It gives all of us at IMAGES intense satisfaction to be an actively contributing in catalysing the development of retail and retail spaces across the country. At the forefront of our efforts in the Retail Space arena we host the annual India Shopping Centre Forum (ISCF). I am extremely privileged to warmly welcome all to the 8th edition of India Shopping Centre Forum(ISCF) which will be held on the 11th and 12th of May at Renaissance, Mumbai. This me too, the event will be graced by all stalwarts from retail real estate.
Significantly, with today’s shopper being spoilt for choice within the comfort of their homes through digital commerce, shopping centres need to reposition themselves as social spaces with leisure and entertainment being as important as the retail component. The new shopping centres need to evolve out of solutions linked to spirit of ‘wowing’ the customer. India Shopping Centre Forum 2016 will bring together businesses and professionals connected to the en re shopping centre design, leasing and management value chain to build strategies and partnerships and deliver superior shopper experiences in alignment with new technology and consumer behaviour paradigms.
In line with the broad sentiment, the cover feature of this issue of Shopping Centre News titled ‘Shaping the Thinking on the Future of Retail Spaces in India’ attempts to give a comprehensive overview on how malls are evolving themselves to gear up for the digital area as we stand at its threshold. The story also sheds insights on emerging concepts that will enhance mall experiences, especially with the non-shopping experience now coming to the fore.
In the issue we also analyse the recent clarifications in FDI regulations for ecommerce from the perspective if the impact on Indian malls. We also touch upon topics that are top of mind with both mall developers and dwellers. Please do read the feature on F&B trends that will be the game changers for food category at malls. Also included are several exclusives including a conversa on with DLF Mall of India. We hope that you will find this issue of Shopping Centre News both useful and informative. We once again welcome you to India Shopping Centre Forum 2016 and look forward to meeting you there.