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Electronic Document Interchange | Weleda
Weleda – From paper to digital
Weleda was facing requirements from several customers, who were all demanding the implementation of a procedure achieving paper free document flow, but were using different accounting systems and EDI providers.
To address this, SCHNEIDER GROUP supported Weleda in implementing Electronic Data Interchange and Electronic Document Interchange.
The first EDI project SCHNEIDER GROUP assisted Weleda with was the implementation of Electronic Data Interchange with one of its clients, a retail chain, at the end of 2014, which comprised of the interchange of Orders and Despatch advices. At the beginning of 2015, SCHNEIDER GROUP helped Weleda in the implementation of Electronic Document Interchange for another of Weleda’s clients, an internet-shop. This procedure, unlike Electronic Data Interchange, enables the electronic signing and sending of VAT invoices and delivery notes using EDI operators certified by the state authorities. We eventually established Electronic Data Interchange between Weleda and a premium-class supermarket chain for four types of EDI messages (Orders, Order responses, Despatch advices, Receiving advices).
After analyzing the possibility of implementing EDI and reengineering the already existing document flow into 1C, we proceeded to the setup of the required IT solutions. We also provided Weleda with training for its employees and all documents required to use the EDI solution, handled the negotiations with EDI providers, and subsequently offered maintenance services.
This project had a profound impact on Weleda’s business: following its implementation, Weleda fulfilled its clients’ requirements of increased productivity and efficiency, and in parallel provided a significant cost saving, decreasing stationery costs and administrative workload.
Founded in 1921 and present in over 50 countries, Weleda manufactures over 1000 pharmaceutical products and 120 natural cosmetic products worldwide. With approximately 2000 employees, Weleda ensures that the highest quality resources go into its products. Of Weleda’s plant-based raw materials, 83% are cultivated in controlled organic and biodynamic environments, or are obtained from controlled wild sources. All Weleda’s products are made from pure natural substances. Weleda enjoys a great business reputation for quality, trust, and a sustainable business development.
Product Certification | Bogner
Bogner – From Germany to Russia
When exporting to the Eurasian Economic Union, almost all kinds of products need to be tested and certified. Current certification legislation is based on the Technical Regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union, which define the minimum standard requirements of products in terms of their production processes, quality, security, technical characteristics, etc. In addition to conformity declarations and conformity certificates, there are dozens of other types of product registrations and licenses, which are not easy to obtain. Following the registration of its subsidiary ‘Bogner Eastern Europe’ in autumn 2012, Bogner started to plan the export of its products to Russia. There were, however, two main challenges Bogner faced: the numerous different categories of products to export, and the associated extensive documentation requirements, and the need to conform to the Technical Regulations of the EEU.
SCHNEIDER GROUP has been supporting Bogner since the very beginning of the export process in August 2014 in obtaining conformity declarations and certificates for many different products belonging to different product groups, from clothing to marketing material. Firstly, SCHNEIDER GROUP’s experts conducted a product analysis. Based on that, they found out what conformity documents were required for each product, and after gathering all necessary documentation, they applied for them to the certification authorities. Besides the application process and the preparation of the full set of documents, SCHNEIDER GROUP also coordinated the deliveries of the samples for the product tests.
This project had a profound impact on Bogner’s business in the Russian market: for almost two years, the German label has been exporting certified products to Russia in accordance with the Eurasian Economic Union regulations thanks to a reliable certification process. SCHNEIDER GROUP has also been providing Bogner with legal consultancy since July 2014, and carrying out their accounting since March 2013.
SCHNEIDER GROUP can help its clients to obtain the necessary certificates or register their products within the Eurasian Economic Union, carry out product analysis for certification purposes, assess which certificates are required, and finally, prepare the documentation for the certification process.
Since 1932, Bogner has combined sport and function with fashionable design. Known as the inventor of sports fashion, the long-established label nowadays embodies one of the most successful sportswear-companies in the world. Today, the brand is present in over 35 countries around the world, with more than 78 stores. What once started as a dedicated small production facility in one of Munich’s backyards more than 80 years ago has evolved into a prosperous international label. The capital letter “B” has been a symbol of fashionably inspired and sophisticated sporting apparel ever since.
Event Management | SLM
SLM Solutions – Welcome to Russia
The German Company SLM Solutions provides services to a large number of clients operating on the Russian market, from industries such as aerospace, energy, healthcare, and automotive. By the end of 2015, SLM Solutions established an entity in Russia in order to improve their services provided to local customers, and decided to celebrate this event with their customers and partners. Since the organization of such an event takes a lot of time and the local team of employees mainly concentrates on sales and customer support, they needed the support of a professional event management team.
SCHNEIDER GROUP took over the organization of the whole opening ceremony of the office of SLM Solutions in Moscow on February 11, 2016. As an expert in the organization of business events, SCHNEIDER GROUP’s team developed the concept of the event and coordinated everything from hotels and catering to guest registration, graphic design, and the organization of the entertainment program itself. The SLM Solutions staff from both the Moscow office and the headquarters were able to concentrate on their daily business activities in advance without having to take care of the organization of the celebration. During the event, the coordination was handled by the staff of the SCHNEIDER GROUP, and the SLM staff were able to focus on having a good time with their guests during the event.
Over 70 guests enjoyed an entertaining evening and became better acquainted with SLM Solutions and its employees. The success of the event had a positive impact on the SLM Solutions’ business in Russia by developing business contacts and strengthening the positive image of the company as a professional business partner.
About SLM Solutions
SLM Solutions is a German company from Lubeck which has built upon the experience of its progenitor companies. It has a vast history of innovation in rapid prototype plant construction. In recent years the company’s focus was on selective laser melting systems. As a manufacturer of machines for series and prototype production, a crucial part of the company’s corporate policy is the development, production and sales of machines in the field of vacuum and metal casting as well as selective laser melting. Currently, SLM Solutions employs more than 160 people in Germany, Singapore, and North America.
SLM Solutions stands for supreme quality, process reliability, and efficiency for their diverse client base from the automotive, education, aviation, and medical technology industries.
Accounting Outsourcing in Russia | DEBAG
DEBAG – Transparent accounting in Russia
When entering the Russian market and starting new business activities, the first challenge western companies have to deal with is the complex formality and bureaucracy of Russian accounting and reporting. Usually, any kind of commercial activity has to be documented, signed, and stamped which makes efficient document flow one of the most important tasks of any accountant in Russia. Combined with the obligation to file complete quarterly reports, the effort which needs to be put into accounting in Russia is far greater than in Western countries. Additionally, tax regulations are much more important in relation to Russian bookkeeping and the finance system than in Europe.
Having successfully registered its subsidiary ‘ASCOBLOC DEBAG RUS’ in October 2013 with the support of SCHNEIDER GROUP, DEBAG later also decided to outsource its entire accounting activity to its trustworthy partner until 2018.
SCHNEIDER GROUP supported DEBAG from the very beginning of the company’s activity on the Russian market. Having accompanied the German brand during the entire registration process, SCHNEIDER GROUP also carried out their accounting activity until 2018. SCHNEIDER GROUP provided Interim Management solutions and represented the client’s interests at the state authorities regarding customs and tax declarations, while in close communication with the mother company. Furthermore, SCHNEIDER GROUP provided legal consultancy for 4 years and conducted workshops for DEBAG’s employees to train them on how to use 1C in order to increase their efficiency.
This project had a profound impact on DEBAG’s business on the Russian market: the German brand is now successfully operating in Russia. DEBAG is fully concentrating on its core business activity on the Russian market. SCHNEIDER GROUP offers its international clients the possibility of outsourcing their entire accounting activity in Russia. Especially for smaller and medium-sized enterprises, outsourcing accounting leads to higher cost efficiency and enables companies to focus on their core business activity. Outsourcing their accounting includes daily bookkeeping, preparation of documents and reports for the Russian tax authorities, payroll, and HR matters.
DEBAG Deutsche Backofenbau GmbH has been developing baking technology for over 100 years. In 1911, Alois Paul Linder started an independent baking oven shop in Munich which became the foundation for DEBAG. His business developed and manufactured brick ovens, and quickly became the market leader for the production of trade baking ovens in the German speaking areas. Backofenfabrik Gustav Schmidt & Söhne was founded in Freiburg in 1924. The company developed and built brick ovens.
Both acquired companies were united under the name DEBAG in the early 1990s and Bautzen became the home of DEBAG. During the following years, the company underwent continuous further development particularly in Germany, and started exporting – first to Europe and then worldwide. After integrating the companies AlexanderSolia and Ascobloc, DEBAG developed into a one stop provider for baking processes, including selected areas of preparation, storage, and presentation.
There was a push for intensive and targeted expansion within Europe and other selected regions, supported by the foundation of own subsidiaries in France, Russia, Poland, and the USA. Today, its premium products and extensive services make DEBAG one of the market leaders in Germany and Europe.
Market Entry FAST TRACK | MANKENBERG
From outstaffing to local company: A successful start on the Russian market
Entering a new market can be a daunting task for any company going into unfamiliar territory. It may not always be clear what the best approach is, and companies must choose between many possible methods of market entry. In Russia and the CIS region, companies are generally confronted with significant barriers to entry in terms of bureaucracy and investment of time and resources, often deterring foreign investors from entering the market and making the most of the many investment opportunities.
Having analyzed the potential of the Russian market for a few years, MANKENBERG, a German manufacturer of industrial valves based in Lübeck, decided in 2011 to enter this market step by step. Aware of the difficulties and risks related to market entry, the company decided to turn to a trustworthy partner.
SCHNEIDER GROUP has been supporting MANKENBERG since the very beginning of the company’s activity in the Russian market. In 2011, MANKENBERG started with one outstaffer, before taking on a second outstaffer in 2013. Acting as our client’s outsourcing company, we hired MANKENBERG’s employee on their behalf, providing a professional workplace, secretarial support, administrative support (HR, payroll, etc.), and the use of our comprehensive office infrastructure. This outstaffing approach enabled the German label to try out the local market and benefitted from a fully established local presence and full import capabilities, but without the need to register a legal entity in Russia or make any large investments.
This project had a profound impact on MANKENBERG’s business on the Russian market: for over five years, the German brand has been successfully operating in Russia. Having started its activity with one employee, the company quickly grew and, in 2014, MANKENBERG registered its own LLC with the support of SCHNEIDER GROUP. Today, this company has a Russian subsidiary with four employees conducting their own full-cycle projects and maintaining steady business. In fact, they are still our neighbours, renting our office premises while we support them with their accounting, taxes, and payroll so that they can fully concentrate on their key business. 2016 was a milestone year for MANKENBERG, when the company broke even. The German label is planning to continue increasing its turnover and to address new industry sectors in Russia.
MANKENBERG is a German manufacturer of industrial valves, supplying to various industries worldwide headquartered in Lübeck.
Since 1885, the name of family-owned medium-sized company MANKENBERG has been synonymous with expertise and technical know-how in providing optimal solutions to its customers. Today, the company is active in the development and production of self-operated pressure control valves and bleeding valves for technological, transport, and storage systems of industrial plants. Significant part of the company business relates to individually designed and produced products. Safe operation and long life expectancy of MANKENBERG products begins with an individual consultation, product calculation, and finding the optimal solution for specific application. The implementation of this solution includes modern and reliable manufacturing processes and extensive testing of products for multiple parameters.
Business Setup in Ukraine | VigoHealth
Full Business Setup in Ukraine
The Swiss company VigoHealth contacted SCHNEIDER GROUP with the request of setting up a unique fitness studio in Kyiv offering training for body and soul.
Usually, the main challenges for most foreign investors in Ukraine in the inital stages of starting a business are the complex formalities and the bureaucracy of Ukrainian accounting and tax office reporting. In addition, development of a sporting facility requires a comparatively high initial investment to cover the rental, design, construction, and other related costs. Thus, given the specific Ukrainian tax and compliance regulation, founders must carefully consider how to structure the allocation of working capital to make it most cost efficient.
SCHNEIDER GROUP has been supporting VIGO since the very beginning of their activity in Ukraine. For almost 10 months, the Kyiv office of SCHNEIDER GROUP ensured the overall support in terms of accounting/tax office reporting, legal, and management compliance. Our tax and legal team provided legal support from A-to-Z, consulting the client on working capital formation and overall business model structuring, reconciliation of terms, and drafting the lease/design/construction/labor/HR documentation.
The support of SCHNEIDER GROUP had a profound impact on the business of VigoHealth in Ukraine. Due to the excellent work of SCHNEIDER GROUP experts on every stage of the business setup process and their active participation in all spheres of the company’s activity during the start of the business, the fitness studio has been fully functional for over 6 months and is providing top quality services to its clients.
Our legal team also fully supervises registration of the brand “VIGO” in Ukraine and in a number of CIS and EU countries where the company plans to expand its localization and presence.
VigoHealth AG is a Swiss company the mission of which is to start-up and manage new companies in the area of health and nutrition, creating new lifestyle brands. In 2017 VigoHealth AG founded the new fitness studio, called “VIGO”, in Ukraine.
The studio has more than 10 Schwinn certified instructors who have been trained on the latest programs from the US and Western Europe. It offers such sports as cycling and TRX – 7 levels of cycling and 9 levels of TRX – so that every person can choose the level that fits him/her to burn calories, strengthen the body, and rejuvenate the mind.
The fitness studio also offers such additional pleasant complimentary services for its clients as a bottle of water for each training session, health and beauty aids, and online booking for training equipment. The studio is ready to provide its services not only to individuals but also to corporate clients (teambuilding, tournaments etc.)
Interim Management in Russia | Doppelmayr
Doppelmayr – Smooth operations in Russia
When opening a subsidiary in Russia, companies have to consider something important: according to Russian legislation, a General Director in Russia has more power to act on behalf of the company than in other western European countries. Because of this, western investors usually appoint an employee from the parent company to this position of responsibility. However, in Russia the procedure of obtaining a work permit for foreign citizens involves a few peculiarities: the legal entity has to be established before a work permit can be requested, but a General Director is necessary for a company to be registered.
Already operating on the Russian market for many years, Doppelmayr decided to register its subsidiary in March 2012 and was faced with this issue.
To address this, SCHNEIDER GROUP took over the Interim Management from the registration of Doppelmayr’s subsidiary. Since then, SCHNEIDER GROUP has represented the client’s interests at the state authorities regarding customs and tax declarations in close communication with and according to the guidelines of the mother company.
This project had a profound impact on Doppelmayr’s business in Russia: the Austrian label has been successfully operating on the Russian market for many years, with SCHNEIDER GROUP handling the management of Doppelmayr’s branch office in close coordination with the mother company. This solution has ensured a smooth flow of documents, and that administrative matters with authorities are handled in accordance with local legislation. Two years after having registered its subsidiaries in Moscow and Sochi, Doppelmayr decided to be not only a local ropeway spare parts supplier, but also to build its own ropeways in the CIS countries using its own resources. As a result, Doppelmayr established other branch offices: in Samara in 2014, in Khimki, Sakhalin and a second Sochi office in 2016. The 2014 Winter Olympic Games marked a turning point for Doppelmayr in Russia: the company has built 40 ropeways in Sochi, one of them being the longest and fastest tricable ropeway in the world. The Austrian label is planning on growing further in the Russian market and is already developing projects in public transportation infrastructure. SCHNEIDER GROUP has also been providing Doppelmayr with legal consultancy and carrying out their accounting on the Russian market. SCHNEIDER GROUP supports its clients in handling Interim Management in Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, and Poland.
As a market leader in ropeway engineering, Doppelmayr operates production plants as well as sales and service centers in over 35 countries worldwide. To date, the Austrian label has built more than 14,600 installations for customers in 89 countries. Flexibility, know-how, and pioneering spirit make Doppelmayr ideally equipped to meet all the challenges of traditional and new markets. Innovative transport systems from Doppelmayr continually set new standards. Top comfort and safety define their installations in summer and winter tourism regions as well as in the urban transit sector. 2002 saw the merger of Doppelmayr with another leading ropeway manufacture, Garaventa, which gave rise to the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group.