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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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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Key takeaways – Outsourcing & Shared Services Germany Forum, 2019

Published on June 12, 2019
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Before going to this event in Berlin, we’ve talked about some upcoming trends in outsourcing in the area of IT and innovation. These were the ideas we’ve brought with us to open up discussions regarding how we see things as an SME in Romania, especially while working with companies from the DACH region.

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Let’s talk in Berlin: Outsourcing and Innovation – how we see things as an SME in Romania.

Published on May 27, 2019
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Outsourcing today

The outsourcing phenomenon is definitely not a new one. We’ve seen a constant shift in recent years towards better and broader access to IT expertise at lower overall costs for businesses operating in the West. For companies in the DACH region, it’s been increasingly obvious that countries in Eastern Europe have a distinct advantage when looking at cultural similarities, including having German-speaking experts. A recent report for 2019 by the Worldwide Group, finds that, in Romania, 33 out of 40 companies analyzed use German during service delivery.

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Qubiz Ski Camp 2019 in Review [photo gallery]

Published on February 13, 2019
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Last Saturday we got back from our yearly Winter Ski Camp and as of today (Tuesday) I still got my mind wandering back to our trip in Jasná, Slovakia. Needless to say it was awesome!

And yes, as of this year, Winter Camp is called Ski Camp, because it’s really that, a trip mainly for skiers and snowboarders. However, I for one am not a winter sports aficionado and still had a lot of fun in Jasná. There’s a lot more to do than skiing there, but more on that in a minute.

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2018: Our year in review

Published on December 12, 2018
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When we wrapped up 2017, we had no idea what 2018 would have in store. As our 10 years anniversary was coming up, we had a slight idea that it would be something different.

Yet this year was a ride beyond what we have ever hoped for.

Here are the highlights:

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German IT Leader Congress: what IT can learn from music and football

Published on October 16, 2018
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The German IT Leader Congress brought together IT leaders, managers, CTOs, CIOs from all over Germany, working in middle and large size companies across various industries: construction, healthcare, automotive, manufacturing – to name a few.

Over the two days, attendees and speakers for the event discussed the main issues in IT in Germany and where it is still needed. They also suggested solutions for overcoming these.

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Qubiz at IOT Solutions World Congress, the leading IOT industry event

Published on October 10, 2018
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As it allows any device to connect and transfer data over a network without requiring minimal human or computer interaction, IoT enables us to create various connections with and within our environments.

IoT’s massive potential is confirmed by its exponential growth: a compound annual growth rate of nearly 20%. (source) This all adds up to over 30 billion connected devices by 2020. (source)

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Our key takeaways from Intelligent Health AI

Published on September 26, 2018
- in Blog, Events, Opinion

The Intelligent Health Summit in Basel, Switzerland were two days packed with interesting conversations and presentations on how technology will shape healthcare. If you didn’t make the event, here are our main takeaways from the event.

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Qubiz at the German IT Leader Congress in Düsseldorf

Published on September 13, 2018
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Given the ubiquity of smart devices and the swift advances in artificial intelligence, what was once a thing of the future is happening as we speak.

Technology has long taken the lead, driving change and innovation across different fields and industries from music to logistics, health, and finance. Digital transformation and integrating technologies into current business practices can mark the difference between success and failure for any company, regardless of size, industry or operations.

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