Bold choices: how and who is changing retail real estate

On 10 May we launched the tenth edition of Retail Trends, our publication that anticipates trends in the retail real estate sector, in an event which hosted more than 200 participants in Milan at the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli.

This year we celebrate our 30th anniversary. To mark this milestone we chose to dedicate this year’s Retail Trends to bold entrepreneurial decisions that require determination, market knowledge and the ability to assess risks and opportunities.

Retail Trends brings together industry experts and innovators to share their knowledge and shape the future of retail real estate.
More than a report, more than an event.

Retail Trends is an important opportunity to share experiences and best practices. This year, we carefully selected three trending topics within the retail real estate sector.

First, we explored the impact of ESG principles on the sector. We invited a manufacturer of fully recycled fashion goods, companies that help brands build sustainable stores, a sustainability manager and the founder of an impact investing fund to share their perspectives.

The second topic looked at bold real estate projects that focus on revitalizing spaces, with an emphasis on limiting new constructions. We gathered information from key operators who are taking fundamental steps in this direction.

Finally, we examined new channels for retail real estate. Our panel included the founder of an innovative green grocery chain, the manager of a ghost kitchen concept, and representatives from both established food and non-food brands. Together they shared their experiences and insights on how to take a diversified approach to selling and serving customers.

The morning session of the event was rounded off by an exclusive interview with Matteo Marzotto, entrepreneur and president of Minerva Hub, the first Italian group in terms of business size and excellence in production at the service of creativity and luxury manufacturing.

In the afternoon, the focus shifted to legal issues, a regular feature of our event. We discussed the legal aspects of the industry and provided valuable insights into current and future trends.