Simon Rombouts

Product-as-a-Service Expert

Simon is an expert in the field of Sustainability, Innovation & the Circular Economy, he specialized in Servitization and Product-as-a-Service business models.

Blog Posts

How COVID-19 affects Product Subscriptions

At Firmhouse we've noticed that recent quarantine and the global pandemic shifted the context for new and circular business models quite a lot. Here are our thoughts on the opportunity that COVID-19 brings to speed up adoption for (Product) Subscriptions and Product-as-a-Service (PaaS) business models. 

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Product-as-a-Service & subscription ideas to get you going!

Getting started with subscriptions just takes a bit of creativity. It’s all about finding the right balance between convenience and providing additional value to your customers. Just shipping a product on a monthly basis is not gonna cut it. In this blog, we'll provide some inspiration!

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New Firmhouse Checkout & In-store Signup

We are super excited to let you know that we have updated our check-out experience! We also enabled this check-out to be able to be configured for an in-store signup experience. The latter enables a full retail experience and allows e-commerce businesses to also be able to provide an omnichannel approach. 

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Debt Collection - Growling or Biting? [part 3/3]

This is the third and final blog of our risk-debtor management series, this part will delve deeper into the debt-collection process and the best practices in the (PaaS-)industry. As a PaaS-company do you growl or do you bite when a customer is non paying?

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Debtor Management - Striking the right balance between considerate and stringent [part 2/3]

This is the second blog of a three-part series on risk-debtor management. In this blog, we explain how companies should be -somewhat- lenient towards non-paying customers but also stringent when they have to.

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The crucial aspect of any Product-as-a-Service company

This is the first of three blog series on risk and debtor management. Risk & Debtor management are some of the most important processes that a PaaS-company should perform.This blog focuses on Acceptance Checks; the acceptance and rejections of potential clients to achieve a solid customer base.

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8 questions to ask yourself when starting with Product-as-a-Service

Starting out with Product-as-a-Service or subscriptions can come with quite some considerations. From an already existing company starting with PaaS or as a start-up starting directly with this recurring business model. We like to get you on the right track with the following questions.

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How PaaS can help you built a circular business case - a road map to circularity

The circular economy has ‘(re)make-use-return-reuse’ as the goal, in which resources, production of waste are radically reduced. Read more about how PaaS can help you build a circular business case.

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How Product-as-a-Service (PaaS) can help you deal with Seasonality?

Find out how Product-as-a-Service can help your subscription business deal with seasonality.

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What are the main benefits of Product-as-a-Service for companies

Read more about the main benefits of Product-as-a-Service (PaaS) for your company and your customers. Find out the main reasons for your company to adopt a Product-as-a-Service model.

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How to successfully launch your Product-as-a-Service (PaaS) Pilot?

As a company you have decided to start experimenting with Product-as-a-Service. Learn more about how to successfully launch your Product-as-a-Service (PaaS) Pilot.

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Meet the new Firmhouse Subscriber self-service center

Allow your subscribers to manage their subscriptions preference, from order intervals to invoicing details.

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The advantages and challenges of servitization

In this blog we delve a little deeper into some the advantages and challenges of servitization and the types of companies that servitize.

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Drivers of Servitization

In this blog, we are going to delve a little deeper into advanced services and some of the drivers of servitization.

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Why Modularity is key to Circularity

In this blog we will explain why design for reassembly together with modularity, are key for circularity. 

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The Product-as-a-Service Business Case Calculator

This calculator allows you to test your Product-as-a-Service (PaaS) proposition, see what margins you can achieve and what metrics are important when starting a PaaS proposition or pilot.

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The role of servitization in a changing economy

Servitization is the process of shifting from selling products to increasingly providing (more) services. In this blog, we explain the role of servitization in a changing economy.

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Reinventing the role of retail through Product-as-a-Service and subscriptions

Learn more about why this is a perfect time for you to launch your Product-as-a-Service or subscription business.

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The reintroduction of the term Product-Service Systems (PSS)

Product-Service Systems is a term that implies the transition to a different business model better than Product-as-a-Service. Read this short blog to find out why!

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The difference between Platform-as-a-Service (aPaaS) & Product-as-a-Service (PaaS)

Have you ever wondered what PaaS means? Two main acronyms stand out: Platform-as-a-Service & Product-as-a-Service. In this blog, we'll explain the difference.

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Modern Product Characteristics that make for a great Product-as-a-Service offering

What characteristics make for a suitable Product-as-a-Service? Learn more in this blog what are the product characteristics that make a great Product-as-a-Service offering.

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The key product characteristics for a good Product-as-a-Service fit

What are product characteristics that make for a suitable PaaS? In this blog we dive into the product characteristics that are great for a Product-as-a-Service proposition.

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The role of Product-as-a-Service models in the Circular Economy

Today the Circular Economy Week comes to a close. This week has been about inspiring, sharing ideas and emphasizing the circular economy and sustainability.

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