Experts in comprehensive solutions for brands and retailers, HMY Group are the international leader in global services for the retail industry. Here, RLI sits down with company President & CEO Walter Ceglia to speak about some of the Group’s major projects and what they are working on moving forward that continues to set them apart from others in the sector.
A global leading group in design, engineering, manufacturing, installation of furniture and after sales for retail spaces, HMY Group’s 360° proposal includes a multitude of services such as consulting & design, site and project management, value engineering as well as integrated digital Pro AV technology, lighting visual communication solutions and customer goods management.
“Our commercial philosophy is based on our values, which are deeply rooted in the company and are the pillars on which our core principles are built upon and which our social commitments are based,” explains HMY Group President & CEO Walter Ceglia. “What sets us apart is our multicultural and multidisciplinary teams that are made up of very distinct professionals, all of whom enrich our work by contributing their particular know-how at each stage of the process by creating, developing and implementing unique projects that win the heart of the shopper.”
HMY Group manages and owns its eight manufacturing units, which are situated across Brazil, France, Mexico, Spain, Turkey and the UK. Furthermore, they are established in more than 90 countries and able to serve their customers worldwide, covering all the continents and regions around the globe.
In recent times, two of the company’s major project completions are Al Musbah – HNAK Commercial Spaces at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Departures in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and IMAR – Beauty store at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. Both of these schemes are perfect examples of the passion that they put into completing complex projects.
Aside from these two schemes, the business has completed countless international projects such as Printemps and Duty-Free stores in Qatar, a rollout of all Ralph Lauren concepts on a global scale, Luxottica Sun Glass Hut and Lens Crafter stores in the US and Europe, the Pandora brand across Latin America and Mexico, Dufry stores on a global scale, and a project that HMY Group are very proud of is being one of Apple’s partners for a global rollout of their new concept, among many others.
“We are also in the midst of rolling out several projects. In the GCC region we are working with reputable brands such as Moschino, Illycaffé, Al Nahdi perfumery chains and in Europe C&A, Calvin Klein, Etro, WHSmith, Amazon, Vodafone and Puma on a global level,” Ceglia highlights.
They are also proud to be working within all the major retail sectors, such as travel retail, fashion and sports, telecom, health and beauty, automotive, banking and our core sector, food retailers. Within the food sector some of their major clients include Lidl on a global level, Amazon, Carrefour, Auchan, Dia, Mercadona and Tesco amongst many other leading blue-chip companies.
As Ceglia looks forward, he feels the future is strong for HMY Group in the Middle East market where they have accomplished beautiful and challenging projects and there are many more to come. They have recently set up their HMY KSA company office in Riyadh with production facilities in Dubai and Turkey. The Middle East is an important market for them, as is North America, where they are developing, growing and setting up their HMY offices and teams.
“In terms of product development we have several new R&D investments in areas such as check outs, technological and digital solutions and sustainability. We take very seriously our sustainability values and are not only becoming the strongest vendor in this area, but more importantly, we are helping many of our customers to become more sustainable,” explains Ceglia.
Creating long-lasting relationships with their customers is a pivotal part of the HMY Group offer and they build these by ensuring they listen to and understand the needs and challenges of their customers and they strive to go the extra mile to be ahead of the presented challenges and provide proactive solutions. They accompany their clients from the very beginning, and become involved in multiple phases of a project, not just as a supplier, but as a true partner, regardless of the size of the scheme involved.
Social media also plays its part in this and HMY understand completely how essential it is as a method of communication with their clients and followers. Operating predominantly across LinkedIn and Instagram, they utilise it to show the authenticity of their brand, values and also to engage with their employees across the world and proudly present some of the newly launched concepts and flagships of their customers.
Translating brand philosophies into tangible spaces, HMY Group create retail spaces all over the world and are driven by sustainability, which in turn accelerates innovation within the company, which in turn drives business growth. Their commitment to sustainability has led them to improve efficiency throughout the supply chain of the products they develop for their clients, evolving towards a sustainable production model based on the circular economy and conceptualised from eco-design.
“As an example, we have zero waste in our main production facilities and manufacturing processes and most of our new projects are based on the precepts of eco-design and the bulk of the products for these projects are made with recycled or controlled original materials. We are certified by all the main organisations, adhere to the UN 17 sustainability goals and are constantly evolving in this ever-growing concept,” Ceglia proudly explains.
HMY Group are committed to excellence and innovation in every sense of the word – and this goes back throughout the company’s 60-year history and as they continue to grow, Ceglia is excited to see how HMY develops in the GCC region and how they will continue to help their customers succeed in their own businesses.