MECS+R Newsletter December 2020


David Macadam, CEO, MECS+R

Welcome to our December 2020 Newsletter

A huge THANK YOU to all for an amazing year!

We would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt greetings for the season and to thank everyone for all their efforts throughout the year. The success and growth of the MECS+R is founded on the relationships we have built and on the continued support of our Members over the years - so thank you all!

At this time of the year, it is always an interesting exercise to review our progress over the past year and to plan on the future activities of our organization.

As a recap of 2020, we can therefore say that it was indeed a challenging year and at the same time gratifying as we were able to pull through and implement various initiatives and strategies to assist our members during this unprecedented time:

MECS+R MEMBERSHIP: Three (3) months membership extension to all active members and offering one-year free membership to retail professionals who have lost their jobs during the pandemic.

DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS: The Retail People Magazine and The MECS+R Directory publications are now more focused on online digital platforms to reach out to more readers. More rich content materials from various contributors within the industry.

ONLINE PLATFORMS - CONNECTING YOU DIGITALLY: Various digital platforms such as Podcast, YouTube channel, Live webinars are being utilized to connect, interact, and reach out to our members. Launch of the Online Webinar series to assist the retail industry in coping with the current situation through providing relevant roundtable discussions with our expert retail professional leaders.

RETAIL CONGRESS MENA: Successfully held the first ever “Online Retail Congress MENA’ via the 'Attendify' platform with over 50 instructors, received 4,000+ LinkedIn event confirmation and 1,000+ registered attendees.

GREGORY VOGT SCHOOL FOR RETAIL PROFESSIONALS: Launched our first Digital Learning Program offering various online courses at a minimal cost to support the retail industry professionals during the global pandemic. Online education provides greater flexibility and enables full time employees engaged in further learning.

237% increase in

Podcast Listeners

16% average increase in

Social Media Followers

12% increase in Direct

Website Traffic

27% average increase in Subscribers (Publications)

MECS+R is committed to support our members and retail professionals in these challenging times. We continue to provide our members the advantages and tools which can help you to cope with the current situation we face today. The MECS+R team are working tirelessly to adapt and continue supporting our members by providing you with unparalleled contents from our Directory, Retail People Magazine, Monthly Newsletter, Social Media Campaigns and more. A large component of what our team does at the MECS+R is to create unique opportunities for business development and career enhancement for our members and the retail industry at large.

RETAIL PEOPLE MAGAZINE: Our next issue will come out in February 2021 and we are continuously sourcing informative articles about new projects, people in the news and many other interesting retail updates. Our advertising rate card is here. Annual sponsors / advertisers receive the most attractive advertising rates.

THE 2021 MECS+R DIRECTORY: The 2021 Advertising Opportunity is available now with the MECSC+R Directory. Our team has begun the process again to renovate, update and add more information. Please take the time NOW to ensure your information is correct. With over 10,000+ individual pieces of information to update and more to be added to the directory, it is no small task to ensure accuracy. Our team relies upon our members for this information. We would like to thank you in advance to all our members who support us in providing this new information, with the accuracy and timeliness we need. Please ensure that your information is accurately represented in the 2021 MECS+R DIRECTORY!!!

THE MECS+R WEBSITE ENHANCEMENT A Great Place to Advertise – Advertising spaces are available on our website. Website banners are productive ways to keep your company in the minds of our members. The high traffic to our website ensures that advertising here is a strong proposition for your consideration. We look forward to the valuable input of our members. We need your feedback to fine tune the current website.

EDUCATION: We are the leading organization to be approached when creating new education programs for the industry. Our team appreciates your support in sourcing new educational opportunities. When your organization or affiliated companies consider retail industry training programs, please contact us as we would be pleased to assist you in your training needs. Education continues to be a primary focus within the MECS+R.  Our leadership role in the retail industry makes the MECS+R the first choice in curriculum development and delivery. 

We value your communication and feedback on our goals and objectives as a growing and vibrant organization in the last days of 2020 and as we look forward to 2021 and beyond. All the best!

We would be delighted to get connected with you on our social media platforms. As part of being an MECS+R member, we can assist you in showcasing any campaigns, events and activities that you would want to promote using our platforms – LinkedInInstagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

LAST CHANCE! MECS+R Year End Offer (Valid only until December 31, 2020)

Up To 50% Discount on our services! Choose your package and enjoy unparalleled contents! Don't miss this opportunity to Become A Member, Get Certified and Promote Your Business! Hurry up and take advantage of this limited time offer! Email connect@mecsc.org.

Retail Industry News, Trends, and Reports

REPORT

Global Powers of Luxury Goods 2020 l The pandemic is proving to be an accelerator for brands to adopt new paradigms of value creation. Now more than ever, luxury goods companies are seeking new ways to connect with their customers. They are reinventing and re-imagining themselves in ways that were previously unimaginable.

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Retail in 2021: What will endure and what’s going to change?: 11 predictions for trends that will shape the next 12 months l The biggest takeaway from 2020 is the shift to ecommerce; consumers have embraced online shopping with vigor and retailers have responded with the speedy rollout of new technologies...

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REPORT

Charging Ahead: Shopify's First Annual Future of Commerce Report Reveals Five Trends Brands Need to Know in 2021 l Introducing the Future of Commerce 2021, Shopify’s first annual report* that marries global merchant and consumer data to predict how the commerce landscape will shift in the coming year...

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REPORT

Top Predictions For Retail 2021 l The earliest projections have the country moving toward a post-COVID state in summer, which means that 2021 first half will only be more of the same for retail. By the time most of us are vaccinated, we’ll have been living in a COVID world for more than a year, and, unfortunately, a return to “normal”...

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UPCOMING PROJECTS

City Centre Al Zahia set to become Sharjah's new home of community spirit l Opening in March 2021, the super-regional shopping mall will serve as a platform for all members of the community.Encompassing over 136,200 sqm of gross leasable space, 70 percent of the mall has already been leased...

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UPCOMING PROJECTS

Abu Dhabi's IMKAN grants $36.4mln mall construction contract to Bymaro l Bymaro will build Le Carrousel Mall, the first open-air shopping mall in Morocco. Spanning 33,000 square metres, Le Carrousel Mall will be home to local and international franchises, F&B outlets, entertainment, and leisure activities.

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EXPANSION

Kuwait-based Alshaya Group to bring Disney 'Shop-in-Shop' concept to MENA l The new agreement gives Alshaya exclusive rights in the Middle East to open Disney store Shop-in-Shop locations, in which there will be a curated selection of Disney store products – including costumes, clothes, toys, collectibles and home goods..

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EXPANSION

Majid Al Futtaim launches Carrefour in Uzbekistan l Tashkent, Uzbekistan - Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across Middle East, Africa, and Asia, has opened its first Carrefour store in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The launch underlines the brand’s ambitions to respond...

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INSIGHTS

How Abu Dhabi is using tech to drive retail sales l Using advanced technology, Retail Abu Dhabi One will engage members directly through personalised offers based on their retail preferences, using the generated data to target and drive awareness of ongoing promotions and experiences across the emirate.

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INSIGHTS

Generation Start-up: Dubai's Fruitful Day ripe for GCC expansion after surviving Covid-19 headwinds l It was a win-win situation for the company and its corporate subscription clients as the business took off. After years of consistent growth, the partners decided to scale up and evolve into a “premium” healthy lifestyle and snack company.

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OPENING

Al Futtaim Opens Watsons Store in Dubai Festival City Mall l Spanned cross 2,900 square feet, the store comprises different sections showcasing focused categories such as global picks, clean and green, derma skincare and the most comprehensive and complete offering available in the Masks category. 

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OPENING

Dubai: Insta-famous Turkish chef CZN Burak launches a new restaurant in Downtown DubaCelebrity Chef CZN Burak, known all over TikTok and Instagram for his meat videos, is already a well-established restauranteur in Turkey. Launching in Dubai was the next logical step.

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The MECS+R Regional Representatives (2021 - 2022)

We are pleased to welcome the new regional representatives of the MECS+R in the MENA region who are all passionate about developing and further supporting the growth of the Retail and Real Estate Industry in our region. The MECS+R would also like to thank our outgoing Regional Representatives and the incredible support and work they have done for the members and the industry. We are looking forward to heading straight, forward and brave creating a better tomorrow this coming year 2021!

Mohamed Galal l President & CEO l TSM Mall Management l Egypt

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Lina Abbas l Deputy General Manager l Tamdeen Mall Management l Kuwait

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Shaukat Ali Khan l Chief Executive Officer l Saudi Bonyan Co. l KSA

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Ziad Moghrabiah l Asset Management Director l JODC l KSA

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Claudia Kassab Tarazi l Managing Director l RCG l Lebanon

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Shahrokh Keshavarz l CEO l Golden Business Magazine l Iran

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Jamal Al Shawish l Chief Sales & Leasing Officer l Alef Group l UAE

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Prem Mohan l Deputy Head of Leasing l Line Investments & Property l UAE

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Rebecca Arnold l Deputy CEO l Mall of Dilmunia l Bahrain

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Malik Qaiser Awan l CEO l Nextransact Pvt Ltd l Pakistan

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Zain Abu Sitteh l Marketing & Leasing Specialist  l Jordan

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Hussain K Jamal l Head of Operations l Mall of Muscat l Oman

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A big Congratulations to Shahrokh Keshavarz, CEO & Founder, Golden Business Magazine - Regional Representative of Iran, for the success of the Iran Retail Show 2020 held last December 25-28, 2020. Thank you to all who have attended and participated for the success of the event. For more details visit www.tejaratetalaeenews.ir/IRAN-RETAIL-SHOW.

GVS School for Retail Professionals: Congratulations to our recent Graduates!

Learn more from MECS+R Retail Experts who excellently shared their knowledge and experiences in the  shopping centre and retail industry.  Gain those sought-after skills that is essential for the current retail environment. Be ahead of everyone in the game. Check out our courses HERE or email lea@mecsc.org.

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