13th annual congress of shopping centres expected to nurture lively debate
VIGOROUS debate and animated engagement are expected to feature at the 13th African Congress of Shopping Centres next month as shopping centres and retailers tackle the challenges of the current market.
Providing access to the latest thinking, innovation and information about shopping centre and retail trends in South Africa, the congress will include presentations and panel discussions by experts, opinion makers and the industry’s leading minds. It is sponsored by Growthpoint Properties Limited, and is set to take place at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 16 to 18.
The conference is the largest gathering of retail and retail property people in Africa with more t h a n 1 0 0 0 d e l e g at e s, i n cl u d i n g retailers, shopping centre owners, developers, investors, leasing and marketing agents, store designers and fitters, facilities managers, construction professionals and other suppliers to the industry. It is hosted by the SA Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) and supported by the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC).
“This conference enables delegates to learn and be challenged and by doing so, to improve their business growth and prospects as well as those of the entire sector,” says Norbert Sasse, CE of Growthpoint Properties.
Facilitated by business broad- caster Chris Gibbons, the keynote speakers will share their views on the industry in a power-packed programme.
“The prominent speakers collectively represent a vast, holistic and very valuable compilation of knowledge, which will benefit delegates enormously,” says SACSC president Julie Hillary.
Topics relevant to the prevailing economic conditions are aimed at empowering shopping centres to perfor m optimally, with themes focusing on retail perspectives, the economic outlook, marketing and customer service, international and local architecture, retail property development and investment.
Delegates can look forward to a presentation by Gillian Saunders, director, Grant Thornton, on the outlook for the longer, post-2010 term and prospects for the retail and hospitality industries.
Also of interest is Mike Stopforth, principal of Cerebra, South Africa’s social media company, who will share his insights about the power of alter native media and social networking – which is taking retail marketing by storm in developed countries.
An exhibition will run parallel to the main event, allowing delegates to learn more about other companies in the retail space and to benefit from networking opportunities.
Visit www.sacsccongress.co.za or www.sacsc.co.za