Industry Headlines: August 27, 2015

ICSC names Tom McGee new CEO: Thomas McGee, vice chairman at Deloitte LLP, is the new President and CEO of ICSC. (ICSC)

Teens Are Shopping More Like Their Parents – The label-obsessed, quick-to-splurge teen shopper may be making way for a more budget-conscious crowd. (Business of Fashion)

Scentre Group sells four properties: Four Australian centers change hands in a 783 million AUD deal. (Inside Retail)

Mall owners give a thumbs-up to govt’s new retail outlook: Later hours and relaxed parking legislation looks good for Indian shopping centers. (The Times of India)

Target’s In-Store Cafes to Replace Hot Dogs, Nachos With Kale, Pressed Juiced: Fast food is starting to look a little slower. (Racked)

This blank, silent YouTube video got 100,000 views: Before investing in YouTube pre-roll ads, consider just how often they’re actually watched. (The Drum)

Cashed-up Instakids are in demand as brands catch onto their influence: If you’re considering a social media brand ambassador, it helps to know that they come in all shapes, sizes and ages (

UK retail sales bounce back as grocery and clothing sales rise: Shoppers got back to shopping in August. (The Guardian)

How One Venture Capitalist Is Quietly Reshaping Retail: Simon Venture Group is making big waves. (Forbes)

A repeat of 2008? Volatility seen spooking shoppers: This week’s stock market instability has analysts nervous about Christmas, among other things. (CNBC)

Americans’ Spending Proves Love Of Pets: U.S. pet care is nearly a $20 billion market. (MediaPost)

Emojis and Marketing – Digital Hieroglyphics in an Online World: Emoji is still a good marketing choice, but quite possibly not for much longer. (Business2Community)

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Industry Headlines: August 20, 2015

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace: A lack of workplace empathy may be of the things that makes Amazon such effective competition. (New York Times)

Pop-up retail now worth £2.3bn to UK economy: The sector is growing at a rate of 12.3% (Retail Gazette)

REIT or Wrong? Department Stores Consider the True Value of Their Real Estate: Shifts in the department store segment might be good for the centers that house them. (The Center of Shopping)

American Apparel May Go Bankrupt Within the Year: While most other major teen retailers have found their way out of their downward spirals, American Apperal still flounders. (Racked)

Macy’s Tests Chutes, Tablets in Dressing Rooms to Repel Amazon: Dressing rooms are the one thing retailers indisputably have over online giants, so Macy’s is focusing efforts on improving its own. (Bloomberg)

Retailers react to new public holidays: Victoria’s two new public holidays may be a major blow to Australian retailers. (Inside Retail)

Melissa McCarthy Is Not A Fan Of The Term “Plus-Size” For Some Very Legit Reasons : McCarthy’s own fashion brand may herald the end of the size-based retail category. (Refinery29)

Shift Of Online Brands To Bricks & Mortar Stores Set To Create Omni-Channel Experience For Malls: Ever wonder what online retailers go through when moving into brick-and-mortar? (Forbes)

Hong Kong pop-up mall aims to ease tensions over mainland shoppers: Demand is high, but locals demand an alternative to having their malls busy with mainland shoppers. (Financial Times)

Holiday shopping is starting earlier than ever: Study shows that whether or not retailers are ready for it, shoppers are slowly starting to think about the holidays. (Retailing Today)

This Infographic Reveals How Social and Mobile Impact Back-to-School Shoppers: Most still shop in stores, but they also shop online. Also, check out the rise of the brand-new Periscope among video streaming apps used while shopping. (AdWeek)

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Industry Headlines: August 13, 2015

Seesaw retail spending may finally be on upward slope: American shoppers may be comfortably ready to shop again. (MarketWatch)

Will ‘Uber for Models’ Disrupt the Industry? Models are easier to hire than ever, but that may not be entirely positive. (Business of Fashion)

Mall security guards have never needed EpiPens in Hamilton pilot project: While the project hasn’t had much use so far, general sentiment suggests it’s better to be prepared than not. (CBC)

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Leads To Scientific Breakthroughs: If your center participated in the challenge, you’ve helped make a difference. (Huffington Post)

Retail tech on show in Melbourne: Integrate, Australia’s largest AV trade show, has some exhibitors that might be of interest. (Inside Retail)

25 Innovative Consumer And Retail Brands For 2015: Brands to watch for the rest of this year. (Forbes)

Could Target’s Move Away From Gender-Based Signs Kick-Start a Trend?: It’s already part of a trend, thanks to other retailers like Toys’R’Us, but Targets shift indicates the growth of a trend entirely unrelated to toys and gender. (AdWeek)

Retailers quitting CBD strips and malls for cheaper rents: Homegrown Australian retailers are finding the competition for space too steep in city centers. (Financial Review)

If You’re Not Paying Attention to Your Influencers, You’re Burning Money: Influence must be earned, but it may also be worth buying. (SocialTimes)

Is the American shopping mall dying? UPS doesn’t think so: And frankly, UPS should know. (The Times-Picayune)

Why Macy’s is looking forward to the holidays: It’s been a rough year so far for some retailers, but Macy’s is one of many that are prepping for some great months to come. (Retailing Today)

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Industry Headlines: August 6, 2015

Why Fashion Retailers Are Staging Food Experiences: If dwell time is key, then nothing helps like a good drink. (Business of Fashion)

How Advertisers Are Getting on Board With Imgur, a Pinterest for the Millennial Male: If you want to reach young men, prepare your memes. (AdWeek)

Low loonie expected to boost back-to-school spending: The Canadian dollar has taken a historic dip, which may keep back-to-school shoppers in the country. (CBC)

Africa’s Diamond Walk Is Home to Prada, Zegna, a Few Buyers: Luxury brands have moved into South Africa, but South Africans aren’t yet convinced by them. (Bloomberg)

Rating retail loyalty programs: Have an opinion about specific Australian loyalty programs? Inside Retail wants to hear about it.

Qatar ultra-elite shopping center planned for ‘people who don’t go to malls’: Don’t like shopping? Apparently, there’s a mall for that. (StepFeed)

PREIT (PEI) to Sell Three Malls in $95.4M Deal: The company also just completely the sale of Uniontown Mall. (StreetInsider)

Shopping centre owners insist market is stabilising: Hammerson, intu and others see a lot to look forward to in the months ahead. (Drapers)

Apple, Nike, Chipotle Emotionally Engage Millennials: Clicks, likes, and shares do not a loyal customer make. (MediaPost)

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Industry Headlines: July 30, 2015

It’s Christmas in July for former Surrey mall Santa: A Santa’s anonymity is sacrosanct, but here, grown kids remember their favorite Santa fondly. (The Province)

Walmart takes a White House pledge: The retailer joins an elite group setting out to take on climate change (Chain Store Age)

School’s Out for Summer: Want to keep the pressure on Congress for the Remote Transactions Parity Act during the summer recess? ICSC has some suggestions. (The Center of Shopping)

Simon “out of deal business,” will invest in new construction, renovations instead: After a frustrated attempt to buy Macerich, Simon decides to invest internally. (ICSC)

Japan June retail sales beat estimates, but consumers cautious: The year-over-year bump looks good, but recent numbers aren’t that positive. (CNBC)

The $250 million YouTuber branding economy: Curious about how brands connect with the YouTube names that boost them? Take a look. (USA Today)

14 retail malls to exit space shortly: CII-JLL study marks a number of Indian shopping centers that may leave the market. (Economic Times)

Best Buy knows what time it is: This can only be good news for the electronics retailer. (Retailing Today)

Topshop drops ‘ridiculous’ mannequins: After the brand sees pushback to its slim mannequins, it agrees to make a change. (Inside Retail)

55 Street Style Snaps From New York Fashion Week: Men’s: Some fashion inspiration for your week. (Racked)

China Could Create a $68 Trillion Consumer Economy Over a Decade: Consumption is shifting in one of the biggest potential markets. (Business of Fashion)

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