The National Retail Federation released its Valentine’s Day 2014 shopping forecast last week, predicting total spending to reach $17.3 billion. The average person is expected to spend $133.91 on the holiday this year, up slightly from $130.97 last year.

The NRF has also said that consumers will be “frugal with their budgets,” underscoring the importance of strategic promotions and deals this Valentine’s Day.Read More

Our insights on Kimco’s business progress and perspectives regarding retail real estate attracted news media nationwide throughout the third quarter. Notably, CRE Radio called upon CEO Dave Henry to help educate the industry about ongoing developments with the Marketplace Fairness Act, and National Real Estate Investor tapped Executive Vice President and COO Conor Flynn to share his viewpoints on up-and-coming retail concepts.… Read More

Few things in the retail industry go together better than Google Business Photos and retailers. If you aren’t using this service, you could be missing out on a crucial opportunity to improve your business’ search visibility and online brand. We have some advice to share from a Google-certified photography agency, LCP360, to help you get started and maximize your investment in Google Business Photos.… Read More

Shop Small Today’s guest post comes to us from Bruce D. Sanders, Ph.D., SPHR, consumer psychologist, retail consultant, and author. He shares some Small Business Saturday advice as we head into this year’s event on Nov. 30.

For more help, visit Small Business Saturday’s website, where you’ll find a variety of Shop Small logos, printable signage, email templates, small business success stories, and other marketing resources to help you promote your store and event.Read More

Kimco cartoon caption contestFans of our REIToons cartoon series have been growing quickly since it launched on our blog last September. In case you haven’t seen it, click over to our REIToons page now. Nationally syndicated cartoonist Mark O’Collin is the mastermind behind our cartoons, which poke fun at the quirks of REITs, retail, and real estate.… Read More

A time capsule buried 25 years ago at Kimco’s Pine Creek shopping center has just seen sunlight. Retailers at the Grass Valley, Calif., shopping center who helped bury the time capsule held an event on Sat., June 22 to unveil it to the Nevada County community.… Read More

Families, friends, communities, and businesses join together every Veterans Day to recognize the members of our Armed Forces, past and present. This year, retailers nationwide are celebrating our veterans by offering special promotions and events as a way to say thanks to those who have selflessly served our country.… Read More

boliwalou logoConsignment shop owner Cris Thompson would probably say customer relationships are like the little black dress of retail. They’ll never go out of style. She knows this first-hand since opening Boliwalou two years ago at Kimco’s Kings Contrivance Village Center in Columbia, Md.… Read More

Phantom Fireworks logoThe fireworks industry is gearing up for a big bang this Fourth of July. Sales have begun to peak this week, according to Jerry Bostocky, Vice President of Sales for Phantom Fireworks, one of the largest retailers of consumer fireworks in the U.S.… Read More