Online retailers have generally focused their businesses on digital channels. They’ve known that they can attract customers through online advertising, email marketing, search engine visibility, social media promotions, and mobile marketing. The brick-and-mortar channel has traditionally been far from online retailers’ radar.… Read More

In formulating our views for the retail real estate market in 2013, I keep going back to the notion of a pendulum swinging. There’s reason to be both optimistic as well as cautious about nearly every issue and trend that could impact the industry this year.… Read More

At the beginning of this year, we wrote about the 12 trends we thought the retail real estate market should be watching in 2012. Now that Q1 and Q2 are in the books, we wanted to take a fresh look at those trends, and reflect on how they’re playing out and where they’re heading as we continue to move forward in 2012.… Read More

Michael Kercheval, President and CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centers

Michael Kercheval, President and CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centers

The digital age has been revolutionizing retail and shopping centers over the past several years. Still, ICSC President and CEO Michael Kercheval believes “we’re just on the cusp of this new era in our industry today.” That’s just one takeaway from our interview with him this week as we head into ICSC’s 2013 MOCIAL conference on Tuesday.… Read More

After joining some industry peers for a recent Bisnow Retail Real Estate Summit panel discussion in San Francisco, it appears the REIT industry has consensus on several important business challenges and opportunities in the Bay Area.

My fellow panelists were Jeff Berkes, President, West Coast for Federal Realty Investment Trust, and Eric Hohmann, Managing Director, Property Investments for Madison Marquette.… Read More

One vote down, one to go. The Marketplace Fairness Act is finally moving through Congress, with the U.S. Senate passing the bill on May 6th by 69-27. The act would give states the authority to collect sales tax from online retailers — just as they do with brick-and-mortar retailers — to at last level the playing field between the two sellers.… Read More

Many of the U.S.’s biggest retailers have expanded into Mexico over the past decade, and many of them have been in Mexico longer. Home Depot, Lowes, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Sally Beauty Supply, GNC, and Saks Fifth Avenue make up a short list of these merchants.… Read More

There are several factors anchoring our thinking as to how 2012 will play out for the retail real estate market. We look at the market trends that have shaped and are continuing to shape the industry, the economic climate domestically and abroad, as well as activity happening in our portfolio and the trends we’re seeing among our tenants.… Read More