I am extremely happy to inform our readers that the 10th edition of India Shopping Centre Forum 2017 was successfully celebrated with a lot of pomp. The two day event at The Renaissance Mumbai earlier this year was based on the theme of redrawing the prototype of real estate’s most promising asset class in India, thereby building the blueprint of success for the future of the Shopping Centre industry in the country.
The speakers at the conference included India’s top notch developers, retailers, independent observers and international experts who have created a distinguished place for themselves in the Indian retail real estate sector. Our cover feature in this issue of Shopping Centre News carries a detailed coverage on that. I am sure readers will find it both interesting and useful.
This year, the mission of India Shopping Centre Forum was to find a 3-way profitability mix for shopping centres in the digital age – retailer engagement, experiential differentiation, and asset management – through sharing of best global concepts and implementation of world class practices. Highly informative discussions at the forum were loaded with in-depth analysis of all the issues this industry is facing. Experts also predicted future trends. The solo sessions by industry stalwarts were focused on areas of research, planning, funding, architecture and design, tenant mix, leasing and all other aspects of retail real estate business. The knowledge series finally culminated in a gala awards ceremony which was attended by the who’s who of the industry.
I am certain that India will be considered amongst the top countries that have experiential malls in the world in the times to come! We hope that this dream of ours will be realised soon.
I would once again like to express my sincere gratitude to all participants of India Shopping Centre Forum 2017 for making it a success. I do hope and anticipate the same cooperation in the years to come.
On a concluding note, I once again would like to remind our readers about the 2017 annual mega congregation of retail industry at India Retail Forum, which is scheduled for 19th-20th September at Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai. Stay tuned to upcoming issues of Shopping Centre News to get more insights on retail realty.