Ray Greenly Scholarship Applications are Open

319greenlyKnow any American students who are passionate about retail? If so, you should let them know about the National Retail Foundation’s Ray Greenly Scholarship.

Greenly was Vice President of Research and Member Services for Shop.org, a community of the National Retail Federation, before losing a year-long fight with cancer in the fall of 2005. The scholarship was created in his honor to support students who have the potential to succeed in a retail career.

Interested students must get their applications in by April 30, 2015. A panel of retail executive judges will select five finalists to attend the NRF Shop.org Summit this fall, and each will receive a scholarship—$25,000 for the overall winner and $10,000 to the other four finalists.

The application includes a case study project, two essays, a resume and letter of recommendations, so if you have any students in mind, now is definitely the time to get them involved.

Written by Nissa on March 18, 2015 – 5:20 pm -
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Early Birds for the Purple Apples

UK marketers, don’t forget that early bird rates for this year’s Purple Apple Marketing Awards Dinner are only around until 31 March 2015. You can book your spot here.

Written by Nissa on March 18, 2015 – 4:24 pm -
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Retail Matters Week Wraps Up Successfully

BCSC’s first-ever Retail Matters Week wrapped up recently, and it looks to have been a great success. The organization has featured some of the highlights from this year’s awareness week on the Retail Matters website, including the Retail Matters conference, The Mall Takeover Day children’s event, and the Retail Path apprenticeship scheme.

Capital & Regional’s Takeover Day sounds particularly fun. The company invited 150 school children to its six UK centers. There, they were given a behind-the-scenes look at the life as part as center operations teams.

They spent the week as part of the centers’ security, customer service and management teams. They also learned about the history of the centers.

Westfield Stratford showed off The Skills Place, Newham, where visitors are offered industry standard skills development, apprenticeships and even recruitment into the center’s stores, restaurants and facilities.

The event had quite a bit more to offer. You can learn about it at the Retail Matters website, or just save the date for next year’s Retail Matters Week, starting on February 8, 2016.

Written by Nissa on March 11, 2015 – 6:23 pm -
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ICSC Launches China Retail Summit

305chinaLate last month, the International Council of Shopping announced a new annual event that was sorely missing in a major retail market: ICSC China Retail Summit and Connections.

The inaugural event will take place in Shanghai on April 28-29. The organization is modeling it on London’s successful ICSC Retail Connections, which is also coming up on March 25. ICSC China Retail Summit and Connections will combine the opportunity for business deal-making meetings with sessions on entering the China market.

Sara Fang Horton, ICSC China Managing Director says “This event will bring shopping centre owners, developers and international retailers together, under one roof, for the first time ever in China. We look forward to making this annual event the biggest of its kind in Asia.”

By the time it announced the event, ICSC already had many global retail brands aboard. Abercrombie and Fitch, Burger King, C&A, DreamWorks, Espirit, Gap, Marks & Spencer, Mothercare, Nike, Swatch, and Walmart, as well as major developers in China including Wanda and Xintiandi, and leading investors, including Blackstone, have already confirmed their attendance.

ICSC Executive Vice President Mike Morrissey manages ICSC’s global operations. According to him, “ICSC supports its members to find new business opportunities all over the world and there is no doubt of the size and scale of the China market. We are holding this new annual event in Shanghai, specifically at the request of major developers in China and international retailers and investors keen to enter the market. Based on the success of Retail Connections in London and the fantastic response we have already received, we are looking forward to an inspiring event in April.”

You can find out all about this new event at the ICSC website.

Written by Nissa on March 4, 2015 – 6:17 pm -
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U.S. MAXI Awards Deadline is Coming Up

226maxisThe deadline for the 2015 U.S. MAXI Awards is just around the corner. Have you submitted your entry yet?

If not, you have until March 11, 2015 to finish getting your entry ready. This year’s competition is looking a little different, with submissions split into four categories:

  • Centers less than 500,000 sq. ft.
  • Centers greater than 500,000 sq. ft.
  • Joint center campaigns
  • Company

Eligible campaigns must have been implemented between June 1, 2013 and January 31, 2015. They’ll be judged on their objectives, implementation, innovation, and results. The goal of the awards program is to recognize innovative events, programs and technology that add value to shopping centers and companies across the U.S., and winners will get that recognition at RECon 2015 on May 17, 2015.

There’s still time to get your entry together, so visit the awards website for a full list of rules, information about preparing your entry, and the entry form itself.

Written by Nissa on February 25, 2015 – 5:44 pm -
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