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Making Sehir Hatlari ‘salutary’ again

Making Sehir Hatlari ‘salutary’ again

By HUSNIYE GUNGOR SEHIR HATLARI, an Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) subsidiary providing public sea transportation services in Istanbul, has gone through many changes in its 200-year history. But since Sinem Dedetas, the first ever female general manager of the company, took over in August 2019, changes have accelerated. You can feel the change even before...

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Istegelsin shoots for online stardom

Istegelsin shoots for online stardom

BY KERIM ULKER YILDIZ HOLDING’S THIRD GENERATION LEADER, YAHYA ULKER, HAS ALREADY BEGUN BUILDING THE FUTURE OF THE COMPANY WITH YILDIZ VENTURES TO SUPPORT THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP ECOSYSTEM IN SECTORS THAT WILL ADD VALUE TO THE HOLDING’S STRATEGY. ISTEGELSIN, TURKEY’S FIRST ONLINE SUPERMARKET, HAS BECOME HIS BIGGEST INCUBATION VENTURE EVER, WITH AN INVESTMENT OF USD 30M....

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PMI spearheads change in tobacco industry with smoke-free products

PMI spearheads change in tobacco industry with smoke-free products

BY HUSNIYE GUNGOR Leading international tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI), which started as a shop on London’s Bond Street in 1847, is going through a dramatic change. The company is building its future on smoke-free products that are a much better health choice than smoking. The change was initially announced by André Calantzopoulos, who...

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Dincer Lojistik to launch dark stores in Europe

Dincer Lojistik to launch dark stores in Europe

Riding the wave of e-commerce growth, Dincer Lojistik will go global with international airline logistics and ‘dark stores’ to be launched in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and London, says its CEO Mustafa Dincer.  By HUSNIYE GUNGOR The effects of the pandemic on consumer habits, particularly the rapid growth in e-commerce, has been more pronounced in Turkey than...

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Planning for the digital future

Planning for the digital future

By HUSNIYE GUNGOR Readymade garment manufacturer Koton, which was established by the Yilmaz couple back in 1988 as a small shop, started its globalization journey with its Munich store in Germany in 1996, one year after it began producing its own products. Now operating with 470 stores in places like Russia, Romania, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Tunisia,...

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Bangladesh eyes next level in bilateral trade

Bangladesh eyes next level in bilateral trade

BANGLADESH, TURKEY’S CLOSE PARTNER IN INITIATIVES LIKE THE D -8 AND ASEAN, IS EAGER TO INCREASE BILATERAL TRADE EITHER BY RAISING THE VOLUME OF EXISTING ITEMS OR ADDING NEW ITEMS TO THE EXPORTIMPORT BASKET, ITS CONSUL GENERAL IN ISTANBUL SAYS. By HUSNIYE GUNGOR The relations between Turkey and Bangladesh, a country wedged between South and...

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Reactionary stance risks trade

Reactionary stance risks trade

“THE REACTIONARY STANCE TOWARD THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM WE’VE SEEN FROM THE GOVERNMENT AFTER ITS WITHDRAWAL FROM THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION, ITS DECISION NOT TO RATIFY THE PARIS AGREEMENT AND NOT IMPLEMENT THE DECISIONS OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS, RISKS TURKEY’S ISOLATION AND A SLOWDOWN IN ITS DEVELOPMENTAL TRAJECTORY,” SAYS IKV CHAIRMAN AYHAN ZEYTINOGLU THE...

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Hepsiburada to mark its 20th year with new launches in April

Hepsiburada to mark its 20th year with new launches in April

By HUSNIYE GUNGOR WHAT EXCITES Hepsiburada CCO Mutlu Erturan nowadays is the digital content platform she is working on, which will be a first in Turkey. The company is also working on another platform that will enable producers to sell directly to customers in any part of the word. Both new projects, to be launched...

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Turkey to help develop AI for the whole region: EMEA CEO

Turkey to help develop AI for the whole region: EMEA CEO

By DIDEM ERYAR UNLU CATHERINE ESTRAMPES President and CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at GE Healthcare, paid a visit to Turkey last week to finalize an agreement on the country’s first strategic collaboration to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) development in medical imaging.  She defines this as a significant step forward in establishing...

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Taking on the Chinese with 65% local technology

Taking on the Chinese with 65% local technology

EMERGING FROM TURKEY, THE HEART OF THE GLOBAL CEMENT INDUSTRY, CTN GROUP HAS DEVELOPED LOCAL TECHNOLOGY THAT RECYCLES FLUE GAS, AND IS EAGER TO REPLACE THE 95% CHINESE DOMINANCE IN THE GLOBAL MARKET By HUSNIYE GUNGOR TURKEY is one of the biggest players in the global cement industry, with 62 factories and a million tonnes...