March 2020

Considering the economic impact the Coronavirus has brought along in its midst, Geoblink, the Location Management platform powering the new retail, has decided to help the sector by launching an open portal today for professionals of the retail ecosystem to consult and monitor the impact COVID-19 is having on different territories and industries through the use of population movement and consumption data across the United Kingdom.

Northern Horizon Capital AS, the management company of Baltic Horizon Fund, will be implementing a number of relief initiatives focused on alleviating the financial hardship of the most vulnerable group of SME tenants, primarily in the retail sector, whose operations were most severely affected by the outbreak and the restrictive measures implemented by the Baltic governments to limit the spread of contagion.

“Once this pandemic is over, our customers will be hungry for all that they were deprived of during the crisis. Brands and landlords need to be prepared to show that online shopping is just a substitute for the great experience you have while visiting shopping centers.”

“Let’s create and open a virtual Madrid, Paris, Budapest, Vienna, Munich, Milan or Venice for our avatars, virus-free, with the recovered turquoise lagoon, a crowded Piazza San Marco, hundreds of flying doves, etc.”

What we are experiencing these days is unprecedented. Unprecedented in terms of the changes that will come. Unprecedented in regard to the question “how do we go on from here”, and also unprecedented when it comes to the constant as well as instant switches between optimism and sheer pessimism.

“Gathering spaces will be even more important than they were beforebecause we can only truly value something, like our freedom to meet, when we’ve had it taken away. And shopping centers and malls are gathering spaces.”

“There is no need to look for culprits or point out those industries or competitors who might not be affected in the same way.”

Josip Kardun has 20 years of pan-European real estate investment and management experience. He previously served as CEO of Blackstone’s largest European operating platform where he managed over €10 billion of assets across 14 countries.

MIPIM 2020, scheduled to take place June 2-5 in Cannes, is transforming into a two-day, Paris-based gathering of real estate and technology leaders in September and a new online experience, MIPIM Connect, available year-round.

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“The outlet category has always matured during decades of upheaval, and we have routinely stated that ‘outlets are good in good times and great in terrible times.’ 2020 may well test that theory.”

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