On 16 / 17 June 2016, the première was held of the first joint conference of the three German-speaking Shopping Center Councils from Austria (A), Switzerland (CH) and Germany (D), or the D-A-CH Conference for short. The more than 80 participants from all three countries were welcomed in Bregenz by the Deputy State Premier of Vorarlberg, Mag. Karlheinz Rüdisser. After a specialist overview with figures, data and facts on the three D-A-CH countries, the study on the future of shopping was presented. Ibrahim Ibrahim, Portland Design Associates LTD, enthused the listeners with his superb presentation. The event was a resounding success; a first step has been taken towards better linking the three markets.
Tokyo is one of the most exciting cities when it comes to the subject of retail. Fascinating retail concepts, gigantic warehouses and shopping centres; there’s nowhere in the world where you can see such attention to detail and perfection. Tokyo continues to be considered as the birthplace of many retail trends. Visitors can take a great deal of inspiration when it comes to architecture, interior design and store construction. Furthermore, those interested in food and hospitality are sure to be in a constant state of amazement.
On 28 January 2016, the GCSC held its traditional New Year Reception with approximately 300 participants. In so doing, it honoured the winner of the Retail Innovation Award 2016, Markthal Rotterdam; the winner of the German Council Award 2016, the SeedBoard; and Lisa Rossel, who scooped the GCSC Up-And-Coming Prize for Journalistic Work.