As online shopping is grabbing consumer focus with lucrative
deals, retail REITs are embracing technologies and joining the
Simon Property Group, Inc.
) disclosed its partnership with elevate DIGITAL to launch
interactive "digital concierge" network in a number of its U.S.
Through this partnership with
elevate DIGITAL - the developer of engaging interactive digital
technology - Simon Property plans to enhance its shoppers
experience at its properties. The service provides way-finding
solutions, retailer offers, interactive applications, digital
advertising and connections to social and mobile platforms, and
thereby access to information.
In recent times, Simon Property has taken initiatives like
re-launching its brand and marketing programs as well as installing
Electric Vehicle at its shopping centers. These efforts are
expected to strengthen its relationship with customers and tenants,
and drive traffic.
Moreover, the recent spin-off of Washington Prime Group is expected
to help the company increase utilization of resources for expanding
its global portfolio of larger malls, mills and premium outlets and
effectively leverage on the improving spending habits of wealthier
customers with the economy showing signs of recovery.
However, Simon Property is not the only retail REIT making efforts
to lure more customers and their dollars. In April,
) entered into a deal with
General Growth Properties, Inc.
) for digital coupon facilities across its properties while last
The Macerich Company
) along with Simon Property and General Growth Properties partnered
with Deliv to roll out same delivery facilities.
We believe that these efforts by the retail REITs are prudent as
their ultimate aim is to increase traffic at their properties and
see higher demand for their space. And this could be achieved only
when customer preference for a one-stop shopping, dining,
entertainment experience along with same day home delivery of
purchases are all met.
Simon Property currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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