30.05.2020 : COVID-19 Challenge

The CREATIVITY of retail can be seen according to Prof.Dr.Hallier in a lot of short-term initiatives to protect consumers in the food business against COVID-19. Some of the best practices will become teaching material for blended learning at this Site in one of the next News-editions.


Part of the overall effort to contain the spread of the virus had been on the level with trading partners to guarantee supplies despite panic buying; instore-operations had been partly re-arranged ; own personnel had to be educated for the new situation and consumers to be instructed to change shopping-behavior; e-commerce had been speeded up to reduce risks for people better to stay at home. Prof Hallier gives a lot of credit-points to the "Heroes of Supply".

24.06.2015: Entrepreneurial Responsibility

Prof.Hallier lectured at the Alanus University/Germany about the Global House of Harmony combining Economics, Ecology and Ethics. Special points of entrepreneurial responsibility from the food-sector are Tracing/Tracing ( see also Cuttinghouse TILS ) , Good Agricultural Practice (Globalgap) and the EU-Project FORWARD (FoodWasteManagement). Another special point was the intertwine of Culture and History with the focus on art-collectors and sponsors : several museums in Cologne/Bonn are the result of wholesalers like Walraff/Richartz/ furs and Rautenstrauch/furs and Koenig/sugar.

The Alanus University has an emphasis on social aspects in Society and is based in its educational framework on principles of RudolfSteiner.

25.05.2017 : World Awards

In 1887 the deparment-store "Au Bon Marche' " in Paris was designed by Gustave Eiffel; its 25.000 square meters sales area were described by the famous French writer Emile Zola as "The Paradise for Ladies". It was the start of strong competition between Paris, London, Berlin and other big cities to attract high-level international consumers. Still today department stores are traffic builder for cities and for shopping centres.

In 2017 the top of the top of the department stores will meet at the 5th World Department Store Forum (WDSF), this time in Toronto/Canada. In that event two Awards will be handed over: one honours outstanding performances by sales associates in serving and fulfilling customer expectations, commitment beyond duty, product knowledge, team work and commercial results: its three finalists are Al Tayer / Harvey Nichols - UAE
; Brown Thomas - Ireland; Neiman Marcus - USA
. The second Award recognizes the important role of in-store campaigns for department stores in creating footfall, increasing conversion rates and sales, as well as connecting with both loyal and new customers. Here the three finalists are 'Enjoy the Front Row' by LaRinascente - Italy; 'The Give Registry' by Myer - Australia and 'EveryBODY' by Selfridges & Co. - England.

26.05.2014: Astana Economic Forum

The Annual Astana Economic Forum is a global platform for about 14.000 politicians, economists (among them several Nobel Laureates) and businessmen(see:link) - and last but not least the final participants of the World Economic Youth Forum (see News of May 20th 2014).

Prof. Dr.M.Fedorov and Prof.Dr.B.Hallier (both members of the Eurasian Club of Economic Scientists) introduced the Youth-Award winner of 2014 Alexander Maltsev to Prof.Dr.R.Prodi - who is the 2014 Heroe of the Hall of Fame of the European Retail Academy.

18.08.2012: EuroCIS

Started in 1997 as a congress show EuroCIS was established in 2006 as an annual exhibition for the information and security technology section of the tri-annual world-leading retail exhibition ?EuroShop?(more at EuroShop.de)

Meanwhile it became, according to EuroCIS-president Prof.Dr.Hallier, Europe?s leading trade fair for retail technology and provides an innovation spectrum which ranges from technological sales promotion through to cost reduction via process optimisation, 6400 visitors from 39 countries enjoyed the show in 2012.

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