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The Retail issue

Posted on 2014-04-28

The Retail issue

This month newsletter is focused on retail, drawing on our experience in this market in China and abroad. Ten years ago, when I started this company, coming from an infrastructures and utilities background, I would not have imagined applying our know-how and technology to retail stores! It however happened, first with Auchan, Ikea, B&Q, much later with Carrefour, Sephora. Even more surprising, we found that the advanced technological solutions we designed for retailers could also apply to industrial customers.

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Learning from retailers

Posted on 2014-04-28

Learning from retailers

When we started this company in 2004, coming from an infrastructures and utilities background, we would not have imagined applying our know-how and technology to retail stores! After all, a retail store is technically much less complex than a plant, represents a much smaller investment and technical failure certainly has less impact…This article will simply look into recent stories featuring our experience with retailers and try to show their relevance to other industries, more particularly to industrial plants.

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bluebee® for retail, with POS integration

Posted on 2014-04-28

bluebee® for retail, with POS integration

Retailers may have defined their “best practice” in terms of Facilities Management (FM) or Risk Prevention (RP), but how do they ensure this best practices is actually applied to all the stores? Traditional paper-based processes, relying on procedures, coaching, auditing, etc. often do not work in China. In a large organization, they also represent an enormous administrative burden.

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Risk Prevention, key to sustainable retail success at Carrefour China

Posted on 2013-03-29

Risk Prevention, key to sustainable retail success at Carrefour China

Over the past 40 years, the Carrefour group has grown to become one of the world’s leading distribution groups.

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Of maintenance as risk management

Posted on 2010-12-30

Of maintenance as risk management

While this article may be considered a follow-up on last month’s editorial on fire safety, it is clear that risk prevention has become a recurring theme at the conferences we attend, as well as during our customers meetings.

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The potential for improvement in FM

Posted on 2010-08-15

The potential for improvement in FM

While maintenance and facility management expenditures tend to be considered low in China (cheap labor, locally-made spare parts, cut-throat competition between contractors), studies and experience show that companies’ top executives still focus on reducing them. Outsourcing decisions are, for example, usually motivated by an immediate reduction in maintenance spending.

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