02.04.2016 : CIRCLE Naples

CIRCLE was founded in 2004 to create a platform for PhD-students to speak in English language in front of an international audience - being hosted each year by another CIRCLE-member. In 2016 the Italian partners University Partheonape and the Second University of Naples jointly hosted the 13th CIRCLE Conference. Among the participants of the opening ceremony had been Dr.L. de Magistris/Mayor of Naples, Prof.E.Bonetti and Prof.M.Simoni/the two coordinators of the organzing committee, Prof.A.Mattiaci/President of the Italian Marketing Society, Prof.C.Vignali/Provost of Circle Virtual College , Prof.T.Rashid/President of Circle International , Dr.G.Morici/President BarillaEurope and Prof.F.Babiloni/University of Rome.

Within the section "social issues" M.-C. Hallier (at the photo with the other speakers of that slot) lectured about "Palliative Well-being increased by Art-Therapy". More at www.european-retail-academy.org/FAB. The CIRCLE Conference 2017 will be in Warsaw/Poland : more at www.circle2017.kozminski.edu.pl

20.03.2016 : Focus Africa

The University of Nairobi joined the network of the European Retail Academy. ERA has the development of Africa as a special focus for 2016/2017. As one of its initiatives it will promote the Total Supply Conference to fight Food Waste, which will be organized by the World Food Preservation Center in March 2017 (Call for Papers). It has to be reminded that at the United Nations HQ in Nairobi also Prof.Dr.Klaus Toepfer (see: ERA-Hall of Fame) had worked for several years; he initiated among others for environmental issues the Kyoto-Protocol. Prof.Dr.B.Hallier supports his initiatives since the late 80ies of the last century.

Also cultural aspects (art/homopathy) of Africa will be focused by ERA: especially by www.european-retail-academy.org/FAB. Each quarter an artist from Africa will be portraited.

08.03.2016 : Vietnam

For tourists ancient cities like Hoi An and also wet markets and floating markets are attractions in Vietnam - but for the local consumers in Hanoi or Saigon the trend towards modern super-marketing is irreversible. The commercial centers and supermarkets expect a growth-rate of 50 percent till the year 2020.

At the moment according to the annual turnover in US $ the ranking of the organized Vietnam retail is headed by the Saigon Union of Trading Cooperatives 1.375 million$ (323 outlets), followed by Mobile World 721 (229), Nguyen Kim Trading 603 (18), Casino Guichard Perrachon 546 (25), Saigon Jewelry 421 (158), Phu Nhuan Jewelry 267 (145) , Vien Thong 164 (92), Lion Group 161 (8), Pico 127 (5) and FPT Corp. 121 million $ ( 60 stores).

28.02.2016 : Transition Indochina

The terminus "Indochina" demonstrates the dramatic changes of this area during the last one hundred years. Starting as a colonial territory in the first phase - after World War II it became a deputy between the East-West frictions . Now in phasis 3 the countries are in a transition to find their own images as Myrama (Burma/Birma), Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam - and also their new role in the global competition.

Vietnam for example has today 724 modern supermarkets, 132 commercial centers , more than 400 convenience stores - but also still one million small traditional stores. On the other hand also 28 percent of the Vietnamese consumers are already shopping online ! More about Vietnam at www.european-retail-academy.org/urban-revitalization

19.02.2016 : Leadership Award

The 12th edition of the Asia Retail Congress was hosted at Taj Lands End Mumbai/India. The Congress is representing 40 countries across Asia and the world. Its theme " What next..?" attracted retailers and professionals of the retail industry. At the Congress Prof.Dr.Bernd Hallier, President of the European Retail Academy, was honoured by the Retail Leadership Award.

India's retail leader is the Future Group with 1.691 million US $ and 332 outlets ranking in front of Reliance Retail 1.583 (1,798), Titan 1.535 (888), Godrej & Boyce 1.156 (850) , Aditya Birla 927 (1675), Tata 723 (198), Shopper's Stop 624 (77) , Tribhovandas 616 (39), Lifestyle 454 (359 and LG Electronics 368 (225).

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