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Voice technology: the voice of the future

Part friend, part virtual butler – we just can’t do without our voice-technology assistants. They’re in our smartphones, in our homes, in our cars. They’re activated by simply hearing our voices, and – over time – they get to know us. They become familiarised with our vocal timbre, learn to understand our tastes and grow alongside us with every passing day. They guide us, assist us and liberate us. Because

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Move over IQ – it’s all about EQ now…

Would you be surprised to learn that people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time? This fact certainly flies in the face of traditional thinking.
What is it that makes the difference? Emotional intelligence, that’s what – a critical, if rather intangible factor which exists in each of us to a greater or lesser extent. And there’s the rub; we are not all blessed with innate EQ. However, thankfully, it can be learned.

Italy driving digital innovation in luxury sector

Artisans, tailors and small business owners? Sure, but that’s not all. Italy’s luxury sector has left the era of thumbtacks, measuring tape and hand-drawn sketches behind and is now showing its pedigree in the world of business 2.0. That’s according to Contactlab, a leading Italian multi-channel digital marketing company, who have recently collected and published the results of the Digital Competitive Map 2018, a control and classification tool used to

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Beyond the balance sheet

In its latest Global Human Capital Trends report, Deloitte charts the rise of the social enterprise, in which companies’ reputation for respecting and supporting stakeholders and the environment is key to bottom line success. Indeed, the consultancy notes that some 65% of CEOs in a recent survey rated “inclusive growth” as a top-three strategic concern, more than three times greater than the proportion citing “shareholder value”.

How to get balanced online reviews using economic and social incentives

90% of consumers check online reviews before buying something, especially when it comes to online purchases. This statistic was revealed by the online review community Trustpilot and confirmed by the Brighton-based web company BrightLocal.
Research carried out by the British organization also showed that four out of five customers claim that they trust brands more if they read positive reviews about them, while 84% of buyers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations from acquaintances.

10 things to do around Milan

Milan is a lively, constantly changing city, full of things to do and discover. But every once in a while, it’s a good idea to take a break from the frenzy, especially in the summer, when the city can become uncomfortably hot. Luckily, there’s no need for a major (and costly) trip, because the area around Milan offers plenty of ideas. That’s not surprising: Lombardy is the Italian region with the highest number of UNESCO sites (11, as of now). But there’s also no shortage of alternatives outside of the region. Here are our suggestions.

CVs and interviews: what does the future hold?

Print it out. Use the Europass format. Keep it brief. Add a photo. Write it in two different languages. Make sure you get it all on one page.
Striving to write the perfect CV can be a stressful process!
It needs to be concise while also thoroughly outlining your skills (both soft and hard).
It needs to offer a pleasant reading experience for humans while also being IT friendly, so that it can be screened by computers searching for keywords associated with the vacancy. It needs to be creative but not too free-spirited or you may give the impression of being flippant.

A data-driven revolution

For years experts have been saying that big data is changing the way we live, buy, produce and obviously how we work. In the latter field, we are witnessing a momentous transformation that is shaking the foundations of the corporate world. In a context where data is becoming the new “coal” of organisations, data experts, people who know how to collect and analyse data, are increasingly required professional figures.

Adidas is revolutionising sneaker production with Speedfactory

Sneakers. They let us run for miles and miles, giving us speed and momentum, yet making them is no quick business.
It takes around four months to complete the production and distribution cycle for a pair of sneakers. Sixty days to manufacture the component parts and put them together, then the same again to get the boxed-up shoes from factory to store – often via long-haul flights.

Supply Chain: things are speeding up

Could you please briefly introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your company?
Let me introduce myself ̶ I am Marco Candiani, Managing Director of STEF Italia. I graduated in Mechanical Engineering and hold a Master in Business Administration. My professional experience was acquired at logistics multinationals such as Christian Salvesen and Kuehne Nagel. I have been part of the STEF Group since 2013.