10.12.2015: Climate Summit Paris

In Western and Central Europe there is in politics at the moment the hot discussion about migration: mostly unfortunately only discussed are short-sighted aspects. The Climate Conference in Paris now gives a longer scope to understand the changes of the world. Also the permanent push of the European Retail Academy for a Global House of Harmony between Economics, Ecology and Ethics goes into that direction as well as its platform Global Green University (Link).

One of the pioneers to understand this new mix out of economics, ecology and ethics is the 90 year old Honorary Chairman of Japan's retail-conglomerate AEON, Takaya Okada-san (at the photo together with Prof.Dr.Hallier). He is a co-founder of the Federation of AsiaPacific Retailers Association, a great environmentalist having planted more than 10 million trees in Asia and the sponsor of a Foundation of Youth Development.

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 !

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