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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +32 (0)9 279 47 72.
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?
BNP Paribas Group, second quarter 2019 results
The business of BNP Paribas was up this quarter in a context where economic growth remained positive in Europe but slowed down, implying expectations of a continued low interest rate environment.
Director and Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé:
“BNP Paribas delivered in the first half an increase in net income at 4.4 billion euros. Revenues were up thanks to business growth in the operating divisions. Operating expenses were well contained and benefitted from the transformation plan, generating a positive jaws effect. The common equity Tier 1 ratio rose to 11.9%, illustrating the Group’s solid balance sheet. New digital experiences rolled out for customers are a success and the Group is actively executing its ambitious policy of engagement in society. I would like to thank all the employees of the Group for their dedicated efforts to achieve these good results. ”
BNP Paribas Group, first quarter 2019 results
The business of BNP Paribas was up this quarter for the three operating divisions with in particular a gradual upturn in the business of CIB. Economic growth slowed down in Europe but remained positive. After the crisis in the markets at the end of 2018, the market context remained lackluster at the beginning of the quarter, but improved towards the end of the period.
Director and Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé:
“BNP Paribas delivered a good level of result this quarter, at 1.9 billion euros. Revenues were up thanks to business growth in the operating divisions with in particular an upturn in client business at CIB. Operating expenses were well contained and benefitted from cost saving measures, generating a positive jaws effect.”
Do companies really want a more sustainable world?
Yes, the success of our Sustainable Business Ateliers is good proof of that. Most companies are aware of their social responsibility, but some are in need of information. To help them on their way, BNP Paribas Fortis organises regular regional Sustainable Business Workshops. Last year, our bank organised two pilot sessions in Liège and Limburg and more recently it was the turn of Namur, Gits (in West Flanders) and Ghent. Other Belgian cities will be announced soon.
During the Sustainable Business Workshops the invited clients are inspired by the experts from our Sustainable Business Competence Centre, and by other clients who speak about the actions they have already taken with their business.
After the presentations, participants are divided into groups and share experiences led by a moderator.
How do clients rate them?
Feedback from the participants revealed that the focus on cooperation and networking opportunities are the greatest advantages of the Workshops. Those attending always include representatives of small, medium-sized and large businesses from a variety of sectors - a diversity which participants find highly enriching. After all, no single company can overcome all of the present challenges on its own. Companies will not only have to cooperate with one another, but also with the government, universities, startups, etc. to make progress.
According to the participants, BNP Paribas Fortis is also the only financial service provider that goes great lengths to support companies in the area of sustainable business, by analysing at which stage of the sustainable business path the companies are and by guiding them to use sustainability as an opportunity for their activities.
Do you want to participate in one of our Sustainable Business Workshops? Please contact your Relationship Manager for the practical details.
Not a client yet? And do you want to know more about the guidance we offer and the benefits of sustainability for your company? Discover what our Sustainable Business Competence Centre can do for you.