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France shows the way to doing e-commerce!

Thomas SALZGEBER - 22-août-2014 12:20:51
We all use e-commerce (and some of us all of the time), but do we fully realize in our economic crystal balls what the virtual universe of the Internet can do for a business? France does, to the tune of €51,1billion in 2013. With broadband internet feeding households like never before, this trend is accelerating, up 13.5% this past year, even while traditional sales outlets are declining. Naturally, French e-commerce is part of a European phenomenon: sophisticated, well-educated consumers shopping and comparing on-line, whether it is for train tickets, fashion items, books and downloaded films, not to mention concert tickets or even electronic products and vacations. In fact, France finds itself positioned right in the middle of more mature on-line markets such as the UK and Scandinavia, while catering to fast-growing cyber-markets in Southern Europe.   Impressive numbers – and then there’s Christmas! The typical cyber-consumer in France spends on average €1400 annually, with a choice spanning 138,000 merchandizing sites, clicking to satisfy 33.7 million purchasers, each one with his or her own very personalized criteria. This represents a 17% growth rate for the number of sites in 2013, fueled by a rise of 5% in on-line buyers last year. Christmas frenzy often spells financial success for many e-commerce sites. For France, December 2013 accounted for a whopping €10 billion of the year’s total results.   The Best in Class go international 15% of French sites export, generating 10% of their sales internationally. The really successful sites, representing over €10 million in turnover, are able to boost these international sales by up to 20% of their total turnover. For 2013, the champions are Vente Privée, with € 1,6 billion, Showroom Privé, €350 million, Sarenza at €150 million and in 29 different countries, while Spartoo out-does them by €130 million in 20 countries throughout Europe.   Cross-channel strategies Traditional companies such as Darty, Auchan and even Air France have grasped the importance of developing interfaces with e-commerce, selling cross-channel, from virtual to POS (Place of Sale). Tourism is an especially heavy-hitter, with Opodo and Go Voyages receiving avid travelers. Even SNCF-Voyages is also getting into the trend with offers covering car rentals and hotels, not just trains, and not just trains in Europe! E-commerce allows companies to envision doing business in entirely refreshing and international ways.   In B to B, the office supplies segment is active, with Bruneau and Viking modeling their entire business on-line, a lesson not lost on Manutan for its equipment.   The rules to play by With smart-phones now in every pocket, French companies are alert to adapting to international opportunities: respecting local-country consumer legislation, marketing with multi-lingual sites, regularly upgrading to be ergonomic, enriching their offers constantly. The usual rate of transformation from visit to virtual shopping cart is 2.5%; so New Age merchants must be quick to adapt to this new breed of impatient, demanding clientele. The e-consumer wants easy, practical and totally secure payment solutions ranging from credit card to Paypal. They also expect EU legislation on profiling and reimbursements to be strictly adhered to by the e-commerce site.     For Further information about French companies in the e-commerce sector:   > Electronics and IT > Telecommunications and Space > Trade and distribution > Services > Audiovisual content, Multimedia  

Flagship "Betjeman & Barton" tea room opened in Malaysia

Lyslie Legendre - 24-juil.-2014 06:57:49
French luxury tea merchant, Betjeman & Barton (B&B) opened its first flagship tea room on  June 2014 at 1Utama Shopping Mall. First  established in Paris in 1919, B&B has since then open more than 20 outlets around the world spanning from France, Belgium, Canada, Holland, Switzerland, Japan to Singapore.   Le Monde Fashion Group, the Master Franchisee of B&B for Malaysia, plans to open more outlets in strategic locations nationwide. 

Shopping : Sinéquanone opened in Malaysia

Lyslie Legendre - 06-sept.-2013 11:20:40
After Bangkok and Singapore , the French ready - to-wear brand is now available in Malaysia.  Global Retail Venture Sdn Bhd opened the first outlet at Parkson Pavilion in June 2013 . Sinéquanone already has nearly 35 outlets in Asia. While many French luxury brands are present in Malaysia , the arrival of French stores like Sinéquanone is quite new .

VINCI signs a design-build contract for an office tower in Malaysia

MAZLAN Rafizah - 19-août-2013 10:12:48
VINCI Construction Grands Projets has signed a €60 million contract with the Akal Megah Sdn Bhd company to design and build an office tower in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, the capital of the state of Sabah in the northern part of the island of Borneo. The contract covers design and construction of a four-level car park, a three-storey podium of shops and a 10-storey office tower with a total surface area of 65,000 sq. metres. The work will get under way on 1 August 2013 and handover is scheduled on 31 March 2015. With this new contract, VINCI Construction Grands Projets reinforces its operations in Malaysia, where it handed over the 700,000 sq. metre Berjaya Times Square project, Asia’s largest contiguous residential and shopping complex, in Kuala Lumpur in 2003 and is currently building the 185,000 sq. metre Berjaya Central Park project. Source: Vinci Press Release    

LAMPE BERGER MALAYSIA 1ST ANNIVERSARY

Lyslie Legendre - 19-août-2013 06:29:31
On the 12 th of July 2013, Pavilion, one of Kuala Lumpur prestigious shopping mall, hosted Lampe Berger first anniversary celebration. Jubilant Prestige officially took over the Malaysian and Brunei distributorship last year in a signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur between CEO of Lampe Berger Paris Mr. Richard Mamez and Ms. Julie Lim, CEO of Jubilant Prestige Sdn Bhd in the presence of the Ambassador of France, Her Excellency Madame Martine Dorance at the Lampe Berger store in Kuala Lumpur. In conjunction with the celebration, Lampe Berger took the opportunity to launch the Lampe Berger pop-up kiosk at Pavilion KL, which will tour major malls in the Klang Valley, Penang, Johor Bahru, Melaka, Sabah and Sarawak for the next twelve months. The kiosk will also showcase unique designer lamps. Lampe Berger Malaysia is also launching its ‘Breast Cancer Support Initiative’ by pledging portions of its sales going towards the cause. For one year from 8th July 2013 until 8th July 2014, every lamp and bottle of essential oil sold will have RM10 and RM1 respectively donated to the cause. To ignite the initiative, Ms. Julie Lim on behalf of Lampe Berger Malaysia raised RM10,000 from the pre-sale of 20 Carat Premium Coffret lamps and essential oils. Source : Lamper Berger Malaysia Sharan J.Valiram, Valiram Group Executive Director, Steven Yeam, Founder of One Community Worlwide, François Matraire,  ‎Trade Commissioner and Commercial Counsellor to the Embassy of France in Malaysia, French Trade Commission Ubifrance in Malaysia, Ms.  Julie Lim, Jubilant Prestige CEO, Ms. Ranjit Kaur,  President of Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia, and Ms. Winnie Lim, Jubilant Prestige Director.

Jubilant Prestige has big plans for Lampe Berger in Malaysia

Wai Kwan Wong - 15-juin-2012 09:58:24
KUALA LUMPUR: Jubilant Prestige Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Lampe Berger Paris products in Malaysia, is aiming for sales to reach RM2 million. Its chief executive officer Julie Lim said the company is taking the necessary steps to market the brand on a conventional retail basis, meaning the French products are now accessible to anyone at affordable prices. "We hope to achieve the sales target of RM2 million, within a month, through our outlets in Bangsar, Sungei Wang Plaza and Solaris Dutamas," she said. Lim was speaking after the signing of a distribution agreement with Lampe Berger Paris here yesterday.   Lampe Berger products can be positioned as a pioneer in the air purifying and aromatic fragrance sector and 44 types of essential oils are offered, serving various functions. She said the company aims to have Lampe Berger products in every household, office and other establishments. "We aim to achieve this by setting up a minimum of 20 kiosks or stores in the Klang Valley within a month of operations," she added. Lim said the company’s intention to expand the present market is mainly due to positive response from Lampe Berger clients and those who had purchased the products via other channels. "We have plans to open three outlets in the Pavilion, Mid Valley Megamall and Bangsar Shopping Centre soon," she added. She said the company is opening up business opportunities for those interested in state dealerships. In terms of pricing, she said the company will follow Europe’s affordable recommended retail price. "Overall, we hope to represent Lampe Berger Paris in Malaysia by successfully positioning ourselves at strategic locations, providing the best customer services and offering a wide product range at competitive prices," Lim said. Lampe Berger’s essential oils are said to have various properties which include improving one’s physical condition, such as, the lavender to alleviate insomnia, eucalyptus to aid in overall respiratory problems and sandalwood to enhance calmness. Due to its exclusivity, Lampe Berger bottles have now become a collector’s item over the years, as only 30 new pieces are made each year. Bernama Read more: Jubilant Prestige has big plans for French company’s products http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_News/BTIMES/articles/jubhi01/Article/#ixzz1xqUjZQwk

Sophie Paris opened its flagship store in Petaling Jaya

Wai Kwan Wong - 08-mars-2012 05:53:17
French fashion brand Sophie Paris, which opened its flagship store in Petaling Jaya (PJ) yesterday as part of its multi-level-marketing (MLM) foray into Malaysia, aims to generate RM15 million in sales in the country this year. After investing RM5 million for its store in the country, Sophie Paris aims to grow the brand by engaging with distributors to promote and sell membership as well as its range of products. "We will start with handbags and accessories first, then introduce our range of cosmetics and clothing later in the year, followed by shoes in 2013," said Sophie Paris Malaysia managing director Geoffrey Bagot at the launch of the store yesterday. The Jakarta-based company hopes to entice customers to sign up as members as they can earn additional income when they continue to recruit members in the process. "This will help to drive and meet our sales target within the next 12 months. We hope to register 20,000 members this year," he said. Sophie Paris was founded in 1995 by Frenchman Bruno Hasson in Indonesia and has since expanded operations to Morocco, Philippines, Vietnam and now Malaysia (its fifth store). The company generated total sales of US$100 million (RM315 million) last year with more than 1.5 million members globally selling 75,000 products everyday. "We are confident in this market because there is no MLM company in Malaysia that solely specialises in highend fashion at affordable prices. We have a new catalogue out every 40 days, so this keeps our products new and fresh. "The fashion industry in Malaysia is very dynamic and since most women love to make shopping a social gathering, this will also be a great business opportunity for them," said Bagot. Currently, the products available in Sophie Paris Malaysia are handbags, wallets, costume jewellery and accessories such as watches and sunglasses. The company distributes and markets its products through a network marketing model. It has nine brands including Son Altese Sophie and Sophie Signature. Sophie Paris has just opened its doors to the public and is located at C-01, PJX-HM Shah Tower, No. 16A, Persiaran Barat, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. For more information about Sophie Paris, please visit www.sophieparis.com.my . Source : Malaysian Reserve
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