PERSONAL COMMENTARIES OF PLACEMAKING EXPERTS
“While the pandemic rages on, the climate crisis remains ever-present.”
The pandemic has turned the world’s economy and the retail landscape on its head. For the retail sector it has been a year like no other, but it is becoming clear that the health crisis has impacted the industry at different degrees. Although outlet centres are not immune to the pandemic’s toll, they have recovered at a much faster pace than other retail formats when restrictions were eased or lifted.
The building sector is crucial for achieving the EU's energy and environmental goals.
“We continue to look forward with confidence, especially in regard to our future developments.”
“Incorporating the latest trends and changes in shopping behavior in our managed outlets centers, they will be back stronger, driven by innovative glocal marketing.”
“How internet-proof outlet centers have adapted to the pandemic to support ever-changing retail habits.”
“Many operators can still look to outlet as a strong, robust proposition for trialing their products, clearing old stock, accessing high levels of footfall and testing multi-channel retailing in attractive locations.”
“We know that flexibility, and therefore, shorter leases are very much what tenants are looking for today.”
“Our target for our respective clients is to deliver 10% of all sales at the shopping center through the digital marketplace within three years.”
“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.”
“Placemaking is a process. It is a means to an end: The creation of quality places.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Management networks are in the best position to tackle the complex task at hand.”
How rethinking real estate can transform brick and mortar into real dynamic platforms which again play a strong role within the omnichannel life.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Long-term contracts and high upfront investments have become rare, even for large established brands.”