22.02.2015 : Learning from History

France and Germany had fought against each other in three terrible wars between 1870 and 1945; now they are both together promoting the Minsk-Initiative for Peace to stop war within the borders of Ukraine. What had changed since 1945 ? Firstly, one basic tool of understanding was Youth Exchange ! Secondly, ten years after World War II the border areas of Saarland and of Elsass-Lothringen got the chance to vote peacefully where to stay in the future : fortunately the first part made a decision for Germany - the other for France ! Thirdly : today within an united Europe there is no border at all any more between France and Germany !

The European Retail Academy has members from Kiew and Donezk, from Russia and all areas from all over the world. According to its President Prof.Dr.B.Hallier - also in his function as an Honorary Ambassador of Peace from the Youth Forum - the ERA-members should stimulate especially exchanges between all parties involved ! The next chance for this will be the Astana Youth Forum in May 2015.

12.02.2015 : IGLS Forum

The 9th International Forum was organized again in the Olympic Winter-Ressort IGLS next to Innsbruck/Austria - jointly by EAAE, IFAMA, AIEA2, INFITA and CIGR - this time under the title "System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks". The Forum was organized by Prof.Dr.G.Schiefer (at the photo together with Prof.Dr.B.Hallier).

In its final discussions some attendees proposed for 2016 as one of the topics "Food Waste Management" , something which was presented in 2014 as an EU-study with the name "FORWARD" and which is now available as an introduction in a printed book as well as on internet (order form; intro into pages 1-21).

25.01.2015 : Beyond Borders

Due to the 25-years anniversary of the retail-chair of Anton Dreesmann jr.(1923-2000) at the University of Amsterdam the Dreesmann Foundation together with the Rabobank invited guests to Utrecht/Netherlands for a Conference with the title "Retailing Beyond Borders" (link pdf). The main point was the dynamic evolution of retail with its variety of retail concepts, more and quicker innovation even with mixed-up stores for shopping as a social activity - sometimes becoming a retail-lab under the supervision of the visiting consumers. Main reports therefore came from start-up entrepreneurs or companies being in transformation.

While the origin from Dreesmann started already in 1887 as Dreesmann and Vroom, Anton Dreesmann jr. developed the company to become the number 1 department-store of the Netherlands (69 stores), but also merging like with Bijenkorf to become Vendex or segmenting food and merging that category with de Boer Unigro to become Laurus. As a private person he was famous as an art-collector being met by Prof.B. Hallier in 1986 at an AIDA-Conference in Budapest. Now in Utrecht Frank Quix (photo) joined with his chair the network of the European Retail Academy.

15.01.2015 : Yekaterinburg/Astana

For the dialogue between East and West one important platform for the European Retail Academy has become the World Economic Youth Forum with its two steps : Yekaterinburg/Russia with the preselection of some hundred students (April 20th-25th 2015) - and the Astana Economic Forum/Kazakhstan (May 20th-22nd 2015) as the stage for the final presentation of the top students.

Astana is very academic minded ( see also news at www.european-retail-academy.org/urban-revitalization). It has its own Club of Astana Nobel Laureates which since 2012 is involved in the Youth Award ( see also Prof.R.Aumann in the Hall of Fame). Furtheron it was launching G-Global as a platform without borders around the world.

05.01.2015 : Anniversary ERA

The European Retail Academy (ERA) was founded in February 2005 at the exhibition EuroShop by Prof.Dr.B.Hallier and some of his academic friends to support the Bologna-process and the interaction between theory and application in the field - especially within Central- and Eastern Europe. Today www.european-retail-academy.org has links to more than 225 research-institutes for trade/marketing/ tourism all over the world. The ERA Hall of Fame selects each year one professor who stands for outstanding contributions within the international interaction of research and applied sciences.

Continiously SubSites have been launched to target special interest groups via AgriBusinessForum, Environmental Retail Management, Competence for Vocational Training, Forum Art Business, Global Green University, Art/Therapy/Geomancy (KTG) and Urban Revitalization. "Those information platforms are partly Number 1 at Google in their segments ; but even more important are our student-activities : they are our investment into Future and Peace" Prof.Hallier said. (more: ERA-activities and friends)

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