15.05.2018 : Circle PhD

Circle is an university network founded in 2004: the idea are annual conferences rotating in the Circle-member countries for students to present their MA or PhD papers in English under the supervision of international professors. Prof.Dr.Hallier is part of that supervisor team.

Additionally Circle international is running a far-distance program for MA and PhD. In 2018 the former ERA-trainee from Russia, Alina Pukhovskaya, now living in Mexico defended her thesis about the Food Bank Mexico successfully at the Annual Meeting in Sarajevo/ Bosnia-Herzegovina. Next year Circle will meet from April 24th to 25th at the University of Gloucestershire/UK


05.05.2018 : Kruzenshtern Connection

One of the tactical tools of the European Retail Academy to build a Team Spirit is sailing with groups up to 20 international students (in a mix from. BA to PhD-aspirant) with the tall-ship Kruzenshtern.

Taken some of the memory pics (also partly published by the two books "TeamSpirit" and "Kruzenshtern") the two ERA-exchange trainees Daniel Haakila Costa and Roni Suomalainen from Rovaniemi/Finland created the following YouTube about the history of the tall-ship as well as about learning on board (LINK).


28.04.2018 : EURASIAN Visit

Since 1990 (the German Reunification) Prof.B.Hallier is inviting permanently retailers and experts from the former socialistic countries to visit the exhibitions EuroShop and EuroCIS (LINK) or to go jointly on store-checks to learn via applied sciences the "real world of trade" - or last but not least to get connected with dual education institutions.

A study tour of Eurasian visitors for food-distribution around the Cologne Area was documented by the two ERA-trainees Daniel Haakila Costa and Roni Suomalainen from Rovaniemi/Finland by the following YouTube (LINK). It shows also how ERA is integrating its exchange students into intercultural programs (see more at https://www.european-retail-academy.org/EUCVOT). The thanks of ERA go to the host-companies of this and other tours - promoting globalization by a peaceful dialogue.


20.04.2018 : Recommerce versus IoT

In its latest edition Retail Asia points the focus to a hype of "second-hand": it also covers in Asia luxury fashion! The new terminus is even connected with the idea to preserve environment and to reduce waste.

To upgrade margins on the other hand retailers could use the Internet of Things (IoT) for their infrastructure. Marketing can combine IoT with mirrors, digital, walls, dressing rooms, quick checkouts. IoT can be part of loyalty programs and bridge bricks-and-mortar retailers with e-commerce. Prof.B.Hallier is convinced that those marketing and technology trends have been well covered by the development of the exhibition duo EuroShop and EuroCIS (see: YouTube); for Asia the Special "C Star" was developed in Shanghai/China (Contact)


07.04.2018 : Profile Professorship

Germany is well known for its dual education and for vocational competences in retail - which is just shown also by a job-offer for a Professor at the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt: a city also famous for the car-manufacturer Audi and of the HQ of the retailer Saturn/Media Markt.

The needed profile to become Professor of International Retail is the appropriate university degree plus several years of work experiences in international retail - ideally combined with work stages abroad. Although based in Germany the courses will be in English! More: see attached (PDF)


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