French transport and logistics company, GEFCO, has opened an Innovation Factory to promote new ideas and creativity in the business' teams around the world.
GEFCO’s Innovation Factory is designed to nurture a culture of innovation, empowering every employee to invent and explore innovative ideas, with the potential of developing them into solutions to support business growth. The Group’s aim is to boost the creative spirit of its employees by providing an internal incubator for their most promising new concepts.
The Innovation Factory will be open all year long, enabling candidates, working in teams, to submit their projects and pitch their innovative ideas at any time. These can apply to any area of GEFCO’s business, but must be aligned with GEFCO’s innovation axes, meet a client need and be scalable across the Group. An innovation screening committee of internal experts will evaluate the best concepts based on these criteria. The selected teams will then be invited to the Innovation Factory, where they will benefit from internal expertise, as well as the resources to successfully develop their project. After carrying out a proof of concept, participants will be offered paid leave from their regular job to fully focus on developing their ideas.
“We are very pleased to announce the opening of the GEFCO Innovation Factory, which is designed to promote a spirit of creativity and innovation among our employees” said GEFCO Chairman, Luc Nadal. “GEFCO’s goal is to provide customers with smart and flexible supply chain solutions and I am confident that our Innovation Factory will help us to push back boundaries and accelerate growth.”