30.11.2015 : Postharvest Research

The European Retail Academy became partner of the World Food Preservation Center, which among others is promoting postharvest research and knowledge penetration (curriculum/text books/exchanges of scientists) . ERA will report quarterly about the activities of the WFPC at www.european-retail-academy.org/AgriBusinessForum .

A new step is also the idea to place a Crowd Funding Campaigne as a means of educating the public on the critical need to save food (see also B.Hallier et alia : FoodWasteManagement) and to invest more into young postharvest scientists. More via worldfoodpreservationcenter@frontier.com !

20.11.2015 : Asia Pacific Awards

The magazine Retail Asia analysed with its partners the statistics of the Top 500 retailers in 14 key-markets. The Gold Awards for each country were given to Australia/Westfarmers, China/China Resource Enterprise, Hong Kong/AS Watson, India/Future Value Retail, Indonesia/Indomarco Prismatama, Japan/AEON, Malaysia/GCH Retail, New Zealand/Foodstuffs, Philippines/ SM Retail, Singapore/NTUC Fair Price, South Korea/Lotte, Taiwan/President Chain Store Corp., Thailand/CP-All and Vietnam/Saigon COOP.

26 of the top-players had accepted further questionnaires to analyze their business strategies, their IT or HR-Resources or their Corporate Social Responsibilty . An international Jury ( Link) voted for the Best-of-the Best : Gold - The Good Guys/Australia, Silver- China Resources Enterprise/China and Bronze - Mercury Drug Corp./Philippines. The Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner was held at the Solaire Resort & Casino in Manila/Philippines.

10.11.2015 : Asia Fast Forward

The bi-annual APRCE-Congress and Exhibition was hosted in 2015 by the Phillippines. The opening in Manila was honoured by a speech of H.E. Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic and by greetings of the FAPRA-President Mehmet Nane/Turkey and the President of the Philippine Retail Association Lorenzo C. Formoso ( see also title-story of the Business Mirrow of Oct.30th : Link)

At the exhibition the founder of the magazine Retail Asia , Andrew Yeo, and Prof.Hallier exchanged their books "True Grit" versus "From Crisis to Competence" and "FoodWasteManagement". Both parties agreed to promote their books together.

30.10.2015 : Top Ranking

The European Retail Academy passed not only in October the benchmark of 150.000 clicks in the internet - but also showed at www.google.de at the input of "european retail" for the first time within 208 million results at all three (!) TOP RANKINGS ERA-Sites : European Retail Academy leading in front of European Competence Center for Vocational Training and Global Green University .

It is worth mentioning that all three Sites had been developed by exchange students of the European Retail Academy : it was part of their vocational training . In the last trainings YouTubes have been one of their tasks with similar great success ! Thank you, dear students : yours professor of the backstage !

20.10.2015 : Young ERA-Stars

Starting the ERA-network in 2005 one of the ambitions was to promote the international exchange of students between the ERA-members and also applied sciences. Now www.european-retail-academy.org/EUCVOT will review each second month such sucessful exchanges like Sampsa Hyvari.

First still in school and then the second time as a BA-student from Rovaniemi/Finland Sampsa Hyväri visited the HQ of the European Retail Academy in Germany as an exchange of 3 months each. Later he was visiting as a trainee Palermo/Italy and as an exchange student also Arkhangelsk/Russia.
Now going on for his Master's Degree Sampsa became also Alumni Ambassador at the University of Oulu (more : Sampsa Hyväri Uni Oulu Alumni Ambassador). His class of 10 students has nine different nationalities from Finland till Vietnam.

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