05.03.2015: Consumer Protection

The Romanian Association for Consumers’ Protection (APC Romania) marked Thursday 25 February, 2015, its 25th anniversary with a special event that took place at the InterContinental Hotel in Bucharest. President of APC Romania is Associate Professor Costel Stanciu (APC Romania is a Founding Member of the Romanian Distribution Committee, and Dr. Costel Stanciu is an Honorary Member of the Romanian Distribution Committee). APC Romania is a member of BEUC, and is also playing an active role in Consumers International, the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), and European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG). Professors Bernd Hallier (President of European Retail Academy) and Leon F. Wegnez (Secretary General of AIDA Brussels) sent congratulatory messages to APC Romania on the occasion of this 25th Celebration. President of the Romanian Distribution Committee, Theodor Purcarea, Professor at the Romanian-American University, received APC Romania honor award.

Costel Stanciu, President of APC Romania and Theodor Purcarea, President of Romanian Distribution Committee

On 28 May, 2014, Romanian-American University organized in collaboration with the Romanian Distribution Committee and APC Romania a remarkable Roundtable: “Consumer protection and the pressure of economic and societal changes: the digital revolution; the sustainable consumption; the social exclusion, the vulnerable consumers and the accessibility.”

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.

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