Shopping Centers Today International

FEB 2016

Shopping Centers Today is the news magazine of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

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T H E C O M M O N A R E A 8 S C T / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 Females make up only half of the overall population, but at malls and shopping centers, their outsized influence and impact is appreciated and courted. Wandu Center, in Shang- hai, recently installed four special parking spaces reserved exclusively for women and designated with symbols and pink paint. These spaces are about 1 meter wider than a tradi- tional parking space to allow mothers more room to load and unload children and purchases. "We want to emphasize that this is not a kind of discrimination against men or women drivers, but rather a way to show kindness and respect to women," Li Ming, an executive at Huibo Parking Manage- ment, told the Shanghai Daily newspaper. PARKING, FOR LADIES ONLY EBay looks for new customers at malls Online auction site eBay moved into Westfield malls this holiday season to sign up more sellers for its online marketplace. EBay sees a spike in both new sellers and new listings in the days after Christmas, peaking the first Sunday in January, says Vincent Payen, head of con- sumer selling at eBay. The company set up temporary shops at Westfield proper- ties in Chicago, Paramus, N.J., and San Francisco that allowed shoppers to post unwanted holiday gifts for resale on December 26 and 27. Another six Westfield malls had eBay drop boxes where customers could mail items. EBay is facing increased competition from online marketplaces oper- ated by Etsy and Amazon. About 79 percent of the merchandise sold on eBay is new, according to the firm. And the site currently has 159 million active buyers.

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