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Audi increases deliveries by 7.0 percent in July

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“Audi is preparing itself rigorously for the future with new models and structures,” says Bram Schot, interim CEO and Board Member for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG. “At the moment we feel a positive response to our models, but in the coming months the largest model initiative in our history and the switch to WLTP proves demanding.” Europe performed positively, reporting a month-end figure of around 79,250 deliveries, up 14.3 percent. This is thanks to an extraordinary effect from the sale of models in stock. In response to the switch to the ... Read More »

Deutsche Post DHL Group: Q2 EBIT in line with expectations

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On a comparable basis, i.e. after adjusting for currency effects and portfolio changes, revenue rose by 6.2%. This development was primarily driven by significant gains at DHL Express and Global Forwarding, Freight. Operating profit (EBIT) amounted to EUR 747 million, down by 11.2% against the record level of the prior-year period. All of the DHL divisions reported EBIT increases, some significant. However, earnings in the Post - eCommerce - Parcel division fell back as expected, above all due to higher transport and staff costs. As reported at... Read More »

Extending Google’s Grab and Go program to businesses so they can save time and money

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In addition to the hours employees devote to troubleshooting devices instead of completing projects, there’s the time your IT team spends on repair and replacement when they could be focusing on more strategic initiatives. In fact, IHS estimates that IT downtime costs a large enterprise $60 million a year. But what if you could decrease that lost time from hours and days to just a few minutes? We answered this question at Google by creating our Grab and Go program, allowing employees to use self-service stations to quickly borrow and return ... Read More »

Build the apps your business needs with App Maker

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Today, we’re making App Maker generally available to help you rethink how your teams operate. App Maker is G Suite’s low-code application development environment that makes it easy for teams to build custom apps to speed up workflows and make processes better. Apps to fill business gaps, built for your needs Analysts estimate that the right custom mobile app can save each employee 7.5 hours per week (that’s a week’s worth of lunch breaks!). Yet, too few businesses have the means, let alone the resources, to invest time and effort in building ... Read More »

Forbes Releases 16th Annual Global 2000 Ranking Of The World’s Largest Public Companies

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Chinese companies extend their streak at the top of the Global 2000 list. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China is ranked No. 1 for the sixth consecutive year. China Construction Bank remains in the No. 2 spot. The other two of China’s “Big Four” banks – Agricultural Bank of China and Bank of China – remain in the top ten, which is evenly split between China and the United States. JPMorgan Chase is now the largest company in the U.S., moving up one spot to No. 3 and overtaking Berkshire Hathaway (No. 4). Rounding out the top ten are Agricul... Read More »

Partnering with KPMG to help more enterprises transform their businesses

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Today, we’re announcing our partnership with KPMG to address these needs. KPMG's expertise in vertical markets, digital transformation,  change management and business process consulting can help Google Cloud customers understand how to take advantage of the cloud and put plans into action. Our partnership with KPMG will include solutions that will help enterprises in many different industries—including financial services, insurance, and healthcare—tackle issues like business transformation, cybersecurity and regulatory compliance. The first... Read More »

Vadim BlauStein explains how Customs Union can work for the benefit of the Netherlands after Brexit

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Mr. Blaustein, what can you say about the current state of the customs situation in the EU? Vadim Blaustein: At this moment, 28 of the EU member states participate in the Customs Union - an agreement decades old, an instrument towards the liberalisation of trade in Europe, which subsequently became the cornerstone of the EU itself. Throughout its years of existence, it was gradually developing towards harmonisation of legislation, unification of tariffs and customs procedures in the participating states and designing of single trade policie... Read More »

Forbes Releases Third FinTech 50 List: The Future Of Your Money

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The $8.5 trillion (market cap) U.S. financial services industry is being fundamentally reordered as technology disrupts not only individual behaviors, but also how big banks control risk and hedge funds place their bets. Worldwide, $27.4 billion poured into fintech startups in 2017, up 18% from 2016. With so much action in this industry, it is no surprise that 22 companies are new on this year’s FinTech 50 list. Notable newcomers include: Blend, Chainalysis, Remitly, The Bitfury Group and Enigma. We excluded public companies from our list and c... Read More »

An invitation you’ll want to accept: updates to G Suite meeting room hardware

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Over the past few years, our team has worked diligently to evolve Google Hangouts, create cost-effective, reliable meeting hardware and reimagine how teams brainstorm. Today at ISE, we’re announcing updates to make these meeting solutions even better for enterprises, including: Expanding Jamboard and Hangouts Meet hardware to new countries Adding AI-powered autodraw to improve your jams Offering more Hangouts Meet hardware options for larger rooms Here's what's new. Jamboard updates: EU expansion and adding AI-powered AutoDraw ... Read More »

Nestle sells Crunch, Nerds and other US brands to Ferrero for $2.8bn

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The Swiss food giant said it was offloading brands such as Crunch, Nerds, Runts and Butterfinger to focus on other products. Italy's Ferrero, which makes Nutella spread, Tic Tac and Ferrero Rocher, will become the US's third biggest confectionery maker. The deal is expected to go through by March this year. Ferrero said the brands would give it "substantially greater scale" and "a broader offering of high-quality products" for US customers. Healthy steps? The US confectionary market is the largest in the world, worth about $8bn a year acc... Read More »

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