold to over 200 hotel, restaurant and café (HoReCa) customers. Its coffee is now served in premium London locations such as the Mondrian, Hyatt hotels and Balans Soho Society.Jérôme Pastre, Managing Director of International Business at Julius Meinl, said: “We’ve long considered it a logical step to expand northwards into the Midlands and this deal has provided us with the means to do so.Following its expansion into the Midlands, the brand has further plans to expand into Scotland and South West England in the future and is interested in identifying partners to facilitate its continued development.Globally, Julius Meinl has 50,000 HoReCa customers and is a market leader in Austria, Central and Eastern Europe, the Adriatics, Russia and Dubai. The brand saw sales of €178 million last year.

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Carestream Health to Sell Its Healthcare IT Business to Philips

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 10 marzo 2019

Carestream Health has signed an agreement with Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips.Carestream’s healthcare information systems business unit provides imaging IT solutions to multi-site hospitals, radiology services providers, imaging centers and specialty medical clinics around the world.Carestream’s HCIS business unit provides imaging IT solutions to multi-site hospitals, radiology services providers, imaging centers and specialty medical clinics around the world. The business has developed strong customer relationships in attractive, high-growth healthcare segments and is positioned for continued growth and success.As a result of this acquisition, Philips’ expanded healthcare IT business will feature Carestream’s enterprise imaging platform—including best in class VNA, diagnostic and enterprise viewers, multimedia reporting, workflow orchestrator and clinical, operational and business analytics tools—as part of its broad portfolio.“We have had global success in providing radiology and enterprise imaging IT systems to help medical professionals provide quality care and enhance their operations,” said Ludovic d’Aprea, Carestream’s General Manager for Healthcare Information Solutions. “By becoming part of Philips, the HCIS business will have a greater opportunity to thrive and grow. Both organizations share a commitment to meaningful innovation which is deeply embedded in each company’s culture. Customers will have access to a broader portfolio of healthcare IT solutions to simplify medical image management, enable effective collaboration and enhance patient care.”Like Carestream, Philips has built a strong, global business based on customer focus, world-class technical excellence and continuous innovation.

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Eaton Announces Intent to Spin Off Its Lighting Business

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 marzo 2019

Power management company Eaton (NYSE:ETN) today announced that it intends to pursue a tax-free spin-off of its Lighting business. The spin-off will create an independent, publicly traded company and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Goldman Sachs is serving as Eaton’s financial advisor on the transaction.The Lighting business is one of the world’s leading providers of LED lighting and control solutions. Its broad range of innovative products and systems are designed to maximize performance and energy efficiency. The business, which had sales of $1.7 billion in 2018, serves customers in commercial, industrial, residential and municipal markets.
This potential transaction will be discussed today during the company’s annual investor conference. Following the event, access to the conference materials will be available to all interested parties via a link on the center of Eaton’s home page. An audio replay of the webcast will be available at the same link.Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. Its energy-efficient solutions help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more reliably, safely and sustainably. The company is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton employs 99,000 people worldwide and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.

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