Coronavirus has forced landlords and retailers to rethink their traditional operations and adjust quickly to the new normal.

Last week we were joined by Ghadi Hobeika, the CMO US & Group CDO at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) and Vibhu Norby the Founder & CEO at b8ta to discuss how the crisis is reshaping the physical retail world.

Below are some highlights and insights from our conversation. Enjoy! 🤗☀️

PS: you can find the hour long replay on youtube.

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Quickly Pivoting During Covid-19

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Innovation and Sustainability in Fashion — the industry shakers of tomorrow

What I love about Los Angeles is how focused it is on life balance, healthiness and sustainability. It seems natural that the first (1st edition) innovation and sustainability conference Remode was based there.

Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel and his team managed to bring together a stellar community of innovators, brands, investors, and media, who are all passionate about the future of fashion.

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