Retail

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.

Chainels, the tenant experience platform, has launched in two travel hubs across Europe, leveraging its retail expertise to expand into a new sector. Utrecht train station, run by NS Stations Retailbedrijf a subsidiary of the Dutch national rail company Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), and Vienna International Airport will both use Chainels’ digital platform to improve communication with retailers and service providers.

Meeting customer expectations for omnichannel experiences is key to the success of the mall of the future, argues Peter Tonstad in his PropTech column. His company, Placewise, is heavily investing in products in order to address the longer-term expectation that shopping centers will become true omnichannel offerings.

A small retailer in southern Germany has become one of Europe’s leading food retailers with major expansion plans: This week Kaufland opened in Bucharest its 1500th store – a great milestone in the Kaufland success story. Angelus Bernreuther, Head of Investor Relationship Management, looks back at Kaufland’s corporate history and explains how, starting with its solid roots, the future of the company is being shaped, especially during challenging times.

Why should customers visit stores in which they know exactly what to expect? In order to captivate their guests, stationary stores need a network of creative ideas, event plans, a talent for creating narratives, and a considerable amount of boldness. Therefore, some old dogmas have to be thrown overboard.

Sovereign Centros has announced a series of openings at Merry Hill, one of the top 10 retail and leisure destinations in the UK. Four brands have launched a total of 812 sq m of retail space, further diversifying the large array of shopping options available to Merry Hill visitors.

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.

Shaftesbury has announced the opening of four new flagship stores on Neal Street, Seven Dials. Minimalistic clothing brand, Absence of Colour, lifestyle brand, Rockett St George, independent watch retailer, Mr Jones Watches, and a creative activation run by community organisation, My Runway Group, have joined Seven Dials’ diverse array of brands, located in the heart of London’s West End.

It was time, once again, in mid-November, for the annual ACSP Congress. The congress holds a valuable spot in a long tradition, yet much has changed compared to previous years: New topic, new location, new chairman, new, and younger, participants, and a new moderator.

Now, more than ever, consumers want to reduce their overall expenditure, lower their consumption, and adopt sustainable practices. As a result, retail destinations must incorporate sustainability to meet growing customer expectations and nurture their customer relationships. That is why Coniq has created this list of top tips to help start any mall’s sustainability journey.

London Designer Outlet (LDO) has announced two new high-profile deals, with Carvela and The Cosmetics Company Store taking 155 sq m and 128 sq m of space respectively. The new stores will strengthen the womenswear and beauty offer at London’s leading fashion and lifestyle outlet destination, an offering that has recently been reinforced through lettings and expansions by world-renowned brands such as Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.

After last year’s huge success, the second trade fair for D2C brands will take place from November 14th until December 10th, 2022, at Berlin’s ALEXA shopping and leisure center. 12 Direct Brands will present their products offline at ALEXA. A shopping experience for all the senses that even the best online store cannot offer will be created in the innovatively designed showroom with the help of art installations and a lounge area, food tastings and cosmetics workshops. A win-win-win for the brands, the customers and for ALEXA.

While the pandemic inevitably slowed the growth of the outlet market last year, most centers are performing surprisingly well, as a report by Ken Gunn Consulting for MAPIC also notes. The industry is proving that experience and flexibility are key to a successful retail formula. As a result, key players, in particular, are confident that the current challenges can be overcome.

Better Spaces, Better Communities, and Better Together – those are the pillars upon which Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s sustainability strategy is based. URW is committed to playing a key role in the environmental and energy transition. As such, the company has been implementing its “Better Places 2030” sustainability strategy since 2016.

A new attraction for the HBB shopping center: The Dutch department store chain HEMA is opening up a new branch in Rathaus Galerie Essen, Germany.

Greenman OPEN sets the course for the digital future. Last weekend, the management teamed up with Karlsruhe-based metaverse infrastructure provider Mapstar AG for a Halloween event to show how digitalization can change the retail landscape. With its Metaverse for the real world, Mapstar made it possible for the visitors of the Biesdorf Center to use their own smartphones to merge the boundaries of reality with those of the digital world.

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