Retail Academy

The Retail Academy (RA) develops retail technical and operational talents that are locally rooted but up to date on global retail best practices. The School is dedicated to preparing and inspiring discerning individuals for successful careers in retail.

The retail sector in Nigeria is transforming and continues to expand, with value sales increasing strongly and faster than real GDP. Fuelling growth is the population estimated at about 170 million, of which about 80 million live in urban areas. Other factors are increasing disposable incomes among some segments of the population, rising middle class, the drive by some retailers to ‘modernise‘ retailing and encouraging government policies such as “cashless economy”.

Retail is the engine that drives the economy. When everything boils down to the basics, the volume and momentum of trade is the engine of economic growth. At the core of trade, and as the ultimate point of value exchange is retail. Yet it continues to receive little attention from leading business institutions in the country. Most worrisome is the near absence of skilled talents and pipeline of talents to support the rate of growth in retail as well as keep pace with today’s sophisticated shoppers. This trend is set to worsen as the shoppers becomes even more powerful and more demanding.

The retail business that will thrive in the future must have employees who have develop capabilities in;

Understanding the retail business
Shopper behaviour & preferences
Relationship building
Shopper value creation

At Bervidson Retail Group, we also observed the Nigeria is currently battling huge unemployment crisis. It is therefore our considered opinion that we can solve both challenges of dearth of qualified talents in retail and the unemployment crisis in the nation by training some of the unemployed graduates and equipping them with retail skills from which the industry practitioners can source their qualified talents compliments.

It is against this background and to solve the twain challenges of lack of skilled talents and national unemployment that has motivated Bervidson Retail Group Nigeria’s leading retail consulting, training and development Group to set up Retail Academy (RA).



3B Hakeem Dickson Road, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos Nigeria




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