A special reason to celebrate!
2019 was an important year for us! Because our cooperative, the ANWR GROUP, celebrated its 100th anniversary. Together with our members, partners and friends we celebrated this anniversary year with many highlights.
One of which was the grand ceremony on 1 July 2019 at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, followed by a celebration in Schuppen 52.
A Powerful Idea For a Strong Community
From "I" to "We"
A strong community can achieve so much more than an individual alone. This is the principle underlying the concept of the cooperative. It is a principle our founding father August Blanke was keenly aware of back in 1919, and one that continues to be highly significant today. August Blanke established our cooperative with a view to helping its members’ respective businesses grow and prosper within a stable, democratic network.
The Future Needs a Place of Origin
The foundations for today's ANWR GROUP were laid back in 1919, with the foundation of the NORD-WEST shoe purchasing cooperative. Since then, the cooperative has grown into one of Germany’s largest purchasing associations. Our history is an eventful one. Spanning 100 years, it has seen us achieve great things together, but also suffer defeats. Nonetheless, these very ups and downs have made our community strong, eager to take on whatever the future holds. And we now look forward with all our members to tackling the challenges that come our way.
Trust and Security
Security is of the utmost importance to us and our members. And through our cooperative network comprising multiple business areas and affiliated dealers from the shoe, sports and leather goods sectors, we have created an environment that instils our members with confidence in their ability to prevail on the market. In this respect, the affiliated DZB BANK (also known as AKTIVBANK), which specialises in the centralised management of accounts payable, has become a trusted financial partner for all our members.
Moving Forward Together
We very much looked forward to celebrating not only August Blanke’s big idea, but also the fact that we have grown from a purchasing community into a real family. We hope that our members will continue collaborating successfully, in doing so carrying our cooperative concept into the future.