Posts in aviation
Are airlines missing the trick?

Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer has started domestic ticket sales in India, teaming up with OTA Cleartrip and offering better details for their Amazon Prime customers. Yet they do not own any of the expensive airline assets and regulatory problems - they just take the “cherry on the cake” and use their distribution power and offer convenience to travellers when booking with them.

According to Sebastian Mikosz, Group MD & CEO at Kenya Airways, during his keynote speech at CAPA Seoul, airlines operate in a highly regulated environment with high fixed costs. They should think more like digital retailers to achieve favourable distribution margins and customer data. “If we do not adopt an OTA (online travel agency) business model, we will become subdivision of technology companies” he said.

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Livestream "thinkfuture2019"

Welcome to the other kind of event - the reference for innovation in aviation & travel. Join board members, CEOs, thought leaders and innovators to think future - and make it happen.

In the old world, we got used to restrictions which technology and other constraints put on us. In the meantime it seems that everything is possible with technology - “no limits” anymore. But progress is still slow, and other obstacles seem to be in the way. And which developments do really make sense? What should we focus on.

Hear what you need to know to inform your decisions and to succeed in the current dynamic environment. Get inspired to take a different angle on areas you have been working on for many years. “think future” with us in - latest tech and trends, use cases from airports, airlines, rail, hospitality, maritime and other travel and tech stakeholders and thought leaders. Latest start up developments that could be of interest to inform your business agenda. We are the reference for innovation in aviation and travel.

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Don’t be afraid of leaving the comfort zone and experience how effective it is to work with agile suppliers

Don’t be afraid of leaving the comfort zone and experience how effective it is to work with agile suppliers

XXL Solutions` CEO Ursula Silling moderated a panel with four super innovative and super smart best-of-breed providers for the airline industry at the IATA AIR in Rome in October 2018. Alexander von Bernstorff at inteRES, Hélène Millet at Conztanz, Peter Schoeber at LHSystems and Urs Kipfer at Datatrans demonstrated how they could deliver more speed AND more innovation compared to one-stop-shop vendors, with smart solutions based on NDC and ONE Order..

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events to inform your transformation agenda & to get ready for the future

We participate in and / or organise webinars, strategic hackathons, tech, digital and retail events and do a lot of trend scouting to ensure we can be up to speed and support you to do things differently and to create your future.

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The five key technologies you need to know for travel retail to thrive

Ursula Silling, CEO & Founder of XXL Solutions - do things differently, talks about the 5 key technologies you need to know. She puts the technologies into perspective as an enabler for business targets.

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Stores adopting online practices through AI

#CES 2018: Food store AI sees what you put in basket - making check out even simpler & giving information about the customer to the physical store similar to the online world; loyalty through convenience?

This is turned into reality by Aipoly, the most mentioned startup at #CES2018 on social media

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Need new thinking to do the right things for 2018?

You are realising you need new thinking just one week back in the office after start of the new year? Join us in Hamburg and inform your strategy with best in class innovators and thought leaders from airlines, airports, rail, other travel, technlogy and other industries. The annual event is organised by XXL Solutions. 

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Flying supermarket becoming a reality?

Would life not be easier if you returned home after a long trip and your fridge was filled? In a cooperation with REWE Lufthansa tries to come closer to this vision. Customers from Germany can order what they need during their flight and choose when they want this to be delivered to their home.

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blockchain made simple

Blockchain is the new kid on the block that everyone talks about. It seems to open huge new opportunities in aviation and travel alone. 

Yet when asking what blockchain is all about, many people have difficulties to grasp it.

The shortest explanation: Decentralized network with a memory / therefore unchangeable /secure data transfer

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Opportunities for aviation and travel in the age of the hyper-connected consumer

Facebook's net profit more than doubled to $3.6bn in the fourth quarter. The social network said it was on course to hit two billion users in the first half of 2017. The iPhone celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. 50% of the top ten companies with the highest market value are tech companies.

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match making for mentoring

In the times of Coursera, iTunesU and other online learning sources there is now also Everwise, identifying the best matches for mentoring on a global basis and providing an affordable integrated platform for talent development.

 

Users can establish development goals — or import them from their company’s HR system after a performance review — and track their progress against them. Assessments — including via the renowned Myers-Briggs indicator and Strengthsfindersprogram – are also incorporated into the platform so users can ostensibly gain a deeper understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses.

 

There is an “experience manager,” whose responsibility it is to help participants identify and prioritize their goals. Thousands of mentors from 70 countries and 130 industries are now volunteering to spend 10 hours over six months helping “thousands” of Everwise protégés. I am myself a mentor and have become a big fan of the approach and the platform. Companies pay a fixed monthly fee per employee.

Elizabeth Schillo, Vice President of Sales at Everwise will talk about talent development in a rapidly changing world at the Hamburg Aviation Conference 8 - 9 February 2017.

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Quo vadis Airline Revenues?

Airlines rely heavily on ancillary revenues - but quite often the strategy is unclear. Traditional carriers act more in panic after years of discussion, thus reducing their customer proposition as examples of hand luggage only fares by British Airways, Lufthansa and more and more other legacy carriers and the recent switch to buy on board catering in cooperation with Marks & Spencer by British Airways shows. 

Ancillary revenues are not ancillary any more, but technology and lack of innovation and focus in airlines create a lot of limitations. In the meantime, airports and other third parties try to get a piece of the cake  - and customer insight. 

Fundamental change is needed. 

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