PERSONAL COMMENTARIES OF RETAIL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS

Opinion

Who Is the Most Innovative of Them All?

The retail industry is going through seismic change, fueled by changes in demographics, consumer behavior and – perhaps most notably – technological advancements. Recent figures show that e-commerce currently makes up one-tenth of total retail sales worldwide, and this number is set to increase over the years to come.

PEOPLE IN THE EUROPEAN RETAIL REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY

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

Repositioning outlet retail

There's no denying that these are challenging times for retail, with shopping center landlords having to work harder to increase footfall and convert this to spend. On paper, this is simple – make your retail assets attractive places to shop, introduce popular retail and F&B brands, and people will want to spend money there.

Retail Strength Lies in Brick-and-Mortar Stores – in the USA As Well

The brick-and-mortar store "retail apocalypse" has been abandoned, as numerous international studies clearly show. Online retailing is and remains a peripheral phenomenon in terms of current sales figures.

Milan’s Shortage of Shopping Centers

Lombardy is the richest Italian region, with a population that accounts for up to 10 million inhabitants, which is comparable to the total population of some European countries.

The Big Feast

The European retail real estate industry has been going through the formation and development of mega-corporations. In the long run, will major enterprises divide the industry among themselves?

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.