The advance of French e-commerce

Amelie Argenti - 17-juin-2014 09:24:04
We all use e-commerce (and some of us all of the time), but do we fully realize in our economic crystal balls what the virtual universe of the Internet can do for a business? France does, to the tune of €51,1billion in 2013. With broadband internet feeding households like never before, this trend is accelerating, up 13.5% this past year, even while traditional sales outlets are declining. Naturally, French e-commerce is part of a European phenomenon: sophisticated, well-educated consumers shopping and comparing on-line, whether it is for train tickets, fashion items, books and downloaded films, not to mention concert tickets or even electronic products and vacations. In fact, France finds itself positioned right in the middle of more mature on-line markets such as the UK and Scandinavia, while catering to fast-growing cyber-markets in Southern Europe. Impressive numbers – and then there’s Christmas! The typical cyber-consumer in France spends on average €1400 annually, with a choice spanning 138,000 merchandizing sites, clicking to satisfy 33.7 million purchasers, each one with his or her own very personalized criteria. This represents a 17% growth rate for the number of sites in 2013, fueled by a rise of 5% in on-line buyers last year. Christmas frenzy often spells financial success for many e-commerce sites. For France, December 2013 accounted for a whopping €10 billion of the year’s total results. The Best in Class go international 15% of French sites export, generating 10% of their sales internationally. The really successful sites, representing over €10 million in turnover, are able to boost these international sales by up to 20% of their total turnover. For 2013, the champions are Vente Privée, with € 1,6 billion, Showroom Privé, €350 million, Sarenza at €150 million and in 29 different countries, while Spartoo out-does them by €130 million in 20 countries throughout Europe. Cross-channel strategies Traditional companies such as Darty, Auchan and even Air France have grasped the importance of developing interfaces with e-commerce, selling cross-channel, from virtual to POS (Place of Sale). Tourism is an especially heavy-hitter, with Opodo and Go Voyages receiving avid travelers. Even SNCF-Voyages is also getting into the trend with offers covering car rentals and hotels, not just trains, and not just trains in Europe! E-commerce allows companies to envision doing business in entirely refreshing and international ways. In B to B, the office supplies segment is active, with Bruneau and Viking modeling their entire business on-line, a lesson not lost on Manutan for its equipment. The rules to play by With smart-phones now in every pocket, French companies are alert to adapting to international opportunities: respecting local-country consumer legislation, marketing with multi-lingual sites, regularly upgrading to be ergonomic, enriching their offers constantly. The usual rate of transformation from visit to virtual shopping cart is 2.5%; so New Age merchants must be quick to adapt to this new breed of impatient, demanding clientele. The e-consumer wants easy, practical and totally secure payment solutions ranging from credit card to Paypal. They also expect EU legislation on profiling and reimbursements to be strictly adhered to by the e-commerce site. Up and coming events where UBIFRANCE can leverage exhibition opportunities for French e-commerce companies will be in Milan on May 20th , in the UK and Ireland, from September 16 – 18th , followed by San Paolo, October 6 – 7th , with BtoB meetings dedicated to private sales. For Further information about French companies in the e-commerce Sector : > Electronics and IT > Telecommunications and Space > Trade and distribution > Services > Audiovisual content, Multimedia    

The Healthcare and Medical Technology Industry: Overview of a sector of excellence

Amelie Argenti - 11-juin-2014 14:14:19
A major force in the French economy The healthcare industry is a key partner for governments in anticipating and providing solutions geared towards protection, prevention, diagnostics, compensating for disabilities, treatment and improving the daily quality of life of health product users. It plays a critical role in public health, one of the principal challenges facing French society. The healthcare industry (much like the aerospace and luxury sectors) plays a crucial part in preserving France’s industrial base and represents a major comparative advantage for the French economy: it employs more than 200,000 people directly and over 500,000 indirectly, and continues to go from strength to strength. The relative importance of the sector within France’s industrial landscape is greater than in other European economies of a similar size. Source : http://www.invest-in-france.org/us Further information : About French companies > Medical devices and healthcare

Artikel: Helsingborgs Dagblad - Kött och bröd på årets GastroNord

Amelie Argenti - 03-juin-2014 16:29:34
  En artikel i Helsingborgs Dagblad publicerad i samband med Gastronord 2014 och den stora franska insasten på mässan:

Sustainable urban development: Vivapolis is re-inventing the future for cities

Amelie Argenti - 23-mai-2014 09:48:52
Interview Caroline Olivier, Environment Project Manager - UBIFRANCE Imagine the city for tomorrow. That’s the daily challenge many French companies are ready to meet today, all of them re-grouped under the brand Vivapolis. French know-how in providing solutions definitely has takers elsewhere in the world. Today, major cities throughout the world are searching for very specific expertise when it comes to developing, renewing and re-inventing themselves. France certainly has the high caliber players -- Bouygues, Vinci, Eiffage, Alstom, Veolia, Egis – to go along with innumerable SME positioned on very technological niche markets that respond to crucial challenges for tomorrow. Initiated by French public authorities, Vivapolis regroups the wide range of expertise French companies have to offer to meet the needs of cities all around the world. “Simply because it is always easier to focus attention on a name everyone can recognize,” explains Caroline Olivier, Environment Project Manager at Ubifrance. More than 70 French enterprises focused on sustainable cities have risen to the challenge by joining Vivapolis. Certified know-how Demonstrations of their know-how abound: whether it’s the Grand Paris, Grand Lyon, the Euro-Mediterranean project in Marseille, the Urban Community of Bordeaux, among other initiatives. For all of these sites, there are several issues that need to be faced: mobility, managing energy, pollution… One common thread shared by all of these urban development projects involves improving the quality of life and social cohesion in these cities to make them more attractive. Several ambitious projects have been started to develop responses. One key example is the Auto-Lib system in Paris to reduce circulation in the city with non-polluting electrical cars. Bordeaux Euratlantique, an extensive construction endeavor, reveals the wide scope of action Vivopolis is capable of.  Relying especially on the development of eco-quarters, the project combines energetic efficiency, water recycling and a solar-energy plant. International markets lining up Vivapolis is ready for export. It’s already present in Morocco, where public authorities hope to benefit from French know-how to develop a new city of Chrafate in the region of Tanger-Tetouan. “They requested assistance from the French to help them carry out this ambitious project,” adds Caroline Olivier. The same thing is true for Turkey, with the youngest population in Europe. Turkish authorities expect French companies to help them integrate this youthful population more effectively in a cityscape that is constantly growing. As for China, its gigantic projects require showing up with turnkey proposals. Over the past 10 years, France has already carried out more than 200 projects in approximately fifty Chinese cities. Another highlight is the French eco-quarter that is going to be built in the Tiexi district in Shenyang. Alstom and its joint-venture, Satée, won a deal amounting to € 75 Million to provide locomotives for 550 wagons on Subway Lines 3 and 4 in Chengdu, the 5th largest city in China. For Caroline Olivier, “Vivapolis involves a large number of French companies working on sustainable cities,” responding to key issues in urbanization for emerging countries as well as for renewal of major cosmopolitan areas worldwide. The latest scoop for Vivapolis ? France is getting cutting-edge, using state of the art technologies, proposing 3D simulations for these international projects to allow deciders to visualize different possibilities for a quarter or city. These virtual scale models showcase all of Vivapolis’ partners and their specializations. It is now being tested for initiatives in Astana and Santiago in Chile. More information : Vivapolis powered by French creativity Cities : a collective adventure Directory of French companies  

Video: VIE priset utdelas till internationella traineer i Sverige

Amelie Argenti - 22-mai-2014 16:01:19
Ett stort tack till alla VIE trainees och våra sponsorer, Air France , Renault Nordic och Bel Nordic , för deras deltagande i VIE prisutdelningen den 6e maj. Vinnarna i år blev: • I kategorin « Förmåga att arbeta över kultur gränser  – BEL Nordic priset »  vann Pauline MOREAU (IPSEN) • I kategorin « Bästa insats – Renault Nordic priset » vann Florian BARAT (Volvo Group Trucks) • I juryns pris och kategorin för «  Kreativitet - Air France »  vann Simon ANTERRIEU och Luca QUADRI (Veolia environement) Kvällen blev enormt lyckad och vi ser fram emot ännu fler franska företag som anknyter sig till VIE programmet under kommande månader. För information om programmets förmåner, kandidat profiler eller rekrytering vänligen kontakta Maria Mouradian: maria.mouradian (@) ubifrance.fr              

Exportgruppen My French Room söker partners i Sverige

Soline Guerinet - 19-mai-2014 17:56:03
Exportgruppen My French Room består av 5 företag från Norra Frankrike som tillverkar exklusiv inredning till hotell, butiker och annan offentlig miljö: ( Klicka här för att öppna en kort presentation över My French Room) •  Fred & Fred - www.fred-fred.com : Innovativa designlampor och moderna väggplattor med LED-ljus. • Herbeau - www.herbeau.com : Elegant franskt sanitetsporslin: badkar, blandare, tvättställ och handfat. • Jules Pansu - www.jules-pansu.com : Väveri från 1878. Inredningstextilier (plädar, kuddar, bäddöverkaster, mm), handväskor, gobelänger, mattor och övrigt möbeltextilier av hög kvalitet. Jules Pansu har tagit fram flera uppskattade kollektioner i samarbete med kända konstnärsfamiljer : Picasso, Miró, Leonado da Vinci, mm. • Les Manufactures Catry - www.catrycollection.com : Exklusiva franska Wiltonmattor från 1912, biblioteket består av 10 000 mönsterreferenser. Bland kunderna : Louis Vuitton, den franska senaten, Elyséepalatset, mm. • Winckelmans - www.winckelmans.com : Anrikt företag från 1894 som producerar sandstensklinkers av mycket hög kvalitet.  Stort sortiment av färger, former (rektangulära, fyrkantiga, runda, kors formigt, mm.) och djup (från 3,8 till 9 mm.). Alix Ducasse är affärsutvecklare på My French Room och kommer till Sverige den 2-5 juni (v. 23) för att träffa svenska aktörer på inredningsmarknaden. Hör av Dig till mig om Du arbetar med offentliga inredningar och är intresserad av att komma i kontakt med Alix Ducasse och företagen inom My French Room . Soline Guerinet: soline.guerinet(@)ubifrance.fr Tel : 08-545 89 167  

Podcasts - Rhône viner

Amelie Argenti - 15-mai-2014 16:03:24
Ladda ner och lyssna på 4 podcasts om Rhône viner! Podcast 1  " Dela en flaska 11 - Rajat Parr " är en inspelning med Alf Tumble och Rajat Parr. Podcast 2 " Côtes du Rhône, Tavel, Gigondas " är den första delen av Vinpratarnas specialavsnitt från Gastronord/vinordic mässan 2014.  Podcast 3 " CdR Villages, Crozes-Hermitage, Côte Rôtie " är andra delen av Vinpratarnas Gastronord/Vinordic avsnitt där de undersöker Rhône appellationerna och intervjuar chef Tabata Bonardi. Podcast 4 " Lirac, Vacquerays, Brännvin " är sista delen av Vinpratarnas specialavsnitt från Gastronord/Vinordic - Rhône viner och svenska smaker diskuteras. Ett stort tack till Alf Tumble, Andreas Grube och Béatrice Becher som har gjort dessa intressanta podcasts! 
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