33 Facts About Bata Corporation


Bata Corporation is a multinational footwear, apparel and fashion accessories manufacturer and retailer of Moravian origin, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Bata Corporation is an employer to over 32,000 people globally.

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Bata Corporation is a portfolio company with more than 20 brands and labels, such as Bata Corporation, North Star, Power, Bubblegummers, Weinbrenner, Sandak, and Toughees.

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Bata Corporation employed 10 full-time employees with a fixed work schedule and a regular weekly wage.

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Four years later, Bata Corporation installed its first steam-driven machines, beginning a period of rapid modernisation.

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Bata Corporation shoes were considered to be excellent quality, and were available in more styles than had ever been offered before.

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Bata Corporation opened its own stores in Zlin, Prague, Liberec, Vienna and Plzen, among other towns.

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Tomas Bata Corporation responded to the crisis by cutting the price of Bata Corporation shoes in half.

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The company's workers agreed to a temporary 40 percent reduction in wages; in turn, Bata Corporation provided food, clothing, and other necessities at half-price.

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Bata Corporation introduced one of the first profit-sharing initiatives, transforming all employees into associates with a shared interest in the company's success.

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Bata Corporation combined the automated efficiency of the factory with social welfare; the early experiments in collectivism and profit-sharing laid the groundwork for a reinvention of industrial management.

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In 1924, Tomas Bata Corporation displayed his business acumen by calculating how much turnover he needed to make with his annual plan, weekly plans and daily plans.

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Bata Corporation utilized four types of wages – fixed rate, individual order based rate, collective task rate and profit contribution rate.

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Bata Corporation set what became known as Bata prices: numbers ending with a nine rather than with a whole number.

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Soon Bata Corporation found himself the fourth richest person in Czechoslovakia.

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Bata Corporation company was apparently the first big enterprise to systematically utilise aircraft for company purposes, including rapid transport of personnel on businesslike delivery of maintenance men and spares to a location where needed, originating the practice of business flying.

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At the time of Tomas's death, the Bata Corporation company employed 16,560 people, maintained 1,645 shops and 25 enterprises.

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The Bata Corporation model fitted anywhere, creating, for example, canteens for vegetarians in India.

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Company policy initiated under Tomas Bata Corporation was to set up villages around the factories for the workers and to supply schools and welfare.

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Just before the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, Bata Corporation helped re-post his Jewish employees to branches of his firm all over the world.

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Germany occupied the remaining part of pre-war Czechoslovakia on 15 March 1939; Jan Antonin Bata Corporation then spent a short time in jail but was then able to leave the country with his family.

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Bata Corporation was put on British and US black lists for doing business with the Axis powers, and in 1941 he emigrated to Brazil.

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Bata Corporation tried to save as much as possible of the business, submitting to the plans of Germany as well as financially supporting the Czechoslovak Government-in-Exile led by Edvard Benes.

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Bata Corporation was sent to Canada by his uncle Jan, to become the Vice President of the Bata Import and Export Company of Canada, which was founded in a company town named Batawa, opened in 1939.

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Rather than organizing these new operations in a highly centralized structure, Bata Corporation established a confederation of autonomous units that could be more responsive to new markets in developing countries.

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In 1964, Bata Corporation moved their headquarters to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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In 1980, Bata Corporation-sponsored Eliseo Salazar wins the Aurora Formula One Championship.

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Bata Corporation was one of the official sponsors of the 1986 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico, and Bata Corporation Power shoes were the official footwear for the 1987 ICC Cricket World Cup.

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In 2004, the Bata headquarters were moved to Lausanne, Switzerland and leadership was transferred to Thomas G Bata, grandson of Tomato.

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The notable Bata Corporation headquarters building in Toronto was vacated and eventually demolished to much controversy.

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Bata Corporation maintains the headquarters for its "Power" brand of footwear in Toronto.

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Bata Corporation estimates that it serves more than 1 million customers per day, employing over 32,000 people, operates more than 5,300 shops, manages 21 production facilities and a retail presence in over 70 countries across the five continents.

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Bata Corporation has a strong presence in countries including India where it has been present since 1931.

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