November 2015

In an article for the textile industry entitled “The party is over,” which appeared after Expo Real in Munich, Jörg Nowicki described the reluctance of retailers to rent new spaces. As it turns out, there is, in fact, a significant imbalance between the bullish investment market in commercial real estate and the slowing desire for expansion among retailers.

The media are currently full of reports on VoD, (“video on demand”) services. These reports hardly distinguish between pay-per-view and subscription services or between these and the streaming of live events. Nevertheless, this trend, combined with the ever-improving quality of normal smart TV devices – never mind that of integrated home entertainment systems – would seem to suggest that cinema is in grave danger.

The United States is the “Country of Honor” at this year’s MAPIC. ACROSS reveals a selection of the retail projects in the Land of Opportunity that will be presented in Cannes.

Multi has developed Forum Lviv in the eponymous western Ukrainian city under exceptionally difficult circumstances. It is 95% let.

At Expo Real, MEC Metro-ECE Centermanagement and its proven partners Corpus Sireo, Dr. Lademann & Partner, GfK, TH Real Estate, and, for the first time, Savills, presented the third edition of “Retail Parks in Germany.” The report centers mainly on customer focus. The most important finding: a complete rethink is required to provide consistently customer-oriented management of retail real estate.

The retail sector is once again on the move and this can be seen in many megatrends in the retail market. Many of these megatrends are driven by the successful online market.

As in past years, the top players in the industry are providing a glimpse at their current retail projects at MAPIC in 2015. ACROSS makes a foray into the most extraordinary new developments, extensions, and refurbishments to be presented in Cannes.

From consumer goods to the shopping center industry, the term “Big Data” has reached the shopping center world. It is the new buzzword in the business. But what is it and is it really so important? I think it is.

The Ringstrassen Galerien in the heart of the Austrian capital are among the country’s top retail areas. The turnover per square meter has for years been well above the average for Austrian shopping centers. Now the site has been prescribed a comprehensive facelift. The future Opera Mall Vienna (its new marketing name) will be positioned as “The Home of Affordable Luxury.”

In an interview with ACROSS, Michael Scheithauer, CEO of the internationally active Barthelmess Group, explains the increasing importance of visual marketing and why facades will become ever more vital in the future.

In a new research report, TH Real Estate provides a summary of the European retail property market and explores the opportunities that the sector offers investors across the UK and the Continent.

Nikolas Löhr and Bernd Hofer of the FREO Group explain the Mall of Switzerland’s unique selling propositions. It is scheduled to open in autumn 2017.

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