We’re all dreaming of an economic recovery in a post-Covid world. Recent history shows that after a crisis, there is often an economic boom boosted by consumer spending and technical progress. Should we aspire to such a scenario in the post-Covid era? Yes and no: we’re right to hope for a recovery, but it’s unlikely […]Continue reading "Why we no longer want an economy which ignores the environment and people"
According to PwC’s Global Consumer Insights Survey, 36% of urban consumers around the world spent less in 2020. Year-end forecasts in 2019 certainly didn’t predict such a statistic. At that time, 46% of people in Belgium stated their intention to spend more in 2020, for example. In France, consumer spending was predicted to increase by […]Continue reading "Drop in consumer spending: what recovery strategy?"
In a rapidly changing world, it is vital to adopt a long-term vision to ensure that our projects and our society are “future-proof” and sustainable in the long term. In both retail and real estate, digitisation is a key component of this vision and your strategy. With these inspiring examples, we will explain how digitisation […]Continue reading "Adopting digitisation to enhance the customer experience: a MUST in 2021"
We’ve pointed it out more than once: coronavirus is a real accelerator of trends. Not least because of the profound changes it has caused with regard to consumer habits. The restaurant business is no exception. Here, we look at two phenomena which have been reinforced by the pandemic: home delivery and dark/ghost/cloud kitchens.Continue reading "Ghost kitchens etc.: the impact of Covid-19 on the future of restaurants"
As a disruptive force quite unlike anything before it, the Covid-19 pandemic has been an incredible accelerator around the world. It has encouraged us to think differently and to come up with new solutions to strengthen our resilience. In this article, we look at some inspiring examples of adaptation and conversion in retail and real […]Continue reading "Real estate and retail: adapting to remain relevant after Covid-19"
The coming winter season will involve a gradual tightening of measures to tackle Covid. Yet for many people, 2020 has already been an economic catastrophe. The retail sector is waiting with bated breath: although it’s too early to accurately estimate the consequences of coronavirus on physical retail in the medium and long term, we can […]Continue reading "How do consumers behave in times of crisis?"
The coronavirus crisis has highlighted existing problems in the supply chain. Does it herald the end of just-in-time management? The answer is currently unclear but the system will have to adapt to be able to respond to unexpected peaks and the e-commerce boom. There’s no way round it: this will involve creating more urban warehouses, […]Continue reading "The new challenges facing the logistics industry"
At the end of lockdown, it became clear that there won’t be a return to the way things used to be any time soon. Firstly, advice on how to avoid the virus is focused on the long term, because Covid-19 is set to be an issue for some considerable time. Secondly, many companies have discovered […]Continue reading "What future does the post-Covid era hold for offices?"
We’ve already written an article on the trends which are putting the residential property market under pressure, including changes in households’ size and type, housing prices which are rising faster than wages and an increasing lack of housing caused by demographic factors and slower administrative procedures. How is COVID-19 going to affect these trends?Continue reading "What is the impact of COVID 19 on residential property?"
In 2018 and 2019, our society began to turn away from hyperconsumerism. Retailers in the Food & Drink industry have managed to benefit from this trend. Today, this sector offers a diverse range of local products with environmental credentials, something which is increasingly important to consumers. This year, the coronavirus pandemic has further accentuated this […]Continue reading "Consumer spending: growth for the Food & Drink sector, particularly for local products"
After the medical findings, the retail trade findings after the lockdown were up. For some sectors these were worrying, for others promising. Here are 5 trends that were already abundantly present before COVID-19 and that have been decisively reinforced by this new crisis.Continue reading "Retail: COVID-19, a trend accelerator?"
The success of Black Friday is beyond question, but the price to be paid is rather heavy. Can initiatives like Green Friday make a difference? How can we, as retailers or promoters, be inspired by them? Here is our analysis of these trends of consum(p)(ac)tion.Continue reading "Green or Black Friday?"
Do new projects based on functional diversity have a place in Wallonia seen the current urban planning regulations? In terms of territorial development, mixing the functions of housing, commerce, offices and culture, while taking into account environmental issues and of course profitability, is a step towards the future.Continue reading "Functional diversity at the heart of real estate projects"
The evolution of our consumption pattern is positive: We are returning to a healthier diet, and prefer regional, organic and local products … But how can this ‘healthy’ trend explain the ever-increasing growth of fast-food? We will analyse it here.Continue reading "Fast-food: the latest trends for 2019/2020"
The growth of e-commerce continues Online spending is increasing constantly. In 2019, e-commerce in Belgium has already reached a market share of around 10%, which could rise to 20% by 2025 if we follow the Anglo-Saxon trend. The impact on ‘brick & mortar’ retail will therefore continue, and even if this direct impact of e-commerce […]Continue reading "Major trends in the retail trade"