Interviews

“We’re creating an upscale shopping destination” (ECE Retail Insights, February 2019)

Leasing Director Sebastian Beck is convinced that the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden shopping center in Berlin is currently the most exciting retail project in Germany. Lease agreements will soon be signed with the first premium brands

What makes Potsdamer Platz Arkaden such a special project?

The location! Potsdamer Platz is located in the heart of Berlin and therefore in the very center of Europe. This location embodies both the urban lifestyle and Germany’s history like no other place in the country. That’s why more than 100,000 people visit it every day. Potsdamer Platz is also one of the best addresses for office space in the city, with 30,000 people working here. But the location also has a lot to offer culturally. At the same time, the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden shopping center has to contend with fierce competition from the nearly 70 other malls located throughout Berlin. To ensure its success, we have developed a radically new, unique concept for the 20-year-old shopping center, and are going to position it completely differently. continue

“We’re excited about what the future holds!” (ECE Retail Insights, November 2018)

In light of changing retail structures and consumer behavior, ECE is striking out in new directions. Katrin von Soosten is looking for innovative ideas and concepts. In an interview, she talks about new tenants and formats

ECE intends to expand the focus of its leasing activities. What does that mean exactly? 

Digitization has changed the world of shopping, and we at ECE are taking a close look at consumers’ changing demands. In the future, our shopping centers will have to offer more than just a shopping experience, which is why I’m looking for innovative ideas and concepts that go beyond traditional retail. The focus here is particularly on the leisure and entertainment sector, as these two industries are increasingly merging – and these real-life experiences with family and friends can’t be digitized. In addition, there are many exciting trends and concepts in other areas, such as health, mobility, or even pop-up formats. continue

“We Want to Make This Vision a Reality” (ECE Retail Insights, November 2018)

Interview with Dr. Philipp Sepehr, head of ECE’s new digital unit, about ECE’s realignment with regard to digitization and the vision of the shopping center as an omnichannel platform

Why did ECE establish its own digital unit in the summer of 2018?

The multidisciplinary “Digital Innovation & Analytics” unit clearly shows that digitization is a main focus of our current corporate strategy. As a management level staff department, we report directly to CEO Alexander Otto. But ECE has obviously been concerned with digitization for much longer. We test innovative products and digital services in our centers, such as 3D wayfinding or RFID parking, and roll them out across all locations if successful. We are also increasingly digitizing our processes internally and in cooperation with our business partners. continue

“Time is the currency” (ECE Retail Newsletter July 2018)

Klaus Rethmeier, ECE Director Key Account Management International Leasing, tells of the almost forgotten offline era, cool new coffee hot spots and centers as regional community hubs

Klaus Rethmeier

Klaus, you've been with ECE since 1996. How has business changed since then?

Of course, business has changed incredibly. Twenty years ago conditions were completely different. There was no Internet and no email. Also, in the new states of the Federal Republic of Germany there was a lot of catching up to do with regard to sales areas. For that reason, a large number of centers were established and they performed outstandingly. The introduction of the euro led to a slight dip, but then things took off again and ran very well. continue

Tradition meets street food (WE LOVE FOOD-Blog, April 2018)

"Metzgers" hits the ground running with a new street food style. Interview with Mike Griesch who created the brand

How did you come up with the idea of turning a traditional butcher shop into a modern business inspired by street food?

After around 20 years, we believed that our business was in need of an overhaul from the ground up and a new concept. For inspiration, we visited a lot at food truck events and trade fairs, and we also traveled abroad – especially to the United States. At the same time, we launched another concept: Wurstküche (“the sausage kitchen”). This is the name of a food bike that we use ourselves at private events. Our ideas gradually came together over time, giving birth to the Metzgers concept.

What is at the heart of the new concept? continue

"Making better use of our data" (ECE Retail Newsletter February 2018)

Steffen Eric Friedlein, Managing Director Leasing since January 1, on new technologies and adventures in the African bush

In view of the current leasing market, how optimistic or pessimistic were you feeling when you started in your new role?

With all due respect for the challenges faced by the retail sector: I do not see much point in pessimism. Naturally, there is some intensive discussion about conditions, since some of our partners also need to adapt to changed market conditions – but that was also the case from time to time in the past. The important thing is to work together with our tenants to develop viable concepts for the future and to meet the changing demands of our customers... continue

„Leasing meeting in flip-flops“ (ECE Retail Newsletter December 2017)

Managing Director Leasing Klaus Striebich about crazy meetings with customers, clunky cell phones, and the future of retail

After 25 years at ECE, you hand over the Managing Director’s reins to your successor. Would you dare a look back at your career with ECE so far?

I fear I might just have to write a book. It’s almost impossible to sum up this time in a few sentences, as there have been so many wonderful experiences, stories, successes and developments.

Now you made us curious. Can you share a few anecdotes with us? continue