Has the Pandemic Impacted Retail Rotation?
Before Covid-19, retail rotation was considered an indicator of a city’s healthy business and retail fabric. Has the pandemic impacted the opening of new shops, or has the process continued, helping businesses stay afloat?
MWC Lite came back to Barcelona
After 28 months, Mobile World Congress came back to Barcelona, much smaller and with significant absences, but with a renewed interest in meeting on-site, focusing on 5G, OpenRAN, and massive IoT. It was a strange feeling for most of us attending the show. Almost two and a half years after the last edition, we were […]
Trade Shows Uncertain Times
Expecting a dark winter, conferences are being canceled worldwide, putting millions of jobs at risk.
Barcelona Hires IT Experts to Help Residents With Digital Tools
The city created the figure of IT agents to provide tech support and help to use email, digital IDs, videoconferencing, and online government services.
Barcelona will have to wait for MWC 2021
Yesterday, the GSMA announced that it is postponing the Mobile World Congress to the end of June.
Time for Barcelona to “Hit Refresh”
It is time to make bold, disruptive changes in the city’s economy: fuel innovation, sustainability, and policies to improve Barcelona residents’ quality of life.
Barcelona won’t have large technology shows this year
Don’t delude yourself. The likelihood that we attend tech conferences this year in the same format as before are slim to none.
To Map the City’s Retail Health You Need to Walk the Streets
Barcelona and Manhattan, two municipalities with the same population and retail model, share many similarities and a couple of things they can learn from each other. Municipalities, facing the need to understand the real economic activity of the city, and its retail composition, can’t rely on registration data, they need to do fieldwork and keep […]
Mobile World Congress Cancelled by GSMA
The organization made this unprecedented move as over 30 companies decided to pull out, including big names such as Amazon, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, Nvidia, NTT DoCoMo, Sony, and Vodafone. The presence of many travelers from China, and the possibility that some of them could carry the coronavirus, is the main reason […]
Will MWC Barcelona be affected by Coronavirus?
About 250 Chinese companies are registered to exhibit in the Mobile World Congress, including some from the city of Wuhan, where the Coronavirus outbreak first originated. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The outlook for the Chinese exhibitors and delegates to attend MWC20 is not promising, as […]