PRSM Weekly
Oct. 11, 2013

PRSM Association releases 2014 trends report at Strategic Sourcing Retail Industry Conference in Hartford, Conn.
PRSM
The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, released its annual review on key trends impacting retail facilities maintenance, while providing direction on how critical challenges are being met by some of the industry's leading retailers. The 20-page report provides a detailed view of how the retail industry is driving results in five key trends: technology, waste management, vendor management, sustainability and brick and mortar innovations. Leading brands include Dollar Tree, Waste Management, The Fresh Market, The Home Depot and Z Gallerie, offer their assessment of how each trend is being addressed.More

Starbucks rolls out innovative LEED drive-thru concept in several
large markets

Green Retail Decisions
At the end of 2011, Starbucks opened a new drive-thru and walk-up-only store in the Seattle area made almost entirely of four reused shipping containers. What was then an experiment is turning into a significant company roll out. The 450-square-foot store built to LEED certification standards, opened first in Tukwila, Wash., and the modular structure is serving as model for Starbucks new modern modular drive-thru platform, the company announced on its website.More

Ikea expands Massachusetts store solar system
Green Retail Decisions
Ikea is expanding by 50 percent the solar system atop the roof of its store in Stoughton, Mass., which opened eight years ago. Last month, the home furnishing retailer began work on the 58,575-square-foot store expansion, atop which new panels will be installed beginning next spring, with completion expected over the summer.More

Osram says SLS Restructuring in North America to Affect 900 Jobs
Bloomberg
Osram Licht AG, a former unit of Siemens AG, said a restructuring of its traditional lighting maintenance business Sylvania Lighting Services in North America will affect about 900 jobs. The company will discontinue a "significant part" of its locations in the U.S. and Canada in the next six months as it focuses on energy-efficient solutions, the Munich-based company said in an emailed statement.More

Canadian retailer Giant Tiger considering possible sale
Reuters via The Globe and Mail
Discount retailer Giant Tiger Ltd. says it has decided to "explore its alternatives," including a possible sale of the national chain. The company is profitable and growing and "not under any pressure to sell," Giant Tiger chief executive Andy Gross said in a statement. More

Advanced disaster planning and management for retail facilities
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Retailers face multiple challenges daily to keep their stores in optimum working order, and facility management is in itself a complex task. When faced with an unexpected disaster, management of facilities and business takes on a whole new dimension. Disasters can take a serious toll on businesses, not just in the form of financial setbacks but also in the form of injuries, shortage of workers and even lost lives. In such situations, ensuring that the stores run smoothly and efficiently to prevent further loss of revenue can be difficult.More

US retailers' sales rise in September, but shoppers stay cautious
Reuters via The Batimore Sun
U.S. shoppers continued to show caution in their spending in September, gravitating toward bargains, as political strife in Washington and slow job growth hurt their confidence with the start of the holiday season just weeks away. More

Sears brings outdoor living to New York
Retailing Today
Sears and its Shop Your Way loyalty program are prepared to make a splash in New York next week by playing a major role in the city’s Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine.More

Retail condos snapped up in shopping malls
The Globe and Mail
Navjot Dulai isn't an experienced retailer, nor is he a real estate tycoon. But when he heard that a former Zellers store in Mississauga, Ontario, was being converted into a retail condominium, he jumped at the chance to own a piece of it. More

NRF: Retailers will collaborate with law enforcement against terror
Chain Store Age
The National Retail Federation told a congressional committee holding an Oct. 9 hearing on the terrorist attack at a Kenyan shopping mall that the safety of employees and customers is retailers’ top concern.More

Tricks of the trade: Forklift damage issues
Today's Facility Manager
Q: We are dealing with constant maintenance issues in our distribution center concerning rack and equipment protection, specifically due to forklift damage. We use bollards to protect critical areas in the distribution center. However these bollards become damaged, and often the concrete is broken, which leads to a new maintenance problem.More

A guide to sustainable wallcoverings
Buidings
If a wallcovering is made of recycled content, is it better than another that can be recycled? Is a rapidly renewable material more important than one that came from locally sourced lumber?More

RRE Australia Property fund targets Simon, Derwent, Stockland
Bloomberg
Resources Real Estate Global Property Securities (Australia) will invest in U.S. mall owners, European office landlords and Australian warehouse and housing developers with its new fund. More