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23 Takeaways from ICSC’s RECon 2016

This week, more than 36,000 retail leaders descended on Las Vegas for ICSC 2016. We assume close to that many returned home.

Beyond the thousands of steps taken, multitude of cheesy tchotchkes picked up, glitzy late night parties attended and way too many early morning meetings scheduled, the serious side of RECon is that deals get done. After all, that’s why everyone comes.

Face-to-face meetings yield the kind of results that makes e-commerce drool. So yes, there’s plenty of sore feet, tired eyes, dead phone batteries and sensory overload as people head for the airport, but the connections made can last a lifetime.

Here’s the 23 most interesting bits of news, buzz or high-jinks Connect Media’s Dennis Kaiser picked up from this year’s conference. What are your top takeaways?

  1. Elizabeth Holland elected ICSC chairman for 2016-2017. The former senior staff attorney on the National Bankruptcy Review Commission has familiarity with Washington, finance and law, and her experience running a shopping center development company sets her up for success.
  2. William S. Taubman, COO Taubman Centers says “It behooves the owner of the mall to make the mobile shopping experience as seamless as possible.”
  3. Wall Street analysts say the retail revolution is accelerating. The industry can expect an even faster evolution in the years to come.
  4. There’s still plenty of capital chasing shopping centers.
  5. JLL Retail highlighted what’s fueling global retail expansion.
  6. CBRE highlights top global cities for retail stores, and goes on CNBC to talk about report findings.
  7. Shopping centers tap tech tools to streamline operations ranging from energy-efficiency, “wayfaring,” tenant sales-data reporting and efficient package delivery.
  8. Simon reports redevelopment and expansion projects underway at 33 U.S. and European properties valued at roughly $2 billion.
  9. Rouse Properties has a new CEO under Brookfield.
  10. Virtual Reality shopping hits ICSC Trade Show floor. JLL Retail research guru James Cook samples wares.
  11. Marcus & Millichap reports positive economic trends and limited construction support retail investment performance.
  12. Former NBA player Magic Johnson urged retail leaders to invest in urban areas at opening session.
  13. Douglas Elliman’s Faith Hope Consolo remains optimistic about retail, saying that owners and developers remain eager to close deals.
  14. 5 ‪CRE 2 retail Q’s. ‪3 minutes to breakdown ICSC 2016 by Avison Young, JLL Retail, ‪Colliers, ‪Lee & Associates, Matthews Real Estate Investment Services
  15. CBRE revealed the Science Behind Placemaking.
  16. Cushman & Wakefiled profiles U.S.’s Cool Streets.
  17. JLL Retail explains how luxury retailers are broadening their horizons to reach U.S. consumers.
  18. Periscope was the preferred way to watch live broadcasts from ICSC.
  19. Attendees are encouraged to bring a strong sock game to Trade Show floor:
  20. Escalator hand rail advertising? Yep, in Vegas.
  21. Dancing robots? Yep, also in Vegas.
  22. Did you count how many steps you took at RECon 2016?
  23. Let’s wrap up ICSC 2016 with some relaxing flip flops, courtesy of Phillips Edison & Co.

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About Dennis Kaiser

Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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