Interview with SES Supervisory Board Chairman Mag. Marcus Wild
What conclusions have you drawn as a result of the coronavirus crisis?
Marcus Wild ››› Our centers primarily consist of organically grown local retail locations. Those very roots of our company have served as our backbone, even throughout the crisis. With regard to our competitors, our advantage in that area has also increased. However, this year’s figures will be nothing like the previous year’s. Our efforts and successful achievements need to be reassessed. We always operate in a partnership-oriented manner, also when times are rough. Our personal relationships with our retailers, as well as our gastronomy and service providers, are of particular importance to us. Having said that, we now have a clearer picture of which of our concepts are crisis-proof. The wheat is being separated from the chaff.
How will the shop mix change in the medium term?
Marcus Wild ››› The coronavirus pandemic is representative of a true disruption. The accelerated evolution of retail is a direct result of it. The current trend is towards fewer traditional textile concepts, fewer medium-sized companies, more food & near-food products, more regional producers, more home & garden, more sports, more clearly defined concepts, and more click & collect.