The 2016 Vietnam International Retail and Franchise Show opened earlier this week in Ho Chi Minh City (Obama missed this one). It is the eighth edition of this event which features 317 booths with all kinds of retail and training information. Yes, the latest technologies to meet the demands of the modern retail industry are included in the Show. Young entrepreneurs may find unexpected opportunities here that were nonexistent in Vietnam’s recent past.
I will be leaving here tomorrow, and am very grateful for having had the opportunity to visit here. Go East, young man may not be for everyone, but it is more than a geography lesson to travel here. Of course, there are still many challenges that at one time may have seen insurmountable, but it is a young country that is not living in the past. They are ready to grow, and raise their children in a more modern Asia, that hopefully will be more peaceful and prosperous than in the past. And I think they are more likely to see America as a partner in that journey.
It may have been a hard and tragic lesson for both sides to learn. Older Americans (like me) and Vietnamese may remember it all too well, but perhaps the new world of mutual economic benefit aided by smarter business technologies will save us all?
Vietnam (en route to U.S. the next few days, back to blogging next Wednesday)