bonprix’s “fashion connect” concept awarded “Store Of The Year 2020” prize

bonprix’s radical, customer-oriented, digitally-assisted and adaptive “fashion connect” shop picked up a special prize at the prestigious “Store Of The Year 2020” awards ceremony at Germany’s 16th Retail Property Congress in Berlin on last Wednesday evening. A jury of industry experts honoured the company’s consistent efforts to unite the very best from the online and offline sectors, creating a highly innovative and unique shopping experience. Since 2005, the German Retail Association (HDE) has presented their “Store Of The Year” awards to pioneering, creative shop concepts.

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“Although it’s only been a year since we opened we’ve had a fantastic reception from our customers, as well as huge interest from the media, experts, competitors and the industry as a whole. It shows just how important frank and transparent dialogue is in shaping the future of retail,” said Rien Jansen, Managing Director and Head of Purchasing, Marketing & Retail at bonprix Handelsgesellschaft. “Being awarded a “Store Of The Year” prize just before our first anniversary is testimony to the success of this bold move, and I’m proud and grateful to share it with everyone involved in the “fashion connect” project.”

bonprix’s “fashion connect” store opened on February 14, 2019 at a prime location in Hamburg. Planning took two and a half years and involved an interdisciplinary team of leading experts from bonprix and the Otto Group, as well as external partners, including dan pearlman, dgroup, Vizona, Mieloo & Alexander, apploft, GK Software and SAP.

Customers use their phones to shop with a bonprix app guiding them through the process. Since it was launched, the technology has remained stable and demonstrates the opportunities modern processes and digital assistance can bring to retail. Regular customer feedback provides key insights so the concept can be constantly adapted and incorporate new features. The “learning store” concept means the weaknesses of traditional retail are systematically eradicated, making shopping a more comfortable experience.

Caption courtesy by bonprix

“This radical idea would never have succeeded without the support of our customers.

They’ve been with us right from the word go and continue to give us valuable impulses,” said Daniel Füchtenschnieder, Head of bonprix Retail GmBH and responsible for developing the concept. “We work as a team to continually improve the “fashion connect” store and push towards our vision of a fully connected shopping experience.” Multichannel and retargeting potential is currently the focus. Another major milestone will be the introduction of endless

aisles in the first quarter of 2020. The term refers to enabling customers to browse the store and order online.

bonprix’s “fashion connect” store received a special accolade at this year’s “Store Of The Year” awards. The prize acknowledges exceptional strategies that demonstrate real added value compared to classic high street retail. The jury praised bonprix’s progressive and courageous vision of fusing traditional analogue retail with the benefits of online shopping. Customer interaction and continual updates facilitate efficient improvements and an intelligent, self-learning, future-proof store that provides consumers with a revolutionary shopping experience.

It was 16th time that the German Retail Association has held its “Store Of The Year” awards. Prizes are given for five categories (Home/Living, Food, Fashion, Concept Store, Out of Line) plus one special accolade. Entries are judged on innovation, customer value, added value, customer experience, role model function and USP.

As an internationally successful fashion retailer, bonprix reaches more than 35 million customers in 30 countries. The company, which is part of the Otto Group and is based in Hamburg, was established in 1986 and now employs around 3900 people worldwide. In fiscal 2018/2019 (February 28), bonprix Handelsgesellschaft mbH generated sales of EUR 1.57 billion, making it one of the Otto Group’s best- performing businesses. At bonprix, customers can enjoy fashion and shopping on all channels – online, via the catalog or at one of its fashion stores. At approximately 85 percent, the lion’s share of the company’s sales comes from e-commerce. In Germany, is one of the ten highest- grossing online shops and the No. 2 for fashion.* Selling only its own brands bpc, bpc selection, BODYFLIRT, RAINBOW and John Baner, bonprix offers customers outstanding value for money. Its range includes clothing for men, women and children, accessories, as well as textiles and articles for the home.

*Source: Survey “E-Commerce Markt Deutschland 2019” by EHI Retail Institute/Statista

CHOMARAT shortlisted for a JEC Innovation Awards with G-FLOW™

G-FLOW™ is a structural flow media developed in Partnership with Groupe BENETEAU

Chomarat Group, expert in composite reinforcements, is finalist of the JEC Innovation Awards in the Maritime Transportation & Shipbuilding category.

03/09/2019, Cannes (FRA,06), Chantier Beneteau, First Yacht 53, Caption courtesy by Beneteau, copyright Gilles Martin Raget

The Group developed G-FLOWTM 980L, a structural flow media with 100 % glass fibre for use in boat production using the resin infusion process, in collaboration with Groupe Beneteau. “The challenge was to develop a fabric with high permeability in all directions that can be integrated into the structure of large composite parts without damaging their mechanical characteristics, while reducing infusion process costs. And we succeeded, thanks to our collaborative work and long term partnership with Groupe Beneteau team,” explains Claude Chabal, Product Manager at Chomarat.

The result? An innovative design, which brings unprecedented flow performance and superior mechanical properties.

Towards Greener Composite Materials

G-FLOW TM, caption courtesy by Chomarat

In addition to lightweighting, the use of G-FLOWTM reinforcement in the resin infusion process reduces the impact on health and the environment, through a reduction in consumables and waste: 50 % fewer consumables used for resin supply networks compared with previous solutions and a 7 % reduction in resin consumption, offering better cycle time as well as labour and material costs savings.

Besides, G-FLOWTM can replace any flow media in large-scale parts using the resin infusion process for the same mechanical properties, offering two products in one. “G-FLOWTM 980L meets all our expectations: isotropic permeability, mechanical performance and overall cost savings,” adds Damien Barre, Head of Project for composite materials R&D at Groupe Beneteau.

Increasing the use of the infusion process

With this new solution, Chomarat facilitates and reduces the costs of large composite parts using the resin infusion process and thereby helps to develop the use of infusion with these specifications. “Closed mould and particularly infusion process ensure a better part consistency and repeatability and provide better working conditions,” says Vincent Cholvy, Marine Market Manager at Chomarat.

G-FLOW™, a patented solution by Chomarat, has been used in more than 500 boats (15 models) since 2018 and can be applied to different parts and new ranges.

“We hope to win this award, as it represents true recognition from the profession for our innovation!” he concludes.


Established in 1898, CHOMARAT is an international industrial textile group, involved in three businesses: Composites Reinforcements, Construction Reinforcements, Coatings & Films–Textiles. The privately held company operates in France, Tunisia, the United States and China to service its global customers. CHOMARAT leads a strong innovation strategy, rising to challenges, developing materials for the future. Hence, the Group invests in new technologies and enters into collaborative research programs with universities and technical centres worldwide.

CHOMARAT offers strong technical knowhow and mastery of complex technologies in fields ranging from automotive, aerospace, sports, energy, marine, construction, and also in markets requiring creativity and expertise, like luxury goods.

Adient honoured as one of America’s top corporations for women’s business enterprises

Adient honoured as one of America’s top corporations for women’s business enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

Adient honoured as one of America’s top corporations for women’s business enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

Adient (NYSE: ADNT), a global leader in automotive seating, was named one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the third year in a row. This is the only national award honouring corporations for world-class supplier diversity programs that reduce barriers and drive growth for women-owned businesses.

Adient received the additional honour of moving from the Bronze category to Silver. A silver distinction recognizes companies who demonstrate program evolution and growth with sustained results in support of women business enterprise inclusion.

“Adient is proud to be recognized by WBENC,” said Kelli Carney, Adient’s vice president and chief purchasing officer. “Our team is focused on providing opportunities for women-owned businesses and meeting the needs of our customers through diverse supplier inclusion.”

Adient’s supply chain and purchasing teams continue to deliver over USD 1 billion of diverse businesses annually.

“We are proud to honour WBENC’s Top Corporations for WBEs, including Adient, for choosing to break down barriers, enable growth and increase opportunities for women-owned businesses,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO of WBENC, the nation’s leader in women’s business development. “WBENC-Certified WBEs in turn fuel innovation and empower communities through economic growth and job creation.”

Adient will be honoured at the WBENC Summit and Salute March 16-18 in Nashville, Tennessee (USA).

Adient is a global leader in automotive seating.  With 83,000 employees in 35 countries, Adient operates 220 manufacturing/assembly plants worldwide. We produce and deliver automotive seating for all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, our expertise spans every step of the automotive seat-making process. Our integrated, in-house skills allow us to take our products from research and design to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 23 million vehicles every year.

WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) to provide its world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year, WBENC provides business development opportunities for member corporations, government agencies and close to 16000 certified women-owned businesses at events and other forums.