Business

Friday, January 31st, 2014
Doing business in Italy can be a complicated affair. Italian bureaucracy is notorious for its convoluted Byzantinisms, and many things are not self-evident. At the very least, you'll have mountains of documents and forms to compile, taxes to pay and offices to visit: and that's even before starting your activity. Businessmen in Milan Once you are up and running, you'll have to deal with the typical Italian way of conducting business, which means you need to know how to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
In Italy, just as in the United States, quite a diverse set of tools  can be used when looking for a job . While different natures and strategies, these days such tools have a common link: the internet. The internet has become an invaluable tool when job searching: along with online job postings, one can also go through newspapers, employment exchanges, information centers, employment agencies and the Chamber of Commerce.   Before the dawn of the internet the Wanted ads in newspapers were
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Benetton (Logo from Benetton original site) Benetton is a widely recognized worldwide name, a brand that can be found literally everywhere. Definitely a great achievement for a company that started its operations just outside of Treviso, Veneto, in the North East of Italy. Benetton initiated its ventures in the clothing business, introducing a good quality and tasteful line of clothing for the whole family and, with its simplicity, the brand truly conquered the attention of millions. The
Friday, June 1st, 2012
McDonald's in Italy It was the mid-80's when McDonald's opened its first restaurant in Rome, taking the spot of a very prestigious bar, right off the Spanish Steps, across from the Spanish Embassy and right next to Valentino's headquarters. It was a drastic move. While McDonald's had ample experience moving into new markets, Italy was especially difficult. The demanding clientele and  the quality of ingredients used within the country, made a lot of fast food unpopular. Despite these issues,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Doing business in Italy: some cultural conventions to know   Cultural factors and influences play a key role even when it comes to talking about doing business. We know that Americans take very much into account the cultural context they work within, while it is not exactly the same for Italians, who believe culture doesn't influence a successful business result. Perhaps they are sometimes too influenced by their habits and customs in their business decisions.   Therefore, when doing
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Internet Cafe in Firenze, Italy ( from wikimedia) The love story between Italians and the internet began in the 1990s, when the world wide web became a common presence in the life of most, without, nevertheless, develop into a full-scale, grand e-business. Many cultural and legal issues probably are behind this lack of modernization, but things are changing. When it comes to services and overall information, Italy is finally providing great content; RAI indeed has probably one of the best
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Employment in Italy   As in many other places in the world, today Italy is experiencing a challenging time with regard to work and jobs. The economic downturn that has touched so many has caused problems in Italy as well. When discussing job situation in Italy it is also important to remember that it is a complex one and not homogeneous throughout the country. The job situation is different in the northern, central and the southern regions of the country. There is a sharp contrast
Friday, June 1st, 2012
FAO building in Rome Italy is among the top 8 economies in the world and, although its companies are usually small sized in comparison with other industrialized countries, there is still a lot of room for foreigners to come and work in the "Bel Paese". Rome and Milan are the biggest cities, and clearly attract more working force:  while Rome seems to be first choice for those working in politics and diplomacy, Milan's working force is more industrially oriented. Mind, we are talking about
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fiat logo As the worldwide economic crisis continues to spread and governments try hard to put a stop to it, new opportunities arise that were unthinkable just a few years ago. In the car industry, Fiat's actions are not only historical but unique in nature, strategy, and implementation. Recently, the three major American car manufacturers -- Ford, GM, and Chrysler -- were all on the verge of disappearing from the face of Earth, in a rapid process that led to strong government's financial
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Let's start with one point and make it very loud and clear: "Italy will never default". Italy is rich and is the 5th largest economy in the world. Italy represents 20% of the entire EU GDP and just to put things in perspective the GDP of the city of Rome alone is higher than the entire New Zealand's.   That being said, of course the world financial scenario is a disaster and Italy has its share of problems, just like any other western country has; however, with one big difference:
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Photo Courtesy of Always Innovating via Wikimedia Commons   While technology is rife in Italy, in many ways communication remains an old fashioned business. Sure, there are text messages and companies are increasingly using Voip and Skype, but by and large Italians do not employ as much technology as other countries due to a certain kind of psychological block favoring phones and faxes. If you're from a country where companies routinely reply to email promptly, you will be in for a
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Luxottica Logo . Luxottica is a very well run company that has become the world leader in the eyeglass universe. Slowly but surely, Luxottica seems to be buying out all the major eyeglass companies in the world, especially American ones.  This acquisition pattern has created a large group of smaller companies and a domination of the industry, which is furthered by fact Luxottica produces its own glasses. Basically, Luxottica is a manufacturer for some of the biggest brands in the world when it
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Where ever business takes you, learning the culture, etiquette and protocol of the host country is a key step to success. Italy is no exception. Just as you would prepare your presentation before a big meeting, it's important to prepare yourself by understanding the Italian customs, protocol and etiquette in a business setting. Because Italy is a highly individualistic society, one that emphasizes family ties and individual responsibility, Italians generally prefer
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italy: Bank of Sicily . Italy, like other nations, was heavily affected by the economic crisis, but the Italian banking system, with the exception of Unicredit, seem to be much stronger than their international counterparts. Indeed, the investments of the Italian banks turned out to be more conservative, and safer than originally thought: traditionally, Italian institutions have been very cautious in terms of cash, and Bank of Italy has always exerted direct control over the system. This
Friday, June 1st, 2012
It is impossible to generalize and pinpoint the standard timetable of a typical Italian working day, as it usually depends on which job one has, the company one works for and, at times, their sector of expertise. Nevertheless, the average workday usually lasts 8 hours, although some go to work earlier than others and some finish later. However, work rights are common to every type of worker regardless of their job; in fact, as far as working hours are concerned, state regulations are
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fiat Chairman Marchionne Italy is a tough market. Plenty of money exists, but  distribution chains and competition are different than in the U.S., not for lack of organization, but over protection of the local brands. In fact, the system is difficult for Italians themselves, to the point that many Italian companies make more money abroad than in Italy itself. Even Fiat had to admit its sales are better internationally than in Italy. If you are determined to enter Italy as a foreign entity,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
If you have a good up-to-date Blog about Italy in English please contact us and we will add it to this list - ( A reciprocal link is welcome ) 2 Baci in a Pinon Tree Nice blog about Italy from Basilivcata. About Abruzzo This site is dedicated to thoughts, comments and photographs relating to Abruzzo, Italy. News From About Italy This site features news about Italy in both English and Italian. Aglio Olio E Peperoncino A great blog about Italian food with good images. Amid the Olive
Friday, June 1st, 2012
1 Euro, Italy Currencies are always changing, fluctuating and being replaced every few decades or centuries. It's in their nature, therefore counting on their perpetual enduring power is not only wrong, but also very dangerous. Currently, we're are living in times of major change and upheaval: the world's two most used currencies have been facing turmoil, the results of which would probably change the way economy looks for ever. The US dollar has been lower than the Euro for almost a decade
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Like many other countries, the Italian workplace has its problems: one that is specific to this country, though, and quite serious, is mobbing. The word "mobbing" is a borrowing from English and does not have an Italian equivalent. The English loanword is now part of Italian's own terminology, and describes a widespread phenomenon, the effects of which are dangerous for both for the victim and society as a whole . Mobbing is usually defined as intimidating or  aggressive behavior towards an
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bank of Bergamo, Italy The biggest crisis of the 21st century overall is, without doubt, the increase of credit card spending and out of control outrageous mortgages, which have led to a financial crisis of epic proportions. Italy has a different situation when it comes to financial and economic woes and, although highly affected by the crisis, it followed a completely different financial pattern. Italians are indeed much less in debt than other citizens of similar economies. Loans in general
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Alitalia is the number one air carrier in Italy and one of the most recognizable airline brands in history, both domestically and internationally. Originally state owned, the airline turned private after some major financial turmoil, which saw the restructuring of the entire company as well as the creation of a new brand identity, although the same logo and colors were maintained. Since the beginning of Italian aviation history Alitalia has been the pride of the country, an international symbol
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Barilla (photo from Wikipedia) Barilla is the most known brand in Italy and the 49th most recognized label in the world, an indicator that the company has moved a long way from its origins of local, family run business.  Today, Barilla is synonym of a food empire that includes all kind of products. Most of its fame, however, comes from its great pasta and pasta sauces. Barilla, although almost 100 years old at the time, really only took off in the 1980's with a very strong advertising campaign