Blog & Inspiration

DIGITAL NOMADS
Distance is an illusion. Today we live in an era in which flight connections and various ways of communication have shrunk the world. New possibilities to stay loyal to your social environment have opened up, even if you are thousands of kilometres away. We are on the edge of a revolution that will change the way we live and work.
IN CONVERSATION WITH ANIA HENTZ
B2B eCommerce is on a growth trajectory. Strong driving forces include above all the expansion of digital processes, but also rising customer expectations and competitive pressure. Constantly-evolving technologies are opening up new possibilities and generating innovative ideas. And personalisation will play an important role here.
SMART FABRICS
Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group (ATAP), which focusses on researching future technologies, is currently transforming textiles into interactive surfaces. Here, new weaving techniques are being developed that permit sensors and electro-conductive yarns to be integrated into fabrics.
HUNGRY FOR RESULTS
This app is really tough! My muscles were burning like fire and during the last ten jumps my legs started to feel heavy as lead, yet there were still squats to do, which would be the final straw for my trembling muscles. Quitting is not an option, if you want to see results from the exercise, the Freeletics app is absolutely clear about that. However, the app also motivates, is a meeting point for like-minded people and, if you stick to the tough training schedule, delivers fast and sustainable results. It can be used anywhere and at any time and provides a community, inspiration and confidence for its users. In just three years, Freeletics has become a global market leader in the fitness industry, and it would be an attractive target for investors if it were to offer shares. Thus far, though, the company is totally self-financed.
IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT SCHNEIDER
Software partners are increasingly focussing on holistic system solutions in enterprise content marketing instead of directly approaching companies. The reason: with their many years of practical experience, they have specialist knowledge of specific sectors and requirements. Consequently, software partners are often better positioned for implementing, customising and operating client-specific solutions, using targeted, innovative technologies in the process. Integrators such as w&co also offer the required change management – resulting in high user acceptance and maximum ROI.
STEFAN SAGMEISTER
What makes people really happy? This is precisely the question the acclaimed designer Stefan Sagmeister has asked himself. The very personal documentary ‘The Happy Film’ is the result of years of research and self-experiments on the way to happiness. His work inspires and fascinates, and is known for its provocative designs that question the role of the designer in today’s society. Together, we discussed his life, his work and the search for happiness.
SIX BILLION SHOPPERS
Everyone is looking to solve data management problems in the digital age. This article helps answer the core questions of what makes e-commerce tick across the globe, especially around helping clients understand why data must be wielded as an enterprise asset in order to win in the digital age.
IN VOLLER BLÜTE
Qualifizierte Beratung und ein optimaler Service sind zwei der wichtigsten Elemente für ein erfolgreiches Unternehmen. Endress Motorgeräte, ein führender Händler für professionelle Garten- und Forsttechnik, beherrscht genau das. Um für Kunden auch online den Einkauf zu einem wahren Erlebnis zu machen, setzen sie auf die Omnichannel-Box von infolox.
THUMBS UP
Summertime is spent outside basking in the sun. However, too many ultraviolet rays cause more damage than fun. The risk of contracting skin cancer has risen in the last few years, and is one of the most common types of cancer spread around the world. La Roche-Posay, the leading dermatological brand of the French cosmetics company L’Oréal, provides better skin protection for you and your loved ones in a revolutionary way. Check, protect and play safe in the sun are no longer pie in the sky.
EVERYBODY WELCOME
The motto of the new Public Hotel by Ian Schrager is “Luxury for All”. The legendary New York hotelier has not only reinvented a new hotel concept, but with his idea of affordable luxury, he also stands up to the growing popularity of Airbnb. A hotel should and must be more than just a place to sleep. A cool location still proves its worth, because Public stands in the middle of New York’s hip Lower East Side. No-frills luxury, no reception, checked in by mobile phone or via iPads in the lobby. Room service can be ordered online through delivery services.
IN HARMONY
For a long time, people in the economic, political, and social gear mechanism were assigned the role of constantly calling up and improving their performance. The fact that this approach demands too high a price while impairing the quality of life has since been recognised. With this change in conscience, humans are again taking centre stage. Having been familiar with the efficacy of plants since her childhood, Ines Zorman is strongly focused on natural medicines to support a healthy lifestyle. In a conversation about alternative forms of therapy and the frantic strive for perfection, Prof Dr Dietrich Grönemeyer shows how to lead a healthy and happy life in a performance-orientated society.
UNLEASH POTENTIALS
A friend once said, a man is honoured for what he gave and not for what he received. That seems like a common thread with great personalities we adore – be it reformists, scientists, political heroes or business leaders. We remember them for the positive change that they have created not just in our lives, but for many generations. Drawing leadership lessons from their ways may be especially beneficial to the corporate world in today’s digital age.
AN OCEAN OF INK AND PAPER
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves. The Dutch architectural practice MVRDV has combined these two aspects effortlessly in one of its most daring projects, and opens up a new world of indulgence by designing a unique complex celebrating the book as cultural artefact.
GLOBAL THINKING
She is one of the few female key players in the Tech World and there is a lot that men can learn from her. With more than 25 years in extensive information technology management, Rhonda Vetere helps companies in every sector to succeed on their digital journey. With a lot of passion and dynamism, she leads her teams and aims to truly inspire change and growth within both the organisations and people. We spoke with Rhonda about her work, her passion for technology and her new role as President of health care company nThrive.
NEW BUSINESS
Digitalisation has not only turned our everyday lives upside-down, it has also extensively revolutionised commerce. Developments in eCommerce have actually strong-armed digital transformation. The boundaries between sectors have become more fluid, those selling insurance today may be selling cars tomorrow. Nothing seems impossible any more.
HARMONIOUS MOMENTUM FOR HAMBURG

Germany has a new landmark. On the 11th of January, the Elbe Philharmonic opened in the Hamburg harbour district. The question may be asked if 10 years of building and 800 million euros of investment have been worth it. Time will show if a definite answer can be found to this. However, it can already be confirmed that this impressive building, planned by the Swiss team of architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, is the missing piece filling the gap in the jigsaw of the Hanse town.

FREE SPIRIT
As soon as its mistress removes the protecting cap, the great eagle turns its head and looks around with its piercing eyes. It is still perched on the young girl’s arm. Suddenly, it spots its prey and in two great beats of its wings, it flies up in the air. Down in the valley, the fox has no idea of the coming danger; it is eagerly following the scent of a mouse. Intent on what is happening, Aisholpan is holding her breath. This moment will prove if all the efforts, the setbacks, the hostilities and difficulties of the last months were worth it.
GLOBALLY CONNECTED
Die Prysmian Group in Deutschland hat den aufwendigen Prozess ihrer Printmedien-Erstellung automatisiert. Auf Basis der PIM-Software von jCatalog werden jetzt die Datenblätter für rund 15.000 Produkte mit einer Vielzahl an Varianten on demand generiert. Der Clou dabei: Alle Produktdaten werden aus der Cloud zur Verfügung gestellt.
AUSGESCHLAFEN AUFGEWACHT
Er ist komplex und doch so einfach wie genial – der menschliche Bewegungsapparat. Seit über 90 Jahren erforscht das Unternehmen Ottobock dieses Wunderwerk und verhilft im Falle einer Einschränkung zu mehr Mobilität und damit zu einem selbstbestimmteren Leben. Doch wie können wir unserem Körper gezielt die Entspannung gönnen, die er verdient? Denn Kraft, Bewegung, eine gesunde Haltung, all das kann sich nur im Einklang mit effektiven Ruhephasen optimal entfalten.
MEHR DAVON...
Valora Trade Austria baut bei der Entwicklung seiner Vertriebs-App auf Stämpfli und profitiert darüber hinaus dank PIM von einer einheitlichen, konsistenten Datenqualität und einer automatisierten Katalogerstellung.
ANPASSEN

Fehlende oder nicht adäquat überwachte Compliance-Regelungen wurden in der Vergangenheit bereits einigen Großunternehmen zum Verhängnis, und das Ergebnis bewegt sich nicht selten bei einer zweistelligen Millionenklage oder noch höheren Schadensersatzforderungen.