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October 14, 2011
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Kerry Cavanaugh applies lessons learned in the consumer-goods marketing business to shopping centers

By Jesse Serwer Divergent as consumer-goods and retail real estate businesses may be, Kerry Cavanaugh sees parallels between them. “Consumer products [is] focused on improving consumers’ lives. Commercial retail centers are really big consumer products,” Cavanaugh said. “For the consumer to spend money there and come out of her way to spend time at the…

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 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 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…

August 10, 2011
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Store Loyalty Apps are Catching on Fast with Smartphone Shoppers

By Steve McLinden Open the app. Enter the store. Earn virtual points just for showing up. Scan an item and get the pop-up discounts. Take your stuff and your codes to the cashier. Move on to the next store and repeat. This formula seems to be working nicely for those shopping at the clients of…

July 29, 2011
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Two-Thirds of Consumers are Confused by Online Sales-Tax Compliance

Fair and Equitable Marketplace Supports Consumers' Desire for Choice, Convenience WASHINGTON, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sixty-four percent of U.S. consumers in states that require their residents to pay a sales tax on purchases either do not know or do not believe they are required to pay sales tax on Internet purchases if not collected by the…

July 22, 2011
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Center gives Foursquare mayor perks

by Jesse Serwer Woolbright Development has a novel way of rewarding loyal customers at its Glades Plaza open-air center: reserved parking spaces. The Boca Raton, Fla., shopping center rewards its most frequent shopper with access to a coveted curbside space and with discounts. This top shopper is chosen based on the number of his or…

July 15, 2011
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ICSC launches first Hispanic Markets conference

In the past few decades, the Hispanic market has outpaced the overall U.S. population in growth. The latest census shows that the Hispanic population of the U.S. has reached a new milestone, topping 50 million people in 2010. Latinos accounted for more than half of the nation's growth since 2000, and it is projected that…