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January 16, 2013

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Pine Centre Mall Adds Indoor Play Area and Sees Traffic Increase "Our traffic is trending up and the soft play area is certainly playing a role," says General Manager Sonya Hunt, who spent two years pursuing her vision for a custom-themed playground to serve the many communities that utilize the center. "We are really proud of our play area and people love it." (More)
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Progressive Convenience Store Gains Compliance with a Flexible Solution for Both Sides of the House.
Learn how this chain improved payroll accuracy, got greater workforce visibility, controlled weekly labor costs, delivered employee self-service, and automated ACA compliance. Read the Case Study.

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  • Why Target took aim at Canada
    Target's planned move into Canada this year will be the first international move for the U.S. retail chain, which needs to expand outside its home turf to ensure future growth, analysts say. Canada makes sense to start the move into new markets because many Canadian consumers already shop at Target when they visit the U.S., but there are still challenges, including incorporating French into its Quebec stores, says Target Canada President Tony Fisher. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (1/13) Email this Story
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Business Best Practices 
 
  • 7 questions to help you define work balance
    What are the parts of your work life you won't compromise? To find out, ask yourself what tasks, activities and other characteristics of your work and co-workers you want to protect or maintain, Mike Figliuolo writes. "Once you have the answers to these questions, you can begin to better define your boundaries at work, which should improve your job satisfaction and therefore improve your morale and performance," he writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (1/14) Email this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  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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