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March 19, 2015
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A Lesson Learned from Vail in Webinar: Experience is Everything

By Lily Sloss Alan McKeon, president and CEO of Alexander Babbage, Inc. led a Webinar for ICSC titled “Experience is everything: Rules for driving shopper engagement.” In his discussion, McKeon focused heavily on the disparity between the old model and the new model of driving shopper engagement. He emphasized that companies must change their way…

March 18, 2015
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#ICSCRetailerofTheWeek: Mophie Pop Up Shop Saves The Day!

Mophie, the California-based technology company, came up with a unique promotion at South by Southwest (SXSW) this year. When a SXSW visitor saw their cell phone battery was about to die – they tweeted a screenshot to @mophie with the hashtag #mophierescue. Mophie didn’t send a typical employee to help out – they sent a…

March 13, 2015
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The Great American Mall is Alive and Well

By Jesse Tron, @JesseTronPR, ICSC Director of Communications and Media Relations The great American bastion to consumerism known ubiquitously as “The Mall” is not taking the proverbial standing eight count, contrary to various exaggerated media reports. Much ink has been spilled of late on this “Death of Malls” topic, with each being more inflammatory than…

March 4, 2015
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Learn About VIVA Finalist: Highstreet Shopping Centre

So tell us about who you are and what you do? Having spent most of my career in hotel and resort management and consulting, I recently transitioned to shopping center management. When I learned of Shape Properties’ plans to create retail destinations that not only meet today’s societies practical needs, but are authentic, full of…

February 25, 2015
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Learn About VIVA Finalist: Fashion Outlets of Chicago

So tell us about who you are and what you do? My name is Jeff Gunning, and I lead RTKL's Commercial Practice Group in the Americas. I am based in our Dallas office. RTKL is a global firm, and I have the privilege of working with talented architects and designers worldwide, creating experiential places that…

February 2, 2015
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Don’t let cynicism steal your opportunity to influence Congress

By Leslie Fox, ICSC Director of Legislative Outreach As the 114th Congress opens, the political mudslinging continues along with charges that deep pockets have too much influence. Understandably, many Americans have an extremely cynical view of Congress. In fact, according to a recent Rasmussen poll, 66% of constituents believe that their elected officials in Congress…

October 15, 2014
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Q&A With US Law Conference Speaker Scott Fisher

Tell us about yourself and what you do. I’m a partner in the real estate group at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP in Atlanta and just celebrated my 35 year anniversary at the firm. During that time I’ve represented owners and developers of virtually every type of commercial real estate and have negotiated countless purchase agreements,…

October 10, 2014
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Q&A With US Law Conference Speaker Aubrey Waddell

Tell us about yourself and what you do. I wear a number of hats. I spend my workdays negotiating global real estate outsourcing contracts for JLL, and managing claims that inevitably arise out of those services. I also do a fair amount of compliance and ethics training for our firm. When I’m not working for…

October 6, 2014
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America’s Foremost Marketplace

By Jesse Tron @JesseTronPR Without a doubt we are experiencing one of the most profound periods of evolution within our industry since the advent of the first suburban malls in the mid 1950’s. Both technology and the quest for experience have changed the way the consumer shops and so to how the shopping center has…

September 30, 2014
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Retail Gets Its Groove Back: 10 Incisive Insights from the CEO of Shopping Center REIT, ROIC

Interview conducted and condensed by Michael Lagazo Stuart Tanz, President and CEO of San Diego-based Retail Opportunity Investments Corporation (NASDAQ: ROIC), an excellent dividend growth REIT, shares leadership insights to kick off the ICSC Western Division conference this week. Q: Were you always interested in shopping centers? A: Yes. I started my real estate career…