European Competence Centre for Vocational Training (Retail/Wholesale)

26.04.2023 : Second ERA-Webinar

In 2022 ERA launched its First ERA Webinar -based as an idea and later designed and organized by its former trainee Dr.Violena Nencheva/Bulgaria now teaching in Mexico (see : (Linkedin) ). The topic was Sustainability and it was intended to show Activities of ERA-members and Cases for Applied Sciences. The Webinar was opened by ERA-president Prof.Dr.B.Hallier and the Nobel Laureate Prof.Dr.R.Chung/Korea.

Painting by August Macke
Now again the ERA-network is preparing a Webinar - this time based on an ERA Research -Project about Disruptions + Digitalization. Everybody from the field of the Total Supply Chain or connected Businesses is invited to take part in this Global Review of Applied Sciences. The connectivity to the Questionnaire can be established either by the QR-code at the Poster or directly by the LINK survey" Project-Leader is Anastasiya Dibora, also a long-time ERA trainee originally from Plekhanov/Russia and living since several years in Spain (see : (Linkedin) ). The exact date of the Second Webinar will be still announced : scheduled is July 2023 but it is dependant also on the availability of the Research Results .

26.02.2023 : Power for Silk Road

For nearly 15 years Prof.Dr.B. Hallier visits the EURASIAN countries and lectures about Retail and Exhibitions. He has promoted among others the Astana Economic Forum, Expo 2017 and the Silk Road Mayors' Club ( see : Now a group of retailers from EURASIA visited the EuroShop Exhibition : number 1 worldwide for retail technology : in 2023 with exhibitors from 55 countries on 100.000 sqaremeters exhibition area.

Painting by August Macke

Welcoming the group in Düsseldorf Prof.Dr.Hallier stated that it is now the time to establish an University Network in Kazakhstan, Kirgisia, Usbekistan and the neighbouring countries to introduce Case Studies of Applied Sciences in the schedules of teaching. "We could also empower the countries by Erasmus stipends for an exchange of students and trainees " Hallier told the group and advised them to follow also EUCVOT or to connect with AIESEC like he did himself more than 50 years ago in his own student life.

01.08.2022 : Promoting Life-Style

According to Prof.Dr.B.Hallier since about the year 1875 department houses with their big textile assortments and accessoires took over the lead to determine for nearly 100 years the fashion for the urban life-style communities in Europe. In the beginning the windows of the top players down-town have been the anchors of public strolls through the malls in the European capitals and other big cities - as for example the painting of August Macke from 1914 shows.

Painting by August Macke

After World War II the American Way of Life enlarged with key-words like marketing, promotions and events the scope of possibilities to catch the eyes of consumers. In Germany Sabina Wansart prepared for two decades this field of activities for the Kaufhof-Group, one of the big players in the category of department-stores . Her oeuvre is collected by Dr.J. Moch , himself famous for running one of the oldest tailor-and display mannequin - factories with customers globally founded in 1907. He together with Prof.Hallier and two trainees from Finland and Vietnam selected the material for a YouTube Introduction for a time-travel through the period 1970-1990 : see more : YouTube


02.07.2022 : Permanent Explorer

After graduating from school in Finland Susanne Järvenpää first explorered Japan by working there for nearly 5 years , then being for nearly 2 years in the UK before returning to her home-country to serve as a Lapland tour-guide.

Susanne in Cologne

Now Susanne is cooperating in Germany with the network of the European Retail Academy via the Rovaniemi partner. "Life-long-learning is a must in our permanent changing world" she explained her intentions about her traineeship to Prof.Dr.B.Hallier during a walk through the historic part of down-town Cologne.


20.06.2022 : YouTube EuroCIS

Vocational Training at the European Retail Academy is to connect own competences with the daily demand of management in real life - for example in the research for innovations for retail/wholesale.

For Joni and Veeti from Finland a visit of the international IT-Event EuroCIS in Düsseldorf/Germany with 145 booths from 33 couintries was to speak with exhibitors and to see their product-innovations /applications and the way of presentation. Now this YouTube is a reflection of their impressions and serves as a tool of penetration for the brand EuroCIS and partnering for student exchanges.


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