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SACSC Congress Challenges Retailers to ‘Evolve’

The South African shopping centre and retail industry’s most highly anticipated event is set to kick off tomorrow when the 23rd edition of the South African Council of Shopping Centres’ Annual Congress (SACSC) comes to Cape Town.

The Broll Property Group sponsored Congress will see over 500 companies, world-class speakers and industry leaders converge on this years’ EVOLVE’ themed event. Aimed at challenging the way delegates view the transforming retail industry, attendees will hear ‘thought-provoking’ insights from both local and international speakers.

Highlighting the role of the Congress, Amanda Stops, CEO of SACSC said: “The Congress provides the perfect platform for those in the Shopping Centre Industry to network, exchange ideas, and gain valuable insights into where the retail world is headed,”

Elaine Wilson (Director of Broll Property Intel) highlighted in ‘The Evolution of Retail’ report, that “the retail market is changing and evolving at a rapid pace”. This is something that the SACSC echo, stating that “businesses must realise that evolution is no longer a ‘nice to have’ – it’s a necessity” if they wish to survive in the constantly-changing retail landscape.

Now more than ever, consumers are primarily responsible for the current retail transformation, diverting sales online and demanding more ‘unique’ services from traditional brick and mortar stores.

However, despite more enhanced buying power and defiance, Amanda asserts: “This is a good thing! It keeps us on our toes and ensures we keep our fingers on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not.”

More than 1,300 delegates are expected to attend the Congress which will run from 16th – 18th October with a plethora of speakers expected to attend.

Some of the scheduled speakers include world-renowned retail futurist Doug Stephens (influencer of Walmart, Google, Disney and more), South African investigative journalist Devi Sankaree Govender, award-winning CNBC Africa broadcaster, Gugulethu Mfuphi, and Thebe Ikalafeng, Founder and CEO of the foremost global African branding authority, Brand Africa.

Malcolm Horne Group CEO of Broll Property Group and headline sponsor for this years’ SACSC Congress said: “At Broll, we see a very close alignment with the theme for this year’s Congress as we pride ourselves on being on the front line of all things progressive in the corporate real estate industry.

“We are thrilled to be involved in a Congress that will provide delegates with tangible information that will
enable them to transform so that they can enjoy continued brand support.”

Featured Image: Amanda Stops, CEO of SACSC

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