MECS+R Newsletter November 2020


David Macadam, CEO, MECS+R

Welcome to our November 2020 Newsletter

"We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve." - Bill Gates

The newly elected Board of Directors are passionately moving ahead with many great initiatives headed by our new President, Wail Balkhair. With the recently  launch of the ‘Feedforward 2021 and Beyond, the MECS+R is undertaking a review on our strategy, the relevance of the offering to our members and how to make our organization more effective and useful. Our team looks forward to your ongoing feedback and support for our organization. We value your communication and feedback on our plans, goals and objectives moving forward.

Please spare few minutes of your time to participate and complete our feedforward form via this link – https://bit.ly/mecsc-feedforward-2021.

As we look forward to the remaining weeks we are planning our December Webinar with its theme “ Acceleration of Retail Real Estate Digitization” happening on December 15 at 2:30pm Dubai time. We are delighted to announce that this webinar is being sponsored by Coniq and Yardi. Register in advance via this link -  https://bit.ly/MECSR-web-12.

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.

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Retail Industry News, Trends, and Reports

REPORT

Retail 2020 White Paper: The Pandemic rewriting new rules   l With the Covid-19 situation setting-off many changes in consumer behavior, the latest white paper powered by CG-Data aims to unravel the real impact of the Pandemic on the Retail economy across the KSA market.

▸Choueiri Group l Download Report
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Responding to consumer trends in the new reality  l The world has experienced monumental change due to COVID-19. Health and safety measures are at play around the world and has impacted our day to day lives and therefore impacted the way consumers behave.

▸KPMG l Read Report
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Resilience in Retail and Malls  l The first white paper from the Think Tank, Resilience in Retail and Malls, assesses the problems introduced by Covid-19 and provides 25 recommendations that can help overcome these challenges.

▸MEED l Read White Paper
REPORT

The consumer transformed (Global Consumer Insights Survey 2020)   l For companies that cater to the end-consumer, the future is arriving more quickly than anyone imagined just a few short months ago, accelerating digital trends that had already been transforming consumer behaviour.

▸PWC l Read Report
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Understanding Chinese Consumers: Growth Engine of the World l Consumers, one of the key drivers powering China’s economic rebound, have regained confidence and are spending at levels seen before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

▸McKinsey & Company l Read Report
INSIGHTS

What the pandemic has cemented about Gen Z  l The pandemic may stick out as a uniquely disruptive event in the lives of most, but for Gen Z, it might just be the cherry on top of a lifetime of disruptive events. 

▸Retail Dive l Read Article
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How retail can adapt supply chains to win in the next normal  l  Retailers in consumer discretionary categories were already struggling in the US before COVID-19. Better supply-chain management could be critical to their recovery.

▸McKinsey & Company l Read Article
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Retail industry undergoes tremendous transformation  l  COVID-19 is accelerating the digital transformation of the Middle East’s retail sector as e-commerce sales set to jump to $48.6 billion in 2022, up from $26.9 billion in 2018, according to recent research.

▸GULF Today l Read Article
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NRF expects holiday sales will grow between 3.6 and 5.2 percent   l   With retail sales rebounding strongly due to continued consumer resilience, the National Retail Federation today forecast that holiday sales during November and December will increase between 3.6 percent and 5.2 percent over 2019 to a total between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion.

▸NRF l Read Article
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Walmart boosts shoppable videos with Tastemade cooking shows  l  Walmart's collaboration with Tastemade on shoppable streaming content could convert viewers into paying customers by letting them immediately respond to the programming in a text message tied to a virtual shopping cart.

▸Retail Dive l Read Article
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Winners and losers of Black Friday 2020  l  This year, retailers collectively blew up the traditional start to the holiday shopping season. Instead of door-busting discounts, open doors on Thanksgiving and frenzied crowds, major players in the industry spread discounts throughout November and launched online sales events in October. 

▸Retail Dive l Read Article
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Top 40 Retail Trends in November l As brands continue to push innovation as they adjust to our current reality amid the global pandemic, the November 2020 retail trends underscore how brands are making it easier for consumers to remain loyal customers amid the confusion.

▸Trendhunter l Read Article

Retail Congress MENA 2020 Virtual Event Review

Your Customer Are Changing Are You? l David Avrin l Keynote Speaker

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Country Showcase - Oman l Gogi George l Lulu Group International

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Customer Experience l Covid-19 l Michael Ruckman l Senteo

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Mindfulness & Resilience l Pandit Dasa l Mindful Leadership

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Leadership During the Time of Crisis l Paul Dupuis l Randstad India

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Moving Mountains l Julie Lewis l Speaker & Consultant

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Decoding the Physiology of Shopping l Diana Derval l DervalResearch

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Motivated Employees Drives Profitability l Claire Boscq-Scott

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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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