Industry Headlines: October 1, 2015

UK retail sales up more than expected as online shopping falls behind: Great news from a CBI survey. (International Business Times)

How 6 Powerful Women in Media and Marketing Redefined the Rules of Leadership: Inspirational stories from some impressive women. (AdWeek)

How beacons — small, low-cost gadgets — will influence billions in US retail sales: Beacons may give brick-and-mortar retailers a genuine technological advantage. (Business Insider)

How To Build a Multi-Sensory Experience in the Retail Environment: Are you engaging all the sense you could be? (Top Tech News)

Female Shoppers No Longer Trust Ads Or Celebrity Endorsements: Even bloggers are falling out of favor. (Fast Company)

Malls add to retail space: Thai shopping centers are growing, and new developments are on the rise. (Thai Visa News)

Toronto’s Old City Hall could become a mall: The historic building would be a gorgeous retail site. (Toronto Star)

It’s not easy being green: A focus on irrigation management: Kimco delves into its challenges and success with sustainable irrigation practices. (Kimco Realty Blog)

Gap to expand life skills training for female garment workers: The retailer’s successful PACE program is growing. (Fortune)

H&M Unveils First Ad Campaign to Feature a Muslim Model in Hijab: Ad for Close the Loop program (covered recently in Tactics Magazine) features some big firsts for the brand. (Racked)

Social Media Best Practices: Know Your Customers First: A few helpful tips for social media marketing. (

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Industry Headlines: September 24, 2015

Why luxury brands are revealing themselves through the raw and unfiltered lens of Periscope for London Fashion Week: Streaming shows isn’t new, but Periscope is a hot way to do it. (The Drum)

Accessibility a priority for shopping centres: New Zealand shopping centers focus on the needs of neglected shoppers. (

Holiday retail sales forecast a bit less merry than last year: The news isn’t grim, but the holidays might not be as bright as they could be for U.S. retail. (Washington Post)

Cadillac Fairview to brand all malls with CF: The company’s new brand identity gives it a chance to connect with customers. (Shopping Centers Today)

Why You Can’t Ignore Customer Service on Twitter: Negative publicity goes viral so easily. (Echo Gravity)

London Designers Blend Creativity with Commerce at Fashion Week: London Fashion Week is bringing in some unusual collaborations. (Business of Fashion)

The Fast, Furry Rise of the Instagram-Famous Pet: First it was the social media ambassadors and influencers, then it was their kids. Now you need to your brand associated with their pets, too. (Racked)

Elsa, Han Solo, Minions Will Roam the Streets This Halloween: A lot of classics top the list, as always. (Ad Age)

Shoppers face 10pc price rises as weak pound hit retailers’ profits: Shoppers in Canada are also facing similar challenges as the dollar drops against USD. (The Telegraph)

Macy’s to hire 85,000 workers for holiday shopping season: As the retailer always announces its hiring figures early, it’s a bellwether for holiday hiring trends. (Reuters)

Retail Resurrection: Closed Stores Re-Open As Halloween Shops: ‘Tis the season to fill those vacancies with holiday-related fare. (Huffington Post)

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Industry Headlines: September 17, 2015

New Guidelines on Models’ Rights Aim to Fix Industry Wrongs: A look at the bigger issues for fashion models. (Business of Fashion)

Can Primark, Europe’s Cheapest Fast-Fashion Export, Kill the Competition?: While stores like H&M can compete in Europe, are their offerings sufficient to survive Primark’s arrival in the U.S.? (Racked)

Shopping centre managers feel the dollar, weak economy bite: The positivity of a few months ago has dipped; Australian managers aren’t quite as confident. (The Australian)

Survey: Holiday shopping season in full swing for 32 million Americans: Younger shoppers are leading the push, particularly. (USA Today)

As More Marketers ‘Go Rainbow,’ Is a Boom in LGBT Specialty Shops on the Horizon?: American brands move to embrace a market with quite a bit of spending power. (AdWeek)

Retail’s $30 billion problem: organized crime: NRF’s annual survey shows a growing problem. (Fortune)

Dislike Button? Facebook’s Not Getting That — But It May Gain Alternative To The Like Button: Looks like Likes’ days are numbered as the metric that matters. (Marketing Land)

Imports Surge at Southern California Ports: The best sign of a busy holiday season to come? (Wall Street Journal)

Rich media: Why luxury brands are betting on video: TV has never been a perfect fit for luxury fashion, but online videos are doing well. (Digiday)

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Industry Headlines: September 10, 2015

Inside Fashion’s Instagram Wars: The site is getting ready for fashion week, and so are many of the brands that use it. (Business of Fashion)

American shopping malls have suffered another blow: Macy’s has announced up to 40 store closures, a move which could be bad for U.S. centers. (Business Insider)

Young Algerians use mall to escape pressures of conservative society: Quite an example of the good shopping centers can bring to their communities. (CTV News)

Real estate crowdfunding arrives in Canada with Toronto area mall project: It isn’t crowdfunding as per common parlance, but relatively small investments are a growing trend in the shopping center market. (Financial Post)

Dubai’s Dh25bn Mall of the World will now be a ‘future city’: Mall development plans in the region have been verging on small cities for a while; Dubai Holding is now committing to the idea. (Emirates 24/7)

Organised brick and mortar retail likely to see 15% growth despite e-tail boom: Retail is booming in India, no matter the channel. (Times of India)

8,000 customers a day are signing up to Waitrose’s alternative loyalty scheme: Change can be scary, but Waitrose’s example shows that sometimes customers are eager to try something new. (The Drum)

Report: Contactless payments will grow by 100% in 2015: Will gift cards need to change too, as shoppers get less used to pulling out their wallets? (Fortune)

The most promising retail markets in Africa are in countries people rarely talk about: South Africa’s retail market is increasingly saturated, but smaller countries are primed for retail development. (Quartz)

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Industry Headlines: September 3, 2015

We Need A New Definition For Generations: Generation Z, Digital Natives, Millenials – it’s a messy world out there when you try to generalize by age groups, so it may be time to focus on more specific demographics. (MediaPost)

The Next Generation Retail Mobile Consumer — Wait ’til You See This!: Retailers like Apple may be paving the way for a full marriage of mobile and brick-and-mortar retail. (Huffington Post)

Retail, an underrated career path? H&M Canada wants to change that perception: The retailer is preparing its own retail career outreach program. (Financial Post)

U.K. Luxury Sales May Reach $88 Billion by 2019, Study Says: The market is growing by leaps and bounds, and may well double in the next four years. (Bloomberg)

Father’s Day retail forecast: Australian shoppers are planning to spend a little extra on Dad this year. (Inside Retail)

What retailers need to know about gift card exchanges: They may have started as a grassroots effort, but more retailers and malls are offering exchanges of their own. (Retailing Today)

Primark — seller of $10 jeans and $3.50 T-shirts — is coming to the U.S.: Fast fashion doesn’t get any quicker than this. (The Washington Post)

Why J.Crew Decided to Ditch High Fashion: The brand has gotten away from its roots, but it’s about to come right back. (Business of Fashion)

Forever 21 Reportedly Wants to Scale Back Its Massive Stores: Not great news for the centers that host some of those massive stores. (Racked)

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