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November 30, 2011
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Morocco’s first mall brings Paris to Africa

One mall developer is giving Morocco’s well-to-do one less reason to jet off to Paris. That country’s very first mall will open later this month in Casablanca, along 25 acres of seafront. This is a major event in this city of 3.2 million that is among North Africa’s largest and most important economically, and which,…

November 22, 2011
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‘Small Business Saturday’ event to drive traffic into mom-and-pop shops this weekend

American Express is once again teaming up with small retailers nationwide to encourage consumers to shop on Small Business Saturday this Nov. 26. During last year’s event, small retailers reported a sales surge. "Last year, we saw a 28 percent rise in sales volumes for our small business merchants versus the same day in 2009,"…

November 18, 2011
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Retailers Finding New Ways to Use QR Codes

People around the world are finding new and creative ways to use Quick Response (QR) codes to help boost sales and promote causes. Retailers are at the forefront this holiday season. J.C. Penny has launched Santa Tags that uses individualized QR codes that could be scanned in order to record a personalized voice message. When…

November 17, 2011
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TJX ramps up expansion plans in U.S.

TJX Cos. is boosting its U.S. expansion plans after seeing increased traffic and spending at its stores in 2011. More Americans are shopping for discounted goods, and the retailer wants to make sure it is near the action, said CEO Carol Meyrowitz on a conference call with investors this week. “Basically 75 percent of adults…

November 10, 2011
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Google+ Unveils Brand Pages

This past Monday Google launched its Google+ Pages for Businesses after launching four months ago. From the official Google Blog: “For businesses and brands, Google+ pages help you connect with the customers and fans who love you. Not only can they recommend you with a +1, or add you to a circle to listen long-term.…

November 9, 2011
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Help Create the Future— Support Your Industry

As an ICSC member, we are requesting that you donate a minimum of $10 to the ICSC Foundation this year. Your tax-deductible contribution will be publicly recognized in the ICSC Foundation 2011 annual report! Why? The ICSC Foundation annually provides 45 scholarships that support real estate professionals and students. These scholarships allow us to attract…

November 7, 2011
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SM Prime Holdings mall builds homes for poor neighbors

The ICSC Foundation has honored SM Prime Holdings, of the Philippines, with this year’s Asia Community Support Award for the “Breaking the Poverty Chain” campaign, at RECon Asia. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the SM North Edsa Mall, the owners wanted a campaign that would give back to the community. The company teamed…