PERSONAL COMMENTARIES OF PLACEMAKING EXPERTS

Opinion

The Current Challenges of Rome’s Retail-Real-Estate Market

“The slogan of our current city administration, headed by the Five Star Movement, a populist party, is ‘decrescita felice’ (‘happy reduction’), which serves as a clear sign that their objective definitely does not include the growth of the city.”

Good Sign for the Spanish Retail Real Estate Market

“If we take a look at the commercial density figures, we find that Spain is below the European average – and even more so in relation to countries such as the USA, where the density is six times higher and the shopping center model is very different from the one in Spain.”

Maintaining and Increasing Portfolio Value

Retail parks continue to be sound investments.

Retail Remixed: Rethinking Spaces and Places

“Recent research carried out by Leisure Development Partners, in cooperation with Mapic, has shown that introducing a leisure concept into a retail space increases its footfall by up to 4 percent and the retail spend by up to 16 percent.”

French Shopping Centers at a Turning Point

“Even though the French population is still growing, it is clear that the country is now well covered.”

Cooperation or Confrontation

How can the various issues and problems that exist in retail and the real estate industry be solved in this day and age?

It Is No Longer Just about Retail

“In our view the residential market is complementary to retail real estate, and combining them in a balanced way will only add to the strength of a location. In that sense, mixed-use developments tie in nicely with our retail background.”

Relationship-Centricity through Digitalization

“Establishing external partnerships with complementary digital-native merchants provides opportunities to offer complete solutions while increasing income through revenue share.”

Retail 2025

"Things are staying the same and changing, all at the same time."

How Technology Disrupts Competitive Shopping Habits

“For example, retailers are able to see the precise assortment structures of their competitors and benchmark them against their own.”

Breaking Down Barriers for Customers with Disabilities

“Inclusivity is the only way to keep shopping centers at the hearts of our communities.”

The Importance of Cinemas in Malls

"Multiple trips to cinemas help familiarize people with the malls into which they are integrated."

Shopping Center Performance Report by ecostra triggered resentment

“Critics doubt that it really reflects the performance of shopping centers.”

To Buy or Not to Buy, That Is the Question

“We have found that people who feel at home and receive genuine attention from attentive staff are prepared to stay longer and spend more. Attention is our secret ingredient for success.”

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.”

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.