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  • Incomparably superior offices at SmartCity Malta

    Incomparably superior offices at SmartCity Malta

    Developing a state-of-the-art, international, work-play-live business park for knowledge-based companies, SmartCity Malta offers a blend of places for work and leisure – all designed following international sustainability standards. The project...

  • Are we still befuddled?

    Are we still befuddled?

    The euro changeover in Malta in 2007 is long gone and so is all the intense publicity surrounding it. Adapting to the new currency was unnerving for some and seamless for others. Yet, more than five years later, much uncertainty still remains as...

  • Nine key strategies and trends of global logistics

    Logistics complexity – in the form of fragmented channels, increased product variations and consumer demand for customised solutions – has been increasing, according to a global study published recently by BVL International, a worldwide supply...

  • Business intelligence: It’s about time!

    Business intelligence: It’s about time!

    “History,” according to the English singer-songwriter Sting, “will teach us nothing”. It is not an original judgment but one promoted by the German philosopher George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, who argued that history, as mere collective experience,...

  • Managing a remote workforce

    Managing a remote workforce

    Remote or flexible working – as opposed to the traditional office routine – is here to stay. It is an inevitable consequence of globalisation and technological development. When technology makes it possible for people to work more effectively from...

  • From home computers to PCs in 1990s Malta

    In my last article we covered the 70s and 80s where video games and computers started to have a key role in our lives. In this article we continue our journey in the 90s and into the new millennium where Graphical User Interface became standard...

  • Moving print solutions into the fast lane

    Moving print solutions into the fast lane

    Innovative inkjet printers that produce high quality documents at lower cost and the fastest ever printing speeds are helping small business owners increase their productivity and reduce overheads. Despite digital communications like e-mail and...

  • Tapping virtual worlds for education: Futuristic paths or realistic directions?

    Tapping virtual worlds for education: Futuristic paths or realistic directions?

    Between October 2012 and January 2013, students enrolled for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the Faculty of Education, University of Malta, had the opportunity to participate in a study-unit held entirely inside a virtual world.

  • Handling with care

    Falcotrans has recently celebrated its 30th anniversary – how has the transportation business developed in the past three decades? The 1980s and 1990s were phenomenally good years thanks to the boom of the local manufacturing industry and an open...

  • In the right direction

    In the right direction

    How has Customs and Freight Agency Limited developed and expanded its offerings since its setting up? I had a very humble start as a customs broker and processing documents for importers – however, I’ve never looked back since. I must admit it was...

  • Experience and dedication

    Experience and dedication

    What expertise does the team behind Express Logigroup have? Express Logigroup is a high-performance logistics provider which has been set up with the main objective of providing an alternative solution to the traditional logistical issues usually...

  • A passage to Europe and beyond

    H­aving an island mentality frequently carries negative overtones. Discussions about our small island status are liberally flavoured with the notions of being too introspective, inward looking and limited. Yet being an island does have its positives.

  • Tours of Duty mobility

    Tours of Duty mobility

    In the UK, one in three workers stays in a job for less than two years, and a CEB (Corporate Executive Board) study carried out in 2010 in America revealed that as much as a quarter of the employer-identified, high-potential employees “… plan to...

  • Financial services is ahead of the pack in the fight against corruption

    Financial services is ahead of the pack in the fight against corruption

    Employees working in financial services are better trained to spot corruption and more likely to take action if they suspect fraud than employees in other sectors, according to the EY EMEIA Fraud Survey. The survey asked more than 3,000 board...

  • Wanted: Liquid assets for collateral optimisation

    Wanted: Liquid assets for collateral optimisation

    In December 2012, EU leaders agreed to postpone the implementation of new banking regulatory capital measures under Basel III, potentially to the end of 2013 or January 2014. This has allowed regulators and bankers alike, across Europe, to breathe...

  • Strategy is not planning

    Strategy is not planning

    Please let me get something off my chest. Strategy is not planning, planning is not strategy and “strategic planning” is the ultimate in managerial muddles. What about the position of Strategic Planning Officer that companies designate? Well, how...

  • The economics of competition: a new business perspective

    The economics of competition: a new business perspective

    Competition is one of the key drivers of excellence. Without the threat of being outsmarted and outpaced in potentially every facet of our endeavours, there is a high probability that elements of complacency and mediocrity set in. By pursuing...

  • Preparing for catastrophe

    You would have undoubtedly heard of the tragic loss of life and extensive damage to property in recent windstorms in Oklahoma. The insured losses alone are estimated at close to $3.5 billion, and the human cost would be sadly immeasurable. Now,...

  • Uncovering those hidden weaknesses in your business

    Hidden exposures in business: these are what effective internal controls can help uncover. In recent years, we have witnessed and suffered the higher costs that can result when these threats remain unchecked. Where do the blind spots lurk in your...

  • Europe’s austerity-to-growth shift seen as largely semantic

    Europe’s austerity-to-growth shift seen as largely semantic

    To listen to some European leaders, especially in France, you would think the era of austerity was over and the eurozone was going full steam ahead to revive economic growth. In a striking change of tone, European Commission President José Manuel...

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