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Changing the world for better… at least the world of gas stations)

Starbucks to Conquer the Chinese Market

The world’s coffee giant seems to have serious intention to conquer the Chinese coffee market by means of mobile technologies. The company is launching its new “Sayitwith Starbucks” service in collaboration with the largest social network in China featuring over 846 million users.

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A Glass of Free Hot Water – A Privilege or Obligation for Public Catering?

We all can find ourselves in different situations facing the need to have a glass of hot water. Whether you have just escaped from the desert or simply need to take your pills, it is p to public catering establishments whether to provide water for free or charge customers minimum prices to gain higher revenue. We are not talking of any altruistic or ethical issues. It’s just a business, baby! On the other, charging several cents for services that are actually not services appears to be a modern trend.

For example, a woman in a Moscow restaurant asked the staff if she could charge her cellphone, but her claim was rejected. This occasion resulted in numerous discussions and appeared to be another proof in favor of caterers that are eager to charge their customers for every extra breath. There are plenty of other examples of such greediness or tight economy, if you like. Such approach shoes a great eagerness of business owners to save every cent. However, they are so concentrated on the small things that they do not consider some obvious reasons of losing their major revenue. This is the point for another discussion.

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What’s New in the Coffee Cup Economy in 2017?

Coffee is doubtlessly one of the most important products available in the market. On the one hand, it can boast great tonic features. On the other hand, it brings different people from different parts of the world together forming a huge global community of dedicated business professionals. The role of coffee should never be underestimated, as its importance for the global economy is the same as finances, oil or other market-defining products.

Moreover, coffee highlights some extra features such as flexibility and some other resources letting the product change in accordance with the market development and met its expectations in the long run.

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McDonald’s Opts for Healthier Food Taking Fast-Casual Direction

Things change, as time goes by. What was created as a symbol of the fast food industry, calories and junk burgers may eventually turn into healthy food provider. McDonald’s tends to change the strategy in the nearest future obtaining a brand new look customers have never witnessed before.

The food giant is about to correct its strategy and focus on a so-called healthy fast food highlighting some fitness diets in addition to a separate food consumption propaganda. The new concept will feature a selection of recipes that can boast an optimal nutrition formula for people aimed at keeping fit. In other words, McDonald’s may turn into 100% opposite concept we are used to introducing some venues of the new healthy concept in different parts of the world. The extended menu includes a range of soups and salads, healthy sandwiches and main courses.

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Cloud-Based Solutions in Logistics

My expert comments given to LogLerney portal appeared to be the fundamental issue for this article. I do consider cloud-based technologies have a huge potential for the entire field of logistics.

Cloud-based solutions and backup have proved to be a better alternative to traditional options. A growing number of applications and management software lets businesses reduce the costs and concentrate on some prior issues and targets. What is the idea of such advanced supply chain managing tools and how can they be implemented in logistics?

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Why сonsulting does not always work?

Alexander Kuzmin, RusHOLTS CEO, spoke at the conference “Global and local markets of oil and petroleum products: the analysis, pricing, trade flows“, presenting the report on the non-fuel businesses of filling stations. Development and marketing of modern gas station chain have become relevant and even a prime-time topic for Russian gas station chains, both large and small. Request for an effective program of roadside service comes from the top of the Vertically Integrated Oil Companies’ management which is good. On the other hand it is sad that in the minds of many leaders the level of understanding of the non-fuel business development remained at the 2010 level.

Recently, representatives of the world’s leading management consulting companies have spoken a lot about the need for Russian gas stations chains to develop their potential of non-fuel businesses. In most cases, to the audience’s attention are offered the “best practices” based on the experience of more mature foreign markets with no less than half a century of history. Why are these recommendations still not massively implemented in the Russian conditions?

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Is it possible to get the “George Clooney effect” coffee sales at the gas stations?

Let’s talk about the habit of drinking coffee outside the home in Europe, Canada and Russia. Drinking coffee at the gas station, taking a cup of coffee to go on the way to work are the new habits of the modern metropolises inhabitants which change the coffe-drinking traditions in different countries around the world.

Mornings in the establishments of the Canadian coffee chain  in any city of Maple Leaf Country starts in the exact same way. The crowd of visitors sweeps stocks of coffee and pastries in the blink of an eye – the nation is one of the most coffee-addicted in the world, which is confirmed by the impressive figures of consumption and the degree of prevalence of drink among absolutely all categories of citizens in terms of monthly income, place of residence, occupation, etc. .

In 2015, the country has topped the list of 80 countries in terms of coffee consumption, calculated in liters per capita that are bought and cinsumed in catering establishments – mostly in the cafes. In terms of absolute consumption, including the volumes of coffee beverages drunk at home, Canada is the third in the world with 152 liters per person each year. Ahead are only Netherlands and Finland coffee fiends, confirms the authoritative Euromonitor study.

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Fully functional Internet of Things for gas stations is ready to take off

The Russian market of IoT solutions has a pronounced contrast compared to Europe and the United States in terms of ensuring connectivity of networks for M2M-technology devices. Its potential is regarded as a very high one. Therefore, analytical firm J’son & Partners Consulting in its research on the results of 2016 for the market of distributed systems and telemetry, remote monitoring and control services paid some special attention to the Russian Internet of Things market. Non-fuel businesses of filling stations may become the exemplary ones for the whole IoT industry, because the industry has a request for major changes to be made. It’s one thing when startups are looking for new items, and quite another one when such a request comes from the leaders of Vertically Integrated Oil Companies (VIOC).

What exactly J’son & Partners Consulting analysts evaluated?
Both the level of penetration and scale of systems that were examined in the study in the were assessed by the amount of wired and wireless devices in the segment of machine-to-machine (M2M), which are automatically (or with minimal human involvement) produce and transmit data collected by telemetry systems, and execute commands of these systems. Devices with built-in data processing functionality were not taken into account. The main objective of the study was to evaluate the prospects of transformation of distributed telemetry systems in the light of Internet of Things (IoT) future development.

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Why I invite Costa Express in Russia or «Welcome and No Trespassing»

“Without my friends there’s a little bit of me, but with a lot of friends there’s plenty of myself” – lines from a soviet children’s song perfectly describes the essential meaning of co-operation in any business. You can be the author of most innovative solutions, to develop breakthrough technologies, but it’s only going to be possible to bring it to a state of “finished product” by going through a complex chain of cooperation with a number of business partners.

And this is true even for applied business initiatives of the microscopic, compared to the market standards, formats. Opening a small shop selling two or three positions of coffee beverages and about the same range of pastries (i.e. we’re talking about literally micro scale of business, not even SMBs), immediately causes the owners of such an enterprise to the need to acquire the suppliers of coffee machines, cups, coffee beans or ready-to-use blends , semi-finished products for baking, microwave oven – and so on and so forth.

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Costa Coffee: supply chain as a growth factor

When traditional logistic models and the organization of the supply chain have jeopardized the dynamic growth of the company, the owners of Costa Coffee went all-in. The company completely changed the leadership, adopted a new strategy for the organization of supply, hired a new logistics operator, and also introduced a new enterprise software to provide a new level of benefit from the telemetry component of its system. We believe that the final result speaks for itself.

Author’s note
When I was preparing this article, i was surprised by how similar problems had to be solved in RusHOLTS around the same time. An illustration of the similarity could be invention of the rad by Marconi and Popov. The problem is in the air and solution comes to those who are looking for it. Only RusHOLTS had to be tis own “new” logistics operator because of the lack of worthy proposals. No “regional partners”, no services outsourcing – only our own trained and well-managed structures that guarantee the high quality of work.

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