The SA Shopping Centre Congress takes place on 19-21 September 2012 at the International Convention Centre, Durban. The annual event is themed 'Connect: The Power of Personal' and spotlights how consumer trends underpin the success of different retail sectors.
SACSC president, Greg Azzopardi
The congress, supported by the International Council of Shopping Centres and sponsored by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance, is expected to attract over 1300 delegates as one of the largest gathering of retail and retail property people in Africa.Speakers
The programme offers a range and scope of high-powered speakers - both international and local - that speak to the depth and breadth of the retail industry today.
Consumer trends guru Daniel Levine, executive director of the New-York based Avant-Guide Institute, is scheduled to speak on the first day of the congress. Not only will he look at powerful social trends, but also on the strategies retail professionals can use to take advantage of these trends.
"This conference presents an opportunity for delegates to learn and be challenged and by doing so, to improve their business growth and prospects as well as those of the entire sector," says SACSC president, Greg Azzopardi.
Delegates will also be able to hear insights and lessons learned with some top retail minds including, Nigel Payne, independent non-executive chairman of Mr Price Group, Pierre van Tonder of Spur Corporation and Andrew McMillan, former customer service leader at John Lewis UK.
Jannie Mouton, founder and chairman of PSG Financial services, Stafford Masie, techno-trends guru, commuter retail specialists Jon During and rural developers Jason McCormick and Mike Masemola will be presenting on their specific retail sectors.
A golf day planned at Umhlali Country Club and Wild Wild West themed congress dinner round out the networking opportunities provided.
For more information, go to www.sacsc.co.za