PERSONAL COMMENTARIES OF RETAIL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS

Opinion

WHAT CAN FULL PRICE RETAIL LEARN FROM THE OUTLET BUSINESS MODEL?

“Lord Wolfson, chief executive of British retailer Next, has called for lower rents and shorter leases on the 240 Next stores due for renewal over the next three years.”

Industry meeting in Barcelona

The Catalan capital is always worth a visit – especially on April 10 and April 11, 2019. On these two days, the ICSC welcomed its guests at the European Conference & Exhibition. The event’s motto was “Space, Place and the Future of Retail.”

Solid presentation

Ken Hughes presented the industry meeting in the Catalan capital and captivated the auditorium with his keynote speech about Generation Z.

Working in partnership – a growing retail trend

Commentary by Nelson Blackley, Retail Research Associate at Nottingham Trent University.

The Emotional Connection with the Always Connected Consumer

“Artificial intelligence, for example, already enables the personalization of consumer relations and facilitates fast and efficient vehicle parking.”

Transforming Shopping Centers into Omnichannel Platforms

Currently, studies say that more than 50% of all purchases at brick-and-mortar stores are prepared online in advance.

The Value of PropTech in Property Management and Retailer Engagement

With 2019 heralded as the coming-of-age for PropTech, owners and managers of real estate are under increasing pressure to understand the value of technology when making key tech investment decisions.

STEP AWAY FROM THE DESK: WHY ATTENDING A CONFERENCE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

In a time-poor working week, we may find ourselves wondering how we can justify the expense and time away from the office that inevitably come with attending industry events. ICSC Europe Managing Director, Bill Kistler, interviews leading consumer behaviouralist, Ken Hughes, to ask “Are conferences really worth it?”

ADVOCACY IN THE EU – WHY IT MATTERS

An important judgement clarifying European rules on retail establishment; a very strict EU data protection regime; a binding number of charging points for e-vehicles for buildings with more than 10 parking spaces. These are a few examples of important, new rules for the retail property industry adopted by the EU in recent years — and together, they’re a good example of why European policymaking is increasingly important for our sector.

The good old days

The department store is in crisis. European department store chains close one store after the other. If the format wants to survive it needs to reinvent itself completely.

Offering a shopping experience worth travelling for

It was only five years ago that VIA Outlets was launched. In an interview with ACROSS, COO Otto Ambagtsheer talks about consolidating the current portfolio of 11 assets, expanding the Fashion Club loyalty program, and debuting hot local brands like BALR. and Nikkie.

ROS Retail Outlet Shopping Goes Local and Uses Pop-up Stores

In recent years, fashion retail has proven that there is a fine line between whether fashion and lifestyle brands are successful or become insolvent. These days, celebrity endorsements, collection collaborations, new “it” pieces, retail and e-commerce presence, as well as retail excellence and customer loyalty determine whether fashion and lifestyle brands are in or out.

Which e-commerce? How malls can morph into tech businesses, too

Opinions tend to be very much divided when it comes to the big e-commerce players.

Retail Property Sector Remains King in Romania

In Romania, repeated and unplanned changes in legislation hinder the process of building authorization, as well as the legal steps required at the time of completion.

Back to work!

Coworking spaces have potential – also in shopping centers. The first symbioses already enhance the European retail real estate market.

What are Weekends Made for?

Since the liberalization of opening hours – determined by the “Salva Italia2” decree passed in 2011, during Mario Monti’s legislature – retailers in Italy have been free to open on Sundays and festive days, according to their own commercial strategies.

The Role of the Local Community in Enhancing Retail

In order to survive, shopping centers are beginning to adapt retail, housing cultural, educational, and leisure facilities all under one roof. Since 80% of those visiting malls are Millennials or Gen Z, leisure is a hot topic within retail development.

Convenience schemes in Poland mean good yields

The Polish real estate segment is changing. What we are seeing, apart from traditional real estate investments in office and retail, is there has been growth in new formats, including mixed-use projects with multifunctional concepts, and a growing potential for small-convenience schemes and retail parks.

Specialist Retail Products: the Investors’ Darling

Real estate investors both in and out of Germany rely on specialist retailers and specialist retail parks: They offer constant pulling power, stable revenues, and solid customer footfall – all of which require clearly positioned product and sector concepts, which signal to investors that their investment is both solid and sustainable.

The European Outlet Market is under pressure for innovation

Outlet Centers are still a niche market in the international retail real estate business and an asset class of its own. Today, there are more than 200 outlet centers spread over Europe but there are significant differences regarding the degree of saturation and maturity levels.