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September 30, 2011
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Holiday hiring to rise modestly at U.S. stores

Holiday hiring at U.S. chain stores will rise by a modest 1 to 2 percent over the year-ago period, reflecting retailers' expectations for sales, says ICSC. "Company decisions about seasonal hiring are intertwined with the company's financial health as well as its sales expectations," said Michael P. Niemira, ICSC's chief economist and director of research.…

September 29, 2011
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Service Charges: ICSC calls for more transparency and certification

Authors of a landmark industry guide on Shopping Centre Service Charges across Europe, the first of its kind, are calling for clearer dialogue between landlords, tenants and property managers and the certification of management companies to drastically improve transparency in resource management. The guide, written by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Retail Asset…

September 27, 2011
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Retailigence and Mobile Fringe Partner To Provide A One-Stop M-Commerce Solution for Shopping Centers

Retailigence Corporation, the leading independent provider of local store inventory data, has announced a new alliance with Mobile Fringe; a Toronto based mobile marketing and consulting firm. By combining their capabilities, the two firms can now deliver a unique, turnkey solution for North American shopping centers that greatly enhances their m-commerce offerings for the upcoming…

September 27, 2011
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September 23, 2011
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VRN Conference Wrap Up

More than 300 attendees and 64 exhibitors crowded into the Sheraton Meadowlands Sept. 19-20 for the 2011 VRN Fall Outlet Leasing and Marketing Convention.  The outlet sector is booming and the convention hall was buzzing with activity.  Highlights of the two-day program included keynote presentations by Michael P. Kercheval, ICSC president and CEO; and Richard…

September 20, 2011
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ICSC calls for physical and on-line retailing fairness

By Bertrand Courtois Suffit, Chair of the ICSC European Public Affairs Committee   Without physical stores, would retailers sell so much on-line?  And what will the move to purchase on-line mean for employment across Europe?   These issues are being debated heatedly across the region as shopping centre asset managers and retailers see the traditional…

September 9, 2011
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CBL turns anchor space into high school for Tornado-stricken Joplin, Mo.

  By Steve McLinden One temporary tenant at Northpark Mall, in Joplin, Mo., is part of a rebirth from the natural calamities of last spring. In August this CBL & Associates property became home to Joplin High School’s new 11th and 12th grade campus, just three months after the deadliest U.S. tornado in 60 years…

September 2, 2011
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General Growth Properties, along with more than 130 of its malls, is encouraging employees and local residents in communities across the country to join them as they take pause to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of September 11.   In partnership with the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, GGP is performing acts of service and…

September 1, 2011
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 (Tarrytown, NY) August 30, 2011 ñ DLC Management Corp, a national owner and operator of open-air shopping centers, announces a new social media initiative that is launching today. After unveiling several new mobile tools earlier this year at the ICSC RECon show and illustrating its commitment to embracing mobile media (including a mobile-optimized version of its website…