25.02.2017 : Holistic Approach

Although within its name "Retail" is the key-word of the European Retail Academy its education is a more holistic approach integrating also Culture and History or Art or Leadership. Therefore www.european-retail-academy.org by a permanent evolution process was enlarged by additional Subsites .

The historical enlargement started already in 2005 by www.european-retail-academy.org/AgriBusinessForum followed in 2006 by www.european-retail-academy.org/urban-revitalization and www.european-retail-academy.org/FAB (ForumArtBusiness), in 2008 by www.european-retail-academy.org/ERM (EnvironmentalRetailManagement), in 2012 by a special for an exhibition : www.duerenstudentart.wordpress.com; in 2013 by www.european-retail-academy.org/GGU (Global Green University) , in 2014 by www.european-retail-academy.org/KTG and finally in 2017 by www.european-retail-academy.org/AEUC (Almaty Eurasian University Complex).

15.02.2017: Challenge Food Waste

In the beginning of the 21st century due to global mass distribution the world is divided into countries with affluent society and poor countries where 80 percent of the children suffer from hunger. The explosion of population numbers will widen this gap - in the year 2050 about 40 percent more food is needed! If production at the best would keep its present volume, the prices for food will increase and the poorest of the poor will suffer even more. Research about the food distribution shows that at the moment nearly the same rate of food products is wasted as crop on the fields, due to insufficient storing and transportation, lack of processing, within the distribution and at the consumer level. Theoretically the gap between available food and demand could be closed by a better transfer of know-how and a change of consumer habits.

The first African Postharvest Congress organized under the leadership of the University of Nairobi/Kenya (Web Page) will bring together worldwide experts of the agriculture, processing, and total supply chain to work on solutions of this problem. The exhibition of the IKV-Club of international artists (Web Page) in the Museum of Nairobi wants to support the awareness for Food Waste as a challenge by joint exhibits of African and German artists. Moreover, a painting session with children of the Shangilia-slum is planned.

06.02.2017: Silk Road Network

Due to its joint activities with the Eurasian Economics Club of Scientists, the World Youth Economic Forum at the Astana Economics Forum and a close cooperation with G-Global Development Community the European Retail Academy started in the beginning of 2017 a new Silk Road Network as a vocational educational platform under the name of Almaty Eurasian University Complex.

The homepage european-retail-academy.org/AEUC has been designed and established by the former ERA-trainees Alina Pukhovskaya/Russia and Valto Vaaraniemi/Finland. The founding partners of AEUC are the European Retail Academy based in Germany and Trade Help as a first sponsor from Kazakhstan.

25.01.2017: Focus Africa

Within a Global House of Harmony of Economics, Ecology and Ethics the African Continent has to be more in the focus of the global society, Prof.Hallier stated again in the beginning of 2017. Africa has to reduce its food waste at the level of crops as well as by better logistics and processing towards upgraded margins. Retail players can play a major part in this development. According to Planet Retail/ LP International the biggest players at the moment are:

To support Africa a first Food Waste Conference will be hold in Nairobi/Kenya at March 29-31st 2017. Beside the Conference also parallel an awareness-exhibition from the international Art-Club (see www.european-retail-academy.org/FAB) will promote the topic at the National Gallery of Nairobi.

15.01.2017: Academic Publications

To be accepted as an international scientist two columns are becoming more and more important:an active participation in conferences and research-results in academic publications.

In the start of 2017 three of the academic journals of ERA-partners have to be mentioned : "Marketing Science & Inspirations" edited by Peter Starchon and his team from Bratislava University, "Holistic Marketing" from Theodor Purcarea from the Romanian-American University in Bucharest and the "International Journal of Management Cases" from Gianpaolo Vignali from Manchester University. More information available here.

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