Big Data & AI The company is in an ongoing process for insourcing and recruiting high-skilled professionals for the digital teams, developing more and more models within the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Using Big Data, Vodafone will be able to predict what each of the customer needs and offer it in a proactive, contextualized way. Since 2017, Vodafone Romania increased its processes and capabilities for offering more personalized offers for its clients. Versus last year, out of the total renewals, the company multiplied seven times the personalization process. Earlier this month, Vodafone Romania made a pilot project, where the Big Data & AI team designed an algorithm which is able to make predictions based on existing customers profiling. Using Big Data & AI, the software was able to make the right predictions based on clients’ information and profile. Expanding into home This year, two important milestones were achieved: the transaction of UPC and the wholesale agreement with Telekom. This two projects will bring value for the market, along with better offers for clients. The acquisition of UPC is an important milestone and also a great opportunity to deliver better convergence and fixed services to Romanian customers. Moreover, after the finalization (expected in mid-2019) of the merge process, the Romanian market will benefit from better solutions and also from an improvement in terms of competition and infrastructure. In addition, the company has launched Vodafone TV, an important step into the area of video on demand. The application offers a lot of new features, such as download to play, personalized suggestions, catch-up functions. All these customization features offered by Vodafone TV are part of the new trends and future. Digitalization Vodafone Romania is a 360 degree company, currently moving from a traditional telecommunications provider, to a fully communications one. Also, the shift involves digital transformation, a process that enables the company to provide digital applications and solutions beyond just connectivity. In terms of progress, the digital sales multiplied by three in the past three months, along with multiply of two for retentions. Vodafone Romania also invested more in digital advertising in order to bring more relevance to customers and to increase efficiency. Company’s digital offers and campaigns, such as Vodafone Shake and Mystery Box, had very good engagement with customers. Recently this year, the company launched an online call agent, available on www.vodafone.ro, to help clients to easier get products. This solution, the first adopted by a telecommunications company in Romania, is just a first step of the transformation of company’s website. Anytime, a client can get in touch through a video-call with one Vodafone agent in order to get the needed info for products, a capability that is reducing time to go to shop and simplifies acquisition processes using a digital tool. All these achievements were possible due to the internal digitalization processes. Vodafone Romania is now becoming a digital company by definition, from the design & functionalities of our headquarters, to how it creates our offers, provides customer service and customer care. This year, Vodafone switched, for some departments, to the Spotify Organizational Model. Thus, the Digital team is working in squads, an organizational model that offers early and predictable delivery of products, ease of changes, better quality of products and better focus on customers. Murielle Lorilloux also mentioned that the company we’ll continue to pursue on the three strategic directions, along with an important sector of growth represented by Internet of Things. This autumn, Vodafone Romania launched the first NarrowBand-IoT with country-wide coverage in South-Eastern Europe prepared to provide its enterprise customers the possibility to develop and implement a wide range of solutions and applications to improve their business processes. Moreover, the recently launched smart supermarket launched together with Mega Image provides our position on the market as partner of choice for companies. This project showcased the way we create better customer experiences with help of IoT solutions. Transportation is one of the largest and fastest growing IOT verticals, both in business and in consumer applications. The portfolio of Vodafone Romania IoT solutions includes also car fleet solutions, both for corporate and consumer customers. Employment and improving customer support Vodafone Romania conducted an insourcing process consisting of bringing call center teams within the company. This process aims at delivering best experiences to customer and making real difference to them and to communities. More than 700 people have joined the company’s team this year. The company is expanding teams, creating new jobs adapted to its transformation process. Vodafone Romania is in the middle of a process that will lead to about 1,000 new employees joining company’s teams. 5G is one key topic for next year and a very important enabler for the market. The technology will provide better efficiency, lower latency and will help develop even more and better automotive solutions.
The Senate President, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, indirectly received, 2007 to 2008, when he was prime minister, material benefits worth US about 800,000 dollars from an Austrian company, the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) shows in a reply sent to AGERPRES. “The prosecutors are conducting an investigation aimed at suspicions in relation to corruption offences having been committed regarding the cover-up of certain electoral campaign expenses with sums of money from a company that would have obtained important commercial contracts from the Romanian state. The case was set up in 2018, when three criminal cases were brought together, of which one was taken over by the DNA prosecutors at the request of the Austrian judicial authorities. Specifically, a dignitary would have indirectly received between 2007 and 2008 material benefits amounting to approximately 800,000 US dollars from the representatives of an Austrian company in exchange for the steps taken by the former in the exercise of his position, so that more additional acts be concluded to a commercial contract conducted by the company. The amount would represent a commission of 10 percent of the value of these additional documents and would have been used for the benefit of the dignitary, being transferred under fictitious contracts concluded with several offshore companies,” reads the reply sent upon AGERPRES’s request. DNA maintains that prosecution is being carried out in this case against other persons for committing the offense of complicity to bribery, and as far as Tariceanu is concerned, in accordance with the legal and constitutional provisions, conducting the criminal prosecution for the offence of bribery is conditioned by an opinion from the Senate being obtained. In this regard, the Chief Prosecutor of the DNA sent to the Prosecutor General the necessary documents for the notification of the Senate that is due to decide. DNA further affirms that the opinion requested for Tariceanu is necessary for the prosecution to be fully conducted and to give him the opportunity to formulate his defense in a legal framework. Calin Popescu-Tariceanu: No payment made by Gov’t to Microsoft’s license account during my term Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) stated on Wednesday that the Government did not make any payment in the Microsoft licenses account during his term (2005-2008, ed. n.) as prime minister, specifying that he did not receive any official notification regarding the beginning of the prosecution in a National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) aimed at him. “The Government decisions that were adopted at the time were intended to index the Microsoft licenses used in public institutions. I bring to mind that this contract was signed and enforced based on a Gov’t Decision adopted in 2004,” Tariceanu told a press release sent to AGERPRES. In his opinion, “we are witnessing another product of DNA case factory.” “It is strange that, more than 10 years since my office ended and 3 years after my name firstly came up in this case, this issue is resumed, which I consider to be an extra reaction to my attitude towards combating abuses and excesses in justice. My actions obviously disturb those who have illegally seized power in the Romanian state. Considering the perjury case in which I have been acquitted, it seems that we are again witnessing another product of the DNA case FACTORY,” added Tariceanu. He further maintains that “in Romania which is preparing to assume the presidency of the Council of the European Union, these tactics can no longer function, not even the way they have been able to work so far.” “The truth about protocols and abuses has been revealed, and the legislative path of the amendments aimed at reforming justice and breaking the diseased connection with the services is irreversible. Romania can no longer go back to the times when President Basescu intervened to appoint certain prosecutors and pitted them against the political adversaries,” Tariceanu wrote on Facebook. The Chief Prosecutor of DNA sent to Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar a report in view of notifying the Senate for the formulation of a request for prosecution for the offense of bribery allegedly committed by Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu. According to the cited sources, the accusation refers to the period when Tariceanu was member of the Government.
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By Ana Maria Neagu Nordic Food announced at a press conference on Wednesday that it has partnered up with Thai Union in order to distribute the John West canned fish brand in Romania. Thailand-based Thai Union, one of the global leaders in the production of fish and shellfish, is processing 18 percent of the global production of canned tuna, owning 17 plants and 2 research centres. “John West is our choice for the start of the collaboration with Thai Union, and that is because we have found very many things in common with the history and values of John West. John West speaks about tradition, innovation, responsibility,” Nordic Food CEO Ciprian Moldoveanu stated at the press conference. “It is a challenge for us, because the market segment is very crowded, however we trust the quality of John West products and we believe we can develop it, so that Romanians would include it in their food options,” he added. Founded in 1857 in the United Kingdom, John West, one of the largest producers of canned fish in the world, stands out through its permanent care for the taste and quality of its products, using healthy ready-to-eat canned food recipes. Moreover, John West cans are made in line with a commitment to the environment and sustainable fishing. The company is certified ‘Dolphin Safe.’ By introducing the tracking code on the https://www.john-west.co.uk website, anyone can find out the source of the raw materials used. John West is the first to introduce the “no-drain” can on the market, which does not require draining before consumption, the steam-cooked mackerel, grilled sardines and infusions that combine tuna and salmon with various spices (basil, chilli, lemon), in packs with resealable lids. Specialised in innovation, John West has put into practice simple ideas, healthy and delicious ready-to-eat canned food recipes at premium quality and affordable prices. On the basis of this partnership, Nordic Food will distribute nationwide a selection of 35 John West products. Divided into 10 subcategories, they will be introduced gradually, and developed over a period of 3 years, in all the large stores in Romania (supermarkets and hypermarkets), with the first 4 subcategories (no-drain cans, tuna and salmon infusions and Light Lunch snacks) set to be launched on the market by the end of the year. Six more subcategories, including canned mackerel, sardines, shellfish, salmon, tuna pate, anchovy and caviar, will hit the market in 2019. At the end of the three-year period, the company estimates a turnover of RON 20-25 million for this brand, Nordic Food CCO Florin Panfile informs. According to SNA Focus data (Nov. 2015 – Nov. 2017) presented by Florin Panfile, the local canned fish market totals EUR 80 million, on an upward trend. More than 50 percent of the canned fish on the market is tuna, 17 percent sardines, 13 percent herring and 10 percent mackerel. Canned fish in vegetable oil tops the Romanians’ preferences (45 percent), followed by canned fish in tomato juice (20 percent), canned fish in own juice (17 percent) and canned fish in olive oil (14 percent). The overall consumption of fresh/frozen and canned fish in our country totals only 6.7 kilograms per capita per year, only 10 percent of consumers buying canned fish on weekly basis, 30 percent on a monthly basis and 60 percent less frequently than that. Nordic Food was established in 1994 with 100 percent Romanian capital, as Nordic Import-Export. Today, Nordic Food is a sales, marketing and merchandising company with nationwide coverage. Nordic Food’s partners are mainly powerful producers from all over the world. The company’s portfolio currently consists of 2,500 premium food products divided into five categories: fresh products, dry products, fruits & vegetables, frozen products and special ingredients.