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December 19, 2012

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  • $110B in gift cards will be given this holiday season
    Some 85% of the U.S. population will exchange gift cards this holiday season, according to CEB TowerGroup, for a total of $110 billion. The most popular type of card are the "open loop" ones marketed by American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa, a $40 billion portion of the market. SCT Newswire (12/18) Email this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • How to position yourself for bigger and better things at work
    If you consistently over-deliver on assignments and gradually expand your responsibilities, you will eventually become invaluable to your company, Dan Schawbel writes. Another way to do this is to learn everything there is to know about something that is important to your organization, he writes. The Fast Track (12/17) Email this Story
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Artists Turn Mall Owners' Concepts into 3D Art "I always wanted to create art for children," says Ruth Barstow, PLAYTIME artist. "At PLAYTIME, my play area designs are inspired by our clients and brought to life by sculptors and airbrush artists as soft play area equipment." Download a brochure, or contact David O'Niones (DavidO@Playtime.com, 303-662-0302).

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  News from ICSC 
  • 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.

    Participants can personalize their University experience. Attend as few as one class or as many as six. Attend any six courses for as little as $140 per class. For more information, go to www.icsc.org/2013UV or contact ICSC's Madison Gross at (646) 728-3461 or mgross@icsc.org. Email this Story
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