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Security Is Top Priority for Shopping Center, Mall Industry

In light of recent terrorist group threats encouraging attacks on American malls, the International Council of Shopping Centers has released the following statement regarding shopping-center and mall security:

CPNA Launches Discover Scent Program

Cosmoprof North America will launch its first-ever Discover Scent program during its 2015 event, scheduled for July 12 through July 14 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The program is being presented in cooperation with Sniffapalooza, an organization that brings together fragrance aficionados and industry heavyweights from around the world.

Americans Have Highest Smartphone Usage

Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smartphones—more than their counterparts in at least 11 countries around the world—according to a new monthly report from measurement firm Informate Mobile Intelligence, which tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in 12 countries.

Valentine's Day Shoppers Hit Up Brick And Mortars

Seventy-six percent of Valentine's Day shoppers will purchase items in stores, while nearly 60% of online shoppers will pick up their items in stores, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Falling gas prices could help to fuel spending this Valentine’s Day, as more than half of American adults feel they have more money to spend, compared to only 42% in an ICSC survey conducted one month ago. Generally, younger consumers surveyed feel that they have more money in their pockets than older consumers.