There are many awards. Every single one of them has its justification and you are always as pleased as Punch if you are amongst the lucky winners. Of course it is brilliant when you are »Agency of the Year« or when your clients win top awards in digital business. This motivates and strengthens visions and missions, makes you incredibly proud and makes you want more. Time to step up your game and then try to win awards which focus on soft skills such as the sense of togetherness and the faces behind the scenes. For example the »i-work Business Award«. Therefore, we are all the more pleased that we were able to take home this honourable award yesterday. Thanks to JenaWirtschaft and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
Fairs and Events
K5, dmexco or etailment Summit – Handelskraft and dotSource are represented at numerous trade fairs and events. With comprehensive post-event reports, we collect the most important findings and happenings of individual events. The Handelskraft E-Commerce Breakfast should also be a set date in the calendars of those interested in e-commerce. The in-house breakfast takes place several times a year in different cities, such as Zurich, or Munich. Here we share the knowledge which makes us into a specialised blog for the e-commerce branch. Prominent representatives in their branch regularly present for us, for instanace, Martin Gross-Albenhauen and Jochen Krisch.
In mid-October, one of the most important awards in e-commerce, the Shop Usability Award, was presented in Munich. We are incredibly proud that our client SLV has prevailed in the category »B2B« and warmly congratulate them on this well-deserved success. It shows once again that an outstanding user experience is not a question of industry and that the investment in the design of digital customer relationships pays off.
When a new employee starts at dotSource, they get a computer, a desk, a chair, nice colleagues, and a bag of candy. It’s grass green, about 45 centimetres long, big enough to stand out and small enough not to make schoolchildren jealous.
The gesture has a two-sided. On one hand, the German tradition of giving bags of candy on the first day of school was invented in Jena. Secondly, dotSource’s headquarters are there. And at the other two locations in Leipzig and Berlin, it’s important for us to promote creativity, impartiality, and curiosity in every day at work. And this succeeds not least through creative concepts in which there is literally room for innovation.
With the digitisation of retail, many niche businesses are coming to fruition. And many others are finding that they’ve needed to change and go online and go farther than before. Globalisation and digitisation aren’t just challenges, but an opportunity for companies to take the next step and gain market share in ways thought impossible. The goal along the way is to eliminate pain points for customers.
What’s happening more and more often is that new companies are coming out of the woodwork and often start with an online presence and want a physical one as well. And there is also the opposite happening with traditional companies. Both are looking to keep their share of the market, take back the share they once had, or be a dominating force to be reckoned with.
Brands, retailers, and manufacturers need innovative solutions to meet the fast pace of the digitised economy. It requires short communication channels, fast feedback loops, and rapid decision-making, in short: a flexible work organisation. Away from pyramid-shaped hierarchical structures to cross-team network structures. Agility is a buzzword that has already been heavily used and often debated in this context. The questions posed (most of the time from management) and the honest answers will be found here today.
Digitisation is all-encompassing — the more digital the business and the business processes, the better. Because the more automated processes taking place, the more time is left for the important things. At the top of this ranking of important things are, from a business point of view, the successful design of digital customer relations, the motivation not only to say customers are the focus but to make it a reality. This was also clearly noticeable at the Internet World Expo 2019 and at the 9thINTERNET WORLD BUSINESS Shop Awards on the eve of the event.
Skilled craftsmanship and digitisation. If you don’t think one can benefit from another, the results of the 2019 Shop Áwards should be the final nail in the coffin to put that reasoning to bed. After all, whoever succeeds in transferring classic retail virtues from analogue to digital, and with great success, rightly deserves the coveted award: Online shop of the year. That’s what our client WÜRTH was told they had when they were in Munich and took first place in the category: 2019 Best B2B Shop.
At the beginning of the year, trends are a recurring theme. But what are trends and where do they come from? How can we recognise them and what are they good for? Trends open up business opportunities, but in order to benefit from them, you need to go deeper, observe attitudes, opinions, and habits and understand changes. This is the only way dealers, manufacturers and brands can deliver what consumers want, even before they know it.
Delia Wieser (formerly Dumitrescu), the co-author of the book Trend-Driven Innovation, explains in her exciting opening keynote speech at Handelskraft Conference 2019, how companies are coming from the many trends to business-specific innovation.
In order to bridge the time until the conference without having to forego trend input, today interviewer Wiesle, lead architect at TrendWatching, used exclusive use cases to reveal exclusively what lies behind the megatrends and how to use them to create their own digital business strengthens.
Content is no longer just produced and published in one place. Information and data are processed by various devices and distributed over several channels. The classic content management system, therefore, reaches its limits, as it’s not designed to provide data outside of its own template engine.
Headless is the answer to this new scenario and more and more companies are betting on its many benefits. It can be very well combined with other emerging modern approaches, such as a microservices architecture, a progressive web app, and a cloud strategy.
On 28 March, 2019, Christopher Zimmermann, Product Manager of Magnolia, will be giving answers to all questions about Headless CMS at the Handelskraft Conference, even those you wouldn’t even dare to ask. He gives us his first round of insights in the Handelskraft interview.
Online shopping doesn’t end after a purchase. Many companies are now aware of this. But what does it take to be successful in the digital business in the long term? Whether B2C or B2B, it’s important to offer the customer added value beyond the product purchase. And how does that succeed? With all-round service. In the digital age, however, this is no longer exclusively in the hands of the sales department. So the challenge is to transfer the analogue customer relationships into digital. Important factor: Customer Relationship Management. But with the selection and introduction of a suitable CRM system it’s not done, because as well as the customers, a system wants to be understood and maintained.
Frequently this means a restructuring (if not a complete reorganisation) of organisational and process structures. MEVACO also experienced this. On 28 March 2019, Achim Ahrens, e-commerce manager at MEVACO GmbH, will give practical insights into the technical and internal requirements at Handelskraft 2019, which will entail the implementation of a CRM system. In our interview with him, he discusses the topic with us before the conference!