|19.05.2016 : Food Losses/Waste
In Brussels/Belgium the EU-project FUSIONS hold its final event under the title:"No more Food to Waste". Country Reports have been drafted for Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway and Turkey (read more HERE).
As an intercontinental project the European Retail Academy will support the first Africa-wide Postharvest Food Loss Reduction Conference in the end of March 2017 in Nairobi/Kenya (Call for Papers). "We should use our international retail knowledge to support this initiative to build a Global House of Harmony based on Economics, Ecology and Ethics" Prof.Dr.B.Hallier said.
|29.04.2016 : European Training Foundation
The European Training Foundation (ETF) is a decentralized agency of the European Union (EU) based in Turin/Italy. Prof.Dr.Theodor Purcarea of the Romanian American University (RAU), longstanding friend of the European Retail Academy (ERA), interviewed Dr. Madlen Serban (photo), Director of ETF. More: LINK
Vocational training is according to Prof.Dr.B.Hallier of utmost importance to bridge theoretical learning and application of know-how in practical life. ERA therefore developed in 2010 a special platform (EUCVOT) for this target group after a joint research project with the Social Dialogue group of EuroCommerce and Uni Europa.
|15.04.2016 : SPAR Wholesale
SPAR was founded in 1932 in the Netherlands as a voluntary chain. The letters (SPAR) were taken as an abbreviation from the Dutch sentence "working together for the joint benefit". The Dutch word SPAR is the equivalent for X-mas tree : becoming the logo of the group ! After World War II SPAR started to spread through the neighbouring countries in Western Europe - like in Germany where in 1958 a total of 55 regional SPAR wholesalers were counted - distributing to more than 10.000 stores : starting later to label them also as SPAR-outlets.
In 1959 SPAR International was founded as a roof for coordination. Today SPAR can be found even in Russia, China or Africa ! And quite interestingly investments can be found meanwhile also back to Europe : like SPAR South Africa taking over 60 percent of SPAR Switzerland.