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Fitting Rooms Becoming the Most Important Retail Spaces

With the rise of online shopping, physical stores need to be reinvented to place the fitting rooms at the heart of their spaces rather than in the back corners. The fitting room is the most important store space in the new retail age.  

How the Pandemic Changed Fashion Trends

The pandemic has majorly impacted our lives on a global scale and as a result the way we dress. New research data shows us which fashion product categories are thriving at this time and which are not.

Shopping Center Opens a Space for “TikTokers” to Create Videos

Mill Gate Shopping Center in the UK opened an innovative space for 'TikTokers' to record and share videos from the mall. 

Check Out Free Stores are Becoming a Major Trend

The need for checkouts in supermarkets will be a thing of the past as major retail players like Amazon, Tesco, Alibaba, are investing in new AI (artificial intelligence) technologies for checkout-free stores.

Facebook Introducing Shopping to WhatsApp

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this week the launch of four new shopping features to Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

Pinterest Expands its E-Commerce Features

Social media E-Commerce is on the rise, and Pinterest is no exception in adding new features to assist retailers to advertise and sell their products.

Retailers Say Goodbye to Printed Receipts

A new trend is emerging in the retail market, as retailers decide to stop printing receipts in order to reduce paper waste. It is all going digital!

TikTok to Become a Major Player in Retail

TikTok social media app, owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, is testing a new service that allows retailers to sell goods directly to users.

Co-working Spaces a Growing Trend in Shopping Centers

With the rising number of remote workers across the world, shopping centers may become the perfect places for work.

Facebook and Instagram Expanding Advertising Options for Retailers

Due to the increasing demand from retailers to advertise on Facebook and Instagram, the company is launching new advertising capabilities.

Reselling Used Items is a Growing Trend Among Retailers

The secondhand market is one of the fastest-growing economic sectors within the fashion industry and a growing number of famous international retailers are now testing out a resale program where they allow shoppers to sell and buy used items.

QR Codes Saving Businesses During the Pandemic

Contactless technology is on the rise worldwide during the pandemic and experts say it will be part of the 'new normal'.

Museum of Senses Pop Up Concept for Shopping Centers

A mind-blowing pop-up exhibition that aims to engage shopping center visitors’ intellect and stimulate all their senses, is preparing a tour across southeast Europe within prominent shopping centers.

Hi I am IGIGI, your New Sales Assistant

The use of artificial intelligence in retail stores is already here in Serbia! A start-up Serbian company pygmyTITAN developed the first local digital sales assistant for retail stores. One of the first retailers to welcome Igigi is the famous Serbian supermarket chain AROMA.
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Fast Food will Go Through a Major Change

Redefine Meat, a company that produces 3D-printed alt meat is planning a massive European expansion mid this year. The alt meat products will first enter Israel, Germany, and Switzerland, before moving into Asian and US markets.
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Paper Bottles to Replace Plastic in 2021

Coca-Cola Company has announced that it will start selling drinks in paper bottles this summer!

The Future of Retail is in Live Streaming!

Whether you are a retailer or shopping center, it is now a smart idea to start live streaming from your retail premises in order to attract customers and increase sales.

Beo Shopping Center Introduces the First Retail Robot in Serbia

Beo Shopping Center in Belgrade started 2021 off with a new team member. Robot assistance in shopping centers is now a reality in Serbia and in the Balkan region.

Ananas – the new Amazon or AliExpress in Eastern Europe

Delta Holding is developing the first regional online retail platform called Ananas due to launch in the first half of 2021. The platform will cater to people in the countries of former Yugoslavia, including Albania.
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Talking Mannequins Presented by Paul Jean Gaultier

Paul Jean Gaultier fashion exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Belgrade presented talking mannequins, that responded to the movement of visitors. With the development of facial recognition and AI technology, one must wonder will dolls replace human sales staff in the future?

Mistakes of Retailers which went Bankrupt in 2020!

According to Forbes over 160 retail companies filed for bankruptcy in 2020. It is easy to assume that the pandemic destroyed these companies, but maybe their failure to adapt to changing trends has been the main cause of their troubles. Let us analyze some popular bankrupt retailers to learn from their mistakes. 

How Retail Changed in the Balkans in 2020?

It might have seemed like a slow year, but many things have changed in retail since the pandemic started. This is especially true for retail in the Balkan region, as the e-commerce market here was always underdeveloped compared to the west.

Smart Gadgets that Will Transform Retail in 2021!

As we are entering a technological revolution, here is a list of three technologies that will impact the retail market in 2021. It is time to prepare for change.

It is All About the Environment in the New Retail Age

Welcome to the beginning of the new retail age, where sustainability and environmental issues are now a major hot topic in the retail industry and in our life.

Galerija Belgrade is Turning Shopping into an Online Game

Galerija Belgrade introduced an innovative loyalty program that should inspire shopping centers across the region to use similar technology to draw in customers. The loyalty program app is like a game, that rewards shoppers with points, membership levels, and many prizes!

Influencer Marketing is on the Rise in the Retail Business

In 2019, retailers spent over $8 billion on influencers and by 2022 this number will increase to $15 billion, according to Mediakix data. In this article, we will explore why so much money is being spent on influencers and why they are becoming more important than ever before for the retail industry.

UŠĆE Shopping Center Launches a “Personal Shopper” Service

UŠĆE Shopping Center in Belgrade introduced an innovative shopping center trend in Serbia, with the launch of a "Personal Shopper" Service, which demonstrates how important it is now for shopping centers to start thinking outside the box and to introduce new ways to connect with their visitors.

Stop Shop Retail Parks Expand to Online Entertainment

Stop Shop retail parks have expanded their entertainment offer online, by launching an innovative educational and fun quiz for school children.

“Shop Like a Millionaire“ in Galerija Belgrade

Galerija Belgrade, the biggest regional shopping, gastro, and entertainment destination, has launched an innovative prize game called „Shop Like a Millionaire“, which will last until October 5th, 2020.

BBI Centar Launches New Weekly Magazine

BBI Centar, a shopping center in Sarajevo, launched a new weekly free print and online magazine with shopping suggestions and trendy advice.
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How Covid has Impacted Real Estate Project Financing?

Ivan Gazdic, Partner at law firm CMS, gives us an overview of the difficulties in gaining real estate project financing from banks during the epidemic.
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Great Marketing Idea for Shopping Centers during the Epidemic

Nepi Rockcastle launched an interesting marketing campaign that you could replicate for your shopping centers or retail business!

Is Retail Ready for a 2nd Wave of CORONA?

Is the retail market ready for a second wave of the pandemic? What changes should retailers and shopping centers make now? These are questions we have explored with retail and real estate professionals at a REBEC webinar. 

How to Ensure Health & Safety in Shopping Centers?

A look at how Kragujevac Plaza shopping center is implementing hygiene procedures in order to ensure the health and safety of its visitors and what do they recommend to all future shoppers.

Retail Comeback after COVID 19

Nevena Kostic, Director of Retail SEE Group, shares her opinion on how Covid 19 Pendemic will shift the retail market once governemnt restrictions on shopping centers and retailers are lifted. 

Novaston Discusses the Real Estate Market in Serbia

Serbia is experiencing a construction boom, with investments in office, retail, and residential space reaching record levels. 

IKEA Introduces “Pay with Time” Concept

Swedish furniture giant IKEA has become the first retailer in the world to introduce time as a new type of payment currency. 

THE EMPTY SHOP IN KRAGUJEVAC PLAZA – A GREAT SUCCESS

The second ‘Empty Shop’ project in Serbia, organized by Kragujevac Plaza shopping center, has collected nearly 3 tonnes of clothing since its opening. 

FACEBOOK INNOVATIONS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

From shopping on Messenger to WhatsApp product catalogues, Facebook is revolutionizing the way companies market and sell their products online. 

FALL SPORTS ACTIVITIES AT ADA MALL

From the 3rd to the 6th of October, Ada Mall will be organizing a range of sports activities designed to promote health, wellbeing and teamwork skills for children.

FIRST “EMPTY SHOP” OPENS IN PROMENADA NOVI SAD

Promenada Novi Sad, the biggest shopping center in Serbia, has opened an innovative concept "The Empty Shop" in partnership with the Red Cross Vojvodina. As its name suggests, The Empty Shop features empty shelves and hangers, which will allow the mall's visitors to fill it up with donated clothing.

TOP SUMMER EVENTS IN SHOPPING CENTERS

Lets take a look at how the leading shopping centers across South East Europe are entertaining their visitors this summer. Here is our pick of top innovative events that took place this July within famous shopping centers in the region. We will also discuss why special seasonal events are vital for the success of shopping centers.

Exciting Events & Tenants at UŠĆE Shopping Center

UŠĆE Shopping Center, the best performing shopping center development in Belgrade, has recently expanded its tenant mix with new international brands. The mall also hosted various exciting events for its visitors this May.
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