Zalando X Stuart + Foncia + Laurent Broca = INSIDERS

by bold-lichterman

  • Facing Amazon, Zalando and Stuart unite to launch an on-demand parcel return service in Paris.
  • Foncia is joining forces with Immodvisor to strengthen its online presence.
  • Spark Labs opens a second space in New York.
  • Today’s figure: 7 out of 10 Chinese internet users are planning to participate in the next Singles’ Day.
  • The image of the day: banks and insurance companies cautious regarding the integration of the blockchain.
  • Quote of the day: Elon Musk and the Universal Basic Income.
  • Video of the day: Voyageurs National Park in 8K.
  • The appointment of the day: Laurent Broca is appointed president of Vizeum France.
  • The online workshop: The 4 critical steps of a Cloud migration project.
    November 10 at 11 a.m., with Outscale.

Pingki HouangThe merchant Zalando decided to ally with Stuart, a start-up specializing in the “last mile” delivery niche to launch an on-demand parcel return service. Currently being tested in Paris, it offers residents of the capital the opportunity to return the items of their choice within a 30-minute time slot or by appointment within 7 days. This device has already been tested by Zalando in Cologne, Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The service was extended to the whole of the Netherlands at the end of September.

To return a package, the customer simply has to program their request online from their Zalando customer area, indicating their address, the size of the package, the date and the desired time slot. As soon as the request is sent, Stuart offers the courier closest to the pick-up location to pick up the package at the desired time. “A negative delivery experience will deter 43% of customers from returning to a merchant site and redirect 39% of them to an in-store purchase»Says Pingki Houang, Managing Director of Stuart France.

The on-demand return parcel service is Zalando’s way of setting itself apart from the competition from Amazon. Last June, the American marketplace launched “Prime Now” in Paris to allow customers of the Premium offer to benefit from delivery in one hour in the capital and in 21 towns located in the surrounding area. Faced with express delivery, the German e-merchant has chosen to opt for express return.

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Jeremy GiacominiThe real estate developer Funcia signed a partnership with the Nantes start-up Immodvisor, which is developing a platform for advice between individuals on real estate, housing and construction professionals. As part of this agreement, each real estate agency of the Foncia group will have a dedicated space on Immodvisor, with a presentation of its activity, photos, opinions collected and their responses, as well as a Facebook news feed. “This allows us to keep a link with the client, even once the transaction is completed, and to continue the relationship thanks to the interactions made possible by the Immodvisor platform.“, Explain Jeremy Giacomini, digital and customer relations director of Foncia.

To date, the real estate developer employs 8,000 people and has a network of 500 physical agencies. In 2015, the group achieved a turnover of 700 million euros.

Read also: Foncia buys the start-up Somhome, a “Meetic of the real estate meeting”

Christophe GarnierSpark Labs, a support structure for European start-ups based in New York, inaugurated on November 1 a new coworking space in “Big Apple”. Located in Bryant Park, this new site with an area of ​​2,000 m2 will accommodate 200 start-ups, against forty for the first space, near Union Square.

Spark Labs is responsible for supporting start-ups in defining their market in the United States while guiding them at the operational level (legal, recruitment, etc.). Beyond New York, Christophe Garnier, the founder of the structure, plans to open a space in San Francisco and potentially in Los Angeles.

Read also: Spark Labs, a gateway for European start-ups to conquer the United States

Chinese Lantern for Chinese New Year CelebrationNext November 11 takes place on Singles’ Day in China. The day, initially dedicated to single people, gradually turned into a day of promotional sales, under the leadership of Alibaba in particular. If in 2015, Chinese e-merchants had broken sales records (Alibaba alone had garnered more sales than for Thanksgiving and Black Friday combined), in 2016 the participation of Internet users should be lower, if we one believes study produced by AdMaster.

Barely more than 7 out of 10 respondents plan to participate in the next Singles’ Day, against an 84% stake last year, a drop of 13 points in the space of a year. Those under 25 also appear to be turning away from the event this year, with just 64% of respondents planning to shop online next Friday, down 20 points from last year.

Among the reasons given to justify this drop in interest, the delivery times of products deemed too long for 25% of respondents, but also the fact that promotions on platforms during the year make the principle of the operation less interesting for 24% of them.

** Methodology: study carried out in mid-October 2016 among 1,730 Chinese Internet users.

In his “World FinTech Report 2017 » produced in partnership with LinkedIn, Capgemini wanted to understand how decision-makers working within financial institutions perceive the new FinTech services.

Regarding blockchain and its applications in the financial world, traditional players remain cautious, if the results of the study are to be believed. The first micro-payment and money transfer solutions from one country to another should therefore see the light of day at the earliest within 3 years. Insurance solutions integrating the blockchain, or even bank loans, should not be available for 5 years.


Read also: Customer service: banks still have a (slight) edge over FinTechs

Elon_Musk_SpaceX_TeslaI think there is a good chance that we will eventually have a basic universal income, or something close to it, because of automation. I don’t know what else we could do“. This is what Elon Musk said this Friday, November 2, during an interview given to CNBC.

The head of Tesla refers to a concept in vogue in the world of American Tech, that of a Universal Basic Income to offset one of the negative effects of automation on employment: a drop in demand for some positions.

Discovering American national parks in a different way, and helping to preserve them, is the ambition of the project More than Just Parks launched by two American directors, Will and Jim Pattiz. The two brothers recently unveiled a video made in time-lapse and 8K, shot in the Travelers National Park in Minnesota. It took more than 20,000 takes to make this film, and 14 days of shooting inside the park located on the border with Canada.

laurent-broca-vizeum-france-2016LBroca would have is promoted to president of Vizeum France. Since 2013, he was the director general of the agency. As part of his new role, Laurent Broca will be responsible for accelerating the growth of Vizeum France.

From 04 to 06 November, the Sartup Weekend took place at school 42 under the sign of artificial intelligence.

83 diverse and complementary profiles joined forces for 54 hours to create their startup and test their ideas, in front of a prestigious jury made up of investors and entrepreneurs.

13 projects were born, 4 projects stood out and were awarded:

  • Gaya a bot that allows you to translate sentences into images and emoticons from any language.

  • Karl is a mobile application that uses artificial intelligence to be able to recommend clothing to the user.

  • CleverTalk is a chatbot that uses speech recognition technology for the purpose of storing and categorizing chats during appointments and meetings.

  • MyLawHero is a personal legal assistant.

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