21.10.2022 : South Bohemia

The Second Meeting of the International Advisory Board of the Faculty of Economics of the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice/CZ was organized as a two-days hybrid event. Participants had been the Faculty Management and the Advisory Board Members : H.Pernsteiner/Austria, B.Hallier/Germany, L.Sdrolias/Greece, Z.Bacsi/Hungary, R.Miura/Japan, A.Skibinski/Poland and E.Horska/Slovakia.

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Prof.Dr.B.Hallier has been teaching in Budweis periodically after the transformation of the Czech Republic. In 2009 his Budweis-Students created the see page after a crash course about city marketing . Budweis University also took part with three students sailing in an international workshop of Prof.Dr.Hallier with the tall-ship Kruzenshtern from Kaliningrad/Russia via the Skagarak to Bremerhaven/Germany. The focus was beside speaking English and acting in an international team also character-building by climbing the masts of the boat or to build an emergency-team for the case of SOS.
 



10.10.2022 : Bulgaria - Inspirations

In November 2022 the Trade Department of the University for World Economics in Sofia will celebrate its 70 years anniversary. Prof.Dr.B.Hallier will contribute a lecture about Innovation in Retail for this event. For November a special Reader is planned with more than 30 essays from the University and its friends.

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"The first contact was made 20 years ago by an EuroShop Press Conference in Sofia. Then diverse follow-up sessions were organized by the University and separately by the retail-magazine Regal. Sometimes nearly 100 people joined those meetings : it was a great entrepreneurial spirit to learn about Modern Distribution" Hallier memorized."Via the University those contacts continued by traineeships of students: they had also a great impact to push our vocational training at www.european-retail-academy.org/EUCVOT" he added. "But it is also an indicator about how an exhibition like EuroShop can inspire as a sector show young people and potential innovators in countries being in transition - in this special case from post-socialism towards market-driven economies" Prof.Hallier stated.
 



30.09.2022 : Indonesia

With 274 million inbabitants Indonesia is one of the big players in Asia. Prof.Dr.Hallier visited several times since 1974 the Indonesian Islands either as a holiday destination or in his capacity as EuroShop-president or as a Jury Member of the magazine Retail Asia. Now he agreed with the Gunadarma University /Jakarta (www.gunadarma.ac.id) to contribute together with Dr.V.Nencheva to write an article for the Reader "Perspectives and Strategies of Family Business Resiliency in Unprecedented Times" edited by Prof.Dr.Hotniar Siringoringo and Prof.Dr.Ravindra Kuruppuge.

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Indonesia is in 2022 organizer of the bi-annual Asian Pacific Retailers' Convent (APREC) which had to be delayed for one year due to Corona. The Pic in this News shows the retail leaders during a special session "Peace Circle Chair Collection Certificate" in 2019 at the last Convention in Chongging/China. Prof.Hallier for more than two decades attended those events which were rotating during this period to the Asian metropoles like Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Manila, Singapore . "Each country gave its special flair to those extraordinary Conferences and Exhibitions" Prof.Hallier summarized his experiences. "It showed also the diversity of ethnic groups between those countries but also even in each country itself. Living together in diversity is one of the ambitions/learnings of the cooperation of APREC." Hallier states.
 



20.09.2022 : Mental Leadership

Mikhail S.Gorbachov was during his time as a president of the SU not only the top-executive of the Communist Party but a real Leader with his own inspirations Glasnost and Perestroica. He understood the miners of Kemerovo who had not been paid decently and he realized the wishes of the different people of the COMECON for a better life-style. In the eyes of Prof.Dr.B.Hallier it was less a political but mainly an evolution/revolution driven by Consumerism. The break-down of the SU and the COMECON which followed made M.Gorbachov in Russia a persona non-grata : in Germany he became a Hero of the Hearts because he enabled a Peaceful Reunion of East- and West Germany. For Hallier this was the beginning of an emotional Love Story between Germany and Russia, because it created the dream of a global House of Harmony with the strategic aims to balance economics, ecology and ethics worldwide. "And judged in terms of macro-economics it was also the basis for an extrem growth of the Wealth of Nations internationally since the beginning of this Century" Hallier claims. "The theoretical background for those effects can be found already in the work of Adam Smith and David Ricardo about national and international specialisation of work-processes/sourcing" Hallier taught.

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"Taken now the military actions against the Ukraine and internal subpression by a mislead President in the Kremlin should not result in condemning the total of Russian people because it is not fair to blame also those who would like to follow the Rules of Humanity but who will be punished to spell out their real feelings." Hallier stated in a discussion with professors and students from the ERA-network. "For many Russians but also a generation of people from the West who invested about 30 years of their lifes in building Trust between the countries which had been fighting in World War II as enemies a great political and economic Dream has crashed. Perhaps we have been sometimes too naive in our thinking and actions - but on the other hand without trying new ways nothing new will happen. Therefore the last 30 years of cooperations with Russia have not been in vain or subject to be discredited in total - even when strategic or tactical tools seem in a review to have been partly wrong - but they have been also a proof for our followers who expect real Leadership from their professors: Trial and Error belong to the tool-box of innovation in a market-economy. M.Gorbachov is a benchmark for such an attitude of a mental Leadership in applied sciences to change markets for the better! In 50 years the history-books will praise also in Russia and othe countries of the former SU the importance of that outstanding Game-Changer " Hallier summarized.
 



10.09.2022 : Economic Storms

Within the first half year of 2022 in Germany the number of exhibitors at fairs has declined by roughly 30 percent - the number of visitors by 45 percent. Main reason was Covid which is still a limitation for travels from Asia. As an indicator for the effects of Covid on national growth is China : the growth of GNP has declined from 5.5 percent to 0.5 percent. For the second half of 2022 as well as for 2023 Prof.Dr.B.Hallier expects an additional worldwide decline due to the Disruption between East and West , the delays within the global Total Supply Chain and the Energy Crisis in Western Europe in Winter 2022/23 which according to Hallier will lead to the collapse of businesses in diverse sectors with the result of an increase of unemployment and a low level of consumer spending.

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"We have to prepare for heavy seas sailing through those economic storms" Hallier states in a preview about EuroShop in February 2023 " but being the Number 1 worldwide within this sector - we will remain the Light-House of orientation ! Nevertheless adaptation will be the stress-test for all players at the supply and demand-side : the speed of selection (Darwinism) will increase with mixing traditional offers in shopfitting with omni-channel-concepts and even entertainement and gaming with avatares in a Metaversum. Nevertheless Retail will remain a modern element of urban life-style" Hallier forecasts, " but the time for the ROI might be delayed till the economic upswing in 2024/2025. But those who miss the Lighthouse in 2023 will be taken out of the global race automatically when the sky clears again" Hallier states.
 



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