Westfield Opens Registration for 2015 Study Tour


Registration is now open for 2015’s Westfield World Retail Study Tour. The Tour, which has been taking place since 1996, is a whirlwind trip to five of the leading retail cities in the world. For two weeks, it immerses attendees in the very latest in retail education and inspiration.

It’s also a bit exclusive, with limited seats and a substantial registration fee. That fee sees participants through over 50 presentations in five cities, networking with top retailers, and more.

Here’s this year’s itinerary, straight from the tour’s website:

NEW YORK Sunday 3 – Wednesday 6 May
Always buzzing, New York constantly over-delivers; from the funky, edgy stores of Soho to the stylish luxury of 5th Avenue.

LONDON Thursday 7 – Sunday 10May
Home to Harvey Nichols, Burberry’s flagship store and the iconic Oxford and Regent Streets, Covent Garden and Borough Markets – not to mention the landmark Westfield London and Stratford City.

BERLIN Sunday 10 – Wednesday 13 May
A collision of old and new, with its stunning architecture and a huge variety of cutting edge retail, like the Ka De We and Potsdamer Platz.

AMSTERDAM Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 May
Featuring a unique mix of multi-storey department stores and exclusive boutiques lining the quaint Herenstraat and Prinsenstraat.

TOKYO Sunday 17 – Wednesday 20 May
From Ginza to Harajuku, Tokyo re-defines what retail can be, with the Sony Store, Yohji Yamamoto, Prada, Dior, Giorgio Armani and Aoyama.

Interested? Registration is limited, so check it out at the World Retail Study Tour website.


Written by Nissa on December 10, 2014 – 5:39 pm -
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PlaceWise Media and Index Exchange Announce Partnership


rosendeePlaceWise Media has just announced a partnership with Index Exchange, a division of ad technology firm Casale Media, that will give brands preferred access to a private exchange that can access over 600 localized shopping center and destination websites.

PlaceWise Media’s network is connected to more than 10 million shoppers nationwide on desktop and mobile. With this cross-channel private exchange, PlaceWise is an optimal place for brands to reach consumers at a local level, especially during the holidays and other big shopping seasons.

“PlaceWise Media works from a hyper-local position that affords us the ability to influence shoppers during a critical time on their path to purchase. Our online and mobile marketing elements are often the last segments of media content a shopper engages with before making a purchase,” said John Dee, President of PlaceWise Media. “Index Exchange provides us with access to programmatic demand from leading DSPs and Agency Trading Desks, helping brands get in front of the right shoppers at the right time, and helping us maximize our return on traffic.”

The partnership with Index Exchange allows PlaceWise to package custom advertising inventory segments for specific brand advertisers.

“We are excited to align our infrastructure and demand with publishers that offer exclusive access to coveted shoppers,” said Zach Rosen, Director of Publisher Development at Index Exchange. “There is no question that PlaceWise Media offers us the chance to connect brands to consumers at an ideal point on the path to purchase. Tapping into PlaceWise’s mobile capabilities will give brands the opportunity to engage with consumers who are on the way to stores while they are in an active mindset for buying. Couple this with the holiday shopping season, and it is the perfect time for Index Exchange and PlaceWise to work together.

Pictured: Zach Rosen, Director of Publisher Development at Index Exchange (top) and John Dee, President of PlaceWise Media (bottom)


Written by Nissa on December 3, 2014 – 6:55 pm -
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JLL Live-Tweets Black Friday


1127jllBlack Friday’s sure to be a busy day, but if you want to keep a big-picture view of the biggest shopping day of the year, you might want to tune in to @JLLNews on Twitter.

Between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, Greg Maloney will take over the account to answer questions about the retail industry’s performance and share live updates from centers around the U.S.

Maloney is JLL’s President & CEO, Retail, Americas. He’s been in the industry for the past 35 years and holds a SCSM designation from the ICSC. He oversees all aspects of JLL’s Americas Retail business, including management, leasing, marketing, development, tenant representation and strategic consulting services. He’s well-placed to watch the big picture of Black Friday unfold.


Written by Nissa on November 26, 2014 – 5:19 pm -
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Yas Mall Opens Its Doors


The grand opening that Yas Mall hyped up with its Red Bull racing ad is finally here: Abu Dhabi’s largest mall opened its doors earlier this week. It’s huge: 2.5 million square feet, over 300 stores—including the largest Debenhams outside of the UK—and more than 60 dining offers.

Before the opening, Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chief Executive Officer of Aldar Properties PJSC commented, “The opening of Yas Mall is a major milestone for Aldar. The mall will add significantly to the Yas Island experience, complimenting attractions that include Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and the island’s seven hotels, as well as the Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Links golf course, and Yas Waterworld. Starting 19th November, visitors will enjoy an unparalleled shopping experience, with a wide array of brands brought to the Capital and to the region for the first time. We are immensely proud as a company to bring this world-class retail and entertainment destination to Abu Dhabi.”

According to The National, shoppers were eager to explore:

“The first-day snags were easily forgiven, and even anticipated, by patrons who spent hours exploring the centre’s bright interior and airy, open design.

‘I know the culture here. I expect things to be started slow,’ said Mrs [Epu] Ahad. ‘I can see that some shops, even though the doors are open, they’re still not up and running. But it’s amazing.

‘They’ve almost got Dubai in Abu Dhabi now. I think this is a great achievement. They’ve opened a lot for the first day.’

The center’s launch ad is a little less exciting than its last one, but it sets the tone nicely:


Written by Nissa on November 19, 2014 – 4:14 pm -
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ICSC Webinar Explores New Technologies


If you have an hour to spare next week, ICSC is offering a webinar that’s sure to be full of helpful suggestions. Enhancing the Consumer Shopping Experience will get into the new paradigm of the mobile-powered shopper—including how new technologies are allowing retailers and brands to engage their customers with the right content, and context; finally bridging brick-and-mortar and dot com.

While the webinar takes place on November 19 at 2:00 PM ET, all registrants get a link to the recording so you can watch at your leisure.

Here are the speakers for the webinar:

Alex Bell is an electrical engineer who has designed a Hydrogen Motorcycle as well as a crowd sourced algorithm for tracking New York city subways. He is the founder and CEO of Signal360, the leading proximity marketing technology provider. Alex created Signal360’s first beacon over 4 years ago and has always been building the technological bridge from the digital to physical worlds. Signal360 is deployed with many of the top NRF100 and continues to win RFPs by providing the complete solution for retailers.

Chad Rodriguez has been working in retail/digital/innovation for the last decade. Whether brand side with Prada or agency side with VaynerMedia, he’s helped shape some of the largest brands digital strategies. He’s extremely passionate about how we interact with physical locations and its intersection with technology.

Interested? You can register on the ICSC website.


Written by Nissa on November 12, 2014 – 5:21 pm -
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