Accenture opened its largest innovation hub for the retail, fashion and consumer goods industries in Milan

Accenture opened its largest innovation hub for the retail, fashion and consumer goods industries in Milan

 

Company’s largest innovation hub for retail, fashion and consumer goods industries

MILAN, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today (May 31, 2017) opened its largest innovation hub for the retail, fashion and consumer goods industries in Milan.

Located in the heart of Porta Nuova, the city’s up-and-coming innovation district, the new Accenture Customer Innovation Network (ACIN) is part of Accenture’s global network including facilities in Bangalore, Chicago, Manila and Singapore.

The Milan ACIN provides clients with an environment where they can imagine, explore, discover and develop ground-breaking digital customer interactions and tackle the big challenges facing consumer companies today — from harnessing social media to applying the next wave of artificial intelligence.

Driving innovation is the guiding philosophy of the ACIN, which draws on Accenture’s deep industry experience in fashion, retail and consumer goods industries and provides clients with access to an innovation ecosystem that includes start-ups, industry experts, universities and technology partners.

At the ACIN, clients are taken on an innovation journey and challenged to rethink existing business models and the customer experience. By showing them the art of the possible and developing a concrete roadmap, the ACIN can help organizations launch disruptive products and services and get them to market quicker.

Angelo D’Imporzano, senior managing director of Consumer Goods and Services for Europe, Africa and Latin America at Accenture said, “The Milan ACIN can support organizations as they seek to be more competitive, connect them with the wider ecosystem, and create new business opportunities at a time when innovation has never been more critical to Italy’s growth. The country’s heritage in fashion and food makes Milan the perfect location for helping our clients better understand emerging trends and consumer segments and for ensuring that disruptive ideas are turned into innovative solutions to drive business performance.”

“Digital technologies are converging, consumer expectations are rising and business operations are under constant pressures to stay ahead of their peers,” said Sander van ’t Noordende, Group Chief Executive of Accenture’s Products operating group. “Consumer-facing companies need to constantly innovate to ensure flexibility and agility across every business function. Our new innovation network in Milan is an integral part of the Accenture Innovation Architecture, which brings together capabilities from across the company – from research, ventures and labs, studios, innovation centers and delivery centers to help clients develop, scale and deliver disruptive innovation.”

Accenture employs 12,000 professionals in Italy, which — in addition to being home to the ACIN — is a base for other Accenture innovation and delivery centers, including the Liquid studio in Milan, the Digital Acceleration Center and Life Sciences Center of Excellence in Rome, the Industry Solution Center for Automotive in Turin, and Technology Delivery Centers in Naples and Cagliari. Accenture opened its first innovation center in Italy in 2006, dedicated to the fashion and luxury sectors, and has continued to invest in new capabilities, assets and human resources.

“Accenture’s continued investment in Italy shows our commitment to the country’s innovation economy,” said Fabio Benasso, Accenture’s country managing director for Italy. “We have established a series of hubs here that support clients across all industries as they accelerate their digital transformation journeys. Our new Milan ACIN represents a global go-to hub for companies striving to be at the forefront of innovation and provides our teams with an environment to help clients reimagine new business models and explore future customer experiences.”

The opening ceremony for the ACIN, which is located at Piazza Gae Aulenti 8, was attended by Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan.

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 401,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Contacts:

Aleks Vujanic
Accenture
+ 44 7500 974 814
aleks.vujanic@accenture.com

Armando Barone
Accenture
+ 39 3485608969
armando.barone@accenture.com

Source: Accenture

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Starbucks Coffee Company announces Milan Reserve Roastery set to open in late 2018

Starbucks Coffee Company announces Milan Reserve Roastery set to open in late 2018

 

Milan, ITALY, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (February 27, 2017), Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced its newest Roastery location on Piazza Cordusio in Milan with a dramatic unveiling of the building prior to its remodel. Set to open in late 2018, the Milan Reserve Roastery will be the first Starbucks Roastery to open in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and the fifth globally.

Located at the historic turn-of-the-century Palazzo Delle Poste building on Piazza Cordusio, this one-of-a-kind 25,500-square-foot retail space will feature the company’s premium, small-batch Reserve coffees served in a variety of brewing methods in a beautiful environment.

“It took us some time to find it, but once I walked through the former Post Office building, I knew that it would be the perfect location to honor the craft of coffee and pay respect to the uniquely Italian culture in which it will be served,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman and ceo. “This store will be the culmination of a great dream of mine – 34 years in the making – to return to Milan with one of the most immersive, magical retail experiences in the world.”

“As mayor and as a citizen of Milan I am pleased that an international company, known for its standing and reliability such as Starbucks, has decided to invest in our city, choosing the famous Post Office building as the site of its first store in Italy,” said Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala. “On this occasion, I would like to welcome this new venture and thank Howard Schultz for choosing Milan. Starbucks is a brand famous worldwide. Its presence in the city is for us a further confirmation of the important attractiveness of Milan on the entrepreneurial scale.”

At its recent Investor Day, Starbucks announced its ongoing investment in the premium Reserve brand, including opening 20-30 Roastery locations around the world, over time. This new location will be designed specifically for the Milanese customer, integrating the world-famous theatre of coffee in Italy and will offer freshly baked food on site from Italian artisan baker Rocco Princi, the exclusive food provider for all new global Roastery locations.

Following the Roastery opening, Italian licensee and business partner Percassi will open a small number of Starbucks stores in Milan for the balance of 2018.  Each new store will be carefully designed and curated to respect the local community and unique Milanese context. Taking a respectful and measured approach to store openings is at the heart of the Starbucks strategy in Italy. Together with the Milan Roastery, Starbucks and Percassi will create job opportunities for around 350 partners (employees) in Italy.

Starbucks debut of its first Roastery in Seattle in 2014 was the most successful store opening in the company’s history. Since then, the company has announced additional Roastery locations coming to Shanghai in 2017 and New York as well as Tokyo in 2018.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 24,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

Media Contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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