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Meet Our Alumni: Imro Ritfeld

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Imro-RitfieldImro Ritfeld

EDI Analyst KOR, Amazon EU SarL
BBA in Business Administration, 1994 & MBA in International Business, 1995

Is: Chapter Leader for Luxembourg
Speaks: Dutch, English and German with basic French, Spanish and Italian
Has lived in: Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
Has won: Amgen Global Bravo Award, Sterling Commerce Global Award of Distinction, Sterling Commerce Key Contributor Award, Sterling Commerce Global Award
Hobbies: Golf, tennis, basketball, traveling, movies
Age: 45
Is from: Netherlands
Lives in: Luxembourg

Every company needs to be able to be proactive and react to changes, developments and/or innovations

Imro Ritfeld has a passion for learning, an appreciation for diversity and an ever-growing desire to meet interesting people. It seems quite fitting that he would find himself at a company where all those things collide: Amazon.

What does an EDI analyst do?
Most of my work revolves around the automation of advanced business processes between retailers, third-party logistics and the Amazon finance, sales and warehouses departments in Europe, India, China and Australia.

What are the most significant transformations you have seen to e-commerce over the last five years?
Speed: the speed of data transfers is still increasing each day. Also, the applications that make use of the valuable data (applications able to filter data on a per-person basis) are getting better at handling these huge quantities of information. Every company needs to be able to be proactive and react to changes, developments and/or innovations.

What do you think has been the greatest technological innovation in the last decade?
Additive manufacturing (3D printing) – I think this technology will reshape the current industry methods of producing complex products.

What advice would you offer to people who are resistant to new technologies?
Innovation and new technology is moving at warp speed, my only advice to them is try to understand what is happening instead of wondering what just happened.

What is your definition of success?
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson