Landmark 20th SACSC Congress to ‘LEAD’ this year

The landmark 20th South African Congress of Shopping Centres is set to take place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 7 to 9 September 2016.

With the retail and property sectors being leading contributors to South Africa’s economy, the theme of this year’s congress, LEAD, is particularly fitting.

Amanda Stops, CEO of SACSC, says: “The congress will showcase the latest insights on leading trends, technology and customer engagement. It is also a meeting place for industry leaders, current and future, as well as leading retailers and brands.”

She adds: “The programme responds to the tremendous opportunities and challenges retailers and shopping centres face in light of rapid change, new ways of using technology, economic forces and evolving consumer expectations.”

For its twentieth congress, the retail sector’s annual flagship event promises to offer everything it has become synonymous with: the latest in innovation and information around shopping centres, retailing and consumer trends, globally and locally.

With Property Finance at Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking as key sponsor, the industry-defining gathering in Sandton Central will provide exclusive access to a superb line-up of presentations by some of the world’s brightest minds covering the industry’s burning topics.

The congress also features an exciting exhibition, many networking opportunities, the announcement of esteemed industry awards and behind-the-scenes shopping centre tours.

This stimulating event has consistently grown in popularity over the past 19 years with the number of congress delegates multiplying each year. This year is expected to be no different.

The congress attracts a wide range of industry professionals. They come from across Southern Africa and further afield and include stakeholders such as investors, developers, marketers, merchandisers, designers, analysts and strategists.

Stops says: “At this significant congress with its wealth of industry-leading market intelligence, we aim to highlight the leading role shopping centres and retailers play in communities, the economy and, in fact, in our country. We also want to encourage and inspire leadership for the future. Now is the time for our industry to take its rightful place in the economy and continue to lead with positive social and economic impacts for South Africa.”