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October 29, 2012

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Retail Properties Available for Auction Online
Properties include Shopping Centers, Restaurants, Supermarkets, Showrooms, Malls, and Units in metro plazas. View all retail properties available for auction.

Featured Property: Metro Plaza in Phoenix, AZ. Starting Bid: $2,100,000 Starting Bid. 100.00% Occupancy. 40K+ SF, view more property details here.
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  • SM Prime Holdings post 15% profit YTD
    SM Prime Holdings posted a nine-month net profit of 15% year over year. The growth was driven by new retail centers, same store sales and an improvement in China operations. The developer says it is confident it will reach its full year target, based on its nine month performance. Philippine Daily Inquirer (10/29) Email this Story
The Key To Positive Cash Flow
Every business is cyclical with cash flow ups and downs. The key is to find a way to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Well it's not. There are systems and processes that make it easier to collect the cash you've earned so your small business can grow. Learn how these small-business owners set up their businesses for success.

  Retail News 
  • The bricks-versus-clicks battle heats up for the holidays
    Brick-and-mortar retail chains are finding more ways to fight back against online competitors, from price-matching guarantees to digital store upgrades to promotions touting the advantages omnichannel retailers offer. "Every possible way the customer wants to use the Internet — or their neighborhood store — to interact with Toys R Us is available," said Toys R Us CEO Jerry Storch. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/28) Email this Story
  • 5 holiday shopping predictions to pay attention to: Consumers are expected to start holiday shopping earlier this year, thanks in part to expanded layaway programs from retailers looking to capture a more of the $586 billion in consumer spending. Americans are expected to spend 4.1% more on the holidays this year, according to an NRF survey. "In spite of the uncertainties that exist in our economy and among consumers, we believe we’ll see solid holiday sales growth this year,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (10/27) Email this Story
  • Monster storm bears down on Halloween sales: Some 170 million American consumers were set to spend about $8 billion in Halloween this year, according to NRF survey data gathered weeks before Hurricane Sandy became a threat. It's too early to know how badly the storm will impact Halloween sales, but it's likely that many in the East put off planned costume and candy purchases in favor of storm supplies, writes Forbes' contributor Laura Heller. Forbes (10/26) Email this Story

Time and Attendance: The Core of Managing and Measuring Your Workforce
Based on data from Brandon Hall Group's 2014 Workforce Management Study, this paper explores the evolution of time and attendance, the impact of automation and integration, and the key role time and attendance solutions play in managing and measuring today's workforce. Read the Paper and Learn More

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  Finance & Economics 
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Business Best Practices 
  • Lee: Going global does not have to be difficult
    Going global does not have to be difficult for a company, even a small one, if it makes the proper preparations, according to Michael Lee, director of global marketing for He suggests that companies take advantage of the Web, find the right Web platform and pay attention to cultural differences, among other tips. (10/26) Email this Story
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."
--Bertrand Russell,
British philosopher, mathematician and historian

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