Network Meeting: “Learning German quickly”

In the beginning of December 2016, Jeannine Budelmann was invited by the network “Companies integrate refugees” – which operates nationwide – to participate in an expert panel. During the first network meeting in Berlin the managing director of Budelmann Elektronik GmbH talked about “Vocational-oriented language learning”. According to Budelmann, learning the language is crucial to manage work and daily life and is not always easy in the beginning. In her own firm she introduced a proven concept for refugees combining two days of language school with three days in the company.

A different kind of cash disposal

Increasing fees for withdrawing cash from ATMs is an ongoing issue. More and more banks also are reducing their opening hours making it even more inconvenient for customers to get cash. Christoph Budelmann proposes a countermovement in his latest column for the Vending Management: Equipping new vending machines with cash withdrawal functionality. Suggesting this, he picks up on the basic idea of his previous column: One has too much cash and needs to pay for its disposal; the other one doesn’t have it but needs it.

Cash – the German’s dearest friend

While it is perfectly normal in other countries to pay small amounts with your mobile phone or credit card, Germans still tend to prefer paying cash. What does this mean for the vending sector? In his current column for the Vending Management magazine Christoph Budelmann presents his idea of upgrading vending machines with an authentication device that allows cooperating retailers to deposit bills and to receive cash in return. The advantage: Retailers don’t have to obtain their cash through a bank or a CiT company which can be rather pricey.

Just take the plunge

According to this motto, Budelmann Elektronik GmbH is involved in the “Network Companies integrate Refugees”. During one of the last network meetings Jeannine Budelmann was asked which advice she would give to companies which are interested in integrating refugees: You just have to “take the plunge” to employ a refugee. The “Network Companies integrate Refugees” eventually borrowed this clear and simple statement and used it for their postcard campaign.

In-company integration of refugees

The network event “Companies integrate refugees” took place on July 7. Speakers from different institutions informed the audience about in-company integration of refugees
Along with representatives from the local job agency and the foreigners’ registration office Jeannine Budelmann was invited to share her experience. ”We offer an entry qualification to a refugee, which runs over the course of a year. Three times a week he works in our company, two times a week he takes language lessons”, the CEO tells the audience.

New Research Project OptED

At the beginning of May a new research project was launched: OptED focuses on the use of data glasses during the manufacturing process of electronic components. Budelmann Elektronik develops an innovative software solution which supports quality assurance during manual circuit board assembly.

Industry 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution is part of many discussions nowadays. In his latest column for Vending Management Christoph Budelmann describes which possibilities industry 4.0 can offer to the vending sector. Nevertheless, he emphasizes that many companies already have implemented applications by now and that it is seen as a standard by customers today. Thus, a market differentiation is not really possible anymore if you solely rely on industry 4.0. That’s why we would like to encourage you to consider future trends in order to react to them in a timely manner.

Hanover Fair, April 25th – 29th 2016

Themed “Integrated Industry – Discover Solutions” the world’s largest industrial fair takes place in Hanover April 25th – 29th. The main focus lies on Industry 4.0, Energy & Environmental Technology, Industrial Automation & IT as well as on Smart Materials & Components. Our company presents results of our latest research project (smart work clothes) at booth B22 in hall 2.

Network Companies Integrate Refugees

More than 300 companies from all over Germany are founding members of “NETWORK Companies Integrate Refugees”. One of them is Budelmann Elektronik, one of four founding members from Münster. The website went online on 3rd March and was presented by the Federal Minister of Economics Sigmar Gabriel and the president of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), Dr. Eric Schweitzer. The network’s function is to support companies which plan to employ refugees.

Principles of orderly bookkeeping in vending

As a follow up to Christoph Budelmann’s last column for Vending Management discussing possible amendments concerning electronic sales data read-out, the current column deals with the legal requirements that are already in effect. All vendors should make themselves familiar with their vending machines since taxable persons are responsible for the correctness of their records. Ask your supplier to make sure that everything is recorded accordingly! It is technically feasible to record every single transaction. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Jeannine Budelmann briefs Members of the state parliament of North Rhine Westphalia on Industry 4.0

Last Saturday Jeannine Budelmann was invited by the working committee for economy of the state of North Rhine Westphalia where she informed local and regional politicians of the Green Party about the opportunities and obstacles of Industry 4.0. She stated that small and medium-sized companies need to be supported and tangible examples need to be made in order to show how Industry 4.0 can improve internal processes. Furthermore, Jeannine Budelmann emphasized that digitization does not only mean broadband expansion.

Electronic sales data read-out

In the world of vending machines a paper published by the ministry of finance is causing confusion: Storage of digital records on cash transactions supposedly will come into effect in 2017, requiring modifications in software and construction. The paper was published on November 26, 2010 by the German Federal Ministry of Finance and refers to cash registers, scales with register functions, taximeters and odometers. We asked the ministry what effect the writing has on our customers’ products.

The entire article was published in Vending Management 04/2015.