Online shopping shortfalls

I recently ordered a fairly nondescript item from a very large online retailer. I say recently; I ordered it on the 28th of October and delivery was estimated to be within three weeks (the item was in stock). Still no parcel. It would seem my preferred method of buying goods has finally let me down […]

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Autumn Statement falls short on business rates.

Governmental inertia on business rates reform has once again reared its head – but, honestly, is anyone surprised any more? The latest offering, coming in Wednesday’s Autumn Statement, was a ”Review of the future structure of business rates to report by Budget 2016″, described in this week’s Estates Gazette as a ‘dog’s dinner’ (among other things), and, quite frankly, is […]

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Mapic 2014 Review: Transatlantic joy, European strength and Tennis trouble…

As another Mapic draws to a close, and the final banners and boards are removed from the Palais, Harper Dennis Hobbs’ Head of Retail Consultancy, Jonathan De Mello, offers his thoughts on a whirlwind two days: “Couple of very hectic days at Mapic hence a combined Wednesday and Thursday blog today!  Lots of good meetings with both […]

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Mapic 2014: Domestic investors eye UK malls.

The last 12 months has seen a 62% increase in mall investment from UK firms – helping to fuel an incredibly active year for shopping centre acquisitions. The year to September 2014 saw nearly £4 billion spent by domestic investors on UK shopping centres – up from £2.4 billion in the previous 12 months, and […]

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Mapic 2014: Retail charges towards a more certain future.

Over the last three years, I have witnessed innumerate debates concerning the past, present and future of retail property – and all three were touched on heavily at Mapic today. More than at previous conferences, I got the impression that retail property is an industry which is acutely aware of where it is at this […]

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Mapic 2014 Preview – Full Diaries and French Success…

Harper Dennis Hobbs’ Head of Retail Consultancy, Jonathan De Mello, previews this year’s MAPIC retail showcase in Cannes: “Mapic is upon us again! This is my first Mapic working for Harper Dennis Hobbs, and is undoubtedly the busiest yet! Meetings are already lined up with clients I have known for most of the 14 years-or-so […]

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Click-and-Collect: shaping the future of retail.

How can click-and-collect retailing provide benefits across different types of shopping centres? EGi researcher Josh Doran examines the possibilities: “Listening to various talks and debates at BCSC and MIPIM UK over the past few weeks, the almost constant references to omni/flexi/multi channel retail threw up a series of questions in my mind about definitive ways […]

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Retail’s Digital Future – Five Key Technologies

‘One of the biggest challenges for retailers has always been understanding their customers’, writes Jane Hollinshead, partner and head of property at Addleshaw Goddard: ‘Data has long held the keys to online retail success and now, more than ever, bricks and mortar shopping centres have the chance to engage their tenants and customers together, commercialising previously […]

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BCSC 2014 – Day One Review

Harper Dennis Hobbs’ Head of Retail Consultancy, Jonathan De Mello, reviews a jam-packed first day of BCSC 2014, and gives his view on the strength of the retail sector moving forward: ‘A very busy day at BCSC today, with back to back meetings and little time for a break in between – even for lunch. […]

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BCSC 2014: Business Rates – an ongoing fiasco.

The furore around business rates in the UK has dragged on long enough – and it isn’t going to be resolved any time soon. This outdated method of taxation has curtailed retail’s recovery – and the piecemeal offerings on business rates proffered by the government since 2010 simply don’t do enough to counterbalance the unfair […]

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