FGRT, Urban Land Institute to Collaborate to Preview Retail Real Estate’s Future

The two global think tanks will produce events throughout Asia Pacific highlighting the effect on and integration of technological innovation into shopping centers and retailers

NEW YORK (August 28, 2017) – As part of a wide-ranging initiative to showcase the future of retail real estate, encourage greater integration of technology in shopping centers and increase outreach in the Asia Pacific, global think tank FGRT (Fung Global Retail & Technology) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Asia Pacific have formed a collaboration to organize a series of educational conferences and panels in the region, culminating with ULI’s Asia Pacific conference in June 2018, FGRT and ULI Asia Pacific announced today.

As part of the collaboration, the two will organize events in Hong Kong, and with the same topics repeated with different panelists in Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney between August 2017 and June 2018, focusing on “Retail Innovation and Its Applications to Real Estate.” After each event, a summary of top take-aways will be published across both firm’s platforms.

Among the topics likely to be discussed are “The Connected Mall of the Future,” with separate events focusing on interacting with shoppers and on achieving efficiencies for property owners. Other events may focus on “The Tenant of the Future,” and possible case studies on e-commerce and logistics.”Retail and the mall are very much alive, and developers in the Asia Pacific region in particular have been on the cutting edge of integrating the latest technology into their properties,” said Deborah Weinswig, FGRT Managing Director. “With these events, we will showcase the best practices achieved thus far so that other companies, in Asia and across the world, can learn and discover what might work from them.”

The first event will be held on Wednesday, August 30, at 6:00 p.m. at the offices of Mayer Brown JSM, 16th Floor, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong. The discussion will focus on “The Connected Mall of the Future” – a showcase of customer-facing tech solutions available to the mall and retail owners that can revolutionize the communication and engagement with the customers. Joining Weinswig on the panel will be Victor Ruiz, CEO and Co-Founder of ActiMirror, a creator of personalized consumer communication channels and Francois Chabaudie, CEO of Neoma, which helps malls create, launch and promote beacon-powered and Augmented Reality applications. Registration details are available here.”Everyone in retail real estate is dealing with the disruptions posed by technology,” said John P. Fitzgerald, CEO of ULI Asia Pacific. “FGRT is at the forefront of thought leadership on the integration of retail, technology and fashion worldwide. We believe that this collaboration will be a case where 1 plus 1 equals 3, with our members and all of the industry to benefit.”

With offices in New York, London and Hong Kong, FGRT helps brands, investors, retailers and associated businesses define the future with its research, analysis, thought leadership and advisory services. As the think tank and knowledge bank for the Fung Group, its international team of analysts produces industry-leading research and insights, from daily updates on industry trends and events to data-rich analytical reports on disruptors. Recent reports issued by FGRT include: “Deep Dive: The US Retail Revolution Solution”; the “Retail X Factor” series and the “Deep Dive: The Mall is Not Dead” series. FGRT’s reports and analyses can be found at www.fgrt.com and www.deborahweinswig.com. Subscribe here to receive Deborah Weinswig’s daily news and analysis on retail, fashion and technology.

The Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines. The first ULI Asia office was opened in Hong Kong in the fall of 2007 and has enjoyed tremendous growth for the past years, with about 2,000 members from across the region. For more information visit ULI Asia Pacific.


About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 40,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines, including more than 2,000 in the Asia Pacific region. For more information on ULI, please visit uli.org or follow on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram. For more information on ULI Asia Pacific, visit asia.uli.org or follow us on Twitter.

About FGRT

FGRT (Fung Global Retail & Technology) is a think tank whose research team, based in New York, London and Hong Kong, follows emerging retail and tech trends, specializing in the ways retail and technology intersect, and in building collaborative communities.

The team, led by Deborah Weinswig, former top Wall Street and retail tech analyst and startup advisor, publishes ongoing thematic and global market research on topics such as the Internet of Things, digital payments, omnichannel retail, luxury and fashion trends, and disruptive technologies. More information can be found at  www.fgrt.com.