Day 11: Verona’s Value

Day 11 was short but fun. In the morning we visited the Verona Consortium, our only shadow of the day. This business shadow was my favorite of the entire program so far, because of how in depth we learned about the Verona Consortium, and the clarity with which we were able to see its main…

Can’t Say No to Celine

So much in one day! We had 3 company site visits and a bus trip back to Milan. The longest day we have had so far. First stop: Grupo Sinergia. This company focuses on overseeing logistics for their clients. The warehouses prepare the packing and shipping of their clients’ products. Grupo Sinergia is similar to…

Cats and Dogs

After visiting Mero & More and understanding their structure, we finally got to visit their head organization, Consorzio Della Moda. The consortium was founded in 2000 by young entrepreneurs and their small companies after they realized in order to compete internationally, they “need to get together.” The success of the organization is due to the…

Day 10: Touring the Historic City of Venice

Today we saw the wonderful city of Venice! Venice is a city I have long heard of and seen in movies and video games alike. Obviously, it is very unique because it is built all on water. Immediately upon arrival to the city I was blown away by the views (and the wind too). We…

Day 9: New Design Academy and More

Day 9 first saw us travel to the New Academy of Design in Verona. Driving to the academy we again got a grand view of the Swiss alps. It seems like the whole time we have traveled around Italy the Alps have continued to follow us, displaying the true grandeur of such an iconic mountain…

Verona to Milano: Day 12

Another early morning in Verona yet sadly it will be our last as we returned our keys one last time. We had a long day ahead of us with 3 company visits scheduled. The first was at Grupo Sinergia which was a logistics service provider. Their clients range from food, fashion and appliance companies. The…

Verona: Day 11

Today started out the same as always by grabbing a bite to eat in the hotel. I was a little wary of whether or not I would enjoy this morning’s lesson considering the lengthy lecture time listed on our agenda. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed learning about the Fashion Consortium…

The Best For Last

Today was our last day of company visits and we visited three companies: Grupo Sinergia, Sartoria Cavour, and MF1. At Grupo Sinergia we discussed the services they offer which ranges from managing and organizing other companies to streamlining the shipping process. We toured the warehouse on site. The most impressive thing mentioned at that company…

The True Fashion Experience

On our last Thursday as a group in Italy we had three sight visits planned. The first was to a small scale, commodity distributor by the name of Grupo Sinergia. They handle all their clients and their clients’ products with great care and dedication. Their diligence has allowed them to not lose a single client…

Last Day in Verona: Consortium and Sunsets

Another day of cold rainy Pittsburgh weather, ugh! The tour guide keeps saying that this weather is rare for May. We only had one company visit today, and then we had the entire afternoon and evening free. In the morning, we walked to Consorzio Della Moda with our translator who we met the other day…

Veronese Sunsets

Today we visited the Fashion Consortium of Verona. The consortium is a group of locally based businesses in the areas surrounding Verona that work to cooperate and help each other gain internationally recognition while also remaining in healthy competition. Over 40 fashion related companies are active members, but over 400 firms are ultimately involved. They…

Venice is V Nice

Tuesday we spent at a day trip to Venice. It’s hard to even begin to explain this city’s beauty. Built on a series of small islands in the center of a lagoon, Venice is completely manmade. After taking an hour and a half train ride from Verona we arrived at the coast. We stepped out…

A Monday Outside Milan

Monday morning we spent at a slew of different sight visits. Our first of the day was a visit to the New Academy of Design in Verona. Located just outside the historical city center, the school’s primary focus is giving students master degrees in fashion and interior design. We received a lecture about the school’s…

A Sunday in a Movie Scene

Today we arrived in Verona and all I can say is “wow”. This city is truly something else. This morning we boarded a coach bus and drove the two hours during which every soul on the bus was asleep. Upon arriving though, everyone perked right up. The architecture of the city is absolutely incredible and…

Milanese Saturdaze

We started our Saturday with an 11:00am tour of 10 Corso Como. One of the most important stores in the entirety of Milan, 10 Corso Como is a concept store designed to be enjoyed like a magazine. Within there is a hotel, bookstore, upscale boutique, restaurant and café. The entire space is incredibly chic and…

Il Gran Finale

Ciao amici! Today was our last day of site visits, and we finished off with trips to Grupo Sinergia, Sartoria Cavour, and Mario Faroni’s Knitwear Factory. Grupo Sinergia is an e-commerce company that is contracted by other businesses to provide logistics, packaging, and a medium for online retail, thus acting as a service provider in…

Gruppo Sinergia and Sartoria Cavour and MF1.. Oh my!

Today turned out to be a great day. It started again with breakfast in the hotel and then we checked out. We all loaded onto a bus and headed to the company Gruppo Sinergia. This company is like a much smaller and more personalized version of amazon. They have about 45 employees and ship out…

Day 12: Company Visit Road Trip!

Today, we roadtripped to Milan from Verona, stopping at three different companies along the way. Our first stop was Grupo Sinergia, a group that oversees logistics for their clients. These logistics can range from only managing the interface of a customer’s website to actually fulfilling shipping orders and warehousing merchandise. While some of their clients…

Last Visits and Last Blog Post

Today we travelled back to Milan for the last leg of our trip. However, not before three site visits to three companies, all operating outside of Verona. We began at Grupo Sinergia, a shipping company that houses, packages, and ships various products for various different companies. We received a lecture that described the company’s mission…

Turned out to be a Beautiful Day in Verona

Today was an amazing day! It started with breakfast in the hotel, and then we went to visit the company Consorzio Della Moda. This is a company that is made up of over 400 companies, and its goal is to provide these small companies with strength in numbers. When these competing companies work together towards…