IGA Coca-Cola Institute Kicks Off Registration for Supermarket Operations Class

CHICAGO -- The IGA Coca-Cola Institute, a center for education committed to independent retailers, has begun registration for the spring and fall sessions of its 2005 Supermarket Operations Class.

The goal of the Supermarket Operations Class, according to a statement released by the institute, is to enable IGA retailers to share best practices and ideas, and learn from industry experts how to position the IGA supermarkets for continued growth and improved store operations. The course will include classes on topics including creating effective marketing events, advertising principles and branding techniques, and health and sanitation.

"The Supermarket Operations Class has proven to be an excellent classroom addition to the IGA Coca-Cola Institute's online training program," said Paulo Goelzer, president of IGA Coca-Cola Institute. "We believe that worldwide entrepreneurs and executives have a need for a center to blend classroom and Web-based training. The Supermarket Operations Class provides the ideal environment for retailers to acquire the supermarket learnings that will enable them to become more successful on their own."

The spring session of the Supermarket Operations Class will be held April 17-
22, and the fall session will follow Oct. 2-7. Both sessions will be held at Hamburger University on McDonald's Campus in Oak Brook, Ill. Classroom availability will be limited to 30 IGA Retailers and five non-IGA Retailers.

Both sessions will include store tours in the Chicago area, and attendees will be expected to complete two online certification courses. For more information or to register online, visit the Web site at www.igainstitute.com.
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