Shopping Centers Today

APR 2018

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

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4 S C T / M A R C H 2 0 1 8 T: +1 646 728 3800 F: +1 732 694 1730 www.icsc.org Editor in Chief EDMUND MANDER +1 646 728 3487 EDITORIAL Managing Editor BRANNON BOSWELL +1 646 728 3488 Art Director PENNY BLATT Copy Chief DAVID S. ORTIZ Copy Editor VALERIE DAVID Contributing Editors JOE GOSE JOEL GROOVER BEN JOHNSON BETH MATTSON-TEIG STEVE M c LINDEN REBECCA MEISER MISTY MILIOTO SPENCER RUMSEY JESSE SERWER ADVERTISING & MARKETING MICHAEL BELLI +1 714 313 1942 mbelli@icsc.org SHEILA CHARTON +1 646 728 3545 scharton@icsc.org AMIE LEIBOVITZ +1 773 360 1179 aleibovitz@icsc.org SALLY STEPHENSON +1 847 835 1617 sstephenson@icsc.org Production Manager DAVID STACKHOUSE +1 646 728 3482 dstackhouse@icsc.org ICSC OFFICERS Chair man KENNETH F. BERNSTEIN President and CEO TOM M c GEE Vice Chairman VALERIE RICHARDSON, CRX, CLS Past Chairman ELIZABETH I. HOLLAND Treasurer STEFAN FREIBERG For article reprints, call (866) 879-9144 or contact sales@fostereprints.com S H O P P I N G C E N T E R S T O D A Y SCT (ISSN 0885-9841) is pub lished monthly. VOLUME 39 ISSUE 4© 2018, International Coun cil of Shop ping Cen - ters, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020- 1099; phone, +1 (646) 728 3800; fax, +1 732 694 1730. All rights reserved. Periodicals postage paid at New York, N.Y., and ad di tion al mailing offices. Sub scrip tions $70 per year; Canada and other foreign $99. Single-copy price $10 (May issue $20). For subscription information call +1 727 784 2000. POST MAS TER: Send address changes to Shopping Cen ters Today, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020-1099. Publications mail agreement No. 41482022, return undeliverable Canadian addresses to PO Box 503, RPO West Beaver Creek, Richmond Hill ON L4B 4R6. T here will be several new additions to RECon this year, in a step towards our strategic priority to reimagine ICSC's program portfolio and ensure that all our events keep pace with the rapidly evolving retail real estate industry. New technology is playing a major role in this evolution. So, as you enter the grand lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center, one of the first things you will see is the Innovation Exchange, an area showcasing a broad range of emerging technology that is impacting businesses and consumers alike, including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, big data collection and robotics. Exhibitor company representatives will be on hand to present and explain their products. Another important aspect of change in the industry is the retailers themselves. Almost every day we hear of a new concept, oen one that is being nurtured at shopping centers in special areas set aside for pop-ups. At RECon we will welcome several of these retailers in the RECon SPREE exhibition area. Among them will be formerly pure-play e-tailers that are now opening physical stores, a step that is widely recognized as essential to the success of any retail venture. We also continue to evaluate our program content for its appeal to retailers and are being aided in this effort by ICSC Trustee Holly Cohen, principal of Holly Cohen Retail Advisory Services, LLC. Holly is working with us not only to maximize the value of RECon for our retail attendees, but also to think about creative ways we can engage them in the future. We are increasing the value proposition of RECon in other ways, too. In response to members' demand for more sponsorship opportunities, this year companies will be promoting their brands on banners outside and inside the convention center, as well as at the various events during the four days of RECon, including the Opening Reception, the Global Awards Ceremony, the ICSC Foundation Benefit and at RECon SPREE. RECon remains the premier event for the industry, where everyone connects not only for deal making but also for networking and sharing best practices. Like our industry, ICSC continues to thrive by embracing change and innovation. I look forward to seeing you at RECon! Tom McGee ICSC President and CEO A M E S S A G E F R O M T H E P R E S I D E N T Embracing change at RECon

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