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Real estate investors both in and out of Germany rely on specialist retailers and specialist retail parks: They offer constant pulling power, stable revenues, and solid customer footfall – all of which require clearly positioned product and sector concepts, which signal to investors that their investment is both solid and sustainable.

According to Stephan Austrup, Head of Retail in Germany at TH Real Estate, omni-channeling and digitalization are key drivers of change. In all acquisitions and in business plans for existing portfolios, he therefore considers the impact of this change on retail formats, retailers’ required floor plans, and whether the property provides the necessary layout flexibility.

“By investing in human capital, business development and sustainable business strategy, a crisis cannot meet you unprepared”, states Jovana Cvetković, Development, Technical Operations and Innovations Director at MPC Properties. Investing in ESG on all levels is key in 2023 for companies like MPC Properties.

Congratulations to all MAPIC Awards winners, who were honoured for their excellence, innovation, and creativity in the retail real estate sector.

Brands have long understood the importance of presenting their sustainability credentials to consumers. Along with other policies, such as those relating to bullying in the workplace and mental health, sustainability plays an important part in a brand’s identity, and rightly so.

Despite all challenges, a lot is happening in the retail real estate industry and great projects are in the making. This is best illustrated by the entries for the MAPIC Awards 2022 category “Best performing Shopping Center”. They include assets such as shopping centers, outlets, and retail parks. They show innovation through new technologies, customer loyalty programs, retail mixes and architectural features which come together for the aim of increasing footfall, customer satisfaction, average spending and offering a unique experience in a new shopping destination. All these outstanding projects demonstrate the strength, innovation, and positivity of our industry.

Climate-neutral real estate and long-term value retention: How can high-footfall properties such as shopping centers be operated in a climate-neutral manner in the future? What steps need to be taken in order to achieve that goal, and how much will it cost? ECE has developed a customized Energetic Renovation Roadmap for that particular asset class to help answer such questions.

Domy Towarowe Wars Sawa Junior has reconfirmed its unique position in Warsaw: From the beginning of September, a personalized, interactive shopping experience, and the largest selection of adidas products in Warsaw await customers on the three floors of the Sawa building at Marszałkowska Street.

Food halls contradict the traditional real estate model. However, they are a successful format attracting all generations. Here are some examples from Poland.

Consumer behaviors and the business environment are changing fast under the global circumstances. Therefore, it is critical for real estate development companies to keep a pulse on both. The consumer is today at the heart of business more than ever before, say Jovana Cvetković and Nemanja Bućinac from MPC Properties.

The largest exhibition center in the Nordics for exhibitions, conferences, and events, is now even better and safer; as the first exhibition center in the Nordics Stockholmsmässan has become a ”SHORE CERTIFIED GOLD” exhibition center.

The pandemic has confirmed the resilience of Immofinanz’s low-cost retail formats and has resulted in the introduction of new concepts. Immofinanz Board Member Dietmar Reindl spoke with the publisher of ACROSS Magazine, Reinhard Winiwarter, about the resilience of retail relationships, the need for more service, and the company’s expansion plans.

Until recently, the main source of income for the owners of commercial real estate was the rental of premises and, to a more marginal extent; commercial stands or ‘Islands’. An active attitude by the property manager, however, can provide additional monetization. The provision of quality advertising exposures increases the long-term value of real estate assets.

Many retail real estate companies are currently hesitant to promote their sustainability efforts. The fear of being accused of greenwashing if the location or company is not 100% sustainable outweighs the potential upside of leasing to green-minded tenants. Yet, there is a clear and simple strategy when it comes to marketing one’s sustainability efforts without fearing to be accused of greenwashing.

Frederic Rouleau, Country Asset Manager, head of the Polish division of Multi Corporation explains in this interview how to demonstrate the value of shopping centers in investors’ portfolios.

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