PRSM Weekly
Nov. 8, 2013

JCPenney earns Energy Star Certification at 500-plus locations
Green Retail Decisions
Plano, Texas-based JCPenney has secured Energy Star certifications in more than 500 stores, one supply chain facility and its office headquarters, far surpassing its goal of having 400 locations certified by the end of 2013. The Environmental Protection Agency awards Energy Star certifications to buildings that rank within the top 25 percent of similar commercial buildings nationwide by meeting strict energy performance levels set by the EPA.More

'Buy one, give one' spirit imbues an online store
The New York Times
Toms started in 2006 with what was then a novel idea: for every pair of shoes it sold, it would donate a pair to a child living in poverty. Along with donating more than 10 million pairs to date, the company spurred a trend of "buy one, give one" companies, with the eyeglass maker Warby Parker among the best known. More

Starbucks gets ready to go from tall to venti in China
Bloomberg Businessweek
The last year, according to Starbucks Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz, has been "without question the best year in its 42-year history." Bullish numbers back up his triumphalism, even if quarterly results trailed analysts' estimates: a 7 percent increase in global same-store sales, a 24.4 percent surge in profit, and 1,700 new stores around the world.More

2013 US Supermarket Experience Study released
In its sixth year, the study found that supermarkets continue to generate high satisfaction among their shoppers, scoring an average of 4.45 on a five-point scale, where five is highest. Doug Madenberg, RFG Principal commented, "The supermarket channel continues to show strength in cleanliness, cashier friendliness, checkout experience, sales promotions, grocery variety and fresh foods. This results in a high degree of overall trip satisfaction among shoppers, coupled with nine out of ten of shoppers indicating a willingness to recommend their primary store to other shoppers."More

Smart buildings equal a wise use of energy
Energy use in existing commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. But it doesn't have to. On average, 30 percent of the energy that these buildings use is wasted through inefficiencies. Outdated lighting, oversized equipment, and poor operations are just a few culprits. More

Kmart prepares to roll out pilot program nationwide
Retailing Today
Kmart is planning to roll out lease-to-own financing at stores nationwide ahead of the holiday season. The retailer began testing the program in mid-October and plans to make it available in all stores by Nov. 22. More

J Crew plans more London stores
The Guardian
J Crew, the preppy retailer favored by Michelle Obama, is looking to open at least three more stores in London after launching its flagship. As it prepared for a glitzy pre-opening party for its first major European and U.K. store, the retailer also announced plans to open one or two stores in Hong Kong next year.More

Staples pledges to use e-Stewards' Recyclers for Electronic Waste
Green Retail Decisions
Staples is one of several companies committing to exclusively use e-Stewards' new standards for recycling, which ensures electronic waste is not diverted to developing countries, processed using child or prison labor, or ever dumped in solid waste landfills.More

Advances in remote controls for facility management
By Joy Burgess
The term "intelligent building" generally refers to a building that is able to control building systems via automation features. Building automation often includes automated communication, environmental monitoring, environmental control and automated security.More

Green cleaning trends: Cleaning with electrolyzed water
Today's Facility Manager
It seems like every discipline in facility management is "going green" these days, and for good reason. Green solutions and practices deliver occupational and environmental safety benefits while at the same time often creating operational efficiencies. Commercial cleaning and sanitizing is no exception to this trend. More

How Ed Sonshine turned RioCan REIT into one of Canada's biggest property owners
Financial Post Magazine
Edward Sonshine was broke when he started RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust 20 years ago. Not figuratively, but literally: he owed more money than he actually had. For what? He’d left a job as a real estate lawyer working for industry icons such as Murray Frum. It wasn't the real estate of today, property prices were plummeting and people and major companies were going bankrupt every day.More

Macy's splurges on a makeover on 34th Street
The New York Times
Nearly all of the iconic wooden escalators still clack up and down at the flagship Macy's store in Manhattan,N.Y., but customers entering the store during its $400 million makeover will find little else familiar — especially in the street level’s grand hall, studded with gleaming luxury goods showcases, high ceilings and shiny white marble floors. More

Staples opens on Thanksgiving instead of Black Friday
Los Angeles Times
Falling in line behind the likes of Macy's, J.C. Penney, OfficeMax, Kmart and more, Staples is joining the horde of retailers opening its doors on Thanksgiving without bothering to wait for Black Friday. More

Internet kills the video store
The New York Times
Blockbuster, which had more than 9,000 retail stores across America just nine years ago, is closing the few hundred video-rental stores that it still has, the company's owner, Dish Network, said in a bittersweet but long-expected announcement. Dish, which acquired Blockbuster through a bankruptcy auction in 2011, after the retailer had already been crushed by digital video distributors like Netflix, said it still saw value in the brand name and would use it in limited ways.More

Malls across Canada launch new Black Friday hours
The Toronto Star
Shopping on Black Friday is getting bigger in Canada, with 21 Cadillac Fairview malls signing up to open early on Nov. 29, and retailers offering discounts to keep shoppers from spending their Christmas dollars in the U.S.More