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WORLD Pandemic to speed up digitalisation

Technology
During the pandemic digitisation has become fundamental to business development and stability, according to the findings of the “Omnichannel – from evolution to revolution. A look at the pandemic” report by Colliers International.

It is based on a survey of over 50 retail companies in Poland conducted over May and June and shows that retail chains believe computer technology can improve their businesses in difficult times. As many as 69 pct of respondents plan to increase their IT investment as a result the Covid-19 pandemic. In general, as the answers show, too little time has passed to assess the effect of new specific computer systems on communication, sales channels or deliveries. Such systems include using digital platforms, click & collect and non-contact order systems with door-to-door deliveries. The introduction of the vast majority of such systems was a response to current and urgent business needs to ensure the continuity of deliveries and sales. Many companies are only just formulating or testing their strategies for how they are going to make the digital transformation and the results won't be visible for a long time to come. Although the pandemic is not the reason for the changes, it has significantly accelerated the trend of retail evolving towards multichannel sales. From the beginning of the year to the end of April, the number of online stores in Poland increased by 1,700 and 15,000 companies started selling through the Allegro marketplace website for the first time.

Only 15 pct of those surveyed, mainly from the fashion and service sectors, believe that the number of their brick and mortar stores will decrease. Over half (56 pct) say that such stores will continue to grow in number. However, the criteria for assessing how attractive a location is may change. As many as 65 pct are considering opening stores that are not in traditional shopping centres, including 25 pct who are considering retail park openings and 23 pct who are considering high streets.

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Retail & leisure

POLAND Stars to stay in Plejada

schedule 25 September 2020
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Thirty-four tenants have renewed their leases in Plejada Sosnowiec in Silesia, amounting to 9,000 sqm of the shopping centre’s total area.

Warehouse & industrial

POLAND Pika picks 7R City Flex Wrocław Airport

schedule 25 September 2020
Nathan North
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Polish business outsourcing company Pike has leased 3,085 sqm of warehouse space and 520 sqm of offices in 7R City Flex Wrocław Airport.

Events

Polska Who came out on top in the doubles?

schedule 24 September 2020
Eurobuild Conferences

At the 15th Eurobuild CEE Annual Tennis Tournament, it was not only the men’s and ladies’ singles titles that were being fought out on the courts of the Warszawianka tennis club in Warsaw, but also the doubles.

Investment & finance

POLAND Echo enjoys 17 pct rise in portfolio value over H1

schedule 24 September 2020
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Polish developer Echo Investment generated a net profit of PLN 10.4 mln in Q2 2020, mainly due to the appreciation in the value of its projects under construction and the handover of 222 apartments to buyers.

Warehouse & industrial

POLAND Uni-Logistics chooses MLP Pruszków I for expansion

schedule 24 September 2020
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Uni-Logistics has leased 2,900 sqm in MLP Pruszków I on Warsaw’s western outskirts.

Warehouse & industrial

ROMANIA SLS Cargo heads for P3 Bucharest A1

schedule 24 September 2020
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SLS Cargo has leased 15,500 sqm of warehouse space in P3 Bucharest A1.

Office & mixed-use development

POLAND Santander and DLA Piper stay five years longer in Atrium 2

schedule 23 September 2020
Nathan North
deputy editor

Hansainvest Real Assets has prolonged for five years two lease agreements totalling over 10,000 sqm – more than half the total leasable space – in its Atrium 2 office building in Warsaw.

Warehouse & industrial

POLAND Sportvida opts for Panattoni Park Sosnowiec I

schedule 23 September 2020
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Sports equipment and leisure accessories manufacturer and distributor Sportvida has leased 1,150 sqm of warehouse and office space in Panattoni Park Sosnowiec I in Silesia.

Warehouse & industrial

POLAND Alfa Bond Kohlhauer concentrating on Kajetany

schedule 23 September 2020
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Alfa Bond Kohlhauer has leased warehouse and office space along with land in a privately owned industrial complex in Kajetany, 25 km south-west of Warsaw city centre.

Warehouse & industrial

POLAND AFG opens third European training centre in Warsaw

schedule 23 September 2020
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Avenger Flight Group has opened Poland’s first commercial aviation training centre in the 7R City Flex complex near Chopin Airport in Warsaw.

Warehouse & industrial

POLAND School supplies from Panattoni Park Łódź West

schedule 23 September 2020
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Panattoni has started the development of Panattoni Park Łódź West.

Retail & leisure

POLAND Lidl into Homepark Targówek

schedule 22 September 2020
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Lidl is to open a 2,017 sqm store in the Homepark Targówek retail park in Warsaw's Targówek district.

Retail & leisure

POLAND Galeria Andrychów 85 pct leased

schedule 22 September 2020
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Galeria Andrychów in southern Poland – the second joint ‘power centre’ project by Acteeum and Equilis – is already 85 pct leased prior to its scheduled opening in H2 2021.

E-commerce

UKRAINE Wildberries now growing in Ukraine

schedule 22 September 2020
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Russia’s largest online retailer Wildberries has entered the Ukrainian market.

Hotels

EUROPE Convivio finalises five-star portfolio buy

schedule 21 September 2020
Nathan North
deputy editor

Convivio Hotels has completed the EUR 573 mln acquisition of eight of the five-star hotels in the pan-European Dedica Anthology portfolio from Värde Partners.

Property and Facility Management

POLAND CPI managing Concept by itself

schedule 21 September 2020
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CPI Property Group has taken over the management of Concept Tower in central Warsaw, following its recent acquisition of the property.

Warehouse & industrial

POLAND More packed in at Hillwood Marki

schedule 21 September 2020
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Hurtownia Opakowań has increased the warehouse space it leases in Hillwood Marki to 4,500 sqm.

Investment & finance

CZECH REPUBLIC Portivo picks up Brno Mall

schedule 21 September 2020
Nathan North
deputy editor

Czech investment group Portiva and Micronix have bought the Central Kladno shopping centre in Brno from Crestyl for CZK 2 bln (app. EUR 74.8 mln).

Investment & finance

CZECH/ SLOVAKIA/ UK Vesa starts buying at Sainsbury’s

schedule 21 September 2020
Nathan North
deputy editor

Prague-based Vesa Equity Investment has announced the acquisition of a 3.05 pct share in British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, becoming its fourth largest shareholder.

Investment & finance

POLAND Madison buys Chmielna 89 stake

schedule 18 September 2020
Nathan North
deputy editor

A fund managed by US investor Madison International Realty has bought a 65 pct stake in the newly completed Chmielna 89 office project in central Warsaw from Cavatina Holding.

Latest in Technology

schedule 19 August 2020

Warsaw an emerging data centre hotspot - C&W

Cushman & Wakefield has identified Berlin, Reykjavik, Oslo, Warsaw, Zurich, Milan, Vienna, Madrid and Prague as emerging European hotspots for data centre development.

schedule 11 August 2020

Robot blasts germs with UV

The first Polish robot to use UV-C light for disinfection has been put to use in a hospital in Wrocław.

schedule 11 August 2020

Robots replace dinner ladies

The first fully automated canteen in Poland is to open in Sky Tower in Wrocław.

schedule 20 July 2020

Symbiotic and smart for BP in Agora

HB Reavis has introduced its Symbiosy smart office system into petro-giant BP’s new global businesses services unit in the Agora building in Budapest.

schedule 29 June 2020

Investment set to rise in home office tech

As many as 88 pct of EMEA occupiers intend to invest more in technology designed specifically to aid home working, according to CBRE’s 2020 EMEA Occupier Flash Survey.

schedule 25 June 2020

Pandemic to speed up digitalisation

During the pandemic digitisation has become fundamental to business development and stability, according to the findings of the “Omnichannel – from evolution to revolution. A look at the pandemic” report by Colliers International.

schedule 28 May 2020

Colliers installs Office App in Poland

POLAND Colliers International is to introduce the Dutch smart office system Office App to the office buildings it manages in Poland.

schedule 29 April 2020

Smart roofs for 7R

POLAND Polish warehouse developer7R is to introduce the Smart Roof system, developed by Sense Monitoring, to one of its parks.

schedule 15 April 2020

Echo recruits Aurelia for home sales

POLAND Echo Investment has launched a virtual customer assistant, Aurelia, for residential consultations.

schedule 24 March 2020

Automated warehousing by MW

POLAND MW, a company that is 60 pct owned by M.B.B Logistics and 40 pct owned by Wing Sing Supply Chain, has created a robot management system, which uses machine learning to improve its order processing operations over time.

schedule 18 March 2020

Keeping tabs on the tenant

POLAND The Renteye sensory system has been launched on the market.

schedule 16 March 2020

Digi-feely future

WORLD The global market for AI-based human emotion recognition systems is set to grow each year by 32.3 pct over the next four years, according to Deloitte in its ‘Tech Trends 2020’ report.

schedule 16 March 2020

Algorithms sweet algorithms

POLAND Kraków-based residential estate agent engine Obido.pl has received a PLN 1 mln EU subsidy for the development of an artificial intelligence laboratory.

schedule 16 March 2020

Blåkläder hires more robots

Swedish workwear manufacturer Blåkläder has now added ten more robots to its AutoStore cube storage automation system in its main warehouse in Svenljunga.

schedule 11 March 2020

Budimex researches roads that repair themselves

POLAND General contractor Budimex, together with the Warsaw University of Technology is developing a self-repairing road surface with a PLN 2.5 mln grant from the National Centre for Research and Development. The research is to be completed at the end of December 2022.

schedule 09 March 2020

Bank Pekao goes digital

POLAND Bank Pekao has introduced new digital communication systems in its branch at ul. Krucza 50 (the Cedet building) in Warsaw city centre.

schedule 11 February 2020

Żabka moves into Nowy Rynek

POLAND The new HQ of convenience store chain Żabka in Poznań has been designed specifically to encourage creativity.

schedule 11 February 2020

Fuzja of man and machine

POLAND Echo Investment has unveiled the hi-tech systems that will feature in the apartments in its Fuzja project in Łódź. These are being installed in cooperation with such tech companies Samsung and ABB, among others.

schedule 11 February 2020

Żabka moves into Nowy Rynek

POLAND The new HQ of convenience store chain Żabka in Poznań has been designed specifically to encourage creativity.

schedule 03 February 2020

Logistics innovations from Warsaw and the US

WORLD C.H. Robinson has launched its Robinson Labs innovation incubator for the development of systems for the logistics sector.

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