Security guards, the end is nigh: Robot overlords are coming to take your jobs. A robot has been given a new job as a mall cop at a shopping centre in California, prompting passers by to take photos of it for Instagram and use the hashtag #securityrobot.
The executive chairman of property, design and research specialist agency RCG, Paul Keane, looks into what's driving New Zealand's retail boom and whether it really exists.
Eastgate mall was one of the hardest-hit shopping centres in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, but in the face of adversity, it’s only gotten stronger. The mall has been reinvented as more than just a shopping centre – it’s now home to the town library, a medical centre, NGOs, a gym, and is in the process of getting restaurants and a line up of stores for men put in. The gamble has paid off, as the mall’s overall foot traffic is up 30 percent.