30.09.2018 : Budva/Montenegro

Under the auspices of the Central European Fair Alliance (CEFA) the Adriatic Fair Budva / Montenegro celebrated its 50th Anniversary.

Within a special workshop "Trade Fair Industry: Supplying Space and Knowledge" case studies about Budva/Montenegro, Thessaloniki/Greece, Novi Sad/Serbia, Zagreb/Croatia and EuroShop Duesseldorf/Germany were presented. Prof.Dr.Hallier stated the importance for Fair Business to scout innovations beyond borders (see also LINK to Interview). He praised within that context also the cooperation between the CEFA network creating a Team Spirit between its members.

20.09.2018 : Response by Algorithm

In Sweden the growth of retail sales is shifting from brick-and-stone towards digital sales as Emma Hernell from the HUI-Trade Institute pointed out in a lecture.

But it is not only a shift within the trade channels but it has an effect for the ordering too. "Due to the daily data from digital sales the response of logistics and even production are speeding up. Production and Delivery will be more and more dependent on the use of algorithms for sales forecast" Prof.B.Hallier explained.

10.09.2018 : Multi Channel

At its conference in the city of Bochum/Germany the North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) stressed that for growth in retail Multi Channel is a must! NRW-Minister Prof.Dr.Pinkwart (picture) offered credits for small and medium sized companies to help to implant digital investments.

To the conference were also invited speakers from the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden. Prof.Dr.Hallier during the small talks pointed to the fact that in the history of the EuroShop exhibition it was proved that scouting for best practices for retail had to go beyond the own borders. Also EuroCIS was successfully established internationally to empower retailers through IT.

30.08.2018 : ISO

The International Standardization Organization (ISO) was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Geneva/Switzerland. More then 150 countries are member bodies, corresponding members or subscriber members. ISO standardization needs the following seven procedures: preliminary work item new work item proposal working draft committee draft draft international standard final draft international standard publication international standard. Those standards are descriptions - they are not a guarantee for a quality itself.

Since the 80ies Prof. B. Hallier pushed within the food business the ISO Packaging norms as a rationalization tool: based on the module 400 x 600 mm sales-cartons and palettes by 1200 x 1000, 1200 x 800 and 600 x 800 can flow most easily from production via transportation units and depots finally into the shelves of retail. Not only efficiency was increased by this system but also damage in the transportation flow decreased: saving food waste too. More about ISO here.

20.08.2018 : China's Empowerment

Within the last 50 years China has turned according to Prof.Dr.B.Hallier from small local retailers towards nationally organized trade conglomerates. The Singapore magazine Retail Asia is listing as Chinese top players China Resources Holding (3665 outlets/ 15.4 billion US$ turnover) followed by Sun Art Retail Group (480/ 14.6), Suning Commerce Group (1480/ 13.9), Gome (1380/ 11.0), WalMart China (438/ 10.9), Yonghui (557/ 7.6), Bailian (3882/ 7.6), Belle International (20197/ 6.2), Carre-four China (266/ 4.6) and China Petroleum (26.500/ 4.5).

Worldwide known is the Chinese B2C platform Alibaba - founded in 1999 - selling branded goods to consumers in mainland China, Hong-Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The site accounts for nearly 50 percent of China's B2C retail - its market value is guessed to be roughly 220 billion US$ - before its acquisition of the Pakistani platform Daraz (founded in 2012). By this move Alibaba/Daraz will be also active in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanca, Myanmar and Nepal.

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