Vollrath: Small Business-Style Service & Big Business-Level Expertise

Vollrath works with its customers to make the impossible possible when it comes to industrial product solutions. Customers have complex and challenging needs, and the company’s job is to deliver solutions that exceed expectations. The team of experts includes sales, project management, engineering and operations that work together to create a custom-fit, end-toend approach for each customer. Jean Horvath Vice President of Custom & Specialty Products Vollrath Manufacturing Services (VMS)

Vollrath Culture & Global Presence

In 1874 Jacob J. Vollrath founded the Sheboygan Cast Steel Co. in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. At the time, it produced railroad frogs, small cast parts for the furniture industry, cooking ranges and agricultural implements. In 1900, the focus switched to cooking utensils and enamel cookware, which was the beginning of Vollrath’s journey to becoming an industry leader in commercial foodservice.

Over the years, the company continued to grow and acquired other companies to expand its market … Read the rest

Odeon to reopen most cinemas on May 17 with new safety measures in place

Odeon has become the latest cinema chain to say it will reopen on 17 May following months of lockdown closures.

Following a similar announcement from Cineworld, Odeon said it would open most of its 120 UK sites with new safety measures in place.

The industry has been hit hard by Covid and Odeon’s owner AMC warned last month it was running out of cash.

“We’ve all missed the magic that the cinema brings to movie watching,” said Odeon managing director Carol Welch.

The chain – Britain’s largest – said it would be reopening the “vast majority” of its sites, including flagship cinemas at London’s Leicester Square, Manchester’s Trafford Centre and Birmingham’s Broadway Plaza.

The company hopes film fans will flock back to cinemas to see host of new 2021 film releases, including Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, Fast & Furious 9, Marvel’s Black Widow and the long-awaited Bond film No … Read the rest

BFL Group: On the Path to Unprecedented Global Success

For any retailer, an enhanced shopping experience based on price and quality is a priority for customer retention and sustaining the brand value. These aspects are directly related to purchases, be it clothing or grocery, especially at physical stores.

This edition, UAE’s Best Retail Companies 2021, brings into spotlight, innovative retail companies that have ingrained their value propositions within the needs of their customers, seeking to become the most sought-after retail brands in the UAE.

One prominent name among such companies is the BFL (Brands for Less) Group, a leading off-price retailer of fashion, homeware, and toys. The group has expanded its business with more than 74 stores spread across six countries in the Middle East and Europe.

The goal is to prioritize customer satisfaction by integrating innovation at the very heart of what the company does, according to the BFL Group’s business model.

“Our retail model makes every … Read the rest

Return to normality is vital to save the industry says pub bosses

The chief executive of Greene King has warned the government that lifting all restrictions on pubs next month is “absolutely critical” to restoring the industry’s fortunes.

Nick Mackenzie said that the past year had been “incredibly challenging for the whole industry” and argued that if pubs were forced to maintain social distancing and coronavirus passports, the government would have to provide further support.

He said that trading in the 452 pubs that Greene King reopened for outdoor eating and drinking on April 12 had been “all right, better than we expected”. The company had opened another 100 since then, with the majority resuming on May 17 under restrictions.

However, while Mackenzie, 52, said that it was “great to see people back in the pub”, the key date was June 21, when the prime minister has promised the lifting of all restrictions. “Getting to that point is absolutely critical, so we … Read the rest

Jashanmal Group: A Legacy of Reliability, Empowering the International Retail Sector

“Legacy is not what I did for myself. It’s what I’m doing for the next generation.”

These words by Brazilian mixed Martial Artists Vitor Belfort stand true to Rao Sahib Jashanmal, who by founding Jashanmal Group in 1919, left a legacy behind, which has become a global name catering to clients and creating job opportunities across different countries.

Since its inception, Jashanmal Group has been a reliable partner in retail space for international fashion and footwear, travel gear, home appliances, and publishing companies seeking an opportunity to enter the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Today, the group’s retail operations span over 150 stores in the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and India. Our distribution network extends to more than 1,000 outlets.

Furthermore, under the leadership of CEO Khaled Soliman and with the strong support of a proprietary logistics network that manages freight-forwarding, warehousing, regional, and international supply chains, Jashanmal Group has … Read the rest

Hopes rise for overseas travel to dozens of green list countries

Hopes of a summer holiday in Europe were boosted yesterday with the possibility of non-essential travel to destinations such as Portugal and Malta as soon as mid-May.

It is likely that limited overseas trips will be permitted in just over two weeks’ time, with experts saying that an initial “green list” is likely to include up to 24 countries.

Meanwhile, France announced that Britons will be able to travel there from the start of June provided they have proof of being vaccinated.

Further good news for tourists came as it was revealed that the cost of coronavirus tests for holidaymakers has dropped to as little as £45 each under government plans to force down prices.

Across England coronavirus cases have fallen to record lows, with every region in the country reporting reductions in the infection rate. Experts say the UK as a whole is moving out of the pandemic and … Read the rest

Homido VR: Leveraging Technology to Deliver an Exquisite VR Experience

What is reality, if not the incarnation of our imagination?

How often do we contemplate the power that our imagination holds? Would it surprise you to know that every technological innovation known to the humankind is the manifestation of someone’s imagination?

The innovation of Augmented and Virtual Reality and the mediums of experiencing them were conceived from the very purpose of bringing imagination to life. This innovation paved the way for numerous companies tapping into its potential applications and the experiences it can deliver.

“The HOMIDO brand has decided to move towards a more B2B strategy and participate in major projects that have a meaning and a usefulness for health, for example beyond the use of leisure.”

This edition, Top 10 Companies Leading the AR/VR Revolution 2021, emphasizes on companies that have leveraged the capabilities delivered by this innovation. And one prominent name among those companies is Homido VR Read the rest

Co-op to ditch plastic ‘bags for life’ over pollution concerns

The Co-operative Group is to stop selling plastic “bags for life” because, with many shoppers using them only once, they have become as big a problem as the single-use carriers they replaced.

With more than 1.5 billion “bags for life” sold each year Jo Whitfield, the chief executive of Co-op Food, said plastic pollution was a “massive issue” for retailers. “Many shoppers are regularly buying so called “bags for life” to use just once and it’s leading to a major hike in the amount of plastic being produced,” she explained.

While plastic bag levies have led to a dramatic reduction in the number of single-use bags in circulation environmental campaigners are now concerned about the impact of “bags for life” which use more plastic. Their sale, in huge quantities, is feared to be making the plastic problem worse rather than better.

Earlier this month Morrisons became the first supermarket to … Read the rest

Nestle to Buy Bountiful’s Main Brands for $5.75 billion

The world’s largest food and beverage company Nestle agreed to buy vitamin maker Bountiful Company for $5.75 billion. The deal is hoping to be completed during the second half of this year.

“This acquisition complements our existing health and nutrition portfolio in terms of brands and channels,” said Greg Behar, the CEO of Nestle Health Science. Behar added, “the purchase — from private equity firms KKR & Co. and Carlyle — should double e-commerce revenue from supplements to about $1 billion this year”.

The value of the amount that Nestle will be paying is 3.1 times the value of Bountiful’s sales for the brands. It is equal to a multiple of 16.8 times of their earnings before interest before tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA).

The strategy from CEO has delivered Nestle a sales growth at double the pace analysts predicted. It is set to position as a world leader … Read the rest

UK Companies’ confidence at two-year high

Business confidence has hit its highest level for two and a half years, a survey suggests.

The latest Lloyds Bank Business Barometer found that overall business confidence had increased by 14 percentage points to 29 per cent in April, beating the long-term average of 28 per cent.

Both business and consumer confidence are being bolstered by the easing of lockdown and the success of the vaccination programme. Lloyds said that companies were feeling more hopeful about their trading prospects, with the relevant sub-index rising by 13 percentage points to 25 per cent — the biggest monthly rise for nearly four years. Optimism about the economy rose by 15 percentage points to 32 per cent.

Fewer than half of the companies surveyed said that demand was being hit by the pandemic. In contrast, a year ago, at the start of lockdown, three quarters of companies reported a negative impact. More than … Read the rest