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“There will always be another Christmas”

Since the beginning of the year, Frank Pöstges-Pragal has been the Managing Director of the Hamburg-based First Christmas company, which is specialized in Christmas and holiday decorations. ACROSS talked with him about the challenges of the year 2020 and why Christmas can always provide a certain level of comfort, even in times of crisis.

“Remodeling, Remerchandising, and Remarketing”

Since VIA Outlets acquired Landquart Fashion Outlet five years ago, the occupancy rate has risen to a strong 96 percent. Center Director Mathias Bommer explains the measures that have led to this development.

The return to Cannes is planned for 2021

This year’s Mapic will take place in the digital realm. Entitled "Embracing collaborative retail: ready to change the rules?" its conference program has been adapted to fit our new reality, says Director Nathalie Depetro.

Small Country, Saturated Market

The Swiss have a relatively large number of designer outlets at their disposal. A project that has recently been abandoned for good does nothing to alter the situation.

A new shopping destination in northern Spain

Recently La Torre Outlet Zaragoza was opened. This venture a joint project of Pikolin Group and GPA, managed by ROS Retail Outlet Shopping. The scheme’s concept of an open-air shopping destination complies with all the current safety measures.

“Contemporary Concepts Do Not Grow on Trees”

The recently created business segment ECE Marketplaces, part of the newly organized ECE Group, will be headed by Joanna Fisher, in her role as CEO, effective January 2021. The CEO-designate of ECE’s shopping center business discusses current challenges and future strategies in an interview with ACROSS.

Rethink and Reshape Retail Space

Multi is currently carrying out several refurbishment projects within its portfolio, all of which center around the creation of spaces that are integral parts of their respective communities.

Mediation at Shopping Malls

Mediation is a highly informal method of resolving business disputes, which is several times cheaper than court proceedings or arbitration proceedings. Could it provide an ideal manner in which to resolve such disputes during the coronavirus crisis?

Christmas 2020 Lies Ahead

As shopping centers and retail spaces experiment with the so-called “new normal” following months of closures, restrictions, and cancelled events, we should not forget that “the most wonderful time of the year” still lies ahead of us, and it deserves to be celebrated in style.

Yet another hurdle cleared

Modern retail stock in Romania will exceed the 4 million sq m threshold by the end of the year. Several openings were postponed due to Covid-19.

Poland: A review of historic months

Almost 90,000 sq m of new retail space was delivered to Polish market in the second quarter of 2020. Footfall amounted to approximately 80% of last year’s due to the pandemic.

Eurovea’s 10-Year Review

Eurovea, which opened its doors on the banks of the Danube River roughly 10 years ago, is one of the most visited destinations in Bratislava. The shopping center is currently undergoing expansion.

The urgency of getting «localism-on-steroids»

Many on the European continent seem to think that we live in a free world, underpinned by free market economics, and that our comparative wealth is unassailable. But the market that we now operate in is anything but free. Retail is perhaps the sector in which this is most searingly obvious. It all boils down to this: Between which entities should money flow take place? The trick must surely be to ensure that the money flow stays here. But how do you compete with global e-commerce?

ACROSS Retail Talks Online on the topic "PropTech in (retail) real estate"

What is essential or at least somehow useful in this regard, and what is useless? The critical online-discussion between providers and users took place just recently. A vast number of prominent industry experts followed this discussion.

Thinking as Retailers, Investors, and Operators at the Same Time

Daniel Losantos has been the CEO of NEINVER for roughly five years. In an interview with ACROSS, he discusses the events of the last few months, the expected market consolidation, and the advancements of Amsterdam The Style Outlets.

People in move

Recruitments, promotions and appointments...

Shaping the Future of Retail

ACROSS interviews Constantin Wiesmann, Director of Leasing, and Anna Laura Riemann, Senior Leasing Manager, responsible for Westfield Hamburg-Überseequartier, of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) in Germany. They talk about current challenges in retail, omnichannel models, the future of the industry, and the Group’s key project, Westfield Hamburg-Überseequartier.

Post-pandemic Retail

The new, close relationship with customers. These are the strategies that retailers and operators apply to prepare for life after the crisis.

Moving the Retail Industry Forward

“It will be important for retailers – particularly smaller retailers that do not have their own online platforms – to be connected to a larger, joint partnership-oriented platform and to utilize their own stores as warehouses as well to make deliveries to buyers from the stores.”

Sufficient Liquidity and Proximity to Customers

Immofinanz succeeded in its effort to swiftly react to the Covid-19 crisis. Gerald Grüll, Head of Retail, explains why and how that happened in an interview with ACROSS.