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CONFERENCE: Be on Top Of Retail with the SACSC


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ONE THING we know for sure is that change is constant. Retail and Shopping Centres need to evolve to keep up with the change. Changes in technology, consumer behavior and trends affect retail and shopping centres both positively and negatively. Consumer behavior and shopping patterns are constantly evolving, this along with economic instability and the strain on consumers’ pockets, new trends are emerging. At the fast approaching South African Council of Shopping Centres Research Conference, the main aim is to be ahead of such changes, keeping those in attendance informed and prepared.

Emerging consumer behavior, cutting edge trends and the latest industry technology are pillars that form the foundation of the SACSC Research Conference. 2017 marks the seventh-year anniversary of this event and like previous years, attendees can look forward to insightful speakers, thought-provoking topics and peer-to-peer networking. This year’s line-up includes some of the most influential voices in technology, trends and consumer behavior. The programme has been crafted to shed light on how to succeed in these changing times.

Retail Industry

The SACSC Research Conference will delve into South Africa’s economy and how it affects retailers and consumers-providing a holistic view on the industry. On the consumer perspective, the event will take a closer look at the infamous millennials and what they are spending their money on. Speakers will touch on trends nationally and internationally and put a spot light on the latest technology that is taking the retail and shopping centre world by storm, showcasing a different approach to bricks and mortar versus online stores. In spite of the challenges, the industry has advanced progressively and research-driven decisions have been crucial to paint a clear picture of the market and empower the retail and property industry.

Chief Executive Officer for the SACSC Amanda Stops said that its events like these that nurture the retail and shopping centre industry in the country and she also thanked those who have made the annual conference possible.
“This event will not only give each and every one invaluable information, it will also provide a platform to network and exchange ideas with retail industry peers and leaders. The 2017 SACSC Research Conference is sponsored by Cushman and Wakefield Excellerate and we would like to thank them for their support. On behalf of all the organisers and our sponsor, we look forward to see you there,” she said.

The highly-regarded speakers include:

• Alan Knott-Craig, the founder of the free WiFi movement in South Africa.
• Stacey Wallaberger, the founder of Metis Consulting
Cláudia De Gouveia Macedo, Manager: Strategy and Transformation, PWC
• Dr. Yvonne Court, Partner and Head of International Consultancy, Cross Border Retail and Leisure
• Christopher Mcinga, Business Manager Tshwane, Caxton
• Sash Padayachee, Managing Director, Taleo Consulting
• Greg Potterton, Director and Founder, Instant Grass International

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