05.04.2021 : Covid + Cocooning

"The Covid-Waves result in the US and Europe in lock-downs of fashion-shops; no sales in the affluent society results to zero-production in the developing countries ; which means no income and hunger" Prof.Dr.B.Hallier explains in a lecture about the global effects. "Additionally consumer habits in Europe have changed due to home-office in 2020/2021 : people improved their homes and gardens - cocooning gets a revival ! This has promoted DIY and furniture-businesses"


"Another target-group of spending in the affluent society are pets which are getting an increased share of attention during the Covid-isolation as social partner as the alternative for human beings ! Within a radius of 300 meters in the well-off Cologne-suburb Roesrath/Germany a new cluster of pet-food, pet-tools,pet-beauty and vet for pets opened new outlets !" For Prof.Hallier this is another important sign for the widening gap of spending power and targeting in the global society.

05.03.2021 : Riga Hybrid

The ISMA-ConferenceTrio in Riga was used for demonstrating the history of the Thematic University Network Food (www.european-retail-academy.org/TUN) - for Prof.Dr.Hallier a success-story of students as permanent drivers of this Learning Platform about Standards. Digital lecturer was Violena Nencheva from Bulgaria ; next step of technical innovation of the platform will come from Arturo Olvera from Mexico.

Violena Nencheva from Sofia/Bulgaria presented the status of the Thematic University Network (TUN) Food and invited students from other countries also to participate in that platform. "It is a vocational training to create news in this sector and to multiply it - also it can be used for blended learning for the content and for language-training due to English/German/Russian/Spanish input." she summarized her participation - being the founder of the Spanish Chapter of TUN to prepare herself for later work in Central- and South America after her PhD. (more about her Lecture Link) .

06.02.2021 : Lighthouse 2021

Unanimously the Board of ERA approved a proposal of Prof.Dr.B.Hallier to elect the Peace Nobel Laureate of 2006 Prof.Dr.M.Yunus for the Hall of Fame. Professor Muhammad Yunus - born in Bathua/Bangladesh - got his BA and MA at Dhaka University/Pakistan and his PhD at the Vanderbilt University/USA. He was teaching as an assistant professor of economics at the Middle Tennessee State University. In 1971 Prof.Yunus joined Chittagong University at his old home-town. In 2006 he got together with the Grameen Bank the Nobel Peace Prize for the idea of micro-credits/micro-finance and its application (more at Hall of Fame).

Professor Hallier got to know Professor Yunus when both visited several times the Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan. Especially after the Corona Pandemic and its effects on all business along the international total supply chain in 2020/2021 Professor Hallier sees a need of micro-credits/finance for the poor countries which become the loosers in the widening gaps between oversaturated markets and developing countries. "We need Lighthouses like Professor Yunus to focus an equilibrium between economics, ecology and ethics for global harmony" Prof.Hallier stated at the nomination of Professor Yunus for the Hall of Fame 2021 of the European Retail Academy. "Also studying and teaching at different places in the world and looking for applications in business Prof.Yunus and his brother with his foundation is a hope and benchmark for young people" Hallier added.

17.01.2021 : Long-run Experience

In 1977 Germany's first pioneer of scanning the Suedmarkt/Carl Doderer informed by a letter its suppliers about the possibility to use in future the EAN bar-code. Accidentally B.Hallier at that time received a copy as an assistant of the Board of Brinkmann Cigarettes responsible for automation/innovation. He immediately started a dialogue with the CCG (today GS 1 Germany) management to analyze the system and to take action from the side of the Branded Goods Industry to integrate the bar-code into the product-design of the brands because the print at the products saved costs at the store-levels for the manual instore-merchandise by staff of industry as well as retailers. The bar-code helped to identify products immediately at the cash-zone by scanners and decreased costs in inventories.


In 1984 Hallier changed from industry to retail becoming CEO of the ISB Institute for Self-Service, merging in 1988 ISB with RGH which owned 50 percent of the shares of the predecessor of GS 1 Germany. By this Hallier could follow very closely for 25 years the next development : the generation of chip-codes which enabled with bigger data-capacities and in connection with RFID optimizations in the distribution like shelf-management/ECR etc. "Also the METRO FUTURE STORE was pushed by a booth of more than 2000 squaremeters at our EuroShop exhibition" Prof.Dr.Hallier remembers. Since 2019 Hallier is now involved in the QR-code development of the Two-dimensional Code Industry (ZIIOT) in China. "It will be an essential tool for AI and also revolutionize distribution by the link with the Internet of Things " Hallier forecasts. "I am thankful for nearly 50 years to be able to be so close to decision-makers at the different sides of the table" he summarizes his long-run experience.

05.12.2020 : Change of view

In context with her 10 meters painting „Earth and Cosmos" for her Bachelor of Art at the Alanus University/Germany in 2012 and her continuing intellectual concern of a holistic view for the macro¬situation Marie-Christin Hallier started in 2020 a new work-cycle labelled „Omnis Mundis Creatura „ defending the micro-cosmos of animals. „This is a response of the dramatic impact of the climate change and wrong human behaviour concerning the habitat and biodiversity" she explained at an exhibition . „l did choose the format of small aquarell paintings as a symbol for the small micro¬cosmos being different for each animal and small in relation to the macro-view - but also as a hint that even small actions can help in a wake-up call: because the world be shown in those paintings might be seen no longer in the real world soon" she added.

The interdependence of each micro-cosmos with the others can be understood for example in the Corona Pandemie : in public discussions Bats have caused it - but in M.-C. Hallier's view it had been human beings who entered the territory and natural destination of the animals. „Humans and Animals have to respect each others in a macro-cooperation , because there is only one planet which has to be shared by human beings, animals and plants" she stated. Her triptychon of Bats show the resting one in the middle framed by two flying ones. In analogy also Corona might have sleepy and active phases ! „Bats keep distance to each other during flights : so should do human beings among each other but also in respecting the micro-cosmos of animals and plants." is her claim.

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