International presence to be strong at RECon

Publish Date: March 03, 2014

Topics: icsc, recon, retail real estate


RECon 2014 again features a strong international contingent, including the Wanda Group, the Chinese conglomerate that bought AMC, the world’s second-largest cinema chain, for $2.6 billion in 2012. Wanda’s latest project, the 12 million-square-foot Dandong Wanda Plaza, opened in December as the largest commercial complex in northeast China. The company will be doing business in Central Hall.

A number of international companies will be making their first appearances at the convention. Among them are United Arab Emirates' Emaar Co., a global property developer based in Dubai, Bulgaria-based Safety Operations Co., which specializes in the management of sports centers and family entertainment centers and Spain-based Imagina Vision Artificial, a specialist in parking-lot access control technology.

Several Canadian companies are making their RECon debut this year including the youthful Kitchener, Ontario-based company, MappedIn, which was founded by three University of Waterloo (Ontario) students in March of 2011. MappedIn constructs interactive directories, analytics and mobile apps for malls, universities, public buildings and other facilities that help people navigate their surroundings and locate products and services. Its apps are available for Android, iPhone and Blackberry. The company was featured on the popular Canadian Broadcasting Company reality show, Dragon's Den in 2012.

Axper, Inc. of Chambly, Quebec, an international leader in people-tracking and counting systems, will also make its first RECon showing. Its products can determine how long a customer dwells in a given shopping center section, the path the customer travels, shopping preferences and time spent in the food court, said Andre Lafond, Axper's vice president of business development.  "Developers sell traffic," she said. "We're looking forward to meeting with shopping center developers in Las Vegas to explain what we do." The British Columbia Economic Development Corp. will also make its first RECon appearance.

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