EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella speaks at Retail Forum for Sustainability
Our 2018 Retail Forum for Sustainability event: “Plastics at a tipping point – what’s the role for retailers”, on 26th June at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels was honoured by the presence of the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, and gathered about 100 participants from a broad variety of companies and institutions.
ERRT and PwC hold joint lunch event in the EU Parliament addressing the effects of digitalisation on jobs
ERRT and PwC joined forces to organise an event, on 10 April 2018, in the EU Parliament on the effects of increasing digitalisation and automation on the workplace and workforce.
Innovation and free markets at the heart of retail
Digital technology is sparking a major transformation in retail. Embracing and driving innovation offers a major challenge and a key opportunity for retailers. The four major European retail associations, EuroCommerce, Euro Coop, European Retail Round Table (ERRT) and Independent Retail Europe, therefore made “Innovation and how to drive it” the central theme of their first European Retail Day in Brussels. The event, which attracted over 200 participants, heard EU Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and a series of retail leaders speak on this theme.
New survey shows Europe’s large retailers face increasing trade barriers and discrimination in the single market
The Centre for European Policy has now published the results of an independent EU-wide survey, commissioned by European Retail Round Table member METRO AG, entitled ‘What do trade companies perceive as discriminatory national restrictions against their business in the Internal Market?’ As previously explained, at the ERRT Business Cocktail in Strasbourg hosted by Michael Gahler MEP on 12 September, the survey results are not representative insofar as
European Retail Day
The European Retail Day is a joint initiative of ERRT, EuroCommerce, EuroCoop and Independent Retail Europe, to discuss the major transformations, challenges and opportunities affecting the retail sector in Europe and the vital role of innovation for the retail industry. On 30 November 2017, high-level policymakers, industry leaders and prominent experts will gather in Brussels to explore how the European retail sector - both food and non-food - can respond to market, policy and technological shifts with innovative ideas, projects and solutions to ensure the future success of the sector.
How to make the Circular Economy happen – Retailers’ approach
As part of the Circular Economy measures planned for this year, the European Commission is currently drafting an EU Plastics Strategy. With the use of plastics in the EU growing steadily, less than 25% of collected plastic waste being recycled and about 50% going to landfill, the challenges are evident.
Opinion of the Court of Justice of the EU gives greater legal certainty and clarity to Europe’s largest retailers
The European Retail Round Table appreciates the recent recognition, via an opinion of the Court of Justice of the EU, that retail should be considered to be a service under Article 4(1) of the Services Directive* and that this Directive should apply to both cross-border and national situations.
Supply Chain Initiative Annual Event: "Progress and Next Steps"
The 2017 SCI Annual Event of the Supply Chain Initiative took place on 24 January. It was hosted by Dita Charanzova MEP and Ivan Štefanec MEP and gathered 70 participants. ERRT President Frans Muller delivered the keynote speech.
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Digitalisation and the Future of Retail
Europe’s largest retailers call for more digitally skilled workers and less supply restrictions
The digital transformation of the retail sector empowers consumers. Speaking at the European Retail Round Table (ERRT) event on Digitalisation and the Future of Retail on the 15 November in Brussels, ERRT President Frans Muller, affirmed that “Our aim at ERRT is clear. We want to ensure that consumers can fully avail themselves of the benefits of the European digital single market. That means more convenient shopping, a wider choice, bespoke offerings and better prices.”
New E-commerce-focused package must not lose sight of the link between off- and online
ERRT appreciates the EU Commission’s new “e-commerce package” as a further attempt to achieving a true European Single Market. European businesses and consumers should indeed, be able to sell and buy products and services online across the EU.