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January 21, 2013

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  • High-end brands tout more "Made in America" labels
    Luxury fashion retailers and brands are looking to make more of their goods at US factories, citing greater demand from customers concerned with both national loyalty and conditions in factories overseas. The decisions also make sense from a business perspective, as manufacturing in China gets more expensive and sourcing from American factories means a quicker turnaround. "There's something intangible and valuable. It's more about craftsmanship and authenticity than margin and profit," said Rag & Bone designer Marcus Wainwright. The Wall Street Journal (1/18) Email this Story
  • Retailers pop-in for presidential inauguration
    Saks will open a pop-up shop at the Ritz-Carlton in Northwest Washington, D.C., this weekend, one of several luxury retailers looking to attract throngs of inauguration visitors with temporary stores. Bloomingdale's will set up shop at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown, while Neiman Marcus and Montblanc will be in the lobby of the St. Regis. USA Today (1/17) Email this Story
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  • Eliminate "try" from your vocabulary
    "Try" is one of the most dangerous words for the workplace because it's vague, shows a lack of confidence and undermines your image as a problem-solver, writes Brad Hoover, CEO of Grammarly. "When you use words with power and impact, and deliver on expectations, you are sharpening your image, bolstering your potential, and giving your career a chance to shine," he writes. CNNMoney/Fortune (1/17) Email this Story
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  • ICSC University of Shopping Centers
    The ICSC University of Shopping Centers is the most complete retail real estate educational program available. Held on the campus of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia March 4 to 6, 2013, this is the largest annual educational event offered by the ICSC. A distinguished faculty of over 80 industry leaders and experienced practitioners, including a cadre of distinguished Wharton School Professors. Courses in three levels of study: Executive, Advanced, and Fundamental. Numerous networking opportunities. Sixty courses in subjects including Asset Management, Property Management; General Studies; Marketing; Leasing; Development, Design and Construction; Law; Finance; Retailing. Real-world examples and practical solutions make this a must-attend event.

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