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4 Ways to Successfully Put a New Twist on Legacy Industries

It happens to everyone eventually. One day your business is the embodiment of the cutting edge, but within a few years — or even months — your team is scrambling just to keep up with competitors.

It’s a problem not solved simply by working harder or cutting costs, but one that requires introspection and reinvention. Although the end goal of some industries might remain the same for years, the “how” aspect of the game will almost certainly change.

All industries eventually become outdated. have consistently shown that computing power has doubled every year since 1965, and given 's exponential rate of progress, the window of relevancy is increasingly narrow.

Though there is no outright cure or escape from this cycle, there are opportunities within the chaos. By following a few sensible steps, you can give your business the tune-up it needs to confidently forge a way forward into the next era.

1. Read the room

Before committing to any major moves, take an objective view of your industry as it currently stands. Consider it an inventory of sorts of the past 10 to 20 years without your personal standing or desires weighted.

This is not the for sentimental attachment or continuing strategies rooted in mere habit or ease. This is the time to collect everything you can from past to present and research trends and new practices like your business’s life depends upon it.

Identify what has stayed constant for more than a few years and what is all but certain to be phased out soon. It’s clear across many industries that trends such as virtual teams are the , but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to make any drastic action immediately. Consider all the options that are out there, then identify those that fit your business and integrate naturally within it.

For some trends, the data and verdict have been decided. For example, studies have shown that the remote workforce has grown by 80 percent over the past decade. When the writing on the wall is this legible, it is time to start positioning your business for a pivot.  While a substantial shift might initially make you uncomfortable, the wave of change is coming regardless.

There’s not an industry out there that can afford to rest on its laurels too long these days. Read the room of your industry patiently and impartially; once you feel you have absorbed enough information, make your move.

2. Commit to a strategy

Once you have the hard data in hand, it’s time to whittle down the options and commit. While it may be tempting to do a drastic overhaul of your entire business, this is a desperate measure that could end doing more harm than good. Start small, roll out your new strategy incrementally, and, if proven effective, make it the new norm.

This sentiment is echoed by Aidan McClean, CEO of UFODRIVE, which is currently the only all-electric vehicle rental platform operating in . In a recent email exchange, McClean wrote: “To put a new twist on old industries, you need to be willing to question what’s long been widely accepted. Any 21st century operating model has to be somewhat fluid, but when a strategy is settled upon, it must be followed by relentless execution. It’s a mindset that requires complete and total commitment on the part of the entrepreneur. We didn’t reinvent the wheel; we just committed to doing things differently from everybody else — often, that’s all that’s needed.”

When you find the angle or niche within which you are confident you have an advantage, don’t hesitate. Commit enough resources into the agreed-upon strategy and then allow it enough breathing room to flourish.

3. Track and adapt

If you aren’t tracking results and gathering data like it's gold, then none of the preceding steps will matter much. Keeping a finger on the pulse of your business has always been important, but it’s now vital to track and adapt to trends as they unfold in real time.

Set clear key performance indicators, goals and timelines which are shared and known throughout your whole team. See where you can draw a distinct line of causation between your new strategy and results, rather than just seasonal or random correlation. Without objective measurements, even solid strategies can founder and lead to frustration when it is unclear whether they are working.

Having a measurable threshold of success matters. Just as you were impartial in deciding what old practices might best be left behind, if all the signs point to your new strategy not working, it might be time to pull the plug. There’s an inherent risk of attempting anything new, and it is best not to dwell.

Tracking and adapting through both booms and busts is no longer just a healthy practice, it’s now almost non-negotiable when trying to revamp a business model for the future.

4. Prepare to keep changing

It might not be a comforting thought, but the truth is that the finish line no longer exists for many in the business world. You can set certain benchmarks of success, but once attained, these goals commonly shift or grow in scale.

Where once technology served businesses as a mere tool, now a reversal has occurred, in which almost all industries are at the whim of massive tech trends. No industry is insulated, and only through near-constant research and refinement can you keep your business not just surviving but thriving.

If you want to make it for the long haul, then don’t even bother asking when the changes will stop. Old and ineffective are falling to the wayside faster than ever, and those willing to adapt and grow are already reaping the rewards.


For the full article please visit: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/354666

Want to hire a Tesla for the day? There’s a contactless app for that.

There’s nothing new about hiring a car for a day trip, but what is new is that you can hire the magnificent electric Tesla Model 3 or Model S car via the new UFOdrive app. It’s contactless and available 24/7 with no queuing or long-winded paperwork. 

Sounds good. Yet, is hiring an electric car, never mind a Tesla, for a day trip a sensible option? What happens when the battery runs down? 

With some range anxiety, I smile as I agree to do just that heading out from London to Southwold.

I make the booking via the UFODrive app (after registering my details of course) and pick it up from Q-Park in Park Lane. The Tesla S is, without doubt, a beauty with cool sleek lines that reach out to your inner racing driver at full throttle.

It’s totally top tech too from the UFO Drive app to the car itself. UFO’s head honcho in the UK Jonathan Shine told me: “Tesla is a computer on wheels and we are essentially a tech company. You control everything from your phone and the huge in-car tablet”.

I realise that to make this work I have to shift my thinking up a gear to be a Tesla driver.

Unlocking her is via the app (owners have a fob). The wing mirrors quietly whirr into position while the handles come out to meet you. There’s no “on” button – just accelerate. So, surreptitiously, she slides out of the Park Lane car park and when we pass the Tower of London and morning light subtly seeps in via the dimmed glass roof, it begins to feel that the road trip is on.

With 118 miles ahead we pick up the A13 towards Dartford and slip off onto the A12 all the way to the quaint seaside town of Aldeburgh.

Our first stop is a small detour to the Britten Pears arts museum known as the Red House. We park up and that’s when we find that there is no “off” button. You just park up, exit the car and it locks itself.

Inside the house, there are Rodins, Blakes and Constables and a Steinway piano but we can’t enter as the museum is closed on Wednesdays. Apparently, we had missed Rick Wakeman who had popped in for a tinker the day before. So we make do and explore the gorgeous 5-acre garden trail to admire the alfresco artworks.

The Red House garden trail

We head towards the sea as the waning sun gives way to grey clouds. It’s very windy and with clothes and hair flapping the planned beach walk becomes a notion. We put a fish and chip lunch in our sights.

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No chance, that idea was scuppered because of the long socially distanced queues outside the restaurant thanks to the new normal of COVID 19.

Back at Tesla, as I hurl my bag on the back seat I can’t help but notice the space in the nether regions. Three tall people would have plenty of manoeuvre room and since there is no combustion engine, there’s luggage space in the front and back.

More interesting though is that there is so much to tinker with. Now in the passenger seat, I take the opportunity to explore what the huge tablet – it replaces much of the traditional dashboard – has to offer. There’s plenty of news channels and music channels including Spotify as well as a karaoke channel. We sing our hearts out all the way to Thorpeness a few miles further along the coast.

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Thorpeness is renowned for its mock Tudor architecture with an attractive Alms House. However, today the streets are deserted. It’s lunchtime, and the Dolphin pub next to the Almshouse is full to the brim. And so we continue.

As we pass Sizewell (of nuclear power plant fame) I am a tad hunger-grumpy and I hear myself snapping at the driver: “We are driving a car able to accelerate from 0-60 in 3 seconds, yet you are pootling along like a Sunday driver.”

Suddenly it’s all go go go. A rapid right turn takes us towards the winding and today very windy roads of the Sizewell Woodlands Walk. The performance is impressive. Those corners are flat and as the passenger, I hardly notice any body roll.

And then it happens – the sudden absence of my stomach. The Tesla jumps to warp speed. The acceleration speed is insane and I am dumbfounded. Needless to say, there is no more talk of Sunday driving.

By now it’s well past lunchtime, and we are ravished, so we take a punt and turn into Darsham. That’s where we find an out-of-the-way pub called the Fox Inn and that’s where we replenish.

We then head to our final destination – Southwold, a seaside town replete with quaint teashops. We know that there is a charging point in The Swan hotel car park and we plan to plug in the Tesla and let it charge while we enjoy a cuppa. Unfortunately, someone is already parked in that space and annoyingly not even using the charger.

So we turn our minds to the joys of afternoon tea. Astonishingly the tea shops are closing at 4 pm. We get there at 3.50 pm and we are too late.

Still the beach – overlooked by a series of historical cannons – makes for a lovely, bracing walk along wide-open sands hemmed with colourful beach huts.

Heading back to the car the UFODrive app alerts us that the “car battery levels are running low” and guides us to the nearest charge point a 15-minute drive away.

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Range-anxiety leaps up. What about traffic? Would we make it?

Turns out that the app had made the calculations and we make it to the Tesla charge points located at Marks Tey hotel in Colchester with juice to spare. A 20-minute charge is ample and so we use this time to get our brew – finally – in the hotel cafe.

The way back is joyful and with time for more tinkering. I almost blush to tell you this but there is a fart mode with several renditions – I know! – to signify indicating and changing lanes.  Of course, there’s plenty more to discover including a romantic mode to be used when the car is parked – but revealing all would be a spoiler.

About UFO Drive

UFODrive is a contactless 24/7 car hire service. It was launched in May 2018, the brainchild of Irish businessman, Aidan McLean who was disgruntled with many years of painful car rental experiences – long queues, long waits. 

How much:

Tesla car hire starts from £94 per day on Multi-Day booking or £109 on Single-Day booking (Model 3). Model S from £150 on Multi-Day rental or £164 on Single Day.

Club Members (joining fee -£39 per month) get 25% off. Incidentally, electric cars are exempt from London’s £15 congestion charge. 

Pick Up points:

In London, points are located in Park Lane and Oxford Street, with Westfield Shopping Centre (Shepherd’s Bush) and Canary Wharf due shortly. Elsewhere there are points in Dublin Downtown, Luxembourg – Lux Airport, Belgium – Brussels Airport & Brussels Downtown, France – Paris Downtown Austria – Vienne Airport & 2 x locations in Vienna Downtown, Germany – Hamburg Airport, Cologne Airport & Berlin Downtown, Netherlands – Downtown locations in Rotterdam, the Hague and Amsterdam


For the full article please visit: https://www.thetravelmagazine.net/want-to-hire-a-tesla-for-the-day-theres-an-app-for-that-its-contactless-but-is-it-reliable.html

Les meilleures voitures électriques de location pour un roadtrip

Vous hésitez à acheter une voiture électrique? Louez-en une pendant vos vacances et essayez-la en toute décontraction!

UFODRIVE: l'Europe en Tesla

L’entreprise luxembourgeoise Ufodrive est en passe de conquérir les villes européennes avec des voitures de location électriques. Sa flotte en compte déjà une centaine, réparties sur 16 antennes, et d’autres viendront s’y ajouter cette année. Elles sont également disponibles dans le centre de Bruxelles et à Brussels Airport. “Elles suscitent énormément d’intérêt”, déclare Stephen Morrissey, chief development officer. “Ceux qui veulent en tester une s’adressent également à nous. Quand on va chez Tesla, il faut réserver un créneau horaire qui se limite généralement à un court trajet.”

Fondée en 2018 par l’entrepreneur irlandais Aidan McClean et le Belge Renaud Marquet, Ufodrive entend changer définitivement le visage de la location de voitures au moyen d’une app pratique et de belles voitures.

Il suffit de choisir une voiture, de signer le contrat, d’aller chercher la voiture, de la rendre et de payer: tout cela se fait en deux minutes, sans appels téléphoniques avec différentes personnes ni paperasserie fastidieuse, ni labyrinthe d’options pour les prix et l’assurance, ni files d’attente aux aéroports, ni supplément de centaines d’euros à la fin du voyage pour cause de dégâts mineurs.

“Un type de transaction tel qu’on l’attend en 2020, loin du modèle traditionnel”, explique Stephen Morrissey. “Il y a beaucoup de méfiance dans le secteur. Nous avons pour objectif de travailler de manière équitable et transparente.” Ufodrive s’engage également à fournir la voiture demandée et non un "équivalent", comme c’est souvent le cas dans les agences de location. “Pour certaines personnes, cela n’a pas d’importance, mais pour d’autres, si”, ajoute-t-il.

Outre les Tesla Model S et Model 3, la société propose la Jaguar I-Pace, la Hyundai Kona et la Nissan Leaf. Les voitures disponibles varient en fonction du lieu, et la flotte change rapidement. “Beaucoup de nouveaux modèles seront lancés sur le marché cette année”, poursuit Morrissey. “Nous allons certainement tester la Volkswagen ID.3. La Porsche Taycan est également une option, mais pas partout, et pas dans l’offre standard.”

Si la flotte est principalement composée de Tesla, c’est parce que cette marque possède sa propre infrastructure de recharge dans toute l’Europe. Ce qui facilite les choses, car tous les pays ne disposent pas d’un réseau public de charge étendu, même si l’app permet de savoir rapidement ce qu’il en est.

Ufodrive compte actuellement environ 5.000 utilisateurs, et ce nombre augmente rapidement. “Les cœurs et les esprits sont en pleine mutation”, conclut Morrissey. “Et le feed-back que nous recevons est positif: 97% de nos clients reviennent ou veulent acheter une voiture électrique.


For the full article please visit: https://www.lecho.be/sabato/auto/les-meilleures-voitures-electriques-de-location-pour-un-roadtrip-estival/10238831.html

For more info on UFODRIVE: https://www.ufodrive.com/en/

For more info on Mobility Solutions: https://mobility.ufodrive.com/

Autovermietung UFO Drive: Nur Elektroautos, nur per App

Wenn es weht tut, entstehen die besten Ideen. Der irische Geschäftsmann Aidan McClean nutzt auf seinen Reisen regelmäßig Mietwagen, die er an Flughäfen anmietet. Natürlich nervt ihn das Schlange stehen am Schalter, dass der Mitarbeiter des Vermieters Daten in den Rechner eingibt, die er zuvor bei der Online-Buchung bereits eingegeben hat, dass man nicht das Auto bekommt, das man reserviert hat und man ihm Zusatzversicherungen aufschwatzt.

Daran hat sich McClean längst gewöhnt, doch im Frühjahr 2017 steht er eine geschlagene Stunde am Wiener Flughafen, bis er endlich den Schlüssel für den Mietwagen in der Hand hält. Später, nach der Rückgabe, erhält er eine Abrechnung, die teuer ausfällt, als zuvor vereinbart. Wütend nutzt er seine Flugzeit, um eine Liste mit zehn Punkten zu schreiben, was ihn an Autovermietern nervt.

Zu den bereits genannten Dingen kommen noch der Papierkram am Schalter als auch bei der Fahrzeuginspektion, unterschiedliche Tankregelungen und eine langwierige Schlüsselrückgabe, wenn man eigentlich zum Gate für den Heimflug eilen möchte. Zuhause in Luxemburg wird aus der Liste ein Businessplan. Seine Freundin liest den und stellt eine Frage: “Wie soll die Autovermietung heißen?” McCleans antwortet: “Weiß noch nicht, aber es wird eine Kundenerfahrung, die ist nicht von dieser Welt.” “Also wie ein UFO”, antwortet seine Freundin. Aus der spontanen Aussage wird der Name UFO Drive.

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Heute betreibt die Autovermietung 16 Stationen in acht Ländern. Elf davon liegen in Innenstädten, fünf an Flughäfen. In Deutschland ist UFO Drive bislang in Berlin, Hamburg und Köln vertreten. Die Expansion geht zügig voran. Hatte McClean zunächst dem Model S und Model 3 von Tesla begonnen, gibt es inzwischen Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai Kona und Nissan Leaf im Angebot. Porsche Taycan, Tesla Roadster und der VW ID.3 sind bereits bestellt. McClean setzt zu hundert Prozent auf Elektromobilität. “Mir geht es um abgasfreie Mobilität”, sagt McClean. Neben dem Klimaschutz nennt er praktische Gründe. Spätestens ab 2030 rechnet er mit Einfahrverboten in einigen europäische Metropolen als auch ersten Zulassungsverboten für Verbrenner.

Laden inklusive

Preislich liegt UFO Drive etwas über den klassischen Autovermietern, was bei höheren Anschaffungskosten der Elektroautos kaum überrascht. Im Gegenzug gibt es keine preislichen Überraschungen und einige Vereinfachungen: Bis zu drei Fahrer sind im Mietpreis inklusive. Laden kostet nichts extra, weder unterwegs noch an den Leihstationen, die UFO Drive “Bays” nennt. Im 24-Stunden-Tarif sind 200 km Fahrleistung enthalten, jeder Mehrkilometer kostet 20 Cent. Eine Vollkaskoversicherung mit 1.000 Euro Selbstbeteiligung ist inklusive. Die Selbstbeteiligung lässt sich für 24 Euro pro Tag auf Null reduzieren. Das war´s, keine weiteren Versicherungsoptionen. Für preissensible Kunden gibt es “Überraschungs-Fahrzeuge”. Dann erhält man ein Elektroauto, das zum Mietzeitpunkt gerade frei ist. Diese Flexibilität belohnt UFO Drive mit einer günstigeren Tagesrate.

Alles per App

Doch der größte Vorteil des Autovermieters lautet: Der gesamte Mietprozess erfolgt in einer Smartphone-App. Von der Registrierung über die Buchung bis zur Ausleihe und dem Fahren, wird alles per App abgewickelt. Kein Anstehen am Schalter, keine Schlüsselübergabe, kein Papierkram. Aidan McLean und sein Team haben es geschafft, für jedes Land die regulatorischen Vorgaben des Identitätsnachweises zu digitalisieren. Mit Fotos von Führerschein, Personalausweis sowie einem Selfie schaltet man sich als Mieter in der App frei. Man sucht sich dann je nach Standort sein Wunschfahrzeug aus. Dabei kann man sicher sein, genau dieses Modell zu erhalten.

Am Miettag leiten ein Video oder eine Foto-Galerie den Mieter zum Fahrzeug im Parkhaus. Den Mietvorgang starten als auch das Aufschließen des Fahrzeugs erfolgt per App. Die Routenplanung erledigt man bestenfalls auch mit der UFO-Drive App, dann werden notwendige Ladestopps eingeplant. Die angezeigten  Ladepunkte aktiviert man – natürlich auch – per App. Ausnahme Tesla: Hier kann man die Routenplanung auf dem eingebauten Touchdisplay nutzen. Ladestopps am Supercharger werden einkalkuliert. Model S und 3 laden, sobald der Stecker im Fahrzeug steckt. Einfacher geht es nicht.

Auch die Rückgabe wickelt der Mieter per App. Falls Schäden am Fahrzeug entstanden sind, dokumentiert man sie mit einem Foto. Danach durchläuft man eine Checkliste, die einen an alles erinnert, wie beispielsweise das Löschen des Spotify-Kontos im Tesla oder das Laden des Fahrzeugs. An jeder “Bay” gibt es Ladestecker.


Elektroautos als Energiespeicher

An seiner Innenstadt-Bay in Berlin kooperiert die Autovermietung mit dem Parkhausbetreiber Apcoa und dem Energieversorger Innogy. In dem Parkhaus unter der Mall of Berlin stehen reservierte Parkplätze und Ladeanschlüsse bereit. Innogy liefert grünen Strom. Bereits heute dienen die Elektroautos als Speicher für überschüssigen Grünstrom. Denkt man das Modell weiter, könnten die Mietwagen mit ihren langen Standzeiten als Energiepuffer in beide Richtungen dienen. Man kann in ihnen Energie zwischenspeichern und wieder entnehmen, sobald die technischen Hürden für bidirektionalen Laden genommen sind. Für diese Dienstleistung würden Energieversorger sogar bezahlen. Eine weitere Einnahmequelle von UFO Drive ist die eigenentwickelte Software. Unter dem Namen UFO Drive Mobility Solutions verkauft das Luxemburger Unternehmen sein Programm als Whitelabel-Lösung. Einer der ersten Kunden für die Software-as-a-Service ist der Luxemburger Car-Sharer Moovee.

Wer glaubt UFO Drive werde nur von Geschäftsreisenden genutzt, täuscht sich. “Fast ein Drittel unserer Kunden sind Stadtbewohner ohne eigenes Auto”, sagt McClean. Die nutzen Shared Mobility-Angebote für die kurzen Strecken und mieten für längere Fahrten bei uns, weil es einfach und sauber ist. Während der Corona-Pandemie erlebten Autoverleiher und Car Sharer einen Umsatzeinbruch. UFO Drive verzeichnete dagegen einen Kundenzuwachs von elf Prozent in den letzten drei Monaten. Es gibt keinen Kontakt bei einer Schlüsselübergabe, die Fahrzeuge werden nach jeder Anmietung gereinigt und zur Sicherheit liegt ein frisches Desinfektionstuch in der Mittelkonsole bereit.


Learn more at https://ufodrive.com/

Further information on UFODRIVE: https://www.ufodrive.com/en/press
For the full article: https://www.elektroauto-news.net/2020/autovermietung-ufo-drive-nur-elektroautos-nur-per-app

UFODrive offers EV fleet management software

The electric car rental company UFODrive has launched a fleet management software for electric cars. The Luxembourg-based company already rents electric vehicles in various European cities and now also offers the new software ‘eMobility Fleet Manager’.

The end-to-end platform for electric cars also incorporates their experience from the rental car business, which the company now wants to make available to fleet operators. The software is designed to make it easier for fleet managers to enter the world of electromobility while keeping the costs of transformation low.

Part of the platform is a range and charging management. It also includes features known from other fleet management platforms such as remote support and reporting.ufodrive flotten manager 2020 02 min 888x444

The notification already mentions the initial customer who will use the new platform directly at the start of the software. The fleet service provider Moovee, also based in Luxembourg, offers multimodal sharing services for corporate customers throughout Europe. The declared aim is, therefore, to make better use of electric vehicles in fleets and thus to be able to expand the range of mobility options – while at the same time simplifying work processes. Moovee wants to offer on-demand bookings of its electric cars in Luxembourg and France in the future.

UFODrive itself offers electric cars for rent in several major European cities. The offer, which is explicitly aimed at business travellers, is available in Germany in Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin. UFODrive is also active in cities such as Dublin, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. According to the statement, the stations are “always located at traffic junctions of the respective major city”.

Learn more at https://mobility.ufodrive.com/

Further information on UFODRIVE: https://www.ufodrive.com/en/press
For the full article go to: https://www.electrive.com/2020/06/18/ufodrive-offers-ev-fleet-management-software/


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