Tiroler Tageszeitung, leading article, edition of July 19, 2021. By ALOIS VAHRNER. “Swarovski needs clear fronts quickly”.

Innsbruck (OTS) The ultimate demand for resignation from the top management by the group around Markus Langes-Swarovski marks a new high point in the family-internal power struggle. The time for a break free is pressing more and more.

The Dallas and Denver clan used to be, today the family saga takes place in Tyrol, and it is completely real and with threatening consequences for thousands of employees. Since the founding of the crystal company by the Bohemian immigrant Daniel Swarovski in 1895, the company, which has long been known worldwide, has had many brilliant successes, but also serious crises such as in the 1970s or later with the bankruptcy of the Zale retail chain in the USA.
The more than 200 members today and around 75 shareholders with voting rights did not always agree, even in the past. Such a public power struggle, like the one that has been going on since the previous year, has never been seen in the previously often secretive group. The massive job cuts, especially in Wattens, discussions about the restructuring of the structures including a possible IPO and fears that the head office will be relocated to Switzerland under the current leadership of Robert Buchbauer and Mathias Margreiter, had already occurred in the previous year in the workforce, national politics and parts of the family were also shaken up – and as a result of the Corona upheaval, there was also a massive loss and the failure of the previously generous dividend.
One thing is clear: The group, which had to struggle with extremely cheap competition from Chinese crystal components, for example, before the Corona crisis, has to vigorously rebuild its structures and also save if it does not want to lose its independence and even endanger its existence. And encrusted family decision-making and power structures of the Swarovski clan should have long been changed.
The how, however, is highly controversial, as the legal dispute with the Manfred family group, who feels they have been booted out, shows on the open stage and with lawsuits involving millions. But the new highlight is undoubtedly the letter from a group around the two largest shareholders, Markus Langes-Swarovski and Marina Giori-Lhota, to the shareholders, in which they ultimately demand that Buchbauer and Margreiter withdraw from the top of the company this year and the appointment of family-independent managers (the TT reported exclusively). Especially since the group around Industry President Christoph Swarovski is calling for this, the days of Buchbauers are finally numbered in view of a two-thirds majority against him.
Swarovski has to get back into calm waters quickly. Family members have often mentioned responsibility for the legacy of founder Daniel Swarovski with Wattens as “heart and brain”. Now it is important to do justice to this with courage and the will to reach agreement.

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Austria ends aid mission in Belgium

After requests for help from the Ministry of the Interior, 120 firefighters from Lower Austria were deployed in the flood area – Nehammer is still in contact with Seehofer

Vienna (OTS) After 72 hours in action after the flood of the century in Belgium, 120 firefighters from Lower Austria ended their relief effort on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Before their departure, the Belgian royal couple Philippe and Mathilde and Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden thanked the firefighters personally.

“Like many Austrians, I followed the events in the areas affected by the flood with great concern. I am glad that all the firefighters returned home safe and sound, ”said Interior Minister Karl Nehammer on the occasion of the imminent return to Austria. “My thoughts are with the people in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Especially with the relatives of the victims who were caused by this misfortune. “

After the heavy flooding in Belgium, the Austrian forces had been in action with 16 vehicles and 26 boats since Thursday evening. A request for assistance from the Belgian authorities had previously been received by the Ministry of the Interior via the European Union’s disaster relief mechanism. The Ministry of the Interior, which is responsible for international disaster relief, was able to immediately offer Belgium a rescue team for rescue operations.

Interior Minister Nehammer is still in contact with his official colleague Horst Seehofer. In Germany, the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate are particularly affected by the severe storms. A request for assistance from Germany has not yet been made.

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Authentix® completes acquisition of Strategic IP Information Pte Ltd (SIPI) and expands digital trademark protection business

Addison, Texas (ots/PRNewswire) Authentix, the authority in the field of authentication and information services, has announced the acquisition of Asia’s leading online provider of trademark and content rights protection, Strategic IP Information Pte Ltd (SIPI).

For over a decade, SIPI has provided state-of-the-art services that allow brands to track unauthorized channels for counterfeit products and manufacturers of such products using its proprietary online tools and a range of services. This also includes physical enforcement and piracy removal. With its team of dedicated analysts and a sophisticated technology platform, SIPI can quickly identify infringement and counterfeiting data and generate consolidated, insightful reports for its growing customer base of brand owners so that action can be taken immediately. SIPI currently serves over 200 brands worldwide and works in partnership with numerous large international law firms. The company’s teams are based in New Delhi, Shenzhen, Paris, New York and Geneva.

“This strategic acquisition expands our portfolio of digital security technologies to include anti-counterfeiting and content rights solutions and increases the scope of our brand protection offering for our customers,” said Kevin McKenna, CEO of Authentix, and added: “The integration from other online investigative and copyright protection services is a key element of our growth plan and SIPI is a high quality company that perfectly fits the capabilities and strategic direction of Authentix. “

SIPI founder and chairman Bharat Dube (who previously served as the anti-counterfeiting director for the Richemont Group) said, “We are very proud to work with the highly talented and experienced team at Authentix The combination of the state-of-the-art Track & Trace solutions from Authentix with the online and offline enforcement solutions we have developed should offer the world’s leading brands extremely secure protection. “

SIPI CEO Bharat Kapoor added, “We are confident that with the support and backing of Authentix we will become the world’s leading provider of online trademark protection.”

SIPI will remain a separate business unit and will retain its respective brands. The planned integration into the Authentix group of companies is intended to further expand the joint strategic offering and SIRI will gain access to Authentix’s larger sales platform.

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SIPI, headquartered in Singapore, provides Fortune 500 companies in the luxury goods, fashion, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, spirits, manufacturing, automotive and media industries with fully managed online services for protecting brands, monitoring and enforcing content rights. SIPI also operates Veri-Site, the world’s leading provider of high risk information related to fraudulent websites, intellectual property theft, cybercrime, web-enabled transnational organized crime and sanctioned companies operating online. SIPI’s O2O (“Online-to-Offline”) division focuses on investigation and offline enforcement in China, India and several other Asian countries.

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As an authority for authentication solutions, Authentix works successfully in tasks in complex supply chains. Authentix provides advanced authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial firms to ensure local economies grow, banknote security is guaranteed and commercial products have solid market opportunities. Authentix’s partnership approach and proven sector expertise enable proactive innovation – helping clients mitigate risk to increase revenue growth and gain competitive advantage. Authentix, Inc. is headquartered in Addison, Texas, USA and has offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa serving customers around the world. Please visit for more information. Authentix® is a registered trademark of Authentix, Inc.

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Shooting of ORF / SWR / ARTE road movie “Summer on 3 Wheels” (AT)

With Jakob Schmidt, Emma Floßmann, Daniel Rodic, Fritz Karl, Marlene Morreis and Susi Stach, among others

Vienna (OTS) With 11 hp from Stuttgart to Lake Constance: A “Summer on 3 Wheels” (AT) is about to begin when director and screenwriter Marc Schlegel has been filming a special kind of road movie since Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Jakob Schmidt, Emma Floßmann and Daniel Rodic stand in front of the camera as three outsiders who experience a great adventure together in an old Piaggio moped car. The Austrian-German ensemble also includes Simon Böer, Annika Ernst, Timur Bartels, Fritz Karl, Alexander Schubert, Marlene Morreis, Susi Stach and Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht. The shooting of the film co-produced by ORF, SWR and ARTE is expected to continue until mid-August in Ludwigsburg, Stuttgart, on the Swabian Alb and on Lake Constance. “Summer on 3 Wheels” (AT) can be seen on ORF 1 in 2022.

Director and author Marc Schlegel: “Wild and weird comedy”

“For me, the dream of being able to stage a road movie has come true – and then a very special one. Because our story does not lead through the vastness of America in a Ford Mustang, but through the German province in a Piaggio Ape. I look forward to the challenges that arise as a result. It’s the story of characters that are very close to my heart: three outsiders who join forces to experience a great adventure together. I am grateful for the opportunity to realize this wild and weird comedy with a lot of freedom. “

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“Summer on 3 Wheels” (AT) is the story of the shy outsider Flake, who not only suffers from the fact that his parents named him after the keyboardist of the heavy metal band Rammstein. He also does not manage to finally confess his love to the girl he secretly languishes for and to assert himself against his rival. So Flake first makes the wrong decisions – and then on the drug dealer Kim and the embittered wheelchair user Philipp. From this encounter, a tour de force through the Swabian province develops – in an old Piaggio moped car that only manages 45 km / h at the top.

“Summer on 3 Wheels” (AT) is a Giganten Film production in coproduction with SWR, ARTE and ORF, funded by the Baden-Württemberg Media and Film Company.

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Music half-year charts 2021: National acts in demand across Europe (PHOTO)

Baden-Baden (ots) European musicians are particularly in demand in their home countries in 2021. This is shown by the official half-year charts that GfK Entertainment has compiled for eight different countries. While singer-songwriter Ina Regen (“Rot”) was responsible for the most successful album of the first six months in Austria, rappers Damso (“QALFC”) and C. Tangana (“El Madrileño”) prevailed in Belgium and Spain . In Portugal – posthumously – the deceased Fadista Carlos do Carmo (“E Ainda …”) wins, in Switzerland the compilation “Sing my Song – The Swiss Exchange Concert, Vol. 2”.

A total of four of the five most popular Swiss records since January come from local acts such as dialect musician Kunz (“Mai”, two). This is only topped by Germany and Italy, where the complete top 5 consists of national artists – and hip hopper Kontra K (“From the light back into the shadows”) and the punk band Broilers (“Puro Amor”) resp. Pop whiz kid Sangiovanni (“Sangiovanni”) and the “Eurovisions” clearers from Måneskin (“Teatro D’Ira – Vol. I”) have the edge. Only the Netherlands has an international act on the throne with the Canadian Justin Bieber (“Justice”).

The six-month single charts, which are dominated by English-language titles in many places, paint a completely different picture: “Save Your Tears”, for example, is the most popular hit in Belgium in 2021 and also reached the top 5 in four other countries. The shanty dance number ” Wellerman “is right at the top in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, supplemented by a good third place in the Netherlands. Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” and Tiësto’s “The Business” also storm into the top 5 in four of the regions examined.

The reggaeton musicians from Puerto Rico, Los Legendarios, Wisin and Jhay Cortez (“Fiel”) and Myke Towers / Juhn (“Bandido”) lead the Spanish half-year hit list, which is interspersed with Spanish-language tracks. Italian music fans also like to hear songs in their mother tongue, including “Musica leggerissima” by the two Cantautore Colapesce & Dimartino (one) or the “Sanremo Festival” and “ESC” winner song “Zitti E Buoni” by Måneskin (four) .

The official half-year charts are based on the physical sales, downloads and music streams of the following countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain.

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German electric car manufacturer Next.e.GO Mobile SE announces the construction of a new micro-factory in Bulgaria

AACHEN, Germany, April 25 / PRNewswire /) – The investment in the construction of the new and fully networked microfactory in Lovetsch, Bulgaria, amounts to 140 million euros

– Start of production planned for the first quarter of 2024

– Production capacity: up to 30,000 vehicles per year

– Part of the company’s decentralized, global growth strategy, based on revolutionary “Internet of Production” production technology and a modular and scalable microfactory concept

The German electric car manufacturer Next.e.GO Mobile SE announced today that it has signed an agreement in Bulgaria to build another microfactory in Lovetsch.

In a public ceremony at the Bulgarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, led by Minister Kiril Petkov, the parties signed an agreement according to which Next.e.GO Mobile Bulgaria AD will build a microfactory in Lovech. With a capacity of up to 30,000 vehicles per year, production is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2024. The factory is expected to create up to 1,000 new jobs in the region. The new system will be a cyber-physical twin of the factory in Aachen – the first fully networked microfactory in the BEV industry to use the Internet of Production based on Industry 4.0.

“This strategic agreement is another milestone in Next.e.GO Mobile’s international growth. With our concept of a microfactory and our product architecture, we want to transform global urban mobility. Our technology, our sustainable production methods and the entire ecosystem that we create, stand out from the crowd. In doing so, we are making our ecological and economic contribution – also beyond our factories, in the federal states and local communities, “said Ali Vezvaei, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Next e.GO Mobile SE. “We are very excited to expand our presence in Bulgaria – a competitive country with well-developed tech and industrial clusters.”

Next.e.GO Mobile is driving the change to emission-free urban mobility by manufacturing the e.GO Life Next, one of the most sustainable urban electric vehicles. The e.GO Life Next combines durability and low total operating costs with unrivaled sustainability along the entire life cycle.

Next.e.GO Mobile was founded in Germany and uses its engineering and production expertise to build a flexible, fully networked microfactory with low investment costs. In addition to the current factory in Aachen and the planned facility in Bulgaria, the company has already announced that it will replicate its microfactories in Greece and Mexico and thus further advance its expansion plans. The e.GO Life Next model is already being sold in Germany. In 2022 the company plans to introduce the next generation of the e.GO Life and its models including the e.GO Life Cross.

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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in Great Britain publishes MedTech Innovation Briefing on ‘Trublood® Prostate Cancer Diagnosis, which experts call a’ Game Changer ‘

London (ots/PRNewswire) Datar Cancer Genetics, a global leader in non-invasive cancer analysis and diagnostics with a research center in Nasik, India, has announced the publication of the internationally recognized MedTech Innovation Briefing (MIB) from the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for its CE-marked “Trublood®-Prostate” test announced. The test is intended to be used for the precise grading of patients without unnecessary invasive biopsies.

MIBs are published as part of the “NICE advice” series for hospitals and clinical contractors / payers of the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK considering the use of innovative technologies. The NICE briefing highlights the following:

  • “What is innovative about Trublood®-Prostate is that immunocytochemistry profiling (ICC) is used to characterize circulating tumor cells (CTCs) specific for prostate adenocarcinoma that have been isolated from the blood of patients.
  • The test would be used either to triage symptomatic patients with suspected prostate cancer prior to performing a conventional invasive prostate biopsy or to obtain a diagnosis in symptomatic persons with suspected prostate cancer who are not suitable for prostate biopsy for other reasons in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
  • Trublood® Prostate is the first in vitro diagnostic test based on C-ETACS and CTCs isolated from blood samples.
  • Trublood®-Prostate has the potential to become an innovative, minimally invasive diagnostic test for the detection of prostate cancer.
  • All experts agreed that the Trublood®-Prostate Test has the potential to be used in addition to the standard diagnostic procedures.
  • The experts also stated that a blood test that could differentiate between men who may or may not have to undergo a biopsy, or that would allow a diagnosis to be made without a biopsy, would be a critical game changer in current prostate cancer care .
  • One expert emphasized the innovative nature of the CTCs enrichment technique and that the quick availability of results after 8 days is helpful.
  • One expert added that in the future, the diagnostic test could be used along with the PSA test as a precision screening tool for prostate cancer.
  • One expert suggested that Trublood® prostates have the potential to provide a more precise diagnosis for people with serum PSA levels in the middle (ie between 4 -10). “

Trublood®-Prostate is a non-invasive, blood-based fluid biopsy for diagnostic tests of people with an increased risk of prostate cancer. It detects prostate-specific ensembles of tumor-associated cells (C-ETACs), which are ubiquitous in the blood of people with prostate cancer and cannot be detected in healthy people or patients with benign prostate diseases. It detects prostate adenocarcinomas with 99.50% accuracy, has a sensitivity of 100% and a specificity of 99.33%. The test will be available from August 2021 for around 810 euros.

Over 4.4 million prostate biopsies are performed worldwide every year. Of these, around 75% of prostate cancer cases are retrospectively considered unnecessary because they are benign prostate diseases. Around 3.3 million prostate biopsies would be avoidable. Profitability is not free from procedural risks and an accurate diagnosis before each biopsy would be gentler on the patient. A reduction in the number of biopsies also means a significant reduction in costs and a relief of the infrastructure for cancer management, shorter waiting times and fewer referrals.

Dr. Tim Crook, Medical Oncologist, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, UK, said, “Trublood®-Prostate is an innovative, non-invasive test for prostate cancer that offers unprecedented sensitivity and specificity without the risks and morbidity associated with tissue biopsy The benefits of Trublood®-Prostate clearly show the potential of CETAC-based technology for the early detection of several other cancers with corresponding consequences for cancer diagnosis and screening. “

Dr. Vineet Datta, Executive Director, Datar Cancer Genetics, said, “We welcome the NICE MIB on Trublood® Prostate Use. NICE is recognized as the world’s leading authority on the evaluation of innovative medical technologies and uses rigorous processes to evaluate both clinical and clinical We are very proud to have Trublood® Prostate recognized as an innovation for better management of suspected prostate cancer. This briefing will help healthcare decision-makers in the UK and around the world to use Trublood® to manage more effectively symptomatic individuals. We remain committed to absolute quality standards and innovate in non-invasive diagnostic techniques for hard-to-biopsy cancers. “

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Jewish Museum Vienna opens “Everyone’s Jews. 100 years of the Salzburg Festival ”| PID press

Vienna (OTS / RK) The Jewish Museum Vienna, a museum owned by Wien Holding, opened the new exhibition “Everyone’s Jews. 100 years of the Salzburg Festival ”. The show is dedicated to a review of 100 years of the Salzburg Festival and the Jewish participation in the world’s most important festival of classical music and performing arts.

Ceremonial opening of the exhibition

Director and curator Danielle Spera welcomed the guests at yesterday’s exhibition opening: “In 1937 Max Reinhardt had left Europe forever. He wrote to the National Socialist rulers: “The decision to finally break away from the Deutsches Theater is of course not easy for me. With this possession I am not only losing the fruit of 37 years of activity, I am also losing the soil that I built all my life and in which I grew myself. I’m losing my home. “

She emphasized how Jewish protagonists had shaped the first years of the festival and, in addition to the founding fathers Max Reinhardt and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, also emphasized the participation of Berta Zuckerkandl.

The curators Marcus G. Patka and Sabine Fellner gave an overview of the exhibition in their speeches. Greetings were given by Andreas Fleischmann, Director of the Raiffeisenlandesbank NÖ-Wien AG, and Michael Spiss, Raiffeisen Capital Management.

Michael Heltau read Max Reinhardt’s memories of the Salzburg Festival.

The President of the Salzburg Festival Helga Rabl-Stadler emphasized in her solemn greetings at the opening: “The Salzburg Festival would like to thank the Jewish Museum Vienna for the important contribution that it has made through the exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary. The Salzburg Festival owes its existence to Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Max Reinhardt and their conviction of the power of art. ”

Federal Minister Karoline Edstadler gave the opening speech: “The Salzburg Festival has written itself deeply into the DNA of the people of Salzburg. The fact that the Salzburg Festival was founded by Jewish Austrians was swept under the carpet for a long time – like so much in connection with Austria’s Nazi past. I am pleased that this exhibition once again shows how strongly Jewish life has influenced Austrian history and our identity. I would like to thank everyone involved for their commitment. ”

Numerous opening guests

The guests present, including Israeli ambassador Mordechai Rodgold, Russian cultural attaché Ageev Nikolaj, chargé d’affaires of the American embassy Mario Mesquita, cathedral pastor Toni Faber, Ewald Nowotny Cordula Reyer and Maria Rauch-Kallat were enthusiastic about the extensive exhibition in the Dorotheergasse Museum.

ORF TVthek media archive Judaism

On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition, the deputy. ORF director for technology, online and new media, Thomas Prantner, the “ORF-TVthek-Medienarchiv Judentum”: “The ‘Medienarchiv Judentum’, launched on and later integrated into ORF-TVthek, was the very first Contemporary and cultural-historical video archive and has been continuously expanded with TV reports and documentaries in excellent cooperation between ORF and the Jewish Museum Vienna. I would particularly like to thank Director Danielle Spera and her dedicated team for this. Today the ‘Media Archive Judaism’ offers a comprehensive audiovisual overview of the Jewish religion and Jewish life, deals with the horrors of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism and portrays famous personalities such as David Ben-Gurion or Teddy Kollek. ”

The city to the stage

100 years ago the theater producer and visionary Max Reinhardt implemented his vision for Salzburg together with the writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal. They declared the city to be a stage, included the Domplatz as a backdrop for “Jedermann” and catapulted Salzburg from provinciality into the international cultural scene. After the first performance took place on August 22, 1920, Salzburg became the epitome of innovative theater on open-air stages, music in absolute perfection and dance as an expression of the avant-garde. Jewish artists like the conductor Bruno Walter, the opera director Lothar Wallerstein or the dancers Margarethe Wallmann and Tilly Losch played a key role in the success. When the Nazi regime came to power in 1938, the situation changed suddenly: the Jewish artists were banned and expelled. Conductors like Wilhelm Furtwängler and Karl Böhm took over. Those who profited from the Nazi era were only banned for a short time after 1945, after which they returned to the stage as acclaimed stars. The celebrated “theater magician” Max Reinhardt died lonely in exile in the USA. Today it is important to bring him and the many other Jewish protagonists of the Salzburg Festival back to the curtain.

The exhibition can be seen until November 21, 2021

“Everyone’s Jews. 100 Years of the Salzburg Festival ”can be seen from July 14, 2021 to November 21, 2021 at the Jewish Museum Vienna, a museum owned by Wien Holding. A catalog for the exhibition, curated by Marcus G. Patka and Sabine Fellner and designed by Fuhrer, Vienna, will be published by Residenz Verlag at a price of € 29.90. The Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna, is open from Sunday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The second location, Museum Judenplatz, Judenplatz 8, 1010 Vienna, is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (winter time) and 5 p.m. (summer time).

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Marie Amière: “My hair loss was a wake-up call!” (PHOTO)

Hamburg (ots) In the current GALA (issue 29/2021, in stores tomorrow), model Marie Amière, 44, speaks for the first time about the metabolic disease she suffers from. Her hair has been falling out since the end of 2018 – an autoimmune reaction triggered by stress. “It was exhausting to hide it because I didn’t want anyone to notice it during photo shoots,” says Amière of the early days.

Today she makes wigs herself and encourages other affected people: “If I can help just one woman to feel less shame and emotional pain, that is reward enough for me. I have seen how hair loss gnaws at the soul.”

Her hair is now growing back, albeit irregularly – and Marie Amière has made her peace with the disease: “The hair loss was a wake-up call. I am very grateful to him for that. I love my job and will continue to do it do – but in the future with a little more calm and meaningfulness. “

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10,000 local jobs: partnership with Amazon strengthens Austrian SMEs

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  • The Amazon SME Report 2021 shows that small and medium-sized companies from Austria sold a total of more than 15 million products via the Amazon Marketplace in the period from January 1 to December 31, 2020. That is 3 million products more than in the previous year (plus 25 percent).
  • On average, Austrian SMEs that sold on Amazon achieved a turnover of more than 250,000 euros (previous year: 190,000 euros). 25 SMEs cracked the 1 million euro turnover mark for the first time in 2020.
  • In total, more than 2,000 Austrian-based SMEs use Amazon as an online sales channel. These have created more than 10,000 additional local jobs.

Amazon works with more than 900,000 independent partners across Europe. In addition to sales partners, these are developers, creatives, authors and delivery partners. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that sell via Amazon in Europe have created over 550,000 jobs across Europe in 2020 and recorded over 12.5 billion euros in export sales despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. The cooperation with sales partners enables Amazon to offer customers an outstanding shopping experience with a large selection of products at good prices. In return, the companies benefit from access to millions of active Amazon customers worldwide. “Every day we partner with thousands of small and medium-sized businesses helping them expand their business beyond their region”Says Xavier Flamand, Director of Seller Services for the EU at Amazon. “These companies are able to quickly and easily sell their products online and connect with millions of customers around the world. We will continue to innovate for small and medium-sized businesses to provide our customers with a great shopping experience”. The Amazon SME Report 2021 for Austria was published today. This shows how the cooperation pays off for the independent entrepreneurs and to what extent Amazon supports local businesses in becoming even more successful.

Growth for Austria’s SMEs: plus 25 percent of products sold

From January 1 to December 31, 2020, domestic SMEs sold more than 15 million products via Amazon, which corresponds to a growth of 25 percent compared to the previous year (2019: 12 million products). This means that in 2020 more than 30 products per minute were sold by Austrian SMEs via Amazon. More than 500 SMEs achieved a turnover of more than 100,000 euros for the first time. For the first time, more than 25 SMEs generated sales of over 1 million euros. Sales abroad played a central role for the companies: 85 percent of sales related to exports.

From Austria into the world – the most popular product categories

One of the top 5 product categories in which Austrian SMEs sell via Amazon is home, i.e. everything to do with furnishings, furniture, decoration, kitchen utensils or bathroom accessories. The numerous Austrian sales partners who sell successfully in this category include the married couple Julia and Ata Ataberk from Vienna, who sell colorful hammam and bath towels from fair and sustainable production under the LeStoff label: We have been offering our multifunctional bath towels in 33 colors and two sizes on Amazon for over five years. We are very happy that we are successful with LeStoff in both Europe and the USA! The Amazon programs relieve us of a lot of work that we would otherwise have to do internally. ”

Another popular category is toys. For the Carinthian company Piepmatz und Grünschnabel, selling on Amazon is an important lever for reach and growth. Beate Wuggenig founded the company in Feldkirchen in 2012 to provide targeted support to children who suffer from dyslexia or arithmetic weaknesses with educational games: “We want to teach children and adults to play together, which is often neglected in today’s fast-paced world. We have been using Amazon since 2015. Above all, the Fulfillment by Amazon program was a strong growth lever for us thanks to its large reach. The top 5 product categories of Austrian SMEs also include sporting goods, health & personal care and cosmetics.

100 million euros investment in Austria

In Austria alone, Amazon invested 100 million euros in local locations last year – above all in expanding the logistics network. Half of the Austrian sales partners, i.e. over 1,000, use the program Fulfilled by Amazon (Fulfillment by Amazon, FBA). Amazon takes over the entire logistics – from goods storage, shipping, any returns to customer service – for the company. The main advantage here is that the sales partners can concentrate on their core competencies and also benefit from Amazon’s strong infrastructures and simple export opportunities. They also receive Prime Status – a key selling point for many customers.

2.8 billion euros for SMEs across Europe

To help companies become even more successful, Amazon spent a total of more than 2.8 billion euros across Europe in 2020 on logistics, tools, services, programs, training and teams. In total, more than 250 new tools and services were made available in 2020: With these, entrepreneurs can bring new products to the market, increase their sales, analyze their business and protect their intellectual property. “In addition to our investments in Austria, we are continuously developing programs and services that help our sales partners to be even more successful. Among other things, we have this year with Amazon Small Business created its own shop-within-a-shop to make Austrian companies and their products even more visible. Thanks to the growing success of our sales partners, we also indirectly make a valuable contribution to local value creation“, Says Markus Schöberl, Director Seller Services for Austria and Germany. In addition, Amazon founded the knowledge portal in September 2020 together with the German Retail Association and the pro bono initiative “Retailers Help Retailers” Quickstart Online, which sees itself as a contact point for all questions about e-commerce and wants to support SMEs step by step in building a digital pillar. The “Entrepreneurs: Inside the Future” podcast about the Amazon Marketplace shows in regular episodes the opportunities for small and medium-sized companies in e-commerce.

The full Amazon SME Report Austria 2021 can be found here.

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