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In this episode of AllesRoger's Podcast called “New Work Gedanken” Ole and Julius, the founders and CEOs of F&P, are talking about their intentions behind letting the company undergo an ECG Audit and their plans of implementing the principles of the Econonmy for the Common Good.   The Economy for the Common Good (ECG) is a new economical model, which was developed by the Austrian economist Christian Felber as an alternative to the currently prevalent capitalistic economical system. In contrast to the latter, the main objective of the ECG is not the topmost accumulation of capital, the focus rather lies on the increase of the common good. This fundamental change not only implies a sustainable development, it also means a slight rejection of Adam Smith's theory of the invisible hand with its latent and unintenional advancement of the common good. Although the capitalistic economical system was and still is able to produce wealth, it also leads to highly negative aspects like climate change, inequality and environmental pollution. Therefore Felber proposes a new economical order that is based upon 5 key principles: Human dignity, Cooperation, Transparency, Social justice and Sustainability. ...
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 4 reasons to have perfectly fitting sports shoes   In case the running shoes let your foot float freely, you will hardly be able to complete the sports activity you were intending to perform. That’s the primary reason why a pair of shoes should be a good fit to the anatomy of your foot. The matching accuracy should not be sacrificed in favor of financial considerations. Especially the passionate sportsmen are keen on attributing the right value to the sports shoes, that are perfectly tailored to one’s own needs. There are many valid reasons to equip yourself with the right footwear even if you are doing sports just sporadically. Hereby we would like to shed some light on the most crucial aspects:   1) Risk of injury   The magnitude of the risk to get injured due to improper footwear depends on the sports discipline of choice. For example, in squash, it is not uncommon to see that one can easily slip against the wall because of a poor grip on the ground. When it comes to soccer, good shoes make the difference between hitting an opponent or gaining ball possession. Slipping down a hillside with loose rocks is a quite familiar situation to the mountain wanderers. A pair of solid hiking boots plays hereby a pivotal role: they preserve a perfect alignment between the ankle and the rest of the foot even in critical situations. In case you were about to participate in a decathlon competition, which encompasses quite diverse sports disciplines at once, you would feel relieved when you do not have to worry about the footwear. In the world of professional sports shoes can condemn an athlete to success or failure. Under unfavourable circumstances, they could even put an early end to an athlete’s career, as evidenced by the case of the ex NBA rising star Zion Williamson.   2) Wearing comfort   The practice of saving money on running shoes usually leads to the purchase of questionable footwear items. The underlying drawbacks can perhaps not be self-evident in the short term, but they will inevitably emerge with the passing of time. Too much leeway within the shoe involves the rapid appearance of unpleasant blisters. Cheap materials, which do not preserve their original shape after usage, let the foot constantly slipping back and forth, thus contributing to the progressive deterioration of the shoe. In turn, good sport shoes rarely arouse animated discussions, since they just fulfil their function, as it should be. Those who go jogging on a regular basis know for sure how important a good shoe fit is. As already noted above, the material plays a role of no secondary importance: it is much more pleasant to cover long tracks on asphalt if equipped with valuable soles. One needs rough cleats in order to keep a good grip off roads, particularly in case of rain. The soles of a badminton shoe have to be firm, but, at the same time, they should let enough margin of slack to the foot. Thus, one would be able to catch a critical ball at the last moment without slipping back and forth in his shoes with every movement.   3) Better performance   Since sports stand for rapidness and agility, the contribution of shoes to the overall performance has not to be underestimated. With a good shoe, you can gain precious tenths of a second for a sprint. Good shoes pay the most during a marathon. Especially in the last few kilometers, it is crucial whether the shoes keep the feet pain-free or not. Shoes are not of secondary importance even in the Formula 1: on the one hand, they have to stick well to the pedals, on the other hand, they have to be as light as possible in order to save weight.   4) Life period   The more attention you attribute to quality, the longer the shoes will last. Even tennis shoes can last a few years if they are made of well-sewn high-quality materials. Good football boots preserve the foot from the contact with rain and snow. If you ride a mountain bike through the forests, you will also appreciate sports shoes that hold on to the pedals and do not slip in case of rainfall. Ultimately, good sports shoes are an investment which repays itself over the course of time. ...
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Welcome at F&P - Julia In light of the substantial growth of our F&P B2C unit over the past months, we needed qualified assistance to keep up with the steady increase in sales. For this reason, we are very happy that Julia joined our growing team! Julia, would you like to describe the career path which brought you to marketing & sales? I come from Göttingen, a small but very beautiful town located in the southern Lower Saxony. After school, I completed an apprenticeship in Hannover as a digital and print media clerk. Afterward, I worked in sales at the main regional newspaper. In the frames of this stimulating traineeship, I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to gain insights into the different departments of a modern media company. After my first station in marketing & sales, my journey as a trainee went on to production and, at a later time, to manufacturing, purchasing, controlling and sales. Once I got a feeling for the various stages of a newspaper’s value production chain, I chose to focus on advertising sales. The relatively free time management, coupled with a distinctly creative job profile with a strong focus on exchanging ideas with customers, was what I liked the most about it. After 4.5 years, I decided to go back to university again. This time I studied business administration / economics at the Georg-August-University for a few semesters before moving to Berlin in April 2019. May you tell us something more about the interplay between living and working in Berlin in the fashion industry? Berlin is an exciting, young and fast-moving city where you can experience a lot. I am looking forward to being here and to gaining new positive experiences and impressions, to developing my career and of course to making many new contacts. F&P is ideal to grow, learn and develop in a youthful, dynamic team. I like the start-up character, the relaxed atmosphere and above all the strong sense of team spirit. I joined F&P in mid-July and since then work as a B2C Content Manager. We sell numerous products - mainly shoes, textiles and accessories - via various online marketplaces to the end customers worldwide. Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the UK account for our key markets. On an everyday basis, I am confronted with multiple exciting and stimulating tasks, including being the customer service contact person for any kind of inquiries. The creative part of my work is not neglected though, as we are fully responsible for the creation of product descriptions, photo production and the subsequent image editing. In my spare time, I love to go shopping as (almost) every woman does. The special thing about my work is that as a young woman with a passion for fashion, I am constantly involved with fashion trends, which in turn incites me to give the best of myself in the workplace. ...
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8 curious facts about Adidas which are unknown to the most 1. Adidas and Puma were originally the same company. In 1924 Adolf 'Adi' Dassler founded a shoe factory together with his brother Rudolph in Herzogenaurach, Germany. As it often happens in such cases, the company was named after them, namely the “brothers Dassler shoe factory”. After the end of the devastating Second World War, the underlying tensions between the two brothers grew into a total hostility. The rivalry came to a head in 1948, when the brothers decided to split up. As a result, they brought into life their own respective shoe factories. Rudolph created Puma from scratch in the outskirts of their hometown, while Adolf continued the old business under a new name: Adidas, which derives from his diminutive “Adi”. The open rivalry between the two companies did not cease until 2009, when they allegedly buried the axe of war by means of a friendly football match in Herzogenaurach. 2. The founder of Adidas, Adi Dassler, could very well have been just an ordinary baker. The sibling rivalry that led to the creation of the two sports clothing giants Adidas and Puma could never have materialised. Initially, “Adi” completed an apprenticeship in a local bakery. However, he eventually decided to dedicate the rest of his life to the family’s shoe business. 3. The worldwide popular three stripes were originally serving for stability purposes, and not as a decoration element. The 3 stripes design is probably the most important asset of Adidas. The renowned Adidas trademark is as recognizable as the equally iconic Nike Swoosh or the Puma Formstrip. Originally, the logo’s shape was purely dictated by a matter of functionality. Back at the times of the Dassler brothers shoe factory, the two-stripe design served to convey additional stability to the running shoes’ midfoot. When the original company disbanded, the newly formed Adidas was no longer allowed to use the two-stripe motif because of copyright reasons. These circumstances forced Adidas to figure out something new, which lead us to the very next fact… 4. Adidas bought the three-stripe trademark from a sportswear competitor After a while of reflection, Adi Dassler came to the conclusion that a three-stripes motif was the most suitable one to represent the new-born Adidas. Unfortunately, at that time another sportswear manufacturing company, the Finnish Karhu, was already owning the rights for such a logo. The pertinent negotiations process resulted to be quite favorable to “Adi”: Karhu happily sold its design for the equivalent of 1600 Euros and "two bottles of good whiskey". A quite convenient purchase price, as it turned out in the decades to come. 5. Reebok actually belongs to the Adidas’ brands portfolio Puma is not the only major sportswear brand whose origins are bound together with Adidas. In fact, Reebok is part of the Adidas holding company, alongside Rockport and Taylor Made. The Adidas most recent acquisition was the fitness tracking software company Runtastic. 6. The flip-flops are an invention by Adidas.  The Adidas success is mainly due to its distinguished flair for innovative designs and technologies. Amongst others, hereby it is worth mentioning the stability strips that have made a name for themselves, as well as the now-ubiquitous Boost sole technology. One of their less acclaimed, but at the same time brilliant inventions is the basic summer streetwear, the slide sandal. Adidas developed her Adilette to prevent the German national football team from catching unpleasant infections in the community showers. 7. They develop 3D printed shoes for the mass market. Adidas' Futurecraft research department has been experimenting with 3D printing technology since quite a long time with the aim to revolutionize the shoe supply chain by drastically reducing the waste of materials and the delivery times. Recently, they unveiled their latest venture to the public, the Futurecraft 4D. It is based on state-of-the-art 3D carbon printing technology. The single “construction units” are extracted from a polymer pool and then positioned at the right place with the help of ultraviolet rays. The first draft counts “just” 5,000 units. However, this is probably going to be a gigantic step forward for the whole sneaker industry. 8. Their all-time best-selling shoe is the Stan Smith. Despite the great popularity of such fashion footwear items like the Gazelle and the Superstar, the humble Stan Smith tennis shoes still occupy the role of the brand's most popular silhouette. Although the current sales figures are not available to the public, Adidas claims that in 2014 the estimated sales overcame 40 million units. We would bet that this number has been rising even further since then, considering that the plain tennis shoes have regained popularity in recent years.   Our storage facilities are plenty of Adidas Sneakers for all tastes. For more info, feel free to contact our sales managers. They are happy to help you further!   ...
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Welcome at F&P - Adriana As a member of the F&P Academy Adriana Romić joins our company and will henceforth support our B2B Sales Team! Adriana is from Croatia and will therefore mainly focus on the Croatian overstock and wholesale market.  During her traineeship at F&P Stock Solution she will (among other things) learn to negotiate, conduct product and competitor analyses and identify business opportunities. Learn more about our new Sales Trainee for Croatia  My name is Adriana, I'm 25 years old, and have recently completed a Masters degree in Business in my hometown of Osijek, Croatia. Before coming here, I was employed at a creative agency called ReRoot in Croatia as a Sales and Project Manager. In my free time, I like to hang out with friends and travel. I spent the last semester of my studies in Portugal as an exchange student and this exciting experience was a trigger for me to seek further professional opportunities abroad.  Why F&P? Sales have always been my passion and the sector that I have enjoyed the most in doing business. Since I have already worked in sales, I aspired to continue developing my skills and acquiring new knowledge. From the moment I saw an opportunity for F&P Academy as a Sales B2B trainee, I knew that this is the next step I want to take. Working in a fast-growing start-up and being surrounded by people who are experts in their fields of work and approachable with advice to newcomers is just one of the benefits of F&P. Apart from the professional skills and knowledge, I'm able to receive here, one of the most valuable things of F&P is definitely the working environment and people who push one every day to go beyond their limits and grow. Thus the F&P Academy program is definitely the most amazing first step in one's professional career. ...
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The International promotional items and Import Export Fair (IAW) in Cologne is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It goes without saying that F&P Stock Solution GmbH won’t stay out of the game! The IAW is an unmissable event for European buyers, which takes place twice a year. It represents the most vibrant occasion to experience the maximum diversity in terms of promotional goods and to discover the latest product trends. Approximately 9,000 visitors and 350 international exhibitors are expected to be doing business on a vast area of 30,000 square meters.     As one of the undisputed European leaders on the overstocks, liquidations, customer and stock returns market, showing presence at the IAW is a matter of pivotal importance. As during the first edition of the IAW earlier this year, F&P will set up an exemplar stand for potential clients to let them test the quality of our characteristic repertoire made of both premium and low-priced footwear, apparel and accessories. At the very last event of this kind, we were able to establish quite promising contacts amongst fashion retailers and wholesalers, thus reaffirming our leading role on the stock clothing market. "The last IAW has opened a whole array of new doors for F&P," says our Sales Manager Desislava from Bulgaria. "We were able to generate interesting new contacts and to gain valuable partners."   The importance of trade fairs in the B2B communication Offline events such as trade fairs and exhibitions have been among the most profitable marketing tools in the history of trade. In the business-to-business communication, they are one of the most important channels in the marketing mix, especially for SMEs.   According to AUMA, the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry, 90% of all exhibitors are represented by small and medium-sized companies. Thence, it is quite obvious that the F&P Stock Solution GmbH year after year invests increasingly more time and effort in the preparation for this event.   Curious facts & figures about trade fairs For SMEs in the field of B2B, there are many reasons to become an exhibitor at trade fairs. Hereby are listed just a few of the many factors that speak in favor of putting together a stand at exhibitions:   83% of trade fair visitors have at least a certain purchasing and/or decisional power 80% of decision makers state that visiting exhibitions actually saves their time and money by bringing suppliers and buyers together in one place 79% of the visitors say that visiting fairs helps them to make more informed purchase decisions 91% of the business exhibitions visitors believe that their purchase process becomes far more accurate when they are able to compare different suppliers, who compete against each other in the same place 85% of an exhibitor's success depends on the performance of the employees presenting one’s own company 53% of exhibitors claim that they experience hard times at preventing good stand personnel from switching their jobs the conversion costs of a lead obtained at a business fair are 38% cheaper than the ones of a sales call trade fair visitors share their experience at the event with 6 or more peers 81% of exhibition visitors claim that visiting exhibitions helps them to discover new valid products and services 91% of visitors assert that they get the most useful product information at fairs and exhibitions   We are looking forward to see you at the 30th IAW in Cologne. Please visit us in Hall 9, Stand E146 to talk about the textile overstocks business. ...
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Our Top 3 Selection - The Perfect Summer Sneaker We all love high top sneakers like Air Jordans, but during the heat of summer such shoes are rather unsuitable. In the warmer months, low-top sneakers made of breathable materials like canvas are the better choice. To make it easier for you to choose the perfect summer sneaker, our sneaker expert has made a selection of shoes. This summer's favorite sneakers for summer are comfortable loose shoes like Converse's Chucks, classic silhouettes like the Adidas Superstar and street eye-catchers like the Nike Air VaporMax CS. Now we show you a selection of trendy summer sneakers and how you can buy them at F&P Stock Solution. Converse Chuck 70 Low Top The Converse Chuck 70 Low Top is a classic shoe and perfectly suited for the summer. You can combine it in different variations. The Converse sneaker fits any type of trousers and most importantly, they won't get your feet hot and are incredibly comfortable. In addition, the sneaker offers excellent comfort, as most of its buyers have rated it. Due to its vintage style, the sneaker looks aesthetically stylish at the feet of the buyer. With this in mind, our sneaker expert prefers to wear the sneakers with shorts and white Adidas Crew socks. Those who choose the Converse Chuck 70 Low Top must pay a price of $80 in the shop. A real bargain compared to other sneakers. Additionally you can choose your sneaker from a variety of colors.     Adidas Superstar Another must-have sneaker for the summer is the Adidas Superstar. It is an absolute classic that is loved by many sneaker fans and occasional consumers of all ages. It is very popular for its timeless design, which basically goes well with any outfit. The majority of buyers like the fact that it is a legendary and classic shoe that never goes out of fashion. This sneaker is particularly attractive because of its high wearing comfort. Furthermore, the sneaker is very stable and durable due to its silhouette.     Nike Air VaporMax CS The Nike Air VaporMax CS is an exclusive ladies sneaker that appeared in spring in a bright pink shade. A super refreshing colour for the summer, especially suitable for ladies. This sneaker combines incredibly well with a summery sporty look and is an absolute eye-catcher on the road. This version of the Air VaporMax is basically an updated look that distributes textured synthetic fabrics across the side walls, while perforated mesh is used throughout the upper to form the base. A clear, transparent VaporMax sole with light milky white accents on the outsole completes the design. The Nike sneaker is available in retail directly from Nike at a price of $155. Which of these sneakers is your favorite? Write it in the comments. F&P Stock Solution hilft die perfekten Sommer Sneaker zu finden ! If you like the sneakers mentioned above, F&P Stock Solution will send you a message and we will show you the prices and conditions at which we have sneakers in our assortment.   ...
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F&P Stock Solution GmbH – the shoe paradise  Since 2013 F&P Stock Solution GmbH has been providing access to high quality shoes at affordable prices to clients in over 30 different countries across the world.  Our specialty -  multibrand stocklots  with more than 700 different brands in total.  All our brands are 100% original and include very well-known brands in our mixes such as Adidas, Nike, Diesel, Pepe Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Tailor, Polo Ralph Lauren etc. Who are our shoes suitable for?   During the past years we have prover our ability to cater to various types of customers, including:  Multibrand outlet stores  Sport outlets Wholesalers Boutiques Stores specialized in kids footwear and apparel  How do we achieve this?  Our broad supplier network allows us to offer a diverse range of brands, styles and quality levels   Quality Levels  Depending on the condition of the product the Shoes are divided into 3 main categories - A, B and C.  The “A” category includes shoes in original packaging without any defects or visible signs of use. These items are undifferentiated at sight from the ones showcased on the shelves of branded stores, boutiques, galleries or similar retail points.  Every pair of shoes of this category goes through quality control conducted by experienced professionals at the F&P HQ  The “B” shoes - current season customer returns shoes category features products with:  slightly noticeable signs of trying on;  minor, removable defects, resulting from the manufacturing processes or attributed to the behavior of store visitors; products without the original package. The “C” category also consists of current season customer returns products, but with visible, signs of trying on, wear and tear, repairable or unrepairable defects, originated either during the production process or subsequent to it. It’s all about the style From High heels to sneakers – F&P offers shoes mixes in different style categories. The clients can choose from a variety of brand mixes in sneakers, classic, every day and lifestyle shoes, in most offers even divided by season.  Every client is important  From the single store owner to the multichannel company with a nationwide retail network – we have individual approach to every type of client, based on their needs.  Our philosophy -  Building partnerships based on trust.  If you are looking for trustworthy partner, our young and professional sales team will provide the best solution for your business – no matter of its size and type.  Just send us your request at sales@stock-solution.de ...