PERSONAL COMMENTARIES OF PLACEMAKING EXPERTS

Opinion

Creating a brighter future for landlord-tenant relationships together

“We know that flexibility, and therefore, shorter leases are very much what tenants are looking for today.”

Marketplace 2.0–the future of shopping centers

“Our target for our respective clients is to deliver 10% of all sales at the shopping center through the digital marketplace within three years.”

Will governments do their part now?

“The challenge in 2021 is to get back to business at a full speed, understanding that unemployment has gone up considerably in some countries, that the power spend of our customers might have suffered and that, disappointingly but not surprisingly, too many governments in this world do not seem to have control over the pandemic situation.”

“Shopping Center Boom” Expected

“Placemaking is a process. It is a means to an end: The creation of quality places.”

Setting the Standard for Society in 2021

“Now is the time for malls and retailers to step up and become the centers of community that they have professed to be for at least a decade.”

Developing our marketplace offering

“Retailers on average seem very happy that shopping centers are going down the path of fully serving them in the digital channels as they are doing in the physical space.”

Successful ESG Is a Team Effort

“Management networks are in the best position to tackle the complex task at hand.”

If you can't beat them, join them

How rethinking real estate can transform brick and mortar into real dynamic platforms which again play a strong role within the omnichannel life.

The Impact of COVID-19 on European Shopping Center Design

“High streets and shopping centers will need to focus less on filling space with stock, and more on reutilizing that space for wider social and cultural needs, as well as for showrooming, fulfilment, back-of-house functions, and last-mile delivery.”

Challenges of Footfall Analysis

“The ingenuity of the architects makes it necessary for the techniques involved in capturing data to be capable of handling very different configurations, with immense variability in their characteristics.”

Shoppers Want Appointments

“By messaging the store in advance via the app, shoppers can ask to view or try on specific items in their sizes and preferred colors, thus giving them exactly what they want without wasting any time.”

The Pandemic’s Lasting Impact on Retail Real Estate

“In our survey, many of our visitors told us that they would like to continue to see features that minimize the spread of infections, such as touch-free shopping, and that will be at the forefront of our minds as we upgrade our centers and embark on new projects.”

Pop-up Shops – Particularly during Times of Crisis

“Long-term contracts and high upfront investments have become rare, even for large established brands.”

Work, Live, Play: Creation of a More Diverse, Competitive Product

Just as the Covid-19 pandemic blurred the lines between office and home in 2020, the office of the future will need to combine elements of work, life, and experience in order to be competitive in post-pandemic city center locations, writes Nicole Pötsch, Head of Acquisitions & Sales for North & Central Europe at Allianz Real Estate.

The new European Council of Shopping Places: Creating a European voice for Europe’s retail property sector

“Health and safety will always be our first priority, but a tiered approach to the new Covid measures could help avoid blanket national closures.”

How important is Christmas in times like these?

“Christmas as an opportunity, especially in difficult times, to give people what they are longing for so much: happiness, the memory of the best moments of their childhood, heart-warming feelings and emotions.”

Do Not Put Gaming in the Corner

“On high streets, we might expect light, bright, and welcoming spaces designed for casual gamers, which reflect the synergies between gaming and other creative industries.” | By Nicky Wightman

Tenants Want Flexibility

Shopping Centers in the Baltics amid Covid-19: Visitor Footfall Is Down, Though More Is Being Spent per Visit.

Fostering retail property in the “New” EU Member States

“It would have been naive to think that, somehow, the Eastern countries could have transitioned from communism to laid back consumerism without going through the small versus big Kulturkampf that we have all experienced.” | By Michael MacBrien

Seeking Alternatives

“We remember the impact food trucks have had. Those ideas can be developed further.” | By Chris Igwe