24.06.2016 : Best of the World

The IGDS Global Department Store Summit 2016 voted in its Zurich Meeting in Switzerland for La Rinascente from Milan/Italy to be the Best Department Store of the World. At the picture are Monica Monsch (Jelmoli), Katie McGrath & Stephen Sealey (Brown Thomas), Alberto Baldan (LaRinascente), Anne Pitcher & Beverley Devonish (Selfridges), Asli Karadeniz (Re-Orientation)

IGDS is the largest worldwide association of department stores and has 40 members from 36 countries on five continents. The Zurich Summit was attended by more than 370 leading international executives and stakeholders.

15.06.2016 : Cool Chain/Handbook

In 2003 the first International Cold Chain Management Conference was launched. Now at the University of Bonn the 6th edition was visited by 92 participants from 18 countries; cases had been presented from Australia, Benin, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden and the USA.

In addition a workshop was initiated for a "Living Handbook of Perishable Food Supply Chain" as an international scientific reference medium being an open access publishing project as a part of the PUBLISSO Portal (Link). Prof.Dr.B.Hallier will be a member of the editorial advisory board for the section of "environment/sustainability".

04.06.2016 : Urban Soul

GMA/TaylorWessing organized its 9th Retail Forum in Cologne/Germany : analyzing the effects of digital challenges of online-shopping for traditional retail, new store-formats and urban revitalization.

TaylorWessing ( Link : www.taylorwessing.com) is specialized on legal questions in urban planing - and insofar new outlet-types like drive-in-depots/pick-up-stations, as also factory outlets, have been checked versus the legal frame , legal interpretations and legal developments in Germany, were most decisions are based on the traditional CenterHirarchy.

27.05.2016 : New CIRCLE Initiative

Since 2004 CIRCLE organizes international PhD-Conferences - rotating each year to another European country. In 2013 additionally a double diploma for distance learning (MA/PhD) was established with VITEZ University/Bosnia Herzegowina (FLYER). Participating in the PhD-Program is among others Alina Pukhovskaya (LINK) from the European Retail Academy.

As a new initiative CIRCLE is now launching the International Journal EMBA (FLYER). "It is important to connect the international scientific research community by media like IJEMBA" Prof.Dr.B.Hallier said.

19.05.2016 : Food Losses/Waste

In Brussels/Belgium the EU-project FUSIONS hold its final event under the title:"No more Food to Waste". Country Reports have been drafted for Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway and Turkey (read more HERE).

As an intercontinental project the European Retail Academy will support the first Africa-wide Postharvest Food Loss Reduction Conference in the end of March 2017 in Nairobi/Kenya (Call for Papers). "We should use our international retail knowledge to support this initiative to build a Global House of Harmony based on Economics, Ecology and Ethics" Prof.Dr.B.Hallier said.

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