This year, the 7 Sleepless Shopping Nights and Online Retailer Day are joining forces to galvanise Belgian e-commerce and highlight our local champions. The first event will take place on 25 April.
> Shopping Nights
The association Safeshops is aiming to increase consumer confidence in online shopping in Belgium. To do so, it has created a quality label that bears its name. And from 25 April to 1 May inclusive, it is once again organising the 7 Sleepless Shopping Nights.
The affiliated retailers are this year expecting over 25,000 consumers for promotions that are only available overnight between 7pm and 7am. Around a hundred online shops from various sectors are participating, representing the travel industry, home decor, fashion, electronics, jewellery and more.
"We successfully launched these Sleepless Shopping Nights last year. 96% of online retailers have confirmed that they will be participating this year!"
Marc Périn, Chairman of Safeshops.be
The association recently gave awards to several Belgian online retailers, after talking to 500 customers. Those that received awards in 2017 include NewPharma (Diamond Award), HelloKings (Rising Star), AS Adventure (Logistic Champion), Albelli (Payment Hero) and Viata (Customer Friendliness).
> Online Retailer Day
Its name doesn't really suit it. In fact, Online Retailer Day will take place over three days on 3, 4 and 5 November 2017. The idea is to boost sales for Belgian online retailers at the beginning of November, a period that is traditionally rather quiet before the Christmas sales begin.
This year, Online Retailer Day has teamed up with Shopping Nights in terms of logistics and marketing. Over the three days, more than 200 Belgian online retailers will run offers for Belgian consumers which will be available on the central website, www.journeeduwebshop.be. Special offers will also be made available on social media using the hashtag #JDWXL. At the beginning of September, all the online retailers will be able to launch marketing campaigns leading up to the event.
Some big names will be involved (Dreamland, Hema), but less well-known shops such as Eskimo, NotreVache, Kamielenco, le Petit Zèbre and Streekmarkt will use this opportunity to get their names out there. To take part, you can sign up by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or calling +32 (0)9 279 47 72.
Our bank sponsors the Export Lion Awards for the first time
On 23 September, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) will be hosting the 19th Export Lion Awards, an event that celebrates Flemish companies with outstanding export results. BNP Paribas Fortis is happy to support this initiative.
In 2005, the Flemish government established the Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) agency to promote international business in Flanders. FIT was the result of a merger of Export Flanders and the Flemish Service for Investment. The organisation aims to promote international entrepreneurship in Flemish companies, particularly SMEs.
FIT has its headquarters in Brussels and has 96 offices worldwide, five of which are based in Flanders. The agency provides information and assistance to Flemish investors and exporters free of charge.
Partnership with BNP Paribas Fortis
This year FIT is organising the 19th Export Lion Awards on Wednesday 23 September, an event that puts Flemish companies with exceptional export results in the spotlight. As the number one import and export bank, BNP Paribas Fortis is pleased to support this event as a sponsor. We are highly committed to our encouragement of Belgian exporting companies, and therefore the economy in general. Our many years of expertise in international trade finance and our global network of experts make us the perfect partner for companies with (future) international operations.
"We are proud that Belgium is one of the top 15 export countries in the world, and we are happy to give our exporters a boost by sponsoring the Export Lion Awards", Frank Haak, Head of Sales Global Trade Solutions at BNP Paribas Fortis, says.
Everything you need to know about the event
- What? Sparkling online award ceremony followed by a virtual networking event
- Where? At 6 locations and live from Ghent
- When? Wednesday 23 September, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Entry fee?Free, but advance registration is recommended
Do not miss this inspiring evening!
You will receive an email with a link to the event's live stream a day before the award ceremony.
BNP Paribas Group, first quarter 2020 results
Excellent business drive in the quarter impacted by an unprecedented health crisis
The health crisis has had major repercussions on macroeconomic outlook and produced extreme shocks on the financial markets. After a quarter in line with the 2020 objectives of BNP Paribas, health crisis related developments had several major negative impacts on the first quarter 2020.
Commenting on these results, Chief Executive Officer Jean-Laurent Bonnafé stated:
“In response to the health crisis, the Group’s teams have mobilised around the world to contribute to the functioning of the economy and its financing. Our concerns have been to protect our employees who are fully mobilised to ensure banking services, to quickly implement solutions to support the financing of our corporate, institutional and individual clients, and to launch in all regions where we are present a plan for emergency donations to the hospital sector and organisations committed to assist vulnerable people.
At the end of a quarter supported by an excellent business drive, in line with its 2020 objectives, the results of BNP Paribas for the 1st quarter 2020 were impacted by the harshness of the health crisis. The good resilience of revenues and results despite this shock demonstrates the robustness of the Group’s diversified and integrated model. With all teams at BNP Paribas, whose I want to thank tireless commitment to serving customers and providing support to society, we will continue our efforts to mitigate the impact of the crisis on the economy and prepare for the future.”
Press Release: https://invest.bnpparibas.com/documents/1q20-pr-23455
Apple Pay: for your professional expenses too
Does your company provide its employees with debit and credit cards? If they have an Apple device, they can now activate Apple Pay, the contactless payment service, for all their professional expenses too.
This solution allows them to use these devices to pay online or in shops, via all terminals displaying the Apple Pay logo or the contactless payment icon. To do so, they just need to add their Mastercard or Visa credit card and/or BNP Paribas Fortis debit card to their Apple Wallet with SMS authentication.
To find out more, visit our dedicated page.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact your relationship manager.
Test it here: how sustainable is your organisation?
BNP Paribas Fortis' Sustainable Business Competence Centre (SBCC), which helps companies transition to a sustainable business model, has developed a test to help you determine your company's progress in achieving sustainability. You can set to work immediately with the results of this test.
As Belgium's largest bank, BNP Paribas Fortis wants to drive socio-economic development in our country. This development requires companies to transition to a sustainable business model. As this is not particularly straightforward, BNP Paribas Fortis wants to make its expertise available to its customers.
One of the SBCC's initiatives is a brand-new test aimed at corporates, SMEs and institutional customers. The test consists of 15 questions relating to the steps you need to take to become more sustainable: awareness, diagnosis, quick wins, business model and cooperation and innovation. Once you have finished the test, you will receive the results in your mailbox instantly.
The SBCC uses your answers to make practical recommendations for your journey towards more sustainable entrepreneurship. In addition, we have all the resources needed to guide you throughout your transition from start to finish:
- technological expertise in high-tech, ICT, biotech, medtech, clean and green tech, and more
- a network of companies and business associates
- financial products and services that facilitate the transition to a sustainable model
Is your organisation ready for a sustainable future?