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Auchan Retail Romania to open 3 supermarkets until this weekend

Auchan Retail Romania announces the opening of 3 supermarkets until this weekend, under the brand MyAuchan. The stores will be opened within the 3 supermarkets of OK chain, recently taken over by Auchan Retail Romania.

The first two supermarkets, MyAuchan Rosetti and MyAuchan Otopeni 16, were opened this Wednesday and the third one, MyAuchan Otopeni 244, will be opened this Thursday.

The stores have a surface between 150 and 500 sqm and were refurbished under the MyAuchan concept. The stores’ offer comprises a range of 2,000-5,000 of articles (fresh food, butchery, grocery shops, snacks, BIO products and pastry, as well as food for animals).

„We understand the clients’ need to reduce the necessary time to buy FMCG products. To meet these needs, Auchan Retail Romania made the first steps to expand the proximity format in 2017. In this context, an important step is the opening of the first supermarkets in Romania,” said Gaspar Biro, director of proximity Auchan Retail Romania.

An important aspect is the expanded program: Rosetti stores and Otopeni 24, with non-stop program, while MyAuchan Otopeni 16 is opened daily between 6 PM and 12 AM.

A big size supermarket will be opened soon, based on the partnership with BUCUR OBOR SA.

Auchan Retail Romania has 33 hypermarkets and 11 MyAuchan stores in portfolio, with over 280,000 sqm net sales surface, and around 10,000 employees. It registered a turnover, taxes included, of over EUR 1.2 billion in 2016.

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Transelectrica signs RON 227 mln contract with its Smart branch for works on installations

The National Company for the Transport of Electric Energy, Transelectrica, has signed a contract worth RON 227.4 million (excluding VAT) with one of its subsidiaries, Smart SA, the Company for the Maintenance of the Electric Transport Network, according to news.ro.

The contract has the purpose of carrying out strategic works in Transelectrica’s installations between 2018-2020.

The execution warranty of the contract has a value of RON 11.37 million, meaning 5 percent of the total value of the contract (excluding VAT).

The payment will be done in 30 days at most from the registration of the invoice on the part of the purchaser.

Transelectrica is the Transport and System operator in Romania, and it manages 81 electrical transformation stations, with a capacity of around 35,000 MVA and over 9,000 kilometers of electrical lines of 110/220 kV, 400 kV and 750 kV, under the administration of eight transport branches.

Transelectrica had a net profit of RON 64.79 million in the first nine months of this year, which is over three times lower than the net result reported during the same period of last year, of RON 213.33 million. The decrease is the result of the decline of incomes in the electric energy transport services sector.

At the same time, total revenue has increased by over 27 percent from 2016, to RON 2.41 billion.

The company has around 2,200 employees and is under the authority of the Economy Ministry.

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Academy+Plus: partnership with private sector allows us to train IT experts in agreement with market needs

Academy+Plus has started its activity in Bucharest, where it aims to train 140 IT experts over the next 6-9 months. The program attracted Societe Generale European Business Services, BNP Paribas Personal Finance Central Europe Technologies and Orange as its first partners. 

The IT training school, which offers free classes, is unique in the Romanian IT ecosystem and offers training based on practice and team work.

“With the launch of the Academy+Plus programming school, we brought to Romania one of the most ambitious professional training projects in the world and, starting from a curriculum adapted to the current reality, we went for an alternative learning that supports the increase in quality of IT experts,” said Daniela Buscan, Academy+Plus program director. “The Romanian IT industry has a deficit of over 50,000 experts. By involving companies directly in the training process of It professionals, we have the opportunity to reduce this deficit and train the experts in agreement with market demands. This way we support the IT industry in Romania, and Academy+Plus graduates have the biggest chances to find fast jobs in the IT industry.

Training is done by mentors who work in IT companies. “Throughout the 6-9 months, on average, the companies support us through mentors who get involved alongside us to help trainees get training in agreement with market demands,” Buscan said.

Academy+Plus is part of the international network of Ecole 42 in Paris, with centres in Paris, Kiev, Chisinau, Johannesburg and Fremont, Silicon Valley.

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Civic groups organise sit-in protests in front of PSD offices in several Romanian cities

As the PSD-ALDE coalition is speeding up the process of changing some of the country’s most fundamental justice laws, which will be followed by changes to the penal code, protesters are finding more creative ways of making themselves seen and heard.

A group of young people in Sibiu set up a ‘corruption-free zone’ in front of the PSD offices in the city, where they have been carrying out a continuous sit-in which started on Monday at noon and is still ongoing.

The group is called “Va Vedem” (We See You) and they have found various creative ways to get attention, such as having a ‘silent protest’ while lighting up their smartphone flashlights or stomping their feet.  They are very active on their Facebook page and keep their followers updated constantly with live videos and reactions to new developments in the legislative chambers.

BR spoke to one of the members of Sibiu’s “Va Vedem” civic group, Andrei Soroaga, who told us that the main objective of the protest is to convince the coalition’s MPs to stop the process of changing justice laws so hastily, and allow a balanced and transparent debate, since these laws are too important to be taken lightly.

The protest was organised organically, the activists claim, as a group of friends decided during the weekend to take action in a more creative way, and each of them talked to other acquaintances who agreed to take part in the sit-in.

They think that corrupt legislators are desperate to get rid of their legal problems as quickly as possible, which is why they felt the need to do something right away.

According to Soroaga, other people who have passed by the area occupied by the group have mostly been supportive and many of them congratulated the protesters for what they were doing. There were a few negative reactions as well, but they were not significant.

The protest in Sibiu received a lot of coverage online, and new cities have joined the movement. Corruption-free zones and sit-ins were started over the last 24 hours in Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj and Timisoara.

Andrei Soroaga says that their group doesn’t have a leader and is not coordinated by any political party, despite the fact that a small number of participants are members of opposition parties.

PSD Sibiu reacted after the first day of the protest through a statement in which they expressed their disapproval of the group’s actions, claiming that they are making the people who work in the PSD building are feeling unsafe, that the protesters illegally connected to electricity poles on the street, and that they acted irresponsibly towards the children that joined them by keeping them out in the cold weather.

However, law enforcement has not taken any action against the protesters, as PSD had demanded in their statement, and Va Vedem said that they have the proper legal authorisations for their protest and that the children who were seen at the protest were only passing through with their parents and none of them spent more than a few minutes in the area.

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This New Year’s Eve in Bucharest: RESOLUTION REVOLUTION NYE 2018

Silver Church hosts the event RESOLUTION REVOLUTION NYE 2018, starting 9 PM. There will be an open bar and an open buffet with cold and hot meals, as well as the midnight’ champagne. The entertainment will be ensured by DJs. More info here.

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Ideall.ro reports EUR 20 million turnover in 2017

Electronics and home appliances retailer Ideall.ro has reported a turnover of EUR 20 million in 2017, up by 50 percent compared to last year.  

The best sales periods for the company were August and November and December. On Black Friday the company recorded sales of over EUR 3 million.

Out of the total sales recorded this year, approximately 30 percent were made on the phone. Payments by card increased by 22 percent, and mobile orders and smartphone traffic increased by over 90 percent. That is why, the company is planning to invest in the optimisation of the platform, so that it can become even more mobile friendly.

In 2018, the company is aiming at increasing its turnover by a minimum of 40 percent, as well as to introduce categories and new brands in its portfolio. In 2017 it doubled its staff, and next year the company will hire even more staff.

“We want to invest even more in staff, in particular in the customer support and sales departments. Given that 30 percent of orders were received on the phone, we will look for people that can offer trustworthy recommendations for the purchase of white goods,” Catalin Ciolpan, general manager Ideall.ro.

Ideall.ro owns a deposit of 4,000 square meters in Ilfov, double compared to last year. In Bucharest and Ilfov, deliveries are made by the company’s own staff The investment in its car fleet stood at EUR 1 million. The company aims to expand the deliveries area using its own fleet next year.

Ideall.ro was createdin 2009. In 2016 it reported an EUR 13.5 million turnover.

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This New Year’s Eve in Bucharest: A New Year Boogie party

“Have a Cigar” hosts A New Year Boogie party. There will be delicious tapas, champaigne, music and dance. The party will start with the music of ’80,  followed by 90’s music and the grooves of ‘2000. More info here.

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This New Year’s Eve in Bucharest: FIRE Club

FIRE Club organizes a New Year’s Eve party that starts at 10 PM and ends late in the morning. The offer includes a seat at the table, food and the New Year’s Eve’ champagne and dessert. For booking you can access  www.fire.ro

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This New Year’s Eve in Bucharest: INSIDE Festival

Inside is a party brand with electronic music based in Bucharest. Inside Festival NYE 2018 that will take place at Romexpo, will bring the concept of electronic music shows with visual effects and some of the most popular DJs at the moment.

⌲ Line-up :
❊ PIRUPA
❊ ANDRE BULJAT
❊ ROSARIO INTERNULLO
❊ THE GANG(RO)
❊ MARCO BRIGUGLIA

 

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This New Year’s Eve in Bucharest: Retro New Year’s Eve- Party like a rockstar

Retro Pub organizes this New Year’s Eve a party „like a rockstar” in 2 friendly spaces. There will be food and beverages.
All you can drink, all you can eat, all you can party, all you can dance!

Stay calm and party like a rockstar! More info here. 

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