PRSM Weekly
Apr. 3, 2015

Target signs 180-store power purchase agreement with Greenskies
Green Retail Decisions
Target Corp. has signed an agreement with Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC to install solar arrays on the rooftops of 180 stores and distribution centers that stretch across the country. When completed, the 180 solar installations will produce an aggregate total of approximately 100 megawatts of electric energy. Though the size of the solar array will vary at each retail locations, the average system will consist of 1,700 solar panels.More

Against all the odds, malls are thriving again
Malls saw their highest occupancy rates in decades last year, but that's because many weak ones are closing. So much for the death of the U.S. mall. For all the media stories of reeling malls with weeds growing through parking lot pavement cracks, new data show that the closing of the weakest ones and an uptick in retail sales have the sector thriving again.More

Ikea to expand renewable energy portfolio with fuel cells
Green Retail Decisions
Home furnishings retailer Ikea plans to install a fuel cell system manufactured by Bloom Energy at its location in Emeryville, California, one of its two San Francisco-area stores. This is the first Ikea endeavor globally to convert biogas into electricity through a clean electro-chemical process. The fuel cell system will be installed, commissioned and activated by this summer 2015, the retailer said in a statement.More

Green roofs with high vegetation are 60 percent more efficient than normal roofs
Science World Report
There's something to be said for green roofs. Scientists have found that green roofs with high vegetation density are actually 60 percent more efficient than non-green roofs. More

Restroom realities
Public restroom maintenance is an important daily task with which most cleaning industry professionals are familiar, since restrooms are a frequently used area in any facility and their upkeep can affect public perceptions. But wanting to hear straight from cleaning industry professionals what it takes to keep this critical area in top shape, ISSA and Clorox Professional Products Co. conducted a survey to find out about tough jobs in the restroom. More

Tips to controlling odors in facilities
While many people are looking forward to spring in the air, there are some residential and commercial property owners who are curling up their noses because of a stench in the air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside can be two to 100 times more polluted than outside. More

List of retailers opening and expanding in Canada
Retail Insider
The following is a list of 23 retailers which are either new to Canada, or expanding their operations nationally. Some of these retailers have been discussed in Retail Insider since our last list on Feb. 27, and some are new and haven't been revealed to the public until now. The list is sponsored by Vancouver-based Peregrine, which custom designs and fabricates retail, display, furniture and architectural features for some of the country's top retailers.More

Sears to set up REIT to raise $2.5 billion from shareholders
Sears Holdings Corp plans to raise more than $2.5 billion from shareholders by offering rights to buy shares in a real estate investment trust that will hold some of its stores. The REIT is the latest in a series of steps Chief Executive Eddie Lampert has taken to shore up the finances of the retailer, which has posted losses for nearly three years.More

RadioShack sale approved, keeping hundreds of stores open
The judge overseeing RadioShack Corp.'s bankruptcy said he will approve the sale of about 1,700 stores to the chain's biggest shareholder. The decision ensures the survival of the 94-year-old electronics retailer, for now, and saves thousands of jobs that might have been lost if the stores were liquidated.More

A look at innovation and inspiration in sustainability
U.S. Green Building Council
Seattle, Houston, and Atlanta exemplify some of the ambitious green endeavors underway in the U.S. Can these LEED leaders offer inspiration to green champions elsewhere? More

Who will survive the great mall shake-out?
The future of retailing is in upheaval, and the country's malls top the list of potential collateral damage. Tenants are pulling out as chains scale back and retailers continue to struggle with how to adapt to the rise of e-commerce and other changes in shopping behavior, and to better target a population that is bucking the demographic trends of past years and moving closer to city centers. More