'Standing At The Crossroads' - The Future of Shopping Centres

Mary Wallace


We are standing at a crossroads of what happens next for shopping centres and retail real estate of all kinds, with decisions to make about what we want that future to be. We will consider 4 possible directions we could take & how we get there, with examples from around Europe. I talk about what I believe is a really clear movement across the world of retail real estate right now, where we are seeing clear separation between tech-enabled winners and the losers still living in the past.


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Mary is the IBM iX Global Retail, Place & Consumer Behaviour specialist, helping all kinds of businesses to grow by asking awkward questions such as:

• What is your brand’s purpose?
• Who does your business serve?
• How do you do that?
• Why are you distinct from your competition?
• How do you get a customer to say ‘yes’, and then do it again?

Mary’s work centres on the converging future of retail strategy and technology, emerging consumer behaviour and societal changes. She not only understands the retail business end to end value chain, but also the disruptive trends affecting all parts of that whole business and consumer ecosystem.

Mary has worked for many years with a variety of retailers and brands – including Nike, Waitrose, John Lewis, Matalan, Kingfisher, Nivea, Mondelez and Marks & Spencer – to help reinvent their brand proposition for a modern consumer.

Following her work on the ‘UK High Street Revitalisation Strategy’, Mary is now developing a podcast to talk about how the changing retail landscape is affecting citizens, traders, towns and communities. She also runs the 'Retail Mashup' events for the retail tech & startup community and is a board member of several start-ups.


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Data Science / Machine LearningDigital ReinventionIoTOtherStart Ups

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United Kingdom

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