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Innovation and sustainability, two core values in building the retail trade of tomorrow

Innovation & Sustainability

Thanks to the wealth of experience we have accumulated over 60 years at HMY, we choose to improve with every day that passes and to remain a benchmark in the retail sector, and one fully committed to society.

We have witnessed a significant change in consumer trends over the last ten years, most notably following the arrival of what we might call pure players within the mass consumer and distribution sectors. With the emergence of the Internet giants, online commerce has grown exponentially in recent years. The emergence of these new players has prompted traditional retailers to change and refocus their sales strategies towards omni-channel retailing. The ultimate aim is to satisfy the needs of an increasingly demanding generation of buyers, who have evolved in parallel with these sectors.

 

Innovation in the retail sector

Against this backdrop, and with e-commerce and omni-channel retailing now top priorities, innovation and the development of technologies applied to point of sale are of paramount importance if businesses are to survive and grow in an increasingly competitive marketplace. The growing demands of consumers, coupled with generational change, means that in-store technology at both distributors and in the brands’ own establishments is now essential in creating a buying experience capable of winning over consumers.

 

Sustainability: key to the retail world of tomorrow

As part of all this technological upheaval, sustainability plays a central role and not only for manufacturers and distributors, but also for consumers. Thanks to the commitment and sterling work of numerous players from both the public and private sectors, social and environmental awareness is growing day by day. And while we at HMY know that we still have a long way to go, we also see a bright future ahead of us.

The United Nations devised a set of goals for 2030 in a bid to push us all towards a more responsible and sustainable world. These 17 Sustainable Development Goals are without question a major challenge for all countries worldwide. However, at HMY we are convinced that by working and collaborating together all of us, as drivers of social change, can overcome this challenge by 2030.

Our company has been doing its bit for years, yet it is now that we must really ramp up our sustainability policies if we truly want to attain this goal. More to the point, we have recently presented our new strategic framework for 2018-2020, which focuses on sustainability as the cornerstone of all our business activities.

We are firm believers that sustainability is key to designing, shaping and implementing our work across all areas of the company so as to ensure long-term commercial success with a positive impact on humans, while minimising any negative impact on the environment.

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