The EDIN X-Change took place on 6-8 March at Schlosshotel Mondsee near Salzburg, Austria.
Suppliers had the chance to meet European distributors represented by their CEOs and purchasing managers in pre-scheduled appointments. Furthermore several suppliers built up booths and showcased their products directly on site.
It was a huge opportunity to forge new partnerships and trade opportunities. Suppliers had the possibility to present their product portfolio to purchase responsibles from 20 countries and many doors for new business were opened.
On top of that our European Ambassadors from 9 European countries were present to offer suppliers specific market support.
Our member Neuhofer Holz, which has been engaged in wood processing for 368 years, offered our participants a tour of their nearby production plant as a precursor to the X-Change days.
Apart from this, the X-Change days offered an excellent networking platform, where the participants got inspired by the marvelous setting inside one of the oldest abbeys in Europe, framed by the picturesque winter ambiance of the Dachstein mountains.
We are pleased to organize the 3rd EDIN Executive Exchange together with our partners and hosts Menouquin and Katoen Natie in Brussels from 23 October to 24 October 2018.
During two days CEOs and KDIs from industry, distribution and logistics will discuss core topics of the building materials sector and develop innovative solutions to create common added value.
Thrilling and informative keynotes will be held by
The Executive Exchange includes a visit of a warehouse of Katoen Natie, a leading international logistics service provider.
|EDIN X-change | 28-29 May 2018
The EDIN Building Materials forum took place on May 28th and 29th in Hilton Hotel, Cologne. European suppliers met EDIN distributors represented by their CEO’s and purchasing managers.
It was a huge opportunity to forge new partnerships and trade opportunities. Suppliers had the possibility to present their product portfolio to purchase responsibles from 17 countries and many doors for new business were opened.
EDIN is already looking forward to deepen the contacts during the X-Change days 2019 with many new partners from both industry and distribution.
During two days the participants from industry and distribution had – apart from an exciting store tour at K-Rauta and Onninen – the possibility to get some inspiring and innovative ideas for their own local business and feel how important it is to join forces in a new digital environment.
After Mr P. Niemi exposed the full spectrum of Kesko’s international activities in Europe, Mrs Vakkilainen (Head of Analytics and Customer Data at Kesko) and Prof. Lasse Mitronen (Aalto University) resumed in an excellent way the blurring market environment:
- new power of consumers
- customer is more mobile and always online
- data and mobile phones are changing our business
- competition landscape is in quick move
- everything and everywhere is data driven
- marketing technologies are changing rapidly
- globalisation is changing the customer and his expectations
- value co-creation by customers and providers
→ necessity of new service platforms, but
- how is service defined in the 21st century?
In resume, the slogan from the first Executive Exchange at tesa in Hamburg is more than valid
‚Today is the slowest day of our life‘
Both Prof. Mitronen and the moderator André Noël Chaker outlined that other branches have been preparing and acting earlier and much more consequently to the fact that the customer has got the remote control in his hands and that joining forces between producers and distributors is thus not only a possibility but a must.
Next meetings for Executive Exchanges are fixed as follows
- 23.-24.10.2018 in Brussels on invitation of Katoen Natie and Menogroup
- 10.-11.04.2019 in Krakow on invitation of Siec Budowlana