PERSONAL COMMENTARIES OF RETAIL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS

Opinion

Pooling Experience and Expertise

The acquisition of Westfield by Unibail-Rodamco also offers new opportunities for 26 shopping centers in the German portfolio. Tenants as well as customers should benefit.

The Big Feast - Editorial

By Reinhard Winiwarter, Publisher and Managing Partner ACROSS Magazine

Why Deals Take Time Nowadays

Let’s face it: The general market sentiment for off-prime shopping centers, and even for well-performing assets in less prominent locations, is currently shaped by increased investor uncertainty about the future performance outlook for the asset class as a whole. Consequently, not much has happened in the European shopping center sector since the beginning of this year.

Pop-up: Incubate, Innovate, and Transform

Over the last few years, the term Pop-up has become an overused retail and real estate buzzword. Nearly everyone who deals with commercial real estate and retail has come across these kinds of stores, but only few of them have a deep understanding of exactly how they can prove beneficial to both sides – the landlord’s and the tenant’s – and how they should be used and implemented in a shopping-center environment.

Austria on the upswing: The outlook for Austrian property markets remains bright

The close economic ties between Austria and neighbouring Germany have, for a long time, extended to the property markets in both countries.

Refurbishment works don’t have to mean disruption

It’s no secret that retail property owners are in the midst of adjusting our assets for a more omnichannel world.

Transforming the waterfront into a vibrant retail destination

“Oslo S Utvikling is currently undertaking a vast development in Bjørvika, a previously neglected part of the downtown area, adjacent to the Central Station.”

PETER KARAI JOINS ACROSS ADVISORY BOARD

The ACROSS Advisory Board is happy to announce its latest addition and welcomes Peter Karai as its new member.

CREATING GREAT PLACES IN THE “TIME ECONOMY”

“I have always said large parts of the foodservice industry are actually leisure, now we are proving it every day.”

Investing in the future

For many years, shopping centers have constituted a popular and successful asset class that – provided the assets have been well managed – have offered stable returns and high value stability.

Understanding what our guests really want

Those who want to exploit successful Food & Beverage (F&B) locations at high traffic locations would do well to immerse themselves in the needs of the guests. This statement may seem obvious, but it’s really not that simple.

PEOPLE IN THE EUROPEAN RETAIL REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY

Recruitments, promotions and appointments in the European Retail Real Estate Industry.

Reimagining department stores in Europe

Department stores are a key part of the retail mix in Europe. With bleak news about the sector blowing across the Atlantic, we thought it was time to take a close look at just how things were faring here in Europe. ICSC’s research has uncovered both shared challenges and fundamental differences.

Placemaking is not a blueprint business

With the advent of e-commerce, stores are being used by retailers to differentiate themselves from e-commerce platforms, providing shopping experiences that cannot be reproduced at home.

RENOWNED GLOBAL FASHION BRANDS NO LONGER GUARANTEE SUCCESS

Until recently, securing a renowned global fashion brand as a shopping mall anchor was often considered a guarantee for success. This was particularly the case in CEE, where many such retailers were just beginning to enter the market.

Whoever wants to get out, should do so!

In the words of the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, “The only constant is change.” Applied in more modern terms: Only one who remains flexible and adapts his or her decisions to the constant change, can achieve ideal results in the long term. This is also true for participants in the German real estate sector.

Knowing where the wind blows

Would you visit a café where you knew that a constant cold draft would blow onto your neck, leaving you shivering as you quickly drank your coffee, unable to truly relax? Would you take time to go window-shopping if you knew that you would be constantly battered by turbulent wind?

How the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation affects the European shopping center industry.

How the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation affects the European shopping center industry.

Shopping Centers and the New European Data Protection Regime

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on May 25, 2018. It harmonizes data privacy laws across Europe. Companies will be more accountable for their handling of people's personal data and it will change how they handle information about their customers, their employees and their suppliers.

Towards the new reality of shopping malls

All through the years, commercial models in the retail sector have been evolving in alignment with changing consumer habits. It goes without saying that these consumer habits have experienced a huge transformation lately, especially due to the rapid advance of technologies and the digital era. However, I don’t believe that the boom of ecommerce will lead to the extinction of most shopping malls.