ISCC 2019 – Key Takeaways and Trends in Germany’s Logistics Sector

Published on November 13, 2019
- in Events

There is no secret that digitalisation can be the long-awaited answer to many of the questions that your company may be challenged with today. If questions like, “How can we create and monetize value faster?”, “Are we competitive enough to strive in today’s market?”, crossed your mind by now, then there’s no time like the present to start planning for a digital future in this industry.

In Germany, due to poor internet infrastructure, some digitalised solutions can hardly be implemented, even though the government is taking actions into addressing these issues. Nation-wide schemes such as “Digital Together” aim to help and encourage small and mid-sized firms to go digital. 

Though Berlin’s start-up scene might be vibrant and forward-looking, in some other parts of the country, time often stood still in terms of technological and digital advancements. The justifications vary from fixed mindsets to staying up to date to the complexity and pace of tomorrow’s business environment. We’ve explored this subject regarding Germany’s receptiveness towards digitalised practices in the logistics industry here. 

We’ve been working closely with companies from this industry for years now and we did encounter similar challenges and approaches that these professionals are facing each day, and summarised some of them below. Being part of the Bundesvereiningung Logistik (BVL), we’ve joined the major organisations in the logistics industry in Berlin, for the International Supply Chain Conference on October 23-25, 2019. 

Inspire. Encourage. Act

This year’s International Supply Chain Conference gathered in Berlin over 3500 industry professionals during three intense days of plenary discussions about current and future trends, practices in the logistics sector. 

The key message explored over those three days was innovation. From taking a stand and tackling different economy and industry-related issues, to having the courage to explore and embrace innovation, identifying trends and developing successful strategies. 

Robert Blackburn, CEO of BVL, opened the conference with an inspiring note about self-confidence in a business environment. He gave a compelling example, analyzing the start-up scene in Asia, where, due to a courageous mindset, they seem to “ just do it”. Launch products, innovate and change easily different practices and are more inclined towards a digitalised way of doing business. Whereas, in Germany, the ever-challenging economic incentives and funding programs are taking a toll on the “just do it” attitude that usually leads to performance. The journey to success often starts with self-confidence and the courage to take the actions needed to get there, and it can only take an ascending route, in his opinion. 

Another good example of courageous practices from inside the industry is Otto Group’s approach towards innovation and founding subsidiary brands like About You. The CEO, Alexander Birken, took the subject of courage even further, stating that it is the central success factor for anything. In their endeavours to stay ahead of the market, using innovative digital practices, they founded several individual businesses like the online fashion and technology company, About You, which differentiates itself from other retailers by customizing the shopping experience for each individual, based on their personal style. 

Examples like this one that took a chance and succeeded in reaching the top of the market, really get us to think about the means that got them there. Talking about a digitalised service based in Hamburg, Germany,  that is customer-centric and dared to rise above the fears and mindset challenges that stopped so many businesses grow and tackled a whole new ground, online. 

Finding the First Steps toward a Digital Transformation

In the end, it really comes down to those companies who can best leverage the new technological practices and can remain up to date with the ever-changing trends. We’ve seen it many times in our work, even the most simple digital solutions can make a difference, especially in a competitive market. 

The first step is to acknowledge that there’s a need for change in the current approach and that you are willing to take a step further and tackle these digital times we live in, with a growth mindset. 

The second step is to diagnose and identify the challenges that face your company now, and after that, you can determine the most suitable solutions that can help you stay on top of the game. 

Starting small is better than doing nothing at all, and this statement is suitable for all kinds of situations. Improving smaller projects and paths can do wonders for your fast-growing business. But it goes without saying that by doing so, you need a trusted technological partner that can support your transformation efforts and can deliver meaningful and precise digital solutions. 

Start by addressing your needs first, and see how further will that take you. To help you out in this venture, we’ve assembled a guide that will answer some of your questions. Find it and download it here. 

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Million ways to grow with us at Qubiz: Cristi’s story

Published on October 17, 2019
- in Blog, Grow with Qubiz, The Qubiz Culture

How do you know that you are successful? We could write an interesting essay on this subject. A clear sign that somebody is outstanding in his field, is that his peers are constantly asking his opinion or insight. Our way of growing is to build a talented team that’s eager to evolve together with the company. 

Cristi Calbaza is the epitome of how one can make the most of his or her career at Qubiz. He works at Qubiz since2013. Actually, he was the first hire of the Cluj Office. We asked him to share his thoughts about his professional journey.

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Top 3 mental pillars for IT leaders facing digital disruption

Published on October 14, 2019
- in Opinion

Once in a while, we need to take a step back and recognise the fact that, in the words of Steve Jobs, everything around us has been built by people no smarter than ourselves.

While this is quite a broad statement with very obvious caveats, it does offer an important shift in perspective. The increased complexity of the world around us has pressed us into making some very difficult decisions. Some of them were made actively and consciously. On the other hand, the ones we very rarely talk about, are the passive and unconscious ones.

A research report from Harvard Business Publishing regarding the state of leadership development in 2018 has revealed that the second most pressing barrier to the success of leadership development is that there’s too much organisational change. The first one being time constraints.

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Why are we going in Summer Camps?

Published on September 4, 2019
- in Blog, Events, The Qubiz Culture, Uncategorized

In 2019 we had the 10th edition of the Qubiz Summer Camp. To mark this special occasion, we moved the event abroad for the very first time, to a 4-star resort in Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary. To say that we had a good time would be an understatement – and we have pictures to prove it!

This 10th edition also got me reflecting on why is the Summer Camp a Qubiz tradition. Since this should be a light, summery article, I tried to keep the list short. So, without further ado, here are the top 5 reasons we have company Summer Camps:

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Impressions from the Summer Internship

Published on August 9, 2019
- in Blog, Qubiz Academy, The Qubiz Culture

For us at Qubiz, the Summer just doesn’t feel right without an internship. This year, the aim of the program was to add new features to the Research Activity Management System we developed for the University of Oradea. For this, we selected six talented Computer Science students.

The internship started with two weeks of a crash course and continued with four weeks of intense software development split up in 2 sprints. By the end of the six weeks, we used all ceremonies of the SCRUM methodology. But enough of the boring details, let’s see the participant’s perspective on the internship:

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Million ways you can grow with us at Qubiz (ep.4)

Published on August 1, 2019
- in Blog, Grow with Qubiz, Qubiz Academy, The Qubiz Culture

One of the best things in the past decade was to see our team grow, both in number and in expertise. No matter when they joined us, it’s exciting to see their careers evolve together with the company. Today, we present you another inspiring career story, as part of our ongoing mini-series on Qubiz team members’ professional journeys (click here for previous episodes).

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Qubiz team at Discover Bihor Off-Road Triathlon

Published on July 25, 2019
- in Blog, Sports, The Qubiz Culture

Qubiz was represented at the Discover Bihor Off-Road Triathlon by 2 colleagues who competed at the individual Sprint track (2 people), another two who competed at the Olympic track, and by a team of 3 colleagues at the Sprint Company Challange track. 

You can find the technical details about the competition hosted by the picturesque Kings Land Ineu on the official website, so we’re not going to bore you with this. Instead, we’ve asked the participants to share their thoughts and impressions.

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Our favorite trainings and conferences in 2019 (so far)

Published on July 17, 2019
- in Blog, Opinion, Projects & Know-How

Excellence may sound like a buzzword, but for us, it expresses our constant appetite for innovation and technical proficiency. We consider it to be an essential ingredient of a good working environment, that’s why it’s one of the values that define the Qubiz Culture (aka Qubizm).

To stay true to this value, we set up an internal system that helps colleagues achieve their full potential. We constantly support our team by investing in hard and soft skills training sessions, materials, and periodic performance reviews. We compiled a list of the training sessions and conferences that our colleagues found the most useful this year. What other conferences would you recommend? Let us know in the comments section!

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